Of Note — July 12
This week was a tough one, but it was also filled with quality time with friends and delicious food and long phone calls to catch up. I bought a mirror for my room that I’ve been wanting for a couple of years, and I’ve kept my apartment really clean which is just making me all kinds of happy. Overall we’re doing pretty well!
I finally finished Heir of Fire! It really picked up at the end, and I’m now completely invested in the friendship/obviously-soon-to-be-more between the main character, Celaena, and her teacher/nemesis/friend Rowan. I wasn’t really reading more into their relationship, and then my friend who recommended the books to me hinted at it. Then I dove back in the next day and it was all I could see. Can’t wait to get the next one from the library!
I watched The Last Czar on Netflix and it was…weird. And bad? But also I couldn’t stop watching it? I still don’t really know what to say about it. It’s basically like a fancy History Channel show about the Romanovs, with scripted scenes of actors portraying the last Russian royal family interspersed with historians providing commentary and a little bit of actual footage. I don’t know that I’d recommend it strongly, but if you’re bored and don’t have Anastasia on DVD like I do…I guess check it out.
I don’t really like to pick favorites (except for in movies, I’m The Sound of Music rider or die), but I’m very confident in saying that Craig Ferguson is one of my favorite, if not my #1 favorite, late night hosts. He hosted The Late Late Show from 2005 until 2014 and was just remarkable. Funny and irreverent and heartbreaking and heartwarming. Two of my favorite moments in late night history are the shows after his father (in 2006) and mother (in 2008) passed away. Instead of a traditional monologue, he eulogized his parents in a way that was inspiring. I watched them both this week (his dad’s is here and mom’s is here) and cried even a decade later. BUT I write all this to say — LISTEN TO HIS AUDIOBOOK! I got his first memoir, American on Purpose (released in 2009), from the library over the weekend, and it’s amazing. He reads it (hello Scottish accent 😍) and talks about growing up in Scotland, his family, his journey to music/acting/hosting, his struggle to overcome addiction, and his love for America. Just like he was on his show, he’s funny and irreverent and heartbreaking and heartwarming. I love him and miss him regularly being on my TV. Can’t recommend this audiobook to you enough.
Apparently I only cook things in ramekins now. That’s my new thing. This week I made s’mores rice krispie treats and buffalo chicken dip in a set of ramekins I have from Harris Teeter (picked up to accessorize my charcuterie boards last Thanksgiving). I made the rice krispies in a big pan for a visit to my friends’ lake house and used the leftover chocolate to make 4 smaller s’mores. Then later in the week I had leftover chicken and a spare cream cheese; I put that to work in the buffalo chicken dip. It was quick, it was easy, and best of all it was delicious.
Watermelon/mint/feta combo, phone calls with Pratt, phone calls with Jacquie, pandas, Scottish accents, flank steak, homemade peach ice cream, boat rides, summer rainstorms, reading in the rain, yoga videos, clean rooms, fresh flowers.