Stuff Jill Likes

Chocolate and cheese-the best two things in life. Foodwise, that is. Hey, did you know there's such a thing as chocolate cheese? And contrary to what you might think, it's not a disgusting combo but pretty good. Now you know.

Candy:

  • Chocolate marzipan-Best. Candy. Ever. Too stinking hard to find. One reason I also love Cost Plus World Market, O great stocker of chocolate marzipan. And other really cool stuff.
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (chunky!)
  • Three Musketeers
  • Charleston Chew
  • Lemon Heads
  • And-ready for this? Those little flying saucer things you can only get in old time candy stores. You know if you've had them. A weird taste combo like styrofoam surrounding nerds. Love them. Cannot explain why.

Other food:

  • calamari, clams-yep, love those things. Except when they get too squiggly. You can only take so much gross factor.
  • Cheese. Period. With anything. Of almost any kind. Except Swiss. One favorite quote of our European vacation: Mom (bending over dairy case in a store in Switzerland): Man! All they have here is Swiss cheese! Daughter: (Eye roll. Look. She needs no words. You understand this.)
  • Chai lattes
  • Cocoa covered almonds. These are totally not in the candy category. They're nuts. They're good for you.
  • Key Lime Pie. Still in search of the best slice ever served. I will keep looking. Everywhere.
  • Blue Cheese Steaks

Restaurants:

  • Anything that's not a chain when I travel. It's a rule-no chains restaurants on the road. Everybody needs to try something new and adventurous.
  • But-for those times at home-
    • Olive Garden
    • Outback Steakhouse
    • Noodles and Company
    • Corner Bakery
    • Jamba Juice (Hi, Randall!)

Movies

  • Lord of the Rings

Games

  • Quelf-this is soooo perfect for my family. You have no idea. Only problem is, when one of us starts acting really, really weird cuz a card tells us we have to do something like, I don't know, put a strainer on our head and bellow like a water buffalo, nobody notices anything unusual.
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Mad Gab
  • Jigsaw Puzzles. Easy ones. Not those ridiculous ones where all the pieces look exactly the same, and the picture is the same on the front and the back, and there are no edges. I do this for fun, not to get myself admitted to a nuthouse.

(Sort of) YA Books

  • Walk Two Moons
  • The Schwa Was Here
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Absolutely Normal Chaos
  • Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
  • The Wednesday Wars
  • Anna's French Kiss

Fav Places I've Been

  • Nova Scotia
  • Washington coast
  • Paris
  • Venice
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Chattanooga (Choo, choo! Ask your parents.)
  • Bavaria, Germany
  • Victoria, Canada
  • Disneyworld!
  • San Francisco
  • Montana

Do you sense a theme here? How many of these are inland? That's right, four out of eleven. (I don't count Orlando. It's close enough to the ocean.)

Dream Trips

  • Costa Rica
  • New Zealand and Tasmania
  • Puerto Rico to go kayaking at night and see the water glow.
  • Key West
  • Manitoba to see polar bears. From a safe distance. And northern lights.
  • Scotland--Isle of Skye
  • Argentina or Chile to see penguins
  • Galapagos Islands

Yeah, and all these are on the water. Except Manitoba. Unless they've moved it. And polar bears are totally worth going inland for.

Color:

  • Cobalt blue.
  • But I also love teal.
  • And royal purple.
  • And yellow.
  • And . . . color.