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Ding Dongs are my kryptonite

First of all, y'all know it's the season premiere of Glee tonight, right? Fox. 9 PM or so. Check your local listings. You're going to want to record it. Trust me on this.

I went to see Julie & Julia (or is it the other way around?) this weekend, and voila: another check in the over-40 romance column. I'm telling you guys, it's like a fad or something. I'm not complaining. Stanley Tucci has really got something. Uh huh. It's like, I dunno, intelligence? Anyway, it's swell and all, but looking at all that Bavarian Cream made me feel a bit inadequate, culinarily speaking. I mean, I can knock out a mean bundt (ask anyone) and my Xmas cookies are verging on legendary (to those in the know), but I'm just never going to be Julia Child. Also, although I keep asking him not to, MiAmor occasionally buys boxes of Ding Dongs, and I am completely powerless to resist them. Uniform little hockey pucks of chocolate cake, with a very thin layer of something that might pass for chocolate ganache frosting, and a dollop of creme inside, wrapped in a shiny square of foil, like those Sucrets lozenges used to have.
They are un-nature's perfect food. I don't think Julia would've looked twice at one. There's a little café down the street, Tartine, whose cooks know all the secrets of butter and pastry, and I have been struck dumb with wonder after a bite of something there. But still: Ding Dongs.


ETA - BtVS Season 8 #28 spoilers:

It's moving along, but I'm not sure what to think about a) Willow's inexplicable change of attitude, or b) what Buffy's got going on in that pretty little head. It might just be me, but I have a hard time (and a little bit of squick) believing that she'd up and get romantically interested in Xander once she's lost her super-slayer-strength. I mean, she did date other "normal" guys before, but never thought of Xander that way. To the point that he seems pretty much brotherly love material. Sure, time has passed, and she had the dream of kissing (then inadvertently decapitating) him, and he's one of very few available men in the Slayer Army. But really? Now that I'm weak as a kitten, we can go out? I'm hoping that the look of shock is that of seeing her kid sister all grown up. It's surprise, right? Please, god, let it be surprise and not all the bad stuff. Because, seriously, if you don't want to be with someone when you're at your best, it's pretty messed up to want to make yourself feel better on them when you're down. I'm convinced that Buffy already learned this lesson. Right?


Work has been plentiful lately. I'd like to think that means something, but it's hard to tell. All I know is that this Universal Healthcare dealio is going to mean a lot to my (healthy, self-employed) family. I'm on pins and needles wondering if Mr. President, Sir is going to pull it out tonight. C'mon, baby! Make me believe it! (And everybody else, too.)


Besos to all on this lovely Wednesday night!

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sassy_lion
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I'm gonna miss Glee, but I'm sure it'll be on the Fox site, (otherwise I'm going to have to DL from eztv or something) so I don't think I'll be missing it by much as long as people put their spoilers behind cuts...

Also, although I keep asking him not to, MiAmor occasionally buys boxes of Ding Dongs, and I am completely powerless to resist them.

So it really was a good thing that I didn't put those in the room during Writercon? :-P
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I'd never have made it to any panels, because of being weakened by the kryptonite in them. ;-}
penny_lane_42
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I'll definitely be downloading Glee tomorrow--I'm excited! Show's got potential. And Jayma Mays, who I have a bit of a girlcrush on.

I'm not a huge fan of romcoms, but I do love over-40 romances. Plus: food porn! Do you think it's worth checking out despite my apathy toward the genre at large?

Hee! Ding Dongs!

I'm waiting in expectation to see what he says tonight, too. We shall see!
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
It's definitely not a romcom, though there is both romance and comedy, occasionally at the same time. I share your antipathy for the genre, although I did adore Intolerable Cruelty, 'cos: Coens. Actually I love romcoms from the 20s to the 60s, but then it all went to heck. *shakes fist at the 70s*

It's about making your life worthwhile, and not letting the bastards get you down. As for whether to see it now or later, all I can say is it's been out for awhile, but the audience still applauded at the end. So, why not?
penny_lane_42
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Ah, that's good! They were marketing it like a romcom, so I'm glad to know it isn't.

And I hear you about early romcoms: my mama raised me on It Happened One Night and His Girl Friday and all that sort of thing, and I will love them forever. It breaks my heart that the genre devolved so much. It's one of my goals to write a screenplay that brings the wit and the intelligence back.

Also: yay Coens!

