Happy Kansas Day !!!

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Thanks to the lovely Molly Martin, I got to celebrate Kansas Day a little early over the weekend. It was so surreal to have so many fellow Kansans (and Texans for that matter!) in one small, upper east side apartment. 

Kansas facts littered the walls in the form of pink post-it notes, The Wizard of Oz played in the background and there were plenty of wheat thins to go around ;D Dorothy made an appearance along with a tornado, ball of twine, and a tin man. I did my best and dressed in the state flag colors, but in all I had a marvelous time. We sang the state song at midnight and quickly followed it up with the Rock Chalk Chant; it gave me chills.

Happy 152nd birthday Kansas! 

Hello again!

I know I’ve been out of the blogging loop lately, but the Dorothy Parker quote I left you with isn’t half bad ;D So, what’s happened since I was last on here?

There were the Golden Globes. I absolutely loved Poehler and Fey as hosts and still don’t quite understand Jodi Foster’s speech. Also, Kevin Costner sounded like he was giving a speech for a lifetime achievement award. It’s ok Mr. Costner, accept the award for Hatfields and McCoys and move on.

Movies are a bit slow right now too. I’ve seen pretty much everything on the Oscar nominated list (sans shorts) and while I can’t wait for Identity Theif (Bateman and McCarthy) to come out next month, I’m pretty much stuck with checking out Movie 43 or Hansel and Gretel

On the New Year’s Resolution side of things, I’m currently reading a coworker’s copy of The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft. This is my first soire with this author and while I do like to dabble in the “strange” and “fringe” stories from time to time, it’s getting really annoying that he’s racist. I’m glad I read about it in the forward though, otherwise I would have returned this book long ago. I suggest reading the story “He;” its quite epic and set in New York City in the early 1900s.

However, I’m determined to power through the anthology so I can get to this box of goodies! 

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And lastly, I’ve tried cooking something new for the month of January! I pulled the recipe from the blog What Katie Ate and while I may have over done it on the mint, the potatoes turned out to be quite delicious! Definitely adding this recipe to my book.

Less than a month until the Oscars!!! Oh, and on that note, I got 7 out of 9 predictions right for Best Picture. Django Unchained being nominated really threw me for a loop!

2013 Oscar Nomination Predictions // Best Picture

This time tomorrow, the Oscar nominations for Best Picture will have been announced. Every year, for the past four years, I try to gage for myself what films will be nominated and then grade myself on the outcome. The first two years I scored a 90%, an A in my book. Last year threw me for a loop with the nomination of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Academy only having to nominate up to 10 films for Best picture.

17 films made it onto my initial list as true contenders for Best Picture. From that 17, I then narrowed down the list to seven films that I felt strongly about. And then finally, I rounded it out to an odd 9…I couldn’t bring myself to put a 10th film on the list just to make the list 10 films long.

So, without further ado, here’s my Best Picture nomination predictions for this year’s Oscars ::

1. Argo – my pick to win 

2. Lincoln

3. Les Miserables – personally couldn’t stand this film

4. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow finally won me over

5. Silver Linings Playbook

6. The Impossible – yep, putting this one on here

7. Moonrise Kingdom – a bit of a stretch, but given my choices, I’ll bet on this one

8. Beasts of the Southern Wild

9. Life of Pi – I thought it was weak emotionally but I’m a fan of the book

Others on my list for consideration included Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, The Sessions, Hyde Park on Hudson, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Django Unchained and Flight…I really want to putThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel up there! And while some might have included Amour, I’m content on what I’ve chosen. 

Here’s to tomorrow morning! Happy Oscar Nominations Eve! 

2013 Oscar Nomination Predictions // Best Picture

This time tomorrow, the Oscar nominations for Best Picture will have been announced. Every year, for the past four years, I try to gage for myself what films will be nominated and then grade myself on the outcome. The first two years I scored a 90%, an A in my book. Last year threw me for a loop with the nomination of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Academy only having to nominate up to 10 films for Best picture.

17 films made it onto my initial list as true contenders for Best Picture. From that 17, I then narrowed down the list to seven films that I felt strongly about. And then finally, I rounded it out to an odd 9…I couldn't bring myself to put a 10th film on the list just to make the list 10 films long.

So, without further ado, here's my Best Picture nomination predictions for this year's Oscars ::

1. Argo – my pick to win 

2. Lincoln

3. Les Miserables – personally couldn't stand this film

4. Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow finally won me over

5. Silver Linings Playbook

6. The Impossible – yep, putting this one on here

7. Moonrise Kingdom – a bit of a stretch, but given my choices, I'll bet on this one

8. Beasts of the Southern Wild

9. Life of Pi – I thought it was weak emotionally but I'm a fan of the book

Others on my list for consideration included Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, The Sessions, Hyde Park on Hudson, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Django Unchained and Flight…I really want to put The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel up there! And while some might have included Amour, I'm content on what I've chosen. 

Here's to tomorrow morning! Happy Oscar Nominations Eve! 

Three Days // Three Movies

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This time last year I was determined to watch 14 movies in seven days before The Academy announced the Oscar nominations. However, I’m in better shape this year with only three movies to cross off my list before Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone grace the stage in three days time. The films in question are ::

1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
2. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
3. The Impossible

Others that should be on my list but I have no desire to see (like The Hurt Locker that went on to win Best Picture for 2010) are Hyde Park on the Hudson, Amour and The Sessions

Shout out to RLo for letting me use her Amazon Prime to watch some of these 😀 You’re a doll!

Let me know if there’s anything I’m missing! So far under the belt are ::

Les Miserables
Argo
Lincoln
The Hobbit
Zero Dark Thirty
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

I’ll post my official 10 predictions for Best Picture on Wednesday! Wait…anyone think Flight should be on this list?

The Oscar nominations announcement will air on ABC at 530 AM PST.