June 6th, 2011

What I’ve Been Doing Lately

Re-reading Big Two-Hearted River (parts I and II) A lot of things I loved when I was 14 don’t stand up so well these days, but the two stories that make up Hemingway’s “Big Two-Hearted River” piece are solid gold and always will be. I love the gentleness of the force behind them–unhurried, unprentensious but so involving, so *intense*. And I have to say, I don’t think a lot of 14-year-old girls read much Hemingway, because if they did there’d be way more of us with giant crushes on Nick Adams. *swoon*

Watching the movie Bridesmaids. I am pretty sure I am the ideal target market for this film. I love comedy of all kinds–situational, standup, sketch, improv, whatever you’ve got. I used to be a huge SNL fan (back when I had a tv that worked) and I’ve been on board the Judd Apatow for a few years now. I am also a feminist who gets depressed when there’s a great comic film with all the ladies sitting quietly on the sidelines. And I’m slated to be a maid of honour this summer, and just last week got engaged myself. I saw the movie with the friend I’m mutual maids-of-honour with and a fistful of candy. No one could have been more primed to see this movie. So you have to take it with a grain of salt when I say I laughed. A lot! I didn’t actually know anything about Kristen Wiig, writer and star, before I saw this, but now I think she’s brilliant. The best part is when she wrestled with the giant cookie. The worst part is the protracted diarrhea joke–but even there, I sorta chuckled when I peeked out from behind my hands.

Playing Wii Sports Resort. Did I mention I got a Wii for my birthday? I am officially the luckiest person in the world! I love it all, but especially the sporty games for some reason. I am unexpectedly good at wakeboarding–if I tried to do that in real life I would be killed immediately–and swordplay. Total goofball fun–ie., exactly my thing.

Making spinach dip. There is no way to subdivide a package of frozen spinach, so you can only make this dip for a large party or gathering, so I spend most of life pining for it. Had a party this weekend and got the chance–hooray! For those who asked for the recipe, here you go:
1 package of frozen spinach
2 cups plain yoghurt or sour cream (I prefer yoghurt)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I skimp a little because I hate mayonnaise, but it actually blends in just fine)
1 can of water chestnuts, chopped
2 scallions or green onions, chopped
Thaw the spinach completely, then take it in your (clean) fists and wring all the water out of it. This is important and I’ve never been able to think of a better way–let me know if you do. Once it’s wrung out, mix all the ingredients together, seal it in a Tupperware and leave in the fridge overnight…or as long as you can stand without going and eating it with a spoon. You can serve it with vegetables or crackers or sturdy chips–whatever it is will just be a dip-delivery system.

Going to the Clark Blaise/Bharati Mukherjee launch Ok, I technically haven’t done that yet because it’s tonight, but then I *will* be doing it, and who knows when I’ll get around to writing another blog post? It should be a great night, two great writers at a lovely pub. You coming?

Not freaking out over reviewing my proofs for The Big Dream Nosireebob, absolutely not. I’m completely calm about it, as usual.

6 Responses to “What I’ve Been Doing Lately”

  • Frederique says:

    You need to have Wilson Phillips play your wedding!


  • Rebecca says:

    I thought it was pretty funny in the film that the groom was a non-speaking role! Thus, he was fine with having Wilson Phillips sing (a non-love-song!) at his wedding! I suspsect Mark wouldn’t be as fine with it!


  • AMT says:

    the imagined scenario now playing in my mind:

    mark (in the other room, calling out to you): what you up to in there?

    you: (casually) oh, just wakeboarding

    mark (alarmed): what? won’t you get killed?

    you: (still cool) no, it’s much safer than the swordplay i was involved in earlier…

    mark (runs into the living room to knock you to the ground to be shielded from harm, FBI-security-guard style.)

    you: (yelling) it’s just wiiiiiiii….


  • Rebecca says:

    Actually, I have made a firm pledge to only play Wii *with* Mark, or with someone, anyway. Not only is it safer, it will keep me from being classified as an addict–playing Wii alone may be like drinking alone!


  • Amy Jones says:

    You’re engaged?!? Congrats to you!! And Mark!! Yay!

    I also covered my eyes during that Bridesmaids scene. And covered my ears. And went “lalalalalalala” until Cory poked me to let me know it was over. What can I say, I have a weak stomach. And thus ends the strangest congratulatory message ever in history.


  • Rebecca says:

    Thanks, Amy! We are very happy about it, and the movie helps to set the bar really low on having a sane wedding-planning experience.

    As unpleasant as I found that scene, I have to say I’m glad it’s there–boys are not the only who can throw up on each other. Equal opportunity yuck!


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