Tags: holiday

movies: enchanted

finally some calm

Finally found some time to actually post rather than skim skim skim through my f-list which is what I've been doing for the past few days.  So, let's see, what have I been up to?

Christmas Day was pretty lowkey.  Instead of our tradition of going to the movies, we spent the day getting ready for the Invasion of the Relatives for Christmas dinner.  My contribution was mashed potatoes, which was, other than the turkey, the only Western dish on the table.  2 of my aunts are great cooks so there was lots of yummy food.

Next day, we braved the Boxing Day crowd.  My SIL and I both purchased a travel bag from Roots.  I've wanted one since they came out but no way was I paying $128 (small size) or $198 (big size).  Roots had them 30% off so both of us snagged a small one, yay!!  I tried to buy my tv but they were all sold out.  My brother's friend managed to get one but she lined up outside Best Buy at 5 in the morning.  That's just insane.  Bought a few books, got my Flip Video and some clothes.

We did manage to catch a movie this holiday season and that was National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.  Not as good as the first (and I really enjoyed the first one) but it was good fun and that's all I was looking for.  I also downloaded and finally got around to watching a couple of movies.  Waitress, starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion, about a small-town waitress who gets pregnant and has an affair with her doctor.  Not the best plot summary but in reality, a very sweet movie which I really enjoyed even though I figured out the ending halfway through.  Besides, this movie had Fillion which gets a thumbs-up from me!  The other was the indie movie, Once, about a busker and an immigrant girl in Dublin who meet and how their friendship over the course of a couple of weeks inspire their music and change their lives.  The lead roles were played by non-actors and the songs are lovely so I snagged the soundtrack, too.  Shot on very small budget, this only helped with the intimate, almost documentary-like feel to the movie.  Really loved this one.

Of course, I watched the Doctor Who Christmas special, Voyage of the Damned.  Not the best, Kylie Minogue was decent but really, I was just giddy to see Ten again.  Ten in a tux was very nice.  Waiting impatiently for the new season of Doctor Who and Torchwood to begin.  And I'm even more impatient for the season finale of Robin Hood that is airing right now in the UK.  Reading insta-reactions at the RH comm isn't helping but I have to look.  *crosses fingers for a link tonight*

The rest of my days have been filled with work and running around with Bro and SIL looking at wedding stuff.  The hall and the menu are pretty much done, now it's just everything else -- photographer, DJ, flowers, decorations, wedding favours, bridesmaids/groomsmen, invitations, seating plan, cake, hair & makeup, wedding & traditional dresses, travel arrangements, hotel accomodations for out-of-towners, etc etc etc.  Too stressful.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [info]charlea2   !!!!!!!!!!!!!  Come January, when I'm back in my condo and at my own computer again, I'll have lots of video to upload for you  *wink*

I also wanted to share some music and I had almost half of my CD list up on cd-tracker.com but the site is closing down on the 31st.  Anyone know of a similar site?

 

 

misc: blue flower

thanksgiving weekend

Back at my parents' house for Thanksgiving.  Yep, I travelled the *really* long distance of approx 30 km, lol.  We're not doing much actually.  Brother has to work overtime, Mom's taking care of Grandma (she recently had to return to the hospital but everything is good now) and Dad didn't come back this weekend as he was here last weekend.  Planning on getting together with extended family for lunch on Monday for the traditional Thanksgiving meal consisting of Chinese food  =)

I'm currently watching Planet Earth.  What an absolute gorgeous production.  Just finished watching the "Caves" episode -- even the gross/disgusting (ie silk glow worms) look beautiful... from a distance.  But there's no need to see the meters high pile of guano (bat droppings) covered with cockroaches ever again *shudders*  I can't imagine what the production crew had to go through to get their shots.

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ETA:  More Planet Earth gems:  The episode on the Arctic & Antarctic -- penguins and polar bears and chicks and cubs!!  Awwwww...  After each episode, there's a short documentary showing what goes into filming.  So, this one shows the cameramen on an isolated Norwagian island (why Norway and not Canada?!  I kid, I kid) to film polar bears.  No motorized vehicles are allowed so they have to pull their equipment on sleds.  One of the cameraman is filming himself and talking how the explorers used to name their sleds like "Intrepid" and "Braveheart".  And in honour of this practice, he would like to name his sled, "the *bleep* *bleep* *bleeping* heavy piece of *bleep* *bleep*"  LOL  One more thing, the Arctic cameramen had it easy compared to their Antarctican counterparts.
 
misc: blue flower

happy 140th canada

Hope my fellow Canucks are enjoying their long, Canada Day weekend.  

I'm enjoying a quiet weekend this year.  Thursday night, met bauersgirl  in Little Italy for sushi, lol.  Went up to the parents' Friday night to gather more stuff and do some grocery shopping.  Finally got around watching Pirates 3 (pretty good, better than #2).  Headed back downtown Saturday night and went to my cousin's art showing at a local bookstore that specializes in art/manga/animation.  Never been in The Annex section before (Spadina & Bloor).  Bustling place.  Ended up walking all the way back home, took about 45 minutes.  Finally saw the new addition to the Royal Ontario Museum.  It does look a bit like crystal busting out of the side of the building.  The tourists seem to love it -- saw many of them snapping pictures.  Today was spent at home.  Stepped out only once and that was to get some stuff in the car.  Downloaded & watched some Doctor Who eps and other videos.  Did some work and cleaning.  I even posted over at the Kalan forum after a 6+ months (that's all? It seems much longer) absence.   No plans for tomorrow other than do some more work.  Should venture out for a walk at some point.  Most of the stores will be closed tomorrow which is good cause I've been spending way too much money lately.

In other news -- Derek has been booted from Canadian Idol  =(  And I'm stoked for the new Transformers movie.  *sings*  Transformers, robots in disguise!

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The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger   10 / 50   3,063 / 15,000

The movie was better.  How many times does that happen?  Heh.