Friday, 23 August 2013

Keeping Busy...

Tomorrow I have a date and, as is to be expected, I'm a little bit nervous about it.

Hell, this is me - I'm very nervous about it!!

So, in order to counteract the nerves, I decided to try and fit as much into today as possible.

It started with a morning trip to the garden centre for scones. Since I hadn't had breakfast in anticipation of a big snack (and because I didn't get up in enough time to actually grab something before heading out the door!), I had a cinnamon scone stuffed full of fresh, whipped cream and jam. To go along with that, I chose a strawberry frappe again with a mountain of fresh, whipped cream and dozens of mini marshmallows! Delish!

As is my usual behaviour, I next went in search of the 'Dead and Dying Plants' section. I wouldn't normally count myself as a 'saver' but there is something about the plants that even the garden centres have written off, that makes me want to buy them all up. I have plenty in my garden that are thriving, many years after being liberated from the plant mortuary. Plus, as everyone knows, I love me a bargain and, at usually £1 a go, these plants are definitely a bargain.

Today there weren't too many plants on offer - perhaps it's that time of year. I ended up with another herb for my newly planted herb patch and a pretty red berry shrub which I can't recall the name of, but it's going to look lovely in the garden through the winter months.

Next on the list was a very quick lunch at mum and dad's before my sis and I took her dog, Molly the Molificent, up to get her toenails trimmed. All I can remember from that trip was that the dog is cray-zay. My thighs are bruised beyond belief from her jumping on me in the car - numerous times. I didn't come off the worst, though, as the dog groomer suffered a major gash in her arm when Molly was wriggling around! Oops!

I decided that I would have a go at making Blueberry Hand Pies next. I found the recipe on my beloved Pinterest courtesy of a blog called A Farmgirl's Dabbles. I had to Britify the recipe to make it work for me but, overall, what a great recipe. I'll post my conversions later on should any other Brits want to have a go but can't be bothered to work it all out themselves!

Did I mention that the pies were fab-u-lous?! I even had to take a quick drive round to my parents house while they were still warm just so that they could also delight in the loveliness of these hand pies still toasty from the oven. Mmmmmmm.

I then got stuck into my garden - cutting the grass and doing some major weeding, as well as planting my new plants. Or one of them at least! I got foiled by the rain half way through. I would have normally just stayed out and finished but, remembering I have a date tomorrow, I couldn't let my hair go all frizzy!!

I went for a quick walk after my tea (cream of chicken soup) and then settled down to movie night.

My film of choice this night was Footloose, but - shock horror - the 2011 version! I've never seen it before and since I adore the original film, I decided to buy it (another bargain at £3!) and give it a go.

My film review is that it's nowhere near as good as the original but how could it ever be? Apart from that, it's a very acceptable film and I can see the yoof of today really enjoying the updated story. I also (don't tell anyone) prefer the female lead in this newer version as I never could really get behind Lori Singer. They've changed the story slightly in some parts and, in others, kept so much the same that you really catch glimpses of the cast and characters of the original film. Most of the songs had also been modernised which worked in some versions, not so much in others. The dancing, as always, is fantastic, great to watch and makes me want to put my tap and ballet skills to better use!

One particular thing that I noticed was that this cast looked so much younger than in the 1984 version. I decided to do a quick experiment and was thoroughly shocked to find out that most of the actors were the same age, and, much older than the teenagers they are supposed to be portraying. So that boils down to one thing. I watched the 1984 version when I was a kid and therefore all the actors looked ANCIENT! Now, I'm an adult watching the 2011 version and thinking that people the same age as the ancient people were, now look like 12 year olds! That can only mean that I'm getting old! Eeek!

Well, must head off and get some beauty sleep. I'll add the pictures tomorrow.

Sweet dreams.

1 comment:

  1. If you're getting old, heaven help the parental units! :oD


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