It’s the end of the world… so have a party!

Because if we’re going to go down, why not go down laughing? Or more accurately, how to spend your friday night doing fun things.

So, what can you do to commemorate centuries worth of fascination and fear with December 21st? Here are a few ideas! Continue reading

[TV] Downton Abbey

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I’ve done it! I’ve finally started watching Downton Abbey! (I say started watching it rather than just having watched the pilot because the first episode was so good, I really want to watch more!).

So, it’s 2012 and two years have passed since the show premiered, so I’m not going to bother doing a thorough recap. Rather, I’ll talk about my thoughts on the show. Continue reading

[Books] Reading list update

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It’s almost the end of the year! I can hardly believe it.

So, assuming that the world doesn’t end on the 21st and I get to live to see the new year, here is my reading list as of December 2012! (which might will definitely bleed into 2013, but that’s irrelevant.) Continue reading

Movie in Quotes: Eat, Pray, Love (part 2)

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Liz travels to India to find peace

In India:

Liz: I just spent some time in Rome and I came here feeling so great. And now here I am at the source and I feel more disconnected than ever

Richard (from Texas): Why’d you come here?

Liz: I just want some peace

Richard: Peace? Oh. You want to get to the castle, groceries, you got to swim the moat.

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Richard: You have to learn to select your thoughts the same way that you select your clothes every day. Now that’s a power that you can cultivate… because if you can’t master your thoughts, you’re in trouble.

Liz: I am trying.

Richard: Hello! That’s the damn problem! Stop trying, surrender… why don’t you just let it be?!

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[Books] Bossypants by Tina Fey (chapters 1-3)

 

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Tina Fey has always been to me that quirky comedian who sticks out as the first female comedian I saw making jokes I could actually relate to. She didn’t make beer jokes. She didn’t burp spontaneously or insult everyone. She was intelligent, sarcastic, charming, and feminist. She made light of the issues to bring them to attention, often exposing truths in ways that were easy to understand and swallow. I don’t even remember where or when I first heard of her, but the most prominent memory I have of Fey is watching her play Sarah Palin on SNL. That. was. hilarious.

From that moment on I began to follow Fey’s performances a bit more closely, and this lead me to discover her fellow comedians Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Kristen Wiig, and Tracy Morgan. What a wonderful, funny world to dive into.

Anyway, so after over four years of enjoying her work and catching the odd 30 Rock episodes on airplane TVs (I promise, I AM going to watch it one of these days!), I finally picked up Fey’s memoir Bossypants, named so because:

Because ever since I became an executive producer of 30 Rock, people have asked, “Is it hard for you being the boss?” and “Is it uncomfortable for you to be the person in charge?” You know, in that same way they say, “Gosh, Mr. Trump, is it awkward for you to be the boss of all these people?” I can’t answer for Mr. Trump, but in my case it is not.

She explains in the Introduction, setting the tone of the book. This is what I mean when I say Fey makes light of things to bring them to attention. Her subtle exposition of the fact that people think that women in powerful roles might be “uncomfortable” shows us that there is still a long way to go when it comes to female equality in the workforce, especially in positions of power. Those questions reflect an ingrained mentality that women cannot make “big” decisions  by themselves and therefore, do not belong in positions that require them to do so. I mean, can you REALLY imagine someone asking Donald Trump if he’s “uncomfortable” firing all those people and making all that money? No, I didn’t think so.

Here are some more quotes (gems) from the first three chapters: Continue reading

[Fitness] Morning Yoga

Recently, I’ve been struggling to fit work outs into my schedule on week days because my days have become very 9-to-5 and by the time I get home, I’m exhausted.

Today, I woke up a little early and tried to do some yoga. Through a happy coincidence, this video just showed up in one of my subscriptions, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve already done most of these poses before and I can assure you that they are a nice way to stretch your muscles and wake up in the morning.

The one thing that this routine adds (that I like) is that little side-to-side swaying, which adds a little energy to an otherwise slow workout.

SOTD: “Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

So, I heard this song yesterday in a movie and it’s been stuck in my head all day. Christina Perri is one of my favourite singers when it comes to low-key, melancholy love songs (happy or sad), so I’m glad to have discovered this. Great tune! Really like the chorus.

Happy Diwali!

Oh Diwali! A time filled with lights, sweets, delicious food, and generally all-around awesomeoness (not to mention gifts!). This year, I’ve learned to make a few traditional Diwali snacks, so pictures of that will be forthcoming, but in the meanwhile, here is a list of things I like about this festival:

1) The perfumed… everything. Anyone who’s been to India around this time or lived there in general knows that Diwali time is major marketing time, especially for those fancy soaps that people buy for the traditional bath (an explanation for the uninitiated). I love these soaps. My parents usually buy the sandalwood or rose scented flavours. This year, we have this “Mysore Sandal Soap”, which smells heavenly. Seriously, I need to buy a year’s supply before they’re out of stores!

One of the *many* fancy soaps that come out around diwali time.

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[Music] YouTube Discoveries: Wildest Moments

So, I was browsing tumblr, and I found this song that I really liked, so I clicked on the YouTube link, and from then on began my “discover new artists” journey that last a whole 4 new artitsts!

Follow it below:

1) “Wildest Moments” by Jessie Ware (LOVE this song!)

(…led me to…)

2) “Told You So” by Leslie Clio

(…led me to…)

3) “Silence” by Lucia

(…led me to…)
4) “Thirteen Thirtyfive”by Dillon