So, in honor of my 26th year of life, I figured I'd share some of my all time favorite things with you. There is a wide variety of stuff that I've enjoyed over the years, and this will have some current likes and some past likes. Either way, you should all be able to relate to something, and learn a little more about me and my awesomeness. :)
1. Puma Socks
Yes, this might seem weird, but whatevs. I am a person that enjoys wearing socks. I don't mind being barefoot, and when the time is right I do, but in general, I like to have my feet covered. And the BEST socks to keep my tootsies warm are Puma socks. They have the right amount of stretch and the right amount of thickness that they are just so cushy and perfect. And they are cheap too. (I buy socks ONLY at Ross. Fo reals.)
2. Dr Pepper
Honestly, how can you NOT like this beverage. It's like taking every awesome thing you've ever tasted, putting it in a can and making it fizzy. Even if you don't like pop (or soda, whatever) you should still love this drink. It's the best!
This is the second greatest movie I've ever seen. The humor in it is so simple. It's just a great movie to sit down and watch without having to think but still be entertained. The writing in this movie is hysterical, I mean seriously, how can you NOT laugh at "you are a smelly pirate hooker!" or "the human torch was denied a bank loan." Fo real peeps, I believe it's Will Ferrell's finest work.
4. Any Type of Nintendo Game System
I like video games. I think they are a fun past time. However I am very picky about the games that I like. I don't like RPG's, not too big on aliens or First Person Shooters either, but there are a few that sneak through. Even with all that I don't like, I have always liked all Nintendo systems. Honestly, you can't go wrong with Mario Kart. Ever. Like eva eva eva.
My brother had a Nintendo when we were little, but I don't remember it too well. I do remember however getting a Gameboy when I was 11 that I saved and saved and saved for and that thing lasted me through high school (at least when my mom wasn't playing it.) I also remember trading in our Sega for a Nintendo 64 in 7th grade. That was what sealed the deal for my love of Nintendo. The games are so simple. And they continue to be simple games that don't get me all stressed out and competitive. Oh, and they just continue to get better. Seriously, the Nintendo was rad, then the SNES was awesome (and still is!) then the N64, which was insane, then the Game Cube (ok, ok, not that awesome) and then the Wii, and now the frickin Wii U? Man, they are epic. Always one step ahead of the game, and always doin it right. Annnd Nintendo rant over.
Dude. Safeway is the best. Growing up in Oly, there were 2 stores. Top Foods or Safeway. No one cared about Albertson's or QFC or Mega Foods or anything else. It was one or the other. Safeway had the best candy sales, the best deli, the best errythang. And when I say Safeway I specifically mean the Westside Safeway. There's so many memories. (Bri, you know what I'm talking about!) Ah, Safeway, how I miss thee.
6. Nike Free Everday Shoes
I like shoes, but I'm not fanatical about what shoes I wear. If they are comfy I'll wear them. When I was in Austin a few years ago for ACL we got poured on for an entire day and I was muddy up to my elbows. I didn't know it was gonna rain the whole weekend, so I one pair of shoes. We went to get me some new shoes and I found some shweet Nike's that looked cool. I'm not usually a fan of Nike's, since i have normal sized feet and their shoes are for frickin bionic people with no toes or something and they don't fit. But I figured I'd give it a shot, and they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn EVER. I will never buy another pair of tennis shoes that are not these shoes again. Seriously. I can't say anything bad about them, they are so amazing.
7. Indie Music
Oh boy, where do I start on this subject. I have gone through so many music phases in my life. When I was younger I liked anything that was played on the radio; so it was awful 90's music like Next and Hole and PJ Harvey. Then I expanded into country music, and that lasted until high school. Oh and all the awful rap my brother made me listen to (Busta Rhymes, DMX, Method Man). Now don't get me wrong, I love rap, but the rappers he liked back in the day were awful.
But I digress. The point of this is that I love Indie music. I don't love it because it's "hipster" or "cool" or "obscure" or whatever, I like it because these guys want to play music, and they do it with heart. I want to name so many bands, but I will stick to a few, because let's face it there is prolly only one of you reading this, and to list out every single one of them is a waste of my time. 5 bands/artists that I never get sick of listening to are:
1. Sufjan Stevens
3. Band of Horses
4. Olin and the Moon
5. The Head and the Heart
I could listen to music by just these guys for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. It just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside ya know?
