Friday Favorites: {Guest Post by Luci}

Friday, October 5, 2012

Luci is a mother, wife, and friend with artistic aspirations trying to live and love deliberately. In her husband's words, "kinda crazy but funny." She blogs at People, punctuation, and things that are green.

Favorite makeup tip
This is a toss-up between using eyeliner and darkening my eyebrows. If I had to choose, though, I’d go with the eyebrows. I have light-colored, thin hair, and from far away (or in pictures) it looks like my eyebrows don’t even exist. Darkening them makes such a difference in the balance of my face and gives me a more pleasant expression. Best advice my mom ever gave me. (I know there might be fancier ways to do it, but a simple Cover Girl pencil works for me.)

Favorite party game
Wackee Six! (Or Nertz, if you’re totally old school.) Seriously, click on the link if you want to know all the specifics of how to play, but basically each player tries to get rid of all their cards—using piles in the middle—at the same time all the other players try to get rid of all their cards, and there are no turns! It all happens simultaneously and there are piles all over the table and it gets pretty intense. This is a game I’m not very good at, honestly, but it’s so crazy and frenzied. I love it.

Favorite take-over meal
Chicken enchiladas. Almost everyone likes them. They’re totally easy. And you can pack a lot of yummy nutrition into a single pan. Genius!

Favorite pregnancy must-haves
(I only have one child so far, a two-year-old, but I remember these making a big difference, so I like to pass on the info.)

Lemonhead candies. Definitely helped with the nausea. Bite them a tiny bit to let out the sour flavor, and then suck ‘em just like cough drops.

Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga with Jennifer Wolfe helped with backache, joint pain, sleep, and overall well-being. Yoga itself has changed my life, and it made perfect sense to continue that relationship into pregnancy.
Favorite songs right now
Sad: Secrets for Sale by Roman Funerals
I don’t know what this song is actually about, but to me it’s about human frailty and how we so often wish and try and want to be better than we are, but it’s just not possible. We’re mean, we’re selfish, and we forget the needs of those around us. It’s so hard to see other people—really see them—as people.
To dance to: Jai Ho (You are my Destiny) by The Pussycat Dolls 
A good friend introduced me to Zumba classes at the gym this year, and I love it! I’ve never been a super awesome dancer, but it is a great way to work out. Our instructor used this song a lot and it was one of my favorite routines. I can’t hear it start and not want to move.
To sing: The Mamas and the Papas, especially Twelve Thirty and California Dreamin’
Beautiful parts and harmonies. So fun to sing.
Favorite drink
Grape soda. I have a friend who says this reveals my ghetto-influenced high school years, and maybe it does. I just love the flavor . . . so delicious.

Favorite joke right now
Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Two who?
To whom.
Favorite books
Children’s: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
I remember loving this book as a child, and now my son loves it when I read it to him. My favorite part is when he repeats the “Oh no!”
Adolescent: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
I read this book for the first time in junior high, and it was too tragic for me to even handle at that age. I’ve reread it a number of times, and the helplessness of some of the characters still hits me with the same force it did back then.
Recent: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
I wrote a whole post about this book and I could write more. It’s truly a masterpiece. Equally amazing is Robinson’s Housekeeping.
Favorite pamper-me-indulgence
Getting a haircut. I love everything about it. The shampoo and yummy massage, shedding all that extra weight, and the new-haircut confident feeling that stays with you for a whole week. One of my absolute favorite things.
Favorite color
Green. Always green. I don’t know why, but it just speaks to my soul. Nothing makes me happier.


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