Monday, November 30, 2009

Tiger Woods & The Story That Just Won't Go Away

Tiger Woods was involved in a single car crash near his home in Florida early Friday morning. The whole story is a little sketchy. Initially, Tiger and his wife invoked their right to remain silent. But Tiger hasn't remained too silent as he has posted a message on his website.

Song Of The Day: Still The One By Orleans

I love this fun little ditty about a man describing his feelings for a woman whom he has a long lasting relationship with and all the reasons why she is "Still the One" for whom he has feelings.

Cool Links

1.) The Best Time to Buy Guide for 45 Products and Services ........Timing is everything, it seems. Knowing when is the best time to buy that new car, house or lawn mower could be the difference between saving hundreds if not thousands of dollars every year.

2.) F*** My Life.......where anyone can vent about something in their life that's gotten them down. Hilarious, irreverent, and highly topical, read other people's FMLs and add your own.

3.) The Book Of Odds......a resource for the odds of everyday life.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Song Of The Day: Unwell By Matchbox 20

As a nurse that interacts daily with the mentally ill and their families this song about denial and limited insight about people who claim to not be crazy even though they're suffering from various occurrences that could lead them to be labeled as such.

$400,000 Kick

Check out this randomly selected rugby fan’s one in a million shot off the crossbar for a £250,000 prize. After making the absurdly unlikely kick in his socks during halftime at the Saracens/South Africa game at Wembley this week, Stuart Tinner is a British national hero.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

This Week I.........

Worked 5 twelve hour nightshifts..........whew!!!!

Worked out at the gym three times..........yeah me!

Caught up on my. television shows via the PVR.......I am loving the new series "Good Wife" and am saddened that "Trauma" is being cancelled..

Went for a shopping day with galpals at the Vaughn Mills Mall. It was my first visit.

Consoled my sobbing daughter (Alley) when she learned she did not pass her swimming test and has to repeat level 4.............I was stunned by how hard she was on herself and the high expectations she has. Wowza!!!

Baked a huge cake for Alley and her class that resembled a giant peach for her book talk on "James and The Giant Peach."...........She got an A+ by the way.

Offered support and empathy to my daughters as they processed the sudden death of a schoolmate.

Began watching Greys Anatomy Season 5

Song Of The Day: Missed You In A Heartbeat By Def Leopard

This is a 1993 song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their album Retro Active.
Three versions of the song appear on this album...... the acoustic version, which was released as the single, the electric version and this piano version which is featured as a hidden track after the electric version of Two Steps Behind.

Fill In The Bracket

1. (A mix of good food, friends, and family) makes for a happy holiday.

2. My Christmas/holiday shopping is (almost done.)

3. The last band I saw live was (KISS)

4. I'm happy when things (are organized and run smoothly)

5. How will you know (if you don't really try?)

6. (Sleepy weather) and a stormy sky.

7. (On vacation, somewhere very far away.......perhaps, Ireland) is where I want to be right now.

8.) (Sleepless nights are) followed at once by (coffee)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Song Of The Day: Save You By Matthew Perryman Jones

The recorded version of this song has been featured on a number of prime time television shows.I find it so soothing.

Trailer: Remember Me

A drama centered on two lovers whose newfound relationship is threatened as they try to cope with their respective family tragedies.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Oprah Cancels Favorite Things Episode

Oprah is skipping her annual "Favorite Things" show.
Oh no, how will millions of us regular gals ever find out about all the new shit we can't afford?

Song Of The Day: Dragonflies By Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader is a Scottish singer, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career. She is the recipient of three Brit Awards. She has sung with such acts as Eurythmics, The Waterboys, Billy MacKenzie and Alison Moyet.

Alcohol Theft In Jamaica

My friend Mark alerted me to this potential risk for theft happening in the Caribbean.
In this wildlife video from BBC animal show 'Weird Nature," Vervet Monkeys have developed a taste for alcohol and can regularly be spotted stealing cocktails from humans on the beach.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Song Of The Day: Full Steam By David Gray And Annie Lennox

David Gray is out with the video to his new single ‘Full Steam’, featuring Annie Lennox, which is released in the UK on November 23rd. All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to Children In Need.

