31.3.11

15 - the lovely ducks of Põltsamaa

Saturday, 26th of March - for a change I and E decided to go to Põltsamaa. It's one of the cities I really like because of its smallness and cosiness... and certainly I love the sweetest ducks of Põltsamaa!
Anyway, we checked out some beige tiles in the local building supply store and it's possible they suit in our toilet. We just have to do some calculation and make up our minds.

Also bought some fresh stuff from a local small butcher's and then met huge community of ducks who were just chilling in front of a shop. Straightaway I bought oat flakes from that shop and won over all the lovely ducks. My heart simply broke when I saw their sad little faces. Actually I and E cheered the duckies also last year. I love these birds so so much!

After shopping in Selver (found a Camay Creme Delice shower gel with the most amazing chocolate heaven smell!) we had our lunch in a pub called "Hullava naise pubi". My chicken fillet was delicious and E also enjoyed his beer and roast pork. We had such a good time in Põltsamaa!
Now enjoy the photos :)

30.3.11

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

The Killer Inside Me on 2010. aastast pärinev ameeriklaste filmiversioon Jim Thompsoni samanimelisest 1952. aasta romaanist. Režissööriks Michael Winterbottom (Genova - 2008), peaosades Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone - 2007), Kate Hudson (Bride Wars - 2009) ja Jessica Alba (Machete - 2010).
Kui film välja tuli, hakati seda kohe maha tegema - eriti stseenide tõttu, mis sisaldasid naiste vastu suunatud vägivalda. 2010. aasta jaanuaris Sundance'i filmifestivalil toimunud esilinastuselt lahkus Jessica Alba kõvasti enne lõppu ja kui film läbi sai, tõusis üks vaataja püsti ning pöördus publiku seas istunud režissööri poole, lausudes järgnevalt: "Ma ei mõista, kuidas Sundance seda filmi näidata võis! Kuidas Te julgesite? Kuidas julges Seda teha Sundance?". Alates eelnevalt mainitud seigast ongi vägivald kõnealuse filmi arvustustes peamiseks teemaks.

The Killer Inside Me jutustab loo kenast, võluvast, tagasihoidlikust šerifiabist, kel nimeks Lou Ford. Lou'l on aga küllaga probleeme: probleemid naistega, õiguskorra tagamise probleemid, üha kasvav mõrvaohvrite arv West Texases, tema piirkonnas. Ja muidugi asjaolu, et ta on sadist, psühhopaat ja mõrtsukas.
Lou'd hakatakse aga kahtlustama ja on vaid aja küsimus, kui tema alibid otsa saavad. Siiski, Jim Thompsoni metsikus, sünges, tumedamast tumedamas maailmas ei ole mitte miski nii, nagu tundub, ja selgub, et Lou'd kahtlustavatel uurijatel võib endalgi saladusi olla.


Filmi negatiivseks küljeks oli kahtlemata selle piinavalt aeglane sündmustekulg: sissejuhatus kestis justkui igavesti. Ja Casey Affleck'i tegelaskuju oli muidugi vastik, võigas, väljakannatamatu! Oi, kuidas ma ootasin, et ta lõpuks oma otsa leiaks!
Samal ajal oli muljetavaldav, kui hästi ja tõetruult nii Affleck kui ka Alba ning Hudson oma rollid välja suutsid mängida (Jessica Alba "võitis" muide millegipärast viletsaima kõrvalosade näitlejanna Razzie auhinna ehk Kuldse Vaarika kokku lausa nelja filmi eest, sh veel näiteks Little Fockers ja Machete). Näiteks Kate Hudson, keda olen muidu vaid erinevates komöödiates näinud, oli siin hoopis teise ilmega ja ma ei tundnud teda kohe äragi - tõesti muljetavaldav.

Mis mulle veel väga meeldis, oli kogu see 40-ndate aastate lõpu õhkkond: vapustavalt ilusad autod, riided, kodud, stiil üleüldse. Filmi kodulehel (link postituse alguses) asub arvukalt suurepäraseid fotosid, millede hulgast oma lemmikud ka siia lisan.
Kokkuvõttes lootsin filmist ausalt öeldes enamat, aga samas on see omamoodi huvitav ja tekitab emotsioone igaühes - kas siis üdini halbu või isegi veidi heakskiitvaid. Näitlejad olid igatahes tasemel. 6,5/10

28.3.11

14 - Caesar salad & raspberry-coconut muffins

Tuesday, 22th of March - I was home alone (with Elvis of course) and decided to make Caesar salad for myself. Before the recipe some history of the Caesar salad for you.
This popular dish was originally created in 1924 by Italian chef Caesar Cardini at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico and was prepared and served right at the table. The original recipe for this salad did not include anchovies.

And my recipe:

Ingredients
  • fresh lettuce (for an example cos lettuce) - I used a mixture;
  • 300 g of tomatoes or cherry tomatoes - I used the yellow ones;
  • chicken fillet;
  • salt and black pepper;
  • 4 slices of white bread - I used 2;
  • 0,5 dl of olive oil;
  • 50 g of Parmesan cheese;
Lay the fresh lettuce on the plate. Slice the tomatoes or divide the cherry tomatoes into two halves. Fry the chicken fillet until it's golden from both sides and flavour. Cool a little and cut into strips. Lay on the salad.
Fry the white bread and cut into cubes. Scatter on the salad. Trickle the olive oil on the salad and chop the Parmesan. Serve right away.

