The New Bake Off

*sigh*

I gave it a shot. I did. I love Bake Off so so much. Ask anyone who knows me. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched all of the episodes, I have two cookbooks from previous contestants: B.I.Y from Richard of Season 5 (or season 1 if you’re watching on Netflix in the US) and The Cardamom Trail from Chetna of the same cast. I have five other cookbooks from three other contestants on my Amazon wishlist. This was the show that got me seriously baking, and not just from a box.

I wasn’t even going to watch the new season. It felt like cheating on my partner. But, I figured that if I was going to denounce it, I needed to know what I was talking about.

First, Prue:

Prue

Ugh. Someone on tumblr called her a discount Mary Berry, and that is so accurate. God, get out of that tent. You’re nowhere near Mary’s caliber.

Second, Noel and Sandy:

Sandy

Okay, they’re cute. Gentle humor, not too strong in the innuendo game, which could just be because they’re feeling out their new job. It could change as they go on. I love how attached Sandy got to the bakers, and Noel I think did well with comedy relief for them. But I can’t quite figure out what this little Goth boy is doing in the tent.

Richie: Goths like Bake Off and baking too!

Okay, fair point. But it just seems to me that Noel is a young man who went to work with his mom for National Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Finally, Paul.

He doesn’t get a picture. I do not have the words. Ugh. He should have left Bake Off, too. He didn’t need the money. He has cookbooks and TV shows. He could have left with the other three, Channel 4 would have realized they paid $75 million for nothing,  and they would have kicked it back to the BBC. Everyone could have come back. But nooooooooooo. Now I have this ass  who is “devaluing the handshake economy“. Ass.

 

There was one bright spot.

Stephen

Stephen. I adored him. I mean, Yan was awesome. Stacey is me. But I super love Stephen.

 

But, no more Bake Off for me. And that makes me really sad. But I’ll always remember you!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gravy volcano never gets old. ;o)

 

Well, happy Thanksgiving my dears! I hope you all are doing well. My holiday was lovely. Slept in a little- as much as a hungry cat will allow. I had a cup of tea for breakfast and started a new book, Another Man’s Treasure. The lack of breakfast caught up with me at Aunt Debra’s, where I completely stuffed my face. It was sooooo goooood.

Mr Bean Thanksgiving

I’m home now, and I’ve been in my jim-jams for the last four hours. I’ve been knitting and drinking tea and watching Bake-Off. I am knitting two things at once- Bluebirds of Happiness, and scarves for the homeless. Two simple, small pieces that are being knit 10 rows at a time. 10 rows on one, switch projects and do 10 rows on the other. I don’t have any dessert, but I do have a recipe for chocolate chip cookie in a mug. I have made it many many many times (I have the recipe memorized) and I swear by it.

Anyways, all of you take care of yourselves. And if you are going shopping later, may you get all the deals you want.

How I Spent Halloween: A Photo Essay

Not really.

I mean, I dressed up, we went to the Zoo, and watched scary movies. Typical Halloween. But I know how much you all love to know what I’m up to.

There will be quite a few photos in this post, though.

Me

The new Grizzly Ridge at the St. Louis Zoo is finally open. And it’s awesome!

Grizzlies

Kali

seal

hippo

These two were leading me on a wild hippo chase. Swim to one end, pivot quickly, swim back. It was hard to get a good shot because they would not stop moving.

hippo 2

cheetah

This cat could smell my cat. I’m sure of it.

cheetah 2

hyena

You and me both, babe.

Halloween Horror Challenge: Finishing Up (Photo Heavy)

I did finish! I’m so proud of myself. But I’m a lazy bum and didn’t post. So we have twenty movies to get through. Here we go:

Day 12:

Day 12

A documentary about sleep paralysis that’s on Netflix. Super creepy.

 

Day 13:

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Another documentary. This one explores the evolution of the American horror movie, and the society and culture that influences them.

 

Day 14:

Day 14

A great movie about Halloween traditions, four interweaving stories. Plus, Anna Paquin.

 

Day 15:

Day 15

Who doesn’t love this movie? (If you don’t, please stop talking to me)

 

Day 16:

Day 16

Because Sissy Spacek is so brilliant

 

Day 17:

Day 17

Reliving my childhood. I don’t care about Mr. Toad, but I love hearing about “Old Ichy”. And can we talk about Bing Crosby’s voice please? *sigh*

 

Day 18:

murder maps

I know it isn’t a movie, but it is a docu-series about horrifying events that really happened. Since it’s my challenge, I say it counts.

 

Day 19:

Ireland

Documentary narrated by Cornelius Fudge. I mean, Robert Hardy. Yay ghost stories!

 

Day 20:

Scotland

Companion piece to the above.

 

Day 21:

Wales

We made it to Wales!

 

Day 22:

England

Rounding out the UK

 

Days 23-28

Dracula

The Dracula Legacy, 1931-1948. Dracula; Dracula’s Daughter; Son of Dracula; House of Frankenstein; House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

 

Day 29:

History

Where does Halloween come from? Let this History Channel documentary narrated by Harry Smith educate you! Can be found on Youtube.

 

Day 30:

Killer

A documentary about four urban legends. If you aren’t watching anything by Joshua Zeeman, you are missing out.

 

Day 31:

Holmes

A classic story that everyone loves, with everyone’s favorite detective!

 

And that’s it! I hope you all had an excellent Halloween!

 

 

 

General Update

I know, I fell behind again. I know. But we had a big dinner last night and apparently I’ve reached the age where after any kind of sizeable meal I fall asleep on the couch at 7:30. So I figured I would do a quick update now, then later this afternoon/evening I would get back into my horror watching. Also, I’m only behind one day. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see I did watch a movie on Thursday. I just didn’t blog about it.

I got a promotion!

Excited

It only took ten years. I now work back office, which means NO CUSTOMERS. Isn’t it awesome? It is for me! I’ve been working since I was 15 (19 years), and it’s all been customer service- mall jobs, Hallmark, grocery store. Now I’m doing office work. I have a little cubicle and everything! I get to decorate it how I like, and it’s going along slowly but surely. Monday was a bank holiday, I had two days of off-site training and two days of work. I have no idea what I’m doing or why, but I’m having a ball! It helps having an excellent support group, and my team is amazing. So are the people who don’t even work in my department.

I’m still knitting away! I know I’m super behind in posting my projects. I’m even bad about updating my Ravelry. I’m currently knitting two secret projects for a friend, so I can’t mention them here. I’ll try to better about posting projects as I go.

I am still baking. Yes, I am watching the new season of Bake Off. I have a lot of thoughts about it, so that will be its own special post after this season is over. I’m also watching the Great Australian Bake Off over on YouTube, which is pretty fantastic in its own right. Matt Moran is super cool, and I want Maggie Beer to be my other grandma. Last year James said he thought Maggie probably smelled like cookies and kindness, and I’ve decided he’s right.

Matt and Maggie

We’ve bundled Lauren off to college. When did that happen? She is so damn smart. She wants to be a doctor. She even has a little squad already (her words, not mine) and they all study together. Chemistry is her toughest class and Chinese is her favorite and I would gush about how proud I am but I’m not that gross.

Winter is over a year old now and is as active as ever. We call it rampaging. Richie and his best friend Tim actually created a cell phone game called Rampage Kitty. You play as a kitten and your job is knock over as much stuff as possible. Download it! (Only 99 cents)

Is that…. everything? I think it is, for the moment. Okay. Hopefully I’ll be back to the horror blogging tonight.