Monday, May 14, 2018

As If She Were the Sun

Happy late Mother's Day to all my Mom readers!  I hope you had a lovely day filled with family, good food, and appreciation.  I had a relaxing day at home cleaning and vacuuming, baking some Mother's Day brownies and arranging a Mother's Day bouquet.  It was a regular fifties housewife kind of day.

Later on I headed over to the house for dinner with the Grandmas.  Taylor barbecued a mean salmon and Dad whipped up a lovely orrrrrrzo dish inside.  Hope you all had a delightful Mother's Day as well!

(photos by e.hunt)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Queen of the Met

Last Monday was one of the year's biggest fashion events, The Met Gala.  This event is a little different than most celebrity red carpet affairs, though, in that rather than everyone just wearing pretty designer gowns, everyone wears pretty designer gowns according to a theme.  This year, the theme was Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, and I quite enjoyed the interpretations.  After Rihanna owned everyone for not dressing enough to the theme last year, the celebs went all out for this one.  Rather than being mainly about Catholicism as a religion, I think most based their look in reference to the Catholic role in history and art.

While they definitely follow that look, did anyone else get a really strong Queen Amidala from the Star Wars prequels vibe?

(photos collected from, usmagazine, artoo.tumblr, glamour, starwars, geekmom, thecostumevault, makingstarwars.tumblr, padawansguide,, and starwars.wikia)

Friday, May 11, 2018

I'm Going to Make Everything Around Me Beautiful, That Will Be My Life

Yes, the balcony is up and running now that it's warm and summery out.  A couple weeks ago I swept all the leftover winter leaves and dirt off the floor and wiped down the patio furniture.  I found a stick to run through all the little openings to make sure there were no spiderwebs, and sprayed down the outside of the glass door.  Finally it was all fresh and clean and ready for some flowers.

I headed over to Home Depot to peruse the garden section and find a plant or two.

They had quite a selection but I stuck to the bright and partial sun sections, as my balcony gets several hours of morning light every day.  Two sun combos and a snapdragon later, I was on my way home to set it all up.  Don't they look great?!

(photos by e.hunt)

Marching On the Edge of Stories Brought From Far Away

Hello hello and happy Friday!  Today is the first of a four-day mini vacation I decided to take from work.  Partially because it's my birthday on Monday, partially because I have a lot to do before the big wedding in a couple weeks, and partially because I just wanted a few days off.

I started off the long weekend last night with a cocktail on the balcony and I have to say, a vodka pellegrino mixed with a slight breeze and rustling flowers makes for a lovely evening.  Other fun things I plan on doing include going to the Art Museum, the Botanical Garden, the traditional Saturday morning Kaldi's run, and right now I'm off for a birthday margarita with work friends.  Any other suggestions?

(photo by e.hunt)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Movie Review: Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain (2003) is a luscious Civil War era movie that keeps you engaged and invested in the characters.  The story begins by setting up the great love between Inman (Jude Law) and Ada (Nicole Kidman) in the beautiful southern countryside of Cold Mountain.  They have a few brief encounters before Inman goes off to fight for the Confederates.  He is badly injured and sneaks away from the infirmary to be with his love rather than die for a cause he doesn't believe in.  This is where his Odyssey-like journey begins.

Ada faces her own plight back in Cold Mountain when her father (Donald Sutherland) dies suddenly and she must run the farm lest it fall back into the greedy hands of Mr. Teague (Ray Winstone), the head of the town guard who, along with his blood-thirty muscle, Bosie (Charlie Hunnam), goes around terrorizing civilians and hunting deserters.

Barely surviving, a kind neighbor sends the strong-willed Ruby Thewes, played by Renée Zellweger (Chicago, the Bridget Jones movies), to help Ada take care of the farm.  The two opposites help each other learn and become good friends.  Ruby's wayfaring, fiddle-playing Dad, played by Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter, Troy, Gangs of New York), turns up with music-playing mates Pangle (Ethan Suplee, from Remember the Titans) and Georgia (Jack White, from The White Stripes) and tries to earn back Ruby's trust.

Inman meets a number of colorful characters on his journey as well.  Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous) plays a lecherous preacher, Giovanni Ribisi (Gone in 60 Seconds, Avatar) plays host to the Odyssey-required siren scene, Cillian Murphy (Red Eye, Chris Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy) is a desperate Union soldier, and Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta, the Star Wars prequels, Léon: The Professional) is fantastic as a grieving widow with a newborn baby.  Inman tries to do his best by all these people while trudging home to Ada.

It's really the supporting characters that steal the movie.  While Nicole Kidman and Jude Law play the yearning lovers well, it is their interactions with the people they meet along the way that keeps you interested.  And at two and a half hours, that is much needed.  The female characters are strong and smart, and show remarkable resolve in the trying times.  Zellweger even won an Oscar for her portrayal of Ruby.

While love is the overarching reason for the story, the kindness of strangers and doing what's right no matter the odds is what the story of Cold Mountain is really about, and why it is worth watching.  The beautiful locations and period outfits are worth a look as well.  If you've never seen this movie, or haven't in a while, I'd definitely recommend it.

(photos collected from fanpop, twitter, sky, googleimages, miramax, zimbio, and

Monday, April 23, 2018

It's Kinda Earthy

Happy late Earth Day!  Did you stop and appreciate our glorious and mysterious natural surroundings yesterday?  I opened at work but stopped to look at the grey tree line behind the store.

Instagram was full of Earthy tributes and lush outdoor scenes.  I think this was my favorite though.

(photo by e.hunt, and collected from

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Summer in the Light and Winter in the Shade

I know this has been said before in the past few weeks, and then promptly proven wrong, but I think Spring is finally here!  At least, it is for the tree outside my window.

(photo by e.hunt)