Mindful Water Use on #WorldWaterDay

It’s World Water Day! So, what’s the big deal?

Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.

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So, what can we do?

Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.

5 Mindful Ways for Water Consumption

  1. Shower shorter.
  2. A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
  3. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
  4. Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
  5. Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.

Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.

Thirsty for more?

One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.

Statistics Canada’s water study should spark federal action to protect water

36 eye-opening facts about water

Take back our water: How Trump’s appetite for privatization threatens your drinking water

How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?

Dreaming of a New York Christmas

I know it’s a *little* early to start posting about my Christmas plans, but I can’t help it! I’m too excited!

This year I’m heading south to New York for Christmas and I’m beyond excited. It’ll be my second time visiting the Big Apple, but my first time going for the holidays. I’ve always loved thinking about what it will be like to see the city that never sleeps all decked out with lights, and displays, and all the sparkle of the season.

To start getting ready for the New York Christmas spirit, I decided to work my way through a list of 100 movies set in Manhattan and/or in the surrounding Burroughs. You’ll notice that I’ve included many, many Rom-Coms; and you’ll get no apologies from me for that! I’ve also included a few of my favourite gangster movies, some dramas, and a handful of films that I’ve not yet seen.

My strategy was to start with the non-Christmas ones and save those for December when I pump up my Christmas (or Krista-mas, as I like to say) celebrating to full notch. I’ll be crossing them out as I go down the list. I started on November first and am both surprised and embarrassed about how many I’ve been able to watch already.

NY Movie List

  1. Annie (1982)
  2. A Chorus Line (1985)
  3. An American Tail (1986)
  4. Wall Street (1987)
  5. Big (1988)
  6. Cocktail (1988)
  7. When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
  8. Ghost (1990)
  9. The Godfather Part III (1990)
  10. Goodfellas (1990)
  11. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  12. Scent of a Woman (1992)
  13. A Stranger Among Us (1992)
  14. It Could Happen to You (1994)
  15. Sabrina (1995)
  16. Daylight (1996)
  17. One Fine Day (1996)
  18. The First Wives Club (1996)
  19. Picture Perfect (1997)
  20. As Good as It Gets (1997)
  21. Conspiracy Theory (1997)
  22. Deep Impact (1998)
  23. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
  24. Cruel Intentions (1999)
  25. Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
  26. Music of the Heart (1999)
  27. Payback (1999)
  28. Simply Irresistible (1999)
  29. American Psycho (2000)
  30. Center Stage (2000)
  31. Coyote Ugly (2000)
  32. The Family Man (2000)
  33. Frequency (2000)
  34. Loser (2000)
  35. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
  36. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  37. Serendipity (2001)
  38. Sidewalks of New York (2001)
  39. Vanilla Sky (2001)
  40. Zoolander (2001)
  41. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  42. Death to Smoochy (2002)
  43. Gangs of New York (2002)
  44. Maid in Manhattan (2002)
  45. Phone Booth (2002)
  46. Spider-Man (2002)
  47. Two Weeks Notice (2002)
  48. Daredevil (2003)
  49. Down with Love (2003)
  50. Duplex (2003)
  51. Elf (2003)
  52. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
  53. In America (2003)
  54. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
  55. Uptown Girls (2003)
  56. 13 Going on 30 (2004)
  57. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  58. Maria Full of Grace (2004)
  59. New York Minute (2004)
  60. Raising Helen (2004)
  61. Hitch (2005)
  62. In Good Company (2005)
  63. The Producers (2005)
  64. Rent (2005)
  65. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  66. Just My Luck (2006)
  67. Shortbus (2006)
  68. Across the Universe (2007)
  69. August Rush (2007)
  70. Enchanted (2007)
  71. I Am Legend (2007)
  72. The Nanny Diaries (2007)
  73. No Reservations (2007)
  74. Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
  75. 27 Dresses (2008)
  76. Definitely, Maybe (2008)
  77. Doubt (2008)
  78. Made of Honor (2008)
  79. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
  80. Adam (2009)
  81. Bride Wars (2009)
  82. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
  83. Julie & Julia (2009)
  84. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)
  85. The Proposal (2009)
  86. Date Night (2010)
  87. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
  88. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
  89. Kick-Ass (2010)
  90. The Other Guys (2010)
  91. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
  92. Beastly (2011)
  93. Friends with Benefits (2011)
  94. 2 Days in New York (2012)
  95. Premium Rush (2012)
  96. Frances Ha (2013)
  97. Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
  98. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
  99. Side Effects (2013)
  100. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

