November 13, 2017

Pumpkin whoopie pies

I like pretty much all things pumpkin. I tried out a pumpkin whoopie pie recipe from Baked.


It was easy and very tasty! The pumpkin part was cakey and moist, and the cream cheese frosting was better than other cream cheese frostings I've had. They're even better the next day, if they last that long.

November 9, 2017

Doctor Who: Inferno

Inferno is pretty well known among Whovians because of the parallel universe storyline. How do we know it's a parallel universe? The Brigadier wears an eyepatch!

The eyepatch means he's evil.
Make that the Brigade Leader wears an eyepatch. However, it takes two whole episodes before we finally get to the other Earth. In both timelines, scientists are drilling to the Earth's core to tap it for energy. This is always a good idea in science fiction stories...Green ooze is coming out and turning people into Primords, who go around killing people. There are drilling issues, too, but Professor Stahlman is full steam ahead no matter the warnings.

the Doctor, Section Leader Liz Shaw, and Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart

Once the core is penetrated, all hell breaks loose. The Earth is doomed to disintegration. The Doctor tries to convince Liz Shaw and the Brigade Leader to give him power to use the TARDIS console to get back and save the parallel Earth, which isn't as far along in their drilling. The Doctor escapes just as lava engulfs the place, killing everyone who has helped him. It's a sad moment. Their counterparts are still alive, but we've come to like these other versions of them. Well, most of them. I wonder if the writers had fun with this. The Doctor always saves the day, but in this parallel universe he doesn't and they get to destroy the Earth this time.


He arrives back in his universe unconscious. Will he be able to avert disaster? I guess we know the answer to that since this isn't the last episode of the show.

Bye, Liz
This is Liz Shaw's final story, but she doesn't get any send-off or goodbye. In the next episode she's gone, and Jo Grant takes her place. It's unfortunate. They had an intelligent scientist companion and replace her with a flaky bimbo. Sorry, I'm not a fan of Jo.


THE RUNDOWN

Doctor: Third
Companions: Liz Shaw
Episode: #54, "Inferno," seven parts
Adversary: Primords, Professor Stahlman
Classic Lines: the Doctor, to Professor Stahlman: "I'll tell you something that should be of vital interest to you, professor. That you, sir, are a nitwit."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: The Doctor says his normal pulse is 170. 
Next Up: "Terror of the Autons

November 5, 2017

Minestrone

I made another attempt at using the slow cooker. This time I made minestrone from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook.

Soup?

It was another slow cooker fail. Massive fail. This did look like soup when I put the pasta in. By the time the recipe said it was done, there was no liquid left. The mini shells had soaked up all the liquid and were a gross, mushy mess. One day I will find something I can cook in the Crock Pot. Why is this so hard for me? It's a mystery.

October 28, 2017

Brentano String Quartet

I like classical music, but I hadn't been to see any live for awhile. I saw that the Brentano String Quartet was going to be at the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College and thought it would be great.


It was. They were fantastic, and I liked the pieces they chose to perform. There's something different about hearing classic music in person. You can feel the music. You experience the music in a way that you don't with a recording or watching on tv. I enjoy watching opera on tv, but I have been moved to tears in person.


I got my ticket at the last minute so there weren't many seats left. I was up close and personal! But in this case it would've been better to be farther away. That didn't matter, though. I was there to listen. This was my first time at the Williams Center, but I'll be back.

October 20, 2017

Doctor Who: The Ambassadors of Death

The story starts with a spaceship. Earth lost communication with its Mars astronauts, but here they come! Also, this:


What the heck is going on here?? The Doctor took the console out of the TARDIS? How? Also, note that the console has a light green tint. That's a holdover from the black and white days. It made the console look white on black and white screens.


They lose contact with the recovery craft sent to meet the Mars ship. All kinds of shenanigans ensue, and the mystery deepens. They retrieve the recovery craft, but when they open it, it's empty. The Doctor thinks that the astronauts are on the Mars craft still in orbit and that what came down in the recovery craft is alien.



This story is too long and a mess. I know why I didn't remember it now.


THE RUNDOWN

Doctor: Third
Companions: Liz Shaw
Episode: #53, "The Ambassadors of Death," seven parts
Adversary: aliens and Carrington
Classic Lines: the Doctor, after hearing the Brigadier is at Space Control and still peeved about what happened in the last story: "And the Brigadier thinks it's his business? Oh well, I suppose he's got to do something to occupy his mind now that he's blown up the Silurians."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: Corporal Benton has been promoted to Sergeant Benton, as he's usually known to Doctor Who fans.
Next Up: "Inferno"

October 15, 2017

Manhattan fish chowder

I prefer New England clam chowder, but Dave likes the not-as-good version, Manhattan clam chowder. I found this recipe for Manhattan fish chowder in the cookbook Fresh Flavor Fast from Everyday Food. I left out the bacon but made the rest as the recipe said.


I thought it tasted okay. It was like Manhattan clam chowder but with chunks of fish. It did have two cups of clam juice in it. Dave didn't like it at all. I guess I won't be making this again.
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