Lonely ghosts and an almost-full moon…

 

A very sensory, yet very surreal, week. Or mindset.

Things are both ambiguous and very clear. In mental limbo and yet absolutely certain about…well, see the secrets part below.

A inevitability from which there is no escape, and yet, a promise of a new beginning.

It’s a little maddening and frightening, but also soothing and comforting.

I’m frustrated and resigned at the same time. I’m believing in my instincts and dreams and signs but also practical about their impossibility in this dimension.

The moon is blue-bright and has been keeping me awake, but it’s not even full yet.

There’s lots of secrets, which are also revelations.

Some songs from the 90s are (uncharacteristically!?!?) the current soundtrack to my inner world. Out of nowhere I had this urge to listen to them.

I’m both running away and towards something, simultaneously. Distance, and closeness, all at once.

Nothing much seems to have a point right now, including this blog, yet I’m compelled to put words out there, even if they are trivial, unrelated, or don’t make any sense.

Watched a movie tonight titled “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore”.

Been wanting to give “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” a re-watch, and re-read Griffin and Sabine, but hesitated to take that literary/cinematic journey.

“Foolish man. You cannot turn me into a phantom because you are frightened. You do not dismiss a muse at whim.” – Sabine Strohem
Nick Bantock, Griffin and Sabine

 

 

Food for…Football!

From Trainspotting:

Gail, Lizzie: What are you two talking about?
Spud, Tommy: Football! What are you talking about?
Gail, Lizzie: Shopping!

 

It’s been a very strange, dreamy week in the Chaos Realm. A fellow blogger is going to see The Cure in concert, and it’s been bringing up a lot of memories (bloody nostalgia LOL) from my experiences when I saw The Cure (hope your experience is just as magical and wonderful, This Nerd’s Life).

Maybe I’ve just been exploring too many alternate dimensions while I sleep…having very intense dreams. Or something else is afoot.

So, another shortcut blog after I skipped a few.

I’ve been watching (European) football while I (pretend to) write. It’s been exciting so far! Can’t wait until it resumes on Saturday.

I stumbled across this article on the UEFA website while trying to come up with an idea for this week’s food blog.

“What do Europe’s football fans eat?”

Also:

“Football Food around the World”

If gourmet eats are your thing:

https://www.finedininglovers.com/stories/the-best-gourmet-food-at-football-grounds/

 

 

Goodbye for now. Off to wander amazing realms.

Music for dream voyages  (courtesy of The Cure and Legendary Pink Dots):

On Another Shore

Closedown

To Wish Impossible Things

A Thousand Hours

A Few Hours after This

Dredd Song

Cut Here

 

 

 

 

Fun Ways to Enliven Eating at Home! Even if You’re a Single Dweller!

In an offshoot way, I was a little inspired by Reflections of a Modern Philosopher’s post, Popular Prescription: Patriotic Porch Pie, which got me thinking about the food rituals we practice, which led to this blog’s inception.

When I was in undergrad school, I went to stay with a fellow student over one of the school’s holiday breaks. She and her mom would have theme dinners. When I was there, they had a “yellow” dinner–all yellow foods and yellow plates. It was such a fun idea, that I (almost) yearned to have friends IRL so we could all get together and have fun theme dinners like that. *laugh*

Somebody I knew, once, suggested we get together and cook dinner once a week, so that we (both single) could have a home-cooked meal. It ended up in an argument, because I was in the kitchen and I turned around to find this person sitting on the sofa, playing with my cat. “Oh, hell no,” were my exact words, I think.

So, I thought I’d post some fun ways to liven up your meals, regardless on whether you’re someone whose world is populated with hordes of friends, or a prickly loner like me. Most of these have a nerdy theme, of course!

The Geeky Chef has recipes ranging from the X-Files to Twin Peaks to Legend of Zelda! There’s even a cookbook!

Mulder: Did you bring enough ice cream to share with the rest of the class?

Scully: It’s not ice cream… it’s non-fat tofutti rice dreamsicle.

Mulder: Ugh… I bet the air in my mouth tastes better than that.