A tiny piece of my kitchen
The delicious outcome!

I also cooked raspberry-coconut muffins.

Ingredients
  • 4 dl of flour;
  • 2 dl of sugar;
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder;
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 120 g of butter;
  • 2 dl of coffee cream;
  • 185 g of coconut flakes;
  • 3 dl of frozen raspberries;
Heat the oven up to 180 degrees. Take the muffin pan and muffin cups. Mix flour, sugar, vanilla and baking powder in one bowl. In the other bowl mix eggs, melted and cooled butter and coffee cream. Finally put the two mixtures together, add coconut flakes and frozen raspberries. Mix and put in the muffin cups (fill at least 2/3 of the cup). Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Serve your muffins warm or warmish.

I ate my muffins with fresh strawberries and orange juice.
Feel free to ask if something is unclear!

24.3.11

13 - now or never

Saturday, 19th of March - since we got two invitations from Erik's father, we simply had to visit two exhibitions in Tartu. Firstly "Summer 2011 - The best ideas for summer vacation!" - this is a holiday fair that introduces the possibilities how to spend your summer vacation in Estonia and abroad. And secondly "Motoexotika 2011 - no. 1 motorcycle exhibition in Estonia!". Motoexotika contains the variety of the newest motorcycle models, unique custom bikes, favourites from the past and of course you can meet with the most active motorcycle clubs. Also different demonstrations, competitions and tattoo shows are being held.
All in all I'm glad we didn't have to pay for the tickets, because the exhibitions were quite dull and I only got some magazines from a travel agency to plan our (expected) trip in August or September.

We also visited a clothes' fair called "Buduaari turg" in Eeden shopping centre, but it was uninteresting too and I didn't buy absolutely anything, because the stuff was rather expensive and many things looked way too old or washed-out.
After shopping in different stores we bought some things for our home and I found a super cute Guess tank top, which I of course bought for myself. Also got some pink Barbie goods (a ring, bracelets) from McDonald's.
Ultimately we stopped by at Erik's parents' house and stayed there for some time before heading to Jõgeva.

What I Wore 19.03: coat - Bastion; scarf - second hand; blouse - second hand; waist-belt - Reserved; leggings - Amisu; sneakers - Bullboxer.

Sunday, 20th of March - I got tired of my blonde hair and all of a sudden decided to colour them a bit darker. So I did and now have light brownish hair, some people say they are even a bit golden. Luckily I have no regrets and maybe I needed the change to celebrate the spring which started with a blizzard in Estonia. Do I have to say how much I'm waiting for the snow to dissapear? Probably not... I even decided not to wear winter boots anymore and took out my new Bullboxer sneakers. I'm wearing them on photos from Saturday and also on photos from Monday, 21th of March.
Also we visited my grandparents on Sunday and went for a walk with the dogs: Elvis, Laura and Astra. Elvis was a happy little guy and got a bag full of new toys to chew (he's brilliant in destroying his toys!).

What I Wore 21.03: scarf - second hand; tank top - Guess; bolero - Joelle by Ellos, second hand; jeans - Levi's; belt - H&M; sneakers - Bullboxer; pink jewellery - from McDonald's (didn't wear them at work, haha).

21.3.11

You Again (2010)

What doesn't kill you... is going to marry your brother.
You Again on 2010. aastast pärinev ameeriklaste komöödia, mille režissööriks Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain - 2009) ning peaosades mängivad Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman ja Betty White.

Ükskõik, kui vana sa ka pole, jääb keskkool sulle alatiseks meelde! Edukas PR'i boss Marni (Kristen Bell - When in Rome - 2010) suundub kodulinna oma vanema venna (Jimmy Wolk) pulma ja avastab, et vend abiellub Marni keskkooliaegse vaenlasega (Odette Yustman - The Unborn - 2009), kes tundub olevat unustanud kõik õelused, mis ta aastate eest korda saatis. Siis sajab sisse pruudi muretust elunautijast tädi (Sigourney Weaver - Avatar - 2009) ning Marni mitte nii väga muretu ema (Jamie Lee Curtis - Freaky Friday - 2003) asub vastamisi oma keskkooliaegse rivaaliga. Naised võtavad kasutusele küünised ja vanad haavad kisutakse taas lahti ning saab selgeks, mis juhtub siis, kui satutakse kokku nendega, keda kõige vähem näha tahetakse.


Kui ma kunagi kinos istudes kõnealuse filmi treilerit nägin, arvasin, et tegemist on vinge komöödiaga, vähemalt tundus nii, aga siinkohal oli küll esmamulje väga petlik. Isegi need stseenid, mis treileris naljakad näisid, filmis seda kahjuks polnud.
Muigasin You Again'i ajal ilmselt paaril korral ja lõpuks jäin hoopis magama, nii-et juba sellest võib midagi järeldada. You Again on tugevalt keskpärane tüüpiline ameerikalik komöödia ja seda ka vaatamata kõigile maailmakuulsatele staaridele, kes filmis kaasa teevad. 4,5/10