Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Favorite Things

My Favorite ThingsHappy Valentine's Day! Since I know you were all wondering what makes my heart flutter here's a partial list of my favorite things. Even one of these little guys is enough to make my day.

1. Fresh sheets. Slipping my feet into fresh, crisp sheets makes me go "Ahhhhhh!" every time. It's one of the high points of my Friday evening (Friday is my cleaning day where I change all the sheets). If the sheets have been dried on my clothesline it's even better. If the sheets have been changed by my own personal maid that's how I know I've died and gone to heaven.

Squid Ink Pasta2. Pasta. Any kind, any style, any shape. Well no, I take that back. One time Andrew and I went out to dinner at The Marx Brothers' Cafe and noticed squid ink pasta on the menu. What?? I was tempted to pester the waiter with questions like "What on earth would squid ink pasta look like? Are we talking black noodles here?" but I thought that would be too, too gauche and I refrained. Anyone have experience with this stuff?

3. Finding change in my pocket. Boy, if I reach into my pocket and find some money I forgot was there it's like I've won the lottery. A very small lottery.

4. A good pair of jeans. These babies are so hard to come by that if I find a pair I like it's like finding the Holy Grail of clothing. Currently, I'm in between relationships with my jeans, I've worn out several pairs that I liked but can't seen to find others to take their place. Maybe I'm saving up for a pair of Sevens. Yea, maybe . . .

5. Fire. I know I'm not the only one who finds a fire hypnotic but boy do I love sitting next to one. It's the part of camping that I like and I can sit up very late gazing at the flames. Since we've put in our new gas fireplace I now have my new Special Spot in my big leather chair which I slide in front of the fireplace, put my feet up and read or blog till someone makes me get up. You know, for like fixing meals and things like that. "Not right now kids, Mommy's blogging!"

6. Opera. It's not as if I listen to opera all the time, you know I can rock with the best of them (Have you seen the ads for the new IMAX movie U23D? I'm dying to see it) but opera holds a special place in my heart. My favorite is La Nozze di Figaro but you should hear me screeching along with Pavarotti when he belts out an Verdi or Puccini aria, it's . . . um . . . memorable.

Here's one of my favorites, it's from The Pearl Fishers by Bizet:




7. Warm summer nights. Growing up in Alaska my body has been trained to equate darkness with cold. It's only dark in the winter here so when I went to school out of state and walked around campus on a dark, warm summer night it was the oddest experience--but I loved it. Summer nights, where things smell warm and green, are just heavenly and if I can get a thunderstorm in there too it's just a bonus. Love those warm nights.

Charade with Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant8. Classic movies. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper--I love old movies. My Mom and grandmother trained me well and raised me to appreciate classic cinema--I could talk your ear off about some of my favorites. I've got Andrew to watch quite a few with me, though he prefers Manly Movies like Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, etc. Roman Holiday isn't really his thing.

9. The national anthem. This is kind of funny I guess, but I just love hearing "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's not as if I'm hugely patriotic, though I like to think I'm a good citizen and all that, but I like the sound of this song, what it does to people and the emotions it brings. Have you ever heard the words to the second or third verses? Quite stirring, you should look it up.

10. Seashells. I'm not sure why but seashells fascinate me. I can't see one on a beach without picking it up and saving it consequently I have baskets and bowls of seashells stashed around the house that I can't bear to give up. When we head to Florida next month we're going to Sanibel Island which is reported to have the second-best shelling beach in the world. THE WORLD PEOPLE. I'm going to be all over that--"We're going to need a bigger bucket!"

11. Travel. Everyone has their guilty pleasures and though I'm not really into fancy cars or big houses or expensive gadgets (with the exception of the new Macbook Airs, I could be very much into those) but if I had something that I'd spend money on it would be travel. By plane, car, boat or train it doesn't matter I just love to see new places and enjoy the experience travel has to offer. There aren't too many places I'm not interested in seeing some day--except maybe Greenland. I could live my life without going to Greenland. I made a list of places I want to see here and it hasn't changed much.

