Stardust versus Stardust

So Stardust, the film directed by Matthew Vaughm, is one of my all-time favorite movies. I loved the romance and adventure and it is truly hilarious. It feels like a mix of a Shakespearean comedy, a beautiful romance, and a buddy road trip film. However, until recently I had never read the book by Neil Gaiman that it is based off of. It’s tagline is a new classic adult fairy tale, which yes sounds up my alley but does not sound anything like how I think of the movie.

I loved the story but I was actually shocked at how faithful and adaption it actually was. There were a few story difference but a lot of tonal differences. The book focused less on the verbs and action sequences they were mentioned in passing. More time was spent on the nouns (people, places, and things). Where as sequences that took up a half a page were long action sequences in the book.

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A Wedding Weekend

So this past weekend (Fri-Sun) I was in Arkansas for the long anticipated wedding of my best friend. It was a whirlwind of a weekend. It both felt full and with nothing to do. To phrase it better, we were always going somewhere or doing something but none of it was very active.

Flight: So to start off there are not a lot of flights in and out of Arkansas everyday. So we either had to fly in really early or get in really late. So we flew in really early which was great for traffic and availability in the parking deck. All our flights were overbooked. I don’t know if this was an airline problem or a frequency problem. Either way it was a problem. Our second flight was super late cause no one was voluntarily getting bumped. For the most parts the flights themselves weren’t too bad but just a little crowded and warm.

Car: Our car we rented was actually really nice, which was especially nice with all the driving we had to do. Mid-spring in Arkansas was exceptionally green and beautiful there were lots of horses which I liked.

What we did: Set up for the wedding weren’t  long because certain people *anyone but the family* weren’t allowed to to help until later. However, the venue looked beautiful with mason jars, flowers, boughs of leaves, and so much white tulle it was crazy. It ended up looking beautiful against the grey stone building . The feel was very rustic Belle. Me and my human had to duck out early because we’d been up like 17 hours at that point. But my best friend in the world finally met my human in person.

Wedding day started around 6 am with a shower and my human and I stealing the same persons’ coffee twice (to clarify this was MY fault). The rush figuring out my fair and make-up so the groom could pick me up on the way to venue was intense. We then did pictures for approximately two hours and I EXPERTLY laced the bride into her corset-backed dress. When the guests arrived I handed my human off to our(my and the bride)’s friends from back home and high school.

The procession and actual ceremony was incredibly sweet. The whole wedding party was in tears. Then a squirrel ran across the fireplace and that lightened the mood. The reception was fun and there was incredible barbecue and Oma’s famous homemade bbq sauce. It was delicious there was great talking and the dessert was divine. Chocolate raspberry truffles (mmmhm mmmhm good) in addition to the traditional white cake and cheesecake.

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When we finally meandered out it was only like 3, as the ceremony started at 11. So we, me, my human, and my two friends from back home, went to a winery. It was a lovely place called An Enchanting Evening. They let us do a full tasting before selecting our bottle. My favorite was the Traminette (a semi-sweet white) that was tart and so refreshing, a perfect summer wine. As a group we went with the Savant (a delicious, sweet red). Then we explored the back tasting balcony and the views were truly incredible! We caught up and talked for ours. It was so nice I really missed them. It was also nice to be with people and not have to explain any backstory or justify some of the things that just slip out of your mouth unfiltered. Also the pizza we ordered was delicious.

The next day we went down to the Arkansas River and what was left of THE “Little Rock”. Also learned some cool Arkansas history. There was a beautiful sculpture exhibition/showcase at the same time that we walked around as well. Then we went to the airport, returned our rental car, got Chili’s, and flew home.

Honestly for a 48 hour trip we got a lot of food and had a lot of amazing experiences in. And my best friends got married to the love of her life, which was pretty surreal. Hopefully, their are even more good trips in our future and an amazing happy life in hers. IMG_7916