Bizarre

I’m actually feeling refreshed from my weekend! It’s such a strange feeling I didn’t know what it was at first. Despite the moving furniture and general springcleaning and food shopping my weekend was restful. I also got to sleep in today and I’m figuring that didn’t suck. (Am working the late night, so start later).

The apartment is looking really good, or rather it will once we’ve finished tidying. The second bedroom (a.k.a. computer room) is looking really roomy and I’m able to spread my sewing stuff out some. I can fold the washing right on the table and leave it there in the light for final drying. We watched stuff on the projector and the new position for the screen is fine.

Last night was a medley of first episodes. After finishing Porco Rosso, which is just as lovely as I remember and the dub has Michael Keaton in the lead role = awesome, we moved on to Deadwood.
I gotta say the first episode didn’t do that much for me. Obviously I’ll watch more before making my final decision, but it’s kinda harsh and mean and upsetting. We’ll see. I didn’t feel much like watching more after it, so we watched the first episode of Bro Town instead. For a comedy show I thought the laughs were light. I enjoyed their mockery of Robbie Rakete but on the whole I thought it just wasn’t very smart. It’s doing the whole South Park make-fun-of-and-insult-everyone but without South Park’s wit.

Also? Girls should on the whole do the girl voices. Lee hated it. Won’t be watching any more.

So, after that Lee insisted on League of Gentlemen which has been recommended by….people? I hated this. It was so unrelentingly awful. Just nasty and gross and not that funny. After the vet put the wrong dog to sleep we decided it was too yukky and switched to Black Books, which remains wonderful.

I *heart* Bernard Black.

So, as I was saying I was feeling really refreshed and good after the weekend and then Celeste and I did the pirates themed holiday programme. We had 47 children and 22 adults turn up and now I’m exhausted. Need a nap now.
Point of Fashion: I was a pirate briefly
Current obsession: feeling kinda worn out now.

Busyness

Spent the second half of yesterday afternoon rearranging furniture. Right now the lounge looks like we’ve just moved in or something. We’ve even shifted the screen a few feet kitchen-wards…and this is all because I wanted my scrapbooking desk in the lounge with the good light.

Last night we saw Stage Beauty which was utterly wonderful. Think Shakespeare in Love but less tongue in cheek and a bit more hardcore. Billy Crudup makes a lovely woman (the story concerns the first female actors and the male actors who play women suddenly being out of a job…) quite beguiling and I do love Clare Danes.

We went to see it at the Penthouse and the audience there was really quite rude. I’m not sure if it’s maybe OK to talk all through the movie at Penthouse, I wouldn’t have thought so but we seemed to have a lot of it going on. Also was quite disturbed by the uproarious laughter during a genuinely harrowing scene…I guess they just didn’t quite get what was actually happening on screen.

Ok. Spoiler time: In the climax of the movie Billy plays Othello to Clare Danes’ Desdemona (the role he was most famed for) and during the murder scene he gets so worked up he actually nearly smothers her to death. There is a lot of him flinging her around and quite violent action. The other characters watching this are worried…they all think he’s really going to kill her…I was biting my nails and half the audience was laughing like it was the funniest thing around???
end spoilers.

Anyway it’s a fantastic movie and I definitely will watch it again. Brilliant script full of clever repartee and double entendres. Fascinating portrayal of a real identity crisis and the love story was very real.

This morning: Yum Char. Am looking forward to it.
Point of Fashion: Fin Pants, goth-lite tshirt
Current Obsession: sorting out the lounge so I can actually scrapbook!

In Between Months

I can’t believe how quickly this week has gone. I feel like it’s been 5 minutes since last Friday!
Keeping busy will do that I guess. Tonight will be the only night this week I don’t have something on. It’ll be something of a relief, although I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve done this week.

Hitchcock movies watched this week: Rope and Shadow of a Doubt. I really enjoyed watching Rope again. I know what happens in it but I had forgotten a lot of details. It was fun to watch the reactions of the people watching it with me…they hated the main guy but didn’t want him to be discovered…I’m glad Hix told me that it’s based on an actual murder which a gay couple comitted. That made all the subtext Rachel and I were laughing at valid.
I liked Shadow of a Doubt too. Some very frightening scenes and the whole premise was pulled off nicely. Basically a man goes to stay with his sister and her family. His niece begins to suspect he may be a serial killer. Awesome. Plus, adorable 40s shoes!

