Best moment in life: when the food you ordered comes out of the kitchen and just gets placed on your table. *cue Pharrell’s Happy song* Second best moment is when you sneak a fry or two before the server leaves.
Saw Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises last week but not before heading into Schnipper’s for a quick dinner. I used to always order lunch here with my coworkers (back when I actually ate lunch haha) but I’ve never actually dined at their restaurant. I like it here – it looks and feels like a school cafeteria except the food is better. It’s funny because right as I sat down, this little girl kept staring at me. Finally, halfway through our meal, her mother turns around and says to me, “She likes your dress and purse and wants to know if you’re in college because you’re dressed so nice.” Sweetest thing ever said to me because I’m old, decrepit, and definitely not in college anymore even though I was pretty much eating like a noob who’s completely oblivious to the Freshman 20.
I kept it simple with a cheeseburger and fries but couldn’t resist ordering a small bowl of Cheesy Joe (A sloppy joe, served with cheese. Sounds disgustingly delicious, I know.) Of course, the girl who took our order mistakenly gave me a full order of it, complete with a bun. Needless to say, I didn’t even make a dent. I mean, geez, I just wanted it on the side so that I could smother my fries with it. I didn’t want to be pregnant with a food baby before the movie.
Out of all of Hayao Miyazaki’s work, I’ve only ever seen Spirited Away & I absolutely LOVED it. It was one of those films where I just walked into it, not knowing nor expecting anything and it completely blew me away. The storytelling and the plot itself was what made it special. In contrast, I thought that The Wind Rises was a bit more difficult to get into. Although I have to say, visually, the film is just intense; and that paired with the eerie sound effects is what made it a standout. I would probably watch it again just for that.
On my roster of Studio Ghibli films to watch are Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo. I wouldn’t mind buying them but SERIOUSLY WHY AREN’T THESE ON NETFLIX? *le sigh* Who has room to store dvd’s anymore? Not only that: we all know that a box set is bound to come out sometime so I’m stuck between wanting to buy the dvd’s one by one RIGHT NOW or wait for the set much much LATER. Life is hard.