Sunday, December 16, 2012

Favourite TV Christmas Episodes

 Last week I was sick and spent a lot of time at home watching Christmas specials on my laptop.
Here are some of my favourite TV Christmas specials (that I watched last week and in general)

1. I really like all of The Office's Christmas episodes but my favourite has got to be Season 2's "Christmas Party."

but I am going to give honorable mentions to the openings from Season 3's "A Benihana Christmas"

and Season 7's "Classy Christmas"

2. My So-Called Life's "So-Called Angels"

A beautiful and emotional Christmas episode and yet it also fits really well into the arc of the series.

3. Community's "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas"

Clever and hilarious. I also really liked last season's "Regional Holiday Music".
This show is good at being a show.

4. Gossip Girl's Season 1 Christmas episode, "Roman Holiday".

This was when the show was in its prime.
I love Dan and Serena in this episode and their storyline about finding each other gifts.
I love the Rufus and Lily drama.
I love Blair and her story with her dad.
It's a great episode. A+

5. Boy Meets World - Season 6's "Santa's Little Helpers" (not to be confused with Season 1's "Santa's Little Helper.")

The scene where Eric is praying on the it.

6.  Hey Arnold - "Arnold's Christmas"

I rewatched this last year for the first time since I was a kid and realized how deep and intense this episode was for a kid's show. It still holds up.

7. and while we're on the subject of kids' shows..
Adventure Time's "Holly Jolly Secrets"

It's the Ice King's origin story, and also a cute Christmas episode.

What are some of your favourite TV Christmas specials?

Friday, December 7, 2012

How to Wear Jeans to Work

I am not allowed to wear jeans at work normally but this week we had a special casual week where we donated money to charity for the privilege of wearing jeans all week. If I wear jeans and a bunnyhug I look like a student (sometimes I look like one anyways) so I tried to make my outfits more professional.
Look #1: I wore this on Monday. It was comfy and casual but still teacher-y, I think.
jeans: Bootlegger fall 2011
blouse: Zellers fall 2012
pocket watch necklace: Etsy
earrings: thrifted
Mocassins: Spring years ago 

Look #2: cold day. opted for sweater and scarf and boots.
jeans: I forget. They are old. possibly Wal Mart years ago?
black sweater: thrifted
scarf: gift, I think?
earrings: gift. my friend got them for me in Brooklyn.
boots: Spring maybe two winters ago?
phone case: Etsy

Look #3: I wanted to try the jeans and t shirt and blazer look
jeans: same as look 1
t-shirt: who knows
blazer: Ricki's last winter
necklace: I made it. You can see it here
earrings: bought at a craft sale or art show years ago
flats: I've had them for years. 
I think I bought them at the same time as the mocassins in Look 1, maybe from Spring.

Look #4: this is my favourite look, probably because dark red/burgundy is my favourite colour right now. I had a bedroom this colour when I was a teenager, and hair this colour once. (evidence) and am loving it again lately.
Jeans: forget. also old. I think Zellers?
camisole: Ricki's maybe, or maybe thrifted.
polka dot top: thrifted
cardigan: Ricki's
necklace: gift
earrings: not sure, just basic studs. probably Wal Mart or some place like that.
mocassins: I've had them since high school but they are still my faves. Proably Payless circa 2006.

I could never be a real fashion blogger not because I'm not narcissistic enough but because I never remember where I get things, I still wear clothes from over 5 years ago and most of my stuff is thrifted or hand-me-downs or gifts. So boring. But anyways, I hope you like this post and use it as inspiration the next time your place of work has a casual day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Spin My Dreidel, Baby (Update Blog)

This blog comes to you in six parts. (It's an update blog)

I quit NaNoWriMo about half-way through the month. I just kind of lost interest in my story and didn't feel like beating a dead horse or switching stories so I just gave up, and I didn't even feel that bad about it, honestly. I liked the story I did write, so I may turn it into a short story at some point.
I have been enjoying our newly set-up music studio and playing music more. I wrote a poem last week.
I have a couple blog posts planned - there will be a cool one at the end of this week.

We set our tree up and decorated the weekend before last (still in November, I know.) We have an artificial tree so we can set it up early.
This past weekend we finished almost all our Christmas shopping. We went to a whooole bunch of places in the city on Saturday and got it all done in one day, we just have a few little things left to pick up. Yesterday I wrapped everything and finished almost all the Christmas cards.
We also bought the movie Elf on blu-ray for $9.
And we bought After Eight hot chocolate.
so yeah, that's all pretty great.
I am really looking forward to the holidays because we get two weeks off school and lots of my favourite people will be in the same place as me which doesn't usually happen so yay!

Last week my new nephew was born and I got to meet him on Saturday and he is awesome and I love him lots. So that was great.
My sister is coming home this weekend to meet him so I get to see her and she and I are going to decorate our parents' house for Christmas.
on Saturday all of my family and Stephen's family are coming out for supper to see the renos we did on our house and just hang out and eat and have fun.
It's going to be very hectic and there will be a lot of people in one place but our house is not small so I think it will be fine.

