Friday, September 29, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday September 29th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

More migrated films from the Toronto International Film Festival this week, including our 2 Canadian releases The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Manufactured Landscapes as well as The U.S. vs. John Lennon. I will admit that I was sorry to have missed Manufactured Landscapes I’ve heard that it is absolutely amazing in its depiction of showing photographer Edward Burtynsky work of showing industrial images as beautiful landscapes. I am very thankful it is showing in the theatre, now I get a second chance!

There appears to be something for everyone this week with our 8 releases! Canadiana:
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen and Manufactured Landscapes (and documentary), animated: Open Season, Hollywood: The Guardian, School for Scoundrels, British comedy: Keeping Mum, documentary: The U.S. vs. John Lennon. I love it when there are so many choices, I might even have to get out to more than 1 this week!

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday September 29, 2006 Releases

The Guardian
Dir: Andrew Davis (Holes, Collateral Damage, The Fugitive)
Cast: Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher, Sela Ward
USA

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Dir: Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat) and Norman Cohn (directorial debut)
Cast: Leah Angutimarik, Pakak Innukshuk, Neeve Irngaut Uttak, Natar Ungalaaq, Samuelie Ammaq
Canada/Denmark

Keeping Mum
Dir: Niall Johnson (The Ghost of Greville Lodge, The Big Swap)
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Patrick Swayze
UK
Limited Release

Manufactured Landscapes
Dir: Jennifer Baichwal (The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachia)
Documentary on the photography of Edward Burtynsky
Canada
Limited Release

Open Season
Dir: Roger Allers (The Lion King) and Jill Culton (directorial debut)
Voices: Martin Lawrence, Gary Sinise, Debra Messing, Ashton Kutcher
USA

Rainbow Raani
Dir: Harbance Kumar (Heaven Becomes Hell, Girl from India)
Cast: Stepohanie Bentley, Manvi Dhoopar, Prashant Kumar, Laura L.C. Smith
Guyana/USA
Limited Release

School for Scoundrels
Writer/Dir: Todd Phillips (Old School, Road Trip)
Cast: Jon Heder, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacinda Barrett
USA

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Dir: David Leaf & John Scheinfeld (Who is Harry Nilsson)
Documentary
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept 29, 2006**

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

Dir: Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat) and Norman Cohn (directorial debut)
Cast: Leah Angutimarik, Pakak Innukshuk, Neeve Irngaut Uttak, Natar Ungalaaq, Samuelie Ammaq
Canada/Denmark, 2006

Seen: 9:30AM on Sept 8, 2006 at Ryerson as part of TIFF 2006

Reason to see: It's Canadian!! I’ve also heard amazing things about Atanarjuat which is on my list 101 films to see list and this is by the same people. I also would find it hard to pass up an opportunity to see a film that depicts shamans.

Fascinating Film. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to see something that felt like it was a completely different experience. Everything felt wondrous yet at the same time like daily life. There was always a sense of family and tradition. But, whose tradition? Do we have to all the be same? What does it mean to stay together or to go to something new. What if life steers us in a way we don’t expect?

I enjoyed the cinematography throughout the entire film. The great white expanses, intimate enclosed igloo’s and one of the most gorgeous and captivating scenes I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t say that I understood what was going on all of the time, but I would not want that to deter anyone from seeing it. In fact, if anyone has seen it I would love the opportunity to discuss it.

Random tip: If you ever see anything at this theatre, bring a sweater because it gets chilly. It did make it an experiential part of the process as this film is set in Arctic Canada.


Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I will watch it again
I would recommend it, but be aware that the pacing is different that most films

True Balance: Chapter 2!

I again feel behind as I just started Chapter 2 with the True Balance yesterday and after somewhere in the first paragraph it mentioned that the colour for the sacral chakra was orange I got all excited, got my camera out and ran around the apartment taking pictures of anything and everything I had that was orange! There was quite a bit! My camera tends to photograph things reddish, but all of these things in fact are orange.

Here is my collage of the items (thanks to Picasa). I also want to credit that this idea what very much influenced by corners of my home as well as colour week (June 06).

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Feel free to share what's orange and sacral around you!

If you feel like playing a little game of "What *is* that?" see if you can find in the picture:
children's book
salt & pepper shakers
movie poster (guess the movie!)
beaded curtian
can of mousse
glasses
movie guide
cat food bag
mugs

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

5 things meme

I found this meme here

FIVE THINGS

In my refrigerator:
Can of orange juice that needs to be made
ohh.. a chicken that needs to be thrown out
4 tupperware packages of carrots & celery
lunch for tomorrow
organic peanut butter... not sure if it needs to be refridgerated actually

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In my closet:
6 pairs of shoes and 2 pairs of boots that I don't wear because they are uncomfortable or too thrashed
My black leather motorcycle jacket I bought when I was 16
Classic red lumberjack jacket
1 long black coat I have no recollection of when/how I got it
2 dresses I've never worn

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In my wallet: (original meme question had purse, I don't use one)
A cheque to deposit (woot!)
$1.70 in Canadian Tire money
September coupon for Value Village
16 movie stubs
3 receipts (socks, stacking trays & labels, meds)

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In my bag: (original meme question had car, I don't have one)
A sewing kit
An orange highlighter
Datebook
My contacts
My digital camera (which I took out of bag to take the pics)

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

SPC: With Someone - With Jamie

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I love this picture of me & my sister Jamie. (I'm on the left, Jamie is on the right) This pic is circa our clubbing days, staying out late on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights - who had a day job? Not I! Oh, how I miss it. But I digress....

