Friday, January 19, 2018

Movies I Watched In 2017

First Time Watches
The first movie I watched in 2017 was The Shallows and what a brilliant one it was. It was a treat watching Blake Lively not as my beloved Serena from GG and she proved to be a great actor to me. It had been ages since I'd seen a shark attack kind of movie and this one did not disappoint. First I thought a movie with just one woman being attacked by a shark, how would that stay entertaining till the end? But then I realized Blake Lively's struggle alone was superb to see. Minus the little bloody part where she fixes her own leg's wound, which by the way showed up right when my food arrived on the plane so I had to look away, the entire movie was superb! I loved it and definitely would recommend it to anybody! It was super cool!

Another Tiger Shroff movie I watched because Abbie likes him and another that I thought is a one time watch only. Okay, let me ask, what was new in this movie? The same fights, the same look, the same everything? I think I watched this one for Shradha Kapoor rather than for him or the story itself.

I finally joined the Nemo team this past year and fell in love! Such a fun movie. I even got teary eyed on some of the emotional bits (overly emotional person!). I saw this one while flying and I think this and The Shallows were my two favorites that flight. I can watch Nemo again and again and not get bored. It is another Disney masterpiece!

A Disney movie, The Big Friendly Giant had that dreamlike Disney charm to it. I liked watching it but not as much as Nemo. It was a little slower or calmer than Nemo was and even though this was good entertainment I'd say I won't necessarily watch it again or repeatedly like I would any other Disney movie. I loved the giants and the dreamy aspects and the whole ending with the royals was cute! So slightly slower for me but a cute movie!

From the makers of The Conjuring? So why wasn't it just as good? Honestly speaking if I had watched this at home and not on the plane I wouldn't even have been as scared as I was. Lights Out was fine but not that  super scary stuff which leaves you afraid and not wanting to go to the bathroom alone!

I watched this one while on a flight too. When I saw Sidharth Malhotra's movie in their guide I was instantly clicking 'play'. This was a nice movie. Baar Baar Dekho still doesn't reach Malhotra's Student of the Year level of goodness but I liked watching it. A time travel movie, Baar Baar Dekho was fun because I kept wondering what would happen next. It was a bit slow though ... I mean it could have been more entertaining given its plot. This too, I'd say, is a one time watch but a good one at that.

The return to the magical Wizarding World! What a grand movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was. Abbie and I had a private movie night with nobody else in the house when we watched this one and had the time of our lives. This is lovely! This is ... FANTASTIC! I need to watch it again and then again and again and again. Then I need to get the sequels and then keep on repeatedly watching them too. This is definitely going to become part of the HP movie marathon!

Please tell me what kind of parents, or anyone for that matter, would let a doll that looks like THAT come to their house and stay there!? *laughs* This was a good creepy movie but still not like they used to make a while ago. Chucky was definitely creepier if you're asking me on a creepy-doll-movie kind of level. A good watch nevertheless!

Pompeii was a grand movie - a great one! It was a classic. I loved watching it! It was especially cool because I've been to the place and could actually take interest in what was happening. The love story bit was obviously unnecessary but the movie was so good I couldn't complain! Loved it!

"Dear Zindagi made me fall in love; I fell in love with the characters, the story, the emotions, the everything. It is a beautiful movie, a soul pleasing one." Read my review about this lovely movie right here! I loved it!

When I'd heard they were making my favorite Disney cartoon movie into an actual movie I'd actually felt stressed out that they won't do it justice. Then when I heard Emma Watson was going to be Belle and her pictures emerged online I relaxed because she seemed the perfect choice. Finally, when I watched the movie, I was relieved. In fact it was beyond imagination awesome! They've done perfect justice to the original cartoon movie. It was funny, it was magical, it was fantastic! It was a perfect Disney movie to fall in love with and watch again and again!

Earlier during the year I'd fallen in love with Nemo so when Finding Dory came to Netflix I was so happy! I watched it as soon as I could and it was superb! I think I'm confused whether I liked Dory more than Nemo or not. I think I did! I loved Dory! But then I'll have to watch both of them again to give a verdict! These movies are too good! I'm glad I finally watched them both in 2017!

On our road trip to or from Canada (I forget) Abbie and I decided to watch this. I thought it would be a good horror movie. Little did I know it was a pathetic case. The creature they've made was making me laugh rather than be afraid. The cast was just not interesting at all. The story, although it had potential, was a total lost cause. The deaths were gore and totally fake. The entire thing was just one piece of rubbish which I didn't even bother watching till the end. Lousy.

I'd heard such good reviews and when I finally got to watch it I knew why it was loved by all. Sultan is a great movie. I used to watch wrestling when I was young with my brother but I've had zero interest in it since at least a decade. Even then, this movie about an Indian wrestler was so awesome to watch. Salman Khan does a fantabulous job and every bit of this movie, from its story to the way it unfolded on screen, was so good that I even forgot how much Anushka Sharma annoys me!

