Special Features.

So after all the Christmas happened, I got to hang out with some very special folks from Kingston who I rarely get to see. It was my good friend, Sandy’s birthday so we all head out to The Toucan for some beers and tequila and general shenanigans.

The next day I was lazy and my parents and I watched Avatar – the super special bonus disc edition where there was actually an extra hour-long documentary about how they made the movie. It was pretty interesting in a super-nerdy way. We also watched the Inception DVD I got for Christmas and it contained 10 minutes of useless extras. Very disappointing. I like the movie a lot, but the best parts of the movie in my mind are the ones where I can’t seem to explain to myself exactly how they shot it. The story is cool, but truthfully, the movie is not good for the brilliant characters or acting (don’t get me wrong- I like a lot of the actors, but there’s so much exposition in the script, it’s hard for them to strut their stuff) . The plot is pretty cool and unique but in general it’s one of those movies I like because it just looks so awesome. And I would have enjoyed seeing how they did some of that stuff, but I guess I’ll have to wait until they release they super-crazy ultimate DVD edition where they actually show the behind the scenes action. Wow. That was a rant. And possibly the nerdiest thing I’ve ever written on this blog. I wish someone would make a DVD of collected behind the scenes documentaries. I actually like the behind the scenes documentary for Pirates of the Caribbean more than I liked the actual movie. Someone go ahead and make that DVD now. Please.

I also saw The Tourist (which was not as bad as I assumed it would be) and The Fighter which was amazing! I’m pretty sure I’ve been in love with Christian Bale ever since Newsies. I can’t help it.

Ugly:
-After we saw The Fighter, we went to Denny’s for midnight mozzarella sticks. Apparently everyone else in Kingston decided to go to Denny’s at midnight too and there was only one waitress. I felt sad for her. I wanted to perform a Christmas miracle and whip on an apron and come to her aid, but I thought we might get kicked out instead.

Awesome:
-I bought soooooo many patterned 80’s old man sweaters at Value Village yesterday. It’s going to be my new thing. They’re so cheap and warm and apparently fashionable. Who knew? Kablam!

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Goose…

Merry Christmas to all!

As you can probably guess, I’ve been too busy being choc-full of the holiday spirit to bother updating my blog (let alone, taking showers, getting dressed in real clothes, eating anything other than turkey and chocolate, etc.), but now I’m back! And I have so many Christmasy photos, I won’t add a lot of word-filler especially because I know only a few people actually read the words around here anyway (I love both of you.)

The first set of photos is from my Toronto Ladies Christmas. This would be our…4th? Annual Christmas party hosted by yours truly and it’s the only hosting event I get very excited for. It has all my favourite things: President’s Choice cheese puffs, shrimp rings, Sara Aelterman’s delicious desserts, ladies, presents, Home Alone, Love Actually, plaid, wine, cheese plate with fancy crackers, famous shepherd’s pie by Celeste, Christmas crackers with the fun hats, posed photos.

The second set of photos is from my family Christmas in Kingston. It’s just me and my mom and my dad in the morning, but then my Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle come over for dinner. My mom spares no cost when it comes to decorating the house. That’s where I get my addiction from. So, I feel it is necessary to make your house feel like a movie at Christmas because that is what I know.

Ugly:
I wish it would have snowed just a little while I was here…I do love the White Christmas look and seeing snowflakes falling outside, etc. This year wasn’t entirely un-white but it was very diverse.

Awesome:
-Coming home to see friends and family I get to see very little of.
-Being extremely lazy. Jamie says the holidays are a time for exercising while you have the time. I say Jamie is on crack. Slippers forever.

The Island of Forgotten Posts

Well, this this a weird post.

I feel like this week has been full of fun things I’ve done, and yet, apparently I couldn’t be bothered to document any of it.

This week, I went to see Burlesque with Celeste. There were several men in business suits (some were alone). It was strange. I would say for any closet Cher fans like myself, this is a must see. Mainly because I don’t know how many more opportunities you will get to see her sing and dance and whatnot before she needs to integrate a walker into her scenes. Just kidding. Maybe. However, as much as I hate to admit it (because the acting was super lame in a hilarious way) I actually enjoyed it! The song and dance numbers were done really well and somewhere in the last couple of years, X-Tina became attractive while I wasn’t looking.

