Well all these thoughts of winter reminded me of one of my favorite holiday traditions. The Nutcracker ballet. My husband and I use to see it every year on our anniversary. My favorite one was when the Kirov ballet visited from Russia and performed in our city. I just love the sets and costumes, and the wonderful music.
The other thing I love about winter is Figure Skating. I've been trying to watch some of the Grand Prix France whenever I remember. Pairs has always been my favorite. Ever since I saw my favorite pair (and in my humble opinion, the best pair skaters ever) Katia Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov. But there are some wonderful and talented teams out now. I also love the current Olympic pairs champions from China and the US Ice Dancing teams have been awesome this year.
Let me just say that the HP movie is awesome! We have seen it twice and will probably go again. It's definitely dark and very character driven. In my opinion it really kept with the spirit of the book, all the way down to the scenes that made me cry when I first read it. What I love is seeing how those young actors have evolved and how they really inhabit the characters they play. They have done an amazing job. I can't wait to see part 2 in July.
I will be officially announcing my new Artful Bag Challenge next week. I'm so excited about it and I've already heard from several confirmed participants. You can find out more about it here. Have a wonderful rest of the holiday weekend!