Friday Five – My 5 Favorite….

Welcome to the Friday Five Linkup, hosted by my blog buds/local tweeps

Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!,
Courtney at EatPrayRunDC and
Mar at Mar on the Run.
Make sure to stop by their blogs for their picks and hop along to the other bloggers in the linkup, featured at the bottom of their pages!

This week’s theme is: My 5 Favorite ______

Favorites from the past!


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – I have a very old hardcover version with color plates, hand-bound by my great-uncle, who was an actual bookbinder! This edition looks sort of like mine.

A Wrinkle in Time – I still have my copy from childhood. Who didn’t identify with at least one of the characters?

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Crystal Singer – wonderful character and terrific writing, I stlll have phrases from it in my mind decades after first reading it

The Soul of a New Machine – amazing narrative nonfiction, and geekery as well, added to my interest in computers

The Alphabet Series by Sue Grafton – many happy afternoons with this series, though I probably dropped it around R


I can’t eat these treats anymore, but present them for your potential indulgence…

  • Arizona – Ooey Gooeys (among other things) from Tammie Coe in Arizona – DH and I served these at our wedding reception. If you are in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, you must seek their products out. Everything we have had from them is terrific.
  • Chicago – Carol’s Sugar Cookies – my favorite of their decadent flavors (holy cow, they have gluten free/nut free now but not in plain sugar) – got them at Whole Foods stores there
  • West Virginia – (tie) Peanut butter chocolate chip soft biscotti from this place in West Virginia, when we lived there – or the blackberry pie from this place, best.crust.EVER.
  • Any Indian restaurant – naan and kheer
  • Any grocery store – Reese’s Puffs – the perfectly dangerous snack while reading. I could eat at least a half a box at once. Yes, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups were my favorite candy (never got to try the dark or white chocolate versions) but the perfect milk chocolate was always a plain Hershey bar (or kisses, in a pinch…and yes, I did get to eat pumpkin kisses and enjoyed them).


These won’t be shared except to describe them, some of them I don’t even have any more.

  • My admission essay to a graduate writing program, about my thyroid cancer experience
  • My posts on my BQ race
  • A speech I wrote for my boss at a former job….I channeled lots of emotion along with the facts, got into my boss’ head and mannerisms, and it rang like crystal. I read it out loud and there was a stunned silence until the boss said “you should be a speechwriter”.
  • My papers in college for my Shakespeare classes (I minored in Literature, mostly Shakespeare – I ran them out of Shakespeare classes and had to do independent study)
  • Essays I wrote for myself after my mom died


(favorites at the moment, I hope to make some new favorites soon!)

  • My BQ – I’m still very proud of myself
  • My first race post cancer, the 5k at this event, which I highly recommend (I’ve done the 5k, half and the full, my 2nd marathon)
  • Runs in the Sedona neighborhood near our favorite B&B
  • A run on the Mount Vernon Trail with DH on New Year’s Eve – we started around 11:30, ran down to see fireworks, and ran home. It was cold and we had the trail completely to ourselves.
  • My half marathon PR at Richmond in 2012

What are your five favorites from the past in any or all of the above categories?