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{January 1, 2013}   New Year, New Goals


May this year bring you all happiness, hope, love….everything you need! 🙂

If you haven’t read my posts a lot in the past, you may not know about my dislike for the word, “Resolution”. I guess it’s because I’ve heard people all my life make these New Years Resolutions and then hardly any of them ever keep them. After awhile, I have just come to equate resolutions with silly promises people make because everyone else is making them but you really have no plans to see them to fruition. Maybe I’m being crazy but this just gives me a sort of phobia about using the word. Therefore, I prefer to call them goals for the year. The word “Goal” holds more meaning for me and part of that is because I have followed through with “goals” before and met them.

My first goal for 2013 is to blog at least ONCE a day, everyday. I did this in 2011 so I KNOW this is possible for me to do. I want to get back into a regular routine with blogging AND I also have family and friends that miss my daily blogging. For some of them, I think it makes me seem closer even when I’m far away. It’s almost like a diary of my life cause my blog is definitely personal but I sometimes pop in a short story or poem…you never know! 😉

My second goal is something I’ve been working on since July 20th and that is to continue with my weight loss. I would like to see myself get down to at least 250 pounds this year so once I hit my below 300 goal, I will change my next goal to be losing 50 pounds in 2013. I feel like I can possibly lose even more but at some point, I KNOW this plateau is coming where I will get stuck so I want to be realistic but still push myself.

My third goal involves reading and I have participated in a challenge in both 2011 AND 2012 and completed them. Well, in 2012, I completed my goal of 100 months ago so I reamped it to 150 and sadly, I am going to fall short of that change by about 5 books. 😦 BUT that’s OK cause I met my original goal and got darn close to the second one! Which is why my reading challenge goal for 2013 will be 150 books! Do you think I can do it? You can follow my progress on Goodreads! 🙂

AND my fourth and final goal IS a totally new to me and my blog BUT should be fun and easy. I want to watch 50 movies I’ve never seen before this year! To be honest, I probably already do this anyways so why not keep track? All my blog followers will be able to see what I watch this year as well cause I’m going to add a page on to my blog where I will list each movie(that’s new to me) and give a little rating of 1 to 5 stars. Now just so I don’t get hate mail over this, please understand that the rating will be totally MY opinion and I’m definitely no film expert! What I like may NOT be what you like and vice versa. It will be all in fun!

So there’s my four goals that I’m super duper excited about and I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring! Stay tuned! 🙂 Oh and HAPPY NEW YEARS again!

{August 7, 2011}   Old Movies that Rock

In the midst of that evil creature called Writer’s Block, I perused many random topic generators online and finally found an idea I felt like I could use today.

In no particular order, here is a list of Old Movies that I, personally, love and I think ROCK!

1.) Labryinth(1986)-I watched this movie over and over as a child and I still absolutely adore it. Maybe others might find it a little cheesy or be afraid of David Bowie’s dancing in it, but it’s one of my all time favorite movies. I still remember the infamous line I loved so much…”Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great. You have no power over me.”

2.)The Goonies(1985)-If you’ve over the age of 25 and have never seen this movie, then where were you at? Seriously? Who didn’t love The Goonies? I admit to being kind of scared of One Eyed Willy at first but after awhile, I learned to love him just like the characters in the movie. “Hey, you guys!”  (A fun piece of trivia about this movie was that the Pirate ship in this movie was entirely real and the shots were actually shot in the ship. After the film, the ship was offered to anyone who wanted it, but there were no takers so the ship was scrapped. Would YOU have taken it?

3)Arsenic and Old Lace(1944)-If  you’re older, I can forgive you for never having seen this but seek it out and watch it! The Turner Classic Movies(TCM) Channel plays it every once in awhile and Netflix probably has it available. It IS in black and white, which admittedly, is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this movie is SO hilarious. I watched it after I did this play in college and just loved it!

4)Seems like Old Times(1980)-Also based on a play, this comedy stars Goldie Hawn as the ex of Chevy Chase’s character, who is trying to hide him out when he is wrongfully accused of being a fugitive. Unfortunately, she is remarried to a prosecutor and she is a public defender, so it gets pretty interesting….and hilarious!

