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This weekend's edition of "Mommy time" was a trip to the movies to see Beginners. It was an excellent movie though a more serious one than I was expecting based on what I had heard about it. Christopher Plummer and his character, Hal, stole the show though there was much to like in the other characters and performances as well.
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Just saw Julie & Julia. It's hard for me to tell what would be a spoiler here. Since this is non-fiction (with a little embellishing) and since Julia is so iconic, I tend to assume the basic outline of facts is pretty well known. I'll say that I enjoyed the movie to the point of laughing out loud at various points. But I'll put details back here )

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Jul. 13th, 2009 04:20 pm
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Spoilers for Up within )

In a separate theater-going trip, we also saw 8/10 of last year's Oscar-nominated short films as part of the Public Radio summer cinema series here. The set only had three of the five animated films. It was missing Presto and La Maison en Petits Cubes, the winner. As in the past, while I enjoyed the animated films, I think the live action ones had a bigger impact on me and those were the ones we talked more about in the car on the way home.
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(from the Hopi language) n. 1. crazy life. 2. life in turmoil. 3. life disintegrating. 4. life out of balance. 5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

Saw Koyaanisqatsi on the big screen on Tuesday night courtesy of the local public radio station's summer cinema series. I had seen it once before, roughly 20 years ago as an undergraduate. I watched many movies at college, but I could only name a few of them now. Most didn't stay with me, even if I had enjoyed them at the time. This one did. When I saw it that time, I had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew was that it was highly regarded. I spent the first 10 minutes, at least, waiting for the opening montage to end. Then I spent a while trying to impose plot on it. And despite having been confused by it and having seen it only once, I could have hummed part of the music for you or described some of the images. They stuck with me for 20 years.

This time, I knew what I was in for and I relaxed and just let the music and the images flow through me. It's definitely a film that stands up to re-watching. The first time I saw it, it expanded my horizons and my understanding of what a movie was or could be. This time, I feel like I was more in need of its message.
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Fun. Not as good as the original Indiana Jones movie, but neither were the other two sequels. Still fun though.

Happy 2008!

Jan. 1st, 2008 10:33 pm
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Things have been happening here, despite the lack of blogging on my part. I'm afraid events have been more challenging than positive lately, despite the fact that I have been 'on vacation' since the 22nd. Nothing of any actual importance, just a series of minor anxieties and annoyances. But let's start 2008 on a more positive note.

[livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I had a lovely time on Saturday visiting wineries and going hiking in the Texas Hill Country. We had a picnic, climbed Enchanted Rock, and ended up with a bottle of lovely Muscat, port-filled chocolates, and some truffle oil. Anyone have recipe suggestions for truffle oil?

Also I have spent the weekend cooking and eating amazing amounts of food - spinach and eggplant lasagna, homemade cookies for the picnic, mushroom and spinach stuffed filo triangles with porcini-butternut sauce, lunch dishes from my new cookbook (curried rice salad and beets with olives and zucchini salad and cabbage and bean soup), and a tapas spread of patatas bravas with red pepper aioli and beans with (veggie) chorizo and pan con tomate and sauteed spinach and roasted mushrooms.

Yesterday we saw Juno, which was fabulous, funny and ironic and intelligent and moving and human and genuine, fully deserving of its place on many "Year's Best" lists. Then we rang in 2008 with food and wine and a MythBusters marathon.

Finally, to start the new year off, I have joined the 21st century and gotten an AIM ID - tapas2008.

Year One

Aug. 12th, 2007 11:04 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris and I have been married one whole year as of today. It has been a good year. :) Today, to celebrate, we slept in and then had a late brunch at the new vegetarian restaurant, went to the very interesting Botero exhibit at the art museum and found an unexpected bonus exhibit of Allen Ginsburg's photography that we hadn't known was there, had a nice dinner at home with the good china and various wedding presents coming into play in the setting of the table, and watched After the Thin Man, which Tivo has been keeping for us along with three or four other Thin Man movies grabbed from a TCM Thin Man marathon.

Random thoughts:

The food at the new vegetarian restaurant isn't all that impressive. But the atmosphere is good and I feel like we should continue to support them in the hopes that the menu will become more inspired as they mature. I had the chicken fried wheat meat and mashed potatoes with cream gravy and eggs and toast. I was very full and even though [livejournal.com profile] creed_of_hubris helped with the gluten steak, I still have most of a steak patty and a mound of leftover potatoes and gravy in the fridge.

The Botero was kind of neat. I think my favorites were his rolly-polly homages to the works of other painters, including Velazquez's Las Meninas. The Ginsburg was both neat and sad. The photos were mostly of his beat-era friends, fellow poets and radicals. There were two sets of pictures, one taken in the late 50s and early 60s and another taken 30 years later. Some of the later ones were the sad ones, seeing what had happened to some of the bright young adventurers in later life.

I made non-meat loaf for our anniversary. It doesn't sound very romantic, but it was tasty. Also, that trick they say you can do, where you add cauliflower to mashed potatoes? It actually works. The mix was maybe 1/5 cauliflower, 1/5 parsnip, and 3/5 potato and if I hadn't made it myself I'd never have known the cauliflower was there.

I am looking forward to the rest of the Thin Man movies. They're fun. I like the witty diaglog. And the pretty clothes. And the relationship between Nick and Nora. They're obviously crazy about each other but playful rather than soppy.

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