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This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.
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Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.
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Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.
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Bosc, bartlett, and asian pears, black twig, neorthernspy,Esopus Spitzenberg apples, quince, persimmons, figs, pita, tiropita, and milopita (apple handpie!).

Also, I harvest the Table Gold acorn squash this week -- 3 squash, for a total of 2lbs. It also looks like I'll get at least 2 cups of cowpeas once they're finished drying, and at least some Tarbais runner beans, though probably not enough for a cassoulet.
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Sons kimchi, tiny bartlett pears, arlet apples, lamb ragu, spinach & ricoota ravioli, smoked paprika pappardelle, pita, Greek chickpea salad, spanakopita, crabapple verjus (suddenly several Tudor recipes become possible!), shishito peppers, figs, and pawpaws.

Ran into [personal profile] temve and [personal profile] ell finally -- they shop much later than I do usually, but I had an early eye doctor appointment. I need to start planning autumn outings, as the Noir City DC film fest is coming up, as well as VelocityDC Dance, the new Synetic Theater season, the Takoma Park Street Festival and probably a dozen other things...
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I harvested two of the candy roaster squash today -- on was 8lb and the other was 13.5lb.

Someone stole the third one of the garden sometime in the last week -- so I have a terrible neighbor, somewhere.

The table gold acorn squash are progressing well. I might harvest one of those soon as well.
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I went with [personal profile] greenygal to Small Press Expo today. [profile] ipleasance was supposed to come put came up sick; [personal profile] greenygal got her hardcopies of Check Please!.

There was, as always, a lot of incredible talent on display! The stand-out for me was the art forReturn of the Dapper Men (available from TopShelf)-- I talked to the artist Janet Lee brief, and looked a some pages of artwork she had brought. It's decoupage!

Also, I picked up an A to Z minicomic of dinosaurs. It was adorable, and I wound up talking to the artist about opposite birds. There weren't nearly enough dinosaur or science books this year, in my opinion, but I admit it's a niche interest.

When we were gearing up to leave, we chatted with a librarian from NY (city or state, I don't know) about some of the middle-readers we'd seen. She was there on a press pass, so I hope she can get a good story and write-ups for some of the more interesting books into the library trade publications. There are a lot of really interesting and diverse works out there that need more exposure.
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I made a quick marinara sauce by browning the hot Italian sausage I bought yesterday, adding a 28oz can of crushed tomato, garlic, dried oregano, a fresh bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. When it was finished and the pasta was al dente, I hand shredded the basil over the pasta, and then ladled on the sauce. It smells wonderful, and I will have delicious lunches all week!
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I just made a batch of Peach Salsa with fish peppers instead of salsa. I had a little bit of the salsa that didn't fit in the jars, so I saved in a plastic container and will see how it goes with crab cakes after mellowing in the fridge for a few days.

I have high hopes, but I also bought anaheim peppers to try varying this recipe and see how it works. It's just refrigerator salsa, but it looks tasty.
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Chocolate and ivory bell peppers, poblano chiles, anaheim chiles, shishito peppers, yellow Bartlett pears, Magness pears, Italian prune plums, dill quark, chocolate milk, red and yellow onions, Blondee apples, loose hot Italian sausage, rustic wheat bread, chicken empanada, and tamale del elote.
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I went to see The Limehouse Golem with [personal profile] greenygal, [profile] ipleasance, and A Fan to Be Named Later.

It is an excellent movie, well-plotted, well-acted, and beautifully shot, and I recommend you see it if you can.

It does have brief scenes of gore -- it's about the search for a serial killer in the Limehouse district of Victorian London -- so be warned if that's a dealbreaker.

Also, when I looked up the screenwriter, Jane Goldman, because I was impressed with how she'd got the jigsaw plot to resolve, it turns out that I've already seen and liked quite a few of her works, including Kingsmen, X-men First Class, and Stardust!
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Figs, Magness pears, smoked salmon and tilapia empanadas, crab cakes, ham and cheese scone, vegetarian quiche, green fish peppers, lamb ragu, smoked paprika papadelle, spinach & burratta ravioli, and 23.5lbs of peaches (there was a bag sale).

I'm planning on making peach-and-fish-pepper salsa, and maybe a couple of other recipes, like spiced pickled peaches. But that's for tomorrow. Right now, I'm getting warm again as today is non-stop drizzling, which sucks all the heat out of the air.
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I had to help with the inventory of a -80C freezer at work today, and wound up feeling extra-tired as a result. So I decided to stop at Whole Foods, pick up some prepared food, and not worry about dinner or lunch tomorrow. And I picked up a bottle of soy sauce, since I was out.

And since it rained all day today, it was cold and damp and slippery when I got off the bus, and I dropped my grocery bag.

... the bottle of soy sauce shattered.

Luckily most of my groceries were wrapped in plastic or in sturdy cardboard containers, but I had to quickly get everything home, transfer everything for lunch tomorrow and Thursday into different containers, and wash all of the soy out of my reusable grocery bag. I suspect it will still smell.

But I have had dinner that I didn't have to cook, I have lunch for tomorrow all ready to go, and I can go to bed without worrying...

...but I do have to go to the grocery to get another bottle of soy sauce, damnit.
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The party went well, lots of fun, snacks, and conviviality. However, it turns out the Visit Mars puzzle from the New York Puzzle Company is far harder than most of the 1000-piece puzzles because of highly irregular shapes and the big blocks of primary colors. I think I'll look to get one of their 500-piecers, maybe Kepler-16b or Farmers Wanted, for the next party.

Also, I have far too much left-over kettle corn, so I'll take it into work tomorrow.

