During Q & A this week, prettyinpink asked for some top fives. Here they are, plus five reasons I hate cats.
The mudslide. A delightful blend of Kahlua, vodka, cream and ice. Whir it in your toughest blender. Drizzle chocolate syrup around the bottom of the glass before you pour the drink in. Your guests (The Fan and Darling) will be amazed.
Tetley Green Tea in blueberry flavour. Always on at my house these days. I'm detoxing from all those mudslides last summer.
Kind of feel like ordering a cosmo but it seems like just a little much? Order an Absolut Mandarin vodka over ice with cranberry juice. Even men like these.
Yoo-hoo. Whoo doesn't like the Yoo-hoo? I can't get it here, so it's like forbidden fruit. When I am in the US, I must drink it.
The Saucy-tini. Served at our wedding, it was the cocktail of the evening. Mix equal parts pineapple juice, melon liqueur (like Midori), and vodka. Shake it, shake it, shake it!
Green onions or scallions. They are always in the grocery cart.
Lemon: the juice of, peel, zest, squeeze of.
Real butter. I never use margarine. It just doesn't work at all, for anything. At least for me.
Extra-virgin olive oil.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser, used as the basis for the 2006 movie starring Kirsten Dunst.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Can't say exactly how many times I've read this book. Too numerous to mention. Almost named Loopy "Scout".
Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor of Jordan. Absolutely fascinating and a completely different perspective on the Middle East.
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. My paperback copy is tattered and torn.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. Guess what The Fan gave me for Christmas this year? A first-edition copy of the three-volume set. Green cover with gold tips. Becky Sharp would be so jealous!
Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst (see above). Andrew and I went to see this on a date night. The best part was when she asked her hairdresser if her coif was "too much?"... it was so us!
Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon (see above). She is exactly as I envisioned Rebecca Sharp. Oh, the scenery! Oh, the costumes!
Kate and Leopold starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. Such a piece of fluff, but I adore it. Hello, Hugh!
The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. A perfect movie, I cry every time.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off starring Matthew Broderick. I can't help it. I'm a child of the 80's. Ferris for president!
The night Buddy Budderson was born. Everyone passed him around in the hospital room. My older brother totally hogged him. Everyone was there. We ate pizza.
When I found out Loopy was going to be a girl! I knew that I would name her after my Grandfather (Sid) and my Grandma (Jean). No other names were considered.
The courtship of Veto. *sigh*. I felt like I was living in a movie.
Coaching the Mount Royal Senior Varsity Cheerleading Team, 1997-99. A perfect storm of athleticism, dance ability, and music choices. Many victories, few defeats. Bus rides. Loopy in a miniature uniform at age two.
Seeing James Taylor in concert. Veto took me for our first anniversary. It was the best concert, evah! As witnessed by my weeping.
Mamma Mia! Veto and I saw this live on our honeymoon and Loopy and I saw it last summer, too. What a great toe-tapper. I love jukebox musicals.
Wicked the Musical. Saw it at the Ford Centre in Chicago, twice. Would see it again, in a heartbeat.
High Society starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. One of The Fan's favourites and mine, too. Best song: "Well, Did You Evah?". Fantastic outfits.
Across the Universe starring Jim Sturgess. When does that come out on DVD, anyway?
Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman. Again, costumes and sets reign supreme.
I am so allergic. Seriously.... hives, red eyes, runny nose, blech. Cats.
They're so aloof. I don't get it.
The litter box. Just the idea. Pee in a box, in the house.
They climb everywhere.
The musical. Eeeeeww.