The prompt for the SPC this month suggested to answer "why you have included them and how they are meaningful", it is honestly hard to know where to start.

Jamie has taken me in when my life was turned upside down. Make that twice actually. She visited me every day I was in the hospital. Both times. Came over when my roof leaked and I was surrounded by water. Listens with patience to my silence when I'm stubbornly upset and won't talk. And for not even one of these thing did I never even had to ask.

We've lived together, we've laughed together... oh have we laughed. We've had fits of giggles in Emerg, late night run-out-for-chocolate moments, groceries nights turning into pepper steak dinners, a million and three cups of tea, parties, weddings, taken care of each other's cats when we're away. I feel so very lucky that we are sisters.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

101 in 1001 weekly update #29!!!

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101' progress:

1 more completely done, and 2 with progress. You could look at my last three posts or follow these magic links: #83 - 4/10 - Try out 10 new restaurants - EAST! , #100 - 2 of 8 - Celebrate Mabon, #59 - Go to a sporting event.

#7 - See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year (52 weeks straight, not necessarily Jan - Dec) is still going strong. I'm in week 13/52. No new reviews yet, they are in my brain and on paper just not in blogland yet.

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - not done. BUT! I didn't get paid this week, so I'm in the clear.. hehe PSYCHE!

#94 - Read every day - done!

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#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Sept 18/06 - There are a fair number of things I like/appreciate about my day job (like getting a spontaneous card, see pic above)
Tuesday Sept 19/06 - Someone is trying to ban panhandling between dawn and dusk, talk about trying to appeal to the out of core T.O. 9-5'ers. And also, won't that make them more aggresive at night? What a messed up idea.
Wednesday Sept 20/06 - Waking up 30min before I have to be at work will make me late and break my 12days in a row of being on time. GRrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRR
Thursday Sept 21/06 - Gmail has online spreadsheets... oh... ah... drool...
Friday Sept 22/06 - How to add a delegate in Outlook
Saturday Sept 23/06 - What I though was an actual owl is really a statue (see pic below)
Sunday Sept 24/06 - My list of 101 things, the total number of things is closer to 3185

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

#83 - 4/10 - Try out 10 new restaurants - EAST!

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Went to EAST! on September 22, 2006 with Jamie
240 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario.

Wow, googling EAST! brings up wayyyy to many options for me to find their site if they have one. I will admit this one feels ever so slightly like cheating as it is almost the same menu as Spring Rolls, where I have gone numerous times. BUT! I tried something new (cashew chicken, very tasty) instead of my stand by R23 General Tao Chicken. Even decided to have tea after and I just loved their ginger tea, warm, hearty, spicy but not too too strong. It was a lovely meal and great company. Thumbs up! Errr, chopsticks up I suppose would be more appropriate!

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#100 - 2 of 8 - Celebrate Mabon

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Completed: September 23, 2006 - Mabon

In my researching for what to do/how to celebrate Mabon, this is what I came across: Celebration of the second harvest & giving thanks for the things you've received this year, a gateway from wall to winter. The Earth going to sleep. Gathering with friends to strenghten out spirits and prepare for the passage into winter. Referencing: here and here.

Harvesty events, bring it on! Harvest to me means enjoying some yummy, earthy, slow cooked and savory food. To get that food, it means shopping of course. On Mabon I also decided to be kinder to the Earth and try to strongly reduce the amount of plastic and any kind of single-use items. Plastic bags and styrafoam cups are way high on this list. I'm going to try and use a travel mug as well as have some bags on me so that I don't get new ones if I pick something up at the store. I also picked up this made from recycled materials bag for groceries for 99cents:

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Ack caught. You can see that plastic bag eh? Well I'm working on it!!!! Now, what was in that bag you ask? All the lovely ingredients for tonights meal as well as whatever else I'm eating this week. Oh, I also did away with using bags for produce at the grocery store. Why put 1 potato in a bag? Why only buy 1 potato? The funny thing is I had no issues with this at the store, but when I got home one of the granny smith apples kept rolling off the table. I guess it's an adventurous apple.

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Those delights got magically transformed into stew! What is more harvesty than stew? I added WAY to much cajun spice though, good thing I like things spicy!!!

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I also made some corn as its another harvesty thing. I almost didn't buy it was it was the prepackaged kind and I really wanted one with a husk, but it had a little to tear off so its all good. In fact it was better than good, it was the sweetest tastiest corn I've had all year! Then to put it all together in a nice setting:

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Time to say thanks, I made a list of things I am thankful for this year and it was so wonderful to have not only a complete page, but later in the night I ran back to it and added more. Then I toasted to my wonderful sisters Jamie and Suzie.

