Sunday, July 19, 2009

Summering it up

What I've been up to: working and summering it up (which I define as doing nothing but enjoying the sunshine and drinking the occasional beer).

As such, my brain is on a bit of a sabbatical, but here are a few things I've been excited about lately.

(500) Days of Summer
. Loved it. Adorable. Delightful. 9/10.

Pasta with garlic, anchovies, and red pepper flakes. I ate it two nights in a row last week. In order to feel more virtuous I also boiled myself an egg, and on the second night I added a bunch of broccoli florets to the pasta. This is among my favourite meals of all time.

Julie and Julia. Can't wait. I love Amy Adams. And the guy who plays her boyfriend/husband (?) whose name I didn't know until just now (it is Chris Messina), but who I adored in Ira and Abby.

Reading The Giant's House - not finished yet, so I can't put in a final judgement, but the book has already lodged itself in my heart with passages like the following.
People think librarians are unromatic, unimaginative. This is not true. We are people whose dreams run in particular ways. Ask a mountain climber what he feels when he sees a mountain; a lion tamer what goes through his mind when he meets a new lion; a doctor confronted with a beautiful malfunctioning body. The idea of a library full of books, the books full of knowledge, fills me with fear and love and courage and endless wonder (p. 8).
So You Think You Can Dance - the week before last week included my two favourite dances of the season so far, the addiction one (which made me cry) and this Argentine Tango.

Cherry pie.


ana said...

Summering up- sounds like my favorite activity. Kay's mom and sister are here so I have been busy for weeks but I will try to summer up from next week. I love summer. Yes, I do.
I will try the pasta and the movie you recommended. What kind of anchovy did you use?

Ange Friesen said...

I used a tin of anchovies in olive oil.

And yes, the pasta is delicious. But here is the recipe for that other anchovy pasta recipe I was telling you about in the grocery store - which is maybe more delicious, but a little more complicated.

Also, I make both of them with angel hair pasta instead of whatever they say to use - cause I like it better.

Margo Lane said...

Me and John were discussing having a joint bday party as we're both turning 30 this year, 2 days apart from one another. I'm away the weekend of our birthday so we were planning on doing something the weekend before. I've kind of switched gears and think it would be nice, instead of a party to get together with a few friends and have a nice dinner and then go see Julie and Julia on it's opening night (August 7)! Because what would be better than food and Nora Ephron?! Interested?

Ange Friesen said...

Oh boy - am I ever.

I will be there.

EK said...

My favourite dance so far was the one Travis choreographed. There's something about Janine... I love her. Maybe it was in the first episode when she said "Maybe I don't look like a dancer, I don't have the legs, but I have this passion." Well. I heart her.

Also, Have you read the book Julie and Julia? Incredible. One of my favourites. I hate Amy Adams though, so I'm worried about the movie. But Meryl Streep will ROCK.

alexandra said...

OK, so that chris messina guy....claire's bf in six feet under? yes?

Ange Friesen said...

Alex: YES! Thank you! I knew I knew him and liked him, but I couldn't make the connection.

L.C.: It shocks me a little bit some of the differences in our instincts/judgements about people...


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