My favorite blue pitcher,that sometimes doubles as a vase, is broken. :( A casualty of cousin A's bridal shower. Her new husband accidentally tripped over a hose and broke my other two pitchers as well. Those I was fine with, everything else that was borrowed could've shattered and I wouldn't have cared, but this was one of my very favorite kitchen items.
It was from Target's Global Bazaar Scandinavian collection, which I've only ever seen that one time when I was in Oregon visiting my parents. I think only another bargain hunter, or nester, can appreciate what it's like when you spot that perfect item that you instantly love that will go perfectly in your home.
I remember a long time ago when I was a kid and opened a cabinet up high. A bunch of dishes fell out, crashing onto the kitchen floor. I was petrified my mom would be so mad at me. But she just checked to make sure I wasn't hurt, and then swept up the shards. No recriminations. *Sigh.* I know they're just things, and things don't matter as much as people as my mom taught me long ago, but I still mourn my lovely blue pitcher just the same.
And the pitcher filled with cosmos you've seen before.
The past two months have been crazy busy with work and family stuff. I've been trying to finish up old, old restaurant posts. Several of them have closed before I even got around to revisiting them, much less blogging them. And of course, my usual spiel about trying to catch up with returning comments and emails. Sorry about that! Sometimes there just isn't enough time or brain power to do much of anything.
There are a couple of giveaways coming up that I'd like to get out before the end of the year, so watch out for those too. I like to think of the giveaways as "thank yous" for reading the blog.
Bloggers like to win giveaways too! I won this copy of "Britain and Ireland: A Visual Tour of the Enchanted Isles," by Robin Currie from Smitten by Britain. Thanks again Melissa! I love the book! How could I not love a book with Eileen Donan castle on the cover?
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Got Thanksgiving posts and some lovely recipes to share when I get a moment. My friend DP stopped by with a couple of pies and these flip flips for me. She literally just came in from Brazil that day too.
Did anyone get any great deals during Black Friday? Target was a little insane at 4 a.m., but I got my "Big Bang Theory Season 3" for $12.99. Although, I like Season 1 best for the smart dialogue and physics references. I think Sheldon's become a caricature as the series goes on. Sure his quirks make for funny television, but the show is rapidly devolving into a show just about that and little else.
Wasted my time and money on "500 Days of Summer." Not even worth the $5.99 I paid for it. I think it tried too hard to be profound and fell flat. She wasn't as into him as he was into her, and just dragged the poor guy along for more than a year. Sure she told him from the beginning that she didn't want a boyfriend, but she had no problem stringing him along. Think if it were reversed. If a man slept with a woman and continued to date her for more than a year and introduced her to all of his friends, and then broke up with her by saying that he told her from the beginning he didn't want a girlfriend? Yeah, he'd be labeled a jerk. That's the point in which most romantic movies then have the girl get all "empowered" and moving on to bigger and better things, while the guy gets his comeuppance. Summer never got hers. Sure it's a movie, but a movie about a poor guy moaning about the loss of a girl who wasn't so great to him in the first place? Ugh! At the end of the movie, I just felt annoyed. I think "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" did the whole break-up lament better. And at least I believed they were in love at one point.
Also, got "Julie & Julia" for $5.99. Like pretty much everyone else, I wish they had just done a biopic of Julia Child, but I didn't hate Julie as much as I thought I would, mainly because Amy Adams made her likeable.
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? I think it's time to move to my usual holiday film standby of "Love Actually."
Anyway, got a recipe question? Restaurant question? Just want to say, "Hi?" Did you miss Ask Wandering Chopsticks 1? Or click on the "Ask Wandering Chopsticks" tag below for previous editions. Otherwise, what's on your mind? You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 28.
1 year ago today, Happy Thanksgiving!
2 years ago today, Charlie's Trio Cafe - Alhambra.
3 years ago today, Ryan Gosling's restaurant, Tagine - Beverly Hills.