Scott & I celebrated Valentine's yesterday. We went to see two movies..."Slumdog Millionaire" & "Defiance". Slumdog was excellent, though the beginning was very hard to watch. I was in Calcutta in the late 70's, the images from the movie is what I remember of all the poverty there. People do maim the children to get more money when begging in the streets.
I can see why "Slumdog" is winning all the awards this year...the director did a superb job in telling this story. Loved his very different approach in using the camera. I became very emotionally attached to the characters. A wonderful movie that I highly recommend.
"Defiance" is the story of four Jewish brothers living in Nazi occupied Poland...they escape into the forest where eventually they built a village inside the forest and save the lives of more than 1200 other Jews. It's based on a true story. Daniel Craig & Liev Schreiver star in this one. Great story that I liked alot.
Scott and I ate dinner at a lovely French restaurant...French Market Grille. It was crowded...I guess everyone wanted to beat the true Valentine rush like we did. Scott had the fresh fish...a John Dory. I had the sea bass with ginger sauce...simply delish! We had to finish the evening with 'Crepes Suzette' and 'Bananas Foster.' It was a very lovely Valentine day & evening.
My friend, Sally and I had a play day a couple weeks ago. Sally wanted to make Valentine cards...I hadn't made those in ages. We sat...played...collaged...giggled...and sang silly songs (because she left her music at home). I ended up with lots of hearts. I came home and made backgrounds for some of them. Here are four that I finished. It was lots of fun...I didn't make as many as I wanted to but I can always finish the rest for next year!
Here is the guy that started it all...
When we were in Rome last September, we were visiting the Santa Maria in Cosmedin and found St. Valentine's head encased in a reliquary. Looking up the history of St. Valentine...it seems to be unclear as to how the whole lovers thing started but something of an accumulation of his death on February 14, 270 and the start of mating season of birds. Whatever the reason it's nice to have a day to celebrate love!