12. Dressing up. If you saw this list of things I won't wear I have to say that I do love dressing up--nylons, slips, jewelry, high heels, the whole bit. Some people don't like having to be squished into formal wear but I quite like the feeling of getting all gussied up (gussied? Is that still a word?) and going out. Dresses are pretty, I love silky fabrics and flowing lines, and my legs look better in heels--it's just a great thing all around. Plus there's always an anticipation when you put on your best clothes to go out.

Grace13. Newborn babies. I don't want this to sound weird or anything but I LOVE everything about newborns. The smell of their little necks, the way their hands are wrapped up in those long sleeved t-shirts, the way they scrunch up their little froggy legs, their little tiny faces, hands and feet. Though I'm not a woman who goes crazy for children or babies normally--they tend to be too darn moist for my taste--a newborn can get me every time. Maybe it's because they aren't big enough to have runny noses, nasty diapers and serious spew capacity. Though I've seen plenty of older babies that aren't exactly . . . um . . . cute I've never seen a newborn that wasn't adorable. Really. I can't help but stick my nose in their little wrinkly necks and smooch away. Even their diapers don't offend me--okay now I sound weird.

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56 comments:

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

While I like all 13...it's #4 that I agree with most! A good pair of jeans can be the most elusive thing in the world. Once you find some, don't let them go! :)

TheVasquez3 said...

oh man i once put on a winter coat and found $200 in the pocket! now that is my kind of change!! cha-ching! i loooove when that happens tho...big or small, found money is awesome!

Happy Valentines day and Happy Thursday Thirteen...mine is all about LOVE!!

kailani said...

Newborns have a special smell to them that just makes me ache for another one. But then I get over it pretty quickly. hee hee

I'm AZ said...

La Nozze di Figaro is my favorite, too. Just about anything Mozart is a favorite of mine. I love everything about newborns, too. How can you not!? People who say "eww" to babies freak me out. Babies smell good and I love their wrinkles and the cute noises they make. I especially love watching a baby nurse....oh so cute. Especially when they have little milk drips on them...ok, I better stop thinking about babies or I'll end up pregnant again.

Sanni said...

That´s one excellent T13, Michelle.
I agree to everything, especially the fresh sheets, jeans, dressing up (soooo looking forward to it after pregnancy =D ) and travel!

Happy TT + Happy Valentine´s Day ♥

luvmy4sons said...

Who can say anything about that list? All great stuff!

Beth said...

Fresh sheets are one of my favorite things too. Unfortunately, changing sheets is one of my least favorite things.

I have had a hard time finding a middle ground.

imadramamama said...

Travel is my guilty pleasure, too! And how could they ruin pasta by putting fish parts in it???

Robin said...

As long as you don't like the pasta and the newborn babies at the same time. I did and was forever dropping spaghetti on my kids' heads as I nursed them during dinner LOL.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Lately I am in love with all things newborn- with good reason. Can't wait! And I watched Roman Holiday last night before bed!

Steph

Jacki said...

I am with you on the fresh sheets thing....they feel sooo good!

Karen said...

I miss eating at Marx Brothers. Van was an odd little man, but he was always so nice to us. Are they still around?

Your list is perfection. Happy V Day to you!

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

If you left out "opera" (not that I don't like it, just that it wouldn't be in my top 10, probably. I'd put nice old jazz or classical in there instead) and replaced The National Anthem with my school Alma Mater (I know, "sap!"), our lists would be almost identical. Come to Chicago in August and I'll let you snuffle my lil newborn as much as you like! And eat pasta.

I had squid ink pasta at my first wedding, but I never actually got to try it. Everyone said it just tasted like regular old pasta though. That picture you posted of the black fettucini gave me the heebie geebies though. Glargh!

Nancy J. Bond said...

Excellent list -- and I love that cloud photo. :) Happy Hearts Day!

Heidi Swift said...

