Last night I opened a book I just checked out from the library, and realized to my disappointment that I'd already read it--this is probably why the title seemed so familiar when I grabbed it. It's "The House on the Strand" by Daphne DuMaurier. It's a good one, so if you like DuMaurier's style you'll appreciate it.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
We are closing in on the long-awaited day upon which we will be blessed by a new Star Wars movie, one that has the potential to actually be good, so naturally there are people writing their "I've never seen Star Wars" think pieces, which is cool and fine, but they're all like . . . weirdly proud and defiant about it? Like they purposely use incorrect names and terminology for things in order, I suppose, to more fully portray themselves as people who care so little about the Star Wars universe that they don't even know what stuff is called, even though the terms were long ago absorbed into the larger culture. Remember that joke about how you can tell if someone doesn't own a TV--don't worry, they'll tell you? That's what I'm talking about. If you care more about telling me that you haven't seen Star Wars than I care about you not seeing it, you are the weirdo. You are me in college taking a tremendous amount of pride in telling people that I hadn't seen Titanic. Guess what, younger me? NOBODY CARES. Nobody thinks you're cooler than them because you didn't watch a popular movie. Same to you, Star Wars non-believers. You're not cool or edgy, you just didn't see some movies. And spending any time being proud of yourself because of it is way embarrassing.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Well, I don't know what to say. For the past two months I have been too busy feeling apathetic and disappointed and unmoored to write any blog posts, save for one I started and then thought, "Nah, better not." My already-hard heart has acquired a new layer of calcification and I am currently on a swell roller coaster ride in which I regularly wonder if anything I thought I knew is even true. I am aware that I live a tremendously coddled existence, so I can't complain, but for me it has been unpleasant.
Plus blogs . . . who needs 'em? So long, so self-adulating, adding so little to public discourse, meh to it all. IT'S OLDTHINK! But I am glad I have this little space to navel-gaze in, and as soon as I find an interesting topic that won't cause repercussions to my personal life I'll come straight here to hammer it out.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Last night John was whistling a song that was not, but reminded me of "We Are Siamese" from Lady and the Tramp, and it gave me cause for reflection. It's been a while since I saw that movie, so my memory of the details is fuzzy, but I do remember the cats being cast as villains, and I guess they were jerks to Lady, and they are too skinny to be really awesome cats, but EVEN SO: give me a bossy, manipulative cat over a doormat Cocker spaniel and a commitment-phobic mutt any day. Plus Tramp has, like, a terrier's head? What is that all about? Imagine him in real life--he would be hideous. He's a hideous cartoon! Get out of here with that. I hate Lady, I hate Tramp, I hate Jim Dear and Darling and Aunt Sarah and that stupid spaghetti dinner and it feels so good to say that!
Friday, October 2, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
So as you may know, Utah is full of crazy preppers. The Venn diagram of Mormons and preppers has a huge overlap, I'm sure. And most Mormons don't really believe that the world is ending anytime soon, but we do like to have some things on hand, just in case. Plus it's helpful in case of natural disasters or unemployment. So the shelf-stable food industry is very robust here, which makes it easy to put together a supply of emergency rations. My friends bought a book called "Meals in a Jar" that they are using for recipe inspiration, and changing out the ingredients where necessary because the lady who wrote it does not share our feelings about certain additives.
We've done taco soup and zuppa toscana so far, and they are really decent, the kind of meal you'd make on a normal day when you're a little short on time. It's all dry ingredients so all you have to do is add water. One quart jar will feed my family of six, not to the point of being stuffed, but full enough that you're okay, and no leftovers to worry about since probably refrigeration will not be as easily done during the End Times.
Here's what they look like: