Watching: Amadeus (1984)
Jonathan and I watched the classic film Amadeus recently. It definitely took some liberties with the historical reality of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s relationship with fellow-composer, Antonio Salieri. But it was a really good movie. I loved the costumes and the just overall “look” of the movie. And at a stout three hours, it still stays absolutely riveting. The acting is so good! I’d definitely recommend it. And we’ve been listening to a bit of Mozart around the house afterward, as a result (see below).
Listening: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Requiem
Like I said, we watched Amadeus and then went on a Mozart kick. I really like Eine Kleine Nachtmusik—it’s just so cheery! But the Requiem is incredible. I saw it live in college and—just wow. My husband likes to come up with new words to pieces from it, too, which is always entertaining.
Reading: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Perhaps you noticed the global Facebook/Instagram/et al. outage (what a funny way to phrase that!) yesterday (Monday, October 4, 2021). Oddly enough, I just finished reading Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism and have been trying as best I can to do the 30-day no social media thing. (Which is, granted, a little difficult when you are a social media manager!) But I highly recommend the book. I like his realistic and actionable steps for being a “social media minimalist,” especially in his idea that minimizing social media use does not mean being a hermit, but rather making it clear that you value regular, meaningful interaction, like talking on the phone or making coffee dates, etc.
Enjoying: Homemade Marshmallows
A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at homemade marshmallows. I didn’t even know you could make marshmallows at home! Anyway, they’re great. You can find lots of recipes online, but I think I used this one because it didn’t have corn syrup. Don’t forget the powdered sugar (like I did), otherwise you’ll end up more with marshmallow “fluff”, though. They are great with hot cocoa, whatever way you may them. This is part of a recent campaign to make more things at home versus buying them at the store.
Have you tried any good recipes lately?