Monday, January 23, 2012

Extremely Sad and Incredibly Sad

Have you seen the screen adaptation of the best-selling book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? If you haven't, without spoiling anything I urge you to bring tissues. Not just one. A whole box. In fact,  you may even want to bring extras for everyone around you, because if the audience is anything like mine, they'll need them too. It's not to say that the movie was bad — it was actually wonderful.

I knew nothing about the story, except the fact that it had "something to do with September 11th", which is true (hence, tissues).  13-year-old Thomas Horn plays Oskar Schell, an endearingly odd and anxiety-laden kid who becomes obsessed with finding a lock that matches a key — after his father dies (I'll let you guess how) he finds the key and becomes convinced that in finding whatever the key opens, he might be able to hold onto his father a bit longer.

As a bonus, his hunt takes him around the five boroughs of New York City, which I never mind seeing on screen (or in real life).

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are wonderful as always, but it's Horn's movie, and he does not disappoint. I could relate to a majority of his eccentricities, and depending on your experience, you may want to yell at him loudly or hug him incredibly close.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recipe Cards

I just received these incredibly gorgeous recipe cards in the mail that I ordered from Yellow Owl Workshop. They make three varieties, the silver and copper that I got, and a gold version too.

I'm a complete sucker for kitchen illustrations, and the foil stamping really makes them special. The copper is actually too beautiful for words, or even recipes — I'll be framing two of these and now the search begins for recipes that are worthy of the others.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MyPhone Case

I went through a real-wood iPhone case phase, where I had this one for my 3gs and then this one for my 4s. Unfortunately, as I found out the hard way, wood cases aren't nearly as durable or protective as they are pretty, so I'm in the market for a new case.

The options at our local Best Buy were paltry, but I did find this Speck case, which, although not the colors of my choosing, led me to decide that I definitely wanted a plaid case.

That is, until I went on their website and found this sweater-inspired beauty. I don't know if it's because it's 17 degrees and snowing today or what, but I bought it almost without hesitation.

I say almost because I briefly considered one of their great plaids — maybe when it starts to get warm again, I'll have to trade for a more summery pattern.