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happy holidays from me to you. I hope your holiday is brimming with lots of love and cheer. Blogging will be sporadic for a few days since I plan on hanging out with friends and loved ones and stuffing myself silly with yummy noms, books, comics, and video games.
I may be away from the blog, but you can follow my shenanigans on Instagram!
Cheers and hugs and lots of love,
♥ your friendly neighborhood Laura
Yup, it finally happened.
I am pretty sure all other bona fide Tolkien/Peter Jackson fans will say that I am truly not one of them because I waited until after opening weekend to watch the much anticipated Hobbit movie. But I suppose I've outgrown the thrill of waiting in line at midnight, plus, most of the time, I'm already sleeping at that time, the old lady that I'm shaping up to be. But that's for another blog post.
Last night, I skipped my merry butt to the theater, eager, anxious, curious to see how Jackson would make a trilogy out of such a skimpy children's book. I've decided that book-wise, The Hobbit isn't my favorite Tolkien. It's charming and cute, but ultimately not for me. Give me Elvish poems! Give me history! Give me appendices! The movie, likewise, is not my favorite Tolkien/Jackson. Don't get me wrong-- I enjoyed it IMMENSELY, but the parts I enjoyed the most were the orc battles, the chase scenes, and being able to recognize bits of music from the previous symphonies.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the dwarves ended up looking, and how varied they all were from each other. And though I've been religiously following Jackson's podcasts of the film, it was still a nice surprise to see how it all looked in the end in the movie. There was a lot of crochet going on with their costumes, as well as hair. But there are a couple of young hot dwarves in the mix, too. Yes, I said it-- hot dwarves.
Speaking of hot, Cate Blanchett looked immaculate as Galadriel. Her costumes were just plain gorgeous, and the shots taken of her were stunning. I swear, the woman doesn't age! Also, I thought they did a great job in making Elrond/ Hugo Weaving look more youthful by doing away with the robes that he wore in the LotR trilogy, and adorning him with some sleek, fitted trousers.
Jackon makes a point of connecting The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings perhaps to pander to fans or to hook those who aren't familiar with the books. For me, some of those scenes dragged on way too long. The beginning was an especially slow part, and I was relieved when the company all finally left the Shire.
For those who watched the LotR movies, there are a lot of familiar faces in The Hobbit, and it was interesting analysing how they'd changed in perspective and behavior between these two story lines. Hours of conversation, people. Hours.
I don't want to spoil the movie for those of you who plan on seeing it in the future, so I'll stop here. Even though it wasn't my favorite, I am sure I'll end up watching it multiple times until the next part comes out and even after that. What can I say? I'm weak for anything Middle Earth.
Have you seen The Hobbit? What are your thoughts?
We took a small trip to this small garden to check out how the blooms were faring with the season change. Amid the brown wasteland and bowed giant sunflowers were stunted sprouts of greenery holding on to dear life. But just barely. A forecast for snow, perhaps?
My hair is looking a bit raggedy these days. Ahhh the joys of having unnatural hair color. I don't like retouching more than once a month, so at the end of each cycle, my tresses look like stretched out pieces of variegated blue green taffy. But I don't mind.
I'm being a slight overachiever this year with my holiday decorating. Remember when I told you that my basement was flooded and a ton of our belongings were wrecked? Yeah well, that included all ours ornaments and christmas decor. I didn't actually realize this until after Thanksgiving when I went to look for some lights to string around the house. Totes bummer.
But instead of being mopey and buying stuff, I decided to take this opportunity to use what I have at home to make some cute decor! Check out these adorable pastel paper trees that I have displaying on one of my end tables. They cost me a grand total of $0. I have the super easy DIY project complete with pictures in this month's issue of The Fox Magazine!
Whenever I order Asian food, I always ask for it spicier than the spiciest option since it never seems to be spicy enough for me. This time though, the extra spicy pad see ewe was a bit too much, and I subsequently consumed a huge bowl of rice and a bucket of water to tame the flame in my mouth. Well worth it though. Totes well worth it.
Do you like spicy food?