Point of Fashion: jeans skirt
Current Obsession: nearly weekend again!

Into the future

Have been mulling over the game of Dogs In the Vineyard I played in on Tuesday and after a talk with Steve at lunchtime I think I had a great time. I’m still a bit unsure though, so I’ll get back to you on that later.

Costs for the wedding are rearing up. I need to buy the underwear I’m wearing under my dress sooner rather than later so the fit is right. I have to buy fabric for a mock-up and then the actual dress…next Thursday we’re going up to the Castle with the caterers and soon after we’ll have an actual quote for them.

The sequel to All-American Girl is very good. It’s a bit more adult, and it’s got a fantastically filmic story. I’m nearly finished. Then it gets lent to Chelle 🙂

Point of Fashion: No time for fashion this morning
Current Obsession: Job applied for at Porirua City Libraries.

Why I’m scared of Willie Wonka

…this hardly ever comes up. Damn Tim Burton for making a new version of the most traumatic movie I watched as a child.
True Confessions: I am frightened of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

In the past year as more and more hype has been building and more and more people have been talking about the movie. I haven’t been able to avoid it.

When I was a kid I watched Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and it terrified me. I have been able to deduce the reason why (apart from the fact that Gene Wilder is a sinister man and the music is all freaky-deaky): I watched it at a tender age when I didn’t really understand live action movies. I watched it believing that all the kids were good and were being punished by evil adults after eating candy.

I liked eating candy. I didn’t want freaky shit to happen to me after eating candy. I didn’t like the idea that the kids were going to be dumped in the rubbish. It freaked me out!

Now obviously, everyone chants to me “But those kids were BAD!”
When I originally watched it I didn’t get that. I simply didn’t have the faculties to understand that some of the kids were good and some bad. I was looking at it with cartoon based understanding of: all kids good, all adults bad.

So, to this day when I watch any part of that original movie I get queasy sick feelings in my stomach. I get a disturbed/uncomfortable feeling like I’m watching innocent, defenseless kids being bullied and I don’t like it.
Amphigori actually made the new version sound good to me and maybe someday I’ll watch it. I don’t think I can bear to see it at the movies though. I need a safer environment.
Point of Fashion: back in my new boots
Current Obsession: everyone wants me to see Wille Wonka for some reason.

Can’t stop the signal

I nearly died when Lee mentioned that “Mr Universe” from Serenity is the Jewish best friend from 10 things I hate about you he just looks so different!

..so I liked the movie and all, but it was sad and scary and yeah. I feel like the others who came out of it in a weird daze.
I had a pretty annoying day yesterday and I just couldn’t really get up any excitement to see the movie. I just wanted a bath and then my bed.

Books:
Necklace of Kisses by Francesca Lia Block is a wonderful new book with Weetzie Bat at 40 realising she wants her life to change. I loved it. It departs from the other books in the series in that mostly they use *actual* names…Max is Max not Secret Agent Lover Man. Witch Baby is Lily and at college! Love love love. Wandered around town trying to find a copy to no avail. Dymocks might have it I guess…

All American Girl; Ready or not by Meg Cabot. Sequel to All American Girl which I loved because I’m an art geek. The sequel is typical Meg Cabot girl stressing about things to the nth degree. I’m liking it.

Mooooooonday

Serenity tonight.

I sewed a furry teddy bear shape onto my coveralls. I ironed on three embroidered patches, 2 ladybirds and a daisy. The effect is adorable.

I have done nothing on my jacket, so it’ll just be coveralls tonight. I don’t mind I’ll be comfy.
I moaned to Giffy last night that I’ll have the least pretty outfit of all the girls at my party. She told me that my outfit will be pretty with the jacket but still. If most of the girls are going as companions they’re going to be looking more impressive than me. But that’s what I chose so I shouldn’t really complain. I’ll be the one getting presents after all!

I just feel funny about it since I saw a picture of my gorgeous pirate party dress on Saturday and I wanted it back. I’ll be comfy though, very comfy in my coveralls.
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