You know what we haven’t done in awhile? One of those My Favorite Things/Current Obsessions posts. Let’s fix that poste-haste!
Disclaimer: I am not in any way saying that any of the following are unique or cool or that I am the first person to ever recommend or declare “This shit is awesome!” However, all of it reflects how I feel and I am in no way compensated for saying anything nice. My word is solid, yo.
1.) Parks & Recreation: This show may be nudging 30 Rock out of the beloved space it occupies in my heart. I was unimpressed at first; it seemed like a knock-off of The Office with the faux-documentary crew and bumbling-but-well-meaning boss but I was wrong. The cast is ridiculous in a non-manufactured way. I hate when a show does that, you know? Gives a character a really distinct trait that’s supposed to make it edgy and funny but just becomes tired and worn. Smart, witty, and silly, the awesomeness of the show could best be illustrated by this site. I would not hesitate to vote for the Knope/Swanson ticket in 2012.
2.) As an unapologetic product whore, I am always looking for ways to feed my addiction without having to turn to hooking to finance the goods. And honestly? A lot of the pricey stuff isn’t THAT amazing. However, a lot of knock-offs of the good stuff don’t do the trick. I was proven wrong this weekend when I tried Suave Professionals Rosemary & Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. This stuff does smell and work like Aveda and even if it didn’t? It’s not like I dropped a whole paycheck on it. But I’m digging the smell, the way my hair feels and the convenience of being able to pick this up when I’m grocery shopping. For while I may want to appear fancy, we all know I’m lazy.
3.) I am roughly a hundred years behind on this bandwagon, but thanks to the magic of OnDemand our household is fully immersed in the world of Mad Men. This show has convinced me I was born in the wrong decade. Not only would I rock the shit out of those gorgeous dresses, but WHY THE HELL DON’T I HAVE A MINIBAR AT MY DESK? Pretty clothes, day drinking and hot men aside, the show is amazingly well-written and layered. One of the things I like about it is that while it takes place in the early 1960’s and definitely has elements that are specific to that era, it addresses more universal issues of identity, relationships, and career. Plus Jon Hamm is shirtless and/or brooding a lot. Yes, I am easily entertained. What of it?
4.) Since Trader Joe’s decided to up and be a total whore and discontinue my beloved Tangerine Sugar Body Scrub (excuse me while I pour some out for my homey), I have been on a mostly-disappointing search for a replacement. If you ever need to shower at my house, you’ll notice a wide array of half-used scrubs in the guest bathroom. I am the Goldilocks of this stuff: some are too greasy, some aren’t “scrubby” enough, etc. Salt scrubs are great, but gods help you if you have a paper cut that hasn’t healed. That old saying about rubbing salt in a wound? That is rooted in some serious truth. Alba Sugar Cane Body Polish is impressive but a bit pricier than I’d like. Plus, it seems I can never find it at the first store I try; Target is almost always out, and I end up driving around to three CVS stores and maybe two Rite-Aids. Maybe one day I’ll buy MORE THAN ONE so I have a little stockpile but that would require logical thinking. I recently stumbled upon a new scrub by Eco Tools (made from nutshells of all things!) and have been pleased by the way it works and the price. However, I noticed there is no link to this on their site, which leads me to believe it has been discontinued. WHY GOD? WHY ME? WHO DO YOU FORSAKE ME AND MY DRY SKIN?
5.) You know what can be found on our countertop/in our wine rack on the regular? Cupcake wine. How spoiled are we that we live in an area lousy with vineyards? This stuff is a nice alternative to Two-Buck Chuck if you want something inexpensive-but-yummy to share with friends. Or drink by yourself while you watch Mad Men. I won’t judge.
So, it would appear that among my favorite things we have television, products, and booze covered. Yep, sounds about right. Anything fantastic you’re loving these days? Share with the class.