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As Mabon is also a time to spend with friends I did that as well, with my guildmates. It was a lot of fun, although this isn't one of our most glam moments (red=dead), it was one where nothing was moving so I could snag a picture:

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I hope everyone had a lovely Mabon!

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#59 - Go to a sporting event - take me out to the ballgame!

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Completed: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox, Sept 22/06 with Jamie

A BIG thank you to Vern for the tickets for my Birthday!!! Thanks Vern!

The first time I ever went to see the Blue Jays was many many years ago, I was with my Granddad, it was at the CNE, we were near right field. I went a few times after that to the Skydome, but it was well before we won the World Series in -93.

We lost 7-1, but I had a great time! I kept meaning to check and see how well we were doing, or who the players were, but I never did. Now I know a few names, and mostly remember how the game works. I like the pace, lots of little breaks. Big excitement.... then back to normal. Did a Canadian invent this? hehe...

Really cool stuff that happened:
-Fridays are 'Flashback Fridays' where they show clips and stuff from older games - this was a real treat, especially because it was stuff from when I used to watch so finally some names were familiar, like Ernie Whitt - they showed him getting 3 home runs in one game (he was always one of my fave players, along with Tom Henke).
-Mostly a really fun crowd. The kids behind us were sooo cute, as was the couple in front.
-Juan Guzman was there!!! (ok you can't actually see him in this pic.. but he was there!)

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Unusual things that happened (at least I think they are unusual):
-A bat broke!
-Other people were in our seats but we didn't really care and just sat beside them
-The Boston pitcher pitched the whole game, we had about 4 pitchers in the game
-TONS of Boston fans in the crowd, look at all that red:

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Things I used to know about baseball and remembered again:
-Oh man, I think I already forgot all these... ah.. intentional walks?
-Lots and lots and a little more and lots of advertizing.
-The Skydome, now called The Rogers Centre is freaking huge. I am totally counting the walk to the nosebleeds my workout for the day.

Things that I had no idea they did, could be new, or not:
-Home team has THEME music when they come up to bat!!! (Vernon Wells #10 had the best music, followed closely by Lyle Overbay#35)
-The names people like to shout: "C'mon Lilly!!! Go Lyle!!! Go Glaus!!)
-In the nosebleeds I never saw them bring food around to sell to crowd, only beer.
-They only had American beer! BOO! HISS!
-They changed the logo and BJ Bird!! I'm not a huge fan of the new look
-The Toronto Blue Jays have an official peanut:

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Things I would do if/when I go to another game:
-Wear Blue. Or White. Or both (I wore black, and I'm just really glad I didn't wear red!)
- Get there a little earlier, so I could be in seat when the National Anthem gets played, don't get many opportunities to sing it anymore.
-Bring treats to snack on! (avoided the consession entirely, hehe)
- Know the lyrics of 'Take me out to the Ballgame" for the 7th inning stretch.
- Totally would pick the same section for seats: 524B. Dead centre behind the plate and screen

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If you are interested in what actually happened in the game from the actual sport side of things, you can check out this article.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday September 22nd, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

The migration begins! Three of our releases are hot of the tails of the Toronto International Film Festival: All the King's Men, Confetti and Tales of Rat Fink. I admit, I have to laugh every time I hear the voice over for Jet Li's Fearless being billed as "Jet Li's final martial arts epic", so does this mean he will make more martial arts films, and more epic films but not a combination? Maybe I'm being too cynical and they really mean its his last film.

It is a very full week of releases with a total of 9 (!) films, it is hard to tell if the reason there are so many limited releases is being due to the sheer volume of releases or another reason entirely. There are a few that have caught my eye, surprizing one is Flyboys set in WWI starring Jean Reno and James Franco (Harry Osborn in Spiderman, which I had to look up after seeing the preview). I wonder if they considered the connection with "In Living Color"'s Flygirl's when they came up with the title. I'd also like to check out Jet Li's Fearless - just in case it is his last, All the Kings Men, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, and A Sunday in Kigali. How about you? What is on your list?

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

.....sneeky sneeky...... sneak preview:
School for Scoundrels starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder, directed by Todd Phillips (Road Trip, Old School) has a sneak preview at Paramount, Silver City Yonge & Eglinton, Eglinton Town Centre, Kennedy Commons and various other theatres on Saturday Sept 29, 2006 at 7pm.