Lastly, I trimmed back the squash plants today, but I suspect I will be giving away a goodly amount of the things anyway by decorative gourd season. The candy roasters are enormous! I've only spotted one of the acorn squash, but I suspect there are more lurking under the leaves.
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Three flavors of kettle corn (for the jigsaw party tomorrow), baby ginger (for ginger ale, likewise), purple seedless grapes, muscadine grapes, cherry tomatoes, tiropita, spanokopita, beet and red pepper spread, pita, figs, shishito peppers, and a framboisine.

Met with [personal profile] fabrisse at the US Botanical Gardens to see the corpse flower -- it hadn't bloomed yet, but it was at 93.75 inches, which is enormous. Also, it apparently stank badly, but I've been stuffed up (mild hayfever, maybe?) so the only scent I really noticed without rubbing leaves was from the allspice tree later on. I did get some photos, which I may put up later. The staff had part of the frill from the blooms early in the week on display as well, which was interesting to see, as well as another species of Amorphophallus -- the Kyushu Voodoo Lily, which was much smaller but still an impressive size.

We went to NMAI for lunch at the Mitisam Cafe -- she had the Plate of 4 Colors, and I had Salmon with Peach compote. The peach compote was savory as they'd add chile pepper (powder, at least) to it. It made for an excellent accompaniment to the salmon, and I think next week if the peaches are still cheap at the market, I'll try making peach salsa with some of the fish peppers I have. She tried their peach agua fresca, which was pleasant, and I had the pineapple ginger, which was superb.

Afterwards, we went up to the third floor for the exhibit The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire. It was amazing to be able to see khipu close up, among other things -- I could actually see the difference in thread colors and the handedness of the knots that I'd only read about previously. I rather want a SF/Fantasy story where the Inka are used as the basis, instead of another fake-European medieval fantasy...but that's probably as much research as an alternate history novel where the Mongols conquer Europe all the way to France...
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After having dinner at B Too with [personal profile] fabrisse on Friday (Restaurant Week meant I got to have beet salad, venison with eggplant, and a 'donut' waffle) and going to Rus-Uz (Chicken Kiev and Kiev cake, and Mors to drink) with [personal profile] greenygal yesterday after helping her assemble a bookcase, I met up with [profile] ellen_frememdon and the Vegan Knitter for dinner at Pete's Pizza, as they have half-priced pies on Mondays as long as you eat in and order something other than the smallest ones.

So I finally got to try the pineapple pizza, Q Bridge, which was excellent and had way more argula on top than I was expecting. But since argula is one of the few green I actually like (not bitter, like most Brassicaceae, and not leaf-flavored, like most lettuce), that was all right.

Also, I got to use a pinhole project at work today to see the eclipse -- 80% partial in my area, since we weren't in the path of totality. But still, very neat.
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Dozen eggs, chicken empanada, corn tamale, donut peaches, yellow-fleshed plums, blueberries, batard of country white bread, bag of mixed greens.
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I met [personal profile] greenygal to see Rashomon today, which is one of Kuraoawa's more famous films and a seminal role for Toshiro Mifune. There's a documentary on Mifune on Tuesday night that I might go to.

Walking back to my place, I was bothered by a man who complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it, but then asked if I wanted to make a friend. Given that this indicated he was either trying to pick me up or try to talk to me about Jesus, I told him I was full up on friends and walked away from him faster. Further home, another man tried to get my attention and when I ignored him, called me 'a fat bitch'. I turned around and called him out; his only come-back was 'fat bitch' again.

I'm really tired of men, and it's almost always men, that think a woman being out in public is required to give them the attention they want. It was really annoying because I was obviously walking with someone, but I guess they think that because I was with another woman, that doesn't count.

Anyway, we got both my Kallax units put together, with only a minor mishap. I'll get things moved around tomorrow and during the rest of the week. Hopefully having that much more shelf space will help with the de-cluttering!
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Tiropita, mini-spanakopita, seasonal olive oil lemon cake, bougatsa, pita. I'm meeting [personal profile] fabrisse at the Takoma market tomorrow, so I'll buy fruit then.

I looked at the various wineries and breweries for gift ideas -- my parents' 75th birthdays are next month, and food or alcohol is generally a reliable gift. One of the the brewers pressed when I wouldn't try their samples and just wanted their suggestions based on what their popular items are and my parents tastes (Mom likes Negra Modelo and cafe con leche -- so coffee liqueor made with caramel syrup? maybe?) -- so he got the blunt explanation that all alcohol tastes like cat piss to me -- though next time, I might say 'tastes like soap'; it's similarly inaccurate, but viscerally repulsive to most people so might get my distaste across better. It did make me less inclined to buy his products, that's for sure.

Huh... my sister's 50th birthday is also next month. Maybe I should get her a bottle or two of the fancy vinegar. They had Wild Rose, Wisteria, and Chamomile vinegars today, and while I didn't like the taste of the first, the other two were interesting. Maybe one sweet vinegar and one savory, like Ramp or Heirloom Pepper?
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Spanokopita, pint of cherry tomatoes, donut peaches, red raspberries, blueberries, early apples, bell peppers, and onions.

I'll make red raspberry jam soon.

Also, I went to Behnke's with the Vegan Knitter and got my orchids looked at. Two are in bigger pots, one got its medium changed, and the other is doing just fine. I'll go back around February and have them checked again. I spent a good while chatting with a couple and their godson about fall vegetable gardening (including a plug for growstuff) as we all waited to be seen, so that was nice. I did successfully make a saving throw against the 40% off sale, even though that included 'ornamental' pepper plants. I did pick up some seed packets, so it looks like I'm going to try Romanseco Broccoli again. Maybe I should start the seeds now..?


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