Tuesday, 23 August 2016

E.T. Phone Home

I finally watched E.T. for the first time and holy shit you guys, that movie gets DARK. Why did no one ever mention the fact that Elliot almost dies!? And E.T. technically dies! I'm so glad I never saw this movie as a child!!

It's strange because for a lot of movies on the AFI 100 list, especially those that came out in the last 30-40 years, it feels like I've already seen them even though I haven't because they're so prominent in pop culture, but I honestly had never even heard mention of those scenes before!

Enjoyed the movie a lot, though - laughed out loud at several parts, got choked up at a few, can definitely understand why it's on the Top 100!

Monday, 22 August 2016

No Cell Phone Zone

I recently went on a road trip through New England (which was fantastic!) and took this chance to cross off my "unplug for a week" bucket list item. I'll admit to cheating a bit here - I still checked the internet a bit (mainly for address/direction/activity purposes) and texted my boyfriend a couple times a day to let him know that I had made it to my next destination safe and sound, but other than that, I didn't check social media, I didn't read any blogs, I didn't scroll through Buzzfeed for an endless amount of hours and it felt so GOOD.

I thought that I would feel anxious being so disconnected and constantly be reaching for my phone, but when I got back home, I decided to keep the no-social-media rule going for another few days because it just felt so much less stressful to not be constantly checking to see whether or not I had some notifications (especially since I wasn't worried that one of them would be work-related).

In a few weeks, I'll be heading into the busiest/most stressful time of the work year, so it felt nice to have this time to disconnect before the onslaught of texts, calls, and late night Facebook messages from people asking myriad questions.

I think I'll be taking a few days a month to just completely disconnect; especially since I won't need to rely on my phone to get me places/know where to go in a new city so I'll be able to do a true, full disconnect. And I have to say, I'm actually looking forward to the next time that I'll be able to do this for longer.

PS. Before heading out on the road trip, my boyfriend showed me how to change a tire! So that was another item I was able to cross off. Easy peasy.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Vanity Fair

I'll keep this one nice and short. Unlike Vanity Fair.

It has taken me about 3 years to finally finish this book because I kept being so bored by the book that I couldn't read more than one chapter at a time, and didn't want to pick it up. There were so many times where I'd be reading and then realize 3 pages in that my mind had wandered so much that I had no idea what I had just read.

I think some of it comes from the fact that there were so many characters with the same name so it was difficult for me to keep track of who the characters were.

I did start enjoying the book more around the last 100 pages or so, but at 806 pages, I wish it hadn't taken so long for me to start finding it interesting.

But the important thing is that I'm now one book closer to reading all the books on the 100 Books To Read Before You Die list.