July 28, 2016

Update: Summer Movies


I cannot believe that July is pretty much over. Monday is August first! Whoa! Crazy! I haven't gotten to as many movies I would have liked, but I have seen some.  Here's an update on the movies I have seen so far this summer.

Me Before You
This was such a tear jerker. I knew it would be. It was really good though. I thought is was wonderfully cast. The only complaint that I have is that they didn't portray in the film exactly how much pain Will was in. The book did that much better and also was more detailed about his suicide attempt. That was just sort of glossed over in the movie when they showed us the scars on his wrists.  Other than that, I recommend it if you're looking for a love story and a few tears.

Free State of Jones
I will not be surprised to see Matthew McConaughey receive and Oscar nomination for his role in this movie. It was fantastic! I don't have a bad thing to say about this movie. I was sucked in from the very beginning. It was over two hours, but to me it didn't feel that way. 

Independence Day: Resurgence
I was disappointed with this one. It was basically the same movie from 20 years ago with a slightly different cast (people died and moved on...story line that is). I did like how we got to see the President's daughter as well as Will Smith's character's son all grown up (different actors). It was just okay, though.

Finding Dory
This was FANTASTIC! I loved every bit of this movie. Ellen is so wonderful as Dory. This is a great movie for the whole family!

Star Trek: Beyond
I like it, but not as much as the first two reboots. I love Chris Pine and have no problem looking at him for two hours. I would Redbox or Netflix this one though.

This weekend Jason Bourne comes out in theaters and I'm absolutely seeing it at some point.  Next weekend is Suicide Squad and I can't wait for that one!!!!! I'll probably end up renting the remaining movies above. If The Secret Life of Pets stays in theaters long enough I might get to it.

What movies have you seen lately?

July 27, 2016

How Often Do You Clean?

Good Housekeeping is known for putting their 'seal of approval' on things.  They also have advice on how often to clean certain things. This is great and also makes me feel better about how often I clean and do laundry. Take a look ~

- I don't always make my bed, but I at least throw the blankets back up to the top. 
- I try to do the dishes on a daily basis. I hate having a sink full of dirty dishes. I have a dish washer, but tend to do a lot of hand washing. 
- I feel so much better about how much laundry I do throughout the week.  I can go home tonight and feel good about wanting to do more laundry! 
- I'm constantly wiping down the kitchen and bathroom sinks!


- This is stuff I was doing every couple of weeks, but now I plan on vacuuming a lot more often! I should anyway, with the cats. 
- I definitely change my sheets every week. Especially during allergy season.

- I didn't even think about cleaning my dishwasher. Guess I'll be doing that this weekend :)

- I'm pretty good on the time frame for the above items. I thought I was crazy to vacuum my mattress, but I guess that's normal!
- I do need to clean my balcony patio, though. It's full of cat hair!

- I rent, so I'm not going to worry about most of this


Did any of these suggestions surprise you? Do you have any cleaning tips?



SomeEcards Guide from Good Housekeeping

July 26, 2016

Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird


I haven't read in quite a while, so I feel very accomplished having just finished my first book in months. I'm super behind on my Goodreads Challenge and am hoping that this spurs me on to read more. It was actually a friend's idea to read this book and I'm really glad I did.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.


I wasn't sure what to expect starting this book. They synopsis didn't help much with that either. When starting the book I kept an open mind and just let the words wash over me. I loved that the story comes from the point of a view of a seven year old girl. You really do get a true view of humanity. There is nothing more honest than a child. They will tell you what they are thinking and feeling without giving it a second thought.

The story was very fluid and I never felt lost. Scout, the voice of the novel, tells her view of things so well and with such detail. I really felt myself become involved with the characters. There were times where we didn't hear about a character for a little while and I really wanted to know what was happening!

When it came to the 'crisis of conscience' that rocked their sleepy little town, it was so well done. I may sound redundant, but it's really how I felt. Nothing was over played or over written. It was never cheesy or too dramatic. This story was perfectly written!

Have you read To Kill A Mockingbird?  What did you think?


July 25, 2016

Moving On...


My dear friend Mia over at The Chronicles of Chaos recently did a blog post on 5 Ways to Unwind.  She's got some great ideas! My personal favorite was the napping :) Her post gave me an idea for another post about moving on. Or trying to move on, anyways. Last Sunday my boyfriend and I broke up and it's been particularly difficult. I had a lot of very strong feelings for him (dare I use the 'L' word). It has not been easy.  There have been a few things that I have helped me through it, though.

Furry Friends
Thanks God for my babies! They have been the best cuddle monsters a sad girl could ask for. I think they could tell something was up the moment it all happened. Mommy doesn't usually cry so much. They are sweet and loving and curl up with me. It's wonderful!

Naps
Mia's dead on with this one. I slept quite a bit the day after the break up happened. I couldn't sleep the night before, because I kept thinking and over thinking about it. Napping is a beautiful thing!

Exercise
Getting my butt off the couch (and out of bed) and on the treadmill has been helpful. Even before my relationship I was slacking on it. I need to keep busy or I go crazy overthinking things, so getting my feet on the ground and moving has helped.

Music
Having a great play list is always a good way to release some energy. There are some great breakup songs out there! Spotify has tons of 'breakup' plays lists and I was able to pull from those to compile my own.  Sam Smith, Michelle Branch, Miranda Lambert, Joy Divison, even Enya!



Girlfriends
I think I have some of the best girlfriends out there! They have listened to me cry and feel all the feels that I've been feeling.

Those are the 5 things that I have found most helpful this past week. Any other tips for me?

July 24, 2016

Sunday Sweat Sessions


Considering my boyfriend broke up with me last Sunday night I did pretty good with exercise. It was a good way for me to take my mind off of things and focus on myself. I worked out 5 days this week (most I've done in a long time) while allowing myself to wallow in delicious waist-line expanding food. That all ends now. Gotta get back to a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating!

Last week's work outs:
Sunday, July 17: Walked the Greenway - 2 miles in 50 minutes
Monday, July 18: Walked the Greenway - 2.2 miles in 60 minutes
Tuesday, July 19: Gym - 2 miles in 35 minutes
Wednesday, July 20: Gym - 2 miles in 35 minutes (my new goal to beat)
Thursday, July 21: Nothing
Friday, July 22: Gym - Treadmill for 17 minutes & Bile for 9 minutes (wasn't feeling it)
Saturday, July 23: Nothing

7/24/16 weight: 166.8 lbs (day one...a break up is always a good reason to start over)

I did some cooking yesterday - spaghetti squash and tomato sauce that will last me for meals all week. It's one of the only things I don't mind eating over and over again, because it's so good! I've got chicken for salads as well.

How was your week working out and eating right?