Tag Archives: Things I Like

Day Twenty-Seven | Joy

4 Oct

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

something you could
never get tired of doing.

Taking vacation and escaping from real life.


Day Twenty-Three | Television

30 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

a show you’re currently addicted to.

I’m not currently addicted to a show the same way that I would consider myself addicted to Dexter when I first started watching it. I couldn’t get enough of it in the first 2 seasons. I discussed it and analyzed it ad nauseam with fellow Dexter watchers, and hated the long drawn out days of waiting for the next episode to air. Since then, I don’t think I’ve experienced the same level of obsession with another show. I don’t know. Perhaps talk to me again when I pick up the Dexter DVDs sometime in the future and start watching the rest of the seasons.

While there are current shows that I don’t want to miss, I wouldn’t exactly say that I’m truly addicted to them. My favorite show right now is Glee. It’s like the complete opposite of the type of show that Dexter was, but oh well.

Did you all catch the most recent episode, Britney/Brittany? I love watching Heather Morris as Brittany, not only because she has some of the best laugh-out-loud lines and moments in the show, but also because she’s such a brilliant dancer. This episode gave her a really good chance to shine. The entire episode was really fun, and that’s why I love watching this every week. Even though we’re only two episodes into the season, my favorite performance has got to be Billionaire from the first episode, “Audition.” I can’t stop watching it because it’s so happy and fun and makes me want to smile all day long.

Day Sixteen | Cravings

22 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

things you crave a lot.

French Fries (especially if from McDonald’s)

Photo by Purrrpl_Haze via flickr.com

Vietnamese Pho

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Potato Chips

Photo by Adam Kuban via flickr.com

Spicy Indian Food

Photo by Vanessa Pike-Russel via flickr.com

Home Made Chicken Noodle Soup

Photo by arthurohm via flickr.com

I’m a savory girl. I don’t have a sweet tooth so the things I crave are of the salty, delicious quality. Soups are high on my list of cravings, especially when the weather turns cold and then it’s all I can think of – that bowl of soup to warm my belly!

Day Two | My Favorite Season

8 Sep

Today’s prompt for My 30 Days is:

your favorite season + why it’s your favorite.

Summer. Without a doubt.

I’m really sad to see it coming to an end for another year. What makes it my favorite? So many reasons.

Flip Flops | Tank Tops | Sun Dresses | Bare Legs | Bare Feet | Tan Lines
| Long Days | Farmer’s Markets

Rain on Hot Pavement | Outdoor Concerts | Fireworks in July | Sleeping With the Windows Open at Night | Eating Outside

Drive-In Theaters | Being on the Lake | Gelato | Hot Sticky Days | Warm Nights
| Ice Cream Dates | Bright Sunny Mornings |  Toronto’s CNE

Sangria on the Patio | Fresh Juicy Berries | Camping | BBQs | Sidewalk Sales | August Meteor Showers | Clear Skies

Food Festivals | Ribfests | Road Trips | Thunderstorms | My Parent’s Backyard Pool | Pitchers of Home Made Iced Tea

* All images from: vi.sualize.us

Fill in the Blank Friday – TV Edition!

20 Aug

It’s a very special Fill in the Blank Friday, because not only is it themed around something near and dear to my heart – television – but also because it’s by the very special Leesh! Awesome job Leesh, you put together a great one. Play along too, and link up here at Lauren’s blog – it’s fun!

1. My favorite current TV show is Glee. I have so much fun with this show. For me, it’s total ear and eye candy – hello, Puck! I’m really looking forward to the Britney Spears-themed episode, and I hear rumblings that there may even be a George Michael/Wham themed one in the works?

2. The TV character I can relate to most is ummmm. This is a tough one. I guess now it’s Pete Campbell on Mad Men, only because I can relate to his role at work – forget all the drinking, smoking, sleeping with other women thing, and the fact that he’s a man – it’s the Account thing at the agency.

3. My life is like (fill in with TV show and why)…. My life is pretty unexciting, but sometimes I feel like it’s the Big Bang Theory when I’m hanging out with The BF and his buddies. There’s exactly 4 of them that get together on a semi-regular basis and they often hang out at our house. They’re not nerds, but they do bring out the geeky side of each other and become a little juvenile, but not in an entirely bad way.

