Category Archives: television

Grabbing a few moments…

It’s been a whirlwind since my mother-in-law arrived on Monday.  Which is nuts, because she has slowed down considerably over the past year with some stomach complaints and other ails.  But for a 78-year-old, the woman outlasts me in the kitchen.  She’s been cooking non-stop for the last couple of days, with time-out only to shop (for more food, to cook), and for some visits and chats on the phone.

And for the Turkish soap-operas.  There are two that she likes in particular, Alia and Assi.  They are shown on MBC which I’m guessing stands for Middle Eastern Broadcasting Company, or something like that and they are either dubbed into Arabic, or filmed in Arabic. I think she gets them at her apartment in Stockholm on satellite television.  We don’t get MBC here, so we found the programs online at the MBC website, but they weren’t up to date.  My nephew in Paris was able to direct me to a website that has more recent episodes, so she watches them on my laptop after her work is done in the kitchen.  Z and I were sitting in the living room last night watching something on TV and he kept smiling as the romantic music would get louder from the kitchen, with Arabic exclamations of love, or whatever.

She’s been keeping me pretty busy as sous-chef and driver, and I love listening to her stories.  So I haven’t had too much time to read these days, but yesterday I managed to finish Giller-Prize-winning novel The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre.  It is a compelling portrait of a priest involved in “managing” the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Canada.  MacIntyre writes with an authoritative voice and portrays the parties involved in all sides of this tragedy.  Highly recommended.

I’m on to Audry Niffenegger’s most recent (after The Time Traveler’s Wife) called Her Fearful Symmetry.

Who knew? He’s Welsh!

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or something…

I’ve been following ABC’s Brothers and Sisters since it started, and it’s a very interesting drama with a great cast, including Sally Field, Patricia Wettig, Calista Flockhart, and Rob Lowe.  It’s been getting pretty tense this season, and so when I noticed that my Tivo had picked up an episode of The View with guests Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, I watched it while folding laundry.
As part of the segment, they did a tour of the B&S set, led by Matthew Rhys who plays brother Kevin Walker.  I had never noticed his (real) name before, and when he started speaking with a Welsh accent, I though he was putting it on.  And then it became apparent that it IS his real voice, and his Kevin Walker accent is put on!  Holy cow! Another Hugh Laurie/Gregory House thing (although he’s a Brit, but you get my drift.)
I have a thing for accents.  Z initially won me over with his cute Lebanese-French accent.  And let me tell you, I could listen to Matthew Rhys lecture on particle physics and pay total attention.  Here’s a clip from the YouTube, an interview with ABC News, talking about his role on Brothers and Sisters.

Who knew? He’s Welsh!

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock or something…

I’ve been following ABC’s Brothers and Sisters since it started, and it’s a very interesting drama with a great cast, including Sally Field, Patricia Wettig, Calista Flockhart, and Rob Lowe.  It’s been getting pretty tense this season, and so when I noticed that my Tivo had picked up an episode of The View with guests Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, I watched it while folding laundry.

As part of the segment, they did a tour of the B&S set, led by Matthew Rhys who plays brother Kevin Walker.  I had never noticed his (real) name before, and when he started speaking with a Welsh accent, I though he was putting it on.  And then it became apparent that it IS his real voice, and his Kevin Walker accent is put on!  Holy cow! Another Hugh Laurie/Gregory House thing (although he’s a Brit, but you get my drift.)

I have a thing for accents.  Z initially won me over with his cute Lebanese-French accent.  And let me tell you, I could listen to Matthew Rhys lecture on particle physics and pay total attention.  Here’s a clip from the YouTube, an interview with ABC News, talking about his role on Brothers and Sisters.

Reading:  Just finished Blackouts by Craig Boyko and The School Of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister.  The first is terrific collection of short-stories, very astute, some rather dark.  The second was a light set of interrelated stories, or maybe a novel, set around a cooking school.  Each chapter gives the back story for one of the students (or couples).  It was moderately moving at times, but not hugely engaging.  Am now reading Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O’Brien.  I picked this up after listening to an interview with O’Brien on the BBC World Book Club podcast

