Who We Are

May 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Who we are is largely who we meet. Cities are machines that randomize contact. The Internet is a meta-city, meta-randomizing contact. I now “know” more people than I would ever have imagined possible, because of that. It changes who I am and what I can do.

– William Gibson, American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist

Thanks to Jacob for sharing! Read the whole interview here.

Reading

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

After last week’s Jamaican vacation, I’m extra excited about summer, especially for a chance to once again end my days with a good book and a drink on the balcony.

Nick just introduced me to Goodreads – a site where you can rate the books you’ve already read in order to get recommendations for books you might like. Are you on it? Let’s be friends!

What are you reading right now?

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How to make 2012 great

January 8, 2012 § 1 Comment

Do you make New Years Resolutions? I prefer to set goals for myself.

For the past three years, Nick and I have made a point to sit down on New Year’s Eve to think of what we want to accomplish in the coming year, then we share them with each other. This year, we decided to set a date in July to review our goals so we could see how we were doing half way through the year. Nothing’s worse than remembering a forgotten goal, but you’ve run out of time to do anything about it!

Here are my 2012 goals:

  1. Read 15 books
  2. See a whale
  3. Continue to practice yoga 3-4 times a week
  4. Perfect my headstand
  5. Start playing bass again
  6. Take more photos and bring that heavy DSLR out more
  7. Visit a new place with Nick
  8. Obtain three more Social Media clients
  9. File for my LLC and learn how to use it to its full potential
  10. TBA!

What will you accomplish this year?

See also: How to make 2011 great

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My Favourite Movies of 2011

December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

I just got the chance to see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this afternoon, and after confirming that it was in fact as fantastic as it looked, I can post my last Best Of List for 2011! So here we go, in no official order, my favourite movies of 2011:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Fantastic, dark, intelligent and appropriately violent! David Fincher did a great job turning this book into a movie. He makes the lead character, Lisbeth Salander, more instantly likable than the books did and cut out some of the unnecessary meanderings of the novels. I hope he makes the other two. Until then, I’ll be waiting anxiously.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

My favourite book-to-movie series every, the 10-year Harry Potter movie theatre reign came to a bittersweet end this year. Bittersweet because the last two movies were great, but now there’s no more to look forward to! However, I did take solace in knowing they were all made well and that I never lost interest. Thanks for everything, Harry!

Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen’s love letter to Paris in the form of a film was the final push Nick and I needed to decide to visit the city this summer. The movie tells a funny and unique story while at the same time showcasing legendary writers and featuring gorgeous Parisian landmarks. What’s not to like?

Beginners

Funny, sad, and beautiful all at the same time.

Bridesmaids

Just plain funny.

Bill Cunningham: New York

A must-see documentary for any lover of New York or fashion. The 82 year-old New York Times fashion photographer leads a simple, yet full life specializing in candid and street photography and scoots around Manhattan on his bicycle.

What was your favourite movie this year? Did I miss anything great?

See also:

My Favourite Records of 2011

My Favourite Books of 2011

My Favourite TV Shows of 2011

My Favourite Books of 2011

December 16, 2011 § 3 Comments

The year-end best of lists continue with My Favourite Books of 2011. Sure, most of these books didn’t come out this year, but these are the best books I’ve read the past 12 months.

In The Woods – Tana French

I almost picked up this book so many times, just because of the cover art, but didn’t actually read it until last month when someone from my favourite book store recommended it. Great Irish mystery, impressive character development, and not at all cheesy. Now I’m reading the second book in the set, The Likeness.

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Tina Fey is a comical genius. I mean, her sense of humour is perfect! While reading this book, I felt like I was hanging out with her and she was regaling me with the funny stories of her life. The only problem: it’s not long enough. Fingers crossed for a second book!

Just Kids – Patti Smith

Patti Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” was my favorite Summer read.  I’d sit on my balcony with a beer or glass of wine, and imagine what it would be like to come to New York with nothing in the ’60s then end up meeting and befriending some of the most influential musicians, artists, and poets in America at the time, possibly of all time. Now it’s becoming a movie!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series – Stieg Larsson

Initially, I wrote off this novel series because I thought it was just silly airport reading. Now I know that sometimes books are popular for a reason! Although it takes a minute to get into the story and it’s often times hard to keep all the characters straight, it’s a heavy, entertaining, dark read. My favourite book was definitely the second, The Girl Who Played With Fire.

The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

Again, many book snobs would snicker at a Dan Brown novel, but this book was great. My husband’s a big fan and convinced me to read it after he enjoyed it. Great story, and you gotta love Robert Langdon (or as we all know we picture in our heads now, Tom Hanks).

What was your favourite read of 2011? I need some recommendations for 2012!

Rainy Day Comfort

November 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

On a rainy day like today in Brooklyn, I love to work with the windows open. I alternate between listening to moody music like Radiohead and Hayden and just listening to the rain. I also usually feel like either watching one of my favourite movies (maybe Harry Potter or Lost in Translation) or reading on the couch.

Wouldn’t it be nice to do one or the other wrapped up in this Wrap Hoodie Robe while wearing these Cashmere Slippers?

Both from Journelle.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

October 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

After reading her funny quips on Twitter and her hilarious recent New Yorker article, I have a feeling that Mindy Kaling’s new book will be the solution to “Bossypants” being too short.

Here’s the description:

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

What do you guys think? I love me a good slightly-neurotic, sarcastic, and funny read, especially when it’s by a lady! Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) will be released November 1.

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