Thursday, May 5, 2011

you may say i'm a dreamer...

Luke and I got to spend the day together and we had a chance to check out a new little restaurant that recently opened in our neighborhood and it has our favorites..sushi and thai food! It's run by the cutest couple around our age, he creates the dishes and she serves them..the perfect partnership. I love seeing people have a dream come true and I plan on visiting their little place often. It was so delicious and beautifully presented, I love the little added details and sushi is such a pretty food to eat!

We've had really weird fall like weather lately that was perfect for a walk around our historic neighborhood. There is an amazing old building that we're in love with, It looks like it was a bar at one time and it would be so beautiful restored. I would love to turn it into an old fashioned cafe/bar with modern comfort food made from fresh, local ingredients and old movies playing in the background. Quiche,soups,salads,southern dishes..and sweet tea! It would be named "Nola's" after my amazingly eclectic grandma who recently passed away. My family is from the south and she moved to Georgia to live with my aunt when she got older and I missed being able to see her every day. She became very sick and discovered she had rapidly spreading breast and pancreatic cancer and was gone within a few weeks. I flew(my only plane ride) to spend time with her and did her makeup and hair like I always did when I saw her, she loved how pretty she looked! I wanted to learn everything about her that I possible could in the time we had left. In the hospital I laid in bed with her and she told me stories about her heritage(Native American and Belgian/French) and how she used to make her own lye soap and apothecary products and take mud baths in her backyard(crazy!). She had the prettiest skin with barely a wrinkle at 71 years old, her "weirdness" was something to learn from. I remember her cooking wild foods like cattail shoots and dandelions and making natural teas for me to try. She had beautiful long hair that she rinsed with fresh rain water and to this day I still put my bucket out to catch the falling drops when the rain comes in. I remember walking in her dimly lit house and admiring all of her old furniture and pieces that she had added her own personal touches to, she lived simply and quietly and a lot of people didn't get her..I did. When she died I was given all of her old books and the stunning antique wedding band set that I now wear as my own.  My mom tells me how much I remind her of Nola and I want to keep her memory alive, the worst thing I could do is forget such a special women!

I got creepy with it and took some photos of the inside..look at that amazing old bar!!

Later we ventured out to see a movie at the local theater. We don't get to go to the movies very often so I wanted it to be a good was. I really loved Water for Elephants!  It's set in the 1930's depression-era and the fashion and visuals were amazing. I have a love for all things vintage Carnival inspired and it was reminiscent of one of my favorite shows of all time, HBO's "carnivale." If you haven't seen it Netflix it asap, you won't be sorry! Water For Elephants Stars Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christopher Waltz who I think is the best bad guy ever. I have yet to read the book but I can't imagine the casting could have been any better. Young Jacob Jankowski(RP) joins a traveling circus and meets the love of his life Marlena(RW) who's married to August(CW,head trainer) I'm a sucker for doomed love stories and this was right up my alley. I fell in love with the characters with my favorite being Rosie the elephant, she alone is worth seeing the movie for!  There is a lot of Polish going on and I always tease my husband that he should know more about his heritage, his great grandparents immigrated from Poland and didn't speak a bit of English! I don't know about you but I love spotting my "friends" from other shows. This had a few with my favorite being Franklin from True Blood, he's so creepily awesome. I cried like baby at the end..this is such a beautiful story! For those of you who only know of Robert Pattinson from the Twilight saga I highly recommend you seeing him in a different light, check out this movie as well as "How to Be" and "Remember Me". He's actually really talented and more versatile than you would think, love him!

I'm so lucky my husband and I found each other..we can be "weird" together in this thing called life and create our own paths and dreams. Who knows, we may even have a little place named "Nola's" one day!


Sarah said...

Um, so, reading about your grandmother made me tear up a little because all of my grandparents have passed away and it wasn't until they were gone that people thought I might like to know a thing or two about their lives. I wish I had had the chance to learn about them from their own mouths... I feel like I lost a part of my heritage and chance to understand the world. I'm glad you had more of an opportunity than I did and it makes me happy to read that you plan to make sure an amazing woman like her is never forgotten.

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ChiccaStyle said...

I must confess that I've creaied in reading your post...a lot of memories came to my head...
Follow your feeleings!
Have a nice weekend,

Elizabeth of PrettyNiftyThriftyFashion said...

oh i am so glad Water For Elephants was good!!! i am going to see it on tuesday and i am so excited i read the book and i remember thinking Christopher Waltz would be awesome as August

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i love sushi restaurants and the food there looks fantastic!
<3 steffy
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