meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • Halifax’s road safety inaction is killing people – Five years ago, Halifax set a goal of reducing injuries and deaths from traffic collisions. But the numbers involving pedestrians and cyclists are going in the opposite direction. (The Coast)
  • Parents are more worried about their children’s mental health than gun violence or bullying (Fast Company)
  • 14 Reader Comments on Reader Comments – Cup Of Jo truly does have the best readers!
  • What Gaslighting Actually Is…And What It Isn’t (Candidly)
  • Violence Against Jacinda Ardern and Other Women Political Leaders Is an Attack on Democracy Itself (Ms.)
  • And “Can women really have it all?” implies the existence of people who *do* (Kimberly Harrington)

Instead of asking if women can really have it all, it’d be more useful to examine why men seem to have it all.

  • Artificially Intelligent Art And what humanity does or does not bring to the art that moves us (The Audacity)
  • Shirtception (My Modern Met)
  • Now I want to wallpaper everything, everywhere, all at once (AD)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Understanding Subtext on the Internet (Friday Things)

Stay warm, friends. (image)

Popping in to talk movies

Is anyone watching movies these days? They’re like long-form TV but usually less enjoyable and often more boring.

As I do every year when nominations are announced, I watch as many as possible. Perhaps it’s because of my list-checking obsession but most likely because wins like Parasite and Coda made me jump up and down like a proud parent. I want to cling to this feeling every year.

So here’s where I’m at—Movies by the numbers.

  • I am 12 movies in, with 42 to go
  • I have watched 7 of the 10 Best Pictures
  • I have watched 2 of the 12 in the theatre, 2 on a plane and 8 streamed (legally!)
  • I watched 22 movies (that I recall) in 2022 and wonder why NOPE and The Swimmers were not nominated for anything.

And Because nobody asked for it, here is my unprofessional hot take about the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards.

My current ranking for BEST PICTURE is based only on the seven I’ve seen:

  1. WOMEN TALKING. This is my 2023 Parasite, and I will make posters and scream from Cabot Street to give Sarah Polley an Oscar. Sadly, she was robbed of a Best Director nomination.
  2.  EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE. Although it was not my favourite movie, it’s fantastic that it got the most nominations. The sci-fi parts are not to my taste, but it is well done; I loved the family’s story, and I will 100% cry if Ke Huy Quan wins Best Supporting Actor.
  3. TOP GUN: MAVERICK. Did I fist pump and cheer at the big screen? Hell, yes, I did! Tom delivered everything I wanted in an action movie, and I am here for it.
  4. TRIANGLE OF SADNESS. I thought this was going to be funnier. It was a good movie, but I had to cover my eyes for 5 minutes during the barfing/seasick scene.
  5. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. Oh, hey, grade 11. We watched the original in history class, and I have to say, this was very well done. I don’t think it should win Best Picture, but it should win Best Original Score.
  6. THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN. Ireland is beautiful. The acting was great. I’m sad about Jenny the donkey. That’s all.
  7. ELVIS. Dear Baz Luhrmann, I will forever love you for giving me Romeo and Juliet; however, despite how adorable Austin Butler was, I am not a fan of biographical drama movies about musicians. 

As for the remaining three I have not watched, here are my thoughts:

  • AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Do I have to? If I have to invest time, I am not investing money. I predict it will be #10 for me.
  • THE FABELMANS. I want to see this, and I predict it will be #5, ahead of Triangle of Sadness
  • TÁR. I really, really want to see this, and I predict it will be #2, possibly #1. Sorry, Sarah Polley.

And finally, here are a few others I must mention:

  • THE FLYING SAILOR is about the Halifax Explosion, you can stream it for free, and it’s like 10 minutes.
  • TURNING RED. I loved this movie! Go Domee Shi Go. I will literally turn red if GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO wins Best Animated Feature Film.
  • FIRE OF LOVE is the only documentary I’ve watched, and it was great, so I guess that’s my vote.
  • Paul Mescal – I see you on that Best Actor list. Hey.

So happy watching, and may the best WOMEN win!

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23 and me

It’s been a minute. It’s a new year so let’s catch up with 23 things.

