Bachelorette Party in Austin pt. 1

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will post bits and pieces of my long weekend trip to Austin, TX for my best friend’s bachelorette party. Today, we’ll start with the plane ride!

Heading to Austin today for a Bachelorette party for one of my longest known friends, and I am over the moon excited! I have never been off the east coast before, so this year is a big one for me for travel, but nothing is bigger than the reason for it all. 

After losing one of my best friends last year, I swore to myself that I would make an effort to be more involved and available to the close friends I still have. I have kept to that promise, and here I am, flying to Austin! 
I’m honestly not sure what to expect I’ve never been to Texas before, and as my mom life has me out of the night scene and made me a huge lightweight, I’m just hoping I can hang with the other ladies.
The Maid of Honor has every male anatomy made party piece known to Spencer’s, so we’ll see how exactly what the weekend has in store.

When hugging a child..

I saw a meme the other day that had words of advice from a retired Disney Princess. It was Snow White hugging a little girl, and in white lettering it said:

When you are hugging a child, always be the last to let go. You never know how long they need it.cool-quote-hugging-child-Disney-worker

This pulled at my emotions, and as I have self-proclaimed numerous times, I really am not an emotional person. I do get emotional like anyone else, but my family jokes that there is a gene named after my grandmother that makes us all cry at the drop of a hat. Thankfully, I think it must have skipped me.

I don’t typically cry (unless it is a Nicholas Sparks book or movie) at random events, stories, or songs, but for whatever reason, this one got me. Call it my Bonnie-gene, or hormones, or whatever you want; this one meme hit me hard! Ever since my daughter came into my life, anything having to do with children targets the softest string in my heart and plays me like the most soothing harp until I’m a blubbering mess.

As I sat there, rocking my daughter to sleep and scrolling through my phone, tears filled my eyes as her little hands squeezed around my neck, holding me as close as her little arms could. I made a vow then to always be the last to let go.

Whenever she needs me, I will always be there, and whenever she holds on to me, I won’t let go first. I want her to be strong and independent, but to I also want her to know that she can always count on me to be there from through any moment in her life that she just needs to hold on a little tighter to me. And I absolutely need her to know that for as long as she’s holding on to me, I won’t let go.

As I laid her down in her bed after her arms relaxed on my shoulders, I kissed her little forehead and brushed her fine, wild hair from her face, knowing she is the exact reason why that meme meant so much to me.

I’m not crying. You’re crying!

Move Review: The Choice

IMDB: 6.6/10 – In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw works with his father Shep and is very close to his beloved sister Steph. Travis is very successful with the women and dates Monica every now and then. When the resident Gabby Holland moves to the next door house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy, who is fellow doctor in the same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make a choice between her two loves.

I really do not like the above “storyline” description for this movie. It misses the entire point and purpose of the film. There isn’t one choice that is the sole focus of the lives of Gabby and Travis such as the above leads you to believe. She doesn’t just have one choice “between her two loves”; she has a lifetime of choices to make.the-choice-mocie-quote-2

“Every path you take leads to another choice.”

Life isn’t about one big decision; the small ones count, too, in this continuous journey of life. No matter the circumstance, each choice pushes us onto another path and into a new decision, and every one of them make us who we are, put us where we choose to be. That is the message I found through this story.

10/10

I am absolutely in love with this movie and book! I purchased the book after watching the movie, and I love them both so completely. I’m sure I will receive a lot of gasps with this statement, but I do not like The Notebook or A Walk to Remember. Pause, please, as I add the disclaimer that they are wonderful movies and books in their own right, but I want a happy ending! Death is not a happy ending to me, so when Nicholas Sparks offs his characters in the midst of these great love stories, he may as well hack a piece of my heart out of my chest!

The Choice absolutely is now my favorite Nicholas Sparks movie and book! It delivered in every way I could have ever asked or wanted. It made me laugh, cry, sad, and happy, but most of it all, it had a happily-ever-after! I love it so much! It was perfectly cast with the most beautiful setting. I couldn’t get enough of Travis’s accent or Gabby’s attitude. The sunsets and marshy backdrops were amazing. I can’t say it enough; it was just perfect!

“Come bother me, baby. Forever.”

Movie Review – Boss Baby

IMDB: Sethe-boss-baby-718x1024ven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won’t be the centre of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby, dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole Templetons’ house. Nevertheless, although this may be true, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days.. Brothers, hurry up.

Rating: 4 of 5

I really don’t understand how this movie got such low ratings. My husband and I were actually very surprised with how much we enjoyed this film. My daughter also liked it! And that is saying something! (Babies and puppies! How could it not interest her?)

Holding aside the lighthearted-ness of the kid-centric movie, I believe it really dove into a large issue many parents and kids face: new babies/siblings. I can’t tell you how many times I pointed out the way the main character, a seven year old boy, was feeling towards his new baby brother to my husband and said, “See, kids do think like that!” I get that it is just a movie, but I believe every child goes through these thoughts and feelings of having less mommy-daddy time than they did before the new baby came, so it was solidified in this film.

This coverage alone should have won it more favor with critics in my opinion because it actually held merit to a real issue. I guess that is why I’m not a critic; I can never guess what they will like and won’t, and they will never know what I will like and won’t, either. This movie was definitely a like!

