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Coco Chanel Love

Okay..not really Coco Chanel.

My aunt Donna – whom I love dearly and I’m sure I’ve mentioned here before – moved to British Columbia 5 years ago and broke my heart.  She’s my mom’s baby sister and is only a handful of years older than me, therefore being more like a big sister to me.  Regardless, I love her.  EVEN when she’s being a dick. ;)

This past year Donna’s had some serious health issues and spent several weeks in the hospital – twice.  We want her to come home, desperately, but since her hubs is military we have she has they have to wait to be posted back in Nova Scotia.  So we are all waiting.  Patiently.

A few months ago Donna got a new kitty – Coco Chanel – and Ms. Coco has been acting as somewhat of a therapy for Donna.  They have daily adventures (crazy cat lady, much??) and it’s great because it gets Donna out and moving and in fresh air and having fun. All of which is fantastic.  I already love Coco.

Then today Donna sent me this:

Miss Coco Chanel

Miss Coco Chanel

Fancy face kitty has a great big HEART on her chest.  She is love. And she’s healing Donna inside and out.

<3

Cheers!

End of Summer

Today is the last day of August and already it feels different.  Every year at this time I get a little nostalgic.  There’s something about the end of summer and the start of September and Fall that make me feel different: a little sad, a little reflective, a little excited.

Truth be told, although I love summer and the beautiful and warm golden sun that beats down and browns my skin, there’s something in the September air that is simply different.  The air smells different, the wind blows differently, and the sun shines differently, as if it’s shining in a whole other time.  

With the end of hazy summer beach days comes the excitement of so many things to come with the next few months.

1) September is tomorrow and that means the onset of EVERYTHING PUMPKIN!!!  

Yes. Yes one can!!

Yes. Yes one can!!

From pumpkin pie to pumpkin tea and pumpkin coffee and pumpkin decorations (OMG I live for glitter pumpkins)

Glitter pumpkin

I live for pumpkin.  I love it and I’m extremely excited (since the closest Starbucks is an hour away by highway) that Tim Horton’s will be serving (finally!) even more pumpkin shizz on their menu – starting soon.  Like, maybe tomorrow.

Pumpkin Ice Capp?  Uh, yes please!

Pumpkin Ice Capp? Uh, yes please!

2) The Change in Scenery

This will soon be my skyline for the next several months.

autumn-leaves

I swear I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  The leaves have already begun to change and soon I’ll be stepping on crisp, multicolored leaves.

Who needs a red carpet when you have this at your footing?

Who needs a red carpet when you have this at your footing?

And who needs million dollar works of art when you can just look out your window?

Outdoor

 

3) Outdoor Exercising

I love running.  And I love running outside even more.  But, I’ve made the mistake of running in 32 degree summer hell heat and nearly killed myself so for the most part of summer I reserve my running for the treadmill.  Now that the cooler weather has started slowly to make its way back into my life I’ve been getting outside for runs more.  And I’ve been running boot camp outside all summer and plan to continue classes outside into October – because, really, who needs air conditioning when you have crisp fall air AND why wouldn’t you want to be outside in the colorful landscape?

fallrunning

4) Fall Fashion

I always loved back-to-school shopping.  I loved the colors and the textures and the plaids (oh how I loved plaids).  I loved the golds and the browns and the burgandys.  And there is something so wonderful about the relaxed sophistication of a cozy, chunky sweater.  Add a scarf, the right pair of boots and you have yourself the perfect fall outfit.

fall Coat

5) Slow Cooker Meals

There’s something comforting about being home on a Sunday, chillin’ with your loved ones or watching a movie and knowing there is a warm dinner in the slow cooker.  I really only discovered my slow cooker around this time last year and I am quite excited to use it more this coming season.

6) My Birthday is Coming!

My birthday is in October.  That is all.

No wait, that’s not all.  My birthday is in October.  I’m a princess.  Every year I celebrate birthday week. I start the countdown one month before my birthday. It excites me.  Did I mention I’m a princess???

MOM!!  Make me this shirt please!!

MOM!! Make me this shirt please!!

I also have no shame.

Bday week

7) Halloween is Coming

I love Halloween.  I love the spookiness of it.  I love Halloween movies, except, I don’t like being scared.  I’m going to try to get over myself a bit this year and watch a few mellow horror movies.  That’s my goal – to have a movie date with the man or a friend once a week and watch a scary movie.

For a good laugh at my absurdity with horror movies go read this: read this.