You've sold me. Of course, I'm unemployed at the moment, so I won't be seeing it in theaters, but I'll be sure to get it from the library when it comes out.
zanthinegirl
Sep. 10th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Julie & Julia (or possibly the other way around! I'm not sure either) was wonderful. Not only was it about hero/ines over 40, but it was well written and thoughtful. If hollywood made more movies like that I wouldn't mind the $10/ticket prices!

Well, I'd probably still mind, but I'd be more likely to spend it anyway...

My parents were crunchy-granola types. My mom especially; we never got to eat things like ding-dongs. But I vividly remember trading my nicely healthy whole wheat and non-processed sugar lunch for ding dongs and tinkies!
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Oh yes. I was introduced to the Ding Dong at my friend's house. It was so glamorous. Actually, now that I think of it, these were the people who'd actually lived in France for the 5 years before I met them. Hmmmm. Mayhap Julia would have looked twice at one!
clawofcat
Sep. 10th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Glee was a lot of fun! I watched it with my dad. Definately an improvement over the pilot, which was amusing but very strangely paced. The asides take some getting used to. The show is structured very much like Family Guy, in the sense that there's a loose main plot and then all these random vignettes.

I <3 the cheerleader coach. She is so fuckin' funny and biting.

Also watched the first two eps of True Blood courtesy of Netflix. I need the next disc NOW. I'm already in love with the camp and the bad Southern accents. Plus, new vamp show for me and mom to squee about! Yay! We can relive the Buffy bonding of yore.
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Jane Lynch, the cheerleading coach, is the reason I tuned in last spring. She's always amazing. She's in some Christopher Guest mockumentaries, Best in Show and Mighty Wind, as well as 40-year-old Virgin and Julie and Julia. She never disappoints.

I haven't jumped onto True Blood yet, as somebody lent us big honking stacks of Six Feet Under and Supernatural, plus I was sort of hoping to get past the second episode of Mad Men eventually. I'm this close to having the kind of epiphany I had in the Sony store once: no matter how much you buy (or watch), you'll never, ever be completely caught up.
mere_ubu
Sep. 10th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
I saw Julie & Julia with my sister on Tuesday, and when I told philips about it, turns out she'd seen it on Sunday. Is something foodie in the air? I loved it, and Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci were just too sweet together for words.

Mmm, Ding Dongs. I had a Secret Shame-themed birthday party one year, and my cake was a tower a of Ding Dongs and Twinkies. Tasty, tasty shame.

Teh Glee was fabulous, but I may have to renege on my decision to let Z. watch with us; having to explain both the idiocy of teen celibacy and, by extension, the fact that, yep, teenagers have sex is harshing my entertainment mellow. I'm going to re-watch tonight without her!

Yay for work. May it continue to roll in!

Edited at 2009-09-10 09:48 pm (UTC)
rebcake
Sep. 10th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oops. Sorry about that. I did bury a parental advisory in my con report, but I should've definitely restated it here. McDiva already knew to leave the room for the celibacy club meeting. She really can't deal with TMI. At least I didn't have to answer questions about why a lack of gag reflex will come in handy later in life. ;D That was too oblique to show up on the radar. (Though the lesbians we were watching with thought it was hilarious, so who knows?)

I've had all these conversations with her about moderation and not getting fooled by scare tactics (drugs, sex, health care, terrorism), but she sort of lumps it all into "grownup stuff, don't need to go there". I think little bits are getting through, but I won't know until she starts having to make choices about things. Fortunately, they tend to be late bloomers in the relationship field in MiAmor's family. It's easier (for me) that way.

I blame the start of school/holiday weekend for getting us all out to the theater, and it doesn't surprise me that we all hit the same film. What else? We already went to Ponyo, but I didn't see anything else that met the criteria of quality and family friendliness. (It still had the line about the cannelloni, but McDiva can always pretend she didn't hear it.) Anyway, maybe it's a way of nature letting us know it's time to bulk up for the winter? God, I hope not.
zanthinegirl
Sep. 14th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
BTW, thanks for the Glee rec! I recorded both the episodes shown so far and just got around to watching them last night. I am so, so hooked! Clearly this is going to be my show for this year!
rebcake
Sep. 14th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
It was my very great pleasure. The world definitely needs more GLEE!
nmcil12
Sep. 21st, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Being one of those ancient over 40 - I have to say that I like seeing older people in a romantic story on film - I loved Julie/Julia with a big emphasis on Julia Child story. I went into the theatre without any idea what I was going to see - what a wonderful surprise - was perfect for my first day of recovery.
rebcake
Sep. 21st, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
I think we're in luck, as far as over-40 on-screen romance. It doesn't seem to be on the wane. Of course, my kid thinks it's all very disturbing. Heh. I hope you're mending speedily!
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