100 films for 100 reasons

Have you seen any good movies lately?

One of my forty before forty goals was to watch all of the movies from the AFI’s 100 Most Inspiring Films Of All Time. I’ve watched +40 so far and some are just meh… I am sure they’re there for reasons beyond my armchair expertise, but regardless, I decided to ditch that goal and replace it with “choose an actor and watch their full IMDB profile.” As I contemplate and research who I will commit to, I thought it’d be fun to make my list of the top 100 films that impacted my life for 100 different reasons. I will admit, some films (actors) are questionable in 2019 but there are many things from our past that we can not hold judgment on and I will ALWAYS standby Grease 2 making my list over Grease!

In alphabetical order, the top 100 films that impacted my life for 100 different reasons

  1. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  2. 500 Day of Summer (2009)
  3. About a Boy (2002)
  4. Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
  5. Alive (1993)
  6. Amélie (2001)
  7. Annie Hall (1977)
  8. Back to the Future (1985)
  9. Beaches (1988)
  10. Beautiful Girls (1996)
  11. Beetlejuice (1988)
  12. Before Sunrise (1995)
  13. Benny & Joon (1993)
  14. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  15. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  16. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  17. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  18. Brooklyn (2015)
  19. Call Me by Your Name (2018)
  20. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
  21. Creed (2015)
  22. Dangerous Minds (1995)
  23. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  24. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  25. Dirty Dancing (1987)
  26. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  27. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  28. Father of the Bride (1991)
  29. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) or Pretty in Pink (1986) or Sixteen Candles (1984)
  30. Follow That Bird (1985)
  31. Footloose (1984)
  32. Forrest Gump (1994)
  33. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
  34. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
  35. Garden State (2004)
  36. Gleaming the Cube (1989)
  37. Good Will Hunting (1997)
  38. Grease 2 (1982)
  39. Hair (1979)
  40. Harold and Maude (1971)
  41. Home Alone (1990)
  42. I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
  43. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  44. Juno (2007)
  45. Jurassic Park (1993)
  46. La Bamba (1987)
  47. Lady Bird (2017)
  48. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
  49. Little Women (1994)
  50. Lord of the Flies (1990)
  51. Love Actually (2003)
  52. Love Story (1970)
  53. Mean Girls (2004)
  54. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  55. My Girl (1991)
  56. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
  57. Oldboy (2003)
  58. One Week (2008)
  59. Opportunity Knocks (1990)
  60. Parenthood (1989)
  61. Pet Sematary (1989)
  62. Point Break (1991)
  63. Pretty Woman (1990)
  64. Pump Up The Volume (1990)
  65. Reality Bites (1994)
  66. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  67. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  68. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  69. Say Anything… (1989)
  70. Singles (1992)
  71. Sixteen Candles (1984)
  72. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
  73. Speed (1994)
  74. Stand By Me (1986)
  75. Surf Ninjas (1993)
  76. Taxi Driver (1976)
  77. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
  78. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  79. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  80. The Craft (1996)
  81. The Deer Hunter (1978)
  82. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  83. The Girl Who Spelled Freedom (1986)
  84. The Goonies (1985)
  85. The Graduate (1967)
  86. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
  87. The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988)
  88. The Parent Trap (1961)
  89. The Princess Bride (1987)
  90. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  91. The Sound of Music (1965)
  92. The Wizard (1989)
  93. Thelma & Louise (1991)
  94. Top Gun (1986)
  95. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  96. True Romance (1993)
  97. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  98. When a Man Loves a Woman (1994)
  99. When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  100. Whiplash (2014)

There’s a podcast I listen to that always ends with rapid-fire questions. One being, what’s your favourite movie? It drives me bananas when people can’t name a movie! I love movies and although it’s hard to narrow it down to my all-time favourite, I could at least say something. Say Anything!

Tell me your favourite! Fight with me about my list (I feel like I am missing a few). Tell me which actor I should pick? I’m leaning towards Christian Slater, Michael B. Jordan, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke or John Hughes.


hello, 2019

If you’ve been around a while, you probably know that I’m not afraid of making resolutions and intentions and I dive headfirst into a good goal-list so here we are; a new year, a new list.

For me, the best part of list-making is that I know I will not achieve everything but if I write it down or say it, it’s more likely to happen.

10 things I want to work on (but may not) in 2019

  1. Swimming: Once I’m in the water, I’m happy as a clam but mygawd it’s hard to get in. I know the benefits, I have a membership to a pool, my kid swims three days a week… I have no excuses.
  2. Self-acceptance: I’m going to get into this later but it’s something I need to work on. I have ideas, I just need the confidence to believe that I am capable.
  3. Barre: I fell in love with barre classes a few years ago but haven’t done it in ages. I should. I will. My aching body will thank me.
  4. Photography: I am planning to take some time this year to learn more skills (lighting, styling, etc.) It’s been an intention for a few years but I need to stop thinking about it and start doing it. (see #2)
  5. Entertaining: Who says it has to be fancy and involve several courses? I love having people over but it doesn’t happen enough. I’m thinking games nights or simple gatherings. Murder Mystery anyone?
  6. Hooking or pottery: Two somewhat newish things I discovered that brought me joy. I am not planning to hook 1000 pillows or become a professional potter but I need to focus on stuff like this.
  7. Cooking: I don’t love cooking because I want to be good at it, and I am not. I want to get more comfortable in the kitchen.
  8. Personal projects, like a website or whatever this space is: The woes of any self-employed person is they never put the time into their own projects. I need to organize my days better for this.
  9. Reading: I’m already pretty decent at this, I read a lot and I listen to a lot of audiobooks but I want to make it more of a priority.
  10. Gratitude: I have a lot of things to be grateful for but sometimes it’s hard to not dwell on the hardships. I need to remind myself of the good stuff. Make simple things more fun!

