Wednesday, April 28, 2010

71. Watch all Oscar nominated Best Picture Movies from one year

Okay, so I haven't finished this one, but just thought I'd start the list to show what I have watched so far. I decided to choose this year's nominations since there were so many good movies.

1.“Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
Beautiful and amazing graphics, captivating scenes, pretty silly characters, and an over the top bad guy.
2.“The Blind Side” Gil Netter, Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson, Producers
Sandra Bullock deserved her oscar for this. Touching movie, but not in an overly cheesy way. Compelling and even better that it's a true story.
3.“District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
4.“An Education” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
5.“The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier & Greg Shapiro, Producers
6.“Inglourious Basterds” Lawrence Bender, Producer
Quentin Tarantino at his best. Great acting, over the top violence, disturbing story, and the best villain ever.
7.“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers
This movie makes you feel like you have no right to complain about your life...ever. So heartbreakingly sad and unbelievable, but the acting is powerful.
8.“A Serious Man” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers
9.“Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer
I cried in the first 10 minutes. Seriously. Best story from an animated movie I've seen. Loved the graphics too.
10.“Up in the Air” Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers
A different and thought provoking story, with strong performances and a nice twist at the end.

Monday, April 26, 2010

100. Make Treat for a friend

For Michelle's birthday this year, I wanted to make her a cake...not just any cake...but a CAKE! So, I decided to make this most amazing Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from one of my favourite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen. I started the process at about 10:30 in the morning and finished by about 4:30 in the afternoon, but it was worth it. The cake is completely decadent and delicious. It consists of a chocolate sour cream cake triple layer foundation, peanut butter cream cheese icing and then a chocolate peanut butter glaze to top it off. It was most wonderful and I'd make it again for sure, when I have all day to prepare it :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The mouse saga - installment 2

A mouse update for the day. No sign of the mouse in the past couple days, although I'm pretty sure I saw something scurry out from under my bed this morning. But I'm also pretty sure that I'm seeing imaginary mice everywhere these days. The update is more concerning the injury to my finger which I sustained when the mouse trap when off not on the mouse's neck but on my middle finger. This happened about a week ago and the finger has become more and more painful, is now swelling and I can barely type this. Mouse 1, Kristi 0.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The mouse saga - installment 1

It was a dark and stormy night when I first saw the mouse. Okay, maybe it wasn't dark and stormy, but that was my mood when a tiny little mouse scurried out from under a cabinet in front of me and made me scream like a litle girl. This was at least a few months ago and said mouse has now taken up residence in my apartment. He appears to be quite cozy now, sauntering in front of me while I watch TV, sitting back and sipping a mai tai on my couch, checking his facebook account. But seriously...what does it take to get rid of one tiny little mouse? Apparently I need a highly intelligent operative of some sort, maybe the Jack Bauer of the mouse world.

At the moment I have three traps set -

1. The poison trap (the mouse is supposedly attracted to a little black box, creeps inside...sees poisoned food and thinks "woo hoo! Free food!" eats poisoned food and then very nicely goes outside and finds a quiet place to die)
2. Two different neck snapper traps (one with peanut butter and one with cheese)

I have yet to try the sticky trap since I can't quite stomach the idea of a squirming, dying mouse that I somehow have to kill still.

I have moved the trap to a variety of locations around my apartment, he has set the traps off twice, gotten the cheese and I'm sure, with a smirk on his little face, crawled off to have another mai tai (thinking to himself "stupid humans"). He has now demolished a bag of whole wheat flower, leapt out from under the burner and onto Munir's feet while we were cooking, knawed my walls at night, gone through every inch of my apartment, and I have evidence that he even tried to eat my goldfish....seriously.

I have now found one of the holes where he comes from and have set two traps around it, but so far...still no dead mouse. As many of you know, I love animals...they're so cute and loving and huggable. But I want this mouse dead. I have been offered cats by various friends but fear the mess a cat might make by killing the mouse in my apartment.

I included this drawing because this is how I imagine my mouse and his little friends plot to invade my apartment in some secret lair at night.

And so my mouse saga continues. Stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

55. Join the Society for Ethnomusicology

Ever since I started my graduate degree in Ethnomusicology at UBC in 2005 I have been meaning to become a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, but kept putting it off due to finances, or just plain forgetting. Since I'm no longer in school, but still want to stay connected to the field in case I want to go back in sometime I thought that reading the SEM journal would be a great way to keep my brain active and engaged and academicky (yes, it's a word ;)

Here is SEM's mission: The Society for Ethnomusicology was founded in 1955 to promote the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts.

Okay, maybe it's nerdy, but I'm pretty excited to start receiving the journals! :)