Thursday, September 29, 2011

One Day = Epic Fail

Let's face it, the world we live in is chock-a-block full of violence, crime, insincerity, economic uncertainty, sexual perversion, murder, rape, sadness, illness, death, carnage on the roads..... the list goes on and on.  I get to live in an area that has all of the above, and more, in the worst possible way.  Makes for a rather stressful and somewhat depressing existence to be frank.

When I go to the movies I don't want to see more of the same.  That would be down-right stupid.  I go to the movies to escape from the violence, crime, rape, death.... blah, blah, blah.  I make a point of watching the trailers, I read the reviews and then I choose the movies that are going to make me laugh, or tickle my romantic side, or stir my ageing hormones.

So if you really want to piss me off, tempt me with a trailer that looks sweet and romantic and then present me with a movie that has me heading home ready to slit my wrists!  "One Day" did just that!  By the time I walked out of there I needed a visit to a funeral home to cheer me up. 

What a horrible movie.  And that was just the story line.  The wardrobe designer clearly got the wrong memo.  No darling, we did NOT dress like that in the late 80s, that was the 50s....different era.... by about 30 years or so.  Fail.  I love Anne Hathaway dearly, but she did NOT nail the British accent.  Not at all.  She seemed to be trying too hard, or over pronouncing, or... something, but whatever it was it did not work.  And then the casting.  Make the characters believable people, make it real for goodness' sake!  And the chemistry, or lack there-of.....

So if you're looking for a movie that is depressing on so very many levels - go and see One Day.  You'll be so sad that you did.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The New Facebook

I got the new facebook!  Thought those of you who haven't got it yet might want to see what it looks like, so here it is:
I've cut off the news feed on the right to protect the privacy of my friends
If you want to get it for yourself, this is the link you need to follow.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chick-pea Curry

I have to confess that my slow-cooker has languished in the top of my kitchen cupboard for a couple of years - I just never got around to finding any recipes to use in it.  Then, Paula and I became "semi-vegetarian" and I went on the hunt for veggie recipes and came across this one - it took me a couple of years, but finally I hauled out the slow-cooker a couple of weeks back and tried it. I really liked this curry a lot and the beauty of it is that it's soooo easy!

Chickpea Curry Ingredients:
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
Directions:
  • Rinse and drain chickpeas thoroughly before using them
  • In a stainless steel or cast iron pan, sauté oil, onions, ginger, and garlic for 5 minutes add garam masala and other spices and cook for a minute or two longer
  • Place onion mixture and all other ingredients in a Crockpot
  • Add water if need to bring the liquid just to the top of the beans. Add more water during cooking if needed.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.  (My slow-cooker only has High and Auto - I used Auto)

I served mine with basmati rice, but I think it would be really nice in roti, might try that next time.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gotta love this man!

I'll be honest, when Grant and I started dating it wasn't his intellect I was attracted to, it wasn't his kind-nature, or his generosity of spirit, it was ..... his butt!  He had a mighty fine butt.  He may be a bit on the plump side nowdays, with a few more wrinkles and a lot less hair, but he still has a very satisfactory bottom.  (Just in case you were wondering.)  However, if you had to ask me today what attracts me to Grant I would without a shadow of a doubt tell you that it's the fact that he makes me laugh.  Grant makes me laugh out loud every single day of my life.  And I think that's a pretty good foundation for a relationship to be built on, especially when you're getting a bit long in the tooth and rather saggy baggy here and there.

To illustrate the kind of stuff that goes on in our household daily, have a peek at the conversation we had over dinner last night:

Grant, Paula and I had been to movies to see "Friends with Benefits" and we had then popped in to John Dory's for some supper.

Gill:  I really enjoyed the movie, I thought he acted surprisingly well.
Grant:  Yes, he reminded me of..........
Paula and I look at him blankly
Gill:  Grant, you DO know the guy in the movie was Justin Timberlake?  Surely you knew that?!
Grant: Was he?  I didn't know that! 
Paula and I look at each other, roll our eyes and laugh
Grant: I thought he looked like........searches his memory for the name...... Will, he looked like Will.
Paula: Who the heck is Will?
Grant:  You know that guy, the one from the Vampire movies, you like him a lot.
Paula: Rob?
Grant: YES that's the one!
Gill and Paula: Huh?
Paula:  No Dad, Justin's a singer, he looks nothing like Rob
Grant: I know he's a singer, he sings that song with the ping-pong balls, the one that goes (Grant gives a surprisingly good imitation of a ping-pong ball)
Paula and I start laughing
Paula:  NO Dad, Enrique Iglesias sings the ping-pong song!
Grant: Is Justin Timberlake the same as Timbaland?
giggle, giggle
Paula: NO Dad, definitely not!
Grant:  Well I DO know who the girl who was his sister in the movie is, she's that Katherine Heigl chick who played Phoebe in Friends!
Paula and I start laughing... loudly!
Gill:  No Grant, Katherine Heigl was Izzy in Grey's!
Grant: Oh well, same thing.
Paula:  You're hopeless.
Grant:  Yes, but I DO know who Anne Hathaway is!
Gill: Indeed you do, but that's only because you have a crush on her!
Grant:  Yes, but I ALSO know Kate Witherspoon.
Paula and I start laughing... loudly!
Gill: Who on earth is Kate Witherspoon?
Grant:  You know!  The blonde one.
Gill: Reese Witherspoon? Kate Winslet?
Grant:  Yes, I know Kate Winslet... she was in Titanic.
Gill and Paula: Okay, we'll give you that one!

*By the way, I thought the movie was really nice but, be warned, you have to be open to a fair amount of gratuitous sex (I'm cool with that) and you have to be willing to ogle Justin Timberlakes deliciously naked torso and very naked rear end (I am sooooo cool with that)

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