Tag Archives: movie

New Favorites

8 Jun

Hi guys. Sorry for being MIA for a while. I’ve been lucky enough to get some travel in and see my future Grad School. Which was great, I really loved the campus. But this time hasn’t been without it’s rough patches, either. But we’re all on the mend and I thought I’d share some fun things I’ve come across.

1) Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Curling Wand:

I kinda had mixed feelings about this thing. My hair is very fine but I have a lot of it, so curling it isn’t always a success. The first time I didn’t do so well, mostly because I kept burning my hand on the wand. The second time I used the heat resistant glove that comes with it and it was so much better. I had a better handle on the wand and it made much better coils. Overall, it’s not something I would do everyday but it was easy and the curls last a very long time.

2) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Courtesy of Google

I really enjoyed this movie, it was a bit more serious than I was expecting but had a few good laughs. The story follows several English adults in their “Golden Years” in their journey to a sort of retirement hotel in India. You learn what brought them there and their personalities based on how they adapt to their new environment. It has a full cast of well loved, well established actors like Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy that show the moral of the story without hitting you over the head with it. Their point was revealed in small bits in ways I honestly have never thought of before.

{Spoiler Alert for those who do not want to know anything about the movie. It’s not a major plot point- I promise} One of the characters is an out of love, kind of pervy guy who has no idea how to get along with women. When he finally succeeds, he finds a perfect match girlfriend. Later on when a lead character asks the girlfriend what she saw in the wannabe lover boy she talks about their first night together. He brought Viagra and she saw them fall out of his pocket. She didn’t want their time together to be like that, so she switched the two pills for aspirin- and he didn’t even know the difference.  This is just one of the small anecdotes that illustrated the theme. Each person had a main reason for going to the hotel, but in each case there were other circumstances at work, altering their plan and ultimately making them better people.

3) The Lumineers- I stumbled on this album not too long ago and have been listening to it ever since. It has a folksy tone without being too strong. It’s a CD I can leave on because each song is just right. Definitely recommend :)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.


New Faves

26 Feb

Hello all,

I just wanted to stop by and share a couple of things that have been making me happy lately.

1) Conair Infinity Spin Brush. I’ll be first to admit that I’m never super concerned with my hair- first sign of trouble it goes up in a pony tail. But I was surprised at how much I like this tool. It does the work of both a round brush and hairdryer. And for those of us who never quite mastered the hairstylist technique, this thing is a godsend. I have shoulder length straight hair and was slightly concerned the spin barrel would get tangled in my hair and it would be a huge mess. But thankfully, all is well. They seem to have covered all the bases, even for those of us who are hair inept.

2) Etsy. This place is a trap, a beautiful, wonderful trap. Etsy is a site where crafty folks can sell their wares. They pretty much have everything you can want and then some. I’ve been using it for about a year and it has yet to let me down. In fact, my credit card gets a work out when I visit this site :)

3) Speaking of money… I love free things, I think we all do. So this week I stumbled onto movie rewards programs. Each time you buy a ticket, you get points and as the points accumulate you can claim things like free popcorn or even a free ticket. I’ve seen them for AMC, Paragon and Regal cinemas. Check out your local theater because you could get a reward for something you were going to do anyway. Sweet deal!

Happy Sunday!

{All pics courtesy of Google}

The New Guy

23 Jul

Sorry to have abandoned you for just a bit, but it turns out that things have gotten a little more crazy than I had anticipated in my last post.  I had a birthday, have to find new work and just in general being a busy little bee. So, now things are finally getting back on track.

Seeing as my department was downsized, I now join the ranks of millions of others in the unemployed boat. I am trying to see it as an opportunity, but it its remarkably hard.

I was thinking about the whole situation earlier in movie terms. Bear with me here…It’s a pretty apt scenario. Everyone of course wants to think of themselves a main character in their own lives, but how do you really know? And then a scene from Galaxy Quest popped into my head. (It’s a fun movie!)  One of the characters has a constant fear of impending doom because he is “the new guy”. And everyone knows, something bad always happens to the new guy.

GalaxyQuest– photo courtesy of Google

But everyone has to be the new guy sooner or later in order to gain the confidence and knowledge the main character has.  And I keep being told that my moment is coming, just be patient. And while this is all good advice-it’s hard. Then I got this sweet message in my inbox this morning from this fun site.

 It’s kind of strange, Grace, but first you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result. And then you have to physically move towards it, without defining the hows. 

At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected. 

Not unlike a cat, 
    The Universe

I guess you can hear something a million times, and then one day it just clicks. I may be the new guy right now, but my prized role may be right around the corner :)