Thursday, April 7, 2011

Obsession

A few random things that have been spinning around in my head of late:

Adoption - Ya think?  See here, here, and here

Brown rice - I've only recently discovered brown rice, and I like it, both for the nuttier taste and the fact that it's healthier than white rice.  But I find that I can't eat it plain, like I can white rice - plain brown rice just ends up feeling too heavy or chewy - so I've been mixing it with white rice in equal parts, which seems to be manageable for our household.  But I've read that it spoils faster than white rice (due to the oils in the outer coating that is otherwise removed for white rice), so I've been rotating our stock regularly.


Downton Abbey - I just found the first season of this Masterpiece Theatre show on streaming Netflix, and I can't get enough of it, so I'm going to be really sad when I finish the last episode of this seven-part series and have to wait for the second season (which hasn't even started filming yet, from what I've heard).  I'm a sucker for a good period piece, and this one has all the makings of a great soap opera, set in 1920s England.  It follows Lord Grantham, his American wife, and their three daughters, and the staff that manage the estate, including the conniving footman, Thomas (Rob James-Collier), who's in love with a duke.


It also features the incomparable Maggie Davis.  But she's not as pretty to look at as Rob.

2010 Kennedy Center Honors: Tribute to Jerry Herman - So I think I'm about to lose even more gay street cred here by admitting that I actually didn't know who Jerry Herman is until I saw last year's Kennedy Center Honors on TV.  Of course, I knew a few tunes from Mame (having seen our friend, Patrick, in a touring production a few years back), but I didn't know or remember Herman by name.  Of all the Center tributes last year, I think this one was by far the best.  Matthew Morrison - say what you will about his freakishly thick, apparently-Lubriderm-styled hair, but the man can dance and sing.  And Christine Ebersole and Christine Baranski are always a riot.  The only weak spot in this segment is poor Matthew Bomer, who's a cutie-patootie (and apparent member of the religion), but really can't hold up his end of the deal in his duo.  It's worth a watch to the end, particularly when the curtain raises on the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C.




I've been watching this at least two to three times a week on my commute home since I found on the clip on YouTube, even though it annoys the crap outta me when we hit a cell phone dead zone and it freezes up on my phone.

2010 Kennedy Center Honors: Tribute to Paul McCartney - I didn't care much for the McCartney tribute, except for this last segment, featuring James Taylor and Mavis Staples.  To me, the best part was seeing the entire audience up on their feet, waving those little blue lights together.  Awesome.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Download a free program called Freecorder (PC only I think) that puts a bar on your browser that copies any youtube videos you see. It has a built in converter so you can put a version on almost any device then you don't have to worry about cell dead zones. I use it to put video clips on my Touch and iPad.