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Burnt Review

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Despite the fact that it came out just last year, I had never heard of this movie until my friend suggested we watch it. Honestly, I was pretty skeptical. The trailer only looked somewhat interesting, but my friend wanted to watch it so we did. (I mean, Bradley Cooper is hot, so not much could go wrong.)

The movie ended up having more of a plot than the trailer led me to believe which was a plus. However, the plot was at times confusing and some aspects of the storyline didn’t seem to have much of a purpose. I also couldn’t pin down who the characters were: what was their motivation? In a way that made them more mysterious, but on the other hand it made them harder to relate to and therefore it made it harder to connect to and like the movie.

However, Burnt contains some beautiful film work. The gorgeously plated dishes of food had me drooling and wishing that I could create something that beautiful. I also liked watching a kind of “behind the scenes look” of the restaurant industry, even though it might not be all that accurate. I loved the fast pace, the creativity, and the desire for perfection. I wanted to be a part of it.

I would recommend this to all the food lovers out there. There’s enough of a plot to keep it interesting for those people, but not enough to make it worth your while if you’re not into food.

Have you seen this movie? Let me know your thoughts.

Things I’ve Done in the Past 3 Months

Hey everyone! Since I’ve been MIA for the past 3 months (lets be real its more like 5) I thought you might want to see what I’ve been up to at college (or not that’s okay too). Without further ado, here is a random compilation of things I’ve done in college!

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Visited Lawn on DAlso known as the place with the giant glowing swings. My roommate and I took an adventure with some other friends from school and waited in a long-ass line just to get a semi-decent picture on a glowing swing, but it was super fun and I got to spend some time with some good people.

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Went to Primark for the first time! Unfortunately, we only have one Primark in the U.S. and I’d never been. However, after hearing so much about this incredible place I was ready to experience it and I went with one of my best friends who goes to college nearby. It truly was a life-changing experience.

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Made stovetop mac and cheese in the microwave. My friend’s mom accidentally bought her 16 boxes of stovetop mac and cheese instead of Easy Mac, so we did what any college kid would do: we attempted to cook the stovetop mac and cheese in the microwave. Result? It actually turned out pretty well!

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Visited Luke’s! As any Gilmore Girls fan knows, Luke’s is an integral part of the show. In order to promote the special four episode series on Netflix that came out at the end of November, coffee shops across the country turned into Luke’s for the day! My friend and I (as diehard Gilmore Girls fans) got up early and took an Uber to a coffee shop 15-2o minutes outside of Boston just to get some free coffee (with the Luke’s sleeve of course) and to get a pic with a cardboard cutout of the man himself. Was it worth the $15 Uber ride? 100% yes.

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Found my favorite place in the library. One day, as we were walking through the stacks, trying to find a place to study, my friend and I found a small table with two chairs that was in between two shelves. I loved that it was surrounded by books and devoid of people and has since become one of my favorite places in the library.

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Hosted my own college sponsored event. As a member of a club on my campus that puts on events for those who live on campus, I was able to put on my own event, which was such an incredible opportunity! I decided to host a paint night and played a video which taught everyone how to paint the scene above and it was super fun! Excited to be able to do something like this again! 🙂

What have you all been up to the past few months? Let me know in the comments below!

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4th of July Shenanigans

Version 2Hey you guys! I hope you’ve had a great week! I just wanted to tell you a little bit about what I did on the Fourth of July because it was super cute and definitely Pinterest worthy. And who doesn’t love a Pinterest worthy post? I actually had to work from 9 til 3 on Fourth of July (and no I did not get time and a half, but my boss asked if I wanted the day off and I told her no). After work my two best friends came over and we did some cooking and Scandal watching. At 6 we headed over to our local park and spread our goodies on our $4 table cloth that my friends grabbed from Family Dollar (always looking for that bargain). We had kabobs, chips, cheese and crackers, parfaits, and an incredible flag cake made by yours truly. We listened to music and ate until our stomachs were bursting. Then at 9 we went and watched the fireworks, which were really great this year! All in all it was a spectacular day with some spectacular people.

