Saturday, August 30, 2014

Spinster Binge: The Spoils of Babylon

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Watching the Emmys this past Monday, I found myself shocked at how many of the nominees I hadn't actually seen at all. Not having cable or HBO can actually be a problem when it comes to TV knowledge. Still, I'm not about to pay that much every month just to be in the know when I'm watching the Emmys. That's why I was quite pleased when I saw that The Spoils of Babylon had come to Netflix. As a fan of Kristen Wiig, I knew I must watch.

The premise of The Spoils of Babylon is that it's a TV miniseries based on a fictitious novel by a fictitous author, played by Will Ferrell.  The whole thing is intentionally hyper-dramatic, and it is hilarious.

And now for a few notes on why The Spoils of Babylon is awesome:

1. The Cast:
          We've all come to expect hilarity from Kristen Wiig and Will Farrell, but Tobey Maguire and Haley Joel Osment showed unexpected comic chops. Additionally, appearances from the likes of David Spade, Val Kilmer, Jessica Alba, Tim Robbins, Molly Shannon, Michael Sheen, and a whole bunch more make this a crazy all-star cast.

2. The Hair:
          This story spans several decades, and Kristen Wiig's hair, makeup, and costumes reflect all of them to the max.

3. Devon Morehouse's (as played by Tobey Maguire) Wife:
          This one is a spoiler. So don't read past this sentence if you don't want that. But Tobey Maguire's character, Devon Morehouse, gets married in this movie, and his wife is inexplicably....wait for it...a mannequin. They never discuss it. She's just there, and she's a mannequin. What's more is that she has a baby, and the baby is a real person later in the story. I can't even.

4. The Sets:
          All the establishing shots in The Spoils of Babylon are done with very obvious models. Excellent.

5. The Shots:
          This miniseries is shot in so many different ways and just sort of changes visual genres at will. You're constantly left thinking "wait what?" My favorite moment was a split screen between Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment.

In case you needed to watch the trailer, I've placed it conveniently in this post!

So, if you're looking for something to binge watch this holiday weekend, might I suggest The Spoils of Babylon? It's weird and wonderful. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Fun: Queen Bey Gif

This has been a pretty long week, so I thought we should all celebrate Friday with a little bit of silliness. This looks like Beyonce as a kung foo fighter....who's also celebrating. And I think she has a reason to celebrate. It is Friday, after all!

In honor of the holiday weekend, my office is having a half day, and I'm here to tell you that I'm going to celebrate with a nap, some Netflix, and some needlework. Tomorrow, my friends, I visit the Decatur Book Festival.

Now, I know some of you are going to be mad at this next part, but I'm really feeling it today. At one of my jobs in New York, every friday morning they played this song on repeat in the cafeteria. At some point it went from being a terrible song to being somehow endearing. So, yes, I like it. Enjoy!

Does it look like that kid in the front passenger seat in the beginning has drawn-on facial hair, or is it just me? 

In case you're not feeling that video, I think you will like this next one. Because I love it. Especially because there's a Rebecca Black cameo. 

Ok, hooray for Friday! Enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Spinster Screening: The Hundred Foot Journey

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I love Indian Food, so when I saw the previews for The Hundred Foot Journey, I was thrilled. The only problem was that the previews came out long before the movie hit theaters. To occupy myself, I listened to the book on tape, which was very good, but then, I feel like the book that gets made into a movie is almost always excellent.

This past weekend I finally made my way to the North Dekalb Mall to see The Hundred Foot Journey, and I must say I was not disappointed. The movie in its entirety was delicious. Eating popcorn in that theater would have been shameful. On the whole, there was less Indian Food in the movie than I would have liked. I expected to come out of the theater craving some Palak paneer, but I think a fine dining experience may have been more appropriate.

I won't give anything away, but I will say that Helen Mirren was delectable as usual, and her banter with Om Puri was a lot of fun. The movie does stray quite a bit form the narrative and ending of the book, but you should't let that stop you from consuming this film as if it were one of Hassan's meals. Go hungry, though, and plan to eat something really good afterward. Your palette will be inspired.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Next Level Spinstering: Needlework

Last night, while watching Wheel of Fortune and pondering Vanna White's hair because it looked like a wig, I realized I had taken spinstering to the next level. Not only was I wishing Antiques Roadshow aired on Tuesdays, but I was also working on the same needlepoint project I'd been creating since before I went to Mexico. The cherry on top? I was wearing a giant cat tee shirt.

Now, as you may know, the word "spinster" comes from the work of spinning yarn or thread, which was often done by unmarried women in order to support themselves. I wasn't spinning thread, but I was certainly using it. In fact, I had a bun on top of my head, and I was wearing glasses. All I needed, really, was a rocking chair.

Several of my other single lady friends, I have discovered, are also into needlework. This is how, on Saturday night around 9pm, I ended up at Hancock Fabrics buying needlework supplies with a friend who's into cross stitching. We went there after dinner, and when we had purchased our goods, we went our separate ways to resume our stitching.

While I'm completely aware that spending my nights and weekends pushing and pulling a needle and thread will not further any sort path out of spinsterhood, I can really understand why it became a spinsterly pastime in the first place. It's calming, it's easily done while watching TV or listening to the radio (or victrola if we're talking history), it's time consuming (what else were ladies of old going to do if they didn't have a date?), and it feels productive. Bonus: When I'm finished with the needlepoint, I can turn it into a pillow for my sofa, where I already spend most of my time anyway.

