Monday Listicles: 10 Ways Our Family Says I Love You

This week’s Monday Listicle is “10 Ways to Say I Love You.”

1) When Mr. Sandwich slides his warm feet across the bed to take the chill off my cold feet.

2) When Mr. Sandwich gives me socks to warm up my feet.

3) When Mr. Sandwich puts the socks on my feet for me.

4) That Christmas Mr. Sandwich gave me the exact slippers I wanted.

Clearly I really don’t like having cold feet.

5) The way, when I am violently ill, Mr. Sandwich will wrap me in a blanket or towel and just hold me.

6) The way Mr. Sandwich is always in my corner, even if I’m the one who’s being a jerk.

7) The way Wicket waits by the front door all day long so she won’t miss the moment when I get home.

8) The way Wicket gets up in the middle of the night to follow me to the bathroom.

9) The way Baguette ignores everything else in the universe when I show up. She almost never says “I love you,” but, wow, does she let me know.

10) The way Mr. Sandwich and I constantly say “I love you,” because our relationship is based on clear communication, and we don’t want there to ever be any doubt.

TV Shows That Were Gone Too Soon

This week’s Monday Listicle is “10 shows that got canceled too soon.”

I don’t know. I’m picky about my TV. This is not to say I haven’t watched my share of crap (“Zorro and Son” comes to mind). But I find that most of the time, shows drag on far longer than they should. I like it when a showrunner has a story to tell, and tells it. Which is why I stopped watching shows by J.J. Abrams.

However, there are some shows that didn’t get a chance to show what they could do–or were just beginning to build an audience, and got canceled anyhow.

1) Homicide: Life on the Street You look at that page, and you think, “There were 7 seasons. What’s the problem?” Well, they weren’t all full seasons, for starters. And I think that their first cast was the strongest. But even when some of the newer characters annoyed me (how they developed some of the original ones did, too), this show was one of the smartest things on TV. Which is probably what killed them, because they were canceled as punishment for not beating “Nash Bridges” in the ratings.

2) Firefly. Mr. Sandwich introduced me to this show when we were dating, and I still think it’s wonderful. I never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so this was my real introduction to Joss Whedon.

3) Dollhouse. Speaking of Joss Whedon . . . Actually, I found this show very problematic. It focused on the wrong character (Sierra and Victor were much more interesting than Echo). It depicted a very disturbing approach to sexuality. But it was just starting to turn into a really interesting show with a dynamic plot arc and it got canceled. They were able to show us where they were going, but it had to be very rushed.

4) Deadwood. At least the first three found ways to give us a little more–Homicide with a TV movie, Firefly with a big-screen movie, and Dollhouse with a handful of epilogue episodes. But Deadwood wasn’t done with its story when HBO canceled it. We were promised two follow-up movies, and seven years later, WHERE ARE MY TWO MOVIES???

5) Boomtown. This examined the same events from different points of view and featured complex and compelling characters. So, naturally, NBC decided that the second season should do none of that, and then aired the final episodes in unpromoted clusters so that you couldn’t find them. Stupid NBC.

6) Southland. Again with the NBC. The first season was so good, and then they dropped it. Fortunately TNT picked it up, and the excellence continued, but it won’t be coming back next year.

7) Freaks and Geeks. You know, I’m getting mad at NBC all over again.

8) Pushing Daisies. I have never seen anything like this show. It was like tasting colors. It was like hearing the scent of a thousand fruits and spices.

9) Arrested Development. I haven’t caught the Netflix season yet, but this show had more life in it. And it also had Jason Bateman in it.

10) Terriers. Mr. Sandwich was more into this show than I was, but it had some interesting characters and was different. I think the name confused people, and I’d say their loss, but Donal Logue was terrific and I think it’s my loss, too.

Bonus Round: Mr. Sandwich has some entries.

Brimstone. “I’m a bit of a soft touch for cop shows and scifi/fantasy.” It was moving from an episodic format to longer-range stories, and he guesses that the whole thing just wasn’t speaking to enough people–but it spoke to him.

