I’m not quite sure how to review this movie other than to day that it is amazing! I have not played with legos in years and was so impressed by it. I had initially could not believe that there was actually going to be a Lego Movie and that Hollywood had seriously gone downhill and in need of some new scripts and ideas. After seeing this movie, I am so amazed by this. I don’t even have enough words to share about this movie.
Seriously though if you have not seen this movie go see this movie. I had been having such a crazy month and a crappy day before going in to see this, but it cheered me up so much. The theme song made me so happy and gets stuck in my head so I’m sorry, but I hope that you get a chance to see this!
So how’s this…I finally start of 2014 by jumping straight in with a book review. A life update will hopefully come later this week. I failed at my GoodReads goal for last year, but I can’t say that my life was not awesome. Let’s get the show on the road with the book review though. I just finished Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is one of John Green’s most famous books to date. It’s a New York Times best seller and a Michael L. Printz award winner not to mention that it is probably one of the most quoted books on Tumblr.
This book is a year in Miles “Pudge” Halter’s life. It is probably a little less than a year, but over an entire school year beginning in July and ending in about June. Pudge has lived his life waiting for something to happen and he thinks that going to boarding school is where his life will begin and being fascinated with famous last words he goes off to Culver Creek Boarding School hoping to find a reason to really live and give him some famous last words. On his first day he meets his roommate Chip who introduces him to Alaska Young, the girl of Pudge’s dreams. Pudge becomes entranced by Alaska and apart of her world that the boarding school no longer becomes safe. Pudge becomes obsessed with knowing more about Alaska and that leads him down a road with no answers.
I don’t even know if that summary even did the book any justice. The book is divided into mainly two parts the before incident and the after incident. I could subdivide the book into more parts such as the before boarding school, at boarding school before, at boarding school after, and end of school year. I’m trying not to give too much of the book away because SPOILER a character dies. I love the way the book is written in a very adult form that does not bs the reader. It also does not glorify the incident by any means. The incident is just as it is an incident. The book is written in such a way that even though you are left wondering about that happened to Alaska like Pudge you know that there is no answer and the more you search the farther away from the truth you are. I applaud John Green for writing this book and is my favorite out of all the books of his that I have read. Below are a few of the more famous quotes from the book:
“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia” “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” p.54
“…thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” p. 88
“Night falls fast. Today is in the past,” p. 89
From The General in His Labyrinth “He was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness, “Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”"p. 155
“How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?-A.Y.” p 158
I definitely recommend that you read this book. I almost bought another copy of this book just so that I could have the new anniversary edition that’s out in stores now! *Fingers crossed * I’ll be back with another post for you tomorrow!
I know that I have not done a movie review in a while I thought that I would do one for you today. I’m slowly getting more motivated to blog again and finding new blogs to read has also spurned my interest to once again change some things up in this blog design in the future. Let’s get back to the review though.
I found Fun size on Netflix and dropped it into my queue a while ago and had not got around to watching it until now when Netflix announced they were getting rid of just under 50 or so movies from its service. I’m pretty sure that this movie is still on there though, so check it out.
Fun Size stars Victoria Justice and Chelsea Handler as the only notable names in the movie. Victoria Justice plays 17 year old Wren, a senior in high school who is already planning on leaving her small town and going to NYU. Wren narrates the beginning of the movie explaining that her dad made it seem that life for him started when he went to NYU and that has always been the plan for her to go. Wren’s mom, Joy played by Chelsea Handler does not want Wren to go so far away to school and ever since her dad died several months earlier has been going through a strange grieving process in which at the moment means that she has taken on a 20 something boyfriend.
On Halloween Joy asks Wren to take her little brother, Albert trick o treating in the neighborhood while she is at a Halloween party. Wren agrees to take Albert trick o treating for a little while and then makes plans with her best friend April to escape to Aaron Reily’s Halloween party. Things are going as planned until Wren loses Albert in a haunted house. The rest of the film is Wren trying to find Albert all over town and the trouble that Albert gets into all over town. Don’t worry by the end of the film Wren finds Albert and they share a tender moment with their dad in the cemetery and Wren’s mom, Joy finally wakes up to the fact that she has 2 kids and that her 20 something boyfriend may not be the answer to her problems.
