Does this seem random? I'm sure it does. But there's a story behind me choosing to put up a quiz just for fun!
My husband and I were out together on Sunday, drinking coffee and joking around. All of a sudden, my husband asked me, "If you had to say I were a language, what language would I be?" We discussed it for a little while, laughing at our determinations and trying to decide what qualities of each language you could use to describe people. So I thought, just for fun, I'd put together a little quiz for you all! I'd love to know your results - share them with me in the comments!
1. You're sitting at your desk, looking at your plans for next week. How are you dealing with them?
A) Putting them into your calendar and organizing them.
B) Looking at them and imagining how they'll all go.
C) Texting your friends to tell them how excited you are to see them.
2. You get to choose your dream pet! Which do you choose?
3. You are choosing an outfit for date night. What are you going to wear?
A) Jeans, Silk Blouse, Leather Jacket, Boots
B) Flowy Skirt, Fitted Sweater, Black Heels
C) Red Dress, Open-Toed Sandals, Big Earrings
4. Your birthday is coming up. What does your dream party look like?
A) Everyone shows up on time to a formal dinner party
B) Meet at a bar and hang out with friends
C) Surprise party!
5. Your house is a mess. How did it get so messy?
A) Your partner made it a mess.
B) You've been relaxing all weekend - which includes, no cleaning!
C) You had a few friends over and everyone had the best time
6. Your mother is coming to town and you are trying to decide where to take her. Where do you guys go?
A) An early breakfast, followed by a museum, then lunch, followed by a movie, then dinner
B) We'll just see where the day takes us
C) We'll go shopping, then I'll introduce her to all of my friends
7. Your boss tells you that you're doing a great job at work. What does he praise you for?
A) Your organization
B) Your flexibility
C) Your creativity
If you got mostly A's, you are German. You are such an organized person and you love when things are scheduled and timely. You're probably the mom of your friend group, since you make sure everyone makes it to where they need to be. You are always planning the most amazing trips because you are able to fit in everything you want to see and do. German is a very regular language that doesn't have many exceptions - it's organized, just like you!
If you got mostly B's, you are French. You are a go-with-the-flow kind of person - if Plan A doesn't work out, you don't let your feathers get ruffled. You just move on to Plan B. You enjoy taking the time to just enjoy life and work on your own schedule - things always work out, and you know that. French is a beautiful, flowing language, and that describes you to a T.
If you got mostly C's, you are Italian. You are truly outgoing and love people. You're extroverted, and enjoy taking time to spend with your friends. If you could travel all around getting to know new places, you would. Everything is exciting to you, and you are so happy to take in life's experiences. Italian is so expressive, and you are too!
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Have you heard the news? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to quit the royal family.
Well, maybe not exactly quit. But, nevertheless, they released this statement to the press:
“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.”
As a woman who believes in tradition, duty, and responsibility, many of Meghan's actions have struck me. She has constantly flouted the rules - she doesn't follow the dress codes, she makes her political leanings known, she still acts like a Hollywood celebrity even though being a part of the royal family dictates a whole new list of rules. And this most recent decision to release a statement without consulting with the Queen - her husband's grandmother - was surprising, if not downright disrespectful.
So for all of those who are defending Harry and Meghan's choice, here are 5 reasons why you may want to reconsider:
1. When you marry someone, you marry their responsibilities. Many people discuss love as though it's something entirely uncontrollable, as well as entirely separate from all of the responsibilities that come with it. But here's the thing: when you marry someone, you marry ALL OF THEM. You marry their family, their struggles, their baggage. If you marry a man with debt, guess what? You have debt too. If you marry a man who is a recovering alcoholic, guess what? You now have to help him with his journey. If you marry a prince, guess what? You are part of a royal family. You now have all the duties and responsibilities that go along with that choice. If Meghan didn't want to marry a prince, she could have left England and never come back. There are many ways you can prevent yourself from falling in love, especially when you're not seeing that person every day - but that's a topic for another time. Meghan chose to get involved with Harry. That meant getting involved with every part of him. Including his royal duties.