Squid ink pasta is delish! (Salty, tastes like the sea.)
Even better is fresh, homemade pasta served with sauce made of squid ink. (Yes, black!)
My partner is Sicilian and immigrated when he was five. "Pasta Nero" (pasta with squid ink) is a classic dish that his mother loves to make... but I am the only one of her "children" who will eat it. Leave it to the super white girl to school three Sicilian kids in essential "Sicilianness" My love of all things seafood is my claim to fame in his house and when we are visiting the rest of his family back in the old country.

Lis Garrett said...

Great list, Michelle, although dressing up certainly wouldn't rank among my most favorite things. Hannah, being a girly-girl, can't understand why I don't wear dresses and skirts, and she's always trying to get me to buy one when we go shopping together. I'd rather wear jeans ALL the time with a crisp button-down shirt and cute flats. High heels?? Torture!

Ahhh fresh sheets (I'm changing mine today!).

angie said...

If you have a Nordstrom Rack near you they usually have a few styles of Seven's for $99......I really enjoyed this list of favorites....I love so many of these things too.

Darla said...

...raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens....

It never fails to affect me when we go to a military movie theater and they play the national anthem before the movie.

Laura said...

Sheets, JEANS!, fire, and BABIES! I'm so with you..... Happy T-13!

Amber M. said...

Fabulous list. I'm so with you on the clean sheets. And newborns.

Maddy said...

Once [if] you find the perfect pair of jeans, cut out the label and seleotape it to the inside of a kitchen cupboard just above the telephone.
Cheers

Babystepper said...

A great list.

I'm partial to Gene Kelly myself. The man's got looks and rhythm.

Although, I actually like the Guns of Navarone too.

Melissa Markham said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you too:)

I absolutely, positively love the feel of fresh sheets! IT's the best!

Pasta is pretty yummy and refound change and dollars is always awesome!

I love, love, love to sit by a fire. I could sit there all day. My mom has a timeshare that we go to in the winter and my favorite part is the fireplace! It is the one thing I miss most in our own home.

One of my favorite things to do at the beach is find seashells. I am especially tickled when I find an unusual one:)

Newborn babies are awesome. I haven't been around one in quite a while and a lady in our church gave birth this week. I went to visit. I had forgotten how small those little guys are!

I enjoyed reading your Favorite things and you will be happy to know that I now have an ear worm as "My Favorite Things" tumbles through my head!

Amy said...

This is a great list! Once you find the perfect pair of jeans, let me know. Jean shopping is one of the hardest things to do!

Liz said...

Awesome roundup of things to keep close to your heart - Happy Valentine's Day!

Pat said...

I've had pasta nero (squid ink pasta)! I'm married to a man who was born in Southern Italy, and seafood is a big part of their cuisine. The black ink pasta is a little salty in taste, but delicious! You have to have a red sauce with red pepper garnish --never cheese! I buy it at an Italian import market near where I live, but only for special occasions as it's very expensive.
I love opera, also! I blogged recently about attending "Otello" at the NYC Met. My husband and I have been subscribers for years. it's another cultural "gift" I've been exposed to through him. My favorite opera is "La Traviata"

My Ice Cream Diary said...

I have the same issue with jeans.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, stop by and we can have a classic movie marathon. I think I've finally got my kids hooked to silent comedies.

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Oh I love most of the things on your list too... There's definitely nothing like a great pair of jeans or a newborn baby, that's for sure! :)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Maryann said...

That's a great list. How about a warm comforter right out of the dryer on a chilly lazy day?

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

Why does number one make me sick? My wife needs to take some notes here... I have sung that duet btw, I like it too.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Why are good jeans so hard to find?!?

Stephanie said...

So with you on number 11. Travel is the one place I'd love to be able to splurge!

Anonymous said...

Totally agree about the jeans, classic movies, and finding change. Summer nights are filled with too many bugs for my tastes, and I don't like newborns at all, much prefer them once they are 6 months or so. Happy Valentine's Day!

The Mama Bear said...

