Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekend Crafting

Saturday I whipped up a scarf and pillow for the Reelout Silent Auction and Gala. Sadly I forgot to take a picture, but I will try to add one to this post later in the week. It was a lot of fun and I am re-energized to get crafting.

Sunday aft was the first of I plan on being a monthly event; Itch to Stitch. Most of the attendees were knitters, but I want stitchers of all kinds to feel welcome. People cam around 3 and then we did build your own panini for dinner. So much cheese! I will have to remember photos for next time!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Lovely Bones

I went to see the Lovely Bones last night and I quite liked it. I looked amazing! I kept thinking this was done by the studio that brought out Lord of the Rings and although the subject and look of those stories are very different they were both brought to life with incredible attention to visual detail.

I read the book a number of years ago so I have to say I couldn't quite remember if things were totally accurate. I plan to re-read it soon. But I think that heaven although beautiful was a bit different in the book.

Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon was fantastic! You may remember her as the snitching younger sister in Atonement.

Two thumbs up! Definitely worth seeing on a big screen. The scene where her father (Mark Wahlberg) is smashing his model ships was a stand out for me and all of those 70s clothes!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Damned United

If you like sports films and British actors this is the one for you! I saw it yesterday aft with A+G. It was fun, but I guess that they cut a lot of swearing and naked bums in the North American release. And what is a football (European or North American) without swearing and nudity?!

Check it out here.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eat Well!

So another 'resolution' of mine is to eat better and eat in more. In that vein I have been trying my hand at vegan and gluten free meals. I ate vegan for about a year a few years ago and felt all around healthier, but totally fell off the wagon. I'm climbing back on and thought that trying to cut out wheat as well might give a little more insight into my mild, but chronic gastro-intestinal issues.

So far I have made blueberry muffins and peanut butter cookies, stirfries and soups. I made a big pot of spaghetti sauce today that is going to go on spaghetti squash as soon as it comes out of the oven. Then some pumpkin coconut muffins are going in and there is some avacado/chocolate pudding chilling in the fridge.

It will be an adventure!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

See More Films!

In the spirit of one of my New Year's resolutions I have seen a number of films in the past few weeks, both at the theatre and on video. I love movies!

I will count the last few that I saw in 2009 because they were good. But here goes:

Avatar in 3D was amazing. I am hoping to see it again in theatres, but I think that experience will be lost on video.

This was a New Year's eve treat! I found it felt a lot longer than it was, but I do love Audrey Tatou! And it was neat to see her evolution.

I loved the costumes in this, especially the little suit/vest numbers worn by Rachel McAdams, and the opening and closing credits stood out, but on the whole it wasn't quite as fantastic as I was expecting.

Up in the Air was really great. The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it will certainly have me re-evaluating my backpack!

As rentals, last night I finally saw Darjeeling Ltd which I have to say was weird, but in an enjoyable kind of way. I liked the music. And King of California with Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood. A quirky story with a very off beat character for Douglas. I liked it. I was kind of like the Goonies for grown-ups.

Reelout is coming up at the end of the month so I am sure that there will be no shortage of film watching in the near future and I look forward to seeing all of the Oscar nominees. It has always been a goal and I plan to do it this year!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Last Puppy Standing

My mantra for the past few days has been, 'I love my dog.' In his defense I have changed his routine a bit with the introduction of baby gates and a move from the bathroom to his new gated area for over night. But, Charlie has peed in the house more in the last 2 days than in the whole time I've had him (at least it feels like it). I went to the bathroom and this was what I returned to. That was the last puppy pad I plan to use. In our first month together he has only peed on a puppy pad once and I'm fairly certain it was by accident!

It sure is a good thing that he's cute!