Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Road Goes Ever On...

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, not yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit)
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In New Zealand, The Hobbit is more than just a movie; it's a great achievement and credit to all the country's various artists, from the film makers to the costume and prop designers, just to name a few. When Rhys and I were living in Wellington, we could feel the buzz in the air as the actors arrived and things started brewing at the Weta Workshop; the design studio where so much of the magic happens.

Since the studios were visible from the house we were staying at, we knew the nights when things were happening. As you can tell from how vague I am being, we didn't know exactly what. There is a saying in New Zealand, that "to kiwis (New Zealanders) rules are just suggestions." I witnessed this first hand when Rhys and I were going to get a pizza and we somehow ended up going down a dead end road that lead to the studio. Unfortunately for one curious kiwi, there were only security guards to be seen at the end of the road. We did, however, get to see some dwarfs in the supermarket. No, they weren't in costume. *Sigh.*

On the odd rainy day, Rhys and I would visit "The Weta Cave;" the workshop's visitor center. The cave holds some cool replicas of weapons and models from The Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and some others. Walking around the cave sort of helped us be patient during these next two years as we wait for The Hobbit.

Fortunately, we weren't the only visitors with crazy antics... 
If you haven't seen it already and want to know more about The Hobbit's production journey, check out Peter Jackson's behind the scene's video.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On the Road Again

Hello Blog friends,
for once, my blogging absence has a good reason; Rhys and I have decided to move back to Auckland. So, we have been making our way slowly up from the bottom of the North Island to our old home near the top. We have had a great time staying with friends along the way. Since it's currently autumn in the southern hemisphere, Rhys and I have loved the sunny, crisp, weather on our drive up. Just the other day, Rhys and I were talking about how sad it is that we miss out on autumn in NZ, as there aren't very many deciduous trees. However, over the past two days, we have been blessed and wowed by seeing so many fiery trees along the way. For those of you on the other side of the world, I hope you are all enjoying your spring flowers as we all prepare for Easter. 



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I'm just a little black rain cloud...

When I was very young, I regrettably sang the "Little Black Rain Cloud" song to my parents, complete with a balloon. Ugh, what a mistake that was! Had I known that they would repeatedly ask me to sing it for guests; I never would have done it. This post is not about dark childhood memories though, but actually just Winnie the Pooh. However, I knew as soon as I brought up anything Pooh Bear related, *ahem* someone was bound to blow my secret.

Moving right along...
I'm sorry Disney, but you just don't hold a candle to A.A. Milne's wonderful creation. Also, why did you change E. H. Shepard’s sweet illustrations? That was unnecessary. Frankly, I think you should give up. Fortunately, years after the fact, many people still keep the spirit of the classic Pooh alive.

I was a stuffed animal girl living the Christopher Robin life and so, I love love loved animal stories, especially one's in which authors, like A.A. Milne who created a whole world for their characters to live and move in. I adore animal stories with maps in the front. What could be more appealing to a child (and children’s-books-loving-grownups) than a pack of animal friends that roam around the 100 Acre Woods having adventures?

A few months ago, I stumbled over this fun webpage. The author has categorized the classic Christopher Robin and friends according to the Myers-Briggs Temperaments Indicator. If you know your Myers-Briggs temperament, you can match yourself up to one of the characters.

As an ENTJ/P, I am most like Rabbit. Fortunately, the real Rabbit is nowhere near as high-strung and cantankerous as he is portrayed in the Disney version. I don't think I am quite as bossy or domineering as A.A. Milne's Rabbit. Still, I think it is a good fit since I do appreciate planning, organization, gathering friends together, and gardening.  I also share his love for the domestic. Rhys is an ENFP. Sadly, this temperament isn't a very clear match on the test. However, in the past he has often been compared to Tigger. Due to my "captianish air" as rabbit, I deem this to be a good assessment. This is very amusing if you think of the Rabbit and Tigger together in the classic Pooh.

What about you, who is your 100 Acre Wood's doppelganger?

xo, Joy

Friday, April 8, 2011

Back From the Land of Blog Lull

Hello again blog friends. I hope you haven't forgotten about me.  It seems my few and far between blog posts have gotten away from and I am again annoyed at my lack of posting. Lately, life has been very busy for Rhys and I though, not in the traditional sense. Having moved a few months ago and not found a new job certainly makes me much less busy than when I worked full time. Of course staying at home can be a fulltime job but since I am also between houses, I cannot rightfully claim the wonderful title of housewife/domestic goddess either. Still, in the last few weeks, the wheels and gears of my brain feel like they've been working overtime with decision making, planning, and other mind wearying activities. The days would come and go and I would "wait till tomorrow" to blog. Fortunately, Rhys, my Mom, and a few others have been on my case about it, which is good.

The truth is also that with all the changes in life with moving and not being settled yet, I often get really embarrassed because I can't think of anything to say. Now, I am proud to say I do have something to share with you (besides my constant food musings, which will make even more sense in a moment.) When I started my blog, I said my main goal was to talk about all things pretty. Well, without further hesitation, I'd like to introduce you to one of the prettiest thing's I will ever feature on Paper Canary:
Taaa Daaa!
I know I just sound like the proud mama but I think everyone has to admit that those little feet are too cute.

Joy (and Baby Lake :)