Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Some Rare Ranting

I'm usually not much of a ranter, and I'm not even sure that's a word, but I thought I'd do this one ranty (still not a word) post. I read this in the IMDB news:

Paltrow Replaces Hurley
Gwyneth Paltrow is replacing British actress Elizabeth Hurley as the face of Estee Lauder perfumes. Hurley, 40, has been the face of the luxury cosmetic brand since 1995 and will continue in her role as spokesmodel. But the lucrative fragrance contract has been passed to Paltrow in a bid to help the company "vamp up its image and make it more sexy." A spokesperson says, "Gwyneth is new and a bit more exciting." Celebrated photographer Mario Testino has shot a high profile advertising campaign starring the Shallow Hal actress.

Okay, Gwyneth Paltrow is neither sexy, new, nor exciting. I know she has a huge fan base from Shakespeare in Love, and I'll admit I did not see it, but watching the trailers of her singing karaoke with Huey Lewis in Duets made me gag. She has one expression: lifted eyebrows like a scared and lost waif, and one look: scared and lost waif. That one dress that she wore to the oscars that showed her sad little boobs was nasty:

I'll never understand A: What her fans see and B: What Estee Lauder was thinking. Actually it might be interesting to see if the magic of lighting and air brushing can make her look decent. And that's all I have to say about Gwyneth Paltrow.

Another actor I do not like is John Heard. All through the 90's he harassed, stalked and hit Melissa Leo, the mother of his son. And according to the article below it went on for years. He was charged and I believe convicted and got the proverbial wrist slap. Most of the story is here:

http://newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/crimelaw/features/1670/index3.html and starts about 3 paragraphs down. But people keep hiring him. It makes me sick. He was just on "Numb3rs" Friday night. There was a funny moment though when he appeared on screen. My Sweetie immediately turned to look at me, waiting for a reaction.

I'm ranted out now. I'm very excited that the first televised Duke basketball game is one week from tonight. Woo Hoo! Also I finally got my library cleaned up from all the mess of having to return a lamp. I still can't understand why I couldn't fit all the styrofoam peanuts that came out of the box back into the box. Did they grow? Do they expand? The Lamps Plus people were very nice about the return, so if you want a lamp, I highly recommend them.

Food Stuff: Bisquick has a new recipe on the back of their box for chicken fingers. They were great. I'm a very good cook but have never had a lot of luck with boneless, skinless breasts. I overcook them or something. They are always dry and tough. This recipe is error proof. The only thing is it calls for 3 breasts. I used 2 large and it was A LOT. I guess they mean 3 small breasts. Also if you've ever used the oven fried chicken recipe (which is now printed inside the Bisquick box) add a little cinnamon, garlic powder and onion powder and it almost tastes like KFC. It took me years to figure out that cinnamon was that special oomph in KFC chicken.

I apologize for any glaring typos, but the spell-checker on my blog is cursed and does weird things. I expect it has something to do with our pop-up blocker.


Anonymous said...

Duke starts this season as the consensus #1-ranked team. Go Blue Devils!


I love NUMB3RS! David Krumholz is so CUTE!

doubleknot said...

Cinnamon - I never would have guessed - it does have a sweet taste of it's own. I was always told that the secret ingrediants were Italian Seasoning - the kind that is dry and I have used it to coat chicken with then flour them and it is good.
I will have to try the cinnamon next time I cook chicken.
One more thing - chicken breast is tricky to fix - a little too much cooking and it is dry and tough.