O's Bliss List

The first paragraph of a novel that completely captures you.

Checking off the last thing on the Saturday to-do list.

Coming home to your old room and slipping underneath sheets washed by Mom, surrounded by old books, photos, and a big collection of your "stuff."

The combined look of surprise, gratitude, and arousal in a man's eyes when you invite him in.

Friday night, 6:30 p.m., after a long, hard week.

The first time your child gives you something and says, "I made this for you."

Rushmore.... Also: The Princess Bride, True Romance, and anything starring Clive Owen.

A big plate of nachos after a long day of skiing.

Losing yourself in an hour of contortions. There really is something to "breathing through your body," as they say in yoga.

A child smiling at you in the grocery store line.

What makes the staff at purr?