Listening:  I’ve been catching up on a few Vinyl Cafe podcasts, the Two Edge Talk series on education, BBC Thinking Allowed, and the last few episodes of King Leary on CBC’s Between the Covers.  
Watching:  The two hour episode of Brothers and Sisters last night.  Sheesh!  What a roller coaster.  Wild Roses is also moving along.  Saw the season finale of (spoiler link) Top Chef  and, well, felt so sad for the person who was essentially out before the food was even plated.  
Cooking:  Nothing much new in the kitchen these days.  Tried this Southwestern Flank Steak in the crock pot to raves.  Very piquante, and great leftovers.
Knitting: I needed to darn a navy wool sweater belonging to Z…it had a hole right on the chest so I needed a good colour match.  I ended up buying a ball of sock yarn, so once I used the 10″ of wool required to darn the hole, I decided to start a pair of matching socks using this pattern.  Unfortunately, it’s using more wool than I thought, so I will need to buy another ball, which will require a drive all the way out to Michael’s in Mississauga (if I want to try to get the same dye lot on this inexpensive brand of wool.)

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Reading:  Just finished Blackouts

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 by Craig Boyko and The School Of Essential Ingredients

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 by Erica Bauermeister.  The first is terrific collection of short-stories, very astute, some rather dark.  The second was a light set of interrelated stories, or maybe a novel, set around a cooking school.  Each chapter gives the back story for one of the students (or couples).  It was moderately moving at times, but not hugely engaging.  Am now reading Country Girls Trilogy

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 by Edna O’Brien.  I picked this up after listening to an interview with O’Brien on the BBC World Book Club podcast

Listening:  I’ve been catching up on a few Vinyl Cafe podcasts, the Two Edge Talk series on education, BBC Thinking Allowed, and the last few episodes of King Leary on CBC’s Between the Covers.  

Watching:  The two hour episode of Brothers and Sisters last night.  Sheesh!  What a roller coaster.  Wild Roses is also moving along.  Saw the season finale of (spoiler link) Top Chef  and, well, felt so sad for the person who was essentially out before the food was even plated.  

Cooking:  Nothing much new in the kitchen these days.  Tried this Southwestern Flank Steak in the crock pot to raves.  Very piquante, and great leftovers.

Knitting: I needed to darn a navy wool sweater belonging to Z…it had a hole right on the chest so I needed a good colour match.  I ended up buying a ball of sock yarn, so once I used the 10″ of wool required to darn the hole, I decided to start a pair of matching socks using this pattern.  Unfortunately, it’s using more wool than I thought, so I will need to buy another ball, which will require a drive all the way out to Michael’s in Mississauga (if I want to try to get the same dye lot on this inexpensive brand of wool.)

Food, frugality, and Dwight Schrute

For all you The Office fans, and even those who aren’t. This is a very funny post titled “11 Things Dwight K. Schrute Has Taught Me About Food and Frugality“.

For example:

DWIGHT SAYS: “My grandfather left me a 60-acre working beet farm. I run it with my cousin Mose. We sell beets to the local stores and restaurants. It’s a nice little farm … sometimes teenagers use it for sex.”
DWIGHT MEANS: Buy local.
Not only does it support neighborhood farmers (who need security to keep randy kids away), but food that’s shipped from nearby tastes better, is better for you, and is easier on the environment.

Food, frugality, and Dwight Schrute

For all you The Office fans, and even those who aren’t. This is a very funny post titled “11 Things Dwight K. Schrute Has Taught Me About Food and Frugality“.

For example:

DWIGHT SAYS: “My grandfather left me a 60-acre working beet farm. I run it with my cousin Mose. We sell beets to the local stores and restaurants. It’s a nice little farm … sometimes teenagers use it for sex.”
DWIGHT MEANS: Buy local.
Not only does it support neighborhood farmers (who need security to keep randy kids away), but food that’s shipped from nearby tastes better, is better for you, and is easier on the environment.

Canadian, and wanna watch one of your fave US TV shows online? Ixnay.

I fell asleep before “Brothers and Sisters” started last night. Usually, I have my Tivo backup and I just watch it the next day. But Z pre-empted me so that he could record Elizabeth so I didn’t have it.

I went to the ABC website to catch the episode online and it turns out you have to be living in the US to see the videos. Dang! I guess there’s no way I can hide my location.

Now I’ll have to see if I can find a re-run and record it.

Canadian, and wanna watch one of your fave US TV shows online? Ixnay.

I fell asleep before “Brothers and Sisters” started last night. Usually, I have my Tivo backup and I just watch it the next day. But Z pre-empted me so that he could record Elizabeth so I didn’t have it.

I went to the ABC website to catch the episode online and it turns out you have to be living in the US to see the videos. Dang! I guess there’s no way I can hide my location.

Now I’ll have to see if I can find a re-run and record it.