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2010 at the movies

A couple years ago, I started keeping track of all of the movies we see (a LOT!) to make it easier at the end of the year to pinpoint which were my favorites.

Qtr 1 (Jan-Feb-Mar):

  • Edge of Darkness
  • Shutter Island
  • Un Prophète
  • Green Zone
  • Greenberg

Qtr 2 (Apr-May-Jun):

  • The Ghost Writer
  • Iron Man 2
  • Please Give
  • Sex and the City 2
  • Solitary Man
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Toy Story 3

Qtr 3 (July-Aug-Sept):

  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Inception
  • The American*
  • The Town

Qtr 4 (Oct-Nov-Dec):

  • The Social Network
  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • True Grit
  • Never Let Me Go**

* I didn’t see this in the theater, but Roo did (with Pooh!). I later saw most of it on DVD when I was in Baltimore over Thanksgiving.

** We didn’t catch this one in the theater like we wanted to, but ordered it On Demand last week. Regret not seeing this on the big screen.


My top ten of 2010:

Un Prophète

Shutter Island

Winter’s Bone

Toy Story 3

The Kids Are All Right

Never Let Me Go

The Social Network

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter


Still want to see:

  • The King’s Speech
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Somewhere

Things To Eat in Taiwan

I make lists for everything, so why would wouldn’t I have one for the things I CAN’T WAIT TO EAT in Taipei?!

Some of these things are not easily found here, yes even in NYC, so I am super excited to have:

大腸包小腸 [Little Sausage in Big Sausage]
Taiwanese pork sausage with a bigger “sausage” made out of sticky rice wrapped around it.  It’s the Taiwanese version of the American hot dog!  Found at street markets and I have not been able to find it in the US.  Ever.  Not even in Arcadia, CA. Though I was there only once.

木瓜牛奶 [Papaya Milk]
Before living in Taipei back in 2002, I didn’t like papaya all that much.  Then I discovered this drink – we lived above a bubble tea place – and had to restrict myself to one per day, and then only on the days I went to the gym.  Yes, it’s so good that I used it as a reward for working out.  It’s possible to find the drink here, but it tends to be powdered papaya mix and not the fruit.  Even making it at home isn’t that same.  I’m convinced the milk is different there.  Probably extra full-fat.  =P

蚵仔麵線 [Oyster Vermicelli] or with large intestine, which I prefer
There’s a place called Ximending, which is kind of like the Taiwan Harajuku, and there’s a shop called 阿宗面線 that specializes in this dish, but with the intestines.  It’s not really vermicelli but a type of thin noodle called misua.  It’s SO good with lots of black vinegar and cilantro and chili.

燒仙草 [Hot Grass Jelly]
This is also another dish that has gotten easier to find here but it’s only available in Taipei in the winter.  When hot the jelly is more of a gooey soup, and the vendor/shops will add things into it, as you would for shaved ice.  I would always add mung bean, red (azuki) bean, boba or the sweet potato balls.  YUM.  When I left Taipei, I was desperate to find it in some form, and was able to find a mix.  Now I think Chinatown shops sell it in packets.

燒餅油條 [Fried cruller in this flaky flatbread] with 豆漿 [Soy Milk]
A typical Taiwanese breakfast.  You can dip the cruller sandwich into the hot and slightly sweetened soy milk.  The combination just melts in your mouth, its so good.  We used to eat this at home when we were younger – until my mom probably decided it was too much of a pain to go to Flushing each weekend to get the goods.

Here are some others that can be found here or my mom can make it for me:
皮蛋瘦肉粥 [Century Egg with Pork Rice Porridge]
牛肉麵 [Beef Noodle Soup]
包子 [Buns….any kind!]
豬血糕 [Pork Blood & Rice] – kind of like soondae?

To be edited….with more selections and pictures (hopefully) when I return!

A Packing List

I hate packing light.  But this trip to Thailand/Taiwan and its mulitple flights with its different checked baggage limitations means I can only do the ONE checked bag.  And that’s the biggest suitcase we own.  Whenever I plan for a trip, I inventory the clothes so I know I have enough outfits to last me the entire trip.  On this one, I’ll definitely need to rewear things a few times and try to find somewhere to do laundry.

That’s 1 medium hardcase, 1 small carry on, 1 camera bag, 1 duffel carry on and a backpack (not pictured).

Want to see what’s in them?  I only inventoried my stuff, not Pooh’s.  He has so little its ridiculous.  Except for the shoes–he’s got five pairs, same as me. 

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100 Books (Leeetz version)

This was a Facebook thing but I decided to put it here.  Maybe it will provide me with some inspiration for my reading list!

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Bold = books I’ve read in their entirety
Italics = ones I started but didn’t finish or read an excerpt.

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
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Whatever that means.  I’m enjoying making lists so far, so here is another one.  This time, it’s for the rest of the week because accomplishing the items on this one in a single day is too much pressure.  I don’t do self-inflicted pressure.  Especially on weekdays.

The rest of this week, I would like to do the following:

– fold and put away air-dried laundry
– pick up diploma from school
– get e-ring appraised
– get e-ring insured
– submit claim for flu shot reimbursement
– find and book reasonable airfare to San Diego
– go to the gym once (well, they do say goals must be reachable…)
– look at job postings at least once
– knit one fingerless mitten
– exchange yarn bought last weekend for another color at Knitty City
– research some Vanguard funds

A Case of the Mondays


In an effort to continue the weekend’s productivity, here is tonight’s to do list.  The idea is that if I write it down, I might be 50% more likely to do it.

– pick up laundered shirts/dry cleaning
– go to market to get ingredients for dinner
– make dinner (eggplant bolognese)
– watch latest episode of Victoria and Nichkun’s We Got Married
– sort through yarn and pick next knitting project
– shower (i just had to put that on there, gulez!)