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Quiet day at home

I am quiet at home today.

Daughter is back to school after President's day holiday. It is very cold here. I am watching a PBS show, where David Tennant talks about Hamlet. He picks the play apart, and talks about his thoughts about the part, and the historical context, and he talks to other actors and historians.

Some thoughts:

First, DT is as cute as a bucket of puppies. He has very nice brown eyes. (The show keeps showing him staring wistfully over the Thames.)

He gets to see the first versions of Hamlet-- the first folio and the so-called 'bad folio.' And he is so squeeful.

And he has a very nice voice when he is speaking as himself. It is a brown velvet warm voice. It goes with his eyes.  And it has intelligent things to say..

I kind of hoped that they would mention Thomas Kyd. He is thought to have written the first version of Hamlet. But they did not mention him. Oh well. He also pretty much invented the revenge play in English. I am sure all the people in the program know about him, they maybe just did not have time to fit him in.

In other news

I am making Hot-Cross Buns. I found some in the store a few weeks back, and brought them home. Family devoured them, so I thought, 'how hard can it be to make them?' They seem pretty simple. My only concern is that my yeast is kind of elderly. I proofed it, and it is alive, but slow to respond. So we will see.

If they turn out I will post a picture.


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Feb. 20th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
My nanny family had the week off and went to Fla., so I have been sleeping late and lazing around the house!!

Hot cross buns sound nice! Hubby made delicious bread and put chopped almonds in it. We've been having slices toasted for breakfast!YUM!
Feb. 21st, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Buns turned out ok. They are a little smaller and more dense than the kind in the store.

Also, I made a rookie mistake with the frosting. I started with the milk and put the powdered sugar into it. Of course, I had way to much milk, and had to put more and more sugar to make it come out right. I ended up with 10X the frosting I needed to paint the little buns.

And even so, it came out more like a glaze. Still, tastes very good.

I did take a picture. Maybe I will put it up later.
Feb. 21st, 2013 01:11 am (UTC)
Save the extra frosting for the next creation!
Feb. 21st, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
That is the plan.
Feb. 21st, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
David Tennant is utterly delightful and delectable. I was married to him for years (in my head - it still counts). We drifted apart, but I still love to see him pop up on my flist like that.
Feb. 21st, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
He seemed like a very nice man.
Feb. 21st, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
David Tennant has a lovely lilt to his voice.
Feb. 21st, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
And yes, hot cross buns are magnificent!
Feb. 21st, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
I would very much like to see that programme about Hamlet. Incidentally DT grew up in the same area of town as partner, they are about the same age but went to different schools.

I love hot cross buns. Anything with fruit and spices does it for me. My mother and I tried to bake some once, but they were an inedible disaster. Neither of us could bake :}
Feb. 21st, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
I love them too. i am going to make another batch in a few days, and see if new and better yeast will make them more fluffy. The ones I just made have a heavy quality that they should not. And husband said he wished they were sweeter.

He has a terrible sweet tooth. i think it comes from not getting enough sleep. He will eat Ovaltine mix with a spoon. (Once years back, I found him standing in his underwear, in the middle of the night, in the light of the open refrig. drinking chocolate sauce out of a jar....
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