Tuesday, May 7, 2013

MeriG's Favorite Things: Vol 2

It's about that time, folks. Time for me to share my second volume of my favorite things so that you, too, can rejoice in the gloriousness.

Favorite Thing #1: JON SNOW

I think we've pretty well established that I have a full-blown Game of Thrones problem. It's an addiction that I have come to terms with and for which I have zero regrets. 

We've also reviewed that Daenerys Targaryen is my favorite person -- both fictitious and real -- in the whole wide world. 

But the past few weeks have made my second-favorite character worthy of the #1 spot of favorite things.
Don't look at me like that. I still love you. You can't monopolize ALL my blog posts, Khaleesi.

'Cuz...hey gurl.

All you really need to know about Jon Snow is that he is handsome and wanders around in the actual snow. Brooding.
Cold and brooding.

Brooding and shirtless.

The second thing you should know about Jon Snow is that he knows nothing.
....or does he? You know what I'm talkin' about.

The third thing you should know is that the internet has so many things on it that make Jon Snow knowing nothing amazing. Such as:


The last thing I'll share in regards to Mr. Snow is this amazing meme:
Hahaha, get it, GoT fans? Get it? Laughing Out Loud!

Favorite Thing #2: Radio Lab
Since this is -- in technical terms -- a running blog, I thought just one of my favorite things should be running related.

At least peripherally.

When I do lonesome long runs, I don't really like to listen to music the entire time. I weirdly get bored and distracted and find myself just thinking that the song is only 4 minutes approximately and then getting all "Perfect Mind" and trying to calculate how many more songs left in the run and it gets very much in my head very quickly. Very nerdy.

So instead, I turn to the least nerdy thing ever: Listening to NPR whilest running.

I listen to a lil' news... a lil' culture...get all educated....some Wait, Wait Don't Tell me....it's all a great time overall and passes the time quite nicely. But my absolute favorite listening pleasure is Radio Lab. 

You can access this program online or through the NPR app on your smartphone devise. Radio Lab describes itself as: "...a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience."

Yes, true. But that doesn't even do it justice. Just listen to it. You'll thank me later. 

Favorite Thing #3: Temple Run
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Simply stated, I am full-out addicted to this free iPhone game. The original version, not any of these newer garbage versions.

The premise is simple. You start, you run, you collect coins, you try not to die. Use the coins to buy powers and stuff.


Over. And over. And over.

Suffice it to say that I spend a wee bit of time playing this game. During commercials....while I'm on the phone with you and you are on speaker...in bed....waiting for you to get out of the bathroom when we're getting a drink....on the bus....on the subway...

Basically if I'm not looking at you directly in the face, there is a 99% chance I'm playing this game. It's either incredibly enjoyable or a really basic and obvious cry for help. 

Either way.

Favorite Thing #4: The one-and-only Mr. Leonardo Dicaprio....still. And forever.

As you know, and have known, and will continue to know, there is a little film coming out this week staring the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

This film is based on the American classic novel, The Great Gatsby, and has had much buzz for near a year. Reviews thus far are mixed, and I can not comment on the quality of the movie nor its potential Oscar-obtaining potential. But I can and will and must comment on the quality of its star actor. He is not only critically acclaimed...but look at him. Just LOOK.

He is turning 40 next year and -- frankly -- has made me consider a few key points and come to terms with one crucial thought:

Leo, I have had a raging crush on you for a non-exaggerated 17 years. There are children born that can can now watch rated-R movies and in the entirety of that time I have had a crush on an actor.

I was the 14-year old girl who saw Titanic four times in the theaters alone (can't even begin to count post movie theater viewings of the film. 

I recorded Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" with the imposed dialogue, thank you very much from the radio into my boom box multiple times so that I would not have to press rewind every time I wanted to be reminded to never let go.

The king of my world

But even before speculating that Jack probably could have survived if he had tried, like, a couple of more times to get on that wooden door-thing with Rose (show a little effort, dude!), Romeo had my heart.
But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Ah, 1996. You brought me my Bat Mitzvah and Romeo + Juliet, the modern film adaptation of Shakespeare's little play. You brought us the Cardigan's hit song "Love Me, Love Me," and my first disc-man on which to play the Romeo plus Juliet soundtrack on repeat. 

It was a glorious time.

Just as in 1996, I only wish there were still Tiger Beat magazines appropriate for 30-year-old ladies to hang posters on their walls.

A timeless periodical

But you have aged well, Mr. DiCaprio, and I am not embarrassed that my crush rages on two years later.

Hand gesture shows pensive thought and elegance

Cheers to you and to the next 17 years.


As a final surprise to my readers, I have an important announcement:

MeriG's Favorite Things Volume 2? Not only are they magical and wonderous and amazing... but they're all FREE so you get all of them TOO! 

You're welcome, World!!!

Any [awkward] favorite things you'd like to add to the list?\




  1. LOL, loving the Jon Snow memes! I also love Radio Lab, but don't have the time to listen to it - I think I should start listening to music/podcasts more often when I run!

    1. Give it a try! It makes all the difference for me in making a run fly by quickly!