Jasmine’s list of right-ons 2003
1. travel-size candles from redflowerworld.com (french lavender and japanese peony are my personal favorites)
2. unexpected phone calls from friends and family, usually when I can’t talk but I do anyway (dad, seema, andrew)
3. unexpected but thoroughly appreciated letters and cards – I love getting proper mail
4. naps – I’ve said time and time again that I hate naps because I hate waking up afterwards and feeling as though I’ve missed out on something. well, i’m being converted – for example, i had the afternoon off on friday and so i slipped home and dozed in front of Lifetime television’s marathon of some of my favorite movies (Co-Ed Callgirl, Death of A Cheerleader, She Woke Up Pregnant) and woke up refreshed (though a bit dazed)
5. L.T.D.’s most perfect song “(Everytime I Turn Around) Back in Love Again”
6. something my mom used to say when I would misbehave: “you make the
baby jesus cry!”
7. mystery presents – one of my favorite game shows as a kid was “Let’s Make A Deal”, because I loved seeing what was lurking behind door number three
8. the theme to “The Benny Hill Show”
9. rediscovering The Cure – as South Park’s Kyle yells to Robert Smith after Mr. Smith has saved the world from Mega-Streisand, “‘Disintegration’ is the best album ever!” Okay, maybe the best Cure album — I can’t make up my mind about the best album ever, because everytime I settle down and say “Okay, for real you guys, this time it’s ‘I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You'” I then change my mind and say it’s actually . . .
10. The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead” – wow. This record always blows me away. Everytime I put it on, I go a bit cross-eyed in a really good way.
11. Etiquette – my flatulent co-worker has been especially so lately. Whatever. The smell usually dissipates. I just wish she’d acknowledge with a quick “Excuse me” instead of letting the smell sit in silent but deadly acridity in the vicinity of my cubicle.
12. baby ducks – I know it was on the last list, and it’s on this list, too, because baby ducks are awesome
14. California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas – cheap and delicious (much like me, mwa ha ha ha ha)
15. Kir Royale
16. Twee song lyrics – example? “I Know It’s Over” by The Smiths (‘loud loutish lover, treat her kindly, for she needs you more than she loves you’) or The Cure’s “10:15 Saturday Night” (‘And I’m crying for yesterday and the tap drips drip drip’). Nothing like a sickly British pop singer to make me feel better about myself.
17. the awesome turn-of-the-century chandeliers at Maria’s friend’s Aaron’s apartment – I’ll try to take pictures if I visit his place again. They were very groovy – wired for electricity, and decorated with bronze leaves and vines and flowers.
18. “Degrassi: The Next Generation” – Maria thinks I’m evil for getting Kevin hooked on this Canadian teenage melodrama, but I do not care. For those of you who do not live in Canada or Australia, or don’t have access to The N (the pre-teen version of the Noggin channel), show info and such can be found on-line at http://www.the-n.com/ntv/degrassi/ and http://www.degrassi.tv.
19. the video for Alicia Keys “You Don’t Know My Name”
20. List-making – I actually own multiple pads of paper that are long and skinny, perfect for making lists like:
b. CDs to buy
c. movies to see
d. boys to ogle
e. cakes to bake
f. people to whom I still owe brownies for helping me move
g. places to visit:
ii. Legoland in San Diego
iii. Canary Islands
21. jazz drummers – who’s cooler than them?
22. Polaroid cameras – not just for Andre 3000 anymore
23. Christmas decorations on the bus
24. complicated dances from the 60s like the Madison
25. the Jimmy Choo “Lolly” evening sandal
26. porterhouse steaks
27. good posture
28. my personality as captured in inanimate objects, such as this ashtray (which I actually do own): http://www.orangeskin.com/product.php?pid=161&key=ashtray
29. this t-shirt: http://www.simplyvintage.com/graphics/10004.jpg
30. chocolate-banana milkshakes – each flavor by itself is alright, but together? yummy.
31. t-shirts with elbow-length sleeves – I always push up full-length sleeves, and lately my short-sleeved t-shirts are too drafty
32. Indian summer – warm weather, but with that autumnal crispness that makes me want to put on my old school uniform and go jumping into piles of leaves
33. early spring (which never happens in Chicago, so go figure)
34. Harold’s chicken – Kathy’s right about the chicken tasting better at older franchises where the grease is older, but any Harold’s is better than no Harold’s at all
35. butterfly kicks – I saw Hal Sparks of “Queer As Folk” do one on Craig Kilborn last week, which almost made me forgive all the ridicule he heaped upon The Smiths
36. coconut fried shrimp – *drool*
37. shrimp, in general – see above
38. treehouses – never had one. In the Philippines, there are a lot of trees on my paternal grandparents’ property, but I wasn’t allowed to climb up. My dad says that growing up, he and his friends would climb on the roof and pick kalamansi off the nearby trees . . . to throw at people in the street. Ooh, my dad was a delinquent. But back to the treehouse – I would love to have one now, built a little built smaller than life-size, with a ladder, a trapdoor, and a lookout spot for intruders.
40. New Year’s Eve – a great holiday, though I always feel like I can’t enjoy it properly as I’ve never been one for letting go of the past. I like to brood, dammit.
The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up; The Hives – Die All Right!; Hall & Oates – Maneater