  1. Easing into a Gentle January and trying hard to just ride the wave this year. Hah.
  2. I checked a bucket list travel item off my life list! Over the holidays, we visited Italy and Switzerland, and I took a photo of the Matterhorn with a Toblerone Bar.
  3. Still running – training for a spring Marathon has started, but I’m keeping the pressure low and haven’t actually signed up for a Spring marathon. I am, however, heading back to the Chicago Marathon in the fall!
  4. And this is where I will be when my friends go to the New York City Marathon.
  5. I fell in love with Soup! while visiting Zermatt, and now I want to own a soup shop in Halifax and call it Soupi.
  6. And speaking of soups. Julia, you’re the best with this cheat sheet for soup-making
  7. January brings 30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne (and Benji). I love this year’s theme, Center.
  8. This People ruin everything list speaks to me. Craft fairs. Now they’re crowded with dozens of MLMs. I just want to find knitted slippers made by an old lady who clearly has a drinking problem, not more Norwex.
  9. I Give You Permission To Throw Away Your Yearbook – I just tossed mine, and I have no regret
  10. I’m currently reading and listening to anything Lauren Fleshman is saying, and I broke down and bought her new book, Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World
  11. My favourite reads of 2022: What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen, State of Terror, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us, The Midnight Library and Seven Days In June
  12. My favourite shows of 2022: Bad Sisters, Derry Girls (the last season was so good!), Formula 1: Drive to Survive S4, Only Murders In The Building S2, The Afterparty, Somebody Somewhere, The White Lotus S2, Fleishman is in Trouble and Heartstoppers
  13. My favourite movies of 2022: Turning Red, Top Gun: Maverick, The Swimmers and Nope.
  14. I can’t possibly tell you my favourite podcasts because I listen to so many, but I will say that podcasting and walking Miles or walking with friends is my new favourite activity… besides running with friends.
  15. Have you watched Everything, Everywhere All At Once? It wasn’t on my favourite list this year, but this was my favourite speech. I grew up watching Ke Huy Quan and can recite every line of his from Indian Jones and The Goonies. I am so excited for him!
  16. This may be a new TikTok trend, but I’ve been wrapping pickles in cheese slices since 1984.
  17. All of these conversations have happened with my mom and either me or one of my sisters.
  18. I need to start using my rower more, so I’m looking at this app
  19. On my shopping wish list
  20. What’s the Most Helpful Thing a Therapist Has Ever Told You? (the comments are golden)
  21. People of my age, are we excited about Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? Barbie?
  22. Everyone online is going bananas for this
  23. And finally, on my mind lately… Should I ditch my website or this site? Or should I merge them into one, and if so, which one. Feeling the need to binge, and I barely add content here anymore.

meanwhile, elsewhere

Sunday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • When you’re a woman over forty, a tunic wears you. (McSweeney’s)
  • Ticketmaster’s apology to the Swifties
  • And are they the only ones at fault? (Washington Post)
  • In Fiji, the climate crisis means dozens of villages could soon be underwater. Relocating so many communities is an epic undertaking. But now there is a plan – and the rest of the world is watching (cough cough, Atlantic Canada) (The Guardian)
  • I ate cereal with milk when I commuted to work – No Hardboiled Eggs on the Road, and Other Highly Subjective Car-Eating Advice (Bon Appetite)
  • What the Success of Women-Led Protests Tell Us About Iran’s Future (Time)
  • I Went to a Concert Alone to Find My Pre-Mom Self (Gloria)
  • The Decline of Etiquette and the Rise of ‘Boundaries’ – For centuries, strict social norms dictated what people could politely talk about. Now we have to figure it out for ourselves. (The Atlantic)
  • I am a freelance neurosurgeon, the only job that is both well-paying enough to afford $30,000 in tuition and flexible enough to deal with all the school holidays. School holidays are the three months of summer, plus a week each on Indigenous People’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Presidents’ Day, and Easter. The school is also closed for all federal and state holidays, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr, and seven staff-learning Wednesdays. – A Parents Typical Day As Envisioned By My Childs Preschool (McSweeney’s)
  • Happy Turkey Trot weekend to all of my American family and friends. I miss you. (NYT)


meanwhile, elsewhere

Monday’s online finds: Cozy up and dig in.

  • This Just In — Dark Green Is *The* Chic Nail Shade You’ll Want To Wear All Winter Long (TZR)
  • I am pretty sure I have already gushed about this episode of You’re Wrong About, but an update: everyone else loves it, and I am now listening to Blair Braverman’s book Small Game.
  • Home is Where Your Best Friend Is (Harpers Bazaar)
  • How To Be Successful
  • Kurt Vonnegut: “There Are Six Seasons Instead of Four” (Kottke)
  • Recommend The Noodle Group short doc on CBC Gem. (via Sarah)
  • If I lived in East Hampton, I’d get this
  • Mr. and Mrs. Powledge Renovate Their Dream House “While my arm didn’t heal properly, the ceiling job is beautiful.” Renovations are not for the faint of heart – (Curbed)
  • Loving these birth month flower necklaces (GLDN)
  • And finally, in case you missed it – my 2023 Desktop Calendars are ready, and I am taking orders. All the details are here.