My husband and I rarely fight over the TV. We both enjoy watching sports and most of the same TV shows. We hardly ever want to watch different programs as the same time.
Except for last night.
Last night, I wanted to watch the Academy Awards – from the very beginning, on the red carpet. Dan wanted to watch the Grantland basketball hour with guest Kobe Bryant. This meant for the last half hour of the red carpet and the first half hour of the actual ceremony, our living room was a battleground. I ceded ground during the red carpet, but surged back at 8:30 when the ceremony began. During J.K. Simmon’s acceptance speech, Dan said, “We don’t have to listen to the speeches, though, right?” and switched to Grantland.
Me: “DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE OSCARS ARE?”
Dan: “Do you not understand who Kobe is?”
Me: “IT’S THE OSCARS. THIS IS MY THING. I’VE LOVED IT LONGER THAN I’VE LOVED YOU.”
It was a bit dramatic.
Once 9:00 hit and Grantland was over, peace returned to our humble abode and it was all Oscars, all night. My favorite moments of the show were:
- How adorable Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were on the red carpet with Robin Roberts. Don’t they just seem like a couple who could live next door to you and be your best friends?
- The opening number. I love anytime Neil Patrick Harris or Anna Kenderick sing, and Jack Black always cracks me up. Plus, I thought all the visual effects were flat-out awesome.
- NPH in general. He was a great host, with just enough of an edge (“Snowden couldn’t be here for some treason”) mixed with just enough corny (“This Oscar presenter is just so lovely you could eat her up with her spoon”). I even enjoyed the briefcase bit, though I know not a lot of people did.
- Quoting Robin Williams in the presentation of Best Supporting Actor, which was a nice homage to the late Oscar winner.
- NPH introducing Jennifer Aniston and David Oyelowo as a presenting pair by saying, “Both of whom deserve to be here,” a nod to the fact that both gave strong and well-regarded performances in movies this past year but failed to be nominated for an acting award.
- Idina Menzel and John Travolta presenting Best Song together and joking around about Travolta’s mispronunciation of Menzel’s name last year, plus NPH’s intro and follow-up jokes to their presentation (“Travolta will be back next year to apologize to Idina for all the face touching”).
- Acceptance speeches: J.K. Simmons’s request that everyone call their parents; Patricia Arquette’s call for equal pay among the sexes (plus Meryl Streep and J. Lo’s reactions); Common andJohn Legend’s eloquence; Graham Moore’s “stay weird, stay different” message; Dana Perry speaking about her son Evan and saying “we need to talk about suicide, out loud”; Eddie Redmayne’s adorable excitement; Julianne Moore being happy to win an Oscar because it could mean an extra five years of life with her younger husband; Michael Keaton saying, “I’m just happy to be here.”
- The PERFORMANCES. What a year for them! The supreme talent that is Jennifer Hudson giving a beautiful tribute to those who passed away; a pure fun performance of “Everything is Awesome” complete with Lego Oscars; Tim McGraw singing “Not Gonna Miss You,” very gracefully – the lyrics of which were just heartbreaking; Common and John Legend’s incredible performance of “Glory,” with such strong lyrics, Legend’s gorgeous voice, and the crowds of people walking behind them across a replica bridge. AND LADY GAGA HOLY MOLY. She looked so classy, and her pure talent and traditional training shown through. I was so blown away.
What were your favorite moments of the Oscars this year? What winners do you agree and disagree with the most?
Delicious drink “Love Elixir” at dinner this weekend.
- Did you watch the SNL 40 special last week? I loved it, plus these behind-the-scenes photos, this recap by Jimmy Fallon and this talk with the women of SNL.
- I can’t handle this celebrity couple rumor. What could be better?!
- Some tips on how to stay positive during winter.
- Love this slideshow that looks back on past Oscar dresses.
- Check out your horoscope for the year according to Chinese astrology.
- What it’s like to be a writer/producer on The Mindy Project.
- Adored this look into Chrissy Teigen & John Legend’s home.
- Interesting report on women around the U.S., state-by-state.
- Weddings I love: 1, 2, 3.
