Sunday, February 04, 2007

Numbers which are divisible by 100 are over-rated anyway

It would seem that this is post number 504 on this blog. I suppose I should have had a party or something for post 500, but I wasn't paying attention. Numbers that are divisible by 3 are pretty cool, though.

And that reminds me of my list of things which are under-rated:

Ballboy - this band deserves to be better known outside of Scotland and Germany (which seem to be the only places they tour). They have some of the most imaginative song titles ever, and some killer songs. Here's "The art of kissing" mp3 and some lyrics from same:

And you taught me how to kiss / while your husband had his bit / with a younger, fitter lover / on the golf course in a bunker

And they say romance is dead

Oatmeal - this has to be one of the most satisfying and toothsome foodstuffs in existence. There's nothing like an oatmeal cookie made with large flake oats so that you can actually taste them, or a steaming bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. It's great in muffins, and you can even use it as a thickener.

And oatmeal is not just for sweet stuff either - oh no! My mom used to make us oatmeal soup sometimes and it was guuud.

Oatmeal deserves a lot more respect.

Robert Downie Jr - in my opinion, one of the most under-rated actors around. Every film that I have seen him in lately just sparkles from his performances. Check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or A Scanner Darkly. I, for one, am really glad that he has cleaned up his act.

I originally had a lot more items on my list of things which are under-rated, but I have forgotten them.

Meh, a good memory is over-rated anyway.


Kim said...

I agree with Robert Downey - he's a tremendous talent when sober.

Toccata said...

Grew up on porridge. Liked oatmeal and sunny boy but hated cream of wheat. There are not enough raisins in the world to make cream of wheat edible! Lived for Saturdays and real cereal poured from a box!

Dale said...

Porridge/oatmeal - yes!

Cream of Wheat, Vita B, all those other creepy cheapy cereals - no!

Nice tune Barbara. KKBB was great and RDJ shone. Haven't seen ASD yet and am now tired of using acronyms.

mellowlee said...

Awww, Robert Downey Jr :O) I have had the biggest crush on him forever!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hi Kim, and welcome! Downey's been brilliant the last couple of years. Hopefully the wild days are firmly behind him.

We used to have to eat cream of wheat sometimes too, Toccata, but I think I must have completely erased the memory of that taste from my data banks.
For special treats we got those little boxes of cereal where you poured the milk right into the box. Those were so cool!

Dale, be careful! Acronym overload can be deadly. We would be calling EMS to take you to the ICU for an MRI.
(Glad you liked the song)

He is pretty crush-worthy, Mel. Very dynamic and sassy.

Allison said...

504, congrats!

I've never warmed to oatmeal, I think I need to try homemade stuff instead of the packaged crap. And mix in some fruit or something.

I agree, Robert Downey is underrated. I need to see A Scanner Darkley, and listen to more Ballboy. Goals for Feb!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Allison, 500+ just snuck up on me somehow.
I can't stand the packaged oatmeal myself - too sweet and not enough texture. 2-3 minutes in the microwave is all you need to make a bowl of real oatmeal. I know you don't like dried cranberries, but I love them in oatmeal. You might like raisins though.
See A Scanner Darkly and listen to Ballboy are excellent and achievable goals for Feb.

kelly said...

I know you're gonna think this is weird..I put oatmeal in the blender to make a powder than add my protein powder and fruit and flax oil and juice for my breakfast smoothie....

I was one who liked cream of wheat as well as oatmeal//especially when mom figured out how to stop making it with burnt lumps

~Jen~ said...

oatmeal....lumpy nectar of the gods...mmmmmmm yellow sugar and milk.....mmmmmmmm

Will said...

First and foremost, congratulations on 504 posts. Not on 500 though, that doesn't mean much. But 504 - that shows real dedication. I need to check out Ballboy and I certainly need to eat more oatmeal.

Johnny Yen said...

When I was a teenager, and decided to lose weight, I read up on nutrition and decided that oatmeal was just about the perfect food for me. For a couple of years, I ate it every day for breakfast. With a little honey, raisins and skim milk, it was delicious, too.

