Movies

Movies I Want to See

08/15/2016
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This has been a great year for movies. Most of the movies I’ve seen this year have been super hero related if that gives you any clue to my favorite genre of films. Civil War by far has been my favorite this year and I seriously doubt anything is gonna top it. Here is current list of movies I’m anxious to see this year. There’s still a few super hero films left!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Release date: September 30
I really need to get a move on with reading these books. It’s going to take a miracle to read it before the movies. Creepy kids with special powers. I’m in! Plus you can’t pass up a Tim Burton movie.

Doctor Strange
Release date: November 4
Gahhh! I’m uber excited for this movie. Although I haven’t read a lot Dr. Strange, he does show up from time to time in my X-Men comics. The visuals from the trailer are enough to warrant seeing this film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release date: November 18
Anything Harry Potter related is instantly on my watch-list. It’s simply a given that anything wizard related (from Harry Potter helm) is  a must see for me. No questions asked.

Moana
Release date: November 23
Disney movies have always had a special place in my heart. With Lin Manual just coming off his Hamilton stint, I’m excited to see what he does next.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Release date: December 16
Just in time for Christmas. And we even get to see Darth Vader again.

What are some movies you’re interested in seeing this year? 
Lifestyle

The Dog Days of Summer

08/06/2016
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It’s hot y’all! It literally feels like hell on earth in Houston. I keep telling myself I just need to make it through August. But it seems like it’s just too many damn days in this month.

Despite the heat, there have been some great things going on in my life. I ADOPTED A DOG!!!!

I’ve been going back and forth with getting a pet for a while. I wasn’t sure if I had the time, space, or money for a dog. But they say you can never be too ready for parenting. One random Saturday I was browsing Facebook and came across this event called, “Clear the Shelters.” It’s a nationwide pet adoption initiative that connects animals in need with loving new families.

The closest shelter to us was Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). While they were very popular, they didn’t have a lot of dogs available by the time I got there. Determined  to not be discouraged, I went to the next closest shelter, Special Pals Inc. They were a smaller shelter with a lot more options. I saw this little weeny dog just sitting there so calm amidst the uproar of barking in the kennels and knew I had to bring him home.

After a long wait and a mound of paperwork, we were headed home. He slept most of the way. It was love a first sight when my girlfriend met him and after a brief conversation we settled on the name, Nimbus.

My girlfriend is a huge dog person and has had a dog of her own, which came in handy with our first few days home with him. The first few days were rough. And shit got real when we had to figure out sleeping situations that first night. Since then we’ve enjoyed a ton of walks, Netflix marathons, naps and cuddle sessions. He’s the perfect little addition to our family.

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If you’d like to see more of Nimbus make sure to follow his hashtag #NimbusTheWeenie on Instagram.

 

Lifestyle

Weekend: Summer Sun and Pokemon

06/27/2016
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I’m always trying to calibrate my life so that it includes all the things that keep me happy and healthy. This is such a struggle when there are bills to pay and responsibilities to uphold. Life would be so much easier if I could do more of  my workouts in the mornings or just not sleep at all (Twilight was on to something). Unfortunately, I am not really a morning person. I used to be but somewhere during adulthood I lost the ability to get up before 6:30 am regularly. Every so often I try getting up earlier and I can only do it for a while before I’m back to hitting the snooze button.

Last Friday, Derrick and I decided to give it another try. Easing into this crazy morning thing seemed like a better solution than diving in head first so we decided to work out early on Fridays. From the moment we decided to do this, I dreaded the upcoming Friday. Getting up wasn’t easy. I hit snooze. I told myself I had more time. I was sluggish. I spewed a few curse words. Once I’d begrudgingly pulled myself out of the bed, got to the gym and started moving, I instantly felt happier. It also helps that it’s summer and it’s not pitch black outside.

Fridays are usually our full body days at the gym. Our workout was as follows:

  • Cardio: around 20 minutes
  • Bench press: 4 sets, 15-20 reps
  • Squats: 4 sets, 15-20 reps
  • Deadlifts: 4 sets, 15-20 reps

Thankfully the rain wasn’t too bad this week and Derrick and I decided to head to the park Saturday for some Vitamin D. I couldn’t be more wrong about the flooding because once we got to our usual entrance it was flooded. The flooding at the park really has gotten out of hand lately. We could have still walked around there but I didn’t want to walk in one huge circle. Instead, we ended up using another entrance which had a little higher ground. The park was packed and we spent most of our trek walking in single file so we wouldn’t get run over by the cyclists. It felt amazing soaking in the sun and I was glad we didn’t cancel. We got in about 4 miles by the time we made it back to the car.

I spent Saturday night babysitting. Babysitting is always fun because you never know what funny things the kids are gonna say. Christopher is into Pokémon now and I finally gathered enough Pokémon knowledge to gain his approval! All the Pokémon matches are paying off. I like the water Pokémon while he loves they flying ones. And although I’m learning, it felt good to have an in-depth discussion about why Pidgeotto is so cool.

I got up early Sunday and MADE myself to ride my bike. I’ve been wanting to ride for a while but keep coming up with excuses not too. Sunday I just tried not to think about it and just go. Best. Decision. Ever. It felt good to get the legs moving again. It was hot and humid as hell  but I was still pretty happy about it. I need more weekends like this.

Books

Current Reads – May

05/19/2016
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I don’t know what it is about this year but I am on a roll with my reading. If I had to credit it to anything, I’d say it’s because I’ve been really lucky at finding good material. That literally makes all the difference. I’m no longer struggling through my books; I’m blazing through them. There’s nothing like finding a good story.

I also have been making a point to FIND the time to read which means I’ve cut my tv time down drastically (no regrets). It’s not that I’m over it or making some grandiose stance, I’m just a bit more selective with the tv and movies I watch now.

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

  • Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes
    I’m about 50 pages in and find myself not being able to put it down. After having just been laid off unexpectedly, Lou is tasked with finding a job during a recession. After a motorcycle accident leaves Will a quadriplegic, he is both moody and depressed and in need of a new caretaker. The two seem to need each other and I’m interested in how the story plays out. I’ve seen this book pop up in a few of the reading circles and lists I follow so I was pretty excited to dig into it.
  • Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver
    I thought I was over dystopian fiction but the premise for this really stuck out to me. Love referred to as “deliria” is seen as a disease in current society and once you’re of age you can get “the cure”, which is a procedure used to erase your ability to love. Society sees eradicating love as a way to erase pain, conflict, and promote happiness. The way she describes the effects love has had on humanity really makes you sit back and think.
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
    This musical is by far the best thing I’ve heard about in a LONG time. I was a little hesitant to join the hype a.) because I live in Houston and b.) because the tickets are sooooo hard to get. I eventually gave in and listened to the soundtrack and LAWD this is literally the best thing I’ve heard all year and yes that includes the new Beyonce album. I got the book for my birthday and love listening to the soundtrack whenever I get to a new set of lyrics.

 

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You can see more of my adventures in reading on goodreads.