Day Nine – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Nine: A photo of the last item you purchased.

I assume that this doesn’t include groceries or petrol. It would be slightly difficult to take photographs of both, seeing as I’ve eaten my dinner already. This is the last “item” that I bought:

A R50 pair of sunglasses from Mr Price.

Sunglasses

I've always wanted a pair of aviator-esque glasses....

I was on my way to T’s on Sunday when I realised two things. Firstly, that it was insanely hot and I didn’t have any sunscreen, and secondly, that I probably needed a new pair of sunglasses. So while I was at the mall buying stuff to send to my mom, I popped into Mr Price on a whim to check if there was anything I liked in the sunglasses deposit. There was, and I bought them, and now they are my rock star/poppie/porn star sunglasses, depending on who you ask.

I like them. I feel like an export from the seventies.

Day Seven – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Seven: Your dream wedding.

Funny story… If you asked me this question about 18 months ago, I’d have said “Oh, I don’t want to get married. I don’t see the point.” And then I started dating a wonderful man who made me see why people did want to get married. Okay, so we did break up. But that’s not what I’m getting at.

I definitely don’t want a huge white wedding with five hundred guests and no time to enjoy my new husband/my dear friends/the food because I’m so busy making sure that a work colleague’s younger sister is having a good time or listening to aunty Jane’s new boyfriend’s dirty jokes. Nope, none of that is for me.

My “dream wedding” involves being really small… No more than, say, twenty of our closest friends. I want a secular ceremony but still, selfishly, want to wear a wedding dress. (I’d like to wear an ivory one like my mom did. I think I’m way past qualifying for a white gown). I want no bridesmaids, no “maid of honour”, no politics… I know that my closest friends will bend over backwards to help me out, so why do they need schmancy titles? I want a pretty, quiet venue with good food – and then we can all just hang out and party together afterwards.

No mess, no fuss – and hopefully a night that will be much more relaxing than having two hundred guests waiting for you to take your photographs for three hours after the wedding. (That’s another thing. My photographer will know that there will only be a very brief photo session. In fact, I’d probably just pay one of my stupidly talented friends to take the photos for me – they’d have a better sense of me and my future husband anyway).

All of this is moot, of course, because I’m ridiculously single at the moment… And will probably end up alone, the old Crazy Hedgehog lady anyway.

Racing to Oscar – Part 2

Since my last prediction, we’ve had the release of this year’s Oscar nominees… Which put a slight dent in my “The Adventures of Tintin for best animated feature” theory. We’ve also had the Directors Guild of America Awards… And fun fact: In the last decade, every single person to win the DGA Award for feature films goes on to win the best director Oscar. And since 1948, only six DGA Award winners have failed to nab the best director prize.

I think that the DGA Awards have put the final nail in the coffin for Scorsese’s Hugo (Which I’ll only get to see this coming Friday, unfortunately) and have largely cleared the path for The Artist. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight, and that should give us a slightly clearer picture of who should win in the acting categories.

My predictions have largely stayed the same since the nominees were announced… But we’ll see.

Week 2 – 29 January

Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Best Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady 
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help (No way in hell Melissa McCarthy will get this, I’m afraid.)
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (DGA Award won’t hurt)
Best Animated Feature: Rango (If Puss or Kung Fu Panda wins this, I swear…)

Day Six: #30DayBlogChallenge

Day six: A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

I love hedgehogs. Seriously, I’m mildly obsessed with them. Them and penguins – though I think penguins would be slightly trickier to raise at home.

It’s actually a running joke. I’m going to die alone, the Crazy Hedgehog Lady surrounded by sixty of my spiky little friends. There’s totally a niche in the market for the Crazy Hedgehog Lady. Crazy Cat Lady has been done to death already.

Anyway, here is a photo I found on flickr.com of one of the cutest hedgehogs I think I’ve ever seen. Meet Shinji the Hedgehog…

Shinji

Shinji the Hedgehog. Want. Photo by Narisa from flickr.com.

Day Four – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Four: Your favourite photograph of your best friend. Click here for the rest of the topics I’ll be covering.

I must admit, yesterday’s and today’s topics were the two I was looking forward to the least. Much with yesterday, I don’t believe in one “best friend”. I have loads of different, very dear friends that I love with all of my heart. I would share pictures, but I’ve not asked for permission (can you tell I work in the media?) and it’s late and I’m tired. So, a rundown.

There’s my best friend from high school, N. We bonded over being the two weirdest girls in our grade, dated two best friends and still keep in contact pretty regularly. We spam each other with over-emotional Facebook messages and still discuss everything from break-ups to new relationships and work stuff.

Then there’s X. We’ve grown super close over the past year and bonded over judgey emails and catty Gtalk convos. And lots and lots of wine. She’s ridiculously accepting of all of my stupidity and is the person I usually have my freakouts to. She’s remarkably patient with me.

Best guy friend person (and actually, famously, the “male version of me” at one stage) is T. He’s sweetly protective of me (I’m sorry, future husband, but you’ll have to pass the T-test first) and quite possibly my biggest cheerleader in the world.We met in the queue at registration at varsity, then again at a random computer workshop. Fate decreed that we would be friends.

