Month: November 2014

Weekend Roundup: Little black dress edition

I’m currently watching Parks and Recreation in my hotel room in Montreal, trying to fall asleep after having some last minute work to do on my BIG presentation tomorrow. I’m not sure I’ll be able to sleep. I wish it were for a romantic reason like, “Oh, I miss sleeping beside my boyfriend” but the truth is I just keep thinking about how many people have probably had sex in this bed and I’m terrified of the germs.

Anyways – A day without blogging is like a day without Diet Pepsi. I get a little shakey and start having withdrawal headaches, so I thought I’d quickly share some of the highlights of this past weekend!

My weekend was a busy one!

On Saturday night I celebrated my bestie’s 25th birthday with a night in Niagara Falls and some yummy Italian food at Johnny Rocco’s. We ordered pitcher after pitcher of sangria (the birthday girl’s fave) and then returned to our hotel for a Taylor Swift sing along. Then it was off to the casino where I lost $50 of Matthew’s money. Note, it was not my own money.

That’s the only way I gamble.

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The birthday girl with her sparkler and ice cream (and full glass of sangria)

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A photo with my blonde bombshell. Ask her about the dip. She loved the dip.

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We might be dressed for a funeral, but we’re here to party

We woke up and treated ourselves to pancakes and made the tired drive back to the Hammer. As far as birthdays go, this was a great one. I don’t enjoy celebrating my OWN birthday, so I always have fun when it’s my best girl’s birthday. Everyone knows that thanking the universe for arranging the cosmos so that your best friend’s parents had unprotected sex and then raised the most incredible woman who just so happens to be your best friend is the best reason to party.

I have so much more to tell you but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow because I’m wiped and my 6 am wake-up call is quickly approaching.

Night, night.

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Friday Five!

Frans!

I haven’t done a Friday Five in a while so I thought I would share with you some of my favourite things. I hope we can have a favourite things swap, and then your favourite things will become my favourite things, and then we’ll be those friends who talk/look/act alike and the rest of our friends will say, “You’ve changed!” but we’ll just be happy and tell the haters to take a walk to the left.

Ok!

1. 90 Day Fiance  (TLC)

I’m obsessed with this show. It’s a disaster. It’s about couples that have a visa which allows them 90 days to decide if they want to marry in the US, or split. So, it’s Americans who have met people online from Asia or Russia and bring them to the States to meet their friends and family and it is just a clusterf*ck of drama. Language barriers, culture clash, judgey families….I can’t say enough good things about this show. Yes, that’s me speaking highly of the show! I like to watch this show while texting my friend Sarah, because I know we’re both watching wide eyed, terrified, and absolutely mesmerized with these odd couples.

Are some of them in love? Who knows. All I know is, it’s 60 minutes of happiness for me.

2. Beagle Freedom Project

I love the work the Beagle Freedom Project does. They’re an organization dedicated to rescuing beagles that spend their entire lives in cages as the subjects of animal testing. It’s heartbreaking, but these people are heroes, rescuing sweet little pups and placing them with loving homes. Check them out, follow them on Facebook and show your support!

I get emotional every time I watch videos from their rescues, but it’s so important to spread awareness so that pups everywhere can be saved from a life of laboratory testing.

3. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

I’m an Ed Sheeran fan. I enjoy his work (so long as he’s not rapping or doing that talking thing he does). I’ve had Don’t on constant rotation until I heard Thinking Out Loud, which makes me want to fall in love, take off my clothes and recreate scenes from the Notebook. My friend Brianne says I’m late to the party, that Sheeran has always been marriage material, but sweet jesu mio. This song does something to me in the space where my heart is supposed to be.

Take a listen. What do you think?

4. Lainey Gossip

Elaine Lui is a Canadian television host, blogger and author, which is pretty much everything I want to be in life. If you’re looking for a blog that talks gossip and YA novels, check her out!

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5. Jessica James Decker

So, there are several people I creep on Instagram on a daily basis: Ansel Elgort, Beth Stern, and Jessie James Decker. Decker’s the country singing wife of Eric Decker who plays for the NY Jets. The two have a reality show on E! called Erick & Jessie, Game On! that has just been picked up for it’s third season.