5)National Lampoon’s Vacation(1983)-The first of a series of vacations that included European, Christmas AND Vegas trips ALL starring Chevy Chase and they are ALL incredibly funny from start to finish

6)The Exorcist(1973)-Why, you ask? Because I am a HUGE fan of horror movies and this movie is pretty scary! One of my fav. scary movies of all time

7)Sound of Music(1965)-I know this is almost comedic coming after The Exorcist, but I do have a wide range of movie tastes, I suppose. This movie is just a great musical…I loved it for the songs and dances as a kid and then as I grew, I actually understand the premise of the movie and liked it even more.

8)Rear Window(1954)-I actually watched this for the first time a couple of months ago…another black and white movie that is oh, so good! With all the fancy special effects and everything movies TODAY have to offer, it takes a lot to really keep my attention…this movie did. (Revision on this: It was actually in technicolor, but the color is still nothing like today’s films!)

9)Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?(1962)-Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters, one an old child star who never made it big, the other never made it as a child star but made it later in life and became a movie queen. A tragic accident forces the movie queen into retirement and Jane is left to watch over her…..This is a chilling tale of jealousy and what it can do to a person.

10)The Wizard of Oz(1939)-Believe it or not, I have met adults who have never seen this film….If YOU are one of them, go see it as soon as possible!

11)Jaws(1975)-In honor of Shark Week just ending, I am adding Jaws to this list. It was written on the basis of the Rogue Shark Theory that was circulating at the time, but due to the response this movie had on people, it led to more people wanting to learn about sharks and marine animals and find out what really lead sharks to attack.

12)Howard the Duck(1986)-Who doesn’t love a talking duck? Seriously? Am I the ONLY fan of this movie?

13)Mannequin(1987)-By now, you have probably already decided I have a strange taste in movies and that’s fine if you feel that way…..I promise you this is a great movie, though…if I DO say so myself. 😉

14)The Princess Bride(1987)-A Classic fairy tale….Ahhh 🙂

15)Airplane!(1980)-Ever wanted to know what happens when a plane crew all becomes ill and the only one left is an ex-pilot afraid to fly? This movie answers that question and makes you laugh along the way…..Surely you will love it…just don’t call the pilot Shirley 😉

And for now, this is where I will end this post. There are many, many more old movies that rock but this is just some of the ones I love the most. What Old movies do you think are the best? Do you agree with the ones I picked or disagree? I would love to hear your thoughts!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?                 
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading? “Hit List”-Laurell K. Hamilton and “17 day diet” by Michael Moreno

What did you recently finish reading? “My Teenage Werewolf”-Lauren Kessler (An interesting insight into a mother’s head about her adolescent daughter who is turning into a teen; although I’m not a mother, I found the book funny, eye-opening and interesting. I recommend it to mothers with teen girls, mothers that will soon have teen girls or women that may have a teen girl one day)

What do you think you’ll read next? “Burn” by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy because it’s my last 7 day check out from the library that I have to finish by Saturday…and I am really hoping to get “Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey from the library this week…Please call soon, library! I really am excited about reading it! 🙂

What books are YOU currently reading? What books are you looking forward to reading? I would love to hear in the comments or on your own blog! 

Me and my hubby watched “Life as we know it” today. I really enjoyed it and he said he liked it to, which is a great thing considering it’s a romantic comedy! I loved how a sad situation became something happy in the long run and I also LOVED how it showed that a little arguing and fighting in a marriage or between bf/gf even is a normal thing. I think so many people seem to believe that if a couple is fighting that this somehow means they’re not as in love anymore or there’s a big problem. Not true….anytime you spend a lot of time with someone, day in and day out, you’re going to argue, you’re going to get on each other’s nerves…it won’t always be smooth sailing. This is why you fight with family and even with friends if you live together long enough. As long as the little fights don’t become abusive, it’s fine. I think more Tv shows and movies need to point that out. Real love isn’t all butterflies and rainbows…it’s tough. It’s struggles, a little bit of fighting, a little bit of making up, sadness AND happiness. I love when a movie shows THAT reality instead of always being this unrealistic happy fairy tale ALL the time. So I loved this movie for that and I loved the scenes where two people are trying to learn how to take care of a baby for the first time. Women who haven’t seen it should definitely watch AND men, give it a try…it’s not so bad, you might actually like it!

{March 13, 2011}   Date night with the husband

I had a great night last night. Me and my husband stayed up ALL night just like we were back in high school and watched SIX movies in a row. I’m not going to list them all out but my two favorites of the night were the first one, Marmaduke and the 4th one, Death at a Funeral.