What do you think? Anything missing from my list?

Krista

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My Netflix Summer Movie Stream

As many of you know, there were a tonne of rainy days this summer in Halifax. That’s cool though because being stuck inside means more time for movies! Yay! So I wanted to share a few bite-sized reviews of what I queued up on Nextflix this summer.

Along with my quickie rating, I’m including a Bechdel Test pass/fail and a “Whilst You Watch” suggestion.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2179116/The Good

Kings of Summer

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Order some take-out. There are a lot of food references in this one. You’ll want some good chow.

I LOVED this movie. Sure it’s pretty male-centric but I’d say the coming-of-age aspect was still relatable. Fab performance by Nick Offerman and a too-tiny but hilarious scene with Kumail Nanjiani.

Contracted

Bechdel Test: Pass
Whilst You Watch: Use individual bowls for popcorn. You don’t know where your friends’ hands have been.

I love a good epidemic/disease/pathology movie. Sidenote: I did my MA Thesis on quarantine in nineteenth century Canada…so yeah, I don’t have to suspend disbelief for most viral outbreak movies- even the monster ones.

Antiviral

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Flip through a celebrity rag — because that’s as close as any fan should need to get.

Creepy and poignant. Dystopian stories are another fave of mine. Bonus: CanCon WIN!

Austenland

Bechdel Test: Pass- but barely (All conversations not directly about men are about an obsession with romance, Jane Austen, etc. So, it’s not exactly a manifesto for female independence.)
Whilst You Watch: Have your stationery ready for some old-timey correspondence. This one will make you want to sip some tea and reconnect with your inner romantic.

Maybe I’m just a sucker for all things Jennifer Coolidge but I also have a soft spot for Keri Russell. Romantics take note: this is as cute of a chick-flick as they come.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1265990/The Bad

The Roommate

Bechdel Test: Pass
Whilst You Watch: Text your BFF every five minutes and ask what she’s up to. Because that’s what best friends do, right?

Sure the movie was formulaic and trite but I have to give points for twisting the obsessive girlfriend storyline towards a friendship angle instead of the usual girlfriend/boyfriend plotline. Don’t get me wrong, this was a bad movie…but in a good way.

Unhung Hero

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Have a ruler ready. There are a lot of sizes tossed around and you’ll want to have a frame of reference.

I really wanted to like this documentary. I was hoping the subject would dissect society’s obsession with penis size and maybe engage in some real conversations about size preferences and, if I was really lucky, make some gender comparisons. Instead, it dissolved into following him on a quest to get a bigger penis. It felt self-indulgent and surface-level. I was disappointed.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691154/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm& The Ugly

The Pill

Bechdel Test: Fail
Whilst You Watch: Fuck as many guys as you can. Because your body = your choices.

I hate every character in this movie from the manipulative, misogynistic, cheating, protagonist asshole to his manic pixie dream girl who is too Catholic to use birth control but not too Catholic to have pre-marital sex or (spoiler alert) take emergency contraception.

The Wedding Guest

Bechdel Test: I have no idea
Whilst You Watch: Queue up another movie. If you’re anything like me, you won’t make it far.

I only got 30 minutes into this movie before bailing. I can’t really get behind a desperate guy taking advantage of a girl with obvious mental health issues. If you watched to the end, let me know if there are any redeeming qualities.

Krista