Thursday, October 9, 2008

Favorite Things and Swap Update

I saw this yesterday on Heather's blog - and thought it just goes so nicely with my swap update! So, here are 11 of my favorite things:

1. Clothes shop: For me - Avenue. For everyone else - Target

2. Furniture shop: Haverty's

3. Sweets: yes, please. Peanut m&ms

4. City: all the ones I have never been to. I have a huge travel bug.

5. Drink: Coke Zero. I love that you can get this at fast food places now. I much prefer my soda from a fountain than from the can. And it needs to be over a huge amount of ice. Pellet ice if I can find it.

6. Music: I don't think I can pick just one group. And it must change on a daily basis. But, today, I think it's Coldplay

7. TV series: LOST (118 days and counting...) and Weeds

8. Film: Thank you for Smoking. Have ya'll seen this yet? Put it in your netflix queue.

9. Workout: Water aerobics with the seniors three times a week. They are all so good. I straggle. And get lapped. Repeatedly

10. Pastries: Cinnamon rolls. Yum.

11. Coffee: Yuck. I'll take my caffeine drip in the form of Coke Zero. Or tea. Love the smell of coffee. But drink it? No thanks.

Last month I hosted my first swap - a My favorite things Swap. Where you gave your own favorite things to your partner. I had 43 people participate. And I micromanaged them down to the last detail! Packages were sent out this week - and I was lucky enough to my package last Friday. Jill from Scary Mommy sent me her favorite things:I think they are also my kitty Ella's favorite things. Look at how pretty everything looks in the box! And then...I got to unwrap...which is one of my favorite things to do...and look at what Jill sent me -- a cool book that I cannot wait to read. And one that will make me crave cupcakes.Embroidered kitchen towels --

or it a kitty bed? Nothing is sacred when you have a cat. Or two. A pretty silver spoon.And if you are doing Jill's contest - I think I already won! Thanks so much Jill. Your favorite things are now my favorite things. And Ella's favorite things.

I got my package all ready to send to my own swap partner - Brandy. One of the things Brandy said she did NOT want to recieve was a live animal. That's too bad. Because I had a volunteer. Or two.Here is a sneak peek

And then today, I got a surprise in the mail! One of the reasons why I hosted (and micromanaged) was because I signed up for a swap in May. And got stiffed. It was a pink, girly swap. And I sent out a package. But got nothing in return. Rhea decided to be my fairy blog mother and get me some pink.

I love the pink kitchen tools! Well...I love it all! Thanks so much for all my goodies. And for all who participated in the swap. I hope you had fun. And I already have the next one in mind!
So...what about you? What are some of your favorite things?

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Theme song - a Coldplay collection. Because it's my favorite. Today.


KimmyDarling said...

Happy Swap!!!

1. Clothes shop: If on my budget, Loehmann's. If on somebody else's dime, Banana Republic.

2. Furniture shop: Pottery Barn

3. Sweets: yes, lots.

4. City: Paris

5. Drink: Sweet Tea

6. Music: Radiohead and Pearl Jam

7. TV series: Dexter

8. Film: The Usual Suspects

9. Workout: Water aerobics, T-Tapp, dance

10. Pastries: I like tortes. With fruit.

11. Coffee: decaf, when I have it. Nothing fancy-- something mild, like a Breakfast Blend.

Tiffany said...

Okay, Rhea is a true doll for stepping up to be your fairy swap mother!

Tiffany said...

Clothes: I'm a Gap kinda girl

Furniture: Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel and Haverty's

Sweets: I'm more of a salty girl

City: New York City

Drink: Diet Coke

Music: Impossible to choose one favorite

TV Series: Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives

Film: Too many to choose just one

Workout: I love to dance!

Pastries: Not so much

Coffee: Like you, I ADORE the smell but cannot stand the flavor. My coffee is diet coke

Tiffany said...

