Tuesday, June 26, 2007

a lil' bit o' this and that

a sundry list of things that i have been up to / thinking about lately:
  • my unhealthy obsession with jane austen movies. i FINALLY got around to watching the bbc version of the mini-series and was blown away by the colin firth / jennifer ehle duo. then i watched sense & sensibility (major girl crush on kate winslet). then i re-read pride & prejudice. then i read little women (not austen, but you get my drift). they're just so... charming. simple. wholesome. with great characterization and plot.
  • i bought a knife sharpening steel at bed bath and beyond this past wknd, and holy moly. it's like i have a whole new kitchen. if you suffer from dull knives, get thee to the nearest store and buy one of these babies. they work miracles, i tell ya. plus you feel like a bad ass when you stand there making malicious knife-sharpening steel. mwahaha.
  • inspired by my sharpening steel, i made a delicious dinner on fri night: lime & honey glazed salmon over a black bean/corn/spinach salad. delish.
  • the weather in austin for the past week or so is best described as "swampy, humid, stormy rainforest" - and it looks like it's here to stay, wtf? i don't think it's rained this much in the entire 15 months i've lived here. good thing i'm escaping for vaca!
  • saturday night i went to my first tx lonestar roller girls derby. let's just that if i ever meet any of these girls i am going to do my best to stay on their good side. the best part was when they settled penalties with arm-wrestling matches or pillow fights. the mother fucking holy rollers ended up upsetting the putas del fuego, but it was a vicious fight to the end... and when i say vicious fight, i mean vicious fight. it went wayyy beyond the realm of thrown elbows and pulled hair -- we're talking full-on wrestling on the ground in roller skates, throwing punches and slamming helmets. yowza. this clip isn't fantastic, but it gives you a sense of what it's like. check out some of the fights that happen at about 2:00 left in the video:

they really take the whole "keep austin weird" thing pretty seriously, dudes.



At 8:57 PM, Blogger L Sass said...

If you love knives (what a strange intro), consider taking a Knife Skills class (or as we say, Knife Skillz). AS and I took one last fall and it was awesome! We are now stellar at chopping onions!

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Will said...

We just got an electric sharpener. I'll keep you posted as to it's effectiveness.

I have wanted to see roller derby since Dave Atell went to Austin for his old Insomniac show. Did you ever see the Rollergirls show on A&E show (which got cancelled before the end of the first season)?

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Will said...

p.s. YEE-HAW for redneck vaca!

At 9:05 PM, Blogger FoodSnob said...

Mmm...Knife sharpening...I recently got my knives sharpened for FREE at Sur La Table. Watch out. Your salmon over the salad sounds delicious. Did you grill or pan fry or roast? I just made slow roasted salmon for the first time a couple months ago and I'm telling you you MUST try it out!!

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Austin Chick said...

1. nothing beats the BBC Pride & Prejudice. I worship Jane Austen.

2. Thank you for having the huevos to attend the roller derby with me and for helping with the fliers afterword... much much appreciated!


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