Looking Ahead to 2018

Hi there! Happy New Year’s Eve! I did a “Looking Back at 2017” post earlier this month. You can find it here.

2017 was a great year. I learned a lot about who I am (personally and as a writer), I made mistakes, I laughed, I cried…but in the end, it was the best it could be. I really feel like 2018 is going to be even better. What I learned in 2017 will carry me into 2018, and I can’t wait to see what is in store.

I want to take a moment and thank all of you who read my blog. It is incredible to feel like people have an interest in what you say. What started as a hobby has become something much more, and I am so thankful.

Here’s to an amazing 2018! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰


My 2018 Goals

1. Publish Alter Reach – I’ve set this goal for two straight years, but this is going to happen in 2018.

2. Write more poetry – what I have shared with you on this blog are poems that were written throughout high school and college. I would love to get back into it with a new (happier) perspective.

3. Read 50 books – I set a higher goal last year and didn’t come close. I dropped the goal a bit so I can mark this as achieved at the end of the year. It isn’t like I don’t have a mile long TBR list or anything…😊

4. Reach my next follower goal on this blog – I was able to reach my first 100 followers in 2017, which was huge for me. I’m not going to reveal what my goal until I hit it, but I’m excited to see if it happens!

5. Write a blog post at least every other day – I’ve been able to blog once a day for the last couple of weeks because I’ve unfortunately been out of work, sick. I’d still like to update as frequently as possible, and I think every other day is reasonable.

6. Lose weight- I know, I know. This is on everyone’s list, every year. I’d like to take some boxing classes and eat a little healthier. That’s all.

7. Be more involved at Church. My husband and I have been talking about this more recently, and we would like go get involved, so we are looking into different possibilities.

8. Date night with hubby at least once a week- it’s so easy to get wrapped up in life and let time slip by. I have the most incredible husband and I want to make sure we don’t let that happen. 😊

9. Travel somewhere fun – We’ve been lucky enough to take a small trip every year. I’d like to do that again this year.

10. Be happy and healthy! 😁


Tonight, Paul and I will be ringing in the New Year with movies and snacks.

What are some of your goals for 2018? What are your plans for tonight?

I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve! Please be safe and have fun! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Tangled – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Yesterday was a bad pain day, so I disconnected to take care of myself. It seems to be better today, so I’m praying it was just a fluke and that I am getting better. Thanks for all the kind thoughts and wishes.

I wanted to share another poem with you today. Enjoy. 😊


Tangled

My one and only belief,
I’ve found the other side of me,
creating a divine energy,
and balancing my life finally.

Our time together has begun.
This cannot truly be undone.
Every obstacle, overcome.
We are tangled. We are one.


I hope you have a great Saturday. I am going to try to get some reading done (Santa brought me some awesome books, as if I needed to add to my TBR list πŸ˜‰).

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The Lion King – Movie Review

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Happy Thursday! My husband bought me The Lion King for Christmas. It was such a surprise, I had no idea it was coming. It is my all-time favorite Disney movie. I haven’t seen it in years, so we had a movie night on Tuesday. I thought it would be fun to “review” it on the blog (although we all know it gets a 5/5 from me 😁).

(By the way, this will contain spoilers.)


The Lion King

Release: 1994

Synopsis:

A lion cub is fooled by his ambitious uncle, who is next in line to the throne, that he has killed the Lion King, his father and flees their land in shame. As an adult he is persuaded to return to try and claim the throne that is rightfully his.

Review:

As I’ve said, this is my all-time favorite Disney movie. It’s actually pretty close to my favorite movie ever (The Wizard of Oz will forever hold that title though). The Lion King is one of those “kids” movies that adults can love too. I hadn’t seen the movie in quite some time and it had me laughing over some of the great lines.

Woah! Jeez, why do I always have to save your a-aaaaahhhhh! – Timon

The story itself is surprisingly dark for a Disney movie, with some rather intense scenes. Scenes with Scar and the hyenas were fiery and almost hell-like – with skeletons and eruptions of fire during the songs. Scar’s final moments were pretty intense for a children’s movie. The camera cuts away, but it seems like he’s being eaten alive by his former friends. While we are on the topic of Scar, he is probably my favorite villain of all Disney villains. He’s smart, resourceful, and motivated, which makes him truly feel dangerous. He could have won if Simba hadn’t figured his life out.

