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THE HUNGER GAMES in SCOTLAND

7 Apr

I’m on holiday, escaping away across the pond to see the Scottish and his family. I’ve been enjoying the company of my future-in-laws in this beautiful country (despite crappy weather). I have been taking the train into Glasgow with the Scottish to meet friends for dinner and drinks, I’ve gone shopping, and I have read all three Hunger Games books in succession. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!!

I will share updates on the kilt and other things when I’m back in Chicago but for now, all I can think about is Katniss and the others. I have been extra emotional and frightened this week due to reading the books AND seeing the first film of the series. I need the light on when I walk to the bathroom and I’m constantly hearing weird noises in the house, clearly they must be pods ready to detonate on me. Most people can separate books from reality but not me. Yet another side effect of my crazy brain.

(Note to self: go back to reading Amish love stories, they will not break you.)

Looking forward to my return but not rushing my week of relaxing! Until then friends!!! 🙂

Quote: “May the odds be ever in your favor.” The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

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Happy Birthday to the Scottish! I win cause I did an awesome job. And you win cause this isn’t a wedding post.

5 Mar

The Scottish turned 28 yesterday which means he’s as old and as awesome as I am. 🙂 I have to flat-out brag that I gave him the best birthday ever complete with surprises all day long!! One month ago I bought a LivingSocial deal for one night at a hotel literally two blocks from where we live in the city. I also arranged for a couple’s massage, and made him his favorite cake, Tres Leches. Yum. I gave him a card, gummy bears, and there was champagne and chocolates waiting for us when we arrived in our room. Plus, the room had a steam shower (more on that to come).

(For those of you who don’t know me very well, I am the worst liar in the entire world. I will confess to anything rather than lie. It’s kind of a problem.)

Flashback to yesterday, where we had plans to Skype with Scottish Mum and Dad in Scotland right before we were going to leave to check-in and the Scottish was enjoying his lazy morning, getting ready, very…very… slowly… This made it hard to pack items like toothbrushes and toothpaste. I ended up packing a bit too early (shocking I know) and had to put back his toothbrush. A few minutes later he’s finishing getting ready and comes out of the bedroom and says, “Where’s my toothpaste?” I just start shaking my head and laughing. My first thought is how the heck do I explain that? What other explanation is there?!?! So I say, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I threw it out, I was in a cleaning frenzy and I threw it out.” The Scottish asks the obvious question of, “Why, why did you throw out a new carton of toothpaste?” At this point I’m blushing and giggling and unable to look him in the eyes. He smiles and says he doesn’t believe me. HA. So then I say, “I lost it. I can’t explain but I just lost it.” I lost toothpaste?!?! Lucky for me the Scottish lets things go and we move on. I still burst out laughing every few minutes at my sheer stupidity and sneak back to the bedroom when I can to finish packing. Eventually he works out why his toothpaste went missing, but because it was a work night his mind didn’t immediately go to HOTEL OVER-NIGHT. Thank goodness!

I’ve packed all of our stuff in my new Victoria’s Secret tote bag that is the most neon bright pink I’ve ever seen. It’s so freakin’ bright I’m almost too embarrassed to carry it! I ask the Scottish if he would be OK carrying this if I couldn’t for some reason, and he shakes his head no, saying he’d really rather not. Then I get to secretly laugh again knowing that on the way home tomorrow, I’m heading straight to work and he’ll have to carry it back to the house to grab the car. We arrive at the hotel and explore, it’s very nice and very relaxing, what with a CD of dolphin and ocean sounds, and the noticeable lack of a TV. There is even a communal kitchen to store my awesome cake.

I can tell the Scottish is slightly disappointed that we aren’t there for massages and that makes it super fun to surprise him two hours later with them. The other big surprise came when I told him he’d be buying his own birthday dinner since I’d maxed out my budget on said massages and hotel room. Man, I’m special.

Finally, I have to tell you all that a steam shower is not quite as relaxing as they lead you to believe! I could only handle putting the steam on for 10 seconds before I couldn’t breath or see or stand. It’s like being assaulted with campfire smoke (minus the smokey smell), and it makes you so hot you wanna die. Good to know for next time, but overall, my impromptu, birthday stay-cation with the Scottish turned out to be one lovely day.

