Happy New Year! Hope 2011 brings you health, happiness and the realisation of your dreams and aspirations!
December was a blur: my first set of final exams at the College had me in a tizzy. Something I didn’t know – making an exam is just as hard as writing one. I felt sick for my stressed-out students and almost felt the agony of going through it myself.
Everything had to be wound up quickly in order for us to head West to see the grandparents. Our 2-week sojourn to chilly Calgary (see pic – view from our bedroom window) was busy but fun. Quality family time for sure, my inlaws are lovely and pleasure to be around. Also saw some old friends who I miss dearly. An unexpected hideous stomach flu lurched through our family, causing us to largely stay in and do nothing a lot of the time. Any parent understands the ick factor of cleaning vomit-y kids and bedding in the middle of the night. Not fun.
Highlights of the holidays included my new
Ipad, which has captured my heart like a giddy first love. I must apologize for my Ipad-cynicism of the past (Me: “It’s just a fancy, overpriced laptop, I mean what’s so special about it, and the name is weird.”) I take that all back with my tail between my legs.
I saw one of the most beautiful films: A Single Man with Colin Firth. I am a big CF fan, and have been so since his turn as Mr. Darcy in the good ol’ BBC P&P. That being said, his career hasn’t been so great with the Nanny McPhee role and some really bad movie with Amanda Bynes. This film, however, is brilliant. His portrayal of a gay man in the 60’s mourning the death of his long-time partner is so moving that I dwelled on his sadness for days. Who knew that Tom Ford is good at everything?
I was disappointed by The Kids are Alright. Maybe too much hype? And Eat, Pray, Love was the cinematic equivalent of the book – pretty scenery and food which almost (but not quite) tempered the annoyance of the self-obsessed protagonist.
Back to school tomorrow, can you believe it??