Updates to our favourite podcast! (Serial)
We’ve already mentioned our obsession with Serial Season 1 (reporter Sarah Koenig’s riveting investigation into the murder of a high school girl in Baltimore). I raced through all 12 episodes within about 48 hours, unable to tear myself away from the twisted, convoluted events of January 13, 1999 and trying fruitlessly to determine who was lying, changing my mind with each episode. The podcast was masterfully done, but we were left still wanting for an answer, concocting our own theories, and combing news articles for updates on Adnan Syed’s case. And then, last week, Koenig posted an update. Adnan Syed was granted a hearing, basically to determine whether new evidence and his previous lawyer’s incompetence should grant him yet another appeal. Fans of Season 1 need to go listen!
Lonely Planet: Hong Kong
I never thought I was the type to read guidebooks cover to cover… but wow, turns out I was wrong. Our exchange plans are settled- in the fall, Kelly and I will be in one of the world’s most vibrant cities: Hong Kong! As soon as I found out I headed straight to the bookstore, intent on learning as much as possible about my next home. I purchased Lonely Planet’s Hong Kong guidebook, and have since been reverently thumbing through the colourful, wildly exciting pages. My favourite tidbits include the “Rent-A-Curse Grannies” in Wan Chai, who stomp on paper cutouts of an enemy of your choice, and endless lists of delicious-looking and budget-friendly dim sum restaurants.
This show just makes me so happy.
As a tv nerd extraordinaire, I sample new shows all the time. I usually have about 3 or 4 series going at once, always searching for my next obsession. But every once and a while I need to go back to a mid-range paper company in Scranton, PA. This show just does it for me! The goofy humour, the stereotypical office characters, the perfect love story. The show still manages to make me laugh out loud (even though I’ve probably watched each episode upwards of 10 times), and lately I’ve just needed that warm familiarity to get me through this winter (-39 degrees Celsius with wind chill today, folks).
In honour of Valentine’s Day (and because Kelly brought home about 50 cookie cutters after a baking supply shopping spree), we made sugar cookies!
These hearts turned out so spring-like and joyous- and absolutely scrumptious as well.
This was the first time we made cutout cookies like this, and really our first stab at decorating. You can probably tell… while delicious and charming in their own homey way, they are not, ya know, perfect. And perfection is a fruitless goal, but we would like to up our game at this. There are some bakers out there with serious chops. Any advice for us? Pretty please with sugary frosting on top?