Gini Dietrich

The 82 Things I Love

By: Gini Dietrich | November 26, 2013 | 

The 82 Things I LoveBy Gini Dietrich

I was trolling through Google+ the other day, when I saw an interesting update from Kaarina Dillabough.

It was a link from Judy Dunn’s blog post called, “Can You Name 99 Things You Love in 10 Minutes?

Because this is my last post before Thanksgiving (we have our normal guest bloggers tomorrow and then we’re taking the rest of the week off), I thought I’d try it today.

I’m going to set my timer for 10 minutes and just write. Let’s see how I do.

The 82 Things I Love

  1. Kelly Dietrich
  2. Jack Bauer (my dog, not the TV character)
  3. My momma
  4. Freshly baked bread
  5. Making bread in my self-constructed steam oven
  6. Tulips
  7. My bike
  8. My iPhone
  9. My iPad
  10. A pair of James jeans that I wear nearly every day
  11. My “I’m not a player, I just blog a lot” t-shirt
  12. Movies
  13. Reading
  14. Riding the lakefront as the sun rises
  15. Snow!
  16. Downhill skiing
  17. All of the little faces that call me Aunt Gini
  18. All of the siblings that call me older (but not bigger) sister
  19. My friends (if I get desperate, I’ll list them out)
  20. Taking Jack Bauer for walks
  21. My team
  22. Waking up on Christmas morning to little voices asking if it’s time yet
  23. Nieces piling in bed with me when they visit
  24. Law & Order SVU
  25. Wine
  26. Almond croissants
  27. Chili con queso
  28. Freshly painted fingernails
  29. Lipgloss
  30. Chalkboard paint
  31. Cooking
  32. Just sharpened knives
  33. Decorating my house for Christmas
  34. My birthday
  35. The Rocky Mountains
  36. Ice skating
  37. Cross country skiing
  38. Writing
  39. Crystal stemware
  40. Will Ferrell in “Tight Pants”
  41. Jimmy Fallon
  42. Robert Downey, Jr.
  43. The Nova Scotia weatherman
  44. The relationship I’ve rebuilt with my dad
  45. Grandma Dietrich
  46. My “new” sisters (aka Kelly’s sisters)
  47. Pop and EMIL
  48. Boots
  49. Hats (aka toques)
  50. Shirts that have thumbholes in the sleeves
  51. Lululemon
  52. Barney’s
  53. Barnes & Noble
  54. When Jack Bauer won’t go outside with anyone but me
  55. Sephora
  56. Taking bubble baths
  57. Winter
  58. Wind chill
  59. Brushing my teeth
  60. Competing in the UP steps program at work
  61. Having everyone over for Thanksgiving
  62. The quiet in the pre-dawn hours
  63. High heels
  64. Cashmere
  65. Super Hero t-shirts
  66. Kelly’s Indian accent
  67. The community at Spin Sucks
  68. Building a company
  69. Taking some entrepreneurial risk
  70. Candy
  71. Meeting social media friends when I speak
  72. When Jack Bauer thinks he’s a lap dog
  73. Eavesdropping to make up stories about people
  74. The smell of the salted caramel Glade plugins
  75. Salted caramels
  76. Sharpie pens
  77. Winning
  78. Really bad storms
  79. Canadians
  80. Making Kelly laugh a good belly laugh
  81. Black licorice
  82. Going to the movies

Wow. That was harder than I expected. It’s hard not to edit it to put in order of the way you love them versus how you wrote them…or to keep going after the 10 minutes is up.

So there you have it. I couldn’t get all the way to 99 in 10 minutes. If you try it, start thinking about it before you write it and see if you can succeed.

And, have a very happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.


I read Kaarina's post, did WINE not make the top 10 on either of your lists?!? Surely one of those iOS devices could have slipped a bit (yes, I have both, too).

Wow, Canadians beat out any Chicago sports teams...

Nice down-to-earth list, Gini.


This is great! I recently got engaged and I wanted to do a thankful list.  I think this is a great idea; I would be interested to see how many people can say what they love about PR! 


What  great idea! I just recently restarted free-writing a bit to generate some new ideas, but this is a whole other kind of cool, kinda like focused free-writing if you will. I've gotta give this a shot!


I love this list. I'm not quite there to make a list like this yet, but Trent and Mikaela will always, ALWAYS, be #1 no matter what. I really want to do #14. Soon, as in a few months soon I hope. And I'm so glad to see #44. 


I just did this!! What a great idea. I'm going to save my list and repeat every year to see what changes, what stays the same...such a great way to remember the things that are important to you at different stages!


This is a great idea for a blog post. I'm going to give it a try...Wait? Is it wrong to simply type Bacon 99 times?  If it is then I'm not sure I want to play.

Latest blog post: Yummy Cornbread


Waiiiiit a second. #79...??? THAT'S IT, I'M OUTTA HERE!! 


Can I copy and paste yours? Just leave off the Kelly ones and I should be good to go and maybe I'll replace them with the smell of fresh cut grass and the smell of leather on your baseball mitt.......and bacon..........


Yay! I'm #42 (and, when I sleep walk, #43 as well)

Not bad. 


I love this, Gini! I need to go see Kaarina's list, as well! And I'll probably borrow this idea for a happy post on allarminda. You have so many wonderful items that resonate for me, as well! Thanks for sharing a little more of you :)

photo chris
photo chris

Miss you All! Happy Thanksgiving! TOTALLY doing this tonight. MAY steal it for a FB post as well. 


Haha! I love it that this activity is catching on. I need to pop back into Kaarina's blog to see if she has published her post yet.

Your #81 (black licorice) prompted me to think: I love RED licorice. Why didn't that make my 'original 99' list? 

The beauty of your list is that now I feel like I know you so much better. 


#19, List 'em out. And I damned well better be near the top!


Black Licorice. Awesome!

You mean MY wine, right?

No Bears on your list? You must go to the games for the wind chill?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Corina Manea
Corina Manea

Loved it! I'll definitely try it to. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


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