Monday, January 26, 2009
playing catch-up
So, hi there! How you been?

Me? Oh, I’m alright I suppose.

I’m still recovering from both the kick in the shins that was final exam week as well as a wicked awful cold, but as of today everything that can possibly be graded has been, and although my left nostril is still a bit leaky, I’m feeling quite a bit better thank goodness. Anywho, I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve written much of anything over here, so I figured I might just catch up a little bit today and perhaps post a book review or two later in the week. (You’re all-a-quiver, I’m sure.)

And so, a few things:

We’ve been on a bit of a movie going tear recently, and although our Frost/Nixon plans fell through yesterday (stupid time sucking IKEA), we’ve made a considerable dent in the Oscar nominated films, with plans to tackle a few more before the week is through. Our most recent film: The Wrestler. It was…alright. I was frankly a bit disappointed, actually. I can’t quite put my finger on why – the direction was good, the performances great, and the subject matter intriguing – but there was a lull in the middle and I found myself checking the time more than twice. Anyway, we started discussing our favorite films of ’08 so far, and though I still have a few to go, I have to say that as it currently stands I’m torn between Slumdog Millionaire and The Visitor. And since "Slumdog" has been getting a lot of love as of recent, allow me to kindly suggest that if you have not yet seen The Visitor, then you really, really should. Go on. I’ll wait.

Now on to things you really don’t care about – I baked my first “totally from scratch” pie this weekend! According to the Interwebs last Friday was National Bake a Pie day, so I thought, well, why not? The recipe was a bit wonky, but the crust turned out really nicely and it wasn’t even a fraction of the pain in the arse I feared it might be. In fact, I might even do it again. Maybe a pear one next time. Want some?

Speaking of pears, want to hear the funniest student-penned sentence I read last week?:
“Amory set a path to become one of the poplar kids, however the way his
mother had brought him up made him appear snobby amongst his fellow pears.”
And no, it wasn’t on a book about pears or poplars. It was on F.Scott Fizgerald’s This Side of Paradise. (Okay, so maybe that sentences wasn’t so funny after all. Whatever. I was fever drunk at the time.)

On a slightly funnier note, Nathan has a new hobby: posting snarky answers to stupid questions on WikiAnswers. I gave him seven sorts of grief over the amount of time he wasted on it last Sunday, but after helping him for a bit I became a quick convert, for it is enormously fun to mess with lazy students and grannies struggling over their crossword puzzles. Observe:

Q: What is the opposite of waterproof?
A: Wet

Q: What’s a word for something of sentimental value?
A: If it has sentimental value to you, then everyone else calls it junk.

Q: Why is Canada a socialist country?
A: Because your parents are alarmist nut-jobs and they told you it was. Stop listening to them.

Q: When is it a good time to catch a raccoon?
A: It is NEVER a good time to catch a raccoon.

Q: What is ethics in research?
A: The opposite of using WikiAnswers for research.

Finally, and apropos of absolutely nothing, Flight of the Conchords made me laugh-snort last night. You’ve already seen it, I know, but it’s Monday and Mondays are hard. Go on and watch "Sugar Lumps" again. It'll cheer you up, methinks:


Blogger Carrie said...

I didn't even know it was National Pie Baking Day! It's really better for my diet that I didn't. Congrats on the initial pie baking - I love that you're getting into baking too. It gives us yet another common interest. As if we needed more. :)

What kind of pie was it? Apple? What type of dough recipe did you use? Butter or Shortening? Just curious- I haven't baked a butter crust yet. And I highly recommend pear pies. Tast-y.

Blogger Mrs. White said...

I used butter because it's what I had. I'd recommend it. It takes different than shortening. Not BETTER, but...richer, I guess. But the recipe was bizarre, and I'm not sure I'd use it again. It called for me to do a lattice top crust, then pour all the sugar mixture ON TOP of the apples and the crust. It was good, but messy. I think I'd prefer the traditional approach.

And yes, it was apple because it was something I new Nate would eat. Same reason I'm thinking of pear next. I REALLY don't need to go eating an entire pie on my own!

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