These are a few of my favorite things …

As most of you have probably figured out, I am a person of random enthusiasms. Get stuck talking to me for a few minutes at a party or in an elevator and I will try to convince you of how great roller-skating is, or that liverwurst sandwiches with spinach and mustard on wholegrain bread are underrated, or how you should really try my new stupidly-expensive-but-actually-worth-it favorite lip balm.

So I thought today would be a great day for a random post about stuff I like (but sadly, even though I live in Chicago, I can't actually GIVE you all the stuff I like, the way Oprah would). Stuff such as Pearson Coffee Nips, which I can't actually eat more than once or twice a year anymore because they really do a number on your teeth:

I know, they are total grandma candy, and weird because I don't actually like to drink liquid coffee in any form, but, oh, the deliciousness. Mmmm.

I also really like Veronica Mars. Seriously, if you have never watched this show, block out a week or two and sit yourself down on the couch. I've been rewatching (as I walk on my treadmill, another favorite thing) and I have been bowled over (again) by what a great show this is. (Also: LoVe 4eva!)

And has everyone here read Josephine Tey? I recently grabbed one of her books off the shelf — Brat Farrar, my favorite — to keep me from getting a cold (did you guys know this works? A favorite mystery novel, taken with either a hot bath or a bowl of popcorn, will usually pull me back from the brink if I feel like I'm coming down with something), and wondered if people even read Josephine Tey any more. And they should.

I also really like — and sometimes people are shocked to hear this — Wikipedia. I've worked on reference books professionally, and I know what kinds of shenanigans can go on with them, but I find that by and large, Wikipedians do a great job giving you the gist about anything you may care to look up. And if you can't trust an article unless you know that it was written by underpaid and overstressed professional reference book editors, well, you can always skim down to the bottom of any article and look for the source links, and then go read THEM. That alone is worth the (free) price of admission! (Disclosure: I'm on an advisory board for Wikimedia Foundation, but they don't pay me anything.) If you have used Wikipedia this past year, please seriously consider donating to the Wikimedia foundation's fundraiser:
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I could go on and on — I haven't even gotten to how fun it is to carry around a toy sonic screwdriver, or even expounded on the whole liverwurst thing — but I'm sure you all have work to do or other blogs to read. (Speaking of which, I did a top-ten list of blogs for this morning … it was kind of a stream of consciousness list and was, by necessity, inadequate. Ten?? I need a "Top 350" list to represent all the blogs I really love … Anyway, if you were on my list, you can pick up your fancy-shmancy blog badge here.)

So, happy Stuff I Like Thursday! Let me know if you end up having liverwurst for lunch.

0 thoughts on “These are a few of my favorite things …

  1. Liverwurst/braunschweiger on buttered whole grain toast with paper thin slices of onion/shallot is one of my favorites. It’s funny how I’ll forget about it for months at a time, then rediscover it. Thanks for reminding me.


  2. Discovered Tey in high school, read everything they had, and then it dawned on me that she was no longer writing books (waaaah!).”A Shilling For Candles” is better than “Brat Farrar” (although that’s pretty good too) and if you are a history geek then “Daughter of Time” is her best.


  3. Daughter of Time is one of my all-time favorite books (Richard III geek here!), and Brat Farrar was close behind. Peanut, I’m so happy that Daughter of Time is being read in school! I just hate thinking that lies get passed down mindlessly in history books! Patsijean, you might want to take a look at the Marcus Didius Falco novels by Lindsey Davis. Wonderful writing – Falco is a PI (public informer) in Ancient Rome, with an appallingly complex family life, and a dry sense of humour.


  4. I’m going to go throw myself off a tall building. I am. Don’t try to talk me down. Why? Because I didn’t make your favorite blog list, Erin. Oh, the hurt. The pain. The tears are rolling down my face. Thank goodness I keep a box of Kleenex on my desk!


  5. I have been fearfully watching my husband battle an awful virusy head cold. And now I am afraid that I too have been infected…..then I remembered this post. So the hot bath is running and I have “3 by Tey” in hand. Bret Farrar it is…. I am adding a cup of chamomile tea to the mix. Wish me luck.


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