Frozen in Time

I read a story in The Telegraph, an online British newspaper, last week that captured my imagination. Captured is too mild. I was mesmerized. For 70 years, a Parisian apartment had been closed, rent paid up, but untouched since World War II. Wouldn't it be amazing to spend an afternoon poking around in the corners of a true time capsule?

The owner of the 9th arrondissement apartment died earlier this year. Turns out she was the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian, an actress who was also the muse of Giovanni Boldini (1842-1931), an Italian portrait painter who was known as The Master of Swish. When officials finally opened the apartment door and hacked their way through the cobwebs, they found a treasure trove of priceless antique furniture, ardent love letters and one very valuable Boldini painting of the apartment owner's beautiful grandmother. "Woman in a pink muslin evening dress" sold at auction for 2.1 million Euros. I think art collectors are romantics at heart.


Momala's Movie Pick: Last Friday, The Hubster and I celebrated a really banner month for RDS, our company, by having a night out on the town. We treated ourselves to dinner and a great movie at The Balcony in the Warren Theater East in Wichita. If you haven't been to The Balcony or even to a Warren Theater, you must go. It is a whole different level of entertainment. At The Balcony, you set in plush, heated love seats. We ordered our dinner from a full menu, or we could go the regular route of cokes and popcorn. The well-trained wait staff is summoned by a small red light on your table. I adore the pampering. It sure spoils me for any other movie experience.

The movie we saw was "Red," starring a dazzling array of Hollywood heavy hitters: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Richard Dreyfuss and a very special cameo appearance by Ernest Borgnine. I loved this film! It seemed so much like the "caper" movies from the 60's, full of fun and adventure. "Red" had a tight, well-constructed story, with some violence and adult situations. It's about a group of retired CIA agents that fight back after being marked for execution. Rated PG-13. Four out of five stars.


Female in Motion Exercise Update: I did four aerobic workouts last week. You should see the cats line up to watch me huff and puff. Hilarious!


Notable Quote:

"The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy."--Yves Saint Laurent
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