btw Less-Than-Three= <3=rabu=heart=love!!!

1. Being warm (with a light cool breeze). 

I get this question over and over again from people since living here in Japan when I comment about how hot I am during the summer, “Aren’t you from Hawaii?” Ummm…yes, and we have these incredible things called trade winds and ocean breezes (not to mention air conditioning).  Hawaii is hot, but not that kind of desserty dead hot feeling that you get when you are in Arizona, or when you are stuck in a valley in the middle of nowhere where things like air con. (and insulation for the winter) are unheard of.

2. Club Soda or Ginger Ale.  Contrary to most people who tend to order these on flights only, I love to buy these and drink them on a regular basis, sick or not.  There is something soothing about the bubbly taste, that isn’t contaminated with heaps of sugar and chemicals (like Coke), that makes me feel nice and tingly in my heart…or stomach lining.

3. Laughing.  I love laughing so much, maybe a little too much.  I have been told by more than a few people that apparently I giggle in my sleep.  Which I find to be hilarious. I mean, I guess my dreams must be really funny or something.

4. My cat’s nose. I love my cat’s nose, it is pink and a little wet, and I love when he comes close and gives me a kiss…I just- kyah! >< It is such a nice feeling, my less-than-three does a flip-flop.

5. A Room with a View by EM. Forester.  This is my favorit-est book ever. (I mean besides the Bible of course.) I mean, literature just doesn’t sound like this anymore. MODERN day drivel EAT your less-than-three out, short excerpt:

He bowed. Certainly. Good men first, violets afterwards. They proceeded briskly through the undergrowth, which became thicker and thicker. They were nearing the edge of the promontory, and the view was stealing round them, but the brown network of the bushes shattered it into countless pieces. He was occupied in his cigar, and in holding back the pliant boughs. She was rejoicing in her escape from dullness. Not a step, not a twig, was unimportant to her.

“What is that?”

There was a voice in the wood, in the distance behind them. The voice of Mr. Eager? He shrugged his shoulders. An Italian’s ignorance is sometimes more remarkable than his knowledge. She could not make him understand that perhaps they had missed the clergymen. The view was forming at last; she could discern the river, the golden plain, other hills.

“Eccolo!” he exclaimed.

At the same moment the ground gave way, and with a cry she fell out of the wood. Light and beauty enveloped her. She had fallen on to a little open terrace, which was covered with violets from end to end.

“Courage!” cried her companion, now standing some six feet above. “Courage and love.”

She did not answer. From her feet the ground sloped sharply into view, and violets ran down in rivulets and streams and cataracts, irrigating the hillside with blue, eddying round the tree stems collecting into pools in the hollows, covering the grass with spots of azure foam. But never again were they in such profusion; this terrace was the well-head, the primal source whence beauty gushed out to water the earth.

Standing at its brink, like a swimmer who prepares, was the good man. But he was not the good man that she had expected, and he was alone.

George had turned at the sound of her arrival. For a moment he contemplated her, as one who had fallen out of heaven. He saw radiant joy in her face, he saw the flowers beat against her dress in blue waves. The bushes above them closed. He stepped quickly forward and kissed her.

Books now sound like this, “Oh my gosh, that vampire is totally hot. I am in love now…My heart is beating at his cold touch…”Let’s get married.”Okay.” 

Luh-Ame.

6. The Stars and Constellations. Okay, I know that people say they love the stars, but I really love them. I love them as in I will wake up in the middle of the morning and go into my yard barefoot just to look at the sky if it is clear or if I hear there will be shooting stars in the forecast.  I have even stopped on the road (safely) while driving before just because I wanted to look at them.  One of my favorite apps is Star Walk.  I even know a few constellations by heart and my favorite star is Sirius because its the brightest star.  Sometimes, I also think how cool the Sun is, its like our very own (Earth’s) star! One day I want to buy a huge telescope and spend my nights staring up above. 

7. Mints. I love mints of almost all kinds.  They are better than brushing your teeth (haha just kidding…sort of)…I also ❤ Peppermint Patties.  My mom recently sent me a bunch of chocolates for V-Day (yes, the only person to really give me a V-day gift) and she included these Peppermint Pattie shaped hearts which were the BOMB. So gooood…I ate like three in a row then felt kinda sick, but it was totally worth it.   

