Saturday, March 11, 2017

A Lovely Day

     I wasn't going to post again until next week sometime, but I had such an enjoyable day yesterday that I couldn't resist the opportunity to write about it.  Maybe it was cold and cloudy, but my family brought out the best of Friday.

     We went ice skating in the late morning/early afternoon.  It was such fun!  My sisters and I had a blast circling the ice and laughing.  There's just something about gliding over the ice that inexplicably makes your heart soar, you know?  Afterward, we went out and enjoyed a late lunch at one of our favorite places to eat.  We sat by the warm fireplace in the cafe and simply talked and ate together.  When lunch was done, we took a drive.  Just a drive.  We weren't going anywhere in particular, but instead took the liberty of driving along the wide, swollen river.  It was quite relaxing.  Honestly, yesterday was one of the best family days ever.

     And then, for the icing on the cake, the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack was released yesterday, too, so I listened to that when I got home.  Wow.  (Am I the only one who got goosies?)  Suffice it to say, I love it.  Like, a lot.   "How Does A Moment Last Forever" brought tears to my eyes.  And I'm pretty much addicted to it now.  

     Now, I intend to enjoy my Saturday, as well.  I don't usually watch movies in the morning, but I'm in a Cinderella mood, so here I go.  Have a lovely day, dears!

     How was your Friday?  What do you all think of the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack? 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Watsons | Excerpts

     As I mentioned back in January and again in February, during I Love Austen Week, I have been writing my own conclusion to Jane Austen's "The Watsons".  It has been my favorite project for some time now, even though I don't have as much time to work on it as I'd like.

     After debating it for a while, I finally decided to just go for it and share a few short excerpts with you all.  And you may criticize if you wish.  I am always open to feedback, as you know.  I'm a bit apprehensive about it, but I feel like I had better just get on with it before I get too nervous and decide against it.  You know what... No.  Okay.  Here goes.

      "I anticipate meeting him, after all his good attributes have been pointed out to me so carefully by you," replied Emma warmly.
      "Yes, indeed. You will find him most agreeable."
      "I only wish we could help him a bit," Emma sighed.
      "With what, dear?"
      "With respect to my friend Miss Edwards. Mary seems so taken with Captain Hunter that I fear Sam has little chance of winning her."
      "Yes, that is too bad. I think that if he cannot have her, then there is someone better suited to him, perhaps somewhere outside of Surrey."

            Emma did not know what to say. She needed a moment to think about all that which Penelope had just related. Yes, Elizabeth had indeed been evasive. But she had still been so kind and caring. "I am very sorry about it all," was the most she could muster in reply.
           "Did I say too much?" Penelope asked uncertainly. “Was I wrong to tell you? I assure you it is all true.”

            Now, what was she to do? Whom could she trust?  It was then that Emma decided she needed to get away from Surrey.  But where should she go? She did not want to go to London.  A visit to the seaside was rather appealing, she decided.  She had visited the sea several times with her aunt, and it was there she wanted to go now.  It was the ideal plan.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Musings | feat. A Maleficent GIF, the Red Carpet, and a Great Quote

     Well, Happy March, everyone!  Is it spring yet?  It's hard to tell with our temperatures fluctuating as they areLast week, we went from 70F to snow in a matter of a few days, and, to be honest, I was a bit frustrated by that.  I want it to be warm!

     Anyway.  I thought I'd write up a quick post about what's going on inside my mind lately. 

     The Oscars happened on Sunday night, and I was quite pleased to see La La Land win six five awards, including Emma Stone for best actress (while looking stunning, I must say).  Yes, I watched the whole thing live.  And I was fairly disappointed with the confusion over Best Picture at the end... 
      The dresses on the red carpet, though!  Some were strange (as you come to expect), but some were gorgeous!  I'll just share with you my standout favorites:
As I said, Emma Stone stunned.
Felicity Jones looked adorable.
Hailee Steinfeld's dress was just wow!
(Watching all the glitz and glamour makes me wish I could attend such an event. *sigh*)

      Oh, and speaking of fabulous gowns, Victoria -- which showcases amazing costumes -- is coming to an end this Sunday.  I turned out liking it more than I initially thought I would.  That is mainly because of a certain adorable couple: Nancy Skerrett & Charles Francatelli.  They are so sweet!!!  (Am I the only one?)  I could keep gushing about them, but I'll spare you all and keep this post to a minimal length.

     What else can I write about?

     Hm... Well, now that March is here, some exciting things are coming up.  Like the new live-action Beauty and the Beast...
     I am convinced this is going to be one of my new favorites.  Like ever.  The casting by itself is just perfection.  Add in the beautiful music and these gorgeous sets and voila!  Instant Disney magic.  (Next Oscars? I cannot wait to see this in a few short weeks!  And I know you all are excited, too! :-)
     Alright, I need to wrap up this little rambling post.  I'll leave you with another favorite dress from the Oscars, and a great quote:
I just loved this black one on Kirsten Dunst!
 "Repression is the enemy of civilization, so keep dreaming, because the dreams we dream today will provide the love, the compassion, and the humanity that will narrate the stories of our lives tomorrow."  -Marc Platt