June 28, 2013

Book Club - 6.28

It's time for Book Club with Heather!

This week I'm reviewing:

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen year old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children, and as civility and friendship disintegrates, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

As usual, I had no idea what the premise of the book was before I started reading it. I later heard about comparisons to Gone Girl and I can see where people are coming from but I think that a twisted plot is really their own similarity. I enjoyed the mystery but I found it a bit anti-climactic. How does an author write a book that takes place all during one dinner? With a lot of boring, dry, mostly-irrelevant fluff in the middle. Seriously bored. But I got through it. But I really enjoyed the European style of writing overall (which you can definitely pick up on if you've read translated novels before) and that's a large part of why I'd recommend it!

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June 27, 2013

Summer Blockbuster Review #2

Checkout Review #1, too!

Hangover III

I know that most comments about this movie were that it would be the same as the previous two and guess what - it was. But that's exactly what I expected! I watch these movies for the one-liners and it did not disappoint in that department! I did feel it could have had a little bit more of a plot but the entertainment value was still there. dC on the other hand - totally disappointed. I would say go watch it if your expectations are not very high & you just need something entertaining.

dK's review
dC's review

Fast & Furious 6

So this was my first Fast & Furious movie and I LOVED it!!! Coming from someone who previously shunned this franchise, that's a big statement. Considering I love action movies, especially ones with fast cars & explosions, it's quite surprising I was not sucked earlier. But I think it was the Vin Diesel/Paul Walker combo that I couldn't take - such a joke. They're still a joke but at least no one even pretends to take them seriously anymore. It's all about the action now. Totally cool movie though, go see it. Plus, you already know you have a #7 to look forward to!

dK's review
dC's review
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June 21, 2013

Book Club - 6.21

It's time for Book Club with Heather!

This week I'm reviewing:

When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic sea, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory-a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White house calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable: evidence of scientific trickery-a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy. But before she can warn the President, Rachel and Michael are ambushed by a team of assassins. Fleeing for their lives across a desolate and lethal landscape, their only hope for survival is to discover who is begin this masterful plot. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all.

If I say 'typical Dan Brown' it will sound like this yet another one of his novels and not worth reading. Well it is worth reading and I mean that it is in line with his thought-provoking, twisted, well-thought out style. It always amazes me just how much research Brown must do in order to write his novels and that he goes through that for a fictional novel. Incredible. I always find I learn so much while thoroughly enjoying his page-turners. Now I definitely can't wait to read his newest, Inferno.

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June 20, 2013

two years happy.

We've officially made it past our 2 year anniversary! I'm kidding, obviously we were going to.

Gift giving was an unspoken 'yes' because I knew that even if I tried to enforce a 'no gifts' rule, dC would still go ahead with his own plans. It seemed pointless.

Glad I didn't fight it because I'm so excited about what I got:

It's a Fuji Instax Mini 8 - who knew polaroid-type cameras still existed! It's super cool & I'm so excited to use it! I just need to remember that I only have one chance at taking a good picture, unlike what I'm used to. Haha!

Naturally we went for dinner - I don't know why it took us as long as it did to make a decision but we finally went to this Brazilian steakhouse we'd been dying to try.

If you love meat and have never been I urge you to go to one right.now. Similarly, it's a vegetarian/vegan's hell so might want to stay away if that's the case.

The premise is that there is a buffet for salads & apps, and servers come to your table with skewers of meat. Until you feel like you're going burst, because it's all you can eat meat (and salads).

I was too busy with my steaks and filet mignon to take my own pictures of dinner, but I think this is all you need. At your table. #omnomnom
Full or not, we still came home for our champagne & slice of cake...

Happy 2 years to us :)
Anniversary morning & anniversary evening...both sleepy haha :)
[with the new Instax of course!]

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June 19, 2013

oh those 'third world problems' + Oh, How Pinteresting!

A recent conversation with my co-worker [also new to the company] via work communicator:

K: all i want to do is Pinterest the shit out of my 2 screens.....

me: bahaha same...do not remind me though...b/c it WON'T END

K: i need to find a good shot of 'medium cut layered with ombre'

me: i used to do that at lunch...i feel like i used to do a lot of stuff at work lol...like, i didn't spend much time on Pinterest at home..if at all lol

K: exactly! omg #TWP?

me: twp? lol

K: third world problem  :)

me: haha first?

