Avatar, Whip It, and Adventures in Crocheting

This week is Spring Break and I decided to take Saturday off from worrying, assignments and studying.  We went off to the movies for the first time in two years.  The hubby had bugged me since it came out to go watch it but I wasn’t really interested.  After adjusting to the 3D glasses and the objects jutting out at me, I actually enjoyed it.  The special effects are amazing.  The experience is intense.  I did like the storyline.  Good guy goes to new world to obtain information for the future bad guy.  Good guy becomes absorbed into the new world (which is gorgeous).  Good guy falls for the girl but unintentionally betrays girl.  I would recommend going to see it in 3D!  It really does help the movie.  This comes from someone who generally doesn’t like things jumping out at her.

The other movie I watched at home was Whip It.  This was a feel good movie with a solid coming to age storyline.  Bliss, the main character, is searching for who she is.  Her mother pushes her into beauty pageants while she’d rather be wearing combat boots.  She begins to find herself with a group of very tough roller derby girls.  She discovers something she is great at and loves.  I borrowed this one but will have to pick it up.  I had to look up the local roller derby team here.  I wonder if I could take the beating!

Finally, I did do some crocheting.  I did the chain and a few rows.  It did not look as good as it did in the book.  I think it is a lot harder than knitting.  I will continue to try to teach myself, but jumped over to a baby blanket project in some pretty pastels that seem to melt in my hands.

Julie and Julia

     I am completely in love!  I am in head over heals, heart pounding, lightbulb flashing in love with the movie Julie and Julia.  I cannot wait to download the book to my kindle and to eat that word by word.  Amy Adams in great but Meryl Streep is simply extraordinary.  My husband was less than excited when I said I had rented the movie Julie and Julia from the $1 blockbuster machine at Publix.  I put it in the DVD player as soon as we got in and luckily did not fast forward past the previews.  Jeff went to the computer, plugged in the title, and saw the words Julia and Child, and rushed out to watch. 

For me, Julia Child is a name, like James Dean or Doris Day.  I recognize her name and know why she is famous, but have no real connection to her.  But he grew up watching her, idealizing her, with the foundation of his every night masterpiece dinners from her lessons.  Of course, with that thought, I am truly grateful to her.  I loved watching Meryl Streep’s enthusiasm and learning about what it took for Julia Child to become who we know her as today.

I had to blog about this because I too am a non-writer who is working for a government agency feeling like life has not panned out.  I too have a hobby/passion for something that is less than understood.  I love to knit and began my website to share my ideas and to tackle designing.  I’m not a professional, but I enjoy what I do.  I only hope that I can be as dedicated as Julia Child or Julie Powell.

In the meantime, please bear with me.  I will be posting and knitting away.  At this time, I am attending classes at FGCU for my second bachelor’s degree in Accounting while working -, attempting to care of a house, a husband, and four cats, and juggling as much as possible.  I will be knitting as stress relief of course.  I am working on my second sock with Misti Alpaca using their pattern as my guide.  I hope to design a shawl when I’m finished with my gorgeous sock!

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