2014 Academy Awards Play by Play

I’m baaaaaack! I know that’s the name of my previous post, but we’ll see if I stay back this time. And what better way to be back than to have you watch me watch the Academy awards? I’ve got 3 kids now so it’s not going to be a total play by play, and I’ll probably miss a lot, but I’m going to try and watch as much as I can!

Before it starts, I’ll put in my predictions:
Best Picture: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso CuarĂ³n
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Supp. Actor: Jared Leto
Best Supp. Actress: Lupita Nyong’o


  • OMG, Jamie Foxx’s daughter is so pretty! Luckily she didn’t get her looks from dad (I always see Shanaynay)
  • I want Lupita’s earrings!

    7:30 - …and we’re on! Look’s like J-Law has front row seats! Can’t wait to see what Ellen has in store. I really love her, but I like my hosts to have a little bit of bite.

  • Liza Minelli, what happened to you? She just looks….weird.
  • Yes, Jared is the prettiest of us all…
  • Wow, loved Jared’s speech about his mom. And I was wrong previously - SHE is the prettiest of us all!
  • “Happy” was a lot of fun. Loved the audience participation. I want the Mounty Hat Smilie to have babies with Miley’s Space Cat.
  • There was only one major award given out in the first hour. Started to get bored after a bit!
  • I missed the Darlene Love part…need to watch it on my DVR!
  • I found U2’s performance to be just OK. Though it could be because I was changing Luke’s diaper at the time.
  • Probably my favorite moment so far is Ellen’s selfie. It was so funny to see all those celebrities jumping in and piling on one another to take the picture, then fighting over who actually gets to take the pic. (and later we find out that Ellen broke twitter with all the retweets of the picture!)
  • So happy to see Lupita win. I love me some J Law, but Lupita is just so sweet and her style is so fierce. Surprised that her dress today is so flowy and princess-y. She had such a wonderful speech - starting with honoring the real Patsy and ending with reminding kids that no matter who they are, their dreams can come true.
  • The pizza bit was great, too. From Brad Pitt handing out plates, to Jared Leto giving a piece to his mom, to Harrison Ford standing up for a slice and bugging Ellen for a napkin, it was all fun.
  • I have no idea who it is John Travolta thought he was introducing, but that’s Idina Menzel singing, right? Who ever it is, she is knocking it outta the park! (of course it’s Idina!) Cecilia is LOVING this part!
  • So happy that Frozen won. Didn’t realize that this win gives Bobby Lopez (who is part Filipino *woot*) the EGOT, which is Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Random trivia - he got his Emmy for the music he made for the Wonder Pets.
  • Is Daniel Day Lewis a skinny giant? Never realized he was a bean pole. Maybe he’s still playing Lincoln? Anyway, poor Amy Adams has to wait again to win the Oscar because it goes to Cate Blanchett, who makes the longest Oscar speech ever…until…
  • Matthew McConaughey wins and gives a speech that only Matthew McConaughy can. He talked about God, his father, loving his family (love the way he looks at his wife!) and who his hero is - 10 years from now Matthew. It was a long speech that didn’t seem too long, but it could be because I was waiting for one thing - Alright alright alright!
  • This night is going on FOOOOREVER!
  • I don’t know if Will Smith’s star stock is high enough anymore to be the one to present the last award of the night. Couldn’t they find anyone else? Madonna? Oprah? Sage Kotsenburg?
  • Even though I predicted Gravity to win it all, I’m so happy that 12 Years a Slave won. It’s a story that needed to be told, and although I haven’t seen the movie (yet) I can tell by word of mouth that it’s a great movie.

    All in all, I think it was a pretty good show. A bit slow here and there, but Ellen had a couple tricks up her sleeve to make sure this was a memorable year. See y’all next year!

  • I’m Baaaaaaack!

    I have no idea if anyone is even out there anymore, but this blog has been down for the last couple months. Looks like my Wordpress table wp_options was corrupted. So whenever I came to this page, I got the error “It doesn’t look like you’ve installed WP yet”. I looked at my database and it showed that the wp_options table was “in use”. After searching all over to fix it, looks like all I had to do was run a script on my DB to repair that table. So now all is good with yanowhatimean?

    …now all I have to do is start updating this page again!

    My 7 Month Old

    Sweetpea, originally uploaded by Yano.

    My little girl turns 7 months old tomorrow! How time flies!

