1) On Friday night the Mr and I watched Interstellar. Several friends and acquaintances had told me to watch it because they enjoyed it and thought I would too. While it is a long movie (just under 3 hours long) I loved it and did not want it to end. Interstellar is one of those rare gems in that a) the ending is unexpectedly positive b) the cast and acting (and excuse the pun) is stellar and c) it explores the issue of climate change and the probable outcome for humanity if we continue along the same path.
Interstellar is not for everyone in fact I am delighted but surprised that it is doing as well as it is. Four people walked out of the theater midway through the movie – a pity really because the last hour and half is the best. I suspect those people were struggling with the whole ‘Theory of Relativity’ and ‘space-time continuum’ bit but if you are willing to suspend belief or accept that Physics just isn’t your forte then you will be completely gobsmacked as I was, by the spectacular visual effects. This movie is a lot more than a story about exploring uncharted territory, it is primarily a story about a man who makes the heartbreaking decision to leave his children behind so he can ultimately save them. There are scenes played out between Matthew McConaughey’s character and his daughter that are heartbreaking to watch. If you thought Gravity was good then you will really enjoy this movie because in my opinion it is the better movie.
2) We experienced our first sub-zero temperatures this weekend and our first snowfall. So Winter is (unofficially but undeniably) upon us. While all our neighbours have strung up lights, decorated their trees (inside and out) and crowded their front gardens with fake reindeer, giant inflatable snowmen and Santas we have yet to decide on a tree. In our family it has long been a tradition to put up the tree on the 15th December so I am still ok (although my neighbours are looking at me askew).
3) One of my fondest and earliest memories is of riding a carousel with my grandfather standing by (in case I slipped off). He would take me to the Christmas Fair and I would go on every ride – my favourite for a really long time was The Octopus. I felt really brave holding onto my swivel chair at the end of that octopus’ long arms.
The Mr surprised me this year by taking me to the Christmas Fair early because he will be away for work until just a few days before Christmas. I hauled myself up and onto the prettiest pony I could find and prayed I could stay on and keep the mulled wine I had imbibed earlier in my stomach. I succeeded on both counts and was very proud of myself.
Did you have a favourite ride?
I love markets and fairs especially at this time of the year. I go to them not so much for the buying experience (although I do support artists and creators) but mostly for ideas and inspiration. I also know that if I am going to find that ‘special gift’ it will probably be found in a craft market.
At this time of year, most of us tend to overspend (yes, guilty as charged) so in an effort to become more mindful of how and where I spend money I started considering the following before buying gifts:
Will the receiver find my gift useful or will it improve the quality of his/her life in some way?
Would the gift of my time, service or expertise be more helpful to the receiver and therefore a greater reflection of my love and appreciation?
How much of my gift (and wrapping) will end up in the landfill?
Does the company I buy from share my values and ethics? For example I love supporting The Body Shop because they support Community Fair Trade and their products are ethically produced.
Do you follow any rules or guidelines when buying gifts or do you just run after the sales (I can’t fault you if you do) 😀