Friday, February 25, 2011

Oscar Picks - Giveaway!

As you know, the Oscars are my favorite day of the year! Love every second of it! And I pretty much have my picks down.. Though one or two I have a feeling might be surprise picks this year.. But I thought I'd share mine with you and you can share yours with me!

Actor - Colin Firth
Actress - Natalie Portman though, I think it should go to Annette Benning.
Supporting Actor - Geoffrey Rush, though I could see Christian Bale winning too..
Supporting Actress - Hailee Steinfeld or "Melissa Leo.. Haven't decided yet!
Director - Eh.. "Social Network"? Coen Bros really deserve it tho..
Screenplay - "Social Network" for Adapted, "Inception" for Original
Best Picture - "King's Speech".. But I have a feeling it could go to "True Grit"..
Music - "The Social Network" for Score, "Country Strong" for Song
Animated - "Toy Store 3"
Foreign - "Biutiful"
Documentary - Possibly "Wasteland"?
Cinematography - "True Grit" or "Inception"
Makeup - "The Wolfman"
Costumes - "Alice in Wonderland"
Art Direction - "Alice in Wonderland"
Visual Effects - "Inception"

Now, if enough people respond (don't be like me.. must have definitive answers and use this list above to write in your picks), I'll host a little giveaway and the one with the most right will win a little prize pack! Maybe a CD of mine, the new Pioneer Woman Book and a box of leg wax?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

7 Quick Takes - Let's Play Catch up!

Hello, my dears!

1. This weekend is my CD Release Party in my hometown! If you're around Lafayette, be sure to stop by O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers' Pub from 5-8pm on Sunday, Feb 27th! There's a raffle -- you can win some great prizes, including a brand new iPod Nano -- and free appetizers.. I'm playing a few songs with some good friends of mine, including the great Annie Schap, who really was the first person I ever played music with and one of the most influential people in my song-pickin'! :) For more details, to hear song samples or to order a CD, visit!

Update: I was in the paper this morning!

2. Speaking of my CD Release Party, I realized this week that I scheduled it right before the Academy Awards on Sunday! Okay, I just heard a collective gasp from my close friends.. Here's why: I don't know how to say this enough, but The Oscars. Are the highlight. Of my year. It's my superbowl, it's my Olympics, it's the birth of my bouncing baby celebrity. Every year I write the date of the Oscars in my calendar. NOTHING gets in the way of this day.. I buy wine and cheese, I sit with close friends (ie - the people who won't talk too much or ask, "So, now.. who is that?") and I critique the dresses, guess the winners and cry at the speeches. Needless to say, I forgot to write the date in this year. (Sigh) I will be TiVo-ing the red carpet and will be flying home the second my party is over. "Thanks for coming, good to see ya, BUH-BYE!"

Update! Click here to enter my Oscar giveaway! Tell me your picks and the gal with the most right answers wins!

3. I read The Pioneer Woman's new book, "Black Heels to Tractor Wheels" in record time.. I got it at 5pm on Tuesday and by 8pm, I was done! Astonishing? Yes. Lame? Maybe. But True. :) It's a great read -- you should get it!

4. Downton Abbey. Netflix. Watch it. Believe me, I have the best taste in movies (see #2 above); it's a fact. You must watch this 7-part series immediately! But teach your kids how to pour themselves a bowl of cereal or something first. Cuz you won't be able to pull yourself away.. For realsies.

5. I'm a leg wax girl. Not all the time. Not when I'm feeling whimpy. And definitely not when someone is within ear shot.. My whimpering ain't purdy! But I'll admit -- I will forgo any form of dignity to acheive the gleaming smoothness of a freshly waxed leg. Preferably two. And I'm not afraid to say it! But today, while in line at "The Walgreens" with a box of my favorite wax, the lady at the cash register crossed the line. She asked, loud and in the company of many, "Ooh.. I've never tried this. Now, do you wax your own bikini line?" I could feel my eyes widen, my jaw drop and whispered, "Uh.. Um.. No." Unencumbered, she went on, even louder, "Oh.... So, then you have your boyfriend do it?"

Sidenote: Have you read my mom's new blog? She just started and already has an insane number of site visits! Go Mom!

6. I got a new phone. Mostly because it was free, but also because I could do this on it:

7. And finally, congrats to my dear friend Michaela! She just got engaged to her lovely man, Mark and I screamed and jumped up and down when she asked me to be her maid of honor!! We've been chatting a lot about the wedding details and I am so excited! My other BFF, Rita, will be getting married a couple months before, and Mikey and I are busy planning her Bachelorette.. And I was on the phone with Laura when MaryGrace peed in the potty for the first time! (Sigh) What an exciting, blessed year! :)

Now, go and check out Jen over at Conversion Diary! She is fab!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I write letters.. I just don't send them

I was giving one of my BFF's guff recently for not calling me back. Julia, one of my favoritest people in the whole world, has been a horrible caller-backer of late. And I mused aloud (ie - on Facebook) that I wondered if she was not returning my calls because I had recently made fun of her mandwriting.

