Ugh. I'm so emotional lately and I have no idea why. Maybe its just the school stress added on with other things that have been going through my head and life. Damn brain and living. What certainly didn't help my disposition was watching the movie Australia tonight while I should have been studying. I watched it after remembering that I hadn't seen Hugh Jackman with this shirt off lately. So I needed a good dose of that. But what I got was a dose of tears and warm fuzzy feelings, which I kind of wanted to avoid for a while since that has been happening *alot* lately. The tears that is, not the warm fuzzy feelings. Although those do come and go occasionally. But it just made me that much more ravenous for Romantic movies. Those happy and tragic ones which are so good at drawing out my inner sap. Anyways, I decided to keep a list on here of my favorite romantic movies of all time. I'll likely be updating it all the time, seeing as I've just got two more movies right beside me as I type this. Will I be doing my work tonight? Likely, not. So here goes:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (so beautiful and tragic all at the same time)
Australia (for Hugh Jackman, but also for the sad story about the lost generation)
Definitely, Maybe (one of the best rom-coms I've ever seen)
Love, Actually (still one of the funniest)
La Vita e Bella (so sad!)
A Touch of Pink (favourite movie of *all* time)
Phantom of the Opera (why have I not bought this yet?!)
P.S I love you (too many tears shed during this movie)
A Walk to Remember
Forrest Gump (its a classic ok?)
The Brother's Bloom
Memoirs of a Geisha
Eurotrip (I don't care what you say, it's romantic that Scotty goes across Europe to find his pen pal!)
And the award for the worst must certainly go to any of the Twilight movies. Please don't lynch mob me Twi-hards!
Anyone that knows me knows what I love more than anything else in the world. In case you don't know me, that one thing is (are?) animals. There is nothing more comforting to me then petting a soft companion animal or some form of wildlife (provided that it wants to be pet). Ethical issues aside, and boy are there many with petting zoos, I visited one in my local mall that was put there for march break. There were goats, porcupines, some sort of marsupial, and cows. The baby goat was my favourite. There isn't really a review that I can give for a petting zoo, as they are mostly all the same. They all smell like barn, all the animals look like they would rather be somewhere else, and they were all absolutely adorable. Obviously, I have mixed feelings towards these sorts of public displays of animals in cages, but I do think that showing children animals and teaching them animal empathy would make this world just a little bit better. Too few children are given this sort of education, and too few children have the opportunity to know that animals have feelings and needs just as we do. If I couldn't get a pet, showing them animals of a farm of through this sort of way would be ideal. Anyways, if you are in Mississauga, check out the petting zoo at South Common Mall until March 17, 2010.
There is nothing quite as satisfying as a good old delicious cupcake on days when you are feeling down. I have learned this through various attempts at trying to cheer myself up when I am feeling blue. So an entire shop devoted to cupcakes in the middle of suburban Mississauga is just a treat waiting to be explored. I ventured into Swirls Cupcakes today with my beau in tow. The first thing that hit us was the heady aroma of sweet baked goods. It was like stepping into my grandmother's kitchen; had she been a baker and had she lived in a country that wasn't devoted to eating only spicy foods. The cashier was friendly and indulged me as I salivated over their array of cupcakes on display. A rainbow of perfectly decorated morsels lay in front of me. Which one to pick? I had to take the pack of six, and he happily obliged. I had trouble picking which ones to get; they just all screamed "eat me, I'm delicious!" But my discriminating wallet made me make a choice for the six that I lusted after greatly; the Red Velvet Cupcake, Mango Cupcake (pictured; with the heavenly orange frosting), Choc Therapy Cupcake, Lemon Luau Cupcake (pictured; with the delectable coconut topping) and the Marblelous Swirl Cupcake (pictured; with the tasty and messy chocolate ganache). Wait, that's only five cupcakes you say? Well yes, the beau wanted another Red Velvet. Such is the price of love. So what did I think of these tasty little treats? Yum. I was partial to the Marlelous Swirl Cupcake which is pictured above with the chocolate ganache. That sucker was a messy and delicious one. I'm sure I've got ganache on my camera now. I couldn't take a picture of the red velvets or the choc therapy cupcakes but they were superb. The texture of the cupcake was moist and dense, which was very nice. I thought the icing could have used more sweetness, but the opinion of my discriminating pallet was squashed by my sister and beau who enjoyed the icing the most.
So if you value baked goods and if you are feeling low or high I do encourage you to check out Swirls Cupcakes. They may not be nutritious, but life is short and should only include the delicious.