Marmaduke because it was just so darn cute and funny and who can resist a silly, clumsy dog who can talk? Not to mention that unlike in Marley & Me, I didn’t cry my eyes out at the end. I love a happy ending, don’t you??

Death at a Funeral was just beyond hilarious. I haven’t laughed so much while watching a movie in forever. I’m surprised I didn’t fall to the floor, loling. I have a friend that had told me it was funny so I knew it was going to be, but oh my! It was a laugh riot! If you haven’t seen it, it is a must see! There are some inappropriate scenes though so parental guidance if you have kids.

Anyways, it was a fun night that made me feel like I was a teenager again and I was being naughty by staying up all night. Left me feeling a little tired today and I finally succumbed to sleep around noon but only slept for about 4-5 hrs. and woke up. Maybe I will be tired at a decent time tonight, who knows?

It was worth it though. It didn’t cost any money cause it was movies that were DVR’d and it was some good quality time that we haven’t had together in awhile. A nice change from the norm. We have been married for about 1 year and 8 months now so I guess we are still kind of newlyweds. I never quite felt the stereotypical newlywed feel though. I think even before we were married, me and my husband were like the “old” married couple type. We argue and bicker and it might not be the most typical relationship, but what is normal, really? In total we have been together as a couple for over 3 years and we still say “I love you” over 100 times daily EVERY day. The words never get old to me. Even when we fight and he will say “I love you” to try to make it better and I will utter a grumpy “I love you” back, it’s still the truth and from my heart. I love my crazy man. He can be a real baby at times, not clean up after himself A LOT, irritate me until I want to scream, drive me crazy enough sometimes until I want to commit myself but if someone asked me if I regret marrying him? NOPE. No regrets. We are perfect for each other, maybe more than people can even see. The real me is not exactly perfect….I can also be a baby at times and be messy and drive people crazy. We all have our faults. To the people who told me that after I got married, I would learn more than I wanted to know about my husband, be grossed out and possibly wish I got myself out of the mess…After all, living with someone teaches you a lot you didn’t know and it may be hard to deal with. You’re right BUT you’re also wrong. I learned more about my husband but none of it has really shocked or surprised me all that much. I haven’t ducked my tail between my legs and ran yet. (Forget the fact that I don’t literally have a tail….)

~sighs~ I still love him as much as I did when I first fell in love with him, if not more.

Oh and I had a special text when I awoke from my nap. It said I was the best “dission” he had made in his life. Dission meaning Decision…..I think the text was cuter because of the misspelling. I am a stickler for typos, my hubby makes them ten fold but hey, opposites attract.

It’s been way too long since I have written in my blog…Doesn’t surprise me either. Every time I get into this creative mode, it seems to always last for such a short time and then…nothing.

Here’s to my first blog since April and here’s to me possibly keeping it up longer than I usually do. I don’t believe in resolutions because they never seem to last so let’s just call this a test run for the future…Will she or will she not continue?

So…the other day I was watching some black and white movies (a secret love of mine) and I got to thinking about why I love them so much. I’m living in 2011 now and all the movies are FULL of colors, special effects, good looking people and just something at every turn of your head to keep your attention…so why does an old fashioned movie with 2 colors, fake looking special effects(although they were cool back THEN), still some good looking people but oddly dressed compared to OUR time, entice me so?                              Well…not ALL of them can entice me but for the most part, if the premise, plot and dialogue are on point, then I’m hooked and that’s due, I believe, to some great actors and actresses. A lot of actors nowadays rely on looks and everything that’s going on around them to get your attention and you may not be as focused on their facial expressions and their acting skills. But, let’s face it, when you take away everything exciting going on around the characters, they HAVE to really sell you on the story through their face, their mannerisms, the way they stand, the way they move because every mistake will be so much more noticeable when all your focus is on them and not the bright colors and action going on around them.

But my love for Black and White movies can transcend into the way we look at everyday life. Are we so absorbed by all the superficial surroundings so much that we forget the basic things that make up the world? Are we too busy looking at the action around us that we fail to notice what a person’s face is really saying? When we turn off the lights at night, we are reduced to an old black and white movie…all the bright colors have gone away. When you come home and remove the nice clothing, the make-up, the facade, you are reduced to simply you…the true you that hides beneath the flashy exterior. If YOU had to live the rest of your life without all the superficial things you surround yourself with, could you do it?

Love it! ❤

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