Saturday, November 05, 2005

ETTA'S GREATEST HITS

My Uggs made their Autumn 2005 debut today. I realize they're truly ugg-ly, but there is no comfier shoe on the planet. My Uggs make cold weather worthwhile, and I don't even have to wear socks (my arch-nemesis). And they are so ugly that they don't really go with anything, so you just say screw it and wear it with whatever you want (though I don't really see the point in wearing it while naked, left). It's the small things in life, as they say.

That got me thinking about consumer products that make me happy. Most of the things I buy get me excited for a couple of weeks, but there are a few items that have been so fabulous that I need to give them the etta stamp of approval.


THINGS THAT ROCK (in no special order):

1. Ugg boots.

2. Baskin Robbins' "Rocky Road" ice cream.
I was reared on this stuff. Not as rich as Haagen-Dazs (which has earned its place on my "Things That Suck" list.) It's chocolate ice cream with almonds and marshmallows. Which reminds me,

3. Marshmallows.
I'm like Bubba and his shrimp when it comes to marshmallows. Big, little, coloured, flavoured, toasted, coated, dang I love 'em all.

4. Michel Thomas' language tapes.
I'm not quite sure what this man is wearing on his head, but it is the best language tape out there. Two thumbs up.





5. T-String.
Australian underwear that manages to be simultaneously skimpy and comfortable. I can't find them anywhere. Please help.

6. Apple iPod.
Love, love, LOVE my iPod.
Now I want a cool case for it that doesn't cost a trillion yen. It tends to run out of batteries quite quickly, but maybe that's just electronics in general. Don't get me started on other electronics, which belong firmly in the Things That Suck category.

7. Allen Carr's Easy Way To Stop Smoking.
I know, I know, I really am going to put myself back on the program. Regardless, this is a good one and I really would recommend it to every smoker out there.

8. NyQuil.
Of all the things that shocked and awed me when I first got to college in the U.S., NyQuil definitely made its mark (comparatively, DayQuil is a bummer in a bottle). My roommate was in the habit of taking NyQuil shots before bed, and offered me some from her personal stash. I now buy NyQuil every time I'm stateside. Oh yeah, Tylenol PM is also highly recommended.


9. Bedding from
Garnet Hill.
Their European Feather Mattress Topper is to die for. Their clothes are terrible - equivalent to that of Victoria's Secret, except mumsy. They have flannel sheets with little multi-coloured dinosaurs all over them, which I have been eyeing for a while. Not exactly sophisticated, but they're too cute to be true.

10. Cirque du Soleil.
I really need to stop talking about this. Everyone just starts rolling their eyes when I start gushing about the Allegria 2 performance I caught in Harajuku late last month. I'm seriously considering flying out to catch "O" in Vegas, which apparently is a water-based CDS performance. My kickboxing sensei went to see it a while back and raves about it. It's funny that people refer to Washington politics as "a circus", while the real circus restores faith and hope in humankind.

I could go on, but if I don't stop at 10 I'll have to go until 15 or 20 before I can log off and watch my "24" DVDs (another favourite).

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