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A time-lapse of a nightless Icelandic summer

20 Feb

Stumbled across this, and it’s just breath-taking!!
I love the colour of the sky, it would feel so magical to lay out at night underneath! Just beautiful

 

The best words to live by

16 Feb

When I was little this was actually my favourite song. I have vivid memories of dancing around the kitchen table while this played on the radio. You would think I would have grown up to be a lot more mellow and optimistic that I really am, but every once and a while I am reminded of that saying, and I take a moment to really think about it. It’s something I always struggle with – being worrisome, stressing out over things I can’t control, so I’ve been trying really hard lately to keep it mellow. Keep Calm and Carry On! Especially right now while I’m looking for a job, and the house we’re renting just sold (not even a week between the time my landlord told me it was going up for sale and it’s sold.. a very stressful situation) as I can’t control what happens! I can just keep moving forward, put in the work, and hope for the best!

Don’t worry – Be happy! Dooo do do do do, do do do do do dooooo : )

Unemployment Days 1&2

7 Feb

Well so far I’ve had 2 really good workouts! What did I tell you, I’m going to be jacked. I went to a Step class yesterday and I’ve just come back from a Pilates class, and both kicked my ass. God, pilates is so much harder than it looks. I’ve been doing it off and on for years but this was the first time I’ve used the circle and during one exercise it gave me a huge leg cramp, and I guess I made a face and the instructor was very concerned for my well-being haha that’s always nice, being the new girl that gets hurt in pilates class!

 the devil Pilates circle

But yesterday I was very productive! Unfortunately I crossed off the majority of my week’s to-do list in 1 day: I cleaned out my closet and put together a box full of clothes to donate to Good Will, I cleaned out my car and found the spare key my bf lost to our apartment that we moved out of this summer, and we got a good head start on cleaning up the spare room in the basement. I also took the dog for a nice long walk and vaccumed the upstairs! So now I don’t really have anything to do today except an appointment to donate blood at 4!

Good thing every time I donate blood it turns into a big adventure. Last time I was there for over 2 hours cause my left arm wouldn’t cooperate so they had to switch it to my right arm, but they were under-staffed so this took a lot longer than one would think, and I saw 2 grown men faint! This time I’ll remember to bring a book to keep myself entertained. Honestly I could devote a blog to my adventures in donating blood, there’s always something!

I did start watching the BBC mini series Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch yesterday. Well no, I didn’t watch it WITH Benedict, although I’m sure that’d be a hoot, I really wish we were friends! Not only is his name super fun to say, but he’s an awesome actor! I’m done season 1 (it’s only 3 episodes per season) and I also started watching Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy last night. Which I was super excited about because it has all the best British actors in it:

Gary Oldman (nominated for an Oscar), Colin Firth (LOVE him), Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, the guy that played Bilbo Baggins in LOTR and the guy that dressed up as a horse in Ever After! The whole gang’s here!

OMG I just googled that guy, Toby Jones, and he’s the voice of Dobby!  Life is complete!

Anyways, back to the movie – it’s a long one, 2 hours. I only made it through the first hour cause we started it late, and it’s a a bit slow. Not as action packed as I thought it was going to be. But the acting is so, so good that I’m definitely going to finish watching it and I can see why the movie and the actors got such rave reviews. Tom Hardy’s portrayal of a defect spy scared for his life is too perfect; he actually makes you really anxious and scared watching him hide in the shadows and ring his hands together. But this movie is just feeding my addiction to British actors. Although I’m not a big fan of Benedicts hair in this one

Sherlock vs Peter Guillam  (IMDB would have me believe that is his normal hair style, but I choose not to believe it!)

And after watching Sherlock the tv show, I think I’m going to watch Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows the movie tonight. The first one was really good, and I think Robert Downey Jr. plays a very good Sherlock Holmes. I bet film schools could hold a whole class comparing the different portrayals of Sherlock Holmes in movie and tv over the years versus the book. Actually, I have one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories I’ve been meaning to read as well!

Hey, look at that, I just filled up my week’s to-do list quite nicely 🙂

 

Unemployment here I come!

3 Feb

Today is the last day of my 1 year internship, so on Monday I will be officially unemployed! Everyone kept asking me if my contract would get renewed and I would just stay with this non-profit org, but my internship was through a gov’t program and you can only ever be part of the program once, sooo the org will be getting someone new, and I get a lot of free time!

And I am not good at free time! I’m trying not to be too worried about money just yet, as I can apply for employment insurance, and I’ve applied to a couple really good positions, but the mining company and the town I applied for are notoriously slow with their hiring process. So for the next few weeks while I’m sitting by the phone, I’ll have to keep myself occupied! I promise to not go to loopy on you guys, and keep my posts from being super depressing! Promise me you’ll post some funny youtube videos in the comment section to keep me entertained?

The good thing is I will be able to get back into some old hobbies I didn’t have much time for before! I used to scrapbook a lot, but that can become really time consuming and all of a sudden 5 hours have passed and the living room is covered floor to wall with glitter and scraps of paper! So I’m looking forward to having more time to do that, and I’ll be able to hit in the gym at a quiet time, so I expect to be pretty jacked in a month. hahaha! I’ll be able to check out lots of new blogs as well, and I would like to try and post more on here myself. Also, thankfully so many people got me books for my birthday and Christmas, so I’ll be able to fly through my reading list, and maybe catch up on some shows I’ve been meaning to watch – I’m more into watching series right now instead of movies – Empire Boardwalk, Shameless, The Finder, etc! BUT, I’ll also be watching all the Oscar nominated movies for best picture too, so I guess I’ll have enough stuff to do to keep my occupied for 2 weeks…. hopefully I’ll have a new job by then!

EEKK!! Wish me luck!

My new life:

2012 Oscar nominees!!

24 Jan

Did you watch the live stream of the Oscar nominations this morning?? I caught the noms for Best Picture (and lord have mercy, Jennifer Lawrence better do a hell of a lot better job in The Hunger Games than she did this morning..) and I think they were all pretty acurate, I was surprised by one though.

BEST PICTURE
“War Horse”
“The Artist”
“Moneyball”
“The Descendants”
“The Tree of Life”
“Midnight in Paris”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

I’m just surprised by Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, not because I don’t think it’s deserving, I just didn’t realize it came out in time to be considered! I’ve actually only seen 1 of the movies nominated (The Help) but I’ve heard only good things about the other ones! Midnight in Paris has been on my “to watch” list for a while, and I usually make a point of watching all the movies nominated for best picture every year before the oscars, so that’s my plan again this year! I’m very excited for War Horse!

Check out the other nominations here: http://theenvelope.latimes.com/awards/oscars/la-env-oscars-winners-nominees-scorecard-2012,0,2267544.htmlstory

Super happy for Gary Oldman and his Lead Actor nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- another movie I’m very excited to see!!