A Taste For Something New
Last night I was up until 4:30 am working on my template. I didn't start working on it until 11:30 though. I came home from a nice barbecue and had all kinds of energy. As you can see, I've made some changes. I felt like it was time for some blog housekeeping. I wanted to see new colors and have more space to work with.
I've been contemplating adding a left sidebar for months, but have been terrified that I would destroy everything. I found a really great blog called Beautiful Beta that walked me through the whole thing. If you're interested, here is a link to the post. I was able to make each change bit by bit and see that I was on the right track. Also, I saved a copy of my template on a Word document, just in case. After I added the sidebar, I played with the colors. Before I knew it, I started seeing the first glimmers of dawn. I figured it was time to go to bed and I could do my posting later. I might even make some more changes over the next few days.
And I just ate this bowl of granola that you now see. It was really good. I made it this past weekend. I didn't measure most ingredients, except for that I used about 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal, because that's all I had left. I followed the basic instructions of these two recipes here and here. I used honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, walnuts, cashews, raisins, grapeseed oil, sea salt, and shredded coconut. It was pretty easy and probably made enough to last me for a couple of weeks.
Also this weekend, I saw Waitress, the new Keri Russell movie. I loved it! It was just what I wanted it to be. I had high expectations and loved it even more. I loved the televison show Felicity, so I've been a fan of hers for years. Here is a link to the movie blog and where I found the picture. It's a quirky little film with wonderful characters and elegant baking scenes. Jenna, the main character creates amazing pies. The way they visualized her mental process of creating the pies was done really well and I especially loved those scenes. Both my friend and I really enjoyed the film and the audience seemed to love it as well. There were several really funny scenes and everyone laughed right along. I think this could be the sleeper hit of the year.
And I have to mention Andy Griffith. He played a wonderful role as old Joe. You'll love his character too. The main song that Jenna sings is a food lullaby that you may find yourself humming after you leave the movie. It's beautiful and will break your heart. The whole movie is bittersweet. Everyone in the theater stayed to watch the credits, which is always a good sign. We just couldn't get enough!
What's so sad about the movie is that the Director and Screenwriter Adrienne Shelly was brutally murdered last fall. The movie was dedicated to her at the end. I just realized now looking at the blog that she was also one of the lead actresses in the movie and that she had a Boston connection. She went to BU's School of Communication. Based on what I've seen of her work here, she was amazingly talented and had a very gentle way about her. I'm going to look for her other films. Waitress is a great film. I highly recommend it.
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