Saturday, March 20, 2010

Famous people I have wanted to be

1. Molly Ringwald.
I could never understand why her character in Pretty in Pink was such an outcast: she was so freakin' cool. And yes, she was the reason I hennaed my hair in high school (though I can't hold her responsible for the Ronald McDonald-esque outcome).

2. Chrissie Hynde.
In 10th grade I thought she was the epitome of hip; I even wrote an essay about how she was my hero. Now I think she's kind of a mean lady who should probably do something different with her hair after 30-odd years of having the same 'do.

3. Amy Carter.
We were both 8 when her family moved to the White House, which I thought was fantastic. Being the first daughter made her the coolest kid in America, and who wouldn't envy that? I'm pretty sure I tried to become her penpal but it never panned out. I hope there are little girls today who want to emulate Sasha and Malia.

4. Debbie Harry.
She was punk and pretty. I'm a huge Blondie fan to this day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Foods I could eat to the point of physical discomfort

1. Girl Scouts Thin Mints™. Don't let the cute green uniforms fool you: those kids are pushing pure eeeevil. I shudder at the memory of eating half a box in one sitting (but still marvel that I was able to stop at half). The peanut butter ones are diabolical as well.

2. Hummus and pita chips. They're from the Mediterranean so they've got to be good for you, right?

3. Chocolate-covered pretzels. Salt, sugar, fat and crunch: there's really nothing missing from this equation.

4. Guacamole. Not only is it delicious, it's fun to say, especially as part of the expression "Holy guacamole!" (Don't worry, I don't use that a lot.)

5. Hob-Nobs. The reason I gained 15 pounds when I lived in London. (OK, the Guinness didn't help.) My local grocery store sells them but I've so far managed to avoid their siren call. To those who are hearing about these insanely great cookies for the first time, I apologize in advance.

6. Movie theater popcorn. To my credit, I avoid the "butter" topping.