Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Journey to Completing My Bucket List...

Something that's been on my bucket list for years is to actually see every film that was nominated for an Academy Award.

This year, I'm actually making a conscious effort to see them all.
If I get really close and don't see like...two...
I'm going to be super salty...

Here are the movies that I've seen so far:

1. Big Hero 6
2. Birdman
3. Boyhood
4. Feast
5. Gone Girl
6. Guardians of the Galaxy
7. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
8. Interstellar
9. Into the Woods
10. The Judge
11. The Lego Movie
12. X-Men: Days of Future Past


So, as you can see... I'm far from the 60 films that were nominated, but I'm determined to cross them all off!

Honestly, I've never really done anything like this before, and I've never really seen many from the "Best Picture" category as of late, and so watching these movies has been really great.

It's great to just look at the movies above and as I look down the list I can just really see why they've all made it this far!

I have off work tomorrow, so I think I'm going to spend as much time as possible seeing some more movies from the list. I know that some of the documentary movies are on Netflix! So that's a good motivator if I don't feel like going out tomorrow!

*****I would also just like to say that "Feast" (although I haven't seen any of the other shorts nominated) was my favorite & I think if you haven't seen it yet, go see Big Hero 6 and you'll be able to see it before the film. It's ADORABLE!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's All Just A Memory Now...

Today, I went through a few boxes from my 
junior high/high school days...

I can't even believe all the things I found.
So many random little things.

It's so nice to see the things that I kept though, 
for some reason or another.

So many pictures, notes, and other random whatevers! :)

(Most of it unfortunately made its way into the trash though, because you can't keep EVERYTHING forever)

Some things I found were from 10 years ago...
It's crazy to think that I'm even old enough to say things like that!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

More F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Lists...

So, even though I own the series on DVD, I've been watching the episodes on Netflix, just to compare.

(And, let's face it... It's easier than having to figure out which episode I want to watch, the disc that corresponds with that episode, and then having to change discs...)

Netflix is just a time-saver, really...

Anyway, what actually bothers me about it:


It's only a big deal because I've been so used to watching the extended versions that now I'll be sitting waiting for my favorite funny lines & they just never come...


Enough of my wallowing.

I've decided to analyze each of the "Friends" seasons & rank them...

How I chose:
I love "Friends" so much, so this is obviously a hard choice to just make outright... So, what I did was break down each season, and look at each episode, and whichever season had the highest number of solid (good...funny...etc) episodes, that would mean it was the best! Same goes for the season with the least number of all-time-favorite episodes, that would be ranked last.



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Coming in at #10:

Season 1

All in all, this season is really the weakest when you take it into consideration in its entirety. There were only 3 episodes that I really consider favorites from the season.

My favorite episodes from Season #1:
E03 - The One With The Thumb
E07 - The One With The Blackout
E15 - The One With The Stoned Guy

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Season 3

Really, this season just stresses me out. It's an emotional roller coaster as we travel up and down with Ross & Rachel's messy relationship. Amidst all the stress though, there are some sure-fire funny moments!

My favorite episodes from Season #3:
E02 - The One Where No One's Ready
E09 - The One With The Football
E14 - The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner
E20 - The One With The Dollhouse
E24 - The One With The Ultimate Fighting Championship

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Season 8

It's rough for me that this season is lower on the list, because as most fans of the show know, season 4  is the home to the unanimously favorite episode of most, "The One With The Embryos," which is the episode pictured above... The one when Rachel & Monica play Joey & Chandler in a trivia game of who knows whom best, officiated by Ross. The only reason it's lower is just because some of the other seasons have a more powerhouse lineup. If it was based on one episode though, season 4 would take the cake.

My favorite episodes from Season #8:
E01 - The One After "I Do"
E02 - The One With The Red Sweater
E04 - The One With The Videotape
E09 - The One With The Rumor
E10 - The One With Monica's Boots

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Season 4

It's rough for me that this season is lower on the list, because as most fans of the show know, season 4  is the home to the unanimously favorite episode of most, "The One With The Embryos," which is the episode pictured above... The one when Rachel & Monica play Joey & Chandler in a trivia game of who knows whom best, officiated by Ross. The only reason it's lower is just because some of the other seasons have a more powerhouse lineup. If it was based on one episode though, season 4 would take the cake.

