21 Day Challenge: Day 11

Well it’s been a super productive day, unfortunately that means a fair bit of time on my computer.  I still managed to fit in a movie and to catch a Pokemon so not too bad.  Step count for the day is sitting at 5042, so I will need to pick it up tomorrow.

Then I’m headed out-of-town and going to cheer for my friend at her first ever body building show.  Who knows seeing so many fit people may make me want to get working on my fitness.

Also, Ghostbusters, if you haven’t already seen it, you should it exceeded my expectations.  I am not one for reinventing the wheel, but this was funny, and had it’s own storyline, so it’s not trying to be The Ghostbuster movies some of us love, but A Ghostbuster movie we can also enjoy.  If you’ve seen the original ones you’ll get some of the references and catch the 5 cameos.  You may also laugh at parts others don’t quite get, so don’t feel bad if you and your friends happen to be the only ones laughing at a reference while the rest of the movie theater is silent, just own it!  Oh and stay until the very end.

As for me, I’m signing off a little later than usual today, but I’m looking forward to what tomorrow might bring.  Hopefully some more sunshine 🙂

Good night world!  Signing off until day 12.

Goosebumps

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Sometimes you just need a break from all the noise of life.  And if the planets align that break needing moment falls on a day where you have enough points for a free movie 🎬

I don’t know about you but I grew up watching Are You Afraid Of The Dark and reading Goosebumps. I still geek out when I see meteorologist Ross Hull on the News 🙈.  So of course the Goosebumps movie with Jack Black has been on my to do list since it came out.  So Scene card in hand I decided to check it off my list.

I wasn’t sure about Jack Black in an R.L.Stine movie, but I have to hand it to him, he pleasantly surprised me.  This movie brought memories of those early years, free of all the things that sometimes keep my “adultish” mind awake at night.  Back then, reading under the covers with a flashlight way past my bedtime was its own adventure. 😊  It made me think that perhaps it’s time to take a break and get back to enjoying all those things we tell ourselves we’re too busy or too grown-up to do.

Mind you I had a tour of a facility the other day and got to get into a ball pit with some colleagues, and I have to say I hadn’t laughed that hard in ages.  Well except for that one day when on of AG’s twins started giggling and gleefully shrieking when her favorite show came on.  Priceless!!!

Aww those twin babies and their beautiful smiles melt my heart.  Drool and all they too remind me that amidst all the chaos that is life, we have to take a moment to enjoy what really matters.

So as we move forward on this little life adventure, make sure to pencil yourself into your own busy schedule.  And if you’re fortunate enough to have a friend like AG who has the most adorable baby twins, get them to pencil you into their busy schedule for baby smiles and giggles 😊😊

The Giver

colorappleYears ago, I read The Giver.  It reminded me of 1984, Utopia, and Plato’s Republic, and it made me wonder if the Receiver of memory chose the right path.  Since then, many things have happened in my life.  I’ve traveled, I’ve lived, I’ve loved and I’ve seen how beautiful life can be for some, and how incredibly cruel it can be to others.  Thoughts of the latter still haunt me… I’ve never known hunger, and aside from history books and television I have no memory of war, but I’ve seen the turmoil it leaves behind long after peace treaties are signed.  I’ve lived in a gang-infested country, where people live in constant fear, and hunger drives people to things we can’t even fathom.  I don’t think I’ll ever understand why there is such disparity, and part of me almost wishes we could all live in “sameness” and fairytale happiness. 

Still, one look at the news and I can tell that our global village is still light years away from peace and the opportunity for everyone to have all the freedoms and opportunities we have and sometimes take for granted.  Although the movie is but a shadow of the book, it still managed to shed some perspective on my first world problems.  Which, truth be told, seem trivial in comparison to what people around the world endure.  So as you go through your day remind yourself that you have freedom of choice, and make sure your choices count for something…Choose to be happy, choose to be kind, choose to do good and choose to get better 🙂   

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

It comes as no surprise that I had to go see the new installment of X-Men. I will admit that I had my reservations about this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. It seems to have been made to appeal to the dreamer and perhaps hopelessly romantic in me 🙂

Unlike the darkness of our beloved comic books, this movie was about hope and real second chances. It showed a more tempered Wolverine, and said a lot about relationships, friendships, and redemption.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the action and all the battle scenes that make X-Men so cool, but I guess after seeing so many horrible things on the news everyday, it’s nice to think of the possibility of a peaceful world.

