I’ve maintained for many years that I’m bad at picking favorites, and I absolutely am, though I’ve gotten better. But I’m not sorry: some days, some songs are better than others, and I’ll never be fully committed to loving any one season more than any other because they are all. So. Beautiful.
In 2014, avoiding studying for my econ final, I wrote that
Well, I suck at favorites; it’s just a law of the universe. I will probably never be able to pick a favorite book or a favorite music artist, and I’ve come to terms with that.
Pretty much still true. I can’t stop glorying in the amazingness of more than one music style at a time. I’m not sorry. I’m not!
Anyway, SCHOOL. IS. OUT! And I am happy about it. In case you can’t tell. And I like to randomly say, “Oh, x is my favorite,” so much that my boyfriend has commented that I seem to love a lot of weird things. I mean, I regularly talk to him about my love for smoked paprika and cumin. I can’t help it. They’re just so brilliant and lovely.
So I thought I’d talk about some random, goofy, favorite things I have in a whole load of mostly arbitrary categories. This allows me to be (a) specific enough to actually pick a favorite and (b) entertaining.
doctor Christopher Eccleston, forever and always
spices Smoked paprika, cumin, and probably thyme
Billy Joel album An Innocent Man and Turnstiles
language I’ve already studied Swedish, easily
language that’s on my future list uff…Russian, or maybe Latvian?
social network tie between Twitter and Tumblr
political commentator At the moment? Milo Yiannopoulos (I intend to idolize Milton Friedman once I read his stuff more thoroughly though)
ASOIAF/GOT character tie between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark
color red, grey, navy, yellow
class in high school Journalism, German, choir
place I’ve visited Kiruna or Riga
thing about my hometown Scout Hollow
thing to eat for breakfast potato/egg frittata or baked oatmeal
song ‘And So It Goes’ by Billy Joel
love song ‘Dancing in the Minefields’ by Andrew Petersen
song in Swedish ‘vårvindar friska’ or ‘nu grönskar det’
way to keep in shape swimming
nickname Nobody calls me Red except Derek, but I still love the idea of being called that, although I also answer to other secret sweet things my boyfriend calls me
historical figure Queen Kristina of Sweden was pretty cool; I also like Christine de Pizan
childhood memory mom teaching me to skip in the backyard, or playing tag with dad while feeding the dogs
word you can think of right now obsequious. We’ll go with that.
Swedish word kanske, maybe
Sherlock Holmes story A Study in Scarlet
pizza topping chicken and green peppers is pretty good, but I’m kind of a straight up cheese gal
instrument to listen to STRINGS IN GENERAL, but I really enjoy cello
president Calvin Coolidge (and also Grace Coolidge was goals)
pun “The past, the present and the future walk into a bar — it was tense.”
thing to nerd out about grammar
font Bit of a Times New Roman convert these days, but I still love Adobe system fonts like Minion and Caslon
movie The Princess Bride, always
L’Engle book …
authors Madeleine L’Engle, C. S. Lewis, e. e. cummings, George Eliot, L. M. Montgomery, Fyodor Dostoevsky
historical period to obsess over as a child Ancient Rome
*note: Apparently I wasn’t the only kid to have one of these weird fixations, according to a post I saw on Tumblr the other day, and now that I think about it, at least one of my sisters had one too! Funny how these things work
discipline of mathematics somewhere my child self is crying, but…algebra and possibly stats, for all that I complain about it
city (yeah, cause I’m so learned in terms of what makes a cool city, but anyway) Riga, Minneapolis, Seattle, Salt Lake City (also Stockholm is cool but I don’t really see myself living there)
book as a kid Equally difficult to answer, although, if you want to know, I had a middle-school clinical obsession with Agatha Christie
type of cookie Oatmeal chocolate chip or white chocolate cranberry
dessert pie, pie pie pie
toast topping peanut butter or cream cheese
tea earl grey, especially Russian or lemon
place to be at school in the library or at my spot above Davis Field
football team tie between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers
thing to cook mac n cheese from scratch, frittatas, homemade fries, red beans and rice
poem ‘since feeling is first’ by e. e. cummings, ‘The Old Astronomer’ by Sarah Williams, or ‘The Birth of Language’ by C. S. Lewis
thing about summer sleeping with the window open
old, cheesy sitcom The Bob Newhart Show (probably closely followed by The Odd Couple)
fictional universe tie between L’Engle’s and A Song of Ice and Fire
Doctor Who companion Martha Jones and Clara Oswald
toy as a child the Good Night, Moon bunny (his name is Bunners)
weather Anything dry. I hate rain so much.
thing to do in the snow skiing! although I need more snowball fights in my life.
flowers anything red, carnations, daisies, tulips are super pretty
music artists Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Joel, Ella Fitzgerald, Pentatonix, Mannheim Steamroller
composers Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Beethoven