Ethnic Christmases

Since 1999, my family has been making food from a different country or region for our Christmas dinner instead of having similar meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, we put our heads together to make a list of what we had each year, and this is what we came up with. It’s pretty close but we might be off a little. Some dishes we tried are included when we could remember some.

• 1999 — Cajun/Creole
Jambalaya
Gumbo
Bread pudding

2000 — Indian
Curry

2001 — Chinese
Egg rolls
Fried rice
Shrimp in lobster sauce

2002 — Mexican
Tamales
Sopapillas
Enchiladas
Flan

2003 — English/Irish
Standing Rib Roast
Yorkshire pudding
Trifle

2004 — Greek
Lamb
Baklava

2005 — German
Sauerbraten
Potato pancakes

2006 — Russian
Borst

2007 — French

2008 — Japanese
Tempora
Miso soup

2009 — Spanish
Pialla

2010 — Caribbean
Avocado soup (cold)

2011 — Swedish
Crepes/lingonberries
Herring various ways

2012 — Hungarian
Bean soup, creamy
Goulash
Baked Walleye with sauce
Cabbage/sausage/egg noodle
Kiffles
Bread

Vacation: Turkey

Julie and I went to Istanbul, Turkey, for about 11 days, from the evening of June 19 to early in the morning July 2. We stayed with our friend Sean in the Şişli neighborhood.

We toured some historic sights like the Aya Sofia, Chora Church, Topkapi Palace, and the Basilica Cistern. We rented a boat and went up the Bosphorus one afternoon, swimming and hanging out. We walked through the Grand Bazaar and shopped in the Spice Bazaar a little bit. We took a ferry to the Asian side of the city and had dinner and drinks there. We played board games and danced at a gay bar and watched a couple of the Euro2012 soccer games.

I played Ultimate twice; one pickup game, one team practice (Turk Kasi).

… lots of stuff.

 

Guido’s Movies 2012

The following is a list of the movies that Guido (and usually Julie) watched, for the first time, in 2012.

ORDER#. TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE COMPLETED

    1. “I Love You Phillip Morris” (2009) – Online – 01/02
    2. “How I Met Your Mother” season 1 (2005) – Online – 01/03
    3. “Blue Valentine” (2010) – DVD – 01/05
    4. “Buck” (2011) – Online – 01/06
    5. “Ip Man 2” (2010) – Online – 01/06
    6. “Bandslam” (2009) – TV – 01/06
    7. “Tales from Earthsea” (2006) – Online – 01/09
    8. “Ninja” (2009) – Online – 01/13
    9. “Bored To Death” season 2 (2010) – DVD – 01/16
    10. “Haywire” (2011) – Theater – 01/23
    11. “Beginners” (2010) – DVD – 01/24
    12. “The Descendants” (2011) – Theater – 01/30
    13. “The Artist” (2011) – Theater – 02/07
    14. “Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne” (2008) – Online – 02/24
    15. “Abduction” (2011) – DVD – 03/04
    16. “John Carter” (2012) – Theater – 03/10
    17. “Tamara Drewe” (2010) – TV – 03/12
    18. “The Hunger Games” (2012) – Theater – 03/23
    19. “Midnight in Paris” (2011) – TV – 04/07
    20. “Bad Teacher” (2011) – TV – 04/08
    21. “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” (2008) – TV – 04/08
    22. “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012) – Theater – 04/13
    23. “Colombiana” (2011) – TV – 04/21
    24. “Priest” (2011) – TV – 04/25
    25. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” (2012) – Theater – 04/28
    26. “The Raven” (2012) – Theater – 04/30
    27. “Game of Thrones”season 1 (2011) – Blu-Ray04/xx
    28. “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012) – Theater – 05/04
    29. “Dark Shadows” (2012) – Theater – 05/14
    30. “30 Minutes Or Less” (2011) – TV – 05/27
    31. “We Bought A Zoo” (2011) – DVD – 05/30
    32. “Prometheus” (2012) – Theater – 06/12
    33. “Drive” (2011) – DVD – 06/15
    34. “21 Jump Street” (2011) – Drive-in – 06/18
    35. “Men in Black 3” (2011) – Drive-in – 06/18
    36. “Chronicle” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    37. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    38. “Immortals” (2011) – Airplane – 06/20
    39. “Moneyball” (2011) – Airplane – 07/02
    40. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012) – Theater – 07/06
    41. “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012) – Theater – 07/06
    42. “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) – Theater – 07/22
    43. “Smiley Face” (2007) – TV – 08/xx
    44. “Lockout” (2012) – Online – 09/20
    45. “Dexter” Season 6 (2012) – TV – 09/xx
    46. “Buried” (2010) – Online – 10/05
    47. “Looper” (2012) – Theater – 10/08
    48. “Defiance” (2008) – DVD – 10/07
    49. “50/50” (2011) – Online – 10/10
    50. “Hocus Pocus” (1993) – DVD – 10/28
    51. “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) – Theater – 11/07
    52. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” (2011) – TV – 11/08
    53. “Safe Men” (2098) – Online – 11/09
    54. “Skyfall” (2012) – Theater – 11/11
    55. “Conan The Barbarian” (2011) – Online – 11/13
    56. “The Warrior’s Way” (2010) – Online – 11/15
    57. “Luther” Season 1 (2010) – Online – 11/17
    58. “Luther” Season 2 (2011) – Online – 11/23
    59. “Brave” (2011) – DVD – 11/25
    60. “Suck” (2009) – TV – 11/27
    61. “Life of Pi” (2012) – Theater – 12/01
    62. “Beastly”(2011) – TV – 12/02
    63. “The Three Musketteers” (2010) – TV – 12/04
    64. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012) – Theater – 12/14
    65. “Dexter” season 7 (2012) – TV – 12/17
    66. “The Secret World of Arietty” (2010) – TV – 12/18
    67. “Real Steel” (2011) – TV – 12/19
    68. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Season 2 (2006) – Online – 12/21
    69. “Sleepwalk With Me” (201x) – Online – 12/24
    70. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012) – DVD – 12/27
    71. “Warrior” (2011) – DVD – 12/27
    72. “Predators” (2010) – DVD – 12/27
    73. “Django Unchained” (2012) – Theater – 12/28
    74. “Batman: Under The Red Hood” (2010) – Online – 12/30
    75. “All-Star Superman” (2011) – Online – 12/31
    76. “The Ten” (2007) – Online – 12/31

