Friday, January 9, 2009

10 Things I Love that Start With the Letter "H"

This is a fun little blogging game that's been going around. I saw it on Lisa's blog yesterday, and she gave me the letter H. If you want to do it, mention it in your comment and I'll give you a letter, and then you can write on your blog about ten things you like that start with that letter.

1. Hand lotion. My hands would turn into crusty dry appendages without several daily applications of hand lotion, especially in the winter.

2. My Highlander. I love it!

3. History. There are few things I enjoy learning about, reading about, and thinking about more than history! My favorite is American history.

4. Halloween. It's such a fun, simple, stress-free holiday!

5. Hayley, my 16-year-old niece. She was the cutest little girl and I loved babysitting her when she was young. Now she's a beautiful junior in high school and she lives about 90 minutes away, up in Massachusetts. I wish we lived closer so that we could see each other more often (and so that she could babysit John!).

Hayley at our family dinner at The Olive Garden last Saturday.

6. Hiking. It's one of my favorite forms of recreation and exercise. I went on a beautiful hike in the fall and I really, really enjoyed it. My legs are made for hiking! I need to get out and do it more.

7. Hopkinton, Massachusetts, my hometown, located 25 miles west of Boston. My mother's family has been there for generations, and my ancestors were among the early settlers there. Brigham Young's family lived there just before he was born, and they sold their land to my ancestors when they moved.

8. Hamburgers. I love a good hamburger, whether it's from a fast-food restaurant or a a nice thick juicy one from a summer barbecue. Yum!

9. Huckleberry Finn. He's one of my favorite fictional characters, and the book has been at the top of my favorites list ever since I first read it. I didn't think I'd like it very much, but I was wrong. What an inspiring, brilliant book!

10. Handel's Messiah. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. When I took a music class in college and studied this piece, I read that Handel said he wrote it under divine influence, that it was inspired by God. It sure sounds like it!

And one more, because I like a surprisingly high number of things that begin with "H": Highlights. They help my hair look much better, particularly in the winter when my natural blond color goes dark and limp.

My freshly highlighted head.

Oh, oh, just one more! I'm on a roll! Hershey, Pennsylvania. It's one of my most favorite vacation spots ever. I loved it there when we went a few years ago--the beautiful, elegant Hotel Hershey and its amazing Spa, Hershey Park (a big, fun amusement park), lots of history, lots of chocolate, all nestled in the beautiful rolling countryside of Pennsylvania.


dougandcheryl said...

Great choices! I like most of those things as well.
I love Hershey. My parents and I got stuck there for a week once when the transmission went out in my car.
I'll play along if you want to give me a letter.

Me said...

Great list! You didn't even appear to have any trouble at all coming up with things! This has been a fun little meme going around the blog world!

Donna said...

Cheryl, what a great place to get stuck for a week!

Danielle, when I first got H, I couldn't think of anything except for weird things like hippos and ham and I didn't know what I would be able to write about. But the more I thought about it the more I was able to come up with!

Kristina P. said...

Great list! Your highlights look awesome! No cutting for you!

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I love that book too. And, as you know, I'm a HUGE fan of American history. Hey, maybe you and I should be friends! ;)

Anonymous said...

Love hiking, especially in the fall! :)

Love your highlander. That was what I so badly wanted but it was just a bit too much for us, so I got the CRV instead. I still dream about a highlander though!

Kerri said...

I to like all of your H things. Especially your Highlander. I would love to have a Highlander, but that's okay, I love my Honda Odyssey. I would like to play this too, send me a letter!

Karolynn said...

That is such a cute post! I love your hair!

Lorie said...

What a great list!

Hershey Park is one of the places on my must go vacation list!!

Brooke said...

thats a really cool game that is giong around blog world. I would like to do one. Can you give me a letter? Oh and not too long from now i could babysit john. I dont have much experience but I will soon. Ive babysat all my siblings once. Hamburgers are one of my favorites too! :-)

Lisa K said...

That was the perfect letter for me to give you! I must have been inspired. =)

rachel said...

Donna, thanks for letting me know! I get so emotionally involved in the story and then if it's sad or awful it really affects me. You really did well with this list and made it look so easy. H is really your letter!

Laura said...

I also love Halloween, highlights, and Handel's Messiah. Fun list, Hershey Pennsylvania sure is fun too. It is fun to get to know people better through things like this!

Blog Buddy said...

Okay Donna-drop by my blog...I need a letter to write about...or got to