watch it: thor

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Movie: Thor, 2011
Viewed: May 2011, in theaters, in 3D
Notable Cast Members: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, and Clark Gregg
Overall Rating: (rating rational)

Plot Summary:
Let me first say you don’t need to know a thing about the Thor comic books in order to understand the movie. It is pretty good at introducing necessary background information in the beginning and explaining what you need to know in order to follow the story along the way. Basically, the universe has nine realms. Earth is one of those nine realms. Asgard, the home of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is another. Thor is a brillant but arrogant warrior, and his foolish actions anger his father, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins). He is banished to Earth, where astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her friends help him adjust. Meanwhile, an evil plot takes ahold of Asgard and threatens to harm Earth. What will Thor and his friends do?
Take Note:
Now, if you are a superhero movie fan like myself, you probably know that Marvel is going to be making an Avengers movie in the near future (parts of which will be filmed in CLEVELAND! woohoo!). You also probably know that Marvel has a reputation for putting scenes after the credits of their films, and that their most recent films’ post-credits scenes are what set up the connections between various movies’ storylines (for example, the post-credits scene at the end of 2010’s Ironman 2 is linked to Thor). Thus, since Thor is a key member of the Avengers, there is a scene after the credits of Thor that gives a hint as to what the plot of the Avengers movie might be. Remember how I said you didn’t need comic book background to understand Thor? (and really, you should remember, I just said it up above. C’mon, people.) Well, I lied a tiny bit. You do need comic book knowledge to understand the post-credits scene. Luckily, I have a knowledgeable big brother to turn to in this situation, who shed some light on the scene for me. So, if you see Thor and are confused about that scene, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I’ll do my best to help you out! : )

Personal Thoughts:
This movie was definitely enjoyable. Action-packed, humorous, and even a bit romantic at some points. I personally love Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings, and Chris Hemsworth is pretty easy on the eyes, so that made the film more enticing for me. However, it the plot itself is a bit more fantastical and complex than previous Marvel superhero films, so here’s my recommendation: If you are a fan of superhero films, it is worth seeing in theaters (in 3D or not). If you are not a huge superhero film fan or fantasy isn’t your thing, then I would wait for DVD, or see it in theaters for a matinee or not in 3D to save you some cash.
Have you seen Thor? What did you think? Do you like superhero films in general?

monday munchies

Hello, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was great – I saw the Indians win Friday night (Hafner hit a walk-off home run!), had fun at a work meeting for my summer job (lifeguarding), watched ridiculous TV shows on Netflix (Airwolf, anyone?), saw a musical at my former high school (West Side Story), and enjoyed Starbucks (frappucino happy hour!).

Lately, I have really been wanting to bake, but can’t due to some issues with the oven. When everything is fixed up, I can’t wait to try out new recipes! I particularly want to try some peanut butter and chocolate ones like the ones below.

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I’ll start off with something a bit basic, like these chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies.
Then I’ll move on to this chocolate peanut butter cake.
And finally, someday, I’ll bake something as beautiful and yummy-looking as this chocolate peanut butter cheesecake.
What are some of your favorite chocolate and peanut butter recipes?

weekly gems

photo, author’s own
Hello, everyone! How was your week? Mine was busy – full of the first major round of moving out of my apartment and back into my parents’ home, where I will work part-time and search for a full-time teaching position. I’m looking forward to having an awesome summer, starting off by attending an Indians game with two of my oldest friends, Kaylyn and Sarah. Do you have any fun weekend plans?

recent inspirations: re-energize

The long process of moving that began this week and will continue on and off this month has gotten me a bit worn down. However, there are some other things I really want to get done in the next few weeks, so I looked around for a bit of inspiration to keep moving forward…and for me, that means finding quotes. Here are my favorite pieces of encouragement:

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

Source: via Kelly on Pinterest

What are some quotes or pieces of advice that have been motivating you lately?

read it: bossypants

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you probably have picked up on the fact that I am a huge Tina Fey fan. That being said, I have of course read her new book, Bossypants, which is all about her childhood/teen years, college experience, family and married life, time in Chicago, time at Saturday Night Live, and time at 30 Rock, as well as body image and posing for magazine covers, among other things. My favorite chapters were the following:

  • Delaware County Summer Showtime!
  • That’s Don Fey
  • Climbing Old Rag Mountain
  • Remembrances of Being Very, Very Skinny
  • Remembrances of Being a Little Bit Fat
  • A Childhood Dream, Realized
  • Amazing, Gorgeous, Not Like That
  • Sarah, Oprah, and Captain Hook
  • The Mother’s Prayer for Its Daughter
That is not to say I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the other chapters, because I definitely did. I highly recommend this book if you (a) are a Tina Fey fan, (b) if you are a SNL or 30 Rock fan, (c) you like to laugh, and/or (d) you are a woman. Men certainly enjoy it as well (like this guy), it’s just that she discusses a lot of issues women can relate to rather than simply understand. So if any of a-d apply to you, go read Bossypants now! Consider it your first summer reading assignment ; )
Have you read Bossypants? What did you think?
If you liked Bossypants or are just a Tina Fey fan in general, check out this 2002 EW article.
The awesome-ness of Tina Fey writing a book has me pumped for Mindy Kaling’s book this fall!

