Words, words, words. (Name that Shakespearean play.)

What Beyoncé taught me. Dance lessons for writers. (The Guardian)

Adele, Queen of Hearts. I want to be her best friend. (Vanity Fair)

Michelle Obama’s Most Memorable Gowns. I’m going to miss her. (Go Fug Yourself)

A Lesson in Royal Etiquette: 7 Things to Know Before You Meet the Queen. She needs presents! (Vogue)

Um, also at Vogue: A Trip to Canada’s Prairies—Vaguely Exotic, Totally Obscure, and an Absolute Must-Visit Destination.

Want to Work in 18 Miles of Books? First, the Quiz. (NY Times)

Are We Sure It’s Good? A Close Reading of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’. I should probably rewatch it. (The Ringer)

25th anniversary of Jessie Spano’s infamous caffeine pill meltdown on ‘Saved by the Bell’. I’m so excited! I’m so scared! (NY Daily News)

 

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The Ladybug

by Nadine on October 30, 2016

Four things:

1. Our sartorially opinionated child very much approves of her Halloween costume.

2. She probably thinks it’s a real outfit. For wearing whenever. Which is fine by me.

3. Actually, I wish I could get away with wearing a glorified pillow in public.

4. She is holding the remote for a DVD player we no longer own. She thinks it’s her cell phone. Which is also fine by me.

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Rainy Halloween: Missing Sharon (and Bram)

by Nadine on October 30, 2016

Today’s plan was to see Sharon and Bram perform at an outdoor Halloween festival not far from our neighbourhood.*

But it was rainy and cold. And my toddler doesn’t exactly know who Sharon or Bram are. Nor does she miss Lois. (She does, however, REALLY love “This Little Piggy” and “Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” So she respects their repertoire.)

We ended up going to our (warm and dry) church with our little ladybug instead. (I’ll post a pic here soon.)

Sharon was always my favourite. Maybe because she was a brunette and therefore reminded me more of my mom. Maybe because she had better style. Or maybe just because it’s essential to pick a favourite. (Admit it. You had a favourite Ninja Turtle, Care Bear, and Today’s Special character, right? It’s one of the rules of being a kid. You must CHOOSE THE BEST ONE.)

So maybe next year we’ll give it another go. And maybe next year, I’ll dress up, too. (And get a perm.)

The big costume question: Sharon on the farm?

Sources: Jeans; Chelsea Boots; Plaid Top

Or Sharon on stage?

Sources: Wig; Pleated Silk Skirt; Stripe Sequin Skirt; Top

P.S. Colourful skirts do not come cheap. (On the left: Chloé: $3,395. On the right: J.Crew Collection: $1,194.) Anyone wanna lend me all their money? I promise to wear the J.Crew one at least 30 times.

P.P.S. This costume needs an elephant.

*Fun fact: My first concert was to see Sharon, Lois and Bram. I was hoping Ursula would share that little life trivia with me. I guess we’ll just have to see them the next time they’re in town. (Come back, okay?)

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Still reading the Internet. It’s big!

[Photo: Atlas Obscura]

Inside the New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments. I want to live in one. (Atlas Obscura)

The 70 Greatest Conspiracy Theories in Pop-Culture History. Avril Lavigne died in 2003?! Stevie Wonder isn’t blind?! J.K. Rowling is just an actress PRETENDING TO BE AN AUTHOR?! This article is a trip and a half. (Vulture)

Patton Oswalt: ‘I’ll Never Be at 100 Percent Again’. *sniffles* (The New York Times)

Museu de la Tècnica. Summary: A guy stumbles upon a typewriter museum, totally geeks out. (Twitter)

Patagonia’s On-Site Child Care Program Is Basically Eden for Children—and Their Parents. Patagonia is awesome. Again. (Slate)

How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season. Stop with the apostrophes already! (Slate)

(You already know this grammar rule, right?)

I waited 96 years. These women were born before women could vote. Guess who they’re voting for.

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Weekend Reading Vol. 3: Perms Are Back!!!!

by Nadine on October 23, 2016

Just reading my way through the Internet, as per usual.

Once upon a time, I brought the photo on the left to a hair salon. Now I want to bring the photo on the right. Mandy Moore = hair goals. (I will always miss my high-school perm. Always.)

So, obviously, this article made me so very, very happy: Reconsider the Perm. (Racked)

Presidential nominees have friends, too: Debate-Watching With Hillary Clinton’s BFFs. (New York Times)

I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this: Meet Amybeth McNulty, star of new Anne of Green Gables series for CBC, Netflix. (CBC)

New bucket-list item: In Rome, Using “Roman Holiday” as a Guide. (New York Times)

Fascinating read: The Afterlife Of A Ballerina. (Elle)

And for your viewing pleasure…

73 Questions with Emma Stone

(I am IN LOVE with her Vogue cover. Probably because stripes.)

Tom Cruise Acts Out His Film Career

James Corden brings out the fun in everyone.

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Thanksgiving

by Nadine on October 20, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest film ever made.

Starring: Ursula and her cousin Joshua
Directed by: Uncle David

Thanksgiving from Airfoil Media on Vimeo.

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Covered” by Clare Elsaesser

I dream a lot — specifically when I nap. The dreams never make sense, and usually don’t stick with me for long, but I always wake up invested in some bizarre little story crafted by my subconscious.