I said, mandwriting.

You see, that is when someone has horrible manly handwriting.

And she does.

However, she is incredibly good at sending cards and little notes, for occasions big and small, no less! So in all honesty, I don't care one bit about her mandwriting. Though I do have the best handwriting in three counties, I have to say that I am the jealous one!

See, recently, I went through 1/4 of my parents attic. Now, about 9/10 of this 1/4 was my stuff. Boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes of papers and receipts and plane tickets and notebooks (which, by the way, had my signature scrawled across them with every imaginable last name.. all crushes of mine at one point or another). I used to save EVERYTHING!

But what did I find most?


To me? Nah.
Letters to other people that I had never put a stamp on and sent! Laura? I had like 5 to you. Auntie Cathy? Probably about 10. And Nana? Whew! You top the list at around 20. Thank you cards, encouraging notes, letters to just say hello! For Pete's sake! It was ridiculous!

And it hasn't stopped! I have a stack on my shelf right now waiting to go out! Although.. it's been a couple weeks.. I've forgotten what I said and now wonder if they're relevant..

I've decided that when I grow up and have a place of my own, I want a writing desk right next to the front door. My mom has the perfect little writing desk that we've had since I was a baby and I've already called it for inheritance.

On a side note, that's the great thing about it being me, then five boys, and then two girls.. When my parents, God love them, kick the can, the boys will go for the flat screens and hot wings. The younger girls will go for the crafts and blankies. I'll get the piano and china and writing desks. Success!

Anyway, until my days with the writing desk, I'm going to try and play catch up. So if you get a letter from me that talks about 7th grade or my driver's ed class, you'll know why.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Very Own Website!

It's official!!

I am now the proud mama of a bouncing baby website!


Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This guy had a caitie moment!




First of all, I dated a guy in Belfast for a couple years and boy, does this accent take me back!

Second, this is soooo something I would do! LOL

Monday, February 07, 2011

You HAVE to..

You HAVE to read my mom's blog! This is her first time blogging and I'm already impressed! Hilarious! Check it out!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Modesty on Reality TV?

Did you see this article in the National Catholic Register?

Leah Darrow was a contestant on America's Next Top Model and you know how it is between me and reality shows.. Swoon!

No, I'm kidding. I don't even like reality shows.

Okay, unless it's on TLC.

Or the Food Network.

Or if it involves the title "Real Housewives".

Okay, I guess I can say this: I have never seen Jersey Shore and I'm proud of that.

For my generation, that's cause for sainthood.

Course, everything else I do is cancels it out, but that's a whole other post.

Anyway, what Leah was talking about was modesty and how she quit the modeling bizz to save her soul. She says,

"Modesty is more than just the length of a hemline. It's about our conversations, how we treat people, and how we love others. Modest protects our purity and the mystery of a person. In our society, it gets a bad rap. [But] It's actually quite attractive."

She refers to the Catechism and says, "Modesty is decency. It inspires ones choice of clothing. It keeps silence or reserve where there is evident risk of unhealthy curiousity. It is discreet."

"There is modesty of feelings as well as of the body. It protects, for example, against the voyeuristic explorations of the human body in certain advertisements or against the soliciations of certain media that go too far in the exhibition of intimate things. Modesty inspires a way of life which makes it possible to resist the allurements of fashion and the pressures of prevailing ideologies."

Later the article talks about her involvements with Pure Fashion and she says that she has dedicated her life to being an advocate for women..

That "advocate for women" thing struck me because we usually think of someone who is pro-"choice", mad as hell and a stereotypical feminist. Do you know what I mean?

It struck me that a true advocate for women fights for their body and soul's rights. For the "right" not to get to the top of the corporate ladder but to get to Heaven!

Fighting for women's physical rights alone is like fighting for better conditions for child labor.. You know! Cuz kids need good lighting to sew that tag onto your sweater! Hmmm I guess I'd say: better conditions? Well, I guess.. But how 'bout we don't use 4 year olds in the construction of a tennis shoe and let them see the light of day for awhile?

Similarly is advocating for women but leaving out their spiritual needs.

Now, I'm off to go ponder the connection (or lack thereof) between modesty and reality TV.. I might not be back for awhile.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Friday, February 04, 2011

Where Ricky Gervais went wrong.. Golden Globes Review!