2. It's your spouse's responsibility to support and bolster you in your duties, not help you run away. This is something I think is overlooked frequently in today's society. The best relationships are the ones that bolster you in your faith, your job, your duties - not help you shirk them. Prince Harry may have been born into a position that he did not want, but it is his duty to find purpose in his role. Meghan, on the other hand, married into this world voluntarily. Her responsibility is to help her husband when he is struggling to find meaning. She should be by his side, helping him when times are hard instead of encouraging him to recuse himself from his birthright. It's not easy - but finding purpose in duty is a worthy cause.
3. Meghan signed up for this life. Some women have responded by saying, "It's her life." That's true. I don't deny that. But she chose to marry a prince. That's the first and most essential point. By marrying a prince, she accepted upon herself a life of royalty. In trying to upend the entire royal structure, she and Harry are acting rashly and irresponsibly, throwing out tradition in favor of the here and now.
4. Being a royal is an essentially selfless act. As a part of the royal family, you are there to serve your country and your people. It's a selfless life, in a way, although you are definitely rewarded in beautiful clothing, delicious food, and plentiful help. But much of your life is spent doing charity work, attending official engagements, and supporting your country. Harry and Meghan have essentially said that they are choosing not to engage in the selfless act of being royal. They would rather pursue their own interests (including charity work, although perhaps it's political and not in line with the royal dictate) - which for the average person, might make sense. But for someone whose duty is to serve his nation, even if his capacity is not as king, Prince Harry has shirked his duty with the encouragement of his wife.
5. Tradition isn't bad. Last but not least, I'd like to address tradition. We live in a world that eschews tradition, says that the time has come for things to change. Even the terrible Netflix trilogy beginning with "The Christmas Prince" is obsessed with the idea that the king and queen need to throw out the old and bring in the new. But there's a reason that traditions last. There's a reason that entire cultures are built on tradition. It's a beautiful thing to look at a monarchy, a family, that has lasted generations, and is still serving its people. It's nice to see traditional families and women dressing like ladies and men dressing like gentlemen. Yes, sometimes things need to change. But Harry and Meghan seem to snarkily shake a finger at royal tradition. The Queen says to wear tights? Meghan goes bare-legged in her engagement photo shoot. The royal family discusses announcements before they're made? Harry and Meghan announce they are stepping back from their royal duties without consulting Kensington Palace.
This is not a respectful choice made after careful studying of the rules and clear thought regarding changes that could be instituted. This is the action of a couple who is going to do what they want, regardless of the outcome.
And that is the problem.
Do you agree? What do you think? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Do you normally make New Year's resolutions?
I don't really like to call my New Year's plans resolutions - instead, I call them goals. They are things that I am working toward in the new year, things I am hoping to implement, change, or continue. And this year I have a few goals! 2019 was such an incredible year for me and, with God's help, 2020 will be another great one.
What are your New Year's goals? Let me know in the comments down below, and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on all of my new content!
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Welcome to my first cooking video!!
I am so excited to share this recipe with you and to welcome you into my kitchen. I wanted to start off with this recipe for two reasons: one, Beyond Meat just got its kosher certification, and two, who doesn't love lasagna? Kosher standards mean that you don't mix meat and dairy together, so a vegetarian "meat" lasagna also happens to be the perfect dish if you are kosher-compliant.
Growing up, my mom would make the family a dairy lasagna, which was simply marinara sauce, cheese, and noodles. As I've gotten older, I liked the idea of using a meat substitute, so I came up with this! I hope you enjoy, and send me pictures if you choose to make this at home.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Fill up a pot with water and add a little bit of olive oil. Boil your lasagna noodles till they are al dente - about ten to twelve minutes. When they are done, remove them and lie them down on a paper towel on a cookie sheet. Keep them separated - you don't want them to stick together!
3. Dice an onion. Put your pan on medium heat with a bit of olive oil, and add your onion. After a couple of minutes, add your Beyond Meat to the pan. When the "meat" is done cooking, add marinara sauce to the pan. For flavor, add Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
4. For the cheese mixture, put your ricotta, egg, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper into a bowl. Add enough oregano for a thin layer to cover the top of your mixture. Beat together.
5. To assemble, put a layer of "meat" sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Then lay down four noodles lengthwise, making sure they overlap. Next, put down a layer of the ricotta cheese mixture and sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of "meat" sauce and repeat the process.
