what better time to start a wes anderson marathon than when i have 400 stitches cast on and ready to be joined in the round for a slow moving, intimidating pattern. this i will knit only in the evenings, when all are sleeping and i can really concentrate, and watch movies that aren't pixar::
i've seen each of these so many times that i just let them run in the background. i pause and rewind when i miss something while working, so each one takes a few nights to get through. which is fine by me, the music alone is good company. the last one i finished was the darjeeling limited. i had forgotten how great that one is.
** and good news to fellow wes anderson fans, the next movie is already in the works and due out in 2014! the grand budapest hotel. **
meanwhile, moonrise kingdom is one i will have to watch maybe a couple more times. the new cast threw me on this one. ed norton. bruce willis. i don't know. i missed the usual crew. and spent most of the movie pretending sam was played by jason schwartzman. i missed luke and owen wilson. all previous new actors/actresses have worked out. ben stiller, gwyneth paltrow, cate blanchett, adrien brody, etc. maybe it was just that the newbies outnumbered the old crew this time, whereas usually the new faces are just slightly sprinkled in. i could see owen wilson as the scout master and luke wilson as the island police officer. definitely. maybe they were busy.
"watermelon gardens, berries on a shrub, cookies in the kitchen when there ain't no hole in the washtub."
this weekend we had our annual viewing of emmet otter's jug-band christmas, complete with peppermint ice cream and staying up late::
this remains my favorite holiday special. apparently i gravitated toward the melodramatic even as a child. this and the grinch were my top picks. and still are. ma and her crafty ways, emmet and his.....emmetness, ma's friend who encourages then discourages, pa and his history of poor business investments, emmet and ma's back and forth pondering. there's just too much content to do it justice here::
and then there's the riverbottom gang and their band "the nightmare"::
bad mouthing their way into our hearts and stealing the talent show with some of their own memorable lyrics.
"we don't wish to learn, but we hate what we don't understand, riverbottom nightmare band"
classic! some of these songs will stay with you forever, in a good way! definitely my favorite jim henson production.
this year our regular supplier cancelled all bee package orders and closed up shop for the season. not even our local bee club leaders knew why. luckily they were able to find an alternate and every member got their bees! because we are starting out so late in the season, we won't be expecting any honey come fall. but we can make sure that they are well fed and have a strong honey store for the long cold winter. here's our queen, packaged a bit differently and with quite a few helpers in there with her::
and a home to call their own:
it wasn't until after i had installed them and moseyed out later to find them settled and going about their business, that i fully realized just how much i had missed having some girls around. i suddenly find myself scoping out spots for additional hives. i just love them. plain and simple. and thank you claire for giving us the scoop on the new bee documentary queen of the sun::
see the trailer here and see the movie if you can! it looks amazing!
every year around thanksgiving i pull this book back out and try to learn this song before christmas hits::
this year is no different. i've gotten comfortable with the first page.....but thats usually as far as i get, so we'll see. and look at the cheating. 8 years of classical piano lessons as a kid and i never got the hang of reading music. i write it out and play it until its memorized. not a lot of fun for people forced to listen. this is probably my all time favorite holiday song. i love that it popped up in one of my all time favorite movies:: the royal tenenbaums. i'm in love with wes anderson! and excellent news; he's got another film, moon rise kingdom, starting production in 2011. life is good!
thanks to 2012 being the most horrible movie on earth, i got about 15 of these made last night. we recently joined netflix and the first few movies have been big b's picks. quick run down of the other two:
the hurt locker - very good if you can stand war movies, which i normally can't, i got a lot of knitting done that night as well. i can see why it won the awards but i just don't like war movies (which is why i was happily surprised by inglourious basterds.....i almost skipped it all together).
district 9 - surprisingly good. it was definitely a decent story line and kind of left me hoping for a sequel! but again, lots of blood and guts....no exaggeration there. you know what i mean if you've seen it. but because its sci fi it seems a little easier to take than war gore.
so, (on a lighter note) here's a hint as to what these little knits will wind up being::
i hope to have this wrapped up by friday so i can really get going on that doll for bella. in the mean time i think i need to log on to netflix and move some of my picks a little higher in the queue.