Started:

“There Will Be Blood” (200x) – TV – xx

* Movies on TV count if unedited

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PAST YEARS’ STATS

In 2003: 28 films (est.); 2004: 73 films; 2005: 62 films; 2006: 72 films; 2007: 65 films; 2008: 66 films; 2009: 113 films; 2010: 99 films; 2011: 102 films.

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Swedish Christmas

Continuing my family’s 12-year tradition of having a different ethnic or regional or country’s cuisine for Christmas, this year we tried making a variety of Swedish food.
Let’s see if I can recall most of what we tried:

  • Crepes with whipped cream and lingonberries
  • Waffles with whipped cream and lingonberries
  • Beet salad
  • Herring salad
  • Perch baked with eggs
  • Salmon pudding
  • Fried herring
  • Saffron bread
  • Herring in a paprika sauce
  • Boiled potatoes in cream sauce
  • Rice pudding
  • Chocolate candy
  • Toffee flavored candy straws
  • Glogg
  • Ginger cookies

In addition, we listened to a good bit of Swedish music thanks to Spotify. Plus, Julie and I just saw “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” last week. And we noticed the baddie in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” which we watch Monday, was Swedish.

Favorite music of 2010

Below is a list of some of my favorite music from 2010, not necessarily in order. I focused on music that came out in 2010, but included a couple songs released in 2009 that I discovered in 2010.

TOP ALBUMS

  1. Oddblood,” Yeasayer (2010) — e.g.: “Ambling Alp”
  2. Gorilla Manor,” Local Natives (2010) — e.g.: “Camera Talk”
  3. Go,” Jonsi (2010) — e.g.: “Tornado”
  4. Broken Bells,” Broken Bells (2010) — e.g.: “Trap Doors”
  5. Body Talk,” Robyn (2010) — e.g.: “Indestructible”
  6. Tron Legacy” [Soundtrack], Daft Punk (2010) — e.g.: “Tron Legacy (End Titles)”
  7. Plastic Beach,” Gorillaz (2010) — e.g.: “Rhinestone Eyes”
  8. Green Grow the Rushes,” John Vanderslice (2010) — e.g.: “Thule Fog”
  9. The Courage of Others,” Midlake (2010) — e.g.: “Rulers, Ruling All Things”
  10. The Winter of Mixed Drinks,” Frightened Rabbit (2010) — e.g.: “Nothing Like You”

(Honorable mention – albums)

