- 15 best romantic comedies.
- Someday, I hope that I can travel to here. And here. Or spend a few weeks on a boat like this one.
- Outfits I adore: 1, 2, 3.
- This list of things to do in the autumn is awesome.
- I am loving these pins. Now I just need some blazers…
- Why everyone needs to learn how to take a compliment.
- Top tips for staying safe with social media.
- Netflix has figured out which episode will hook you.
- How long it takes people around the world to buy an iPhone.
- I need to get better about this.
- These drawings are beautifully adorable.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- This interview makes me love Lena Dunham even more.
- Recipes I want to try: raspberry caramel chocolate cups, slow roasted cod with brown sugar pineapple glazed acorn squash, guiltless candy bars, caprese BLT balsamic roasted portobello mushrooms, caramel apple milkshake, expresso martini, gluten-free corn dogs, balsamic grilled pears with coconut-cardamom cream, and Thai chicken and broccoli salad with peanut sauce dressing.
My husband and I rarely fight over the TV. We both enjoy watching sports and most of the same TV shows. We hardly ever want to watch different programs as the same time.
Except for last night.
Last night, I wanted to watch the Academy Awards – from the very beginning, on the red carpet. Dan wanted to watch the Grantland basketball hour with guest Kobe Bryant. This meant for the last half hour of the red carpet and the first half hour of the actual ceremony, our living room was a battleground. I ceded ground during the red carpet, but surged back at 8:30 when the ceremony began. During J.K. Simmon’s acceptance speech, Dan said, “We don’t have to listen to the speeches, though, right?” and switched to Grantland.
Me: “DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OSCARS ARE?”
Dan: “Do you not understand who Kobe is?”
Me: “IT’S THE OSCARS. THIS IS MY THING. I’VE LOVED IT LONGER THAN I’VE LOVED YOU.”
It was a bit dramatic.
Once 9:00 hit and Grantland was over, peace returned to our humble abode and it was all Oscars, all night. My favorite moments of the show were:
- How adorable Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were on the red carpet with Robin Roberts. Don’t they just seem like a couple who could live next door to you and be your best friends?
- The opening number. I love anytime Neil Patrick Harris or Anna Kenderick sing, and Jack Black always cracks me up. Plus, I thought all the visual effects were flat-out awesome.
- NPH in general. He was a great host, with just enough of an edge (“Snowden couldn’t be here for some treason”) mixed with just enough corny (“This Oscar presenter is just so lovely you could eat her up with her spoon”). I even enjoyed the briefcase bit, though I know not a lot of people did.
- Quoting Robin Williams in the presentation of Best Supporting Actor, which was a nice homage to the late Oscar winner.
- NPH introducing Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo as a presenting pair by saying, “Both of whom deserve to be here,” a nod to the fact that both gave strong and well-regarded performances in movies this past year but failed to be nominated for an acting award.
- Idina Menzel and John Travolta presenting Best Song together and joking around about Travolta’s mispronunciation of Menzel’s name last year, plus NPH’s intro and follow-up jokes to their presentation (“Travolta will be back next year to apologize to Idina for all the face touching”).
- Acceptance speeches: J.K. Simmons’s request that everyone call their parents; Patricia Arquette’s call for equal pay among the sexes (plus Meryl Streep and J. Lo’s reactions); Common andJohn Legend’s eloquence; Graham Moore’s “stay weird, stay different” message; Dana Perry speaking about her son Evan and saying “we need to talk about suicide, out loud”; Eddie Redmayne’s adorable excitement; Julianne Moore being happy to win an Oscar because it could mean an extra five years of life with her younger husband; Michael Keaton saying, “I’m just happy to be here.”
- The PERFORMANCES. What a year for them! The supreme talent that is Jennifer Hudson giving a beautiful tribute to those who passed away; a pure fun performance of “Everything is Awesome” complete with Lego Oscars; Tim McGraw singing “Not Gonna Miss You,” very gracefully – the lyrics of which were just heartbreaking; Common and John Legend’s incredible performance of “Glory,” with such strong lyrics, Legend’s gorgeous voice, and the crowds of people walking behind them across a replica bridge. AND LADY GAGA HOLY MOLY. She looked so classy, and her pure talent and traditional training shown through. I was so blown away.
- And of course, the dresses, jewelry, and beauty. My favorites: Zoe Saldana, Cate Blanchett, Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone, and Anna Kenderick.
What were your favorite moments of the Oscars this year? What winners do you agree and disagree with the most?