I am also excited to get started on my costume for this year.  Last year Blair and I won first place at a costume party and I had tons of fun putting together our costumes.  We’ll see what happens this year. 

8) Christmas is Coming

Ya-huh!  It’s that much closer now that Fall is nearly here.  I love Christmas. I love the chaos and the anticipation and the shopping and the decorating and the Spirit of it all.  Looking forward to it as always.

Cheers.

Family Love

The other day my nephews were hanging out with my mom for the day.  Mid-afternoon I received the following photos:

From Boy #1:

Jamie's Heart

From Boy #2:

Aidan's HeartFrom my mom:

very cool that whatever was hanging on the line developed into a heart

very cool that whatever was hanging on the line developed into a heart

And then later that evening I was at Blair’s and noticed this on the floor next to the fridge:

Sandy's Heart

 

FINDING IT IN EVERYTHING!  :)

Cheers.

 

 

Oh Robin…..you had us at Nanu.

http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/1033/The-Most-Beautiful-Tribute-To-Robin-Williams-And-It-s-Just-A-Minute-Long#LiDS1RvTEkoUPewE.01

 

I met you through Mork & Mindy, and the Fonz.  I loved you in Popeye and Mrs. Doubtfire and when you starred with Cole Hauser in Good Will Hunting (yes, Cole Hauser was in Good Will Hunting).

You were a comedic genius. One to not be matched.  I can only imagine what you’ve gone through.  It’s dawning on us now that your comedy and humor was used to mask your pain.  You cried the honest-to-goodness tears of a clown.

I pray that you may now find the rest, peace and solace in the next life in Heaven that you were not able to find comfort in here on earth.

You were our friend, Robin Williams.  May you go with God and rest in peace.

xo.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/jimmy-fallon-robin-williams-tribute

Shark Week Fail

SHARK WEEK FAIL

Shark Week Is Coming……

August 10th!!

Cheers.

Doppelgangers Part Two

If you can remember, back in January I did a post on Hollywood lookalikes http://welcometosandyland.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/doppelgangers/. Well, I’m back with a crap-ton more.

Can you see the similarities?

Let’s start with a little Hollywood royalty, shall me. Mr. Brad Pitt:

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

and then we move on to Brad Rowe:

Brad Rowe

Brad Rowe

I mean, it’s kinda perfect right? Same first name, one syllable last names, both actors…both like to show their armpits.

A few years ago I was watching Resident Evil: Extinction and noticed that Dominque Swain was in it, which was weird because I hadn’t seen her name in the credits anywhere. Once I checked out the IMDB details I found out it wasn’t her:

Dominique Swain

Dominique Swain

The actress is named Spencer Locke (which is a very cool name, BTW):

Spencer Locke

Spencer Locke

When Brad Renfro was a youngin’ he looked exactly like Ethan Hawke:

Brad Renfro

Brad Renfro

Ethan Hawke  (anyone else remember the movie Explorers??  River Phoenix was in it too.

Ethan Hawke
(anyone else remember the movie Explorers?? River Phoenix was in it too.

So, my friend Jaime has a huge crush on Jensen Ackles from the show Supernatural – which I have never watched because I’m too much of a big baby – and for the lonnnngest time I knew I had seen him in something else but none of his credits were recognizable to me.

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Then one day it clicked: He looked just like Sasha Mitchell from Step-by-Step (am I totally aging myself with these old school shows and movies??). Sasha Mitchell was fine. Good taste Jaime.

Sasha Mitchell

Sasha Mitchell

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Leonardo DiCaprio and Macauley Culkin had a love child? Wonder no longer:

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio


PLUS

Macauley Culkin

Macauley Culkin

EQUALS

Michael Pitt

Michael Pitt


(Remember Michael Pitt? He started out on Dawson’s Creek and then went bat-shit-crazy on Sandra Bullock in Murder By Numbers)

Anyone know who this guy is?

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

If you guessed Will Ferrell you’re wrong! That’s Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. CAH-RAY-ZEE!

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

If Salma Hayek:

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek


and Penelope Cruz:
Penelop Cruz

Penelop Cruz

Had a love child…..you’d get Paz Vega:

Paz Vega

Paz Vega

AND if Ian Somerhalder:

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder


And Rob Lowe:
Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe


Had a love child you’d probably end up with Chace Crawford:
Chase Crawford

Chase Crawford

For the longest time I would (and sometimes still do) confuse Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and Kim Kardashian…..at least Nicole can sing:

Nicole Scherzinger

Nicole Scherzinger


Kim Kardashian What is this woman famous for???