6. Cover the pan with silver foil and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. Take out the lasagna, then reheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the lasagna back in for another twenty minutes - this is what will make the cheese on top get a little crispy!
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Let's get to it: Yes, I'm a religious Jew AND I think Christmas is a lovely holiday.
I have gotten some questions and comments over the past few weeks regarding my feelings toward Christmas because I post about how much I enjoy seeing the lights, singing the music, and watching other people celebrate their faith. I posted a video singing The Christmas Song, I attended the Omaha Symphony's Christmas Celebration, and I created a holiday makeup look for Christmas and Chanukah. How can I do that if I don't celebrate Christmas and am, in fact, a religious Jew?
I think that's a really great question.
Judaism is not a prosthelytizing religion. We don't believe that everyone needs to be Jewish - in fact, we turn you away three times if you want to convert because we believe that you can accomplish as much and go to heaven without being a Jew. Orthodox Jews believe in something called the Noahide laws - seven laws that are given to all mankind that we need to live our lives by. And that's it. Jews, on the other hand, have 613 commandments to practice.
My husband describes this in a fantastic way. He says it's akin to a first-born son. Do the parents love their first-born more than the rest of their children or reward him more for fulfilling his particular role? No! But they do put more of an onus of responsibility on that first-born. He has a ton more rules to follow than the children that are born after him. Similarly, in the Jewish perspective, God has given us 613 commandments that only apply to us. It doesn't make us better or worse that we have that responsibility, simply different.
So, with this in mind, I love seeing my non-Jewish friends practicing their faith in such a beautiful and joyous way! I don't feel left out that I can't celebrate Christmas with them - it's more like I'm cheering from the sidelines. I'm at the game but not playing. And while I'm there, I'm going to take in all the sights, smells, and sounds that are so much fun.
Christmas music? Fantastic! It can't be beat, and not just because so many of the classics were written by Jewish composers. Twinkling lights? I love seeing people decorate their homes. Wholesome family time? Simply the best. And while Christians are celebrating their holiday, I get to celebrate Chanukah with my family and friends. We light the menorah. We take joy in the miracle of the menorah as well as our liberation and independence from so long ago. We share latkes and donuts. We exchange presents of our own.
So with that in mind, have a very merry Christmas, a happy Chanukah, and a wonderful new year!
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Raise your hand if you LOVE decorating for the holiday season! This year I decided to decorate for Hanukkah and winter so that our decorations can carry through past December, and I am loving the result. Check out what we've done with the place, and if you're in the shop for a new menorah, check out the one linked below!
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Christmas and Chanukah are right around the corner, and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just days away. It seems like the perfect time to do a little gift shopping, don't you think?
I LOVE buying people gifts. It's one of my favorite things to do! I listen all year to my loved ones and whenever they mention, even in passing, something they really want, I note it in my brain (or in my Notes App) and remember it for special occasions! So I thought I'd put together a list of some of my favorite gifts for the holiday season and hopefully you find something you hadn't thought of before. Let's get started!
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Gifts For Significant Others
First off: Why did I do a separate category for significant others? Because something you might buy for your husband or wife might be too intimate for a non-married relationship. And I know how hard it can be to figure out what's appropriate for someone you're dating! But if one of these gifts seems perfect for your spouse, go for it!
For a boyfriend, noise-cancelling headphones are a great gift. If he travels a lot or works from a coffee shop, it will be even more helpful to own a pair, but even if he just likes listening to podcasts and music, it's nice to have noise-cancelling capabilities! There are more expensive options than the ones I linked below, but it may not be entirely appropriate to spend $300 on a significant other (depending on how serious the relationship is).
My next suggestion is a nice watch. Men look great in watches, and so few men wear them anymore. It's a very masculine gift, and one that he'll appreciate. Plus, every time he checks the time, he'll think of you!
What should you buy for a girlfriend? A beautiful pair of crystal hoop earrings is the perfect gift. They are subtle but classic, and they really go with everything. She'll appreciate having a go-to pair of earrings, and because she can wear them with everything, she'll wear them often.