8. Good and Bad metaphors. (BTW, did you know the average human uses a metaphor/simile every 10-25 words ^^v)

9. Starbucks.  Okay, it totally cracks me up when people knock Starbucks, because the people who do tend to be non-educated coffee drinkers.  Tell me, oh critics of Starbucks, what is the proper way to drink coffee? What are all the steps? What are the different categories of coffee? What is the crema? Do you know how long a shot is good for before it is no longer compatible with steamed milk?  What makes a coffee taste like flowers or lemons?  What does “macchiato” mean, and did you know that Starbucks invented that drink (not a cafe Italy)? If you knew the answers to these questions, then I will hear your complaint out. But having lived in Seattle, the coffee capital of the world, and having worked at at *$ and another coffee company, I have found that Starbucks really does provide high quality coffee, which is why its so freaking expensive.  In fact, the company buys only the highest quality bean, arabica, and they also store their coffee properly.  They even use triple filtered water when making americanos and such. I am not saying the company practices good policies (such as charging 8 dollars for a cup of coffee while paying their laborers ten cents an hour or whatever) but they actually do have decent coffee, so I will always less-than-three Starbucks. Plus when I lived in London, and also living in Japan, there is something comforting about going into a Starbucks because it just feels like Seattle. Also when I worked there we cleaned the machines every night, something that did not happen enough at the other espresso stand that I worked at.  

10. The sound a typewriter makes and how it feels when I press the keys.  I used to work at a bank, and we sometimes had to write addresses on envelopes with this old school typewriter and I would always volunteer because it was so aesthetically pleasing to me.

11. The Acutal Story of the Little Mermaid. So I bet you knew there was a real little mermaid story before the disney version came out, AND you probably knew that it was a tragedy..but did you know it really wasn’t a tragedy? Yes, I realize this statement is contradictory, let me continue… In the book by HCA, near the end, the Prince starts digging another chick and marries her, after playing with the emotions of the LMermaid who gave up her everything to be with this guy.  Anyway, the LM’s sisters cut their hair and trade it to the seawitch in exchange for a dagger.  The LM gets the dagger from her sisters who tell her to go and shank her love and his new bride while they are sleeping in bed, if she does this, she can become a mermaid again and live.  The LM takes the dagger goes up to the room and takes the knife out and decides she can’t kill the Prince, because she loves him so much.  So, she runs out to the dock where the sun’s rays begin to hit her.  Contrary to turning into foam of the sea, as the witch had promised, she was looked upon with favor by the Invisible Powers that Be, and gets chosen to receive an immortal soul. 

I think this story is awesome because instead of pandering to unrealistic hopes of being loved by someone who clearly doesn’t love you as much as you love them, the main character is rewarded with something even more great, the chance to be a person of good character and the opportunity to live forever because of this.  (It is also a much better moral than rebelling against your dad at 16 years old and becoming a teenage bride after having spent three days with a person with no conversations whatsoever and going on one date. Don’t get me wrong though TLM is my fav. Disney movie.)

12. When you are driving or walking somewhere listening to your ipod and a song comes on randomly that speaks to you or is like describing your present emotions and situations, emo or not.  I love when this happens.

13. I love when people pray over me personally. EDIFICATION= awesomeness.

14. When I get fresh squeezed orange juice either because someone made it for me or I ordered it at a restaurant.

15. When there is enough steam on the car windows to draw funny pictures on and annoy my mother. (this by the way, is not as satisfying when my mom is not present)

16. When people buy me flowers.  Okay so this has only happened to me a few times, and usually happens on my bday, and it has always been done by girls like my mom or friends, BUT I love getting flowers from people, it is such a nice feeling.

17. When I am out dancing salsa and a good song comes on.

18. Doodling in any meeting, class, or at church (though listening of course at the same time).  

19. When a butterfly crosses my path.

20. When something unexpectedly funny happens. (like when we were on the ferry and Tall Twin told a joke and Wants-t0-be-a-Redhead laughed so hard ramen flew out of her mouth, which was actually kind of gross…but still awesomely hilarious.)

21. The feeling of leaving work.

22. When I am standing around in a group of people and people (esp. boys) are taller than me.

23. When I am standing at a venue looking at the stage and everyone is shorter than me.

24. When I get to see in person and hug and hold my family.

25.  When Japanese people speak English and it comes out cute and random simultaneously. (Like the phone call I got from Precious-Takko-Princess yesterday “Mosh mosh, haro! BlueForest-chan! I rabu you!!! Why don’t we go to sushi tonight?”)

26. When people give me books as presents. (my FAVORITE!)

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