Month in Review – February

Movies:

A Matter of Life and Death (1946) – My friend Sarah and I do a monthly NYC cultural activity to give us an excuse to catch up and try new things. We saw this film as part of the free Friday Night Film series at the New York Historical Society. It’s an adorable WW2 love story between a British pilot and an American nurse. I really enjoy watching classic films in this space.

 Lego Movie 2 (The 2nd Part) – I saw this on $5 Ticket Tuesday at AMC. It wasn’t as funny as Lego Batman, and the story always loses me when the humans come on screen, but Emmet is just so freakin’ loveable. See it with a blue raspberry slurpee.

Isn’t It Romantic – Another $5 film. I saw this with a group of girlfriends, and although the storyline is a little ridiculous, it was the right show for an inexpensive girls night. We had a blast.

Oscar Animated Shorts – My friend Dave is a colorist, so we like to go see these with him each year. I knew Bao would win (it’s the short film that played at the beginning of The Incredibles), but I was cheering for One Small Step, about the little girl who wants to become an astronaut. These were all actually quite moving this year.

Instantpot Attempts: This is my newest kitchen gadget. Thanks, Mom & Dad!! Here’s what I’ve made so far:

Carrot soup – easy and delicious. I made it twice, and ate it all week each time. The carrots literally cook in, like, 6 minutes.

Mac’n cheese – This was a little bland, but it was super easy, warm and cheesy. Good for a quick lunch with friends.

Brown rice – I’ve never had an actual rice cooker, but the Instant Pot makes perfectly moist and chewy brown rice in 15 minutes. I made this a couple times as well.

One terrible chocolate cake – I followed the recipe exactly, so I’m not quite sure what went wrong. The cake was rubbery and basically inedible. Ugh.

Events:

Restaurant Week – This year we went to Monkey Bar. The décor is eclectic and colorful, and the chocolate hazelnut tart was 100% worth the price of the entire meal. I was happy with everything, but that crushed hazelnut crust…

Cou Cou French Valentine – This was a French Slang class and TV show screening. Cou Cou has the loveliest space, and I learned some great tips for navigating love en fraçais.

Taboo FIAF – This was my 2nd French event for the month, but I do love board games, and Taboo is one of my favorites in any language. Plus, the French Alliance serves stellar snacks: popcorn and Pims!

Books:

Insoupçonable – This was for my French book club. It was a little intense, and it involved a love triangle, layers of mystery, a murder, and a tragic ending for at least one character. Très français.

A Brief History of Time – I have been meaning to read this one for awhile,  and I finally got around to it. The part I was most interested in was this idea of time being something you could travel through. Because of how light travels, when we look off into the distance, we look back into time. Can we go there -into the past?

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – I didn’t like this as much as Agnes Grey, but Anne Bronte can still tell a page-turner of a romantic story. Just when it seems like everything is heading for disaster, she finds resolution for her star-crossed lovers. What can I say, I’m an American and I like a happy ending.

Persuasion – This novel has Austen’s most mature heroine. We meet her at the ripe old age of 27, after she has formed her character and her opinions. Her love interest is still getting his act together, but by the end of the story he’s risen up to her level.

Classes Taught: 27. It was a busy month.

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