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Friday Favorite (aka Where I blabber about what I love): Sing Street

Set in Dublin, Ireland in the 1980s, Sing Street was one of my favorite movies of last year. It has a sweet love story, a soundtrack that will make you nostalgic and want to dance, and a lot of growing up moments that are funny and cringe worthy.

The story focuses on Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo), a teen who has been told by his parents that they can’t afford for him to go to his school any longer. They transfer him to a strict Catholic school where he meets some new friends, is bullied, and decides to start a band after talking to Raphina (Lucy Boynton). Conor’s brother encourages him to write original music for the band. As the band practices they make music videos and feature Raphina, who Conor is slowly falling in love with.

Director John Carney made the film Once back in 2007. It was another movie centered around music and set in Ireland. After I watched the movie, I listened to the soundtrack on repeat and became thrilled when it won best song at the Oscars in 2008. It also became a hit Broadway show. When I read about Sing Street and how good it was, I couldn’t watch it fast enough (I unfortunately had to wait for Netflix as I live in the boonies and movies like this aren’t shown out here-BOO). I loved it so much I made my husband watch it the following week. The combination of the 80s music (Duran Duran, The Cure, and Joe Jackson) with original songs is sweet and fun. The best scene in the movie uses song to balance out heartbreak.

The kids in Sing Street remind me a little of the ones in Stranger Things: they all play their part to perfection and are adorable. They are unknown in the U.S. but Lucy Boynton is already starring in the upcoming Agatha Christie film Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley.

Here is the official video from the movie with my favorite song:

I promise it will make you want to watch the movie. As for me, I might have to go watch it a third time.

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend. Thanks for reading!

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Friday Favorite (aka Where I blabber about what I love): Lego Batman

In July of 2013, The Lego Movie trailer premiered. When I first heard they were making the film, I rolled my eyes and told my husband, “Nope.” I thought there was no way in hell it would be good. My inner movie snob couldn’t/wouldn’t give it a chance. Fast forward to February of the following year:

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Hubby and I took the kids to the Block in Orange County to see the movie. The trailers had worn me down, one by one. The reviews proved me wrong, all of them saying how original, clever, and fun it was. And it WAS x 1000. We all loved it and Everything was Awesome.

This past weekend we saw Lego Batman and it was just as good if not better. Instead of Lego Batman being one dimensional (are you listening Zack Snyder??), we see a new side of the superhero. It pays homage to all the Batmans before him in the most “aaaaaawwww” and hilarious way. The collection of villains put Suicide Squad to shame. But the best part was watching my I-won’t-give-you-a-smile-even-if-it-kills-me 9 year old daughter jump up and down in her seat and pumping her fists in the air, all while looking at me with a dopey grin. She was in nerd heaven as was I.

Lego Batman is the kind of movie you want to watch multiple times to catch new moments you didn’t discover the first time. Or maybe I just want to see Batman see Barbara Gordon for the first time to the tune of Cutting Crew’s “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” (my go to song when I was pining for a crush in junior high) again. Either way, you should go see it.

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I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend. Thanks for reading!

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Friday Favorite (aka Where I blabber about what I love): Trying to Find the Light

It’s been a week. Parenting is so damn hard. Sometimes I feel like once you become a parent you enter a silent agreement to not talk about how hard it is. Right now all I want to do is go somewhere tropical, lie on a beach and read my book. I don’t care how damn cliché that sounds. I can practically feel the heat on my arms while the freckles slowly appear. There would be nobody on my beach except for my hubby, who would surely be snoring in the chair next to me. But since I can’t hop on a plane right now, here is what is keeping me out of the darkness this week:

  • Big Little Lies: I am currently reading this book by Liane Moriarty. It will be a mini series on HBO starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley come February 19th.. It is the story of three moms who have small children in school together, the drama that follows them, and the murder that happens as a result. I just hit that point in the book where all I can think about is finding time to keep reading. And as the mom of two in school, I can definitely relate to some of the moments.
  • Key and Peele’s football sketch: I originally discovered Jordan Peele on Twitter, tweeting out imaginary football players’ names. Each one always made me laugh so I am ashamed to admit that I just discovered the sketch on his Comedy Central show this week. It might not be Angry Luther but I laughed until my stomach hurt watching this.
  • Melissa McCarthy on SNL: Good old Saturday Night Live. Ever since election day and the show’s subsequent return, I have taken comfort each Saturday night and how mercilessly they roast the new president. So when Melissa McCarthy showed up last weekend as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, it was all I could do to not stand up and clap like a seal. And the girl BROUGHT IT. From “Moose-Lambs” to her picking up the podium and charging the press, I laughed so hard I cried. Now if she could do that every week for the next four years I might be able to make it.
  • Meditation: I fought doing meditation for so long. I never made the time. But there was a moment last month where I finally realized I shouldn’t do meditation, I needed to do meditation. And now when I feel overwhelmed, angry, or just need to take a minute, I go to my phone, put my earbuds in, and meditate for at least 5 minutes. A lot of the times I am not as focused as I would like to be, but it always helps.

