Friday, September 26, 2014

Movie Releases ~ From Book to Big Screen

Nothing gives me quite that feeling of excitement like watching TV and seeing a movie trailer pop up. I love movie trailers. I love the idea that something new is coming out and hoping it's a story that interests me. (Unless it's for a horror film, then I curse the screen and change the channel.)

What's even better is the feeling where you think "Wait.. that looks familiar." And then you realize it's a book you just read! And you do your happy dance. Because the characters you just journeyed with in your head are about to hit the big screen.

Here are the book-to-movies I have recently seen or am about to see in the coming months.. with my thoughts/reviews!

1. Maze Runner - September 19, 2014

I have to admit I haven't read this one. It's the only one on my list I haven't read! But honestly I didn't know anything about it until the previews started popping up. Tim really wants to see it so I'll probably just see it and not read it. I'm a bit hesitant about all of these dystopian novels that are all the rage now, though. The Hunger Games was so good, and I find that I compare all of the others to it. None of them have topped it yet. Book or film.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Emma Watson: I'm a Feminist

I knew I always liked Emma Watson. What a baller.

Watch this:

She starts off by explaining the definition of Feminism and how it's meaning has become so incredibly skewed in today's society. 

"I decided that I was a Feminist. And this seemed uncomplicated to me." - Emma Watson

As it should. I wrote a post about this not too long ago. And so did The Bloggess. Read mine hereread hers here. I've actually seen several bloggers come forward and address this topic.

She goes on from there...

"These righ

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clover Quatrefoil

The Real Housewives of Orange County is one of my (many) guilty pleasure shows. And I'm sad this season is over! Even though my girl, Heather, was a huge biotch to the new girl Shannon and made her look like a crazy person even though she's not!

But that's neither here nor there.

During the entire season Shannon wore this certain type of jewelry that I loved! These earrings and necklace would pop up in her interview sections all the time and I kept trying to figure out what they were or who made them!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dog Park Drama

We went to the dog park the other day. Now that the weather has cooled down, it's the perfect time to get the pups out there for some exercise and socialization. Also, what dog lover doesn't get excited to see all the different pups there? Tim and I always try to guess the different breeds we see.

We really know how to have a good time.

When we first arrived, we immediately noticed another Rottweiler. They aren't terribly common so we usually spot them quickly. This one looked like a beast, so we were eager to see him next to Bear to compare.

We got Bear when he was already full grown. But he's only about 75 pounds. Which is pretty small for a Rottie. (They typically get over 100).

The owner of the other one started chatting us up and told us his weighed 145 pounds! I was dumbfounded. That's more than my boss's HUGE great dane. He made Bear look like a Pomeranian.

Anyway.. the dog park fun commenced and all was well. Until I turned to look for Bear and saw a fluffy over-sized dog humping Bear. And not your typical doggy-style humping. This dog was humping Bear's HEAD.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Best Version of You

You might remember this post I wrote a couple weeks ago about relationships. I started off by saying how surprised I am with all of the things I am learning about myself and about dating in my current relationship.

I'm sure a lot of it has to do with age. We are in our mid-late 20s, so we are reaching our highest maturity level. Also, we live together, so that in and of itself is always eye-opening.

So today I'm here to talk about my newest discovery. And that is making an effort to be your best self for your significant other and for the success of your relationship.

It may not come as a surprise to some of you, but I like to think I'm right in most situations. Arguments or disagreements are always focused on what the other person is doing wrong and how they need to change. That's pretty typical when you're younger. Whether it's your parents, your friends, or your boyfriend. There is always something they can do better and is frustrating why they can't understand your perspective.

It's only been in the past several years that I've started checking myself during a disagreement. I've paused to step back and evaluate the situation and ask questions. Am I overreacting? How would I feel if I was in his shoes? Could I have handled this better?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Running Funk

Lately, I'm really struggling with running. And it's PISSING. ME. OFF.

Last year when I was doing it regularly a few times a week, I was loving it. I felt great physically. Each time it got a little bit easier, and I enjoyed working my way up in distance and speed.

I got to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and get my heart pumping.

Also, the mental benefits were fabulous. I had time to myself to reflect on things, or work through any concerns. It also gave me crazy endorphins that filled me with energy and happiness for the rest of the day.

I felt like Super Woman.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Why Nice Guys Finish Last

So guys are always complaining that women like the "bad boys" and that the "nice guys" of the world always finish last. Or, don't finish at all and get put in the friend zone.

While I don't agree that all women like boys with a bad streak, I do get the idea here. If guys are too nice, girls can be turned off. But if men are a bit mysterious, even rude, girls are intrigued.

Why is that? Why do women constantly complain about how men are assholes but choose to overlook the good guys anyway?

While I realize this is a complete generalization, here's my theory...

I don't think it's about IF you're a nice guy, I think the key is WHEN you're the nice guy.

Hear me out...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

You Look Like an Idiot

Three years ago yesterday, I met Tim for the first time.

We were at a UK football tailgate hosted by a mutual friend. It was a blazing hot day and if anyone knows me, they know I don't like the heat.

So, this was my set up on said day...

Oh am I so glad I have a picture documenting this day and what I was doing.

Because it was when I popped open that big red umbrella amongst a sea of blue in 80+ degree weather, did Tim turn to me and say the first words he ever said to me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9 Childhood Things I Refuse to Quit

9 Childhood Things I Refuse to Quit...

My little nugget niece rockin my shades :)

1. Eating Fruit Loops for breakfast. They are good OK?

2. Cutting the corn off the cob. You know when you are little and have no front teeth? So then mom cuts the corn off so you can eat it. But, there's something about those little chunks of kernels off the cob that tastes so yummy!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Get Fit ~ September Goals

Oh August. I had set some lofty goals but I'm going to have to chalk that one up as a loss. A combination of intense traveling, a stomach bug, and lame excuses made August an epic fail.

My goals were:
Runs: 8
Strength: 6

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Rottweilers Love Water

I'm sure many of you have seen the viral video of the Rottweiler who loves to take showers...

So precious! She would sit in there all day if they let her!

I've read a lot about Rotties and it seems loving water is in their DNA.

Well... there is always the exception to the rule, isn't there?

Exhibit A... my Rottweiler:

Guess Bear will never be a famous YouTube Rottie. 


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running is not a Race Goal

So you all know getting back into my running groove has been a struggle. But, now that my crazy August travel month is over, this sister is getting serious about it. Tim and I just signed up for the Race for the Cure 5K on October 4. So now, I have a goal to give me that extra motivation to get my endurance and distance back up to par.

This got me thinking, however. A lot of people who run or want to get into running are ones like me, where running doesn't come 100% naturally to them. For some people it's just an every day thing, like brushing your teeth. But for those of us who have to make an effort to get out on the pavement each time, running is something that we strive to do. It's a lifestyle choice that we are trying to accomplish.

But therein lies what makes it so difficult. It's a lifestyle.