The early parts of Winter are always quite a novelty, mainly because you get to have an excuse to sleep in and stay home on weekends. You also get to watch loads of movies without people thinking you're a hermit freak, you get to read for hours on end, you get to snuggle in your PJ's at insanely early hours of the evening and drink hot chocolate all the time. But after months of it, it's not such an awesome thing anymore. Even the snow doesn't seem quite as appealing as it did in the Autumn when you could still sit on your own porch without suffering from frost bite.
The final stretch of Winter always feels like the hardest in Ballarat. The people get cranky, the kids get obnoxious and the general vibe gets pretty low. Team that with my lack of wheat and dairy and you've got a recipe for a shitty week. But NO! Believe it or not, I actually feel pretty damn good at the moment.
Yes, in spite of the crappy weather, the FODMAP diet is serving me well! I know I shouldn't be that surprised, but I didn't expect to feel so much better in such a short time. It has only been about ten days so far, and I feel a whole lot better. It's nice to know that what I am doing is actually making a difference.
Sure it's a pain to organise meals at the moment because it's new territory, but in general, the annoyance has far outweighed the way I am feeling. Even some other people have noticed that I seem to look better and seem brighter. Yay!
So screw you Winter, your dreary days are no match for my awesomeness!
But a weekend of sunshine would still be really nice. I guess I will just have to settle for a good romance to fulfill that fuzzy feeling I'm looking for. Let's have an oldie, but a goodie please.
Release Date: 2000
Running Time: 121 mins
Lasse Hallstrom, the director that brought us What's eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, hits another very sweet note with Chocolat.
Set in the mid 50's in a small provincial, and vigorously religious village in France; we meet Vianne and her daughter Anouk. The single mother literally blows into town one night bringing with her an irresistible chocolate recipe and her own kind of magic that soon turns the town upside down. When the roving river people arrive, Vianne also finds herself tangling with new feelings for the musical traveller Roux. Will Vianne's love of her new chocolat shop and Roux be enough to keep her from uprooting young Anouk again?
I just adored the mystery and fairy tale elements of this movie. Juliette Binoche is utterly enchanting, Johnny Depp is bringing all of his sex appeal and exceptionally strong female support is offered from the likes of Lena Olin, Judi Dench and Carrie-Ann Moss. Definitely one of my fave romance movies of all time and lots of fun to watch.
FINAL SAY: Delicious and delightful.
4.5 Chili Peppers