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Jessica and daughter Vivianne (from pret a pregnant)

Jessica’s a bombshell after my own heart. Big hair, big brows, over-lined lips and a cookie addiction. In my mind, we’re best friends, which is why I get fired up when trolls give Jess heat on Instagram for the dumbest things. Seriously, people tear this woman apart for everything, so I’ve taken it upon myself to be one of those people who just gives the clapping emoji on all of her photos. Ok, not all, but whenever she does something that’s a big ‘f*ck you’ to the haters, I send my support.

Who do you creep on the reg on Instagram?

Double shot of Liebster, with Diet Pepsi as a chaser

Wow, what a day!

Two Liebster nominations from two of my favourite blogging ladies! A big thank you to Martina at A Splash of Mimosa and Kristin at peaches & poppycock! Everyone should check them out, follow, subscribe, comment and make friends.

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The rules for this award are:

  • answer the 11 questions that the person that nominated you gave you
  • list 11 facts about yourself
  • name 11 bloggers to nominate for the Liebster Award that have under 200 followers
  • give your nominees 11 questions to answer

Let’s get rollin’

What is in the top spot of your Christmas (holiday) list?

I’m not a huge Christmas girl (at all), but this year I just want to be with my family. Some family stuff has thrown a wrench in my usual holiday traditions, so I just hope and have my fingers crossed that we can all be together.
Who is your favorite One Direction member? If you don’t like them, who is your favorite member of your favorite band?

Gosh this is Sophie’s Choice. Hmm… the one I think I’d most like to be the “Unidentified gal pal” of is … ugh it pains me to say, Harry. I wrote Liam, but then I thought, “which one would make teenagers hate me more?” Harry.

Instagram or Facebook?

I’m able to be a complete creep on Instagram, so Instagram forever!

What is your most favorite TV show?

Of all time? Gilmore Girls. Hands down. But right now I’m loving Outlander, New Girl and of course, the Mindy Project.

What part of the Thanksgiving meal are you most looking forward to?

Canadian Thanksgiving was back in October, but I’m more than happy to eat the Swiss Chalet festive special in your honour.

Can you keep up with the Kardashians?(I most definitely cannot)

I only like Kim and Khloé. I’m kind of over the rest of them.

Big city or small town?

Small town to live . I like my space and I like peace and quiet!

Do you ever regret you decision to blog?

There have been moments where I’ve been tempted to delete everything, but I keep writing because I have fun. Even if nobody reads what I have to say, I have a lot of fun. Some people have told me to stop writing or censor myself, but I can’t. I think there’s a niche for over-sharing and girl talk, and I’m happy to fill that niche.

How did you come up with your blog name? 

I tried to think of something clever and cool, but Honestly, Libby was easiest. It’s just me being honest!

What was the last book you’ve read?

I’m almost finished I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb. It’s my go-to before bed, and I love it.

What keeps you motivated to blog? What keeps your creativity flowing?

To be honest, I keep blogging out of the crazy hope that one day this blog catches on like wildfire and is read by thousands on a daily basis. That’s incredibly self-centered but it’s 100% true.

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From Kristin

why did you start blogging?

Well. There are a lot of voices and ideas in my head that would be too much to text to my friends, so I decided to start a blog as an outlet for some creative energy.

what do you love about blogging?

The people! I love talking to people and getting to know people through their work. It satisfies my need for connection. Plus, whenever someone pays me a compliment it means I need one less visit to my shrink. So, thank you.

where’s the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?

I’m not very well traveled unfortunately. I’ve been to several cities in the US and Canada and the Dominican Rep, but never anywhere interesting or fancy!

where’s your favorite place you’ve lived?

Oh gosh, I’m so boring. I love my hometown for all the memories. I’m hoping one day to say, “You know, when I was living in Paris writing…” but for now, there’s no place like home.

what would you like to be good at?

Life? Is that too general of an answer?

have you ever met a celebrity? if so, who? if not, who would you like to meet?

I really dislike meeting celebrities through meet and greets and such because I dislike assigning them power. Does that make sense? Even though I’ve met some famous people before, I always feel disillusioned. THAT BEING SAID, I would love to have a conversation with Oprah about spirituality, Angelina Jolie about our daddy issues, and I think we would all just like to be friends with Mindy Kaling.

which celebrity do you look like?