Quote: “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

SLime Movie Review

1 Jan

I’m probably the only actor in the world that is NOT a movie buff, but I do enjoy a good cry, er, a good movie every once in a while. And I’m fully aware that most people don’t like the same movies I do, and that my taste is embarrassingly girly, but here I go anyway. I plan to use my publishing name from my Shutterfly account, hence the “SLime” in this blog title.

SLime Reviews New Year’s Eve directed by Garry Marshall

I think I started crying about half-way through the movie and didn’t stop until the end so… I would call that a success! This movie is all about relationships and since my blog is about relationships, it seemed like a perfect fit. Yes, these are contrived, sappy, and over-the-top relationships but they are realistic and entertaining. I really liked this movie and I don’t think I could have asked for more from a romantic comedy with over-lapping story lines. The main themes throughout the movie are hope and change. Many of the characters are trying to change their lives for the better and get out of old ruts and bad habits. The message of hope for the new year is something we all can relate to, and it’s what gets us through the bad years and what reminds us to be grateful for the good years. After a week solid of limited responsibility and being around my closest family and friends, I needed a good cry to get back into life. I tend to accept change and transition a little bit slower than the average joe, so watching this movie was cathartic for me and has me excited for a new year. Let’s go 2012!!

And now for no particular reason and with no disrespect to any of the artists in the film, I will now critique/give my humble opinions on each of the 800 stars in this movie:

Lea Michele- Overacting and pushing. Every time you started a monologue I lost interest. But you sing like a rock star and your version of Auld Lang Syne was worth the wait.

Ashton Kutcher- When I look at you I see one sad Demi. Sorry.

Jessica Biel- You’re kinda funny. PS I miss 7th Heaven!

Seth Meyers- Funny and sweet. Not cute.

Michelle Pfeiffer- Great work. Believable.

Zac Efron- Yummmy yum yum. How old are you? You are my new celebrity crush. And you can act. Win win.

Katherine Heigl- You play the same character every movie. That said, I like you. Mostly because you’re a blonde with a nice rack.

Jon Bon Jovi- What??? Umm, good job acting (I guess) in a completely stupid plot line (I guess).

Robert De Niro- You are a seasoned veteran who delivered. Thank you.

Halle Berry- To be honest, I haven’t seen you in many films, but I thought you were great. Plus your face is stunning.

Hilary Swank- You got progressively better as the film when on. Good work.

Ludacris- Ooooo, wow. Yeaaaaa, you were pretty bad. When asked, the Scottish said, “He was terrible, I could have done better!”

Sarah Jessica Parker- I loved you as a witch in Hocus Pocus, I loved you as the single Carrie Bradshaw in SATC, and I love you as an over-protective mother in this movie. PS How do you stay so thin? Did your metabolism ever slow down??

Josh Duhamel- Meh.

Abigail Breslin- You’re in that awkward stage between child star and adult star. Your acting chops are a tiny bit weak but you’ll get there. I like you.

Ryan Seacrest- You’re clearly a genius based on the empire you’ve created but you’re not an actor, even when playing yourself (which is harder than it looks). Lucky for me, you helped make the Kardashians the famous family they are today, and for that I thank you (and for that most people hate you too).

Even smaller cameos in a cameo-filled-movie:
Thumbs up to John Lithgow
Thumbs down to Alyssa Milano
Thumbs up to Penny Marshall
Thumbs up to Matthew Broderick

Overall I would give this movie to 4 out of 5 tears. It not only reached my expectations but surpassed them a bit as well by showcasing unique stories of love and not just boy meets girl boring-ness. My favorite plot lines would have to be Michelle Pfeiffer with Zac Efron, and Halle Berry with Robert De Niro. Go see it!!

Quote: “It only happens once a year: New Year’s Eve. It’s a time when hopeless can be romantic, and a resolution can become a revelation. And when one night can change everything.” Opening voice over of New Year’s Eve

Up next, a review of my holiday season and the relationships in my life, in a blog titled, “I didn’t get engaged over Christmas like you all were hoping for (yea right) but I did have a great time up north,” or something along those lines…. 🙂

Holiday Relations

11 Dec

Hello Holiday Season. The best time of the year? Pretty much. Well, I would say summer is really the best time of the year, because let’s face it, if you’re in a northern/mid-western state, the cold is awful and we all rejoice once summer hits. But the holiday season is what makes the winter weather bearable. There’s music and lights, and people doing good deeds, what’s not to love? I get very busy during the holiday season because I want to enjoy it all! And since I’m trying to gear this blog more toward relationships, I want to pass on my advice for how best to enjoy your relationships during the holidays.

