Friday, January 04, 2008

List of Faves

When I was younger I would make New Year's resolutions, not so anymore. That is too much pressure. Since most resolutions deal with self improvement of one sort or another, why give yourself pressure? Anxiety inhibits performance you know. For an interesting twist on resolutions check out Jen's "I will never..." list at
A Snowball's Chance in ... Or reflect on the words of elder blogger and poet, Troy at A Creative Journey But since a New Year calls for a list of some sort I will share an incomplete list of my faves for 2007:
1. Movies/dvds (all new to me in 2007):
Once; The music is great and I appreciated the message of persisting to reach a goal or dream. For a free download of Falling Slowly go here.
Paris je t'aime; for excellent portrayal of the many expressions of the emotion we know as love.
Into the Wild; all about a very principled person living out his ideals to a disastrous end (SO sad, but worth viewing)
2. Books: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Yes, I have read more but nothing as memorable as Kite Runner.
3. T.V.: Greys Anatomy; still love it. But of course the writers' strike has taken a the joy out of that. This week though we really enjoyed the Iowa caucus coverage. GO OBAMA! In fact if anything good has come out of the writers' strike it might be that more viewers are looking at coverage of the presidential delegates.
4. Green Thumb Endeavor: I got an orchid as a gift in June and it is doing fabulous things; new stems, leaves and buds!
5. Vacation: Walla Walla, Washington
6. Wine: A white I really like (best in summer); Burgans Albarino, from Spain
As for reds, that is harder, there are many I like, but in my rack right now, it is Northstar Stella Maris 2003 red wine; Bordeaux blend, that makes me salivate.
So there you have it.
And as for 2008, I think this quote from Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a fitting one to ponder: "..he allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."


Sue said...

Hi Teresa; I've been here so I guess I should leave a foot print of some sort. I agree Kite Runner was great, but have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns?


Diana said...

My orchid of 5 years decided it had had enough of living and died this summer. I think I'll treat myself to a new one, thanks to your #4.

ped crossing said...

Hi Teresa, thanks for stopping by my blog. It is nice to meet a fellow teacher from the northwest.

I read kiterunner a year or so ago. It prompted a lively discussion at my book group.

Jen said...

Hey Teresa, thank you for the link and the kind words!

And congrats on the orchid. We don't get indoor plants, since the cats like to munch on them :(