Not to get all Oprah-y and start shouting out my favourite things like you should care...but I'm going to shout out my favourite things. And please pretend to care.
Beyond that, I want to gather all of your favourite things that you have found between the last list and this one because I need distractions. So add a favourite thing in the comment section that someone else may also find to be their new favourite thing if they try it/see it/read it/taste it. Don't worry if you're referring to local products or establishments--there's bound to be other people either living in your area or passing through. What a great way to set up a vacation for yourself--go visit everyone else's favourite places (speaking of which, I was once at a concert and the couple next to us decided their summer vacation spot based on a concert that they wanted to hear. They were from Texas, but they had come to D.C. both to see the city and to hear the Elvis Costello concert out at Wolf Trap. I loved that idea).
So my new favourite things in no particular order:
The Ten, a new movie by the same people who brought you The State on MTV (as well as Stella, Reno 911, Wet Hot American Summer and a bunch of other projects). David Wain and Ken Marino wrote the script together and it's directed by David Wain. I pretty much left the sofa wet with urine after watching this film with Josh last week. It's 10 interconnected stories woven together by Paul Rudd's character who introduces the 10 stories while simultaneously disregarding any of the advice they contain. As the website for the movie states, "The Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years. If you've ever taken a Sunday off, or if you've ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it." The stories range from neighbours who try to out-do each other by purchasing dozens of CAT scan machines to a librarian having a fling with Jesus Christ while in Mexico to men who get together every Sunday to hang out naked and listen to Roberta Flack. You can watch the trailer here (warning--nudity and language if you're currently at work...). It opens on August 3rd around America, though Josh is doing a sneak preview in July if you're in D.C. and want a good distraction.
The library. In general. It's like retail therapy without the price tag. You don't even need to read all the books--it's just nice to walk through and browse and check them out and bring them home. I think sometimes we forget about the library--I know that I went for five years or so without stepping into my local library. What brought me back? The cookbooks. I go in and check out ten cookbooks or so and sit in bed and look for new recipes. The library is also sort of like getting to test drive a book. If I start the book and I'm immediately in love, I just return it to the library and purchase a copy at the book store. If I'm not in love, I don't feel badly if I return it without finishing it. I'm just saying this in case you've spent all your money on injectibles and can't afford new books. The library makes me feel like a millionaire, baby!
My planner. I've spoken about it a lot lately, but I wanted to mention it again. It has not only organized my life, but completely revamped my attitude. Okay, so that attitude has gone through some dips and peaks, but regardless... The planner rocks.
Popcorn. We've been having a popcorn renaissance that started when we tried Alton Brown's recipe (which was fantastic and is our new standard) and continued when we found a popcorn store at Virginia Beach called Jody's (they also ship anywhere) with the best caramel popcorn. Popcorn was also something I forgot about until recently and I'm so happy to be reunited with it. I have printed out a few new popcorn recipes from Food Network and will be testing them soon.
Those are my new favourite things...now what are yours?