Archive | November, 2008

bite me

23 Nov

so, i firmly know that i am glad i am not a parent. of a teenager. or any child for that matter. how do you parents do it? i just watched my 14-year-old niece from tuesday through saturday and it was great. we had a good time. we chatted, we watched tween tv, we crafted, we ate junk food. and we waited more than an hour in line to see twilight. all good times. but– i was more than a little relieved to relinquish parental responsibilities when she went to spend the last night with a friend. it’s a lot of pressure, this parenting gig, no? this thanksgiving, i’m thankful i’m just an aunt. i’ll do the occassional walk-on role as a caregiver for nieces, nephews, and friends’ kids, but none of my own for me right now, thanks.

back to twilight. where to begin? i knew the movie wasn’t going to be good the minute i saw the first print advertisement with the full cast.


the hair on these vamps! they are simply not the cullens of my mind. and yes, i am a fan of the books. they rocked and i’m not ashamed to admit it. but seriously. seriously? jasper looks like he’s wearing a really, really bad wig. and carlisle? when he came on the screen for the first time, there were laughs in the theater. not a this-is-a-funny-scene laugh. more like an are-you-freaking-kidding-me-with-this-horribleportrayal-of-beloved-literary-characters laugh. so bad. and the acting! don’t get me started. it was just all sorts of bad.

of course, the theater was packed with all manner of girls. the pre-adolescents with bright eyes who were enjoying getting to stay up past their bedtime. the teenage girls proudly wearing their homemade “team cullen” or “team black” t-shirts, excitedly daring each other to loudly profess their undying love for edward or, god forbid, jacob. the older fans of the book who were there to draw intelligent comparisons between the written word and the film portrayal (the only sensible group, if you ask me). and the weary parents who had to schlep the first two groups of squealers to the movie.

there was the inevitable clapping when the movie started and ended, the breathy gasps when edward appeared, the excited squeals when bella and edward finally kissed (after an agonizingly long and awkward lean-in on both their parts). and there were the laughs of the kind described above. i’d willingly put up with these kinds of reactions for harry potter, no question. i might even join in a bit. but it was too much for me this time. my friend was literally shaking with laughter for most of the movie. my niece was most annoyed, as well. i’m not sure if she was influenced by my friend’s and my reactions, but she’s a smart girl. she recognizes crap when she sees it.

but i guess the box office and millions of people around the country think otherwise. i’m glad i didn’t waste time making the vampire bite cookies i was planning on preparing for the big night.


le fabuleux destin d’amélie poulain… jr.

17 Nov

oh, how i love audrey tautou in amélie. she is simply the most adorable thing ever. except, maybe, for this cutie. even her name is sweet – capucine. watch. it is amélie as un petite enfant.

as if you need a refresher for the best movie ever…

my friend once told me that when he first saw amélie, he thought of me. i’ll take that as a compliment.

it’s oh so quiet

16 Nov

yes, well. hmmm. it has been quiet around here. sorry about that. but! i have been keeping notes on what to blog next. so, let me tell you…

pumpkin. i have a relationship with this member of the cucurbitaceae family. it’s deep and it’s real, however much my b-i-l might chide me. last monday was the perfect night for some yummy pumpkin food stuff. it was cold and rainy and i couldn’t wait to get home to make pumpkin tortilla soup.

pumpkin tortilla soup

of course, i didn’t have the recipe with me at the store, so i had to make a few adjustments. first, i forgot cilantro, which is actually okay because i really don’t care for it. second, i forgot the diced tomatoes. thankfully, i had some rotel on hand, so in it went. third, i added a can of black beans for some extra protein. finally, i used fajita-size corn tortillas, which are a bit bigger than traditional corn tortillas, so i should have only used four tortillas cut up instead of six. the original consistency was perfect. after sitting in the fridge a day or two, not so much. my soup became stoup (soup + stew = stoup – oh, that rachael ray).

thanksgiving. what are you making for thanksgiving this year? for the past two years, i’ve made sausage and cornbread stuffing from martha stewart’s everyday food. so good. i’m usually in charge of mashed potatoes, as well. i’d like to try something interesting in that area, but i don’t think my family is quite up to mashed parsnips. i think i’m also going to make smitten kitchen’s jewish apple cake. i must remember to pop in martha’s thanksgiving dvd soon.

knitting. the hats are done. finally.


no stems or cherries hanging from the top, i’m sorry to say. i couldn’t figure it out (at a very late hour), so i gave up. i think it still looks cute, though.


this brown & green beanie is for my friend’s baby, who is due in late january/early february. i also made him some burp cloths and a cozy blankie out of a rad rock & roll flannel.



felted sweaters. i finally began to attack that insane pile-o-sweaters on my living room floor. the pottery barn pillow knock-off is almost complete. i don’t want to give it all away, but here are a few snippets.



i must be feeling very felty because i am totally gung-ho on making these stockings from betz white’s book, warm fuzzies. i made all the pattern copies last night, so i think i might be cutting them tonight. i’ll let you know.


well, i think that’s it. there’s a few more notes on my blogging list (i really do keep one), but they are trivial at this point. maybe later today? maybe.

yes we can

5 Nov

just in case you haven’t heard… yes. we. can.

anxious, hopeful & giddy

4 Nov

anxious and hopeful about tonight’s outcome and giddy because of this.

it’s like eigth grade (1992) all over again. tediously coloring each state either blue or red. i remember just wanting to go to bed and not really caring about the outcome. this time i do care. a lot.

break out the colored pencils – i’m totally doing this tonight.

do you like food?

3 Nov

i have in my possession the coolest cookbook ever. a collaboration of good music and good food.

i’m sad that this book has been in my library for almost five months and i just noticed it. what’s even sadder is that i probaby cataloged it all those months ago. how could i have overlooked the dual subject headings of cookery and rock groups? (okay, if you actually clicked on those links and understood the subtle combination of numbers and letters that is marc, you are either a librarian or my soul mate)

back to the book. here is a short list of all the super-cool bands featured:

with just a cursory glance, i came across two recipes for fish tacos that i think i will make later this week – one from rj krohn (rjd2) featuring talipa & avocados and one from ben sterling (mobius band) calling for flounder, scallions, red pepper & pineapple. god, i hate to do it. i hate to even think that i am going to do it, but… yum-o.

just for that, i have to post something funny, foodie and totally posh. goes good with gavin dunbar’s (camera obscura) vegerarian paella. enjoy and check your local library for good food finds.