Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

MV5BMTcxNDI2NDAzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODM3MTc2MjE@._V1_SX214_AL_ The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 directed by: Francis Lawrence

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

IMDB: 7.1

Rotten Tomatoes: 66%

Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

three-half-stars

The Mockingjay is probably my favourite book of The Hunger Games series, which is why it pains me to say that part 1 is definitely my least favourite of the movies thus far. Was it really necessary for them to split the movie into two parts? Obviously no, the decision to split the movie in half is probably due to the fact that Hollywood wants to suck more money out of my (boyfriend’s) pocket.  Continue reading

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Hello, 2015!

When I first started this blog, I was so excited. I posted as frequently as I could, trying to make sure that I was not spamming the interwebs with my excitement, but also posting enough to ensure that I was making my own mark. And, as the months dwindled on and school became such a harsh reality, I stopped posting. I made excuse after excuse for not posting, for not keeping up with the promise to at least post on Fridays, and most of it led back to school or how I tired I was.

A lot of it, though, was due to the fact that I didn’t realize that up-keeping this blog would be so much work. For the most part, I was no longer motivated to keep up with the maintenance of the blog because I no longer knew why I started in the first place.

Therefore, when 2015 rolled around, and one of my co-workers asked what my New Year’s resolution was, I decided to focus on my blog. I started this for a reason, and even though I can’t quite say why anymore, it doesn’t so much matter. Throughout this year, through each post that I make, I want to motivate myself to blog as often as I can.

It’s Friday Night!

It’s friday night!

I know, I promised that I would be more present and obviously … I lied. But! I come again with new promises because my semester is over! Woohoo! I’m finally done the first half of my post-grad year, and man, am I so relieved. I can finally breathe and feel like my world isn’t crashing in around me. These next five weeks that I have off is really what I need. Though, I will be working, it is something that I know I can handle. Working holiday hours is nothing to me, I’m so used to it, so that’s fine.

Anyways, I’m so excited about being on vacation!!! I finally get to just … do nothing. I’m so about the life of doing nothing

Group work … the bane of my existence!

As the semester is coming to a close, I’ve started to get the hang out doing group work. Though, I will still maintain that it is the bane of my existence. Honestly, group work would be so much easier if people just decided to … oh, I don’t know, DO THEIR WORK?! One of the things I actually hate doing is picking up after other people’s slack, because that shit is not fair if we’re going to be getting the same mark.

I literally do not know how I’m going to survive the upcoming three weeks of school if this continues to be an issue. What is extremely frustrating about this is that everyone in the program has the same amount of work, so having these people use other assignments as an excuse is so unacceptable. If everyone else can get their shit done than you can too!!!!

UGH.

Please, school gods, help me catch a break somewhere.

It’s Friday Night!

It’s friday night, are you sighing yet?

First off, I’d like to apologize for my absence, I know it’s been two months since I posted anything and for that I’m extremely sorry! Most of it could not be helped, though. As you all know I’m back in school, and I just kept putting off posting because I kept getting bombarded with assignments.

It’s not any better now, I still feel like I’m constantly getting suffocated but I do feel like I’m starting to get into the hang of things so I can start posting regularly. Or, at least, every friday!

One thing I want to point out, though, is that I’m moving my book reviews to a separate blog altogether. One of my assignments for school was to create a blog, and I ended up making a book blog. I thought long and hard about this and I really want to make this blog less centred around my book reviews and more about my experience with school, work, life, etc. I’d probably put the occasional movie review up on here, but essentially I want to keep these two separate.

So, if you want to go ahead and follow my book blog check it out here! It’s a bit bare at the moment, but that will change in a couple of days.

I promise I shall post something more interesting soon!

It’s Friday Night, Back to School Edition!

It’s friday night, are you sighing yet? Yes, yes, I am so happy this week is over.

I will make no excuses for not posting last week. As you can probably tell from the title that I’m back in school! I started last week, and this week was my first ~official~ week of classes. I’m still getting into the hang of things. I’m doing my post-graduate degree in Corp. Comm, and let me tell you it’s different!

Being in college and university are two completely different things. Coming from university, I’m so used to working on my own and having to do things individually, and working in a group is completely and utterly terrifying. I’d also like to point out that I have a group presentation (or two) in every single class that I have this semester, which is about 7 classes. Terrifying! I have never felt like such a fish out of water, it’s just … very strange. Though, I’m sure it’s just a matter of getting used to. I was warned by various friends about the group work that comes with college, however I was not prepared for this. Colour me surprised, to say the least.

