1. Getting on the F train and feeling like I'm in a movie about an independent New York woman, accompanied by some wonderful drummers busking for a few bucks on the subway.
2. Striding up Lexington Ave in my black boots and fabulous long black wool coat.
3. Buying Christmas cookies at the neighborhood Cuban bakery, neatly stacked in a white box and tied with red-and-white string.
4. Reading papers by students who've done really interesting research on sociolinguistics.