Awesome Wedding Speech [VIDEO]

I love this video of a Dad giving advice to his future son-in-law.

I’ll bet there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. ¬†I know I had to wipe mine. ūüôā


My New Obsession

I dare you to try it.  You can thank me later.
I dare you to try it. You can thank me later.

Quite a few months ago, a friend asked me if I had ever heard of a show called Downton Abbey. ¬†At the time, I hadn’t. ¬†She said it was a great show, and she thought I would really like it. ¬†So I looked it up on iTunes and downloaded the first season.

I sat down and watched the first episode. ¬†I liked it. ¬†I had the feeling that if I kept watching it, I might grow to like it a lot. ¬† The fact that Maggie Smith was in it alone made it worth watching. ¬†But that was it. ¬†I didn’t watch any of the other shows at that time. ¬†I guess I got busy, I didn’t feel like I had the time to dedicate to a new series, whatever.

So I heard recently that the end of the 3rd series (as they’re called across the pond – as opposed to seasons) was coming to an end in Canada and the US, and everyone online was raving about this show. ¬†Many of the fansites had info on the show, and I thought to myself – I need to give this another shot. ¬†So I re-watched the first episode of Series 1, Episode 1 to jog my memory about the show. ¬†Then I watched Episode 2, 3, 4….well, you get the picture. ¬†By this time, I was hooked. ¬†When I finished the first series, I quickly downloaded the second. ¬†After the 2 days it took me to devour it, I downloaded Series 3.

You know how it is. ¬†You get watching a new show, or a favourite show that you have seen before but suddenly have all of the episodes for. ¬†You become consumed. ¬†All you can do is watch it. ¬†All you can think about when you’re not watching it…is watching it. ¬†I did this once during the summer of 2003 or 2004. ¬†I was off work on vacation for two weeks, and I had recently¬†acquired all ten seasons of Friends. ¬†I watched the entire series in those two weeks.¬† Joe left the house one day in the morning with a ton of errands to run and things to do and people to see. ¬†When he left the house, I was laying on the couch, watching Friends. ¬†When he returned 8 hours later, the scene had not changed, except for an empty bowl on the floor in front of me with a few popcorn kernels. ¬†I was obsessed. ¬†One more episode…one more….I’ll just finish this DVD. ¬†You get the picture.

Anyway, I digress.  I got seriously into Downton Abbey.  I loved it so much, that I started thinking in a British accent.  I started becoming afraid that I was going to answer people in a British accent.  Sad, but true.

So what is this show about?  Without giving too much away, because I totally want you to watch it for yourself, it is basically about the Crawley Family, and their servants.  Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, Cora Crawley, the Countess of Grantham, and their three daughters, Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil.  They live in a manor in the English countryside called Downton Abbey.  A huge house such as this obviously takes several live-in servants to run.  When you change your clothes every ten minutes, and formally dine at every meal, you can imagine that the house is constantly bustling with activity.  This story is as much about the lives of the employees of Downton as it is about the family that lives there.  Their lives are separate, yet they are intertwined.

The ups and downs, the love stories and broken hearts, the joy and the sadness, the downright devious deception – you will eat it all up and beg for more. ¬†It is dramatic, it is beautiful to watch, and it is¬†humorous¬†as well as heartbreaking. ¬†I can’t believe that we’ll have to wait basically until next year (or perhaps late this year if we can get our hands on the UK release) until we can see Series 4, which they are making right now.

Download this Рor buy the DVD.  The video below is a preview of the first series.  It gives you a taste without giving away too much.

Oscar Night 2013

All I have to do to tonight

Sunday, February 24, 2013. The evening of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Otherwise known as Oscar Night.

We are a big fan of the Oscars in our house. All awards shows actually, but the Oscars hold a special place. I don't ever remember a year that we haven't watched it, especially since Joe and I have been together. He is a really big fan.

We all have our favourite Oscar moments, among mine are Billy Crystal as Hannibal Lechter, any Billy Crystal moment actually. I loved a couple of years ago when they brought back several past winners to present for the major categories. It was awesome to see all those greats. I loved seeing Julia Roberts win, when Kate Winslet finally won, when Paul Haggis won for Crash, which happens to be Joe's favourite movie ever.

There are so many wonderful memories, wonderful tributes to the magic of movies and the folks who make them.

This year I'm excited about Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, both of which I have seen and loved. I'm looking forward to Seth McFarlaine's take on hosting. The cast of Les Mis performing as well as Adele. I can't wait for it all.

So it starts in 15. If you will please excuse me, I must go tuck my kid into bed and grab my bowl of ice cream to settle in with my sweetie and watch the beautiful people of Hollywood adore each other…and adore them myself.

And the Oscar goes to…..


46 Days

One of the things that's been keeping me busy.
One of the things that’s been keeping me busy.

46 Days. ¬†In the blogosphere, that is a really long time. ¬†Unfortunately, that’s how long it’s been since my last post.

You’d think that nothing happened to me in the last 46 days. ¬†That I haven’t read any books, cooked any meals, thought about anything interesting. ¬†Well that’s just not true. ¬†Except the book thing. ¬†Believe it or not, I’m still working on reading the book that I started at the end of November. ¬†Me, who read 60 books last year, and over 60 the year before, is still working on that same book. ¬†It’s not that it’s not a good book, I just haven’t been reading. ¬†I’ve been doing a lot of knitting, a bit of blanket making, and reading a lot of online content – magazines, tech blogs etc. This is not like me at all, but I’m not putting a bunch of pressure on myself to get reading again. ¬†It’s part of who I am, and I will get back to it eventually. ¬†Soon, I expect.

I’m also (obviously) lacking in the writing area. ¬†Again, this is very odd for me. ¬†Writing is also part of who I am. ¬†Even if I’m not blogging, I’m usually¬†journaling. ¬†I haven’t been doing that lately much either. ¬†I guess in a way I’ve been taking a break from stuff.

Break over.

So things are good. ¬†I’ve been doing some crafting lately, making things for people. ¬†One thing I have been making is fleece blankets for people. ¬†My mom introduced me to them. ¬†She had been keeping a secret from all of us (except Dad) for a few months before Christmas last year. ¬†She was making something for everyone in her family. ¬†A craft that she had received from a friend and wanted to pass on to everyone she loved. ¬†It turned out to be these awesome blankets. ¬†They are warm, comfortable, and easy to do. ¬†The really nice thing about them and the thing that makes them a great gift, is that they can be personalized based on likes, hobbies, favourite sports, etc. ¬†You just have to find a fleece that you think they will like and boom, you’re done. ¬†Since Christmas I’ve made 4 of them and there are more I want to do for different peeps that I love. ¬†They’re lots of fun. ¬†If you’re interested in making one, a useful¬†description¬†on how to do it is here. ¬†Just as an aside, I usually use 2 metres of fabric (or 2 yards if measured that way) unless for a small child, in which case I use a metre and a half. ¬†My fringe is 4.5 inches.

Just to brighten your day, this has been making the rounds online and it’s so cute, I had to share it. ¬†If you haven’t seen it, take the time to watch this future star in action.

Hope you’re having a great Friday. ¬†Till next time.