NOTABLE SONGS

  1. For the Summer,” Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs (2010)
  2. I Want To Go To Marz,” John Grant (2010)
  3. Fool’s Day,” Blur (2010)
  4. The Book of Love,” Peter Gabriel (2010)
  5. Flume,” Peter Gabriel (2010)
  6. Animal,” Neon Trees (2010)
  7. The Wild Hunt,” The Tallest Man on Earth (2010)
  8. So This Is Goodbye (Pink Ganter Remix),” William Fitzsimmons (2010)
  9. Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Trap (2009)
  10. Sleepyhead,” Passion Pit (Dec. 2009)
  11. Fallin’ & Flyin’,” Jeff Bridges (2010)
  12. Boyfriend,” Best Coast (2010)
  13. Real Love,” Delorean (2010)
  14. Tighten Up,” The Black Keys (2010)
  15. Sick of You,” Cake (2010)

(Honorable mention – songs)

Guido’s Movies: 2011

The following is a list of the movies that Guido (and usually Julie) watched, for the first time, in 2011.

ORDER#. TITLE (YEAR RELEASED) – FORMAT – DATE COMPLETED

  1. “The IT Crowd” series 4 (2010) – online – 01/04
  2. “Bored to Death” season 1 (2009) – DVD – 01/06
  3. “True Grit” (2010) – theater – 01/09
  4. “The King’s Speech” (2010) – theater – 01/17
  5. “Weeds” season 6 (2010) – TV – 01/17
  6. “Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead” (2009) – online 01/23
  7. “Doctor Who: The Next Doctor” (2008) – online – 01/23
  8. “Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars” (2009) – online – 01/23
  9. “Greenberg” (2010) – DVD – 01/24
  10. “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010) – DVD – 01/30
  11. “Red” (2010) – DVD – 01/31
  12. “The Town” (2010) – DVD – 02/06
  13. “Devil” (2010) – DVD – 02/07
  14. “True Blood” season 2 (2009) – DVD – 02/17
  15. “DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam” (2010) – online – 02/19
  16. “When in Rome” (2010) – TV – 02/21
  17. “New Moon” (2009) – TV – 02/22
  18. “Animal Kingdom” (2010) – DVD – 03/01
  19. “Rango” (2011) – Theater – 03/06
  20. “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” (2009) – online – 03/09
  21. “Being Human” UK series 1 (2008) – DVD – 03/16
  22. “Top Gear” (2009) series 13 – online – 03/19
  23. “Never Let Me Go” (2010) – DVD – 03/20
  24. “Monsters” (2010) – online – 03/21
  25. “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Book 1 (2005) – online – 03/22
  26. “In A Day” (2006) – online – 03/23
  27. “Temple Grandin” (2010) – DVD – 03/27
  28. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) – TV – 04/11
  29. “Hanna” (2011) – Theater – 04/25
  30. “Wild Target” (2010) – DVD – 04/25
  31. “Thor” (2011) – Theater – 05/08
  32. “Tangled” (2010) – DVD – 05/09
  33. “Hereafter” (2010) – DVD – 05/15
  34. “Batman: Under the Red Hood” (2010) – online – 05/20
  35. “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths” (2010) – online – 05/21
  36. “I Am Number Four” (2011) – DVD – 05/27
  37. “127 Hours” (2010) – DVD – 05/29
  38. “Bridesmaids” (2011) – Theater – 05/30
  39. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011) – Theater – 05/30
  40. “The Green Hornet” (2010) – DVD – 05/27
  41. “Superman/Batman: Apocalypse” (2010) – online – 05/27
  42. “Madagascar” (2005) – TV – 06/03
  43. “X-Men: First Class” (2011) – Theater – 06/04
  44. “Machete” (2010) – DVD – 06/07
  45. “Due Date” (2010) – DVD – 06/08
  46. “Doctor Who” Season 5 (2010) – DVD – 06/09
  47. “Super 8” (2011) – Theater – 06/12
  48. “Knight and Day” (2010) – TV – 06/18
  49. “Gigantic” (2008) – DVD – 06/20
  50. “The Trip” (2011) – Theater – 06/21
  51. “Somewhere” (2010) – DVD – 06/28
  52. “Karate Kid” (2011) – TV – 06/29
  53. “Green Lantern” (2011) – Theater – 07/04
  54. “The Fighter” (2010) – DVD – 07/06
  55. “Horrible Bosses” (2011) – Theater – 07/11
  56. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011) – Theater – 07/15
  57. “Breaking Bad” season 2 (2009) – TV – 07/17
  58. “Breaking Bad” season 3 (2010) – TV – 08/01
  59. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) – Theater – 08/01
  60. “Source Code” (2011) – DVD – 08/01
  61. “How Do You Know” (2010) – TV – 08/10
  62. “Megamind” (2010) – DVD – 08/16
  63. “You Again” (2010) – TV – 08/24
  64. “Our Idiot Brother” (2011) – Theater – 08/29
  65. “Unstoppable” (2010) – DVD – 09/04
  66. “Fright Night 3-D” (2011) – Theater – 09/05
  67. “Stone of Destiny” (2008) – online – 09/07
  68. “Cedar Rapids” (2011) – DVD – 09/11
  69. “Country Strong” (2010) – DVD – 09/12
  70. “Your Highness” (2011) – DVD – 09/12
  71. “The Tourist” (2010) – TV – 09/17
  72. “Contagion” (2011) – Theater – 09/17
  73. “Breaking Bad” season 4 (2011) – TV – 10/16
  74. “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden” (2008) – DVD – 10/20
  75. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (2010) – TV – 10/27
  76. “A Place of One’s Own” (1945) – online – 10/29
  77. “Tenure” (2009) – TV – 11/04
  78. “Grown Ups” (2010) – TV – 11/07 – [Terrible]
  79. “Let Me In” (2010) – DVD – 11/07
  80. “The Muppets” (2011) – Theater – 11/23
  81. “Sarah’s Key” (2010) – DVD – 11/24
  82. “The Conspirator” (2010) – DVD – 11/24
  83. “Limitless” (2011) – DVD – 11/24
  84. “Batman: Year One” (2011) – DVD – 11/24
  85. “Super” (2010) – TV – 11/30
  86. “Hugo” (2011) – Theater – 12/03
  87. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (2010) – TV – 12/04
  88. “Please Give” (2010) – TV- 12/05
  89. “Try Seventeen” (2002) – TV- 12/05
  90. “The Bounty Hunter” (2010) – TV- 12/07
  91. “Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011) – TV – 12/07
  92. “Paul” (2011) – DVD – 12/12
  93. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) – Theater – 12/20
  94. “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” (2011) – TV – 12/21
  95. “Unknown” (2011) – DVD – 12/25
  96. “Trespass” (2011) – DVD – 12/25
  97. “Battle for Terra” (2009) – online – 12/25
  98. “Setup” (2011) – DVD – 12/26 – [Terrible]
  99. “Battle: Los Angeles” (2011) – TV – 12/27
  100. “Everything Must Go” (2010) – DVD – 12/28
  101. “Crazy Stupid Love” (2011) – DVD – 12/28
  102. “Page One: Inside The New York Times” (2011) – online – 12/31

