Friday, February 25, 2011

Song of the day

Good song of the day...  really helps to get me through a LONG FRIDAY......
I Had an impromptu girls night last night at my house-  We watched 127 hours, (ouch)and drank lots of wine...  (ouch again)  all i can say is thank god it's friday--- forreals.   127 hours, get's me all caught up on the Oscar movies - the night before i watched The Fighter-  dude, Christian Bale was CRAZY GOOD. 

Enjoy this song, as i watch the clock tick.

BAND: The Pixies
SONG:  Here Comes Your Man.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Oscars!!!

If you know me- you know that i LOVE the Academy Awards.. i live for this day.  I just watched The King's Speech- cried like a baby- hellooooo... have you seen it?  So good!! It is a dorky secret goal of mine that i watch all the movies nominated for best pictures.  Below is the list of all the nominees- and for fun (cause it's fun for me) i'll write next to it whether or not i have seen it, and what i thought.......

The nominations for best picture are:

Black Swan:  - 
SAW it- loved- Natalie Portman was haunting and amazing- I will never look at finger nail clippers the same. Of course, Darren Aronofsky- Continues to WOW me and confuse the hell outta me..  and a little shout out to my girl Wynona Ryder!

The Fighter-  
Have not seen this one yet.. WILL watch it THIS WEEK.. MUST WATCH.  I know Christian Bell and Melissa Leo are top runners..

True Grit-     
I saw True Grit on opening night (Xmas)  in the theatre with my entire family (and Holly)- HEY HOLLY!!- haha- she doesnt read blogs!!!    Oh man, this movie was real good, and i really wish Jeff Bridges was more of a top runner- he was just great.  The horse scene- when they are trying to get somewhere (won't spoil it )--  Broke my heart.... and the little girl... so good.

Toy Story 3-  
Have not seen Toy Story 3 yet... prob wont before sunday.. i'm sure it'll be just fine in the Animated Category

Social Network-   
Social Network- was beautifully shot- the music was awesome.. (thank's Trent Reznor)..  but i dont know if it deserves ALL of  the accolades it's been getting... do you?

This movie was awesome- just the cinematography alone made this movie amazing.. if i were able to vote.. Best Director.  But it didn't even get nominated for best director.  Robbed.

The Kid's Are Alright -  
I really loved this movie.  Don't know if it really deserves Best Picture Nominations- but all of the actors we amazing.  And HELLO.. they don't tell you there is a hot sex scene with Mark Ruffalo (who i LOVE).  I wont tell you with whom the sex occurs. But my boyfriend Mark- has never been hotter in a movie.  And Julianne Moore- who i usually think plays the SAME person in every movie... stood out.  She's just one of those actors that has that "ugly cry" know what i mean?  Then of course Annette Benning.  Love her.

The King's Speech:   
i mentioned up top- I just saw this 2 days ago.  Collin Firth- is amazing. HE WILL WIN. easy.. I wish that Geoffry Rush would win too, oh man.. he breaks my heart.. doesn't hurt that he looks a little like my dad.  This movie was so perfectly cast- and the story was great- the acting was great.. oh man.. again.. i cried like a little girl.  Loved everything about it.  And can't forget Helena Bonham Carter.... i just wanted to her to bust into song like in Sweeny and Todd...  love her.

127 Hours-   
I just recently saw the Dateline about the real guy- and watching the movie- James Franco was perfect for the role.  I think he did a great job.. but poor guy won't win... Colin Firth- 100%.

Winter's Bone-   
I haven't seen this movie- and i dont even remember hearing about it when it came out in the theatre- But it is on my netflix- so i'll watch it one day.. not in a hurry to get to it before Sunday.

I also added a poll over there ------------------------------------------>  and a little up there  /

YOU can vote for what you think will win best picture.  I just chose Social Network and The King's Speech as options because those are the top runners and i want YOUR opinion... i know I only have 4 readers- but if you happen to run across this- please vote anyway. It's FUN!

Can't wait till Sunday.. I'm having a few friends over- to eat- bet on the winners- and drink lots of glasses of wine!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Song of the day

So apparently, i have become obsessed with playing my "song of the day"... i hear them on the radio and they make me smile.. take me to another place for a little moment (whilst at work). 

I must preface this song by saying... i really do love my real sister... but this song is da bomb.  Brings me back to 1993- 8th grade... ahhh....  the easy years.....

