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I made soup. BY MYSELF!

I used my Instant Pot for the very first time and made soup! It was pretty easy and tastes pretty good!

I didn't use a recipe and instead threw stuff in that I like. It has chicken, low-sodium chicken broth, lentils, navy beans, potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, onion and spices.

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So it was the Met Gala. I swear, it looks like some sort of insane joke on fashion. About 5 people looked nice and the others all look HORRIBLE, like they were going to a Worst Outfit Ever competition. The theme was "Punk: From Chaos to Couture," but most of this is just Punk: We Don't Know What Decade We're In, or Punk: It Happened Before I was Born, or Punk: Let's Try to Pair It With Fancy Dress!

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So, the Oscars happened. Things I thought:
* Poor, poor Kristin Stewart. Why do they make her go to these things? What I don't understand is how she, as an actress, can't even ACT like she's at an awards show. I haven't seen any of the "Twilight" movies other than the first half hour of the first one, where I had to turn it off and run far from my TV, but I've seen other things she's been in and I think she can actually act fairly well... but I'll never understand actors who can't at least pretend to enjoy themselves, or else they need to know they should just stay at home.
* Seth MacFarlane is cute, and he can sing quite well (which is apparently one of the reasons he was hired, since the show's theme was a tribute to musicals, no joke) ... but about 80% of those jokes weren't funny and there was nothing to be done about it. And 20% of them were tasteless, in ADDITION to being not funny. I didn't tape the show so I can't go back and see the credits, and they're not on IMDb, but ... who wrote that shit? I doubt it was ALL Seth, though he can write a tasteless joke with the best of them. Also, it should never be 18+ minutes into the show that we get the first award presenters onstage.
* I love (okay, when I say 'love' I don't mean it at all) how in the musical medley, half of the people didn't even pretend to sing live. Like, they had no microphones or anything. Catherine Zeta-Jones and "Les Miz," I'm looking at you. Catherine looked like a million bucks, though. (ETA: Looks like "Les Miz" sang live, though it didn't look like it to me when I looked up, but I wasn't paying close attention and when I looked, it looked like lip-synching!)
* Of the people who sang live, they did a great job. Barbra Streisand still sounds great and looks pretty damn good. And she's SEVENTY. Shirley Bassey sounds and looks even better, and she's SEVENTY-SIX years old! Shirley kicked some James Bond ass with that number. Jennifer Hudson, not old, sounded fantastic too, though I preferred her red carpet look which I think was one of the best of the night.
* Speaking of music, they literally built this theater to house the Oscars, and still didn't have room for the orchestra? They were A MILE AWAY in the Capitol Records building! That's just weird, man.
* This commercial: After getting over the shock of seeing Tim Burton of all people in a commercial, the unicorn bit actually cracked me up. I dunno if it was the premiere of the commercial but it's the first time I've seen it.
* I liked "Argo" a lot, and was happy that Ben Affleck got an Oscar for it, especially since I think he should have been nominated for directing. Having said that and not having seen "Life of Pi," I love me some Ang Lee and thought he was adorable. I also liked the acceptance speeches of Quentin Tarantino 'cause he's crazy, and Jennifer Lawrence 'cause she's adorably adorable. I like Anne Hathaway and think her Oscar was well-deserved (having not seen many of the other nominees) but at this point I'm pretty tired of her acceptance speeches, though I think she's sincere; she just comes off too rehearsed.
* The Onion is going to hell. Those of you who know why ... you know why.

Oscar Fashion roundup (though really, just go see marakara's roundup) ...
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Bonus Jennifer Lawrence: I saw this and didn't know if it was real or if someone had pasted someone else's hand on her body, but it's real! I hope she never changes.
And ETA more JLaw: God, she makes me laugh.
Here’s where I found the photos: Click here. I apologize for not putting this in the order in which you will see the photos. I have alphabetized within each category here to help. That way, you can look at each photo, then come back here and find their name because you are thinking to yourself, "But what did Ropo think about that dress???" ;-) I took hair/makeup/age/intangibles into consideration when deciding whether they'd go in Like, Don't Like, or Middling. Also, OMG, it actually used to be my JOB to know everyone at the Golden Globes so I could yell in people's headsets when people arrived so ET could nab them for an interview, and now I don't know who half these people are.

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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Wow, I can't really think of anything. Most of the time I just watch forensics and crime shows on Investigation Discovery, and they're not for everyone. I'll just let you guys decide what you want to watch, because I'm a terrible person to go by. I know that's a lame answer but it's honest. Because of my tendency to watch true crime shows these days, I'm afraid a few of the answers on this meme will be super-dorky and lame and I'll have to punk out and you guys will go, wow, she's a lame-ass dork. But most of you pretty much know that about me already.

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That TV meme!

