Category Archives: Movies

A Mini-Movie Night

Oh man, gang.  On Tuesday night, I got caught with some sort of spring chest cold that has just refused to budge.  We are talking cough so hard my abs hurt-intense all day long and then wake up at night and cough.  It is really not great.  I would not wish it on anyone.

In other fascinating news (in case me having a disruptively-loud cough wasn’t what you came to the blog for today), I watched Rio 2 tonight on HBO On Demand.  I watched Rio on our flight home from Amsterdam because I needed something light-hearted and mindless.  It ended up being REALLY cute.  When I saw Rio 2 was available on On Demand, it was a no-brainer.  Who wouldn’t want to see a second movie about Blue Macaws in Brazil?

And with that, I need to tuck myself in to bed, because this cold needs to get kicked.  But seriously, watch Rio and Rio 2.

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On the weekend.

This really should not be epiphany-worthy, but today I had the revelation that if my Sundays are NOT over-scheduled, the weekend counts as a relaxing one.

Pro-tip.  Right there.

On new places.

Visited World Street Kitchen for dinner last night and noshed on Caramelized Lamb Belly Tacos (I die), a Korean “BBQ” Beef Short Rib YumYum Rice Bowl (for her) and a Rasta Torta (for him).  If you live in Minneapolis, do this for yourself.

On that note, if anyone knows where to buy raw lamb belly or how you would caramelize that, please feel free to share your secrets.

On lazy Sundays.

Did a homebaked brunch with some girlfriends today.  I recorded season two of The Virgin Diaries about seven months ago, and we finally got it off of the DVR.

We actioned Roasted Tomato Soup with Broiled Cheddar (skipping the cheddar) and Green Goddess Grilled Cheese.

Grilled Cheese and Soup

The grilled cheese was truly mindblowing.  We shared one with Marcus and he was so moved as well, so this is not just rabbit food for the ladies.

Run, don’t walk and put it on your meal plan immediately.

Also, know that as I was back-stalking this on The Pinterest, I learned that there is a such thing as  jalapeno popper grilled cheese.  Yes, that is on my newly minted grilled cheese to-do list.

Everyone should have one of these.

On finding time.

Pitch Perfect

I Netflixed Pitch Perfect ages ago and never had the time to watch it.  And when I say ages ago, I mean it has probably been a month and a half.

I’m pretty sure that hanging onto a movie for a month and a half is the opposite of everything that Netflix stands for.   That is neither here nor there.  Today, I finally made the time to watch it.

If you are a glee/Bring It On!/High School Musical-type of person, you’ll adore this.  It was great to see Anna Kendrick sing.  I’m positive that the last time we got to see that is when she was breaking out in CAMP.  Girl has a great voice and she should be in more roles where she gets to use it.

What’s the best movie you have seen recently?

What are your favorite grilled cheese combinations?

Best Weekend

For the last week of Minnesota Month, we visited the Steel Toe Brewing in Saint Louis Park!

Hello sweet friends!

This has been absolutely the most relaxing weekend in the history of earth.  The only things that I had on my calendar were dinner dates with girlfriends.  Like seriously, after a month of holidays and celebrations and racing and sickness, how great is that?

If this is how “normal” weekends are supposed to be, I want them to all be like this, all the time.

Saturday was a little bit sulky, weather-wise, but look at who I discovered in our yard.

I know.  I KNOW.  Happiest moment.

Marcus and I went to Excelsior Brewing’s Oktoberfest for a bit.  Because tents with polka bands in the fall are A Calling.  I had their Bitteschlappe Brown and Marcus had an Oktoberfest lager.

Not the greatest snap in the history of earth, but how great are those sunnies?  Hot pink just seemed like the right thing to do.

And today, after actioning Cafe Latte’s Turtle Cake for a co-worker’s birthday (don’t even get me started about the amount of batter and frosting I ate), I did some much-needed work on my mitts.

Color Club in Status Update.  Having well-organized mitts is just so cathartic, you know?

I finally got to watch Being Elmo.

It has been on my to watch-list for too long and it was just…pure joy.  Watch it immediately.  On your own, with your family, with your friends.  Whatever.  I’m not on some sort of moral crusade to eradicate violence and sex from The Television, but it was actually really refreshing to spend an hour watching something that was just so…none of the above.

XO

Contagion

This has just been the busiest weekend, kittens.  I wish I were lying when I said that I didn’t have any proper Kat-time on Saturday OR Sunday until ~4 PM, but I’m not.  Between Running x3, my Uncle’s 60th Birthday Party and Baking Hamantaschen, I am absolutely wiped out.

