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I’m proud to announce that the Great Dirty Dishes Embargo of 2015 is alive and well in our home going on two weeks strong.
This is due in large part to my better half because I’m pretty much just over here like:
It was a good week for our place to be clean because it left a lot of time to binge watch Orange is the New Black.
I’m proud to say we made it through season 3 and we are better people for it. This season was all about bringing out the smaller characters and their back stories and we loved it.
Did you know that apparently Jenji Kohan (OITNB creator) always knew she wanted the show to be about the whole ensemble cast? She knew it wouldn’t get picked up if it was “just” about the minorities though, so she planned the first season to be mostly about Piper with the intention to gradually balloon out and dive into the other women’s lives. I love that woman.

Let’s get back to why you are really here…

FLICKS: Big Fish

Edward Bloom (young— Ewan McGregor, Star Wars I-III / Trainspotting, old— Albert Finney, The Bourne Ultimatum / Erin Brockovich) is a man whose life is made more astounding and memorable by his colorful memories and whimsical stories. His son, Will (Billy Crudup, Rudderless / Almost Famous), has had more than his fair share of his father’s tall tales and wishes to distance himself as far from the madness as he can get. Years later, Will is brought back to his father’s side when he takes ill and Will must decide if reconciliation with his dad is likely or even possible. The film is mostly told in flashback strung together by Edward’s guiding narration, retelling the eccentric anecdotes of his past travels as a young man who was offered a glimpse into his mortality. Knowing the way he will meet his end, Edward spends his life spurred through all manner of strange encounters and dangerous scenarios that would send less informed individuals running for the hills.

I’ve mentioned before that I am a big Tim Burton fan and this movie has got to be one of my favorites of his. It is much lighter than some of his other work, although I can’t help but enjoy me some Sweeney Todd. The film has a playful and fantastical element to it while maintaining a relatable and accessible story that everyone can enjoy. Some of its best moments include:

“A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal.”

“It was that night I discovered that most things you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely, and lacking in the social niceties.”

TUNES: “Coming Down” by Dum Dum Girls

If you are obsessed with the subtly on-the-nose songs OITNB uses at the end of each episode, you may recognize this song from Season 3, Episode 3.
Dum Dum Girls is a project started in 2008 by Kristin Welchez (stage name Dee Dee Penny) who has revealed that the name pays homage to Iggy Pop’s “Dum Dum Boys.”
The song “Coming Down” comes from her album “Only in Dreams,” which was released in 2011.
The song is poignant and sentimental as it reflects her mother’s final days on earth and the way that Dee Dee could only disengage to survive such an overwhelming and traumatizing experience.
Her spirit is fully accessible through the song’s hauntingly beautiful lyrics and sound.

EATS: Key Lime Bars

photo by Little Spice Jar

photo by Little Spice Jar

You may remember my recipe for Key Lime Pie.
These key lime bars by Little Spice Jar are like that but compact and cute and I feel less guilty about eating 10 or so of them at a time. They’re just tiny little bars, they can’t be that bad for me, right??
I’m just going to let you discover on your own just how magical these treats are, but here’s a little teaser: there’s crushed pecans in them.
Because the diet starts tomorrow, but also, Tomorrow, #YoureAlwaysADayAway
And also also, I don’t believe in diets.

Until next week, cheers!


5 comments on “#FridayFavorites

  1. Marlynn Jayme Schotland
    June 19, 2015

    I loved Big Fish! Somehow I forgot that it was a Tim Burton flick, but I’m a fan of his as well. Happy Friday, Danielle!


  2. pechluck (@pechluck)
    June 19, 2015

    I love Big Fish too, thanks for jogging my memory of that movie, especially during Father’s Day weekend since it’s totally a movie about reconciling with who dad says he is and wondering who he really is.


  3. Bill Volckening
    June 19, 2015

    Big Fish! I should watch that again and have Key Lime Bars!


  4. Bonnie
    June 19, 2015

    We haven’t watched any Orange is the New Black, but I’ve heard lots of people say they like it. However, I have seen Big Fish and love that first quote. 🙂


  5. Ali WIlkinson
    June 20, 2015

    We’re about three deep into the third season. It seems much darker than the first two seasons so far! I’m looking forward to watching the rest of the season.


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