Today's song:
Band:  Juliana Hatfield
Song:  My Sister


also- i am over the 30 day challenge... the next questions was:  what is my favorite super hero... I like musicals and real people actors.. I don't have a favorite super hero.. Sorry Challenge... you win!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Song of the day

Band: Mazzy Star
Song: Fade into you.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day Blog Readers.
love, Ralph from the Simpson's

day 3, 4, 5

The weekend came and went, and i never got in front of the computer.  Success if you ask me !  
Happy Valentine's day friends!  We celebrated last night by eating yummy Indian food.. it was a real good... i got wine and chicken.... and i have left overs for lunch! 
onto.. this dang challenge.. 3 days of it:::

day 3- a picture of you as a child:
i asked my mom to send me a picture, cause i was a real cute little baby... but she was like.. "i'll make you a power point presentation..."  umm... no mom.. just one picture.....  Oh well.  if i ever get it i'll post it later

day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have:

i tend to beat around the bush when i am asking for something.. i need to learn to be more direct.... for example... "are you going to eat that last piece of pizza?"  DIRECT:  " i am going to eat that last piece of it...?"  

day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been:

This is Puerto Vallarta, Dreams Resort   
Andrew and I went here on our Honeymoon.. We laid in that infinity pool and watched this sunset every night.  We promised we would go back on our 5 year anniversary.... 2 more years to go !  

Friday, February 11, 2011

song of the day

I LOVE this song and i just heard MADE my Friday afternoon.  Enjoy::

Band:  Death Cab for Cutie
Song: Soul Meets Body

Day two

So, i am already kinda over this challenge- but i'll keep going till i just can't no more... like when... i have to write a poem to someone i love... ummm..... not happening.  haha!  I'm so happy it's Friday! (and it's snowing again...)  Sushi night tomorrow with my lady friends and then to see a band play- (after yoga in the AM)...   Then on Sunday Andrew and i are celebrating Valentine's day- cause he has to work on Monday.  We are going out to dinner to have Indian food...  is there something i can eat there?  They have chicken right? and wine?  ok, done and done. ok, on to day two's insightful question....

day 2- the meaning behind your blog name:

Well, my friend Cortney named her blog after her street and at the time, it was the only blog i was reading.. so i thought... well, i have been living on the SAME street for about 6 years... (i moved across the street from my old place)... 
then i thought... the winchester years.... it sounds like The Wonder Years... and i mean who didn't LOVE the Wonder Years?  I sure did.... i really thought I WAS Winnie Cooper... didn't you.???
So voila.. .The Winchester Years.....  

haha, i'm gettin' fancy now linking my own blog to my own blog......

Thursday, February 10, 2011

day one

day 1- recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself:
(photo credit: andrew via instagram app on the iphone)
1.  i like drinking beer (miller lite or bud lite)
2.  i like old man bars
3.  i have a pug- she is 5, i love her a whole bunch
4.  i was born in Illinois, but was raised in Texas, i am currently back in Illinois.
5.  i have to watch all of the oscar movies before the awards show.
6.  i am having an oscar party this year at my house.
7.   i was raised with no middle name- when i got married i legally changed my maiden name to my middle name.  I now have a middle name. it's awesome
8.  I never really had nick names growing up- now- with my new last name.. i have more then i can count. it's also awesome.
9.  i have been going to Bikram yoga for the past 6 weeks 3/4 times a week, and i think i am in love.
10. i ran 6 5ks last summer after never being able to run in my whole life..i like that and will do more this summer
11.  i've been with my husband for 10 years- married for 3. no kids for us... yet.......
12.  i love to travel and this summer we booked a trip to Europe- going to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam with husband.  Then going on a girls trip for a week, then going to my BFF's bachelorette party (maybe in Mexico), then going to her wedding.... my summer is booked.
13. My girlfriends and i that go on the girls trip together, we have girls night every Wed. night and we go to someone's house and make dinner and drink wine (lots of it) and usually watch something good like.. Top Chef !   it's real fun. 
14.  i love food... specifically tomatoes/ chicken/ wheat pasta/ and soup.
15.  i have become obsessed with La Croix- sparkly water. drink like 3 a day. it's da bomb.

30 Days of Blogging- Challenge

Not much going on over on Winchester... so i found this:  a 30 day Challenge that i thought might give me something to Blog about.  Blog for 30 days by answering questions.. i can do this- right? 
 here's the deets:

30 Days of Blogging

day 1- recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
day 2- the meaning behind your blog name
day 3- a picture of you as a child
day 4- a habit that you wish you didn’t have
day 5- a picture of somewhere you've been
day 6- favorite super hero and why
day 7- a picture of someone/something that has had the biggest impact on you
day 8- short term goals for this month and why
day 9- something you're proud of in the past few days
day 10- songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad
day 11- write a bucket list of things you want to do before you die
day 12- write a poem to someone you love
day 13- your 5 favorite books and why
day 14- a picture of you and your family
day 15- put your ipod on shuffle: first 10 songs that play
day 16- a picture of yourself
day 17- someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
day 18- plans/dreams/goals you have
day 19- write about a sweet memory from your past
day 20- write a letter to someone
day 21-a picture of something that makes you happy

day 22- what makes you different from everyone else
day 23- something you crave a lot
day 24- post your favorite quote or verse of scripture and why
day 25- what I would find in your bag
day 26- list 10 things that you are thankful for
day 27- my day job verses my passion
day 28- cruise a thesaurus and pick out 10 words you like the sound of

day 29 - favorite tv shows and why you like them
day 30 - movies you can watch again and again.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tired Pony

