ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
Monday morning means Emerald City, which is Oz for grownups. It's based on not just the first book, but subsequent books, and I'm less familiar with those. I think there's some new stuff thrown in, and certainly I can think of at least one character where they've amalgamated two and I'm pretty certain they were separate in the book. But it's gripping, I'm loving it.
Content note: there's a trans* kid who gets forced off his meds. It's so emotionally hard, and that's the point, to show how he really needs that help.

I'm reading Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire, which is the latest InCryptid and told from Antimony's perspective. Lots of roller derby and lots of fun. Also Taking the Village Online which if you like academic parenting books, you might be interested in, but otherwise, maybe not? IDK.

Playing: Colin just got the Ghostbusters boardgame so we haven't played that yet but it's our next plan. I haven't been playing so many games recently though.

Also, yesterday I made blackbean enchiladas which made Colin happy, and Jack cooked for me so that made me happy. A nice salsa though, finely chopped onion, tomatoes, mixed salad leaves, lime juice and a lot of pepper. And lime and black pepper soured cream, I normally just offer plain soured cream or yoghurt, but that was a good plan. Also in recent menu, mixed nuts fried with rice wine and rice vinegar, they were really good.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Alexis Bledel again)
Into the Woods. It's a Sondheim musical base on interwoven fairy tales. It's about the meaning of family and how wishes work, and if you like either fairy tales or musicals, it's probably worth a go and if not, probably not.

RWBY. Recommened by a couple of people, and it's lovely. Largely female cast of well rounded characters, battling monsters (and trying to work out which of the people are monsters and which of the monsters just need to be left alone). It's beautiful, although in places it looks more like a video game than a tv show. Very violent in a cartoony way.

Emerald City. This is on actual TV (5star) once a week, so I'm on the second episode right now. It's a retelling of the Wizard of Oz for adults, and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's quite big in scope, and feels like there's a lot of world and characterisation still to find, and i'm really enjoying their Dorothy and West in particular.
ETA: trans* character outed at end of second episode. I'm hoping he's treated well, and a quick Google brings up conservatives complaining about the show being too respectful so I'm not totally baseless in that hope, but reserving judgment.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Cleopatra's Needle)
I don't watch a lot of TV, but when I do, I recommend it to you lot!

I've enjoyed The Fabric of Britain, a series of documentaries about, well, British art history. The knitting one has disappeared from iplayer, but the wallpaper one (focussing on Georgian/regency papers, which I watched when it first came out but not recently) and the embroidery one (focussing on late mediaeval period and religious wearable art, I'm hlafway through) both children and I have found fascinating.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sheen)
Yesterday, I made dinner from CCCP Cook Book, a present from [livejournal.com profile] fivemack. It's a delightful book, as full of anecdotes as recipes, and I'm enjoying it immensely, but this is the first time I cooked from it.

I made cheburek (with quorn instead of lamb) and vinegret (which according to the book, is in Russia a name used for chopped game and boiled vegetables with a vinegary dressing). The book is very Russian - witness the Good Reads reviews which tend to say 'hmm, the author didn't leave Moscow much' - but from my pov that's OK. It's like the criticism of the Gok Wan book that 'it's too Hong Kong'. I'm not looking to recreate my childhood, I'm looking to expand my horizons.

Anyway, that was all very nice, and then I made sweet syrniks for pudding, which are a kind of pancake made mostly of quark, and therefore a perfectly plausible breakfast idea, I probably will make again.

One day I'll make the cake calling for 14 eggs, which looks fun.

During this, I watched Goya Exposed with Jake Chapman. I love the Chapman brothers. Their art makes me stop and think, while also retaining a sense of inevitability, explaining the world a little bit more: or as Jake put it in this show, extorting as much meaning as possible. Jake's language is so precise, his explanations as concise when speaking as in his art.

I've been enjoying watching more iPlayer stuff, on a laptop or my phone, and thinking of expanding my TV horizons. Mostly, I'm watching Firefly on DVD when I get time to watch by myself, and enjoying it a lot more second time round. This all came up when a stranger made a recommendation based on my email address: Snow Leopard: Beyong the Myth and Andreas and I cuddled up and watched it together, and lo, it was greatly pleasing. Then I got interested in what else was available, and we watched Darcey's ballet heroes, leaving A much inspired by the works of the Royal Ballet's resident choreographer, Wayne McGregor, in particular.