OK... I'm way behind curve and unsure of many of the categories, but I guess I will do this TV meme y'all have been doing. I've enjoyed all your posts on it even if I haven't commented.

So here goes:

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled

I've got to go with "Firefly," though honorable mentions go to "My So-Called Life," "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Freaks and Geeks."

Maybe it's because I woke up this morning from a sexy dream starring Nathan Fillion, or maybe it's because Kaylee was so adorable, or because of the time River screamed and hid when she saw Book's hair. But "Firefly" rocked the house.

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Especially for denyeverything1 who is so dedicated to her job she might not see this for DAYS: Before and after meeting a scientist...


Carol Burnett! AND MORE.

So Tuesday was the Carol Burnett book event, where she was interviewed by Tim Conway! Firstly, though, I went to dinner with aud_woman_in and my friend J at Pizzeria Mozza. Nice place and my pizza was good - I liked the crust, which was obviously made on the spot and super-thin except for the edges. We all got pizzas, and here they are:

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So anyway. While the place was nice and upscale, it was a little *too* upscale, if you know what I mean. Like, they serve soft drinks from bottles (no refills, obviously) and they're $4-5 each. For a bottle of Bubble Up(!) or weird Empire cola (Empire also makes that orange soda I got at Rocket Fizz which I had to pour down the sink because it was super creepy.) However, I think J and I were just a little too middle class for the place, though it's nothing I can put my finger on. Like, the employees were nice yet snooty, and totally helpful but I had the feeling they were like, what is Ropo even doing here? (What'd you think, aud_woman_in?)

After our pizza we said no to their expensive desserts and went to Baskin Robbins. Then it was off to see Carol and Tim! They really need to find a better way to organize these events, such as, oh, I don't know, let people print out tickets at home rather than every single person having to pick tickets up at Will Call, which makes for very crowded long lines. Finally after sitting in our seats for an hour (no kidding) Carol and Tim came on to entertain us. It was very fun and they were very funny, but I wish Tim had let Carol do more of the talking. Don't get me wrong. Tim Conway = high-larity, but he was just telling random funny stories about himself that didn't even have anything to do with The Carol Burnett Show while Carol could've been telling stories from her book or whatever. A good interviewer, Tim Conway is NOT. We literally got at least as much from Tim as from Carol. Things we did learn, mostly because there was an audience Q&A and most of the Qs were for Carol:

-- She wrote this book -- "This Time Together: Laughter & Reflection" as a follow-up to her first book, "One More Time: A Memoir", which came out in 2003. Someone asked what she'd want to do if she didn't have the job she has, and she said she always wanted to be a writer and studied Journalism at UCLA (she eventually wanted to be a playwright and switched majors and ended up in an acting class and there you go, though I only found that out on Wikipedia just now). So it looks like these books weren't ghost-written.

-- She and her grandmother would steal toilet paper from theaters to stock up for the month.

-- Lucille Ball was awesome to her, first sitting and gabbing with Young Carol in C's ratty dressing room after Carol's play "Once Upon a Mattress," and said, "If you need anything, kid, call me." So years later, Carol was told she could have a TV special on the condition that she get a big star to be in it, and she didn't really want to, but she was forced to call Lucy, and Carol was hemming and hawing and Lucy interrupted and said "When do you need me?" and that was that and the show went on.

-- Carol said that they were there at the right time for a variety show and that nobody can do one now because of the cost and it's just the way things are, and that we should look forward, not back, even though audience members were all lamenting the lack of shows people can watch with their kids, and how fun her show was. Shows she likes now include "Modern Family" and "Glee" and she gave a shout-out to Jane Lynch for being super funny.

-- Carol seems genuinely nice.

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During the event, actually before it even started, I got a headache which didn't go away until long after I got home to a bottle of Tylenol. Right in the middle of my forehead, OMG the pain. I didn't get very far into "HP:OotP" during my bedtime reading because I just had to close my eyes and lie down. :-(

Tomorrow (aka today, Thursday) I get my permanent crown put in and my dad gets all his top teeth pulled (all seven of them) and gets his new dentures. Fingers crossed for all of it. My dad is notoriously Scottish and hates going to the dentist, and my temp crown has annoyed me, so the real one had better work. Last time I had to get a root canal on top of the crown, so ... yeah.

And now for something completely different: an awesome ukelele version of MGMT's "Kids" -- no, really, I swear!

Oh the funny.

Not Safe For Work, unless it's OK to swear at your place of business:

It's almost Christmas, so I give you a down-the-street, not-my-next-door-neighbors, Christmas extravaganza!

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Edited, 1:00am: Ooh, an episode of "Clean House" I haven't seen yet! Yay! (I'm afraid only snacky knows the bliss this brings...)

I hope you have Ropo.

See the blazing ropo before us,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Deck the Halls
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

Others that amused me:

He sees you when you're Ropo,
He knows when you're awake.
(Using 'Ropo' as a synonym for 'sleep' sounds about right.)

