Five Things About Me: 36 37 38 39 40.

36. In my opinion, I am one of the best people to go shopping with, whether you’re looking for apparel or appliances.  Here’s why:  I’ll never judge you on how much you spend, I’ll tell you honestly if the jeans you’ve chosen are flattering, I’ll wait patiently as you try every single blush at a makeup counter and I’ll research the heck out of a product to find the best one out there.

37. I’m a total sucker for a certain kind of TV.  While I live for Mad Men Sundays, look forward to Lost starting up again and own all five seasons of The Wire, I also have my TiVo set to record Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and the relaunched Melrose Place — basically, an embarrassing amount of the CW‘s lineup.

38. My favorite website, and one I use daily, is MBTA.com.  I rely upon the Trip Planner feature like nothing else.

39. I find Ina Garten‘s television show The Barefoot Contessa to be possibly the most soothing thing to watch ever.  If there was a TV and TiVo in my bedroom, I’d probably have it set to record her program exclusively, so I could go to sleep to it, and then dream of things like truffle butter and seafood gratins.  How good is that?

40. I’ve never minded doing laundry, including the folding and ironing part of it.  That said, if I don’t get the laundry out of the dryer straightaway, chances are that it will stay there for a shameful amount of time before it gets transferred in a heap to an empty laundry basket.  There it will remain, growing more and more wrinkled, as I pick items out of it.

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Five Things About Me: 6 7 8 9 10.

6. While I love color, I could happily live in a wardrobe made entirely out of grays and blues, with some black thrown in for contrast.

7. I can guess with a high degree of accuracy other womens’ bra sizes.  This sometimes freaks people out.

8. My memory is an incredible thing to behold.  I’m not saying this in a self-fluffing way; it is pure fact.  I can remember, for example, each outfit I wore on the first day of school all four years of high school; describe to you with great accuracy my friends’ dorm rooms in college; and probably recall my junior high class schedule.  I cannot, however, recite the times tables, or anything that has to do whatsoever with math, except for logic proofs.

9. I love logic proofs.

10. Around this time of year, I look forward to Sundays for one reason, two words:  Mad Men.

In Case Anyone Was Wondering…

Here’s a small list of items I wouldn’t mind unwrapping on December 25, in alphabetical order.

  1. Best Food Writing 2008 edited by Holly Hughes
  2. Commercial-grade cookie sheets x 2
  3. Influence by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
  4. iPod nano, in either orange or purple
  5. Mad Men, seasons one and two
  6. On the Line by Eric Ripert and Christine Muhlke
  7. Salt and pepper piglets from Nigella Lawson
  8. Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
  9. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  10. With Bold Knife and Fork by M. F. K. Fisher

I also wouldn’t say no to a pair of puppies, a bunny or purple slipper socks.