To sound totally cliche: I need a weekend from my weekend!

I’m rolling my eyes at me too.

Did I mention that Marcus was gone all weekend?  Because there’s that, too.  It was Mancation time (as he refers to it).

So last night, what did I do?  Action a Monster Salad and some Sweet Potato Oven Fries.

Surprise, surprise.

And to chase it, I watched Contagion, since it has been on my to-watch list FOREVER.

I’ll be honest, I thought it was going to be awesomely bad in the vein of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow.  But apparently it starred Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Jude Law and Kate Winslet.

Yes, seriously.  I’m as confused as you are.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know who Laurence Fishburne was until I did a Google on him.  Apparently he was in The Matrix.  Or more meaningfully, CSI.  Or as the cherry on top of the sundae, Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

For all that I was ready for the movie to do its worst on me (hence, the extremely low expectations), I actually thought it was really good.  And incredibly eerie, since a significant portion of it was set in Minneapolis.

My mother’s response: When on earth were they taping that here?

Good question, Mom.  That’s one we’re all asking ourselves.  Because I think I would have been able to give an 11/10 performance in some of the mob scenes.

Anyway, yes, watch it.  And prepare to lock yourself in your house afterwards to avoid being surrounded by (possibly) sick people for the next week.

It’s just the truth.

What movies have you seen recently?

Screen Testing Lavender

Most important order of business: Marcus is home!  He’s was off on a business trip for the past few days, so I got to fill my time with the following fabulous activities:

  • Watching Something Borrowed, which in case you were wondering most depressing movie ever because there really isn’t a “winner.”
  • Doing a mini-marathon of 19 Kids and Counting…Am I the only one wondering when they’re going to announce the next Duggar engagement?  Because I’m really rooting for Jana.
  • Feasting it out on single girl food (like monstrous salads and sweet potato fries for dinner) and doing dinner with my parents.

I very much prefer having Marcus around versus not.  But sometimes, it’s really nice to be able to just…do all of the things without worrying about whether or not another human being would find the activity to be tolerable, much less enjoyable.

We have all been in that place, no?

About a week or two ago, I came to terms with the fact that I am officially pale.

Ironically, this did not happen while we were in California, but about a week after the fact when I saw a snap of yours truly out with The Runners.

But today it just seemed…worse than usual.

I didn’t know one could get pale-er.

Yes, I agree.  A belt would have been a welcome addition.  Which I realized when I was sourcing the day’s first mug of tea.

Hindsight.  20/20.

Back to the pale-ness.  I kind of wonder if it might have to do with the sweater.  I don’t know the last time I wore lavender.  Lavender and slate?  Probably hasn’t happened ever.  But Ann Taylor was having a great Valentine’s Day sale and after snapping up two of these last year (in black and pink), I knew I couldn’t go wrong by adding a few more colors to my repertoire.

I mean, I’m sorry, but why would you pay $78 when you can get it for $29?  HONESTLY.

Can we all agree that sale shopping is cathartic?  I’m fairly certain that if we still lived in a hunter-gatherer society, wool would be my prey.

Back to the matter at hand, considering the fact that I absolutely despised cardigans as a pup, It’s actually kind of astonishing to see how many I’ve managed to amass.

In case you were wondering, between my open cardigans and those with buttons, I possess 22.

It’s best if you don’t spend too much time thinking about that number.

To answer your question, yes I wear them and love them all.

Meanwhile, a co-worker tried to re-assure me that yes, lavender was my color.  Since I already own the sweater, it’s not as if it will disappear from my wardrobe.

See also: All of the snow we haven’t had has left me totally unprepared for just how dry winter can be.  I’ve gone from living my life and not asking questions to feeling like the entire top layer of skin wants to secede from the union.

I’m not okay with this.

What colors wash you out?

How many cardigans do you own?  Guesstimates are welcome.

Zen Day

When I rolled out of bed this morning, the only thing I had on my agenda was a 6 mile run with the Run Club at The Running Room.

How out of the ordinary, I know.

But that’s all I really wanted on my schedule, and that’s all I really thought I was in the mood to handle.

If the answer to a week of vacation is a manic, seven-day race to the bottom, then I thought that I owed it to myself to enjoy a day where I had literally no expectations for myself or the world.

So I ran.  With lots of people, actually.  Which was different since if I’ve run with others before it has been one other.  Not many others.  But that was good.  Because running with lots of people is an effective way to kill off whatever expectations you attempted to set for yourself.

