Dinner Update

Displaying my typical inability to moderate myself I’ve eaten at least some of every single thing I bought to today. The asparagus was absolutely beautiful and the only child in me was wishing Damon didn’t like it so I could have his. I had to settle for saying that I wish I had 50 more stalks as an appetizer for 100 stalks after that.

Now I’m wrapped in a blanket on the couch. The windows are open, even though it’s dark and brisk. I like the little chill that blows through every once in a while. I’m reading and idly playing my way through my Netflix and TiVo queues. The first season of Northern Exposure is on right now. Chris in the morning still gives my heart a little flutter, even though he’s sort of greasy and shacked up with Bo Derek now.

I’m reading two books. The first is The Poisonwood Bible. I’ve read it before, but I’m doing it once more for good measure. I like it, though I find it a bit much in its recreations of the girls’ malapropisms. The other book is Outlander which is unabashed pulp historical romance. I don’t indulge too often in the genre. Not because I’m above it but because it’s usually done so poory (in my experience) that I can’t hang in. But when I find a fun one, I’m in love. I actually tuned into this one via an abridged version on tape. The main characters are a Scottish man and an English woman and it was worth the download just to listen to the reader shuttle back and forth between the two accents.

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24 responses to this post.

  1. Chris in the morning still gives my heart a little flutter
    I know he should have been my favorite character (everyone I knew said so when the show was on the air), but I never liked Chris. He reeked of artifice to me.
    Maurice always seemed the most sincere and believable to me. He was my favorite, even though I oppose every single thing he stood for.

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  2. Chris in the morning still gives my heart a little flutter
    I know he should have been my favorite character (everyone I knew said so when the show was on the air), but I never liked Chris. He reeked of artifice to me.
    Maurice always seemed the most sincere and believable to me. He was my favorite, even though I oppose every single thing he stood for.

    Reply

    • Interesting, I don’t usually think of shows in terms of who my least favorite character is.
      But for Northern Exposure I’m going to actually have to tag Maurice. I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry. I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards, although I will give them that they at least let him be a good guy.
      The only other show I watch faithfully enough right now to pick a least favorite is Lost. And Michael was definitely my least favorite, even before he turned murderous. All that hysterical yelling made me wish the Others would hand him a permanent vacation asap.

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      • I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry.
        And yet I do appreciate the symmetry. You and I and our opinions would balance a see-saw.
        I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards
        And yet you didn’t find Chris’s spiritual, hippie, happy-go-lucky Buddhist stereotypical?
        Hmm. Many of Lost‘s characters have traits I both like and dislike.
        I really dislike how Jack, without exception, responds to annoyance by screwing up his face into a humorless grin and then turning his head to the left.
        And I don’t like anything about Kate. I guess she’s my least favorite.
        But there ain’t nothing wrong with Sayid. Oh my, no.

      • I agree completely about Chris, but I guess I swallow a positive (by my perception) stereotype better than an unlikeable one. Chris may be a cliche, but so are some of my friends. I mean, my family sometimes personifies an Italian stereotype right down to the fat mama in the kitchen cooking pasta and swinging her wooden spoon at her unruly sons.
        And there is definitely nothing wrong with Sayid, who has been My Man since I first laid eyes on him. And that was in The English Patient.

      • I agree completely about Chris, but I guess I swallow a positive (by my perception) stereotype better than an unlikeable one. Chris may be a cliche, but so are some of my friends. I mean, my family sometimes personifies an Italian stereotype right down to the fat mama in the kitchen cooking pasta and swinging her wooden spoon at her unruly sons.
        And there is definitely nothing wrong with Sayid, who has been My Man since I first laid eyes on him. And that was in The English Patient.

      • I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry.
        And yet I do appreciate the symmetry. You and I and our opinions would balance a see-saw.
        I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards
        And yet you didn’t find Chris’s spiritual, hippie, happy-go-lucky Buddhist stereotypical?
        Hmm. Many of Lost‘s characters have traits I both like and dislike.
        I really dislike how Jack, without exception, responds to annoyance by screwing up his face into a humorless grin and then turning his head to the left.
        And I don’t like anything about Kate. I guess she’s my least favorite.
        But there ain’t nothing wrong with Sayid. Oh my, no.

