Reverb ’11 Day 17 – Not Favorites

The prompt: Instead of a list of your favorite things, write a list of your least favorite things, e.g. Worst book you ever finished, the color you hate, bad songs, bad romances, bad recipes.

I’m thinking this shouldn’t be that hard…right?

– The Twilight series.  Yes, I read them.  I’ll admit that.  I can see why the story is interesting.  But they are just so badly written.  Like..honestly.

– Justin Bieber.  Again, I don’t get it.

– The color orange.  WHY?

– Bananas.  Anything having to do with bananas.  Their entire existence bothers me

– Frosted mini wheats. I’ve tried to get into them.  But they are my least favorite cereal at home

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  I had to force myself to read it and then I just gave up.  Because it was just boring me to death.  I know a lot of people liked it though

– French vanilla coffee.  I used to like it.  Now the idea of it makes my stomach turn

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Reverb ’11 Day 15 – Spicing up my life

In case you forgot – I’ve been participating in Reverb Broads ’11.  The prompt for the 15th (I’m behind.  So sue me) is…

Did you taste any new flavors this year? Did you love or hate them or something in between? Will you incorporate these new flavors into your life?

This year, I got way into Indian food.  And thai food.  I’m not sure why, exactly – but any chance I get to have those sorts of food?  I’m on it.  I don’t know why I find these foods so delicious, I just know they are.

Maybe because I feel like when you make Indian food or Thai food, you’re not using all the crap that you would normally use when you make “american food”?  I don’t know – I’m not in my brain.

I’m not going to try to cook Indian food.  That’s just..a bad idea.  I’ll screw it all up.  And you know when you make really ethnic foods, you need all sorts of different, random spices that you’ll only use once.  My friend’s parents have a recipe for Pork Lo Mein that’s apparently amazing.  But you need 15 different spices and only use about a teaspoon of each.  That stuff gets expensive quick.

Oddly enough, the best Thai food I’ve ever had was in Atlanta.  Who knew?

Reverb ’11 Day 14 – Making a difference

Is volunteering something you do regularly? If yes where do you volunteer? If not, why not?

This is a question I have no problem answering.  As I’ve mentioned about 3,897,792 times, I volunteer at an animal shelter.  And it’s one of the most rewarding and stressful things that I do.

I like knowing that I’ve made a difference in an animal’s life.  And yes, it might not be as noble as working with sick kids or something like that, but I like it.  KNowing that we can change a dog from an unsocialized terror to a wonderful pet is a great feeling.

But at the same time, the politics of the shelter have started to bother me.  Not all the adopters are as awesome as I’d like them to be.  I’ve had people yell at me.  Straight up yell at me when something doesn’t go their way – like someone else is putting in an application for a dog that that they wanted to see.  I’ve had people just leave their pets at our doorstep.  Or next to the dumpster.  I’ve seen the worst in people.

But I’ve also met a group of people that are so dedicated to one cause.  And that?  It’s a wonderful thing.

Reverb ’11 Day 13 – Anything you can do…no, I just do it better

What are three things you are better at than most people?

It’s really hard to say if there’s anything that I do better than someone else…but I’ll give it a shot…

1.  Falling down.  I fall down better than almost anyone else does.  You can’t even try to fall down as well as I do.  SRSLY.

2. Telling stories.  I’m good at it.  Sometimes I exaggerate, but it’s worth it.

3. Being me.  I’m the best at being me.

Reverb ’11 Day 12 – Guilty Pleasures

Name and explain the one guilty pleasure you can’t live without. ie: that cupcake shop you visit weekly, a book you repeatedly read to find solace in, etc). Then explore the idea of how you would feel if you gave that thing up for a year.

One of my guilty pleasures is stopping for coffee on the way to work.  Whether it’s Starbucks, Dunkin or just the local bagel place, there’s no greater joy than doing that.  Starting out a morning with a pumpkin spice latte?  What could be better?  Coming in to work with some nice, hot coffee and knowing I can go right to my desk and get to work?  FABULOUS.

I know that coffee gets expensive.  And I can have coffee at work – especially now that we have a K-cup machine here – wahoo!  But let’s face facts – this gets expensive easily.  And like I said, I can just have coffee at work.  But sometimes, I need that little treat.  I need to have the little pick-me-up of knowing that someone else has prepared my coffee better than I have myself.  It’s a nice thing to have.

My other guilty pleasure?  I always get a cupcake when I go into NYC.  I’m lucky to have a good friend that lives in Manhattan and always knows where the best cupcakes are.  Granted, there’s a Magnolia in GCT, but sometimes, it’s good to go somewhere else.  Like Billy’s.  Or something like that.

And the third one?  I live near Dooney and Burke.  You know, the maker of fancy bags.  Every December they have this big ass tent sale where they have just about everything…ON SALE.  I’ve been going for the past few years.  It’s really hard NOT to buy a bag for $50 that was once like, $345.  I know I don’t need those bags.  But man, when you’re in a tent that’s just filled with beautiful leather bags?  It’s hard to say no

Reverb ’11 day 11 – Being like my mom

How are you like your mother? And if you’re a mother, how is/are your kid(s) like you?

Here’s the thing about my mom – sometimes I can’t stand her.  Sometimes I just want her to go away.  Because she doesn’t understand me at times.  She’s frustrating and persistent and just…gets on my nerves.

But I know those things are what makes her a great mom.

My mom and I are both crafty.  We both like to cook and bake – although I do it better because I’m not trying to do 4,589 things at the same time.  Also, I believe in timers – which blows her mind, I think.  My mom is surprisingly good at buying clothes for me for my birthday or christmas – and who would think that?  I know some moms are really out of touch, but my mom is always right on the money – because she knows what I like.  We both have a sense of right and wrong and will very loudly proclaim when things are wrong.  We’re both very emotional.

But we differ a lot – because I’m tall and she’s short.  And I’m funny and she’s not.  She’s good with working with people and I’m not.

And when I don’t want to strangle her…she’s a pretty good mom.

Reverb Broads ’11 Day 10 – Best/Worst

Day 10 – What is the best and/or worst thing about your life right now?

This question should be so easy to answer.  But it’s not.  Sometimes the best and worst things are the same things.

Best things…

– Christmas time.  Seeing friends and family

– Crafts.  ALL THE CRAFTS

– All the excitement regarding moving.  No idea when this will happen, but it’s nice to think about painting and moving and doing ALL the things

– Having reasons to smile.  having friends that make me laugh.  Having a reason to laugh at all.

– Knowing that we’re all healthy.  And that’s important

– Hearing my favorite song.  Dancing around.

The worst..

– Not knowing when I will be moving.  Family is starting to make me nuts

– The need I have to sleep all the time and not work out and eat all the food.  Stop that, self

– Freaking out about Christmas because I’m not done shopping and I have no idea what to get people

– Political stuff over at the animal shelter.  I know that sounds stupid, but it’s annoying.  It wasn’t this way last year, but since things have changed, well..yeah

– when I get a case of the sads that I can’t shake

– My constant thoughts of what I was doing this time last year.  It doesn’t matter, self.  It really doesn’t.  That was last year.

– Feeling like I’m treading water.  Itching to get out of Fancy Marketing Company.

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