28 September 2009

movies movies

I knew nothing about the Harry Potter stories until I went to the USA and I great friend I made there, who was really into them, got me watching the movies. I even saw HP5 over there in 3D. I really enjoyed them. So creative and imaginative and well thought out stories. I decided to read the books when I came home to Australia. I decided though to only read the ones I'd seen the movies. This way I enjoyed the movie and then when I read the book I got all these extra bits and other underlying storylines that couldn't be fitted in the movie. I've enjoyed doing it this way. Earlier this year I went and saw HP6. Unfortunately I'm here to report I was disappointed. For someone who hadn't read the book at that stage I found it lacking. It was like two separate stories in one movie. And neither was complete! I felt I had to read the book just to get the full story. The book was good. Though it ends at a bit of a climax so I'm left um-ing and ah-ing as whether to read HP7 before the movie (as well as I've heard that the movie will actually be done as two over two years!)...

Also watched G-Force 3D the other day with a visiting friend. First movie I've seen in full 3D and it was quite good. Our local cinema has recently started 3D viewings and it's really quite effective. And you don't have to wear the red/blue glasses either. The movie itself was rather entertaining too. Cute and funny and an interesting idea. A little nostalgic for me too as we had guinea pigs as pets for years when I was a kid. I didn't quite like the ending though. And like my friend said, the bad guy did give in pretty easily. But for the most part it was entertaining.

07 September 2009

more newness

New cut! Springtime is a good time for freshness and I love the freshness of clean cut hair. Also good for a slightly different look. Just shorter for me really though it DID end up being one of those times I had to go home and look in the mirror and play around with it a little before I decided that I DID like it. (I think I had it cut a little shorter than I meant to and the hairdresser didn't straighten it like I was expecting; she curled it a little more.) But all's good. It's nice having some newness in your look. Now to tackle trimming the stomach...
(The cheek poke is ode to Sarah Son. Reminds me of the wacky and wonderful woman!)

02 September 2009


It's SPRING! The season of newness. Leaves will soon be budding on twiggy trees, some blossoms are out already, there's a little more sunshine and it's increasing (slowly but still...) and the expectations of baby sightings in the animal world. It's a season that inspires some newness in my life too. New starts anyway. I've seen some programs lately on healthy eating and decided I need to do more to make sure my body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Mostly I've been eating somewhat healthy mixed with a lot of sugar and fat tastebud addictions and quick non-nutritious meals. So I looked up a site about low GI foods and have been flicking through some healthy cooking books. It takes a while to get it in and filter it through. So my cooking today was of a healthy nature and also newness in the area of something I've not tried or tasted before. I made Pumpkin Curry with Couscous.
I've had couscous once before, in the USA, but this was different. I think the stuff I had in the USA was Israeli couscous and it was bigger and more ball-like. But this was good too. It worked out quite well. I sort of looked at a recipe and just took some ideas and threw stuff together and cooked the couscous as the packet directed. I put in curry paste, coconut milk, pumpkin, sweet potato, capsicum, beans, spinach and chickpeas. Even Matt said it was pretty good..."for pumpkin!"

And it was such a beautiful day today. Quite sunny. Work was spent almost entirely outside playing (that's nannying for ya) and when I got home Matt and I went and played a bit of tennis. It's been quite a while since we have. And I lost. Just.

For other newness, this week I adjusted a new opshop find to suit me. A lovely green flower print singlet top I've been wearing over my black longsleeve top. I'm also working on making a needle roll to keep all my knitting needles and crochet hooks in. With one of my housemate's in the process of moving out, Matt and I have talked about just paying the extra and having a spare room. We have plans to rearrange things which leaves me having a room for my crafting!!! How exciting is that! My own studio. (Which will also contain Matt's electric drum kit and cupboard of stuff and space to bunk up visitors so they don't have to sleep in the lounge.) Oh and I cleared my desk and its now an organised space for creating. Pics on my other blog.

So there's been a bit of newness happening for this new spring season. Hope there's some fresh newness in your world too.