Happy Valentines Day!

Well, the time has come for lovers to celebrate their relationships and show their unfailing committment to one another.. for love struck crazies to declare their love to the one they have yet to share their feelings with.. for friends to celebrate each other and for singles to get drunk and throw I hate Valentines Day parties because they feel they have no one to share this day with. Personally, I have always loved this day. And no, it’s not because I have always been in a relationship because between you and me, Adam is not the most Valentine’s Day loving creature on the planet… in fact he hates it… however I do usually get a nice Card, E- Card and sometimes on the OFF chance we are in the same place at the same time… wonderful grocery store flowers (because he knows they are my favourite). So, he does okay!

While I do love it, I sometimes pretend I don’t like Valentines Day  because most people now a days seem to hate it. I know everyone always says “you don’t need a holiday to declare your love for someone or show someone you appreciate them.. you should do that everyday” okay, blah blah blah. YES, in a perfect word the man or woman you choose to share your life with will show you every single day how amazing you are and shower you with compliments, feed you strawberries, provide you with an unlimited supply of unicorn babies and read you Harry Potter by candlelight… BUT, in reality I don’t think this always happens. I’m not saying it isn’t possible and some couples don’t have this, but what about for those that don’t for whatever reasons. Life gets in the way sometimes. People get busy and people forget. So why is it so bad to have ONE friggin day out of the year to tell someone you love just HOW much you love them??

I don’t think it’s silly, in fact I LOVE this day and what it means for people all around the world. I can’t be with my Valentine today (well, haha most days lately) but we will be seeing one another very shortly… 4 DAYS TO BE EXACT.. but I just wanted to throw it out there to the universe and him that I am thinking of you and want to say thank you for being my Valentine 8 for years in a row! You deserve a medal. Also, thank you for loving me for me. SO, because I don’t wanna get too mushy and you know how much I love the F word… in the words of P!nk:

Pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever feel
Like you’re less than fuckin’ perfect
Pretty pretty please, if you ever ever feel like you’re nothing
You’re fuckin’ perfect to me!

I love you.

Happy Valentines Day everyone, I hope you have a magical day, Valentines or not!

I leave you with this wonderful picture just to remind you that even Alpacas celebrate Valentines too…

Oh I almost forgot to say Happy Valentines Day to my simu-boyfriend when Adam is in the wilderness and therefore has no access to technology… to ConAir thanks for being Valentine #2. Ha, : )

 

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Who’s it gonna’ be…

It is nearing that time of year when films around the world are honored for their outstanding stories, best performances, cinematography, best direction etc etc. It is also a time when the stars of these films don the years most fabulous designs and take to the red carpet with their loved ones to bask in recognition. Yes, I am talking about the 83rd Academy Awards, which is happening on February 27th, only a few weeks away. I have always been a huge fan of the Oscars, and it has been a tradition since I can remember to sit down with my mom and watch them together. In the last few years, because of school, this has changed a bit, however, I have yet to miss a show and don’t plan on starting now!

I figured since I love movies so much I would weigh in on my choices for this years winners. I would like to start with that fact while there were SO many deserving films and actors this year, there was one in particular that I feel was unfairly recognized in both the Best Film category and Best Actor category. I watched it last night, and I LOVED it. Blue Valentine. Which, not to be fooled by the title, is not  your typical hollywood romance story with a prince charming and a happy ending. It is in fact quite the opposite. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play an unhappily married couple who were once fanatically in love and now they have lost sight of that and are ultimately miserable… the movie is so honest and heartbreaking but these two made the movie what it is, beautiful. I’m sorry but just because James Franco is hosting the Oscars, does not mean he should get an Oscar nod for standing in a crevis for 127hrs contemplating whether or not to cut off his arm… Ryan Gosling was definitely shafted in this category, in my opinion anyway.

I also need to rant a little bit about the Social Network and the buzz it has caused in the award circuit. First of all, best picture?? Are you kidding? It was good yes, but at times boring, repetitive, and all in all lack-luster…. I get that Jesse Eisenberg was great in the movie and I guess I will agree with his Oscar nom, but no way, not for Best Picture. You (the movie) are in the company of greats like, Gone With The Wind, Casablanca, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Rain Man, DANCES WITH WOLVES, Forrest Gump, American Beauty, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, SLUMDOG for cryin’ out loud…. COME ON…. just because you were made because you tell the story of the DEATH of face to face interaction you deserve an Oscar?? NO WAY. Yes, I am addicted to Facebook. A lot of people are. I am also addicted to Creme Eggs and animals and shopping but I wouldn’t record myself eating a chocolate egg while riding an alpaca through the mall and call that a film now would I?? (No matter how awesome it would be)

Okay.. getting back to my picks for the winners… So, for Best Actor, it’s going to be Colin Firth. I have yet to see The Kings Speech but have heard wonderful things about both the film and his performance in it.  For Actor in a Supporting Role, it’s going to be Christian Bale. I saw him in The Fighter and thought he gave an oustanding performance. Different from anything he has done in the past, his part as Micky’s crack addict brother was phenomenal. No complaints there. For Best Actress, obviously Natalie Portman will win because of her performance in Black Sawn, however, I think it should go to Michelle Williams. I understand the work Natalie put into this movie and the physical transformation she had to undertake, but as an actress I felt Michelle gave the better performance. For Best Supporting Actress, I think it will be down to Helena Bonam Carter and Melissa Leo. Don’t really have any insight into either of these roles, other than I thought Melissa Leo played a great character in The Fighter. Best Animated, Toy Story 3 will take it, and I did love this movie, however, How To Train Your Dragon was surprisingly adorable and I LOVED the story line so I am happy it received a nod.

What’s next… so Best Art Direction.. hmm.. this is a toughy because all the films in this category were visually outstanding.. I will say Inception because it was so ridiculous and crazy in this sense… perhaps the only thing I appreciated about this one. Cinematography, this one is also difficult but I will guess that Inception or Black Swan will take the cake. She did turn into a friggin bird so I guess that is pretty Oscar worthy. Next is Costume Design, always a favourite of mine, and I believe that Alice In Wonderland will take this one.. there were SO many wild and whimsical costumes in this movie and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter deserves recognition. The next category is Best Direction and I will say that while I think David O. Russell should win for The Fighter, my prediction is that David Fincher will win once again for The Social Network..boo. I have picks for the other categories but those are ultimately not as important (to me anyway) as the last category, Best Film. This is going to be a big decision, and if Social Network wins in this category I will scream. But, I do think it will win because of its previous awards already and the recognition it has already received. Why I have no idea.. but I think it will. If I had to choose one though out of the nominees I would want to win, it would be The Fighter. I absolutely loved this movie. It had great acting, great characters, a great story line, and evoked so many different emotions in me as I was watching. I cried, I laughed and I was on the edge of my seat when he was fighting at the end. Such an all around good movie.

So that’s that. Those are my picks.. Will you be tuning in to see who takes home the gold??