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In ALL, MY LISTS by Stephanie Klein27 Comments

Making lists.

When I write something brilliant, I actually kiss the screen (okay, sometimes I lick it).  There is nothing I derive more pleasure from than writing.  Okay, fornication and food so don’t count.

My job.  (Okay, my fulltime job involves web design, and I love the people I work with!  I’m very lucky.)  My photographs appear on all the corridors and halls, and hang in every single room of The Hotel Gansevoort.  I also birthed, architected, designed, created, and envisioned this website for the hotel.

Having at least two burgers from JG Mellon’s with fries, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayo

Touching bark, grass stains, playing sardines and jacks, campfires, fireflies, swings

Drawing with a number 2 pencil. Even better, drawing Linus.

Blender foamed hot chocolate with real marshmallows

Lit fireplaces, playing board games, socks

Manicures, a great blow out, the perfect outfit in its bag waiting for the evening, shoes still boxed

Losing the used to be’s, train rides, strangers, knitting, Sharon Olds on my lap

My legs after I exfoliate, grapefruit lotion in summer, rose oil in winter, memories of climbing into bed with my parents

Tea sandwiches, cucumber ice water, lavender eye mask, Egyptian cotton robe, slippers

Singing, cream cheese frosting, convertibles, bing cherries, lemonade stands, awnings, rosemary, vegetable gardens, sprinklers, jelly jars, French signs, linen

Driving for ice cream, ballgames and frankfurters, picnics, upstate to watch the leaves

Jersey tomatoes, vodka sauce, licking my fingers, crust as a conduit for sauce

Finding things in common, soup, movie hopping, wine tastings

Witty slang, Starbucks with Gary and David, when Chris takes out his balls, girls nights

Recipes with Mom, Anne of Green Gables, beauty parlor night with Lea

Phone calls from old friends you thought were gone, Artichokes with drawn butter

Room service, well-done French fries, blueberry picking, doing nothing

Returning home after a week away, speaking to Linus’ belly and kissing his bald spot

High thread count sheets, peonies by the bed, naps, the smell of roasted chicken

Laughing until it pisses everybody off, tasting menus, dinner parties, thoughtful gifts

Personalized stationery, calligraphy, piano bars, children’s books, finger painting, Lego’s, Barbies

Fresh cut fruit in a bowl in my fridge, watching TBS movies, my bed

Christmas music year-round (my favorite: baby it’s cold outside), old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwiches, Parlors

Spicy nachos from the movie theatre, girlie movies, the Fall

Being sore from too much seex, having faceburn from his stubble after a day of kissing

Chicken pot pie, Champagne, Christmastime

Cooking for people who love to eat, bread pudding, cookbooks, honey

Strawberry sundaes with buttermilk biscuits, strawberry shortcake dolls and make and bake oven

Gold stars, Garters, Nervenkitt Jewelry, my teeth, thanksgiving, ribbons in my hair

Blender drinks, tall drinking glasses, rectangular plates, garnish, mini hamburgers, playing Cranium, my tuna tartar, cookouts, clambakes on the ocean, cokctail hour, banana curls, letters, when he calls, listening to songs on repeat, meatballs, my risotto, staring, compliments, pixie dust, sleeping bags, acoustic guitar, crying, breathing, sitting on the floor in a business meeting, being able not to care and saying it, caring, a new toothbrush, boat rides, skinny dipping, fishing, being able to keep adding to this list, being me.

Comments

  1. i like to read about you. i think you're a slightly older, more cosmopolitan version of my self.

    maybe a majority of the list are common favorite things, but an inordinate amount of them were mine as well.

    nice to meet you

  2. you just took away the pain from a wisdom tooth extraction,
    bless you stephanie klein
    bless every breath you take,every move you make

    matt in the desert
    the sandman

  3. Ok, Ok, you're cute. We get it. But can you be mean? That's what it takes to get Blog-Mass.

    You know, forget about the above. I think I prefer cute and smart to mean.

  4. I broke a mouse during my initial session of reading your blogs… I was clicking and clacking with reckless abandon… oh no, will I (and my mouse) ever get out of this virtual webpage maze…love it!

