I Swear I’ll Stop Talking About It.

I’ve made a decision! My decision is not to make a decision. For my 30th Birthday I am going to stop thinking and worrying about it. In an effort to change and do things differently…I’m going to wait until the last minute and go wherever the wind takes me. I’m a planner by nature. I like to know when, where, how, and how much. But to start off my 30’s I’m going to be spontaneous. Maybe I’ll stay home and watch a good movie or maybe I’ll go on a road trip. Who knows where I’ll end up? Now I realize I’m planning my spontaneity which slightly defeats the purpose, but give me a break…Baby Steps!

Also this will hopefully be my last posting about the whole event. I can imagine as a reader you are sick of my birthday before it’s even arrived. I just want to have a really good birthday this year. I’ve never had a bad birthday, but I’ve also never had a very memorable one. I’m taking the risk and getting my hopes up.

**So far to date my 28th Birthday is my most memorable. I did a shot out of Matt (he’s so hot it’s a shame he likes skinny boys)’s belly at Tommy’s.

At The Movies

The real Winklevoss twins

I’ve been on a movie kick lately. Nothing beats getting lost in the story line of a good movie. Here is a recap of what I’ve seen so far:

The Social Network– I re-watched it today and it was as good as I remember. I’m still amazed that the Winklevoss twins were really one person. *****

The Blind Side– I finally got around to seeing Sandy Bullocks Oscar winning role. To be honest I never really wanted to see the movie because the whole idea of Sandra with a southern accent seemed kind of cheesy. Through the gift of HBO, I finally got on the band wagon. I’ll be the first to tell you I was wrong. It was such a good movie! (I cried about 7 times during the film) *****

Page One– This is the New York Times documentary. You can read the review from my earlier post.  ****

For Colored Girls– This was a Netflix pick. (I’m getting down to the bottom of my list) It held my attention and was over all a good movie. Heavy, but good. The movie was based on a play and you can tell the screen writer didn’t change much in the adaptation. In every scene one of the characters has a long monologue that has nothing to do with the conversation their having at the time. ***

Horrible Bosses– This was a date movie. Again it wasn’t at the top of my list but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very funny. The whole cast is hilarious and the plot isn’t as far fetched as I expected. ****

Bad Teacher– I love Cameron Diaz in this movie. It was hysterical! If you haven’t seen it yet…it’s a great time at the theater. *****

Michael Oher and the Tuohy family

*Next on my list are Crazy Stupid Love and The Beginners.


Mi Familia

Me with my cousin Pat.
I realized last night that I’ve never posted much about my family. Here is a little background: I live with my older sister West Hartford and her three pugs Fitzy, Archie, and Doug. My sister, who is 34, was married to her high school sweet heart before getting divorced 2 years ago. My parents are both retired and spend a lot their time volunteering in my home town of Waterbury, CT.
As alike as we are, my sister and I are complete opposites. She tells my parents everything where as I am much more guarded. The funny thing about living with my sister is that she is starting to realize why I am so secretive with my parents. They love both of us, but they also tend to freak out over everything. Over the years when I have let my guard down and shared personal information it has always blown up in my face. For example, when I was in college I spent a little over 3 weeks traveling through Europe as part of a summer abroad program. Before I left my parents were generous enough to give me a couple hundred dollars for spending money because I was poor college student. When I returned home I happen to mention that traveling had put some “debt” on my credit card. I made the mistake of using the word debt and that caused an upheaval. Money tends to be a hot button issue with Mom and Dad. I’ll save the epic story of when I left my job at Bath and Body Works for another time. (it was a major turning point in my life) I lovingly call it World War 3. The funny thing about WW3 is that it all started because my sister accidentally blabbed to my parents.
My extended family is somewhat small. My father has one sister who lives in California. She’s the aunt who found a smart successful husband and generally married up. Her three kids are grown and all live on the west coast. The last time I saw her was in 2003 at my sisters wedding. My mother has one brother who is married without children in Rhode Island. Her older sister lives locally and has four grown daughters who all have families of their own. Those 4 sisters (my cousins) make up the majority of my family that I see on a somewhat regular basis. Again, I love them but they are all about 15 years older and have children of their own. We’ve never had much in common but luckily we have been able to keep in touch through Facebook.
So that’s my family life. Nothing to exciting on the surface. However I’ll try and post some of the more interesting stories as time goes on.

Name the Actress.

Do you remember any of these movies?

Love Happens                    The Break Up

The Bounty Hunter            Management

The Switch                         Friends With Money

Just Go With It                   Rumor Has It

Don’t be surprised if none of them ring a bell. They all tanked at the box office. Each movie stared the same actress…Jennifer Aniston. The eight movies are from the last 11 years of her career. With the exception of Marley and Me and He’s Just Not That Into You Jen Aniston has made one forgettable feature after another. My big question is Why is she still famous? She’s still considered a very big star. Yes she was married to Brad Pitt, and yes he left her for Angelina Jolie. That was in 2005. We need to get over it.

Her new movie is Horrible Bosses and it’s actually a good movie. She has a supporting role as a sex crazed dentist. It’s not her normal good girl role and maybe that’s why it works. So if you get a chance, check out Horrible Bosses. Jennifer Aniston needs a hit movie…BAD.

Page One

After a week of lame atempts, I finally made it to the movies to see Page One: Inside the New York Times. I give it two thumbs up. I found it extremely interesting. The major point of the documentary is to show the once ‘King of Print Journalism’ in trouble as a response to the evolving landscape of modern news reporting. Print news is becoming more out of date as blogging and electronic media takes over. Personally I thought the NY Times had one foot in the grave already. The film showes that they still have some fight left in them. It also points out that many new online sources are just rehashing content taken from other sites rather then sending their own reporters in. As with all documentaries Page One follows a handful of reports to gain different perspectives. The old school reporter who’s been around the block, the young up and comer who tweets and uses social media…etc. If you’re not interested in the subject matter you might find it boring. This is a good choice if you saw and liked The September Issue.

Also, look for a sub plot about the bankrupy of the Tribune Company. (owner of the Hartford Courant) The details of that company’s fall would make a great movie! They show a video of chairman Sam Zell joking that there should be a porn section in the paper to increase sales.