Reviews True Blood 3×03 “It Hurts Me Too”

Jason is angry
Jason expresses my outrage. His grandma always taught him to be respectful. Even if he's a manwhore.

Wow, I so did not like this episode. In fact, this may be the worst episode of True Blood to grace my screen. In fact, I found “It Hurts Me Too” to be downright misogynistic. There are four women in “It Hurts Me Too” who are preyed on, and one of them, we’re supposed to be cheering on her destruction. Overall, it left a really bad taste in my mouth, and I left my couch disgusted and not looking forward to the next episode (in two weeks due to the holiday). Continue reading “Reviews True Blood 3×03 “It Hurts Me Too””

The First Thing I Ever Cooked or Made: PB&J

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich by Aaron Gustafson
Peanut Butter and Jelly, the way my brother was expecting.

The first thing I ever cooked — or rather made — by myself in the kitchen was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I was about 5-years-old at time, and my family, all four of us with one on the way, lived cramped in a 700 square foot studio apartment. Oh, and during the week, my Grandpa lived there with us too as he worked as contractor on the home my parents were building.

I am not what you would call an aficionado of pb&j. I certainly ate my fair share of it as a child, but probably haven’t eaten one in 10 years. I remember making this particular sandwich for my younger brother Jonathan. As I made it, he played supervisor. He tried to caution me against pressing too hard with the knife on the soft, overly-processed white bread. And I’m sure he also attempted to get me to cut the crusts off it, which, as a proto-feminist, I surely scoffed at.

When I finished and proudly handed it him, Jonathan frowned and pointed out that he wasn’t going to eat it as I’d broken through the bread. Yes, the first thing I ever made in a kitchen was rejected. Ironically, 20+ years later, my brother would wholeheartedly eat about any food put in front of him, including pb&js with knife holes in the bread. I also bake my own bread now.

Inspired by the First Meal I Ever Cooked question over on Gluten-Free Girl’s blog.

Reviews True Blood 3×01 “Bad Blood”

Pam is the stylish one.
True Blood's back, and Pam continues to be my main reason for watching.

There is new soft-core vampire p0rn on my television, and this makes me happy. Maybe I’m a sucker for “paranormal romance” or am just really shallow, but True Blood (and the Sookie Stackhouse books) tends to entertain me. Even when I don’t agree with everything they say.

I’m not sure if episode 3×01 “Bad Blood” grabbed me in the way other episodes of this show have. Maybe it’s because I’ve read the books, and I am really watching to see the differences in Alan Ball’s interpretation. Or perhaps it’s because the big drama Continue reading “Reviews True Blood 3×01 “Bad Blood””

Reviews Doctor Who “The Lodger”

Overall, this was a fun romp of an episode. Perhaps the lightheartedness Moffat claimed to want to bring to his run of Doctor Who (which his episodes under Rusty T. Davies’ leadership lacked). Of course, this was written by Gareth Roberts, who wrote a lot of my favorite New Doctor Who episodes and some great Sarah Jane Adventures ones as well.

Matt Smith is much better at delivering physical comedy than verbal comedy, and this episode nicely played to that strength. I’ve also heard he’s a good footballer, which making the Doctor joining the team also work well. I think it’s great when writers play to the actor’s strengths. I thought the various wacky roommate scenes were just spot-on.

Craig and the Doctor play football.
Yes, the Doctor wears his tweed jacket over his football uniform.

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Sprinkles Around the Web 5/28-6/10/10

Sprinkles from around the web

Two weeks worth of links and other things I found amusing, insightful, or otherwise useful around the web. Your mileage may vary.


• A photo of me on the set of ExOfficio’s Spring ’11 photoshoot. Yes, that’s how far ahead the fashion industry works. (I’m the one with the braid and my back turned.)

• Okay, not really me, but my good friend Steve. His Batman, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Sandman tattoos were featured on Geeky Tattoos.

BP Oil Spill

We Just Tore Up Our Contract with Mother Nature. Chuck does a good job at collecting all the various links about the BP Oil Spill. Warning: He does become ranty at the end, and he’s a horror/fantasy writer so things get graphic.

Leroy Stick – the man behind @BPGlobalPR. Why a fake Twitter account is a thorn in BP’s side and how they seem more concerned about their PR and stocks than the Gulf Coast being destroyed.


• Apparently, there are people out there making shows for me, including RuPaul’s Drag U and Men with Brooms: Continue reading “Sprinkles Around the Web 5/28-6/10/10”

Recipe for Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake was a tradition in my family. We always made it for my father’s birthday. My father doesn’t care for crowds, and I never remember going out for his birthday celebrations. Once, we threw him a party when he turned 40. But otherwise, his birthdays were a stay at home affair.

My mother would also make this carrot cake. Which was odd given on everyone else’s birthdays, we ate a lot of store-bought cakes (especially ice cream cakes) or my maternal grandma, the family cake baker and decorator, would make them.

Food processors are genius when making this cake. I have memories of using a cheese grater to grate carrots. Now, I just throw all those carrots in my food processor, and wham, they’re shredded.

This cake stood the test of time with my taste buds. It’s delicious.

Carrot Cake
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Reviews Doctor Who “Vincent and the Doctor”

Amy and the Doctor find a mystery in a Van Gogh painting
Amy and the Doctor find a mystery in a van Gogh painting.

I felt this episode was the most emotionally satisfying out of all the episodes this season. I love the historical character episodes. Both “The Unicorn and the Wasp” and “The Shakespeare Code” are two of my favorite Who episodes. (Okay, I can’t say I love all of them as the Churchill one was bad.)

The episode was dark and heavy, but in a good way. Continue reading “Reviews Doctor Who “Vincent and the Doctor””

Recipe for Flowers in the Attic Sweet Potatoes

Flowers in the Attic Sweet Potatoes
Flowers in the Attic Sweet Potatoes

This recipe is from my friend Sue who claims she was inspired by reading Flowers in the Attic. I suppose if you’re going to be inspired by anything in that book, the sweet potatoes are pretty safe. Though not all the food is.

These recipe’s pretty sweet. Definitely something to make as a treat or part of a larger dinner.

Flowers in the Attic Sweet Potatoes Continue reading “Recipe for Flowers in the Attic Sweet Potatoes”