No pressure, but 2019 is kind of a big deal. It’s the end of a decade, the end of my thirties and I am approaching my #fortybeforeforty deadline with a long list of items to tackle so why not add more and make it fun!

Have a happy new year, make it a good one.

(image) all gifs from Giphy

top ten of 2018

Closing off 2018 with a quick thank you and happy 2019!

Who knows where I am heading but it’s a new year and I am full of big intentions and goals… (stay tuned)

Here’s a list of the most viewed posts of 2018. Spoiler, “Let’s Taco Bout a Party” is still going strong for hits *???* does this mean we need to have another party? After all, I still have a few bottles of tequila.

  1. It’s Calendar Time
  2. Let’s Taco Bout A Party (2015!)
  3. Summer Starts Nowish (Year 5!)
  4. I Am An Early Morning Runner
  5. Regrets, I’ve Had A Few
  6. Wineglass Marathon Recap (2017)
  7. Top 10 Look-A-Mikes
  8. Meanwhile, Elsewhere: May 4
  9. 10 Words I’m Not Fine With
  10. 13 Reasons Why

Happy New Year!

sophie’s choice

Fall is not my thing. That said, my motto is: accept and proceed; buy hand warmers and adapt.

A few people have asked what’s on my Fall must-do list and I’m quick to say nothing because I am still mourning Summer but my friend Sophie requested we try and make the most of the season. And try I shall. Here’s her list which I am going to work through… even the pumpkin stuff.

Sophie’s Fall Bucket List

  1. Drink a Fall Seasonal Drink (unironically)
  2. Wear a tartan skirt with a turtleneck
  3. Watch the sunrise
  4. Hike in the Adirondacks = Hike
  5. Go apple picking
  6. Wear a beret
  7. Watch Meghan’s must-see movies: Dirty Dancing and Pump Up the Volume (This is basically me threatening Sophie – I can’t believe she hasn’t watched Dirty Dancing!)
  8. Make butter tarts
  9. Create a Halloween costume
  10. Walk in Central Park while the leaves are changing = Any park will do
  11. Drink mulled wine or a hot apple cider (like an actual one, not powder)
  12. Weekly fall manicure = I am aiming for 1 fall manicure
  13. Drink 2L of water per day (that’s a lot!)
  14. Write letters
  15. Wear stylish outfits for one week straight
  16. Cook egg-bites (or go to Starbucks)
  17. Go to a trivia night with friends
  18. Build a cornucopia
  19. Visit with an old friend
  20. Go to high tea = or just tea, we don’t need to be fancy.
  21. Visit a museum exhibit
  22. Stroll ALL of Mount-Royal = stroll around the neighbourhood, visit stores I pass by and never go in.
  23. Cook and eat Coddled Eggs
  24. Stoke a fire

*modified for people outside of Montreal and who will not be visiting New York City any time soon.(image)

Here’s the last time I did a fall bucket list  (results)

10 words i’m not fine with

We can all agree that the worst word ever is panty, right? Especially when said by a man. Panty, panties, pantyhose, pantyliner, etc., they’re all terrible words that should not exist. Either wear underwear or wear nothing at all. Do not wear panties.

Here are 10 more words I can’t handle:

  1. FINE: Fine thanks, you? No one should ever aspire to be fine. It’s like no wall wants to be beige.
  2. FEBRUARY: Nothing against Pisces, I just think the spelling is problematic. What’s up with that R? Do we need it?
  3. STEW: Both the noun (I hate chunky soup (also see #10)) and the action. Do not stew on anything, make a damn decision.
  4. MOIST: I never liked the band because the word makes me uncomfortable. Sorry Erin Mac, I know you were a fan.
  1. FART: hate hate hate hate hate. Hate.
  2. BRAIN FART: Is this even related to a FART? Not only does it NOT make sense, but it’s also gross.
  3. A’INT: He ain’t heavy… he is NOT heavy.
  4. ARSE: Bums are soft and cushiony which is why the hard ARRRRR in arse doesn’t work for me.
  5. SPECIFIC: Is there a word more complicated to say on the first try?
  6. CHOWDER: Especially fish chowder. Creamy + chunky + cut up fish. I just can’t. That said, I put on my big girl panties and tried a bread bowl this winter. It was fine, but I felt like I was going against all of my moral values.

Honorable mention: CBC’s pronunciation of Shhhhedule, Shhhocial Shtudies, etc. Do you think it makes you sound more pretentious? Because it doesn’t.

There are more. So many more, but let’s not stew on this for any longer.