Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. Where was your profile picture taken? It was created at

2. Name someone who made you laugh today. The little boy at Trader Joe's who was using the mini grocery cart as a race car. His parents weren't amused, but I was.

3. Do you believe exes can be friends? Not anymore. I have had guys promise me we'd be friends, but their new girlfriends tend to frown on it. Which makes me sad. It's too bad that having once loved someone makes it impossible to then like them.

4. How do you feel about Dr Pepper? It's my fallback if there's no Coke or Pepsi.

5. Who was the last person you took a picture of? Myself. My toes actually. New pedi meets the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica.

6. Are you upset about anything? Upset? No. Unsettled, perhaps.

7. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it? I will always think that. No matter how much the evidence seems to prove otherwise.

8. Are you a bad influence? I wish!

9. Night out or night in? Afternoon out, night in. Economic restraints demand it.

10. Has anyone ever called you perfect before? No.

11. What song is stuck in your head? The words "Santa Monica" (#5) remind me of this.

12. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m., who do you want it to be? The Sweepstakes Prize Patrol with one of those massive checks.


13. Do you smile a lot? Yes.




This weekend's challenge: Give us a few of your favorite things, in whichever form you want, in 33 words exactly.

A little preamble is in order. This entry is an homage to one of my favorite writers, Nora Ephron. I adored her work. It was without pretense and was always, always highly relate-able. When she passed away, it was as though I had lost a friend -- even though our lives could not have been more different. She was a child of privilege, born to a husband-wife screenwriting duo in Beverly Hills. She was very close to her sisters. She was a mother, thrice married. She was Jewish. None of those could be said of me. And yet, as I read her essays about life, I understood every word.

Last weekend, for my birthday, I got a copy of her last book: I Remember Nothing. It's a poignant, candid, funny exploration of aging. It ends with sister pieces called "What I Won't Miss" and "What I Will Miss." In retrospect, it's clear she knew she was losing her battle with cancer when she composed these lists. This makes them even more meaningful. 

And so, in my own humble way, I'm paying tribute to my girl Nora by using her "What I Will Miss" format for "My Favorite Things."



The skyline
My cats
Train rides
Coffee shop breakfasts
Blue skies
Gray skies
Long talks
Good books
Movies, even bad ones
The Beatles
Watching my niece and nephew


PS There's a regular contributor here at Trifecta whose style reminds me of Nora Ephron -- and I mean that as high praise. Like Nora, she knows what to include to give her writing authenticity, and what to leave out so it still moves. Her name is Gina, and here's her blog. (Yes, I do care what you write!)

About the photos: Life Magazine makes a library of their archive images available for free to use for “non-commercial personal purposes."