My favorite episodes from Season #4:
E04 - The One With The Ballroom Dancing
E09 - The One Where They're Gonna PARTY!
E12 - The One With The Embryos
E19 - The One With All The Haste
E20 - The One With All The Wedding Dresses

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Season 5

This season is packed with some solid episodes, and one of the best unveilings of a secret relationship! I also really love the venture out to Viva Las Vegas!

My favorite episodes from Season #5:
E03 - The One Hundredth
E04 - The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS
E06 - The One With The Yeti
E08 - The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks
E10 - The One With The Inappropriate Sister
E14 - The One Where Everyone Finds Out
E22 - The One With Joey's Big Break
E23 - The One In Vegas

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Season 2

This season's ranking was so shocking to me, because I usually avoid watching it, purely for the fact that I hate the Julie character... Which... maybe is a little bit of an irrational reason to avoid an entire season, but it happens. However, this season had a higher number of episodes I really like over some of the previously listed seasons. I especially love the Eddie character (pictured above) who come in at the end of the season.

My favorite episodes from Season #2:
E03 - The One Where Heckles Dies
E04 - The One With Phoebe's Husband
E05 - The One With Five Steaks And An Eggplant
E10 - The One With Russ
E14 - The One With The Prom Video
E16 - The One Where Joey Moves Out
E17 - The One Where Eddie Moves In
E19 - The One Where Eddie Won't Go
E20 - The One Where Old Yeller Dies

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Season 9

Season nine was jam-packed with 24 episodes, and a good chunk of them were hilarious! I think at this point in the serious, the characters were well-developed as well as the story lines, making the writing great, and the jokes funny! The episodes I listed below really prove this.

My favorite episodes from Season #9:
E03 - The One With The Pediatrician
E05 - The One With Phoebe's Birthday Dinner
E07 - The One With Ross' Inappropriate Song
E13 - The One Where Monica Sings
E14 - The One With The Blind Dates
E15 - The One With The Mugging
E16 - The One With The Boob Job
E17 - The One With The Memorial Service
E18 - The One With The Lottery

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Season 7

Again, this season peaks higher on the list over others because of the quality of the episodes, and the story lines carried throughout the season are some of my favorites. I love Monica and Chandler. Their relationship really isn't the focus of everyone's attention, however, it carried successfully throughout most of the series. While, everyone loves Ross & Rachel, Chandler & Monica were really the solid relationship of the show.

My favorite episodes from Season #7:
E02 - The One With Rachel's Book
E03 - The One With Phoebe's Cookies
E05 - The One With The Engagement Pictures
E06 - The One With The Nap Partners
E07 - The One With Ross' Library Book
E08 - The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs
E10 - The One With The Holiday Armadillo
E11 - The One With All The Cheesecakes
E14 - The One Where They All Turn Thirty
E16 - The One With The Truth About London
E17 - The One With The Cheap Wedding Dresses
E23 - The One With Monica And Chandler's Wedding

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Season 6

THIS ONE JUST HAS THE MOST FUNNY EPISODES! I'm starting to get repetitive about liking so many of the episodes in the season, making it better than the previously listed ones, so yeah... Check out the episodes listed below that helped rank season #6 at second best season of "Friends!" From leaving Vegas (which was hilarious), to the entire situation with Ross & Rachel post-Vegas, Monica & Chandler's blossoming relationship... Phoebe & Joey doing their hilarious things...Yeah, just awesomeness. Not to mention the routine... (Pictured above)

My favorite episodes from Season #6:
E01 - The One After Vegas
E04 - The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance
E05 - The One With Joey's Porche
E07 - The One Where Phoebe Runs
E08 - The One With Ross' Teeth
E09 - The One Where Ross Got High
E10 - The One With The Routine
E11 - The One With The Apothecary Table
E14 - The One Where Chandler Can't Cry
E15 - The One That Could Have Been
E17 - The One With Unagi
E22 - The One Where Paul's The Man
E23 - The One With The Ring
E24 - The One With The Proposal

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Season 10

The fact that this season had fewer episodes than all the others is why there are fewer "funniest" listed episodes... BUT! These episodes are all SOLID. Seriously. This season is solid gold. Not to mention it ends the entire series as a whole, but still... so many of the episodes from this season are hilarious... comedic gold, really. AND! So much happens in this last season, much of it really giving us, as fans, closure with the characters we grew to love so much. This is my favorite season!