I think TV while I cook if I'm cooking alone, or grabbing some TV time when the children are half busy but might want to joing me, is a good idea and I should do more of it.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Gilmore Girls)
The Gilmore Girls is a comedy/drama show set in an implausibly idyllic small town in Connecticut. It follows the adventure of young single mother Lorelai and her teenage daughter, Rory.

It's a bit like a sitcom, in that there's clearly a situation and it's quite funny, but it's more dramatic than that.

Situation is that society girl, Lorelai, gets pregnant with her first boyfriend just before her debutante ball, then she leaves her overbearing parents and goes to work in an inn in a local small town. When we meet them, Lorelai has risen to manager of the inn, and she has just agreed a deal with her parents whereby they pay for Rory to go to private school, and L&R in return will visit once a week. Rory doesn't immediately fit in well at the new school, and misses her old school and old friends. They spend a lot of time at the inn, where Lorelai's best friend Sookie also works, and at the local coffee bar, with a good friendship between the owner and the Gilmores growing right from the start.


It first grabbed my attention because they talk very fast about books and TV and coffee and things I care about - in fact, almost any of the main characters are people I can imagine being friends with. There's a lot of coffee and a lot of pizza and generally good things. Look out for the relationship between the vicar and the rabbi, in particular.

It focusses greatly on the relationships between characters - they did a lot of long single take scenes, framed entirely around a single conversation. A lot of the walk and talk like in the West Wing, too. It's all about the dialogue, and I really like that.

It was cancelled in season 7, leaving a lot of empty ends. Over the course of those years, Rory had grown from 16 year old into a proper grown up with an exciting job, and Lorelai had had a lot of exciting love life stuff going on. Basically, everyone had had personal developments. But there were a lot of very loose ends, and there is now planned a four episode reprise. It's not clear exactly who'll be returning though - in particular, Melissa McCarthy who played Lorelai's best friend, is really busy and hasn't been confirmed.

Hurray!

Nov. 13th, 2011 04:40 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Muffin)
We got to the stage of watching West Wing with Benedict that we're on the episode where Ainsley Hayes appears. I like her :) (and this episode)
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Button Moon)
Judith and I just watched >Roary the Racing Car, (featuring the great Stirling Moss). It had been recommended to me by a friend with a son the same age as Judith.

Judith isn't much interested in television... she'll watch racing or Top Gear, or cookery programmes, (especially Hairy Bikers) for a few minutes, but that's about it. Of children's TV, she is only really interested in Fireman Sam and WotWots, both of which she'll watch for about 5 mintues. Roary the Racing Car? She loved it! We watched two episodes for a total of half an hour, and then she said 'again, again'! (Even if I'd had more, I would ration them more carefully than that, and in future we'll only watch one at a time.) I think that qualifies as a success, and I would higly recommend it.

Heroes

Apr. 25th, 2007 11:07 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sheen)
We watched Heroes. I figured everyone else was, maybe I should try it, and it was on anyway.

That was exciting, I should do it again. And it has Milo Ventimiglia from the Gilmore Girls.

Um, yes. I came in half way through a plot arc, andf it still managed to grab my attention. That's good.

Now I'm going to sleep.

(And I still haven't seen anything past series 5 of the Gilmore Girls. Bah.)

Dr Who

Apr. 2nd, 2007 12:15 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Freema Agyeman)
We just watched the Christmas episode and yesterday's beginning of season.

The latter was great - I can totally see why they brought Freema Agyeman back. The former had five good minutes, but they were all toghter right near the end (oh, except for about 10 seconds when Mickey#2 decided to not be Mickey after all). And Catherine Tate was good, it wasn't her fault.

But if I had to choose, that would be the way I'd put it.

Also, the West Wing is really exciting atm (middle of season 6).

p.s. I'm not giving anything away if I say that the character of Martha Jones is straight up and down no frills Londoner. Note to wikipedia: 'Londoner' is not an ethnic minority in London. Basically, this companion has the same ethnicity as the last one, so she's certainly not the 'first ethnic minority companion'. Skin colour is different to ethnicity. HTH, HAND

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