Friday September 22, 2006 Releases

All the King’s Men
Dir: Steven Zaillian (A Civil Action, Searching for Bobby Fischer)
Cast: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet
Germany/USA

Confetti
Dir: Debbie Isitt (Nasty Neighbours, Wasps)
Cast: Olivia Colman, Jimmy Carr, Martin Freeman, Stephen Mangan
UK
Limited Release

Flyboys
Dir: Tony Bill (Untamed Heart)
Cast: Jean Reno, James Franco, Philip Winchester, David Ellison
France/USA

Jackass Number Two
Dir: Jeff Tremaine (Jackass: The Movie)
Cast: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera
Country unspecified

Jet Li’s Fearless / Huo Yuan Jia
Dir: Ronny Yu (The Bride with White Hair / Bai fa mo nu zhuan, Freddy vs. Jason, Bride of Chucky)
Cast: Jet Li, Shido Nakamura, Yong Dong, Betty Sun, Ting Leung
Hong Kong/USA

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi
Dir: Zhang Yimou (House of the Flying Daggers, Hero)
Cast: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Terajima, Li Jiamin, Qiu Lin
Hong Kong/China/Japan
Limited Release

The Science of Sleep / La Science des rêves
Writer/Dir: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, David Chappelle’s Block Party)
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Charlote Gainsbourg, Miou-Miou
France
Limited Release

A Sunday in Kigali / Un dimanche à Kigali
Dir: Robert Favreau (Les Muses orphelines, Nelligan)
Cast: Luc Picard, Fatou N’Diaye
Canada
Limited Release

Tales of the Rat Fink
Dir: Ron Mann (Comic Book Confidential, Twist, Grass)
Documentary on Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Narrated by John Goodman
Canada
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept 22, 2006**

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

True Balance: Finished Chapter 1!

Woohoo, ok I am a few days late but I did it! Finished reading Chapter one for the True Balance project, Balanced Foundation (root chakra). The funny thing is I really like the root chakra and I know I like the next one but I'm tempted to stay here for a bit and get even more grounded!

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But that is ok, I can move on! One root chakra-y thing was buying socks! Yay for socks! Keep you grounded by keeping those feet nice and happy. Mind you this was ever so slightly driven by the fact I ran outta time to do laundry and ran out of socks.

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Another thing I did was I got a new book for my to do list. I love that 'organizing' is one of the things associated with this chakra. I am running out of pages in my current book but hadn't been able to find 'the perfect' replacement as the store I got my first one from didn't have any more. I was really tempted to just use something else that wasn't perfect but just didn't do it. Then.. a few days later when trying to get some bread from the locale convience store I had too many things in my hands/arms and accidentally knocked 'the perfect' notebook on my head! I never would have thought to look for one at my corner store! Now just to put aside the time to merge the lists!!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

SPC: With Someone - with Suzie

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Me & Suzie... oops I mean Suzie & I! This was taken last year when I went out to visit & take care of her after surgery. It was less than a week after and we make a prosperity/luck/love cake - which we are enjoying in this picture. Dang, Suzie!! How'd I let you make a cake that soon? lol. I think on the funniest moments I had was when she asked me to take care of her plant, a Bonzai no less... I was totally petrified. Getting on a plane by myself going across the whole freaking country? Sure thing! Walking around in a town I don't know at all to pick up a few things? You bet! Taking care of a plant? Um... no one told me about that!

Although there were some tough moments, she toughed it out (and put up with my cooking ;) and we got to spend a lot of time together which was so great! Whether it was watching Gilmour Girls, Y & R, or going to the local hardware store or even on a nature walk it was great to be in each others company, to giggle and laugh, to discuss, to get excited when we agreed on loving the same things and get confused when we didn't. I had a great time, it was an experience I'll remember forever.

Suzie did a beautiful SPC with me a few weeks ago, it was really touching. You can see the post here.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

101 in 1001 weekly update #27/28!!!

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We have 2 weeks worth of an update as I'm just now coming up for air after working as well as seeing film throughout the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a exciting, tiring, interesting experience. It was great to catch up with some old friends, and to see some amazing film. Reviews are incoming, I promise!! After I get some sleep, do some laundry and get some food shopping done.

101' progress:

One I've knocked completely off my list is #84 - Ask for what I want. #7 - See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year (52 weeks straight, not necessarily Jan - Dec) has definetely been on track for this one. Hoping to catching up on #14 Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days to be able to share about the 16 or films I've seen.

#31 - Read 1 fashion magazine a month, I've read the October issue of Lucky. The weird volume thing is definalty in effect. I never thought I would see Dolman sleeves and big belts, but I am... I am...

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#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - done! I keep on acquiring more and more books, although I can't remember the last time I finished one! I'm getting close to finishing The Artist's Way and Getting Things Done. Its so funny, they are both non-fiction, and especially with Getting Things Done, I've literally been reading it with baited breath like some kind or mystery or thriller... what will he suggest next? How do you implement this organizational systems?? Ohh... ahh...