As it turns out, expectations were exactly what I was trying to kill off.

After returning home to enjoy my favorite weekend ritual of a long, post-run shower with a deep conditioning treatment, homegirl needed to eat.

Where eating at home is concerned, Sunday lunch is ALWAYS a challenge in our house.

Usually we’ve managed to eat all of our leftovers, and I haven’t started cooking anything for the new week.  Like, say, dinner.  Some days we’re in the mood to forage (he usually ends up eating soup, I usually end up eating a second breakfast) and other days, it’s just easier/more relaxing to grab something.

Because some days you just don’t want to be The Decider.

Today, the fridge was empty and I had a non-specific craving for…food.  So after I downed a grapefruit (this has replaced Blood Oranges as my latest love), I suggested that we head out to the Midtown Global Market.

It’s a favorite weekend lunch spot because we can eat in the same place without having to commit to eating the same thing.  Today was no different.

We found a Camel Burger for him.

Do you love the plating?  Because I almost died of laughter when he lifted up the top of the bun like so.  For the record, it was meant to showcase the surprise slice of pineapple within.

And a plate of tacos for her.

They were disappointing shadows of the glory we tasted out in California.  Not that I was really surprised by that.

What is love?  Ordering the combination platter so that your husband can eat your rice and beans instead of the crappy fries that came with his sandwich.

Once we got back home, the rest of the day was dedicated to drinking tea, reading The China Study and watching Valentine’s Day.  And Marcus headed off to a Superbowl Party on the other side of the city.

Yes, I realize that of all of the things in the world I could have picked to entertain myself with, I chose two things that rest at polar-opposite ends of the scale.

Who says you have to choose between Hollywood and legitimate research?

To that end, I’m comfortable saying that even though Valentine’s Day is ridiculously cheesy, it might be one of my favorite chick flicks.  No, I don’t have a favorite part.  But I think they did an 11/10 job of creating loveable characters.

On the other hand, The China Study is mind-blowing (in a preach it to the choir-sort of way) and will probably get a post all its own when I’m done with it.  I’m so glad I finally got it from the Library.  I can’t even remember when I put my name on the Holds List for it, to be totally honest.

Football was just not part of the Superbowl Sunday equation for me this year.

What’s one cheesy movie you’re embarrassed to admit you love?

How often do you look at your refrigerator and find that there’s tons of food in there but nothing “to eat?”

Have you ever eaten Camel?  What’s the most exotic meat you’ve tried?

Basement Film Fest

Last night I was cruising HBO On Demand and saw that The First Wives Club was available.

Hit movie, I know.

Why this particular title appealed to me at 8:30 PM on a Monday night is a total mystery.

But as I watched, it very quickly became apparent to me that I blacked out the majority of that movie, most likely because the first time I saw it I wasn’t even in high school.  Watching the beginning the first half of the movie?  Was depressing as hell.

Apparently there was a part of my subconscious that just wanted to be…sad.

Honest-to-goodness, the best part (AKA the part that made it manageable) was probably watching SJP, as a newer actress circa 15 years ago.

And oh, by the way, did anyone else realize that she was one of the witches in Hocus Pocus?

Because that was definitely news to me.

For a change of scenery, tonight I decided to watch Forks Over Knives. 

Controversial (I just have a hunch), but FAR less of an emotional rollercoaster.

I attempted to watch that one for the first time a couple of months ago and ended up getting sucked into a vortex of extreme multi-tasking.  Which is not exactly the best for watching anything.

But I was inspired by the interview series that The Washington Post is doing with Michael Pollan (Part I, Part II, Part III), so I thought it might be good to give it another shot.

If you’ve read all of the Whole Food Manifestos like Food Rules, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, or have watched Food, Inc., then you might find the situation to be a little bit redundant.

It all boils down to the #1 Food Rule: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

And if you fail at following Rule #1, you’ll probably catch cancer/the diabetes/a heart attack.

Pretty straightforward stuff.

If you haven’t read/watched any of the above books/movies, then it could be worth a whirl.  And even though they explicitly tell you all about why you shouldn’t eat meat, none of the footage will put you off meat forever like the footage/stories in some of the other aforementioned materials.

Which is a good thing, I think.

What’s the most terrible movie you have seen lately?

Have you read any of Michael Pollan’s books?

p.s. If you haven’t been yet, make sure to head over to Inside Nana Bread’s Head to check out the delicious Bananas Foster Fried Pies that Jeanne actioned for our Pie Week festivities!