    • Interesting, I don’t usually think of shows in terms of who my least favorite character is.
      But for Northern Exposure I’m going to actually have to tag Maurice. I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry. I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards, although I will give them that they at least let him be a good guy.
      The only other show I watch faithfully enough right now to pick a least favorite is Lost. And Michael was definitely my least favorite, even before he turned murderous. All that hysterical yelling made me wish the Others would hand him a permanent vacation asap.

      Reply

  3. Chris in the morning still gives my heart a little flutter
    I know he should have been my favorite character (everyone I knew said so when the show was on the air), but I never liked Chris. He reeked of artifice to me.
    Maurice always seemed the most sincere and believable to me. He was my favorite, even though I oppose every single thing he stood for.

    Reply

  4. I loved Chris in the Morning. Northern Exposure is one of my all-time favorite shows. Barbara Kingsolver should pay me for reading The Poisonwood Bible.

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  5. I loved Chris in the Morning. Northern Exposure is one of my all-time favorite shows. Barbara Kingsolver should pay me for reading The Poisonwood Bible.

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    • This is another fun one! Writers who owe me money. It’s hard to pick on the ones who gave me exactly what anyone should expect. People like Dean Koontz. Oh, you know who owes me money: Barbara Ehrenrich. I want all her nickels and dimes.

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    • This is another fun one! Writers who owe me money. It’s hard to pick on the ones who gave me exactly what anyone should expect. People like Dean Koontz. Oh, you know who owes me money: Barbara Ehrenrich. I want all her nickels and dimes.

      Reply

  6. I loved Chris in the Morning. Northern Exposure is one of my all-time favorite shows. Barbara Kingsolver should pay me for reading The Poisonwood Bible.

    Reply

  7. Interesting, I don’t usually think of shows in terms of who my least favorite character is.
    But for Northern Exposure I’m going to actually have to tag Maurice. I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry. I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards, although I will give them that they at least let him be a good guy.
    The only other show I watch faithfully enough right now to pick a least favorite is Lost. And Michael was definitely my least favorite, even before he turned murderous. All that hysterical yelling made me wish the Others would hand him a permanent vacation asap.

    Reply

  8. This is another fun one! Writers who owe me money. It’s hard to pick on the ones who gave me exactly what anyone should expect. People like Dean Koontz. Oh, you know who owes me money: Barbara Ehrenrich. I want all her nickels and dimes.

    Reply

  9. I’m pretty sure it’s not just a desire for symmetry.
    And yet I do appreciate the symmetry. You and I and our opinions would balance a see-saw.
    I’m just a little wearied by the portrayal of token conservatives as block-headed blowhards
    And yet you didn’t find Chris’s spiritual, hippie, happy-go-lucky Buddhist stereotypical?
    Hmm. Many of Lost‘s characters have traits I both like and dislike.
    I really dislike how Jack, without exception, responds to annoyance by screwing up his face into a humorless grin and then turning his head to the left.
    And I don’t like anything about Kate. I guess she’s my least favorite.
    But there ain’t nothing wrong with Sayid. Oh my, no.

    Reply

  10. I agree completely about Chris, but I guess I swallow a positive (by my perception) stereotype better than an unlikeable one. Chris may be a cliche, but so are some of my friends. I mean, my family sometimes personifies an Italian stereotype right down to the fat mama in the kitchen cooking pasta and swinging her wooden spoon at her unruly sons.
    And there is definitely nothing wrong with Sayid, who has been My Man since I first laid eyes on him. And that was in The English Patient.

    Reply

  11. kingsolver is one of my favorite authors.
    Someone gave me a copy of outlander in high school. I just tried to read the last one in the series and got bored and returned it to the library and repicked up outlander. Its in my list of comfort books.

    Reply

  12. kingsolver is one of my favorite authors.
    Someone gave me a copy of outlander in high school. I just tried to read the last one in the series and got bored and returned it to the library and repicked up outlander. Its in my list of comfort books.

    Reply

    • Comfort books. So great. I think The Chronicles of Narnia would be the first thing I’d reach for when doing couch time for flu recovery.

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    • Comfort books. So great. I think The Chronicles of Narnia would be the first thing I’d reach for when doing couch time for flu recovery.

      Reply

  13. kingsolver is one of my favorite authors.
    Someone gave me a copy of outlander in high school. I just tried to read the last one in the series and got bored and returned it to the library and repicked up outlander. Its in my list of comfort books.

    Reply

  14. Comfort books. So great. I think The Chronicles of Narnia would be the first thing I’d reach for when doing couch time for flu recovery.

    Reply

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