CRYSTAL HOOP EARRINGS:
Is your girlfriend into makeup at all? She might appreciate a nice eyeshadow palette or lipstick set. I linked some options below that are very wearable, so any woman could make use of them. It's nice to give your girlfriend a gift that accentuates her femininity!
Gifts For Spouses
Gifts for spouses are a little bit different than gifts for significant others. You can buy them things to wear around the house and things that you know they'll appreciate since you live with them. Also, consider that you might want to wait to go all in on a romantic gift now because you still have your anniversary to consider!
Let's start off with gifts for husbands. My husband LOVES board games, and I've come to discover that many men enjoy playing them. I think they can be a pretty safe bet as a gift. If you decide to pair the game with a bag of chips, a six-pack of beers, and a playlist, you're giving him the gift of "game night" which is so much fun! And he'll appreciate the gesture if you demonstrate that you have an evening planned.
This next gift is SO. COOL. If you're husband is a bourbon, scotch, or whiskey man, he'll appreciate these decanters and glass sets. They look awesome as display pieces - one is more classic, the other is more for a man cave. But getting your husband a gift that he would never think to get himself is a safe bet.
Shower speaker? He'll love it. Trust me.
I know that a beanie seems like a simple gift, but I think buying someone clothes and unique jewelry (not just hoops, like mentioned above) is a very intimate display of affection. It means that you know someone well enough to determine their tastes. So a nice hat in your husband's favorite color can be a really nice gift.
A nice pair of slippers makes all the difference. When it's cold outside, it is the best feeling to wake up in the morning and put on some comfy slippers before walking around. Wives are on their feet most of the day, and it's nice to have a pair of shoes that are just yummy!
To go with the slippers? A plush robe! Wearing a warm robe is so comfy, and it's a nice gift from a husband to a wife. If you pair the robe with some hot chocolate or coffee, it will be the perfect combination for a weekend morning!
Buying a coat for your wife is a wonderful gift. It means you know her style well enough to choose the perfect outerwear for her. Going with something classic is probably your best bet, though, if you're feeling worried about choosing something. But she'll really appreciate the thoughtfulness of such a fashionable gift!
If you're really looking to splurge on a lovely gift for your wife, a beautiful pendant that is unique to her is a beautiful gift. Choose something that you want to see on her or that she would love, and write her a note to go with it. She'll wear it all the time!
Gifts For Parents
Buying gifts for your parents can be tricky. What would they really want? What do they really need? And what can you give them that they don't already have? I've got you covered.
Your mother works so hard. Give her the gift of a relaxed spa night. Buy her a bath caddy that she can rest her wine and book on, then pair it with bath salts and candles. If you put the whole thing together in a basket, you can add different things to make it even more spa-like (a loufa! a book! bathbombs!) and show your mother that you know she needs a night off.
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You know who else works hard? Your dad. But he doesn't want a bath. Instead, get him this back massager. This specific Amazon find has gotten tons of positive reviews, and he'll love how easy it is to use!
And if we're talking about reducing your dad's stress, I'm sure having a backup battery for his phone would really calm him down. Get him a portable one that he can carry around with him wherever he goes without worrying.
Gifts For In-Laws
Finding something for your in-laws can be a little tricky. Read on for some good ideas.
A beautiful, feminine mug with an assortment of teas is the perfect gift for your mother-in-law. It shows some forethought and also gives her something that she can look forward to using more than once. It's sweet AND thoughtful.
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A scarf for your father-in-law is an easy gift. You can choose something neutral that you can be assured he'll like, or choose something that's more unique to him. Men don't often replace their scarves, so it's nice to select one for him to add to his selection.
This is a unique gift! Does your sister-in-law get gel manicures? Then she probably hates the removal process. It can really weaken your nails, which is a huge pain. Buy her this acetone steam removal gel nail polish remover! She'll love it. It is SO useful and I can only imagine how grateful she'll be to save her nails.
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Does your brother-in-law have a lot going on? A leather agenda might be the perfect gift for him. It's classic, masculine, and helpful. He can use it every day to record his plans, and he can use it for extra cash or whatever else he might need to store. But if he's not a leather agenda kind of guy, a library kit might be more his bag. This will allow him to create his own library so that he if he lends out his books to friends and never gets them back, he has a record of who borrowed what, when! Cool gift, right?