And I am so excited for Tiffany (the other Tiffany) to get my package! She knows it's on the way and should be in her hands by Saturday at the latest. I'm so hoping she likes what she receives!

Jennifer P. said...

Clothes: Kohls and Ann Taylor

Furniture: Lee, Mitchell Gold, Room and Board

Sweets: dark chocolate

CIty: London!

Drink: Water with lemon. Maybe a Jones blue bubblegum if I'm having pizza!

Music: yes, please!

TV: Office (me and everyone else :)!)

Film: Galaxy Quest. I could watch it a million times!

Workout: Step and spinning classes 4 times a week, walking or jogging on my own 2 times a week. You'd bruise your hand on my bum :)!

Pastries: chocolate croissants!

coffee: love the smell. against my religion to drink it!

I can't wait to get my package!!! Rhea got hers today, so I'm hoping tomorrow, maybe...... :)

Firefly mom said...

Hmm, I may have to participate in the next swap!

Clothes: To be honest, I don't purchase retail often enough to tell you a brand! Don't laugh, though - I have a closet full of cashmere that I paid a pittance for ;D

Furniture: I have no idea! Again, it's not something I buy retail.

Sweets: powdered sugar doughnuts. Yummm.

City: That I've been to: Sedona, AZ. That I'd like to go to: Anywhere in Greece.

Drink: Water, or chocolate rice milk.

Music: I have eclectic tastes, but 80's always works for me!

TV: Eureka, Burn Notice, Stargate-Atlantis.

Film: Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Workout: Walking, yoga when I can fit it in.

Pastries: eclairs

coffee: Like you, I love the smell. If I'm going to purchase a hot drink, it would be non-fat peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. Otherwise, I'm a water girl.

Tiffany said...

Is it crazy that the other Tiffany's answers are mine?

All except diet coke.. caffeine makes me koo-koo.

I had SO much fun putting Kori's gift together, and can't wait to get mine from Tiffany.

Rhea is such a doll. What a keeper.

Jenny said...

How did I miss the swap?
Oh yeah... I've been working full time.

Jenny said...

1. Clothes shop: usually Target for me.
2. Furniture shop: IKEA
3. Sweets: dark chocolate with mint
4. City: SYDNEY!!
5. Drink: chardonnay - a oaked one
6. Music: Coldplay, U2, Sufjan Stevens, Sting, etc.
7. TV series: waiting for 'Lost' too. At the moment watching 'the West Wing'
8. Film: Loved 'Thank you for Smoking' too. I have so many favourites. Mmmm... too many to list. Usually something a bit indie.
9. Workout: CURVES
10. Pastries: don't usually eat them - unless I am at a work function and they are there.
11. Coffee: Yes. Everyday. We have a mobile coffee van come to our work place for our morning fix.
I don't like big brand companies (eg. Starbucks). I like the real stuff. Not burnt. Not weak. I know, I'm fussy!

Rhea said...

Those kitchen towels are awesome!! I mean kitty beds. lol

Cute cat photos, btw. Your kitties are adorable...and growing so big!

I'm glad you got some awesome swap love. You totally deserved it! I can't believe I forgot to throw chocolate in yours though.

KimmyJ said...

Ok - Rhea is a sweet love muffin. I'm in on the next swap now that I have a job! yipeee!

I love the movie Thank You For Smoking - one of my favs for sure.

You got some great goodies and your kitty's are precious. Can't wait to see everyone's lute from the swap.

Lula! said...

RHEA...I want pink kitchen tools. Just sayin'. You know me and PINK! we go...and you know I never play by the rules, so I can't pick just one, for the most part.

1. Chanel, Prada, Dior, DKNY...oh wait, you mean in real life? Yeesh. Well then...Target, Kohls, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters.

2. Ballard Designs.

3. Peanut M&Ms, of course.

4. ATLANTA, baby! Love my ATL.

5. Coke is IT. And Land Shark. I'm a lush.

6. I listen to way too much Muse...and Simon & Garfunkel...and Hillsong United...Coldplay...The Beatles...Led Zeppelin....and on and on.

