19 April 2011

Good week

Eli being eclipsed by the sun.

Scully looking into the sun.

Scully doing what she does best, chew!
The sun is back!

We had a lovely day yesterday after getting off of work. Opened all the blinds in the house so the sun was streaming in. We also enjoyed hanging out on the porch with the pup. I got some nice pictures in the light of Eli and Scully. Even took some with my konica, hopefully I'll get that roll developed soon!

Then we had a really yummy dinner, Spaghetti with homemade Tuna Puttanesca Sauce (recipe from How to Cook Everything), sooo yummy! While we were cooking we watched a bit of Rick Steve's Europe. It was the best of Northern Ireland episode, gave me the travel bug for sure! It was a good start to the week, which will hopefully go by really fast since Friday is my birthday! Yay! :)

14 April 2011

Tea time.

Tea!

Still reading Anne of Green Gables. It's such a fun read. Maybe it's the foodie in me, but I've really been noticing all the food references, which include cakes, biscuits, pies and so on. Also often mentioned is Tea, as in the meal, not the beverage (although the beverage tea is part of the meal). If you want to read more about Tea the meal, check out the wikipedia page on it.

On a side note, I haven't had coffee in like, 5 days. It's been all tea all the time. I've always liked tea and coffee, but lately, and maybe it's just because I'm surrounded by bad coffee all the time, but I just haven't been in the mood for coffee, so I finally just decided to stop drinking it. Unless I go out to a place I know makes great coffee, like here or here.

I really want to have a Tea party sometime, wouldn't that be fab? With little cucumber sandwiches and scones and clotted cream and whatnot. I think it would be lovely. I also want to go to a tea shop, and this one in Beaverton, Tea Thyme and Lavender, has always been on my list, antique shop and tea house, love it! Not quite the traditional Tea house but I still think it looks like fun.

Anywho that's all I got on tea for now. Do you like tea? Are you a tea, coffee or both person?

12 April 2011

I made a sweater!

Baby sweater and mittens.

I made my first sweater! It's a crochet baby sweater, made for my dear friend Shawna's baby, who will be appearing sometime near the beginning of May. Isn't it the cutest thing ever? Everything is cuter when it's tiny. I found the pattern through Ravelry, it's called Kelly's Sweater, from Bella Bambina, here's a link to the pattern. Pretty simple pattern but oh so cute. I have always been afraid of making a sweater because I thought it would be too hard, but this was a good intro to sweater making, especially since it's crochet, which I think I'm a stronger crocheter than a knitter anyway. So, if you are like me and you haven't branched out much from hats and scarves, try this one out!

08 April 2011

stream of consciousness and a scully pic

Scully.
The weekend is almost here! I'm ecstatic because last weekend was only one day. This weekend is gonna be busy though! I have a lot to prepare for my friend Shawna's Baby Shower on Sunday. I got this idea to have a photobooth, and I need to have a bunch of fun silly props for funtime photos, and batteries charged and cards emptied, then I still need to finish crocheting a certain baby item I should have finished a long time ago then I gotta make a casserole and I still haven't decided on a recipe from one of my million old cookbooks. BUT the good news is that I'm super excited about all this stuff, especially the shower itself! So despite my continual desire to always do nothing on the weekends, I figure it's cool to be busy when you have cool stuff to be busy with, right? Although I also need to do a lot of housekeeping, our place has gone to the dogs, or a dog rather. But it's not entirely her fault, she has two lazy pet owners who can barely manage to clean the place up once a week. I mean, who is she learning it from, right? :)

07 April 2011

Movie Time! This week: The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans, 1992.
Image found here.

It's been a while since I talked movies on this here blog and I have to rectify this! Last night I watched The Last of the Mohicans, and since I can't seem to get it out of my head, I'm gonna blog all about it!

I've probably seen that movie at least 30 times, and that is a conservative estimate. It made me realize why I've been so down lately, it's because I haven't watched that movie in AGES! What was I thinking going so long between viewings? All joking aside, it's really put me in a good mood ever since I watched it, I think I might even watch it again tonight.

Epic fighting going on in this flick, squeamish folk be warned..
Image found here.

Now, I'm not saying it's pick me up kind of movie, because it really isn't, but there is something really powerful about, and I'm not just talking about my love of Daniel Day-Lewis. Have I mentioned before how much I love Daniel Day-Lewis or discussed him at length? Oh, yeah, I have. Doing a quick search I see that I mentioned him here and here and here oh, and here, just to name a few, but I can see that it has been a while.  Did you hear that he's gonna play Lincoln in a bio pic directed by Spielberg (read about it here)? I mean, genius casting right? He already kinda looks like Lincoln, just click through the image source on the pic below to see a side by side comparison.


Daniel Day-Lewis.
Image found here.


Anyway back to LotM, The movie is really good. In the strange case that you haven't seen it, I mean, it was released in 1992 so I'm guessing most people, especially movie lovers, have some familiarity with the film, but if you don't, I'll give you a rundown of why I love it.

First of all, it's beautiful to watch in HD, let me tell you from experience of having seen it many times on VHS, in HD it's truly awesome. The vibrant sweeping shots of the landscape make my heart ache to be out in the country. We are so lucky to live is such a beautiful place, aren't we? It makes me think of the song, America the Beautiful, which for some reason always chokes me up when I hear people singing it, but that's a topic for another day, isn't it?

"You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you.
No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you."
Image found here.

The movie is based on the book of the same name (I haven't read the book, but Eli tells me it's good, and a bit different from the film, but aren't they always), and the story is an epic period piece, set during the times of the French and Indian war, full of good guys versus bad guys, damsels in distress, heroic and romantic gestures, I mean, all the great epic tropes that we know and love.

This is the younger sister, she has a beautifully tragic scene that will bring you to tears.
I hope I haven't said too much! I just had to mention it though,
because it's one of my favorite parts of the film. Bring tissues girls!
Image found here.

Another thing about this movie that rules is the soundtrack. Epic and perfect for the film. You watch this movie and the score is stuck in your head for days, but unlike the latest Katie Perry song, you're not gonna hate having it stuck in your head. It's gonna make you smile. Below you will find a youtube video of the main song from the score. Listen and enjoy!

So basically that's about all I got on LotM for today. I just might watch it again tonight, supposing Eli doesn't mind watching it again, haha! And if you haven't seen it, I totes recommend. :) Good times!