A drunk man once told me I looked like a young Catherine Zeta-Jones.

cats or dogs?

My animal obsession knows no limits! If I’m being honest, I’m a cat lady through and through. But hand me your puppies, kittens, bunnies and ponies and I’ll love them all.

how did you come up with your blog name? 

I’ll answer this for my school blog Boys Don’t Like Funny Girls, which is a line from Gilmore Girls. It’s Mrs. Kim’s epic advice that has gotten me through some rough times.

first concert and best concert?

My first concert was in 1997 to see Hanson! It was fantastic. My best concert was this summer when my girlfriends and I saw Luke Bryan and sang and danced our booties off!

what are you thankful for?

So many things. My friends and family, my health, the fact that I have a roof over my head and food in my tummy. You, your blog, you having a computer and choosing to read my blog. Everything. I’m thankful for everything!

OK now….

Here’s who I’m nominating….

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Ashley at comedies and dramas and thrillers, oh my! 

Heather at The Cheating Vegan 

Neal at A Pineapple for You

Neil at Neilsflix 

Paisley at Polished Cutlery 

Chris at Craft Bru

Coreen at Coreen’s Book Nook

Liz Kara at Vodka Soda Escapades 

Here’s what you have to tell me!

 

1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it  be and why?

2. What’s your favourite holiday movie?

3. What’s the most embarrassing song in your iTunes library?

4. Favourite song lyric …. go!

5. Tell me about the happiest day of your life.

6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for 24 hours, who would it be and why?

7. What’s your stripper name? (Childhood pet + name of the first street you lived on)

8. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

9. What’s your biggest fear?

10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

11.  What’s your favourite book?

Chris Hemsworth named People’s Sexiest Man Alive

I hope you aren’t sitting on a slippery surface, like a leather chair or something. Put a towel under you because what I’m going to tell you is going to make you *woosh* slide right off of your seat.

Chris Hemsworth aka Thor aka 1/3 of the genetic trifecta that is the Hemsworth brothers, has been named by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive.

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Via People

I will allow you five seconds of pleasure before I start dissecting this year’s choice.

 

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Chris Hemsworth shows off his ripped body as he chills by his hotel pool.

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OK. Let’s begin.

I stayed up until midnight last night to see the unveiling of this year’s SMA on Jimmy Kimmel. I’m sure none of you are surprised by this considering I live for this shit and have absolutely no concept of reality.

I’m just going to say it.

I think People Magazine missed the mark on this year’s choice. In fact, I think they’ve missed the mark for the past few years (re: Adam Levine, 2013) but at least their choices were having big highlight years for their careers.

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Whatever, bro.

Channing Tatum was People’s choice in 2012, which makes sense because Chay-Tay had a big year with Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street and the rom-com, The Vow. Even though Mighty Mouse isn’t my style, he had a big year in 2013 with The Voice. Did I miss something this year? Did Hemsworth have any movies out?

No disrespect to Hemsworth (there have been many a times I’ve closed my eyes and pretended I was an Asgardian princess in need of a large hammer) but 2014 was jam packed with men who had a big year: Chris Pratt, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Evans, and my personal favourite, Ben Affleck. I thought the point of picking a Sexiest Man Alive every year was to showcase a man who had a BIG year?

Now, for some of you without lives like me, you may look at Hemsworth’s photo shoot for People and think, “Didn’t I already see a blond dude with Bon Jovi hair looking hot on a ranch?”

Yes. Yes you did.

Wonder-babe Charlie Hunnam posed for a similar (in my opinion sexier) shoot for Men’s Health Magazine.

Sweet Jesus. It’s like the beginning of a wonderful adult video:

EXT SHOT – A dusty ranch on a hot summer’s day. Two blond, genetically superior  men are working in a field, while a beautiful Pocahontas looking woman sits on her porch fanning herself drinking lemonade.

Hemsworth: Ma’m?

Libby: Yes?

Hemsworth: Me and my friend were just out plowing this here field and wondered if you might be so kind as to let us have some of that sweet tea you’re drinking?

Libby *freezes because things like this never happen in her life*

Hunnam: In exchange for your hospitality we were wondering if there’s anything you’d like us to plow?