7. LOST LOST LOST!!!! And Battlestar Galactica. Digging True Blood & Fringe, too.

8. Gone With the Wind, LOTR Trilogy, The Goonies, Steel Magnolias.

9. Climbing into bed. Opening the fridge for Coke. And sometimes the elliptical.

10. A warm Crossiant with butter. Divine...

11. I love my Pumpkin Spice Coffee!!!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

1. Clothes shop: CJ Banks - but not the overly cutesie embroidered stuff... just the "basics".
2. Furniture shop: HOM
3. Sweets: Gobstoppers (yeah, I'm 12)
4. City: Atlanta!!!
5. Drink: Diet Mt Dew
6. Music: Many different ones but the over-aching one for the majority of my life is Amy Grant.
7. TV series: West Wing. Or Little House...
8. Film: Ugh... how to pick.. Hmm... okay today it's Enchanted.
9. Workout: 5 am at the workout room at my apartment building.
10. Pastries: Not a big pastries fan. Pasties maybe.....
11. Coffee: Hmm.. pretty much only if Mr. B makes it. Though now Coffee Mate has their Christmas flavored creamers out and those make me happy.

texcindy said...

1. Coldwater Creek
2. furniture: Haverty's
3. Sweets: brownies
4. City: seattle and NYC
5. Drink: water
6. Music: Mama Mia
7. TV series: The Office
8. Film: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
9. workout: wiifit
10. pastries: cinnamon rolls
11. Coffee: ack. give me sweet tea baby!

SKELLER said...

What a hoot with the kittens in the box!! Ready to ship 'em out already, eh?!?!

Heather said...

I LOVE swaps. They are so much fun.

Brandy said...

If I had known the live animal would be that cute, I would have listed it as my favorite thing!

Other than sharpies all I know is that it's all wrapped pretty and that you used Kroger bags as shipping material. ME TOO!! LOL!

You got some great stuff! I cannot wait...I've always been bad at waiting. That's why I unwrap my Christmas gifts and then re-tape so no one is the wiser.

Until now...don't tell okay?

Karen said...

Nice collection of loot there, Kat !!!

I like the tea towels and the pink kitchen utensils and those cupcakes ... MmmmmMmmmm. Be sure to pos pictures when you make them !!!

1 ... Kohls and JC Penny's (they both have a good petite range)

2 ... Ashleys, World Market, and Forever Yours

3 ... Crunchie bars, Chocolate Raisins and Licorice Allsorts

4 ... I'm with Kat on this one..

5 ... Pepsi One, Pepsi Jazz

6 ... If I like it, I like it...

7 ... Most of my favourites seem to be being cancelled !!

8 ... I have quite a few favourites. depends on the mood I'm in..

9 ... Walking and biking. Also light weights.

10 ... Chocolate Eclairs, Cherry turnovers and Cinnamon Rolls with raisin in them.

11 ... I like coffee and tea. Drink both, though more tea than coffee. I like green tea and Lady Gray.

Susie said...

What a great thing!!

Mama Dawg said...

Rain on a slightly chilly day. But I don't think you can box that up.

Lisa said...

I LOVE the show Weeds. We dont get it on cable so when the season is over we download them and watch them. This years finale had me SHOCKED!! LOVE IT.

Rhea said...

The colors in that notepad cube I gave you reminded me of the colors on your blog. :o)

Rhea said...

