Thursday, October 30, 2014

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein

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Last night I went with two lovely work ladies to see a screening of National Theatre Live: Frankenstein. I have never read or seen Frankenstein, but of course know of the story. It didn't hurt that Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Victor Frankenstein that night! The play had a really interesting twist because when it was actually on stage (this was filmed in 2011), Benedict and Jonny Lee Miller (the Creature) flipped roles every other night. Unfourtunately, we were working the night before when they showed Benedict as the Creature, but we are going to try our best to find out if these are available on DVD!

 The set was absolutely gorgeous, it incorporated a ceiling of lights which shone brightly and dimmed according to what they were talking about, be it light or death. The play was sort of split into two halves; first half mainly Creature, second half mainly Frankenstein. Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature was amazing, in the opening seen he was "born" and had to quickly learn on his own how to stand, move, walk. He really showed the struggle that the Creature felt, throughout the whole play, and he really made the audience feel guilty because all he wanted was to be accepted and loved. When this didn't happen of course, he sought revenge. 

Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein was amazing as well. I think the whole time I was a bit sad because I didn't want Benedict to be the bad guy! But he was amazing at being cruel and you really understood that he, as the "real" man, truly did not understand the meaning of caring and love, he was driven by hate and power.

After the movie we found out that the theater we saw it in actually does an entire National Theatre Live series as well as a ballet series so I definitely think we'll be going to see another one of these in the future!

(Note* None of the above photos are my own, found on Google Images)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Knitters Unite!

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So this happened today...I got my second tattoo, dedicated to something that I truly love, knitting. It's only been a few hours so it's still a bit swollen and I've got a ton of healing ointment on it (hence the shine), but I'm in love! It came out so perfectly and my tattoo artist Lauren is amazing. Tattoo artists are so talented, the whole time I was there I was thinking how terrible I would be if I even tried to think of color placement and things like that!

After the tattooing was done I went to the movies with my mom and one of the knitting club ladies and we saw Dracula Untold. Going in, I was worried that I was going to be scared the whole time, and that really wasn't the case! The movie is more based on storyline than gore factor, so if you were on the fence about it like me, you shouldn't have too worry too much. I found out after it was over that it was PG-13, which explained why it wasn't as terrifying as I expected. It was a good end to the day.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello Again...

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Well...I'm dipping my toes back in the blog world. I missed you all! I missed writing my own posts and commenting on all of yours. Life just got too busy for me to give the blog the attention it needed, but I think I'm ready to come back and get back in the swing of things! For now, my old blogging schedule will stay that way, done for now, and I'm just going to go with the flow.

This past month and half or so I've gone to a bunch of concerts, ate yummy food, visited my friends in Detroit, knit a ton and listened to a bunch of audiobooks as I knit. I used to highly dislike audiobooks because I felt like it wasn't "real" reading, but I have found so many benefits from listening to them. I can still have "reading" time while doing other things, like driving, cleaning, walking, or knitting. During the blogging break I listened to Eleanor & Park, Landline, Fangirl, Say What You Will, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. I also read some graphic novels in between, the Y:The Last Man series. This is the most amount of books I've gotten through in such a short amount of time in years, I'm sort of surprised myself seeing them listed here. I recommend all of these books, minus maybe Slaughterhouse Five...I'd never read it before, and it's one of those books that I feel like everyone reads and I'd seen the line "So it goes" quoted everywhere so I built up my expectations and I think this is why I was slightly disappointed with it.

Something else I'm excited about it Halloween coming up! Halloween is my favorite holiday behind Christmas and I love dressing up and doing fun Halloween activities. In preparation, I've been watching a few classic horror films, Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman to name a few. I am a big scaredy cat when it comes to watching modern horror films, so I don't (the Ouija movie commercial really freaks me out every time it comes on!), but I figured older movies would be so silly and cheesy there would be nothing to be afraid of! 

Has anything fun or exciting happened in your life since I've been on break? Let me know in the comments below!