Random List Week – Friday

A million years ago, when I was in college, I caught on to AFI’s 100 series.  They were turning 100, and they would run these specials in the summer.  100 greatest movies, 100 greatest movie songs, 100 greatest love stories (I’ll never let go).  Because I can’t see a list without wanting to cross things off it, I, of course, signed myself up to watch them all.  Then I dislocated my knee, and man, did I have some time on my hands to knock a bunch off the list.  But, as so often happens, the calendar slowly filled with other things like internships, and eventually, employment, and I don’t remember the last time I turned to this list as a way to pass a couple of hours.   Posting it here, dear readers, so you can see how much a film expert you are, and so I can maybe get some inspiration in case we get blasted with more snow and I have extra time on my hands.

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  1. Citizen Kane
  2. Casablanca
  3. The Godfather
  4. Gone with the Wind
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. The Graduate
  8. On the Waterfront
  9. Schindler’s List
  10. Singin’ in the Rain
  11. It’s a Wonderful Life
  12. Sunset Boulevard
  13. The Bridge on the River Kwai
  14. Some Like it Hot
  15. Star Wars
  16. All About Eve
  17. The African Queen
  18. Psycho
  19. Chinatown
  20. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  21. The Grapes of Wrath
  22. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  23. The Maltese Falcon
  24. Raging Bull
  25. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  26. Dr. Strangelove
  27. Bonnie & Clyde
  28. Apocalypse Now
  29. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  31. Annie Hall
  32. The Godfather, Part II
  33. High Noon
  34. To Kill A Mockingbird
  35. It Happened One Night
  36. Midnight Cowboy
  37. The Best Years of Our Lives
  38. Double Indemnity
  39. Doctor Zhivago
  40. North by Northwest
  41. West Side Story
  42. Rear Window
  43. King Kong
  44. Birth of a Nation
  45. A Streetcar Named Desire
  46. A Clockwork Orange
  47. Taxi Driver
  48. Jaws
  49. Snow White and Seven Dwarves
  50. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  51. The Philadelphia Story
  52. From Here to Eternity
  53. Amadeus
  54. All Quiet on the Western Front
  55. The Sound of Music
  56. M*A*S*H
  57. The Third Man
  58. Fantasia
  59. Rebel without a Cause
  60. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  61. Vertigo
  62. Tootsie
  63. Stagecoach
  64. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  65. The Silence of the Lambs
  66. Network
  67. The Manchurian Candidate
  68. An American in Paris
  69. Shane
  70. The French Connection
  71. Forrest Gump
  72. Ben-Hur
  73. Wuthering Heights
  74. The Gold Rush
  75. Dances with Wolves
  76. City Lights
  77. American Graffiti
  78. Rocky
  79. The Deer Hunter
  80. The Wild Bunch
  81. Modern Times
  82. Giant
  83. Platoon
  84. Fargo
  85. Duck Soup
  86. Mutiny on the Bounty
  87. Frankenstein
  88. Easy Rider
  89. Patton
  90. The Jazz Singer
  91. My Fair Lady
  92. A Place in the Sun
  93. The Apartment
  94. Goodfellas
  95. Pulp Fiction
  96. The Searchers
  97. Bringing up Baby
  98. Unforgiven
  99. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  100. Yankee Doodle Dandy

(They updated the list 10 years later, but this is the original I was working with at the time)

Random List Week – Wednesday

I loved sharing some of my recent pins with you all on Friday, so I’m back, this time with 4 recipes.  Usually when I post pins to the blog, I’m more likely to actually make them, so here’s hoping, dear readers.  (None of these are healthy in the slightest, but by now you all know what goes into a green smoothie.)

The Kitchn’s Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese (I’m intrigued)

chocolate peanut butter fudge pop tarts.

Half Baked Harvest’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop Tarts

Salted Caramel Apple Fritter Bread 01

Culinary Concoctions by Peabody’s Salted Caramel Apple Fritter Bread

croque monsieur crostini I howsweeteats.com

How Sweet Eats’ Croque Monsiuer Crostini

 

 

Random List Week – Tuesday

I go through reading phases, where I’m super into chick lit, YA, or non-fiction.  But the one genre I can’t go too long without reading is memoir.  There’s something about getting a glimpse into someone else’s story that captivates me.  I just downloaded The Other Wes Moore, about two kids, both named Wes Moore, born just a few blocks away from each other in Baltimore, whose lives ended up taking dramatically different paths. I think it’s going to be fascinating.

