Warm & Fuzzies to Everyone. Yes, Even You.

Nothing is the end of the world. Besides, of course, the End of the World.

It’s easy to forget sometimes though, when you get all wrapped up in everyday stresses and challenges and quibbles.

People always talk about getting caught up in the mundane and losing sight of what really matters. You might think, “Well, then let’s just get rid of the so-called ‘everyday;’ let’s live in the dream, the Big Picture.” But we can’t get rid of the everyday. Otherwise we probably wouldn’t appreciate the truly extraordinary moments, as big or small as they may be. We just need to remember to be mindful every day.

It’s easy to forget that everyone is dealing with their own stresses, be they money, or love, or health, or life in general. And sometimes they will share them with you over all the wine and beers, but not always.

It has been a Challenging Year. I have tried my best to maintain my good humour because, really, I’d much rather be silly than serious (Ed. Note: duh, it’s so much more fun!). But sometimes I get scared. That is hard for me to admit.

And so, I want to Sincerely, from the Bottom of My Heart (ah, if Britney’s “from the bottom of my broken heart” chorus just popped into your head with her exact intonation, my heart is hugging you, let’s run away together and sing Britney songs for the rest of time), with Every Fiber of My Being, say thank you to everyone who has listened to my sometimes tear-filled worries, amidst dealing with your own. It has meant everything to me, and I hope I have done the same for you; at the very least, I tried.

I am very lucky to have the family that I have, whose support of me could be characterized as undying, but even that seems insufficient. I’m endlessly grateful to be as supported as I am by the most wonderful people (you know who you are) and while I often assume this goes without saying, I’m going to say it here: I will do anything for the people who are on my List. You know your List, that list of people who you would do absolutely anything for, no questions asked, in a heartbeat, no matter what. Once again, you know who you are. You’ve probably made my list for any number of reasons, but certainly because you are At Least As Attractive as I am, if not *grumble, takes deep breath, suppresses mildly petulant eye-roll* More.

There are two things that I love doing a lot: hugging and laughing. So I want to give everyone a virtual Big Hug to say Thank You for making me Laugh so much.

(Bonus points for a snort)

Warm and fuzzies

Love & The Little Mermaid: A Match Made Under The Sea

Spread the love with my The Little Mermaid-themed Valentine’s Day card!

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And a sibling option:LMVAL8

*should have at least 2 sisters. 3+ sisters is ideal. Actually, it even works for 1 sister, who would hopefully say, “I’m your only sister,” to which you would reply, “Exactly.”

Verdict: Totally uncool, or not cool but not embarrassingly uncool?

Celebrity BFF Cage Match: Anna Kendrick Vs. Jennifer Lawrence

”Pop quiz, hotshot. There’s a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Lawrence are both on the bus and you can only save one of them and whomever you save will be your new celeb best friend forever! What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?”

Jennifer Lawrence basically spent all of 2013 as THE celeb everyone wanted to have as their Best Friend. (Hmm, this is probably limited to girls. I’m pretty sure all guys would rather have sex with her).

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It all started with her charming trip up the stairs at the 2013 Academy Awards to accept her Academy Award for Best Actress.

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As someone who trips over her own feet on the regular, I could totally relate. With her zany red carpet interviews  — armpit vaginas, anyone? —  and consistently funny acceptance speeches, she’s like the more charming version of you. the version of you that could pull off a Mia Farrow pixie cut and make a guffaw sound adorable (note: this version of you does not exist, only Jennifer Lawrence can be these things, stop kidding yourself, fool). Coming into 2014, she was looking pretty unstoppable as America’s anti-sweetheart.

But a dark horse has emerged. Well, maybe not a dark horse, but a Palomino? Like, what I’m trying to say is, she didn’t come out of nowhere, she’s been flying under the radar, but she’s experienced quite the surge in popularity lately. Ladies and gentlemen… Anna Kendrick.

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(Same deal: every girl wants to be friends with her, every guys wants to do her).

Anna is the star of Newcastle’s clever Superbowl commercial parody, a web video that hilariously mocks the ridiculousness of expensive Superbowl commercials as well as Superbowl standard of having celebs endorse cars and beer and other products.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g9wXBkdWEg

Besides being the best non-Superbowl Superbowl commercial ever, Anna comes off in this bit looking like the coolest, funniest, down-to-earth hot chick.

So, let’s break it down: who would you want as your celeb BFF, Jennifer or Anna?

Small Screen Commercials

You’ve already seen Anna’s non-Superbowl Newcastle commercial above. Here is Jennifer’s, a My Super Sweet 16 MTV promo, for which she got her SAG card.

Advantage: Anna. I mean, yes, Jennifer was 14 and playing a spoiled teen, and Anna is a 28-year-old confident in her “hottest girl in your improv class hot” girl. But still. Anna kills it here. You totally want to not drink Newcastle beer with her.

Big Screen YA Fiction Characters

A crucial demographic lolz. We’re talking about The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen (*cough* The Girl On Fire *cough*) versus the Human Best Friend in the Twilight books. If a guy breaks your heart, Human Best Friend will be all like “Ugh what a jerk. I guess that’s why you shouldn’t date vampires,” and offer you some ice cream. Katniss will shoot arrows at him to make him dance like the monkey vampire that he is and say, “Guess the odds weren’t in your favour, bitch.”

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Advantage: Katniss. I mean Jennifer.

Social Media Savviness

Jennifer doesn’t have Twitter or Instagram. She does have a Facebook page, but those pages are useless, basically all promotional material and no glimpse into the actor’s life behind the scenes. Anna, on the other hand… Anna is a social media goddess. Buzzfeed upon Buzzfeed upon Buzzfeed has been written about the sublime perfection that is Anna’s Twitter wit, and her Instagram is the pictorial version of said wit.

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Advantage: Anna. If you don’t follow her already, make it happen NOW. @annakendrick47. You’ll thank me.

Friends with Beyonce

Anna Kendrick is friends with Beyoncé because they met at the Grammy Awards (In my mind, as soon as you meet Beyoncé  you become instant friends because you’ve stood in the light of her halo). Jennifer Lawrence is not friends with Beyoncé  I Googled it.

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Advantage: Anna. Duh, it’s Beyoncé.

Drinking Buddies

Anna stars in a movie that is literally called Drinking Buddies. But something tells me that Jennifer Lawrence could drink us all under the table. After all, she blamed her emotionally wobbly Golden Globes acceptance speech on the fact that she wasn’t drunk enough.

Advantage: This might be a draw, but I think the edge goes to Jennifer on this one. After all, she’s a Kentucky girl and they can hold their liquor.

Photobombing Skillz

What do Sarah Jessica Parker and Taylor Swift have in common? Both have fallen victim to classic JLaw photobombs. The Taylor Swift Golden Globes photobomb even got meme-fied. Anna hasn’t gotten any sort of international or Internet press for photobombing a fellow celebrity at a major star-studded event.

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Advantage: Jennifer. Duh, she’s a meme.

WINNER: Ugh this is suuuuch a tough one. To be honest, I don’t want to jeopardize my chances of being best friends with either of them…  I want to be as funny and irreverent as Anna Kendrick and as drunk and silly as Jennifer Lawrence.

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Who would you choose???