We all make choices in life, some we are proud of and others we’d probably want to forget, but at the end of the day those choices make us who we are today. If you find yourself unhappy with who that is, just remember that it’s never too late to change for the better. Sometimes we stumble and lose our way, but in the words of Professor X: “Just because someone stumbles, loses their way, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever”.

Thanks for stopping by and following the ups and downs of my journey. I hope that wherever you are there will always be someone who believes in you, and pushes you to get right back up when you stumble.

Have a great week!

Insidious 2

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Insidious

Those of you who read my previous post, know that Sunday was movie day and also an attempt to break from my no social life pattern. I’ve recently made a new friend who happens to be an old childhood friend of one of my brothers, which makes this so totally random. It’s also proof that it’s a small world. Because what are the odds that I would meet someone who is pretty cool and laid back, befriend them and then find out they know my brother.

I don’t know about you guys, but I always get kinda nervous when I get friends from different places together at an event or outing. Ideally I’d love for all my friends to be friends which each other, but that doesn’t always work out. So I was pleasantly surprised when in spite of my brother’s antics, we all ended up enjoying the movie and having a few laughs afterwards.

At the end of the day, the best part of having friends is knowing that they still like you in spite of all the silliness. But just to make sure things didn’t get too out of hand for those who are oblivious to social queues, we’ve decided on a code word. Quesadilla or wait was it Unicorn? Nah! With a group of carboholics like us I think Quesadillas is easier to bring up in conversation….darn now I’m hungry! Story of my life! *LOL*

As for the movie, well, what can I say? It was creepy, had all sorts of special effects, sounds and all those things that might keep some people from sleeping or being in a room with a closet. So if you enjoyed the conjuring you might like the second installment of Insidious.

Aside from all the scary stuff, it also says a lot about friendship and family dynamics, ranging from the good, the bad and the utterly disturbing.  Some parts of this movie also seemed like a rehashed/revamped clip borrowed from the 80’s Poltergeist and other time traveling  and horror movies. Overall, Insidious 2 is better than most horror sequels because it’s carefully crafted and embedded with subtle clues that become clearer as the story progress and leaves those viewers who’ve watched both parts with a cohesive narrative.

I wish I could tell you that James Wan wrapped it up nicely, but you know how these stories go in Hollywood. It seems that in the movie industry, there’s always room for part III…So, before I spoil the ending or any part in-between for those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I’ll just code word myself to stop Quesadilla! Quesadilla!

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It will all make sense once you watch the movie, so be brave and check it out!

SPOILER ALERT!!!

bridesmaids-movie-quotesThose of you out there who saw Bridesmaids will remember Helen Harris and her horrible behavior towards poor Annie.  As such you might agree that the Insidious ghost lady symbolically evened the score between Annie & Helen when she B*slaps Rose Byrne who plays Renai in this movie…just saying.

Inevitable

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Inevitable

Hey Imacookiefiend readers, I’m back!
As you all know by now, I’m a work in progress. My biggest project right now is ME, and so I’ve been really busy these past few days working on that. Like most humans, I’m a creature of habits. Some like my new working out habit are good, and others like my cookie eating habits and limited/almost non existing social life are kinda medium mad. Since I’m set to start tackling my eating habits with my September 21st challenge, I thought I’d get started on my socializing before then, while I’m still me…as in not insufferable from the sugar/carb detox/withdrawal. The thought of giving up all the sugary junk I ❤ so much is starting to feel a little too real now that the date is almost here.

As for this social thing, it’s not easy either. Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means über shy or nerdy…actually I take that back I’m a big nerd, but since The Big Bang Theory & now Michelle Chamuel’s breakthrough it seems we’re pretty cool these days. But no seriously, I’m okay, it seems I’m pretty likeable, people think I’m funny, some even think I’m witty, I have friends I’ve known longer than I haven’t, and somehow I seem to know a lot of people.

Come to think of it, I have lot acquaintances but I don’t have many friends, and that’s okay because I think these days people use that term all too loosely. Especially on social media, where I’ve been told by people who don’t really know me that I’m a Facebook snob because I won’t add them after meeting them for five seconds. But really, is it so bad that I only want to have my friends who live miles away on FB or those whose grandparents, parents and now children I know?? After all, my friends know me, they accept it, and those who live near know I see or text them enough to not need FB to see what they’re up to, so why should some stranger judge me, right??? But who knows, maybe I really am a Facebook snob :/

Anyway, the friends I do have, I love and cherish very much, and although most of them are scattered in different parts of the world, I really make and effort to keep in touch. I realize now how important that is. I also realize that no matter how much I love them & they love me, no matter how much we text, Skype, Facetime and so forth, it cannot replace a real human connection. And so, for their peace of mind and that of my family, and really who am I kidding, just to stop them all from nagging me (lol), I’ve decided to humor them and expand my circle of IRL friends here in the city I live in now.

