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30 March 2009 @ 12:57 pm
What A Weekend!  
First, take a gander at the beautiful new Supernatural Slash Banner scarlett_o made for my fic page. Isn't it gorgeous?

Second, we now own a silver 2007 Prius! Not cheap, but cheaper than new, and we plan to drive it into the ground as we do all our cars. It was hard saying goodbye to the '92 Honda Accord (so many memories), but with 204,000 miles on it and the suspension starting to need repair, it was time to bite the bullet. And I'm so glad that's over!

I spent most of Saturday cleaning up the old car (lots of scrubbing), and then we went to dinner at a friend's house. Funny, when she said she was having falafel for dinner, I didn't think she meant that was all she was having for dinner. There were chips and dip beforehand (I tried not to go nuts on those), but dinner really was just the falafel and some similarly-prepared lamb/rice thing which I mostly ate instead. I've never liked falafel, and nothing's changed there. Actually, I dislike Mediterranean food overall. I love gyros and souvlaki and pita bread, and I like feta cheese and tomatoes, but I hate hummous (too garlicky), cucumbers, rice, parsely, kalmati olives, and olive oil in quantity. Unfortunately, this cuisine is very popular among modern Jewish families, for obvious reasons, so when we visit with friends from the kids' old daycare this kind of food turns up a lot. :0

We watched He's Just Not That Into You on Friday, because everything else was either a horror flick, Julia Roberts, or something we'd already seen. The movie was worse than I'd anticipated-- hardly any likeable characters, and nearly all of them were idiots. Yay.

Saturday night's DVD was Rachel Getting Married, and it featured great work by Anne Hathaway in an unwatchable context. By that, I don't mean just the uncomfortable family scenes or the obnoxious way that Hathaway's reformed drug addict character insisted that absolutely everything (even her sister's wedding) be about her. No, it was the insufferable multi-cultural influx of mediocre events, people and traditions that drove us nuts, and how long those moments went on. There were SO many scenes with music and people dancing that really did nothing for the story, and we wound up fast-forwarding through big chunks of them. The movie could really have used a firm hand with the editing. :0

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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on March 30th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
About the only food i can cook is stuff from the Med. And indian food.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 31st, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Indian food FTW!

Why not try Italian, or stir-frying things? Yum.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: *facepalm*astrothsknot on March 31st, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
When did Italy move from the Med? It's that continental drift again.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 31st, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... over here in the States, we generally don't consider Italian food to be "Mediterranean" cuisine. It's got its own distinctive style, and is its own cuisine.

"Mediterranean" to us is Greek and Turkish food.

I like the new tagline for your username, BTW. :D

Princess Robot Bubblegum!: hot chicks eatastrothsknot on March 31st, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Dammit, now I'm hungry!
I spend way too much time in weird websites...

I can see how once Italian culture was cut off from its source it would develop its own uniqueness, but here it's really part of a massive tradition of trade, invasion and settlement that goes back thousands of years. The climate is the same, so much the same food is going to grow in any given area, which grows in the same way and so there's only so much you can do with it, never mind that there's trade links with the Arabs, Chinese and Indians coming through the Silk and Spice Routes. Like any place around a sea, ideas quickly spread around the whole area. To me, a pita bread and a ciabatta look exactly the same. So's a roti.

Paella and risotto, both seafood and rice based dishes. In Europe, all roads lead to Rome. Fucking GPS.

(Did you see in the news that guy who ended up balancing on a cliff because of his GPS?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 1st, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Dammit, now I'm hungry!
I guess you probably see the similarities more than we do. Around here, you go out for Italian food and you likely won't be getting the Greek staples.

For us, the Greek food is the gyro, souvlaki, dolmas, tomatoes/cucumbers/feta/vinegar salad, tabouleh (hate it), hummous, pita bread, and falafel.

The Italian tends to be pasta (yay!), sometimes the risotto (nasty), that evil corn-meal polenta thing, only occasionally the ciabata, and meats with various sauces (I avoid that part of the cuisine).

So they're really distinctly different. You might find some sub-parts that have crossover, but the whole "feel" to each cuisine is non-overlapping.

I'd go to an Italian restaurant, but I avoid the Greek/Turkish ones. ;)
Destinadestina on March 30th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yay for new used cars! I am a fan of the expense they save, for sure.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on March 31st, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Me too-- I love the worry-free situation of the ultra-new (which we cannot afford right now), but I hate the evil car-buying process and how after all is said and done (at least with Toyota) I never have the color I want and sometimes not the options I want either.

Buy used means that I've already lowered my expectations, which is a huge help. :D
scarlett_oscarlett_o on March 30th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you like the banner. *g* You picked the text placement I was most partial to.

And as far as He's Just Not That Into You goes, at least Justin Long was hot. That's what got me through. *g*

Edited at 2009-03-30 10:05 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 31st, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I liked all 3 versions, but that was the one that seemed the easiest to read (and somehow the flashiest). :D

I love Justin Long, though I spent much of the movie wishing he had the long hair he sported in all those PC/Mac commercials and in Die Hard 4. He's so much cuter with the longer hair! Still incredibly charming, regardless. :D