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24 November 2014

Feeling Christmassy

I feel christmassy most of the year, to be honest. It's my favorite holiday of the year, as is the case for many of you, I'm sure. I got my weekly dosage of Christmas spirit yesterday, when we ventured to Tallipiha Stable Yards. The Boyfriend's sister was visiting us, and we wanted to take her there to see all the cuteness. In addition to the usual shops and boutiques, the stable yard sported a Christmas market and a carousel for the kids and lots and lots of fairy lights and lanterns. Don't you just love this time of the year?
 
We didn't end up buying anything this time, but I'm pretty sure I'll go back there before Christmas to look for gifts and cards. All of the products are hand-made, which I value a lot. I was amazed, though, how much a pair of basic knitted socks cost: 25 euros! I knit socks all the time, and have never even dreamt of charging that much for them.

We got a little bit of snow yesterday, as you may be able to tell from the pictures, but it has all melted now. I do wish we would get more soon, though, since it is so dark all the time these days.






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19 November 2014

An Evening with the Creature

Because of my unbelieveably busy schedule, it's been a long time since the Boyfriend and I got to go on a date. I therefore decided to take him out to see a play/movie. And by that I mean NT Live: Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle.

It was breathtaking. First of all, it was visually impeccable: throughout the play the lighting directed the mood of the events and gave room for the watchers' imagination. Whether it be lakes, mountains, or plains of ice, the lighting set the scene. The set itself was quite modern and plain, which worked well with the intricate lighting.

And don't even get me started on the actors. We went to see the version where Benedict Cumberbatch played the Creature, and he was magnificent, pure and simple. The role is demanding and extremely physical. I could not find a fault in him, though; he made the Creature seem innocent, vulnerable, scared, and betrayed at the same time. While watching the play, I never once thought the Creature was a monster, a soulless and evil being with no heart. Cumberbatch portrayed him as a misunderstood, tragic figure who tried his hardest to be good but whose looks cursed him and made others detest him. Humans drove him to do evil, and for the Creature, there was no pleasure in doing bad things.


Johnny Lee Miller was not bad as Victor Frankenstein either. He was an excellent cold-hearted, unloving genius. Cumberbatch, however, was the real star of the show. His performance was captivating. I really wish I didn't have to work next monday when they're playing the version where the tables are turned and its Cumberbatch's turn to take on Frankenstein. I'm sure he is brilliant in that part as well.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is truly a timeless work of art. It raises questions of morality, identity, love, creation, fatherhood, loneliness, ethics of science, and much more. The book is worth a read, and Danny Boyle's play is definitely worth a watch.






 
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17 November 2014

Wonderful Weekend

It's been a really great weekend! I've felt more relaxed than I've done in weeks, to be honest.
I'm currently working on a couple of demanding essays at uni. I'm really interested on the topics and all, but it's been quite a stressful process to get their first drafts done. I had conferences about the drafts with my teacher on Friday, and she was thrilled, excited, and impressed with them, which made me feel really good and confident. A nice start to the weekend, for sure. :)
On Friday we had a choir gig at the opening of a local department store. The gig was fun and eventful; the fire alarm went off in the middle of the performance (there was no fire, though).
Yesterday we cleaned the apartment from top to bottom. It feels so good to get everything sorted at home, doesn't it? To me, cleaning is sort of therapeutic.
Today (Sunday) I woke up early. I ate breakfast and baked while the Boyfriend played Skyrim. Such a nerd... ;) We had his brother's family over for lunch, which was awsome. It was nice spending time with them for the first time since midsummer.
We also hung some Christmas lights! Although the Boyfriend wants to call them winterlights, since it's not yet December. Whatever.
What did you do this weekend? I hope you have a lovely week! :)
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12 November 2014

Too much to do, too little time

It's been a month since I last blogged. Insane, I know.

What have I been up to? Work, studies, choir practice. There isn't much time for anything else right now, unfortunately. I miss blogging, though, so I'll try to update here once in a while!

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