Tuesday, 25 December 2012

A Little Blue Box Filled Christmas

He did good


Happy Christmas lovlies! I hope that jolly felon left everything on your Christmas list under your tree!

Christmas has actually been surprisingly awesome! My Gentleman and his mother came over for Christmas dinner last night, which left me filled with anxiety for a large portion of yesterday, until I realized that everyone was behaving themselves and a lovely time was had by all. Not to mention that my Gentleman did very well and gave me a lovely little blue box from Tiffany & Co. containing a beautiful little charm for my bracelet, which was paired with tickets to one of my favourite bands in the whole world, The Tragically Hip. He gets a pat on the back and at least 5 gold stars for that!

Anyway, this is just a short post today wishing everyone a Happy Christmas/Festivus/Hanuka/Kwanza, or for those of you with a giant sprig of holly up your arss, a Happy Non-Denomination Whatever You Want to Call It! I will leave you with this. Take a listen to it, and hopefully it will help you prepare for the daunting task of eating your way through multiple Christmas dinners!




Love and Reindeers and Candy Canes and Unicorns (which are acceptable at any time of the year!)

xoxo
Leah

Sunday, 23 December 2012

It's the End of the World As We Know It...Oh Wait...

Hi friends! It was quite the week! I became a whole year older (and closer to 30, my god!) and the world almost came to an end but didn't. I know, what  a complete and utter shock, and by complete and utter shock, I mean that no one is actually surprised by this. We are all here for another day, and I think we can all thank Buffy the Vampire Slayer for that. It's because of her that that jolly fat (kind of creepy) man will break into millions of homes, accruing countless felonies.What a magical time of year.

I honestly can't believe that Christmas is upon us. It really crept up this year, and I realized that Christmas Eve is tomorrow this afternoon when I cursed my laziness and had to wrap all my presents. I think the only thing I hate more than packing for a trip, is wrapping Christmas presents. Although, I do like opening Christmas presents, but that's because I am hopelessly materialistic and like pretty things. Every year my family always tells me that I am the hardest person to buy for, which is most definitely not true. Yes, I do have a very specific sense of style and am very particular with the things I like, and I recognize that this could make buying me things a bit of a daunting task. But, I have a fool proof solution for anyone who is tasked with getting me a gift. That my friends is the wonderful, magical invention called The Gift Card. Gift cards are great! I give people a list of my favourite places to shop and voila! They're done. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, gift cards are the way to go because that way I don't have to pretend to like what you got me. It makes the situation way less awkward and I don't have to feel bad about lying to your face. Sure this makes me seem kind of like a bitch, but I would rather be honest than a liar.

This Christmas is going to be pretty laid back, which I am super stoked about, especially because I think I am fighting off the flu. In an attempt to get me to feel better the other night, my mother presented me with a shot glass of NyQuil. Yes, a shot glass. I kid you not. Now that's what I call motherly love. This holiday season,  I plan on basically sitting in sweatpants, eating delicious food, and watching TLC marathons of the worlds worst television. This is perfect. The marathons have already started, and I am slightly ashamed to say that spent the majority of the day watching Toddler's & Tiara's. So creepy, and yet so entertaining. It really just makes me wonder about the future of humanity. Also, can I just say that I am super pumped for the new year and a whole new seasons of Dance Moms? I know, I know. You're all shaking your heads and asking why!? I just can't help myself! It's actually kind of a problem. I'm going to try extra hard not stress this Christmas. It's the first time that my parents are going to meet The Boy's mother. That should be...fun? I don't know. Reality tv is looking pretty good right about now...

Anyway my doves, there's only one more sleep until that jolly creep squeezes his obese frame down some tiny chimney, and I hope he brings each and every one of you exactly what you want for Christmas. Don't worry, I'll be sure to regale you with tales of Christmas awkwardness awesomeness.

