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As you can probably guess, our Christmas was awesome. We got to spend time with family, ate some delicious meals, enjoyed some R&R, the gifts we gave were well-received, the gifts we received were greatly appreciated.

Here’s a sampling:

I think this was my favourite of the year (thanks Christina & Adam!) – Harry Potter AND a board game in one?? Omg. We got to play it on Monday night and it’s a great update on the original Clue game with lots of new magical twists. Lots of fun!

I never thought I could love a slipper. But lo and behold, then came the Muk Luks (thanks Sue!). They have fake fur inside. Did you hear that?  Furrrr. I keep mine rolled all the way up for ultimate contact with said fur. And they have reindeer on them. And a nordic pattern.

I also received a double-whammy bag of loot from David’s Tea (thanks Mark!). My brother Mark did a 2-in-1 birthday/Christmas gift since I hadn’t seen him for a while.

The winter collection includes some pretty cool flavours:  Hot Toboggan, Chocolate Chili Chai, Alpine Punch, Apres Ski, Snow Bunny. The gift also included a glass travel thermos and glass tea mug, plus some extra teas. Awesome!

And how cute is this bread basket (thanks Nicki!):

Too many to mention, all very very much appreciated…especially those homemade chocolates from my father-in-law! 😛 MmmMmm

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I’m a big online shopper and it’s been gaining steadily in popularity with retailers, much to my glee. So, holiday sales and boxing day/boxing week sales are aplenty these days, even online. Which means you don’t have to brave the crammed malls to score some good deals. And, since I live in a fairly large city, I’m usually lucky enough to get my orders in 2-3 days.

I bought some work clothes online at Cleo (www.cleo.ca), all for $97 with free shipping. Normally (i.e. not on sale), it would have amounted to about $250, so score one for moi.

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As many of you know, this year I was participating in the WordPress blogging challenge Postaday2011 which was to post at least once a day.

Although some days I didn’t post anything, I usually made up for it with several posts on subsequent days. Here’s the tally as of December 28th (including this post):

January 2011 32
February 2011 36
March 2011 35
April 2011 31
May 2011 28
June 2011 31
July 2011 27
August 2011 37
September 2011 21
October 2011 22
November 2011 19
December 2011 37
356

Not bad at all! And yes, I’m going to make sure I hit 365 posts by the end of the year, just for the principle. 🙂

Some other fun facts are:

# of followers:  198 (including WordPress, email and Facebook followers) (wow – Thanks everyone!!!)

Total all-time views to date: 83,594

Average views per day: 177 (lowest avg/day January 59, highest avg/day November 388)

Day with highest # of views: November 27, 2011 with 688 views.

Most visited post: Owls. Weird ass birds. (I suspect it must be people searching for owl photos on Google images).

Second most visited: Home page

My Christmas-related posts are quite popular too.

 

 

 

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Who doesn’t like Top 10 lists? I love them. And so does Time Magazine. Every year, Time publishes the Top Ten lists of the year for every category or topic you can think of.

Top 10 Everything of 2011: In 54 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the  good and the bad, of the past 12 months.

Some of the ones I enjoyed the most include:

  • Top Ten Apologies (#1 Anthony Weiner / Weinergate, #10 Pope Benedict)
  • Top Ten Business Blunders (#1 Netflix, #4 Sony for the month-long post-hack outage of their Playstation network, #8 HP for pulling their tablet)
  • Top Ten Comebacks (#1 Gabby Giffords, #2 NKOTBSB, #10 Jessica Simpson)
  • Top Ten Fiction Books (#1 A Dance with Dragons, George R.R.Martin)
  • Top Ten Gadgets (#1 Apple iPad 2)
  • Top Ten Medical Breakthrough (#1 Use cloning to create stem cells, #2 first-ever Malaria vaccine, #4 the new food pyramid is a plate)
  • Top Ten Memes (#1 We are the 99 Percent/Occupy, #2 Planking, #3 Princess Beatrice’s Fascinator, #4 Winning by Charlie Sheen)
  • Top Ten Best Tweets (#1 Bin Laden’s death: “So I’m told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden. Hot damn.”~Keith Urban, #4 Bill Gates’ tweet re: Steve Jobs “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”, #8 the pope’s first tweet)
  • Top Ten Worst Tweets (#1 Anthony Weiner’s “weiner”, #3 Gilbert Goddfried on Japan: “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.”)
  • Top Ten Smart-Phone Apps (#1 IntoNow, #2 Feedly, #4 Facebook Messenger)

