Five (favorite) things for the week of December 2.

Finally, the Christmas countdown can begin! 16 days until Nova Scotia, 22 days until Christmas Eve, and just 15 more days of working hard on work before the holidays. Phew!

As I mentioned last week, I’m in the home stretch of the weekly five things posts. This week, I have five favourite movies that you may have or may not have seen already; but, take it from me, you should see each and every one of them.

1. Babies (2010). This documentary is the most unobtrusive documentary I have seen. Rather than forcing a narrative on the viewer that presents an argument, this amazing film simply follows the development of four babies in four very different global locations. The footage is incredible, and your heart will melt as you watch the development of each and every baby.

2. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). If I have to pick a favorite Wes Anderson film, this is the one. It’s got amazing characters, dramatic family dynamics, and silliness through and through.

3. An Education (2009). This dramatic story of a romance that shouldn’t have been is incredibly well acted. I think Carey Mulligan is amazing, and it’s a heartbreaking but beautiful story.

4. Dan in Real Life (2007). I’m not sure exactly what it is about this quiet, non-eventful film that makes me like it so much. But, Steve Carell in a non-humor role, coupled with Dane Cook, Juliette Binoche and a soundtrack by Sondre Lerche make for a surprisingly excellent film that I really, really enjoy.

 5. Love Actually (2003). Yep, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is my top pick, hands down, for ever and ever. It’s the best. 


Five things for the week of November 25.

Last week I attended convocation for my Master of Science degree! The entire week was filled with fun, family, and familiar faces. It was a blast (albiet a tiring one).

It’s back to the grindstone for the last week of November, the last week of classes, and the last regular week of “five things”. Don’t despair, though. I’m not done just yet. Throughout the remaining weeks of 2013 I’ll share some favourite fives to cap off the year. In 2014 I will be retiring my blog in favour of a personal website geared more closely to my academic aspirations. I won’t stop sharing favourite things, though – It will just be more regularly through Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Here’s five awesome things for the week:

1. Mad Men Without Smoking. Ellen, you always make me laugh.

2. GoldieBlox: Toys for girls. This is just awesome.

3. The story of Monica and Chandler. Great piece on the writer’s of Friends formulation of my favourite TV couple.

4. Newborn Twins. This video is completely mesmerizing. These babies don’t even know they are out of the womb and it is fascinating to watch them interact! More info here.

5. This GIF. It has been making the round this week, but I wanted to share it here in my quest to convince more people to get on a bike for commuting! (It’s better than transit, too! IMO).

Five things for the week of November 18.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to see the inside of the famous Kingston Pen! It was so neat to see the inside of what has long-been a landmark location in Kingston.

The excitement continues this week, although in a very different way: it’s time to convocate for my Master degree this week. Family is visiting, so should be a lot of fun!

Here’s a few fun items to start the week off right:

1. Lena Dunham interviews Mindy Kaling. A neat conversation between two ladies I find interesting.

2. Actually, there are eleven Americas. Okay, history, you win this round. This article and infographic gives a good historical review of the settlements that formed North America.

3. How a sewing machine works. I’ve used a sewing machine, I’ve been fascinated by how a sewing machine does what it does, and now I finally understand it all! A simple image to explain it all.

4. So… would you do this? A crazy first date story.

5. This mani. Maybe I’ll try this soon, in preparation for the holiday season?

Five things for the week of November 11.

Today is Remembrance  Day, which I consider to be one of the more important Canadian holidays. Unfortunately, in Ontario, without the statutory holiday status, I believe the purpose of reflecting on the importance of this day gets lost in the daily shuffle. So, take a moment to remember why we reflect on Remembrance Day.

To move on with the rest of your day, here’s a few more joyful items to also enjoy:

1. Arcade Fire & Greta Gerwig. I think Gerwig is absolutely fantastic, and I loved this live music video that was created and executed for the YouTube Music Awards (an event/thing I have not quite yet figured out). Enjoy!

2. The Great British Bake-Off. Oh. My. Goodness. Do you love the Brits like I do? Do you have a lust for delicious gluten-filled things that no one should be eating but look devilishly good? Then you must, must, must start watching the Great British Bake Off in a hurry! I’ve sadly rushed through two seasons in the last week as I just can’t seem to get enough of things I can’t have (gluten, dairy etc). At the very least, the british accents will soothe you, and you won’t gain a single calorie by indulging by viewing.

3. Love Actually turns 10. My favourite film of all time is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, and I can’t wait to watch it as soon as the first snow falls. (Female friends, I know you do this, too). Here’s a great celebration of the ten years that I liked reading – who wouldn’t love all the different story lines!?

 4. SNL’s Wes Anderson spoof. Lovely, just lovely. (Click through for a video link.)

5. Enough Said. I’m off to see this tomorrow night, and really looking forward to it!

Five things for the week of November 4.

It’s hard to believe that it’s November and we’re past daylight savings. At about this point in the year, I start to dream of winter solstice, knowing that when we hit that the days will start to grow longer instead of shorter again. In the meantime, here’s a few fun things to get Monday off to a great start!

1. It’s not about the nail. If you’re in a relationship, watch this video. 

2. A great idea. How to take photos at parties.

3. A craft I want to do. Christmas is just around the corner, so here’s a simple craft idea.

4. A recipe to try this week. Fried honey bananas.

5. What do animals sound like in different languages?

Five things for the week of October 28.

Hey there, what’s up?

Another monday, another round of interesting things!

1. The Japanese need to get their mojo back. There have been a variety of news pieces on this topic this past week, and I found this one to be an interesting read. I find the impact of cultural norms on the younger populations to be both devastating and fascinating.

2. Think your eyeballing skills for hanging paintings are stellar? Try this eyeballing test to see how good you actually are. It’s a challenge, but it’s fun, too!

3. Not So Kitty. Discovered the most hilarious and amazing cat accessories on Etsy the other day. Anyone for a cat fascinator?


4. Wikipedia: In decline? Is one of the biggest and most visited websites on the web at risk of decline? Read more here.

5. Arcade Fire: Here Comes The Night Video Special. Loving all of this!

Five things for the week of October 21.

So this past week was the great pickling adventure, after a visit to the farmer’s market netted a huge basket of peppers, both hot and mild. The results? Pineapple hot pepper jelly, regular hot pepper jelly, pickled hot and spicy peppers, and one awesome-and-already-being-consumed jar of bbq-roasted red peppers. Phew!

Here’s a few things for the week:

1. Wes Anderson’s next film: The Grand Budapest Hotel. This looks so good! As usual, lots of great folks in the cast. Too bad we have to wait until March 7, 2014!

2. Helicopter Canada. Watched this on Netflix, and really, you should too. It’s shot in 1966 and celebrates good ol’ Canada in a most hilarious and enjoyable way. It’s not got great editing, but the entertaining narration makes up for what it lacks in cinematography. Give it a go!

3. Reading emotions. This test of reading emotions through eyes is really cool. How many can you get right? (I got 32).

4. Daniel Radcliffe. A great piece, if you are a fan.

5. Colossal: Life-life photos from toy cars. Amazing photos shot on real landscapes with toy cars. Click through for all the details and some shots to prove to you these really are toy cars!