Check out this amazing database of recipes from everything from games to comic books to movies to manga/anime…can’t wait to try some of these! http://nerdyrecipes.tumblr.com/

Here’s a list of some fun cookbooks to get you started (some appeared on an earlier post): http://www.thatsnerdalicious.com/features/14-of-the-best-cookbooks-for-nerds-featured/

Here’s some menu ideas for geek-themed parties for all your (imaginary?) friends: http://www.sparknotes.com/mindhut/2012/10/04/geek-themed-dinner-party-menu-ideas

My preferences are all geek/nerd related (unless it’s Halloween!)–what sort of foodie themes would you like for your dinner-and-a-movie/TV/Book-nights? Share your creative ideas in the comments!

Movies about living tiny…

Since I’m still in the midst of downsizing, I’d thought I’d post some movies about tiny homes and living tiny (and/or mobile!). I’ve been seeing this trend, even in our neighbourhood, to tear down old homes instead of fixing them up, and then (cheaply) build Mc-Mansions. Sad. It’s like a whole culture of shiny-new-plastic worshippers. I’ll call it the  “Wal-Mart” (or Target!) effect. (In with the old…?)

I’ll also put some links to miscellaneous websites at the bottom, if you want to know more. Look for the ones that are made with reclaimed lumber (barns, etc.). You can also restore anything…vintage trailers, vintage RVs, railroad cars, school buses, bookmobiles–let your DIY imagination run wild! Also, you can get furniture from garage sales, antique stores, and places like that, instead of buying new.

Aside from the letting-go-of-book trauma, I am trying to decide whether to let go of some of my other furniture: A Saarinen tulip base table and four matching chairs from the 70s, a Heywood Wakefield desk (unfortunately, it’s been stained dark, but still neat! I need to take the drawer handles off and replace them with something more accurate to the time period.), and some other odds and ends. The chairs, especially, need some work. Anybody have some tips on what to do to spruce them up/maintain the chairs and table base (without painting them somehow of course), by proper restoration standards?

Anyway, onto the links!

Tiny: The Movie–http://tiny-themovie.com/

We: The Tiny House People–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDcVrVA4bSQ

Small is Beautiful: http://smallbeautifulmovie.com/

Overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_house_movement

Tiny Texas Houses: http://tinytexashouses.com/

Old Log Cabins: http://www.oldlogcabins.com/cabins.htm

Tumbleweed Tiny Homes: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/

Tiny House Blog: http://tinyhousenews.info/

Salvage Secrets: http://salvagesecretsdesign.com/

They probably have someplace like this where you live: http://www.sarasotasalvage.com/

This blogger has some AMAZING posts about things like the Art Nouveau movement (multiple posts on that subject) and the Futuro houses by Matti Suuronen, which I love.

Check out the blogs (with great videos) here:

http://tobedamit.com/2015/01/04/art-nouveau/

http://tobedamit.com/2015/01/05/art-nouveau-ii/

http://tobedamit.com/2015/01/08/art-nouveau-iii/

http://tobedamit.com/2015/01/18/futuro-houses/

Find your own vintage dream home, here: http://historicrealestate.preservationnation.org/

Happy Restoration/Downsizing/Recycling! Live lightly, and prosper!

Movie, Book and TV Cookbooks…

True Blood: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13624772-true-blood?from_search=true

The Sopranos: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/168651.The_Sopranos_Family_Cookbook?ac=1

Mad Men: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11077690-the-unofficial-mad-men-cookbook?from_search=true

Harry Potter: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16443060-the-unofficial-harry-potter-cookbook?from_search=true

The Secret Garden: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3014.The_Secret_Garden_Cookbook?from_search=true

Redwall: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7989.The_Redwall_Cookbook?from_search=true

Twilight: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8509705-love-at-first-bite?from_search=true

Downton Abbey: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23966192-the-unofficial-downton-abbey-cookbook-revised-edition?from_search=true

Game of Thrones (they also have a blog that I’ve followed for a while):

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13329738-a-feast-of-ice-and-fire?from_search=true

http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/

Hunger Games (kind of ironic, if you ask me): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11206339-the-unofficial-hunger-games-cookbook?from_search=true

