More VHS Than DVD

Tis the season to be jolly! And boy am I ever jolly. I just got through my personal exam hell: psychology, calculus, physics (OMG.) and I have chemistry in two days. Less now! Like a day?! How exciting! I still have mucho studying to do, but it’s coming along well and since I’m super restless at this point in the week, drained and just excited to be done with exams, I decided to take a break to blog. Relaxing :)

And what to blog about? Well one of the things I am most excited about to do over Christmas break (besides eating, sleeping, reading, decorating the Christmas tree, skating, seeing family & friends, playing with my dog and kittens, baking and did I mention eating?) is watching Christmas movies. Oh my gosh. I adore Christmas movies probably more than any other type of movie out there. And although my list matches up with practically every other “Best Christmas Movies” list there exists, I want to do it myself anyways!

Here you go, try out some of these if you haven’t before. In NO particular order!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Awe, little Jenny Humphrey! ‘Nough said. Except I will say this: I thoroughly enjoyed Jim Carrey in this movie, his Grinch was particularly and deliciously grinchy. Also, young Grinch is absolutely adorable and kind of dark. It’s heartwarming and always good for a few laughs.

“Jury duty, jury duty, blackmail, jury duty, muahaha”

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old One)

Just watch the cartoon people singing their silly Who song holding hands, and watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes so he is able to have that beautiful moment when the sun rises and he saves Christmas!! Watch those scenes and tell me your heart isn’t happy after. Plus it takes like, what, forty minutes of your time? :)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


Best parts? Herby, the reindeer romance, the island of Lost Toys (and the doll: we cannot determine why she was rejected!! There is nothing wrong with her!), “Don’t you know about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce!”.

White Christmas

So this one is relatively new to the list, I only discovered it last year. But it’s definitely worth checking out. Two sisters who are also performers team up with two friends who have just left the army after WW2 to…well I am not entirely sure what the goal of their mission is, but they end up having to perform for someone important at some ski lodge-type-thing. Obviously the details are unimportant, the gist is that it’s adorable and predictable and has Bing Crosby in it. :) Plus the song ‘Sisters’ is hilarious.

Love Actually

I’ve already seen it twice this holiday season. SO amazing. I adore this movie. A collection of love stories all set during the Christmas season: some beautiful, some heartbreaking, some hilarious. So so so so good. GO see it!

Miracle on 34th Street

Sort of goes without saying, doesn’t it? Isn’t this one in everyone’s holiday arsenal? If not, add it immediately. Susan (the little girl pictured) is a star, she’s so hilarious and witty for her age in this movie. Of course, the Santa Clause is perfect, the ending makes me ecstatically happy every time I watch it and it’s just a wonderful story about the magic of Christmas.

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love James Stewart. And I love heartwarming movies that remind you of the importance of family and the awesomeness of Christmas. This movie fulfills all of those criteria. YES PLEASE.

Okay. And now we have the real special ones, the ones reserved for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  :)

Christmas Eve: A Christmas Carol

Okay so it’s old, and sort of drags at parts, and constantly scares the shit out of me with the last ghost holy moly. But all that aside, it’s still a classic and me and my mother have been watching it on Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. It’s hilarious, especially at the end (“Bob’s your uncle!!”) and Alistair Sim is perfect. WHY THEY WOULD REMAKE IT WITH JIM CARREY IS BEYOND ME.

Christmas Day: Die Hard

Some may argue, the ultimate Christmas movie. Needless to say, I watch this one with my Dad and love every second of it. C’mon, Severus Snape as a crazy German mofo, Bruce Willis swearing at every possible opportunity, a hilarious computer nerd (essential to any good heist film), lots of random Christmas references, Argyle, and of course Twinkies. Best. Time. Ever.

So that’s all I got for you. I should probably get back to studying. I feel more motivated now, I guess? Definitely going to have more time on my hands in the coming days, maybe I’ll post some Christmas baking recipes and pictures, or talk about the books I’m finally getting to read! SO many amazing opportunities coming up! Better get to work I guess. :)

xoxo, S.

Happy Holidays!

Christmas lights are appearing in strange places, decorations are popping up on dorm room doors, and there’s snow on the ground outside my window. I think it’s just about time to get excited for the holidays. And since I don’t really have a lot of time right now to go out and buy decorations (aka break from studying..) then I’ll just get into the spirit on my blog. Lame, huh? Well, the holiday dinner at the caf last week was festive. Rumour has it they served us wine and eggnog at our tables, and the menu was prime rib and ricotta-stuffed turkey rolls. Mmmhmm good. I’m happy they did that for us. :) Wish there had been a dance though! Haha.

I was thinking about this blog post and was unsure what all to write. But I’ve decided on what seems to be a bit of a blog cliché, which is helping readers brainstorm gift ideas for their loved (or not-so-loved) ones. Whatever, it’s a fun idea, so as overdone as it might be, here’s my take.

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The Mother

Mum

Hits: Unique pottery, beautiful books, exotic teas, useful gadgets, personalized photo book, gourmet coffee grounds, custom printed stationary, bamboo bed tray, fluffy bed throw, leather driving gloves, scent diffuser, dark chocolate truffles.

The Father

Dad

Hits: Golf club, cookbooks, iPod + Nike set, framed photographs, classic movies, a good mystery novel, kitchen radio, GQ subscription, silk scarf, a season of House, quality alcohol shaker set, pretty coasters, ‘jewelery’ box, tie clip, classy cologne, piney room spray, high thread-count sheets.

The Sister

Sister

Hits: Pretty makeup, Starbucks Card, Coach wristlet, Teen Vogue subscription, nail polish, bubble bath, body butters, Planet Earth dvds, mani/pedi certificate, fluffy socks, delicious fragrance, Rockband for Wii, gourmet candy, fondue set, classic novel, rainboots, piano sheet music, headbands.

The Female Best Friend

Girl Friend

Hits: iRewards card, high quality ear plugs, ‘The Elements of Style”, deluxe chocolate, acclaimed novel, cozy pyjamas, frozen drink mixes, pretty clutch, classic literature, a season of Sex and the City, string of Christmas lights, a bead curtain, a beautiful journal, Le Pen pens, MAC makeup, perfume, bubble bath.

The Male Best Friend

Guy Friend

Hits: a beer drinking hat, plaid shirt, witty buttons, concert tickets, calligraphy pen, handmade bracelet, eyebrow ring, cologne, posters, dashboard hulu girl, high quality tie, classic movies, home made mulled wine, gourmet cheeses, wooden figurine, change dish, coffee mug.

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…So that’s it on the gift front. Not sure about how much, if any of that I will be buying for the people on my list, I’m so broke! I might try to make them all some jam or something instead and put in the effort instead of the dollar dollar bills.

Got through my first exam unscathed (I think). It went well enough that I feel good about it, it wasn’t a giant slap to the face, so that’s enough for me. The studying commenced today for the next two possible injuries: physics and calculus. I think I can pull them off, easily as long as I keep working hard. That’s what I keep telling myself at least.

Only 12 days until I’m home! Can you believe it?!? So, so excited.

xoxo, S.

ps. It’s supposed to snowstorm tomorrow. It’d be nice to have a quiet, warm, pampered, tea-filled study day in my room for a change. The library is starting to get to me.