Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Favorite Things (Foods)

1. Popcorn
Preferably with just butter. Sometimes kettlecorn style. Rarely with caramel. Even more rarely with cheese. I love popcorn. It is the perfect snack and I will eat an entire bag of it all by myself in a single sitting. No regrets!

2. Potatoes
I don't care how you cook them, they're going to be fucking delicious and I'm going to eat more than a single serving.

3. Waffles
Fancy pancakes with syrup dimples. You can't go wrong. It's the perfect breakfast food. It's the perfect anytime food. Dinner time? Make a waffle sandwich. I feel compelled to type YOLO.

4. Bean & Cheese Burritos
Pockets of molten bean and melty cheese. I ate these things everyday for years and would do it again because they're awesome.

5. Pirogi
Potato pockets with stuff inside. Pirogi were the staple of my diet back when I lived on my own and there's a reason for that.

6. Pot Stickers
Pockets of meat and vegetables (you're probably noticing a trend with me and pocket foods). Serve with a side of sugar snap peas and yum.

7. Ravioli
Pockets of cheese and meat or vegetables (another pocket food, huge shocker) drown in some savory sauce. Mmm...

8. Pizza
I love pizza. I don't want to meet the person who is like, "I hate pizza."

9. Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches
I never outgrew this classic elementary school packed lunch staple. I enjoy them enough to make on a regular basis, even now that I'm a full fledged adult human with my own pb&j eating offspring.

10. Soup
I really like soup. Pretty much any soup, stew, or bisque. There's just something soothing about a nice hot bowl of soup. Especially potato soup.

Honorable Mention: Rainbow Sprinkles
I know, you're thinking, "That isn't a food really..." but they are. You can put them on any dessert and it's instantly better. Ice cream, pie, cake, cupcakes, pudding, mousse, donuts, candy bars, whatever. You can just grab a spoon and eat them on their own. They're delicious and I won't be told otherwise.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Favorite Things: Movies!

1. The Fifth Element
Everything about this movie is fantastic. I've seen it countless times and it somehow never gets boring. Easily everyone involved's best role.

2. Labyrinth
I used to dream about running away to the Goblin City. My go-to movie for all nostalgic needs.

3. Star Wars
My love for Star Wars is not unknown.

4. Interview With The Vampire
Strangely, this movie reminds me most of childhood. I was a creepy little girl.

5. Forrest Gump
One of the last movies I watched with my little sister before we were separated. We finally found each other again, but this movie still holds a special place in my heart.

6. Dead Poet's Society
My favorite Robin William's movie. Just watch it.

7. Kill Bill
The way this story was told blew my mind when it first came out. It's rare a plot keeps me guessing and Kill Bill managed to do that.

8. The Matrix
Go noob, see the truth, save the world. I like when the hero spends the entire first movie derping around confused.

9. 12 Monkeys
Yes, okay.

10. Silence of The Lambs
My grandpa took me to see this movie in theaters because I really, really wanted to see it. I was eight. Did not regret that choice!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Favorite Things (Beverages)

1. Irish Breakfast Tea
I take it with 2-3 sugar cubes and a bit of cream. If you disliek tea, you may like this as it presents more like a mild coffee.

2. Sumatra Wholebean Coffee
Prepared with 4 cubes of sugar, generous cream, and a dash of cinnamon.

3. Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte Mix
Follow the directions on the tin, savor. Delicious, warm pick-me-up you don't have to wait for!

4. Good Earth Original Sweet & Spicy
Boil water, steep tea. That's it, it's great all by itself. If you dislike tea, you'll probably like this tea.

5. Pineapple Soda
It's hard to find, but if I see it, I buy a bottle.

6. Thai Tea (with Boba)
One of the few cold teas I enjoy. So, so tasty. Also fun to drink.

7. Hot Cocoa
A classic. I used to drink hot cocoa year round. Just that cheap instant 'add water' kind.

8. Pina Coladas
Excellent destressor, tastes like relaxation.

9. Earl Grey Tea
I prepare mine with a tablespoon of honey. Tastes as good as it smells. If you dislike tea, you'll probably dislike Earl Grey tea, too.

10. Pink Lemonade
Always refreshing. Love it, especially on hot days.

I'll just take a moment at the end here to specify that brand doesn't particularly matter with any of these with the exception of Trader Joe's Spicy Chai Latte mix, and Good Earth's Original Sweet & Spicy tea.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My Favorite Things (Books)

1. Watership Down, Richard Adams

2. A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin

3. The Lord of The Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

4. White Fang, Jack London

5. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

6. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle

7. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

8. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

9. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell

10. Parasite Eve, Hideki Sena

I'll stop the list there because I could list books forever, really.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

My Favorite Things (Products)

I get a lot of asks about my favorite products. Things I use basically all the time because they're so great I can't help myself. The list isn't really that long.

1. Lush, Honey I Washed The Kids
This is a soap. It lathers richly, cleans and moisturizes your flesh, and smells delectable. Warm and sweet. I've yet to find any other product that smells this good. Unfortunately there does not exist a matching perfume.

2. Auric Blends, Honey Almond
This is a roll-on oil perfume. It applies evenly, lasts a long while, and smells fantastic. It's my solution to there not being a Honey I Washed The Kids scent on the market. A warm, subtle, sweet scent.

3. LypSyl, LypRadiance Honey Rose
This is a lip balm. A lip balm that actually works. It lasts a while and leaves my lips softer for having applied it even once it's worn off. Despite the name, it does not taste of honey or smell of roses. The scent it does have is very light, and is somewhat citrus-y. It has a barely any tint and just a hint of sparkle, which is great because it's a balm not a gloss!

4. Neutrogena Original Formula Bar Soap
This, obviously, is a soap. It's for your face, though I suppose you could use it anywhere if you really wanted. It is however balanced for cleaning faces and removing make-up, which is does wonderfully. It has a scent but I can't really describe it. I find it pleasant, for whatever reason. It leaves my face feeling clean but not dried out.

5. Aveeno Active Naturals, Ultra Calming Moisturizer
This is an oil free facial lotion, so it won't clog pores. It also contains feverfew which is excellent for those of us with sensitive skin. It leaves my skin moisturized but not shiny looking or slimy feeling, which, you know, is ideal.

6. Lush, Charity Pot
This is an all-over lotion. A little goes a long way, so don't slather it on! It has a light, semi-sweet scent and works wonders for dry skin, even if you've neglected it for a while and it's really dry. And hey, proceeds go to charity! What I love about Lush, as a company is that if you bring your empty contains back to them, they'll give you a discount towards your next purchase. Incentive to recycle (not that you should need one)!

7. Pantene Pro-V Classic Shampoo & Conditioner
These, clearly, are a shampoo and conditioner. I get a lot of questions regarding my hair care (suppose it comes with having such long hair?) and people are often surprised to find out I don't use expensive salon products. Just regular ol' basic drug-store quality stuff. I like the scent though and honestly, having used expensive salon products in the past extensively, have to say -- it does the job.