Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Hills Are Alive

I'm one of those nosy kind of girls who's always asking her friends, "What's your favorite food?" or "What's your favorite movie of all time?" I've found you can learn so much about a person by how they answer these kinds of questions. For example, if someone says their favorite type of food includes anything from the dairy category, I know my search is over and we are destined to be life long friends. If someone were to ask me the same kinds of questions, they might be surprised by my answers. I don't usually fit into any one box. I'm kinda all over the board when it comes to what strikes my fancy. Which I know is so surprising to anyone reading this. Truly, I recognize I have a reputation of predictable behavior based on logic and linear thinking. *Cough, cough* Let's be honest here, it's pretty much common knowledge that my decision making skills are more in line with Dug the dog from UP.
But, I do think I have an instinct for recognizing a good thing when I see it.  So today, I thought I'd share some of my favorite things- minus the musical score from The Sound of Music. Here is a running list, in no particular order.
My Favorite Movie of All Time- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I remember watching this movie for the first time on AMC about 25 years ago. It was so poignant and tenderhearted that it took my breath away. It's the story of a young Irish girl and her  family living in the tenements of Brooklyn at the turn of the century.  It is everything I adore in a movie- sweet, sad, loving, and it has a wonderful ending. If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, this would be it.
My Favorite Thing To Read- The Wall Street Journal. In my opinion, this is one of the last places to find independent journalism in print (or online for that matter). I read it every morning from front to back. It keeps me current on everything from global financial issues to trends in medicine to the latest fashion reviews. It's the one stop shop. Love it.
My Favorite Song-  Let's Stay Together by Al Green.  There's just something about the way Al Green sings this song that makes me feel like everything is gonna be good in the world. When I hear it, I can't help but dance in my chair and sing along- even if I'm in a room full of people at the DMV. It's just that good.
My Favorite Mom Tip of All Time- I can't remember who first shared this tip with me, but I can honestly say, when my children were little, it changed my life. Here it is. Keep all of your kiddos church clothes (including shoes and belts) in YOUR closet. This way, when Sunday morning rolls around, everything you need to get the kids ready is right at your finger tips. Before I started doing this, I can not tell you how many Sunday mornings we would end up frantically looking for that one shoe, hoping not to be late for church. Listening to this simple piece of advice eliminated that hassle and made getting my little ones all dressed in time for Mass a snap.
My Favorite Mom Treat To Make The Kids- Graham Crackers and Mocha Frosting. I'm not quite sure why, but these simple treats are my boys' favorite- hands down. They would rather eat these for a snack than anything else. They are easy to put together and there's something retro about them that speaks to my inner Carol Brady.

My Favorite Hairspray Of All Time- Chi Helmet Head. I have what my hairdresser describes as fine hair. It's the type of hair that looks amazing right after you dry it, but within 5 minutes of being outside, falls flatter than Kansas farmland. I have searched tirelessly over the years trying to find a product that would keep my hair in place without making me look like Jimmy Johnson. Easier said than done, until Chi came to the rescue. It's not cheap, but it works like nobody's business. Chi is my BFF.
Beautiful Kindness Quote.:
My Favorite Quote Right Now- As my poor children can attest, I love to quote insightful people from all walks of life and my favorite lines are always changing. But for right now, Buddha has my vote.  Such a short phrase, but so powerful. Wouldn't it be amazing if we all talked to each other this way?
My Favorite Thing To Do With Christmas Cards- One of the best parts of Christmas is getting cards in the mail with all those darling pictures of your friends and family.  But what do you do with all those cards come January? My sweet friend, Jan, came up with an ingenious idea of what to do with all the photos you get over Christmas . Instead of tossing them out, she tapes them to the inside of one of her kitchen cabinets. This way, she gets to see everyone's smiling faces all year long. Such a good idea! I do it every year.

So there you have it. Not quite rainbows on roses or whiskers on kittens, but I'm feeling pretty confident that even Julie Andrews would agree with my list of Favorite Things.  How could she not love Al Green or graham crackers with frosting?? All I'm saying is this- if those aren't two of her favorite things, she has bigger problems than Maria.

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