I have what at first glance appears to be a limited list of
favorite things because I keep it well defined and inform people
often about what I do or do not like, however I am frequently made
fun of by friends for claiming everything to be 'my favorite,' one
thing at a time. Anyway, the list:
Books. I've read a lot of classics, as that is what I went to
school for... so if my list appears pretentious it's only because I
haven't been exposed to much beyond those notable greats. Of what
I've read, those which have stuck with me most include:
The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran - unbearably beautiful.
Anna Karenina and War & Peace - Tolstoy crafts the most
believable characters I've ever read. I don't understand how he
Euclid's Elements. I'm not kidding. I LOVE me some math. Especially
straight up, original geometry in it's purest.
Montaigne's Essays, Harry Potter (yeah, roll your eyes if you must,
but those books are FANTASTIC. I don't say that lightly), Harold
and the Purple Crayon.
Movies - Shrek, duh. Donkey is the best goddamn character ever
invented. Love that shit! Shreks 2 & 4 are still pretty clever.
Shrek 3: meh. Not up to par. I also love Wall-E (I was Wall-E for
Halloween a few years back - made an excellent costume, if I do say
so myself, and I really do.) Some other favorites include Little
Miss Sunshine, Amelie, 40 Year Old Virgin (yep, love it), UP,
Bridget Jones (books were better of course, but nothing cheers me
more when I'm sad), Princess Bride. I generally don't like TV; I
never have. But someone introduced me to The Office (US) on DVD,
and I LOVE THAT SHOW. So good. Warms me soul and makes me belly
Music... I love stuff I know and can sing to. That's limiting, I
realize. I enjoy lots of music, but only the stuff that sticks in
my ears like glue becomes what I return to when left to my own
devices (literally... ha!). I will just put it out there that my
all-time favorite song is Life is a Highway, by Tom Cochrane, and I
have NO SHAME in saying so. When it comes on in a store or the
radio, I feel like God is shining down on me. Not really even
joking. Ha. General favorites include Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Van
Morrison, Dispatch, and recently Mumford & Sons and Edward
Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. Most recent fave song is Sinnerman
by Nina Simone. Holy shit is that song incredible.
As for food, honey badger don't give a shit: I will eat whatever is
free-est and easiest, preferably not spoiled. Eating often feels
like a chore to me, so ... whatever. If it makes me not hungry,
it's done its job. And if it tastes good, that's just awesome! That
being said, I am the Cookie Monster... who also loves ice cream and
straight up chocolate, of the milky variety, preferably. Dark
cherries and tortilla chips, avocados and any kind of juice are
some other staples of my diet, when I can afford them.