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Gifts For Siblings
I think the best people to buy sassy and funny gifts for are your siblings. Get them something that will make them laugh but they'll also use. Here are my suggestions.
As you have probably figured out by now, I like giving people multiple physical gifts so that they can have the gift of an experience. For example, a funny mug, a book, and a soft blanket gives the perfect "night-in" experience to your sister! I think this mug is cute, and this Sophie Kinsella book is one of my favorite novels. It's a lot of fun and barrel of laughs. Then choose whichever blanket you think your sister will like the most, and there you have it! Instant gift.
GIRL'S NIGHT IN:
If your brother travels at all, he probably needs a new bag to carry his laptop in and other travel items. Get him a backpack or a duffel bag that's cool and sturdy. He'll appreciate it every time he steps foot in an airport.
If you want to get your brother something that will crack him up, this desk-punching-bag will do the trick. He'll love it and maybe even use it more than you might think!
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And that's it! I hope you guys enjoyed my gift guide and found something on here to buy a loved one. Let me know what you're planning on purchasing in the comments below!
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Hello friends, and welcome to another episode of Husband VS. Wife Movie Reviews! We went to see Ford V. Ferrari and had a lot of thoughts. This is sort of in the style of a podcast - unedited and 35 minutes. So grab a snack, sit down, and listen to our latest review!
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I like to view the world in a realistic way.
One thing that I think is obvious about the world that we live in is that people are visually-oriented. Good or bad, that's the way things are. And, depending on what visually-oriented means to you, I don't tend to think it's a bad thing. For me, it means that you put effort into your appearance - you wear nice clothing to your office, you brush your hair before you leave the house, etc. This behavior goes for women and men. For example, women can put on a little mascara for work and men can put on a tie. To clarify, I am not referring to changing natural things about you, such as nose shape or body type (unless you want to).
But there's something that really gets me. There are women who vehemently refuse to wear makeup or change their clothing or cut their hair into a more flattering shape, even when it's to the detriment of their dating life and their professional prospects. They get angry at anyone for even suggesting it. It seems to me that women do this for one of two reasons. The first is that they feel like they're lying - they don't want to lie about what they actually look like, they don't want to lie by flattering their body in a way that improves the shape of their frame, they don't want to lie by getting a haircut that they have no expectation of styling. The second is that they feel like they're taking a stand for women everywhere by refusing to change their appearance - they shouldn't have to change the way that they look to fit in with some standard they never agreed to in the first place.
I fundamentally disagree with this outlook on femininity.
As a woman who didn't know how to do my makeup until I was 21 and who rarely if ever wore makeup before that, I say this without having been brainwashed into thinking society needed me to look like a photoshopped version of myself. In fact, I was probably influenced in the other direction: wearing makeup was a bad thing in my childhood and teenage years. But the fascinating thing that I learned when I started doing makeup was the way that I started viewing other people: I would look at a friend of mine, for example, and think to myself, "Wow, her features are stunning. I could accentuate that with a little bit of eyeliner, or a little bit of contour, or a little bit of lipstick." Everyone became beautiful because their best features could all be brought to life with just a little bit of cosmetic artistry.
Wearing makeup isn't a lie, and it isn't something that the world has enforced on you. It's a tool you can use to become even more beautiful than you already are. Do you have to pack on the eyeshadow or wear bright red lipstick? Absolutely not. But if you have beautiful green eyes, why not wear mascara to make them stand out? Why not give the men that you're interested in the absolute best chance of seeing you at your most attractive?
And wearing clothing that flatters your figure? That's just common sense. In fact, to me it's a double standard. Women complain about men wanting them to look put together...but we expect the same thing from men. If a guy walked in for a first date without having showered, brushed his teeth, or put on a clean shirt, wouldn't you be disappointed? It's a symbol of respect for him to look nice when he meets you.
The same goes for women. Yes, men don't have to wear makeup. But they have to shower, put on cologne, put on a fresh outfit and get ready in their own way for a date with a woman. And outside of that, they have to pay for the entire thing! And you want to know something else? Men have their own burden to attract women: by earning a living to support a family and/or exercising to keep themselves physically fit.
