The A-List

The Oscars are tonight (hence the title of this post). I’m moderately excited for the ceremony, but mainly, I’m excited to see what everyone’s wearing. But Oscars or not, here are a few things that I’ve been thinking about lately:

The Random Oscar-Related Slide Show I’ve Been Thinking About

Regardless of your feelings on Joel and Ethan Coen’s update of True Grit, it’s hard to deny that 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld has already proven she’s got her red carpet sea legs. She always looks put together and age appropriate (which, in this day and age, is becoming less and less the norm), and when commentators suggest her outfit is “not age appropriate,” at least they don’t mean inappropriate. It’s refreshing, right? I think it is, but maybe I just think about these things more than others do. Anyway! The Fug Girls over at NYMag.com have made a slide show all about the actress’s red carpet looks so far, and in anticipation of tonight’s ceremony red carpet, I thought I’d link you to it. Go have a look at it here: The Fug Girls Survey the Many Looks of True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld, Future Fashion Icon.

The Politics-Related Tumblr I’ve Been Thinking (and Laughing) About

I spent some time last fall in London, where most of my (academic) focus was on Parliament and the UK’s political system; in other words, I have some experience with how Prime Minister David Cameron is perceived by the people. With that said, I probably find this site more entertaining than most non-UK residents would, but I wanted to share it with you anyway: David Cameron Pretending to Be Common. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but see The New Statesman for a bit more background. If “entertaining political Tumblrs” are your thing, there’s also Kim Jong Il Looking at Things (yes, really). Curious about Tumblr? Our good friend Wikipedia lets you in on the growing phenomenon.

The Delightfully Infectious Song I’ve Been Thinking About (and Listening To)

Ever since I came upon British pop artist CocknBullKid‘s “Hold on to Your Misery” on Disco Naïveté a few weeks ago, I have been practically unable to stop listening to it. It’s fun, upbeat, and catchy! Rarely can I say no to a song with those three words in its description. The video is pretty cute, too. I highly suggest having a look/listen:

The Probably-More-Difficult-than-I-Anticipate Recipe I’ve Been Thinking About (Tackling Next)

Last week, I got an interview request for an internship to which I applied a few days earlier, and for some odd reason, my first (okay, second) thought was, “I want to start baking/making things!” It was a wake-up call of sorts. So far, I’ve been doing pretty well for myself, which, in one way or another, has meant zesting a lot of blood oranges. As much fun as making muffins and cakes and cookies is, I think I should start tackling more substantial recipes, ones that would fall under dinner rather than dessert. I’m considering a recipe for Mick’s Mouthwatering Moussaka found on What Katie Ate, but we’ll see how long it takes me to get around to it. Who knew compiling recipes (and actually making some of them!) could be so much fun?

I promise I’ve been thinking about more things, lots of things. But most of them are pretty unexciting and not all that blogworthy. Oh, well. I’m a big fan of what I did post, and hopefully, you will be, too!

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Hello, hello!

I’m not yet sure what I want this blog to be. I hope it will be a few things, some of which I already have in mind. I hope it will be about the things I do and the places I go and the foodstuffs I make. There will be a little of this and a little of that. Reflections, inspiration, you know, blog stuff. The about page above (or here!) will tell you a little more, but not much. So, I guess I will end, rather than start, with a hello to my future readers, and a thank you for visiting. Let’s do this! (Too much? Possibly. But it’s my blog, and I’ll do what I want!*)

*I can occasionally be a somewhat sarcastic person, but I’m going to try to keep the sarcasm to a minimum, because a) I would like to be a less sarcastic person and b) sarcasm on the Internet is…tricky, to say the least. But I guess declaring, “I’ll do what I want!” is more snarky than sarcastic. Someone called me snarky once, and I was so taken aback! I don’t like to think of myself as snarky. (I think she was kidding about thinking I was being snarky.) Anyway, look at me, rambling away in an asterisked section! So, yes, this is my blog, and blogs are places for people to post what they choose. And now, I am choosing to end this. For everyone’s collective sake (but, I guess, mostly my own). So, I’ll say once more: Hello, welcome, and thanks for visiting.