Dia and I watched Chocolat the other night and wow... that's moved up to one of my top ten movies. (Not sure what the others would be... I'll get back to you on that.) It's about a mother and daughter (Vianne and Anouk) who wander from village to village, finally alighting in a little town in France, where everybody knows everybody else's business and the church is the law. So these two non-churchgoing, nonconforming strangers open a chocolaterie there... during Lent, which nobody thinks will survive even a month. The mean, nasty mayor, who's also the head of the church, does everything he can to keep his citizens out of the shop, but it turns out Vianne has a knack for not only guessing everyone's 'favorite' chocolates, but for helping with their problems. So business thrives after all, and Vianne and her shop become a sort of therapy for several of the townspeople. Then the River Rats - like 'boating gypsies' - come to town, and while the mayor again does his best to turn the whole town against them, Vianne breaks yet another taboo and falls in love with one of them. (Let me tell you, I have never seen Johnny Depp look quite that good! *drool* Mmm.) Of course there's a lot of drama along the way - family dramas reconciling, people dying, hearts breaking - but the end is happy. (Even if the animal that was supposed to be a kangaroo was actually a wallaby. But whatever.)
In other news: I'm up to 20 pages, 1.5-line spaced, on the thesis. (I never double-space stuff until I'm completely done, because I find that it makes it harder to read.) I'm getting frustrated because there is SO MUCH STUFF that I'm noticing! I could so easily turn this into a 100-page dissertation, and maybe I will, in a few years. But for the moment, for UC purposes, it needs to be around 20-25 pages, and I have to figure out which things I can leave out without making it obvious that I'm leaving lots of things out. Or I could take the other road and just write the whole 40-page (UF length) thesis now instead of expanding it once I get home... but I don't know if the committee here at UC would like that. Grrr.
But did you know that Shakespeare's Henry IV is incredibly Middle English-like? And that the word 'ago' appears approximately ten times in ALL of Shakespeare's works together, whereas the other two English postpositions ('away' and 'hence') are fairly frequent? Very odd.
Okay, it's 18:45... time to collect my milk, chocolate, and Glamour (for the commercials) and get this show on the road. *chants* "LET's go JAG-uars!"