Monday, January 23, 2012

Film Night: The Clock

I finally got my hands on a copy of The Clock, a Judy Garland picture I've been dying to see for years this week thanks to Ye Olde Netflix.

Just as I had assumed and hoped it would be, it was full of naive and beautiful 1940's romance. A working girl and a soldier on leave share a few days in the hustle and bustle of New York City, forming a bond much stronger than either could have foreseen.

There was even a small, but fantastic bit by my favorite character actor Kennan Wynn as 'The Drunk'.

I have got to get my hand on a copy for keeps, cause I spent the entire time charmed and simply delighted.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Culture, sunshine & dead authors

Yesterday my dear friend Monica and I took advantage of the beautiful(and yes, maybe a little too warm) California day, and enjoyed a day at The J. Paul Getty museum here in Los Angeles.

We were both looking forward to seeing two of the current exhibits showing photo sets from Hollywood during the 50's through the mid 70's. They ended up being a bit disappointing, but we were glad to have seen them none the less.

After a few hours gawking at the beautiful art, and the great view of the city we ventured over to one of my favorite Hollywood eateries, Astro Burger. It is a great spot for vegeterians and vegans, however today I just settled for a small french fry.

After fulfilling ourselves both culturally and physically we were off to the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre to see my very favorite comedian, Mr. Paul F Tompkin's Dead Author show, which is all-together amazing. It was Monica's first time, and the whole show had us in complete stitches. We've already pledged to attend as many as we can fit into our schedules this year.

If you want to hear more about the Dead Authors Podcast, check it out HERE. I cannot say enough good things about it. Boy, oh boy!

It was such a great day spent in my old stomping grounds.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Adventures in Doughnut-Making

I always spend New Years at home. I don't know why but that's one day I've never enjoyed spending out and about or doing too much partying. I find it much more enjoyable to start out the new year sans hangover in my own home.

Anyway, I usually spend the evening watching the Twilight Zone marathon, however this year my dear friend Monica came over after work and we watched North and South, our absolute favorite! Than I was back to my Twilight Zone, and a few old big band records.

However, after a relaxing day at home watching movies yesterday, today I have been running around like mad taking the dogs for a walk, cleaning, getting ready for all the Christmas decoration take down and trying out my brand new donut maker.

It came with a little recipe booklet so I went with their Buttermilk spice donut(although I added a little icing of my own recipe, instead of their cinnamon sugar mixture) and for a first go I think I did A-OK.

I definitely ended up munching on a few too many today, they were just too good, and ended up with a bit of a sweet overdose. (Which if you must overdose, is always the best kind.)

I can't wait to try the chocolate donuts recipe soon!