I hate these things and I love these things. Sometimes they make me feel silly, sometimes they make me feel vulnerable and sometimes I just think they’re dumb. Is this really a good use of time? No. Well, maybe…in the sense that they do always take me on a pleasant little walk down memory lane.

Top Three, Songs that take you back to a specific time

  • Two Princes
  • The Rain King
  • Friends in Low Places

Top Three, Childhood Crushes

  • Michael J. Fox, or more specifically Alex P. Keaton
  • Johnny Depp
  • And, basically, every boy in every John Hughes film.

Top Three, Younger You Fashion Horrors

  • long johns under cutoff jeans
  • jacket with fringe
  • my PE uniforms

Top Three, Remember Where You Were

  • Challenger explosion
  • 9/11
  • OJ verdict

Top Three, Sports

  • I love the Olympics, and particularly learning the stories of Olympians from all around the world.
  • I no longer plan meal time and bed time and family life around sports, and the tone in my house is no longer determined by some team of people losing or winning.
  • To televised sports, I say: Bye Felicia.

Top Three, Books that changed my thinking

  • The Great House of God by Max Lucado
  • Open Heart by Elie Wiesel
  • Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

Top Three, Music go-tos

  • Michael Jackson
  • Elton John
  • Dave Matthews Band

Top Three, Movies you’ll stop on and watch even though it’s with commercials

  • Dirty Dancing
  • Smokey and the Bandit
  • 27 Dresses
  • Sixteen Candles

Yes, I know that’s four, and there are probably fourteen others.

Top Three, Go-To Late Night Snack

  • spoonful of creamy peanut butter (and I sometimes double dip)
  • donuts
  • cold Hershey bar

Top Three, Sensory Comfort

  • smell of goodies baking
  • feel of thick fuzzy socks on cold Saturdays at home
  • sound of my children laughing

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