Today’s random list includes some of my favorite memoirs, in no particular order.

Relish, by Lucy Knisley (source)

Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

Delancey, by Molly Wizenberg

Brain on Fire, by Susannah Cahalan

Yes Please, by Amy Poehler

I’ll Drink to That, by Betty Halbreich

Popular, by Maya van Wagenen

The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe

The Sweet Life in Paris, by David Lebovitz

My Life in France, by Julia Child (host to one of my all-time favorite lines:  Zut!  We had muffed it!)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver

I’m a Stranger Here Myself, by Bill Bryson

 

 

Random List Week – Monday

The best thing about having your own blog (which is not sponsored by fancy companies, or paid for by ad networks) is that you get to do what YOU want with it.  And I told you the other day, what I want is not to tell you so much about what we’re eating (which is largely because you’ve seen it here in the past6.5 years.  6.5 years!).  And what I do want is to make random lists for you, because I sat around during a lot of snowy weather, and gathered a lot of information that I’d like to compartmentalize for you.  So welcome to Monday of Random List Week, dear readers.  You’re in for a treat, obviously.

We’re starting with a bang.  I don’t know if you know this, dear readers.  I am a huge musical theater nerd.  Like, the nerdiest.

It all started when my family saw Damn Yankees when I was about 8.  I was hooked, and fell instantly in love with Broadway.  My city-dwelling aunt was kind and generous enough to fuel my love by taking me to a couple of shows each year, and as I got old enough to take the train on my own, I’ve found other ways to get to Broadway as well (looking at you, Queen Cupcake).  Favorite moments include seeing Bernadette Peters in Annie Get Your Gun, bawling my eyes out next to an Irish lady during the final scene of Once, watching Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes actually love each other during Promises, Promises, running up on stage with Jessie, the woman sitting in front of me, to sing at the end of Hair, and almost peeing my pants from laughing so hard during Avenue Q.  (Seriously, if you’re not easily offended, this is the show for you.  Skip Book of Mormon, and go straight to this one.)

On one of my snow day mornings last week, I spent way too much time watching YouTube videos of some of my favorite Broadway performances.  Have you seen any, dear readers?

This is Andrew Rannells, who I swear, Wooden Nickels thinks she discovered when he was in Jersey Boys (are you looking up your photo together, so you can remind us that you’re best friends, WN?).  He is obviously immensely talented, but this performance is like nothing I’ve ever seen.  It’s on another level.  And there’s a moment in the song, right around the 2 minute mark, where he knows it, too.

The most recent show I’ve seen is Beautiful, which is about the life of Carole King, and I just can’t even.  I love pretty much everything she’s ever sung, and this one is just a feel good show.  Jessie Mueller originated  If you’ve seen shows over school winter/spring break times then you know the cast comes out after the final curtain to raise money for Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS.  Only at this particular performance, Carole herself came on stage and surprised the cast.  When she and Jessie hug, I sob.  And when she asks Jessie to sing with her, I melt into a puddle of Broadway-loving emotion and can’t handle life for at least the next ten minutes.

I mean, while we’re crying, we might as well get it all out of our systems, no?*  Here’s the thing with Wicked.  I don’t love it.  I don’t even really like it.  Eek.  I’m sorry.  Maybe it’s that The Wizard of Oz is pretty much my favorite movie, and maybe it’s that I couldn’t get through the book, or maybe I’m just odd, but I don’t like it.  And I really don’t like this song.  But I will not deny that Kristin and Idina can belt it like no other.  What I love about this (is not the quality, because it’s clearly someone’s illegal recording from up in the balcony) is that while K&I were rumored to have a bit of a rivalry thing going on during their tenure at the show, it’s clear there’s some love and respect on this, Kristin’s last show.  I cry when they do, because I cry at everything.

