Mrs. Duck – Playing the Hits
I had an excellent weekend! It was filled with sewing, crafting and great music and movies! The only thing that could have made it better was Timmy. Here’s what I did:
First, I had to clean the crafting room up a little, I couldn’t work in that mess! Then I baked a batch of my favorite cookies, Whole Grain Ginger Snaps, yum! I’ll have to share that recipe sometime… Anyway, once all of that was in order I was only missing one thing before I could start working: a good playlist.
I’ve always liked listening to music, but Timmy and I don’t really do it often together. I like pretty much everything he likes, but he doesn’t like all of my favorites. So I put together an extra long playlist chock full of nostalgic and not-so-nostalgic songs that I don’t usually get to listen to. Including one of my current favorites, “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here” by Zooey Deschanel. Bonus, this fun video co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Mmmm-hmmm! Check it –
Once all that was in order I got right down to business. I have a bunch of fun things to share with you, but you’ll have to be patient! I’ll share the first project tomorrow. For now I’ll just say that I had some success, some eh, and one major disaster.
When I wasn’t up in the craft room I was knitting my sweater, trying to get it done (nearly there!) and watching movies. Sometimes I like a good dumb romantic comedy or Disney movie, but oddly this weekend I was more in the mood for romantic dramas. The first night I watched Last of the Mohicans. I lucked out with that one, it just happened to be on TV. Great movie! The second night I watched one of my all time favorites: Romeo & Juliet. That’s like the epitome of romantic dramas. I know it’s a strange pick, but the version directed by Baz Luhrmann (1996) is sooo good. I’m sure there are many, MANY who would disagree and tell me it’s a terrible version, terrible movie, blah, blah, blah. I like it.
I saw it in the movie theater in 8th grade and that might have been the first time I realized that those “classic tales” are not just “classic” because some crusty academic says they should be. Luhrmann took the words directly from Shakespeare and put them into a modern(ish) setting. Suddenly I realized that a good story is a good story, regardless of the time period in which it was written because people, relationships, love is always relevant. I still love it because the 90s hipster stylization and the music take me back to 8th grade and wishing I was as cool as these characters. Minus the suicide, obviously.
So if you’re looking to try out a new(er) version of a classic, give this one a try. It’s interesting, if nothing else. Plus, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, if you’re into him.
What did you do this weekend? Happy Columbus Day!