Thursday, October 28, 2010
I've Got Your Counterpoint Right Here, Marie Claire
For those of you who haven't read the original Marie Claire post, you can read it here.
My two cents: yes, obviously obesity is an issue in our country, but since when did Marie Claire &/or Maura Kelly become experts on this topic? Could she have been more condescending? Hey Maura, I believe the average woman in America is either a size 12 or 14. Way to alienate & insult what I'm assuming is also the majority of Marie Claire's demographic. Furthermore, if she had spoken this way in reference to race/religion/gender, she'd be fired. Hello, Rick Sanchez & Juan Williams. Let's rein it in, people.
EDITED TO ADD:
The Sassy Curmudgeon weighs in, albeit more eloquently than I did. Read her post here.
The Rosebuds, "Leaves Do Fall"
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Kiss Kiss"
Pearl Jam, "State of Love & Trust"
Gwen Stefani, "What You Waiting For?"
Billy Joel, "Only the Good Die Young"
Totally random. Totally awesome.
Monday, October 25, 2010
5:30am Pancake Run = 9:00pm bedtime. I did manage to watch a movie before I fell asleep: State of Play, with Russell Crowe & Ben Affleck. It was actually really good.
Lululemon has opened a store in Green Hills & their grand opening was on Saturday. East Nasty hosted a 4 mile run, so me, Jessica & Heidi did that. Then I went to Trim for a bang trim. My stylist disappeared into the night, as stylists tend to do, so someone new trimmed my bangs. Meh. I didn't love her, but it was a free bang trim, so whatever.
That afternoon I finally accepted the Roku & Netflix Instant Streaming into my life & started watching Season One of Friday Night Lights. OMG! Tiffany has been telling me to watch this forever, but I haven't had time. I love it! It's so not what I thought it was. I essentially thought it would be a sitcom version of The Blind Side. It's so not. I'm hooked!
John had been working on the deck all afternoon, so when he suggested Logan's for dinner, I acquiesced. Then we came back home & watched The Evil Dead on Netflix Instant Streaming.
I got up, met Jessica & ran 2 miles at Long Hunter State Park. Then we met our study group for our last Sunday study session before the Comps next Friday. John stained the deck while I cleaned the house, painted my nails & continued watching Friday Night Lights. Seriously, I'm addicted to this show.
In related news, between Wednesday & Sunday, I ran about 13 miles. I'm taking today off to let my knees rest, but when I got dressed this morning, a pair of pants that fit a few weeks ago are now visibly too big. Yeah!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Last week I read Michael Pollan's Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. It takes about an hour to read. It's 64 simple rules for healthy, smart eating, one rule per page. In the introduction, Pollan says, "I realized that the answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated question of what we should eat wasn't so complicated after all, and in fact could be boiled down to just seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He then breaks the book/rules into the following three categories:
This is Katie's recipe, well pre-vegetarian Katie. It's definitely a labor of love as it takes a good while to make, but it's so worth it, especially if you're married to a carnivore who's been outside staining the deck all day & who, prior to dinner, has ingested nothing but countless bottles of Mexican Coke all day.
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (or ½ tablespoon fresh thyme)
2 cups organic beef broth
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup finely diced carrots
1/2 cup canned peas
Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
10-12 small/medium red potatoes, cut in half
6 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
3/4 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded cheese
In large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef until brown. Drain the fat.
Add onions and garlic; cook until softened.
Stir in flour, pepper, salt, thyme.
Add broth, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf and carrots.
Cover loosely and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until quite thick and carrots are tender.
Stir in peas.
Add salt to taste.
Remove bay leaf.
Spread mixture in 10 x 13 baking dish.
Let cool slightly.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes:
In boiling salted water, cook potatoes with garlic until tender.
Drain well and mash.
Beat in milk, butter, salt and pepper.
Reserve 1 tbsp. of beaten egg; beat remainder into potatoes.
Spread over meat mixture; brush with reserved egg.
Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake in 400 oven for 25 minutes or until bubbling.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Of the four of us, I knew the least about Harry Nilsson. Obviously, I'm familiar with a lot of his songs, but I knew little to nothing about him personally. This is one of the better documentaries that I've seen. It does a good job telling Harry's story & conveying what he was going through at various points in his life. It was very emotional, especially at the end. Most people walked out wiping their eyes.
Here's the blurb from Netflix:
Brilliant, mysterious singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson cut an indefinable path across the 1960s pop-cultural landscape, garnering such fans as John Lennon and Randy Newman. This discerning documentary lays bare the vast extent of Nilsson's influence. Along with rare archival material -- including home movies and audio clips -- anecdotes from Jon Voight, Van Dyke Parks and other scene makers spotlight the highs and lows of a mercurial career.
