Sunday, October 12, 2008

μουσακάς Sunday

That's Mr. Moussaka to you. One thing is certain: I will never waste away from lack of eating due to depression.

Actually, I've been both feeling great mood-wise and also more sanguine about my not-really-a-weight-problem weight problem.

Although I probably weigh more than I ever have in my life and could stand to lose ten pounds to close in on my ideal weight, the other day I realized that I don't feel as self-conscious about my body as I sometimes have felt. In fact, the other day, I felt pretty damn good, and as I walked down the street with a smirk on my face, a very silly realization came to mind: I was thinking, "If I weren't on these damn meds, I know I'd be a lot thinner."

And then, just seconds later, I thought, "Yeah, if I weren't on these meds, I bet I'd most DEFINITELY be a LOT thinner... 'skeletal,' you might say."

That, ladies and gentlemen, is my way of putting things into context.

And for some brief recommendations on the culture front:

· I still have to watch the final two (of six) hours of La Meglio Gioventù, but I highly recommend it for those of you looking for worthwhile additions to your Netflix queue (I believe my queue is approaching 450 titles, which probably includes no more than 25 titles that I've already seen).

· Last weekend I discovered (thanks to KCRW) the Swedish music group Detektivbyrån (link to their MySpace page where you can have a listen) and immediately downloaded one of their albums. I find their instrumental music sweet like children's lullabies and at the same time intensely melancholy. It's a bit like a mashup of cheesy 1970s science-fiction television show soundtracks and merry-go-round or jack-in-the-box music. One review I read said their music is much like the Yann Tiersen's music for the film Amélie, and upon relistening to a bit of that, I'd agree. I also need to look up who did the music for Pan's Labyrinth, because I recall similarities to some of that film's score as well.

A good friend of mine, by the way, has commented many times that she is almost totally oblivious to the music in films.

Anyway, that's what passes for my idea of excitement lately. The days are getting shorter, and our version of a cold snap descended late last week with wild winds on Friday afternoon and evening. The chill was perfect for hunkering down, alone but content, under the comforter.


Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

I can't imagine life without KCRW. It is pretty much my only music radio station since I listen only to KQED and KPFA locally for news and rely on it for music.

Huntington said...

You put the "awwww" in aubergine!

joe said...

Nobody cares about any of that aubergine (or grape) shit.

SubtleKnife said...

Even I like KCRW and I'm an ocean and a continent away. But I have to disagree that the Policestation songs sound like "cheesy 1970s science-fiction television show soundtracks" I think they're too good for that. The 70s part is spot on, though. I'm getting all sorts of flashbacks, they sound like rainy days in my grandparents' caravan.

O yes, IMDb says the original music of Pan's Labyrinth was by Javier Navarrete.

This is no comment on the food, but sometimes life is just like constipation: you have to tell yourself "this too shall pass". Don't be too hard on yourself, sometimes allowing yourself to have a good wallow works wonders.

*wishing I could give you a big hug and squeeze*

joe said...

SK: I've since looked up Navarrete -- I guess the Pan's Labyrinth music, at least the part I listened to, isn't really similar to Detektivbyrån at all (maybe melodically). I still think something about them sounds a bit "science-fictionlike". I love it though.

I really am feeling great. I may work on a plan for collecting that hug, though -- I found out that an acquaintances has been starting business operations and has a 6-bedroom house in Drachten that I may be welcome to visit. I'd love to get back to NL for a holiday.

SubtleKnife said...

Lemme know when you get here!

Salty Miss Jill said...

I hope that some day we can cook for each other. :)
Glad to know things are looking up, my little eggplant.

Stash said...

Look at it this way:

There's more of you to love.

BTW I really dig eggplant.


bstewart23 said...

I'm deeply distressed that there's no recipe accompanying those yummy photos. Dang.

And if you like Detektivbyrån, you might want to check out múm. They're a little more fragile, but every bit as lovely.