Car:the main bummer in my life right now is that I found out today that it will cost over $1000 to put winter tires on my car which I desperately need because currently my car gets stuck in my shoveled driveway. I am thankful I don't have to drive to work every day or commute but it really sucks because there are times when I need to drive places....and usually it requires going on a highway. And I went into debt to get this car when I had been debt-free so I was/am pretty upset.

work is going great. I love my job. Today was awesome because my class got to interview a local(ish) author over the phone. They came up with all the questions themselves and took turns asking her and were very respectful listeners and they learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience. It was very fun and I'd never done anything like that before so it was pretty cool.
Afterwards one of my students who is a poet and writer said she was very inspired to write and was going to go home to edit a story of hers which is great.
I also found out I get to do some professional development and attend a training session which is great because it will make me better at my job and it will look nice on my resume.
In general I am really enjoying teaching and most days I am very happy and can't believe I get paid to do something I love.

Overall there is not much to complain about, things are great.

That was only 5 parts so here is a video of Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon changing the lyrics to popular songs to be about holidays.  The title might make more sense now.
*EDIT: for some reason Fallon's show or NBC or somebody made the video private on youtube and the only links I can find are for hulu which only works in the USA.
You can watch a weird edited version with annoying people talking before and after here. Sorry. :(

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

My New Favourite Place

In my life I have collected many things. When I was younger I collected pencils and stickers mostly.
But my two most lasting collections are books and postcards. I have always been a book-lover, that goes without saying.
When I was 12 my parents took me on a trip across Canada to visit a childhood friend on the other side of the country, and we came back through the States. I bought a postcard in each province and state we were in, and that's how I started my collection.
I always said I would have a room papered with postcards, full of books. And now I finally have dream library!


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close-up of the art postcards
close-up of Canadian postcards. I've been to every province but Newfoundland, the Yukon, Nunavut, and NWT.
close-up of places in other countries I've been. I've also been to Mexico and some other states but I didn't start collecting postcards until I was 12.
places I haven't been yet...all in Europe. I am only now seeing how crooked some of these are.
They need straightening up.
more Europe postcards
and these are the stacks of ones I couldn't fit. I may put some more up but I'm not sure yet.
I'd like to leave room for all the places I haven't been yet...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Longing (Original Song)

A while ago...back in May, I think..I wrote a song about being unhappy in certain situations, yet not really wanting to change anything... a sort of...content longing.

Lyrics after the jump.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy-cozy are we

     All week I'd been feeling depressed, apathetic, and lazy. I felt like blaming the weather. It was cold and beginning to be dark all the time, everything was grey and brown and dead and ugly - the trees, the sky, the ground. It had snowed a week ago but it all melted. I felt like the Joel Plaskett lyric, "If it's gonna snow I wish it would start instead of taking three months to break this heart." 
     Honestly, I just don't see the point of winter without snow. I don't mind the cold or the dark if it there is fresh, pure, white, sparkly, magical snow all over!
But snowed again!
And we are home for the weekend. (in this case home means the place we started).
This morning I took some photos from my parents' house with my new phone.

By the way, this is the new phone I got. I really like it so far, I've had it for about a week. The red on the front is subtly sparkly so Stephen named the phone Christmas Sparkle which makes me like it even more.

It's so beautiful!

and it's not even very cold out! I am very happy.

The snow and maybe coming back to the city and having nothing to do last night (my plans fell through because an out-of-town friend couldn't make it in due to weather) also helped me get back on track with NaNoWriMo. as you can see, I was behind for most of the week but last night I sat down and wrote about 2,000 words, so that helped me catch up a bit. If I can find some more time to write today I will be almost back on track.

Current word count: 13,062
Where I should be by the end of today (not gonna happen): 16, 666

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

You don't need tricks, you don't need treats, you don't need no Halloween.

As promised, here are some photos of our jack o'lantern.
Our friend's mom gave us a pumpkin that she grew. Stephen turned it into a masterpiece.
A ghost playing trumpet...fitting since he is a music teacher and trumpet is his first instrument.

here's the music the ghost is playing

and here it is lit up.

I made a spur-of-the-moment costume for the trick-or-treaters (my students) to enjoy.

     And...yes. I am going to be doing NaNoWriMo this year. I am probably crazy, attempting this as a first-year teacher, but whatever. It's happening. I will still try to blog at least once a week, and I will put my word count at the bottom of my posts throughout the month. 
you can also keep up with my progress here, or become my writing buddy if you are participating, too. 
Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Halloween Costumes

I was Tigger when I was 3 and again when I was 4. 

Clown - age 5

Witch - age 6

Cat - age 7

Princess - age 8

Mummy - age 9

Butterfly - age 10 (my favourite.)
 My mom made those huge wings for me, they are so awesome.

