Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
After lagging behind most of the month and getting close to catching up, but not quite making it, I just caught up on NaNo! I'm finally on track to hit the 50k goal by November 30, the last day of NaNoWriMo. Very happy about this! The Sisters in Crime write-ins have made all the difference in the world. This will be the first NaNo where I didn't fall hopelessly behind within days and gave up. Tuesday is going to see some happy dances!
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Thursday, November 18, 2021
- The famous Dan Ackroyd/Saturday Night Live sketch in which he played Julia bleeding all over the place was based on an actual event. Julia and Pepin were about to do a demo on the Tom Snyder show, and Julia badly cut the end of one finger just before going on. According to Pepin, it was a really serious cut - he kind of helped push the skin back into place, then wrapped it in a towel. Julia was pretty blase about the whole thing, insisting that Snyder not mention it on air. Of course, as soon as they started Snyder brought it up. She ended up having to get stitches after the show. Also, it was great to hear that Julia loved the Ackroyd sketch.
- Pepin stated that he believes in "taste over presentation" - although you want your food to look good, taste is the ultimate issue. He made the comment, "All food critics should be blind."
- Chef is not as picky about wine as you'd expect from someone who is both French and a chef. His favorite wine is "free" (wines that people bring to him). When buying, he looks for wines in the $12-$20 range. Other than that, he's just not picky about it.
|Chef Jacques Pepin|
- Guilty pleasures: Julia never felt 'guilty' about eating any type of food. Among her favorites that might be considered guilty pleasures for someone of her stature in the food world are hamburgers and Chinese food (she and her husband, Paul Child, were stationed in China during World War II). She also loved serving Goldfish crackers as during cocktail hour.
- Julia owned one of the early microwave ovens. She referred to it as her "NASA contraption". She once attempted to microwave an entire meal - chicken, vegetables, and for some reason, ice cream - all together, all at once in the microwave. Needless to say, it wasn't a success.
- Julia's favorite fall dishes (according to Alex): Her Beef Bourguignon and chicken stew.
- Chef was asked about the array of pans hanging on the wall behind him, specifically which ones were his favorites, and about what kinds of pans he prefers in general. He doesn't have a specific favorite, but stated that he likes non-stick pans for omelets and cast iron for roasting. Which pan he picks pretty much depends on what he's cooking.
- Both were asked about their favorite thing about spending so much time with Julia. Chef: The camraderie, that she was always straight-forward, so you knew where you stood with her, and that she was genuine - the person you saw on camera was the same person off-camera. Alex: Being around her was instructive, fun, inspiring, and never dull.
It was a brief but fun and informative webinar. I hope they do more of these.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Monday, November 15, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
|I remember these!|
There's a very formal step-by-step list of instructions on how to use the technique here, but you can do it as casually as you want. I have found just doing even two a day during the write-ins to be life-changing in terms of my writing progress, which had been sluggish at best this year. I plan on continuing to use it post-NaNo and highly recommend the technique for anyone who needs more focus and discipline on any task, not just writing.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
This is from the true crime desk calendar my brother got me earlier this year (bold mine):
In all, former Baltimore County police officer Joseph Goetz pleaded guilty to seven count of robbery for robbing banks to the tune of $280,274. He was sentenced to nine years in prison and two years of supervised release.
He had also robbed five additional banks, crimes he couldn't be prosecuted for because of the statute of limitations, and had previously served time for robbing a UPS truck.
But Goetz is best known for the November 2008 robbery of Susquehanna Bank in York, Pennsylvania. Shortly after the bank opened, Goetz, wearing latex gloves, approached three tellers and demanded money. The first teller fainted. The second teller then explained that they had no money, showing him the empty cash drawer. The third teller did the same. Goetz became upset and vowed to file a complaint with the bank before storming out. He was arrest a few blocks away and sentenced in January 2010.
Monday, November 1, 2021
First up, something fun: Steve Buscemi handed out Halloween candy dressed as his 30 Rock character that has become a popular meme.
On a less savory note, did you know that there is now such a thing as "the cancellation scam"? Some writer for Jezebel does; apparently it's where a celeb intentionally provokes outrage for publicity. However, using what the writer perceives as Dave Chappelle's "fear of irrelevance" as an example of this is kind of a stretch. If there's one performer today who doesn't need to worry about being irrelevant, it's Chappelle, and that was the case well before The Closer. There are plenty of celebrities desperate to stay in the spotlight, but history has shown that Dave Chappelle isn't remotely close to being one of them, much less "dependent" on it. But in their desperation to rip Chappelle, apparently some people are able to make such ridiculous reaches that I wonder that they don't dislocate their shoulders reaching so hard.
This is the guy who walked away from a $50 million deal back in his Comedy Central days, and as a fan of his show it was a huge loss. But unlike a lot of other people in the entertainment industry, Chappelle has stayed on an even keel, living in Ohio with his first and only wife and their children, and without a lot of the gossip-worthy drama that afflicts other famous people. And another thing - I'd be willing to bet a lot of people griping about The Closer haven't watched it in its entirety. It makes me wonder if these aren't the same people who hounded Daphne, and if - like me - you've actually watched the show, you will know what that means.
Tough news: Steve Carlson, who portrayed one of the hockey playing Hanson Brothers in the immortal Slap Shot is in need of help. He was recently diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic squamous cell carcinoma and needs financial assistance with costs related to his treatment. The good news is that you can help out. His Go Fund Me is here.
The Hanson Brothers make their insane debut as Charlestown Chiefs:
And how bonkers is it that I never knew until now that Steve Carlson spent some time as a Los Angeles King?
If you can, put on some foil for a brother.
You guys, the wait is almost over! Dexter: New Blood debuts this coming Sunday.
The return of our favorite sociopath/serial killer will go a long way towards easing the pain that the return to Pacific Standard Time (also next Sunday) always causes me. Dark at 5pm? That sucks so bad.