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food, alcohol 

The Last Word Pączki: topped with a lime glaze and filled with pastry cream flavoured with gin, Maraschino, and Chartreuse.

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is not a perfect movie.

Cassandra Cain is a poorly chosen name for a character who resembles the comic version not at all.

Some of the pacing in the first half could have been snappier.

Apart from that it’s a feminist Guy Ritchie gangster film crossed with Deadpool the movie, and it’s fabulous. Two canonically queer main characters (Harley is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, but Renee Montoya’s ex-girlfriend appears on screen as an important part of her character arc.) Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress is adorkable, and could have done with more screen time. The fight scenes are fun, the drama is fun, the empowerment theme is fun, the whole movie is fun.

"I don't have the spoons for this right now. It's going to go in the back of my mind, under 'F' for 'shitshow'."

Social anxiety and wanting to buy a house are uneasy bedfellows.

food 

First time making gin-cured salmon. I should have started with a better piece of salmon, but it's still pretty good.

food 

Made joconde and Swiss meringue for the first time for this opera cake.

In 2019 I read 100,032 pages across 352 books.

My favourite non-rereads were:

Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (The Band #2)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 by by Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora, and Raul Angulo

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (Wayfarers #3)

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children #1)

... 

i have concluded that, in aggregate, the straights are not okay

Moshe is being extra cuddly now that it got cold again.

homophobia, birds, lewdish, funny 

expectation for running a zoo social media: look at our cute lion cubs!!!

reality: the male birds are fucking, Lorie. by choice.

Disney: "We expect Star Wars will make about $165 million in its opening weekend."

Pundits: "You're wrong, it's going to make at least $200 million."

Star Wars: *makes $175 million*

Pundits: "Star Wars box office fails to meet expectations."

In less depressing news, pastitsio is delicious and I now own a baking dish that is deep enough to make it properly.

holidays, family drama, us politics 

My mother insists that she is morally obligated to invite my sister's asshole husband to her house for Christmas, even though the presence of a gun-carrying Trump supporter makes 9/10 of her actual children feel unsafe and unwelcome at the gathering.

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