I promise i'll post more interesting things on here besides you tube videos... but lately that's all i got.  Not much going on over here... yep, it's still snowing, yep, it's still cold, yep, blah blah blah... ha!   Ok, so at work we listen to my favorite radio station 93.1 XRT -
it's the only thing that keeps me sane.....  they play this one song, i never heard before but i loved it so much i had to you tube it. So i will share it with you- the song puts me in a real good place in my day, and i am always happy when it comes on, a bit of a zone out- day dreaming sort of moment.
the video is a bit interesting with the close up of the singers face, but i do love his little emo, oasis, uni-browed face.....  hope you like!
Band:  Tired Pony
Song:  Dead American Writers

Monday, February 7, 2011


I asked my husband last night, if he had read my blog  yet... he said.. "no i haven't had a chance."  Fair enough.  Then while watching Glee after the superbowl, there was a song on there that made me cry (as Glee tends to do).  I said... "oh!  i can't wait to add this to my blog tomorrow.." He said, "see.. i dont need to read your blog, i am living life with you. haha.." - meaning: he doesn't want to have to relive Glee more then once... haha....  I (as some of you know) am a complete sucker when it comes to all musicals, and musical theatre... etc..., so as you may have guessed.. i love Glee.  i want to share (cheesy as it may be) one of my most favorite moments on Glee.  Every time I watch it... i get a lil' teary.  Yep... that's me - cheesefest 2011. (didn't you know?)   I must preface this by saying, i had never heard the original song before i saw this episode, now that i have... this one by far takes the cake... Katy Perry-who?  
Also- a quick mention that they were doing a national search to Cast the main guy singing (Darrin Chriss' Character)  and I got to submit on it at work!  I was so excited to be able to legitimately submit on Glee, because they actually released it to Chicago... Highlight of my year.
Here was the breakdown.... (shhhhh)
(BLAIR] Male; 18 or over to play high-school Junior. He is a masculine gay man, handsome, sexy, smart and he has loads of charisma (basically a late teen Tom Ford but vulnerable to boot). He is the lead singer in an opposing Glee Club. MUST BE AN AMAZING SINGER RECURRING GUEST STAR

Alas, they picked the right guy (not out of Chicago)..

the song from last night, is not on You Tube yet..  i'll share it when it gets there.
Oh..... it's snowing again in Chicago.  That's awesome, and i haven't moved my car in a week.  Is it time to move yet?  Andrew? are you reading this yet?  Can we move to Hawaii? (or Texas?)
k, cool. xo

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Take a walk....

Thought I'd share a song that makes me feel real warm and cozy in the midst of a deep freeze.  Enjoy:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snowpocolypse 2011

As you all know Chicago got pounded with Snow like this Texan has NEVER seen.  The night of the blizzard (Tuesday night) There was snow blowing in ever direction and THUNDER AND LIGHTNING! (aka Thundersnow) I mean it was crazy- Andrew and i hunkered down and drank wine  and watched a horrible move (The Grownups - dont do it!)  The photo below is a picture from inside my house looking out.... What we could see of out.....

Below is a view out of my window into the scary night that facebook friends deemed "Snowpocolypse" Which of course i found not only fitting, but hilarious....
This is the day after, i like to call National DIG YOUR CAR OUT DAY... normally Chicagoans would just let the car stay snowed in, but in this case- it is supposed to be 9 degrees tomorrow- that shit would freeze right up to your windshield and you will never get your car out!!  Below is our street.....
This is a photo of my hot husband digging away.....(well....posing for a picture)  :)
Here's is me... i busted out a snow coat that i haven't worn since 2001 (found a receipt in the coat pocket) ... nothing but class over here!  So i have to say this is the first time i have dug my car out of the snow like that... I'm in action.... diggin' like a real chi-town gal!
Then we just had to start taking pictures.. Snow half way up the pole... to be fair.. people shoveled it there but it was too fun to pass up....
So i just jumped right up there (climbed and fell through a few times)... it looks like i am standing on that car.... This shit was crazy ya'll!!
Thank baby Jesus that i didn't have to go to work today.... don't get me wrong- i  really had to beg for it... (boss wanted us too go in).... uh...  Have you SEEN the outside of your window, sir??..  So tomorrow, i will trek my way to work.  And i won't drive my car-  you can't!!  Your freshly shoveled spot will get taken.. this ain't my first rodeo !! (well andrew told me i shouldn't drive.) haha.  So i'll be one of 50 million (give or take a few) headed for the train..  like a suker in the winter. 
On a brighter note- We booked our trip to Europe for this summer today!!  Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam here come the Chobot's !!!  Can't wait...
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