A Few Of My Favorite Things

I am going to apologize to you in advance for what follows.

Not this post – this post is a good post – but what immediately follows this particular paragraph. If you’re the inquisitive type you’ll have already read what lies next and are shooting daggers at me right now; the rest of you will be cursing me right about now because you know – no matter how hard you try – that you will not be able to stop reading until you know what horrible curse I’m going to bestow on you.  My apologies in advance…now keep reading.

“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”

Admit it – right now you’ve got an image of Julie Andrews running rampant in your head, spinning around and singing the above song from “The Sound of Music”.  I caught myself whistling it when I wrote this down (technically the people around me at Starbucks caught me, but that’s beside the point), and I’m betting everyone reading this did, too.  Or if you didn’t it’s because you’re too young to know who Julie Andrews is or what the heck “The Sound of Music” is.  While it’s not nearly as good a musical as The Phantom of the Opera (which is the best musical – ever), it’s well worth a watch/listen if you’re not familiar with it.

So what does a love story set in Austria have to do with The Paul Gillespie Experience?  Everything, because I’m going to tell you about some of my favorite things.  I got inspired by looking at my “Sheer Awesome” board on Pinterest and realized I don’t expound on my favorite things often enough.  This isn’t an exhaustive list – there’s not enough room in a blog for that – but it’s got some good variety.

Oh yeah – and I’m going to do it in song.  That same song you had stuck in your head until I interrupted it with the above paragraph.  Which happens to be the same song that just repopulated your consciousness right now because I mentioned it again.  You’re welcome.

Here we go – sing along with me (you know you’re not going to get it out of your head; might as well have some fun with it).  And feel free to click on the links if you want a dose of my favorite things, visual edition.

B-1b bombers and ice-sculpted chess sets
Yvonne Strahovski and beach volleyball nets
Dunn Bros coffee and angels with wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Bacon-wrapped foodstuffs and Boulevard Pale Ale
Good Celtic rock songs and big checks in the mail
Fun dates, Galway girls, watching a home run swing
These are a few of my favorite things

When the wind blows
When the leaves fall
When I hit my thumb
I just remember my favorite things
And then I just get…
AWE-SOME.

Good friends and teammates and free hotel wi/fi
The Kansas Jayhawks and watching airplanes fly
Evernote, Dropbox and Buffalo Wild Wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Hearing my kids laugh and Olympic curling
Inspirational posters and watching Old Glory unfurling
Facebook and The Chive; bikinis with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

When the snow falls
When my knee hurts
When I get a bill
I just remember my favorite things
And imagine I’m in…
Brazil

[last verses…I promise]

Blogging and writing and  big fish on my hooks
GMail and BBQ and Tim Ferris-signed books
Geeking out completely; The Lord of the Rings
These are a few of my favorite things

Vik Sahay‘s humor and tricorder ring tones
Tom Clancy novels and Android-based smartphones
MTG duels and pretending I’m the king
These are a few of my favorite things

When traffic stops
When the ‘Net’s down
When I hit a wall
I just remember my favorite things
And then go play…
Beach volleyball

Now you know about my favorite things – what about yours?

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