Kitchen Refresh

Happy Monday! Go Speed Racer, Gilmore Girls Fashion & More

Kitchen Refresh

I’ve got two two ovens and a microphone.

Happy Monday! How was Halloween? I had one great costume that totally worked out and one secret costume that I a) couldn’t finish in time and b) decided I didn’t want to wear out anyway, because it was pouring down rain, even for Oregon. The streets (and many of my friends’ basement) flooded like you wouldn’t believe.

I don’t know if the secret costume will ever come to light, but I’ll post of pic of my cheetah costume (courtesy of American Apparel–simple! Comfy!) here.

Cheetah Costume

Warm, covered, super comfy–even the boots!

Important Life Stuff

My good friend J. Rachel Edidin (half of the genius behind Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, former editor at Dark Horse Comics, and writer for WiredPlayboyKotakuComics Alliance, and more) made the brave and joyous announcement that xe is trans, complete with an incredible Speed Racer costume and a delightful article in which Jay imagines a trans Speed Racer movie.

Full disclosure: when writing the above paragraph, I caught myself using gendered pronouns. To me (and I think to a lot of people), learning the respectful way to refer to and support our transgender friends and family is still undercharted territory. Fortunately, Jay is clear, direct, and kind–plus, I found the Gender Neutral Pronoun Blog, which also helped. “Xe” is a gender-neutral alternative to she or he!

Home Improvement

My kitchen update is pretty much done, yay! To recap: new counter tops, new tile backsplash, new oven, and a new faucet. The color change for the backsplash (black to white) necessitated that we swap out our plugs and switches, too. It looks great, and All in One Restoration and Maintenance did a great job. Now, of course, I’m looking at the rest of the kitchen and thinking, hmm. To continue the spruce up, I’m going to paint the walls and trim and update the cabinet hardware. And scrub the bejeezus out of the floor. I’ll do a full blog post soon.

Entertainment and Fashion

Did you know Gilmore Girls is coming back, via four 90-minute Netflix movies? And that each will center around a season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall? I’m excited and hoping that the series will finally get the send-off it deserves (or if it’s super-successful, that we’ll get more movies).

I’m hoping it feels like old-school GG, but The Muse is hoping for one big change: a new costumer. They hate the costumes. I don’t really agree, but I love the watercolor paintings in this article!

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Maureen O'Hara

Happy Monday! Horror Movies and Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Don’t tell me what to do, Mitch!

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was relaxing and/or productive. I spent mine finally slipcovering the post in our basement (I’ll post photos when it’s finished). My folks covered it in foam to baby proof it oh, about . . . six months ago? Yes, I suck. But I suck more because I put the batting on it a month ago, so baby Sarah has been trying to grab handfuls of it for months while I kept forgetting to go buy an upholstery needle. Today is the day, my friends!

Are you ready for Halloween? I have two costumes half finished, both of which are halfway inappropriate for a 40-year-old woman, but I’ve decided this might be my last hurrah: nursing has left me skinny with boobs, I’ll surely never look like this again.

On to our links!

Movies

Looking to watch some horror flicks to get into the Halloween spirit? Check out 20 Netflix Horror Movies Worth Watching.

Want to experience a different type of horror? Maureen O’Hara, an amazing, spirited actress, died this week, so I wanted to watch one of her movies. I found McLintock! on Hulu, and holy father of the patriarchy! That is an unpleasant film, especially the end, where O’Hara’s character–a women who left her husband because he cheated on her–is chased through town while her dress ripped off, while the whole town cheers (including her daughter), until her husband catches her and spanks her! In public! With a coal shovel! And then she has to chase him down and hop on the back of his buggy to get home. Yeahhhh. I should’ve broken my rule and watched A Miracle on 34th Street instead.

I wanted to watch the original Parent Trap, but it’s not available for streaming anywhere–yet, that is. Turns out Disney will launch their own subscription-based service (in Europe, but likely also in the US), and yes, I’ll probably pony up!

How Not to Behave

If you want to learn how not to behave in a restaurant, or want to commiserate with fellow restaurant employees, make sure to read Behind Closed Ovens on Kitchenette every Monday morning. This week’s entry, More of the World’s Worst Restaurant Customers, Part 2, made my blood boil in a satisfying way.

In honor of fall and delicious cold-weather food, I’ll be posting my Grandma Forsythe’s famous spaghetti sauce recipe later today–keep your eyes peeled!