MARCH'18 FAVOURITES

Doug Jones as Amphibian Man and Sally Hawkins as Elisa Esposito in 'The Shape Of Water'.  Twentieth Century Fox

'The Shape Of Water' directed by Guillermo del Toro- 'Best Picture' winner, a very well acted modern fairy tale about the unusual love between 'the princess without the voice' and a 'fish'. Sounds crazy, sounds lame, but trust me- this is a great movie!
Set in the early 1960s in the USA, the story begins when Elisa, a mute cleaner of a secret government laboratory discovers an extraordinary creature kept in one of the rooms of the building and decides to make friends with him.

This film is gorgeous, the costumes, scenography, cinematography and postproduction are fantastic.
The creators of 'The Shape Of Water' found that perfect harmony between reality and a fairy tale. It could have been a tacky romance, but it is a beautiful and melancholic (sometimes too predictable) story of an exceptional love,  isolation and The Cold War.


Frances McDormand as Mildred in' Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'.  Twentieth Century Fox

'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' directed by Martin McDonaghMildred is the mother of a girl, Angela, who has been raped and murdered. The killer remains unkown, and Mildred feels that the police just aren't doing enough to find him. She rents three unused billboards just outside of her hometown, Ebbing, and with the messages on them, she provokes the local police department into action. I like how rich and powerful this movie is. We have a determined middle-aged woman, desperately seeking justice in the foreground, and then there is so much going on in the background, too. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' talks about family relations, abuse, addictions, illness, racism and social exclusion.
The film is wonderfully acted, with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell in leading roles and fantastic supporting cast. I need to mention John Hawkes as Charlie, Mildred's ex-husband, whose acting I liked'Three Billboards...' as much as I did in 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'.

I enjoy the specific humour in it, and I love that the movie isn't predictable. The only thing that bothers me is that it seems slightly theatrical at times.



Sufjan Stevens, photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tibet House US

Sufjan Stevens-I don't know if there is a more beautifully sensitive guy walking on this planet. Thanks to 'Call Me By Your Name' I fall back in love with Sufjan, a guy I used to listen to in my (very) early 20s. His voice is both velvety soft and masculine. Powerful and delicate. And there is some magic to it, too. His songs are out of this world. So is he. He is an anti-celebrity, so different from today's plastic 'reality'.
If you want to cry your eyes out while listening to some awesome music, check out his website:
https://sufjan.com/

You need to check it out.


''Parsley' album photo cover

Julia Pietrucha is a Polish actress and singer. She  released 'Parsley' in 2016. This album is emotional, so fresh, so unbelievably light that you just can not stop listening to it. 

She talks about serious stuff with a lyrical delicacy. Her soft voice and the sound of a vibrant ukulele will take you to a different world. 
All of her songs are available to listen for free on her official YouTube channel 'Julia Pietrucha'. I suggest you start off with 'We Care So Much' and "Living On The Island'. Pure magic! 




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If you are a parent, you probably had some days when all you wanted was to survive. March was an extremely difficult month for me. I had to take some time away from blogging just to deal with reality. Hence not many favourites to tell you about. Thank you, guys, for sticking by, reading my blog and checking in on me. It means the world to me! x





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KIAN'S FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2018 FAVOURITES





CURRENT FAVOURITE BOOKS:


'Owl Babies'- by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. A beautifully illustrated book about three baby owls who were worried that their owl mother was gone. They woke up in the middle of the night, not knowing that mum has gone hunting. Kian loves this story. 
PS it all ends well :) 

'I Love My Mommy Because... ' created by Laurel Porter-Gaylord and Ashley Wolff- a true gem that I found a few months ago in the charity shop. 
The book features beautiful and very realistic illustrations of animals and shows the mum- baby relations among many species. The animal behaviour presented in 'I Love My Mommy Because' has been verified by wildlife biologists. 

Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  He knows this book by heart with his own words now. A great read!

Other than that, he imperturbably loves all books featuring real photos of animals





FAVOURITE FOOD:


In February, after a month break, Kian fell back in love with his all-time favourite foods: tofu, beetroots and avocados. He just couldn't get enough of them! Also, the olives love that I mentioned in his January favourites, continues.





SPEAKING:

Well, I think I should say that speaking is generally his favourite. This little chatterbox aged 18 months, uses about 180 words, and he just keeps talking all day long. Yes, he took that after me! :) Some of his currently most used words and expressions are: 'oopsy daisy', 'planteta' (instead of 'planeta'- planet in Polish), thank you, 'proszÄ™' (you're welcome/ please/ there you go), and certainly all animals-related words like lion, tiger, dog, monkey, cat, kangaroo and many more.
Sadly, 'love you' is only reserved for daddy at the moment.




THE BLENDER OBSESSION:

Sometime in December 2017, I discovered that Kian was really interested in blenders..Around Xmas time he built up his first blender, and this is when the pure love to the helpful yet noisy kitchen gadgets begun.
He creates new blenders every single day, using random objects he finds at home, toys and kitchen utensils. So, every day we have fresh 'apple juice', 'carrot juice' or simply blended raw potatoes :)







THE SNOW:

  I grew up in a place where we had a snow for a minimum of 4 months a year. Trust me- I had enough of it. Hence I love English  winters, quite   warm and snow-free. I never thought I would be   glad  to see it here, but the few snowy days we had   in March made me so happy. 


  Kian loved it,too! It was the first snow in his   life.We dug the sledge out of our garage and spent   the whole day out, enjoying every minute of it. 








CURRENT FAVOURITE TOYS:



Kian's dad loves the old school toys, so when he saw this wind-up chick from Waitrose, he couldn't resist but buy it for him. Kian became obsessed with it. He calls it 'joojeh', which means 'chicken' in Persian. The chick, unfortunately, doesn't look soft and cuddly anymore, as Kian once wanted to feed it, and he put it straight into cream cheese :)



Photo taken by Kian with my DSLR :D  And this handsome chap is from Schleich! 

Animal figurines are the type of toys worth investing in. Kian plays with them non-stop, he names them, copies their sounds and matches them to the photos of actual animals. I have got to admit though, that I think we love them even more than Kian does :)





Other favourite toys include his all-time favourite stuffed animals- a cat and a sheep, the doctor set (all teddies are now as fit as fiddle!) and the wooden shape sorter. And, of course, the beloved wooden toolbox!


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