So, let's see, I'll start with just a few updates. I still haven't had a chance to watch the special features on my Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray (sigh), but I at least got to watch the DVD copy that came with it. I liked the quality (although my TV isn't that great, so there wasn't much noticeable difference from my last DVD copy). :} I was very happy to discover that the same audio commentary from the original DVD was still on it. If you guys ever get a chance to listen to the Beauty and the Beast audio commentary, you should. It's one of the most enjoyable commentaries I've ever heard. They stay on the point, give some interesting behind the scenes facts, and are also completely hilarious. It's kinda like 3 college guys giving a Beauty and the Beast audio commentary (the commentators are the producer Don Hahn, the directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale, and a few comments from the composer Alan Menken). As soon as I get a chance to watch my Blu-ray discs, I'll share some thoughts on that.
Also, just for those of you who are wondering, I am still planning on doing a downy dunk on the Samantha doll I found ages ago...I just haven't had a chance yet. Since it's going to be for my girls in the future, I don't want to do the dunk in front of them. I don't really have a good spot for it that's not obvious, and my daughters are WAY too observant. :) I'll keep you posted on that, too.
I wanted to share a few of my birthday goodies, like I said I would. First off, you've probably figured out by now that I'm a big Jane Austen fan. :) My mom found me this incredible book for my birthday: "Jane Austen An Illustrated Treasury", written by Rebecca Dickson, that has pictures, replicas of letters, and guides to each of her well-known stories. It's incredible. I haven't had a chance to read through all of it, but what I have read has been enjoyable. I'm also trying to convince Tess that the book was MY birthday gift, not hers. ;) Here are some pics:
The Front Cover
One of the pages...on the right is a vellum envelope with some replicas of some of Jane Austen's letters inside.
Another inside page...there are lots of beautiful illustrations in the book.
The Table of Contents
Just to let you know, the jeans (called "silver sparkle jeans") are much lighter than they look in the pic...more of a true blue jean color.
Maggie's really wishing she was wearing one of these and her favorite shirt instead of this silly dress! ;)
Another thing I found was this beautiful doll-sized quilt and pillow set from Etsy seller aplusquilting. She did a fabulous job. The colors fit really well with our bedroom colors. She even took the time to get it machine quilted. I'll definitely be buying from her again. :)