Now this is what you call a movie that creeps you out. It was pretty disturbing. Just seeing the girl's face and the way she was contorting was enough for me. I had trouble going to the bathroom that night and let me tell you ... coincidentally I woke up that night around twenty minutes before three because of some random disturbance in my sleep and when I checked the time you can only imagine how horrified I must have been! This was a good movie ... I just didn't watch the part where she was eating bugs and stuff ... not for someone with a weak stomach like me!

WONDERFUL! FANTASTIC! AWESOME! GRAND! This was such a great sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean - I enjoyed throughout! It was a treat to see Captain Jack Sparrow again. This movie made me laugh and feel the rush of excitement. I watched it with Abbie while on a road trip and my excitement was contained inside the car with much difficulty! LOVED IT!

PATHETIC! This is anything but scary ... that sandman was crap. The entire movie had a dead feel to it, and not the nice scary movie kind of dead feel. I didn't bother watching beyond the first introduction of that lame sandman.

If Sandman was lame this was lamer. This one was so pathetic I think I must have given up after ten or so minutes. Absolute fail.

BRILLIANCE! This movie was everything nice. Emotions, action, excitement, suspense. Beautiful story, excellent cast, awesome acting! I cried so bad. So so bad! This is that positive feel good movie you must absolutely watch. I'd say it wasn't the kind of movie you would repeatedly watch because it's all about that suspense of what's going to happen. Brilliant! Just brilliant!

This isn't usually my kind of genre but I actually enjoyed the movie. It was too much blood and fight for me but I still enjoyed myself. Johnny Depp is obviously lovely so there was definitely bias involved. Regardless of the guy though it was really interesting to watch.

Second and Hundredth Time Watches

Not the whole thing but Abbie and I caught a little bit of this classic on television during 2017.

I found this on my flight's TV and I couldn't resist watching it again. It brought back my childhood and was a lovely refresher right before seeing the movie adaptation. I could then point out what was nice or not in the movie too. This still remains my favorite Disney cartoon!

I watched this one for the second time in my life. Surprisingly I'd forgotten almost all of it so it was like watching a new movie (sort of). I don't know why people think it's a flop. I actually like it for all the emotion and SRK!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 33

It's time for Volume 33 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

Can someone please explain to me what is up with this egg? This is how I found it! Errr ... I didn't use it. I just couldn't bring myself to justifying this egg was edible! *laughs* It looked even worse than in the picture, there was this weird protruded round section in the middle of those indented marks. Alien egg.

I found this super adorable snowman in Pier One while random shopping one day. I instantly thought, "WACKY FINDS!" He's so adorable. This reminded me of this smaller snowman ceramic holder I used to have back when I was in my teenage. We'd traveled to Dubai and our hotel had given us the snowman as a present on Christmas/New Years. It was just as adorable, only smaller!

He's like, "Meh, I couldn't be asked!"
Mama was knitting a hat and a matching sweater for Gubby and when she came around she asked her to try it on so she could check the sizing. The little one wasn't in the mood so to convince her mama decided to put it on her minion plush's head. I loved the expression the minion was giving! It was like he was actually stuck in the situation thanks to Gubbster!

This one is my favorite! I played the classic 'house' paper game with my little Gubby! Then we played tic tac toe too! Her lines are still wobbly and her circles are still a little wacky but she had fun and I absolutely LOVED playing these childhood classics with her. Also check out the letter doodle there ... that's a part of our song 'I sent a letter' which we sing pretty much every day to annoy Abbie who plays the letter thief! *laughs* I love this kid!

Okay, please tell me I'm not the only one who has come across an orange cauliflower for the first time in my life? Come on ... seriously. Orange? How does it become orange? Does it taste different? Is this for real!!!???

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My 2018 New Year Resolutions!

2018 began in great style for me. I rang in the new year ensconced in a super cozy bed of Cabana Bay Beach Resort's hotel while on vacation in Orlando, Florida. A vacation perfectly timed at the end of year has done so much good for me. First, it ended an otherwise very challenging 2017 on such a happy note. Second, I made magical memories at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Disney. And third, it cleared my mind so I've returned home with a fresh clean slate for the new year. My writer's block, which hit me a while ago, has been kicked out of my mind for sure and I feel motivated and enthusiastic to take on this brand new year of my life! Like every year I've made myself a few promises for 2018 and have set some goals for the year. In 2018 I want to work on myself, my blog, and my creativity and I hope when the year ends I cross the finishing line beaming with the joy of success.

Love Myself Truly, Madly, Deeply
Falling in love with myself has been the greatest decision of my life. A while ago, after having been troubled and bullied beyond control, I realized how important it was for me to love myself. If I don't love myself, who else will? And that's when my attitude towards life changed. This year, once again, a top priority shall be me. This resolution will include everything from as tiny as remembering to apply lotion and take care of my skin in Winter to big stuff like body peace and holding peaceful company with myself. This year I shall continue loving myself above all else!