1. Clothes shop: Target & Old Navy. I"m so cheap.

2. Furniture shop: Pottery Barn

3. Sweets: Hersey's chocholate bars, kisses, lemon drops & Resse's peanut butter cups

4. City: I love the ones with flavor, New Orleans, Santa Fe, Big Sur, New York.

5. Drink: I mainly drink water these days since banning coke and Dr Pepper from my body.

6. Music: I'm in love with Coldplay right now also.

7. TV series: LOST, Bones, House

8. Film: I don't know. I don't.

9. Workout: Walking, kicking soccer ball with Remy.

10. Pastries: Cinnamon rolls & french bread.

11. Coffee: Yuck. No coffee for me. hot tea all the way baby!

jennifersusan said...

I am so going to participate in your next swap!
1. Clothes shop: I really don't go clothes shopping much, so anywhere I can go and find something that fits me is good.

2. Furniture shop: Ikea, Crate and Barrel

3. Sweets: chocolate

4. City: anywhere I've never been, especially if it's on the water.

5. Drink: Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

6. Music: everything

7. TV Series: Eureka, Heroes, Pushing Dasies, Ugly Betty, Stargate

8. Film: too many to pick

9. Workout: walking, yoga, chasing kids around the house

10. Pastries: croissants

11. Coffee: they know me by name at 3 different starbucks

Rhea said...

Here kitty, kitty, kitty. Come out and play little furballs!

Rhea said...

Those pink cooking utensils came from a Breast Cancer Awareness display at Target. Aren't they beautiful?!

Jen said...

ok that swap is really, really, cool. I think that I started reading after it was done. Are you going to do another one? I want to play. You got some really cool things, I love it.

Shannon said...

Jill is so awesome! Those hand towels are really cute... and let me know how the book is. I love the title!

Scary Mommy said...

Yay! Glad you liked my favorite things, it was fun putting it all together for you!

1. Clothes shop: Marshalls. Daily

2. Furniture shop: Homegoods. Do you see a pattern?

3. Sweets: Every and all.

4. City: Paris

5. Drink: Diet Snapple

6. Music: Anything 80s

7. TV series: The Comeback

8. Film: Defending Your Life

9. Workout: No, thank you.

10. Pastries: Yes, please.

11. Coffee: Cream and sugar, or Splenda if I'm being good.

Shannon said...

1. Clothes shop: Old Navy or Kohl's

2. Furniture shop: Pottery Barn

3. Sweets: Peanut M&Ms

4. City: I don't know if I have a fave city... there are lots I like to visit (NYC, D.C., New Orleans) but not so much that I would want to live there.

5. Drink: Sweet tea or ice cold Coke (but never from a can)

6. Music: 80s

7. TV series: Grey's, The Office, Lost, Survivor, The Amazing Race, Life...

8. Film: Roman Holiday is my all-time fave movie.

9. Workout: Walking

10. Pastries: Cinnamon rolls

11. Coffee: Nope... never acquired the taste for it. I could smell it all day... it smells so good. But can't drink it. blech :P I like hot tea or hot chocolate.

Shannon said...

OK, what is the deal with your top commenter widget? Why does it only show I have 12 comments???? Last I looked it was more than that! Why is mine going down while Rhea's continues to move up????

Kori said...

I loved doing the swap. I can't wait to hear what Kelly has to say about the goodies I sent her.

Also I am really looking forward to my gift from Tiffany. She has got to be the most creative person ever and her sense of style rocks. So oh yeah I'm superexcited.

1. Macy's or Target
2. Rooms to go or Pottery Barn
3. CHOCOLATE! anything
4. Jacksonville Florida. because I love it there it's where I was born and raised.
5. Diet Dr. Pepper
6. Jack Johnson is my current favorite.
7. Re-runs of the Golden Girls. But Richard makes me watch Pushing up daisies. UGH...
8. Wizard of Oz
9. I don't obviously
10.Croissants stuffed with Nutella. Oh so yummy.
11. With just a little cram please.

Elena said...

Cute cute stuff! Great swap things and sweet nice! I love it and can't wait til the next one. And I want to see what everyone got.