Farscape. “If Star Trek is a ‘wagon train to the stars’, then Farscape is a really fast getaway car in space, but the bank robbers all rob different banks and no one can agree where the safe house is. It was canceled precipitously, and although there was a pair of follow-up TV movies, they felt rushed and inelegant.”

The Best Things In Life Are Free

This week’s Monday Listicles? “10 things you love that are free.” Read on:

1) Baguette’s kisses.
2) Mr. Sandwich’s love for me and her.
3) Snuggles with Wicket.
4) Rain on the roof.
5) Going for a walk and seeing our great neighbors.
6) Opening the windows and letting fresh air blow through the house.
7) Friday evenings, with the whole weekend ahead.
8) A compliment to a stranger.
9) Sun salutations.
10) Conversation.

10 Things That Make Me Feel Like a Superhero

Superhero in Transit

Who am I? Based on my superhero powers, I have a lot of identities.

1) The Unstoppable Force: Labor and delivery. ‘Nuff said.

2) The Emphathizer: I can (usually) snuggle and talk a tantrum away.

3) The Staunch Supporter: I can defend others against predators. Remember, “predator” is all in the perspective.

4) Arterial Flow: I am an O Negative blood donor. Type-specific is better, but in a pinch, anyone can use my blood.

5) Captain Persistence: Triathlons.

6) The Explicator: I can explain complex, unfamiliar topics so that anyone can understand them.

7) Madame Patience: I can read the same book over and over and over and over. And over.

8) Perspective Lady: I can watch Baguette eat something that has fallen onto an unfamiliar floor and say, “Immune System!”

9) The Adapter: I have managed to (mostly) surrender my sense that I should be making Baguette’s birthday cake.

10) The Amazing Prioritizer: That time-consuming thing that seems so important, but isn’t? I can let that go.

This list brought to you as a result of Monday Listicles.

Photo by jmv, via Flickr. Creative Commons.

That Smells Wonderful

This week’s Monday Listicles is “10 Fantastic Smells.” At first, I thought that the topic wasn’t really grabbing me. But then Baguette spent the night throwing up, and I realized that what really smells bad is vomit on your couch. So to distract myself from cleaning, here we go:

  • Doughnuts. When we were first married, we lived around the corner from a doughnut shop. The scents that wafted from that block to ours were amazing.
  • Vanilla. I once walked into one of my favorite stores and said, “It smells amazing in here–what is that?” The salesperson said, “Vanilla. Apparently it’s supposed to make people buy more.”
  • Shalimar. This was my mother’s perfume, and something about it makes me feel like Christmas.


  • Oranges. Fresh and clean. I still remember the year that my office got so many chocolate holiday gifts from vendors that all I ate (aside from chocolate holiday gifts) was navel oranges.
  • Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and more. Again with the Christmas, but also very cozy.
  • In-n-Out. Meaty, oniony, saucy, cheesy, yum.
  • Newborn baby. That milky sweetness.
  • Coconut. Hardly a surprise, considering how much I love Kauai.
  • Lavender. Not only does it smell clean and calming, it’s sometimes the only thing that keeps my hands from stinging. Thank you, Avalon Organics!
  • Chocolate chip cookies. Oh, my, yes. And they taste good.

So those are the first 10 that come to mind. Clearly food matters to me. What are your favorite scents?

Photo by Sheila in Moonducks, via Flickr. Creative Commons.

Top 10 Movie Quotes

This week’s Monday Listicles is 10 Best Movie Quotes. So if you’ve ever wondered what Mr. Sandwich and I sit around quoting, well, here’s your answer. And while we’re at it, do you recognize any of these?

1) “But I was going to Toshi Station to pick up some power converters!”

2) “Do a good job, get a better job.”

3) From Star Trek II: The Wrath of

4) “This might be the garden spot of the whole country. People may travel hundreds of miles just to get to this spot where we’re standing now.”

5) “The trick is not minding that it hurts.”

6) “I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it. We’re a knowledgeable family.”

7) “Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line.”

8) “In all my years, I never seen, heard, nor smelled an issue so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell, yes, I’m for debatin’ anything.”

