Summons me with just one beep...
Rollin' with my homies...

Oh pretty baby...

So how's this strike you for a good night?

Katie and I return home from a night at the gym (anytime you walk out of a gym on your own two feet and not a stretcher is a good start) and throw together the ultimate Trader Joe's dinner including...

  • Asian Style Chicken Stir Fry
  • Pork Gyoza Pot Stickers with Gyoza Dipping Sauce (two different items at your local TJ's)
  • A bottle of wine (well, this wasn't TJ)

Of course, when you combine a cardio workout at the gym with food and a glass of wine, sleep would be expected to follow in short order. And it did. We were both knocked out cold.

For the record, Katie and I highly recommend the pot stickers and sauce. In case you're wondering, the sauce is a combination of soy sauce, rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, cilantro, and crushed red peppers. Fantastic!

Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): I was trying to refrain from saying anything about Heath Ledger here on the blog. The news is everywhere and anyone who doesn't know, well...

So I figured you didn't need to read any more about it here despite the fact that his death did leave both Katie and me saddened. I've been a fan since Roar (which was the topic of one of my grad school pop culture analyses) and have watched and enjoyed many of his roles since then.

Yet I still felt compelled to say nothing.

Until last night, when, for the third night in a row, I found myself whistling Frankie Valli's "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." And then I found out that Katie's been doing the same thing... both of us clearly in tribute to Heath.

I then thought maybe the only way to get past this point is to share with all of you. So here is my tribute to Heath Ledger, an actor Katie and I have both enjoyed for a while and were hoping for many more years of interesting roles. This tribute isn't much, just a favorite scene from a movie we both enjoy. Rest in peace, Heath...


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Nilsa S.

I love me some TJ's. Haven't been there in a while ... high time I high tail it back. (Though, it's really hard to go cross-town when Chicago's largest Whole Foods is just up the street.)

Nice tribute, by the way.


It's so sad. As I look at his body of work, I was sure Heath would have been the next Johnny Depp.
I am enjoying the tributes people are putting together. :)


I have never been to trader joes. You sure are tempting me though!

It really makes me sad about Heath. Obviously I didn't know him, but I just feel so sad for anyone who did know him.


Nilsa, I've never been to a Whole Foods. I can understand why you'd shop there, though. I've heard great things about it. But give Joe's a shot. It's worth it.

diane, I was sure of it, too. I'm glad he shied away from doing more stuff like 10 Things, although I do love that movie. Too many people fell into the teen scene trappings and their careers suffered as a result.

tori, oh you must try Joes. Awesome stuff.


Awww. I think that was the moment I fell in love with Heath. And then his performance as Ennis del Mar was so beautiful it broke my heart. It's so sad. Thanks for posting that.


I was just thinking about Heath the day before his death... I was just wondering what kind of role would be his next since he had made such interesting moderns. When I saw him on the news, I was shocked! He's got so much to give!! Surprisingly, his death shocked me more than the greatest figures in the past few years (other than princess diane of course) - I think it's because he's so young and filled of promises.


Mmmmmmmmm, pot stickers. Mmmmmmmmm.


Weird, I just watched that movie a couple of months ago. Now I have a slew of movies to rent with Ledger in it. Never seen "The Patriot," for instance.

Can't WAIT for the next Batman movie. I've been jazzed about Heath playing the Joker for a while. Trailer looks ridiculously good.


suze, no problem. Katie and I love that scene. And he was fantastic in Brokeback. Great film.

CK, I agree with you. It shocked me for the same reasons. There are so many others in the Hollywood scene you expect to die because of how they live. He was not one of them.

ajooja, oh yeah!

Karl, I can't say I was particularly jazzed about him playing the role. Now that I've seen trailers, though, holy bat crap!


First up - what the hell is a pot sticker? It's having visions of you and Katie eating sticky labels covered in weed...

Heath Ledger - he made me laugh, he made me cry and what a smile!


You don't know what a pot sticker is? Ohhhhh... Asian cuisine. It's a little sealed dumpling with a pasta shell typically and some kind of stuffing like chicken, cheese, or in our case last night, pork! Good stuff. That scene with Ledger makes me smile. I'm an ol' softie!


Oh a gyoza dumpling? Yep, love me them.


Ah you don't call 'em pot stickers, eh? Yep, sounds like the same thing. Good stuff!


Just great! You had to go and remind me about how good TJ's pot stickers are when I don't have time to drive the distance to get them. Thanks a lot! :P


10 Things I Hate About You is definitely one of my favorite movies and now every time I watch it I'm going to be sad that Heath Ledger is no longer making movies.


Lisa, happy to help! ;-)

nicole, I think I'll be smiling more knowing that he still brought us great enjoyment. Just in a very short timespan.

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