Things Jessica McCarvell Likes

  1. The sound of my friend Kerry cracking her knuckles — first her left hand, then her right
  2. Buffy, season six, episode eleven (Buffy is invisible; Xander catches Spike “doing pushups” in his bed)
  3. Stroopwafel (Dutch thin waffles with a syrup filling) warmed over a cup of black tea with almond milk: makes the syrup melty
  4. The fleeting moment when a birthday cake covered in candles comes out, the lights go down and we all inhale to sing
  5. When I’m holding one of my baby friends and they burrow their head in the crook of my neck
  6. Reorganizing my art, etc. on my mantel/shelves, stepping back to look and feeling a wave of yes — it’s all in the perfect place
  7. Diving into my calendar (day planner) and reading what I was doing last year on the same day, week and month
  8. My ability to bake and rely only on my intuition as a timer
  9. Matty Healy’s voice when he sings the line “it’s not about reciprocation, it’s just all about me, a sycophantic, prophetic, socratic junkie wanna be”
  10. The anticipation of the hug of a friend when we’re parting ways, just before the conversation ends

Jessica McCarvell is most likely wrapped in a cozy blanket burrito, plotting her next midnight snack party.

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