Are you changing your appearance to make other people happy? Well, first, I would say that you're not changing your appearance, your improving upon it. Giving it a boost. But second, no one is happier that you put effort into your appearance - but you might be. You might actually get that job you've been dreaming of if you look the part. And you might catch the eye of that fellow you've been interested in. Even just small things, like a different lipstick or a blazer that nips in at your waist, can make a huge difference. So why resent what you can use to your benefit?
Do you agree? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments down below, and share with your friends!
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Why do you go to the movies? I know that for me, sometimes I simply want to enjoy a movie that altogether isn't that great. I know that I'll feel good watching it, even if I wouldn't put it on a list of the 100 best films ever made. One example of this is the movie Leap Year, with Matthew Goode and Amy Adams. It's not a masterpiece - but it made me smile. Another example? Downton Abbey.
I have watched every episode of the British television show...even through its less entertaining seasons. I was a fan of the first two seasons and even the third, but the next few seasons took a steep nosedive until the last few episodes when things began to wrap up. Much of the drama with Anna and Bates, for example, was horribly upsetting, unsettling, and unnecessary, while the marriage of Carson and Mrs. Hughes was a perfect ending to the show. I even went to the Downton Abbey exhibit when it was on display in New York, enjoying every moment.
So when it was announced that there would be a Downton Abbey movie, I knew I wanted to see it. After Faith Moore invited me onto her podcast to discuss it, I went to the Alamo Drafthouse, bought one ticket, and sat down in the theater next to another woman who had no one to see it with. So I guess that tells you one thing: Downton Abbey is probably not meant for your male partner.
The movie opens as the show always did, with a lot of hustle and bustle leading up to reuniting with our main characters. We find out rather quickly that the King and Queen are coming to Downton. As you can imagine, that is the catalyst for the rest of the film: the King's servants treat the Downton servants like pests and try to take over operations; Edith's husband is invited to travel with the prince right after Edith discovers she's pregnant; Mary and Tom have to deal with an assassination attempt on the King; and Tom finally meets a young woman he can envision a future with.
First of all, it's lovely to see all of the characters we've grown to know and love back together on the big screen. It feels as if everything is even more grand than the show itself - the sweeping shots are now even more sweeping, the costumes more luscious, the characters more witty, the music more entrancing. And the twists and turns that were a signature of the show are back in the movie - although they are so obvious that they can be seen as soon as the hint is dropped.
But with so much going on and only two hours to tell the entire story, the movie sort of feels like a season's worth of material crammed into one episode. I planned on taking notes during the movie, but each interaction was so short that I literally didn't have time to consider a thought before we were moving on to the next character's drama. There are so many characters that we care about, so many stories to tell, that you feel like you're in a whirlwind, simply trying to keep up. In one particular scene, Mary stops by Carson's house to invite him back to Downton to help with the preparations before the King's arrival. She says that she can only stop by briefly - and the scene itself is so brief that it doesn't feel as if that was the character's choice, but rather a decision made by the screenwriter to make the scene as short as possible so as to fit in everything else.
With the focus very heavily put on the conflict between the King's servants and Downton's, as well as on Tom getting his happy ending, it was interesting to note that less attention was paid to the Crawley family than I had anticipated. Mary's struggle with change as the head of Downton was touchingly displayed, though, and I appreciated the attention paid to the question we, as the audience, had been struggling with. And it's always fun to hear Maggie Smith as Dowager Violet spewing witticisms at the other elderly women surrounding her, despite her story line regarding a cousin of whom we had never heard being rather silly. Of course, one moment at the end of the film is bound to have you in tears if you've been watching the show since the beginning, and rightfully so. It's well-written and kind and sweet - but I won't spoil it for you.
So is it enjoyable? Yes! It was visually stunning, the music was beautiful, and it was so much fun to reunite with these characters. But is it good? Well, don't watch all six seasons of Downton Abbey just so you can see the movie.
What did you think? Did you enjoy the movie or watch the show? Let me know in the comments down below, and make sure to watch Faith Moore's podcast!
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