Friends: This can be tricky because we all have those friends we exchange gifts with and those we do not. I prefer to not give gifts to friends as I have an immediate family, extended family, and a Chicago family to shop for, but I do think friendships need to be refreshed at this time of year as well. So I make a point to see all my friends around the holiday season for dinner, coffee, a drink, shopping, a party, whatever it may be, just to check in, see how they’re doing, and wish them a happy holidays. This year my group of friends, the Sister Wives, all got dressed up and we went out for dinner and drinks and even exchanged a ten dollar gift. While we see each other a lot, the six of us aren’t always in the same place at the same time, and we rarely get dressed up just for each other, but it makes our holiday dinner that little bit more special. For years my bff and I would go shopping together and buy each other the exact same gift for Christmas. It was great because we got to exchange something without the worry and stress of choosing it. And whether it was a book, a hair straightener, or a shirt, we both liked it because we both had picked it out. I also like to act as a professional party-attender throughout November and December. I like to hit every holiday soriee or get-together because my friends put a lot of effort into them and a holiday party is always a blast. Plus, if you’re too busy going to parties then you don’t have to plan one yourself.

Family: My auntie likes to say something to the effect of, ” Drinking and family don’t mix.” And this might not make sense if your family has Irish or Italian roots but it makes sense for us. There might be wine and beer around, but when we all get together it’s usually good clean fun and nobody gets hurt. Spending time with my family around the holidays is the highest priority on my list because I was raised that way. My parents drove us three kids through blizzards and storms just to make sure we made it to Bismarck to celebrate Christmas. I’ve never spent a Christmas in Minnesota which is crazy because I lived there from age 2 1/2 to age 18. Every family has their own idea of fun, but if you think playing cards, singing together, making fun of each other, and eating a lot is fun, then we are guil-ty (said in a high-pitched gay man’s voice). We literally sing the same two songs every year for the Christmas Eve service at my grandparent’s church and we continually get RAVE reviews. It is also entirely true that people look forward to these same two songs every year. And it’s entirely true that we hold the words in our hands year after year because for some reason memorization of these same two songs is out of our reach. All kidding aside, my family is so important to me and if you can’t think of a funny or weird tradition that your family has, this is the year to make one! I believe that traditions are good for the soul and great things to pass on to future generations. Our traditions range from Grandma’s chili to singing in church to opening gifts the night before Christmas. What are yours?

Partners: This could be your spouse, your significant other, the person you are causally dating, or in some cases, your non-boyfriend boyfriend. Whatever the case or whatever the level of commitment, being in a relationship around the holidays is wonderful! The key with gift giving is making that other person feel special. A gift that shows you understand their interests and passions is infinitely better than a standard run-of-the-mill gift, but no need to get over-whelmed, you don’t have to do this alone! I am a big fan of asking family members and friends (who know that person best) what it is they want for Christmas. I also need to point out that women, all women, (even the ones that say that don’t) enjoy romantic gifts. That said, romance is different for every girl, some think it’s jewelry and flowers, some prefer you take them to a show or on a trip, some like when you cook them dinner, and some just want you to have listened enough to have purchased that one thing they’ve been hinting at since July. Speaking of gifts, I was listening to a popular radio station here in Chicago, and they were having women call in with their worst Christmas gifts ever. This one woman won, hands down, after she said that her new boyfriend of a few months gave her a 1,000 count box of TAMPONS!!! TAMPONS?!?!?! There are 80 things wrong with this gift but we’ll start with the obvious, what man purchases feminine hygiene products on his own?? And then why did he think that was OK?? And also, why 1,000?? Why? Because he wants her to have enough tampons to last her for life?? Because nothing says romance like, “I got you some plugs to help with your monthly bleeding problem. Word.”

Happy Holidays, enjoy spending time with your friends, family, and partners!!

Quote: “If all the year were playing holidays,/ To sport would be as tedious as to work.” William Shakespeare

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