I can't believe it - two years. Two years of somewhat kind of sort of semi-frequently blogging. I feel like I go on "blog binges" sometimes and then have really dry spells. Does it feel that way for you too? Oh well, I guess that's life for you!
Anyway, I thought I'd do the same thing as last year and put together an overview of my "evolution of style" over the past 12 months.
So about a month ago, Luke and I went to the cinema on our weekly date night and saw the movie called The Way Way Back. Despite the lame title, the movie was a pretty entertaining coming-of-age feel-good comedy flick. If you want a laugh with a touch of drama, it's definitely worth a look. The acting was really good, although I have to stay Sam Rockwell steals the show as the Water Wizz Park manager.
The title of the film refers to those 1970s cars that had a seat in the boot/trunk often facing the opposite direction. In other words, you're not in the back, you're on the way back. The story is about Duncan, a shy 14-year-old who goes on summer vacation with his mother, her
overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time
fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the
Water Wizz water park. I know it doesn't sound like much, but I never found a slow moment and I like films that don't try to be bigger then they are.
Midly interesting fact #1: In an interview, writer/director Jim Rash
said the script's main inspiration was the opening scene, inspired by a
similar conversation he had with his own stepfather when he was 14.
Midly interesting fact #2: In order to save money, the filmmakers decided not to get caravan trailers for
the actors, and instead rented a house for the duration of
filming (approx. 6 weeks) where the actors could go between takes. The
house turned into a popular hangout spot for the cast and crew, and they
would often go to the house even during weekends or days off.
Caitlyn: I need you to reorder more mats. Owen: Did it. Caitlyn: Finish the work schedule for next week. Owen: Did it. Caitlyn: So you know I’m going to check all that stuff right? Owen: Oh well in that case I didn’t do any of that.
This is a fact. Review makes the sweetest clothing. Love love love it! Plus it's a pencil skirt that actually fits. To be sure, I can't power walk in it, but it fits and it's lovely and it has buttons (which you can probably just make out).
Stockings: Don't know
But they are polka dot and brilliant.
These shoes were actually purchased in Taiwan during a sale at Aldo, and
from memory cost only about $30. Cheap + Pretty shoes = Happy Hannah
More photos from my trip to Paris! Enjoy! Or should I say... amuse-toi! (Yes, I totally Google translated that, because my French is practically non-existent.)
But let's make this a bit more exciting than just random holiday snaps. For every photo with the Eiffel Tower in it, I will write an interesting piece of trivia about the said tower (yes, that means: prepare for a whole lot of Eiffel Tower coming your way!)
1) It was almost moved to Canada
- In the early 1960s an agreement was made with the mayor of Montreal
to temporarily move the Eiffel Tower to Canada. The company who owns the
tower would not agree to the relocation. They feared the tower would not be
returned to France.
2) It was a military base
- The Eiffel Tower was used by the military in the First World War.
During the war, the French used the tower to guide their troops to the
battlefield. Currently, the tower is used for television and radio
3) It was a billboard - From 1925 to 1934, a French company
named CITRON used the tower as a billboard. The sign was eventually
removed when the company went bankrupt due to expensive electricity
- There is a printing press located on the second floor of the Eiffel
Tower. It is still publishing a newspaper, and visitors can get their
name printed in it.
5)It was almost dismantled
- The Eiffel Tower was almost dismantled and used for scrap metal 20
years after its construction. The French government decided to keep the
building when they realised it could be used for radio broadcasting and necessary
communication during times of war.
6) It leans in the wind - One of the most important things you should learn about the Eiffel Tower before you go up is that it moves in windy weather. In fact, the tower moved 13 cm during a severe storm in 1999!
Once upon a time (seriously, this took place so long ago that it may now only be remembered by the people who attended as a legend or fable) Luke and I went to Hawkes Bay with my brother-in-law and his wife to visit Luke's grandparents.
It was really a lovely weekend, so good in fact that I felt the need to share these photos with you. We pretty much spent the entire time around Havelock North, which is a very pretty town and well worth a look. Here are some things you can do while in Havelock North (over the Easter weekend, when most things are shut...)
1. Go for a stroll in the sunshine
2. Say hi to the huge 100-year-old tree
3. Tell your husband and brother-in-law they need to do the obstacle course / playground race
4. Laugh at the hilarity that ensues
5. Look at the fountain
6. Eat an icecream (this can also be done while looking at the fountain)
7. But of course, the really neat thing about Havelock North (or so model railway enthusiasts will tell you) is... Keirunga Park Railway.
Here you can see and ride on model railways, lovingly run by the local model railway experts.
Here we all are.
On the way back we stopped by Luke's parents' place and borrowed their bikes for a quick ride.