.....and just because I love this song that features 2 of the lovliest voices ever here is a live version on Later With Jools Holland.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Song Of The Day: Just Breathe By Pearl Jam

I love how Vedder puts his all emotion in this stripped down acoustic song which features calming guitars, and the warmth of his voice. Lyrically this is my favorite song off the album.
"oh, i’m a lucky man, to count on both hands the ones i love..
some folks just have one.. yeah others they got none."

Naked Guys Dancing

I would love to see Simon judge this fun group that appeared on Sweden Got Talent.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

This Week I......

Worked two 12 hour day shifts.
Went for my CPR recertification
Went to Princess Margaret Hospital to get the results of my 2 year MRI........No tumor regrowth........Yeah!!!!
Went Christmas Shopping
Attended my book club and chatted about this book
Watched James & The Giant Peach.........My youngest daughter is doing a book talk on her favorite Roald Dahl book later in the upcoming week.
Watched Hotel For Dogs.......Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel
Put up the Christmas Tree and indoor decorations
Did some more Christmas Baking
Attended the Bowmanville Santa Claus Parade

Song Of The Day: One Love By David Guetta ( Featuring Estelle)

The video features French disc jockey, David Guetta and Estelle driving around a city. As they go through the city they find sad people and make them go happy as they put their hands making the shape of a heart. I like the song better than the video.

Products That I Want To Check Out

1.) Redken Mineral Elixir Dazzling Smoothing Oil

2.) Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum Color Enhancer

3.) Olay ProX Age Repair Lotion SPF 30

4.) LancĂ´me L'Absolu Rouge La Base Revitalizing Lip Treatment SPF 10

Viva La Juicy Gift Set

6.) Rosebud Shea Hand Cream

7.) Nutmeg and Vanilla Body Scrub

8.) Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel

9.) L’OCCITANE Honey & Lemon Line......Combined with lemon essential oil, this line of products helps soften the skin and soothe the senses. Products include body creams, shower gels, fragrances, lip balms and candles.

10.) Moringa Body Butter

11.) Sephora Dry Oil Spray.......Some of the scents available sound delicious.

12.) Philosophy Kiss Me Tonight Intense Lip Therapy.......may help my chronically dry chapped lips.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Song Of The Day: Possbility By Lykke Li

I like this haunting piece by Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li that is featured on the "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack.

Thing I Wish I Knew How To Do

Speak a few other languages fluently
Sew well
Play Piano
Sing Well
Drive a stick shift
Play the guitar
Fix cars
Fix computers
Solving all math problems by just looking at it
Make gravy
Master the art of making a good pie crust

Friday, November 20, 2009

Song Of The Day: Human (The Killers) By Robbie Williams

A wicked cover.

Observation Test

Take this quiz that asks you 25 questions about things that we see every day or have known about for great lengths of time. More difficult than it looks. I only got 8 right.....ugh!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Song Of The Day: If I Could Build My Whole World Around You By Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

I love how the duo's vocals go back and forth as they described what could be if either was able to "build a world" around their loved one.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Song Of The Day: Get To You By James Morrison

James Morrison is a BRIT Award-winning English singer–songwriter and guitarist who has performed with Jason Mraz, Nelly Furtado, and others in concerts and in songs. Before being signed to a major label, Morrison had also been touring with Corinne Bailey Rae.
He attributes his distinctive voice to a severe bout with whooping Cough that nearly killed him when he was a baby.

What Kind Of Fast Food Are You?

Here are my results. Post yours in the comments.

You Are a Smoothie

You are fun loving, active, and flexible. You are very open to new experiences.

You are very positive and optimistic. You believe the best is yet to come in life.

You appreciate the simple pleasures, like fresh fruit and a summer day.

