This on top of watching an ep of Deadwood with like a million people with smallpox, dots and disease-spots being a crazy weird phobia of mine.
Got ready to wash my face tonight, like normal. Put my phone down on the tissue box, like normal. Heard a noise coming from the tissue box, not normal. Picked up the tissue box, only to find the world’s largest cockroach underneath the tissue box, DEFINITELY NOT FUCKING NORMAL. Screamed louder than I have ever screamed before in my life. I don’t think the dog will ever set foot in the bathroom again.
I’m super excited about the Paramount Summer Classics Film series. I’ve got my Film Fan card, and I’m all set to watch a truly insane number of films this summer (don’t remind me that I’m already like 9 films behind in my write-ups). Shawn will probably come to some of them with me, but I expect I will be watching alone most of the time. Which I don’t mind at all! But if you’re in Austin, and you also happen to be going to see some films, feel free to say hi!
I’m most looking forward to:
- Lady from Shanghai - Orson Welles
- A Streetcar Named Desire - I’ve seen this before, but Marlon Brando on the big screen…
- Hitchcock Week - The Birds, Rope, 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, and Strangers on a Train. I’ve seen all except 39 Steps, so that will be an exciting addition to my list. Rope is one of my favorites, and it’s been a while since I’ve seen Stranger on a Train. I’ve already seen The Birds on the big screen, but it’s also one of my favorites. I’m going to try to see them all though.
- Cabaret and All That Jazz - yes, Bob Fosse, yes.
- Meet Me In St. Louis - one of my favorite movie musicals, featuring my favorite Christmas song of all time, and one of the most unexpectedly weird children characters ever to appear on-screen.
- The Third Man - Carol Reed. A can’t-miss re-watch.
- The Sound of Music - maybe I’ll figure out what happens in those five minutes that got cut off because I had to switch tapes when copying onto VHS from TV.
- The Exorcist - haven’t watched since high school. I’ve been meaning to re-watch, and this is a perfect opportunity.
- Stolen Kisses - <3 Jean-Pierre Leaud and Francois Truffaut. Haven’t seen this one, had been meaning to see this one.
- Seven Samurai - haven’t seen… *film shame*
- 2001 - the big screen!!! 70 MM!!! DYING!!!
- Once Upon a Time in the West - yea, so I guess most of this list is comprised of things I’ve seen before that I’m absolutely drooling over seeing on the big screen…
- Go West and Seven Chances - I love me some Buster Keaton
- Anatomy of a Murder
- Scarlet Street and Kiss Me Deadly - looking forward to some classic noir
- L’Atalante and Zero de Conduit - I’m wholly unfamiliar with Jean Vigo, so looking to expand some knowledge.
So this is what I’m most excited about, but if all goes as planned, I’m looking at seeing ~6-8 films per week (mostly double features). EXCIIIITED
I get a lot of asks to share my favorite Tumblr blogs—particularly mumblrs and dumblrs—but since the theme I’m currently using doesn’t let me show the blogs that I follow, I thought I’d start a series on What I’m Reading.
Rather than starting with a list of parenting blogs that I love (some of which I posted previously), I thought I’d share a list of blogs that I’m always happy to see on my dash, but are written by bloggers who are utter mysteries to me. I guess I like these blogs (and the Tumblrers behind them) because they leave something to the imagination (unlike those of us who are over-sharers), and that mystery always leaves me wanting for more.
After the jump, a list of 10 blogs that I follow (and you should too, if you’re not already) that I’ve dubbed The Enigmas because I honestly know very little about any of the creators, but everything they post or write is thought-provoking or hilarious or beautiful or unnerving (but in the best way possible):
I made a list of blogs someone follows?! Kinda made my night.
I wish there were a way to go back and look at all of those Avengers posts I skillfully ignored while I spent two weeks not watching The Avengers.
mediterranean sea bass sashimi, texas grapefruit, avocado, fennel vinegar
crispy brussels sprouts, lemon, chili
wagyu spring rolls, cucumber, thai chili vinegar
pork jowl, brussels sprout kimchee, preserved lemon crème fraiche, asian pear
sweet corn sorbet, polenta custard, caramel salt, lemon
Birthday dinner at Uchiko. So I guess the exec chef won Top Chef or something =)
We did the five-course tasting menu, and I highly recommend it. Although pretty much everything but the spring rolls were on the regular menu, there’s probably no way I would have ordered the pork jowl or the sweet corn sorbet, and they were absolutely astounding. The pork jowl was cooked sous vide for three days, and was pretty indescribable. The sweet corn sorbet was the perfect not-too-sweet dessert, with a perfect mix of textures - super creamy polenta custard, contrasted with cornbread and popcorn crumbles. SO fucking good.
It was also a steal - the menu is tapas style, and they recommend 3 plates per person - at that rate, this meal would have run ~$70 per person, and the total bill for us both was just over that amount. Since we regularly spend that amount on two mediocre meals, I would gladly force myself to cook at home more and do this somewhat regularly.
Next time, I would totally do the tasting again - either 5 plates, or ideally 10. If 5, I would probably order an extra sashimi course. I will also probably get the brussels sprouts every time - better than La Condesa’s, which were my previous standard.