Delicious drink “Love Elixir” at dinner this weekend.
- Did you watch the SNL 40 special last week? I loved it, plus these behind-the-scenes photos, this recap by Jimmy Fallon and this talk with the women of SNL.
- I can’t handle this celebrity couple rumor. What could be better?!
- Some tips on how to stay positive during winter.
- Love this slideshow that looks back on past Oscar dresses.
- Check out your horoscope for the year according to Chinese astrology.
- What it’s like to be a writer/producer on The Mindy Project.
- Adored this look into Chrissy Teigen & John Legend’s home.
- Interesting report on women around the U.S., state-by-state.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- Recipes I want to try: southwestern kale power salad with sweet potato, quinoa, and avocado sauce, coconut curried soup, maple dijon baked salmon, butternut squash, kale, and quinoa stew, coconut oil apple crisp, and lemon potatoes.
- 75 incredible photos of this century (so far).
- I am more excited about this piece of movie news than I have been about any film buzz in a long time!
- After reading Me Before You, I’ve been drawn to articles regarding death with dignity.
- LOVE this post.
- These observations on life as a 25 year old are definitely true.
- 7 signs divorced couples said they missed.
- Kate Middleton, you have competition for being my style icon.
- 100 ideas for date night.
- Glitter Guide’s favorite fall posts.
- 24 interesting facts about being a parent in the U.S.
- Weddings I loved: 1, 1.5, 2, 3.
- Recipes I want to make: banana chocolate mug cake, quinoa crusted fish and chips, brown sugar pull apart bread, pumpkin mac and cheese, spooky boo brownies, French lentils with lemon shrimp and asparagus, pumpkin pie chia pudding parfaits, spanakopita stuffed spaghetti squash bowls.
Sunset in Columbus last weekend
- This house in D.C. is simply beautiful.
- I also enjoyed this house tour of U.S. Army Captain Katie del Castillo’s D.C. apartment (If you can’t tell, I love D.C.!).
- This new site to help you find your wish list items on sale seems pretty awesome.
- How Chinese New Year works.
- I’m adding this book to my to-read list. And this one.
- Loving these weddings: 1, 2, 3.
- This casual side braid style is definitely one I want to try.
- I’m loving the news that Elizabeth Banks is directing Pitch Perfect 2!
- Why you can’t take photos inside the Sistine Chapel.
- I am not okay with J.K. Rowling’s reflections on who Hermione should have married!
- What it means to boil water…a must-read.
- Here’s some trivia you should know. Just in case.
- Recipes I’d love to make: Super Bowl pom pom cupcakes, cranberry walnut chocolate chunk cookies, quinoa pizza bites, smoky kale Caesar salad, classic lemon bars, and almond crusted salmon.
Here we are, on snow day #5 of the school year (2nd in a row of this week). This winter has been brutally cold! As a teacher, I of course enjoy the snow days (any teacher who doesn’t enjoy them, even a little bit, is lying to themselves and to you). However, as a high school swim coach, I’m not a great fan of snow days getting in the way of practice. Since I can’t control the weather or the district’s calling of snow days, though, I try not to stress out about it and fully enjoy my snow day. A key component of that enjoyment, for me, is watching Perry Mason reruns.
Perry Mason is an American court drama that aired from 1957-1966 on CBS. Every time I have the day off of work and I have the opportunity to catch a rerun, I do so because
- Perry Mason is a smart show. Like a lot of people, sometimes I attempt to take care of things on the computer or play around on my phone while also half-paying attention to what’s on TV. I can do this with Bones (one of my all-time favorite shows), Law & Order, Body of Proof, etc., but I can’t do this with Perry Mason, not without missing a key detail. The show is well-written, with its focus based on the relationships and motives of its characters, rather than on shocking acts of violence, intense action sequences, or emphasis on technology.
- The acting is fantastic. Raymond Burr starred as Perry Mason, earning two Emmys during the show’s duration. Barbara Hale, who played Mason’s secretary Della Street, earned an Emmy for her role on the show as well. William Hopper, the actor who brought Mason’s private detective Paul Drake to life, was also nominated for his work on the show.
- In addition to wonderful acting by the series regulars, Perry Mason often featured guest stars past and present viewers would get a kick out of seeing. Such stars included Dick Clark, Robert Redford, Leonard Nimoy, Cloris Leachman, and Bette Davis.
