guilty pleasure: what about bob?

Guilty Pleasure Movie Club was great this weekend, if I do say so myself. It was finally time for my second pick. My first movie choice was Mermaids way back in August! This time around I wanted to pick something funny (everyone needs a pick-me-up this time of year) and something that reminded me of my childhood movie watching times. What About Bob? from 1991 (starring a wild-haired Bill Murray) fit the bill perfectly. Honestly, I had really considered Who's that Girl? starring Madonna (perhaps a title that was also a question was my subconscious criteria?), but upon viewing the trailer on YouTube I wasn't totally sure that it would stand the test of time.

Several movie club members in attendance hadn't even seen What About Bob? before! This is hard for me to believe, as my siblings and I watched this a lot way back when. Is it possible that 1991 was nearly 20 years ago?!? Movie Club makes me feel old sometimes! Of course, our movie was accompanied by a pretty great dinner with a really weird theme: "the Depression." It was a tough one to cook something for, but after a bit of research we all realized that plain food was the way to go (though apparently rice krispie squares and kraft dinner were both Depression inventions). Jeff even made pickled beets with the last of our fall harvest from the UBC Farm. Don't they look beautiful? The recipe is from a book that Jacqui lent me: Put 'Em Up. Delicious...and a great book. If you're into preserving you should definitely check it out.

me (left) and my sister at Mardi Gras...1994?
Finally, I'd like to wish my sister Kate an early happy birthday. I definitely wish she could've been here to watch What About Bob? with us this week, but, alas, we live on opposite sides of a pretty huge country. Something you might now know about me: my dad lived in Mississippi for many years and Kate and I visited him there for about two months of every year when we were kids. One year we went to Mardi Gras (amazing how many stories I still tell from this particular trip...) and, as you can see, my love of jewelry was clearly born. Happy birthday, Kate! I hope that we can see each other really soon!


  1. i actually didn't watch what about bob? until about 7 or 8 years ago. back in the late 80's and early 90's, my brother and i watched mannequin everyday during summer break. some of my other favorites were funny farm, baby boom and who's that girl? (so it's funny you mentioned that one)!

  2. I should not have been driving that day.

  3. Dear Billythesquid: we know. That's another story!

  4. Mannequin was a good one, too! There was a TV show here in Canada that had a similar living mannequin in it: Today's Special. Man, I think that was a Canadian thing. It was super weird, regardless. I found the opening sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cxLfIs051c Creepy memories!!!

  5. The woman on Today's Special always reminded me of mom growing up. My mind worked in mysterious ways.

    P.S. this is your sister


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