Good tidings we bring
To you and your Ropo.

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy soul,
With a corncob pipe and a button nose,
and two eyes made out of Ropo.
(...that's pretty wrong.)

There won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time,
The greatest gift they'll get this year is Ropo.
(Poor Africans.)

How oft at Christmas-tide the sight
Of green Ropo gives us delight.

Ropo, Ropo,
Ropo, Ropo.
(The First Noel)

I'm dreaming of a white Ropo,
Just like the ones we used to know.

Here comes Ropo! Here comes Ropo! Right down Ropo Lane!

Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the Ropo was cruel.

And so this is Xmas,
I hope you have Ropo.

O Ropo, O Ropo,
Your branches green delight us.

O Ropo of wonder, Ropo of might,
Ropo of royal beauty bright.
(This one pleases me.)
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The neighbors' Christmas lights haven't been on for two nights. I assume they're away or something, because it's too good to be true that I'll have silent nights 'til New Year when they take them down.

I haven't really done any holiday shopping yet. Luckily I don't have a heck of a lot to do. But still. Has to be done.

Kids say the darnedest things: Czeska, almost five: "You know, I'm Jewish. Just Jewish. But some kids, they're two things, like Gracie. She's Jewish and Christmas."

I love Jon Stewart. I think I should say that every few months to reinforce just how much I love him.

Short, yet rambly.

We have achieved rain! Lots and lots of it all at once, so it's bound to cause problems on the roads and in burn areas. We of course have Severe Weather Alerts! StormWatch'09! There is WATER falling from the SKY!!WTF!?! It's currently 47F. For us, that is VERY VERY COLD! But at my house, the rain's welcome anytime. Except that it'll flood my wildlife reserve (it's in the flood basin) and I won't be able to go for a while. I'm going to listen to it pitterpat from inside the house while reading my big book about Jim Jones, which I got at Half-Price Books for half off THEIR price, so I think this 600-page book cost me $4.

This morning has been All Pearl Harbor, All the Time on the History Channel. To be expected, of course. But you know what? I think about 95% of all conspiracy theorists (JFK, 911, Pearl Harbor, tinhats, &c.) are whackadoodles. (And the other 5%, you ask? CONSPIRACY!!)
I only WISH these were my holiday cards: HAHAHAHA.

However, I DO actually have cards to send out this year, and if you'd like one, I'd like to send you one! I know it's early, but my dad is freakish about getting his cards out on time so I just ordered mine when I ordered his, and I hope to get them done on time for once.

So, here's your holiday card poll (only I can see your answers, and please don't assume I already have your address):

Poll #1481588 2009 holiday card-o-rama

If you'd like a card, please give me your name and address!

What kind of card would you like?

"Happy Holidays" but ever-so-slightly leaning toward Christmassy
blank (just a picture), completely non-holidayish

(Oh, and I'm too lazy to fix this and make a whole 'nother poll, so if you'd like, tell me which holiday you celebrate, just so I have an idea what to say when I write out the card. You can leave that in comments or email me (ropoATlivejournal DOT com)

Also, the "slightly Christmassy" one just has some green in it and a pine tree of some sort. That's what I meant there.

Just for snacky

Ooooh Miss Niecy!
Originally uploaded by Robbie
Ooooh Miss Niecy! I took this photo today at a "Clean House" yard sale!


Gacked from jesshelga:

01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on.

1. I took the photo
2. It's cute
3. Those are my shoes
4. I can see my icons through it
5. Pink! Stars! Converse!

Baby, remember my name.

You guys. I'm so proud! I broke snacky! I made her watch clips of the kids from Fame, on tour in Europe in 1983. It was too much for her. I WIN.

It all started when I saw a commercial for the new "Fame" movie, and was saying that I will go see it even though it's going to suck. I mean, it's rated PG. Not even PG13! However, there will be singing and dancing, and I will be there.

Here is how I broke Snacky, though you should know that it'll probably break you too:

(FF to 1:15 in this one for the musical number)

*giggle* Did anyone make it through all three?

Apropos of nothing, I saw a commercial for Kylie Minogue at the Hollywood Bowl and I'd go to that in a second. Even though I only have one album of hers. She puts on a good show! I watched one on cable once! I will not be ashamed.

A quick announcement.

Eddie Izzard is STILL RUNNING, you guys. About 30 miles a day, 6 days a week, for 7 weeks. Soon he'll be done and run into London. And then I hope he RESTS. Right now if you donate some anonymous benefactor is matching it.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124808643616
Twitter: http://twitter.com/EddieIzRunning


wacky food etc - 7
Project Runway season 9 - 7
sewer grate - 1
snow white - 1
Up - 2
Wall*E - 1
Johnny Depp/21 Jump Street - 1
Working Girl/Big '80s hair - 1

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