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#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Monday Sept 4/06 - It might be able to get everything I wanted to done before tomorrow (and I didn't)
Tuesday Sept 5/06 - The Crocodile Hunter passed away today
Wednesday Sept 6/06 - That outlook likes you type in partial names and it fills in blanks from contact list.
Thursday Sept 7/06 - Asking for what you want can lead to the results you want
Friday Sept 8/06 - You really can run into someone from High School in the oddest of places
Saturday Sept 9/06 - Mention a problem/issue to someone may lead to them solving it for you (this is brillant)
Sunday Sept 10/06 - 19 degrees in September is just mean
Monday Sept 11/06 - There is someone in the world more optimistic than I! (that I didn't know before today)
Tuesday Sept 12/06 - Being in line at 11am isn't good enough to make the breakfast cut off at Burger King :( 11:07 at the cash and I was DENIED breakkie and offered special of the day: Chicken Sandwich. Ick.
Wednesday Sept 13/06 - What Anna Paquin looks like in person!
Thursday Sept 14/06 - Being open to alternatives sometimes makes it so you don't even have to resort to them.
Friday Sept 15/06 - Chakra means 'spinning wheel'
Saturday Sept 16/06 - oh dang, I know it was something about paladins in '>WoW but I can't remember what.
Sunday Sept 17/06 - my VCR defaults to taping on SP vs SLP (grrr)

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

True Balance: Balanced Foundation

There are so many things that I'm enjoying with True Balance, I love the combination of writing and then the exercise type things are pretty easy to do. Some are yes/no, some I found provoke me to write for quite a bit about them. I was really happy to see the yes/no/sometimes questions for the root chakra/balanced foundation showed that now I'm in a much more rooted state than I thought I was, and leaps and bounds from where I used to be.

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I also loved the practical and easy suggestions for creating balance, from things you can do, wear, eat, etc. Of course there are more involved things too, but its nice when some are things you can do right away and with ease!

One of the questions the first chapter in True Balance asks is what you favorite grounding activies are, in the morning, evening and bedtime. For me with questions like this I always do them in two groups, weekday and weekend... as they are really different. It also made me realize that I don't actually have activities for some of those times. I wonder if creating them would help.

For weekend mornings, I usually make a 'real' breakfast... not both days but one of them. Eggs, sausage, toast and tea is a favorite:


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I think if I stretch it, weekday mornings my grounding ritual is actually just going through the motions of getting ready. I don't do anything extra in the am. I prep everything the night before. I always feel better if I leave the house with sunglasses on. Winter, summer, rain, sleet or snow they are my guard against anything and everything for that 'just woken up' period until I get to work. And provide a little privacy in case I nod off on the streetcar.

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Other things that make me feel grounded:
Having family members and friends I can count on
Financial security
Food in the fridge
Having a plan
When things go according to plan

Saturday, September 16, 2006

True Balance: Unbalanced

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One of the questions that comes up in the first chapter of True Balance, is what makes you feel unbalanced. I found this much easier to answer than what makes me feel balance. When starting something new, I find it helpful for the first step to be a slightly easier one, a somewhat familar one. Which is why I chose to post about this.

One of the things that makes me feel unbalanced is having mess all around me. Now, I don't like things super clean and tidy looking like a showroom - that really doesn't suit me at all but somewhere a little more organized than it is right now and showroom is the idea. Having piles of laundry and 'surfaces covered' really bugs me. When I do my house to-do cleaning up list one of the things I actually write down is 'clear surfaces'.

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Although in someways its a little unsettling that I can come up with so many examples. But then again, many of them have simple solutions:

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Like above, having a sink full of dishes is something that I don't like. Mostly because its hard to get water for tea or to fill the jug for the fridge. But also because I don't like having dirty dishes in the sink. Flylady is right, having a shiny sink really does make you feel better. Good thing this one has simple solution: do the dishes. It can usually be done in the time it takes to make tea and that is almost exclusively the time I do it.

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This last one is a bit odd. It isn't really messy but this spot is the spot where my cat decides to cause trouble between 3-5am. He knocks off things from this dresser 1 by 1. I'm shocked none of my perfume bottles have broken. I really should just fess up to the fact that he does this, will do this and I should just clear it off so he can sleep there in peace (and I can get some sleep too!)

#84 - Ask for what I want

Completed: Sept 6, 2006

The inspiration for this particular 101 comes from a book I heard of years and years ago called. "Why Good Girls Dont Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do" by Kate White. Which after researching just now I see that it appears to still be available! I didn't read the whole thing but this concept of asking for what you want has stuck with me ever since. Asking really increases your chances of getting what you want. If you've ever doubted it, try. It's worth a shot. I sometimes find it hard to do, but I am thrilled that with this particular time I asked for what I want I wasn't doing it because it was on my 101. I just did it becuase there was something that wasn't how I wanted it and I was soooooo stressing about it, not sure how to handle it, not sure how to approach it and there I decided to confront it and ask for what I want. Initially it appear that I might not get it, but eventually I did. There were still some naggin feelings at the end of feeling bad that I asked for something 'outside the norm' and was I 'putting someone out' but they got less and less, and finally subsided and I'm happy that I did it, and hope that I continue to do this.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday September 15th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

We have another Dragnet version of the newsletter this week. I'm still up to my ears with The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs until Saturday Sept 16, 2006. Look for reviews in the near future.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

.....sneeky sneeky...... sneak preview:
The Guardian starring Kevin Costner and Aston Kutcher, directed by Andrew Davis (Holes, Collateral Damage) has a sneak preview at Paramount, Silver City Yonge & Eglinton, Eglinton Town Centre, Kennedy Commons on Saturday Sept 16 at 7pm,

