2005 film

questions and answers

The beautiful bethanyactually tagged me to answer some fun questions – thanks Bethany! 

Here goes …

1. Pride and Prejudice: Colin Firth miniseries? Keira Knightley movie? Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Bride and Prejudice? Some other version? Why?

OH MY, funny you should ask. I see the 2005 film here on tumblr all the time, and I know people just LOVE it, and it was probably formative for so many. But I have to say that when I saw it in the theater, I was SO disappointed. I have watched the Colin Firth version many many (MANY) times, and I was SO EXCITED when I dragged my husband (who didn’t know the P&P story) to the Keira Knightley version. But when it was over, all he had to say was, “So she started loving that Darcy guy? He was a jerk.” And I agreed – I didn’t think the movie did enough to SHOW the CHANGE in how we’re supposed to perceive him and why; it just expects that we already know the story. (Also, the Darcy actor does NOTHING WHATSOEVER for me – another strike against this movie for me.)  Now, I admit that I’ve seen it subsequent times, and I’ve loved the cinematography, and I adore Keira Knightley, but I’ll never totally be over that first impression.

The BBC version, however, is deeply precious to me, and I also just recently watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and it was, of course, adorable. 

2. What’s a food you cook that you consider one of your specialties?

I make a mean baked mac-and-cheese that my kids devour. I love to cook, and I love to cook fancy, delicious stuff, but as I’m cooking for six, four of whom are kids with pretty narrow tastes, cheap-and-easy is the way right now.

3. Do you have any special birthday traditions in your family?

I made a banner out of paper and yarn when my kids were babies, and I still hang it from the mantel on everyone’s birthday :-)

4. What’s your favorite zoo animal?

I’m going to go with giraffes, because they were my favorite to see when we went on real-life safari in Kenya. There were so many, and they’re so calm, that eventually we just got used to seeing them … sort of stopped taking pictures of them … like really tall squirrels? But they’re amazing.

5. What DVD (or videotape) did you practically wear out as a kid?

My little sister and I absolutely wore out our taped-from-TV, mom-tried-to-skip-the-commercials-but-didn’t-quite-succeed VHS of The Wizard of Oz. When I watch it on DVD now, I can still imagine the places where the tracking was wonky on our old tape.

6. Top three favorite colors.

Currently: turquoise, gray, and coral. (mustard yellow is runner up.)

7. What would your dream superpower be?

I’m going to combine two: I would love invisibility … I’m such a snoopy lurker curious person. Invisibility would be like peoplewatching on steroids. And I have actual dreams that I can fly … how amazing would it be to get invisible, and then fly all around anywhere, just watching? 

8. Is there a musical instrument you always wanted to learn to play?

Oh, how I longed to learn to play the piano when I was tiny. But we didn’t have a piano, and my mom just said NOPE. I get it (especially now as a mom myself), but I’m still sad about it too.

9. Who was your least favorite teacher (or your least favorite class)? Why?

Having trouble recalling a really bad teacher (I had some, but no standouts). But my least favorite class, by FAR, was Physics. Apparently the necessary connections of my brain didn’t develop (maybe because I didn’t play piano, HUH MOM? THANKS A LOT) – but I literally was incapable of comprehending physics. Could not. (Got my only C ever in the first semester, and then DROPPED the class.)

10. Describe your favorite outfit.

Lately, I am coziest in black yoga pants, layered tank tops and a cardigan on top. Switch the yoga pants for skinny jeans if I’m going out :-) And flip flops.

NOW, I’ll tag a few: jas-mofspeakfree, tacosandflowers, justscribbling, eyrk01, rashaka, stopthenrewind, nyclove3

If you’d like, answer the questions below, and then tag some other people and make up ten NEW questions for them to answer. Only if it sounds fun.

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to the mothers who sacrifice propriety because they want the best possible future for us, to the mothers who are not our flesh and blood but love us no less, to the mothers who support us through thick and thin, to the mothers who know us better than we know ourselves, to the mothers who have loved and lost but find the strength to keep it together for our sake, thank you and happy mother’s day

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word “geisha” means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.

- Mameha portrayed by Michelle Yeoh

“You must know. Surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night and it has taught me to hope as I had scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they are last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed. But one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I would have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul and I love – I love – I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”  

- Pride and Prejudice (2005)