3.17.2016

I am an adult. I am wearing a blazer. I am making important phone calls. There are hashbrowns on my pants.



(If you ever wonder what it's like to be me, this tweet from two years ago sums it up fairly well.)


Honestly, I don't remember much about blogging. I remember enjoying it. I remember meeting amazing people. I remember Blogger Family 2012 Seattle Trip of Dreams and Wonder. I remember telling you about all the movies I watch. But. What did I blog about on the day-to-day?

Let's be real, it's been three whole years. I am almost 25 now. My day-to-day consists of showing people where "The Great Gatsby" is shelved, trying to collect all of the cats in Neko Atsume, drinking enough coffee to kill a small child, and trying to remember to take my vitamins.
Not the glamorous content one expects from a blogger... but if I remember correctly, I've never been a polished blogger, and I'm okay with that. Minus my unplanned three-year hiatus, I've been doing this for nearly ten years. So I must be getting something out of it, and maybe you guys are too?

There's something special about the classic blog format. The bloggers, and wordpresses, and typepads of the internet. There's room for customization, and freedom of content, and of coming and going that other sites don't have. I'm not going to bombard you with Parks and Rec .gifs, or photos of Kristin Stewart exiting various airports looking fabulous, like I would on a site like Tumblr. I'm not limited to 140 characters like on Twitter. Where, the above tweet aside, I can never seem to feel like my content is especially funny. Here I'm not so worried about how I come across. I just want to post things that interest me, or that are on my mind. I want to keep in touch with the community I'm a part of, and meet new people in other communities and hear their stories.

I'm not going to try too hard. I'm not going to make weekly outfit posts - I wear the same pair of black jeans every day, and switch it up with various black and grey tops/sweaters/etc, on the occasions I go out of my way to dress up, guess what, it's black. I'm not going to share amazing photos of what I cook every night. I don't know how to take a photo of curry and make it look good. I just don't. And I'm not going to edit my content and personality to fit come cookie-cutter idea of what a cool blog should be.  I tried that for awhile right after high school. It wasn't me.

I am going to talk about what I find interesting. I am going to host snail-mail swaps again, because that was one of the best parts of blogging. I am going to tell you all about how I am super into listening to Enya and drinking wine after working all day. You're going to get me. Unfiltered. The way it always should be. I'm not going to blog about it unless I want to blog about it.

I am going to keep a Sponsor page active. I love you guys, and I know some people think it's gimmicky to have sponsors and ads, but I'm a grown up and I drink a lot of coffee, and maybe you feel like pitching in $5 a month so I can buy bags of the coffee I like from the roastery up north. Coffee = energy, and energy = blogging more often. So, think about it.

I love you guys. I've missed sitting at the computer with a cup of coffee and updating a blog. A real blog. Again, not that I'm not 100% here for photos of KStew, and puppy vines, and Civil War trailer .gifs.

Clean start, let's see where it takes me. Feel free to come along for the ride.

(Currently: Listening to Ye Rambling Boys Of Pleasure, by The Chieftains and Loreena McKennitt. Reading Slaughter House Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Watching Gilmore Girls, Lucifer, and Beating Again.)



3.07.2016

This Month in Movies: February 2016


Bringing back one of my favorite monthly blogs: Month in Movies. 

I never stopped keeping lists of the films I watch month to month. It's become possibly my favorite hobby, keeping track of films, and I love being able to use IMDB to create not just monthly lists but also a "master list" and a "favorite films" list. If you're curious about the movies I love go ahead and click the IMDB link in the banner. 

Deadpool (R) (2016): I have been looking forward to this film for many years. I have also worried that my expectations for this film would be so high that I would inevitably be underwhelmed. That didn't happen. Deadpool exceeded all expectations. Used it's hard R rating in the best ways, and surprised throughout. 10/10 would watch every day. 

About a Boy (PG-13)(2002)*: I have seen About a Boy so many times I've lost count. Possibly the only film I've seen more times than About a Boy is Hot Fuzz. That says a lot. 

Railway Man (R)(2013): Phenomenal. Instant add to my "Favroite Films" list. True story of a WWII British POW who was held captive, forced to work for, and tortured by Japanese soldiers in Thailand. Emotional in all senses of the word, and superbly filmed and acted. (Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Stellan Skarsgard)

Meet My Valentine (TV-PG)(2015): Terrible made for TV movie. Watched on Netflix because a terrible made for TV movie sounded pretty good that night. Main character consistently makes terrible choices. 

The History of Future Folk (NR)(2012): Okay, so I watched this two nights in a row. Wonderful low budget indie film about an alien who comes to Earth, with the mission to destroy humanity so his species can live here and escape their doomed planet - but he discovers music instead and starts a one man folk act. 

The Face of Love (PG-13)(2013): another stellar cast - Annette Benning, Ed Harris, and Robin Williams. The first time I've seen a Robin Williams film since his death... it was unintentional that it took me this long, but also surprisingly emotional to see him on a screen. The film itself was filmed beautifully, but I feel like the ending was rushed, and certain dialogue/plot moments could have been smoother. 

China Moon (R)(1994): '90s crime/cop/conspiracy/romance. That was a genre in the '90s. I swear.