For the love of what’s good, we need some relief.  So.  The Circle of Life, from The Lion King, being sung on the subway.  Much like Cameron, from Modern Family, my life goal is to be somewhere a flash mob magically appears.  While not technically a flash mob, this is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT!  First of all, this Rafiki girl can sing like it’s no one’s business.  And second of all, those passengers should have known they were in for something amazing.  I have been on the New York Subway a zillion times and the crowd, on the whole, is never, ever that attractive.  My fave in this one are the little girls who sit on the side of the car.

This song.  Forever and always.  I love that it’s different enough from the movie version, but still has that crazy, intensely emotional, while still completely simple and beautiful feel, you know?

*ps, one time, I drafted a blog post in which I listed out a bunch of YouTube videos that make me cry uncontrollably.  And then I realized I am crazy, and no one else needs to know about my neuroses.

 

The Evolution of Pinterest

Much like it always does, social media is evolving, and my Pinterest feed doesn’t have the same look and feel that it used to.  I’m not sure how to weed through all the boards I follow to get it back to its old self, so instead, I put some of my more recent pins together right here.  They have a spring-y vibe to me.  Here’s hoping this snow keeps melting and we get there sooner, rather than later.  Cheers, dear readers.

dreamy.:

watermelon, coconut water, and lime.:

pink lady cupcakes.:

painted.:

built-ins.  (back office wall?):

old dressers.:

no churn mascarpone soft serve.:

yeah it is.:

makers gonna make.:

(1//2//3//4//5//6//7//8//9//10)

January Reads

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I fell off the reading bandwagon in the fall, dear readers, but with a 2016 resolution to read every day, and a GORGEOUS engineer print of Elise’s goal tracker, I am back in the game.  Here’s what January held…

Just Read

The Gift of Failure, by Jessica Lahey, because a couple of parents I hold in high esteem recommended it.  I have been talking about it with anyone who will stand still.  I did find that when Lahey is writing about kids who are ages her kids have actually been (it seems like her older child is in middle school) that I liked those chapters better.  Her chapters about older kids seemed like laundry lists of things she decided would be good to do, but were less road tested.  But the bottom line of the book is that kids need to “fail” and that doesn’t actually mean catastrophe, and in fact it means learning, and again, I tell you, there is a nugget of wisdom in this book for anyone with any kind of child.

After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, because I liked what I started in Maybe in Another Life, and this one has a very Miranda and Steve in the Sex and the City Movie premise, and it was available to download right away through my library.  I read it in a day over my winter break.

Reading:

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalinithi, which I bought, which I never do, because I didn’t want to wait for it to come in at the library.  Because everyone is talking about it, and because I loved Being Mortal, in the way it made me think about things people don’t often enjoy thinking about in an un-unenjoyable way.  It’s more about his being a neurosurgeon than I realized, and there are some parts I’m having to skim through (one part in particular about a pulsing brain that I wasn’t ready for), but as it nears the end, it’s breath-taking, dear readers.

Want to Read

I Was Told There’d Be Cake, by Sloane Crosley, because The Skimm told me to read The Clasp, which is also on my list, but that led me to this one, which seems truly up my alley.  If for no other reason than the title alone.

My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout, because Cup of Jo is reading it.  I never read Olive Kitteridge, despite having checked it out from my local and beach libraries, probably multiple times.  This makes 0 sense, but there you have it.  Anyway, this one looks intense, and yet still like a quick read.  It’s on hold.

Spark Joy, by Marie Kondo, because LOL.  Because I persist in my on-going quest to be the kind of person who is a minimalist even though I will never be a minimalist?  Sure.  That’s why.

On Rhythms

What I didn’t anticipate at all about moving to a new house was that with the move would come all these new rhythms in our new house.

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In my post on habits, I talked a little bit about how I’m still not in a laundry groove here.  I realized that’s because in Casa Glass of Milk, the laundry process all happened on one floor.  I could do it, switch it to the dryer, fold it, and put it away all on the same level of our house.  Talk about a dream situation.  Now that we’re settled at La Moneda, I need to streamline things, because doing the laundry in the basement (plus constantly adding time to our dying dryer), folding it on the first floor, and putting it away on the second is just too choppy a process.  I get interrupted at random times, and pulled in other directions more easily, thus I find myself needing a boost to keep it all moving forward.