    Yeah, I know I had said that I’d be posting more, but I’m trying…I’m surprised I even had time to post the last play-by-plays! I definitely want to talk a little about the Oscars, but maybe later.


    Grammy Awards 2011

    Tonight’s show should be a good one! Since I’m typing this on my iPad i’ll be shorter than I normally am…here we go!

    7:08 - Christina Aguilera did much better than the Superbowl. However, too much mascara! I was curious how Florence Welch would do, but she killed it. Is it just me, or does Yolanda Adams look like a younger Whitney Houston? And Jennifer Hudson’s body is awesome…you go girl!
    7:13 - anyone catch Christina falling after the finished singing? Girl just can’t get a break! As for Aretha, she’s looking great!
    7:22 - FYI I used to have a poster of Ricky Martin on my wall when I was a little girl…
    7:28- Lady Gaga had a good performance and her body is bangin’, but I was expecting so much more from her performance!
    7:54 - I’m a big fan of Janelle Monae, b.o.b and Bruno Mars. Great to see them all together! Nice to see Bruno and bob backing up Janelle…
    8:14 - does Bieber get excused from singing live in his fast segment because he sang live for the beginning of his segment? I just don’t get the Bieber hype. He needs a new haircut!

    During this time the iPad was taken away from me…we are all constantly fighting over it! Memorable things - CeeLo’s fantastical rooster/peacock outfit. I knew Gwyneth could sing, but I was pretty impressed!

    9:05 - Ohh, I love hearing John Mayer, Norah Jones and Keith Urban singing “Jolene”…the harmonies are beautiful. Pretty sure that Mayer didn’t know the lyrics, though, cuz he looked like he was reading off the teleprompter.

    Since I’ve Been Gone…

    Last Day at the Hospital, originally uploaded by Yano.

    I became a mom again! I didn’t just have her - I had her in August. Her name is Cecilia and she’s the sweetest little baby - once she’s fed and has had her nap!

    More on her later…

    Who Are You and Where Do You Come From?

    So, now that I’m somewhat back into the world of blogging, I’d like to ask my readers a question - Who are you, and where do you come from?

    The reason I ask, is that during my blog updating absence, I still got email notifications of comments on my old posts. Something that I’d noticed is that the people who posted had names like “used tires”, “komodo dragon”, “laptop briefcases” and “p90x”. Five years ago I would have said that these are just spam bots trying to get their names out there so they’re more searchable. But for the most part, your comments make sense and have to do with the actual post. So are you human spam bots? Do you spend your time going to blogs and posting?

    Tell me a bit about yourself…Just curious…I appreciate the comments! (though I apologize, eventually I’ll be deleting the ones that aren’t in English.)

    Golden Globes 2010 - Play by Play

    Well well well! I’d like to start blogging again, so I might as well start with one of my play by plays…

    Anyway, I’ve missed the first 15 minutes (kind of watched it, but had to clean up a bit before sitting down at the laptop). A couple comments - Christian Bale looks like Jesus, Scarlett Johannsen had a great dress, but her hair looked like the bride of Frankenstein, and it sounded like Ricky Gervais’ jokes were funny, but I couldn’t hear them.

    Here we go with the rest…

    7:17 - Haven’t seen any of the mini-series/tv movie nominies except for Temple Grandin, so that’s my pick because I really loved the movie. I hope Temple’s in the audience….but the winner is Carlos. Oh well!
    –side note - there is a massive crumb of something stuck under the K on my keyboard, so every time I use that letter I have to press extra hard. I don’t want to try and fish it out, because that means it may go down to the M, which I use more than K. That’s what happens when you let your kids use your laptop!

    7:20 - Looks like everyone is going overtime with their speeches. Which means this shindig should be over by tomorrow at noon. Its pretty bad - I think Christian Bale is still making his speech somewhere in the corner.

    7:24 - I’m SO SO SO happy for Chris Colfer winning the Golden Globe. I’m actually misty. Actually, any win in this category would be a win - there were a lot of great people nominated. But a win for Chris is a win for Glee, as well as a win for the struggle of young gays going through what Chris does every week in his show.

    8:01 - Had to feed the baby (more on that some other time) so I missed a bit. Anyway - Robert Downey Jr. is always a funny presenter. All of the Best Actress nominees are excellent - it could go to any of them and I’d be happy…but it goes to Annette Benning. Wish it was Julianne Moore, because I’d LOVE for her to get an Academy award. She totally deserves it.