I feel like each class is piling on work on top of work on top of work. Though it is something I’m used to, I feel like the group presentations just make everything feel super overwhelming. Does that make sense? I’m used to looking at syllabi’s and feeling slightly overwhelmed by assignments and their deadlines, but this is a different type of O M G EVERYTHING IS EVERYWHERE type of panic. Personally, I just need time to process deadlines and find my own pace in a new schedule. I feel like part of the anxiety that I’m feeling has to do with the fact that I’m in a new routine, which is just throwing me off completely. Once I’ve gotten a hang of it I’m sure all the panicy and anxiety feelings will disappear (sort of).

If you’re back in school, how are you finding it? Do you feel like it’s a big adjustment for you? Let me know! Let’s trade battle stories!

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It’s Friday Night!

It’s friday night, are you sighing yet?

I’m taking big, satisfied, inner fat girl sighs as I just had a very delicious burrito from Burrito Boyz. If you’ve never had a burrito from Burrito Boyz, you’ve never lived! Honestly, they’re burritos are the bomb.com! I would have taken a picture for you guys but I was honestly too excited to eat that I didn’t think about it 😛

I missed last week’s friday night post but it was for a good reason! I was super tired by the time I got home as I was out the entire day from morning until midnight. I had my goodbye lunch with my friend Lillian, which you all know about from my post the other day, and then I went to the CNE with the boyfriend. We spent the whole day there going on rides and eating all kinds of food and exploring. I didn’t take as many pictures as I did last year only because my phone was on the verge of dying and I really wanted to keep my charge until I was at least almost home.

Two discoveries this year: ice cream waffle sandwiches and fish tacos! Both came from a food truck and it was so delicious and so cheap! I waited quite a bit for the fish tacos—sadly no pictures—but it was totally worth it. I’m not generally a fan of fish tacos because whenever I taste it from Eddie’s plate when we go out it doesn’t taste so good. However, fish tacos from the food truck is definitely where it’s at my friends. I’ve been dreaming about them ever since! I wish I could go back just for the fish tacos.

Oh, and Eddie won me a ratchet minion from playing darts!

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Movie Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

MV5BNjUzODQ5MDY5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTc1NzcyMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebsman

Starring: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fitchner

IMDB: 6.4

Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

three-stars

A group of mutated warriors face off against an evil kingpin who wants to take over New York.

 

There’s no denying that TMNT was one of the anticipated movies coming out this month, but in comparison to the other huge movie that came out the week before, TMNT was a let down. The only reason I’m being generous with the three stars is because of Raphael’s incredibly touching speech towards the end of the movie that had me tearing up in the theatres.

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Let’s Talk about the Art of Saying Goodbye

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How do you say goodbye to someone who’s been a constant in your life? One of my best friends just left to fly across the country to do her Masters for two years. While I’m super proud of her because I know how hard she’s worked, it was also hard to say goodbye for the last time. She was the Cristina to my Meredith, my person. It was always so funny to us how a lot of the Cristina/Meredith friendship reflected the both of us.

In fact, Eddie (the boyfriend) calls us twins because we’re so alike and do a lot of the same things. Lillian and I have been friends for almost six years and this is the first time that she’ll be so far away to the point where I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to see her. We’re both broke students and having that extra money to travel across the country to visit her will be an issue. However, I did promise myself and her that we would both make the effort to visit each other.

When we had our ~farewell~ lunch, it was so strange because we hugged quite a bit before parting ways. I can probably count on one hand how many times we’ve hugged, which is strange for most people but we weren’t the physically emotional kind of people. We understood each other on a different level, and we weren’t super emotional in general anyways. When we said goodbye it felt like we were both going to cry but held it in. I don’t know if either of us would have been able to handle our shit if the other one had cried.

I think what makes this hard is the fact that we’re both going back to school in a week or so and the other one won’t be there. We went through undergrad together, took the same classes, got the same grades, and didn’t feel the need to make other friends because we had each other. So, while I’ll be going to a different school but on the same campus as the university we graduated from, she’ll be miles and miles away on a mountain in a forest.

I know we’ll see each other again, maybe later than sooner but it’s still strange. We’re both going off on our own journeys and need to let the other one grow.

Has your Cristina every left your Meredith?

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

MV5BMTAwMjU5OTgxNjZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDUxNDYxODEx._V1_SX214_AL_ Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn

 Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

 IMBD: 8.9

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

five-stars

Light years from Earth, 26 years after being abducted, Peter Quill finds himself the prime target of a manhunt after discovering an orb wanted by Ronan the Accuser.

 

I was really excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy, mostly because this is one of the first movies this year that I didn’t go see opening weekend, which meant that I wasn’t the first one telling my friends how gorgeous sweet amazing baby it was! Everyone kept asking me if I had seen it and I hadn’t because my movie buddy (the boyfriend, obviously) was away in New York for the opening weekend, so I had to patiently wait until he got back to see it.

It was definitely worth the wait!  Continue reading