Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to Nolan! He turned seven yesterday! That's such a big age! He's so smart, kind, creative, thoughtful, and silly and I'm in awe of him every day. We normally do a big party with a fun theme, but we'll be at Disneyland for Milo's fifth birthday so he isn't getting a party. When Nolan and I started to party plan, Milo got confused and jealous, so we skipped it this year and had a fun family day instead. Nolan is so easy going, he didn't mind one bit. We did science experiments, invited the grandparents over for cake, my sister took him out to sushi, he chose Outback Steakhouse for dinner, and we stayed up past bed time at Chuck E. Cheese's. It was a good day.

Cheers to Liam Payne! Nolan wasn't the only one with a birthday this weekend. Liam of One Direction turned 22 on Saturday. I think he has the best voice and is the hottest of all the guys, but something about his personality keeps him from being my favorite. He's always positive and happy, kinda cheesy and fun, and he's definitely the glue that holds the group together, but he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. I just really, really like looking at him. He's dreamy.

Cheers to the SNL lineup! Miley is opening the season, followed by Amy Schumer (with The Weeknd) and Tracy Morgan (with Demi Lovato). Miley's done a great job in the past and Amy is on fire right now. She should fit in perfectly with the cast and writers. I'm most excited about Tracy though. He's had such a rough year and he's coming home for his first performance. It's going to be emotional! 

Cheers to Banksy! I've been a fan for years and love everything about his recent pop-up exhibit, Dismaland. Banksy funded the entire instillation at a seaside resort town in England. It consists of ten of his own pieces and contributions from 58 other artists. Check out the trailer here and behind the scenes tour here. I wish I could see it in person!

Cheers to Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence! Man, I wish I was a celeb. You can just say in an interview, "I really like [insert celebrity's name here] and would love to work with her," and poof, your people talk to her people and you're instant BFFs. JLaw said something about Amy on the red carpet, Amy fangirled and invited her to hang, JLaw accepted and they spent a day on a boat in the Hamptons. Now they're dancing on Billy Joel's piano and writing and co-starring as sisters in a movie. What?!

Hey universe! I want to be friends with Amy Schumer, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey. Jenny Slate, Alison Brie, Nicole Richie, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Poehler, Christina Applegate, Britney Spears, Abbi and Ilana, Leah Remini, Chelsea Handler, Natasha Leggero, Chrissy Teigan, Kristen Wiig, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Aniston, and/or Gwen Stefani. Thanks!

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Jeers to the heat. Seattle broke a ton of weather records this year. We had the warmest first half of the year, the most 90° days in a year (beating out NYC, Boston, and Chicago), the most 85° days in a year, the hottest June, the hottest July, and the most consecutive days above 70°. We tied records for the most consecutive days above 80° and 90° and the May-July period was the driest with only .90 inches of rain. I AM OVER IT. Thankfully we're in the middle of a full week of rain. I'm so ready for fall.

Jeers to movies. I only went to the movies five times this summer and three of those were with my kids. There just wasn't much playing that interested me. I wanted to see a ton of indies, but couldn't make it work with our crazy schedule. Inside Out was super cute and my kids are still talking about it, so it's a total success in my book! Minions was terrible. Milo was so bored we left with thirty minutes to go. Trainwreck was awesome. Read my review here. Ricki and the Flash wasn't great. Meryl Streep was uncomfortable to watch, which I guess was the point, but the movie wasn't funny enough or dramatic enough to be very good. I saw Jurassic World again, this time with Nolan, for his first ever grown up movie! It was just as entertaining as the first time, I stand by my previous review, and Nolan absolutely loved it.

Jeers to surgery. Kinda. I'm happy that I'll be able to breathe again and I'm extremely grateful that I didn't need surgery for nine whole months this time around, but I hate surgery, and recovery is a bitch. I'm a little excited about spending a few days in bed with a film challenge to start though. I'll be going under the knife laser on Thursday. 

Jeers to love. Not really, but there have been a lot of celebrity splits this summer! Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, Ben Affleck and Jenifer Garner, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, and after 35 years together, Reba McIntyre is separating from her husband/manager Narvel Blackstock. Did you hear about Homer and Marge?! The Simpsons creators say they will become legally separated in the upcoming season. My only hope from all this is that Ben gets back with JLo and Gwen writes some really great heartbreaking songs. Don't Speak 2.0, please!

Jeers to wildfires. I don't even know where to begin with this one. Washington state is on fire. President Obama declared a state of emergency on August 21 as sixteen active fires have burned 920 square miles. The big one, the Okanogan Complex, made of six fires in north central WA, covers nearly 500 square miles. It's the largest in our state's history and the nation's number one wildfire priority, though federal funds are about to run out. The fires (caused by lightning strikes) are expected to spread even more and won't burn out completely until this winter. 1,350 firefighters (from across the state, Canada, California, New Zealand, Australia, and National Guardsmen) are actively fighting it, but it's only 12% contained and over 150 houses, cabins, and outbuildings have been destroyed. Last weekend, when the Okanogan Complex and Twisp River fires merged, three firefighters were killed. Tom Zbyszewski, Richard Wheeler, and Andrew Zajac were true heroes.


Marie said...

Hope surgery goes well on thursday!! Sending good vibes your way.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

You forgot the worst, most heartbreaking break-up: Kermit and Miss Piggy! Love truly is dead.

I'm so looking forward to this season of SNL! I totally agree that Amy is going to do a fantastic job. I feel like it'll be similar to when Louis CK has hosted.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

The wildfires are terrible.

Happy birthday to Nolan!

Good luck Thursday.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

p.s. happy to see cheers and jeers...I love these posts!

Karen Peterson said...

I heard about those firefighters. So, so sad.

Happy Birthday to Nolan! Sounds like it was a fun day!

I'm super excited for Tracy Morgan on SNL. I don't really care about the others and may or may not watch them. But I definitely won't miss Tracy's!

The heat has been so miserable. Neither Chris's house nor my house has air conditioning, so we've actually gone for drives and gone out to eat a TON just to avoid the heat.

The movies this summer were really just okay. It was sad.

Cole said...

I love Banksy. I bet Dismaland is amazing in person!

The heat has been miserable. I can't wait for fall...and winter. LOL

Hope things go well on Thursday and you get to really dig into the movie challenge over the weekend as you recover!

Elle Sees said...

yay for the birthday boy!! and i want to be friends with Jlaw. I do!!

Jo said...

Nolan is such a cute kid! He is going to be quite popular with the girls before you know it.

I was really hoping that Get Ready for Ricky was going to be good :(

We loved Jurassic World and Ant Man and Trainwreck (no we didn't take the kids to that one).

Good luck for tomorrow, hope it all goes well

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I'm so happy Tracy Morgan will be hosting SNL. Love him!

I don't dislike Amy Schumer, but she's not my favorite. I'll see the movie because JLAW!