Sunday, February 26, 2012

Least favorite thing about Oscars 2012

My favorite category of the Oscars, hands down, it the best original song. I am beyond sad that there are only 2 songs nominated, and that the academy couldn't find 3 minutes in their schedule to let them play live on the show. It is sad and disappointing.

My Favorite winner of the last decade

Live Blogging? Only till I get tired

I have been watch the red carpet countdown on an off for a few hours, the best part for me has been seeing Busy Phillips kill it as Michelle Williams date- sadly I can only find a picture of Michelle
Also when I switched from E! coverage to ABC, assuming wrongly that the Oscar's started at 7, Nick Nolte was being interviewed by some British woman I don't know, and clearly couldn't understand a freaking word she was saying. She had to repeat everything twice and like he was a child. Awesome.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's all about Oscar

Lately I have been trying to knock off a couple more Best Picture nominated movies from my list. To this date I have seen 5 out of 9 nominated films and most likely the eventual winner according the the buzz. Yesterday I saw The Artist, and frankly I must confess I was not impressed. Maybe it was all the hype that did it in for me, or the annoying ladies talking behind (can you imagine during a silent movie in a theatre with only 5 other attendees hearing people talking the whole time????), or perhaps it was that I was extremely hungry and distracted. But while I found it visually stunning, mostly I was bored and very aware of the time slowly ticking by. In the rank of other nominated movies I have seen this one ends up a the end of the pack. This is how I would rank what I have seen:
5. The Artist
4. The Help
3. Midnight in Paris
2. The Descendants
1. Moneyball

I have no interest in seeing Tree of Life, and War Horse isn't in theatres anywhere around here. If ambitious I might be able to add Hugo and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close before the ceremony on Sunday. What is your favorite?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I had a totally nineties experience today... and it was awesome

Today I had the pleasure of having a girls day. Shopping with my great friend Kelsey and my sister Chelsey. We are preparing for our trip to Vegas next month. Oh, what you say? You're going to Vegas? Yes. Yes I am. It will be amazing beyond words. Actually I don't know this, what I do know if the people I am going with are awesome and we have fun together. So I imagine, without difficulty, that traveling with awesome people will lead to awesome events/memories. But I digress. Girls day. We did some pretty great shopping, everyone picked out new flats to walk around Vegas in. I picked out some new jeans, and Chelsey bought shirts without trying them on, she is more brave than anyone I know. But the best part for me might have been my flashback to the nineties brought on courtesy of Claires. Now I know you are thinking, what is any self respecting adult doing inside a Claires? It is simple really. In the late nineties or early two thousands I got a my upper ear pierced. And somehow in the passing years stores stopped selling earring specifically for that part of the ear. I wore my piercing straight through high school and college and took it out for my first job in the real world. I remember in high school this piercing being super popular, tons of my friends had it, to the point where it was always an acceptable birthday gift to give a different earring. A couple of years later put it back in (it never seems to grow shut). And wore it for several months/years until it fell out and broke. Ever since late summer I have been searching stores for a replacement. I can't just put a stud in because I sleep on that side of my face and the post would drive into my head. Luckily my sister-in-law Chelsey had the exactly same problem and while they no longer sell these earnings separately, we found a two pack and split them! I remember spending hours of my pre-teen and teenager years at Claires, one of the few store the Oskaloosa Mall had. The are essentially unchanged. Lots of cheap looking jewelry and teens buying it. But it was still fun to have the flashback.

Homemade with love

This year I tried to hand make several Christmas gifts. Sometime handmade items don't save you that much more but mean so much more to those you receive them. This December/January I got really good at making bracelets. Here a just a couple I made.

The process is pretty simple you need about 24 6 mm beads, 27 inches of leather cording, and your wingspan of flossing thread.

I have made some with painted glass bead and some with sterling silver beads.

Don't forget the the decorative button!

The are a snap to make once you get the hang of it, and are truly pretty trendy right now. Shopping today I saw several in stores. I  really like the look of stacking them (as seen above). I think the different of complimentary colors go great together.

It's been a thousand years...

So let's catch up in pictures.

Almost all of the Nephew/Nieces- adorable.

Noelle looks a bit like an Elf. I love this one!

I think Greg could stand to show more teeth!

Testing out the red lip with a new outfit. Plus freshly cut/styled hair.

Charley, reach for it.

Em, never one to shy away from driving.

Noelle and Ashley

All of the Kibbe's yearn to drive.

Charley helping Grandpa Jim

My submission to a Valentine's Day bake off at work.