Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Movie review: People like Us

Technically, I am not reviewing the movie, I'm more like telling you to watch it.

A few weekends ago, my hubby threw on a movie while I was starting to sew. I sat on the couch and totally got into the first couple of minutes. I had no intention of watching the whole thing since I had stuff to do and plus, I had no idea what the movie was about. I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like it's better not to know anything about a movie or a book so you won't pass any judgment on it because you may not find it interesting. I read Hunger Games not knowing at all what it was about and loved it. With that said, I highly recommend watching People Like Us. It's a been a while since I have seen a feel-good movie and this movie totally hit the spot.

If you need something to watch, trust me on this one. Go into it blindly but if you want to read what's it's all about, check it out here. If you end up watching it, please comment and let me know what you think!

Monday, October 29, 2012

People from your past

Do you ever wonder what happened to people you 1) once dated? 2) hung out with for a couple of months? 3) worked with? 4) went to elementary or high school with? 5) disliked?

I wonder a lot what happened to certain individuals who played an instrumental part or just was a part of it at some point in my life, like ex-boyfriends, the guy I shared a locker with, the girls I used to pass notes to in class, the 20-something club I belonged to when I worked at an ad agency, friends and acquaintances I hung out with throughout the years.

I know Facebook and LinkedIn would probably reconnect me to many of these people but I am so hesitant to join in - I don't really know the reason why. So I connect with these people, then what? You  exchange a couple of messages about what you have been up to for the past several years, and then it comes to an end. Because in reality, there's a reason why you are no longer in each other's lives.

For example, a couple of years ago, I set up a small reunion for my grade 8 class with a girlfriend I re-connected with. It was great to see everyone because it had been over 20 years since I had seen some of them. We caught up with what's been going on in our lives and then what, nothing. I haven't spoken them since then. It was really nice to see how we have all grown and maybe it would great to see them in another 20 years. I guess that's what reunion are for - to see everywhere is at with no expectations of having to maintain friendships if you don't want to.

With social media, you can creep on people's lives through their status updates and photos but really, there's no connection. It's a superficial, social relationship. I don't know if I am okay with this, maybe it's why I am not on Facebook. I rather meet up with someone in person and catch up with them face to face.

So, I want to know, do you ever seek out and find people from your past? When you do find them, do you make an attempt to meet them in person or just follow them through social media? Do you rekindle your friendship? Or do you just leave people from your past in your past and just think about the relationship you had with them and leave it at that - as a memory?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

sewing and donuts

(Read all the way to the bottom of my post because there's info about a great giveaway at my fellow blogger's blog)

This week at work was busy and for whatever reason, I came home late every night. It's either because I worked late, went to the gym or just ended up walking around aimlessly downtown. On my way home from work on Friday, I stopped in at the Creativ Festival since it was only $5 after 4:30 pm.  I walked around feeling overwhelmed at the amount of vendors and all the little old ladies scurrying around. I told myself that I will only look for fabric and maybe some yarn. I was only there for an hour and decided that I should go because I had already spent $40 on fabric. One thing that really caught my eye was quilting. A lovely lady at Mad about Patchwork was kind enough to give me a brief intro on quilting. And then it finally dawned on my what fat quarters are for!

When I got home, I immediately knew that I wanted to try to make decorative tea towels. It's super easy to make and definitely spruces up the kitchen. I can't wait to buy more tea towels and use the pretty fabric I bought at Creativ Festival. Look out, you might be getting one of these for Christmas!

Then, as I promised, I finally made a pen holder for Timona. She shares the same love that I have for Papermate Flair pens. She carries all of hers around with her, so it's better that she keeps it all in one place with this roll up.

As I mentioned last week, I decided to not do the cleanse at this time. It's a good thing that I postponed it because I found some delicious sweet potato english muffins. I baked some eggs in a muffin pan to eat with these bad boys. I need to go back to the Farmer's Market this Tuesday to buy more.

I have been following @doughtoronto for some time now and always salivate when I see photos of her donuts (and you know me, I am obsessed with them). My friend Marie was kind enough to bring me a couple to try. It was summer time so by the time I got home, most of the icing had melted. Well, on Thursday, I saw a tweet that a delivery of the donuts were dropped off at a little coffee shop on my way to work. I picked up double chocolate, apple fritter and brown butter. They were all good; the apple fritter is so unique tasting and the double chocolate is to die for!!! My husband normally is not a fan of donuts but he tried a piece and told me to back off!!! I can't wait for this Thursday to pick up more.


My fellow blogger friend, Ellesy is doing a great giveaway...a digital camera. I met this lovely lady at a sewing event for bloggers early this year. She is super sweet and I am glad she took the subway halfway home with me because it was a chance to get to know her a little better. We keep in touch through social media and even though I haven't seen her in a while, I consider her a real life friend. Show her some love and check out the giveaway on her blog. You can enter here.

Hope you had a great weekend!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Random Thursday: Blogger Pet Peeves

Music playing in the background
I love music, don't get me wrong but I might not love the same music as you. Music played in a blog sometimes scares me because I am not expecting it. I rather you provide a playlist on a player on your sidebar and if I need to listen to something while I am reading your blog, I will click on it.

I can't stand all the spam I am getting

Word Verification
I hate this because half the time I can't read the the stupid words but I'll still comment on a blog if they have this word verification. I am actually thinking of adding it because I can't deal with the Anonymous comments. Is it me or is everyone getting a sh*tload of them these days? Unless there is another way to avoid these, sorry readers, I am going to add word verification soon. Will you still comment if I do this?

When bloggers don't add their email to a comment
Nothing bothers me more when someone leaves a comment with a question or something I want to respond to but they have no email attached to their comment. Here's how to do it - How to Link your Email to your Blogger Profile. If I reply to a comment of yours, will you actually come back to check and read it? Because once I leave a comment on a blog, I never go back to check if the blogger responded to my comment.

What are some of your blogging pet peeves?