May 30, 2013

Summer Blockbuster Review #1

I recently posted about making this summer one full of blockbuster movies and I promised I'd post my reviews as I went through them. I'll give you the girl & guy star review so you can make your call!

Iron Man 3


How could we not see one of the most eagerly-awaited movies of the summer?! I've only seen bits and pieces of Iron Man 2 but I heard that wasn't going to be a big deal and I don't really think it was. Honestly though, it left me wanting more. At the end of the movie I sat thinking, "Really, that's it?! Ok then..." If this is going to be the last one (despite The Avengers) I just don't think it had enough excitement and it did not end with a big enough bang. But you won't regret seeing it, per se; I just had very high expectations. My favourite part was Ben Kingsley's performance - that in itself was worth it!

dK's review
dC's review


  Star Trek: Into the Darkness

Another movie in a series where I had only seen bits and pieces of the previous. Again, not detrimental. I will be the first to tell you that I never thought modern Star Trek was for me but this movie blew me away. The storyline, the effects and the acting; I enjoyed all of it. We ended up seeing it in 3D because it was the most convenient time & I think it added to the 'futuristic feel' of it. So even if you just maybe think you might possibly want to see this, I recommend checking it out!

dK's review
dC's review

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May 29, 2013

Reality Weakness - MasterChef

That is to say, it's my reality weakness. 

I'm not a huge fan of reality TV in general, and although I'll leave the channel on some once in a while (especially TLC!), there aren't any that I actually follow.

Except MasterChef, which I discovered last season, and is on tonight!

Last week's auditions were great, and I can't wait to see the final one for who makes it in the top.
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I don't really know why - it's not the only cooking show out there - but I just fell in reality-tv-love after one episode.

Though I'll be first to admit that I L.O.V.E. Gordon Ramsay and he's probably a big factor. That man can do no wrong. So honest, so brutal and so, so British! The other judges are pretty cool too, I guess :P

I feel like it's one of the more 'realistic' shows where contestants use real talent to make it ahead. Not saying others necessarily don't, but I'm kind of tired of The Amazing Race now that we're into season 87 and the bajillion (technical term) singing competitions our there.

Which new-er/ish reality TV show(s) are you into?!

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May 28, 2013

Cats + Cameras

There was a lot of Koko excitement this past weekend.

By which I mean - I was excited and Koko was like "WTF mummy?" because I made him go through a photoshoot to show off his newest accessory.








He's looking up in a lot of them because he has to be coerced to walk around by a dangling toy...


Plus, we started practicing for catbearding...

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May 27, 2013

Blockbuster Summer

Since we aren't going on any vacations this summer (#sadz), we decided we needed to do something to make the summer more memorable.

The obvious conclusion was to watch movies. Lots of movies. And not at home, but paid-in-theatres-movies.

Even though the summer movie season has already begun & we've actually seen a couple, we just finally consolidated our lists! Though I wouldn't be surprised if it changes a bit...

What you need to know is that I'm a sucker for action movies, watching the movies of my fave actors & sticking through a series.

Here it is!

Iron Man - May 3

SEEN!


Star Trek: Into The Darkness - May 16

SEEN!



Hangover III - May 23

SEEN!


Fast & Furious 6 - May 24

SEEN!


The Internship - June 7

Missed it

This Is The End - June 12

SEEN!


World War Z - June 21

SEEN!


The Heat - June 28

SEEN!

White House Down - June 28

SEEN!

The Lone Ranger - July 3



Grown Ups 2 - July 12



Don't worry, we'll do other summer things too. We're not that lame.

I'll post movie reviews too in case any of these are on your list!

Do you have a summer movie list?

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May 26, 2013

3rd Bloggy Anniversary!

Wow.

Three years.

Seems like yesterday.

Or just...not three whole years ago.

When I look back, this blog has been so much.

Not always the same. But always one thing. Really me.

I love it and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

My first post was half me and half an amazing [long] quote that I still identify with.

Because that's what life is - confusing as fuck. Why not share it with people who you identify with?

That's what this blog has always been about and will continue to be about. In one for or another. So stay tuned!



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May 24, 2013

Book Club - 5.24

It's time for Book Club with Heather!

This week I'm reviewing:

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Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich's wildest, hottest novel yet!

FIRST A STRANGER APPEARS
While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.
THEN THE STRANGER REVEALS HER SECRETS
The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.
NEXT, SOMEBODY DIES
The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.
SOON, THE CHASE IS ON
Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now, the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in.

Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum…forever? Filled with Janet Evanovich's trademark action, nonstop adventure, and sharp humor, Twelve Sharp shows why her novels have been called "hot stuff" (The New York Times), and Evanovich herself "the master" (San Francisco Examiner)

Thoughts:
Probably the most intense one yet! I can't believe that 12 books in, Evanovich can pull this stuff out. There was also character and character relationship development that I think will help the upcoming books. Honestly, the ending was so intense that I couldn't bring myself to start #13 right after... Plus, do I have to remind you how much I love Ranger? Didn't think so ;)

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May 23, 2013

It's OK! - 5.23


Linking up with Neely & Amber for the LAST time to let you know what's OK today!

