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January 14th, 2014


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08:19 pm - Today's Good Things
Because of work and an impending cold snap (well. cold snap for the subtropics), I am craving Good Things. Comforting Things. Nice things.

What I have turned to in the past day and a half:
*hot tea
*walking Master Danger in the brisk wind
*stretching, especially doing ye olde heart-opening poses
*Very Bright Scarves indeed
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*Watching the first 24-episode block of the web-series "Emma Approved."

(The link goes to the website, which has not only the videos but also fashion and lifestyle tidbits.)

"Emma Approved" is the follow-up to the well-known "Lizzie Bennet Diaries." Yes, they're both modern-day Austen adaptations out of Pemberley Digital. I liked LBD but wasn't hooked, really -- the conceit of Lizzie being a communications grad student grated a bit, and I was rather unconvinced/unpersuaded/unmoved by the Lizzie performance too. However, "Emma Approved" -- in which Our Emma Woodhouse is a matchmaker/life-coach in a startup business, videoing her every move for the documentary she is sure will be made about her (and, she supposes, her business partner Alex Knightley) -- is really working for me.

I mean, it's slightly cringe-tastic in the same way Austen's novel Emma is. Emma is so brilliantly self-deluded! Joanna Sotomura as Emma is perfectly perfect, with vulnerability increasingly on display, and I just love Brent Bailey's khakis- and-snark "Mr Knightley," who's RIGHT THERE WHEN WILL SHE SEE. (I mean, I know when she'll see. In about 50 more episodes.)

Mr. Knightley is possibly my favorite Austen hero. Captain Wentworth is dreamy and naval and mostly faithful, Mr Darcy has a Truly Awesome House and a heart of gold underneath the reserve, but Knightley. Knightley. He's just so solid and funny and good. Adore, adore, adore.

What are you loving today? I hope you have lots of all Good Things. :)

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From:gwynnega
Date:January 15th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
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"Emma Approved" does sound fun!

Mostly I am loving that the new Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings CD finally came out. :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
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I must listen to that CD! It must be wonderful. :)

Hugs! Happy mid-week!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 15th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
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Emma Approved sounds interesting.

I was craving comforting things so I made potato and bacon soup. It was yummy. And then the weather got warmer, so it must have helped :)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
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I'm used to the format now (little 4- to 6-minutes bites of story), and it's a neat alternative to longer form. The series is on hiatus until February, and then we'll get a couple of episodes a week. :)

Potato-bacon soup sounds WONDERFUL. Cheers for that, and for your Wednesday!
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From:cindergal
Date:January 15th, 2014 02:31 am (UTC)
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Unfortunately, I do not have much love for today. But I do have love for this glass of wine I finally get to have. And Ichabod Crane in skinny jeans. ;-)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
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Ichabod trying on modern clothes is in fact life-enhancing, there's no question. :)

Cheers and hugs for you! [puts more wine in your kitchen for later]
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From:freixenet
Date:January 15th, 2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Your comfort things are always so good for you. My comfort things are generally sweat pants, wine, and perhaps a cat. Yours are, like, culture!! :admires:

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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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The sweat pants are implied, always. :))

Cheers and a better Thursday, despite the cold!
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From:paratti
Date:January 15th, 2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm loving Wishqueen:)

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much, mate! :)

Hugs and twice thanks.
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From:winding_path
Date:January 16th, 2014 02:09 pm (UTC)
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I have very much been enjoying Emma Approved (and am more or less patiently awaiting its return), too! They did a wonderful job casting their Emma and Knightley.

It makes me happy.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the casting for those two is spot-on. [beams]

Cheers and a lovely slide into Friday. :)
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From:stateless82
Date:January 18th, 2014 04:18 am (UTC)
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I just started watching Emma Approved- cute as hell. And some pretty nice outfits too.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
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It IS cute as hell! And I actually checked the info for one of Emma's jackets, but sadly it was sold out. Which is better because I'm in a clothes-fast, but still... ;)

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