Fifty Shades Darker (Movie Review)

I’m a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey. If you read my top romance movies, you will know that the first installment almost made the list. I went to see the newest installment, 50 Shades Darker, this past Friday and just wanted to write down my thoughts.

I liked it. A lot. I may even be able to say I loved it, but I’m trying to give it a little time to sink in. If you enjoyed the first one, I don’t think you will be disappointed in this one.

Now, I believe that there were some parts of it (not sexual) that could have been slowed down or elaborated on, but it wasn’t a deal breaker on my enjoyment of the movie. I really LOVE Christian and Ana’s relationship. I love seeing it evolve on the screen. I really enjoyed seeing more of Christian’s turmoil and willingness to try to work on his “mommy” issues. I will say that the lipstick scene made me laugh out loud though. Ha!

The movie wasn’t exactly like the book, but touched on almost everything. Reading a book is very different from a movie, because the book is through your imagination. If I had to give one suggestion, I would have just said to add more in depth, longer scenes to the more important scenes.  The scene where Christian “submits” to Ana was so emotional in the book.  I would have loved to see MORE during that scene.  It just didn’t last long enough to give it the impact that it deserved. Never the less, though, the scene still made me gasp when it happened.  I knew it was coming and it was still good, but could have been great.

Anyway, enough of my rambling.  All in all, it was a very good movie that I’m sure will be in heavy rotation in my DVD player when it comes out.

Talk to you soon!

2017, Here I come.

It’s no secret that 2016 just was not kind to me.  I struggled with every aspect of my life.  My year was taken over by someone that was draining every bit of energy and joy from me and it affected me in a huge way.

I am determined to take my joy back this year though and just leave the past behind me.  I am ready to try very hard to make some big changes.  I want to work harder at keeping up with this blog.  My posts this past year was pretty sporadic, so I definitely want to change that.  I also want to work more on my fitness.  I want to get back to working out 5-6 times a week.  A few years ago, I had the best fitness regime and I want to get back to that. I also want to finish redecorating my bedroom.  I started that last year, but just stopped toward the middle of the year because I was so stressed about everything else. So now I sit in a half painted bedroom.   My new year resolution is always to be happy.  I don’t believe that I was last year, so I’m going to work on making that happen this year.  With my mom’s house pretty sorted, I feel that I should be able to get back to myself.

So….here’s to a new year! I hope it is wonderful for us all.

Talk to you all soon….

 

 

Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas 2016

As I do every year since it began, my television has not moved from The Hallmark Channel since the end of October.  I know the movies are cheesy and a little bit repetitive, but I love them.  I did not enjoy many of the movies that were done last year for Countdown to Christmas (the best movies from last year was actually from Fall Harvest), but this year  has many more that are giving me the warm and fuzzies.  My favorite, so far, has been December BrideA Dream of Christmas was pretty darn cute too. There is still a few more new ones to go, but I have been loving it….as usual.  One of these days, I’m going to do a list of my favorite movies from Countdown to Christmas in the last few years.  Are you watching?  What has been your favorite?

Talk to you soon….

Rebecca Minkoff Gilles Espadrille Flats

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This weekend, I finally got out to the shops again.  Now, I am on a bit of a spending halt due to the Wisconsin house situation, but I have been having cabin fever!  I have gone shopping with my friend, but that is more for her and not necessarily for me.  So this past weekend,  I got a chance to go to a few of my favorite places which include Saks Off 5th.

Well, I found a nice little deal on this cute pair of denim and black leather espadrilles by Rebecca Minkoff.  Honestly, I had never seen them before but they must have been a popular summer shoe.  Espadrilles can often be really hard and uncomfortable, but not the case with these beauties.  They are soft and bend with foot movements.  I absolutely adore them.  I got them on a nice discount of about 65% off which made them even that much better.

 

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My Halloween Movie List

Since it is almost Halloween, I decided to make a list of the movies that I could watch that evening.  Now, I am not really into horror, so movies like Halloween, It, and Exorcist would never make my list because I could never stomach watching them again.  My scary movies are very cheesy but still has a “scary-ish” vibe.  So, below are my top 1o “scary” movies in no order.

  1. Gremlins
  2. Practical Magic
  3. Goonies
  4. Critters
  5. Nightmare on Elm Street (1st one only) – The only horror film I can stand.
  6. Fear
  7. Cujo
  8. The Wraith
  9. Jaws
  10. What Lies Beneath (I was traumatized at Harrison Ford being a baddie)

 

National Handbag day?

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I have never heard of this, but I hear that today is National handbag day.  Well, I love handbags so any reason to post about one works for me.  As I do on National Lipstick day, I am just going to talk about the bag that I have been carrying today.  I bought this purse a few years ago from a boutique near my house.  I absolutely love it.  It’s two bags in one and it is so convenient when I have a lot of things to carry around.  I found it the most convenient when flying because I can put so much stuff in it.  So, one purse is black and the other is yellow and they zip together to create one bag.  It’s wonderful.  I have been carrying this bag for the past week.  I forgot how much I enjoy it.  Unfortunately, I do not know the brand name for this purse but I will try to figure it out and will edit this post with the name if I find it.

 

Enjoy!

Final Life Update (House)

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For those who have been following my life updates regarding my house in another state, here is the final installment.  I have finally gotten rid of the trashy tenant. My aunt went to court on my behalf and the tenant showed up as well.  She signed an affidavit with the court that she would be out of the house on Sept. 15th.  If we had no agreed to allow her to do that, we would have had to go back to court at a later date for an official eviction.  I want even go into the stupid eviction laws that allow tenants to stay in your property for such a long time, but anyway she is out.

She actually was not out on the 15th, she was done moving on the 16th which we could have gotten her on violating the affidavit.  When we got to the house on the 16th, she had changed the locks to the security doors and we had to get a locksmith there to open up.  Yes, I have been bleeding money throughout this entire process.   When my aunt got in, that’s when we realized that she had not finished moving out because there was so much stuff still in there. Ironically, she showed up as the locks were being changed and told my aunt that she would have to come back after work to get the rest of her belongings.  My aunt told her to just call her and she would meet her there.  Of course, my aunt was in bed when she called so told her that she would meet her the next day.  The next day, my aunt went there and all of her stuff had been moved out.  THEY BROKE INTO THE HOUSE.  At this point, I’m over it all.  As long as she’s gone, I don’t really care.

So my aunt takes a look at the house and she says it’s really dirty but other than that..it’s ok.  Well I got many pictures and the house was a giant mess. There were even holes in two walls.  I know that I probably got away luckier than some that it wasn’t worse, but it is still bad.  I don’t think they had cleaned the house in years.  They left a stove and refrigerator there that was disgusting and smelled.  The dust in the place was atleast 2″ high on every nook and cranny.  Cobwebs in almost every corner and along the walls.  The house now has roaches which we are presently trying to exterminate. It’s been a big mess.   The tenant that was going to move in has decided not to move in because of the state of the house…so I’m left with carrying the mortgage myself for even longer.

However, I am at a point where I can move on.  Hopefully this is the worst it will ever be.  I will take this as a huge lesson and not letting my heart affect my business sense. I should have thrown her out years ago.  I know that.  I waited to long.  It’s a tough lesson learned, but I know now.  I won’t make the mistake again.

Thank you for following my little dramatic journey.  Hopefully I can now go back to my regularly scheduled programming!