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Getting Ready for the Oscars

Matt & I have a busy weekend planned and I am looking forward to it! Melvy & Jeanne (Matt's dad & step-mom) are coming to the D for a little visit. Jeanne hasn't seen the house yet, so we are looking forward to showing it off. We will probably find something delicious to eat downtown - maybe Xochi's? And then we are going to the DFT on Saturday evening to see "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" (listen to the interview on Fresh Air).

the detroit film theatre - so pretty!

On Sunday, we are having a little Oscar party at our place with a group of friends that I have dubbed our "Dinner Club." For the past several months, we have been taking turns hosting dinner on a Sunday night. It is always an occassion for good food and lots of laughter. Two of my most favorite things! Anyhow, I think we are going to make the most delicious mac&cheese recipe that I know of. Always a hit!

But I was thinking that it would be fun to have food to go along with the Best Picture nominations. I don't know if we will actually be able to pull off something for all 5 movies. The mac&cheese will work for Milk, right? I mean - it does have 5 1/2 cups of milk in it. And I think we can pull off something for Slumdog Millionaire - maybe samosas or naan. I haven't seen Benjamin Button, The Reader or Frost/Nixon ... so I am not as motivated. But I did find an article with some cute recipes to go along with these films.

Even though I haven't seen as many movies as I had hoped to (again), here are my Oscar picks:

  • Best Picture & Best Song & Best Score & Directing & Editing & Screenplay & Sound Mixing & Sound Editing & Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire (yeah, I loved it!)
  • Short (Animated): undecided ... maybe Lavatory Lovestory or Oktpodi
  • Short (Live Action): Manon on the Asphalt (but I also liked The Pig quite a bit)
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Mickey Rourke
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet

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Evidence of Crafting

Matt bought me a sewing machine for Christmas last year. Not this past Christmas - but the one before that. I was super excited about it and 2008 should have been the year that I learned how to sew ... but I was a little busy (just a little bit). So, 2009 is my year!

I finally made the appointment for the lesson at Haberman Fabrics where he puchased the machine. It is an awesome local shop that I used to go into occassionally just to look at all of the beautiful fabric. Now I can go there with a legitimate intent to buy something beautiful. YAY! Anyhow, they taught me how to use my sewing machine! I didn't even know how to thread the machine - so this was an important step for me!

A few days later, I dug out a bag of Marimekko fabric that I have held onto for years (from my Crate & Barrel days) and I made this little bag using a pattern from Bend the Rules Sewing.

It is a super tiny bag, but I just wanted a project to work on. I like how the long handle tucks thru the short handle. I may make another bag using this pattern, but make it big enough to use for knitting or books. This one might carry a sandwich and an apple ... not much else. But I am proud of my first completed sewing project! And so happy that it was fun & easy & not a total nightmare. I CAN DO IT!

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