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What did you get up to on the Fourth of July?

Finding Dory Review

Finding Dory is probably one of the best sequels I have ever seen. It continued off the old movie some (Marlin and Nemo were some of the main characters), but Dory was the character the story focused around (I mean what else would expect from the name Finding Dory?) and the movie was completely its own. The engaging storyline and wonderful characters made it well worth the $10 ticket (which I still haven’t paid my friend back for, whoops, sorry Gretch). Plus, who can resist those huge baby Dory eyes?

Also keep a lookout for my favorite new characters: Hank, Gerald, and Becky (from left to right)

Have you seen Finding Dory? Do you plan on seeing it? Let me know in the comments below!

Summer 2016 Bucket List

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I’m so so excited that summer is here and after pinning about a jillion summer bucket list things on Pinterest, I wanted to create a list of all the things I want to do this summer! Thank you to my inspirations from here, here, here, herehere, and especially here (this is a great one). Also, although I didn’t use it for inspiration, I really like this summer bucket list. Remember to check back here this summer for additions, completions (the ones that are crossed off), and links to blogposts! I plan on blogging a lot this summer! 🙂

  1. Create a summer memory box
  2. Go camping
  3. Have a board game night
  4. Play manhunt
  5. Go galactic bowling
  6. Have a picnic
  7. Stargaze
  8. Have a beach day
  9. Play lasertag
  10. Go to a drive in movie
  11. Have a water balloon fight
  12. Host a dinner party
  13. Fly a kite
  14. Go mini golfing
  15. Watch the sunrise
  16. Go geocaching
  17. Bake!
  18. Make s’mores
  19. Go berry picking
  20. Have a scavenger hunt
  21. Make freshly squeezed lemonade
  22. Go on a hike (or a few)
  23. Host a cookout
  24. Read lots of books!!!
  25. Watch the sunset
  26. Watch the 2016 Olympics
  27. Take a roadtrip
  28. Perform a random act of kindness
  29. Visit a food truck
  30. Make frozen popsicles
  31. Visit Boston
  32. Get a massage
  33. Visit a state landmark
  34. Eat something off this list
  35. Throw paint-filled eggs at a canvas
  36. Say yes to everything in one day
  37. Go to Magnum’s ice cream bar in New York
  38. Do a paint slip’n slide
  39. Go to First Friday in Portland
  40. Journal!
  41. Make a dress out of an old pair of overalls

Let me know in the comments below what’s on your bucket list this summer!

I Tried to Write a “I Did This and Here’s What Happened” Style Post and Here’s What Happened

First off, sorry for the absolute longest title in the world, but I think it most accurately describes the post you’re about to read and the irony that goes with it.

I’ve never been the kind of person to make my bed everyday. It was just another step to go through in the morning and I never felt like I had the time to do something that was just going to get undone 14+ hours later. So I thought I would try to make one of those “I Did This and Here’s What Happened” posts to document my “changed” life and I actually wrote part of a post and took a couple of pictures:

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Day 1: Not going to lie, I almost didn’t do it the first day. I was running super late for school and I didn’t want to take the time to do something that would just make me more late. However, in the end, my desire to create something interesting for this blog won over my desire to be at school on time and I made my bed. It took me a minute, tops, which was really surprising to me! When I make my bed after I wash my sheets, it takes me so long (about 5 minutes) and I expected it to take about the same amount of time in the morning. However, I was pleasantly surprised. To be honest, the sheets underneath the bedspread were not tucked in all that nicely, but the appearance of the bed looked nice and that’s all that matters right?? (Also, I left my throw pillows on the floor of my room so I wouldn’t say my bed making skills were 100% on this day.) Also, there’s something about a made bed that makes me want to keep my room a lot cleaner…

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And that’s as far as I got… I didn’t make my bed on day 3 and then I just gave up for the rest of the week.

Lesson learned: In order to make something a habit you have to force yourself to do it for a while until it just becomes a natural part of your routine.

Maybe I’ll give another go at the whole bed making thing another time, but for now I’ll stick with the messy rooms and messy beds.