Monday, December 31, 2012

Les Miserables...

I don't remember how or when I was introduced to Les Miserables - I just know it was the first musical I was ever obsessed with as a kid. While all the girls were drooling over Phantom of the Opera and Eric, I would walk between classes humming 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'Castle on a Cloud'. So, of course, when I found out that Les Miserables was coming to the big screen, I dragged my husband to see it, and I loved every minute of it. The costumes! The sets! Anne Hathaway! Hugh Jackman! Helena Bonham Carter! And, of course, this man - Russell Crowe.

Now, I know Russell Crowe is getting a bit of crap for playing Javert. People aren't really happy with his portrayal and how he sang the songs. In his defense, Russell is an amazing musician and a lovely singer - but the part of Javert is just not his range (either that or we're just so used to hearing basses sing it that it's a shock to hear someone who isn't a bass sing it). However I think he still did a good job of playing Javert, and towards the end of the movie, when Javert begins to question who he is and everything he believes, he got a bit more emotional and his singing had a bit more oomph, and was MUCH better as a result (and much closer to what I was used to hearing as a kid)

So, today, the last meatlocker of the year, goes to you Monsieur Crowe.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

WIP Wednesday the Sixty Eighth

Merry (Belated) Christmas everyone!

Last year we weren't able to celebrate much - I hadn't started my job yet, and the husband's job had cut back his hours, so any funds we had were saved to be put towards the bills. This year was a different story! Thanks to my new responsibilities at work I've been putting in a lot of overtime hours, and the husband has a new job, so we were able to enjoy ourselves a bit more. We were even able to go on a mini vacation and get away for a night!

I hope your holidays went just as well as ours!

I'm still plugging away at the ravenclaw scarf when the boys allow me to knit. 

(even then it's under protest)

I'm currently on the sixth stripe and it's going pretty well. I love how the colors look together - they aren't quite what the pattern calls for (I think they're off a shade or two) but they're just so gorgeous!

And they go quite well with my new bracelet!

I'm also still writing when I can. The story - the title of which is now The Undying Ones - comes in spurts and it's currently clocking in at 30,000 words. The average novel is about 50,000 words. I've also been tinkering with a short story I started for giggles one day, and I just updated my account for the first time in over a year. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Meatlocker Monday - The Hobbit Edition

The husband and I went and saw The Hobbit on Friday (because we're big Tolkien nerds like that) and let me just say it did not disappoint. Especially this guy - Mr. Richard Armitage who played Thorin Oakenshield.