On the Eve of 23

It’s been awhile.  Okay, it’s been way too long, but in my defense, I haven’t been feeling well (off and on), annoyingly since Halloween and have been busy in between.  I have so much I want to talk about but I’m afraid I will have to pace myself and just start getting on the ball writing again.  I’d like to try and make at least one or two posts a week…ideally.

So I am turning 23 tomorrow.  23 sounds like a good age.  It sounds feminine to me.  Chocolate cupcakes with pink butter cream icing are the perfect culinary accompaniment to turning 23 I think.   It’s a step closer to 25, which I consider to be a pivotal age, so that’s promising!  22 was pretty damn good to me though I should say.  I’d like to post some of my favorite photos from this past year, but that can wait until next time.

Right now, I’m feeling the mood of “favorites,” and in lieu of my love of lists, I present you with this:

5 Favorite Smells:

  1. Honeysuckle
  2. Brand new tennis balls
  3. The smell of freshly cut grass combined with summer air and grilling out
  4. The smell of heat when you finally need to turn it on during the fall/winter
  5. My boyfriend in the morning

5 Favorite Cities:

  1. New York
  2. London
  3. San Diego
  4. San Francisco
  5. Dublin

5 Favorite Foods:

  1. Moules frites (from Vin Rouge, in Durham, NC)
  2. Meat Ragu & Rigatoni with some good wine and good crusty bread
  3. Salmon
  4. Risotto
  5. Pan Au Chocolat (and most things chocolate for that matter)

5 Favorite Drinks:

  1. Coffee
  2. Tanqueray and Tonic with extra lime
  3. Mojito
  4. Absolut Citron Cosmopolitan (preferably from Vin Rouge)
  5. Chocolate Milk

5 Favorite Restaurants (near where I live):

  1. Vin Rouge
  2. Hayes Barton Cafe & Dessertery
  3. Lilly’s Pizza
  4. Watt’s Grocery
  5. Five Star

5 Places I Want to See (that I haven’t before):

  1. Hawaii
  2. South of France (specifically Bordeaux, Marseilles, Provence, etc.)
  3. Portland, Oregon
  4. Australia
  5. Africa

5 Best Museums I’ve Been to:

  1. The Louvre
  2. The National Gallery, London
  3. The National Gallery, Dublin
  4. The MOMA
  5. The Met

5 Favorite Bands:

  1. The Avett Brothers
  2. The Rolling Stones
  3. Counting Crows
  4. The Decemberists
  5. My Morning Jacket

5 Favorite Musicians:

  1. Ryan Adams
  2. Frank Sinatra
  3. (Tie between) Cat Power and Regina Spektor
  4. Sam Cooke
  5. Nick Drake

5 Favorite Actresses:

  1. Cate Blanchett
  2. Kate Winslet
  3. Natalie Portman
  4. (tie between) Laura Linney and Naomi Watts
  5. Nicole Kidman

5 Favorite Old Hollywood Actors/Actresses:

  1. Jimmy Stewart
  2. Audrey Hepburn
  3. James Dean
  4. Grace Kelly
  5. Bette Davis

5 Things I’m a Sucker For:

  1. Winks
  2. Piano
  3. A good meal
  4. Outdoor movies
  5. Parks

5 More Things I’m a Sucker For ; )  :

  1. Random acts of kindness (especially by strangers)
  2. Vintage clothes
  3. Used bookstores
  4. Good humor
  5. Witnessing happiness in others

5 Final Things I am Alas, a Sucker for:

  1. Cupcakes
  2. Tiffany’s blue
  3. Unique, (non chain-distributed) greeting cards
  4. Wine bottles (good wine bottle art) – I love collecting bottles
  5. Magazines (oddly very influenced by covers,  I read: Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Self, and the occasional Blackbook, Elle, and Vogue)

5 Favorite Shows that are Off the Air:

  1. Sex and the City
  2. Gilmore Girls
  3. Pushing Daisies
  4. Dawson’s Creek
  5. Six Feet Under

5 Things That Make Me Girly:

  1. I like pale pink kitchen gadgets and appliances
  2. I enjoy Hello Kitty
  3. I can never seem to buy enough underwear or makeup
  4. I absolutely love dresses, especially sundresses and I think crinoline/tulle are a lot of fun
  5. I love just about every apron that Anthropologie makes

10 (yes 10) Favorite Feelings:

  1. Being utterly and completely relaxed and comfortable in bed, when you’re absolutely exhausted, the first few moments you begin to drift off to sleep
  2. The first bite of an incredible meal
  3. Feeling loved, appreciated, safe and comfortable
  4. Being pleasantly surprised
  5. Having the exact same thought as somebody at the exact same time
  6. Having someone wash/play with my hair
  7. The way I feel after I’ve just cooked or baked something and it was a success
  8. How my hair feels after a much needed haircut
  9. Feeling accomplished and productive
  10. Feeling inspired and creative

There we go, phew!  I’ve been meaning to devote an entry to lists.  Now, T minus 22 minutes ’til I’m not 22 anymore : )  Time for bed.

*Updated on December 13, 2009*

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