Saturday, February 15, 2014

How I Spent My Single Lady Valentine's Day

I know, I know, it's been awhile. I assure you, though, I've been working on a lot of stuff that's going to start making this blog awesome again. I have been working on myself a lot, and figuring out what I want and don't want out of life. Most important? I've been doing some new stuff and I'm ready to tell you guys all about it. But! That's not what this post is about.

For most of my adult life, I have been alone on Valentine's Day. And honestly? It doesn't really matter to me. It always feels fake to take just one day a year to celebrate the love we should be celebrating, and embracing, every day instead of just being horrible to each other. There are arguments on both sides of the table, whether it's a Hallmark holiday or a blemished day in history. I try to take it for what it is currently and basically tolerate everything being red and pink and all of the lovey-dovey stuff for the half price chocolate on February 15th. Hey, at least I'm honest.

This year, though... this year's plans were some of the best I've made in awhile. And what were those plans, you might ask? Simple. See Robocop. Eat pretzel bites. Be happy. And that is precisely. what. I. did.

As for the film, I really, really loved it. I haven't seen the original in awhile so I can't compare the two, but what I will say is that Robocop is definitely worth your ten bucks. I had heard reviewers saying both that it was great and that it was horrible. I like to make my own choices, so I went in with a blank slate and an open mind.

Robocop is about a future in which we are utilizing robots overseas instead of humans to keep the peace. There is much argument between politicians over whether or not the robots can be used stateside, with Detroit as the focus. Detroit of 2028 (when the film takes place) is not much different than it is now, with crime plaguing the streets and police officers attempting to keep the peace. Detective Alex Murphy (played by Joel Kinnaman from The Killing) is critically injured in the line of duty, and his wife is approached by the Omnicorp conglomerate with a way for her to keep him alive - by using him to test out a half man/half machine law enforcement officer.

I don't want to give away too much, but what I want to say is that I did not leave disappointed whatsoever. The supporting actors were all wonderful, from Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman as the CEO and a researcher for Omnicorp to Samuel L. Jackson as a television personality, the film was cast wonderfully. The other big thing I noticed? The film was about thirty percent gun fights and explosions, but the film was not ultraviolent, as I have gotten used to with almost every film that comes out. And the lack of real violence made it enjoyable. The other theme that really came out was the humanity of all of the characters. Whether intentional or not, the fight between the man and machine and heart versus computer made the viewer wondering which side would win out. All in all, two hours of great entertainment that's totally worth your ten bucks.

I also figured that since it is Valentine's Day and all, that I would have no issue getting into the theater, since most girls are into romantic comedies, especially given the date on the calendar. I was right about that - there were only about twenty people in the theater, mostly teenagers. I just remembered the good karma moment I had, so I'll add that too.

Sitting at the end of the aisle, I was too distracted by my pretzel bites to notice when one of the kids dropped $10 out of their pocket when it happened. When they came back, I asked one if they were looking for it and she said no, so I put it in my pocket and figured worst case scenario, I'd walk out with an extra $10. One of the other girls came up to me in a total panic and asked if I found the money, so I gave it back. Er go, I could have been a total jerk, but I chose not to.

Even though it's not Valentine's Day anymore, I hope everyone had a great day. What did you all do?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 is almost here…. Happy New Year!

As 2013 draws to a close, I think about the year that's passed and what I'd like to change in the future. I don't like to call these changes resolutions, since resolutions are something that aren't really stuck to. I like to make changes that stick.

Of course, every year ending leads to some measure of reflection. For me, I'm another year older, a little wiser (at least I think), and a better person as time goes on. So, without further ado… a list of things I'd like to keep doing, and things I'd like to start doing ahead of the new year.

1. Keep up with my fitness routine. 2013 was great for that. I really started working out in February, and I've found myself very near the 30 pound weight loss mark. I'm proud of myself, and plan to keep going. I have loved the feeling of pushing myself and making changes that will last for years to come.

2. Be a more consistent writer. Not just blog posts, but writing in general. Writing is something that I have always loved to do, but something I haven't made as much time for as I would like. Of course, I am still figuring out my blogging voice, and am planning to continue and improve.

3. Keep on crafting. I didn't do as well with my business this year as I would have liked, but it is not something I want to give up on. I want to continue making things in my offseason and do what I can to have a ton of new stuff in 2014. In case you didn't know, my business, Blackheart Knits & Crafts, is located on Etsy here.

4. Meet some new people. I think everyone wants to expand their circle of friends, but this is one thing I am really terrible at. I would like to maybe find a knitting circle or book club, and be more outgoing all things considered. I have to get over myself and realize that not everything is a negative when it comes to other people.

5. Get better at cooking. I have found a few recipes to try in 2013 that I've really loved, and I really love putting everything together. From store to pan, cooking is something I really want to get better at.

There's mine! What are your New Year's non-resolutions?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

a digital copy of our actual Christmas cards!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

On my first 28 years.

In case you didn't know, today is my birthday. I'm 28 years old. 28! There was a part of me that never thought I would see 25, much less where I am today. I find myself looking back, really having no idea how twelve years have passed since I got my driver's license and ten years have passed since I graduated high school. Where does it all go? It's crazy to think that 28 years ago today I came into this world. Wait… shouldn't this crisis be happening when I turn 30? Oh well, better early than never, is what I like to say!

I found some old scanned photos on my computer - here's a good one:

I was really, really stoked about that pumpkin, apparently. 

Birthdays make me happy, but in a way they also kind of bum me out. One thing I came to realize through years of trying too hard was that nobody gives a rat's ass about your birthday. You wanna go bowling, go to dinner? Have fun going by yourself, because nobody else wants to. Even if it's something fun like bowling, you'll inexplicably have people get "sick" at the last minute, and wind up in your living room alone with a pile of beer cans in your living room. Let's pretend that didn't actually happen. 

Last year, I got dragged out to the bar by my work boys, and you know what? I had a great time. I guess to me it just blows that nobody can genuinely care about someone else's day anymore. It's a Facebook post and that's it. Really? It's looking like the same thing is happening this year, and you know? A few beers, good people, and some pizza? This gal is not complaining.

Here's to 28 more.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New hair, no cares!

from this...
to this!
I haven't dyed my hair in months. It had been black, and then the black all washed out, and it was black with chunks of green and old colors in it. Once it gets cold, I usually go red. And this year was definitely not an exception to the rule. I missed it! I love it!