- Perry Mason is mostly formulaic. Most episodes begin with a scene or two introducing the soon-to-be defendant and victim. Perry somehow gets introduced and linked to defendant. Someone is killed. Perry and the police both begin their investigations. The evidence keeps pointing to Perry’s client. A hearing or trial occurs. Perry presents his case and ends up revealing another person as the lead suspect. More often that not, that person will end up confessing on the stand. The episodes almost always end with Perry, Della, and Paul, and sometimes the client who was just proven innocent, chatting and laughing in Perry’s office or in a restaurant. A lot of people don’t like it when their shows are formulaic, but as someone who thrives in routine, I enjoy it – especially since every show includes a new mystery to fit into that formula.
- It’s a black-and-white blast from the past. I love watching reruns with my dad, who remembers watching them with his late mom when the show was originally on air. The men all wear suits, trench coats, and hats, and the women all wear pencil skirts and have their hair and lipstick perfectly in place. It’s a fun trip back in time to an age that many people view as classy and more wholesome, but via storylines that remind you no time was truly an age of innocence.
- Love this festive painting by Caitlin McGauley.
- I adore Jacqueline Clair’s apartment!
- These suggestions for actors who should play Disney villains were Spot. On.
- Reading this review of the first four Betsy-Tacy books makes me want to reread them. I enjoyed them so much as a child! Have you ever read them?
- Have you seen Juile Ann Art’s holiday 2013 cards? They’re awesome!
- This article about asking for the work you want truly pumped me up.
- I totally cracked (and teared) up at this list of reasons why Cory and Shawn were the most important couple on Boys Meets World.
- This post by Jess Lively on when to listen and when to act is interesting and inspirational – and not just for business owners.
- Pizza is my weakness, but I refuse to give it up – so these tips for pizza portion control are awesome.
- This list of things you should do every day is 100% accurate.
- Recipes that sound absolutely delicious: apple hand pies, chai banana bread with pumpkin cream cheese, honey ginger chicken tostadas with pomegranate lime salsa, and no bean turkey and sweet potato chili.
Photo above: sunset over the Target parking lot. Beauty in the simplest of places!
- I will never be able to see enough of the NSYNC reunion.
- The best time of the year to buy electronics, furniture, and more
- I loved seeing one of my favorite bloggers featured on the Glitter Guide! And the women of Georgetown Cupcakes on The Everygirl!
- This list of 25 things to know at 25 is amazing.
- This old map of Washington, D.C., shows the Lincoln Memorial would have been underwater!
- I’m excited for this new series on Tulips & Flight Suits!
- These Zoya shades are definitely on my wish list.
- I was surprised by this list of songs written by Carole King.
- Check out these photos of the Beatles in the U.S. in 1964.
- Pit bulls are my favorite.
- Be sure to read this amazing article about work-life balance.
- Recipes I want to try: salmon omelet, peach coconut almond meal muffins, peach, chicken, and gorgonzola balsamic quesadillas with arugula pesto, and cheesy zucchini enchiladas.
- Recipes I’d like to try: southwestern black bean, quinoa, and mango medley, crazy confetti compost cookies, bacon jam and avocado grilled cheese sandwich,strawberry raspberry vanilla quick jam
- Some of my favorite books are included on this list, and I can’t wait to read the rest!
- These Olympic sports (summer and winter!) burn the most calories. Are you interested in any of them?
- Drink green tea if you overindulged and wish you hadn’t.
- I loved seeing the home of Furbish Studio’s Jamie Meares and reading her tips on how to style a nightstand.
- The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s baby rhino is beyond adorable.
- I adore Emily Giffin!
- What men think about marriage through the years.
- This photo and its accompanying story is beautiful.
- Weddings I liked this week: 1, 2, 3
- I will miss Cedar Point’s Disaster Transport but I’m excited that its destruction was used for charity. And I can’t wait to see what they build next!
- This Disneyworld security guard is just awesome! So are these ridiculous Disney memes (though for different reasons!).
- Need some motivation? Workout secrets and tips from Olympic athletes.
- Speaking of inspiration from the Olympics, here’s some cool nail art and Instagram and Twitter pictures from this year’s Olympic swimmers.
- These five little-known facts about Marilyn Monroe are fascinating.
- Some of these top ten pet names for 2012 are just weird. Others are pretty creative!
- Love these lessons learned from a friend.
- How to get back on budget after a bump in the road.
- Apartment Therapy’s top house tours of the week.
- Having a rough time? Here are some healthy ways to relax.