Friday, October 24, 2008

Tagged: taking a mental break.

I've been tagged by Samosas For One. It's been a long time since I've done a tag, but my brain needed a break and, anyway, this way you get to learn a few nonessentials about me. Things I'm sure you were dying to know... ;)

Clothes Shop: I love Macy's Free People line (although I can only afford it when it goes on clearance!), Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and all those little boutiques that I've only recently worked up the courage to shop in. I always thought it would be too expensive or that I didn't look nice enough to even enter those shops. Turns out I was wrong because they are always nice to me, they usually have a broad range of prices, AND they have unique clothes that you can't find anywhere else. I recently QUIT buying clothes at Target. They have cute styles, but the clothes are cheap and, after wearing anything a couple times, they start to look it. Giving up cheap clothes is one of the ways I'm learning to value myself in a new way. Granted, I have not bought many clothes in a very long time and my closet is a desperate work in progress. Recently losing a significant amount of weight has opened up an opportunity for me to revamp my style--and I'm totally ready for it.

Furniture Shop: I like West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel. I also love interesting antiques and custom made. Contemporary mixed with old and ethnic. Um, I think it's possible to say that my style is a bit eclectic. Not to mention, my mom and brother are both woodworking artists. They cause me to dream outside the box. I like tables made of thickly cut wood and fabrics of rich, interesting velvets...among other things. ;)

Sweet: I don't often crave sweets, but when I do it might include things like baklava, Lindt truffles, cheesecake, creme brulee, and big pancakes from The Bad Waitress. Um...yeah, there's a reason why I shouldn't eat too much of these things! :)-

City: New Delhi. Despite my 10 year absence, it still feels like my home away from home.

Drink: Water. I drink a ridiculous amount of water. It probably has something to do from that trip to India and the way I got so sick I nearly died. Actually, I drink so much water that I get absolutely tired of it. The best drink I've had in a long time was a cosmopolitan that I had a couple weeks ago at at a downtown hotel in Minneapolis on our anniversary. Oh, I thirst for another one!

Music: Lately I've been listening to a lot of podcasts and books on CD. I think I'm hungry for new music...but some of my favorites are the Po Girls, India.Arie, Jackson Browne (yeah, go ahead and laugh), Beth Orton, Rosie Thomas, various Indian fusion artists, Sia, Bonnie Raitt...

TV Series: We no longer have cable. Yay for us! :) But I'll admit that I recently learned about Hulu and have become an occasional junkie! :) My favorite shows are things like Project Runway and National Geographic's Dog Town. Since I've been without cable for most of my adult life, I am plenty entertained by watching many of the series for the first time.

Film: I'm a geek and don't watch nearly enough movies. Current top ranking movies are The Namesake and Born into Brothels. I also seem to have an affinity for Meg Ryan flicks--I guess it's a girl thing.

Workout: Is dog walking considered a workout?? Vinny and I have been considering getting a membership somewhere. Now that I'm no longer working at the garden shop, my life has gotten a lot less physically demanding. If we get a membership, I would like yoga, swimming, and the elliptical machine (which I have a strange love for) to become an important part of my workout plan. Yoga would be especially good for me during these stressful times.

Pastries: Croissants...sometimes filled with cream cheese and raspberries.

Coffee: Double shot of espresso made from extra dark French roast beans with just a little bit of cream and sugar. Yum!

Gosh, in doing this, I learned a few things about myself, my style, and what I wish for. Ok..what about you?! I want to know. ;)



Samosas for One said...

Are you desi in your soul? If you know what that means I'll give you extra points!

Samosas for One said...

Hmm..what kind of Indian fusion? Karsh Kale, Midival Pundits, Planet Josh, Strings?

bella said...

I loved reading these!! The gym membership? Definitely, if you can, invest. In addition to helping you stay fit and healthy, excercise is such a HUGE stress reliever.

Samosas for One said...

You know what else relieves stress? Dancing around your house with your husband and your dogs. :)

Amber said...

"Contemporary mixed with old and ethnic"-- This is JUST what I like, too!!


Melba said...

This was fun to read. I love learning more about you!

swampgirl said...

oh yeah ... baklava, dark roast, free people, yoga, bonnie raitt ... i hear you, sista!

and i am so with you on the target thing. i haven't bought much there, but it aint worth it to save a few pennies.

Samosas for One said...

I just received an email from Kids with Cameras today from Born into Brothels. Two of the kids from that movie are studying in the states: one in NYC and the other in Utah I think!