    (missed stuff do to laundry)

    8:20 - Glad that Claire Danes won the award for Temple Grandin, and that Temple was there to see it.

    8:22 - Not a fan of Zack Efron’s new hair.

    8:25 - I wonder how long the “rivalry” between Steve Carrell and Ricky Gervais will go on…it’s getting a little old. However, I do love the chemistry between Carrell and Tina Fey. Good bit. I haven’t watched Inception, but from all the people going gaga over it, it sounds like it should be the winner…or the Facebook movie, which is getting all the hype. And the winner is….The Social Network. Watched it…great movie, definitely the movie of our generation. (or is it the generation after me? or after that? man, I’m OLD.) “Smart girls have more fun…” says Sorkin. Yes, yes we do.

    8:29 - Mmm…Chris Helmsworth is good on the eyes. Maybe I WILL watch that Thor movie. Jane Lynch wins best supporting actress. Go Jane! Definitely an awesome character, and I’m so happy that she’s been getting recognition…I’ve loved her for a long time. Too bad for Dave that he doesn’t get to see Sofia Vergara and her boobs bounce up to the stage to accept the win - because it would have been rightfully deserved. An awesome, funny acceptance speech that didn’t run overtime.

    (I realize I’m two minutes behind because I rewound the show to show Dave that the kid from The Kids are Alright is the same one from Little Manhattan. IMDB resolves the dispute in the end.)

    8:47 - I really want to see Burlesque. I don’t care if it’s a bad story, it looks and sounds awesome!

    8:49 - Kaley Cuoco’s reaction after Jim Parsons won the Golden Globe was so awesome and genuine. Why do they have presenters who work with the nominees? I don’t watch the show, but I have a feeling that the character Jim plays is very close to his own personality.

    8:50 - When Jeremy Irons speaks, I close my eyes and pretend it’s Scar from the Lion King speaking. It’s fun. Try it.

    9:00 - Robert DeNiro gets a well deserved Cecil B. DeMille award. I shall use this time to vacuum the Moon Dough explosion from the play room. Multi-tasking, that’s me!

    (someone else had to use my computer, so I’ll fill in my thoughts later)

    9:24 - Dave is a big fan of Halle Berry’s miniskirt, which he felt was sorely lacking from the women at the show. Natalie Portman is so incredibly beautiful - I know of no other actress in her league. Every time I think of Jennifer Love Hewitt playing Audrey Hepburn I want to scream, knowing that Natalie was born for that role. Also, I’m obsessed with Mila Kunis’ eyes. She looks like a real life Bratz doll.

    9:34 - Natalie Portman wins! I’ve loved her ever since she was in The Professional. Smart, beautiful, graceful, classy, she has it all! Great speech…please don’t play her off, orchestra!

    9:47 - Sandra Bullock looks great…love the bangs! Glad Colin Firth won Best Actor - I haven’t watched the movie, but he’s a great actor.

    Hi, I’m 35.

    Hi, I’m 35., originally uploaded by Yano.

    Today’s my 35th birthday…really, once I hit 31, birthday’s didn’t really matter as much and I didn’t really mind aging. I may feel different when 40 comes around.

    Been a while since I’ve posted. I always say I’ll post more, but I won’t make any promises! However, what I can tell you is that I have a MASSIVE play by play of the LOST finale written out, which I’ll post sometime in the next couple weeks…

    Disneyworld Trip

    Ben and Friends, originally uploaded by Yano.

    Hmm….one post a month is what I’m averaging lately. I think it’s better than before!

    Anyway, we went to Disney World a couple weeks ago. Had a great time, took a ton of pictures, but much less than I did when we went last year. I’ll post up a full review….eventually! Anyway, here’s a pic of Ben and his good friends Minnie and Mickey.

    Bruce Lee Ben

    Bruce Lee Ben, originally uploaded by Yano.

    OK, so I’ve been watching the Olympics, but I’ve had a cold so I spend most of my time lately coughing, blowing my nose and feeling sorry for myself. :-P Anyway, just wanted to share a recent pic of Ben - a couple months ago his hair started getting long and we started hearing a lot of “he looks like a young bruce lee” comments, so I asked him to do his best karate moves. What a ham!