TF and I watched Howl’s Moving Castle this evening. I’m generally a fan of Miyazaki and this one didn’t disappoint at all. The story is, as usual quite heartfelt and moving. Good for soppy people. I’m not one of them. At all. Honest guv! Miyazaki, likes to set his films in a period that is roughly (but not quite) equal to 1880s-1920s Europe. As is often the case, there is a strong moral message in the film (war is bad mmkay!). The main love story is quite charming and utterly satisfying. I won’t go into details (I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t seen it yet) on the plot.
The film is based on the Diana Wynne Jones book of the same title. The book ends slightly differently to the film, however that isn’t always a bad thing. I’m quite interested to read the book now. We had a few problems with the DVD, the first one we got from Amazon was rather badly scratched, to the point of not being able to watch it. We returned it and Amazon sent out a replacement pretty promptly.
Been doing rather a lot of cooking recently. Been trying to expand my range. Cooked a toad-in-the-hole and a bread and butter pudding today. Both are recipes that I’ve done several times before and both clicked quite well today. They turned out very well. I’m happy that my basic skills are improving and that I can turn out nice and tasty meals quite comfortably.
I’m fairly sure I’ve mentioned before my hatred of Ikea. I haven’t? Well let me state it again: A trip to Ikea is akin to going to Hell. Having said that our trip to that place went remarkably well today. We bought a cover for our futon and a quilt for TF. Which will pretty much cover the futon.
Every now and again I go through the motions of speccing and sorting out a MythTV box. I spent part of the afternoon going through this quite enjoyable (but an utter waste of time) exercise. The biggest problem for this is that what I want to do will be quite expensive. Especially seeing as I want a silent case, with decent quality components.