4. My all time favorite TV show is Three’s Company, Friends, Lost, Freaks ‘n Geeks, Six Feet Under, Gilmore Girls. Apparently, I’ve watched way too much TV in my life and I can’t pick just one favorite all time show.

5. A TV show that is ridiculously stupid, but I continue to watch is The Bachelor/The Bachelorette, and now Bachelor Pad. Why people would actually put themselves in situations like this to “find love” and do it so earnestly escapes me. Though every season, I get hooked because of the characters, conflicts and ridiculous situations that wind up on this show. Pure mesmerizing entertainment and good material for water cooler chat the next morning.

6. My favorite TV couple is Amanda and Marc on Ugly Betty. Not a couple in the romantic sense, but they were the bitchiest duo of BFFs ever.

7. One TV episode I could watch over and over again is that episode of Friends called “The One with the Embryos” where they have the trivia contest, the boys against the girls to see who knows more about whom. We find out various random facts about the friends in the most briliantly hilarious way EVER. Joey’s childhood imaginary friend? Maurice, a Space Cowboy. Monica’s nickname as field hockey goalie? Big Fat Goalie. Chandler’s age when he first touched a girl’s breast? 19. It’s funny every single time.

I was an 80s Child

13 Aug

Anyone who knows me knows that I love anything from the 80s. And luckily for me, this extreme nostalgia for the 80s is one of the biggest things I have in common with The BF. Though we were both very young at the time, we are very fond of the gooey Velveeta that oozes from this decade, whether it be the television, the clothes, the make-up, the movies, the toys and games, or the music. Oh, the music! It’s most definitely our favorite part of the 80s. It fills up a big chunk of my iPods  and his record collection is made up of hundreds of so-bad-it’s-good albums, 45s and 12″ remixes. It’s a little embarrassing how giddy we can get when we’re at an 80s music party, or if an obscure favorite happens to come on the radio when we’re in the car.

So, I’m going to try to start a regular series on this blog and talk about why the 80s are so great to me. Starting with this post on my all-time favorite show of the 80s, Three’s Company.

Three's Company

Click on this image to see the opening sequence, featuring one of the best sitcom theme songs of all time!

I could spend an entire weekend in front of the tv binging on Three’s Company episodes even though I’ve seen each one countless times. And when I watch the show now, I wonder to myself how I enjoyed it as much as I did as a child. Granted, each episode’s story was not complex by any means, though I know now that essentially all of it would’ve gone way over my head back then. Sexual innuendo. Homophobic jokes. Inappropriate situations. I can only guess that the appeal that it had for me back then was the basic and silly farce of it all. Every single episode was just a comedy of errors, and even the immature and inexperienced mind of a child could appreciate that. And as an adult I can watch this show with its improbable and absurd situations and still laugh my ass off.

I will never understand Larry’s appeal, if he had any at all. The Ropers were hilarious as the landlords, but I’ll always prefer Mr. Furley. Cindy frustrated me to no end with her clumsiness, but it always resulted in a bit of comedy gold when she got in Jack’s way. Dean Travers will always be a creepy old perv flashing his lascivious grin whenever talking to Jack about his living situation. Chrissy’s nighties led me to believe back then that I would grow up to be a woman who wore pajamas like that. Mr. Angelino was a scary and mean boss. I will always crush a little on Jack Tripper.

My favorite episode is the one where Jack agrees to go with Janet to a private party held on a small island. He’s terrified of flying so he takes tranquilizers beforehand, but then also ends up accepting a drink named “The Rocket” at the party. He lies about his profession to everyone he meets and dances up a storm, making himself and Janet look bad. Sadly, I can’t find any videos online of this brilliant scene and had to settle on this mere screen shot.

Jack Tripper Three's Company

I Heart Letterpress

5 Aug
Frenchie Letterpress Card GiveawayImage from: Janie Hearts

So, I’ve been obsessing over stationery lately. Letterpress stationery to be exact. I’m not sure when or why this happened, but I can’t get enough of looking at these pretty pieces whenever I’m online. Every once in a while, I’ll also visit a shop that’s close to work so that I can admire letterpress stationery and cards up close. They’re amazingly distinct because they’re so tactile and have that quality of fine design.

