Top Five, All-Time, Desert-Island Favorite Things

Sorry to those who asked, I forgot about my intention to list my top 5s. My answers are below (in no particular order):

Top Five Movies
When Harry Met Sally (Josh says I am Sally, but I am not THAT high maintenance!)

High Fidelity (Rare to see a relationship movie from the guy’s perspective, plus has Jack Black)

The Great Muppet Caper (I don’t know why kids even think this movie is funny, they don’t get the jokes. But adults do, and that makes it a perfect kids movie. Also very quotable. “No, NO dear, the PETS are dead, the BUTLER has been discharged…”)

Young Frankenstein (Classic spoof of monster movies, one of the most quotable movies of all time: “Ovaltine!”)

Joy Luck Club (One of the few times a movie is as good as the book – this one always makes me cry, but in a good way.)

Top 5 Books Other Than the Bible (Because the Bible Goes Without Saying)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (I read this for the first time the summer after second grade, and it’s still my favorite)
-The Little House on the Prairie series (I have always wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder)
-Anything by Dostoevsky (incredible expressions of human fallibility and redemption)
-Plato’s Republic (This book is the mother of all utopian books, but the allegory of the cave is so right on)
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer (random, but this is the best reference on childbirth I ran accross, and I read more than a representative sampling)

Top 5 Pet Peeves
-Loud mouth noises, especially in quiet places like libraries

-People who say “myself” when they mean “I” or “me” – it doesn’t make you sound more intelligent, it just makes you sound ignorant!

-Being condescended to, especially by people who are clearly idiots (I know, I know, if I can’t take it, I shouldn’t dish it out)

-People who mosey along as they walk and block everyone else who is walking faster. Nothing wrong with dawdling if that’s your style, but just don’t block everyone else who have better things to do with their lives than spend them walking to wherever they are going. This goes double for people who take too long at postal/return/checkout counters when there is a line behind them.

-Fakeness (especially regarding fingernails, personalities, and bodily appendages)

Top 5 Lifetime To Do List Items
-Write a book

-Teach my children to read in such a way that they love reading

-Go an entire year without worrying (that will probably take the rest of my life to achieve!)

-Be 124 years old so I can meet my great great grandchildren and celebrate my 100th anniversary. (By the way Josh, just FYI, for our 100th anniversary I’d like to take a cruise, ok?)

-Become so successful at gardening (and canning) that I’m able to grow a year’s supply of green beans and tomatoes and not have to buy any of those at the grocery store all year

Top 5 Types of Cheese
-Brie with dried cranberries and dried apricots mixed in
-Brie baked in a pastry shell
-This type of cheese we used to get at Wegman’s in college that is like Brie but with walnuts in it
-Havarti (but only if we’re out of Brie)

Top 5 Songs
This was too hard to come up with, so I’m doing a separate post later with my Top 5 songs of different genres. Or I might wait until I’m finished making a mix tape I’m working on, which I plan to review as if it was a cd you can buy (like Josh does on his blog). I would make copies available upon request, of course. 🙂

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