Wednesday, March 21, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things...

I was looking through some of my previous posts the other day, and I realized that I seem to focus on negative stuff a lot. Not that there's anything wrong with that! I think it's important for people to keep and eye on government policies and big business nonsense, so we can recognize when situations are just totally out of whack. Still, it's not all doom and gloom. Lots of folks are fighting the good fight out there or just being their own cool little selves.

So I thought I'd make short-ish list of some of some of my favorite things - people, publications, commercials and other what-not that put a smile on my face. This is by no means a complete list and please feel free to add an item or two of your own in the "comments" section.

Some of my favorite things are:
(hey, if it's good enough for Oprah...)

Red Fraggle - this independent, mouthy little muppet just makes me giggle every time I watch one of my Fraggle Rock DVDs. (Yes, I have Fraggle Rock DVDs)

Bitch Magazine - Always great, insightful, writing with amazing, influential and smart articles. I will consider myself an accomplished writer when I get an article published in this magazine.

Post Secret - This is an ongoing art project where anonymous people send in post cards with a secret written on it. They can decorate the post card any way they want. Every Sunday new secrets go up on the blog and there are a few books out now as well. Something about reading the post cards every week makes me feel a little less alone in the world.

This commercial - for the HPV vaccine, Guardasil. I don't usually like the pharmaceutical industry, but their choice of young women in this 60 second spot is fantastic. Girls come in all shapes and sizes and with all kinds of interests (skateboarding, dancing, soccer) and they all deserve to be protected from STDs and cervical cancer. Oh, not to mention that Kaki King has little part in it. She's one of the most amazing guitarists around these days. Check her out, too. :)

Now i have to put Kaki King on my list! Go to her website (linked above) and scroll about half way over to the frame that has the word "ears" highlighted. Click on "video" then "Playing With Pink Noise."

Yep, new favorite gurl musician.

The L Word - kind of a guilty pleasure since the writing ain't all that (lately) and I have no idea what they were thinking when they plotted out the third season. Why was Alice crazy all of a sudden and what the eff is goin' on with Tina!? Still, I can't seem to turn an episode off until the credits roll. Check out season 1 on DVD if you're so inclined.

Good Magazine - "For people who give a damn." Right on. Check out this new magazine if you have a minute. I love their optimistic outlook - real people actually can make a difference. The website has a blog, links to some of the articles and a "project" section where they ask readers to submit different art projects every few months.

Fables by Bill Willingham - a rare graphic novel series that is not only clever and well written, but has some kick ass female characters. You've never seen Snow White like this before.

Lush - Not only are they totally free of animal testing, not only are their products divine and effective, but going there for me usually involves a day out with my best girls. How can you possibly beat that? - this is where I go for my daily dose of feminism. Always something going on there! What I really get a kick out of is the fact that actual discussions go on in the comments section. This gives me hope for the future.

I could go on like this all afternoon, so I'm gonna stop it here.

What are some of your favorite things?


Ms. S said...

raindrops on roses and whispers on kittens...

Hmm...I need to really thing. You've inspired me. I shall write a list of them on my own blog.

Love you, Meesh!!

Marz said... girl friends... Food..sleep...books that are comprehendable (no Marx please, whimper) Gaimen's "The Sandman" graphic drummers

And fabulous blogs like this one. I am proud to call you friend.

Thornacious said...

Ooh, I've totally gotten into The L-Word recently! As you say, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure, but that's part of why I love it. I've borrowed Seasons 1 and 2 from a friend, and soon I will borrow Season 3 as well. Can't wait!

I also love Fables and Feministing and Bitch, too! Just love 'em.

As for favorite things of my own? Knitting, absolutely. I love everything about it. It perks me up, it calms me down, it passes the time, it slows things down a bit. The only thing more perfect than an afternoon of knitting is an afternoon spent in a canoe, and obviously one of those is much easier to come by than the other. grin!

bazu said...

I love your list- I'll be sure to explore some of your links shortly! Not to be too cheesy, but one of my favorite things as of the last year is reading wonderful insightful thought-provoking blogs like yours. Ok, that was cheesy... moving along...

KleoPatra said...

Great stuff, Meesh. I haven't thought of Fraggle Rock (or the Muppets in a long time)!! They're all great, i think. Still don't watch TV but "The L Word" always gets such great reviews, so it must be good. Would love to read those mags and i'll be that someday you'll get in "bitch" - it seems that you want it badly enough. And you know, Meesh, when you want something badly enough... it DOES happen - often!

Some of my fave things:

Talking to my mom, the best listener on the face of the earth and the most unconditional love i'll ever have

Chewing ice (Freud'd have a field day with me)

My dog, Mattie (i'm WAY too attached)

Running barefoot on the sand of the beach in the sunshine of a summer day...

Childhood friends that still care about me

There's more but those came quickly to mind!

Thanks for sharing yourself with us. Very cool insight!