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{January 17, 2014}   My Five Favorite Things (Spoiler: There IS a cheese listed here.)

Today’s post is brought to you by MamaKat: Name your five current favorite things.

This task seems easy enough. Except it says current … so I can’t pick Donny Osmond or leg warmers or anything like that. (Both still totally awesome, by the way.) And actually, since I’m limited to only five things, I think I’m going to impose a few more rules on myself.

  • I can’t list any people. People can’t be favorite things. That’s just demeaning. (Plus I might do something tragic like list Johnny Depp before my kids or something.)
  • I can only list one food. (Otherwise, duh, this list would just be five different foods.)
  • I can’t let this post sound like a sponsored advertisement by extolling the virtues of my favorite hair product or anything like that. (Yawn.)

So, with those extra rules now in place, I give you …

MY FIVE CURRENT FAVORITE THINGS

1. Mt. Tam Cheese

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There are no words to describe the amazing delicacy that is Mt. Tam. Screw that. Here are the words: It’s made by the cheese WIZARDS at Cowgirl Creamery. It’s their signature cheese and, if you must know, also mine. (Yes, I have a signature cheese. What of it?) It’s an award-winning, decadent, buttery, triple-cream cheese that is said to have “a  mellow, earthy flavor reminiscent of white mushrooms.” I got a full wheel of it for Christmas and (truth?) I ate the entire thing by myself in two sittings. If you reach toward my plate when I’m eating it, I make no apologies for what could happen to you or your grabby, little fingers.

2. H&M Shirt … AND … 3. Skinny Mirror

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Is it confusing that I’ve combined numbers 2 and 3. What am I saying? You guys are geniuses. You’ll keep up, right?

I bought that shirt on a trip to New York at the H&M Store on 5th Avenue. I walked right past Saks, Prada, and Salvatore Ferragama and strolled my frugal ass into the H&M Store. I love that place. Because I can usually get six great things for less than three digits in under an hour. (God, I hate shopping.) It’s colorful (I’m often accused of wearing too much black), feminine (always a good thing when I want to prove I’m a girl), and goes in at exactly the right place on my waistline. And if I had to do it all over again, I would buy five of them. Seriously, it takes ten pounds off me.

And speaking of taking pounds off … I want a skinny mirror. But not just any skinny mirror. I want the one that hangs in the girls’ bathroom on the first floor of Vivien’s school building. (And now that I’m posting it here publicly, there go my chances of stealing it off the wall. Geez, I am such an IDIOT!) Over the years, I’ve taken a few friends to gaze into its fallacious … fictional … flattering reflection. And it’s never disappointed. Honestly, it’s probably best that I don’t have this magical tool all to myself. For I might spend the rest of my days staring at a distorted image of my own hips. Just call me Narcissus.

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4. Modern Family

If you’ve seen the show, you can stop reading. Because you get it. Modern Family is funny. It makes me laugh. And, honestly, I don’t laugh a lot. I’m a hard person to make laugh out loud. So I love it when I find the rare show that can accomplish that. Over my lifetime, there really haven’t been very many … 30 Rock, Frasier, Friends, Newsradio, Seinfeld, Cheers, Taxi and Arrested Development. That’s about it. So thanks, Dunphys and Pritchetts. And please, keep it coming.

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5. Writing Prompts That Ask for Lists

Number 5 is sort of my Being John Malkovich moment in this blog post. It’s the self-aware part where I actually list “writing lists” as an item on my 5 Favorite Things list. Does that make sense? Well, it’s true. Nothing makes for an easier entry. So thanks, MamaKat, for yet another opportunity to list out a few mundane things about myself and then have the nerve to call it “writing.”

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What are some of YOUR favorite things right now?

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TammieB says:

#4 would be up there on my list. Love love love that show! Wish my family was entertaining as that one. And #1? How can you not have cheese? Mmm…I’m hungry just thinking about it.



Criminal Minds would be my show. While I like shows that make me laugh I am so in love with crime dramas.. it also doesn’t hurt that Shemar Moore is on that show.. sighs…



Lisa says:

You make that cheese sound really appetizing. :) I should really go to H&M . .haven’t been in years but I hate shopping too so I’m willing to check out any place that might save me from having to stop at so many places!



Wy says:

SportsNight #4
Love it!



Any list that has cheese as number one, I like! Great blog!



El Guapo says:

Glad to see the cheese is on the top!
If people were allowed, would cheese have topped the kids?
And Johnny?



The thing is … cheese doesn’t talk back. Or make movies like Rango. So I’m thinking … yes.



There used to be a lottery commercial where the guy who one is looking at an aisle of cheese saying, ” I could so buy all of this cheese.” That would be me. I love, love, love cheese so that would be on my number one as well. I am going to look up this Mt. Tam cheese immediately to see how I can get some! Thanks for sharing your love for cheese!

P.S. Hopped over from i don’t like mondays bloghop. I think this is the first time I’ve been to your blog and I look forward to reading more.



Thanks, Morgan. I promise you won’t be disappointed in my cheese recommendation. FYI, I live in New Orleans and am able to buy Mt. Tam at either of two reputable local cheeseries. (That’s only a word in my world. And now yours.)

Welcome! :)



Linda Roy says:

It’s serendipity, I tell you! I just saw The Cowgirl Creamery on The Barefoot Contessa yesterday. I remember that, because my 12 year old mind thought something along the lines of being on a horse and soiling one’s jeans…oh never mind. I should call a therapist. Really.

And I want one of those skinny mirrors. I need one of those skinny mirrors. I must HAVE one of those skinny mirrors.

That is all.



Modern Family is one of my faves, too. I was just talking w/ my husband about how nice it is to have a mainstream, major-network show that I like — it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way (maybe since Arrested Development.)
But sometimes I have a fierce dislike of Manny that I find hard to justify.



I understand. He’s an acquired taste. Like skim milk. But, once you get there, you know you’re getting just as much calcium for half the calories and fat.

Wait. I guess that’s just with the milk.



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