I recently had the privilege of attending a showing of “The Sound of Music” at the amazingly beautiful 5th Avenue Theater https://www.5thavenue.org/ in Seattle. True to form, I now have a song stuck in my head.
Besides “My Favorite Things” the other song stuck in my head is from “The King and I”. “Getting to Know You” resounds every time I think about all the amazing blogs and fabulous writing I’ve been discovering in Blogging 101.
Now back to “My Favorite Things”.
Musicals are squarely in the middle of my list of favorite things, but today’s post is going to be a tribute to many things at the very top of the list. (See bottom of this post for the lyrics stuck in my head)
Writing, Reading and Family are at the top of the list, but I’ll return to those in a later post.
Bengals and Bubble Baths
Thanks to Kuri, The King of Tales, these two subjects will always be inextricably linked.
I read before I brought my kittens home that Bengals tend to like water. Cute, right? I’ve had cats all my life and it hadn’t occurred to me that the water bottle spray to discourage unwelcome behavior might not work. The three Bengals just give me a look like “Interesting, why did you do that?” and “Can you do that again?”
There’s nothing like relaxing from a long day in a lavender-scented bubble bath. Kuri agrees.
In our house a closed door is a closed door. People knock. Kuri, who is always curious, opens the door. Hiyu and Loki will follow. Kuri jumps up on the side of the doorway and surveys the situation. As the other two watch, he makes his decision. He jumps into the water, sits on my feet and gives me a look that says “Now what?”
For me “now what?” translates for me rising quickly out of the bath and firmly telling the inquisitive cat who is sitting in water up to his chin, that “No, I don’t share.”
For Kuri this is not a one-time-thing. If I forget to lock the door, I end up sharing my bath with a cat.
TED TALKS http://www.ted.com/ They’re free, they’re great, they’re thought-provoking and they’re inspiring. You can also get TED as a free app on your phone. Ted Talks also help create my reading lists (great ideas), museum lists, and research questions. There is an amazing array of dynamic speakers in almost every category imaginable. (See end of post for a small sampling
Jamila Lysicott: 3 ways to speak English
Other linguistics and lexicography experts: Erin McKean, John McWhorter & Anne Curzan.
Science: Ed Young, Robert Full, Vijay Kumar, Jedidah Isler, Garrett Lisi
Art: Aparna Rao, Margaret Wertheim
Other Favorites: Susan Cain, Amy Cuddy, David McCandles, Tim Harford, Melvin Russell
Jamila Lysicott http://www.ted.com/talks/jamila_lyiscott_3_ways_to_speak_english
Susan Cain: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts http://www.quietrev.com/
Susan Cain’s bestselling book. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Erin McKean http://erinmckean.com/
Aparna Rao http://www.ted.com/speakers/aparna_rao http://www.ted.com/talks/aparna_rao_high_tech_art_with_a_sense_of_humor
With thanks to AZLyrics http://www.azlyrics.com/
From “The Sound of Music”
“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things.”
With thanks to LyricsMode http://www.lyricsmode.com/
From “The King and I”
“Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. Getting to know you, Putting it my way, But nicely, You are precisely, My cup of tea. Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me. Getting to know you, Putting it my way, But nicely, You are precisely, My cup of tea. Getting to know you, Getting to feel free and easy When I am with you, Getting to know what to say Haven’t you noticed Suddenly I’m bright and breezy? Because of all the beautiful and new Things I’m learning about you Day by day. Getting to know you, Getting to feel free and easy When I am with you, Getting to know what to say Haven’t you noticed Suddenly I’m bright and breezy? Because of all the beautiful and new Things I’m learning about you Day.. By… Day.”