Friday, December 31, 2010

November Christmas

Last night Becca and I sat down to watch Hallmarks newest holiday film "November Christmas," John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding & Raising Helen) plays the father Tom Marks and Sarah Paulson (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) plays the mother Beth Marks. It aired on CBS November 27th. The story follows a family whose daughter has leukemia, getting sicker ever day the family speeds up the holiday calendar trying to make as many happy memories as possible.

The movie was sentimental and very Hallmarky; I teared up more than once. What made November Christmas great was parts were filmed in Wolfville. It was the first time I'd ever watched a movie filmed in an area I actually knew. We spent most of the movie pointing out places we knew and saying things like "that's where I buy my coffee.

The following clip has the movie climax starting at 6:00...and at 7:00 starts one of the big "Wolfville" street scene. If you interested in watching November Christmas (and live near me) I have a copy you could borrow.


I took this while the crew was setting up the snow in August:

Donna-Lynne's pictures of the filming on August 12th:



Thursday, December 30, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: And the Winner Is...

I watched the finale yesterday, Fabio won. Best moments were and final vote reading. It was 4 for Chase to 5 for Fabio and Fabio winning back-to-back-to-back immunity challenges. Without immunity Fabio would have been voted out by the Holly-Chase-Sash power alliance and with immunity caused the alliance turned on each other.

Fabio winning the puzzle challenge:

Fabio winning the coin balancing challenge:

Fabio being crowned "Sole Survivor":
Survivor season 22 returns and reinvents itself as Redemption Island returns Feb 16:

Side note: really excited to figure out how make embedded youtube videos fit.

Thankful Thursday #36

I am thankful for:

1) Time with my family
2) Good flights
3) Gina for watching my cats
4) Gifts
5) Meals with friends
6) Funny movies
7) Routines and habits

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

Romans 7:25

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Finale (Dec 19)

It's kind of funny, after week's of following Survivor I missed the big finale night, Dec 19. It's been two week's and I still have no idea who won. Thanks to Global I can still watch the last episode and the reunion show later today. I realize this is more than a little pointless, with a click of a mouse I could have a summary of the who episode, but it's part of my show watching tradition. So here goes:

Predictions for Dec 19:
It's anyone's game. Alliances have begun to crumble and blindsides are inevitable. I don't think it is possible for Dan to win, but he would be a good person to take to the end. With Jane gone I am rooting for Fabio, but he'll need to win the idol just to make it to the finale council. It comes down to immunity idols. Of the three "alliance" members I think Holly has the best chance, then Sash, then Chase.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 40

FOR TODAY: December 27, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...my parents snowy backyard.

I am thinking...about the good time I've had at home.

I am thankful for...my family.

From the kitchen...Mum cooked very festive meals all week; it is good being home.

I am wearing...new jeans with a black tee.

I am creating...last night I created a shortbread house (no one here eats gingerbread) house. It kinda worked -but tasted good.

I am going...back to Nova Scotia this afternoon.

I am reading...Fiction on Fire.

I am hoping...that the flight is short and sweet and all my luggage arrive with me.

I am hearing...my family talking.

Around the house...It's been festively full; we've been Christmas-ing all week from tree trimming to cookie making.

One of my favorite things...reading with my sister

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...
The shortbread house before distruction:

The shortbread house after:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday #35

I am thankful for:

1) My Sister
2) My Mummy
3) My Dad
4) Christmas Cookies
5) Time together
6) A roof over our heads
7) A good night sleep

Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:13

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 39

FOR TODAY: December 19, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...green forest.

I am thinking...still so much to do and where am I going to eat lunch?

I am thankful for...volunteers.

From the kitchen...it's another been a Kraft Dinner week.

I am wearing...flip flops, black pants, black tee, and black blouse. Strange but it was my "director's outfit"

I am creating...nothing at the moment...kinda between projects.

I am going...home to Ottawa.

I am reading...just finished a book not sure what I'm going to read next. I'm thinking the fellowship of the ring.

I am hoping...to get everything done before my flight in 6 hours.

