Saturday, January 29, 2011


As most of you know, I've taken up a wee bit of a photo project for the year. 52 words. 52 weeks. Truth is (she admits sheepishly) I'm doing two of them. And so, as you can imagine... This has taken over our lives to a degree. Thankfully, save a few dollars on props and a bit on gas, it's a relatively cheap project. But, the brain is constantly whirring and there are regular conversations about them in our home (eg. Patrick comes upstairs yesterday carrying his phone that is now broken in two: "Hey, you could use this for 'mistake'".) Well, my daughter has now taken up her own little project. And, I must say, it is a delight seeing her brain and creativity at work. And so, without further adieu, here are her words (all her own ideas):
  1. Snowhill
  2. Marry
  3. Food
  4. Flower
  5. Pretty
  6. Silly
  7. Sour
  8. Family
  9. Music
  10. Love
  11. Yummy
  12. Outside
  13. Jesus
  14. Coke
  15. Sleep

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dream big, son

When Abby grows up she wants to be:
1. a nurse or
2. a doctor or
3. a chef or
4. a ballet teacher.

When Jack grows up he wants to be able to use markers.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Conversation in our house this morning

Background: We're going on a date this Friday. Yes, without children. No cutting up of food (we may even ask the server to cut ours for us). No snapping about sitting in the chair all through the meal. No begging to focus on eating. No picking various utensils off the floor. No cooking of supper for 6 yet again. (How can you tell regular life has been getting me down a bit lately.)

J-L: So, are we going to a movie after supper too?
ccap (eyes rolling): No, honey, I won't force you to do that with me.
J-L: But that's what marriage is all about: Forcing your spouse to do stuff he doesn't want to do and then him being resentful of it.

They don't tell you THAT in them there fancy premarital counseling classes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wee Golden Globes Recap

When you enjoy silly movie award shows as much as I do and you have a five year-old daughter who loves fancy dresses as much as I do, sitting together to watch the Golden Globes red carpet is about as much fun as two girls could have on a cold Sunday night.

A wee fashion synopsis from the evening:

Three dresses we both liked:
Claire Danes
Amy Adams

Three dresses we both didn’t like:
Julianne Moore
Helena Bonham Carter
Angelina Jolie

Most of the other dresses brought mixed reviews from this panel of judges.

Two other wee bits from Abby’s mouth:

As Matthew Morrison walked the red carpet: Hey, Mom, is that Del Barber? (that’s an inside one for all you Manitoba folk festers.)

And, as they announced the nominees for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie (…”Al Pacino for ‘You Don’t Know Jack’”…): Hey, yes I DO know Jack.

And two bits that aren’t about the 5 year-old:

My favorite Ricky Gervais joke of the night? When he introduced Bruce Willis as Ashton Kutcher’s dad. Although, the scientology, Charlie Sheen and Robert Downey Jr. jokes also got me chuckling. I’m fond of someone saying it like it is for those stuffy Hollywood types.

My favorite speech of the night? Hands down Colin Firth. Classy but funny.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Useless Stats

Yes, I did a post like this last year. But, here's the thing about me. I like movies. And, I also like stats. And I love year-in-review type lists. So, combine all three? Yeah, I'll fritter away some time. Plus, I don't go anywhere during my lunch hour and yet I like to take a break so lazy internet usage is just the break I need. Anyway, this year I got even nuttier. Last year 26 lists? This year 42. It's unhealthy really. Without further adieu, here are the most highly rated movies of 2010:

10. The Ghost Writer - 8 votes
10. The Fighter - 8 votes
9. The Town - 10 votes
9. Exit Through the Gift Shop - 10 votes
8. True Grit - 11 votes
7. 127 Hours - 12 votes
6. The Kids Are All Right - 17 votes
5. The King's Speech - 18 votes
5. Black Swan - 18 votes
4. Winter's Bone - 19 votes
3. Inception - 21 votes
2. Toy Story 3 - 26 votes

And by far and away the number one movie to appear on most critics' Top 10 Movies of 2010 is...

1. The Social Network - 36 votes

I've seen 10.5 of the movies noted (thus far, I still want to make it through another 1.5 of them). There are a couple on there that are completely perplexing to me but such is the way of "art".

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Photography project (yes, another one)

As if my 100 strangers photography project weren't enough (which, incidentally is pretty much at a stand still right now - I find it soooo much harder chatting up strangers in the winter) I've taken on another one with a friend of mine. This one doesn't make my heart palpitate as much nor my throat to close each time I approach taking a photo.

The idea is simple. 52 weeks of the year. 52 words. Each word is up to us how we want to interpret or photograph it.

Feel free to come by for a visit... at least on Saturdays.

52 by 2

Psst, soooo not a competition of any sort - both of us just like taking pictures.

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 10th

Three years ago today was one of the hardest days of my life.

I wonder if a day has gone by when I haven't thought back to January 10, 2008.

I wonder if a day has gone by when I haven't thanked God for our worst fears not coming true on that day.

I wonder if a day has gone by where I HAVEN'T feared that the tumour will one day grow back.

I remember my mom telling me (shortly after Jack's birth) that we should be thanking God several times a day for the miracle God gave us. No, mom, I'm sorry, I disagree with you. I think my entire breathing should be in reverance to my God and the gifts He's given us.