You believe less is more. You rather lead a life of leisure than let your things own you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Song Of The Day: Don't Upset The Rhythm By The Noisettes

This band have a reputation for being one of the rowdiest live acts in London.

Wishlist Items For An Unlimited Budget

Being able to take more vacation days/not working as much

A week at a luxury hotel in a major city (San Francisco or New York would both be fine)

An entire summer off to road-trip around the country

Two weeks in Hawaii

First-class plane travel for the rest of my life

Early retirement

A little cabin getaway in the woods with a cozy fireplace, a beautiful view, and a fully stocked wine cellar

To travel around the world

La Cornue CornuFe Stove

An inground swimming pool

Sunday, November 15, 2009

This Week I.........

Worked out twice at the gym.

Went for a beautiful fall walk with my husband at te Darlington Conservation Area

Watched The Answer Man......
I enjoyed this dramatic and intelligent comedy about three screwed up people and how their chance encounter with each other proves beneficial to them all.
The characters are each troubled by ordinary problems people face on a day-to-day basis.
The story itself is clever, unique and quirky and reminds me of the magic I felt when when I watched Waitress, Big Fish, Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, and Enchanted.
I thought the pace of the movie was enjoyable however the ending could have been more fulfilling.

Watched SlumDog Millionaire........Brilliant.......I want it to be a true story.

Worked four 12 hour day shifts

Took my kids to the GP for annual physicals

Took my kids to the clinic for their H1N1 injection

Went for a lunch date with my husband

Had coffee and lively conversation with Kelly and watching a tennis match

Finished up my Christmas shopping for the girls

Did outdoor decorating for the festive season

Helped the girls with endless amounts of homework.......ugh......I am failing grade 7 math........I need to find a tutor for both Brooke and I

Song Of The Day: Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart By Alicia Keys

Here is the second single off Alicia's upcoming album "The Element of Freedom."

Things That Make Me Feel Old

Seeing lines when I examine my face closely in the mirror

My gray hair....although I am happy to have my hair

Moving then suddenly you hear any of your bones cracking

Frequent body aches


Dry skin

Preferring to have a nice lovely dinner with friends instead of partying all night at some dark, hip place with expensive booze

When I sit on the floor and try getting up after a while, it takes a little to straighten my body out

My kids growing up

Listening to 80's music on the oldies station

The fact that my 12 yr old is nearly as tall as I am.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Song Of The Day: Do You Wanna Touch Me By Joan Jett

A cover of the song by Joan Jett from her 1981 album Bad Reputation appears in a 2008 TV commercial for Hewlett-Packard's TouchSmart computers. The ad was pulled from TV when HP learned that Glitter, now a convicted pedophile, had written the song.

50 Best Movies Of The Decade

I recently became a member of and am loving it. It is because of links like this that my Zip list is becoming longer and longer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Song Of The Day: The Way You Are By Kate Vigo

A little bit jazz, a little bit pop, and a whole lot entrancing.

9th Wonder Of The World

My friend Rhonda just sent me an Email about this place. I so want to be there. It looks amazing.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Song Of The Day: Cars By Gary Numan

Rumour has it that this songs lyrics were inspired by an incident of road rage........ "I was in traffic in London once and had a problem with some people in front. They tried to beat me up and get me out of the car. I locked the doors and eventually drove up on the pavement and got away from them. It's kind of to do with that. It explains how you can feel safe inside a car in the modern world... When you're in it, your whole mentality is different... It's like your own little personal empire with four wheels on it."

Eating At Restaurants With Kids

I love restaurants where kids can eat for free. Here is a list with the days of the week that the free kids meals are offered and the restrictions, if there are any.

Kids eat free on Wednesdays at participating restaurants.

Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4-10 pm at participating restaurants.

East Side Marios
Kids eat free on Mondays at participating restaurants.

Golden Griddle
Kids eat free on Wednesdays at participating restaurants.

Kids eat free on weekends at participating restaurants.

