Monday, October 19, 2009

Loyal as a Labrador

This morning I woke up to an award from Kys over at Stir-fry Awesomeness and it made me think about the topic of loyalty. I am grateful for getting this award because loyalty is a subject that is very important to me. I try to teach this value to my kids and when I see evidence of it in their behavior, it makes me feel great. Thanks Kys!

In honor of this occasion, I thought it would be fun to look back at the top 10 things that I am loyal to and ask you to share your list with me. Hopefully you will find some things on here that you would like to try (not my family and friends of course. I'm a Project Manager, not a pimp).


My family/friends/husband/kids: Not to sound too much like DeNiro in Meet the Fokkers, but I have an inner circle. Anyone that is in it has been carefully chosen through an intense vetting process that may or may not have included a lie detector test. And while some family are inherited and just come along with the main dish like a side of creamed spinach, I definitely choose the ones that I voluntarily hang out with. To me, friends are like a blender, once you get a good one, you should never have reason to replace it (my blender is at least 20 years old and it still makes crazy-good pina coladas)

Callie's Candy Kitchen in Cresco Pa. - There is a little slice of candy heaven in the Pocono Mountans of Pennsylvania called Callies Candy Kitchen. I learned about it when I was 16 and I have been going there ever since (for those of you counting, that's almost 30 years). It is run by a sweet old Santa Clause of a man named Harry Callie who gives candy making demos and talks about the importance of inspiration and creativity. His candy? HEAVENLY. He will cover absolutely anything in chocolate, so don't sit still for too long when you're in his store or you're next. He made my wedding favors and we named a dog after him. I heart him and his candy.

The Borgata in Atlantic City NJ- Those of you that are regular readers know that I love Atlantic City. But the truth of the matter is that I love the Borgata Casino in Atlantic city. The Borgata has a vibe that is a little classier and a lot less seedy than much of AC. It is filled with Chihuly chandeliers that never cease to amaze me with their agressive beauty. We always have a good time there.

Bobby Flay Steak (at the Borgata) - I'm not much on Bobby Flay as a TV personality, though I think he has improved and dropped some of the smarm in more recent years. However, his steak house in the Borgata makes a Strip Steak in a provolone cream sauce with caramelized onions that is TO DIE. And the restaurant itself is beautiful. It's our special occasion restaurant.

Starbucks - Forget the cup. Please mainline it for me.

Vodka - Over the past few years I have come to love a good vodka cocktail. And while I am certainly not a power drinker, the odd times that I have a drink or two, it's always vodka. My favorites are the French Martini and the Cosmopolitan. Your girl Diary can work a cocktail shaker like no one's business.

Regular Old Dry Pasta - When I look back at the one item that has been in my cupboard since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, it's that blue box Ronzoni pasta. As something of a foodie, I have experimented with different brands and with fresh pasta , but I always come back to Ronzoni or Barilla. Poo poo if you want, but taste my Lasagna first, then try to poo. That came out wrong, didn't it?

Macy's - Sure there are fancier department stores. But what I have come to realize about Macy's is that there are always great sales, they have a wide variety of clothing (and other goods) to choose from and they ALWAYS send me a 20% off coupon in the mail. So why wouldn't I shop there?

San Francisco -San Francisco first came into my consciousness when my uncle settled there back in the 70's. When I was 19, my mother put me on a plane from NY to spend a week with him. He and his wife were working during the days, so I took off on my own and investigated the city. It was love at first sight. You can imagine my glee when I had to travel to SF in my 20's for business. After that all trips were for pleasure. The best trip of all was taking my kids there last year. They loved it and I am hopeful that we will go back soon.

Elvis Costello - Of all the music that I listened to and obsessed over in my teen years, the only thing that I go back to on a regular basis is Elvis Costello. I marvel at his use of words and at how prolific he is as a songwriter.

I am going to share this award with my blogroll (it's not entirely up to date, so if I owe you a follow, I apologize). If you are on there, you have my loyalty, please grab the badge.

So Internet, what's on your loyalty list?

26 Your comments, banter and witty repartee:

blueviolet said...

My family, for sure (although let's just allow for a few exclusions in there)

Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper

Pajamas and slippers

Cheetos (nobody rocks the cheese puff better)

The Today Show

Erin M. said...

My family & friends--'Nuff said. This includes my dog.

Winstead's (a local diner/institution with killer malts, burgers, fries, onion rings--JUNK FOOD)

Kendall Jackson Chardonnay-- Cheap. Fast. Yummy.

New Orleans---the city of my birth and home of the best beignets, poboys, seafood, and Lucky Dogs.

Edward Cullen/Twilight/True Blood---all things vampire. Call me crazy.


Fall weather---sweaters, scarves, hats, and mittens.

this covers it. at least for now.

That One Mom said...


