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Every so often, Dish features “Stuff We Like”, a compilation of the cool, stylish, or unusual products that we find and like and if you do as well, let you know where you can get it. This month we’re taking a different tact. Instead of the usual material goodies, we wanted to list the stuff that each of us loves; the intangible memories, things and experiences that evoke feelings that can’t be bought, no matter how many lists it makes.

Sunshine through my windows

“When I wake up to sunshine peeking in through the curtains in my bedroom”
“When I suddenly laugh out loud in a room full of strangers because I remember something hilarious a friend said or did; or when a friend and I simultaneously look at each other and realize we can read each other’s thoughts”
“When I smile at strangers and they smile back: the completely euphoric and weightless feeling I get when I’m dancing.”
- Solana Hawkenson, Writer

“How it’s quiet when it snows; how it dampens the sounds of cars and the clouds are low - it makes  the whole world seem really quiet.”
“The way that old houses smell; that smell of wood and age and the lifetimes of many people.”
- Corey Conley, Writer

“Discussing childhood memories with my family.”
“Long distance phone calls to my friends from across the country”
“finding a new favorite song, laughing until I cry, and Chocolate Sin pancakes from The Pancake Pantry in Nashville, TN.”
- Melanie McClain, Marketing

“The cute little squeaks my big fat cat makes when I walk through the door;
“The view from the balcony at The Bridge Hotel in Boca Raton, which overlooks the majestic Intracoastal Waterway, and features spectacular sweeping waterfront views; taking a flight and landing safely; my parents; living in a free country.”
- Raeanne Rubenstein, Editor in Chief

“I love an innovative idea to wrap my brain around, an inspirational book about an innovative person, the feeling a quiet dim room and a warm cup of coffee leave me with, brainstorming business ideas with others, and floating out an idea and getting feedback from people I don't know.”
- Beatty Jamieson, Marketing

“Family: There are few things that are certain in life, at least for me, and one of them is my family. I know when nothing else goes my way, or has my back, they're there and ready to help. I wouldn't be doing what I am today without them.”
“Friends: I've been fortunate enough to surround myself with a funny group of people, who I also call my friends. They're odd, witty, but they're real, and I can always trust they've got my back.”
“Women: As far back as I can remember I have been interested in women. I love watching them, listening to them, and, when the right one comes along, dating them.”
“Football: I watched with baited-breath this summer as the NFL lockout wore on, hoping that one of those mornings I'd wake up and find it over. Thankfully, it ended and we had a season. I like baseball, basketball and hockey, but football can never be replaced.”
“The Ocean: Jimmy Buffett said it best in "A Pirate Looks at 40": Mother, mother ocean/I have heard you call/I wanted to sail upon your waters/since I was three feet tall. Listen to the song; that's the only way I can describe my feelings for the sea.”
- Chris Pilney, Writer

“My dogs. Not only is it like having my own little carnival sideshow 24/7, but who else is going to greet you at the end of a long day with tails wagging and nothing but love to give?
The Pacific Ocean. Rain or shine, any day, week, or month of any year I love the exuberance of the waves and the feeling of sand squishing between my toes. I love a good glass of Cabernet that has had time to age, shared with friends whose company is timeless.
I love that first delicious kiss at the end of a first great date. I love falling asleep on a rainy afternoon with a good book in my lap.”
- Rachel Gladstone, Writer

“Roku XD streaming entertainment player.”
“Rachel Ray stoneware EVOO and vinegar set.”
“Just Wink greeting card iPhone and iPad app.”
“Dave Ramey’s Total Money Makeover.”
“Volkswagen Bike.”
- Dustin Evans, Writer

“Spotify: Hands down the BEST streaming free music source available, Spotify boasts unlimited access to virtually all recorded music across every genre. Add to that full integration with Facebook, minimal commercial interruption and a premium service that adds even more available music coupled with mobile streaming and you will quickly realize that Spotify is the undisputed future of streaming music.”
“Nook Tablet: Giving all other non-iPad tablets a run for their money, Barnes &
Noble's Nook Tablet is more than just an e-reader. Fully compatible with all streaming services, the Nook Tablet is the perfect home for all of your on-the-go entertainment needs sporting a 7" touchscreen, thousands of apps and lightening fast internet connectivity.”
“Go the F*ck to Sleep (Book): Author Adam Mansbach and illustrator Ricardo Cortés put together this "children's book for adults" following Mansbach's difficulties getting his two year old daughter to sleep. Mansbach perfectly captures the familiar and unspoken tribulations of putting your child down for the night written as a lilting lullaby that is as charming as "Goodnight, Moon" if "Goodnight, Moon" were laced with profanity.”
“Ferrero Rocher Chocolates: The Italians really know how to make chocolate and Ferrero Rocher is certainly proof of that. Heaven in a gold wrapper, Ferrero Rocher consists of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with decadent hazelnut cream and covered in luscious milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Guaranteed you can't eat just one.”
- F. Daniel Kent, Writer / Issue 188 - September 4171
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