Joey’s Fish and Chips
Kids eat free on Sundays at participating restaurants.

Montana’s Cookhouse
Children eat free on Tuesdays at participating Montana’s restaurants.

Philthy McNasty’s
Children Eat free on Thursdays at participating restaurants.

Pizza Hut
Children eat free on Tuesdays at participating restaurants.

Swiss Chalet
Children eat free on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at participating restaurants.

Frankie Tomato
Kids eat free on Mondays.

Jack Astors
Kids eat free on Mondays.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Song Of The Day: Mad World

Take time to remember.

A Wish

A Wish

Maybe it is pointless
To wish for lasting peace
For all mankind to lay down arms
For all fighting to cease

I could despair of seeing
Peace throughout the land
No longer hearing talk of war
Blood mixed with desert sand

We do not have the tolerance
For cultures not our own
Seeds fly on an ill wind
From beds where they are sown

Hope lies in a child's heart
Not yet turned to stone
A mind free of prejudice
A child not alone

If all children of the world
Held each others hand
They could do what we could not
Make a Brotherhood of Man.

Maxine Kendall

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Song Of The Day: In My Life By Johnny Cash

There is something appealing about hearing an old veteran performer sing songs about life and death and looking back on the past. This Lennon & McCartney tune sung by Johnny takes on a mew meaning.

Its All Attitude

My cousin Sabrina sent me this cute video that brings joy to my eye. It is of an elderly couple that walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married
for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out thisimpromptu performance.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Song Of The Day: Cry Me Out By Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott is a British singer-songwriter who explained her song to BBC:
"I always prefer to write about emotional situations - heartbreak, because I like getting into the character. When we were writing 'Cry Me Out,' I said, 'I feel like singing about something sad but, obviously, still being strong'. So the guy has to cry to get over instead of the other way around."

Kindness & Compassion

During one of my recent bookclub meetings I remember the main character was facing a difficult time in her life and Bill the facilitator of the group said something to the effect of, "Don't ever forget, that everyone you meet is fighting a battle."
Since then, I've found myself wondering about people in my life, people I see on the street, people I get really angry and frustrated with.....they are all fighting something or someone. Everyone, at some point, has to trudge uphill.
We are all fighting something.......waking up every day and drawing on reserves of steel and hope that spring from a hidden place within ourselves. Waking up to the suffering of loved ones. Waking up to the pressure of the unknown. Waking up to unrest and illness.
This song puts everything into perspective for me today.
Kindness and compassion, when given sincerely, is wasted on no one.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

This Week I......

Got a wicked cold that I am still trying to shake.

Worked two 12 hour dayshifts

Went to Princess Margaret for my 2 year MRI

Attended a bittersweet farewell dinner for a colleague

Watched the 1959 classic "The Diary of Anne Frank"......A great adaption of the harrowing unforgettable true story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl in WWII Amsterdam who wrote of her experience hiding from the Nazis along with her family and friends in an employer's attic.

Watched "Killer Movie" .......I liked it more than the critics.

Went swimming with family

Went shopping for winter boots

Started Christmas Baking........Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies......Yummm!

Went Grocery Shopping

Took my girls for lunch.........I love their French Onion Soup

Song Of The Day: Unprdictable By Tahiti

What a catchy little tune

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is of significant importance for our overall health and wellbeing and Canadians are facing an epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency, with potential grave consequences.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Song Of The Day: Live And Let Die By Paul McCartney

This was the title song for the 8th James Bond film which was the first to star Roger Moore as Bond.

Trivial Pursuit......Boys Vs Girls

Hasbro has pitted men against women in an experiment to see just who is smart in the ultimate battle of the sexes. 'Trivial Pursuit wanted to conduct an experiment to see if trivia can answer the age-old question,' said Senior Brand Manager Hayden West. Anyone can participate by logging on to ...... just enter your sex, your online moniker and off you go. Each time you get a question correct you gain a point for your team. The website tracks the number of unique users and keeps a running tally of the scores, which are displayed at the top of the page and currently men and women are neck and neck. The experiment will finish on December 9 when the question of who is the smartest sex will be finally answered once and for all.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Song Of The Day: Doesn't Mean Anything By Alicia Keys

I like this soulful and poppy tune.

