Monthly Archives: May 2010

Churro Lovin’

I haven’t blogged for a while.  I haven’t really had too much to say.  I had a pretty nice weekend.  I spent some time in the sunshine with the boy yesterday which was lovely.  Last night there was some serious football on tv.  Don’t ask me who was playing but I was in danger of becoming a football widow.  Luckily the boy made plans with Ryan to watch the game at his place and I was gonna hang out with his little lady, Niki.  We ended up with another couple of football widows, Lorraine and another Nikki, drinking champagne and strawberries in the evening sun.  It was so lovely to sit out in the garden with the girls, some candles and funny conversation until the sun went down.

Today….another day of sunshine!  Scotland is definitely much more bearable when the sun is shining, but I find myself today, dreaming of being in Madrid eating some of these….

lovely warm churros with melted chocolate or caramel…..so yummo!

(image from weheartit)

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Beautiful People ~ Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is possibly my favourite actress of all time.  I absolutely adore her.  She has been called the greatest living film actress and I heartily agree.  Born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, Meryl was originally interested in opera.  It wasn’t until she was a student a Vassar that she became interested in acting and upon graduation then enrolled at The Yale School Of Drama.  Her first movie was ‘Julia’ in 1977 and only one year later, she received her first Oscar nomination for her performance in ‘The Deer Hunter’.  Since then she has been nominated for many awards including 16 Oscar nominations and holds the record for most Golden Globe wins (male and female) with 7 wins!  Meryl just seems to get better and better.  She has a ton of amazing movies under her belt including ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’, ‘Out Of Africa’, ‘Manhattan’, ‘The Hours’ and more recently, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘Julie & Julia’.

What I love about Meryl is that she is not conventionally beautiful.  She has the most striking face and actually has a deviated septum that she refuses to get fixed because it would change her look.  She is completely family orientated and has said,

“I think I was wired for family. You know how they say people are wired for religion, or wired for this or that? I always knew I would like to, if I could find the right person, have a family. I can’t imagine living single.”

Her family is husband Don Gummer, a sculptor, whom she has been married to since 1978 – a record within Hollywood – and four children Henry, Mamie, Grace and Louisa.  A little known movie fact is that originally Meryl, along with Goldie Hawn, was set to star in ‘Thelma and Louise’, but due to Meryl being pregnant the roles were given to Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis.  Meryl just comes across to me as this ordinary woman who loves to spend time with her family, lives in a little town in Connecticut, but when you put her in front of a camera, it’s pure magic.  To me, she comes across as someone who would be incredibly fun to hang out with but also someone who would give great advice.  A truly beautiful person.

Still amazing at 60 years old!

It’s hard to choose, as I love all her work, but here are my current Top 5 Meryl Streep movies (in no order)…

001  Julie & Julia

002  Kramer vs. Kramer

003  It’s Complicated

004  The Devil Wears Prada

005  Manhattan

006  (ok….couldn’t pick 5)  Sophie’s Choice 

This is not a test!

 

On Friday night, in Camden, London, I had the absolute pleasure of attending She & Him’s first UK gig.  The boy and I are huge fans of Zooey Deschanel (the She, which I have mentioned before) and we made the trip down from Scotland to London, despite the last minute volcanis ash drama.  We ended up being about 10ft from the stage.  It was in Koko which is an old theatre with a seriously huge glitterball and it’s pretty intimate.  It was an incredible show.  No frills, just Zooey, M Ward, their band and smoking vocals.  Zooey has some pipes on her.  Highlights were covers of I Put A Spell On You and the genius Roll Over Beethoven.  Zooey looked beautiful as ever and it was really just an awesome night.  If you haven’t checked them out yet – DO IT!!!!