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"The chicken is a world citizen..."

Currently, it's 81˚F in Providence, with an expected high forecast at 88˚F. The humidity is already at 62%, so I fear it may get unpleasant in here. The air may grow sultry.

Yesterday, we went to the RISD Museum, because Spooky's been wanting all summer to see the Todd Oldham exhibit, but, what with one calamity and another, we'd not made it. For the first few years we lived in Providence, we frequented the museum, but I'm not sure how long since the last time we'd visited. At least three or four years. Despite my complaining feet, it was good spending a couple of hours among the art and artifacts. Afterwards, we dropped by Paper Nautilus Books, where we still have credit from the Great Debooking of 2013 (Paper Nautilus took a lot of them, back when they were still Myopic Books), and we found copies of Rombauer and Becker's The Joy of Cooking (1931, though this is a 1953 printing) and Berolzeimer's The American Woman's Cookbook (1938, though this is a 1974 printing). The latter is the book I learned to cook from, in my teens and twenties, from my mom's copy. My feet aside, it was a good day out, and those happen only very rarely.

We started Series 9 of Doctor Who last night, and I was very pleased with "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witches Familiar." "Under the Lake," "Before the Flood," and "The Girl Who Died" I enjoyed less, but they were still vast improvements over anything but the final two episodes of Series 8. Finally, someone woke up Peter Capaldi and got him to spit the marbles from his mouth. With the interminable, wretched "Clara loves Pink" story out of the way, it feels like Doctor Who again. And Missy is one of the best things ever to happen to the show. Oh, and we watched the Christmas special, the one with Santa Claus, and it was just, well...peculiar.

I slept for shit, but no surprise there.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
and we found copies of Rombauer and Becker's The Joy of Cooking (1931, though this is a 1953 printing) and Berolzeimer's The American Woman's Cookbook (1938, though this is a 1974 printing).

I love looking at old cook books though I'm a sub-amateur cook myself. There's a nice book shop in San Diego that sells old books I think they get from estate sales and old library stock, I got my sister a nice leather-bound French cook book from the 50s a few years ago.

"The Girl Died" I enjoyed less

That episode really suffered for me because I'd been watching Vikings at around the same time. I'd like to see more episodes where the Doctor visits Earth's past but I wish they'd do a better job sometimes creating a sense of the era. I'll warn you ahead of time, though, that easily, by far, the worst episode of the season is the ninth, "Sleep No More", written by Mark Gatiss. Keep your expectations very low for that one.

And Missy is one of the best things ever to happen to the show.

Yes, absolutely. She made me care about a character I thought was Doctor Who's weakest point going back to 1970. I always used to say, whenever that character was on screen, the show lost at least 50% of its brain cells. But Missy is so great that she's even made those older instances of the character more interesting to me.
sovay
Aug. 29th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
My feet aside, it was a good day out, and those happen only very rarely.

I am glad to hear it.

I know that often they stand in for lost words, but I really like the pictures you have been posting lately. They make a beautiful little series themselves.
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