A Few of My Favorite (non-food related) Things…

Summer, summer, summer time.  Wonderful, hot, humid, Atlanta summer is here.  I’ve officially gotten old and I’m not eager to spend every second at the pool, sweating in the sun.  I’m wearing 55 SPF on my face at all times, and keeping the rest of my body lathered, like I probably should have been doing for the last ten years.

Since I’m not spending my hours worshipping the sun, I’ve got a little more time on my hands…

I’m not Oprah but I do have some of my own favorite things right now:


Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants: If you have not yet read Tina Fey’s new book, run to the store and buy it.  (Or download it on iTunes if you don’t have time to read.)  I loved Bossypants and was so sad to see it end.  You know the conflict when something’s so good you don’t want to stop reading it, but you want to savor the final pages as well?  Yep, that’s Bossypants.

Bossypants takes us on a comical re-cap of Tina Fey’s life, from childhood to UVA to her professional career to motherhood.  Some of my favorite chapters include “Breastfeeding vs. Formula,” “Dear Internet,” and the chapter about her honeymoon gone horribly, horribly wrong.  (Hmm, I wonder what that’s like.)

Tina Fey addresses many issues that women face, such as the desire for perfection, constantly comparing ourselves to other women, wanting to have both children and a career, and just being awkward.  She brings up these often depressing topics while adding humor to the truth, to make it a little more digestible.

I’m convinced that Tina (we’re on a first name basis) and I should be best friends.  She’s smart, clever and funny.  David and I sometimes play the game, “What famous person would we most like to be best friends with?” (It’s a pretty self explanatory game.)  At the top of my list are Tina and Justin Timberlake.  I think the three of us could have a pretty good time.

Yes, that's Michael Bolton

Yes, that's Michael Bolton

Captain Jack Sparrow Digital Short: Imagine this: Michael Bolton, Andy Samberg, a night club, an obsession with Pirates of the Caribbean and clever lyrics…hilarity ensues.  In three years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever linked to an online video but you must check out this one.  I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll stop here.

Don't judge me...

Don't judge me...

Big Love: This HBO drama about polygamist Mormons finished up this spring, but I just discovered it and have been Netflixing all of the seasons.  I’ve always found fundamentalist Mormonism to be fascinating (starting when I taught U.S. History and then reading Under the Banner of Heaven) and this show highlights (and probably exaggerates) this group.  The Hendrickson family is full of their own normal drama, but in the midst of the craziness of the Juniper Creek cult, where Bill Hendrickson and one of his wives, Nikki, was born.  Mormons, casinos, local politics, romance, child rearing, and family bickering: this show has it all.  Of course Big Love also makes me want to see the Tony nominated, Broadway musical, Book of Mormon.


Vanity Fair (July 2011): I’ve been a dutiful follower of Vanity Fair since being introduced to it by my sister-in-law a couple of years ago.  The most recent issue is particularly awesome because of these articles:

“Will and Kate’s New Life:” Sure, this article doesn’t reveal anything all that new about the royal newlyweds, but I still enjoy reading about how down to earth Prince William and Kate are, how Harry peaked back at Kate as she entered the church, and how great Pippa looked at the wedding.  Why do these same stories never get old?  I have no idea.

“A Free Man in L.A.:” This interview with Justin Timberlake highlights the down to earth guy that he is.  And, if JT and I are going to be BFF’s with Tina Fey, I need to know him a little bit better.

What are some of your favorite things right now?

  1. Meredith Copley says:


    I just finished reading Bossypants, read it in 2 days, and LOVED every word! Complete enjoyment!!! My other favorite chapter was the one about her 1st GYN visit at 23, I literally choked I was laughing so hard!

  2. Kate says:

    Such great ideas for reading, Bets! I just finished a book yesterday, and I have been fretting over what to read next! I will run and get “Bossypants” immediately!

    The book I just finished is called “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by a Seattle based author, Garth Stein. Oh, how I lapped it up like a dog before a cool bowl of water! Ironically enough, it’s a story told from a dog’s perspective – playfully simple though deeply poignant, this book made me tear up on more than one occasion. Jason and I just returned from our delayed honeymoon to Belize, and I was that crazy girl on the plane crying into her cocktail napkin as she poured over such great fictional prose!

    Other than my new favorite read, I’m a big fan of chilled gazpacho on these hot summer days. As well as the airy comfort of Tom’s Shoes. And I’ll always be a fan of Justin Timberlake, no matter the season. What a stud muffin!

  3. Betsy says:

    Kate, Thanks for these recs! I haven’t yet read The Art of Racing in the Rain but it has caught my eye before. I’ll have to check it out. You introduced me to Tom’s and now I own two pairs! And, have you tried the watermelon gazpacho at MetroFresh? A-mazing!

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