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The end of a year means that Awards Season is fast approaching. The Golden Globes nominations were announced a couple of weeks ago. Which means that I need to get started watching the potential Best Picture Oscar nominees as the Golden Globe nominees are usually close to what the Oscar nominees will be. Last year, I really enjoyed watching all the films that were nominated for Best Picture – it made watching the Oscars so much more enjoyable. And the nominated movies include some of the best performances of the year – even though some may be lesser-known than others, there were truly some gems in the mix.

Below is the full list including TV and film. I have a soft spot for Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, being a fan of the books for years and was happy to see it so successful on TV.

TV:

Best TV Comedy or Musical

Enlightened

Episodes

Glee

Modern Family

New Girl

Best TV Drama

American Horror Story

Boardwalk Empire

Boss

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Best Actress, TV Comedy:

Laura Dern, Enlighted

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Best Actress, TV Drama:

Claire Danes, Homeland

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Madeleine Stowe, Revenge

Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Actor, TV Comedy:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

David Duchovny, Californication

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Actor, TV Drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Jeremy Irons, The Borgias

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Steve Buscemi. Boardwalk Empire

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie:

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Paul Giamatti, Too Big Too Fail

Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

The Hour

Downton Abbey

Cinema Verite

Mildred Pierce

Too Big to Fail

Best Actor, Mini Series or Motion Picture for TV

William Hurt, Too Big Too Fail

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Idris Elba, Luther

Bill Nighy, Page Eight

Dominic West, Appropriate Adult

Best Actress, Mini Series or Motion Picture for TV

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite

Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey

Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

FILM:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Descendants
Moneyball
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Motion Picture, Comedy/Musical

50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

Best Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

George Clooney The Ides of March

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actor, Musical/Comedy

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Actress, Drama

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Actress, Musical/Comedy

Jodi Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet Mcteer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Foreign Language Film

The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

Best Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Best Screenplay

Midnight in Paris
The Ides of March
The Descendants
Moneyball
Bridesmaids

Best Original Score

The Artist
W.E.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
War Horse

Best Original Song

“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“Masterpiece,” W.E.

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I remember how excited we were as kids waking up on Christmas morning and seeing all the presents under the tree. We could barely contain our excitement. Seeing that same excitement on my nieces’ faces on Christmas morning is priceless. 🙂 My job as playing Santa was much easier this year now that Sienna can read! LOL

The girls got their first play-makeup kit hehehe

They also got a set of dress-up shoes/slippers with feathers and sparkles. When they opened up the box and saw what it was, they both yelled out “SHOES!!!!!” and my husband laughed and laughed… 🙂  Yes, it starts early.

My nieces Sienna and Maddie with their uncle Mark

Nice Christmas all around. 🙂

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The weather has been very mild lately, above seasonal, no snow on the ground, and very unlike-Christmas.

When you’re a kid growing up, a green Christmas is nothing short of a tragedy. Christmas without snow just wasn’t as magical.

This year, we spent christmas in Montreal and it had been unseasonably warm there too up until Christmas Eve. On Christmas morning, we woke up to a white fluffy landscape with thick white snowflakes falling (that kept up all day) – a perfect Christmas day.

On our way to my sister’s place – we were the first footsteps along the path on Christmas morning – I took the pic before we stepped through it:

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