It's OK...

- that this is the last linkup! #sadz

- that I still haven't gotten my shit together to organize my blogging time & post more frequently

- that I have a MILLION blog ideas...but they're just hanging out in my brain

- that this short work week is not feeling short at all, and there's another day to go!

- that dC still hasn't given me his summer movies must-see list so I can tell y'all about it

- that I'm hoping our first softball game tonight gets rained out...I'm too tired!

- that I've had the shittiest sleep of life this past week

- that there are a couple of serious shit disturbers in my life right now who I really just want to put in their place

- that Koko has been EXTRA crazy in the mornings!

- that I really just want to go to sleep right now...

Good bye It's OK-ers!
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May 21, 2013

Catnipped

So we gave Koko catnip for the first time last night in a little mouse toy pouch. Below is what ensued - for like 30 minutes.



Catnip affects all cats differently (and some not at all). In Koko's case, he was super energized and I think he had a lot of fun. We also had quite a bit of fun watching :)

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May 17, 2013

Book Club - 5.17

It's time for Book Club with Heather!


This week I'm reviewing:
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Marriage can be a real killer.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
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  Thoughts:
Obviously I had to read this after hearing about all the rave reviews and getting a high recommendation from my dear cuz! And this book did not disappoint. The entire time I was up and down with the book - on one side, on the other side - where is this going?! It's so well-written and so well-thought out that no book review can really do it justice. I was fairly disappointed with the ending (like the very end, the very last page end) since it wasn't the outcome I wanted and not really what I expected but the rest was incredible! I am TOTALLY looking forward to reading Gillian Flynn's other book, Sharp Objects, soon!

I'd love love love to discuss if you've read it so please do comment!


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May 15, 2013

The Senselessness of It

I don't often write serious posts. Correction - I occasionally write them but then don't post them.

But this needed to be posted.

Just over a week ago there was a news story out of Hamilton [near Toronto] about a man who was selling his truck on Kajiji, who after getting in his truck to take a couple of interested guys for a test drive, was never seen or heard from again.

That in itself was ridiculous. If they wanted the truck, they should have just stolen it and been done with it.

As days dragged on without any updates, you just started to get that feeling. Because you know [after watching many-a Dateline and 48 Hour specials] that men, unlike women, are almost never held captive.

Well yesterday they found the remains of this poor man. This man who is married and a father of a 2 year old girl who'll never know her daddy.

Because some worthless scum bags wanted a fucking truck.

And then people wonder why I'm so goddamn cynical about life & the world.
Please don't ever ask me that again.

RIP Tim Bosma

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May 14, 2013

With a Needle & a Thread

Remember when I got a sewing machine for Christmas? And when I started spending lots of time on craftgawker in addition to Pinterest?

I've pulled out my sewing machine a few times to get familiar with it & 'practice' some things and I've pinned & favourited more than enough projects on but it was time to put the two together.

I found a bag of old dress shirts I had asked dC for and figured this was an easy enough project to start with. I spend lots of time in the kitchen so I don't know why I didn't already have one but I made an...A.

I'm not going to lie, this photos are all semi-afterthoughts because:
a) I never intended on posting a tutorial on the blog as the one I followed is super good
b) I was too bloody excited to start & just do it, to really care about pictures

Just being honest. But I do want you to see how simple it is & hopefully inspire so here are some basics.

  
1. Cut off the back & sleeves
2. You'll be left with this, more or less.
3. Pin the edges & hem!

The part I didn't take pictures of is the attaching of the ties, which you can do in several ways. Attach ribbon or string to the sides for tying, or make ties with the left over fabric and attach.

I went the hard(er) route and made my own ties. Kind of proud of myself. 

Overall it only took me about a couple of  hours including some sewing machine trouble shooting and Koko interruptions - like laying across my entire workspace.

  

Since then I've used my sewing machine to hem some pants, including sweatpants that I rarely wore because they just drag, and I'm super pumped for some of the other things I've got planned!

I hope I've inspired you!

You can also check out my Sewing Pinterest board.

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May 13, 2013

The Votes Are In!

The poll results are in!

I picked it up late last week just in time to fill it up with post-workout smoothies.

That's right, I said "post-workout". That's probably the first time I've used this phrase because as a general rule, I.do.not.workout. But that's not a sustainable lifestyle & no muscle = unattractive flabbiness so here I am, joining the gym.

And since it's technically Music Monday, here's my favourite workout song!



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May 10, 2013

Book Club - 5.10

It's time for Book Club with Heather!