Libby *Takes a photo and posts to Instagram so her friends believe her that this is actually happening*

*Consensual adult relations ensues*

God, I think I just wrote my first piece of fan fiction…and just discovered the plot for the next Fifty Shades of Grey!

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Ok, back to business.

Who’s your choice for this year’s Sexiest Man Alive?

Do you agree with People magazine?

What do puppies and UFC have in common?

Nothing.
The answer is nothing.

This weekend went by way too fast. It’s been snowing non-stop today and all I’ve wanted to do is put on pj’s and marathon trash TV.

But enough of me whining, let’s catch up!

I spent my weekend dog/house sitting for my boss. I’ve been house sitting for the past few years for friends and family, but being left alone in your bosses house is next level terrifying.

I was in charge of three pups: Simon, Franny and Daisy. My boss was kind enough to give me a heads up about their anxiety problems, but convinced I live in a Disney-like world where I can befriend any animal as a trusty sidekick, I dismissed her fears with a swish of my hand.

After force feeding each of them pieces of hot dog and milk bones, I finally won over two of the three.

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Franny (left) and Sweet little Simon (right)

 

Franny, Simon and I bonded while watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Even though Guy Fieri makes me a little sick (I’m convinced he’s breaking 100 health violations every episode) we cuddled and waited for Matteo to arrive.

Now, I should explain that Matt is scared of meeting new dogs. A dog bit him in the face a few years ago leaving him with a Joaquin Phoenix cleft-pallet type scar on his upper lip. I like to mislead people and tell friends who haven’t met him yet that he was part of Operation Smile, but really he was just at a cottage, drinking some beers and misjudged a dog’s temperament. Poor guy.

Knowing all this, I was worried our evening babysitting was going to be a disaster. Literally two minutes after he walked in the door I found him on the couch with the babies like this

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I would like to say I wasn’t jealous, but I was.

I decided to go find the hiding diva, Daisy and have a serious heart to heart about her anxiety issues. I sat outside her crate for about fifteen minutes telling her about myself (my favourite colour is black, if I had any superpower it would be mind control), petting her belly and apologizing for touching her teets on her belly even though we were technically strangers.

20 minutes later….

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Excuse my grubby sweats and messy hair

 

 

Mission accomplished.

Now for a part of my weekend that all girlfriends will understand: UFC.

I always feel bad because I make Matt watch my shows all the time; the Mindy Project, New Girl, 19 Kids and Counting. I decided to hand over the remote and let him pick our entertainment for the evening. To my surprise he wanted to watch UFC.

I’ve never seen UFC, I’ve never understood UFC, but I have to admit after two rounds I was yelling at the TV, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR LIFE TO MAKE YOU THIS WAY! WHERE YOU AN ORPHAN RAISED ON THE STREETS STEALING BREAD LIKE ALADDIN FORCED TO PROTECT YOURSELF THROUGH ANCIENT CHINESE ART OF KARATE!?”

Seriously, what motivates someone to willingly get punched in the face? Why would anyone want to be tackled by a half naked man, intertwined with his sweaty body without at least getting dinner before hand and an orgasm at the end of the night?

I don’t understand, but I stayed awake to watch every. single. fight.

I’m hooked. I’m ashamed.

Despite fancying myself an intellectual and a pacifist, I have to say mob mentality or something took over when I was watching those fights and I was excited whenever someone drew blood.

I don’t think I want to give Matt the remote anymore. Next thing you know I’ll be wanting to watch Duck Dynasty and I’ll finally understand the rules of the NFL.

I don’t think I’d be able to stand it.

 

What did you do this weekend?

 

Thorwin’ a hissy fit: J.Lo has a book and I don’t

I’m mad. Like, I’m right pissed off. Hold my earrings, someone’s going to get slapped.

Jennifer Lopez has a book. That’s right all you WordPress bloggers out there who are pouring your heart and soul into your work, writing whenever you can, keeping Word Docs a secret from everyone you love until the finished product is ready. J.Lo, has published a book.

I was wandering around Indigo the other night with my friend, Splendora (I have too many Marie’s), when we spotted J.Lo’s book, True Love.

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I picked it up and flipped through the pages, “How is it even possible that J.Lo wrote a book and I don’t have shit” (I’m so eloquent).

