Thursday, February 26, 2015

Foraging for Dinner in the Modern Age

So, I've been interested in joining a farm share, or CSA program for a while now.  If you've never heard of the concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and it's a way of shopping super locally. How it works is, you buy a share of the produce from a local farm, and throughout the growing/harvest season, food is either delivered to your door or you pick it up directly from your farm once a week or every other week, depending on how much food you'd like to end up with. Contents of your share would include seasonal fruits and veggies, possibly eggs, butter, honey or meat, depending on what is raised at your farm of choice, and what grows well that season.
On some farms, you can even go work a shift or two during the week, to help grow your own food.
I am a horrible food grower. We live in a heavily wooded neighborhood, with a yard that's almost completely shaded by 80 year old oak trees. Not a great place to grow food. I can grow flowers and shrubs like a boss, but my attempts at adding anything edible have been a complete flop for the past 5 years running.
This year, I'm thinking we'll go with a local CSA.
This is the time of year to buy in, for us up in the North.
So I'm off to find a good local farmer, and I'll share the results of my journey as we go!

And now the updates -

Film Count 2015 : 49 
Watched this week:
(*not first viewing)

The Strangers*
A Good Marriage
Tommy Boy*
Stop at Nothing

Things that are technically TV shows even though I only watch them streaming on the computer: 12
New this week:

Nothin. Still 12

Books of 2015 : 11
New this week:

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Best Movie to Not Watch Right Now

This week we did finally get around to watching Jodorowsky's Dune, a documentary that was released in summer '13, but which we missed to see something else at the time that I can't remember now. Anyway, a few days ago, we finally wrangled a copy and got a chance to see this. It's hard to explain how fascinating and painful it is to see a movie about a movie that doesn't actually exist. There is one other similar documentary that comes to mind, Lost in LaMancha, about Terry Gilliam's failed effort to make his dream version of Don Quixote. Jodorowsky's Dune similarly discusses an epic, tantalizing, but ultimately abandoned  attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece novel, Dune, to film. Whereas Lost in LaMancha is actually cobbled together from what was intended to be behind the scenes footage of the filming of Gilliam's project, including a live action accounting of the unfortunate misadventures that ultimately derailed the production entirely, Jodorowsky's Dune tells the tale of the most brilliant movie that was never filmed.  More than a little hard to watch while in the middle of the submission doldrums - seeing a project that looks so, so perfect on paper, that ultimately comes to nothing more than a brilliantly thorough production plan, and a dream that can never be realized.

Film Count 2015 : 42
Watched this week:
(*not first viewing)

Jodorowsky's Dune
Some Velvet Morning


Things that are technically TV shows even though I only watch them streaming on the computer: 12
New this week:

BoJack Horseman

Books of 2015 : 9
New this week:

Not a dang thing. This was a writing week

Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Paperwork Season!

So, today started off with finishing and filing taxes (oh, the joy!) which somehow turned into Office Day here at the Cate household. Looking through stacks of (un-filed) paperwork and sorting a bunch of nonsense that had accumulated in the I'm Sure We'll Need This drawer turned into making phone calls and getting some hustling done. Turns out that calling the car insurance agent, the student loan provider, and the village hall is way more fun when you pretend you're in a roadshow production of Glengarry Glen Ross, instead of just your kitchen. And getting some of your bills lowered because you are a responsible adult with an aging car and a depreciating house value (still more than we paid, so score. I realize how rare that is these days) makes one feel like quite the grown up. 
And now tomorrow is free for writing. 

Film Count 2015 : 39
Watched this week:
(*not first viewing)

The Imitation Game
Spongebob - Sponge Out of Water
Our Idiot Brother*
The Fifth Element*
Gone Girl

Things that are technically TV shows even though I only watch them streaming on the computer: 10
New this week:

The Blacklist

Books of 2015 : 9
New this week:

Trigger Warning
The Real Boy

Things I'm Eagerly Awaiting in 2015 this week:

The Babadook, which is out on video finally, I believe. Whiplash, just out as well, and the 4th season of Louie.