things to love

all of the happiness lost in cyberspace

supplies for the sickly

Have you ever submitted a happy list? Yesterday I was home sick all day and David came over after work with lots of water, juice and soup for me. When he left I was so happy I wanted to write a little happy list and share it somewhere. Then I realized that over the past 2 1/2 years I've submitted five to the aforementioned happy list haven.

50 wonderful things that never saw the light of day because I only shared them with one person.

And then I thought of the hundreds of other people who surely had sent in lists, too. And those thousands of wonderful things that might never have seen the light of day, either.

So, in an effort to help recover all of the happiness lost in cyberspace, I thought I'd start by sharing my very first happy list right here.

May 5, 2009

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  2. stationary and writing letters
  3. tulips and tea parties
  4. the sound of my mother's sewing machine
  5. finding the right words
  6. being speechless
  7. cooking with david
  8. "dancing in the moonlight" - the song and the action
  9. fall foliage
  10. old couples holding hands

Feel free to share your happiness here, too.

things to love {about los angeles}

by the lovely Stephanie

{because uggs still remain a trend in los angeles}

1. little tokyokoreatownlittle ethiopia- los angeles is a little bit of the world, in one city
2. every band or artist will always have a show here. ellie goulding had two shows in the states. one was in los angeles. you bet i bought tickets right away
3. we are home to the trendy cafes you see on blogs and tabloids
4. food trucks are all the rage now and they're everywhere! ... in LA
5. we have winning sport teams and yes, i am talking about the los angeles lakers. we also have a great usc vs. ucla rivalry and baseball teams such as the angels and dodgers!
6. bombdiggity music venues and of all sorts - small, intimate, big, or outdoors
7. the diversity in nationalities, religions, food
8. there is every sort of activity available! shopping, visiting the beach, countless museums, there is a whole range! mind i say, we have awesome weather to do these awesome activities. you can snowboard, go to to desert, and visit the beach all in one day if you wanted to!
9. how they cater to my late night, mexican food cravings... and for cheap
10. trademark signs like this one and this one

{urth caffe}

{usc football game}

{huntington beach}

{the roxy / el tepeyac cafe}

And the "things to love" series is back! Thank you so much to Stephanie for sharing her perspective of LA! Her list and photos make me wish I could take a little road trip down south, but I might have to wait until after I graduate. In the mean time, I'll have to make due with my beaches and burritos up north.

If you have a list of things you love about your city, feel free to send it in (with a photo of your feet)! celeste.noche (at)

things to love {about home}

living room rug

1. Old photos. There aren't a lot, but I love them all the same.
2. Random things from my childhood that my mom kept. (Rocking horse, Little Mermaid pillow...)
3. Our Audrey Hepburn coffee table book collection.
4. Rice cooked and ready 24/7.
5. Being with family everyday.
6. Raiding my mom's closet (she dresses better than I do).
7. Waking up to the sound of my mom and her sewing machine.
8. Despite the fact that we've lived in more than 15 houses, each one has felt like "home" as long as we were still together.

childhood rocking horse
mom + sisters' disneyland silhouettes
mama's magnet collection
colorful spools

If you have a list of things you love about your city (or home!) feel free to send it in with some photos (including one of your feet!)

things to love {about zaragoza}

by Andrea, my new favorite photographer.


1. The fact that it’s in Spain means the food is awesome. The historical centre is full of little tapas bars where you can eat amazing food in small portions, do some bar hopping and get drunk in the process.
2. Despite being a big place (it has a population of 700,000) the centre is relatively small, which makes it a very walkable city.
3. It is a very old place. Zaragoza was founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago. Romans, muslims, christians and jews have left their imprint in the city, giving it an amazing cultural richness that I sometimes fail to appreciate.
4. Its location. As far as Spain goes, Zaragoza is in a privileged location. It might not be surrounded by beautiful scenery (it is in fact surrounded by a dessert), but it is located in a crossroads, exactly between Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia, which are some of the most important Spanish cities. Besides, it is also near the mountains and the border with France.
5. The weather (sort of). We might have temperamental wind and really hot, almost unbearable summers, but we get many days of sunshine a year, even in winter. When I lived in the UK I used to find the light blinding whenever I came back home. It is that bright. Or maybe the UK is just really dark.

flea market
Street Musician
Summer 2004

Spain. Close to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia AND France? Can I just teleport there now?

If you have a list of things you love about your city, feel free to send it in with some photos (including one of your feet)!

things to love {about san francisco}

by Danny, my music/badminton/life guru, my sophomore year prom date, and one of my best friends.

danny's feet

1. Not only does SF have a rich history concerning all walks of life, but its history is visible on a daily basis when walking through different ethnic neighborhoods.
2. Farmers’ markets are in abundance all year round in all parts of the city.
3. We are the home of the 2010 World Champion Giants!
4. If you’re in need of any kind of food, you’re literally within walking distance of it due to the small 7-square-mile area of the city, and there’s food for every kind of craving, from buns to tamales to curry to steaks.
5. We may not have much of a night-life, but there are coffee shops galore.
6. There’s a hill for every occasion.
7. We have fog; we have rain; but, most importantly, we have more sunny days per year than even cities such as New York.

danny's farmers' market
danny's coffee
danny's chinatown
danny's sky

I'll just start out by saying that Danny and I met playing badminton while we were in high school. He's two years older and we found out that we lived a few blocks away from each other and carpooled home. Since then I've grown to see that he's one of the best people I know. He introduced me to music galore (Jimmy Eat World!) and always gives the best, most encouraging advice. We even went to prom together (I have no digital photos since my old computer died :\ but you can ask him) and he is a true gentleman.

After living in the Bay Area for almost all of my life, I'm rather embarrassed that I haven't done a "things to love" list about San Francisco yet. Good thing Danny's here, right? I completely agree with everything on his list (even if I prefer the A's, it's about time that the Giants won...). Farmers' markets, food, and hills are what we're all about over here. Another friend also once told me that San Francisco is the smallest big city, since it only has a 7-square-mile radius as Danny points out. It amazing how easy it is to get from one district to another: one minute you're driving along the Great Highway and before you know it you're in the Presidio and the Golden Gate is getting close. Danny has a true San Francisco heart-- I'm not even really sure what I mean by that, but it makes complete sense to me. And I think he'd agree. Thanks for your list, Danny! I'm proud to call San Francisco home.

If you have a list of things you love about your city, feel free to send it in with some photos (including one of your feet)!