October 30, 2012

A Wonderful Weekend

Snow Patrol
A little too 'Snow'-y for Mr. Lightbody  (see what I did there?)
If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I was blathering on about a certain concert that I was excited to attend. When my sister told me that Snow Patrol was coming to Edmonton (about an hour from here), I really wanted to go. And, as luck would have it, we were able to get tickets last minute. Let me tell you, it was worth every single cent! Not only was the music fantastic, Gary Lightbody was funny and entertaining. His words to the crowd were: "It should not be this cold and you should not be this sexy."*




Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

So glad he didn't sing "Wonderwhine"
One of the opening acts for the concert was Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and while I was never much of an Oasis fan, the sound of Noel's sometimes nasally voice was like a blast from the past. Took me right back to my final years of high school. Of course, closing out their set with "Don't Look Back In Anger" (an Oasis tune) got the crowd going as there were clearly many Oasis fans on hand. Jake Bugg, an eighteen-year-old English musician, opened up the show, and can that boy sing and play the guitar! One of the highlights of the night: A 70-something man rockin' out and dancing to Noel Gallagher. Fantastic!
Me and my sister Erin. Pardon my wacky owl dress. :P

The misadventures of two bloggy and wacky sisters
My sister Erin, my brother-in-law, and my nephew were there too, and it was fun spending the evening with them. Lucky for us, we managed to get tickets right across the aisle from them and a room in the same hotel (all last minute). We had a great time hanging out and enjoying one of our favourite bands. Erin mentioned this in her post today too—we both have songs from Snow Patrol on our WIP playlists. I was waiting for the song "New York" in particular, and Gary did not disappoint. Love that song!



IKEA's Billy bookcase line = Best. Shelves. Ever.

Books-and-Scandinavian-Furniture-aholics Anonymous
Of course, no trip to Edmonton would be complete without a visit to IKEA and coming out with at least one Scandinavian furniture purchase. (I'm not even kidding.) I've posted photos of my bookshelves before, and I'm not sure if you noticed, but I'm running out of space. So I purchased shelf extenders. Seriously folks, I have a problem. I am thinking of calling up the local high schools to see if they want some of the books I won't be reading again. But for now, shelf extenders it is. My shelves now sit about three inches from the ceiling and I'll need a chair to reach the top.




Gorgeous pictures and a really fun story about books.
The Fantastic Illustrations of Mr. William Joyce
Before leaving Edmonton we stopped in at Indigo and I picked up a copy of this picture book. I want to do a whole post on it sometime because it is just the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. The illustrator is über-talented William Joyce (George Shrinks, Rolie Polie Olie, Meet the Robinsons...) which in and of itself is enough to make me pick it up and love it. And it's a book about books—awesome piled on top of awesome. So creative and visually appealing. Not surprisingly, it was made into a film** and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Here's a link to the site for the film and book: Mr. Morris Lessmore.


My weekend was capped off nicely with an email from Harlequin books saying that I've been automatically approved to read and review all of their books on NetGalley (I stick to the Teen category). And we were treated to a delicious turkey dinner at my in-laws' place, which was especially nice considering we didn't get to do Thanksgiving a couple weeks back.

How about you? How was your weekend? If you're on the East coast (or elsewhere), I hope you're safe!


* It was about -15C/5F (ish) with the wind chill, and Mr. Lightbody had a few fun expletives for that. That's nothing. He should come back when it hits -40C/-40F. Now that's nippy! And the 'sexy' comment was likely in reference to the fact that there were plenty of people in Halloween costumes (Saturday before Halloween) that were scanty at best and this despite the chilly weather.
** The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore short film is available on iTunes in HD for only $2.99 (CAD)!


18 comments:

  1. I just came from Erin's! Seriously, you guys are so gorgeous. I hope you're close! Looks like it. :) What a fun adventure--so glad you shared! <3

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    1. Thanks, Morgan. :) And yes, we are very close. We live about 5-6 hours away from one another so it was awesome to spend time together.