Friday September 15, 2006 Releases


The Black Dahlia
Dir: Brian De Palma (The Untouchables, Scarface, Carlito's Way)
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank
Germany/USA

Everyone's Hero
Dir: Colin Brady, Christopher Reeve, Dan St. Pierre
Voices: Rob Reiner, Jake T. Austin, Whoopi Goldberg
Canada/USA

Gridiron Gang
Dir: Phil Joanou (U2: Rattle and Hum, Final Analysis, Entropy)
Cast: The Rock, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Kevin Dunn
USA

The Last Kiss
Dir: Rony Goldwyn (Someone Like You..., A Walk on the Moon)
Cast: Zach Braff, Kacomda Narrett, Casey Affleck, Rachel Bilson
USA

Sunday September 17, 2006 Releases

Dreamland
Dir: Jason Matzner - directorial debut
Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Keill Garner, Justin Long, John Corbett, Gina Gershon
USA
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept 17, 2006**

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

SPC - 'with myself' for 'with someone' - 2

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With... myself.

I'm including this pic for a few reasons... one.. artistic liscense. Double image = 2 of me, and the yellow tag there also has a pic of me on it.

But really I'm posting it as right now I'm not really feeling like I'm hanging out with people. I'm working like mad and seeing hundreds if not thousands of people a day working at the film festival, and then being with hundreds more as a patron being in line ups and audiences. But, none of them would be my 'with someone' people. With the exception of running into my friend Nick - which has been such a treat (and thanks for the coffee!!!).

I'd have to say I'm actually really missing those who are my 'with someone' people right now. My family, my gaming buddies and guildmates, fellow bloggers and even my cat - I've barely had a chance to see you all or touch base and its really tough. Just a few more days and I'll be back to normal! Well, as normal as I get that is...

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Friday, September 08, 2006

True Balance

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I've joined Melba's group for the True Balance Project, and I'm really looking forward to it! The timing is a little loony for me right now but I didn't want to let that get in the way. I also haven't actually gotten my book yet so I didn't really know what to post about it but Jamie's and Suzie's posts have given me some inspiration.

What is balance? What keeps me balanced and throws me off? I thought about this the other night and I came up with some fun comical comments like .. high heels throw me off balance (this is true.. I can't, nor desire, to walk in heels). Then I realized that I don't think I have many memories or times in my life where I actually feel balance. Like the picture above, there are many levels of things going on, all of them busy and co-existing, but none of them is really... clear. That is very good description of my life at some times. Then there is the opposite where nothing is going on. Neither of these models I think really serve me well. Well, they might serve me in some way but I don't think they balance me. I guess I don't really know too much yet, but hopefully I will soon.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday September 8th, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Dragnet version of the newsletter this week. I have to say I'm interested in all 3 of our releases this week for completely different reasons. Although, they will have to wait until after The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival which will consume all my time for the next week and a half.

Have a great weekend!!

Shannon

Friday September 8, 2006 Releases

The Covenant
Dir: Renny Harlin (Exorcist: The Beginning, Driven, Cliffhanger)
Cast: Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Laura Ramsey, Taylor Kitsch
USA

Hollywoodland
Dir: Allen Coulter ("Rome", "The Sopranos", "Six Feet Under")
Cast: Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Bob Hoskins
USA

Protector, The / Tom yum goong
Dir: Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak)
Cast: Tony Jaa, Petchtai, Wongkamlao, Bongkoj Khongmalai, Xing Jing
Thailand

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept 8, 2006**

Step Up

Dir: Anne Fletcher - directorial debut
Cast: Jenna Dewan, Channing Tatum, Rachel Griffiths
USA, 2006

Seen: August 25, 2006 with Jamie at Paramount

Reason to see: Um... its a dance movie. AND... I am on my second attempt of #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 8/52.

Fun fun fun!!! Great movie, great dancing, music and chemistry between the two lead characters. I just don't think you can go wrong with the coming of age, 2 people from different lives/sides of tracks film that has dancing. Is it predictible? Yes. Does that matter? No! Its a fun ride and I would literally have been entirely thrilled to exit the theatre to line up and watch it again.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it to add to my collection of dance movies
I recommend it to dance &/or coming of age movie fans

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Anastasia - part of #3 list of 101 films

Director: Anatole Litvak (Sorry, Wrong Number <1948>, The Night of the Generals)
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hays
USA, 1956

Seen: Aug 6, 2006 via Rogers Direct.

Reason to see: It's on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen.

Ah, the beautiful people.... Ingrid Bergman and Yul Brynner you really can't top that. After viewing this I realized I actually have seen it before... which techinally means I don't have to write about it! Oh well... I loved it from start to finish. I loved the characters more than the story itself, people with grace, intelligence and confidence. Also there was a feeling of mystery and je ne sais quoi, which was nice. Sometimes its nice to let the story unfold instead of been force fed each detail. Did I mention Yul Brynner is it?