Isn’t it fascinating to talk about my household chores?

Apologies if you have never cared about the ways in which I do my laundry.  I doubt I care too much about how you do yours, but it surprised me that the difference between doing my laundry all on one floor, and doing it spread across is three floors has made a chore I have never minded seem, at times, insurmountable.  Makes me think what other processes in my life could use streamlining.

Another big change has been in my meal prep.  I’ve been planning meals out in the same ways as always, but something is different.  I can’t put my finger on what it is.  It might have to do with my increasing desire to just get something in the oven, and not have to deal with it again until it’s ready to eat.  Those meals are (eek, I’m sorry) maybe more boring than other, more labor-intensive things I’ve cooked, and so this blog also finds itself in a funk.  There’s not much to report when dinner is chicken thighs topped with a jar of sauce from Williams Sonoma, dumped in the slow cooker for four hours.

Bear with me, dear readers.  I still love coming to chat here, and showing you glimpses of life, it just might not always be about food right now.  What do YOU want to see?

The Story Behind the Menu – Brunch with Friends

You may remember that last year, my college friends got together for a Favorite Things party, in which we, well, bought our favorite things for each other.

This year, I got to play hostess!

Who: 6 friends; 5 sorority sisters, and 1 friend we adopted into our clan 10 years ago when we met her at a work orientation

What: Our 2nd Annual Favorite Things Brunch

When: One oddly warm January morning

Why: Because it’s becoming a tradition.

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We couldn’t find a pre-Christmas date that worked for the whole gang, so we celebrated right after New Years.

Between the 6 of us, there are 4 little boys and a tutu-clad little girl.  And let me tell you, though I have contributed none of those kids, these girls are my #momgoals.  Despite having little ankle-biters running around at home, and working regular jobs, and I don’t know what other things moms do, they found the time to wrap their gifts beautifully, and bring MORE than just favorite things.  I saw gifts being exchanged for the little ones, and I even got a housewarming gift out of the deal, too.

(It’s a return address stamp, and I have written over 50 thank you notes in the past two months, so let me tell you, dear readers, this gift is perfection.)

Of course, with 5 little people running all over the place, I barely had time to stop and snap pictures, but what can you do?  Here’s how the morning went:

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The thought process:  For brunch, I like to make sure there’s an egg-y dish, a fruit of some sort, and I’d say I like to make sure I have carbs, but it’s brunch; it’s the carb-heaviest meal I can think of.  I was trying to think about this crew, and whether anyone has dietary restrictions, and no one does.  Clearly my most low-maintenance group of friends.  I did want to make sure there was at least one healthier choice, because though none of us have trouble indulging in something sweet now and then, I didn’t know how these ladies preferred to feed their children.

The menu:

  • Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal from Heidi (holy goodness, this is a great breakfast food, especially if drizzled with extra maple syrup)
  • Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole (inspired by AGOMYR, who made it for a staff breakfast one morning…followed the recipe except I used coconut milk because yum)
  • Hashbrown Sausage and Cheese Casserole (which is not that different from this, except it is different in an important way and that is that it is also amazing, and worth making on separate occasions)
  • fruit salad
  • mimosas

What worked:  The menu!  All the kids had something to eat, which had been one of my main concerns. And I was happy with all three dishes I made, and that rarely happens.  Loved having the leftovers as a way more fun alternative to cereal and smoothies for weekday breakfasts.

What didn’t:  Um, nothing?  It was a truly great morning.  I felt a little out of place hosting littles of so many ages.  We don’t have toys to play with, but moms know when a hostess will be grossly under-prepared to deal with their ilk, and come armed.  When my friend Ashley’s daughter wasn’t sure about our house at first, Ashley assured me that all it would take was some Taylor Swift, so she plunked on the floor and we shook it off.

Oh, and the favorite things?

  • LUSH cosmetics
  • hand sanitzer on one of those loop-y things that you can carry everywhere
  • dry shampoo (which I’ve been dying to try, so here’s my risk free investment)
  • a koozie (you can never have too many)
  • this orange-y flavored gum
  • bobby pins
  • local Michigan chocolate and caramels
  • a cookie scoop (gee, wonder who picked that?)
  • Am I forgetting something?

