365 Challenge: Day 42 – A to Z Favorites

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A to Z Favorites: A list of 26 things that I adore, one for each letter, a challenge posed to any readers who would like to participate


Yes, you are correct — this is not exactly a characteristic; however, in my defense, for the last 5 Sundays, I’ve provided an ethnicity as the trait for the end of each week, covering my genealogy as well as the Top 10 stereotypes for that country or origin. And so… I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) of sorts that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Only this time, I’m turning it into a fun game and perhaps a challenge down the road. For at least the next 5 Sundays, matching the first five weeks, I will have an A to Z List. As a warning, next Sunday’s will be “Least Favorites,” so be prepared.


  1. Pick something that starts with that letter and add it to your own list. Don’t think about it… just come up with a couple ideas in under five seconds and choose the best of the bunch.
  2. It can be a thing or place, but not a named person. We don’t want anyone to feel left out!
  3. This week it’s your favorite things… but next week will be something else. Add in any extra comments if you need to explain.
  4. Nominate 5 people at the bottom of your post that you want to re-post with their 26 items. Pick at random – no favorites!
  5. It’s a fun game, but if you are nominated and DO NOT want to participate, you don’t have to. Just ignore it! Totally OK.
  6. You may not have been nominated, but you can totally participate by following these rules.
  7. Post it as a reply on the person’s blog where you found it. Also post it on your own blog as a new post.
  8. Should we use a tag so we can see all the responses? Suggestions…
  9. This may not go anywhere if there is no participation other than me. And that’s OK. The 365 Daily Challenge was about me to start, so I cannot expect or force anyone else.
  10. Have fun and get to know your online friends. Tell us when you post your 26 items.  Thanks!

My A to Z Favorite Things

A – Avocado

B – Books

C – Cooking

D – Dogs

E – Estates (love to visit them on tours)

F – Friends

G – Genealogy

H – Hyacinths (favorite smell in the world)

I – INC. (clothing brand I think produces cool items)

J – Jubilee (French restaurant on my corner I eat at a lot)

K – Kitchens (to cook or to think about re-modeling)

L – Lily (the flower is so pretty, especially the Calla)

M – Money

N – Netflix

O – October (favorite month, Halloween and cool weather)

P – Prosciutto (charcuterie and cheese platters, yum)

Q – Quiche (another hard one to come up with options… but I enjoy making quiche)

R – Reading

S – Sushi

T – TV

U – Undo (my favorite key on the keyboard as I’m always re-thinking what I just wrote)

V – Vino (wine and Spain… combined it together)

W – Writing

X – X-Rays (I know very little words… but I think it’s fun to look at our bones)

Y – Younger (a TV show I really like to watch and think could have been me!)

Z – Zoos

People You Are Tagging

  1. lghiggins
  2. Bentley ★ BookBastion.net
  3. Books, Vertigo and Tea
  4. Rae Longest
  5. readrantrockandroll

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay. I am 40 and live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post.


10 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 42 – A to Z Favorites

    susandyer1962 said:
    April 23, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    Great list Jay!

    I’ve never made quiche before! But I am an avocado freak!!

    Liked by 1 person

    honeyleafs said:
    April 23, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Hey, James! I loved your concept and I am tagging myself to do this! Dont worry I shall play by the rules 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 24, 2017 at 6:29 AM

      Hi. That’s great. I’m glad someone else is doing it. I look forward to your responses… and to see where it goes. I’ll tag you on the next one I do so you “have” to! :}


    Rae Longest said:
    April 28, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    I LOVED reading this, and appreciate being tagged, but I am in the middle of an end-of-the-semester grading marathon. Catch me later, after school is out please.

    Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    April 28, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    I’d like” Professor’s permission” to abstain from this “assignment,” please. I’m way behind on your posts as it is! Ha!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 28, 2017 at 1:08 PM

      Ha! No permission needed… I’m just glad to have your replies and interaction. Never pressure!

      Liked by 1 person

    Judy Hudgins said:
    April 30, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    I saw this and was motivated to give it a try myself. http://knottyneedle.blogspot.com/2017/04/a-to-z-kind-of-challenge.html

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 30, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Awesome! I’m glad you gave it a try. Heading over now to check out your post.


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