I am hearing...the computer running.

Around the house...much cleaning done and yet still more to do.

One of my favorite things...reunions and hugs.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...from today's Christmas Play "Pieces of Christmas"

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday #34

I am thankful for:

1) Power
2) The Wolfville writing group
3) The girls
4) Power
5) Inspirational books
6) Heated homes
7) Power

They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD. They were to do the same in the evening.

1 Chronicles 23:30

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 15

It's nice to be right about Survivor predictions. Last week Benry was blindsided. This is the last week before the season finale. There are six castaways left and at this point I really think it could be anyone's game...but that means everyone is in danger of being blindsided.

Predictions for Dec 15:
I think without the idol "Fabio" is going home tonight. If he earns the idol I think Jane is in danger. I'm also hoping they flush out Sash's immunity idol.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 38

FOR TODAY: December 12, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...snowy forest.

I am thinking...there is a lot to do this week.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...it's been a Kraft Dinner week.

I am wearing...brown shoes, black pants, and a red shirt.

I am creating...Children's Christmas play set and costumes.

I am going...home for a nap so I can stay up all night for Inn From the Cold.

I am reading...The Happiness Project.

I am hoping...to get everything done before the holidays.

I am hearing...the show "Sanctuary"

Around the house...not sure.

One of my favorite things...sci-fi.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Thankful Thursday #33

I am thankful for:

1) Advent season
2) Phone calls
3) Changing seasons
4) Planned tea time
5) Gina
6) Hugs
7) Helpful Apps

Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.

1 Chronicles 16:35

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 8

Another day behind, I completely forgot to write. Takes me forever to get back into a routine after being away. But I didn't watch the show, rented Scott Pilgrim VS the World instead, so I can still guess at whose going home.

Last week was a weird episode. No one was voted out because two people (Kelly Purple and NaOnka) just quit.

For thoughts on quitting Survivor and why they are allowed on the jury I direct you to Jeff's blog. He also shared his thoughts on what the remaining seven have to do to survive:

Okay, so we are down to seven: Jane, Benry, Fabio, Holly, Sash, Chase, and Dan. There is going to be a lot of scrambling happening from here until the end. Here is my assessment of what each player needs to do:

Chase needs to form an alliance and stick with it.

Fabio, Benry and Jane need to start winning immunity or they are in danger.

Holly needs to keep mothering and nurturing and keep the attention on others.

Sash has the most work to do since his rug has been pulled out from under him.

Dan doesn’t need to do anything; it’s been working for 28 days. Why change?

Predictions for Dec 8:
With two players stepping out of the game it resets everything else. Some people benefit because rivals (Fabio) are gone but others (Sash) completely lost their alliances. I can't even guess who went home last night...but I am going to anyway. I think, depending on who won immunity, either Benry or Sash went home.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

TGIO

Last night was my final event as the ML for NaNoWriMo 2010; the annual "Thank God it's Over" party. We ate cupcakes, awarded the Golden Apple, drew for prizes, wrote a short story, and celebrated of the end of novel writing for another year.

If I had found this parody of Portal's Credit song "Still Alive" earlier I would have shared it with the group. Instead I share it with you. It has some very true observations about the post nano experience:

The following "story" may seem bizarre, random, and completely disjointed that's because it is. It was a group game. Everyone one wrote one line in the story but they only had the previous persons sentence as a reference:

A NaNo Short Story*

Once upon a time there was an ML named Liz.
She liked to play tic-tac-toe on muffins.
Her favourite part was getting to eat the muffins when she won.
But it was never enough to keep her satisfied until the next time.
She always wanted more ice cream.
But sadly, she was lactose intolerant.
So she ate a banana split, but didn't realize it was real ice cream.
She felt the inside of her mouth freeze so she held it over a burning wood stove.
She quickly realized her her mistake as the stove fire when out and the stove itself froze solid.
"The End"

Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 37

FOR TODAY: December 5, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...blinds are drawn.

I am thinking...my office is a mess.

I am thankful for...surprise deals.

From the kitchen...um, I've got nothing.