There were a few things I found a little surprizing.. one being a sort of plot summary/commentary near the beginning of the film as well as someof the treatment of Ingrid Bergman's character .. I'm not sure you would see that in a current film.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll most likely buy it
I would recommend it

Dear Frankie

Director: Shona Auerbach (Seven)
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Mary Riggans, Sharon Small
UK, 2004

Seen: Aug 1, 2006 via Rogers Direct

Reason to see: I found the preview compelling

Heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is a great film about an unconventional family, which I will admit is something that really speaks to me. The secrets we keep, the white lies we tell to benefit ourselves or to protect others all come into play here. The created moments versus the real ones, which would you rather have? Is it ok to make those kinds of decisions for someone else? How does that change or perpetuate their world and your own. This film is a wonderful story with brilliant actors exploring these questions. I thought it was wonderful.

I would have to say that it is unfortunate that I watched this only a few days after In America as they are similiar in some ways and I believe I would have enjoyed it more if the two viewings were more seperate. That being said I still found it to be a great film.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I will watch it again
I recommend it (have kleenex on hand)

SPC: With Someone 1

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I will admit, when I saw our topic for SPC this month I went: gah. I don't have many pics (recent at least) of me with other people, and not sure who I would pick. But then there I was, at Jamie's waiting for the water to boil and though, gee, I bet Bascha wouldn't mind having her picture taken with me! I did ask her, the response was "purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr", which I will take as a yes.

What does she mean to me? She is part of my family, the first cat in our family actually. She will cuddle with you... if she chooses, she is stubborn, sneaky, strong, quiet, persistent, and once she decide's your in, your in. She likes to share food.. oh I mean she likes it when you share your food with her.. with or without your permission (she actually took a bite of my sandwich once). I can pick her up to move her, but have never quite gotten a good way to hold her so usually I just say Hi with a pat.

What have I learned from her?
-Give people opportunity and they will pet you
-Play favorites but also make the rounds
-Give people a warning before you bite, claw, etc
-Be brave

She's a tough cookie with a heart of gold, aren't ya Bascha Bear?

No one said the someone had to be human :)

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Monday, September 04, 2006

101 in 1001 weekly update #26!!!

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Well here we are another week another update! I think I'm going to swap to Mondays for my updates... I just don't tend to get them done on Sunday's which tradationally is my 'do nothing ' day. Not that I actually do nothing, I usually do a lot but I don't like making plans for it in general. I've gotten one more off my list this week with #75 - Go vegetarian for a month. This brings me to 24/101 - woohoo!!

I also got my monthly fashion fix for #31 - Read 1 fashion magazine a month, by reading September Vogue. Ok I'll admit it was more of a flip through while the bathtub fills than a read perse, but I'm counting it! YAY for black being back, although there was a few dark browns too for the fall. Lots of heavier knits for some warmth, still some peasent-y stuff but getting more strong lines and structured. Layers galore. Tons of weird volumn, especially in skirts - I'm not liking this trend, who exactly does it flatter? We'll see how it appears on the racks in the weeks/months to come.

Other 101's I'm working on:

#14 -Write something about all the films I see (for the first time) throughout these 1001 days. Oh my, I've got 13 to write about and I'm planning on watching another 2 today. My plan was to have all this up to day by the Thursday when the Film Fest starts but that be a little overly optimistic. We'll see.

#7 - See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year (52 weeks straight, not necessarily Jan - Dec), I'm on my 2nd try for this one, currently in week 9. I am certain I'll see stuff for the next two weeks which will put that to 11. Looking good so far!
Catching up on film reviews

#22 - Save a part of every paycheque - done!

#94 - Read every day - done! I keep on acquiring more and more books, although I can't remember the last time I finished one! I'm getting close to finishing The Artist's Way and Getting Things Done. Its so funny, they are both non-fiction, and especially with Getting Things Done, I've literally been reading it with baited breath like some kind or mystery or thriller... what will he suggest next? How do you implement this organizational systems?? Ohh... ahh...

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#92 - Learn/Discover something new every day
Sunday Aug 27/06 - The Pixie Bob is a cat which is believed to be the natural mutation of a bob cat and a regular cat
Monday Aug 28/06 - The system at my new gym.
Tuesday Aug 29/06 - A possible solution to socks with shoes! (I almost only wear boots) Really short socks that you almost can't see! A big thank you to the guy in front of me on the escalator in Bathurst Station for that one!
Wednesday Aug 30/06 - Camomile tea bags on your eye (after steeping for a few) can soothe irritated eyes.
Thursday Aug 31/06 - Archipelago means a group of islands, or water with scattered islands, or something non-island like that fits that disbursement pattern.
Friday Sept 1/06 - Where the Bishop and the Belcher relocated to (see pic below)! This was my local put for years while it was on Queen Street. Its got the same decor, staff, menu and still has trivial pursuit on the tables and games as well.
Saturday Sept 2/06 - The grocery store by the gym is crazy busy on weekdays but very quiet on weekends - yay!
Sunday Sept 3/06 - Project Runway season 3 starts tomorrow!!!

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For my full 101 list, look here.

