My Little Loves

I'm not sure it's a good thing that that cord has been bent into the shape of a heart.Today’s post is in response to Jason Konopinski’s “The Things I Love,” but the title is stolen from my friend Leilani Carrasco Smith. She publishes a semi-regular series of posts entitled “My Little Loves,” and she includes things ranging from her mascara to the brush she uses on her cats. Both posts allow Jason’s and Leilani’s readers to get to know them, which is the primary point of the posts. Talking about one’s loves often is more enlightening than talking about what one does.

Personally, I’ve always hated the “What do you do?” question. It tends to separate people rather than to unify them. It defines people by what they do rather than by who they are. Besides, it’s always been hard for me to say what I do because I do many things. I am, as my mother says, eclectic.

When it comes to what I love, I could write at length. I think I will take my cue from Jason, though, and contain the madness. I’ll keep my list at a reasonable number: eleven.

My Little Loves

  1. Cappuccino. I’m addicted to the stuff. I much prefer it to coffee. It doesn’t have the acidic aftertaste.
  2. Shoes. I love shoes, especially the tall ones. It’s fun to tower over people for once (My brothers are giants.), and a nice pair of heels can make me feel pretty on the days I’m feeling lower than low.
  3. Bookstores. I love trolling the bookstores looking for a new treasure. I also love Amazon, but I try to stay away from the place unless I have a specific book to add to my ever-growing wish list.
  4. Running. Specifically, running in the early morning when the sun is beginning to rise and the temperature is in the low- to mid-sixties.
  5. Dancing. I love salsa, cha-cha, tango, and swing. I also like breakdancing, but it’s not a dance in which I actively participate. I just watch in amazement.
  6. Music. I love to discover new musicians and bands, and I’m fortunate to have a couple of friends who share their playlists and new discoveries with me. I also love live music.
  7. Writing. I wouldn’t be much of a writer or a poet if I didn’t love writing, right?
  8. Drawing. I love my Write Right girl and Sarah and Sheldon. I draw other things, too, but those three characters have become some of my little loves. I love their stories, even if no one else knows them yet.
  9. Reading. I love to read, but I especially love to read on gloomy days. Give me an overstuffed chair, a blanket, a cup of cappuccino, and a book, and I’m content for several hours if not the entire day.
  10. Early mornings. I love early mornings because my brain isn’t yet whirring with all that’s happened during the day. My brain is quiet. It’s making connections and thinking big thoughts.
  11. Baking. I love to bake cookies and to try new cookie and dessert recipes but only if I’m baking them for other people.

What are your little loves?


  1. Yay! You wrote one! 🙂  

    •  @jasonkonopinski I did! I would ask you to answer the question, but you’ve answered it several times on your post. Besides, you’re having fun or getting ready to have fun at BlogWorld. 🙂

  2. Uhm you really want mine?
    Crisp Bacon.
    Really Crisp Bacon.
    bacon sliced thick.
    Hickory Smoked Bacon.
    Candied Bacon.
    Bacon with Bacon on top.
    Eating bacon while tweeting with @jasonkonopinski 
    Potato Skins with Bacon.
    BLTA’s which have Avocado.
    Oh Avocado. And Port wine. But not at the same time.

    •  @HowieSPM  @jasonkonopinski Of course I want to hear your little loves!
      Mmm. Avocado. When you and @jasonkonopinski come to visit me, we’ll have guacamole. I love guacamole! And salsa (especially salsa with some cilantro). And the black bean dip at Gloria’s. Oh, and spinach artichoke dip. Not all at the same time, of course.

    •  @HowieSPM What a pig. 😉

      •  @TheJackB  @HowieSPM If you two start with the whole “I’m rubber; you’re glue” thing, we’re going to be in trouble… 🙂

  3. I love early mornings too and I used to love jogging in the am. Now I love walking later in the day. I love that first cup of coffee in the am, and freshly cleaned sheets going to bed.

    •  @lisabuben290 I love clean, crisp sheets, too! I also love this memory of making beds when I was a kid: my mom would snap the sheet across the bed, and my brothers and I would dive beneath it (giggling, of course).

  4. Oh what a wonderful post @Erin F.  Little Loves….it IS the little loves that make each day sparkle isn’t it?  Early morning is my favorite little love.  The smell of a horse up close…I could bury my face in my horses all day long and inhale their warm wonderful aroma…is another little love.  Crunchy fall leaves and the smell of burning leaves on the air is another little love.  I have so many that I could almost write a book 😉
    Thanks for letting me take a break today and think of my little loves.

    •  @SocialMediaDDS You’re welcome for the break! I think we all have enough little loves that we could write books about them. 🙂
      Oh, fall leaves. That is one thing I miss about the north – seeing the leaves change color and getting to jump into big piles of them. There’s nothing quite like stepping on crunchy fall leaves, is there?

  5. Hi Erin,
    Love seems to be the topic in the Blogosphere these days 🙂 This is a great way to introduce yourself! I already have a greater sense of who you are! I like your #s 3, 7, and 9, or course, and #1, though I would substitute my Gano Coffee for the cappuccino, except for when I was in Italy, drinking cappuccino at every chance I got.
    My little loves? Let me see…communications with my kids: FaceTime, iMessage, phone…sitting on the backyard swing and contemplating life…knitting a gift…entertaining…writing a blog post that clarifies my life-at-the-moment…visits with friends…sweet anticipation – of anything!

    •  @Lori Hi Lori!
      Love does seem to be the topic of conversation these days. 🙂
      I’ve never had Gano Coffee. If it’s that good, I may need to try it.
      I do love swings. Maybe I’ll have to get one for my house.


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