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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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Every family has their own traditions, from when to open gifts (Christmas Eve at night or first thing Christmas morning) to what to serve as the holiday meal.

Growing up, turkey was the usual highlight, with tourtiere (meat pie), mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, cranberry sauce (whole berry, in a can thank you very much) and dessert, which was usually buche (french word for yule log) or a fruit pie. I remember having this meal at my grandmother’s house (mom’s side), and also at our house growing up. When I started hosting the holiday meal at my  own home, I stuck to the same formula. Christmas was usually turkey, New Year’s was usually ham. I made some minor tweaks (i.e. my carrots were topped with a maple/butter sauce, my desserts were something different every year). But the rest? Never mess with tradition. 🙂

This year, we’re visiting family for the holidays and after several years’ hiatus, I get to enjoy my mom’s Christmas meal this year! And I’m SO excited. 🙂

What do you serve for your holiday meal?

Is it the same as when you were growing up?

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From us (“the wishor”) to you (“hereinafter called the wishee”) Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all …
and a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA” in the western hemisphere), and having regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting you are bound by these terms that:
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  • This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishor.
  • This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.
  • The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor.
  • Any references in this greeting to “the Lord”, “Father Christmas”, “Our Saviour”, or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, dead or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third-party names and images are hereby acknowledged.

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How could you walk by this festive spectacle and not give them some cash? 🙂 Love these guys!

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I am so proud of myself.

Guess who fixed our jammed garbage disposal? Me!

Last weekend, our Insinkerator jammed up. The motor hummed when you turned it on, but no blades were spinning, no (now heavenly sound) music-to-my-ears loud  grinding noise. I took a look down the sink but couldn’t see anything stuck. The Reset button underneath did nothing either. The blades were spinning freely (I checked with tongs, noy with my hand – I’ve seen way too many horror movies for that).

So off to Google I went. And first I looked up the user manual, which, albeit helpful in identifying all the various parts and how to install it, didn’t provide any guidance or troubleshooting tips.

Then I found this blog post. I followed Rob’s advice and lo and behold, got it working again! It made me feel like a handyman, for real and for true! And we didn’t have to pay a plumber – bonus.

The hardest part was finding an allen key – I knew I kept some, just had to find one big enough.  So, here’s what I did, while following Rob’s instructions: Once it was determined that nothing was blocking the blades and they moved freely, the reset button did nothing and no fuses were blown or tripped. Get an allen key (about 1/4″ thick) and stick it in the bottom of the unit (from under the sink), shimmy it around, then rotate it – this actually manually moves the blades inside the disposal to allow the thing that’s blocking to dislodge. Rotated it a bit, turned on the water and flipped the switch and poof – after a bit of crunching, it eventually sounded smooth as a whistle.

I’ll become a handy homeowner yet!! I also fixed the doorbell a couple of weeks ago. 🙂

So proud.

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It’s nearing the end of the year and it’s time to recap all the life list items I managed to accomplish in 2011. The list I had planned at the end of last year is actually quite different from what I actually did manage to complete; some were nice surprises too. Here goes:

Life List Items completed in 2001:

In terms of new adventures in exploring Toronto and the vicinity, there were a few of note:

It was a pretty great year!

There are some items that I had planned that I wasn’t able to complete (gasp!):

  • Read 30 books in one year. I’m currently at 26 so it’s not likely that I’ll make it for 2011, but will try again in 2012. Granted, most of the books I did read were fairly voluminous ones. On a related note, I’m loving my Kindle. Yes, I’ll admit it. It’s so light, takes up less space in my purse… I bring my Kindle when I commute to work but still have my paper books on my bedside table. Baby steps people, baby steps…
  • Learn to juggle. I watched a video on juggling on YouTube. I tried for about 30 minutes since I had some time. I thought I would be able to learn it quickly and easily. Not so. Maybe it was because of my chosen juggling materials – the only round things I had close by were scented balls in my potpourri bowl in the den. Epic Fail. I’ll try again though. Just in case my career in IT falls through and I need to join the circus. Just sayin’ – it’s good to have options.
  • Visit Napa/Sonoma: We had planned to go here this year but caught the cruise bug so changed our plans. 🙂 So sue me.
  • Learn the thriller dance: I actually started this and had about half of it down, but I just got pulled away to other things and never finished it. It’s still there but right now, it’s not holding my interest.

Keep an eye out for the list I plan to tackle in 2012! Assuming there won’t be any cataclysmic earthly events and the end of the world really does occur as predicted (again this year).

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Don’t let this happen to you this holiday season.

 

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