Now this looks familiar. Where have I seen this before? Hm, let me think. Oh, yes, I remember! This is just the way your father looked before he died. – Scar

The movie does a great job of throwing in some humor during intense scenes to give the viewer a bit of a break. I really appreciated that. Timon and Pumba are of course the main comedic relief, along with Zazu, but the rest of the cast have their moments to shine as well.

Creepy little monkey. Would you stop following me! Who are you? – Simba

The movie runs you through every emotion – one minute your laughing and the next minute you’re crying. It’s a heart warming and heart wrenching story, that I could watch again and again.

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it. – Rafiki

Rating:

5/5β˜†


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Lost Season 4 – Review

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday.

I am still not feeling 100%, but I am feeling a bit better. Good news! Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon.

Today, I wanted to post my Lost season 4 review. I’m almost finished with the final season, so look out for season 5 and 6 coming soon!

This will contain spoilers.


Lost – Season 4

Episode 1: 1/31/2008

Season Finale: 5/29/2008

Synopsis:

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Review

The season 3 finale of Lost introduced the notion of flashforwards and season 4 took us through an incredible journey, jumping back and forth between present day and the future.

With the whereabouts of the island now unknown, this show became smarter and stronger. Lost went from just a mystery to a game of time and location. The show is still about regret and redemption at its core, but the journey became so much more epic in the final seasons.

The flashforwards are their own mystery. We focus on the Oceanic Six, and their lies about what actually happened on the island. Hurley, Kate, Jack, Sayid, and Sun are all leading very interesting lives. Kate is pretending to be Aaron’s mom while facing the trial for the murder she had avoided. Jack is damn near killing himself from alcoholism. Hurley is back in the institution, being visited by the dead. Sun is on a mission of revenge. Sayid is a hired assassin (And we later find out, Benjamin Linus is his employer). We also find out Ben and Locke are off the island too and on a mission to bring the six back to the island.

Back on the island, Sawyer and Juliet are experiencing time jumps over and over again, never quite knowing when they actually are. They are joined by Miles and Daniel from the freighter. And we find some interesting back stories on these characters that tie them to the island.

That’s what I love so much about this show. Characters are seemingly strangers, but after revealing some back stories, they are eventually tied into each other’s stories and somehow tied in with the island.

This season was a bit shorter than previous seasons, and I think that really helped. This season was much more precise and cohesive. It’s still Lost, so real answers were far and few between, but it’s so compelling, it doesn’t matter.

I think season 4 was a better season than 3. The finale didn’t quite surpass season 3, but it still did a magnificent job building on the story and mystery. You can feel the show gliding toward the end game, and it’s exciting (even through my third run through of the show!)

Rating:

5/5 β˜†

Favorite Character: Hurley

Least Favorite Character: Sayid

Favorite Episode: Cabin Fever

Least Favorite Episode: Eggtown


What did you think of Lost, season 4? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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Christmas Wrap-Up πŸŽπŸŽ„

Hi everyone!

Christmas is such a build up, and then in the blink of an eye, it’s over. It’s a beautiful day I wish could last a bit longer.

I thought I would do a little wrap up of what our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were like. Enjoy. πŸŽ„


Christmas Eve:

We always go to the Christmas service at our church. This year, I was a little disappointed because we didn’t sing some of the traditional Christmas songs. They were technically Christmas songs, but I wanted Holy Night and songs like that. We did sing Joy to the World. The service itself was great, as usual and there were a lot of people there.

We go to Paul’s parent’s house for Christmas Eve dinner so we can do our exchange with them, privately. That is always a fun time. Paul’s mom always makes a great meal (we had pot roast!). We decorated cookies, played Euchre (boys against girls. We lost the first round, 9-10, and then stomped all over them the second round, 10-0!)

Christmas Day:

Christmas morning, Paul and I woke up and spent the time together. We exchanged gifts and listened to Christmas music. We always try to spend a couple hours together on Christmas morning, because we are so busy throughout the day. It will be interesting to see how our timing changes when we have children.

We left around 10 and headed to my parents house. My step mom made us biscuits and gravy for breakfast (yum!), and we hung out with them until my step sister and the kids came. My step sister arrived around 11 with my niece, Kendall and nephew, Johnny. They were excited because Santa had visited them that morning. The gift exchange was beautifully chaotic. The living room looked like a wrapping paper factory had exploded. One of the highlights was my dog, Cheyenne, opening her toys and treats. She was a happy baby for sure.