It’s a little daunting, not because I can’t do it, but because it takes time for me to share and really let people into my life, and sometimes people try to rush things and that approach just doesn’t work for me.  Truth be told it irks me.  It’s no secret to my friends. They know that once I’m comfortable I talk a lot.  I love listening to them and sharing with them but they also know that if I feel accosted by people I don’t know at their get-togethers, then I clam up.  After all, my life is not an open book.  I might blog about certain things in an attempt to sort through some aspects of my life, but since I’m not a celebrity who lives off of the public, I think I still have the right to privacy and to choose what I do or do not share.

However, some people it seems can’t handle not knowing everything about someone.  They seem to think that you can’t be friends unless you’re willing to give them a play-by-play of your life like some do on Instagram, and that’s their prerogative.  Lucky for me others like AG understand it and that’s why we end up being friends. She gets my quirks and I get her OCD, as with all my friends it’s pretty quid pro quo I would say 😉

Speaking of AG, she finally made the leap into the blogosphere so feel free to check out her blog’s first post here. As I was typing this I realized that she is like my newest friend, and since we’ve known each other for over two years that means it’s been that long since I’ve really made an effort on the new friend front…Unless we count RubySlippers, but that’s more of a Stockholmish kinda friendship so I don’t know, it’s an iffy one *LOL*

Still getting back to my new friend thing, I think I’m making headway now. There have been quite a few à la Simon Cowell “That’s a no for me!” prospects in the past few weeks. Which is fine, because some things in life are trial and error. The good thing is that I’m trying, I’m taking time to live and enjoy the process. Which also makes me appreciate my few but true friends even more.  They are incredibly supportive and inspire at times even nag me into action & I know it’s out of love so I’m thankful for it all.

Well, it’s late and I’ve rambled on long enough, it’s almost Sunday my favorite day. The weather is changing pretty quickly and sweater season is upon us.  So the point of this post is that in the end, there’s no stopping change. It is inevitable…well except from the vending machine at most places I’ve worked, but that’s another story.  As such I’m embracing change and seeing where it leads.  For the near future it’s taking us to the movies on a chilly Sunday afternoon with one of my brothers, AG and a new…”Wait For It”…friend!

Tracks

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Tracks

It’s Tuesday and already my week has been busy busy busy! I’m not complaining because change is good and I’m confident that great things will come from it. I am however finding these initial steps a little overwhelming, and maybe that is why I’m feeling a little tired.

Still, tired or not, tonight as I get ready for bed I’m still smiling and feel inexplicably giddy and thankful for today. It seems that since I started meditating again, good things are falling into place and I’m getting back on track. Proving once again that if you smile at life, it will ultimately smile back at you.

I’ve had such a great day that although I’m looking forward to tomorrow, I wish I could hold on to today a little longer. I had a chance to hang out with my brothers and my friend and artist extraordinaire Nhuey today, which was really cool. I also had the chance to catch up with a dear friend and future momma to be. Three weeks till we all get to finally meet her little peanut, I can hardly wait!

I then received a call from my parents who are away celebrating my momma’s birthday week in the Caribbean.  It seems that good Karma is with them as well because they were upgraded to a VIP Villa upon arrival.  So we’re totes loving RIU for making their stay and my mom’s bday extra special 😉

I also got to hang out and catch a movie with AG and our friend and best cookie baker ever K (who hopefully will bake us some unicorn poop cookies soon…hint, hint 🙂 OMG I think I really am a cookie fiend! But I think you all know that by now, right?

Just in case you’re wondering, we saw The Conjuring. I’ll admit that I was skeptical about it because most “scary” films along the lines of Paranormal Activity have disappointed me, but this one is actually worth watching. Expect creaking floors, squeaky doors, empty rocking chairs and all the creepy stuff that you expect but still somehow makes you jolt or squirm in your seat…right AG?

I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who are still waiting to see it, but let me just say that if you enjoyed watching Are You afraid of The Dark, Goosebumps, and The Haunting Hour back in the day, then you’ll agree that this movie is definitely one to be “submitted for the approval of the midnight society”…

Final Thoughts:
I know I’ve said this many times before, but it’s worth repeating, so be kind to yourself and others and choose to be happy! Remember that true friends don’t care which side of the tracks you come from. They’ll love and stand by you regardless of your zip code so make time for them and let them know how much they mean to you.