My Favorite Things of 2012: The Kitchen Sink Edition
I’m the kind of person who likes lists.
Particularly lists that are organized by category.
But sometimes there just aren’t really enough things to GO into that category, so you end up having to make a list of things that don’t really relate to each other.
This is what I have dubbed The Kitchen Sink List.
Because I’m kind of random.
Now, okay. I didn’t include comics on my literary edition list, and I now realize that probably was a giant mistake. So by including them here, I am not at all saying that comics aren’t literary. So. Don’t yell at me in comments.
Mind the Gap (Image Comics)
Alright, so this is a beautiful comic about a MURDER MYSTERY. A girl is in a coma, so she is trying to solve her own murder from a sort of coma purgatory, but also people in non-coma world are also trying to figure out who wanted to kill her, but there is lots of cover up! And family plotting! And pay-offs! And confusion! It’s very exciting and there is no way in hell I’m smart enough to figure out the mystery, which I kind of like. I mean, half the fun is coming up with your own theories and stuff, but, I really like riding it out too. But, Mind the Gap is really great and really great looking and it makes me happy when a new issue comes out.
Angel & Faith (Dark Horse Comics)
Okay, so! When Buffy ended on TV, it actually continued in comic book form. Which is great for people like me who are obsessed with Buffy. But! For me, this year, the comic book I’ve enjoyed more than Buffy is the Angel & Faith spin-off. I was very very very very very dubious about this at first. BUT. (Okay, I’m going to do my best to not spoil anything but some CRAZY SHIT has gone down in the comics, so SORRY if I spoil something.) What I love about it is that a lot of the comic is actually centered around GILES. Now, there had been some talk by the Buffy Powers-That-Be about maybe doing a spin-off TV series or mini-series or SOME KIND OF SERIES about Giles’s Ripper days. (I KNOW, RIGHT.) But, that never came to fruition, so a lot of the Giles stuff in Angel & Faith is actually flashbacks about Giles’s life, including his Ripper stuff. Which is AWESOME for nerds like me who love Giles. But there are also other really great, brilliant, creative, plot-twisty things going on in Angel & Faith (Drusilla has a cult following! AH!!) and I dearly love it.
This blog has been around for quite some time, but I didn’t start following it until recently. If you’re not familiar, it’s run by two very funny ladies who comment on celebrity fashion. I know that sounds boring, BUT IT IS NOT. IT IS NOT AT ALL. They are hysterically funny and sometimes write AS the celebrity (Kanye West, for example) and it is brilliant and inspired and perfect.
This is a food blog. It has lots of yummy recipes for lots of nommy things. But the lady who runs it is very funny and doesn’t just write about food. So, despite the fact that you’re looking at a recipe, she may or may not be talking about watching TV and/or traveling and/or other people’s children. I don’t know. I like her. I get her. I think we’d probably be friends. She brings happiness to my Google Reader on a basically daily basis, so YAY THIS BLOG.
A coworker of mine introduced me to dry shampoo, like, last week. BUT ALREADY I am in lurve with it and think it is brilliant and perfect and The Best Thing Ever because I am lazy and do not enjoy washing/drying/styling my hair every day. That shit is exhausting. But dry shampoo—you spray it on your dirty hair, let it sit, brush it through your hair, and then, LIKE MOTHERFRACKING MAGIC, your hair looks and even feels clean. And then you style it and you’re good to go. Because I have discovered dry shampoo and I am able to stay in my comfy, comfy bed longer in the mornings. I’m pretty sure the people who create dry shampoo should win some sort of prize. Like, a big one.
Pinterest is amazing. End of story.
So, Fishs Eddy is this very random store a little north of Union Square that I sort of wandered into with some friends of mine one day. We stepped inside and were like THIS WAS MADE FOR US. Basically, it’s a store full of dishes.But CHEAP dishes. And if you’re not picky and are okay with owning things with imperfections you can get some really great products for RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP. Like, I bought 4 plates, 3 bowls, a creamer, and a butter dish for, like, $17. Yeah. I know.
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Lava Cakes
Y’all. These frozen cakes THAT CAN BE MICROWAVED are delicious and perfect and so so so good. And cheap! Because Trader Joe’s knows what I need and want and desire. And then they make it. FOR CHEAP. The only thing I would change, is that they only come 2 to a box, so I have to buy, like, 4 boxes each week. Because I have no shame.