I also saw Black Swan with Jamie this week and I’m going to be really annoying here and say it was one of the best films I’ve seen. Ever. It’s the kind of movie that made me want to make movies when I was a wee lass. Very inspiring and creepy and amazing.

I did all my Christmas shopping yesterday and I’m 80% done I think. WooooO!!

So, because I forgot to document any of this, I’m posting some forgotten pics of events gone by that kept getting pushed to the “I have too many pictures, I’ll post these next week” pile. And for this, I am shamed. I will now give them the glory they deserve.

There’s that time when my good friend, Dr. Mike came to live in Toronto for a while and we had drinks and fish and chips at The Village Idiot Pub. We people- watched out the window and made girls uncomfortable by staring at them perversely. Good times.

Then there was the time that my lovely ladies Sonia, Claire and Olga made a movie called “A Dragged Out Affair” that premiered at Reel Asian Film Festival (I make a cameo in the movie. It’s a real classy part). We went to see some of the Queens perform at Zippers later that night, where Claire’s mom joined us, danced her buns off and saved us from creepy wall-dwellers by discussing her husband with them. Amazing, Carol. Amazing.

Ugly:
The rain outside! I was thinking about finishing off my shopping today, but it is wet and gross.
Today, trying to make waffles/ bacon/ coffee feast, I broke my sugar bowl, our syrup fell on the floor, cracking and exploding syrup everywhere, the bacon broke and became like bacon bits. Still everything was delicious, but something seemed to be against us…

Awesome:
Sunday at home with the ugly rain outside, watching football and eating waffles and nachos (Your welcome, love handles).
P.S. Do I use this as my “Awesome” every week? Potentially…I will investigate.
Also, we went dancing last night. I love dancing. And we met some incredibly lovely people who I hope to see more of.

This is it. Don’t get scared now.

It’s that time of the year again! If you know me at all (which you might not) you know that I become holiday crazed. Doesn’t matter which holiday, I love them all. I would decorate for Labour Day if there was a colour scheme.

I recently put up all my Christmas decorations and therefore my apartment has been transformed into a holly, jolly, welcoming zone of warmth. Every day when I walk in the door, I am briefly transported into the following films: Little Women, Home Alone, Christmas in Connecticut and a Muppet Christmas Carol.

When I am forced against my will to take down these decorations (Probably in February) I will go through a very sad period of holiday withdrawal which I will eventually remedy by decorating for Valentine’s Day.

Last night was the TPM Holiday Party which was pretty awesome. There were live bands aplenty including my friend Daryl’s band, The Remnants. I have to say it was an amazing set which was topped off by a spontaneous dance party triggered by “Rockin’ in the Free World”. All in all it was a super fun time with an excess of dessert. Perfect.

Today, Jamie and I enjoyed the laziest of Sundays where we made a roast in the slow cooker, folded laundry, watched football and went for a neighbourhood walk to look at the Christmas lights (and peer into unsuspecting neighbour’s windows). I also made mashed cauliflower with cheese today and I declare it is 40% better than mashed potatoes.

We also booked our flights for May today! We are now officially 100% going to France and Spain in May for the wedding of some dear friends. I’m excited because it will be my first time to Europe, not to mention my first real “sunny holiday” vacation. And by that I mean it won’t take place in a car, it will last longer than 5 days, there will be sun and it will be warm and there will be beaches. Plus, I will be in Spain on my birthday! And 25 is a landmark birthday, so Spain seems appropriate for such an occasion. So, it’s time to start saving my pennies and making crafts for people’s Christmas presents. (It’s the thought that counts, not the crafting ability, right?)

Ugly:
So cold. I’m sorry, I am a walking contradiction. I love the snow and the Christmas lights and all the dreamy winter wonderland thoughts in my head but when I open my eyes it’s overcast and windy, there’s snot running down my face and my hood makes my hair matte to my head like a shag carpet.

Awesome:
Christmas stuff. Prepare your eyes for a plethora of red and green posts to come. Unless you are colour blind in which case you can relax.