LOL: quick laugh

This commercial never fails to make me laugh out loud!

P.S. Disclosure: my cell phone company is AT&T.
P.S. Full disclosure: I don’t care what cell phone company others or myself use as long as (a) I can communicate and (b) I can play Angry Birds.

my life: 21 things I learned in college

  1. You are much stronger than you think you are.
  2. It is possible to be young and have fun while also making healthy choices.
  3. The best way to re-energize during study sessions is to drink a cup of coffee and then take a 20-minute nap.
  4. My parents are smarter and more generous than I ever realized (and I really did think they were smart and generous before!), and my grandma is my biggest inspiration.
  5. What you learn from your educational experience cannot always be measured in a grade.
  6. Binders, Post-It notes, a planner, highlighters, and file folders are all essential organizational tools.
  7. The ability to truly forgive is rare and important.
  8. Eating decently, getting enough sleep, exercise, going to church, having a pet, calling home often, drinking plenty of tea, practicing gratitude, and having a fully loaded and charged iPod are all key to staying emotionally balanced.
  9. Downtown Bowling Green is west of campus, not north of it.
  10. Nothing is more important than family.
  11. Most people are doing the best that they can, and if they aren’t, they need your faith in them more than ever.
  12. Do not wear flip flops on a rainy day.
  13. I have amazing friends who are truly incredible people.
  14. Living with integrity means treating others the way you want to be treated.
  15. Whoever invented pizza is a genius.
  16. Love should not be the sole basis of a relationship.
  17. The Greater Cleveland area is an awesome place to grow up and live.
  18. Breakfast food is an acceptable meal choice at any time of the day.
  19. Things will only go as you planned about 50% of the time, and the other 50% of the time, will work out okay in the end anyway.
  20. You never know how much of an impact you have had on someone’s life or how much someone will come to mean to you.
  21. I was meant to be a teacher.

weekly gems

Tomorrow I graduate from BGSU with my bachelor’s degree. I can’t believe four years has gone by so fast, especially this year! I have learned so much and met so many fantastic people. I will miss being near the “family” I created here, and I will miss the city of Bowling Green, but I am ready and excited to begin a new chapter in my life. I think that’s a positive attitude to have around graduation, don’t you? ; ) What are you up to this weekend?
  • Love this stationery!
  • Casting news on Disney’s Oz prequel – super excited for this movie!
  • Some excellent exercise inspiration.
  • An amazingly written post about following your dreams.
  • Definitely looking forward to Tina Fey on SNL this weekend!
  • Glad that cities are taking action for justice!
  • This pie was instantly added to my “To Bake Someday” list.
  • Some weddings I love: one, two, & three.
  • Adore everything about this outfit!
  • According to this, I apparently need to go to Canada in June or California in July.
  • Some key tips about sunscreen! Also, why you should go to bed earlier.

bookmark it: boost your esteem

I recently discovered this pretty awesome tumblr called Boost Your Esteem. It’s run by a woman named Liz, who writes,

One month away from graduating with my psych degree, I’ve been completely disappointed by the lack of funding for programs and further education focused on raising the self confidence of adolescents and young adults. Being forced to choose between continuing my masters in clinical or general psych, I chose neither, and decided to take a year off. In the meantime, I’m directing my efforts toward bringing self confidence boosting programs and camps to the web.”

Her tumblr, in addition to featuring some anecdotes about her personal life, is filled with answers to followers who wrote in for advice, discussions about staying physically fit, notes on inspiring music, and numbered “self-esteem boosters.” Overall, the tumblr is upbeat, inspiring, and gives off a great sense of community and positivity. I highly recommend you check it out and share it with your friends and any young women you know. Some of my favorite self-esteem boosters are pictured below:

Pretty neat, huh? Have you come across any self-esteem projects on the web or programs in your community?

rube goldberg would be jealous

My junior year of high school I took physics, and one of our huge assessments was a Rube Goldberg project (the end result opening a pop can). I think my partner Katie and I did a pretty decent job with our project – as I remember, it involved an “easy button” and a lot of sand – but imagine if we had created something like the video above! Just AWESOME!
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