Hippie - age 11

When I was 12 I was a turtle - the first year I didn't wear a homemade costume.
The only pics I could find were really dark but here is a photo of me wearing the same costume to a Mario Party party a couple years ago for a Koopa costume...yes I still fit stuff I wore when I was 12. 

when I was 13 I was a rainbow....Mom didn't help with that one, obviously.

I think I went trick or treating when I was 14 but I didn't dress up. And I didn't dress up in high school. I think maybe one year in high school and a couple years in university I had jobs working with kids and had to dress up so I reused the butterfly costume.

Then when I was 20 I was Coraline.

When I was 21 I was half of a double rainbow.

Last year I was Miss Piggy.

and this year I was Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeen!

I will post pictures of our pumpkin tomorrow as well as some news about what I'll be doing in November. (hint.)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Other Dani Turned 200! (A bit ago...)

I recently made my 200th blog post, without realizing it. (My 200th post was this one, lol.)
So in the spirit of forgetting to make a big deal about things and then promoting yourself after the fact,
I went back and chose some of my favourite posts that I've done.
These are things that I am really proud of and surprisingly not embarassed of even though it's been a while since I made them.
Here are 8 of my favourite posts on The Other Dani. (in no order other than chronological..I think?)

1. With Arms Outstretched
This was one of my first blog posts and I wrote it about an amazing person who I have been lucky enough to be friends with since I was 12. The title comes from this song which is important to us.
I still like this post because I still love this person and want her to know it forever.

2. Ferris Bueller Is My Hero
This post is kind of silly. My favourite part was putting in all the links to the images. This is actually one of my most popular posts because of how many people google image search "ferris bueller's girlfriend", weirdly. Anyways, I think this is a fun post about some iconic movies that I love.

3. Winter Work Clothes - How to look good when it's cold out
This was the first fashion post I ever did and I worked really hard on it: finding the images, planning the outfits and taking photos of myself with my new gorillapod tripod haha. Even though some of the photos are a bit blurry, I am really proud of this post. I thought of the idea by pretty much googling the title and coming up short. I thought "hey, I have a blog. I can make that." and I did. and lots of people have found it and hopefully found it helpful and inspiring. So yeah, I am proud of this one.

4. Happy Birthday!
This was for my sister's birthday. It was right after she told me she was going to move 5 hours away from me. Shortly after I posted it I saw it printed out at her house. It means a lot to me because it meant a lot to her. And she's the best.

5. Taylor Swift Medley
This one might be a bit dorky but it is the first time I put a video of myself singing on the internet (publicly, anyway). I worked hard on arranging the medley after I noticed some similarities in chord progressions and intervals in some of her songs (Speak Now and You Belong With Me, particularly). I made this and put it up and people liked it and I still think it's my best cover, because of the unique arrangement.

6. U.F.O
This post just sums up the last few years for me. It came out of a lot of uncertainty and feeling like life would never be what I wanted it to be and realizing maybe that was okay. Basically, it felt like I had to grow up a lot to write this. The video I made for the song was something I was really proud of, too. Sadly, it got taken off Youtube and Vimeo because of copyright but I am planning on covering the song myself soon and putting the video to that so I can reupload it.

7. Explanation of My Tattoos
A very personal explanation of something that means a lot to me emotionally. Basically, who I am as a person inked on my back and written about on here.

8. We're So Cool, We're so cool, we're so cool
Similar to #s 1 and 4, this post is special to me because it's about a special person who I've been friends with since I was 15. The title is taken from a song again. (this one).
I had the #1 post on this list in my mind when I wrote this one. They are both about important people and both titled after songs, but whereas the first one is about a special friendship you know will last forever, this one for me was more about a friendship that is so special to you you worry it'll be like sand in your hand and if you squeeze too hard you'll lose it. The person I wrote this about is an amazing person going off into the world to do great things and when I wrote this I knew he was leaving again for good and I just felt like I was losing him.
There is always a part of you that wants to believe love can conquer all and you can be friends with people across great distances, but on the brink of growing up sometimes it's scary to think your relationship will never be the same again. It's hard to imagine us friends as adults simply because we never have been before.
I know we'll be okay but that's the place this post came from. Like some of the other posts on this list, it's important to me because the person it's about is.
Also I like the way it's written.

So, there you go. Thanks for following my blog if you do, and caring about it, and giving me an excuse to create things and make words and music and pictures and respond to the world. I would probably do it if nobody looked, but it's a bit more fun knowing somebody might.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

born to multiply, born to gaze into night skies. All you want is one more Saturday.

Northern Lights a few weeks ago

hot air balloon by my friend's place in the city

Stephen's grandma gave me some new plants. This one is rooting before I can pot it.

Plant behind the curtain

I bought myself flowers for the dining table because fall is bumming me out

This little monster lives in our kitchen window. he's from a Kinder Surprise.

my nephews found these stones in the garden during summer and gave them to me.
the one on the left from the four-year-old and the one on the right from the two-year-old.

mic in the studio.

our beautiful pumpkin from our friend's mom's garden.
Waiting to be carved next weekend.

bamboo plant and globe.

bought and watched this lovely film this weekend. Love it.