8. Select Television Shows
I don't watch a ton of tv, but I do watch some shows. I don't have cable and I just Netflix anything that I feel like should be watched. I said Select T.V. shows because there's so much on that just isn't really worth watching. However, there are 4 shows that I would buy on DVD and watch over and over again because they are just that good.
First, Scrubs. This show is hysterical. People knock it a lot because it got all "serious" in the later seasons, but I thought it was amazing. One of the best tv show's I've ever watched. It's hilarious, it's well written, it's dynamic and it's unique. There are few things that make me laugh EVERY time that I hear/see them, but JD saying "eeeaaaagggllleee" or Turk saying "you mean why's there silverware in the pancake drawer whu huh" gets me EVERY DAMN TIME (Just like the cornballer.) Fo real.
Next would be the first 3 seasons of The Office. Michael Scott is so damn awkward and Jim and Pam are so adorable and Meredith is so inappropriate and Creed is just so crazy that you can't not enjoy the first few seasons. I don't know anyone that has watched Jim and Pam in the second season and not fallen in love with the adorableness of them. Lately the show is very meh, but in its prime, it was a fantastic and there was nothing like it around.
Then Arrested Development I don't know anyone that has watched this that hasn't enjoyed it. I love it for all the reasons you love things that are awesome. GOB, Buster, Lucile, Lucille 2, George Michael, EVERYTHING. The whole show is so clever. I have seen every episode at least 3 times and it just doesn't get old. It's hard to put into words what makes it so awesome, you really should just watch it and fall in love like everyone else that is smart :)
Lastly is Parks and Recreation. Seriously, what happened here? At first it was just a show that was on and I never watched it. Then I started watching it and it was hilarious. And then all of a sudden this season it turned into the greatest thing I've EVER seen. EVER. I love everything about this show. Ron Swanson is my brother's favorite tv character of all time, and he's close to the top for me. I don't think I've ever seen a tv show that has made me laugh harder than the Ron and Tammy episode. The whole time I was thinking "WTF Is going on?!" but I couldn't stop laughing. The cornrows, the missing mustache, all of it. And Andy is one of the funniest things to come to tv in years. He's so oblivious and kind hearted and fun, it's just so refreshing to watch something as ridiculous as this.
9. Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm
I have always considered myself a connoisseur of chapstick (yes, I know this is a brand name, but that's what I call it). I spent many a year trying to find the perfect kind. I've found some that are really good, and others that are ok. But this chapstick is the best I've ever used. It smells good, it takes away the chap, and it lasts forever. Oh, and it doesn't fit in my pocket comfortably so it can't go in the washing machine!
If you haven't heard of Shaycarl or the Shaytards, you're missing out on happy. I had heard of him before, but I had no idea how fun he was until Christian sent me a video one day. Since none of you know, Shaycarl is a vlogger that videotapes parts of his everyday life and puts it on Youtube. Sounds boring I know, but once you lay eyes on this big bearded dude you will not be able to look away. He's got the cutest kids, the hottest wife, and the best personality of anyone. He's just so loveable that you can't not watch. It brings a little bit of awesome to each day watching them.
11. Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk is my happy place. There is just something about it that is so comforting. If I want something sweet but don't want the sugar, it's the perfect treat. If I want to eat but can't because it's too late, I drink some chocolate milk. It helps me sleep when I'm tired and relaxes me at the end of the day. I don't know what it is, but chocolate milk is one of the greatest inventions in the history of man.
12. Olympia, Washington
Oh Olympia. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to grow up in such a beautiful place. I didn't like it much growing up because there was "nothing to do" but whenever I go back to visit I fall in love with it all over again. Moving away has definitely given me a new perspective. There is so much there to experience, and it has the small town feel that I love, while still being rather large and within quick driving distance to both Seattle and Portland. I love the port, the bay, the West Side, Eagan's, Meconi's, downtown and yes, even the Greeners and hippies. It's just a great place to be, and it always brings back great memories when I go visit.
13. Slam Poetry
I discovered Slam Poetry when I was like 14 I think. I am sure it was Def Poetry Jam that introduced me, but I'm not sure exactly. I like poetry to begin with, but when you have people tearing words apart with the emotion that slam poets do, it puts the likes of Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to shame. There are 2 poems that cut through me every time that I watch or listen to them. One is by Shihan called Flashy Words. The next is by Taylor Mali, called What Teachers Make. Links below.
What Teachers Make
So if any of you are still reading this, thanks! It's pretty cool that you would stick through all of this. I didn't realize there would be so much, so this is just the first half. The second half will come later on. Again, thanks for actually reading this, love you!