A. Favorite Books: I've quite a few favorite books. In fact,
it's one of my favorite things to have books. To get
books. I have far more books than I have had the opportunity to
read, and I like it that way. Instead of appliances like a coffee
maker (I don't drink coffee) or a microwave (I don't use them), my
kitchen counters used to be lined with books. Books like Jane
Austen's works, a bit of the Brontë sisters, Middlesex (an
absolute favorite), Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked
Witch of the West (another in the top five), Dracula,
East of Eden, A Confederacy of Dunces. An anthology
of Romantic poetry. A very large Italian / English dictionary. I
love flipping through the pages and learning words at random. I own
a fair amount of Eastern European literature, too, and rather
enjoyed I Served the King of England. Travel Far, Pay No
Fare by Anne Lindbergh. This was one of my favorites back in
elementary school, but over the years I'd forgotten what it was
called. With a little fancy footwork, I was eventually able to get
Google to cough up a title based on a really convoluted description
of the plot. Amazon.com was then awesome enough to have a few
copies available for next-day delivery. And now it's like basking
in the warmth of a Vermont summer while taking a stroll down memory
lane. Hm... The Harry Potter series from three different
countries. I love the Harry Potter series.
To get back to my original thought, my counters used to be
lined with books. Back when I had shorter counters. Now, it doesn't
look right, not with the open counters. I love the openness of the
kitchen, but I hate that I don't have books in there anymore.
Instead, we have tons of shelves. A little less awesome, but still
Currently Reading: I met my 2013 goal and surpassed it again
by (just shy of) half. I was all set to go on this year's reading
challenge but the first two and a half weeks of the new year have
offered up mediocre, can't-connect work that either puts me to
sleep or leaves me looking for distractions. Currently disappointed
and discouraged. It might be time to dive into some old
B. Favorite Movies: To be totally honest, I'm not much of a
movie person. Sure, I'll watch one on occasion, either out of
curiosity or a feeling of obligation, but I rarely seek them out or
end up captured by them enough to give them my full attention. On
the list of go-to hobbies in my life, movies are way, way down
C. Favorite Shows: Misfits. To an extent. Up through
season three. I like to pretend that seasons four and five never
happened. In fact, I just finished the series, then went back and
rewatched one through three and stopped there to keep the sour
taste of the new group out of my mouth. Doctor Who. NuWho,
though. I can't seem to get into Classic Who. I know, I know.
Blasphemy. Firefly. I'm current on a lot of shows (far more
than I'd care to admit, actually), but none of them really qualify
as favorites, no matter how much I keep tuning back in.
More...time-wasters. Castle is one I must watch, if only for
Nathan Fillion, though I do enjoy it 97% of the time. But I don't
know that it qualifies as a favorite. It may have, a few
years ago, but at this point… The same is true of shows like How
I Met Your Mother and Bones and Criminal Minds.
More obligation than genuine excitement.
D. Favorite Music: I don't know. I'm open to quite a bit in
the world of music. Of Montreal. I'd say that Of Montreal would
hold the place of "favorite" at the moment. Right now Death Cab for
Cutie is playing. Followed, perhaps, by some "ol' school"
Backstreet Boys, the stylings of Elton John and / or Billy Joel,
Nine Inch Nails, a wee bit o' The Format (and anything else Nate
Ruess), Damien Rice, The Cranberries. Modest Mouse, Franz
Ferdinand, Frou Frou, Aerosmith, Journey, Tori Amos. I'm a fan of
Ani DiFranco, though I don't know very many of her songs. The
Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Elvis. Simon and Garfunkel
(I find it interesting that "Garfunkel" does not trigger the Safari
spellchecker). Bright Eyes (though just saying, typing or even
thinking "bright eyes" makes me sing, in my head, "Turn
arouuuund..."). ...I'm stopping now.
E. Favorite Food: Ethiopian. They closed my Ethiopian place,
and I am not kidding when I say I cried a bit. Indian. Good Chinese
where I can get it. Apple pie-lettes. Or just apple pie. Thai. Soup
-- I'm so glad that soup season is here again! Pomegranates. I'm
also rather fond of pears. And Pink Lady and Honeycrisp apples.
Opal apples, definitely. Berries. Raspberries are my absolute
favorite, but they're rather cost prohibitive. I'm not a big fan of
celery, except for the inner sticks. Or with the ranch dressing
that every buffalo wing-serving joint seems to have but that I
can't seem to find in the grocery store. Cheesecake. Chicken
croquettes. Great steak.