Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Fill-ins #190

1. Laughter is what keeps me sane.

2. "Got the details..." are the three words that started off the last email I sent.

3. What I'm most looking forward to today is staying home for a home cooked meal with friends....even if I'm cooking it myself.

4. The antics of my oldest cat as he works out the latest puzzle (think "How to open the bread bin" or "How to get into the pantry silently" puts a smile on my face.

5. Where in the world would I rather be?  Maybe Naxos with good friends.

6. That hot chocolate after work was just what I needed!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to cooking up a feast, tomorrow my plans include going to Olga Berg's sale and Sunday, I want to dry the washing in the sun for a change!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday Fill-ins #189

1. Music is vital to life.

2. Waking up warm is what I like first thing in the morning, but its always quickly followed by having to let the cat out the front door followed by leaping out of dressing gown and back under the covers in a single fluid (who am I kidding?) movement.....

3. The first thing I said this morning was: "YES!  Saturday!" (because I'm late)..

4. Christmas Dinner in winter; it's what's for dinner tonight.

5. It's all been too much so I'm going back to my book and a box of chocolates (wishful thinking).

6. Curling up with a good book is what I feel like doing right now but the washing calls.  It is Saturday afterall.....

7. And as for the weekend, tonight (Friday) I'm looking forward to peace and quiet, tomorrow my plans include dinner with friends and fellow dragon-boat paddlers and Sunday, I want to fill the trailer and head to the tip on "free green waste day".!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thoughts on a movie: Second Hand Wedding


This little movie must have taken a while to get to Australia since it was made in New Zealand in 2008.  It is showing at my local theatre where quirky films sometimes find a home and often play for weeks to small but full houses. 

This is the story of Cheryl and her fiance Stew, and her attempt to have the wedding of her dreams without the intervention of her mother's penchant for everything second hand.  I loved the footage of Cheryl's mother Jill, racing between garage sales in her yellow Mini van with her dippy friend Muffy reading the street directory to find the most direct route and beat the dealers to every sale.  Where did Muffy get those coats?  Silly question, a garage sale of course.... where else to find great fluffy fake furs and black and white spotted creations that make her look like a demented sheep.  Her character owes much to the urban myths about scatterbrained blondes, but of course she has secrets and one of the best is revealed at the wedding in the final scenes of the film.

The predictable storyline is not the feature of this film, it is the vehicle to show how characters interact and weave the fabric of life.  There are lots of good deeds, a few bad ones, and many well-intentioned ones.  There is work-place tension and jealousy, a nightmarish vision of the possible wedding from hell, the bridesmaid who wants to look sexy; the family home has plastic fruit in the kitchen, a satisfyingly familiar pile of ladders and tyres beside the garage, and mis-matched mugs for serving tea.  The ending is funny and touching.  Watch out for the extra piece during the credits which explains the random appearances of the sign thief.

When Marian and I choose a movie it wont be a thrilling action movie with spies and gadgetry, and it probably wont be animated.  It might have subtitles (I loved The Hedgehog last week), it might be romantic and it will definitely make us laugh. Despite a couple of sequences that were a bit close to home and made me shudder just a little, this was a good movie that I'm glad we saw.

I like my books challenging and my movies like hot frothy chocolate.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Here's the beginning of the next 30...

31.  The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
32.  The Sunday philosophy club by Alexander McCall Smith 
33.  The Believers by Zoe Heller 
34.  The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell 
35.  The Book of Lost Threads by Tess Evans
36.  Cents and Sensibility by Maggie Alderson
37.  The Mystic Masseur by VS Naipaul

Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday Fill-ins #188

1. Life is full of friends who all like to go out to eat, and often there's chocolate involved.

2. Sometimes its hard but you've just got to keep going til you finish the block.

3. My last text message (or IM) ended in these three words: "....on Monday, ok?".

4. Pumpkin and spinach risotto is what I'm thinking about for dinner sometime soon.

5. On the 1st day of August I started the second year of my new life; not sure I like it yet, but its the only one I've got at the moment.

6. I used to be lively and energetic, I'm sure I was, once....

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching tv (at last there's something on that I like), tomorrow my plans include returning my Dad's car and Sunday, I want to get to the Education Show, but I may just sleep in instead!