K: ugh...yep

me: that was golden

Let's be clear - not having time for Pinterest at work is definitely a first world problem. LOL

 Speaking of Pinterest, here are some recently fave pins!

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Link up with Michelle!

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June 18, 2013

two years strong.

I can't believe how fast time has flown by, how much has happened and where we were two short, long (that's not a typo) years ago.

All I'm sure of is that there's no better partner for the roller coaster of ups & downs that we've experienced & the ride ain't over yet!

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June 17, 2013


I love the Macarena (closet fan) & Pitbull...the perfect combination.
Plus, it's short & sweet ;)

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June 14, 2013

June 12, 2013

penny for my thoughts

Just a few things I've been thinking about lately...

Should I cut my hair now or wait until the summer is over? I know it's going to happen in 2013 but when...

How much more weight I need to lose than I originally thought when I first started going to the gym - should be motivating but it's moreso disheartening...

I haven't gone shopping or bought anything in a few weeks, without even really trying! I've been mindful of the piles of clothes already in my closet & that I don't need anything new...

How little value North Americans value vacation time with 2-3 weeks off per year being the norm. Europe has a standard of 4-6 weeks - amazing!

I haven't been able to stop thinking about going back to Montreal these last few days! Found cheap flights yesterday but didn't realize the seat sale would be over today :(

I have the travel bug in general...for Europe of course...

That I really need to start going to bed earlier in order to get more rest & be able to wake up without hating the world...

What's been on your mind?
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June 11, 2013

turn up the muzik

Last weekend we went out to the club with dC's fam & it was a great time!

In case you don't know, I love clubbing. I do it nowhere near as much as I'd like to - every weekend would be nice - so it's great when I do get to go out!

We hit up Muzik, which is a super posh club in Toronto (celebs go there when they're in town and they usually host the after parties for things like Fashion Week & the Toronto International Film Festival).
In my opinion, it's over-hyped & over-priced but it's definitely gorgeous! Plus, who doesn't like being posh once in a while ;)

I'll let the pictures tell the story though...

Let's get this party starteddd!

Muzik comes with almost-naked dancing girls too...
I feel at home when I'm on the dancefloor...
With the SIL

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June 10, 2013


Prediction for the song of the summer

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June 7, 2013

Book Club - 6.07

It's time for Book Club with Heather!

This week I'm reviewing:

A breakthrough novel that pits young kingpins against a Mexican drug cartel, Savages is a provocative, sexy, and sharply funny thrill ride through the dark side of the war on drugs and beyond. Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run a Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from their loyal clientele. In the past when their turf was challenged, Chon took care of eliminating the threat. But now they may have come up against something that they can’t handle—the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and sends them the message that a "no" is unacceptable.
When they refuse to back down, the cartel escalates its threat, kidnapping Ophelia, the boys’ playmate and confidante. O’s abduction sets off a dizzying array of ingenious negotiations and gripping plot twists that will captivate readers eager to learn the costs of freedom and the price of one amazing high.

Less than thrilling. I really thought I would like but it just didn't work for me, though it wasn't any single thing; just the combination of the characters, plot and writing style. I also found it to be unnecessarily sexual. I watched the movie to see if that would change my perspective but alas, it was [as usual] even worse. I've heard good reviews for this from others so mine is just one bad one, but in my opinion, don't waste your time.

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June 6, 2013

More NBA Famosity

Remember last year when we had our 15 seconds of fame on TV for the NBA Social Media Awards?

Yeah, most people don't. Anyway...

Last night I had another brush with NBA fame at the Toronto Raptors' Rookie Party thanks to my co-worker who brought me along witt! It's pretty much an exclusive party for season ticket holders with free food & drinks where you get to meet some of the rookies. The Raptors happen to have some awesome rookies on the team at the moment so it was extra exciting!

Jonas Valanciunas was front and centre signing photos & I snuck in a picture!

Terrence Ross's awesomeness won him the Slam Dunk trophy at last season's NBA All-Stars.
Sorry, I had to take a picture of a picture...

Quincy Acy had a photobooth! I love photobooths, if you didn't know that already. Plus, he was so much fun & so into taking our directions - awesome guy & awesome on the court.
Again, had to take a picture of a picture...
Plus there was tons of free food & drinks making it extra awesome. Now I'm super pumped for next season!

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June 3, 2013

June 1, 2013