Palm Springs

This is the first movie we’ve watched during our one week of summer holidays. We thought it would be fitting our mood of sun and blue sky during this strange month of July. For some reason, I’ve believed all my life that Palm Springs is a place on the border of a beach with lots of palm trees, imagine my surprise seeing a desert instead. I immediately googled Palm Springs after watching the movie, and yes, it apparently is a desert resort city in California. I’ve learned a new thing that day…

The movie was fun to watch, Andy Samberg was as hilarious as always. Movies about time loops always reach their best point when the people who are stuck in them, accept their fate and completely let go. Throwing a bomb at a wedding, dressing up like a pirate, camping in the desert while stoned and watching dinosaurs pass,… life would be so much fun if none of your actions would have any consequences, the day starts over and over again anyway.

Also, those inflatable pizzas look so comfy, I could see Chris and I floating on one of those babies in our imaginary pool.


Frappuccino

Last week, during the first heatwave of this summer, Chris and I were dreaming about a good refreshing frappuccino. The first time we’ve drank this cold delight was years ago at Starbucks, when they still had a lactose free version of this drink. Years later, we’re still craving for a cold “coffee” beverage for summer so, we decided to order a blender that can crush ice, and make a perfect frappuccino.

Yesterday was quite a hot Saturday, too hot to do anything so, we lazied up, hanging in the couch while sipping from our jar of frappuccino, and re-watching Breaking Bad.

After a few experiments, this is our favourite recipe until now (for 2 persons):

  • 2 cups of coffee;
  • 2 cups of lactose free milk;
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar;
  • 12 ice cubes.

It’s very easy to make too, just throw all the ingredients into the blender, and a few seconds later it’s done. I know that a lot of people add whipped cream, and a whole bunch of other stuff, but both Chris and I prefer our food as simple as possible.

Yesterday was an amazing day, and I’m ready to have more of those. Let the summer begin!


The King of Staten Island

Friday was warm, so warm that our traditional pizza-gaming eve got replaced by a pizza-movie eve. But what movie to watch when there’s barely any air to breathe?

I don’t know why we decided to watch The King of Staten Island… To be honest, the trailer and the tattoos were probably the selling point. Anyway, we watched it with greater pleasure than we anticipated. The King of Staten Island created a nice chill vibe over our week-end and it still hasn’t left.

While not much happens, the ambiance is great and Scott is a very attaching character with an amazing t-shirt collection, his sense of humour was balancing perfectly the dramatic undertones of the movie.


It’s finally raining

I’m writing this post while listening to the refreshing sound of the rain falling on the terrace.

HBO’s Chernobyl was amazing. Beside the scientific reasons, the catastrophe could have been avoided, if not for the pride of the soviet regime during which mistakes had to be hidden instead of addressed.

Netflix’s When they see us was the second great TV show we’ve been watching during the heatwave. It brings back to debate about the death penalty and how, to me, it’s always better to let a guilty man alive than to kill an innocent.


The other faces of Kiefer

Lately, during my last home-working lunchtimes, I’ve been watching Designated Survivor.

After hours watching Kiefer Sutherland trying to be Mr. President, it got me thinking that all his roles weren’t always that bad.

On top of my head, I remember him as a vampire in The Lost Boys, which I can’t even mention without hearing this song in my head and, my favourite, Sam Stanley from Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me.

As for Designated Survivor, wouldn’t it be for the terrorism plots, I don’t think that I would have made it to the end of the first season.


Climatize me

Brussels, 37°c

Today is one of these rare days when I’m happy to be at the office. While Brussels is burning under a scorching sun, I keep cool thanks to the AC of the finance tower.

I wanted to take a picture of the view from my usual lunchtime spot at Starbucks, but it was so crowded that we had to sit somewhere else. Cold spots are very popular on days like these… Instead, enjoy the view from my office.


Radioactive Noodles

On Tuesday evening, Soforah and I normally have a few drinks and listen to music before eating pastas. For reasons that are mostly histamine related, we decided to quit drinking a week ago. So, instead of getting drunk, we ate homemade noodles while watching Mamytwink’s trip to Chernobyl, then we watched the first episode of the HBO TV show Chernobyl. It was a very nice evening. Big thanks to my wife for coming up with such a great plan, preparing the food and helping us keeping sober.