...you make your friends wear your novelty glasses and start snapping away with your instant camera.
We had a dinner party on Saturday and most everyone came through despite train mishaps. L&D came with some delicious cheese and Amy's bread, Jennifer came with spicy mixed olives, Mike brought smoked Jarlsberg and grapes, Chris & Patty brought pita, hummus and baklava, and Laura came late with a big ass mango cream cake from Fay Da.
I started everyone off with the cheese plate, as well as some baked brie I'd prepared the night before, filled with dried cherries, brown sugar and slivered almonds and baked in puff pastry. Then I made a salad of blanched edamame, petit pois and asparagus tossed in a lemon-dill-parsley-basil pesto, mini ziti tossed with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and a roast chicken with herb cream sauce. For dessert, I made a small batch of lime bars that went so fast I barely got a taste. The theme was spring, obviously. Too bad the weather didn't come through.
We also watched the Spurs get creamed by the Hornets. Sounds like a great Saturday night to me!
I spent all of Sunday indoors, nursing a nagging headache (okay, HANGOVER). I felt better later in the day and watched Lust, Caution, Ang Lee's latest that was released last year. Set in Shanghai and Hong Kong during World War II, it's a subtle, heartbreaking story about choosing between country and heart. The wardrobe and costumes were so simple and elegant:
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And the controversial sex scenes. Were they necessary? I think so, yes. Movies are a visual medium and it's difficult to interpret inner turmoil if not through physical attraction/interaction. They were definitely graphic but I don't think they were tasteless. I've put the book on my wishlist - I'm interested to see how they adapted it into a movie.