Awesome list I am partial to number 13, they are so sweet.

Julie said...

I love your list and heartily agree with every single item, though I confess I'm partial to the fresh sheets, pasta and a roaring fire.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Theresa said...

You weird, sweetheart you.
Thanks for making my V-Day a little sweeter.

MC said...

I'm am completely taken aback with squid ink pasta. It doesn't sound like it would taste any good but my interest is piqued, that's for sure.

Newborn babies are awesome. My sister just had her first baby, so I'm a new Aunt and although I don't think I'm very good with children, I do love holding my new niece! It's an amazing feeling, everything just feels so right with the world.

Alex Elliot said...

I absolutely love the way newborns smell. They always smell sweet.

Nicholas said...

I love an open fire too. That's something I miss.

Lara said...

I'm impressed....the Pearl Fishers is not very well known, but it sure is lovely. It's been one of my faves since college.

Great list. I hate shopping for jeans. Currently I'm wearing some of the seven7 jeans that are a "ripoff" of the realy ones...but I like them pretty well. They're much cheaper, too. :)

ewe are here said...

Ahhhh... this is a very good list of favorite things.... Fresh sheets, oh yeah. Pasta, lovely comfort food. Change in pocket, bonus! Jeans, essential. Fire, just lovely and warm and pretty. Warm summer nights, how I miss them. Classic movies, Cary Grant all the way. Seashells, fascinating. Travel, top of the list. And babies, newborn babies. Got to touch one just today. :)

Happy VDay.

cndymkr / jean said...

Oh I am so jealous. You're going to Sanibel! I've been there a number of times and it is fantastic. The shells are best after a huge storm. It churns up the ocean and deposits all those beautiful shells right there for you to pick up. And if you go out a little and shuffle your feet, you might get lucky and find some sand dollars. Have fun and enjoy yourselves.
jean

luckyzmom said...

You do not sound weird at all. Newborn babies would be at the top of MY list.

edj said...

You should combine your love of travel and seashells and go to Mauritania. There's lots of shells there, and very few people to pick them up. There are so many shells that they use them in concrete instead of gravel.

Joyismygoal said...

I love all those too except opera I have not been exposed to it enough to love it i like it but I need to go I have not in 25 years

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love Bjoerling!! Great choice!! Thanks for looking beyone Pavarotti and Nessun Dorma.Gmam

Jenna Consolo said...

GREAT list, Michelle! I love fresh sheets and newborns and pasta and opera and fire and... what you said! BTW, was that adorable newborn one of yours? Really fantastic photo of a darling little girl! Newborns get me every time too!

bluecat said...

I love The Dirty Dozen! Kelly's Heroes is another favorite. You can never go wrong with Clint Eastwood.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Fresh sheets! Yay.

I tried on some Sevens, and I thought of you..I'm long torso, short legs, and I looked like an idiot. But someone with the opposite, which I think you are, would look GREAT in them.

The national anthem gets me every time, too. I choke up.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Please let me know if you find the perfect jeans. I'll be forever indebted to you.

KJ said...

I'm so with you...I like my summer nights "balmy." Yes, "Gussied" is still a word, I love it. Classic movies, well, talent doesn't come like it used to. I'm so new-baby hungry for #2 right now I can smell the purity and softness...and fresh linens just make a bad day disapper.

dawn224 said...

it's true... everything about a newborn just makes you want to absorb the cuteness.

jubilee said...

Fresh sheets and pasta and a good classic movie. Sounds like a great idea for date night!

Mary Alice said...

The National Anthem always makes me tear up.

Janet said...

Great list. I am about to get over the fresh sheet thing, though, since I have to change mine nearly every day because one or both of my children has either peed or otherwise defiled my bed. And yes, you'll need a bigger bucket for Sanibel (no more wafer thin mints, thank you). Ridi (sp), Paliacchi!

I'm in said...

The list is so interesting... i like fire and seashelves. Pasta looks sooo strange Iwouldn't eat it even when they give me money=))