Announcement!

I almost forgot to announce it here but…

I am now a contributor for Punch Drunk Critics!

Find me at www.punchdrunkcritics.com where you’ll find movie reviews, TV recaps, and other movie/TV news! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to bring an early inside scoop on movies and TV to the fans.

My first PDC review is here!

If you have any feedback for my content there, please let me know! I haven’t contributed to a site that I wasn’t the sole contributor to since I was an editor for PurplePJs back in the early 2000s, so being on a team’s posting schedule and style is something I have to get back into the swing of again after more than 10 years.

I’ll still be posting reviews here, but I am leaving things on PDC for now while I settle into my groooooove.

Thanks for your support!

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Headaches

Hello all and happy Saint Patrick’s Day if you are observing!

I’ve been having a really incredible March so far, not least of all because DC had its first actual snowstorm a week before the vernal equinox, aka the first day of spring!

And maybe that’s why I’ve been having a lot of headaches. Allergies? I’ve always been prone to headaches, usually with my monthly cycle and occasionally outside of that, but lately it’s been an almost daily throbbing pain in my head.

I saw a doctor about it and she recommended I take a few supplements to see if that helps, so I’ve added magnesium and riboflavin vitamins to my routine and am hoping for the best. I have definitely been feeling out of sorts of late, but there are so many good things happening this month. I saw Christine last weekend in San Francisco and I get to see her next weekend here in DC, with her birthday sandwiched in between during this weekend!

Posts to look forward to for the rest of the month:

  • At least two movie reviews (I saw two these week, so those will be going up very soon)
  • Any lingering China posts
  • San Francisco posts
  • Christine in DC posts

And if somehow that doesn’t fill March, I have even more drafts ready to go for my experience with Blue Apron and ClassPass (crazy, I know) so keep an eye out for all these things!

But in the meantime, if you have any suggestions for how you manage headaches and migraines, they would be very welcome. Thanks!

Cool Down for Fall

Hello all!

Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, the first official day of my favorite season. I used to love winter the most, but after a day in such cold that I literally forgot what it felt like to not be cold… I realized I like the warm cozy feeling that comes with the holiday season and looking at snow moreso than winter itself. I’m a fan of hygge moreso than the uglier sides of winter, if you will.

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You can only buy one or a dozen doughnuts, there is no in-between. I didn’t get any of my usual favorites so that I could get a box full o’ fall flavors.

With the cooler months here (in the Northern Hemisphere), I’ve been reflecting on how busy I’ve been keeping. You may have seen some think pieces about why we are always telling each other and ourselves that we’re just soooo busy and bragging about how busy we are keeping ourselves. I’m definitely very guilty of this, and I used to really love keeping myself busy because I am very extroverted, so many of my evenings are spent doing things with friends or meeting new people.

However…

Lately, I’ve been finding that I am home for the evening maybe once a week, if that. If I’m not at a movie screening or event or meeting up with friends, I am working late and still getting home after dark anyway. While I’m glad that my reinvestment of my time into my friends is helping me feel more socially fulfilled as well as to be a better friend, it is really starting to take a toll on me to only drag myself through my front door after 8PM every day of the week. I told Ben that I wanted us to cook dinner at home more, but I’m only home at dinnertime once a week? And I’ve been meaning to do a big cleanup of our place, but don’t spend enough time at home to do it. On top of that, I have been wanting to make some moves career-wise and build my skills more actively, but I am wiped out by the time I get home to the point where I don’t even take my computer out of my bag most nights I’m home. (Except when I have to write a blog post, of course!)

So I’m going to be consciously trying to dial it back a bit. Commit to my nights at home as much as I commit to my nights out. Schedule my time to be at home and cook and clean and run errands and just enjoy being at home. Relax. I’ve never been good at relaxing, but I hear practice makes perfect.

I’m really excited about the fall this year! I have a lot of great costume opportunities and some great costumes lined up. (You all know I’m a sucker for dressing up.) And October-November-December brings out the greatest festive season of the year. Before I know it, I’ll be writing up my 2017 resolutions post! (!!!!)

This is one of the best times of the year, and I am really looking forward to it. But I am also going to make sure to let myself pause and relax and soak it all in, as well.

What are you looking forward to this fall? (Or spring, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere!)

Checking in!

I currently have my plate pretty full until January, but I have drafts that just need photos (always the photos…) and some other things I’ve been wanting to write up for you all! Here’s what I will have for you as soon as possible, preferably before January:

  • New York trip recap
  • The end of my Florida recaps
  • Hogwarts week recap (I wore Hogwarts House-inspired outfits every day leading up to Halloween)
  • All the other things I promise all the time… like the 2+ year late Europe posts

And of course, even if those don’t make it, my year-end recaps WILL be up by December 31st, for sure.

Just letting you all know that I’m still here, I’m thinking of you every day, and I will try to be better.

I’ll be back

…….. so my last update here turned out to be a big whopping lie, didn’t it? I said I’d settle into a routine in June and schedule time for blogging.

As it turns out, my hours at my new job got a little crazy for me. My every waking moment was dedicated to work. I haven’t seen most of my friends in weeks, I had barely seen my own apartment before I moved out of it, I haven’t seen my family in a long while.

What felt really bad on my end was being told that this is what I signed up for. And it wasn’t. I was not prepared to devote my entire life to a startup that I liked but didn’t love.

You know what I love? Watching movies (I have watched maybe 3 movies since I started this job and I don’t even know if it’s worth putting reviews up for them anymore), seeing friends and family, coming home before 9 PM, not checking my email first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and, of course, writing this blog!

Lesson learned. With two moves and another opportunity coming along, I had no choice but to respectfully bow out of the new job.

What that means for you, dear readers, is that there will (hopefully) be more activity here really soon! So stay tuned for all the things I told you I’d have in that last update. I’ve been jotting down notes on posts I want to write in between my long work shifts; let’s hope I find enough time and motivation to crank them all out!