Try Cooking Lots of New Recipes
That Pinterest board must be paid attention to now *laughs*! In 2018 I'm planning to try new kinds of stuff which I've never cooked before, learn lots of new recipes, and cook deliciousness!

Engage In Lots of Creative Projects
I have to engage my brains in lots of creative projects this year for sure! I have to start my scrapbooking again because it was so therapeutic. I have to do more awesomeness in The Crafty Files. I have to wreck more of my Wreck This Journal. I have to bake lots more pretty cakes and bakes. I am planning to be at my creative best this year!

Find and Break a Bad Habit
I try to break a bad habit each year and once again this is a goal for 2018. The past years I actually had a bad habit in mind which I promised to break out of. This year, however, I'm still trying to pin point at something so I can improve.

Become Spiritually Stronger
Working on my spiritual goals is always a resolution for each new year. I did good last year and intend to do the same, infact even better, this year hopefully!

Work Towards My Weight Goals
I'm happy with myself but there's no denying I need to shed off the extra pounds I've gained over the years. I've already achieved sort of half of my weight loss goal so this year I'm expecting to continue the regular working out and exercising and eating healthy so I can finally achieve (or at least get very close) to my weight goals.

Grow As a Blogger
I am so in love with my blog and I want to keep taking it further and further. I'll be putting in a lot of my time and efforts towards my blogging this year too and have lots of things in mind which I wish to try, improve upon, or perfect. It shall be awesome!

Be a Better Person
Physically, mentally, health wise, morally, ethically, and personally ... I just want to keep getting better and better. So this year I'll be fighting external and internal demons and staying far away from negative people and situations so I can become a better person than what I was yesterday.

Good luck to me!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My Year 2017 In Books Straight From Goodreads

I've said this countless times, yet I'll say it again ... buying a Kindle Paperwhite was one of the best decisions of my life. Honestly, it is one of the greatest presents I've gifted myself. Basically with the Kindle I've gifted myself my love of reading - something the cruel hecticness of the world had snatched away from my life. I've been reading again and it feels lovely to get lost in a book.

In 2017 I took up the Goodreads Reading Challenge again, promising to read at least five books, and I succeeded! The past year I finished The Mortal Instruments Series and later discovered a new author, Isabel Wolff, when I read The Making of Minty Malone. I also reunited with an old classic - Wuthering Heights - and it brought back a tonne of memories from reading when in middle school. I also started reading my Harry Potter books all over again and, like always, they make me feel so much at home! So here's a review of my year in books taken straight from Goodreads' website. I love their end of year summary so much!

Find and view a direct link to this cool summary on the Goodreads website right here!
Find and join me on Goodreads by clicking HERE!
I'm fairly new to the site too and would love to find reading buddies!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Annual Blog Review ~ 2017!

"What I like about this recipe is that it is a quick one to make, one that doesn't require too much on my part, and yet does not compromise on taste."

"It is really moist and juicy - yeah, that's the word I like to use for it. JUICY. It's almost like eating yummy Keema (mince) except they're eggs. I find eggs boring under normal circumstances but this Anda Bhurji is actually my favorite."

"These Cajun Chicken and Veggies are a juicy delight that are swimming in a rich Cajun flavor. You must eat these with a giant spoon because the taste in your mouth will be just too incredible."

"Each bite of this is a delectable combination of a thick and smooth creamy sauce, juicy chicken, and a mouthful of carrots and mushrooms. This is richness at its finest. To be honest I couldn't even wait for this to reach the dining table once I was done cooking. I literally just dived into the dish with a large spoon."

"If you're not a fan of pumpkin you still need to give this a chance because it doesn't even taste like regular pumpkin spice. I'm talking creamy, cheesy, smooth, soft, and velvety in your mouth. This is a really tasty pasta recipe - take my word for it! It's the kind of pasta you eat and then keep on eating even though your stomach is full. Eat, eat, eat, eat, eat. Then repeat."

This year I took up the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge once again. It was a hit! My theme was all about my stunning and delicious bakes from Sara's Baked Creations - my baking brand! Check it out by clicking below!

Another year of super wackiness! My Wacky Finds Series have been going awesome this year! Catch up by clicking the picture below!

I published my Official Statement of Social Withdrawal! Find it right here!

I was extremely excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award this year! Find my little questions and answers post by clicking the picture below!

I declared July the Harry Potter month and celebrated the magic all month with fabulous entries honoring the brilliant fandom! Find all the magic by clicking the picture below!

Again, October Photography Month was a hit and success this year! I loved all the beautiful pictures I posted all month. Click the picture below to see all of my pictures from OctoPhoMo 2017!

I also started my folder version of an art journal which I've named 'The Crafty Files'. I still have to work on a graphic to create a separate tab for all of its pieces but for now all of the creative works inside the files can be found right here!
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