Prompt: Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.
The scent of cherry blossoms.
Do you remember the Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion from Bath & Body Works? Well middle school me sure does and now whenever I catch a whiff of cherry blossoms I’m immediately sent back to the good, the bad, and the cringe of seventh grade existence.
After thinking about it though, I don’t think I’ve been around anything cherry blossom related since high school…but I am tempted to take a trip to the mall and see if it still has the same effect.
Prompt: Bacon and chocolate, caramel and cheddar… Is there an unorthodox food pairing you really enjoy? Share with us the weirdest combo you’re willing to admit that you like — and how you discovered it.
Okay, so I’m not sure if this is considered an unorthodox pairing, but it is the pairing I’ve received the most judgment from my husband over.
Here are the steps:
Start with one container of Funfetti Vanilla Icing & one container of rainbow sprinkles
Mix sprinkles into icing until there are no sprinkles left
Place icing in the freezer to sit for a minimum of three hours
Grab a fork & dig in!
To this day I still have no idea when or how I discovered this. My best guess is back in university when I would randomly pop in the store after work shifts.
Bonus Pairing: Marshmallows & BBQ Sauce
Unfortunately I can’t take credit for this one. I discovered it when one day, mid lecture, a former classmate randomly took it out right next to me…No, I did not try it (she also did not offer).
Prompt: What was the last picture you took? Tell us the story behind it. (No story behind the photo? Make one up, or choose the last picture you took that had one.)
The last picture I took is actually a video from outside a local hot spring. It was the second day of my mini honeymoon, clouds hadn’t rolled in yet, the water was clear, and it was just peak tranquility.
Right after this was taken we went into the caves where I experienced the hottest water I’ve ever tried to sit in (I barely made it up to my knees).
Prompt: Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?
Furniture. There’s something about handcrafted furniture that never fails to draw me into antique and specialty stores. I’ve already told my partner that when the time comes I want to replace our dressers with solid wood ones from a local store. I’ve also told them I want an Alaskan King mattress, but I think that’s going to be a harder sell.
Plates, bowls, and the like. Specifically stoneware products. I know traditional methods lead to less ‘quality control’ and more room for ‘error’ in things not being perfect, but I don’t mind. It’s human.
Strangely, even when I watch old episodes of Unwrapped I’m always more interested when companies use the old-school methods even if I don’t like the product itself.
Prompt: This is clearly subjective, but some words really sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). Do you have an example of such a word (or, alternatively, of a word that sounds like the exact opposite of what it refers to)? What do you think creates this effect?
Psh. Do I have an example? I have two.
kerfuffle (kərˈfəfəl) – a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views
persnickety (pərˈsnikədē) – placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy
I think it’s all about the vowel sounds and repetition of sounds with how it rolls off the tongue…if that makes sense? Ack, I really can’t explain it but I’d say the word has to sound a little wacky.