10.17.2012

favorite things lately

Kevin always says that when I love something, I love it until I wear it out. That happens with a lot of things - food, clothes, movies, books, friends (just kidding about that one.) Since I am going through some major phases right now, I thought I'd share some of the things that I am kind of into right now.

1. Pesto. My sister Lacey got me hooked on this stuff, and lately I've made about two batches a week. I put it on everything - pizza, toast, pasta. My favorite is just with regular pasta and some raw parmesan cheese - not melted. This recipe is my favorite. I usually do a blend of spinach/arugula since that is all my grocery store carries and it turns out great. 

2. The Mindy Project. You all already knew I had a girl crush on her, but I was a little skeptical about her show from the previews. Now I look forward to a new episode every week. It is freaking hilarious. Please watch. (Also I am into Ben and Kate, New Girl, and almost every other show on tv. I have so much time alone that it's kind of become my "family". Orwell was right on that one.)

3. I don't just watch television, contrary to popular belief. Lately I have been into a really non-characteristic genre; Marriage books. Some recent reads: The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage, Committed, (more to come on this good one) and some interesting articles my SIL Julie (marriage family therapy master's student) has sent my way. People have been asking me if my marriage is in trouble from my recent reads, but to be honest - I think they are fascinating! I'm learning a lot. Also, our marriage is not "in trouble". Sheesh. 

4. Hot tubbing. It's the perfect temperature at night for hot tubbing in AZ. The pool is a little too cold, and the hot tub is too hot for the day. As gross as it may sound, me and my new friends in Arizona have spent hours the past few weeks in the hot tub past 9 pm. I've really learned to love that thing, and the star gazing with the open Arizona skies is the best. 

5. Classical music. So boring I know, but Kevin loves it which I think is adorable, and while I have always loved it, I never listened to it. I think it's because I grew up playing it for hours a day. Now that I don't practice like I used to, it's been fun to reacquaint myself. 

After re-reading this post, I think it could be submitted in its entirety to Stuff White People Like. But this is the kind of thing I enjoy reading about and, since my phases change quickly, I thought it might be fun to document them. 

Do you live in phases? What are your favorite things right now?

P.S. my all-time favorite thing is dry shampoo. What began as a phase has become a deep-rooted commitment to that stuff. I will never abandon it. 

13 comments:

Julie said...

I have to admit to being someone who "wears out" her favorites also. Mostly it's music (as in, the same song on repeat for days at a time), but right now it's beautification (getting ready to start work in a few days, so I'm trying to drown my nerves in grooming) and historical fiction.

Cory and Lyndsey said...

Love you Mandy! And I'm a fan of dry shampoo and baby powder, too :)

Chloe said...

Those are my three shows I watch on Tuesday night. Love New Girl & Mindy Project. Zooey Deschanel and Mindy Kaling in one night...doesn't get much better! Haha.

Emily Meyerhoffer said...

Oh geeze I do the same thing but mostly with food. Wendy's baked potatoes with sour cream!

kate said...

I do this too and is actually sort of drives Landon crazy. Specifically with food, because if we buy something and I like it I pretty much eat it for breakfast-lunch-and dinner until it's gone.

Food phase right now? Grilled cheese.

Tiffany Bolton said...

I loved committed. I am super excited to hear your take on it. Long live dry shampoo! So glad you are loving AZ, we are in Gilbert and can't imagine living anywhere else.

Alison said...

I think I'm into the wrong TV shows, mine almost always begin with some gruesome murder. Yours sound better. Also, I get tired of the same food pretty quickly, probably because I eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner until I start to smell like it; which is bad when it has a lot of garlic.

Melissa said...

Our favorite things match! Lacey made met that pesto in Nashville and I can't get enough. Also, dry shampoo is my life. Hank leaves the bathroom when he sees the can because he knows it's about to get loud and dusty. :)

Lizzy said...

I miss you Mands! You need to call me ASA you get home. Brock and I want to start watching Ben and Kate.. it looks funny. But the more I hear about the dry shampoo..the more it just sounds like an excuse for girls not to wash their greasy hair..which grosses me out. haha

Mandy said...

Blasphemy Liz Best. Dry Shampoo is the best invention since the iPhone or space heaters.

Katie said...

Mans I tried the dove brand of dry shampoo and it just made my hair look like I sprayed white chalk in it. Maybe it's my dark hair, but what brand do you use?!

Liz might have a point, but I'm still open to getting on the dry shampoo bandwagon :)

Stephanie said...

LOVE dry shampoo and Pesto and TV :)

nihonkabu said...

Love dry shampoo thanks to you! I will forever be thankful Mands:) And I love pesto as well. I will try this version with pistachios. Looks great!