Snow Day Internet!

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Still snowed in, dear readers?  We’ve got 30 inches of completely untouched snow sitting out, well, everywhere, and I’m nothing if not good for finding some internet for us to enjoy while we wait to be plowed.*

First of all, you have to have seen this already, but just in case.  Love that James Corden just went for it and harmonized with Adele in the car.  If I were anywhere within ten yards of Beyonce, I have a feeling I’d suddenly be rendered mute.

There are champagne gummi bears in the world.  Sugarfina just opened a store nearby and I can’t wait to get out and see if these can exist in my daily life.

How to hygge.  Oh, you don’t know about hygge-ing?  Hygge is a Danish word that translates to cozy, but in context, it’s more about “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people” (I didn’t make that up).  If you want to use it in a sentence, say, “hoog-a” to make sure you pull off the properly accented pronunciation.  When it comes to #14, embrace that there is no bad weather, only bad clothes, may I gently point you in this direction.  The red ones are on sale and that never happens, and that’s the only color I don’t have, so, um, I just bought them.

And because I sometimes confuse the Danes and the Dutch, that brings us to Flow, a Dutch magazine AGOMYR tipped me off to recently.  My favorite column is “Decluttering with Astrid.”  Because my goal is always to be better at it, even though I’m awful at it.

Bestie Row!  I own way (way, way) too much crap to ever live in a tiny house, but I do love the idea of living in a row with all your besties.  Are you reading this group text?  Could we ever agree on where we’d live?  (Dear SCL and Queen Cupcake, you’ll note I can’t even type that sentence as it pertains to us. Unless, we go back to the Bahamas?)

Joy the Baker posted this article about the intersection of cupcakes and Sex and the City.  You can keep Friends and Dawson’s Creek, oh devoted followers of the best television programming in the late 90s and 2000s.  I will forever hold Sex and the City close to my heart.  (They also mention Sugar Sweet Sunshine, which remains an all time fave.)

Also through Joy, I found this update on YHL.  Love John and Sherry, always and forever.  But here’s the thing.  I don’t miss seeing updates about their house.  I mean, I’d love to see the “finished” product, but I don’t wake up and wonder if they’re DIY-ing anything today.  But what I miss are the little photos of Clara and Teddy, and updates about their family antics.  What is the world coming to that I felt like I, “simultaneously knew everything about them and didn’t really know them at all”?  (And love that we can’t make it through any article on the state of blogging without talking to Grace Bonney.)

Does your Instagram suggest you like photos from Black Tap?  Because mine always does, and I’m dying.

A coworker posted a funfetti skillet cake she made in anticipation of the storm this weekend.  I assume it’s this one, and have since clicked on about a million links on Sally’s blog.  Always love a new to me site.

After pinning their boozy coconut hot chocolate, I’ve also been clicking around on Cake n Knife.

We ran out of eggs after I brought brownies to the neighbors’ last night.  But this doesn’t need eggs, and the longer we’re snowed in, the more I’m going to need it.

Binge watching:

The Office – AGOMYR and I have been rewatching
The Affair – I figured now was as good a time as any to do my 7 day free trial of Showtime.  Hello, season 2.
Mozart in the Jungle – I haven’t sat down with the second season yet.
Pride and Prejudice – The Kiera Knightly version showed up in my Netflix feed last night.
On my radar:  Breathless on Amazon Prime, Chelesa Does on Netlfix, Suits on Amazon Prime (and we all know I’ll really just rewatch the first season of Gossip Girl for the 80th time)

Dear readers, have you seen any of those yet?  Any recommendations?  (And no, I will not watch Making of Murderer on Netflix.  I like sleeping too much.)

Binge listening:

Awesome Etiquette – The podcast from the Emily Post Institute
Life Lately – Clara Artschwager’s new podcast
What Should I Read Next – Anne Bogel’s new podcast (you might know her as Modern Mrs. Darcy)

Book Report coming Thursday, but you can always follow @aglassofmilkreads in the meantime.

*I’m actually looking for that perfect amount of plowed that lets me make a Starbucks run, but doesn’t allow me to be back at my place of employment.  Am I reaching for the stars here?