First, let me say this.. If I had to choose two things to be a #1 fan of besides Ginger Ale, the color described as heather and John Corbett (swoon!!), it would be Ricky Gervais and Award Shows. And this ain't no recent thing, like the rest of the country!

I dated a guy from Ireland for a couple years awhile back. It was right around the airing of the original "The Office" in the UK! He introduced me to David Brent (Ricky's character) and I fell in love.

With my boyfriend, of course.

Not Ricky Gervais.

But Ricky was a close second! I think he's brilliant, hilarious, insane.. And at least this relationship lasted! LOL

As for award shows.. (Sigh) I wish I could downplay this and not sound as shallow as I am about to, but the truth is: I LOVE THEM. I don't usually care for the Emmy's, but when the new year begins.. Yayy!! The Critics Choice, The Golden Globes (which is what I'm about to review), The Sag Awards (an upcoming review will be posted soon but.. believe me.. nothing special this year), and finally.. the grand-daddy of them all..

The Academy Awards!!!

Or, named for the uncle of one of the Academy secretary's uncle: the Oscars.

This is my personal superbowl game. I love every minute of it! The speeches, the dresses, the formalities.. I have tried to invite others to watch with me, but truth be told, only a few people realize how much I love this night (even less love it as much) and I've banned many from the room for talking or asking, "Who is that?"

True story. ;)

I can tell you who wore what, who won what and who said what from countless years past! And, not to toot my own horn, but last year I was 13 for 15 of guesses for wins, including foreign films, my friend! :)

So, as you can imagine, having Ricky Gervais host the Golden Globes was.. A dream come true! Nevermind hosting it a second year in a row! I thought he was brilliant the first year! Surely he'd be even better this year!



Not so much.

Here's where he went wrong (at 1:40 to be exact..):

What's so bad about that?

I'll tell you.

If Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp had not been in the room, it would have been a different story. There were people laughing, for sure. But those two are like the king and queen of Hollywood. Ain't nobody in their right mind gonna laugh at a joke made at their expense right in front of them! You'd never work again!

Everybody wants to be friends with Angie and Johnny! With Angie, you're one step closer to Brad Pitt! With Johnny.. Well.. It's Johnny Depp! Swoon!

Ricky's second bad move was this little diddy:

This was just mean.

Nothing more to say.

The awards and speeches were uneventful. Again, the Golden Globes are just a play-off game in the world of award shows. Engaging, but nothing like the championship game!

Best dressed:

Dianna Agron, Olivia Wilde, Lea Michelle and Eve Longoria. Honorable mention: Emma Stone.

As for the guys, Ryan Gosling looked incredible in his black velvet tux!

Worst dressed:

Tilda Swindon (as usual), January Jones and Leighton Meester.

There's a reason the Pope's not on Facebook!

Via my dear friend, Joannie (who always speaks so eloquently when it comes to matters of da' faith -- seriously, go read her stuff!), take a gander at this quote from Pope Benedict! He speaks about the dangers of our social network-y kind of lifestyle (BTW, I'm sure he would agree that the movie "Social Network", starring Academy Award nominee and recent Saturday Night Live host Jesse Eisenberg, though a great film, is not going to win Best Picture) and.. Well, I'll let him do the talkin'. You can read the rest here.

"Young people in particular are experiencing this change in communication, with all the anxieties, challenges and creativity typical of those open with enthusiasm and curiosity to new experiences in life. Their ever greater involvement in the public digital forum, created by the so-called social networks, helps to establish new forms of interpersonal relations, influences self-awareness and therefore inevitably poses questions not only of how to act properly, but also about the authenticity of ones own being. Entering cyberspace can be a sign of an authentic search for personal encounters with others, provided that attention is paid to avoiding dangers such as enclosing oneself in a sort of parallel existence, or excessive exposure to the virtual world. In the search for sharing, for "friends", there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself.

"The new technologies allow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture, creating in this way an entirely new world of potential friendships. This is a great opportunity, but it also requires greater attention to and awareness of possible risks. Who is my "neighbour" in this new world? Does the danger exist that we may be less present to those whom we encounter in our everyday life? Is there is a risk of being more distracted because our attention is fragmented and absorbed in a world "other" than the one in which we live? Do we have time to reflect critically on our choices and to foster human relationships which are truly deep and lasting? It is important always to remember that virtual contact cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives."

This is why I don't Twitter.. But perhaps I should re-think my Facebook, as I don't remember who half my 'friends' are and, truth be told, am 'friends' with a few people I don't even enjoy all that much..

But that's a whole other post!

New Website!

Have you seen my new website! It's pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself! :) Go check it out and tell me what you think.. It's a temporary address until I work out the design, but you can learn a bit more about me, hear song samples and order a CD!