Thursday, October 9, 2008

What's in a Movie

Whoops has inspired me to put together a little post that outlines some of the best movies to watch when you are feeling like watching a movie. You may want to watch a movie because of a boy, girl or both. Maybe there is work blah or home blah or money blah. Whatever the reason, the following movies are my top ones to watch.

Now before I get into the meat of it, some background as to how this all came about. When ever, and I mean WHEN EVER, I am watching one of my cure-all whatever movies, Whoops will say without fail 'how many times does this make?'. Keep in mind I do not utter this phase to him when he is watching Star Wars or Batman Begins for the umpteenth time. So, this is a little tribute to the movies that will remain on my forever favorites list.

(in no particular order)

1. Pretty in Pink

2. Just Married

3. Just Friends

4. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Crucial for those 'I am utterly devastated for no particular reason' days)

5. The Money Pit (and your thought your house was bad)

6. Tommy Boy

7. Super Troopers

8. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (This movie has gotten me through some pretty crappy holiday seasons)

9. A lot Like Love (you all know you have that friend that you think 'what if' about)

10. Office Space (Do I even need to notate what this movie is perfect for?)

11. Say Anything (Best 'I have to follow my heart' movie ever!)

12. Swingers (To remember how 'money' you are!)

13. Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Because you know there is a small part of you who wishes you could live that double life)

14. Waitress

15. Puccini for Beginners

16. True Romance (I don't wish my life was this dramatic, but it is fun to pretend)

17. Zoolander

18. Premonition (Because I still cannot understand it)

19. Far and Away

20. Sex and The City (The new classic for women)

I could keep going, but I feel like the above rounds out my all time topsys. If you have not seen any of the above, I recommend them and if you have seen all of the above, I recommend watching them over and over again!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lost and Found

For a few weeks now I have been battling with some sort of denial that the warm months are on their way out, and although I adore fall and the cooler mornings and nights, I dread winter. When I get in these moods, there is not much that can bring me out of them. Dare I say, not even a good run or yoga session can break me. The only exercise I get is perhaps getting up to eat more of Whoops' Smart Puffs or what ever sugary cereal he has brought home, but even that might take too much effort.

BUT.... I have some good news. I might be getting back on track and it only took dragging myself to my boot camp class. I hurt so bad today that it made it all worth it. Then, I was invited to a yoga session and that was absolutely insane! You have no idea how bad your body needs to be stretched out until you have a 75 minute yoga class. The instructor did this one intense move that was a modified chair pose and then had us moving up and down in a very precise motion (OUCH!!). I have topped my night out with a hot cup of Tazo Teas. My absolute favorite is the 'Joy' tea, which comes around during the holidays, and it a mixture of green and black tea. And finally I am back to blogging a little bit, which I also took a little break from.

I am not alone in these weird little 'slumps of the blahs', I am sure. Sometimes it might even be good to succomb a little bit and let the body and the mind unwind. However, the inner athlete is always there! And if a good run or kick butt yoga or cardio session does not help, well there is always the comfort of The Hills (one of my many guilty pleasures), Gossip Girl (yet another guilty pleasure).

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Yale Bowl

Every single year, well almost, Whoops and I make it a point to go to Yale Bowl. But this post is not all about the game, it is actually about the second family we have inherited and how important having that family has been. Our secondary family was born from a friendship between Whoops and his best friend. In reality, Whoop's best friend's family actually became his family. Whoops would go to Thanksgivings, birthday parties and spend Christmas Eve with his secondary family. When Whoops and I started to date, I was lucky enough to be introduced to this family and all of their amazing traditions. One of those traditions being Yale Bowl.

I believe this was the 14th annual Yale Bowl and tailgating begins early. Drinking commences at 9AM, eating commences as soon as the Monkey Bread is brought out. For any of those reading this blog who are unfamiliar with the spectacular invention of monkey bread, please visit: (On a side bar, Williams-Sonoma has a Monkey bread pan: but I digress. The bread is just the beginning followed by mimosas, music, chili, cigars and of course beer. Sometimes we even make it to the game, but let's admit, it is all about the tailgating!

I came home last night after a very entertaining day and just thought about the fact that my family has relocated to Florida and Whoops' family is spread out from East to West. It is incredible to have this second family, whom I love dearly, include is in their gatherings. I have met many people in my life thus far, but never have I met a family that is so true to one another and to those around them. I can only hope that I learn and grow from them being in my life and vice versa.