Yes, it is Valentine’s Day so I’m sharing this great love mix that I made for a friend a while back. It is specifically tailored to her tastes, but with my input. If you don’t like it you may have bad taste. Sorry…not sorry.
Pachelbe’s Canon in D Major-Johann Sebastian Bach
At Last-Etta James
The Way You Look Tonight-Frank Sinatra
Kiss From A Rose (live)-Seal
Your Song-Elton John
I Want Candy-Bow Wow Wow
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic-The Police
Time After Time-Ashley Tisdale
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You-Bryan Adams
Total Eclipse of the Heart-Bonnie Tyler
How Do I Live-LeAnn Rimes
When I Fall In Love-Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole
Come What May (reprise)-Moulin Rouge
Most years I write about what I’m planning to do for my birthday, what I have already done for my birthday, or why I’m (yet again) lamenting my birthday.
Now, for something completely different. My birthday just passed. It was a nice day/weekend. However, what I’m contemplating at this time are the attempts and accomplishments that have taken place since my last birthday.
I am currently starting my last semester of school. In the fall, I will finally earn my Associate’s Degree. It took one extra semester. It’s been more work than I expected. There have been doubts, but I will do this. Eventually (hopefully sooner, rather than later), I will then start on my Bachelor’s.
Life as a Disney Cast Member
The reason that I am one semester behind my peers is that I took a leave of absence last fall to participate in the Disney College Program. It was the most difficult, but also one of the most amazing times of my life. It wasn’t easy. There was a lot of hard work and restrictions. The benefits, experiences, and friendships definitely made it well worth it. WDW is now considered one of my past homes to me. I don’t know if you ever truly leave Disney behind, after working there. I’m always itching and contemplating going back in some capacity. Only time will tell.
My love life has changed in leaps and bounds since this time last year. It’s basically unrecognizable. I’m happy.
I was on a huge fitness kick at this time last year. However, I love food. I’m not fond of structured exercise on the daily. I will most likely always struggle with my disordered eating, because I am human. Note: This is more difficult when you are not walking 10-12 miles on the daily, while working at the most magical place on Earth.
I can now walk out of my comfort zone. I still suffer from social anxiety/generalized anxiety and am on the spectrum. Yet, I work to overcome/work with these issues daily. Disney definitely helped with this. So, yes I’m still incredibly uncomfortable, but no I’m not going to always just fall back, stand down, or hide. I’m going to strive.
Embracing MY Interests
I am currently embracing both my nerdiness and inner princess to their full extents. It’s not that I’m not worried about others, but I matter more. I definitely regret more of the things that I haven’t done in life, than those that I have. I play Dungeons and Dragons and wear my Minnie ears, deal with it.
My body can handle a lot, but it doesn’t mean that I should push it so hard. I worked and played hard in Orlando and to a different extent in PA, but this isn’t something I need to be doing on the daily. I ended up in the ICU with severe dehydration in April. I do not recommend that. I’m just happy that it happened here, while I was with family.
I, finally (after 9 years of attending cons!), cosplayed both last year and this year, at Philly Wizard World. It takes balls, but I did it.
by Megan Hart
published by Harlequin
release date: March 1, 2015
provided by NetGalley
When I saw that there was a new Megan Hart novel coming out, I jumped on it. She never disappoints when it comes to romance, heartbreak and realism.
Her new book Vanilla is about Elise. Our heroine is good with numbers in her professional life and good with giving commands in her personal life. What’s great about Elise is that she isn’t a stereotype. Yes, she might like a guy to crawl at her feet sometimes but it’s not the only thing that gets her off. Elise enjoys getting kinky but she’s also not adverse to being treated softly at times.
Elise is a fully formed character. It’s not like she only focuses on her sex and/or love life. Yes, one of her hobbies is modeling for pin up photos. However she’s also a very attentive aunt. So yes, we do get to find out about her familial life and even her friendships.
You may be wondering about the sex. Yes, there are some delicious sex scenes. When I read actual “vanilla” romances I have to settle for a little biting or scratching here and there. There is some actual bdsm in these pages. There are also some more conventional, yet awesome sex scenes as well. It’s pretty multifaceted as Elise doesn’t just have one lover during the course of the book. I am going to say that as much as I loved the book, I’m not into pegging. I didn’t skip it because it’s important to the story, so I recommend reading that section even if it doesn’t do anything for you personally.