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend. Thanks for reading!

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Friday Favorites (Where I blabber about what I love): Denzel

Let’s talk about heroes, shall we? I think we can all agree that we have seen a lot of them in the past couple of weeks (don’t worry, I’m not going to go off on another political rant). But today I need to retreat to my beloved movies and their heroes. At the top of my list is Mr. Denzel Washington.

Hubby and I rented The Magnificent 7 last week. I have grown to love Westerns in my adulthood and when one comes out with a great cast (Denzel, Christ Pratt, and Peter Sarrrrrrrrrsgard to name a few) and good director (Antoine Fuqua), I get excited. The movie ended up not really contributing anything new to the genre and Sarrrrrrrsgard as the villain didn’t have much depth. But Denzel chewed up every single scene and spit it out.

Denzel is one of Hollywood’s best. He can play a good guy (Glory), a bad guy (Training Day), and my personal favorite, the antihero. Which leads me to my favorite Denzel movie: Man on Fire. Man on Fire is a revenge flick set in Mexico. I don’t know why but an action drama set in Mexico is something I flock to. Throw in some gratuitous violence and I am THERE (Examples of these and their B movie goodness: Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn and Kevin Costner’s Revenge) But because it’s Mr. Washington, he elevates the film cred with his presence.

Denzel plays former hitman John Creasy, who is hired to be a bodyguard for Lupita Ramos (Dakota Fanning), the daughter of important businessman Samuel (Marc Anthony). When the Creasy is unable to protect her, he goes after the men who committed the crime. These men are part of La Hermandad, aka the Mexican Mafia. It is dark, gritty, has “Blue Bayou” by Linda Rondstadt, Christopher Walken as Creasy’s buddy, and an ending that won’t make you happy but can’t deny its strength.

Denzel has so many good roles (Unstoppable, Inside Man, Fences) that I know I will never be disappointed with him in a film. But Man on Fire will always be my go to when I need a good guy to take down the bad ones.

I hope you have a go to list of things that make you happy and you get to enjoy them over the weekend. Thanks for reading!

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Be Better, Do Better

Holy shit I am tired of thinking about the administration and the man child that is running it. He hasn’t even been in office two weeks and it feels like we are in a disaster movie directed by Jan de Bont. I can’t go on social media without feeling the sweep of depression. All of my favorite people on Twitter are shouting, “Don’t you think we want to stop talking about this?! WE WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE.” My sentiments exactly.

With that being said I have gone through a transformation since November 9th. It isn’t the stages of denial because I will never accept this as our reality. But the pity party is over. I am still terrified and overwhelmed. But I have also become obsessed with being informed. I can’t get enough of what is happening and the inner workings of what can be done to stop it and how. Catchphrases like “alternative facts” and “fake news” are actually being said by people running this country so I want to make sure I am getting facts straight. I thought I was vocal before but now I can’t seem to keep anything in because I am afraid of the physical effects (which I have had many). I have always been blunt and loud. Now I just don’t care if it hurts anybody’s feelings (at least when it comes to politics). Rights are being taken away at neck breaking speed and now is not the time to be quiet (even on Facebook). After the Women’s March the day after the inauguration, I posted pictures of my family and I there and said if you have a problem with it you can unfollow or delete me. One person deleted me. Buh-bye.

That is another thing. A lot of nonsense used to take up space in my brain. This past week has pushed a lot of it out to make room for the stuff that matters. Stuff I can’t do anything about-gone. Worrying what people think of me-gone. Getting mad about the little stuff-still happening but I work on it every day. I am also making myself a priority, which I know a lot of moms are bad at. But I can’t fight for my kids’ future if I am not okay. I am not talking meditating anymore, I am doing it. I got sick last week and decided to take it easy. Instead of running I walked, did yoga instead of pilates. Went to a movie while the kids were in school. I walk away from my phone more and don’t turn on the news. I am working on another blog post on what I can do as an individual to help with the #resistance. It gives me a sense of control that I need. And hopefully my kids will realize they can do something.

I always used to believe that good won over evil (sheltered and too many movies). But the past three months have woken me the fuck up and made me realize how truly ignorant I was. As a white woman, the privilege I have been allowed made it that I never looked at the injustices of the world. I was aware of them but they didn’t affect me. I now realize how selfish that was. But now that I am awake I am moving forward and arming myself with the knowledge I have. I know that I am on the right side of history and this gives me the confidence to keep going.