Kim Kardashian
What is this woman famous for???

A few years ago Big Brother had a contestant named Cassi Colvin who looks identical to Olivia Wilde (lucky bitches):

Cassi Colvin

Cassi Colvin


Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Actress Kathryn Hahn had a small part in The Holiday – for a while I thought Ana Gasteyer had gone back in time.

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn


Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer

But also, the more I look at her, Kathryn Hahn also sorta looks like Idina Menzel (or, according to John Travolta, Adele Dazeem):

Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn

Indina Menzel

Indina Menzel

Earlier this year an actress/model by the name of Lili Simmons had a few guests appearances on Hawaii Five-0.

Lili Simmons

Lili Simmons

Lili resembles Erika Christensen:

Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen

Bianca Kajlich and Ivana Milicevic could pass as sisters (if not for each other):

Bianca Kajlich

Bianca Kajlich

Ivana Milicevic

Ivana Milicevic

And remember when Cameron Diaz had brown hair?

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

She and Helena Christensen could have played the same person:

Helena Christensen

Helena Christensen

And speaking of playing the same person…..Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly look SO much alike they were cast in a movie together where one tries to become the other (The Roommate):

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly

Going back to my friend Jaime….she is a huge Harry Potter fan and yelled at me a while back when, being a smartass, I referred to Harry Potter as a Hobbit (jokingly saying that Daniel Radcliffe and Elijah Wood are one and the same)

Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter
Daniel Radcliffe

Hobbit Elijah Wood

Hobbit
Elijah Wood

You wanna know what would happen if Stephen Macht (the dad from the Monster Squad) and Peter Coyote had a love child? Let’s have a look:

Stephen Macht

Stephen Macht


PLUS
Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote

EQUALS:

ERIC ROBERTS

ERIC ROBERTS

Remember when Tom Cruise was young and hot? (Okay, he’s still kinda hot….CRAZY, but hot)

Tom  Cruise

Tom Cruise


If you want to rewind to that time you can always check out Colin Eggelsfield:
Colin Egglesfield

Colin Egglesfield

Two actresses whose looks are so ridiculously uncanny I can barely stand it are Ellen Page and Linda Cardellini (even their voices sound the same). You be the judge of their looks:

Ellen Page

Ellen Page

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini

Aging myself again….remember Sarah Rose Karr, the little girl from Kindergarten Cop and Beethoven?

Sarah Rose Karr

Sarah Rose Karr

This one honestly baffles me….HOW IS THIS NOT THE SAME PERSON????? Check out Danielle Panabaker:

Danielle Panabaker

Danielle Panabaker


Even their nostrils are the same!!!

If you’ve ever seen anything with the incredibly talented John Savage you might compare him (younger days or now) to Joel Edgarton:

A young John Savage

A young John Savage

Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton

And lastly, but certainly not least….From this year’s Big Brother cast, Cody:

Cody - JOHN  TRAVOLTA'S POSSIBLE LOVE CHILD??????

Cody – JOHN TRAVOLTA’S POSSIBLE LOVE CHILD??????

You KNOW Kelly Preston just crapped her pants and said WTF??????

John Travolta

John Travolta

Cheers!

The Little Things That Break Your Heart

When I was reeaaally little my mom bought me The Rainbow Connection record from The Muppet Movie.

Remember these?  *sigh*

Remember these? *sigh*

I loved the song so much and I listened to that record all the time. The opposite side of the little 45 LP was Rowlf the Dog (plinking away on his piano) and Kermit belting out “I Hope Something Better Comes Along” – which, honestly, didn’t get as much play as The Rainbow Connection. But, I loved the record in its entirety.

Then one day the worst thing happened. My brother, for whatever reason he had, threw the record (I don’t remember if he was using it as a Frisbee or if he was tossing it to someone)…I watched it fly across the living room and I prepared myself for the inevitable….but the record landing safely. *Whew* ………………………………………………………………………………………

Then…..my Uncle Brian – who happened to be visiting – rocked in the rocking chair he was sitting in – and which the record had landed underneath of….cracking it right in half.

brokenrecord

……and breaking my wee little heart at the same time. I’m pretty sure I cried. Because I cried about everything back then (I still cry about everything).

Thankfully for iTunes and YouTube I’ve been able to reintroduce The Rainbow Connection into my life over the years but I will never forget the day the music died…..for me.

Cheers!

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