Started:

“There Will Be Blood” (200x) – TV – xx

* Movies on TV count if unedited

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PAST YEARS’ STATS
In 2003: 28 films (estimated)
In 2004: 73 films
In 2005: 62 films
In 2006: 72 films
In 2007: 65 films
In 2008: 66 films
In 2009: 113 films
In 2010: 99 films

Movie graph

Troy’s Movies & Games 2011

I’ll keep track of my game playing and movie watching for the year in this post:

Movies watched in 2011:

  1. Knight and Day
  2. Full Metal Jacket
  3. State of Play
  4. A-Team
  5. Despicable Me
  6. How to Train your Dragon
  7. Inception
  8. The Losers
  9. Red
  10. The Recruit
  11. Easy A
  12. Nowhere Boy
  13. The Social Network
  14. Unstoppable
  15. Brothers
  16. Nine
  17. The Switch
  18. Flipped
  19. Salt
  20. Morning Glory
  21. How Do You Know
  22. The Tourist
  23. Book of Eli
  24. The King’s Speech
  25. Kick Ass
  26. Fifth Element
  27. Ip Man
  28. Tron: Legacy
  29. The Mechanic
  30. Megamind
  31. 12 Monkeys
  32. Super 8
  33. X-Men: First Class

Games:

  1. EVE Online: Incursion (PC)
  2. Torchlight (XBOX 360)
  3. Bangai-O HD (XBOX 360)
  4. Hunters: Episode One HD (iPad)
  5. Neuroshima Hex HD (iPad)
  6. Galaga Legions DX (XBOX 360)

Current Video Game Collection

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