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Really Fast Weekend in Review

And I'm doing this new thing where I try only focusing on the positive...we'll see how long it lasts. :p

Friday

- My firm has tickets to all the events at the local arena. They had six extras for an upcoming Sting concert. Shockingly, only $48.50 each. Guess who won two in the office lottery? ME!!!

- Battlestar Galactica - OMG, does Apollo have really nice arms. Thank you dear clothing designers for opting to go with those sleeveless tees. And I *adored* the final scene which, of course, involved Apollo who I think is being added to my list of TV boyfriends. The rest of the ep? So-so.

Saturday

- The big winter storm finally hit us. Good news is I had plenty of food, cleaning to do, and DVDs to watch. The Las Vegas marathon has begun. I've gotten through six eps so far enough to notice some subtle and not so subtle changes that have been made. I think I may need to listen to part of the commentary for the premiere. It's pretty obvious Mary was a hooker (she had several "dates") in the pilot ep, yet, in the voiceover, Danny tells the audiance to get their minds out of the gutter, she's an 'events coordinator'. Uh-huh. I'm thinking I'm on board with what was possibly network interference there.

- Oh, I also watched Enterprise and it didn't completely suck! Hey, that counts as a positive thought...

Sunday

- Saw In Good Company *finally* and it did not fail to meet my expectations. Everyone in the film was terrific (yes, Topher, you've proved it's safe to leave That 70's Show) and while the ending may have been a little too sugar coated, I thought the film did a good job of portraying the sad state of today's corporate world.

- I just saw that Johnny Carson died. :( I actually remember staying up late to watch his monologues. I doubt that there will ever be anyone else like him in the talk show realm ever again.

Now, I'm off to make stuffed pasta shells and sauce almost entirely from scratch. "Almost" because no way am I motivated enought to make my own pasta.
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I'm off to make stuffed pasta shells and sauce almost entirely from scratch. "Almost" because no way am I motivated enought to make my own pasta.

So, you'll open the Ragu yourself?
First off, I hate Ragu - never touch the stuff. Second, I actually, successfully, made sauce from scratch. The only quibble I had was it was not as thick as I generally like. I'll perfect it yet.
Hope you don't mind my commenting, but I wanted to mention a trick my grandma had to make the sauce thicker - tilt the cover just a little to let the steam out.
I actually cooked it uncovered for awhile to let a lot of steam out. I have this screen thing I can put over the pot to prevent the sauce from splattering all over the place. Letting the steam escape helped a bit, but I think I needed to let it simmer longer in order to get the consistecy I wanted. I'll remember next time to start the sauce first. :)
The screen thing sounds really convenient, I need to look into getting one :) It's true, the longer you simmer it the thicker it gets, and if it gets too thick you can always add a little water to it.

Oh no, Johnny Carson died? That's terrible. I can't believe it.

I was always sort of hoping he would come back to the Tonight Show. :(
I'd always hoped we'd see him again too. Just last week I read that unbeknownst to most people he'd been giving jokes for David Letterman to use in his monologue since he retired. It's odd to think we were still laughing at his material and weren't aware of it.
I hope you have all the required ingredients. There's nothing so frustrating as being caught without an onion when you are in cooking mode. *sighs*
I *love* onion, so that's the one ingridient I never have to worry I'm without. But, yeah, I know the heartbreak of having your mind (and stomach) set on making something only to come up short an ingredient. :(
First off, congrats on the tickets! Even if you had to pay for them, it would be a bargain nowadays.

If you want to check out Jamie Bamber (Apollo) in other things he's done, rent the first two Horation Hornblower series. He was very good in them, and he had a small part in Band of Brothers as well, and had a convincing American accent (his mother is from Michigan!).

I felt so bad when I heard about Johnny Carson. I used to stay up and watch his monologues too, and the show when my mom and dad would let me. No one did it better.