Here are some great etsy finds:

Owl Letterpress Bicycle Etsy LetterpressLetterpress Etsy Card

Recipe Cards Etsy LetterpressBirthday Letterpress Etsy Card

Images from etsy shop: [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]

Which is why I was happy to stumble upon the blog of Janie Hearts, who is a stationer specializing in letterpress stationery. What’s even happier is that she is hosting a giveaway of not just one, but two sets of her very own letterpress flat cards. Two sets means two winners, so if you win one, I won’t be upset because I’ll still have a chance to win the other one. Visit Janie’s blog to enter for your chance to win yourself!

Mad Men

27 Jul

I’ve been hearing so much talk about Mad Men over the last few years though I’d never gotten around to watching it. By the time my interest had really been piqued, it was already a few seasons in and it felt like it was too late to invest the time to catch up. I was also starting to feel a little left out at work, because more and more people were starting to talk about it there, and how it is humorously relative to us because we work in the industry today. We just have less booze, no cigarettes, and more women who occupy roles other than secretary in our place and time.

Luckily, the first few seasons had been kicking around Rogers on Demand for a while and after a few binge sessions over the last couple of months, I was able to fully catch up and be ready for Sunday night’s fourth season premiere.

I’ll admit that it was a bit tough to get into. The pace is slower than what we typically see on TV these days. There isn’t a huge amount of dialogue – in fact, much of the show is based on what isn’t said more than what is actually in the spoken dialogue. And some episodes even appear to be uneventful ones in which nothing really happens. So I guess if you’re looking for action, suspense and fast moving stories, Mad Men isn’t for you.

Don Draper is the main character, the Creative Director and Partner of a New York City ad agency, set in the 1960s. The show is centered around him and the people in his office, as well as their lives outside of work. Once you get into the show, it’s hard not to get immersed. It’s such a well-done show in its details, characters, story and aesthetic. You also get a sense of time throughout the episode with references to some historic events that the characters experience or witness, such as the death of Marilyn Monroe, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s also pretty amusing to see the amount of cigarettes and booze these agency people consume throughout the day in the office. The fashion and styling is also fantastic, and makes me wish that I could wear Betty Draper dresses every single day of my life. Even the opening sequence is in line with this whole moody aesthetic.

I’m really glad that I had the chance to get caught up on the seasons, because now I’ll be able to watch the episodes air with the rest of the world.

Fill in the Blank Friday!

25 Jun

Today, I’m working from home, which means that I really should be focusing on work. I’ve got my lap top in front of me and it’s a gorgeous day outside with nothing but sun, and to be quite frank with you, work is boring me. This all makes it hard to resist playing along on another fun Fill in the Blank Friday. This week’s theme is food! If you want to play along, hop onto Lauren’s the little things we do and join the fun.

1.  If I could choose my last meal it would be a buffet of rich, saucy, spicy Indian food. Oh, and a plate of McDonald’s french fries

2.  My favorite person to share a meal with is  any friend that I haven’t seen in a while because it’s nice to catch up over a slow dinner with a bottle of wine.

3.  The best meal I’ve ever had was a lobster dinner I had in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’d never seen a lobster that big, and had never tasted a lobster that fresh and succulent in my life. We overindulged that night on fresh Atlantic seafood, and we paid the price afterwards with very sore tummies.

4.  The one food that makes me feel instantly better when I’m having a bad day is dumplings. Any kind of dumpling from any nationality will do – Polish pierogi, Italian gnocchi, Japanese gyoza – but I especially love and will gobble up any kind of Chinese dim sum dumplings.

5.  My absolute specialty in the kitchen is I’m not really sure that I have one yet. Right now, I suppose it is this recipe that I found for Ping Gai, which is a Laotian Style Grilled Marinated Chicken. It’s always a huge hit when I make it.

6.  The city that has the best food is Toronto. We have such a diverse city and therefore any type of cuisine, and authentic cuisine at that, is readily available for you to discover and fall in love with.

