Friday, February 4, 2011

Pop Pop Pop

Its time for the Pop Culture Round Up, Pup! It's been a while so all new things have been eeking in my brain to discuss, recommend and throw down.

We are all aware of my addiction to podcasts. Marc Maron's WTF podcast was recommended to me by many people who know what I like - and I sure like this. As with most podcasts its not very different - people talk for 1 hour. The end. Marc gets great guests and takes them to task like no one else would. My favorite episodes have been with Robin Williams, Dane Cook and other great comedians. Its sort of getting a little meta since every podcast has the same people on them - but somehow Marc Maron keeps it interesting. I've officially ended my Carolla podcast and traded it for Maron. Sorry, Aceman.

Portlandia Sketch show on IFC. Portland, Oregon. Not Portland, Maine. Sorry East Coasters. Im not going to pretend this show isnt for the inside crowd because if you havent been to Portland this makes no sense. Basically, you can take all the things you THINK about San Francisco and then apply them here, it would be sort of close. I had to get over the fact that Armisen and "whats her name from Mad Men" broke up and it seemed sketchtown when he started dating his SNL favorite sketch so far has been "Put a Bird On It" where they say if you put a bird on it, its automatically art. Who knows how long this will last and its not laugh out LOUD funny, more smugly laugh by saying "thats so true!" - but you should check out while you can.

Garfunkel & Oates: Musical Comedy Duo. Basically if you like Ani Difranco and Sarah Silverman and you love hearing shared experiences of the twentysomething experience - you will love them. They sing funny songs about hand jobs, Precious, bad songs, getting your weed card.....just google the FUCK out of them and then aim me so we can discuss and laugh our asses off. If you can see them live, dont think twice - just go for it! My personal favorite is Worst Song Ever Medley.
First there was 16 & Pregnant.
Then there was Teen Mom.
Then there was 16 & Pregnant AGAIN.
Then there was 16 & Pregnant AGAIN.
Now there's Teen Mom 2 and oh boy is it just as heart breaking as ever. Its funny how this common theme of young motherhood really does just go on and perpetuate from mother down to daughter. Janelle who had to sign her rights away to her mother for her son Jace is the hardest and most intriguing story line to witness. She is young and is unapologetic and really makes all the choices the other moms have had to rise above. I think it gives a great perspective of what sometimes happens when you get pregnant too early. I cant stop watching.

I fucking love Parks and Recreation and I want all the best for Adam Scott in his career but so far his presence on P&R is a complete waste. Rob Lowe left Brothers & Sisters so he could join and the best show on TV Party Down was cancelled to allow Adam Scott on the show. Rob Lowe is brilliantly utilized and Adam Scott has the equivalent role to Toby on The Office. Who cares? Do something more with the brilliant and EVER AMAZING Mr. Scott!

And finally -
1. See The Fighter and pretend Mark Walberg's character is being played by someone else. Its great!

2. If you have a long car trip coming up listen to Aziz Ansari's comedy album from last year but skip the encore, it will ruin the entire experience.

3. If you have ten extra dollars you should donate to my dear friends Sarah & Vicki's documentary here.

4. If you own a Wii buy Just Dance 2. You will thank me.

5. Netflix streaming and hulu plus are no replacement for cable television and stop telling people it is.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Journey

Yesterday was my 29th birthday. It was a lovely splendid day filled with many messages of celebration and delicious food and balloons. Shawn was a darling and surprised me at my book club with champagne and flowers ! I loved the gesture but I even more loved having a partner who would do little things like this for me. I am so lucky I could puke.

What does being 29 mean? And how do we measure age in relation to time? Because sometimes they seem to be 2 different things. 29 is equivalent to:

*Attending a 4 year college back-to-back 7 times in a row.

*If you could get pregnant at 1 and then had a baby every 9 months you would have 38 babies.

*29 years is a standard sentence in prison for murder - to life. So my entire life I have been alive could be your prison sentence. Depresso.

*The Berlin wall was up for longer than 29 years.

*The 29th season of SNL was 2006.

*Ive been with Shawn 3.5 years which is only 12% of my life. (dont check this math).

Anyway , I am just ready to be 30 and be done with it but will resolve to enjoy the rest of my twenties.

The recipe I made was for book club last night where we discussed the memoir The Glass Castle. It was a great book that follows a family through poverty and mental illness. There's a part in the book where they say they have nothing to eat but popcorn for a week so I thought I would take something simple and turn it into something spectacular. I think this is a great base for different kinds of combinations for the future.

Toasted Coconut Curry Cashew & Popcorn Balls
2 bags of popped popcorn (I used already buttered microwave popcorn).
1 cup cashews
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup light karo corn syrup
1/4 cup sugar
Ground Pepper & Salt

Step 1: Pop ya popcorn and set aside. MAKE SURE TO TAKE OUT ALL THE KERNELS of unpopped popcorn. Salt and pepper it to taste.

Step 2: Toast the coconut in a small pan over medium until brown. Combine with the popcorn.

Step 3: Bring a saucepan of the karo, curry and sugar to boil for 4-5 minutes stirring consistently.

Step 3: Toss the somewhat cooled mixture with a spatula until all the popcorn is covered. Using greased hands (I used olive oil) form into balls and let sit for 20 minutes. Then serve!