These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

  • Quote: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Drink: Coca Cola – elixir of the gods
  • Book: Can’t name just one. Besides, in WordPress I can’t underline them properly so just on principle I refuse to name them. 
  • People (besides you all, of course!) I would read anything they wrote: Truman Capote, Oscar Wilde, Barbara Kingsolver, Franz Kafka, Mark Twain, (I always feel a bit guilty not adding Hemingway but frankly, I don’t enjoy him. I’m terribly un-American that way.) Amy Tan, Ayn Rand, John Irving, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, Margaret Atwood, C.S. Lewis, D.H. Lawrence, Kaye Gibbons, Bill Bryson
  • Play that many other people don’t like: Waiting for Godot
  • Smells: fresh laundry, after a rain shower, bread baking, my children after their bath.
  • Way to unwind: curled up with a good book
  • Way I should unwind: Yoga
  •  Memories from childhood: baseball games with my dad, giggling long into the night with my sister, swimming and swimming and swimming, Walt Disney World trips, being at school (yes, I was one of those nerds).
  • Past times: people watching, hiking, sight-seeing, listening to stories from my grandparents, reading, writing and (yes, even) arithmetic, television and movies
  • Foods: ice cream, vegetables, filet mignon, McDonald’s french fries, chocolate, raspberries, greek yogurt
  • Seasons: autumn, winter, spring, summer
  • Fictional characters: Mickey Mouse, Owen Meany, Holly Golightly, Charlie Brown, Atticus Finch, Santa Claus, The Grinch, Huckleberry Finn (hence our dog’s name), Uncle Remus, The Little Prince, Ellen Foster, Holden Caulfield, Maria Von Trapp from The Sound of Music (yes, I know she was a real person but I’ve read the movie version departs from her true personality so I’m going with the fictional version)

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11 responses to “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

  1. Steven Harris

    Love the guilt about not including Hemmingway. It’s not UnAmerican is it? Does this make me pro-BRitish because I do love Dickens and Shakespeare? Then again I can’t stand Jane Austen (but adore George Eliot).
    Holden Caulfield gives you away anyway – you like the anti-heroes, not the Hemmingway macho types. Even Mickey Mouse is an anti-hero.

    • Yes, I’m afraid it IS unAmerican. And I forgot Dickens! And I, too, prefer George Eliot (little Mary Ann was such the rebel!) over Jane Austen. But how is Mickey Mouse an anti-hero? I thought he was just a lovable little mouse.

      • Steven Harris

        Mickey the corporate symbol is definitely not an antihero. But in his early movies – Steamboat Willie being the best example – he’s a nuisance and causes trouble, rather like Bugs Bunny or early Donald Duck. Oops, my toon geek showed there didn’t he?

  2. I love me some Holden…everyone else is a phony. 🙂

  3. I love Coke and The Little Prince.
    I think that makes us twins.

  4. I love the quote.

    It’s a really good list. I’d have some very different answers, which makes it even more interesting!

  5. unabridgedgirl

    1. Amy Tan is just amazing. Period.

    2. I actually like, Waiting for Godot. It took a couple of reads to get there, though.

    3. Atticus! Huzzah! Don’t you wish there were more non-fictional people like him?

  6. Quite an interesting group of writers you got there. Of course, it makes me feel so unintellectual; let me just hide my English degree.

  7. Loved your author list. Try Mark Helprin–his characters would probably be up your alley. I’m also into McD fries, I hate to admit. When my sister and I were at university, we would go to BK for the flame grilled burgers and then across the street for McD fries. Of course, we missed out on the meal deal, but it was worth it for the perfect, salty comfort of a McDonald french fry.

  8. submom

    This is such a great post for the Thanksgiving week. It made me smile since yesterday. (I read it on my BB while on train but I couldn’t comment) I didn’t know your favorite quote, now that I did, I really like it. About Waiting for Godot… My coworker happened to ask me, “So the play. Is it any good?” (We use “waiting for godot” to refer to many things at work…) I told him that the good productions will and have brought tears to my eyes. He thought I was crazy. *sigh*

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