Month: February 2017

Winners 2/27/17

Today is the next entry in my series expressing positivity about the world around me. We are talking winners for the last week! I hope you guys had a good week. It has been busy for me but great as well.

Best Picture Nominees

wp-1488244788878.jpgI ended up rewatching a lot of the Oscar films last week including a bunch in the theater including Arrival, Manchester by the Sea and Lion. Some call it Oscar bait but I loved Lion. I thought it was a beautiful story, about ordinary people that was stunningly shot and acted.  Everyone should see it. Arrival was better for me on the rewatch although still one of my least favorite of the nominees. I felt it should have been bigger, showing us more of the pods when instead it was very small, focusing on just one person’s experience. But it is still a good film and I appreciate how bold it was.

Many of these films are R rated so they won’t be for everyone but if you feel you can tolerate the content give them a watch. I have reviews for most of them on my blog at

Producers Behind La La Land and Moonlight

oscar-upsetSo last night at the Oscars the wrong envelope was given and the wrong film was named as the winner.  The producers behind La La Land gave their speeches and then found out they didn’t win and that Moonlight won. It was a chaotic, brutal moment but I give a lot of credit to both groups of artists behind the films for how they handled it. It’s got to be tough to have an Oscar in your hand, be giving the most important speech in your life and then find out oops I didn’t win. And then it has to be hard to accept the award on the part of Moonlight and take the statue away from the La La Land folks. Either way they handled it beautifully and are both winners in my book.


moonlightSpeaking of Moonlight- congrats on winning best picture. I feel bummed that their tremendous accomplishment is being outshadowed by this botched ending. Moonlight won’t be for everyone who reads this blog but I was moved by it. The great thing about film is when it can allow you to walk around in someone else’s shoes for a couple of hours and see the world through their point of view. Moonlight is about a gay young man growing up in inner-city America but it is not a gay messaging movie. It’s just about this person’s life.

Chiron is played by 3 different actors and they each show a unique segment of his life. I thought they tied in beautifully together and particularly the second act was completely devastating. The third act didn’t work quite as well for me because I didn’t buy the two men in the story would reunite the way they did. It took something very realistic into a bit of melodrama for me that I didn’t think quite worked. But it still is a very strong film that I recommend. The score is also one of the best of the year and it is so well written and directed by Barry Jenkins.

Winder Dairy-


My last winner for the week is Winder Dairy. Through their service I am able to get milk delivered each week direct to my door. And it’s not just any milk but delicious milk. My brother says it is the best milk he’s ever had. Plus, they have a lot of other groceries you can get and just start a new meal delivery service much like Blue Apron.  You should definitely check out the services of Winder Dairy and use link to sign up.

So that’s it for this week. What are some of your winners for the week and what did you think of the Oscars?


Winners 2/19/2017

Because of Valentines Day last week I didn’t do a winners post, so that means I have all the more things to talk about this week. This is a new series I have started where each week I pick things I think are worthy of praise- winners.  There is enough negativity around so I thought why not be positive for once.

This week’s winners are:

DSCF1026My Dad-

Today is my Dad’s birthday! Happy Birthday Dad!  He is a great father who loves the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.  He is a great friend and an enthusiastic soul. I am very lucky to have him as a father.

Lego Batman-

For being hilarious and having real heart. Maybe not quite as good as the original Lego Movie but still pretty darn entertaining.

wp-1487490113896.jpgMy Amazing Nieces- 

My nieces Olive and Sparrow came for a visit and my nieces Lucy and Nelle sent me a care package for Valentine’s Day!


I got a new Spring wreath for my front door and I like it very much! It’s my favorite color purple. To order click here.


Might be unpopular opinion but I don’t really care for Beyonce so I was thrilled to see Adele win Album, Record and Song of the Year. I could care less about the Grammys and certainly didn’t watch them. Most current music I don’t care for but Adele keeps putting out albums I love. Hers was the only non-cinematic album I liked last year. So awesome to see it get recognized.  Plus, she looked beautiful in her green dress.

So that is my winners for this week. What do you think is a winner lately in your life or the world at large?

Happy Valentines Day 2017

Hi friends! Today is Valentines Day and I am continuing my tradition of creating my own custom valentine. This one like many of the others is executed by the amazing Joan Orchard at Bisty Creations.  It was a lot of fun to design and hopefully shares the hope for the future and love I have for all of you. Happy Valentines Day!


Here is a gallery of my previous valentines:

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Winners 2/6/2017

This week’s winners post is a day late but I’ve been sick so you will have to give me a little bit of a leeway.  In this new series I am going to be posting about things I think are winners!  There is enough negativity out there, so let’s talk about what is positive whether it be movies, TV, books, food, friends, whatever!

meg-finding-wildHappy Birthday Megan!- My sister Megan has a birthday today and she has accomplished so much in the last year with the publication of her first book Finding Wild. She’s a great mother, friend, and sister.

Nothing is better when I’m sick than a Jamba Juice. They taste so good and feel so good on my sore throat. Thanks to my Mom for getting me one last week. Sometimes I think I could live off of Jamba Juice! My favorite flavor is Caribbean Passion.

If you haven’t caught The Crown on Netflix you really are missing out on one of the best shows ever made. Much heralded as the most expensive show ever produced for Netflix it lives up to the hype. The acting is tremendous and it is real human drama. My friend Tom and I have been talking about it and will finish our podcasts discussing the finale tonight!

patriotsIt’s hard to have winners this week and not talk about the Patriot’s unlikely come from behind win at the Super Bowl. I do not follow football at all but even I was impressed with what they did. It is the season for underdogs in football and politics I guess!

intermountain-draperI went to the new Intermountain Health Care Draper Clinic yesterday and was very impressed. Everything was clean and organized and I did not have to wait long to see the doctor. They got me my prescriptions and it was all very simple and easy. I will definitely be returning there.

ready_player_one_coverI finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and LOVED it! What an inventive, charming, funny, wonderful novel. It hits nostalgia galore without leaning on that nostalgia and is sci-fi without being boring. It felt positive which is a real rarity for these types of novels. It does have some cussing but not enough to bother me. I rarely walk away feeling so positive about a novel as I did for Ready Player One. Now I just can’t wait for the Spielberg movie to come!

So there you go! The losers for this week are the witch hut against Betsy Devos, my flu, and the violent Berkeley protesters.

What about you? What are your winners for this last week? Share in the comments section below.