There is one thing that
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews and Oprah have in common. They both have a love of sharing a few of their favourite things. Mary Julie did it in song (side-note: out of everything in the world… BROWN PAPER PACKAGES tied up with string makes her list of FAVOURITE THINGS?? WTF Mary Julie?! A brown paper parcel does it for you?? Something tells me Poppins Andrews was the kid in school who was easily amused by a ball of string, but I digress) and Oprah does it every year with her ‘favourite things show’, in which lucky audience members get Oprah’s favourite beach tote and scream like they just found out their husbands have morphed into Brad Pitt and have promised daily massages involving chocolate syrup.
I have decided to join their ranks and come up with my own list of favourite things. Because I a) I have strong opinions on things b) I’m in a linking mood and c) I have the damned
Poppins song in my head and am using this as a clever strategy to remove it from my brain. Permanently. Keep in mind, these are just my current favourite things. I’m saving my all-time favourite, unbeatable, I can’t believe it, list of stuff for my own show.
Favourite lip-gloss: This is difficult. More difficult than picking my university major. However, I’m going to go with my current top two: CO Biglelow Mentha Lip Shine in Rootbeer or Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush lip gloss. Both are tasty, give a little bit of shine and make my lips feel like they are loved.
Favourite television show: I feel like I’m going to put a big X on my back when I say this, but I’m not really into a lot of the fall shows. I tried to get on Grey’s Anatomy so I could feel cool, but I’m just not into it anymore. I was hooked after the first season (you know, the season no one actually watched when it was on but instead bought it on DVD after they started watching season two and saw how hot McDreamy really is), but not anymore. I’m hoping the love comes back, but I’m not going to push it. The only show that I’m currently watching every week? The Office. If you aren’t watching it, I feel… like I may not want to know you. Seriously. Start watching. I love the crap out of that show.
Favourite salad dressing: Not just because I have a nonsensical crush on him, but Newman’s Own Lighten Up Sundried Tomato dressing is fantastic. When I have it, I imagine that Paul himself made my bottle himself and
whispered sweet nothings while kissing it gave it a thumbs up before it got sent to me. Is that weird?
Favourite Can Opener: The Starfrit can opener. Now, many of you might think all can openers are the same, but you would be wrong, they are not. The Starfrit can opener is the best because it is the awesomest (I could totally have a job reviewing products, don’t you think?). The only downside is, if you are a tuna eater (which I am not) and like to use the lid to drain the tuna it’s a bit of a pain since the opener takes the top rim of the can off with it.
Favourite jeans: American Eagle. They are super cheap, come in a ton of different styles (including petite which has changed my life) and are super soft. If I’m wearing jeans on a casual Friday and am teaching an art lesson, I never have to freak out if pastels get on my jeans. Because they cost $40, not $200.
Favourite Deep Conditioner: Be prepared, Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment is intense and slightly addicting. It smells like coffee (which took some getting used to but now I like) and when I put it in my hair (I usually put it in, braid my hair and go to sleep) I have daydreams of living in a jungle (that makes more sense when you read the pamphlet that comes with the conditioner that references the rainforest).
Favourite drinking glass/clock: These from Ikea are at the top of my list. They remind of glasses my grandmother used to have, and are the perfect size. I also love them because they are perfect to hold tiny groupings of flowers and they are cheap enough if I’m enraged, I can smash a few until I feel better. Also, this clock from Ikea is fantastic. It’s really huge- the picture doesn’t do it justice (twss), but simple and I love it more than the idea of world peace.
Favourite non-alcoholic drink that gets me drunk with happiness: Fanta. My love for fanta is strong. I had a fanta everyday when in Europe (I had never had it before in Canada) and brought back two six-packs when I returned. (Seriously. I actually took out clothes and left them in Europe so my backpack could hold more Fanta). Now fanta is everywhere, which is fine, but it’s not the same. I still have friends who make sure to bring me back a bottle when they come back from overseas. I just got a bottle from a friend who picked it up in Germany. I might have it at Christmas. I savor Fanta like other people savor wine. (Only Fanta orange though, the rest… yuck).
Favourite website to check out when I’m having a bad day: www.funnyordie.com Actually, I don’t even skim the whole website, I just watch The Landlord and find myself giggling at the genius behind it. Because nothing is funnier than watching Pearl. Nothing. Except maybe Michael Scott on The Office. Or Dwight on The Office during the Halloween episode, Season 2. Okay, I need to stop.
* Thanks to everyone who caught my mistake. I can no longer call myself a true “Sound of Music” fan after this mistake.