    S :)
    iwantmore4shore@yahoo.com
    ps: I came across you (no pun intended) on jdate…
    my screen name is SteveO323

  5. The most fun I've had in Japan since I fell in love last week with the antithesis of your list. Thanks for the smile on my face (and Thanks for College Humor for the link).

    Sarah

  6. I want Stephanie to watch me shave so she can dab up the blood with her high thread count sheets.

  7. Baby, It's Cold Outside is NOT a Christmas Carol. It is an oscar winning song (a contrapuntal duet, to be exact) from the movie Neptune's Daughter written by Frank Loesser.

  8. I don't know how to break it to you, nic, but not only is the song about the winter time, but it was also in the movie Elf. One of the two might not qualify the song, but both together move it squarely into the "Christmas" category. There are a bunch of great versions of the song, but I think my favorite is the one by Zooey Deschenal and Leon Redbone.

  9. You're not breaking anything, Austin. While I will grant that it is a seasonal (winter) song, it makes no reference at all to Christmas or holidays at all. If you'd like to research scholarly papers on Frank Loesser, you'll find that it was not intended to be a Christmas Carol. It is nice that you have a favorite version though. It is a masterpiece.

  10. Sarcasm is dead, I see. I have read plenty on Loesser, and yes, it is a masterpiece. I like quite a bit of his music, actually.

  11. it's just exhillarating to find that I am not as strange as I have often thought. Props to you for having the guts and pride to spill all.

  12. you're site was mentioned in the nytimes online today, and it was an interesting read. i must check into this whole "new" blogging thing.

  13. ok – so I cannot post websites here I take it! Hmmm… how to get around this…. let's try 3 w's followed by postsecret and then a period and you can guess the last part!

  14. U R A GREAT WRITER WHO CAN EXPRESS URSELF EASILY I WONT BE ABLE 2 DO THIS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE SO PERFECTLY .HEY DONT BOTHER ABT ALL THE BAD SHIT PPL SAY ABT U COZ.PPL SEE NEGATIVE ASPECTS EASILY THEN POSITIVE ASPECTS. SO STOP READING ALL THE CRITICS I SAY. AND 1 THING U REALLY ARE A BLESSED WRITER I NEVER BOTHERED ABT ANY1 BLOGS BUT UR THE NO.1 WRITER SO DONT STOP WRITING .

  15. Hmmm, loved reading your blog Stephanie…..i think I will follow every post of urs and be hooked onto it…
    gr8 going Steph (can i call u Steph ?…sounds cute)

  16. Nice plenty river of words.
    Like the way you mix feelings, descriptions about yourself, and everythings of your life.
    Randomly I've arrived here in your blog site… even like the hotel website you made.
    lovely pict of rome (my city)…
    just a stupid thing (sorry, it's my way to be)… "cokctail hour"…???
    I know, mistakes are part of us… but it's harder for me not telling you about it =)
    again sorry.
    kisses as we always know eachother…
    enrico

    ps. sorry for my "italian" english.

  17. Steph,

    I hate my ugly template for my blog that I just started. How do you redesign? Just build it in photoshop and 'fetch' it through an ftp server to your site? Can you do that for a blogspot.com account?

    signed,

    Wishing for Change

    p.s. I think you are such a talented photographer!
    http://www.turophile.blogspot.com

  18. reading you it's fun.
    i am surprise about the ammount of "tecnic" about
    your picture. I hated tuscany's work, the way you portraited my land, the immagins are so medicated plastiky…have a look at the work of kertez in paris as an exemple of what i mean. same with linus, overly done…look at the work of klimt the nakeds are fenomenal, fast, nervous work spontaneity like movement,learn to expres it
    i think it is in you.

  19. I loved your list. I found it intimate and outlining the little fetishes that make up who you are. Thanks alot
    xox

  20. Stephie darling, a fun trick to play because you love food and hate beer.

    Take a nice hot chillie and rub it around the rim of a glass of beer of a bloke who doesn't realise its hats and coats time.

    Watch as his mouth begins to burn and then a virtual repeat as he automatically tries to solve the problem by taking another sip.

  21. obviously you're a gifted writer. But you write whats you, Everybody has themselves inside of them that they could write about. But you actually do. Just think, every time a person who reads one of your things and smiles at the similarities they share..I bet theres alot more people out there the same!And seeing like everything about this one person..the whole world is full of people.And we dont even talk to the stranger sitting next to us?

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