Marilyn

This is my nana. She is the best person that I know. I took this picture on my birthday this past year. She took me to Rock and Roll sushi (my favorite restaurant) and was writing me out a birthday card. She has always given me the sweetest notes and cards throughout my life for every holiday and birthday. I am missing her a lot today. She is still in Birmingham and being four hours away from her is hard.

Today is her birthday. I wish that I was in Birmingham to see her. I would love to hug her and curl up in bed beside her and watch a movie like I did when I was little. I would do anything to be able to be at her house right now.

My nana has taught me so much about being a woman and always seeing the positive in every situation. She has been my light in a lot of dark times. She says that I am her sunshine and, well, she is mine, too. Her positivity and love stretch out and touch everyone that she meets. Her life is full of friends and family. I hope that one day I can be the kind of person that she is. I love my nana.

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Lullaby

One of my favorite books that I have read is “Lullaby” by Chuck Palahniuk. It has been a while since I’ve read it so I don’t remember a lot of the details. I do remember, however, enjoying it from the time I picked it up to the time I finished it. Mackenzie is reading it and so that sparked my interest in the book yet again. (SPOILER ALERT)

It was a very interesting concept. The death lullaby is what drew me in at first, but it also has a lot of less obvious undertones in it such as questioning the conformity of society. The characters were complex and fun to read about. It was a story that I enjoyed following and I was very curious to see how it ended.

All of the spells were cool and I was hooked. The ending is so good. Oyster is the worst character in terms of personality and morality.

I read online that there was a kickstarter page created so that there would be a film adaptation of the book. Apparently they reached their goal. The link to the kickstarter is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/footsteps/chuck-palahniuks-lullaby if you would like to check it out for yourself. I am excited for the movie if it actually does happen. It was a great book and I think that the movie will be great, too.

Shell Island

Every year, my family takes a vacation to Panama City Beach, Florida. I have gone every year since I was 2 and therefore, can’t imagine a summer without going. We stay for a week and do your typical family things: eating out, swimming, beach days, blah, blah, blah. Well, for the past three or four years we have been doing something that was new to me and still continues to be exciting.

Now, every year my family will rent a boat and we will take it out to Shell Island to go snorkeling for the day. We see dauphins, jellyfish, stingrays, crabs, sea urchins, blowfish, and so much more every time we go. It really changes the way you think about the ocean. There is just something about actually swimming with these incredible creatures and seeing how they thrive in the wild that gives you a new appreciation for it.

After snorkeling for several hours, we will take the boat to the island and get off. We walk about a quarter mile to the other side of the island. The island is covered with tall grass that blows in the breeze and is only broken by one trail that leads to the other side. The sand is pure white and so hot you have to practically jog across. It always leads to a fun race between the adults and children.

Once to the other side we all just stop running. We stop running, talking, laughing and we just look. I’ve been several years now and I still find the beach mesmerizing. It is almost always empty when we go. Maybe once or twice has there been another small family, but they are usually so far away that they are reduced to just little figures dancing in the sun.

The ocean is cool and refreshing after the walk across the island. Its pale green waves welcome us in and seem to call us. The large waves carry us up and down and the curious fish come to see us. We spend the rest of our day here and enjoy having the ocean to ourselves. It almost feels like we have the entire ocean to ourselves.

Then we take the boat back and watch as the dauphins chase us. The sun sets and we finish off the day with a movie, singing, dancing, and laughing.

Strawberry Fields Across the Universe

Mackenzie introduced me to this movie about a year ago, and since then I have watched it close to 50 times. It is absolutely incredible. (SPOILER ALERT)

So, the music in this movie is A+. They sing famous Beatles songs and put their own Across the Universe spin on them. Their version of “Hey Jude” is by far my favorite. The acting is great and the way they filmed it is fun and enjoyable to watch.

The characters are relatable and the plot is not too complex to follow. The movie has a lighthearted feel and shows a love that could reach across the universe.

I do, however, have one thing I don’t like. The character, Lucy, is actually the worst. I always want to skip past her parts.

This movie is music, sex, drugs, travel, fun, dancing, and so much more wrapped up in over an hour of excitement.

I highly recommend this movie to people who enjoy musicals that are actually fun to sing along to and like a good love story.

Image Source: Jenn Salvatore

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WTF (but in a good way)

Okay so last night I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned for hours before giving up and turning on my t.v. and watching a couple of movies. This post is about the two movies that I watched so SPOILER ALERT.

The first movie that I watched was 10 Cloverfield Lane. I give it 5/5 stars. It started out kind of slow,  but a lot of good movies do so I stuck through it. Then it turned into your typical suspense movie. Then it got really good. I was jumping and hiding my eyes because I was so nervous watching it. Then when she finally escapes just to realize that the guy wasn’t actually lying I lost it. I was actually screaming “WTF” at my t.v. I was in panic mode as I watched her run around and try to escape from the aliens. I thought they did a really good job with this movie and I wouldn’t be mad if there was a part 2.

The second movie I watched was Swiss Army Man. I didn’t think that I would like this movie. It looked so stupid in the commercials. There were a few times that I was saying “WTF” in a weirded out way (like the parts about the boner compass), but overall I liked it. I thought it had a good story and that it was executed very well. The movie left me laughing out loud and saying “WTF” while smiling.

I recommend these movies to anyone who wants to say “WTF”, but in a good way.

Geology Club

Geology Club is one of the best things that I have ever been a part of. The people in the club are so smart and so good at what they do.

We go on fieldtrips to super cool places around Alabama and the surrounding states. We went to Dismals Canyon and went cave exploring last semester. This semester, we are going to Hogg Mine in LaGrange, Georgia. What’s fun about the trips is that we get to go camping. Camping with your friends is the best kind.

We have movie nights where we all get together and commentate the movies. It is so fun having everyone making jokes the entire time. It makes movie watching more enjoyable.

We also get to participate in the school’s homecoming parade. This is one of my favorite things. I love parades, but being a part of them is even better than watching them.

Geology Club is one of my favorite things. I plan on being a member every year that I’m in college. I love it. They know how to make rocks interesting.

My Least Favorite Movies

Not too long ago, I posted about my favorite movies and so I decided to write about my least favorite movies. The movies on the list are just awful. They are either poorly made, have a terrible concept, or are extremely unoriginal. The list has no particular order.

  • The Evil Dead remake
  • Firestarter: Rekindled
  • Scarface
  • Sucker Punch
  • The Core
  • Neon Demon
  • The Roommate
  • Human Centipede 2
  • Batman vs Superman
  • Looper
  • The Woman in Black 2
  • Wolf

This list is not intended to hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s just opinion. I don’t appreciate these movies. Feel free to disagree. A movie on my worst list might be on your best list and that’s okay. Watch what makes you happy. 🙂

 

My Favorite Movies

This weekend was so busy with Mardi Gras parades, Mardi Gras balls, and so much more that I didn’t have time to sit down and write anything. I had a great weekend though. The highlight was being interviewed by the local 15 news and having my face on the news.

I decided to make a list of some of my favorite movies. The movies that are on the list aren’t in any kind of order. I hope that whoever reads this will enjoy the list and watch the movies that are on there.

  • The Godfather
  • Fight Club (My personal favorite)
  • Mr. Nobody
  • Tommy Boy
  • Life
  • Benchwarmers
  • The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Chances Are
  • Without a Paddle
  • Blades of Glory
  • The Impossible
  • Hush
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Unstoppable
  • Wayne’s World
  • The Room
  • Pretty Woman
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • American Psycho
  • Forrest Gump

I’m not saying that these movies are the best, I am just saying that they are my favorites and I highly recommend them.