7.  My favorite healthy snack is unsweetened natural apple sauce with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

8.  In my opinion the nationality which has the best food is Indian. I love the flavors and textures of it. Everything is so complex and layered.

9.  If I could learn to cook anything in the world (and be really good at it!) I’d choose seafood paella. It looks pretty complicated and would take lots of time and care to get it right.

10.  The most outrageous dessert I’ve ever had was hmmmmm. This is a tough one. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I’m sorry to say that there are no real memorable desserts in my mind. I can say that my favorite dessert is crème brûlée.

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

6 May

I recently saw this fun little post on Pencil Skirts & Pearls, and since it’s been a week since I’ve posted, I thought that this could be a quick and easy way to reintroduce myself to this little blog of mine.

1. Favorite hobby?

Image from: weheartit.com

Right now, it’s cooking and finding new and interesting yet simple recipes to make.

2. Favorite tv show?

Hard one! Right now it’s LOST and I’m cherishing every second of this show because it will all be over in just a few short weeks. Glee is still my guilty pleasure, which airs at the same time as LOST, so I will catch one “live” if I can and the other when it is put up online. My new favourite show this season is Parenthood, which I discovered by chance while channel surfing. I’m hooked – it’s the kind of show that makes you laugh and cry at the same time.

3. Favorite restaurant food?

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Indian Food! I love the intense and complex layering of flavours. It’s too rich to have often, but I would if I could.

4. Favorite thing to shop for?

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This is sad and I am a bit ashamed to say it, but lately it’s been groceries. I love feeling and smelling fresh the fresh produce. I love challenging myself to planning all our meals around only what is on sale at my local grocery store. I love filling my cart with all things fresh on my weekly trips to the store on Saturday morning. Strange to say, but grocery shopping is relaxing for me.

5. Favorite animal?

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The giraffe. To me, they’re at once majestic yet odd-looking. They appear placid and happy, have really long eyelashes and look like as if they are keeping a secret.

6. Favorite song?

“Flightless Bird American Mouth” by Iron & Wine. Yes, it is the song that is playing in the final scene of Twillight, but I can and will have it on repeat on my iPod. It’s got a gorgeous melody, and the lyrics are dense and meaningful. Admittedly, I did only discover Iron & Wine with his song “Such Great Heights” on another movie soundtrack, Garden State – which in my opinion is a brilliant compilation – and I’ve loved his stuff since. His music is subdued and melodic and it is perfect to listen to no matter what my mood is.

7. Favorite word?

I think I will say “Chartreuse.” I love how it rolls out of your mouth and I love that it sounds like the colour.

8. Recent favorite youtube video?
I am sorry to say that I’m not an avid YouTube viewer so I can’t say that I have a favourite video.

9. Favorite movie?

Love, Actually. I make a date with myself every Christmas where I will pop in the DVD and watch it while wrapping gifts. The movie gets me every time. Though I imagine that it would be kind of creepy if it happened to ourselves, how do you not melt whenever that scene plays between Mark and Juliet on her door step when he uses a series of poster boards to silently say to her “To me, you are perfect – And my wasted heart will love you…” And then at the school Christmas show, when the curtains open and reveal Sam fervently playing the drums while his love Joanna is singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” always gets me all emotional and teary. This little movie is about so many different stories of love, and each one is special and touching and lovely.

10. Favorite childhood memory?

Probably when my Aunt May, who was a teenager at the time, bought me my very first watch when we were visiting her and my Grandparents when they lived in Peterborough, Ontario. We went to a department store, and I got to pick my very own Mickey Mouse watch. It had a yellow band, and at 4 years old, I felt like I was almost a grown up.

Now it’s your turn. Have some fun and play along. Copy and paste the following, and answer each with a description and a photo. Leave a link to your post in my comments so that I can be sure to get to know you a little more too.
1. Favorite hobby?
2. Favorite tv show?
3. Favorite restaurant food?
4. Favorite thing to shop for?
5. Favorite animal?
6. Favorite song?
7. Favorite word?
8. Recent favorite youtube video?
9. Favorite movie?
10. Favorite childhood memory?

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