With my celiac disease, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to eat it. The celiac people are still debating it.

Robert Downey Jr. is brilliant. My favorite performance of his was in one of my favorite movies, "True Believer."

When he hit the skids, I considered breaking precedent and writing him a fan letter, asking him to straighten up and not throw his talent away. Looks like he found his way to sobriety without my letter.

mellowlee said...

Oh yes, congrats on breaking 500! wow! We need to have a cake! An oatmeal cake? I really would love that oatmeal soup recipe. I love home made oatmeal. Sometimes I sprinkle some ground flax and drizzle honey on it and it sooo yummy. Plus I feel healthy all day :O)

justacoolcat said...

I prefer toast.

Also, I prefer movie stars and rock stars to be higher than a kite and one step from disaster.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You summed it all up in your first sentence, Kelly. It's weird.

You need the odd lump in there, don't you, Jen, just to add a little excitement. I know I do.

500 is diddly, Will, you're right. We don't even wake up for 500. But 504 is another story entirely.
Everybody needs to eat more oatmeal, and I'm not just saying that because of my recent purchase of oat stocks.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't realize there was debate on inclusion of oats in a diet for people with celiac disease, Johnny Yen. I assume you probably stay away from while the jury is still out?
I'm not that familiar with RDJ's earlier films - I'll need to check out True Believer.

Lots of people seem to be putting honey on their oatmeal, Mel. I've only ever used brown sugar on it. I'll have to experiment so I can tell you whether you are wrong or not. Because I am good at that.
I'll send you instructions for that oatmeal soup (it's not really a recipe per se).

I love toast myself, JustA, but once I get started on it, I could just keep going and going until I am one step away from disaster.

Deb said...

you look great for 504!!

(and you know oats and I have a thing going on)

Yea! New blogger didn't kill me off...tried, but I made it.

JustRun said...

I loved oatmeal as a toddler, hated it as a kid and a teen and now have come full circle to loving it again. It's good energy, real good.

Barbara said...

Happy 504th!
Oatmeal requires maple syrup or brown sugar...either way. It's best to cook it in milk in the microwave. For me anyway...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't feel a day over 503, Deb.
It's the power of the oatmeal that protected you against the evil blogger switch curse, I think.

It keeps you going for a long while too, Justrun, until it's chocolate time.

Never tried it with maple syrup, Barbara W, but I do agree cooking it with milk (although I often use water) in the microwave.

Leazwell said...

RDJr always adds depth.

Leazwell said...

RDJr always adds depth.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He seems to, Leazwell. First I thought it was just that he was playing fascinating characters, but then realized it was great acting.

She's Crafty said...

mmm...oatmeal cookies. Love "Kiss, Kiss, Bang. Bang" and patiently waiting to own "A Scanner Darkly".

Look at all the hate on cream of wheat. I loved it w/ NO LUMPS and lots of brown sugar!

I will have to check out Bsllboy.

Danny Tagalog said...

What I don't understand is why the Quaker-Man has changed to wearing a Vietnamese Communist cap since migrating from Scotland?

An expat Brit who loves Scotland - especially Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice.

Danny Tagalog said...

What I don't understand is why the Quaker-Man has changed to wearing a Vietnamese Communist cap since migrating from Scotland?

An expat Brit who loves Scotland - especially Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice.

John Mutford said...

Robert Downey Jr.s good, yes, and usually picks decent scripts. I love when you can be almost sure a movie's going to be good or at least interesting based on the actor. I find that about Edward Norton.

Great Ballboy link too. Love all the free downloads they offer on their site.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I think you and Kelly are the only ones who don't despise cream of wheat, Serah. I think the rest of us have an issue with the texture (or lack of it).
You're going to love A Scanner Darkly. It's really well done.

Hi Danny Tagalog, welcome! That's a good observation about the Quaker Oats guy. I think I must have stolen that picture from an Asian site or something, I didn't check.

True enough, John. Simon Peg is another actor that always makes me excited to see his films. Edward Norton does have it too, even if most of the girls in Eva's film studies class have declared him to be a "total babe".
Aren't Ballboy great? They are sooo nice!