We left my parents around 4, and headed to Paul’s parents. His cousins and aunt were there. We always get to spend holiday time with them because Paul’s family is very small (unlike my enormous family). Another great night was had. We had ham for dinner and a homemade cheesecake (prepared by Paul’s cousin) and cookies for dessert.

We are exhausted this morning but it was a great Christmas. Of course, our apartment looks like there was an explosion because we need to put everything away. But I’m thankful. Another lovely day filled with family and memories.


I’m super excited, because one of the gifts my hubby gave me was The Lion King – my all time, favorite, Disney movie. I’ll do a review sometime this week. We are having a movie night tonight! I also owe you two more Lost reviews, and I’m close to finishing season 6, so you may even see 3. Lots of other great stuff coming, including my resolutions for 2018 (It’s going to be a great year!), and not to mention, a million (okay, small exaggeration) book reviews!

How was your day? I hope it was awesome! Let me know in the comments or if you posted about it.

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The Very Merry Christmas Tag

Hi everyone! Merry Christmas Eve! I found this tag here. As usual, let me know if you do the tag, so I can read your answers! 😊


1. What are your feelings on Black Friday shopping?

It shouldn’t start on Thanksgiving day. I think that is such a cruel thing department stores do to their employees (And I can complain, I worked black Friday quite a few times). It’s sad that people can’t wait until Friday to get that “big deal.” So, I never shop on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday, we might go out in the afternoon, but I’m an online shopper. So, I find the online deals and then shop online, Cyber Monday too.

2. Favorite gift you’ve ever given?

That’s a tough question, because I genuinely enjoy giving gifts. So, I’m going to cheat and say, every gift I’ve given, that someone actually enjoyed, was a favorite.

3. Christmas cards, yay or nay? If you send them out, what style do you go with?

I try to send Christmas cards, but it doesn’t happen every year (it did this year though!). I generally try to find a traditional set to send. I’m also a card giver, so anyone who gets a present from me, gets a card.

4. If you were a Christmas elf, what would your specialty be? Reindeer wrangler, chief decorator, toy-maker, gift wrapper, baker or management?

Probably reindeer wrangler or baker. Definitely NOT gift wrapper. Everyone knows when I wrap gifts (And not because they are nicely wrapped!).

5. Egg nog…do you pour it in a tall glass or throw it in the trash?

I hate egg nog, but I can’t throw it out because hubby loves it.

6. What is your decorating style? Classic red and green, shabby chic, country/farmhouse, etc? Does your style change from year to year?

Mine is definitely classic. But we live in an apartment, so I can only do so much. It’ll be interesting to see how my style changes with a house.

7. Favorite childhood Christmas memory?

Waking my parents up at some unreasonable hour to unwrap gifts, haha.

8. If you could borrow Santa’s sleigh, where in the world, would you go?

Hm. I really want to see Ireland. So, that’s probably where I would head to!

9. Favorite ornament? Shown it, if possible.

Sorry for the crap quality picture. This is my favorite ornament because it’s very similar to my tattoo and it means a lot to me. My mom passed away when I was 18. She loved frogs, so my tattoo and this ornamen are commemorations to her. A frog angel flying to heaven, saying peace. The peace sign is a representation of my favorite picture of mom and me. I’ll show you my tattoo and the picture I’m talking about:


That’s all I have for you today. The next couple days will be super busy, but I’ll be sure to do a post all about it on Tuesday. Be safe, have fun, and enjoy your day tomorrow. MERRY CHRISTMAS! β™‘

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Masquerade- A Poem

Hi everyone! Can you believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve?!

I’ve somehow managed to write a blog post every day this week, despite still feeling like crude. I’m calling that an accomplishment.

I will be spending the rest of my day with the hubby. It’s our only day “off” before the craziness of Christmas begins! I do have a post ready for Christmas Eve, but I will be taking Christmas day off. I’ll do a wrap up of Christmas day on Tuesday!

Enjoy the poem. πŸ™‚


Masquerade

The desolation and misery you’re feeling now,
has been caused by your obsession with yourself.
All your stories of the things you’ve done,
are all fabrications, you can’t tell the truth.

Your mind is tainted, you think the lies are true.
It’s a mirage; your reality has been distorted.
Are the memories too much for you to handle?
Maybe that’s why you’re intoxicated by deceit.

When I am around you, I feel like I’m in a masquerade,
where you’re forced to where a mask to hid the shame.
You pretend to be someone you never wanted to be,
and I wonder if you’ll ever remove your disguise.


