Thursday, March 24, 2016

Update on 35 things to do before turning 36




35 things to do before turning 36
1. Read 52 books this year
Whelp it is March and I have only read 3 books so far so not looking promising

2. Read the Bible this year
Working my way through Exodus

3. continue to pay down my credit card every month
Whelp I have managed to pay off one so hopefully I continue the trend

4. Make a project from Pintrest
not yet

5. Read a classic book all the way through (not just audio but actually read it)
6. Go abroad
7. Attend a live play, ballet, symphony or opera
8. Learn to be grateful and positive every day (find something to be thankful and positive about the day)
9. Visit some local places around (road trip)
10. Attend a book reading or art gallery or a book signing

11. Do and finish the JJ Virgin diet
I did this and found out that I am intolerant to gluten and soy but boy howdy put them together and I am down for the count. It has been interesting. 

12. Go on a date
uh no

13. Write a letter to yourself something deep and personal to be read in 10 years
14.  Go to the zoo
15. See Chris Evans, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Benedick Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman (if possible)
I have seen Chris Evans back in NOLA in January
I will see David Tennant and Matt Smith in St Louis and NYC in April
Chris Evans and Tom Hiddleston in June

16. Make my own bread (healthy kind)
17. See an opera (via movie theater) see a ballet
18. Have a heart-pumping adventure like skydiving or white water rafting
19. Get another tattoo
20. Attend a festival
21.  Learn how to make a gif
22. Explore more local libraries
23. Stargaze or go to a planetarium 
24. Go 24 hours without technology of any kind
25. Write in my journal at least once a week and work my way up to daily.
I have been managing to do this by using a bullet journal which is awesome

26. Do an escape room or scavenger hunt
27. laugh more learn how to loosen up and joke more
28. Cook a recipe from a cookbook weekly or at least 2 a month.
29. Learn a new makeup trick and hair style
30. Do my hair 2 days a week
I have been doing my hair everyday except this week

31. Try something new
32. Go to a drive in movie theater
33. Get a real bed with a frame and new mattress
I am moving in April to a new place and am hoping that this will happen at that point

34. Quit a bad habit
I haven't drank a soda since mid January and I am very happy about that

35. Work out

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday 13 ~ episode 1


Miss this meme:

This week I am going to do 13 of my favorite Dr. Who episodes up to season 8 (because I haven't seen that season yet so basically 9th, 10th and 11th doctors)

1. The Empty Child (9th doctor)
2. Tooth and Claw (10th doctor)
3. Blink (10th doctor)
4. The Unicorn and the Wasp (10th doctor)
5. The Lodger (11th doctor)
6. Day of the Moon (11th doctor)
7. Silence in the Library (10th doctor)
8. Forest of the Dead (10th doctor)
9. The doctor's wife (11th doctor)
10. The Girl who waited (l1th doctor)
11. Closing Time (11th doctor)
12. Asylum of the Daleks (11th doctor)
13. The Angels take Manhattan (11th doctor)

Honorary Mentions: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship


Sunday, February 7, 2016

J J Virgin Diet - What?!?



So yeah I'm doing it...
You have to give up 7 items
Sugar
Corn
Gluten
Dairy
Soy
Eggs
Peanuts

Which is very hard b/c I hate to break this to you but everything pre-packaged has soy in it including some teas...

Started week 1 January 25th
The first week I did shakes for breakfast and lunch with protein and vegetables for dinner and 1 snack

Week 2  February 1st
Shakes for breakfast, lunch has been protein and vegetables same for dinner with 1 snack.

After 2nd week (and in 1 month) I have lost 15 lbs.

Shakes that I love!!

Peach berry almond smoothie
chocolate almond smoothie
chocolate blueberry
rise and shine smoothie
strawberry chocolate protein smoothie

Was super uber rough the first week. I craved cheese like no other. Was angry at anyone eating real food. Had bad headaches and was angry. Second week, was doing much better. My joints feel better, don't crave as much was able to go out to dinner without missing cheese or other things. Sleeping better and able to do more things. More energy etc.

So far I would recommend it. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Currently Reading



TITLE: Isabella: The Warrior Queen
AUTHOR: Kirstin Downey
PAGES: 520
GENRE: history



SUMMARY:
An engrossing and revolutionary biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus's journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition, and became one of the most influential female rulers in history

Born at a time when Christianity was dying out and the Ottoman Empire was aggressively expanding, Isabella was inspired in her youth by tales of Joan of Arc, a devout young woman who unified her people and led them to victory against foreign invaders. In 1474, when most women were almost powerless, twenty-three-year-old Isabella defied a hostile brother and mercurial husband to seize control of Castile and León. Her subsequent feats were legendary. She ended a twenty-four-generation struggle between Muslims and Christians, forcing Moorish invaders back over the Mediterranean Sea. She laid the foundation for a unified Spain. She sponsored Columbus's trip to the Indies and negotiated Spanish control over much of the New World with the help of Rodrigo Borgia, the infamous Pope Alexander VI. She also annihilated all who stood against her by establishing a bloody religious Inquisition that would darken Spain's reputation for centuries. Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, where millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence, due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and philandering husband she adored. Using new scholarship, Downey's luminous biography tells the story of this brilliant, fervent, forgotten woman, the faith that propelled her through life, and the land of ancient conflicts and intrigue she brought under her command.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Month in Review January


Books Read in January:
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowlings - audio (re-read)
Doctor Who: Pest Control by Peter Anghelides (audio)
From Shakespeare with Love: The Best of the Sonnets (audio)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

NOLA trip


Wizard World New Orleans Panel...

Captain America: Civil War Panel


Set up

then came the Russo Brothers


Then Frank Grillo


 Followed by Anthony Mackie


Hayley Atwell



Jermey Renner


then the lovely Chris FREAKING Evans AKA Baby Daddy


The following is just random goodness that I managed to capture there are a few and most are of Chris Evans but deal with it. If you want them take them but if you post them just give me credit. Enjoy!!
































Monday, January 18, 2016

Page to Screen ~ Argo



Title: Argo: How the CIA & Hollywood Pulled off the Most Audacious Rescue In History 
Author: Antonio Mendez
Copyright: 2012
Type:  fiction
Pages: 310
Series: no

Reason for Reading
Saw the movie and wanted to see if it was like the actual book

Summary:
The true account of the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and held dozens of Americans hostage, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics that still reverberates today. Beaneath this crisis another shocking story was known by only a select few: six Americans escaped the embassy and hid within a city roiling with suspicion and fear. A top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected. Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep-cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special-effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called "Argo." While pretending to find the ideal film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees and eventually smuggled them out of Iran.

After more than three decades, Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led. A riveting story of secret identities, international intrigue, and good old-fashioned American ingenuity, Argo is the pulse-pounding account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage.
 


The Problems: 
* The movie clearly couldn't do everything that was in the book and of course the movie had to make it more action. 
* The book had a lot going on that didn't need to be in it. There was a lot of back information that wasn't very interesting like about what was happening during the time that hostages were hanging out waiting to be rescued and doing absolutely nothing except working on their tan. 

The Wins:
*The book did explain how the CIA got to point of using undercover with mask and makeup to help with agents and how that department was made. 
*The movie did a good job at showing how serious the situation was and is for hostages and how terrifying it was for those that went through it and those that were the ones on the outside including survival guilt. 
*It was also good to see how well and bad Hollywood was portrayed in this movie. 

Goodreads Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Would you recommend this book to others? Yes and no I think the movie was better personally and would recommend it over the book personally but if you prefer to read then yes.