This documentary is from 2006, but for some reason, it's been really hard to find/watch. I overheard numerous, "I've been trying to see this for years," from the crowd.
According to Netflix, it releases on DVD 10/26/10. I loved it & highly recommend it. Here's the official trailer:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Carolyn & I headed to Gap to use our Groupons. We both needed new jeans & Gap was running a 40% off denim sale, so we hit big. We essentially spent a good hour trying on every style of jeans they have. It was ridiculous, but we both left with a new pair of jeans. And I went down a size! Go, me!
Later in the day, John & I drove to the Gulch to meet Jessica & Brian for the Halloween in the Gulch 5K. Jessica & I went with our 9 to 5 theme. I was Dolly Parton & she was Lily Tomlin. We also met our friend Ashlee there, who was Slave Leia from Return of the Jedi. The course kind of sucked. The beginning of the race was running down Charlotte Pk from 12th to 6th, which was an almost un-run-up-able hill. Then it immediately went into another huge, blocks-long hill. The whole first half of the race was uphill. It kind of sucked. But whatever, we just did it for the costumes anyway. I finished 30th (out of 62) in my age group & 142nd (out of 448) overall at an 11.43 minute mile. Not bad, not awesome.
Post-race, we all went to Las Maracas where Jessica & I devoured margaritas & nachos. I was supposed to go to Family Wash with John, but by the time we got back home & I de-Dollyed, I was exhausted. So I went to bed & John went back to East Nashville sans Dolly.
Since I went to bed at like 8:30 on Sat night, I was up bright & early on Sun, so I decided to watch a movie while I drank my coffee. I put in I Am Love. OMG, ya'll. Seriously, omg. This movie is so good! I loved it. I think a lot of you saw it when it was at The Belcourt recently. Ladies, watch this movie. Guys, meh, probably not so much.
Later, we stopped by Mike & Chrissi's & hung out for awhile. John tried to teach their dogs how to howl. Little Annie almost had it. Big Ike, not so much.
Halloween in the Gulch 5K photostream here.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Dieters, take heed, this recipe is probably not for you. On the other hand, those seeking warmth & comfort from a down-home Southern casserole, you're welcome. The healthy thing to do, would be to serve this with a side salad, or some kind of vegetable, but I usually serve it with Velveeta shells & cheese. That's how I roll.
Friday, October 15, 2010
I hate you. I have always hated you. I have allowed you into my home over the years out of a basic necessity for national news & an unabashed love of reality tv. No more. When your bastard child, Digital Switch, hit West Nashville last night & rendered my beloved TiVo box useless, I cried, I yelled, I threw the remote. You see, for years I have enjoyed the happy marriage of cable tv & TiVo. I've bathed in the glory of being to able to record and watch multiple channels simultaneously (I watch A LOT of tv), but no longer. As of last night, I can only watch the channel that TiVo is recording. So when TiVo, just trying to do his job, tried to record Project Runway, The Office & The Real Housewives of DC Reunion, you & your aforementioned bastard child, Digital Switch, stepped in & shit all over it. Hell hath no fury like a woman denied her Thursday night reality tv. Comcast, consider yourself cancelled. Hulu, mama's coming.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
- Oh, I'll finish it on some night when I've read & reread all the other books in the house.
- Incredibly boring, I only read 2/3 of it.
- The book was something of a chore to read.
- Book is verbose & meandering at times.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Had my ladyscaping tended to at The Wax Pot Studio, hit the holy trinity of grocery stores (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's & Publix), came home & made pesto chicken meatballs for book swap. A few months ago, I didn't think we'd be able to have our annual Halloween party, so I offered to host the October book swap as an excuse to pull out all of my Halloween decorations, etc. Since then, two things happened: 1) the Halloween obligation went away, meaning we could have our Halloween party afterall & 2) I found out the comps (the test I have to take to graduate) is on November 5th, which means in addition to the class I'm in, I'm also in a study group that meets three times a week. I have no life/spare time this month. But I powered through, cleaned my house within an inch of it's life, decorated & cooked.
Typical Sunday for the most part. Met Jessica, ran 4 miles through Long Hunter State Park, then we went to Panera to meet our classmate Emily & study for the comps. Post marathon study session, ran to Target, made hot corn dip & drove to Smyrna, where Katie was hosting a surprise birthday party for Rollum. We all parked down the street, so when he walked in from work, talking away on his cell phone, we all jumped out & yelled "Surprise!" & he was actually surprised. It was awesome.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
2006: Babe-raham Lincoln
2005: Alien Bride (& astronaut husband)
2004: Murder Victim (obvi)