1. Clothes: Eddie Bauer, Target
2. Furniture: No idea
3. Sweets: Chocolate anything
4. City: San Diego to visit
5. Drink: Water and Dr Pepper
6. Music: A little bit of everything.
7. TV: Lost and Starter Wife
8. Film: Father of the Bride
9. Workout: Walking (wish I had a friend to join me)
10. Pastries: Donuts
11. Coffee: Can't stand the smell, never even tasted it.

Aleta said...

A swap... that's interesting. Never heard of something like this before, but I think it's a great idea! Looking forward to the next one that you have in mind, might participate in it!

Debbie said...

The swap was fun, fun fun...and right now I have to leave to take LRRH to soccer...will check in later....

sassy stephanie said...

I can't wait until the next swap so I can play!!

I love love love "clocks". And doesn't "viva la vida" remind you of U2??

Karen said...
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Karen said...

How did I get that far back !!!!

I was in the 100's last time I looked !!!

Karen said...

It's that durn Texan, all her and her brain's fault !!! :-)

Tiffany said...

Hey Shannon,

I think the top commenter thingy only updates every so often. Not sure how often that may be but I know that in one evening, I posted quite a few comments and it was the next morning before I noticed that I had gained any ground.

Tiffany said...


I thought you were going to the bookstore or to take a nap this afternoon? I actually thought it was safe to take my girls to dance and soccer. Little did I know that while I was away, I would again be left to eat your dust! hee hee

Kelly said...

I got my swap things today...I'm gonna be posting about it...I'm so excited.

I feel for Jill 'cause she certainly didn't get as pretty a package as she sent to you from me!

Thanks again for hosting!!

Kelly said...

I got my swap things today...I'm gonna be posting about it...I'm so excited.

I feel for Jill 'cause she certainly didn't get as pretty a package as she sent to you from me!

Thanks again for hosting!!

Brian and Staci said...

Wow! It's not even your BATW day and you have 41 comments! I am so proud to be one of your faithful :) You got waaay cool stuff! And that was super sweet of Rhea...I need to check her blog out :)

Insane Mama said...

It's so fun! I got my package today! I can't believe how excited I was. Thanks for hosting. I finally sent my package out.

Anonymous said...

Kat! You just made my day! I love, well ALL those things but am an especially big fan of "Thank You For Not Smoking" which I can't get anyone around here to watch.
It's so great to find another fan.

Anonymous said...

BTW, I haven't gotten my swap yet (though I'm sure it's on it's way and I nearly attack the mailman everyday asking if it's arrived yet) but I'm way excited for my swap buddy to get my favorite things cuz it was so fun to put together!

Heather said...

Thanks for the shoutout, I'm so glad you played! I love learning about my bloggy friends :)

And I love the pink kitchen tools, too. How sweet of Rhea.

Jen said...

I just wanted to leave you a return comment on about your comment. I don't think its wrong that you don't share any of these fears. I think its great and to be honest with you, I "fear" those things but not all the time. Its something that I think about once and a while thats why I feel I have a healthy fear. Its more like that know they are there but so I try and over come them.
Thanks for your thoughts, hope mine are alright.

* TONYA * said...

That box from Rhea looks vaguely familiar :)

My boys are Army Brats said...

I got my box today from the swap and I loved it! This was so much fun when's the next swap? I'm so in!

I posted on my blog about it today.

Thanks for the micromanagement it really kept us to our commitment!

Andrea said...

I'm new to your blog (from Song for Whoever) and this swap looks so fun! What a great idea :)

Angie's Spot said...

Again, my many thanks to you for hosting the swap. It was great!

Some of my fave things include, overpriced cookware (Le Creuset), overpriced flip flops (LL Bean), and overpriced music downloads (iTunes). Uh oh, I'm seeing a trend here.

Blissful Babe said...

I love the swap idea!!
I found you at Scary Mommy's!
Doncha just LOVE her? Whatta doll. :)

I love your kitty kitties!

Dover Fam said...

Got my package today. Thanks for a great swap.