Diet Coke

My ex-fiance, Chef. He's just as good as BFF

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I am loyal to Diet coke and chocolate chip cookies. Congrats on the award!

Jen Chandler said...

You're too kind, DG! I'm loyal to my husband, to Barnes and Noble, Earl Grey tea and wishing I was working from home full time! Congrats on your award and thanks a bundle for passing it along :)


the letters i wish i'd written said...

Taste my Lasagna first, then try to poo? Can't type. Laughing too hard. send Help.

kys said...

See I knew this was a good one for you!
Diet Dr Pepper, my laptop, Can't think of the rest. I may blog it in the future but will link to you if I do.

peewee said...

COffee/Nutella/People's Court/Kraft Mac 'n cheese/McDonalds & Zac Efron.

peewee said...

Oh, and I guess my friends and family.

peewee said...

Oh! And US WEEKLY. Sorry honey! didn't mean to forget you! You and I will be 2-gether 4-ever!

Lisa Page Rosenberg said...

Elvis Costello, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, and Crystal Cat Litter are my secret boyfriends.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Blue Violet - Cheetos are awesome. I could (and maybe will) devote an entire post to my rabid love for junkfood.

Erin - I love everything on your list except Winsteads (only because I've never been there). But if they make great malts, it wouldn't take much to convert me.

That One Mom - So essentially you have two BFFs. Lucky.

Lee - Thanks. I can get behind both of those products.

Jen - Barnes and Noble is awesome. I am sitting in one right now as I type this.

The Letters I Wish I'd Written - Happy to see you back in town.

Kys - You are the one woman keeper of the flame for Diet Dr. Peps. What up with them? Have they thrown you a free case yet?

Pee Wee - You stopped me dead in my tracks with the Zack Effron thing. Part of me wants to call you Auntie Pervy and part of me goes, of course.

LPR - My west coast sista with the fine taste in music (though I might be slightly biased). And Magic Erasers are the shit. I would call them a survival tool for those with children.

Aria said...

Thank you, I will happily pick this one up, cause I LOVE THE AWARD PIC and what it stands for. I also very much like your list and the explanations. I love Callie's too, and am even more homesick than I've been for the last month, thanks *JerseyGirlEyeroll* lol As for my list... I need some sleep and brownies for that, but I'll post it on my blog with your Great Big Thank You for this award

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Aria - OMG! You know Callies? I thought the odds of anyone knowing that little white house in the mountains were pretty slim. He makes a candy called Molasses Sponge that I dream about. It has a crispy sugar honey comb in the middle (like a butterfinger, but not flaky)and it is covered with milk or dark chocolate. Yum.

sarah said...

stopping by from SITS... what a great list!

i would have to say mine are:

- Bravo. I can't get enough of the channel. For some reason, I get so wrapped up in all the reality shows and whatnot, but they aren't as cheesy as the "____ of love" that's on MTV and VH1.

- Oh's cereal. It was like the forbidden fruit for me as a kid, and will always be a "special treat" in my eyes.

- Circus Boy by Magic Hat. If you haven't tried it, do it. It's probably the best beer ever.

Have a great Tuesday!!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Sarah - Thanks for stopping in. I'm already on board with the bravo reality programming, but the beer sounds like one to try! said...

I could easily swipe some of yours!! But I'll give you a few others too....

1. Vanilla Roiboos Latte from Starbucks
2. Jelly apples
3. Lord and Taylor Shoe Department
4. Chestnuts in cold weather.
5. Very Dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives
6. Family/friends
7. My Iphone
8. Risotto
9. My giant boars hair round brush
10. Lancome LipGloss

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Nancy - Awesome list. Number 4 is a classic NY City winter smell that I love (it does a great job of covering up the hot urine stank that rises out of the subway grates).

Chief said...

you have no idea what hoops I jumped through to get on your site! I am on the family computer and it has a very good filter. Obviously you violate many of NetNanny protocols. Just thought you should know. ~wink~

linlah said...

Loyalty - Um, Diary of a Mad Bathromm. Enough said.

linlah said...

Uh yeah, can you correct that BATHROOM thing.

Harlem's A Hatin said...

Cheers to Vodka!!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Chief - call me honored that my potty mouth keeps the cyber-sat youn'ens away. AND that you climbed the Mt Everest of security to get here. Sit. Put your feet up and catch your breath. Let me make you one of my world famous vodka cocktails.

Linlah - You're such a sweetie. And you can mis-spell my name any time you want.

Harlem - Oh yeah!

Lin said...

I LOVE Elvis Costello!! We recently saw him in concert (last year) when he was opening for The Police and he was fabulous!! They rocked it out for just over an hour, never stopping.

And like you, I'm into vodka lately too. Svedka is good for no hangovers I've learned.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

Lin - Now that's a fabulous little tip. Thanks.

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