My favorite episodes from Season #10:
E02 - The One Where Ross Is Fine
E03 - The One With Ross' Tan
E05 - The One Where Rachel's Sister Babysits
E08 - The One With The Late Thanksgiving
E11 - The One Where The Stripper Cries
E12 - The One With Phoebe's Wedding
E13 - The One Where Joey Speaks French
E14 - The One With Princess Consuela
E15 - The One Where Estelle Dies
E16 - The One With Rachel's Going Away Party
E17 - The Last One (Part 1)
E18 - The Last One (Part 2)

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And they all (presumably) lived happily ever after!

....But that can't be confirmed until there's a legitimate reunion...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

'Cause You're There For Me Too...

From one "Friends" fan to another...
Or a non-fan, to each his own...

With the craze of all 236 episodes of "Friends" now being readily available at everyone's fingertips (On Netflix), the number of "Random Numbered List of The 'Best' Episodes of Friends Ever," has drastically increased.

I keep battling back and forth with myself on whether or not to make a list...

I'm just going to give you one helpful hint when watching.

HINT: Always, ALWAYS *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* when you hear the Friends Theme Song!

Now go watch all the episodes in order & you'll be happy that you did!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Finally, A Real Resolution...

I'm really sad about how little I blogged last year...
So again, my one of my resolutions is going to be to write a little more.
(Well, a lot more than last year, hopefully...)

This article here is a really good read for some simple resolutions.

I have so many things I want to accomplish in 2015.

One of the first things on my list is to find a full-time job.

I have 364 more days, so, here goes nothing.


Next, now that I'm done with school & I have more time on my hands, I'd like to dedicate some of the extra time to working out.


Austin's resolution was really sweet.

He wants to be more chivalrous!

So sweet :)

This one is especially interesting to me.
So many people say that "chivalry is dead," but it's not. 

This brings me back to one of my favorite blog posts.
I wrote about the chivalry quote from Easy A over four years ago.
You can read the post here.

I just went back & read it... 
It's funny to think that I thought my time to find someone was running out at the age of 18...
I feel like I know so much more than I did then...

I said back in 2010 that I had faith that chivalry wasn't dead.
I'm so glad that I was right.

Sometimes it takes some time to figure these things out though, right?

*Cheers to 2015*

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

People Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend...

So, I was reading this article this morning while I was at work, and it inspired me to write a little bit about my best friend.

I made a "Best Friend" playlist of perfect BFF songs that are ALL relevant.

Okay: So... Let me tell you about my best friend!

She's the most genuine, loyal, trusting, funny and gorgeous person, on the inside AND outside!

I'm gonna start with a friendship timeline :)

I can't remember the exact moment we met, but our friendship began when we both happened to join the same community theatre & dance studio.

Here's a lovely picture of us in our pre-teen years.... At our community theatre performing to the song 'It's Hairspray' from the musical 'Hairspray.'

But anyways... It was 5th grade.

We became friends.

I remember hanging out with her at recess & thinking, this girl is awesome... we are going to be friends.

***Side note: I had just moved to the area the year before, so I didn't know that many people yet, and was incredibly eager to make friends.

Back to the story... So, obviously, a friendship was born.
This was sometime late 2004 to early 2005.

It wasn't until 8th grade that we would actually have a class together, but that didn't stop our awesome friendship from continuing to grow.

In 8th grade we had French and choir together.

Here's a picture of us at a choir competition.

That next summer, we spent so much time together.

I have a few pretty funny memories from that summer...
I'm not sure where to begin...

Probably the funniest would be the AIM break-up incident.
I'm just gonna leave it at that.

A lovely photo of us in our incredibly early high school years.

One of the best traditions we started was our Black Friday shopping trips.
This is us with our friend Tierney! I remember bringing them shopping, and they fell asleep in the store!

Nonetheless, Caitlin & I have continued Black Friday shopping most years! Whenever we can :) 

So, now, we're into our early high school years.
This is when things got pretty good.

One of the things I love about Caitlin is that she is very confident and strong.
She's my very own Blair Waldorf!
(The Blair to my Serena, if you will....(I've never done any drugs though, FYI)

Caitlin is my Blair.

Once, Caitlin sent me a MySpace message & told me not to wear the same boots as her (because we're besties... obviously we had the same pair...) the next day at school, because she would be wearing them that day.
It's still pretty funny to me.
Sorry for bringing this up again, Cait... Haha
(Yes, I bring this up an unusual amount... it's been like, six years...This needs to be the last reference ever... Haha Sorry!!!)

