September 28, 2009

Footy finals fever

You know you really call Melbourne home when you care about the AFL grand final. Saturday marked the third grand final since we moved here, and the first time I a) knew who was playing or b) had an opinion about who won. And it was completely un-me (a friend who was visiting from Sydney accused me of having the 'taint'), but I kind of liked the fact that I felt compelled to watch the last half of the game and that I was cheering, groaning and holding my breath along with the fans in the crowd. Go Cats! Still, I'm also pleased footy season's over for another year. Maybe now we'll get some news headlines that don't have to do with players disgracing themselves (I'm talking to you, Brendan Fevola).

In other news, I'm loving:
  • the cover art for my book (it's all getting so real now it's a bit scary!)
  • reading Alexander McCall Smith's The Dog Who Came in From the Cold in daily instalments
  • eating spring veg: asparagus, broad beans and artichokes ahoy!
  • sending knitted gifts overseas, including this wee owl brooch made from a pattern by the lovely Ysolda
  • the backlash against the 'new' Vegemite.

September 21, 2009

What she saw: An Education

Yesterday Mr Fantapants and I went to a preview of An Education (read the IMDB synopsis if you want one, I won't repeat it here). Having won the tickets online, I didn't kow anything about it other than that it was set in London in 1961 and the screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. Reason enough to go, in my books. (That and my innate cheapness - I'll see/read/eat pretty much anything if it's free.)
It didn't disappoint, in fact I loved it. Partly because I'm a sucker for London in the sixties, partly because of the excellent cast (hello, Peter Saarsgard, I'm beginning to see the attraction to you), partly because I lurve a coming-of-age story, and largely because of Hornby's excellent script. (Although how much credit for that should go to Lynn Barber, on whose memoir the script is based, I'm not sure.)
I loved the way the film captured the feeling of being 16 and feeling torn between doing the sensible thing and following your yearning for a life less ordinary, and also the way we justify making decisions that we don't feel quite right about.
All up, a highly enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Am going to see if I can track down Lynn Barber's book to see how true the script was to her experience.

September 7, 2009

This week I am:
  • recovering from Saturday night's fondue
  • preparing for a weekend of Spanish delights in Adelaide
  • sewing up the seams on a very small, very stripey cardigan
  • watching the third series of Skins (ep. 1 was a bit disappointing but I loved the first two so much that I'll hang in there for a couple more before giving up on it)
  • finishing second revisions and gazing lovingly at the prototype cover art for Freia - unfortunately there's been way too much of the latter and not enough of the former, so am disconnecting the interwebs now to get down to it!