Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tonight I made a kick-ass Turkey Pot Pie.
My brother-in-law has never had a pot pie before. Not chicken. Not beef. In fact, he's never had anything that combines meat and pastry.
I know, it's tragic!
But he ate my Turkey Pot Pie. Two Slices. And loved them both.
I feel it's a great accomplishment. He's a very picky eater. So this accomplishment feels almost as great to me as I felt when I built an awesome pirate ship complete with dual functioning cannons and a periscope for my nephew.
Almost. It could've been a bigger one, I suppose... Except my nephew's face when I showed him how the cannons worked was priceless.
So yes, that wins.
Uncle Nano - 1. Chef Spenc - a close second!
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
It is now, dare I say, time for vaca!
Today was the big day - the first ever Annual K. Family Party held at my sister's home. And it was wonderful. Truly.
It started of course with our own gift exchange. And by "we" I mean myself, mom and dad (visiting from Utah), my sister and her husband, and my freaking amazing nephew. I actually slept last night so I was more than happy to actually crawl out this morning when Jack was sent to fetch his Nano for Presents Time.
All of the gifts I gave were well chosen and all were well-received. I think the winner for the season is my eldest sister, Ann. She gave Jack one of those old school Cozy Coupes, and it was all over after that was opened! We couldn't get his attention back to save his life!
I got quite a few great things, but I'm not supposed to say anything about them. My older sister is apparently getting something similar to what I got - so mum's the word! She isn't getting hers of course until my parents and I are back in Utah on Sunday. Christmas Number 2 will be much more low-key.
Around 1:00 pm, the rest of the K. Family clan rolled in. Papa, Grandmummy, DJ, Jo, and KT. That was the start of Gift Exchange the Sequel. Again, lots of great stuff - including a gorgeous houndstooth cashmere scarf from Lord & Taylor, and figure skates! I know - so gay, but I love it. I've never owned my own pair and I'm eph-ing excited!!!
The entirety of the K. Family (extended aunts/uncles, etc.) were scheduled to arrive for a formal dinner at three. My sister and I planned a wonderful menu...
She did her popular Citrus Turkey, which was particularly moist and well-done this evening. I did a new recipe that was the HIT of the meal - it was a glazed ham recipe that Guy Fieri had featured on a holiday special. And seriously, it was AMAZING. I also did Bread Wreath's - something that Sandra Lee had suggested, I adapted, and served with a smile. My sister did a Roasted Chestnut Risotto that was delicious. Jo brought her (sinful) scalloped potatoes au gratin. Grandmummy showed up with some steamed asparagus with a Lemon Hollandaise Vinaigrette that was out of this world...
Ya'll know home much I love food. Well long story short - this dinner was HEAVEN.
Post dinner involved much drinking, and a hilarious Yankee Swap. The swap was especially wonderful this year - courtesy of B. His family is in Ohio, so I invited him to spend the day with us. His first present ended up being a make-up case, which was pretty funny. But the second gift he picked was a family photo from the summer on the beach. EVERYONE from the party, minus my parents and B himself, were in it. And he picked it. HILARIOUS. Seriously, it's nights like this that I am SO grateful to have such an amazing friend in my life. Hey Lady! :)
So post party we've been vegging, explaining SATC to my father, and prepping for tomorrow. And by "prepping" I do mean "sitting around talking about prepping".
So that's it. It's done. The stress level can now peacefully resume it's zero status. It was a crazy couple of days, but well worth it!
Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your holidays were full of smiles and food and love. And gifts. After all, even baby Jesus got gifts - so it's okay for that to be a highlight... right?
Sending out all my Love and Best Wishes -
Monday, December 24, 2007
And I am awake.
What is it about the holidays that bring out the worst in an insomniac? And is it just me?? Is there anyone else out there so overwhelmed by the holiday bedazzlement that it goes beyond being tired to just being amicably present?
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
And as much as I love all the shiny happy people everywhere, this season there is something less cheerful to look forward to...
That's right kids! Guard your throats and don't shave too close...
I'm a big fan of musicals in general. I'm a big fan of movie musicals in general.
And THIS? Well, let me tell you...
I'm a huge Sondheim fan. HUGE. "Into The Woods" and "Company" are my two of my favorite pieces in Musical Theater. He also wrote some of the most brilliant musical numbers, like "Not A Day Goes By" and "Move On"!
Mix in a collaboration with the man who made "Edward Scissorhands", "Big Fish", "Beetlejuice", and the original "Batman" movie...
Throw a world famous A-List actor on the top...
And you're either walking into the best movie or the year, or the biggest let down.
A lot of what I've read has been mixed. Although, after a press screening a few weeks ago, there were quite a few positive things being said. Tom O'Neil and Jeff Wells both thought very highly of the film, both putting it in their contenders for best picture.
Who knows - I suppose it could be a major bust. I'll let you know on Friday!
"But Spencer, the movie doesn't come out until the 21st!"
Well, my friend had a plus one to a press screening, so I'll be seeing it on Thursday. Woo hoo! I kinda freaked out when he asked me to go - I don't think you understand how stoked I am about this film!
Like any musical, it won't be everyone's cup of tea.
But it sure is mine!
So here's to looking forward to something a little darker than 80 foot trees and mega-watt windows this holiday season!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
BriTunes is a blog that my very best friend, B, keeps to put his (many) opinions out into the world. It's very funny, especially if you are lucky enough to know B.
So he posted a list of characters on TV that he hates (see link above). It's a post that I actually encouraged while we were watching "Ugly Betty". He hates Betty's dad (who bugs me as well) so when he said he'd been thinking about doing a TOP TEN type list of people, I thought it would be funny.