“She didn’t write that,” Splendora replied. “No way she wrote that book. That’s what ghostwriters are for. They tell someone the basics and then they pay someone to keep their name off the cover and let the celebs have all the spotlight.”

J.Lo’s book was mostly pictures and had glossy pages like the $10 magazines kept at the back of most drug stores because nobody in this economy has ten dollars to waste on advertisements that inevitably crush your self esteem…kind of the same way looking at a picture of J.Lo and realizing she’s forty-friggen-five years old will crush your self-esteem too.

She’s Benjamin Button. Seriously.

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I only read a few pages but let me tell you, Jennifer Lopez most definitely wrote that book. You know how I know? Because it’s terrible.  It’s like reading a long winded Instagram caption from a 14 year-old girl. It’s also like, 16 pt Arial bold font double spaced so, she’s stretching that bitch out like she’s got to meet a page minimum for her high school English class. Been there, J.Lo. Done that.

Have you read this book? Will you read J.Lo’s book?

Don’t you ever get pissed off when famous people crank out terrible life stories?

I wouldn’t even keep this book in my bathroom.

NEXT!

 

Daily dose of adorable

Children’s movies are ridiculously sad.

Dumbo? Bambi? The Fox and the Hound? Traumatizing.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the end of Old Yeller. I can’t. I can’t even.

I found this adorable video of a toddler feeling all the feelings in the world while watching the Chipmunk Adventure and had a second hand breakdown.

Isn’t that movie depressing?

Why would anyone show this movie to their CHILD?!

Look at her little lip quiver!

This video stirred something deep within the tunnels of my lady cave. An avalanche of unfertilized eggs almost took me out. This child is too ridiculously cute with her Aryan looks but a heart of gold.

I need something to cuddle. Someone give me their child. Don’t make me go outside and find one myself, because I will. Kids like strangers with candy, right?

Have an adorable day, y’all.

 

Source. Youtube, Bustle 

Where do you find inspiration?

I don’t have much time to write today. Since the moment I got into work things have been ridiculously busy, but busy is good, right?

RIGHT?

It’s one of those days where you go make a tea just to have two minutes to yourself. Then you have to go to the bathroom more so there’s another three minutes all by my lonesome. To be honest most of the time I go to the bathroom just to look at my hair, but whatever.

ANYWAYS

I’m curious where y’all find your inspiration to blog/write/create?

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Do you put on different music to write, check out websites, take inspirations from conversations with friends?

My personal process usually involves the Flipboard app (a true gem). I’ll check out news stories and see where my little ol’ …I mean… above average brain with awesome bone structure takes me.

I’m hitting a slight wall. Not even T-Swift or Ben Howard is working for me today. I’ve even gone on Pinterest and looked up “Inspiration.” I’m not sure if my brain is just tired or if my inner Carrie Bradshaw has passed out after one too many cosmopolitans.

Tell me your process.

Share your secrets!

11/11

The older I get the more I think about the sacrifice made by those who served in Canada’s Armed Forces and I feel a great sense of gratitude but also a lingering feeling of sadness. Someone died so that I would never know the horrors of war.   

I can’t imagine living in a time when the men around me one by one left home to fight overseas. I can’t imagine waking up everyday wondering if this would be the day I receive a telegram that my sweetheart , husband, or son wouldn’t be coming home alive. More than that I can’t imagine what it must have been like to see the  atrocities of war and live to tell about them.

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I try to imagine what it would be like now if I had chosen a different path and lived a military life. I’ve always been a pacifist, but I try to put myself in the shoes of the people everyday who leave their families and serve their country. I’m ashamed to admit when I was younger, I never understood the calling for a life of service and didn’t appreciate the discipline and commitment it takes to serve one’s country. I may not understand or agree with the actions and decisions of Canadian or United States government when it comes to war, but I will ALWAYS appreciate the men and women who wake up everyday and put on their uniform.

I’m proud to wear my poppy today and stand at the eleventh hour in a moment of silence to show my respect and gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so that we can remain free.

I will also take time today to quietly meditate and hope for peace, hoping that history will not repeat itself.

Mankind must remember that peace is not God’s gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other.
– Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, author of Night trilogy