xoxo
Leah

Monday, 10 December 2012

Muesday: Pinterest, A Lesson in Expectations Vs. Reality

I'm having a really difficult time getting into the Christmas Spirit this year. I was the same way last year, and I thought that this blah attitude was a one time deal, but I guess not. There are a whole host of things I am going to blame, the first of which is Pinterest. Seriously, I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. On the one hand I like to see all the cool crafts and baking and ideas and shit that people can come up with. But on the other hand I hate it with a passion because I am 100% positive that it creates unrealistic expectations as to what people are actually capable of. Sure that recipe looks awesome and I'm sure that woven craft/silk screening/whatever the hell it is, is totally cool, and yes, you do provide step-by-step instructions as to how to achieve this, but the end result is always one big, disappointing failure. Pinterest makes people feel bad about themselves. I look at all the lovely things and think, "hey, maybe I could do that" and then I actually try it and I go from hopeful optimism to full out rage and sadness. Let's face it, Pinterest sets people up to fail 99.99% of the time, and for the 0.01% that it actually works for can just suck it. We all know that you have nothing but time on your hands to perfect your nauseatingly wonderful cards, and ornaments and delicious, apparently "low calorie" desserts. Ugh. Going on Pinterest alone is enough to make you hate the holidays. Also, I just need to say it: get off Pinterest and get a real freaking hobby! I admit, if I've got an extra five minutes and I feel like going on my computer after sitting at a computer all day, I'll go peruse Pinterest. But all I seem to ever see are  the same people who re-pin every single freaking thing. I mean, don't you have a job? Don't you have something better to do than re-pin pictures of rooms that you will never have in your house, or crafts that you will never actually do. And those wedding boards?! My God! You will never have a wedding like that. Like I said, unrealistic expectations.

Want to laugh at Pinterest? Go here and see that you're not alone in your failure.

In keeping with my non-Christmas, blah humbug mood (no Bah Humbug, because I actually do like Christmas), I am going to share with you all one of my favourite bands of all time ever. I talked about my love for Said the Whale several times before. They are just so amazing and in my opinion, one of the best things to happen to Canadian music since the Tragically Hip (who are also equally as awesome!). Now, every year, they release a few songs on a Christmas EP, online, and these eventually disappear. But, now they have released them all on one wonderful little album. It's basically one of the best things for me right now, mostly because the songs aren't creepy as most Christmas songs tend to be. And here is the probably the neatest part about it. You can't get it on iTunes! But you can get it here! And all they are asking for is a donation of any amount that you think is fair. Or you can get it free, but I hope if you do choose to download it you pay at least $5. Don't be a Grinch and donate to them so they can continue making wonderful music.  Because I am basically in love with this right now, and because it is the only thing getting me through the masses of Children's Choirs that insist on yowling singing on the steps at the Legislature every day. Please enjoy everything about West Coast Christmas from Said the Whale



Later days lovelies!

xoxo
Leah

Friday, 7 December 2012

Not Quite Tuesday, but at Least It's Still the Same Week

Hi friends, long time no see! The House has risen which means that I am one happy piccolina, as my Italian co-worker calls me. This also means that I now have to do all the things that I love to do and to enjoy the Christmas season. Today was also just a really good day. I got to work with some amazing people on a project for Bust a Move. You remember Bust a Move right? It's that really super awesome fundraiser for breast health that involves 6 hours of working out and Richard Simmons. Not to mention a whole lotta hot pink and spandex. And this thing that I did for it today was really really fun. I am not sure if I should share it just yet, or if I should just keep it on the DL and share it with you when it's done. Pretty sure it's more fun to make you wait. I just love that I get to be involved in something that is bigger than myself. I love that I am able to give back this way. Bust a Move 2013 is going to be even better than last year.

I'm really starting to get into the Holiday Spirit. I have finally put all my Christmas music onto my iPod and I have even started my Christmas shopping. But I do have to say that listening to my Christmas music is probably my favourite things. I have also realized that there are a lot of creepy Christmas songs out there, apart from Baby It's Cold Outside, which is basically a song about date rape, and in keeping with that theme I am going to give you another creepy Christmas song. It's not so much creepy in the whole you could wake up missing a kidney after accepting a roofied hot toddy, but in that it just sounds so creepy. The song is Santa Baby by a lovely little band called VersaEmerge. They kind of sound a little bit like Paramore, but not quite as, oh I don't know, bubbly? Maybe? All I know is that their albums have never disappointed me. Basically a typical Fueled By Ramen band that makes my inner 16 year old really happy.



Anyway friends, I hope you've all been okay in my absence and I also hope you can forgive my tardiness. I love you all!

xoxo
Leah