 

Game of Thrones Wine

game-of-thrones-wines-vintage-wine-estates-fwx-1024x1024While at the grocery store the other night on the eve of Episode 1 of the latest season (7) of Game of Thrones, I happened across a beautiful bottle of chardonnay with gold etching. This glimmering glamour caught my eye as I took in the class of wine which was contained within, but no sooner did it dawn the white wine origins did I happen to glimpse the most wonderful inscription: Game of Thrones.

Now, I am sure it is pretty obvious by now that I am a total fan girl when it comes to GOT, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have been in search of these elusive bottles. I have looked at any number of locations, even considered purchasing it online, but something about shipped wine makes me feel like I might have a problem, so I patiently waited until one fated day that I might happen upon one of these ever coveted bottles.

And then, as if by fate as determined by the Old Gods and the New, there it was, sitting on a few unopened cases, ripe for the taking! Unfortunately, I did not find its sisters, Red Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon, but Chardonnay had never looked so beautiful. I happily skipped the entire way to the self-checkout lane and popped that cork right as Episode 1 began.

Now, the flavor. Per the website, enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.

As most Chardonnays go, the citrus warmth hit my palate with ease. I prefer white wines, and this one absolutely delivered! As the array of fruits and blossom swirled within my mouth, the warmth of honey slithered down my throat and left me with sweet after tones. This glorious first sip christened the episode as the wonderful opening static and HBO logo light up the screen. It was the perfect way to bring in the new season, and I truly hope the Lord of Light will allow me to find another bottle of Game of Thrones wine soon!

Game of Thrones – Season 7 Episode 1

HERE WE GO!

I am a diehard GOT fan! I admittedly found the show before the books, and I have yet to finish the novel series, but I do aim to one day complete them. The show, on the other hand, I have been a fan of since day one! The actors are perfectly cast. The plot is well driven. And, even though there are so many characters to get to know, I have love for them all. Some I hate, but deservedly so (aka Bolton’s!). I have even found a Game of Thrones wine that helped christen this episode tonight! A review on that part of the night to come.

This series has me captivated, and I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds as we gear up for the final season. Now, on to the review of the episode!

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

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Graduation, Here I Come!

snhuI know I have been talking about it quite frequently, but I have to give an update on my schoolwork. I have less than two terms before graduation! My second to last term has already started which I am taking two courses then I have one class in my last term, and then this lady will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration!

I have worked my butt off the past almost two years, and I cannot wait to close this chapter of my life. I will have accomplished something that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever have started again. When I finished my Associate’s Degree, I honestly thought I was done with school, but here I am, three months away from earning my Bachelor’s!

And although I love writing these posts and need them for my down time, I have homework to do! Good day!

Autonomous Cars

In the movie Back to the Future Part II, Michael J. Fox heads into 2015 where there are hover boards, automatic shoe fasteners, and interactive advertisements for movies. While some items from this movie have come to fruition such as the Cubs winning a World Series and a prototype for a hover board released, we are all still patiently waiting for the day when cars fly.3364_back-to-the-future-part-2_c61e

While flying cars may still be a way off dream, autonomous cars or self-driving vehicles may not be so far-fetched. I have been saying it for years that I believe the various aspects of a driverless car are being tested to ensure they are perfected before combining them into one vehicle. Think about the park assist that some cars have, or the lane assist, emergency stopping and collision detection, and even blind spot detection. All of these “smart car” options are only steps to the ultimate goal of a fully automated vehicle.

What I didn’t think about on our journey to automization, though, was how vehicles were going to be able to one day coordinate with each other. If all cars become autonomous, there would surely need to be a way for them to see or talk to each other in order to plan a route with ease. Detection once close to another vehicle would be too late for correcting a potentially traffic-y route, so knowing where other cars are heading could alleviate that if they were able to communicate. Well, according to Volkswagen, as early as 2019, pWLAN (Public Wireless LAN) technology which will allow vehicles to talk to one another wirelessly and within a certain distance range for such coordination purposes will be standard on their vehicles.

SAY WHAT? Just another piece in the puzzle toward autonomous cars!

Game of Thrones Season 7 is coming!

One week people! In less than one week, we will have the next season of GOT!game-of-thrones

I’m over the moon excited! I cannot wait for the continuance of this series as I have so many questions, and so much anticipation for what is to become of these characters. Let’ be honest, I think we all want to know what is going to happen between House Baratheon/Lannister versus House Stark and maybe House Targaryen, but it may very well be versus, too. Not to mention the looming White Walker battle! So much to cover, so much giddiness! Hurry up!!

All the while, I’m also silently agitated that this season is only going to be seven episodes! What the actual eff?! How are they going to fit everything in that will need to be covered as the pre-face to the FINAL SEASON in seven episodes?! There will not be any time for filler or facial expression captures. It is going to have to be BAM, BAM, BAMMM!! Action, movement, continuous scenes driving the story forward in order to capture everything they will need to in order to bring some type of closure to the series.

All I am going to say is, they better not end it how they ended Black Sails because I couldn’t even bring myself to write about it. I want real closure, real fictional justice and a happily ever after. Do not give me this open ended crap! Like what happened to Madi? Who took possession of the island? Close the darn series, and let me live my life without questioning what is going to happen to Jon or Daenerys!

Sorry, bringing back my sanity now. Stupid Black Sails..

I will be posting weekly about the episodes in hopes that we can get through this maddeningly short season together. I can only image we will be left with more questions than answers, but by golly, at least we will have each other!

New season of Game of Thrones to begin July 16 on HBO.