Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Best of 2014

2014 was a great year, filled with great things. Why not slap up an unsolicited list of my favorite products/pop culture things/foods/stuff throughout the year? So, in no particular order, let's recap:

I don't know of many people who didn't get sucked in by this addictive podcast. It was like crack.  My life feels empty now that it's over. Plus, it sparked my interest in podcasts in general, so I got a new hobby out of it.

Winterfest - As I'm sure you remember since I just wrote about it a few weeks ago, we went to this delightful place at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia for my birthday. I think it's open all winter, so we'll definitely be back.

Fried Eggs - No one said this list was gonna be a winner, okay? Anyway, I discovered The Crispy Egg at some point during the year, and it's been my go-to meal for when I'm home alone ever since. Paired with some Cholula and a piece of sourdough toast, it's hard to beat.

Burt's Bees grapefruit facial cleansing towelettes - I know that everyone uses face wipes and it's like, duh, but I just recently started stashing these in my night stand and on nights that I'm too tired (or drunk) to wash my makeup off, they've been a life saver. And they smell freaking amazing.

Apple TV has been a real game changer for Jeff and I. Jeff's brother was lovely enough to give it to Jeff for Christmas last year (as in 2013), and our lives haven't been the same since. We actually didn't think we'd really need it at first, because we already had TiVo and Netflix, but it makes life so much easier by allowing us to stream anything we have on our phones (or our computer) directly to the TV with zero effort. Plus, it gave us access to HBO Go on our TV without having to hook anything (other than the Apple TV itself, of course) up. It's a couple of couch potatoes' dream.

Of course. My beautiful sideboard. Scored on Craigslist for $40.00. Steal of the century. It's still my favorite piece of furniture.

Dinner: the Playbook - Oh, Jenny Rosenstrach, you genius. Some may say this book isn't really meant for me, seeing as it's an actual game plan for getting family dinner on the table on a weekly basis and for getting one's picky children to try new foods, and I don't have any children, picky or not. I don't care, though; this book contains some of the best quick and easy to prepare meals I've seen. And I'll probably have kids some day. Besides, Jenny's writing style is so friendly and inviting I feel like I've been to dinner at her house.

This book is the entire basis of the way I prepare Thanksgiving dinner, and I'm confident that it always will be. Sam Sifton's a boss.

I've heard mixed reviews on book the book and the movie. I haven't read the book yet, but the movie caused me to yell "whaaaaattt!?!!!" about 57 times, and that's pretty much all I look for in a movie. Jeff and I saw it in the theater, and have already rented it so we could watch it again. It was very thrilling and suspenseful, but it was also surprisingly fun and not too serious. 

Lou & Grey Essential Leggings - These, in my opinion, are the ideal leggings. They're not so thin that you can see your butt through them, but they're not so thick that it feels like you're wearing sweatpants. They're nice and high-cut so they don't fall down, and the waistband is seamless, so it doesn't cut into your skin (plus I think it just looks nicer that way). I wear leggings pretty much constantly when I'm at home, so I've worn these a ton of times and they haven't faded, even after several washings. This is a stockpile item (as in, stockpile these).

Stila All Day Foundation & Concealer - this is the best foundation I've ever used. It melts right into your skin and looks seamless, but it's nice and thick so it gives you great coverage. It's a bit pricey, but it comes with a little pot of concealer and a brush, so in my opinion it's worth it. 

There you have it. The Wire also gets an honorable mention, because Jeff and I watched it for the first time in 2014 (of course, we watched it right before it was digitally restored - d'oh!) and it was as great as everyone says, but including it in the list seemed like a bit of a stretch. When is it too late to still be talking about the new year/old year/holidays? Probably earlier than now. Oh well!

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