The icks are almost gone and I am mostly back to normal. Thankfully, it was a short lived illness, I don’t have a boss to call in sick to, and Tori is old enough to take care of herself.
I remember those dreaded calls to my boss, hoping she’d believe that I was truly sick (admittedly, occasionally I would fib) and worrying about the backlog of work that awaited me when I returned to the office. I also recall when the kids were little, trudging along regardless of how badly I felt; not able to get adequate rest because young children’s needs don’t disappear simply because their parent is under the weather.
Now that I am older, I’m not needed as much as I once was and am able to rest quietly. I chose to entertain myself with some Netflix DVDs that I have had for several weeks (not very budget savvy of me to keep so long).
First, at Rebekah’s suggestion, I watched the three hour PBS mini-series South Riding. It was outstanding: the story line, the acting, the scenery and the wardrobe. Like Rebekah, I also recommend this DVD. If you’re interested, you can read more about it here or the through the link above.
Yesterday morning, I started off my day watching the 1992 version of Wuthering Heights. I’ve never seen any adaptation of this novel nor have I read the book (practically a crime for an English major). I found it positively enthralling.
Juliette Binoche plays a likable and believable Cathy and Catherine. She is an incredibly beautiful woman. Her bone structure and creamy complexion are enviable.
Ralph Fiennes adeptly plays a tormented, vengeful and often scary Mr. Heathcliff who is rugged, strong, emotional and more than a bit alluring.
Finally, I ended my film-a-thon with Coco and Igor. Catherine at Aesthetic Alterations wrote a post about this movie and I can identify with how, after seeing the movie, she wanted to wear only black and white from now on and own a strand of long pearls (or two, or five).
This film is truly a delight for the eyes. While the plot is just okay, the actress who plays Coco, Anna Mouglalis is mesmerizing, Coco’s house in the country is stunning and her wardrobe is the definition of chic sophistication.
I found this YouTube clip of Anna and her co-star Mads Mikkelsen in an interview for the movie. Listen to her surprisingly deep and raspy voice.
I found this recipe on Simply Recipes (my all-time favorite recipe blog). It is very easy, and makes an excellent pesto – really superb. I served it over perciatelli noodles (fat spaghetti-shaped hollow pasta, similar to bucatini) and topped with a few toasted pine nuts and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I don’t know if it is proper to serve pesto over perciatelli, but we thought it was a good idea and gobbled it up.
Bill went crazy over this dish. He said it’s just as good as his birthday linguine and clams meal from last month. He may have Russian blood, but he’s got an Italian palate.
I’m going to actually go out into the world today: the market, library, dry cleaners, and post office. And I need to pick up a few things for Homemade Friday.
While I had hoped to feature a little knitted something-or-other on Friday, it’s not to be. I have been making some mistakes, what they are is a mystery to me, that leave gaping holes. I have unraveled my work three times now in frustration. Thankfully, I have another class this weekend which should help me discover what I’m doing wrong.
Please take a moment to see the incredible wardrobe Vivienne of The Vivienne Files put together for me based on my first and only Hermès scarf, a burgundy Ferronnerie.
The color and style choices she selected are magnificent! Vivienne introduced fantastic colors I would never have thought of wearing with my scarf. She has such a unique talent and a keen eye for fashion.
Be sure to see her previous posts. She’s has been very busy creating wardrobes for a variety of women. You won’t want to miss these gorgeous and unique posts. She is still accepting requests for wardrobes. If you are interested, send her an inquiry in a comment.