Saturday, March 24, 2012

Rainy Deluge and Beauty's First Appearance

Kristin Kemper–illustration
This weekend day, the rain has been beating down my door in bucketfuls of its unwelcome self.
All day.
And very much unsolicited, if I might add.
April showers I can totally handle because they bring pretty May flowers.
But March showers make me feel grumpy and chilled and my limbs turn stiff and refuse to function normally.

Potentially catastrophic.
Make no bones about it––not that I understand this expression...
But it fits.

We've been having such warm weather here in PA, that I thought, "Huhhh, I have to go out today, I wont need my jacket though...
Nahh...What's a bit of rain??

Fateful blunder.

But golly gee, I couldn't have been colder in my sandals and thin sleeve shirt.
Alllll the day long.

Rain blowing sideways and spraying into my face despite cute black and white polka dot umbrella on my way to the grocery store.

Murky puddles stalking my poor, uncovered feet as I scurried across a parking lot to meet friends for lunch...and then proceeding to engulf them  despite my best efforts to skirt them.

I could go on.
But I wont, because I'm pretty sure you've gotten the point.

So, despite the frigid gloom of the day I made every effort to enjoy the company I was with once I was warmly back indoors.

Have you ever had Pad Thai?
The deliciousness of this fresh, flavorful dish made every last drop of rain worth it. Almost :)

I may dream of this loveliness tonight.
It was my twin friends' birthday today and we celebrated at Viet-Thai Cafe in town.
My mango drink was yum.
They also offered Sticky Rice with caramelized sugar and bananas which I wasn't able to sample but will use as an excuse to go back. Very soon.

My beautiful sis Jess on the left, and the lovely birthday girls, Veronica and Vanessa and me clenching my teeth in the background because I'm so cold. Holly is the beautiful blonde pictured above!

Love these ladies!
We then braved the elements to acquire some necessary sugar in the form of Ice Cream.
I know...
Yes, it did make me feel even colder but it was soooo good!

Now it's time for a little Costume Drama-esque news for you:

Did you know that following the success of the fairy-tale based series, Once Upon A Time, we are about to be inundated with a little Beauty and the Beast action.
ABC is going to be airing a pilot TV series starring Irish actor Ruth Bradley as Belle and Scottish actor Darius Campbell as the Beast. From what I understand this version will be set in a mythical, dangerous world where Belle is a princess and the Beast is her bodyguard. Not too much more than that has been revealed, but I will keep you posted.


The CW also plans to release their own version loosely based on the 1980's Beauty and the Beast series.
This one will center around Beauty, as a modern day NYPD homicide detective. She witnessed her mother's murder as a child and The Beast in turn killed her mother's killers. Beauty has been looking for him ever since. He is apparently the result of military experimentation gone wrong.

Both of these series should be airing this fall. I know the ABC one will be, not totally sure about the CW version...

I'll let you know more as I hear of anything...

Love me a good fairytale retelling.

And Beauty and the Beast was always my absolute favorite growing up.

Any thoughts on these new series?? Are there any other fairy tales you'd like to see retold?

The End.


  1. What a fabulous post! Pad Thai is the best!!!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Andi! Pad Thai truly is culinary brilliance. For sure!! :)))

  3. Ohhhh....The ABC remake looks good :))

  4. I love that you know about the upcoming shows! we LOVE once upon a time and grimm too.... I think the the CW one doesn't look that great though.

    p.s. I have your mini spotlight up on my blog!


  5. @Emily: I know that one looks like it is going to be my fav, at least from this vantage point right now :))

    @Ashley: I love that you love these kind of shows! :)haha I've only seen a few Grimm episodes but I liked the ones I saw. A neat and different albeit darker spin on the average fairy tale character :))

    I agree the ABC version looks like it will be the most interesting one compared to what they are going to do on the CW, however, I leave a little room to be blown about that?? :)

    ANd thanks for the spotlight, girly!!! Mucho appreciated.

  6. Hey Jeanine! I just nominated you for the Liebster award!

  7. what a delight this was, love your site! i loved

  8. I was on google looking up illustrated references of rain for a piece I'm working on and I spotted the one featured in this article.

    I can't say that I'm in love with the way you illustrated the umbrella, but the female is fantastic.

    Amanda Wall

  9. @Court: Thanks so much for stopping by :))

    @Amanda: I would love to take credit for that illustration but alas it is by Kristin Kemper; the girl is depicted lovely, I quite agree :)


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