Consumables and other stuff

Pretty much every weekend, I have some sort of jaunt. A dinner with a friend, a show, a movie, a hike, something. This weekend, I did nothing. Just, nothing. I had the day off on Friday so I walked over to The Soggy Librarian‘s house where we sat on her couch and played with the uber-adorable Soren for an hour or so. Then, we decided to go for a walk, so we walked…5 blocks back to my house, where we sat on MY couch and played with the uber-adorable Soren. Then Biogirl and I went out for an early bird burrito and were home by 7:30. Aaaand…that was Friday.

I worked on Saturday, and it was a superbusy day. I got home and collapsed on the couch (it’s always a sign of over-tiredness when I bust out the TV tray for dinner) and watched old Harry Potter movies with Biogirl and Nordic Boy. Nordic Boy had been working on house projects all day that day and he fell into a dead sleep by 9:30. I made it to midnight, but was so sleepy by that time that I sort of felt barfy. Saturday night at our house- woooooo!

It was a fricking ridiculous downpour all weekend- big, fat raindrops everywhere. We dragged ourselves out of the house on Sunday afternoon to get take out and the 10 yard walk to the car had us looking like drenched cats.

Sometimes my life is so glamorous that I just feel braggy, but don’t hate me because I am fabulous, people.

Forgot to do Consumables last week, so here’s the deal lately:

Harry Potter movies:
I had a friend, Hang, whose first language is not English. She only learned it as an adult, when she moved to this country. Sometimes she would make some gaffes (did I just say “gaffes”? I thought that we could only use that word when talking about Joe Biden), and she always had such a good sense of humor about it when she realized what she had actually said as opposed to what she wanted to say. For instance, one time she wanted to say “I broke into a sweat!” but instead she said “I broke into a sweater!” I think my all-time favorite quote from Hang was when the first Harry Potter movie came out, she was so excited that she messed up the name of it. “Oh my god! I am so excited to see Harry Potter and the Social Security Stone!”

As we watched the Social Security Stone and its sequels this time, I somehow decided to call out when certain characters looked like other famous people. So like when Argus Filch came on, I would yell out “IT’S WILLIE NELSON!” or when Moaning Myrtle would come on, I would say “IT’S TINA FEY!” I should make this into some sort of drinking game or something, but I am not that clever.

One Day, by David Nicholls
A sort of When Harry Met Sally novel about two friends who meet in college and how their relationship grows and changes over the years. The book is structured where each chapter is about the same day, July 15, of each successive year. At first I thought that the book would be a sort of British will-they-won’t-they get together sort of thing, and it is, but it turns out to be more that that too. The male character, Dex, starts out a bit dickish, and unpredictably sort of stays dickish throughout the book, which hardly ever happens. You’re supposed to learn to love the dickish man, aren’t you, and see that he really isn’t so bad underneath it all. That’s the archetype: from Dr. House to Brian Kinney to Lou Grant to every recent Jack Nicholson movie, that’s what we are trained to expect. So in a weird way, I was happy that it was not written that way. Stay a dick! It seems more realistic! That’s what I say.

Dancing With the Stars
I have never been able to get into this show, but this year I am giving it a try. Here’s the thing. I appreciate the construct whereby people who are clearly not trained dancers try to learn and you see them do things that surprise you. I embrace that. The thing I can’t embrace is the dances where they don’t actually dance at all, and they just mug for the cameras. Which usually happens in Week One and Two, and it makes me want to gouge out my own eyes so I quit watching. This year, The Hoff was the one that almost made me turn it off. I know- it seems unlike me to dislike cheese of that caliber, but when it comes to dance I can be sort of a snoot, I can admit that. That sort of thing just disrespects dance. (Oh shut up, me). But I persevered, and am still with it. The second thing is that contest shows? TOO MUCH FILLER. That’s why I can’t watch American Idol. They can shave that thing down to a 15 minute show, and yet it’s like 2 hours every week. Can’t deal with that. So for DWTS, I tivo it and then rely heavily on my fast forward button. I watch the rehearsal process and the dancing, and maybe some judging. I am spending 15 minutes on that show every week, tops.

Wallandar, starring Kenneth Branagh
They have been showing these on PBS lately, and I find them soothing, in that cerebral PBS way.

Have a good Monday, everyone!


  1. I watched XX/XY this weekend (Netflix, yay!) because: Mark Ruffalo. He also stays a clueless dick pretty much throughout the movie. Hey, he kinda did in The Kids Are Alright, too.Movies That Stay With A Dick – you watch, it'll be a new Netflix genre.

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