Thursday, January 31, 2008
I love Justin. I just can't help it! Word is that he did all of his own stunts for this too! Oh, and speaking of Tom Brady, bounce over to matthewgood.org and check out this hilarious entry posted by Roy El Saghir.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I wait too long.
I let things go.
I back away and make it hard on myself.
I let tears fall when they shouldn't.
But not for too much longer.
I'm working on it.
I don't know how to live with anxiety (or maybe I don't know how to live without anxiety)
and there's been a lot to be anxious about recently...
A while ago, a friend told me a story about sharks. I learned that they are missing the enzyme that produces anxiety. Today, he reminded me of that story and assured me that I could be akin to a shark, that I have the ability to let things go, to think in the moment, to exist in the NOW and to not worry about what scares me most.
That I can stop my worries, be less analytical about my care for people, and stop guessing how the future will unfold.
I guess I needed to be reminded of all this.
Photo: Da Sauce on Flickr
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
“I’m such a workaholic and so on fire all the time, it bewilders the s--- out of me…If you’re interested in something, you have to act on it. When you get ideas, don’t just let them be fleeting thoughts that flow into the universe, so that later you look back and think, ‘God, I wish I had done something about that.’ Just go for it and never be afraid.”
**Photos are not property of Work In Progress. All images in this post have been taken from various websites and stockpiled in the archives over the years. If your photo has not been credited and you would like it to be, please e-mail me.**
Happy celebrity news to share! People reports today that one of my favourite babes, the lovely Gwen Stefani is expecting her second child. Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale welcomed their first child, Kingston, on May 26, 2006.
In an August 2007 interview with InStyle, Stefani called Kingston “the best thing that has ever happened to me” and said she was eager for another addition to the family. “Obviously I’m in a race to have another, but I don’t want to do it while on tour,” Stefani said at the time. “I can’t wait to get pregnant again. It’s so fun and consuming and romantic.”
Photo: Faded Youth
Perhaps I have babies on the brain this week post Sunday baby shower...either way, the Rossdales are one of my favourite celebrity families and I couldn't be more excited for them!
This answer was pretty.
Are there any particular emotions that are easy to write about?
Love, certainly. When you have a crush on someone,
when you're moved by someone's physical presence,
lyrics come like Mount St. Helens, songs come out of your ears!
The human personality is so gorgeous,
so above and beyond what any of us could create,
that you have to write in awe of it.
Sing me to sleep tonight,
I know you will....
Monday, January 28, 2008
Along with the weekend, the Sundance Film Festival has just drawn to a close in Park City, Utah. Almost as exciting as hearing what films are getting buzz, is watching who attends, what dramas unfold, and getting to see who is wearing what. I love the casualness of it all. I enjoy the offbeat looks that are often seen at this event as much as the quirky films that are released for the festival. Red carpet gowns are thrown aside in favour of scarves, cute jackets, boots and good denim. Beanies, hats and toques are worn a plenty, as are layered sweaters and shirts. The bottom line is, it is cold, so whatever it takes to keep warm while looking good is what works. Perhaps it's the departure of the Hollywood crowd's typical west coast style in Los Angeles for warmer and cozier looks that appeals to me. Plus, the warmer looks are the ones that I can relate to this time of year. No flip flops for me in January in Vancouver. It's all about the boots.
As far as particular films getting hype at this year's festival, Smart People sounds like a definite must-see. Starring three of my faves: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Quaid and Ellen Page, this flick looks like a serious winner. Click over to see a preview at Buzz Sugar.
Another of my favourite things about Sundance is getting to see all of the adorable photos that come out of the traditional photobooth. Check out this post from Pop Sugar to view some of the fun shots that were taken this year.
This is just the beginning of a big season for film and awards. Academy Award nominations were released last week, find a complete list here. I have seen many of the films that are up, as always, it's my goal to see all of the major films that are nominated this year. Oh, how I love award season and red carpet events!
In tears, with a friend's arm neatly tucked in mine-telling me that it will be okay and these feelings will not last. I hope he's right.
These tears, they come one by one...I can feel each one fall separately down my cheeks. It's like an overpowering surge of a million feelings combining and falling from my eyes. The headache that won't go away. The stress that's pumping through my veins. The need for gravol to fall asleep.
And I don't know what to do about it...
about all these ideas...
about starting new,
about feeling far away.