Seasame Street & Google

Google is using Sesame Street logos until Nov. 10......Cute!!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Song Of The Day: Closer To Love By Matthew Kearney

Mathew Kearney is an American musician who has toured with John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, The Fray, Jason Mraz, Meiko, Cary Brothers, and Train.

Deal Of The Day: Memory FX

Check out this new product from the manufacturers of Cold-FX! Take the challenge and get a free sample pack of Memory-FX, a natural supplement they claim enhances overall mental functions.

Grocery Store Musical

Improv Everywhere created this "grocery store musical" to promote Trident. I love watching peoples faces and reactions. The ones that crack me up are the people who carry on shopping like this is not an unusual happening during their grocery shopping.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Nerdiest Bowling Balls Ever

Here are a dozen of the what I think are some pretty sweet balls.

Song Of The Day: Mr. Pleasant By The Kinks

I like this jaunty but surprisingly ironic song about the illusion of stability in marriage and suburban life.

Deal Of The Day: Festive Meal At Swiss Chalet

Swiss Chalet’s festive special is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season by offering its regular chicken with stuffing, cranberry sauce and your choice of side. Plus receive 5 Lindor truffle chocolates, and a “buy one get one free” quarter chicken dinner coupon.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Trailier: Invictus

Looks like Clint Eastwood (Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon) may be up for Oscar noms again with this film that tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africas rugby team, Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), to help unite their country.

Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africas underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

Song Of The Day: Fiesta By The Pogues

"Fiesta" was the last Pogues singles to make the UK Top 30 while MacGowan was with the band. The track was also used at home games for Celtic Football Club up until mid 2006 whenever a goal was scored by the team and is currently used as the entrance music for London Irish rugby team as the players enter the field.

Joan Jet, Debbie Harryand Cyndi Lauper Are A Bunch Of Dolls

Just in time your holiday wishlist.......Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper dolls.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Fellow Lego Lovers May Want To Add This To Their Christmas Wishlist

This Taj Mahal Lego Set features an impressive 5,922 pieces. This ultra-detailed recreation is sure to provide hours of entertainment, and at least a little frustration, measuring over 20 inches wide and 16 inches tall, with details such as minarets, domes, arches, and stairs.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

This Week I.......

Worked two 12 hour Night shifts

Worked one 12 hour Day shift from hell.........3 code whites, bloodshed on my hoodie, broken body parts......holy full moon!

Worked one 8 hour Day shift

Took kids out trick or treating

Had my kitchen table arrive

Attended my girls dodgeball game

Did some more Christmas Shopping

Finished Season 2 of The Office

Watched Midnight Movie ......which had the potential to be so much more. The flick does manage to nail a fun low-budget vibe right up to the end when it derails slightly.
Don't set your expectations too high and maybe you will appreciate this cheesy horror flick more than I. The soundtrack was a little too heavy metal for my liking.
The film’s biggest shortcoming is that viewers will wait for answers to questions that the plot generates but the film does not even bother trying to come up answers and you are left feeling the film never goes anywhere or makes much sense.

Did a major overhaul on the playroom

Worked out at the Gym twice

Received my H1N1 Vaccine

Song Of The Day: Had It All By Katherine McPhee

Here is the official music video for Katharine McPhee's new single "Had It All." The video showcases her new look and I like it.

Trailer: Nowhere Boy

Nowhere Boy is a film based on the teenage years of the Beatles John Lennon. The movie, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, was filmed in Lennon’s boyhood city of Liverpool and stars British actor Aaron Johnson as Lennon.
The film is based on a book by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird called Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon and details the singer’s early life, when he was being raised by his Aunt Mimi, played here by Kristen Scott Thomas, and his own mother Julia.