There’s a gamer side of me that not many people see, and I don’t talk a lot about because it’s not very attractive. I get very competitive and have even told my cat to get away from me because I’m getting some assassinating done. So it’s no shocker that I’ve been hooked on Assassin’s Creed since the first game. The fact that the first one took place in the Ottoman’s empire and there was Turkish being spoken that I recognized didn’t hurt!
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I dance around in my apartment all the time, sometimes to no music. So when I get a chance to review a game like Just Dance 4 from Ubisoft, I jump on it. It had been a while since I’d used my Kinect when I tried out Just Dance 4 so once I got through the updates, I picked a song and dived into the game.
When I was chosen to read and review Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly for the BlogHer* Book Club, I wasn’t exactly sure what kind of impact it would have on my life. See, this past year has been a year of turmoil, changes, and making lots of decisions that have left me scared and exhilarated at the same time. I have to be honest – I don’t read a lot of books in this genre. You know the kind – self-help. Talking about how to live a better life and to love, etc etc.
Needless to say, I was a little skeptical going into this but Brown does not approach things analytically. It’s not preachy. It’s just down-right honest. I felt like Brown is someone I could sit down and have a conversation with over a cup of coffee. She talks about our culture of ‘never enough’, and the relationship between scarcity and joy. One of my favorite parts of the book was something I’ve tried to focus on in my personal life.
“…every time we allow ourselves to lean into joy and give in to those moments, we build resilience and we cultivate hope.”
Parents, she even has a whole section on “Daring to be the adults we want our children to be”
I feel like this will be one of those books I re-read every few years as I dare myself to go after my dreams.
Oh, and as far as those dares I’ve accepted these past few months? Don’t worry – an update is coming soon.
*This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.
I’m a kid at heart. I love watching movies like ‘Happy Feet’ and ‘Madagascar’, giggling at stupid jokes and squeeing over the cuteness that are the characters in those movies.
So when I saw a trailer for Despicable Me, I KNEW I had to see it. There was no doubt in my mind.
1) There were the MINIONS.
2) A little girl going “It’s so FLUFFY. I’m gonna DIE”
Obviously I squealed with joy everytime I saw the trailers and really hoped that the movie would NOT disappoint.
Tuesday night, the Boy and I headed over to Chinatown for a 9:30 showing. After we grabbed our dinner (the new Angus Mini-hotdogs. YUMMY), we took our seats and the one of us immediately had to go to the bathroom. *cough*
Enjoying movies like this, I of course also love the previews.
During the previews, there was also an announcement to download the Best Buy Movie App for a special treat during the credits after the movie. The Boy immediately made me download it.
*glare in the dark*
When you download the app, it tells you to turn your phone on silence, and that it will notify you via vibration when it’s time to use the app and then DIMS THE SCREEN. *win*
So the movie began, and I was immediately in love. The 3-D wasn’t overly in your face, the graphics were awesome and the characters were really well developed.
The minions were the cutest!
It was decided immediately that I am, without a doubt, Agnes. (IT’S SO FLUFFY) and the Boy is a mix between Gru and the Minions. (If you’ve met him, you’ll understand).
While funny and cute, the movie had a heart-warming side to it that wasn’t in your face. “LOOK! A MORAL LESSON! RUB RUB RUB”.
It was tastefully done and they definitely paid attention to the details (minions’ actions in the background, etc).
In the end, I knew that this was a movie I would immediately purchase when it comes out on DVD.
When the credits started rolling, my phone vibrated to let me know that the Minions would come on-screen. I will not ruin the special surprise but what the app does is translate what the Minions are saying on your phone screen! It was worth the download and I’m told that when the movie comes out on DVD, the app will translate throughout the entire movie as opposed to just the credits. As a movie-watcher picky about distractions, I found this to be tastefully done and the dimming of my phone screen was what won me over for this app. I’m looking forward to how they use this in future productions.
After the movie, the Boy and I headed home. While I was crossing the street and talking about the movie, this following scene happened: The Boy: Watch out for the car. It’ll hurt more than running into a pole.
Me: That’s why I have a hat on! To protect my head!
When we got home, I immediately went on-line to look for Minion toys and movie posters. While surfing the posters, I came across one with the Minions that made me squeal because I thought it was in the Minion language.
Me: “It’s in the Minion language!”
The Boy: “Get it!”
Me: “Oh wait, no, that’s Russian.”
Since we saw the movie, we’ve continually laughed about it at random moments. One of those moments led to us having a discussion about what would happen if we could adopt one.
Me: I want a Minion!
The Boy: Find out where we can get one and I will get you one.
Me: But one wouldn’t be as entertaining.
The Boy: Fine, we’ll get two but I have to be able to take one to work a couple of days a week.
Me: But then I’ll only have one left at home. *pout*
The Boy: Alright, we’ll get three.
The Boy: But that’ll be harder to manage. If we have 2, we can watch both of them and know where they are. It’s that third one we have to worry about…you know, the one that the other two will make fun of and shun. That’s the one that’ll disappear and decide to get ‘creative’ and then boom. There goes the kitchen.
The gem of all things Minion came the other night:
The Boy: You know, the Minions are the sperm of short bus riders.
This is why I love this man.
If you haven’t seen Despicable Me yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled day for a special announcement.
Because I promised a bunch of you that I would share the awesome things I come across, I will start with this:
Are you a foodie that loves finding recipes online but can’t always print them out and your email inbox is just full of links you can’t always get to?
Do you need a new way to keep organized?
Do you just love trying out new organizational things because you’re as OCD as I am?
Do you sometimes wish you could ask your friend about that site they mentioned a few weeks ago but damn it, they just went on that vacation to the end of the world where there is just no cell signal?
Well, meet Springpad.
Springpad is a free web app that gives you many ways to save and access anything you want to remember.
It automatically organizes and enhances the data you’ve stored with useful links and offers to save you time and money.
The “Friends Stuff” tab gives you access to what your friends stored in THEIR pad.
‘Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love. Girl doesn’t. This is not a love story…This is a story about love.’
I have been dying to see this movie (500) Days of Summer ever since I saw the trailer for it during The Brothers Bloom (Another fantastic movie). Tom, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hopeless romantic & an aspiring architect who is working at a greeting card company. Summer, Zooey Deschanel, is a girl that starts working at Tom’s company but who doesn’t believe in true love, therefore doesn’t want to be held down by a relationship. The moment Tom sees her, he believes that he has finally found the one. Zooey, on the other hand, thinks he’s interesting.
This is the story told from Tom’s point of view, where in 500 days, Tom learns about love & losing love, relationships & reconciliations. As most of us do, Tom remembers only the good moments and is bewildered when Summer tells him that they shouldn’t see each other anymore. The story is told in a non-linear fashion, where a moment after the break-up triggers a memory in the first two hundred days when things were good. Tom believes that even though Summer says she doesn’t believe in love, she just hasn’t found the right person and that in time, things will fall into place because she is the One for him.
This movie is cute, funny, and heart-breaking because you know that the relationship is going to end…It’s just a matter of how and when…and whether or not Tom will be able to get Summer back after she tells him that they shouldn’t see each other anymore. The symmetry of the movie will leave you feeling for Tom who lives in the expectations of the relationship and is finally faced with the reality of the past 500 days of Summer.
The soundtrack is amazing, the aesthetic of the movie is fabulous and the chemistry between Zooey and Gordon is undeniable. I laughed, I was ready to cry but was rooting for both of them, even separately, by the end of the movie.
This is a good movie to watch alone…or with your significant other. No matter who you see it with, it’s a movie that will stay with you for the rest of the year…and throughout your life because we all fall in love.