I’ve woken up swooning over Nick Carter, made at U2, and horrified that I forget to feed my dog…ever.

Note: I’ve never had a crush on Nick Carter, have never been in a fight with Bono, and have never owned a dog. But the guilt over the last one was very real. Ruined my day. 

Yesterday’s nap-dream tops them all. Because I WOKE UP LAUGHING.

I was in a band. At some sort of conference. You know, one of those conference bands made up of members who just met each other.

Anyways, there was a teenage girl in this band with me. And because it’s almost Halloween, she wanted her stage name to be Uranus. This made sense.

And in my dream, I kept accidentally calling her Psoriasis.

I woke up giggling. I couldn’t stop. Matthew, who had been napping next to me — we enforced a mandatory family nap time because our toddler is in “I hate sleeping at night” mode and we needed to recover from the night before — looked at me like I had lost my mind. My explanation didn’t help:

“There’s this girl in my band, Uranus. But I keep calling her Psoriasis.”

And I couldn’t stop laughing while I told him this.

Off. My. Rocker.

Sleep-deprivation has affected my dream life. I’m losin’ it, folks.

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Weekend Reading Vol. 2: All About Me

by Nadine on October 15, 2016

This week’s links feature an article that mentions me (!), the shirts I wear, and where my head is at, politically. American friends, please vote well.

Name that movie*:

“You get your picture in the papes, you’re famous. You’re famous, you get anything you want. That’s what’s so great about New York.”

Ursula and I were featured in the Globe and Mail! (Um, last week. I’m a little slow here.)

I would like to thank the photographer for not using the photo of Ursula standing on her chair. She’s a (cute) handful, that one.

Other things to read:

The 33 Best Rom-Coms of All Time. I approve of Clueless’ spot on the list. Side note: I saw the new Bridget Jones flick. Anything co-written by Emma Thompson gets my stamp of approval. (Thrillist)

The Evolution of the Striped Shirt Trend (& One of the Key Brands Behind It). Oh, stripes. How I love thee. (Refinery29)

And because we can’t avoid American politics…these articles best sum up how I feel about the whole mess. The fact that some prominent Christian leaders remain supportive of Trump makes my heart hurt.

Voting For Hillary Is Not Voting For Abortion. (GungorMusic.com)

Related: White, Conservative, Christian Friends — I Wish You Really Were Pro-Life. This is where the phrase “all lives matter” is appropriate. You shouldn’t call yourself pro-life if you don’t care about people after they’re born. (Huffington Post)

Speak Truth To Trump. I applaud the editor for attacking the “strategic” vote. (Christianity Today)

“But there is a point at which strategy becomes its own form of idolatry—an attempt to manipulate the levers of history in favor of the causes we support. Strategy becomes idolatry, for ancient Israel and for us today, when we make alliances with those who seem to offer strength—the chariots of Egypt, the vassal kings of Rome—at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed. Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence. And because such strategy requires capitulating to idols and princes and denying the true God, it ultimately always fails.”

Sigh. Sorry to end on such a doozy. So here’s a family of bears eating in an apple tree together. You’re welcome.

*If you didn’t know it was Newsies, GO WATCH NEWSIES. That is all.

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Just when you think you’ve read the whole Internet…there’s more!

Fun reads this week:

How Murder, She Wrote Became an Unexpected Social-Media Style Inspiration. Jessica Fletcher’s style is the best. I would wear this. I kind of already do. (Vanity Fair.)

How Hollywood Is Getting Back in the Agatha Christie Business. Apparently Agatha Christie is trendy again. (Not that she ever went out of style in my books. Hardy-har-har. “Books.”) Did you know she wrote her first novel at the age of 30? And then wrote 65 MORE OF THEM?! (Hollywood Reporter)

Related: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors 2016. (Hollywood Reporter)

Honestly, Why Do Clutches Even Exist? Good question. Apparently we can blame the flappers. (Racked)

Survey: People Aren’t Happiest Until They Reach Age 33. This is old-ish news, but only relevant to me as of recently. (TIME)

Mockup Editor. More playing than reading, but still…I could design my dream office space for hours on this site. (My current desk is a tiny section of a dirty kitchen counter. Probably just like Jane Austen’s.)

This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours. Toronto is expensive, y’all. I’ll have two, please! (Co.Exist)

Framed. This is the craziest true-crime story you’re going to read in a while. Spoiler: If you try to ruin someone’s life, you might ruin your own instead. (Los Angeles Times)

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. Ignore what I said earlier. THIS is the craziest true-crime story. (Buzzfeed)

The 50 ‘Gilmore Girls’ episodes you need to watch before the revival. This is VERY important. (Revelist)

What did you read this week?

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Parenthood: Two Tales of Exhaustion

by Nadine on September 14, 2016

This photo was not staged.

ONE

Matthew, who had been working from home that day, met me and Ursula at a coffee shop. (We were on our way home after a busy morning out and Ursula fell asleep in the stroller. Perfect opportunity for a coffee break.)

Matthew told me that he had just had an apple and some cheese for a snack and wasn’t very hungry. So he didn’t order a cookie.

When we arrived home an hour later, an apple and a slice of cheese — totally untouched — were sitting on the kitchen counter.

He wasn’t hungry because he thought he had had a snack.

TWO

Tonight at the dinner table, Matthew asked me to get a knife for the butter. I did — and then handed the knife TO OUR BABY.

 

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