April 09, 2004

Mr. Strauss keeps telling us to make lists of fifty things we love. And who am I to resist the trend, really? It's my 19th birthday, a good day to reflect on who and where I am.

1. A good conversation with close friends at home or Tim Horton's or Crabby Joe's (um, the Dutch might even call it gezelligheid...)

2. Heavy rainstorms to dance in

3. My country and my city

4. Canada

5. A cup of cinnamon spice tea on a cloudy day

6. Spring, its promise and its vibrant colo(u)r

7. Summer, the way the heat seeps into you and makes you tired and happy

8. Fall, the way it's crisp and cozy

9. Winter, the way spontaneous snowball fights start after every snowstorm

10. Standing to receive the benediction at church

11. Wednesday morning chapel

12. Watching someone laugh out loud

13. The feeling you get after you write something that expresses perfectly what you want to say

14. Washing dishes

15. Country music

16. Driving through a city at rush hour

17. Driving on the highway late at night

18. My family

19. C.S. Lewis's and J.R.R. Tolkien's writings

20. The poetry of John Donne

21. Playing with children

22. Thomas vander Zaag

23. Jehan Watson

24. Dorm-mates who make me put them on my list

25. Deep discussions late at night

26. Funny stories

27. Being surprised

28. Naps

29. Rejoicing with those who rejoice

30. Learning something new

31. Playing volleyball

32. Baking

33. When the song you want to hear is on the radio

34. Going to sleep after a hard day's work

35. the Christian Reformed Church

36. Super Smash Brothers for Nintendo 64

37. The Internet

38. Strong, black coffee

39. Being able to call home for 10 cents a minute

40. Poetry in general

41. Following links off Mr. Strauss' & Prof. Koyzis' blogs

42. The scene in Edward Scissorhands where Johnny Depp marches confusedly down the hallway completely wet and vaguely disoriented from having completely destroyed a waterbed with his scissorhands

43. Reading the cartoons at Toothpaste for Dinner... especially this one, when I'm in a philosophical mood...

44. Giving back massages

45. Watching the look on people's face when the realize that the guy they were looking for named Tim van Alstyne is actually a 5' 6" brown person.

46. Making corny theological jokes, or random references to John Calvin

47. Playing devil's advocate

48. Writing with gel pens

49. Blogging

50. Jesus Christ (yeah, the list wouldn't be complete without him, eh?)

Posted by Tim at April 9, 2004 03:02 PM | TrackBack


Posted by: Marķa at April 9, 2004 06:01 PM

Happy birthday, Mr. Van Alstyne!

I'll link to your wonderful list after Good Friday.

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at April 9, 2004 08:30 PM

Happy birthday!

Posted by: David T. Koyzis at April 9, 2004 10:07 PM

Happy Birthday. And great list. Numbers 2, 20, and 42 especially.

Posted by: Naomi at April 12, 2004 10:38 AM

Happy Birthday!!! I love number 42! I totally forgot to include Jonny Depp on my list...oh well, next year. And yeah, I am certainly guilty of 45. Great list!

Posted by: andeewho at April 12, 2004 04:13 PM
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