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Looking Back at 2017

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! 3 days til Christmas! I thought it would be good to do a reflection of 2017 post. I will do a New Year resolution type post when we get closer to New Years Eve. 😊


My biggest accomplishment:

While it seems small, the biggest accomplishment I think I made this year was reaching 100 followers on this blog (I’m almost to 200!) I never expected this blog to go anywhere, but knowing there are people who are interested in what I have to say, is pretty awesome.

My favorite place visited:

I have two answers for this. Our anniversary trip to Syracuse was a blast. Never thought a place so close to home would have so much to do and see.

Also, our small fishing trip to Honeyoe Lake was a blast this year. I know people who live around the area think I’m crazy, but that trip was so much fun. We had a great little cabin and waterfront property. I hope we go again in 2017.

You can read about these trips here and here.

Best book I read this year:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor, was definitely my favorite book that I read this year. You can read my review here.

Worst book I read this year:

I actually didn’t read anything that I would consider bad this year.

Best show I watched this year:

The O.A…I know it was a strange show, but I’m still thinking about it and I watched it in January. You can read my review here.

Worst show I watched this year:

Future Man. I haven’t reviewed this one but I really didn’t like this show. I’ll probably review it soon.

Best movie I watched this year:

I’m going to go with Split for this one. It was such an incredible movie and I can’t wait to see if they make another one. You can read my review here.

Worst movie I watched this year:

While this wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, it has the lowest star rating out of all the movies I reviewed. You can read my review of It Follows, here.

Something I wish I had accomplished:

I wish Alter Reach was in the editing stage, but I’m not beating myself up over it.


That is all I have for you today. As I said earlier, I will do a resolution post closer to New Years Eve. Have you looked back at 2017? Any significant accomplishments or favorites? If you do a similar post, let me know, I’d love to read it.

I’m close to being finished wrapping. My husband, on the other hand, has more shopping to do. I think tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Haha. What are your plans for this weekend?

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Lost – Season 3 Review

Hi everyone. Happy Thursday!

Finally finished Lost season 3 in between my doctor appointments.

This review will contain spoilers.


Lost – Season 3

Episode 1: 10/04/2006

Season Finale: 5/23/2007

Synopsis:

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Review

Many reviews of this season like to split it into two parts. The first six episodes and then the rest of the season. This is because there was an eight week haiatus between the two sections. In the first six episodes, we spend the majority of the time with Jack, Kate and Sawyer who have been imprisoned by The Others.

I’ve read some reviews that criticize these first six episodes because they introduce more questions than answers them, but I’m going to say those reviews were written while the show was on air. I think the best part of these episodes was how in the dark, you as a viewer, were kept. Jack, Kate and Sawyer find themselves in an unfamiliar place, later learning they aren’t even on the same island as the rest of their group. I think the weakest part of these episodes was the annoying, never ending, love triangle between these three characters. I just wanted to reach through the screen and slap Kate.

The rest of the season is a very interesting man vs. man theme. It is mostly the survivors sealing with The Others, and with a power struggle constantly at the front of the drama. I really enjoyed the narrative shifts between the survivors and the Others.

There are more flashback scenes that begin to reveal how all of these characters tie in with each other. And new to the Lost experience, we begin seeing flashforwards, which is a super interesting shift in story telling. You are still left questioning things, but what is revealed is so compelling, it leaves you wanting more.

The finale was incredible. I need a refresher of the rest of the show before I make this an official statement, but I really think this finale was the best finale of the entire season. When I get to season 6, I will revisit this and decide whether that is true.

Rating:

4.5/5β˜† (the annoying love triangle irritated me enough to bring the rating down to a 4, but the incredible finale gained this season another half of a start.)


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Free Fall – A Poem

Hi everyone! 5 days til Christmas!

Today, I thought I would share a poem. Enjoy


Free Fall

What does it feel like to free fall,
and jump off this memory-bridge to fly?
Will the air whisper answers to all,
or will gravity steal me from the sky?

With the pale moonlight as my guide,
I’ll swim through heaven’s Eden-beam,
and find you waiting on the other side,
surrounded by white, as in my dreams.

My soul will finally find its peace,
and we’ll be reunited once more.
We’ll dance together in perfect release,
behind heaven’s graceful doors.


That’s all I have for you today. Are you ready for Christmas or are you a last minute shopper? I’m actually ready for the first time in years! (Except wrapping, I hate wrapping, haha).

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