This week I'm reviewing:

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Stephanie Plum, Trenton's favorite bondswoman, is having a career crisis, which gives Janet Evanovich plenty of opportunities to showcase her series heroine in a variety of alternative vocations, from dry cleaner to factory worker. Most of them don't last a full working day, which is good for the reader, since it plunges Stephanie back into the always seedy, often dangerous, and always colorful world of fugitives who'd rather flee than face their day in court. She may be tired of having her life threatened, her cars torched or blown up, and her apartment broken into, but one thing she can say about her job is that it's never boring... and neither is she. Despite her intentions of going straight at a job with a little more security and a bit less excitement, an old client won't let her--he keeps leaving her threatening notes, stalking and scaring her, and making sure she needs the protection of the two men in her life--Joe Morelli, the sexy cop who's been bedding her since high school, and Ranger, the even sexier tough guy who can take down the meanest fugitive around but has a tender spot in his heart for the plucky Ms. Plum.
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Thoughts
I loved this one! The possibility of Stephanie getting out of the bounty hunger business was great - I know that's the point of all these books but I think there's a legitimate following now & Evanovich could afford to change things up. Especially when the new job is working for Ranger! I would pay money to work for Ranger. And other things, you know. But seriously, this was one of my faves - great plot, interesting twists & all that good stuff!

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May 7, 2013

Why I Started Blogging...

As I mentioned last week, this month marks my 3rd bloggy birthday so I was quite excited when I read about this link up with Neely. It's fitting right?

But after the excitement wore off I was like, "Shit! Why did I start blogging?!"

It was really a combination of a few things, not just one single thing.

I've always had a journal - not diary, I really hate that word - so writing about what I was thinking or feeling was not a new concept. When I'm over-thinking things it helps to get them out. But a journal doesn't talk back and in a way, the feelings are still bottled up for myself only. Some of those just really need to get out.

My cousin convinced me that blogging was something I should really think about doing. I can't even tell you where or when I first heard about blogs, or how I even came across some of the first ones I started reading. Three years ago I started reading more and more blogs & I was definitely inspired but didn't have a clue about where to start. That and you know procrastination is my BFF.

Well...After something fell apart out of nowhere, I was even more inspired. I was also nearing the end of my work contract and was going to Europe before coming home to look for a job in 'the city' (where I am now). It was a good time for "out with the old, in with the new"...And why not document it all?!

I truly didn't have a direction when I started, I just flew by the seat of my pants. Since then, the blog has been a lot of things - good and less good - but it's always been me. When I'm here...there have been a couple periods of silence I'll admit.

But there's no doubt in my mind that starting this little thing was one of the best decisions I ever made. You can read about my cherry popping here...

Hooah and Hiccups

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May 6, 2013

Weekend Gram

This past weekend was my [Orthodox] Easter & there was so much to do and eat, plus some things in between!

Left to right, per row:
1. My Easter bread baking - 10 minutes in, they already doubled in size!
2. Only my second year making Easter bread without mom's help - awesome
3. The Easter spread - eggs & all
4. The Easter egg fights - I won this round
5. ...dC round the next round
6. Starbucks Frapps to cool off on Saturday for #frappuccinohappyhour
7. Another break with raspberry beer from the local micro-brewery, Amsterdam
8. Picked this up on my last trip to Target to enhance this look
9. Final result - wasn't sure at first but love it now!

Hope y'all had a great weekend as well!!!

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May 3, 2013

Nail Files! - 5.03

I'm linking up with Tara & Vicki for...

I know I haven't linked up in a while & that's because I really haven't painted my nails in a while. Not only have I been busy, but they have been chipping & cracking like crazy so I've just been trimming them and treating them with hardener. If anyone has some magical suggestions, I'm all ears!

But I've been dying to use this colour and with [my Orthodox] Easter being this weekend, I knew I had to finally put on this truly spring colour :)
Doesn't hurt that it's my favourite Tiffany blue ;)


Mintilicious by Rimmel

I l.o.v.e. Rimmel nail polish. The brush is just so perfect that it always makes for an easy application!

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Book Club! - 5.03

It's time for Book Club with Heather!


This week I'm reviewing:

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.


Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


Thoughts
This book was fantastic. I didn't even read what it was about before I started so everything about it was unexpected. And lovely. I love Charlie's character - the innocent young boy who still manages to be charming in his own way. The first person journal entries really add character to the story. The book was just so good at describing what high school was, and unfortunately, no longer is. Kids growing up and trying to find themselves, making mistakes, being kids without having to deal with the craziness that social media and internet bullying. It was just a really great read & I highly recommend it.

I obviously downloaded and watched the movie after, you know me! It was also quite well done; better than most adaptations I've watched lately. A few parts that were interesting were missing, but none that took away from the overall story. The actors were also quite well picked out. I highly recommend the movie as well!

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