I'm curled up so tight that the bones in my shoulders look like they're going to poke right out through my skin... Is this what this is supposed to feel like? Knots- that tightness- that ache where the butterflies live...
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Beeuwke has been among other things, my co-worker, hairdresser, boss and friend. In many ways, Beeuw was always like my cool, older sister. Through the years, she has given me advice, taken me on many downtown Sunday shopping sprees, cut, curled, styled, highlighted, coloured and extended my mane. She has been my confidant and concert buddy (I couldn't even venture a guess at how many times we've seen Bif Naked together!) She's the kind of person who will drop everything on New Year's eve, in the middle of the night, to come and pick up her friend Jenni, who is stranded downtown with no way home (yes, that's a true story). I was by her side when she got her first tattoo, she held my hand when I got my belly button pierced. She's been there through too many dramas and crises to remember and has proven that she's somebody I can count on time and time again. I watched her get married in June to a man who makes her happier than I've ever seen her.
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting her son Stave for the first time, who is such a little bundle of joy. I must say, motherhood looks damn good on her!
Those who know me, also know that I have a fear of holding newborns. Something about how tiny and vulnerable they are makes me incredibly nervous. I'm always terrified that I'll break them or that they'll just start screaming uncontrollably as soon as I touch them. After the first year, I'm happy to swoop in and babysit but until then, no can do. Somehow Beeuwke convinced me to hold her little man today (photographic evidence to come). He was such a little angel. I couldn't be happier that I got to have a little cuddle time...it wasn't even scary at all once he was in my arms! (He didn't cry either, just for the record!)
I want to wish Beeuwke and Brian congratulations and all the best in their adventures in parenting!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I picked up a book that I have read before, and loved...there are only a select few books that I will re-read over and over again. This is one of them.
My blog is not the only thing that I have been neglecting these days; but I have been feeling guilty about the lack of updates (and certainly appreciate the traffic flow despite my neglect.)
So due to the fact that I still don't have time to update with new content, and because my creative juices are too tired to flow freely right now, I am resurrecting the old review that I wrote back in 2005 about the book that I have picked up to read once again. The book is a winner. Here were my thoughts about it at the time:
Photo: Jamie Boud
After reading rave reviews of the book Envy The Rain by Jamie Boud, I clicked the link to "preview" it. Within seconds, I was drawn into the story. I was so taken by the main character. I wanted to keep reading but it was only a "preview." Then I was desperate to read the whole book right away. Immediately, I ordered it online and was tortured for days, waiting for it to arrive in the mail. When it finally came, I devoured it instantly. I read the entire book from beginning to end and literally could not put it down. It is a story full of real, raw human emotion, much of which I could relate to all too well. It's a story of heartbreak, about the struggle to open new doors and the pain of being forced to close old ones. The main character, Drew is captivating. I love him. I am so fascinated by deep and complex characters. Jamie's book is rich with an interesting and unique cast of characters. This story of lost love and lost innocence is so elegantly written. The emotions are so real that you feel like you're going through every moment with him. Thanks for the amazing read, Jamie!
Coming to the end of the book tonight, was bittersweet... I've enjoyed getting to know the characters so much that it is difficult to say goodbye.
Check out Jamie Boud's site The Known Universe and his book Envy The Rain--both are definite must-reads. Jamie Boud is one cool guy.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
At the end of a long and busy week, I just wanted to relax and not think about any of the things that could potentially stress me out tonight. So Cindy B. and I hit up Kimono Japanese Restaurant for some quick eats before heading down the street to the Granville Cinema to catch a showing of I'm Not There.
Being that I'm a huge fan of Bob Dylan, I had been dying to see this movie.
I loved it. Cate Blanchett is a genius. The movie itself is a masterpiece of complexity.
Nothing I can say about this film will really be able to capture the true brilliance of it.
All that I will say is go and see it. Here is a little preview courtesy of YouTube :
Whether she’s on set in a t-shirt, jeans and Ugg boots, or walking up the red carpet in a designer dress, Kate always looks fantastic. There's something about the way she wears clothes that makes women's eyes snap open. Most women put their clothes on and look at themselves with varying degrees of doubt: Is this OK? Will this do? Hudson has no doubt, only desire, and it's feverishly catching.
