Action Jackson likes to sit and watch me crochet...
I decided yesterday that I want to watch all of the movies nominated for Best Picture before the Oscars on Sunday, which I will be watching with my friend Maggie. I'm a huge fan of movies. I've seen a lot. I mean a LOT. I started keeping count (in my handy red A to Z Subject Journal) on January 1st for how many movies I watch in 2010, and I'm currently at 53. I was actually the movie reviewer for my college newspaper!
So far, of the nominees, I've seen:
I really liked this when I saw it in theaters (totally worth the $12 for the 3D effects), but after reflection, I was a little disappointed at how closely the story follows Pocahontes. And I kind of do think this movie bought it's way into the nomination, even if it is a good movie. I gave it 3 stars in my A to Z.
I had been very excited to watch this, as I've heard a lot of great things about it. It definitely delivered. It wasn't overdone/acted/directed like some war/military movies are. And it was directed by a woman (the ex-wife of James Cameron, strangely enough!), which I totally think is awesome. 4 stars.
George Clooney makes me swoon. No matter what, he's always so... debonair (though when he filmed a movie in the town I was living in a few years ago I heard some very scum-baggy things about him). I loved the isolation you felt from all of the main characters. And the fact that it wasn't a fairy tale ending. 3 1/2 stars.
Ok. I'll just say it. Really quickly, like a bandaid. I'M NOT A TARANTINO FAN! In fact, I kind of didn't like anything about this movie. I know everyone and their dog thought Brad Pitt was ammAAAAzing in this, but I kind of thought he was terrible. I really haven't liked anything Tarantino has done, with the exception of parts of Pulp Fiction and Deathproof. I just think he's a ding dong. 1 1/2 stars. (I really wouldn't watch this again)
Now for movies I've yet to see....
Have a great weekend! (and a cocktail or two)
I also made some sugar cookies (which were pretty tasty if I say so myself) and individually packaged them for each person...
It was a fun project! But I feel like I definitely don't need to see another heart-shaped anything until next February. Though I still have to finish up my Valentines for my family and friends to get out tomorrow.
(PS- sorry for the super crummy photography. I really don't like my camera... miss my old one [broken by my clumsy boyfriend] so much.)
I decided to make a batch of sugar cookies in early celebration of Valentine's Day - really, they were mostly a practice round.
They turned out ok, not the best, but not bad.
And I kind of like how tragic looking they are <3
I'm going to go for another batch soon.
In other, more shopping related news, I bought these cute harringbone shoes from Urban Outfitters. ON SALE!!! I love a good sale. I especially love a good sale purchase:
Last night we had our lovely dinner party, and it was so much fun!
We had lots of yummy food and wine and beer.
And lots of happy friends (some new!).
You can get a glimpse there in the bottom left of my favorite dish of the night: Angel's amazing mashed cauliflower/parsnip/potatoes covered (and I mean covered) with cheese! I want to eat it everyday for the rest of my life! And yes. Those are both my drinks. It may be a Wednesday, but who cares!
At one point this was a face... but the eye got a bit ... droopy :)
Every. Last. Bite.
Head of the table.
You can't tell, but that's Bryan's place card, which he decided was so awesome that he wanted to wear it - Julie Child style :)
Over all the evening was QUITE the success! It was a very good time and everyone kept talking about where/when/what theme the next dinner party would be. Hopefully we can keep it a regular thing!
Yay for dinner parties!!
ell, the Oughts are gone and over with. I always used to be amazed to think that my great grandparents lived during two different centuries, and now I like to think that my great grandkids will someday be amazed at me :)
We had a grand old party on New Years Eve, unfortunately my camera died about an hour into it and I have only a few badish iphone photos. It will have to do!
Cupcakes that my friend Maggie helped me to decorate!
View of the CAT bus from Patrick's living room window.
Not the best quality photo, but I think Pat looks really funny/cute here! Plus, who wear's sunglasses at night? Oh yeah, my boyfriend does!
Pat's friend, the "Party Skeleton," who clearly does not have good manners...
The route to the roof doesn't look to scary...
But it IS!!! Maggie climbed like a pro.
We eventually made it up to the roof which was no easy task!
This one is super blurry, but you can see the fireworks over the Savannah River starting in the distance. Very cool view.
The night started out with some difficulties - I almost killed myself on Patrick's bike, none of the food was completely ready when people were getting there, rain and a few other minor issues - but as the night wore on we had more champagne, and more fun! This was the first New Year's that I rang in with Patrick (in our nearly 3 years together), so it was an extra special midnight (kiss!).
Then there was 2010...
One of my resolutions is to crochet a granny square blanket and I got started over the weekend!
My very first granny squares... EVER!
I'm well on my way to a marvelous blanket! I just need to pick out more colors and I'll be good to go :)
I decided not to add tahini so that we wouldn't have to brave the icy Georgia winter! Ok, so it was only like 45 degrees, but that's still cold! Anyway, no tahini wasn't a bad idea, just not the best result.
Patrick could hardly wait to eat some! But I made him :)
All in all, it was quite the success!
Hummus (sans tahini):
Puree beans, garlic, 3 tbsp olive oil, and lemon juice in processor.
Add 3 tablespoons oil, sugar, and cumin. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer, cover, and chill at least 1 hour.
Enjoy the yummy!