Wild: the movie

Saw the movie Wild on Christmas Day.  It was very good actually.  A couple of extremely explicitly sex scenes that could maybe have been alluded to rather than played out, however on the whole it told an inspiring story about a broken woman finding wholeness while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on her own.
It was cool to see a movie where the lead is played by a woman, and Reece Witherspoon is a captivating leading lady.


Rocky Road

could something so simple really be this good??

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
11 oz (1 2/3 cup) butterscotch chips
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
16 oz. bag mini marshmallows (about 9 cups)
1 cup dry roasted peanuts

line 9"x13" pan with foil.
microwave chips and pb until creamy, stir.  Stir in peanuts and mallows.
pat into the foil-lined pan with a spatula.  Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  Once hard, remove and cut with a butcher knife into small squares.


Tweet of the Week


The Great Christmas Light Fight

I have REALLY been enjoying The Great Christmas Light Fight from ABC.  I've seen up through Epidosde 4, and was really disappointed when Liz Simmons' display went black.  Out of the 16 houses that I've seen, she was the only one-woman show.  All of the other houses were spearheaded by men, with the women serving as 'Santa's little background helper'.

Anyway, thought that was a total bummer.  Liz seems like a real fascinating, ooak person.  Here's a utube video that I just discovered where she discusses her lighting process.

Merry Christmas! 


#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Checked this book out thinking that it'd be an autobiography of this ultra-successful online retailer, only to discover upon reading that it's more like a self-help book from Sophia Amoroso--since we, implicitly, need her help.

The unstated message between every line of this book is, "I've done more amazing things than you, and make tons more money than you, so sit down girlfriend, I've some lessons to impart!"



Wordy Wednesday

WTF Louis CK Interview

Slate just named this the best podcast of all time.  And though I wouldn't really have much regard for Slate's opinion on this matter, I listened to it nonetheless since Marc re-released it and I got to hear it for FREE!!!  And gonna have to corroborate with Slate that this WTF episode is one hell of an interview.  The last few minutes are perhaps the best, with Louis CK and Maron discussing their friendship,


Quotable Quote

Anything we’re describing through science we’re describing through the prism of the five limited senses. Our eyes can only see between infrared light and ultraviolet light, there’s light bouncing around everywhere. Our ears can only hear a tiny decibel range, can’t hear the noise of a dog whistle, can’t hear any high pitched frequency sounds. Isn't it likely then that there are other vibrations, frequencies, energies, consciousness moving though the universe?

~Russell Brand


Russell Brand

Russell Brand has become some sort of political force-to-be-reckoned with.  Just read this great article about him in Vanity Fair.

What an awesome photo of Brand accompanying this article!  He's a real hotty, there's no mistaking that.  This article references several online videos; including this video with Jeremy Paxman.  Brand is a pretty articulate guy.  This is the interview where Brand says he doesn't vote because voting "supports this pre-existing paradigm that's quite narrow and only serves a few people."  He also says "there's going to be a revolution.  It's going to happen."


Potato Leek Soup

So simple and when paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, the perfect comfort food!

3 cups leeks, thinly sliced (the white and tender green parts only)
1 lb. potatoes, peeled and diced (I don't always peel them)
1 T salt
4-6 T whip cream or 2-3 T butter
2-3 T minced parsley or chives.

Simmer veggies 40-50 minutes until tender.  Mash with a fork or in a blender (blender is best).  Add butter and herbs at the end.

Optional: add carrots to the simmering vegetables at the beginning.


Tweet of the Week


Wordy Wednesday

Marc Maron

interviewed Norman Lear this week.  Can't believe how substantive this guy is.  And at 92.  Hm, even though like I said in the last post I find his show heavey handed, gotta tip my hat to the guy.

He says that he has no hard feelings towards his parents; his father went to prison for check-kiting when he was nine, and his mother the kind of person who'd move heaven and earth to avoid having to touch a baby.

Graham, Chris and guest Kevin Avery 

had a good discussion on Episode 243 of the Comedy Film Nerds