Good luck with the stuffed shells, I'd like to hear your recipe :)
I didn't even realize Jamie was British until I was watching a Galactica special that ran before the premiere. He does a terrific American accent. He could give Hugh Laurie a run for his money. ;)

His mom's from Michigan? Maybe I could track his family down.....

The stuffed shells is relatively simple (hence me being willing to make them). And I like that you can throw just about anything in them. This time I used three kinds of cheese (heavy on the mozerella), leftover chicken, and leftover cauliflower though I think broccoli would work better. Then I just layer the pan with sauce, place them in, and then cover with more sauce and bake for 45 minutes.

I experimented with making sauce for the first time - extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, basil, and crushed tomatoe. And I discovered the trick to not burning the garlic - heat the oil on low. Simple trick, yes, but I'm always so impatient. :p
I was reading the Sunday magazine section this morning, I forget which one, and read that Hugh Laurie loves to play American jazz - he plays piano, and his kids play the other instruments. What a neat thing :)

The shells sound really good, and so does your sauce - that's pretty much how I make mine too. I'm more partial to basil than oregano when I'm making sauce, it's sweeter. I tend to be impatient too, so I also have to watch the garlic :) I bet the cauliflower tasted good, I love it, and broccoli, both very Italian vegetables, so they would be equally fine.
I also saw In Good Company over the weekend, and I liked it a lot. Obviously Topher Grace is the real talent from That '70s Show, not Ashton Kusher. :)

I was so sad about Johnny Carson's death. When I was a teenager, I used to always sit up and watch The Tonight Show and Late Night With David Letterman during the summer, when I didn't have to get up and go to school the next day, and I just loved Johnny.
I actually heard that FOX wants to bring That 70s Show show back next season without the two stars (apologies to the rest of teh cast, but no one is tuning in for them). Isn't Red calling Eric Dumbass and Kelso being just plain dumb what's helped keep that show going? And shouldn't they be in the 80's by now???

And now you've made me all nostelgic for the Carson/Letterman combo. =(
I haven't been to a big arena concert in years because I just refuse to shell out $125 bucks to sit in the nosebleeds behind a column and squint to see the tiny, tiny antlike people onstage. (Then again, most bands I like aren't big enough to play arenas.) It's great that you got tickets for $50. Isn't that pretty much unheard of these days?
The last arena show I went to (same arena) was to see The Dave Matthews Band and that had to be like six years ago.

The $50 ticket price was unheard of to me. Sting could easily get twice that. Today a friend at work informed me that she's going to be getting U2 tickets tomorrow online (she belongs to their fan club and has first crack at seats) and they too are selling general admission tickets for $50. Maybe these guys actually feel they have enough money and don't want to bleed their fans?
- My firm has tickets to all the events at the local arena. They had six extras for an upcoming Sting concert. Shockingly, only $48.50 each. Guess who won two in the office lottery? ME!!!


Ooh, congrats! Very cool.

- Saw In Good Company *finally* and it did not fail to meet my expectations.

Oh, how much do i want to see that. Good to know it was as good as I'm sure i'm expecting too.

I actually remember staying up late to watch his monologues.

Oh me too. I especially loved when he had animals on. The expression on his face as a monkey sat atop his head was always priceless.
I always loved the animal bits too. I'm actually breaking down and watching Leno tonight because he's devoting the show to Johnny and will be showing highlights of his career. I'm assuming Letterman will do as much as he can in the way of a tribute too, but he had a repeat scheduled for tonight.
I liked In Good Company too. I love Topher even more now for doing a smart, genuinely funny comedy instead of something in the "football in the groin" genre.
Topher has made some really good career choices. It's clear that he's thinking long term (and in terms of being an actor as opposed to a movie star) taking small roles in quality projects (Ocean's 11, Traffic) and lately going the indie route. Heck, I even thought Win A Date With Tad Hamilton was a pretty good film for the romantic comedy genre.

Awwww, it's Hyde and Jackie. :)