And it was. Is.
I posted a comment on his blog about the post - that's what friends do. It went like this...
"1- "Furiate" is not a word. I believe what you are looking for is "Infuriate"…
2- "Caricature"… not "charictature"
3- Paige has DIABETES! Heartless…
4- "makes me want to take a shower and an STD test" - BILLIANT LOL
5- Being a "know it all" sort of goes hand in hand with providing omnipresent narration, don't you think?
6- And "just cuz" ranks right up there with "because I said so"… NEITHER are actual reasons!
7- "shutta up yo mouth" Wow, really? Really?
8- I don't think I hate Bindi Irwin. Although, after seeing that picture, I'm bordering on terrified.
9- I too can hear DC Doug saying there are too many ethnic people… lol
10- A man who narrows down people he hates to include 20% children has some pretty serious issues.
That's just how I feel. And that has to be enough.
DISCLAIMER: This comment was meant in no way to be mean-spirited. Caustic? Perhaps. But I accept the accusation with a knowing grin ;0)"
Within minutes of posting the comment, I was informed that I was a horrible friend.
"You suck. Stuff like that is just rude and sarcastic." (copied from the message I received informing me I had been deleted)
Am I crazy - Or wasn't the nature of that ENTIRE post rude and sarcastic? And for someone who argues his opinions with "just cuz", shouldn't I be allowed to state my own opinions without having to justify them?? It all just smells a bit too much like hypocrisy.
And just to preemptively rebut what I know is coming: the first point in my comment was to clarify whether the word was part of his "ghetto speak" or truly a typo; and the second point was in fact pointing out a spelling error. I guess correcting someone is rude. Though I don't see it that way.
So there it is. What was once censored is now back in existence.
I encourage everyone to respond. And I won't delete what you have to say.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
For a while there I was able to get in a new post almost every day. Then I got slammed at work - SLAH-AMMED!
I finally had a moment to breathe this afternoon, so thought I'd take this time to catch ya'll up on what's been going on in my world.
Which, now that I'm thinking about it, is a whole lot of nothing.
Last weekend I was supposed to be hanging out with my dad, but I got stood up. His business trip to DC got cancelled last second, which pretty much flushed that weekend down the drain for me. Not that I stayed indoors feeling sorry for myself - I ended up going out to Stamford with B and his BF which was a lot of fun. Sunday I did stay indoors, but was too distracted by a Top Model marathon (don't judge - that show is addicting) to feel bad about the fact I had no Dad. And I mean "have no Dad" in an immediate, spacial sense.
Two Wednesday's ago I hunkered down and watched the 2007 CMA Awards with my buddy Brad. I used to be a huge country music fan. I still like it, but definitely much less since moving out of those Rocky Mountain highs. I walked away feeling two things:
1- Who are the stylists working in that industry? Cuz they should be shot...
2- I am in love with Carrie Underwood.
Let's see, what else has gone on...
I met Mary Testa, who is currently starring in Xanadu on Broadway. Which I haven't seen. But I did see her a number of years ago in 42nd Street and I really adore her. You know what I don't adore? How awful I look in this picture of us...
That same night I got in some good hanging out time with the gang. David and Kim in particular. This picture is much better, and I feel it redeems me a little from the previous one.
About a month ago, my sister learned that my nephew's eyes are really bad. REALLY BAD. I believe his eyes are at +5.5 and +6.5, left and right respectively. His right eye is a little crossed, so they're going to be doing a patch at some point in the future to correct that as well. She felt awful for him. I think he looks stinkin' ADORABLE.
He called to tell me all about them. He's very excited about seeing better, and is really into to wearing "the blue ones, just like Nano"!
My sister's street lost a tree last week. The tree will be appearing this winter at Rockefeller Plaza. She called me and was really excited. It is the biggest thing to happen in Huntington since the Arts and Crafts Fair a few months back. Which was lame.
B's getting a new apartment, K's still waiting to hear about her Visa status, and my sister's father-in-law had a birthday.
Tuesday night was the birthday dinner, so K and I trained out to Darien. The birthday boy isn't doing well, and isn't expected to live all that much longer. I was nervous going out there as it was the first time I'd be seeing him since the terminal diagnosis.
Anyway, dinner was awesome at the Melting Pot and everything was normal. Until the end when my sister's mother-in-law pulled me aside to ask me a question...
HER: I need ask you something personal...
ME: Absolutely. What's up?
HER: crying Will you sing for [my husband]?
ME: pause You mean, like, tonight?
HER: No. When he dies! At his funeral. Will you sing?
ME: forcing myself not to break down Of course! You don't even have to ask...
It's hard to know how to react to being asked to sing at a funeral for a man who is sitting across the table from you, laughing and conversing. The whole situation is completely heartbreaking. I kept it together until I reached the train platform to head back into NYC. Then I lost it and had to hide my face in my scarf the entire way home to muffle my sobs.
Something to look forward to I guess :0(
This weekend my eldest sister is coming out to visit, and I am very excited to see her. She'll be spending most of her time in CT with my sister, but we'll get some good time together regardless.
Hope everyone is doing well, and have an awesome weekend!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The show works because it's mocking a religious contingency (aka the folks that actually attend such things) without really mocking the religion. And the combination of the guys is genius: Matthew (Chad Doreck) - the earnest Christian whose heart and smile is directed to the sinners in the audience; Mark (Ryan Ratliff) - the flamboyant diva of the group whose heart is directed at, well, Matthew; Luke (Andrew Call) - the slow minded bad boy who recently spent time "recovering" from "exhaustion"; Juan (Jay Garcia) - the latino who never knew his parents; and Abraham (Ryan Strand) - the Jew.