Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Knitting up the Ravell'd Sleeve of Care

In a word, SLEEP (see Macbeth, I believe it's Act 2, Scene 2, if you're confused). I got some last night, and I'm feeling much better - funny how that works. This isn't a great shot, but here's an impromptu process photo I took a few days ago. I love working with metal clay, but some nights, I love not working with metal clay, I have to admit.

I've been having this urge to redesign the blog lately (read: for the last six months). I see everyone else looking so sleek and professional (or quirky and iconoclastic), and I'm feeling more and more dumpy and without. Of course, I cannot deny the truth in the advertising, as I run around in my soccer mom sneakers everywhere. Still, I'm thinking that making over the blog would be a good start. I'll have to see if I can get off my posterior and at least learn about all of the function upgrades Blogger has developed over the past two years. Sigh.

On other fronts, we introduced the Short One to Hayao Miyazaki's work last week. The Husband and I are huge fans - "Spirited Away" is still my favorite and H. likes "Princess Mononoke" the best. Our local Borders had a 40% off DVD sale, and they had "My Neighbor Totoro" in stock, which none of us had seen. Needless to say it came home with us. We loved it. (Okay, I also snuck back and picked up a copy of "Howl's Moving Castle", too. Shhhh - don't tell H.) I love the female protagonists in all of his films - they are such well-realized, well-rounded, strong and engaging characters. We are really forward to seeing "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" when it comes out in the US (this year, I think?). Anyone else here like Miyazaki's films? Here's the trailer for "Spirited Away", in case you haven't seen it in a while:


Clara said...

My daughter and I introduced my sister to spirited away last night. We had been looking at Native American spirit dolls and were struck at the similarities to some of the spirits in the film. Terrific film! We have an earlier Totoro version with a different translation that I prefer to the Disney version. Kiki's delivery service is really good, too. It features Phil Hartman as Kiki's cat.

Melissa J. Lee said...

That's interesting about the translation for Totoro. I'll have to look into it. We like Kiki's Delivery Service, too, although we haven't introduced it to the SO yet.