It’s interesting to see her move through her romantic liaisons and to see how different all of them are. There’s the guy she just can’t get over. I think many of us have been there. I had the person I bothered for way too long after things were obviously over. There’s the guy that she’s tries not to give her heart to, but of course that’s difficult when sex and affection are involved. Then there’s the “vanilla” guy, the one who is potentially the whole package. But, ya know, relationships aren’t just easy.
Speaking of which, this book is definitely not an easy read, which I’m used to from Hart. I did have to stop sometimes because I’d be so reminded of something that had actually happened to me that I had to wipe my eyes (yes, I cried) and regroup.
I most definitely recommend buying this book if you think you’d enjoy reading about a strong, yet human female protagonist who lives life on her own terms.
(Note: This is an affiliate link.) You can purchase Vanilla here on Amazon.
While reading through the LAMB‘s retweets I came across many bloggers participating in a super awesome blogathon. The Life, Love and the Movies blogathon is fantastic. It reminds me of those surveys we used to do on Myspace that you now see pop up on tumblr or occasionally Facebook, except it’s all about movies and how they have related to your life and your love life, specifically. Get ready to learn a lot about me.
1. What was the first movie you saw in the cinema and what do you remember about that visit?
I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I was 5. My older brother took me because my little sister (who was 2) had to be taken to see a doctor. We don’t remember what she was sick for or anything though. I was very excited to see a movie in the theater. I still love the film BTW.
2. Are there any movies you have very strong memories of which are not because of the movie (for example something which happened at the time you were watching it)?
I usually give a movie my full attention. I have two memories from the theater that come to mind but they are due to the movies themselves. I saw W. with my sister when it came out. She wasn’t going to be in town for very long so when we realized that the movie was wasting our time together (we were so bored) we walked out. That’s the only movie I’ve ever walked out of. I also remember seeing that Heath Ledger fantasy film, The Brothers Grimm. It wasn’t very good but the reason that it comes to mind is that the theater was having a glitch and the film stopped about three times. We were not amused.
I also remember a few movies that were so exciting because they were like events. Titanic was exciting as a horny 14 year old girl. It was also the first movie that I saw that had an intermission. When the Star Wars films were re-released (and later the first prequel) we went to see them during a midnight screening. Waiting in line with all of the huge Star Wars fans (as I’d become once I saw them) was exciting and the original was my first midnight screening. As an adult my most anticipated movie that my sister and I went to see at midnight was The Simpsons Movie. It was awesome to be there with all of the other Simpsons fans in their tees. There was a problem with our theater’s projector though so we had to move after getting there early and picking out prime seats. It still rocked though.
3. Which movies had a big impact on you and changed a (small) part of your view on life?
One of my dad’s favorite movies is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He was a big fan of watching it on Halloween when I was a kid. I think that helped with realizing that there were people out there who didn’t conform to social norms. As a little kid I didn’t get that it was so sexual.
Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange and Fight Club are some movies I saw as a teenager that changed my outlook on life. They showed me that some people live outside of what society expects of us. Even though I can be materialistic I like the idea of materialism not making you happy as they mention in Trainspotting and Fight Club. A Clockwork Orange also appeals to that side of me that believes that people never fully change. Plus as an atheist I think it’s hilarious when he reads the bible for the violence.
4. Do you have any comfort movies which you return to because you are in a specific mood (for example if you are feeling down/nursing a heartbreak)?
Showgirls is my favorite movie. If I’m in a depression it helps a little.
5. If a movie would be made about your life, what type of movie would it be and who would you like to portray you?
It would be awesome if it were a sex comedy. Since it would be about me though it would have to have my issues (not just my sometimes awesome sex life) in it. So maybe Amanda Seyfried. She’s a great actress with blonde hair (I’m not natural but I always go back to it) who has had IRL issues with anxiety and panic attacks. Plus she’s not naturally that thin so she could easily gain a little weight to look more like me. Acting wise I adore Nicole Kidman. I guess she could also do it since she can do anything.