Then, L. She’s been there for me through absolutely everything in the world and I have no idea what I’d have done without her in the past. She’s the kind of person that will drop everything and drive halfway across the country to come to your dad’s funeral. True story.

Best person in the world is my baby brother S. We live together and are a great team. Nobody gets us, and that’s okay.

I know you were expecting a photo, so here’s a photo of my lifelong best friend. He grew up with me, he went to high school and varsity with me and he helped look after my dad while he was in the hospital. His name is Gund, and we met when we were six months old.

Gund

My dear Gund.

Isn't he handsome?

Day Three – #30DayBlogChallenge

Day Three: Your favourite store. View the rest of the topics here.

This is quite a funny one, because although I’ve been wracking my brain for most of the day I don’t actually seem to have a favourite store.

I love bookshops, as a general rule. I prefer Exclusive Books, even though they’re often more expensive. I just love the way their floors are laid out.

I frequent Mr Price, Edgars and the Pick ‘n Pay clothing stores – largely because of their cost. I love Woolworths’ clothing and accessories – I would buy from there all the time if I could.  Alas, I can’t. If money was no object, I would buy all of my clothes from The Space. I love their dresses. Following hot on their heels would be Vertigo.

Generally I prefer flea markets and craft markets to shops and malls. I love being able to browse without a snooty shop assistant staring down their nose at me.

I love coffee shops. I love the smell. I also love coffee, which doesn’t hurt.

I also love those massive warehouse shops like Makro and Game… When they’re not too crowded. I love that you can find pretty much anything you can think of there.

I will also, almost without fail, stop at the windows of jewellery stores. I will stand just outside, staring through the glass, and never go in.

Reaction to the 2012 Oscar nominations

Okay, so I feel a little like the “Leave Britney alone kid” but still…

No Best Animated Feature Nomination for The Adventures of Tintin?! Are you serious?!

Right, now that’s out of my system… (Okay, it really isn’t)

The 2012 Academy Awards nominations (you can see the full list here) were announced yesterday, but when I got home I discovered that my telephone line was broken and I couldn’t access the internet. (That’s my excuse for being slow on the uptake).

So, Hugo managed to rake in 11 nominations – including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese. I would love to tell you that I had seen the film and could provide an educated opinion, but my press screening was cancelled at the very, very last minute (as in, while I was standing at the cinema).

Anyway… Here are my thoughts, scribbled down as I go down the list of nominees.

Best Picture

I’m still backing The Artist. But Hugo is making me doubt myself. Will wait for DGA and WGA Awards first though. Also, I loved The Help but I didn’t think it would be Best Picture material. Best Actresses, heck yes. I would have liked to see a nod for Drive.

Best Actor

Quite stoked with the Gary Oldman nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Shame (see what I did there?) about the lack of Michael Fassbender though. He does pretty up the red carpet. It’s hands-down Jean Dujardin vs. George Clooney… Still think Jean will take this one.

Best Actress

They couldn’t have picked a better group of women if they had tried. Very pleased with Rooney Mara’s nomination for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. She was outstanding. Still reckon Meryl Streep will nab it.

Best Supporting Actor and Actress

Um, Jonah Hill? Whaaaat? To be fair, I haven’t actually seen Moneyball yet, but he didn’t look any different from the trailer. Shall we start engraving Christopher Plummer’s name on the Best Supporting Actor trophy already? Also, glad to see a nomination for Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. I’d love to see Octavia Spencer get the award, she was delicious in The Help.

Best Director

Pretty predictable fare here. Truly thought the Academy had forgotten all about Tree of Life, though.

Best Animated Feature

Okay, Puss in Boots over The Adventures of Tintin? Did Puss buy votes? (Or, in keeping with the theme of the film… Steal them?) It was good, not great. Although I do understand that the Americans didn’t get Tintin at all, I thought that the motion capture animation was beyond outstanding. Fine – I’ll move on to backing my second-favourite animated film of the year, Rango.

Miscellaneous thoughts

Yay for the nod for The Muppets song Man or Muppet. It is such a great moment in the film. Also encouraging to see a Best Original Screenplay nod for Bridesmaids – seems comedy may be growing on the Academy after all.

Day Two – #30DayBlogChallenge

2) A photo of something you ate today. Check out the full list of topics I’ll be covering here.

Right, so it’s not particularly thrilling to just post a photograph of an arbitrary foodstuff. This, my friends, is allegedly “Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni”. It was pretty tasty, though there was more cheddar in there than most other things.

When we got the meals they were pretty much volcanic – they scalded my hand pretty badly – and then, because it’s an office full of journalists and editors who are often more curious than is healthy, I had to lurk around to find a place to snap a photo of my lunch. They already think I’m totally mental, no need to add fuel to the fire.

My workplace provides tasty lunch from the Italian deli downstairs twice a week. It’s mostly some pasta-type-thing, although said deli makes the most epic Prego rolls that you’ve ever tasted. It’s pretty much 45% garlic, and that’s okay. But that was not what I ate today, sadly.

By the way, note the dedication to the blog. My telephone line at home is broken (allegedly a whole exchange went down this afternoon) and so I came back to the office to post. Oh, okay. And update the Oscar nominations list. And check emails. And stuff. Shuddup. I’ll be going home to watch Disney movies and eat chocolate soon. It’s been that kinda day.