Waiting...

Writer/Director: Rob McKittrick - debut
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justin Long, Anna Faris, Luiz Guzman, Kaitlin Doubleday
USA, 2006

Seen: Sept 1, 2006 on TMN on Demand

Reason to see: Was recommended/mentioned to me by 2 seperate friends.

Ok... let me clarify reason to see as it was two GUY friends. Oh boy, I can categorically say this is a guy movie. I tend not to like to sub genre things by gender but I would be shocked if any girls liked this film. Quotes like may help to demonstrate my point: "Just because I dress slutty, doesn't mean I am slutty". Uh-huh. Sure, like someone would say that... I did enjoy Justin Long's (Galaxy Quest) performance and character, I would say for me it was the only redeeming quality to the film. The amount of time spent on describing and depicting 'the game' was really ridiculous and not interesting. Throw in some crass humour, people being mean and all beautiful girls being, working and flirting with (mostly) average guys and this is the result.

My favorite quote:
"I like my teachers. Cool guys, they all have moustaches"

Shannon's Overall View:
I laughed once, but I think it might have been due to bad editing
I will not watch it again
I'd recommend it to guys who like films with crass comedies

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#10 - See the next 5 movies recommended to me regardless of what I think of them

Crazy range of films.... Even though I've already got 5, and will consider this complete when those 5 are done, I thought it might be fun to continue to keep track. We shall see how this evolves.

1. Saw
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original)
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake)
4. Living in Oblivian
5. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, The
6. Office Space
7. Waiting...
8. The Anniversary Party
9. Life as a House
10. Jeremiah Johnson
11. Goodfellas
12. An Unfinished Life
13. Against All Flags
14. The Day After
15. Down by Law
16. Raise the Red Lantern

Sunday, September 03, 2006

#7 - See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year

Revised list is located here

For my full 101 list, look here.

#75 - Go vegetarian for a month

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Complete: August 2006

I was surprized at how this was not really that hard to do at all. It did start just before Lughnasadh, for which I had a nice harvesty celebration - talk about good timing! I didn't go super strict (I had eggs and fish) but it was easy to swap some normal recipes to have beans, chick peas or to have meals that just didn't need meat. Vegetables, fruit, bread, tuna, cheese, yogurt, and the occasional (hehe) chip or two I was a happy girl! Eating out I usually opted for fish & chips because... well I like fries and although there were usually quite a few veggie options Veggie burgers tend to be dry and I'm not a fan of eggplant which is a classic veg substitute. Veggie quesidillias were often a good option. At home, I didn't really feel limited in what I was preparing, I just used what I had. One thing for certain I did not miss preparing meat, washing hands, utensils and cutting boards multiple times. Also, my spending on groceries was a lot less.

I find it interesting that when I told people I was doing this, I mostly came across comments like "Meat is good!", "How can you do that, won't you miss it?" and various other comments about animals. No one asked why...

But why did I choose to put this on my list? I think I thought of it as a challenge, I wasn't sure I could do it. I also do worry about the condition that the animals are breed and raised in. I don't really know a lot about it, mostly because I think I would find it too upsetting. When I went to the CNE this year there was a lot of focus on what felt like a response to something. Lots of posters like "Farmers Feed Cities" and "We work with Nature". I always look forward to seeing the animals, and that was mostly a treat ... but seeing one sow the day after giving birth who had tons of little piggies feeding off her .. which is normal I'm sure they are hungry. But, she was in this metal cage so she couldn't 'roll over and harm' the pigs. Their 'product' more like it. She couldn't turn around at all, it was quite upsetting.

I feel like that should be followed by "I've decided to do this permanently" but, I haven't. I'm not sure why. Ironically when I made my grocery list this week (I always write two, 1 rough and 1 good - funny I don't do that with any other writing in my life..) and when I transposed my good list I forgot to included the meat.

Edit: I will admit around the 3rd week I was getting strong hankerings for things like Swiss Chalet's rotisserie chicken, but on reflection I believe this was more a craving for salt (which I've been reducing recently) than for the meat.

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Film Fan Fridays for Friday September 1st, 2006!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!

Just four releases this week, I walked right by a preview screening of Crank and then straight into a theatre which showed a preview - uncanny? I think not! It does looks like some good action-y fun but found out way to much information by the preview. Sigh. I found the biggest news this week to be the release of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival schedule. Time to make tea, get a highlighter and possibly some graph paper and plan plan plan!

Have a great long weekend!!

Shannon

Friday September 1, 2006 Releases

Crank
Writer/Dir: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor - directorial debuts
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam
USA

Idiocracy
Writer/Dir: Mike Judge (Office Space, "Beavis and Butthead")
Cast: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard
USA
Limited Release

The Quiet
Dir: Jamie Babbit (But I'm a Cheerleader)
Cast: Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan
USA
Limited Release

The Wicker Man
Dir: Neil LaBute (The Shape of Things, Possession, Nurse Bett)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Molly Parker, Frances Conroy, Molly Parker
Germany/USA

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept 1, 2006**