But anyways, she's like Blair, because not only does she have the confidence to make sure things run the right way, she also has impeccable fashion sense.

She regularly helps me go through my closet and get rid of all my old (and yes, sometimes awful) clothes that always seem to accumulate faster than I can donate them!

While we're on her sense of fashion, another thing I love about her: she is brutally honest with me.

I have two pretty good examples:

Once, we were at Forever 21 & I was going through a pretty intense neon phase (that I will admit I'm not quite over yet), and she very sternly made me put all the outlandish clothing back on the rack, because I was 20 (or 21... eh?) at the time... 
An actual adult...
No longer a teen...
I should be dressing more maturely.
Thanks for that :)

The next example would be when we went shopping at Kohl's and she picked up this (yes, I will admit it) ABSOLUTELY AWFUl shirt...

Here is what the actual shirt looks like:

She says something along the lines of, "Oh my god... This is AWFUL!"
I just stood there....
And stood there....

With a blank look on my face...
And then looked super embarrassed...
And I just went, "I bought that yesterday when I was here with my Mom...."

And we both just laughed and she hugged me.

Honestly, I love the color of the shirt... I could do without the saying.
But really... What was I thinking?!

Thanks again for teaching me to stop buying awful shirts with cheesy sayings.

Okay, back to high school.

So, she and our other friend Michaela threw me a baller surprise Sweet 16 birthday party!

**Take notice of what's in my hand!!!

So, that was super sweet of them :)

Okay, now it's time to focus on this awesome "Birthday Princess" wand.

I know it's cheesy, but ever since then, we've been passing this back and forth to each other for birthdays! Last year I even mailed it to her since I didn't see her on her actual birthday! :) <3 p="">

So, here's a nice little cluster of high school memories :)



After that, the fun college years!

She came to Bowling Green to visit me! :)

And I went to Athens to visit her! :)
(I even got to help move her in last year <3 p="">

She took me to Quicken Loans Arena to watch the Cavs play in a Suite!
We went a few times! Once we even met the 1979 NBA All-Star & Retired Cavs player, Campy Russell!

She introduced me to the show, Friends... Which, is obviously my favorite, so I owe all of that to her!
The first episode we ever watched was the episode where Jennifer Coolidge guest starred.

I fell in love.

We were having a sleepover & were about to fall asleep, and instead of sleeping we just started quoting Friends and laughing for hours.

Sometimes we just text each other lines & we'll just finish the quotes.

This accurately sums up our friendship.
It's perfection.

<3 p="">

I love you CK.
You're my right-hand pal & I absolutely can't imagine my life without you.

Thanks for always being there for me <3 :="" p="">


You know you're friends when you can text each other hilarious pictures of what your face looks like when you just got your wisdom teeth out & trust that the other person will only use their powers of having that photo in their possession for good.


This is a random video of Caitlin & our other friend Katie.

This is a true gem.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Scared & Alone...

I never realized how much I was dependent on others. Not really in a, "Help me with this task because I'm unable or don't know how to do it," kind of way, but an, "I don't want to do this alone," kind of way. 
This semester has been so busy, I've never really had time to worry about doing things alone. I am getting used to eating alone, sleeping alone, and being alone most of the time. 
It's weird not having a roommate down the hall. 
I think I've grown so much I'm the last eight weeks, and I am starting to slowly feel more and more prepared for adult life (and post college life). 
I don't mind responsibility. It gives me a purpose. I like (even though I know I do complain sometimes) being busy. 
Having something to do all the time makes me feel useful. I don't like feeling bored. And I never feel bored now. I actually sometimes wish that I had a little bit more free time.  
I haven't had time to see friends and just hang out before I leave in 60 (Holy cow... SIXTY!) days. 
As the days dwindle down, it gets more and more evident that my days here at Bowling Green State University are numbered... And I'm really sad about that. I'm going to miss it here. I love so many things about this place. 
I've learned so much, made so many friends who I hope are the life-long kind, and I am just so thankful for the opportunities that BGSU has afforded me.  
I didn't mean for this to get so sentimental.  
I saw a scary movie (Annabelle) the other day, and being all alone in a dark, secluded apartment is NOT an ideal location to be while the fear is still fresh.  
I decided to blog to help take my mind off it all.

Anyways... Yeah... I guess the end :)