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We are still frozen

I don't actually remember what green looks like. And 66 inside/13 outside is starting to feel warm and pleasant to me now. One of my son's friends (high school) wears shorts to school every single day, and I'm starting to see that as a real possibility. Maybe we should move to Greenland next...

My kids are finally all back in school today, too. YAY!! The 5YO has been home for quite a lot of days, but I think finally he's ready to go back. Still has a bit of a cough, but it's not very frequent, and he's certainly feeling a lot better. In the meantime, though, there's been an awful lot of Scooby Doo and Frozen at our house. The kid can recite almost the entire script of Frozen, complete with all the weird reindeer and Norwegian store clerk accents. Which means I've watched it a fair number of times this past week, too.

Some movies or books lessen with each time you watch them, but I have to say that I liked it the first time, and it's grown on me even more. The at is just SO beautiful! I look at ice every single day, and have gotten in the habit of noticing the details of light and ice, light and snow, frost and snow, clouds and ice, clear and ice--you name it, if it's got ice, I've seen it. And they really, really captured it. I love how they really paid attention to local details--the horses, if you notice, are all Norwegian Fjords (they have the black stripe in the middle of their blond manes.) Even as cartoons, the people LOOK Norwegian (I live in the state with the highest population of Norwegians in America and know of which I speak. :) ) And I swear Arendelle is based on a real place (google Sognefjord or look at this picture). Love the music (although perhaps a break from That Song would be okay by now...ahem). Love how the opening song (with the ice cutters) encapsulates the entire plot, as my 16YO pointed out. Love how the last musical line of the movie is the sisters song, only turned happy. I love the expressions on all the characters--the thing I love to draw most of all is humans,and the oh-so-accurate expressions of all kinds of feeeeelings leaves me with that same sense of, very cool! and man, I will NEVER be able to do that! that I get from a very well done book. And I love all the many different levels of truth in the story: how some things AREN'T easy to fix, and you have to do it Rubik's cube style (Elsa running away let her develop one part of her--but it wasn't the final solution by ANY means). How true love is not kissing the first boy you meet* but "putting someone else's needs before your own." And that line in the middle of the trolls' funny song keeps coming back to me whenever I see people in turmoil of their own making: "People make bad choices when they're mad or scared or stressed./ Throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best." So true. Everyone needs that tattooed on their brain when dealing with angry people.

The thing I really wish was real, though, is the way the snow magically lifts into the air and disappears without any flooding. Now that's some magic/technology we need in this place! :) Happy spring to those who have it!

*Ahem, it is perfectly fine to marry the first boy you meet, but maybe let some time go by to get to know each other before you get engaged. *whistles*


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Mar. 25th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Rose, my daughter has downloaded some music to play on the piano and guess who has to play it for her every day?
We've not seen the movie yet but it sounds like a winner.
Amen to spring without flooding! Any crocuses poking their heads out? Here, all the trees are budding ... my daffodils are up and looking mighty cheery.
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
Lol, I bet you will max out on the music at that rate! I obviously really liked the movie--it wasn't perfect, but I felt like it hit gold in its strengths.

No crocuses--we are all still covered with snow. (With more in the forecast.) I know it can be hot here because it was 97 degrees in my girls' room when we moved in. But that feels like another planet. :) We planted some daffodils and hyacinths when we moved in, and I sure hope someday the snow goes away and we get to see them come up!
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hehe ;)

I still haven't seen FROZEN...guess I'd better get to it!
Mar. 25th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
I feel a personal affinity for the basic movie situation, that's for sure. :) It's not perfect (what movie is?), but obviously something in it really resonated with me. Funny, though--different viewers have sure gotten different stories out of it. My sister saw it recently and was very meh about it--"I'm not really into Disney movies about true love," she said. Except I didn't think the movie was about that at all. (Love, yes--but while there is some romance, it was specifically NOT the main plotline. And the underlying themes were, to me, about love vs. fear, learning to feel comfortable in your own skin, how to love prickly people, the importance of sisters, and not giving up. Which is not exactly Cinderella...)

Then again, ice hasn't been her life since November. :)
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
The kiddos have seen it (E has seen it twice), and both loved it, and that doesn't happen often (ie, D loved RISE OF THE GUARDIANS and E was 'meh,' though it's grown on her; E loved BRAVE and D was 'meh'). I prefer RISE OF THE GUARDIANS between those two, but I love 'redemption' type stories (why I also love RIO). D and I have pretty similar tastes, so I'm betting I'll like it. ;)
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'd definitely say there's a redemption theme in it. My boys liked it, too--which doesn't always happen. I hope you like it, but if nothing else, enjoy the really beautiful art (ie ice and snow)!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Confession time, I haven't seen Frozen yet, either. Not because I didn't want to, but because sonny boy didn't want to. Now that it's on VOD, I can watch it whenever i want, and my guess is, he'll start watching it, too! (We did see the Lego Movie 4 times in theaters. That was our "Frozen" this winter)

Norwegian Fjord horses are the cutest things ever - except for when you cross them with a pony, and get a little miniature sized one. There was a little guy called Sunkist at a stable I worked at in college. He looked just like the real deal, stripey mowhawk and everything, but he was only about 11 hands tall (44" at the shoulder) He was ADORABLE. I used him as a model for a few sculpture projects, too!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 06:20 pm (UTC)
What a cute pony! :) I know Norwegian Fjords because a pair of them pulled a carriage ride at a winter festival I was on once. The college girl working the line told me very knowledgeably that "they're Norwegian Fjords. I think they're like, French or something?" (She also thought mules were a kind of ox, so clearly her major wasn't agriculture! But she was right on the breed of horse, anyway.)

As to Frozen, even my teen boys liked it. (I do know a few people who didn't like it at all--but interestingly, when they've talked about it, it's almost like we saw totally different movies about different things. Maybe it depends on what you were expecting when you went in vs what it turned out to be??)

Haven't seen the Lego Movie--I'm a little afraid of never getting that song out of my head. :)
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