Spring Break 2016 Link Roundup

Phew, we made it everybody! A (relatively) timely completion of vacation recaps. (If any of you mentions those Europe posts…….)

Here’s all of the links in one spot for reading convenience:

  1. Vegas
    1. Club Going Up… in Vegas
    2. Gotta Gotta Get Down… in Vegas
    3. Sin City Demands Sin…
  2. LA
    1. Rain, Art, & Lights
    2. Social in SoCal part 1
    3. Social in SoCal part 2
    4. MegaDon4Ever!
  3. Disneyland
    1. Disneyland: Before Food
    2. Disneyland: Before Dinner
    3. Disneyland: Before Bed
  4. Goodbye West Coast

Thanks for sticking by me with all these updates! Here’s a short photo series that I forgot to include in one of them:

Yep, that’s me trying to conquer the Sword in the Stone. Oh well, maybe next time.

See ya next time, West Coast!

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Draft Graveyard (i)

During my first ever FaceTime (what is this Apple technology??) session with Christine last night, we realized that not only do I have an obnoxious number of drafts, but I should probably get rid of a lot of them because they are just dead weight. They consist of nothing more than a title, most of the time, and have since become un-timely to post ever. Christine thought it’d be funny for me to share a few of these draft titles before I trash them forever, so here we go!

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New Apps, New Me

I am a bit of a latecomer to the smartphone game. Even as everyone around me actively tried to convince me to get one, I stuck by my slider phone to the bitter end. All I needed was phone calls and text messages, with the occasional blurry photo. I really did not want to be connected to the world 24/7, and plus, those smartphones were not going to fit in the sad excuses for pockets that clothing companies sew into women’s pants.

But alas, even my trusty slider phone couldn’t hold out forever. Around the time that I had my wisdom teeth removed, my phone stopped working and our provider offered to give me a new smartphone for free because I had not upgraded my phone in so long. When I tried to replace my phone with another not-smart phone, I was asked to fork over money. 😦

Photo by Gilles Lambert

So, fast forward 2 years to the present day. I am still using the same phone but my phone habits have changed a lot. I use Twitter enough to have downloaded the app. I have several photo-taking and -editing apps. Some apps have been with me since the beginning, but yesterday, I decided I needed a change.

Previously, I was using WeatherBug for my weather, Any.DO for to do lists, and Cal (by the makers of Any.DO) for my calendar needs. I still like them, but I found myself wanting something different (and – dare I say – just a bit better?) by means of UI (user interface). WeatherBug had a great widget and notifications bar status, but the app was starting to feel cluttered to me even though it had a lot of information. I had recently switched to Any.DO and Cal about a year ago because I liked the design, but I was tired of it and getting frustrated with some of the features or lack thereof.

So, a few months ago, I decided it was time for a change. Here are the apps I’m using and loving right now that replaced the above 3 (which I would still recommend, by the way):Read More »

2015 in Film

It’s time for my annual movie round-up! It feels like another year that went by without me really seeing as many films as I wanted to. That’s always the case, but I know that this year, my schedule got crazy a few separate times (as clearly evidenced by my super spotty update schedule)…

Running down in the order of the list that Wikipedia has, here’s what I’ve seen this year:

  1. The Wedding Ringer (nailed it)
  2. Cinderella
  3. Trainwreck
  4. Furious 7
  5. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  6. Pitch Perfect 2
  7. The Age of Adaline
  8. Mad Max: Fury Road
  9. Inside Out
  10. Jurassic World
  11. Ted 2
  12. Ant-Man
  13. Self/Less
  14. Pixels
  15. The Danish Girl
  16. The Martian
  17. The Intern
  18. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
  19. The Big Short

Definitely a sparse year in terms of reviews written, eh? Should I be writing reviews for movies that I’m not seeing at early screenings? I just figure those were the only ones of value to most of you, but please let me know if you don’t mind seeing a review after a movie’s release date.

2015 Movies

Past annual movie round-ups: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

What did you see this past year?
Any must-see movies that I missed??

2014 in Film

It’s that time of year again! I hope you have all been having a lovely holiday season! I somehow managed to get myself to write way more movie reviews this year than I have in previous years, thanks in part to my discovering a decent system for finding free early screenings.

Criteria for this list are as follows:

  1. I saw it between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014
  2. It was released between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014
    • Exceptions will be made if they were released internationally this year
      • Snowpiercer was first released internationally last year but was released here this year so this is an exception to the exception
    •  The Wedding Ringer will be on next year’s list (if I don’t forget)

Without further ado, here is my 2014 movie roundup, in the order provided by Wikipedia:

* = early screening
** = not seen in theaters (streaming service/in-flight movie/DVD rental, etc.)
No notation indicates that I saw it in theater during its release

  1. Ride Along*
  2. From Vegas to Macau
  3. Ex-Files
  4. The Lego Movie**
  5. The Grand Budapest Hotel**
  6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  7. The Right Kind of Wrong**
  8. Divergent
  9. The Trip to Italy
  10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
  11. The Fault in Our Stars
  12. Edge of Tomorrow
  13. Guardians of the Galaxy
  14. Snowpiercer**
  15. The Maze Runner*
  16. The Imitation Game 
  17. Gone Girl
  18. Big Hero 6*
  19. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  20. Into the Woods*
  21. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies*

Total = 21*

*Updated 30 December with a last-minute addition to the party!
*Updated 31 December because I forgot I went to the movies in China!

I’m realizing I missed a lot of films that I really wanted to see this year. It was a really crazy year for me, and seeing movies was one of the things I sacrificed in the midst of all that chaos. (I mean, I had been wanting to see Snowpiercer since last year and I watched it yesterday so…)

Previously: 2013 in film || 2012 in film

(Do I watch fewer and fewer new releases every year, what’s going on…)

I may watch more between now and December 31, but here’s what I’ve got for you all.

2014 in film

What did you watch this year?
What movies that I missed do I have to make sure I see? (I know there are a lot, so I need help prioritizing.)