Couple of Star Trek Cookbooks:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19054109-the-star-trek-cookbook?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2107300.The_Star_Trek_Cookbook?from_search=true

Star Wars:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35432.Wookiee_Cookies?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8847942-the-complete-star-wars-cookbook?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35422.The_Star_Wars_Cookbook_II?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13610456-wookiee-pies-clone-scones-and-other-galactic-goodies?from_search=true

FRIENDS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/923865.Cooking_with_Friends?from_search=true

Gone with the Wind: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/135652.Gone_With_the_Wind_Cookbook?from_search=true

Gilligan’s Island: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/293240.Mary_Ann_s_Gilligan_s_Island_Cookbook?from_search=true

Dark Shadows: http://www.amazon.com/Shadows-Cookbook-Cameron-Compiler-Malis/dp/B000EWDGZU

And more cookbooks for Doctor Who (I already posted one in my Doctor Who food post previously):

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1838632.The_Doctor_Who_Cookbook?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24444846-a-whovian-feast?from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16233193-dining-with-the-doctor?from_search=true

New Movies=Bland Acting?

Pet peeve(s)/Rant about movie/TV show acting/script, etc.

Lately, I’ve had to deem a lot of current movies/TV shows unwatchable simply because of this trend towards bland, cookie-cutter acting. I don’t really watch a lot of TV, probably, in comparison to the rest of the country/world, partially because my attention span won’t let me, but I still find myself getting bored with the actors (actors of all genders) on the screen these days. Granted, I do have my share of guilty-pleasure “bad” TV shows/movies I have watched/continue to watch, but when the characters really seem like over-makeupped cardboard cutouts, I find my tolerance level dropping for that sort of thing. When I know exactly what the actor is going to say next, verbatim, the predictability of the script makes me wince, and I find something else to have on in the background while I’m doing twenty other things. Plus, I don’t understand it when there’s a bunch of people that have crash-landed/been lost in the woods for days, or even weeks, or are trapped underground, ad nauseam, and somehow they manage to still have perfect hair, spotless clothes, and flawless makeup and nails–women and men, alike.

Plus, when all the characters look alike, talk alike, and sound alike–to the point where they seem to be Hollywood robots not real, flawed humans–it makes me wonder “Why not just have computer-generated actors?” if they are just going to deliver such rote performances. Or is Hollywood just readying us for the digital takeover?

I like new, I like change, and there are younger actors that give excellent performances (need I mention Natalie Portman in Leon/The Professional?) but give me the older actor, many classically trained, Shakespearean/stage actors that drifted into movies/television over this new style of bland, predictable version of acting. I’m not experienced enough to know whether it’s the actors, the directors, the scripts they have to present, or if it’s a combination of all of the above, but I just find it painful to watch.

Meanwhile, if and when I get disposable income, you’ll find me at the (stage) theatre, over the movie theatre. Or I’ll be at home (re)watching “Prime Suspect” (Helen Mirren and Zoe Wanamaker), Harold and Maude, or anything else with Alan Rickman, Ian McKellan, Morgan Freeman, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Shirley Henderson, Idris Elba, and Mandy Patinkin. (What other classic/classic performances have I missed? Got any recommendations to expand my cinematic/tv watching? Let me know…)

Movie Monday “Cheese”

I read voraciously, and I like to think that I have pretty good tastes in literature. My taste in movies and television is…quirky…to say the least. I mostly like action adventure films (car crashes and shit blowing up) and (some) sci-fi and horror movies.

Here’s some of my favs that are probably just a little bit cheesy/atypical of my usual taste in films…try not to laugh 🙂 I’m feeling melancholy and a little bit dreamy and wistfully nostalgic today…

Jumpin’ Jack Flashhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091306/

Mannequin: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093493/ 

Dream a Little Dreamhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097236/

Say Anythinghttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098258/

Sleepless in Seattlehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108160/

Romy & Michele’s High School Reunionhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120032/

Pretty in Pinkhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091790/

You’ve Got Mailhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128853/

The January Manhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097613/

The Heiresshttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041452/

Ten Things I Hate About Youhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0147800/

Can’t Hardly Waithttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0127723/

Titanichttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/

Pretty Womanhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100405/