Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend for Squares

Perhaps you're wondering how two awesome Squares like VC & NT are planning to spend the glorious Labor Day weekend. (If you're not wondering...congratulations, you're too cool for school.)

VC & NT's To-Do List
Labor Day Weekend
(in random order)

Read Moby Dick - 'cause it's a classic and not as boring as your high school classmates told you! Bonus points for whaling information, which is oddly fascinating. After a recent trip to a whaling museum, NT grossed out VC by telling her all about the waxy oil in a whale's head and the shark problems that sometimes occurred while sailors were trying to capture a whale.

Read Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris - But beware: if you read it on the subway some lady might come up to you and point out that she sees you laughing openly at the book. And then what are you supposed to say to that? "Um...thank you?" "Sorry?" "Yes, it's obviously a hilarious read, so I will just tell you all about it instead of reading it quietly to myself, which is what I was trying to do on this subway car?" Not that this situation happened to VC or anything...

Go to a taping of Wheel of Fortune - Listen, when WoF comes to your town, you HAVE to go to it. It's Square Law. [Update: VC & NT have gone to the taping, seen The Sajak, and will be visible in the tv audience on the November 12th and November 13th shows.]

Actual Labor - Some people actually have to work on holiday weekends, amiright?!

Sing along to RENT - Rent co-stars Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs gave birth to what must be an amazingly attractive and talented baby this week, so why not celebrate by brushing off your old Rent sountrack and singing the entire libretto at the top of your lungs? (It helps to do so with a friend, so your voice doesn't wear out from doing all the characters yourself.)

Find out what this weird "Kitchen" thing is all about - Apparently, some people use this "kitchen" thing as a cooking facility. And after watching Meryl Streep rock out as Julia Child in Julie & Julia, VC has decided to go crazy on some groceries and see what happens. Specifically, she would like to make an omelette thusly:

Also, VC is hoping NT will whip out The Best Better Homes & Gardens Recipe Ever:

Ravioli-Vegetable Stacks

Ravioli-Vegetable Stacks

Start to Finish: 25 minutes
  • 1 lb. frozen cheese-or meat-filled ravioli
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 4 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup small fresh basil leaves [SQUARE NOTE: OR Oregano!]
  • 1 8-oz. pkg. shredded Italian-blend cheese (2 cups)


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cook ravioli according to package directions. Trim and lengthwise slice zucchini. Add zucchini to ravioli during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain, but do not rinse.
2. In 2-quart square baking dish layer half the tomato slices. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the oil. Sprinkle half the basil. Using tongs, layer half the ravioli and sprinkle half the cheese. Layer zucchini slices; drizzle 1 tablespoon oil. Layer remaining ravioli, basil, cheese, and tomato; drizzle remaining oil. Season with salt and ground black pepper.
3. Bake, uncovered, 9 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and begins to brown. To serve, cut into squares; sprinkle with fresh basil [SQUARE NOTE: You can use oregano instead of basil, and it's still yummy!]. Makes 4 servings.

Have a Dance Party in the Kitchen - Must dance to this jam in particular:

Take a trip to Lizzie Borden's House
- PSYCH!!!! One visit is enough. That place is seriously scary. The whole neighborhood has a tone, you know? Perhaps the tone had to do with not only the gruesome Borden death, but also the infanticide, homicide, and suicide of the families in the surrounding area? Yeah, trust us...100% haunted. A day trip to someplace nice and not haunted like Center Harbor, NH or Portsmouth, NH might be in the cards instead.

Participate in "Sunday Nights Ain't Right."
- Never heard of SNAR? Don't worry, it's because VC & NT invented that title just now. Think of SNAR as a "TGIF" or "Must-See TV" tagline for television show lineups. SNAR refers to the unholy triad of shows that are watched in this order Sunday nights: JONAS, True Blood, and Mad Men.

Once you've digested that Sunday night sequence, let us explain ourselves.

JONAS is unfortunately very, very amusing. You know how some kids theatre productions are legitimately awesome, filled with random humor and surprisingly good acting? It's kind of like that. Plus, it has a catchy theme song! Damn those Jonai!!

TRUE BLOOD is a sweaty, hilarious, over-the-top melodrama in the deep south. Words cannot express how bizarrely twisted it is (maybe Buffy + Designing Women + Melrose Place?), so we present the following clips:

Since TRUE BLOOD won't be broadcast this Labor Day weekend, however, VC will be forced to watch this youtube video of her Fictional Boyfriend, Eric Northman, on repeat.

When the adolescent and trashy portions of Sunday night tv cease, it's time to get classy with MAD MEN and feel better about our lives.

Hey, speaking of boyfriends...are you ready for the last thing on VC & NT's To Do List?

Make preparations to see Jude Law star in Hamlet on Broadway. TRUE! NT is scheduled to see her favorite actor/hotness icon! So, she needs to figure out exactly what kind of memorable conversation she will have with Jude at the stage door. Maybe she should grab a sax and sing to him?

Have a great weekend, all you fabulous Squares!