My Favorites

My favorite . . . television shows

Taking a break from writing about my thymectomy for a little Friday Favorites fun.

Current, on the dvr schedule and regularly watched
-World’s Dumbest. I’ve already written about this one.
-The Big Bang Theory
-New Girl
-Paranormal Witness
-Face Off
-Top Chef

Over, but still watch on a regular basis
-Gavin & Stacey
-The Golden Girls
-Are You Being Served?
-Grace and Favour (a.k.a Are You Being Served Again?)

Enjoy, maybe still catch an episode/wish I could catch an episode
-Married with Children
-Unsolved Mysteries
-Tales from the Crypt
-Keeping Up Appearances

Sort of watch, but tend to build up a backlog and marathon
-Mike and Molly
-The Walking Dead
-How I Met Your Mother

My favorite . . . ridiculous Oprah favorites

For this special Black Friday edition of my favorites, let’s get silly with some of Oprah’s picks. I borrowed all of the Oprah quotes from, as I don’t actually watch the show. Commentary is all mine.


Qooq Touch Kitchen Tablet ($399)
“I’m a refrigerator chef — I cook whatever I have on hand. That’s why I think the Qooq touch tablet is fantastic: It’s loaded with 1,000 recipes searchable by ingredient, with videos that show exactly how that cream sauce is supposed to look.” – Oprah

Look! It is just like a regular tablet, except far less useful. Plus, you have to pay extra to actually access the recipes. What?! If you have enough money to buy this kitchen tablet, you already have access to all of this stuff. It is called the internet. Enjoy.


Caddylicious Stationery Set ($300)
“E-mails are incredibly convenient, but they’ll never replace the real thing. This set of cards, envelopes, mailing labels, and notepad, all in a sleek Lucite caddy, gives new meaning to literary style.” – Oprah

$300 stationary. How could you ever work up the nerve to use it? I would always be afraid of wasting a precious sheet and end up just looking at it as it collects dust and dog hair on my desk. Buy a caddy at TJ Maxx and get some cute personalized stationary off of Etsy. You will get the same result with lots more money in your pocket.


Baby Love ($79)
“Here’s what the well-dressed baby is wearing this season. Presented in a woven basket, these hand-embroidered organic cotton bibs slip right over the head, with no hard snaps or scratchy Velcro.” – Oprah

White $79 bibs. Do I really need to comment on this? Why would you pay so much for something made to wipe up weird smelling globs and mysterious liquids? I’m sure someone out there is thinking something like, “But these aren’t supposed to be everyday bibs. They can be for going out and special occasions.” I’m assuming this is your first kid. At least it comes in a basket. So there is that.


Deepa Gurnani Plum headband ($100)
“Ever since I put on a headband for our big September Afro cover, I’ve been inspired to wear more. But not the plain schoolgirl ones—the more glittery, the better. These are like jewelry for your hair.” – Oprah

Headbands. I like headbands. I have a big head, so I probably wouldn’t want anyone buying me a headband for Christmas, but in general – not a bad gift. Don’t buy me a $100 headband though. Seriously. For starters, my daughter appropriates any hair product brought into this home. Plus, can’t you think of anything better to spend $100 on? I know I could make a list of better options.


Chocolate Nativity scene ($45)
“Even Mr. Hanukkah, Adam Glassman, is in love with this endearingly simple Nativity scene. In a delicious twist, each hand-decorated figure is edible, with a chocolate-covered cherry cordial at the center.” – Oprah

Christmas isn’t complete until you eat the baby Jesus. Yums.

Bonus round – an Oprah pick I need!


Sweater Mugs ($50 for 6)
“Snuggle up to your hot chocolate with these big dishwasher-safe porcelain mugs, jazzed up in the same design as my favorite sweater.” – Oprah

Well, I don’t really need six sweater mugs. I do think they are pretty cute though and if I could buy just one, I probably would. I have a useless collection of coffee mugs.

My favorite . . . books

I used to be a book snob, but I gave that up a while ago. Reading is awesome. If you like something, read it! Don’t waste time better spent reading on judging the choices of strangers. Unless it is Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey. [Kidding. I’m kidding.]

Recent favorites I’ve read in the past few months
[These might not make the forever list, but they would be high on my current recommendations.]
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach
The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction by Larry Young and Brian Alexander
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

All time favorites
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A Melon for Ecstasy by John Fortune
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

To read again and again
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
[There aren’t very many books that I like to pick up over and over. In general, I like to keep trying something new.]

Bonus round – my favorite . . . authors.
Some overlap with the books of course, but not necessarily:
-John Green
-Edgar Allan Poe
-Oliver W. Sacks

Bonus round x2 – very popular books I did not like at all
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen [couldn’t force myself to get more than twenty pages into it]
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson [This one is a tossup for me. I very much wanted to know how the story ended, but did not like reading the book.]
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini [I maybe read one chapter. I disliked this one from page one.]

My favorite . . . celebrity chefs

Oh yes, clearly a very important topic. I mean, how could any of you possibly go on living without knowing which . . . um, chefs. . . I enjoy watching on the television.

Alton Brown
The #1 nerd’s chef. I though about just stopping the list here and making this entire post an Alton Brown love-fest. That didn’t seem quite fair though. Good Eats was my gateway show into cooking television. That says a lot – see, I don’t cook. Nearly ever. And not only do I enjoy watching Alton Brown (even on that less-than-stellar Cutthroat Kitchen), I actually use one of his recipes. His Yorkshire pudding recipe is a must-have in my household.

Alton Brown 2

Anthony Bourdain
Too expected? It seems like everyone loves him and I guess you can count me in those numbers. Last year, my husband and I went to see him live. I had no clue what the show was going to be a like – it was a chef/television personality all alone in a theater like a stand-up comic. The show was great though. He held his own up there without any problem and we laughed a lot.

Interview with Anthony Bourdain

Ron Ben-Israel
The host of Sweet Genius. Okay, he may not be the first person to come to mind when you mention “celebrity chefs,” but he is a chef and he is on television, so it counts. I love him. He is quirky and fun and totally unashamed of his love of desserts. According to Wikipedia, he served in the Israeli military and was a dancer before discovering baking. You have to love someone who can create a tasty treat, present it with a bit of flare, and forcibly keep away the moochers.


My favorite . . . movies

New series – I’m going to jump onto the Friday Favorites bandwagon and do a series of “my favorite” posts. Mostly mundane and sometimes silly stuff, but sometimes you can learn the most interesting tidbits about people.

My go-tos for watching over and over again
-Zombieland (2009)
-Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
-Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
-I Love You, Man (2009)
-Love Actually (2003)
-National Lampoons Animal House (1978)
-Shaun of the Dead (2004)
-Clerks 2 (2006)

Personal classics
-Last of the Mohicans (1992)
-Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
-The Princess Bride (1987)
-National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)
-National Lampoons Vacation (1983)
-Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
-This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Made an impression
-Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
-The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
-Memento (2000)
-Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
-Session 9 (2001)
-The Matrix (1999)
-The Birds (1963)

Random likes
-Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
-The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
-Amadeus (1984)
-Hamlet (1996)
-Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
-The World’s End (2013)
-Mermaids (1990)

Childhood choices
-Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)
-Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
-Sixteen Candles (1984)
-The Sound of Music (1965)
-Dirty Dancing (1987)
-Grease (1978)
-Coming to America (1988)