9) “That’s my secret, Captain. I’m always angry.”

10) NSFW because of language, but it shouldn’t be a surprise if you read my post about holiday movies.

Sticking With What Works

Thumbs Up Tavern

Today’s Monday Listicles ask us to post 10 things we have no intention of changing in 2013. So here are some areas in which I plan to maintain status quo:

1) Hair color: This is not the year I let my gray grow in, no matter what you think my roots are telling you right now.

2) Starbucks: I still love my vanilla lattes with skim milk, and they still make an excellent treat.

3) Laundry: I’m going to keep air-drying as much of our clothing as possible.

4) TV: I’ll still have more shows in the DVR than I can possibly watch.

5) Slow cooker: This will still be a mainstay of my cooking.

6) Mobile tech: I’ll still rely on it, probably more than I should.

7) Ice cream: I eat it pretty much every night. It makes the day end on a happy note.

8) Blogging: I want to be open while continuing to write things that Baguette won’t mind reading later.

9) Style: I will probably continue to eschew patterns for the most part.

10) Family: They’ll continue to be the most important thing in the world to me.

Photo by chicagogeek, via Flickr. Creative Commons.

Food, Glorious Food

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This week’s Monday Listicles topic is “10 Things Food.” Now, I almost never make anything I pin on Pinterest, and the time I tried, things did not go well.

But that’s okay, because I’ve got plenty to say about food. So here are my 10 favorite food memories:

1) Christmas shortbread cookies–my mother wasn’t a fan of sugar cookies, so every year we would make shortbread cookies, cut them out with Christmas-themed cookie cutters, and decorate them with red and green sprinkles.

2) Lemon bars–I loved my mother’s so much that one year I had them for my birthday instead of cake.

3) Orange bread rolls–These became my specialty at Thanksgiving. They’re like cinnamon rolls with orange filling and glaze instead of cinnamon, and were always a big hit. They are delicious and a total PITA to make. Therefore, I do not make them any more.

4) Le Ciel–One year we went to Vienna and Budapest for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, we had a phenomenal five- or six-course meal at the ANA hotel. I have no idea what we ate. I just remember that everything was amazing and the service was just about perfect.

5) Lemon cod filets–My favorite but defunct Chinese restaurant made this for me, and I cannot find a substitute.

6) Frosting–One summer when we were about 10, a friend and I decided to make cupcakes. That was fine, but we couldn’t get the frosting to come out right. I was sure that what you added to thicken it was flour. I was wrong.

7) Spaghetti sauce–my mom made hers nearly from scratch; she used canned tomato in various forms. I’ve got some on the stove as I type this.

8) Tacos–We only had them if my dad had recently come back from a business trip to Texas, because the Maryland supermarkets didn’t carry tortillas. That’s right, I grew up in the dark ages.

9) The Carnivore–if you’ve been to a Brazilian steakhouse, you’d recognize the method of serving at this restaurant outside of Nairobi. Slabs of meat are carried around on spear-like skewers and carved onto your plate. Only instead of unusual cuts of beef, here you’re eating African game.

10) Crepes–My mother-in-law makes excellent crepe-style pancakes. I would swear the oil in the pan is burning, but the crepes come out perfectly each time. Which just goes to show that I don’t know how to make them.

Photo by timsackton, via Flickr.

Monday Listicles: 10 Things I Learned in 2012

Life is one big learning experience. And if all of life isn’t (but it is), parenting sure is. This week’s Monday Listicles is about 10 things I’ve learned this year. Here we go:

1) I can carry a 27-pound child on my shoulders.

2) Roasting a butternut squash really is easy.

3) When your day care says that each child is an individual, they mean “until that causes us slightly more work.”

4) I’m just never going to like brown rice.

5) No matter how careful you are, you will step on a Duplo.

6) I don’t have Pinterest guilt, because I never wanted to do that stuff anyhow.

7) Watching a two-year-old stack things is fascinating.

8) I don’t get nearly enough time with the friends I want to see.

9) Fennel seeds can ruin an entire dish for me.

10) I may be addicted to ice cream.