Photos courtesy of Just Jared and Popsugar
Friday, January 18, 2008
As a born and raised West Coast girl, I didn't even know what to pack for my first trip to the prairies. Ugg boots, DC snowboarding jacket, warm gloves, scarves and tuques. I managed in Saskatoon. I was cold, but I could handle it. We jumped in a cargo van and drove to Regina, where it got a little colder. Yesterday, we flew into Winnipeg. Walking to the restaurant for dinner at 9pm after we finally got settled in the hotel, I actually thought that I was going freeze to death. Mark and I were both near tears (which would have frozen on my face had I actually cried, I'm sure!) I wouldn't have been surprised if my nose and ears had fallen right off. I certainly had no idea what that kind of core chilling cold would be like until I felt it. Thankfully, we are staying in one of the nicest hotels in the city. I'm on the 29th floor and in a city this flat- you can actually see the entire city from up here. Looking out this morning, it's beautiful.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
To start off the weekend, Cindy and I hit up The Alibi Room for a few cold ones and chilled out to the beats of my buddy Mark, who is the dj there on Friday nights.
A stop at Joe's Grill with my parents this morning and then home to pack, pack, pack.
And in a few hours, on to the next adventure...
All the kinks to iron out, all the people to meet, all the sleepless nights.
Oh, the fun I will have!
Friday, January 11, 2008
Plus, the hotel that we stayed at in Victoria was absolutely amazing. My suite was massive with an insane patio overlooking the water, the most comfortable king sized bed I've ever slept in and a marble bathroom with a giant soaker tub. It didn't matter that I'd been up since 6am and was showing until 11pm. You better believe that I made time for a bubble bath in that tub.
I'm too tired to elaborate further at the moment. I'm happy to get to sleep in my own bed tonight before taking off for the next phase of the selling season on Sunday. The prairies are up next! I'm quite sure that I've never been this stoked in my life. My future has begun.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I heard the news today that one of my favourite rockers, Bif Naked has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I am in the fight of my life and I'm lucky to have the support of my husband, Ian, and many friends and family members,'' she said.
Naked said she found a lump two weeks ago during a breast self-exam.
"I went into my doctor for a checkup and he immediately sent me for tests, including a mammogram, which indicated a high possibility of cancer. From there things have gone at what seems like light speed: biopsy, blood tests, cancer clinic. It's been two weeks from being completely healthy to cancer patient with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy scheduled.''
Some might say that her lifestyle isn't reflective of your typical rock star. She is a live food vegan -- basically eating only whole foods and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables -- who keeps a stringent work-out ethic that includes yoga.
In her interview, she made a point of warning other women that cancer is "non discriminatory.''
"Even those in great health can be subject to cancer as a diagnosis,'' she said.
"I urge all women at every age to self examine and go for scheduled mammograms. Early detection is the best tool in the fight against cancer.''
Bif Naked is one strong lady. She is most definitely a fighter. She even has the word “survivor” tattooed on her arm. Bif's confident lyrics and strong attitude have been inspiring me for as long as I can remember. Thoughts and prayers go out to Bif Naked, her family and friends. We love you, Bif!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Sometimes this thing just happens...
Ben Harper uses a description that I can relate to:
it's kind of like love and it's kind of like being tired and also kind of like when you first meet someone- your heart does this thing.... (it makes room.)
That's how I've been feeling.
Sometimes all it takes is letting your heart make a little room.
Last night I was at the video store looking for something mellow to watch and fall asleep to. I was beyond excited to discover that there is a movie version of my favourite book, The Hottest State by Ethan Hawke. I first read this book years ago, I think I was about 15. I have since read it over and over and over again. This poignant novel changed me somehow. It touched me. It also made me fall even more madly in love with Ethan Hawke. Yes, he has been my Hollywood dream man since Reality Bites and Before Sunrise. The thought of him still makes me weak in the knees.
Photo courtesy of Blog Decine
The film version of his book was actually adapted, and directed by Mr. Hawke himself. In all honesty, I was disappointed. I liked this story in my imagination much more. I always find that when you read a book, and see the movie- one is going to hit you harder than the other. It's inevitable. I always like the book better. And if you see the movie first, then your imagination isn't free to run wild while you're reading the book.
On a positive note for this film: it has a sweet soundtrack and I have a total crush on Mark Webber, who plays the lead role. He's in babe in all the right ways. For me, this story just didn't translate as well in film, even though Ethan wrote the screenplay.
Novel- highly recommended.
Film- take it or leave it.
I also recommend Ethan Hawke's second novel Ash Wednesday.
My heart is gold. What will you give me for it?