The Oscars and Chocolate

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I tried to get Isabel to tell me what her Oscar picks are this year but our conversation quickly turned into a heavy, depressing rant (on Isabel’s part) involving women’s rights, the global economy, arrogant and selfish men with no concern for human values or human lives, the horrific treatment of women at Ivy League universities, Javier Bardem’s alleged bad temper, and chocolate (see note below). I figure I will spare readers the specifics and mention that Isabel did say she liked the movie The Kids Are Alright, and that she wished to see more of Antonio Banderas. Is he even still alive?

She also mentioned that she had just finished a fabulous audiobook— Little Bee, by Chris Cleave. It’s the story of a young Nigerian girl who witnesses the most brutal extermination of her whole village by soldiers paid by an oil company, and who and ends up in London as a refugee. “You have to read that book!” she told me as she dashed out the door. Click here to buy it!
Um, yeah, sounds great, Isabel—really uplifting. I’ll be putting it on hold at the library just as soon as I finish writing this…
P.S. The chocolate refers to the kind of man Isabel likes: “Men who are tough on the outside and soft on the inside, like the best See’s Candies.”
Hmm. Come to think of it, we have been through several boxes of See’s Candies at the office this year…

5 Responses to The Oscars and Chocolate

  1. Sandro April 11, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    >It's funny! Barbra Streisand has mentioned during one of her concerts that she likes her man hard on the outside, and soft on the inside, like a baked potato!

    During "The Concert" 1994 she has a conversation with a therapist

    Therapist: "When was the last time you had a midnight phone call?"
    Streisand: "Last night. I went to this place where they have the most incredible baked potatoes, absolute perfection! the outside very hard, the inside very soft…"
    Therapist: "I thought you were talking about a man"
    Streisand: "I was"

  2. Mariela February 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm #

    >i love this blog! how lucky we are to read about isabel's idiosyncracies and the lovely relationship you both share!

  3. Tamara February 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    >ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy que gracia de blog¡¡¡, y que pena de mi y de mi pésimo ingles.

    sería mucho pedir una traducción??? ya hay muchos blogs en dos idiomas (estoy intentando usar mi poder de convicción).
    Me he quedado con la receta del flan, entre un traductor y mi inglés chapurreado, y me ha salido riquísimo¡¡ tenía miedo de confundir la palabra sal con azucar, pero creo que he usado los ingredientes y ha salido, y si me he inventado alguno realmente ha salido bueno igual.
    Una pena no enterarme de la mitad, porfavor por las raices de Isabel¡¡¡ traduce… (usando la convicción por segunda vez..)

    un beso y un abrazo grande desde España

  4. Judith Starkston February 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    >I suggest reading Little Bee while eating a box of chocolates–or perhaps a bar of dark chocolate with a glass of good Zinfandel.

  5. florencia February 3, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    >querisa Sarah!!! no sabescuanto te agadesco el poder saber de mi amiga,,, que rico que esta relajada, leyendo .viendo peliculas. en fin y compartiendo con amigas tan querida como tu!!! esa pelicula parece que esta destinada aganar aun no la he visto.. ahora estoy muy de cauerdo con isabel ami tambien me gustam los hombres chocolate!! mi marido es uno de ellos… dale asiiii de cariños a Isabel..muchas bendiciones!!

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