So, if you, too, are ready to really spinster out this week, perhaps you should consider cross stitch, needlepoint, or embroidery. I must say, all three are quite satisfying.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Only Thing I Made Last Night

As you may know, last night was the was the Emmys on NBC. As such, I had my night all planned before I even got home. I would make gluten free spaghetti, and then I would put it in one of the new bowls my parents gave me for my birthday (which I love), and then I would put on my bathrobe and my sweatpants and watch TV for the rest of the night. And, my friends, that is exactly what I did. Without anyone else's commentary or interruption.

I was so taken with the Emmys, I forgot to make a drawing. Or maybe I was just being lazy. I see no need to pass a judgement on that front, especially not on myself. However, because I did pay such close attention, I have five things to say about the Emmys, in no particular order.

1. How did I not know Hayden Panettiere was pregnant? She is seriously pregnant. That dress looked great, though.

2. I'm pretty sure Julia Louis-Dreyfus is getting more attractive the older she gets. For example, here she is on Seinfeld, and here she was last night. It's pretty much mandatory that you agree.

3. Zooey Deschanel's Emmy Dress was cute, but that hair was a no go for me.

4. Jimmy Fallon tried to steal Stephen Colbert's Emmy, and it made me uncomfortable. I felt like it was a little bit of a Kanye moment even though Colbert was very good natured about it.

5. I loved that Weird Al performed. And in his honor, I think I'm going to take it old school and embed one of his all time best songs:

You're welcome.

I hope you enjoyed the Emmys. I certainly enjoyed my spaghetti.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Fun: Chocolate Flow Chart Quiz

It's Monday, and you need something to get you through. Maybe you've already had your coffee, and it just didn't do the job. Well, Might I suggest you have some morning chocolate?

If morning chocolate sounds like a good idea to you, perhaps you need a little help making up your mind. That is why, my friends, I have put together today's simple flow chart quiz: Which Chocolate Should You Eat Today? You may need to click on the image to view it larger, but just in case you can't really see it, here are the chocolates listed, from left to right. Keep in mind, my theory on chocolate is much like my theory on pizza: Whatever is available will usually do just fine. I tell you this to say, I am not at all a chocolate snob.

1. Dove Milk Chocolate: This has been a staple for me since college. In fact, it may have been my original morning chocolate.

2. Mr. Goodbar: Every time I buy a variety pack of fun sized hershey bars, this is the flavor that goes first. It's not fancy, but it sure is delicious.

3. Hershey's Kisses with Almonds: This is a real desk snack staple. They're easy to find, and you can eat them discreetly because they fit in the palm of your hand.

4. Endangered Species Milk Chocolate with Cherries: This chocolate has a little bit of a darker taste to it, but the dried cherries are a really nice touch.

5. Godiva Milk Caramel Embrace (Alternatively, I really do suggest Varsano's Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt Caramel if you are in New York or care to have chocolate FedExed to you.): If you live near a Godiva, these are the best ones there. I notice a big difference between bars and the individual bonbons. Namely, the bonbons have denser, chewier caramel, which is what I prefer.

6. Lindor Truffle in Dark Chocolate: Really, though, I vote for all the Lindor Truffles. A variety pack would do nicely here as well.

7. Mast Brothers Almond and Sea Salt Chocolate Bar: Mast Brothers chocolate is fancy and expensive. It is really home made gourmet chocolate, and you pay for it. But the paper is so cute, I think it may just be worth it. Tape it in your journal to remember that delicious chocolate you had.

8. Chocolove Rasberries in Dark Chocolate: I'm not actually a huge fan of dark chocolate and really do prefer milk. However, I love raspberries and chocolate together, and every Chocolove bar comes with a poem printed on the inside of the wrapper, so you can read it while you ponder what a good decision it was to eat some chocolate today.

9. Riesens: These are the only Dark Chocolate I really, truly love. Once I open a bag, it's over. I have awakened from many a late-night portfolio session to find my bed and desk covered in Riesen Wrappers. You can pretty much find these anywhere - including Michael's Arts and Crafts - so these are really good when you're in a pinch.

I hope you enjoy your monday chocolate. I know I will.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Saturday Spinstering: Roswell

So, it has come to my attention that after nearly 206,000 miles, my car may need to be replaced. So, yesterday I set out to do a little in-person research all the way in Roswell, Georgia. I think it was actually the hottest day of the summer so far, but I needed to start yesterday.

The car research process isn't the exciting part of this post. I drove some cars, and they all had miniature back windows. When the sweat pattern on my pants started to be...unsightly, I decided my auto shopping time was done for the day. I had other, less expensive things in mind.

On the way to the dealerships, I had passed what looked like a pretty nicely-sized Salvation Army, and I made sure to stop there on the way back to Atlanta. It was in a strip mall, so I figured it'd be a little bigger than the thrift shops I've seen in Atlanta So far. Ladies and gentlemen, I was not disappointed.

Inside the doors of the Salvation Army Family Store, I found the largest Thrift Store I have ever seen. And it was so well organized, too! At the front were all the beds, tables, chests, and other furniture. I have been looking for the perfect bedside table for a year now, and unfortunately I did not find yet yesterday. However, near the back of the store, I found some really splendid 1990s Wind Suits (pictured above)! Many of you may remember that it's hard to find a coordinating two-piece wind suit because they pants that matched back to the jackets were always getting holes in the knees. These babies, though, were in perfect mint condition. perfect for an amazing 90's party.

So, if you find yourself in Roswell, GA any time soon, I highly recommend the Salvation Army Family store. It is full of home decor, clothing for men, women, and children, Books, DVDs, shoes, an accessories. I'm surprised pulled myself away.