You will love this movie if you liked the Hangover and other comedies like it.I hope to see you again with another post!
Recently I acquired a Kate Spade Debra planner. I had been using a raspberry personal metropol for the last 2 years. Let’s be real though I had only really been using it for the last year, the year before that I just carried it around pretending to use it and not really using it. This is the un-boxing of the Kate Spade planner and I have since moved in. I love it to pieces so far.
Hopefully through the end of the year I will have many more posts up for you. If you don’t find me here feel free to find me via any of my other social media connections. See you soon!
Recently, I went to Las Vegas and visited the Bellagio Conservatory I absolutely LOVE going there. It’s amazing to see all the plants and see the artistry. This year the Bellagio even had a staff member available to talk to people about the plants and the work.
shoes: Kswiss run tubes in blue (not available)
jeans:L.E.I for Wal-Mart
shirt: Express beige long sleeve cowl
watch: (not shown) Swatch white ceramic 2008 edition
pocket bac holder : Bath & Body Works last season
Today I’m linking up with Lenora, Julie Ann, and Erika for an Thanksgiving Bloghop. I’m a little late, but better lat than never right?
I was tempted to write this post at work today, but decided that I wanted to do a rather comprehensive post. To begin with at the end of March, my co-worker challenged a group of friends to keep a gratitude journal every day for 1 month. Everyone kept a gratitude journal in their own way for at least a month. Since April I have been keeping the journal every day and today I’m going to highlight a few entries from each month.
-April 12: my friend Ian being alive
-April 13: March of Dimes for Babies
-April 22: Watching Up on Poppy Hill
-May 12: My mom for always being there
-May 18: My wonderful and crazy friends
-May 21: My dad
-June 6: getting a brand new mattress
-June 16: Family brunch with my dad
-June 22: Living in an amazing place with views for days!
-July 8: Hanging out and learning from an accomplished scholar
-July 18: Meeting the new head of school for the high school at work
-July 28: Being saved from a possible hurricane
-August 9: Time in the mountains with friends
-August 19: new projects
-September 2: giving to charity and running in Run or Dye with my mom
-September 21: Hearing my friend sing again
-September 22: seeing one of Sadako’s paper crane and meeting some of her family
-October 9: Taking steps to my future
-October 13: my wonderful nephew’s 4th birthday
-October 31: Travels into history
-November 2: For making through another year
-November 21: For feeling grateful every day
I can’t even begin to tell you how much some of these little accomplishments mean, but hopefully I will get the chance to tell you more about it someday. This project has made me remember that there is something to be thankful for every day not just on Thanksgiving. Hopefully I’ll see you with another blogpost soon!
I keep saying that I should do more book reviews and yet that still has not happened yet. Work these past couple years have been absolutely insane, but I can’t complain. As you may know from some of my previous book reviews on Jennifer Weiner books is that she is one of my favorite authors, so I do apologize if this review is a little biased. This book was originally published sometime in 2012 and I have not had a chance to read it until recently.
In the book Ruth Saunders, the main character, an East Coast native has been in California for several years and finally after much struggles of trying to make it as a screen writer she finally gets her big break. She finds that sometimes in order to get your dream in Hollywood it means that you have to do a whole lot of compromising and you get stepped on and have to step on a few people to make it great. During this time, Ruth has to face her old unrequited flame Rob who is now married to a famous star celebrity, her grandmother’s impending nuptials, and that she might need to be more confident that she appears to be. In the end Ruth find love and peace in some place she least expects and even though the network cancels her show mid-season she manages to do secretly shoot the pilot the way it originally was intended and have it turn into a viral sensation overnight.
I loved the fact that Jennifer Weiner used some of her own experiences working on State of Georgia an ABC Family show that starred Raven Symone. The show was short lived and like Ruth Saunders show only lasted until mid-season. Jennifer Weiner unlike many female authors really understand women and society as they are. She does not attempt to portray men as unequals to women as some female authors tend to do and I’m glad for that. I especially enjoyed that in this novel Ruth Saunders had to overcome a disability to find confidence and be her own heroine and I think that is a resounding message throughout all of Ms Weiner’s novels.
I hope that you will read this book when you get the chance and I will see you again in another great post!