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24 March 2008 @ 09:06 am
the weekend  
Saturday, I went to see Married Life, mainly just to see a film where Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson get to act center stage. It was an interesting enough story about a man considering killing his wife so that she won't be sad when he leaves her for another woman. It did fine when it was functioning as dark comedy, but when it got into more thriller-ish territory, the plot got a bit too neatly arranged for my tastes.

Then K. and I watched The Man Who Fell to Earth again, which will get its own post later.

On sunday, we blissfully had no family obligations, but did join some friends for a lovely Easter potluck. I cooked my signature Thanksgiving stuffing to go with their rotisserie chicken. One of the highlights was watching this bizarre Japanese game show called Unbeatable Banzuke where people have to maneuver through insanely devious obstacle courses on vehicles like unicycles and pogo sticks. We might have to get cable just so I can watch that again.

I also tried making cupcakes again. This time the cakes (basic yellow cake from scratch) were fine, but the icing was bothersome and insisted on remaining in a liquid state, so I wasn't able to bring them to dinner. Fortunately, after a few hours of refrigeration, it solidified considerably. It was a chocolate buttercream recipe that was way too complicated for my level of interest. I should have just mixed butter, sugar, and melted chocolate together, but instead I was struggling to make simple syrups and cooking bowls of egg in pans of water and all sorts of nonsense. Still, no complaints from my co-workers who are delighted to eat my failures.

Listening to: Luna - "Tiger Lily"
traballenguastraballenguas on March 24th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. Cupcakes!

We have been eating like kings and queens and princesses here all weekend (today is a holiday here).

And speaking of eating, the woman in that photo looks like she needs an emergency intervention.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on March 24th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
Agreed, but at least her ribs aren't poking out from the back.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 24th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
True. Some people are just ectomorphs. Something about that photo looks wrong to me, though.
captian_whamo on March 24th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
butter gooooooo...
Personally, I hate buttercream. But i'm a picky baker. 9 times out of 10 I prefer to make some sort of ganache. you can make it by melting butter into chocolate over a double boiler, or milk, or my favorite, smashed raspberries. a nice alternative to frosting, waaaaay tastier, and really easy. and theirs always royal icing (eggwhites and powdered sugar, maybe a little cinnamon extract) but thats mostly for cookies.

I just started working as a baker/counter/barista. I've been having so much fun with it its silly. Its good to be an artist, I'm not obligated to ever have a "real" job, i just get to be broke and have fun!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue statueassmonkeydiary on March 24th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: butter gooooooo...
It's been interesting for me to experiment. I'm learning a lot more about what I like and don't like by baking things myself.
captian_whamo on March 24th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: butter gooooooo...
Yeah, Its a lot like a science experiment. And its easier than most people think. and you get to make giant messes, give yourself an excuse to buy exciting wisks, and eat the results! I'm a fan.
that and cupcakes are sort of just wonderful...
Pallaspallasathene8 on March 24th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
She looks like Angelina Jolie. But with a smaller nose. And smaller boobs. And a smaller ass.