I am wearing...brown Mary Jane-ish shoes, polka dot dress (first time wearing it) and a pink cardigan.

I am creating...Christmas gifts.

I am going...to a friends to make cards.

I am reading...Dragonsdawn.

I am hoping...go bed early-ish tonight.

I am hearing...the show "Canada's Worst Driver season 6".

Around the house...found some crafting supplies yesterday.

One of my favorite things...creating things.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Dec 1

I'm flying back to Nova Scotia, so I am not sure when I'll be able to watch this week's episode. Since last week was a "looking back" episode review, I am going with last week's prediction of NaOnka being voted out. There is no recap because everything was just a review. So this week's predictions are the remaining castaways’ chances for the title Sole Survivor and the million dollar prize.


Predictions for Dec 2:Benry –without winning immunity I can’t see him making it to the final three and even if he did I can’t think of a reason to give him the money, unless he’s up against NaOnka.

Holly –has surprised me the most. I had expected her to be the second person off the island and now she is one of the biggest threats. She has made some great choices and if she can keep this up I could see her winning it all.

Dan –is just a pawn, and a vote. He won’t be needed much longer so I think his time left on Survivor is short.

Chase –has put a target on his back by “going with his gut” and having too many opposing alliances. He might be the nice guy but I think that has frustrated the masses.

Jane –is the best….I want her to win. If she makes it to the end people will give her the victory.

Jud –he’s got a laid back strategy of “be cool and stay under the raider” I remember reading something Jeff said the first week that went like “Jud could ‘dude’ his way to the victory” which I truly could see happening.

Sash –I feel is weasely. He thinks he has all this power and people loyal to him but with Brenda gone and could see him being voted out as well.

NaOnka –I already said I think she went home last night. If she didn’t I am surprised. I would want her sitting next to me at the final vote. She stole food and stayed. But that could be a reason to give her the money. She’s done all these things and still managed to make it to the end.

Kelly Purple –is another pawn/vote. I keep forgetting she’s in the game and I don’t think I’ll notice if she’s missing/voted off. For that reason I can’t see her winning.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Thankful Thursday #32

I am thankful for:

1) Memories
2) My little sister
3) Kind and helpful airline workers who change flights
4) Everyone who helped make sure things ran at New Hope while I was with family
5) Gina
6) Time with my cousins
7) Hotel's with pools

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Memories

We said goodbye to my Grandpa Stewart today. Listening to others memories gave me a fuller picture of the man he was, stories I never knew to even ask about. It helped me appreciate him so much more. He was a brother, a soldier, a husband, a father, Scouter, a traveler, an active member in his church, and he was the Grandpa I knew and loved.

My Grandpa showed me the world, broadened my horizons, and listened to my endless chatter. He was one of the reason I love fantasy stories. I remember him reading them. I would ask him so many questions about the covers and plots and why he liked them. I’ve read many of the books I remember saw him read. It made me feel connected. And he gave me a love for adventures and travel. When I was little he was always telling about the places he had been in the camper van. I thought it had gone around the world.

In the summers when we lived in Ontario I would spend at least a week with my Stewart Grandparents. I remember taking a walk with Grandpa every day during those visits. It was when they still lived in Sarnia. We would walk around the bay to the marina, order a drink and I could have anything I wanted which was very important to me, I think I normally had a Shirley Temple because it made me feel grown up. I loved those walks. We’d talk about everything from the meaning of life to modern art. He listened to my pre-teen thoughts on how the world should be and shared his own advice and opinions. I don’t remember anything we said but we were together and it was good.

I remember after they moved to Hamilton Grandpa still found ways for us to have our “outings.” He took me so many neat places like the art museum, the ROM, the Toronto Zoo, and the botanical gardens. Side note: I remember this one time Grandpa took me to the botanical gardens; I was at least fourteen maybe even sixteen. He told the ticket girl entry from him and his granddaughter. I was standing right next to the screen. Grandpa got me for the price of a child…which the sign said were “under ten.”

Those are just a few of my memories of my Grandfather.