- Recipes I want to try: southwestern kale power salad with sweet potato, quinoa, and avocado sauce, coconut curried soup, maple dijon baked salmon, butternut squash, kale, and quinoa stew, coconut oil apple crisp, and lemon potatoes.
This past weekend Dan and I went to a Halloween party at his sister’s house. It was so much fun! We dressed up, ate a lot of food, shared stories, played Catchphrase and The Game of Things, and laughed until we cried. Overall, it was a fantastic evening. Thanks Cate!
I LOVED our costume! We bought Madison’s bee costume at Petsmart. We bought paint coveralls and gardening gloves at Home Depot, bee scrapbooking stickers and black tulle at JoAnn Fabrics, and on sale camping hats at Meijer. Many scissor cuts staples, and safety pins later, we were beekeepers!
Madison loved her costume. I know a lot of dogs don’t enjoy dressing up, but Madison does! Lucky thing since she looks so darn cute! ; )
Honey – I mean, Happy Halloween!
Love, the Dailys
I came across this Tumblr, Suri’s Burn Book, earlier this week. Basically, it’s a satirical blog written from the perspective of Suri Cruise in which she provides commentary on celebrities’ (particularly celebrity’s children) fashion and ability to handle fame. I spent a whole evening reading through it and I could not stop laughing. I’m sure some people would say it’s not right to make fun of children’s clothes or imitiate Suri Cruise in such a manner, to which I would say to those people it’s clearly all in good fun and when you come to my house you can just ignore the book on the coffee table.
You really should take a look at the Tumblr, since photos are always included and add to the commentary, oftentimes being the sole focus and not just accompaniment. Here are some stand-alone quotes that cracked me up:
- “Either get your things monogrammed or just expect that people know who you are.”
- “Amy Poehler’s ginger baby is not amused. He is, however, still extremely ginger.”
- “It’s not cute, it’s not clever, and it’s not symmetrical, which are three of my highest priorities for haircuts and for life in general.”
- “I feel like her eyes are silently asking for help. Perhaps she’s just realized that her name is Maxwell, and Jessica Simpson is responsible for her.”
- “Even I know better than to pretentiously tweet about my bad days, even though I assure you I have them. Just yesterday, my chef tried to serve me pancakes instead of waffles, and it threw me off for the rest of the morning.”
- “Blue Ivy Carter showed up in Paris yesterday without shoes on. Going barefoot in Paris is like showing up to the Oscars in a denim miniskirt. A frayed one.”
- “All I would want to discuss with the President is equal pay for equal work, and the ridiculously high tariffs on French cheeses.”
…enjoy driving with sunglasses on, the windows down, and music blaring?
…adore black tea lemonades?
…think August 18th is way too long to wait for The Hunger Games on DVD?
…love the start of summer grill-out season?
…read historical nonfiction (like this)?
…not understand the need for so many singing competition shows on TV?
…enjoy cheesy puns (like the ones in the photo above)?
…think napping is wonderful?
P.S. Thinking of all those the U.S.A. lost in the line of duty, their legacy, and their families, as well as all living past, present, and future servicemen and women. Thank you.
- Always feel completely well-rested upon waking up
- Teleportation (or apparition, for all my fellow Harry Potter fans)
- Learn through osmosis
- Perfect hair days every day
- Make banana peels appear and trip up mean people (or cause some other minor but entertaining mishap to occur)
- Feel my own forehead with my own hand and accurately know my temperature
- Make lines disappear when I approach a cash register (Or ice cream order window. Or roller coaster. You get the idea.)
- Know what style of jeans and shoes will fit well and comfortably without having to try them on
- Converse with animals
- Think, “I want ______________ (movie/TV) to be on Netflix Instant” AND THEN IT IS
- Snap my fingers and all the dishes are put away and clean
- Predict, with 100% accuracy, if any precipitation will fall on any given day
- Be able to create and then give great people “Good for one AWESOME day” coupons that actually work when redeemed
- Oh, and maybe a traditional superpower. Like superhuman strength! Or maybe be a bender of some sort. Hmmm…this might be an entirely different question ; )
What superpowers do you wish you had?