Archive for February, 2010
Sorry for the one-week hiatus! Totally unintentional, but things have been busy and movie-watching wound up taking a back seat to other stuff, and it's taken us this long to accrue enough material to bother podcasting. BUT. We did manage to watch some doozies over the last two weeks...
On this week's podcast:
- We coin a new term - "mehcommendation" - while discussing the mediocre Inkheart
- Find out why Three Coins in the Fountain is filled with dirty, dirty lies, starting with (but not limited to!) its title
- Steph finally catches up to 1999 and watches Fight Club... Was it worth the 11 year wait?!?
- We revisit childhood favorite, Labyrinth, and discuss whether David Bowie automatically makes a movie inappropriate for children...
Yesterday I celebrated my 27th birthday! And when I say "celebrated" I mean celebrated! Which is of course to say that I received presents and many lovely phone calls wishing me well, and had not one but TWO great meals! Really, who doesn't feel good when the people you know say, "Hey! Let's party, because the world is that much more awesome for having you in it!"? So, the first of the festivities involved going out for buffet lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant in Nashville, Bombay Palace. To kick up the fun quotient, my friends Trisha and Abby joined us for lunch, and Trisha even bestowed dubious Asian candy upon me. How dubious? Let's just say that if you never dreamed of using the words "Kit Kat" and "V8" in the same sentence, I wouldn't have blamed you. Then, sadly I had to head back to school, but the afternoon flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to go home and begin the gift portion of the evening! Tony was very sweet and gave me: a set of Laguiole steak knives (with neon yellow handles!), a large ceramic dutch oven, AND a pair of Ultimate Ears noise-isolating earphones (which I have been lamenting/coveting ever since I wore out my last pair of trusty UE earphones). A wonderful combination of practical and splurge-y gifts! You know you are getting older when you get excited about receiving steak knives for your birthday, right? 😉 But seriously, so happy with the gifts because they are all things that I wanted but wouldn't have bought for myself, and those are always the best gifts! And then, it was dinner! We decided to try a place we'd never eaten at before but was purportedly very good (and ideal for a fancy birthday dinner): Miel. With a name like that, you wouldn't be wrong if you suspected that the food was of the French persuasion (or, you know, honey), and yes, it was very, very good. Click through the gallery below if you would like an in-depth photo tour (with descriptions!) of the big meal:
The meal was wonderful, and I think we've found a new place we can go when in the mood for a splurge. I think my favorite dish of the evening was actually Tony's risotto - it was so rich and creamy, and the scallops were cooked to perfection (if you don't believe me, I'll simply say that historically Tony has not loved scallops, but he was won over last night!). The portions were huge, so we took our leftovers home and will be able to relive that section of the meal again tonight! 😉 Lest you think the birthday festivities are done now that my actual birthday has passed, fear not! The joy of having a mid-week birthday is that you're entitled to celebrate on the weekend! So tomorrow night, Tony - with the aid of Abby & Trisha - has cooked up secret celebrations (my favorite kind, as it means I have no hand in the planning! 😉 ) Hurrah! Long live the birthday (and me!)!
here. [Note: I received my copy of The Postmistress for free, but irrespective of this, I would have rated it 4 out of 5 on this blog.]My review for the February issue of BookPage is now up! I made a conscious effort to mix things up and read something other than the regular "quirky, indie fic" fare I normally devour and review. So instead I read The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - a sweeping saga revolving around 3 women just as World War I is about to reach its apex in terms of devastation and scope. I will say that the basic premise of the novel is that this is the story of a postmistress who decides not to deliver the mail (and all the moral quandaries and ramifications of such a decision), but I didn't really feel that was the true heart of the novel I read, merely a sliver of a much richer story. I hate when novels have flaps with synopses that are misleading or place the wrong emphasis on certain plot points! I don't normally gravitate towards fiction that is so overtly marketed towards women, nor would I consider war fiction one of my passions, but I did really enjoy this novel, in large part due to the writing, which I thought was a cut above much of what is published nowadays (though at times I did feel that perhaps coherency was sacrificed for poetry). I thought The Postmistress was a powerful meditation on loss and how we naturally seek to impose meaning and structure on our world, especially in the face of chaos and destruction. To read more of my thoughts on this, you can read my full review