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  2. "It should not be this cold and you should not be this sexy." That's a fantastic line. :D You don't have an Ikea in your town?! That's tragic! I adore that store. (And I totally need shelf extenders too, haha.) And I love discovering picture books -- thanks for putting The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore on my list! Glad you had such a great weekend, Jaime. :)

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    1. I thought it was funny that he found it so cold. It was chilly, but we've seen way, way worse. At least he thinks Canadians are sexy (don't we all?) lol. Our city is only about 90,000 people, so that's why we don't have an IKEA. But Calgary is only an hour to the south and Edmonton an hour to the north and they both have IKEAS, so we're set. Probably good that we don't have one here. I'd be bankrupt. :)

      I may be an adult, but I will never outgrow picture books! :)

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  3. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful weekend, and in good company too! :) Call me possessive, but I'd sooner buy new bookshelves than part with books. Seems a bit selfish (or shelf-ish... har har), but my library isn't just for me. One day it will be passed on to my children, and hopefully their children, so I want it to be well-stocked. :)

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    1. It was a really good weekend. :) The music was great, the company was too, and so was the trip to IKEA and Indigo. In reality, I will probably hang on to all of my books like the book hoarder that I am. I have a really hard time parting with books even when hubby grumbles like crazy at all the book boxes every time we move. O_o My dream house would have bookshelves lining every wall. :D

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  4. Next time we need to make sure we get seats on the same side of the aisle so we don't have to play charades to communicate when the music is so loud. Hope Snow Patrol doesn't take another five years to come back to Canada. I find it funny that we both managed to squeeze in book related shopping (you with your shelf extenders and us with the used books)even though we were only gone overnight. I think we need help. Oh and you need to accept already that the owl dress is awesome. I covet it. Such a fun weekend and so glad we got to see you guys! I feel spoiled because we just saw you at the start of October :)

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    1. Yes, sitting together would be a whole lot better especially when it's that loud. It would be wonderful if they came back soon. I'd be there again pretty quick, I think. :)

      The shelf extender purchase was planned, but the Indigo visit was just a really nice way of killing time. I could have come out of both places with a whole lot more, but I behaved myself. :)

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  5. Sounds like a great weekend! Don't get me started on my Ikea obsession--bed, shelves, wardrobes, desk, lamp, pretty pictures of flowers that serve no purpose but were just there on the way out...it's bad. They need an Ikea Addicts Anonymous, seriously.

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    1. It really was a great weekend. :) As for IKEA, there are a number of pieces of furniture around this place that hail from there. My bookshelves in particular are really good quality and have stood up really well through several moves. :)

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  6. Glad you enjoyed Snow Patrol! I like Jake Bugg too :)

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    1. I was very impressed with his singing and guitar-playing ability. And then Gary Lightbody told us that Jake is only eighteen! Very impressive. :)

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  7. Snow Patrol! So jealous right now. Glad you really enjoyed it!

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    1. They're one of those bands that totally worth seeing live. They sound as good if not better than they do on their albums, which is awesome. So much fun! :)

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  8. So glad you had such a good time - it really looked like you guys had a great night!

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    1. We really did have a good time! If you ever get the chance to see Snow Patrol live, you should do it. They're awesome in person. :)

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  9. I love Snow Patrol! They are in town tonight but what kind of mom would I be if I ditched Halloween for a concert? We saw Van Halen on my son's birthday and THAT was bad enough - you can't just "do" Halloween on a different night of the week (although now that I think about it, that would be funny). SO - lucky you!

    Also, we have the same Billy bookshelves. Great minds and all that -- once again. And I also love your owl dress.

    Happy Halloween!

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    1. They're such a great band, and they put on an awesome show. They're one of those bands that sounds just as good, if not better in person as on their albums. I suppose you couldn't exactly ditch out on Halloween, though. That's completely understandable. I have to say, going trick or treating on another night might be kind of funny. Can you imagine the looks on people's faces?

      And as for Billy bookshelves--they're the best. It's no wonder we both own them. :)

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