6. Which existing movie best represents you?
As someone who figured out that they have PDD-NOS (basically asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder) and was bullied a lot in school I totally relate to that part of Ben X, which sucks. I’m not a gamer though. As an adult in that regard it would be Adam, even though I am not a fan of Rose Byrne.
I don’t think any movie really represents me though. Maybe The Net? I know most don’t care for it, but I totally do. Ways Angela Bennett (Sandra Bullock) is like me: she works from home on a computer, orders pizza online, saves up money for vacations in which she dresses provocatively, drinks and sleeps with a stranger. She’s very alienated so it’s possible she suffers from a bit of social anxiety, especially since she is pretty paranoid even before everything happens. So yeah, that one.
7. If you knew you would die tomorrow, what would be the last movie you would want to see?
8. If you can spend your life working in the film industry, what would you be and why? (you know, director, producer, actor, cinematographer, costume designer, sound designer etc?)
I wanted to be an actor when I was young. I love clothes but I don’t think I could deal with the actors’ demands and weight concerns. I’d want to write/direct these days.
1. Did you ever have a first kiss with someone while at the cinema and if so which movie was playing?
No. I’ve given hjs to a bf at the movies though.
2. What is your favorite movie relationship and why?
When Harry Met Sally is definitely up there. It actually sucks that they wasted years just hanging out when they could have been dating when you think about it but I end up going back to it often. A completely different example of onscreen love that I adore is Secretary. BDSM and fear of commitment! If you mean a movie in general, not just a romance, a great family dynamic is played out between the sisters in In Her Shoes. If I watch that I have to be prepared to cry and call my sister.
3. When did your love for movies start and how has it grown?
I’ve been watching movies since childhood as a result of my father being really into movies. I didn’t really think about the reality or impact of movies until I was in junior high. I think that’s when I started truly appreciating and studying them. Although when we were kids we still did really like watching movies. The local video store had a one day rental on new releases so if we loved something we had to re watch it the next morning before it went back.
4. If you have to choose one film to watch with your loved one, what would it be and why?
This depends on the day and what’s happening. Tangled is awesome and family friendly though.
5. If you can choose one character from a movie to be your significant other who would it be and why?
Either Indiana Jones or Christian from Moulin Rouge. Christian from Moulin Rouge as played by Ewan McGregor (sighs) is super sweet and I think he’d always be there for you. However Indiana Jones is fuckin’ Indiana Jones, I mean he reads, he travels and he’s played by Harrison Ford at his sexiest! Sure, he’s emotionally unavailable but I bet he’s great in the sack!
6. What was the first movie that made you fall in in love with film and cinema?
I can’t really pinpoint this. The Wizard of Oz has always loomed large though. I also remember being really excited when I got to see Beetlejuice when I was 6, not just because it looked awesome but because it was rated PG!
7. How did your passion for movies turn you into a movie blogger?
I’ve been writing since I picked up a pencil (age 4). I used to write fiction but as I grew older I started writing outside of that. When I was a teen I had a psych class that forced us to keep a journal. I was at a point when I didn’t have that much going on so I would often write a short review of a movie I’d seen over the weekend on Mondays.
8. What is your favorite date from a movie?
This is a tough one. I’m going to go with Before Sunrise though. It’s great how they seize the moment and feel that immediate connection.
Click here to answer these questions for yourselves fellow movie lovers!
Since I try to make this blog a positive place, mostly sharing fun stuff that I enjoy, you may not realize that I’m normally an unhappy person. However since I’ve been in a rare happy, sappy mood recently, I’m not just listening to the blues. (That’s been my go to for months). I now present to you my personal “Lovey Dovey” mix for those who are sickeningly in love, like me. (Yes, this is on my phone.)
1. Jackson-Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash
2. Anything We Want-Fiona Apple
3. Can’t Help Falling In Love With You-Chris Isaak
4. Elastic Love-Christina Aguilera
5. Hot Knife-Fiona Apple
6. If I Can’t Have You-Yvonne Elliman
7. Love Is The Drug-Carla Gugino & Oscar Isaac
8. Love Somebody-Maroon 5
9. Love Spent-Madonna
10. Lucky Strike-Maroon 5
11. Simple Irresistible-Robert Palmer
12. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You-Bryan Adams
13. Two Sleep People-Seth MacFarlane