January 28, 2016

X-Files, Revived

The day I'd been waiting for finally came and went last Sunday - the premier of The X-Files Revival mini series - and you better believe that a year of waiting was worth it.

Little did I know when I first started re-watching the series on Netflix back in the summer of 2014, how in love I would fall with it. Hell, they didn't even know they were doing a reboot back then! Everything I'd missed out on as a kid not being allowed to watch was full filled and naturally, I fell in love with David Duchovny (aka Hank Moody) all over again.

So what did I think...?

My first though was, "Thank God this was a two-night premier because the first episode what shiiiiiiiit." For real. It was cheesy as fuck and filled with substance-less one liners.

*Mulder walks out of random car*
Scully: "Uber?!"

Right, it's 2016. We have calendars, ya know. But besides the somewhat lame sensationalism around the Internet, smart phones and social media, it was the usual Mulder/Scully banter and conspiracy theories. And I ate that shit up with a big fat spoon because there was never a doubt in my mind that I would watch & love this thing no matter what it turned out to be. Kind of like your baby - you love it no matter what.

But like I said, Monday's second episode of the series totally redeemed the previous night's premier. We were past the (re)intros, past the rekindling of the relationship and right into solving mysteries. It wasn't redundant, had just the right amount of flashback and mythology tie in, and a foundation to build more story on. In other words, perfection.

The next five weeks will be the absolute best and then I will be devastated, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it. I also read this great post about first impressions of the Revival and I'm so happy to know that I am not alone...get it? #alienjoke

In the meantime, I'll enjoy whatever Mulder/Scully action I can get!

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January 14, 2016

Bigger & Better in 2016

I've been trying to put together a list of resolutions goals that don't sound redundant lame. It's really hard, guys. A lot of the things that I want to accomplish are intangible so it's hard to put them into words properly.

This year I just want to be a better me, for me.

Although it may sound selfish, I think that focusing on one's self is key and everything else will follow. I want to take the things that I learned in 2015 and translate them into positive life changes. I have always been a negative person - I mean, how do you think I got so hilariously sarcastic? - but I definitely feel that I need to make a conscious effort to focus on the positives.

In 2016, I am going to concentrate on relationships that are enriching and doing what makes my heart happy. I'm tired of feeling obligated to make an appearance at an event or get together just because I was invited. I'm over milking my drink and making dead-end small talk with people that I have nothing in common with. Quite frankly, it's not worth the calories or the time.

So in the time that I save not doing things just to avoid hurting other people's feelings - which (a) is totally against my life beliefs, and (b) should not even be thing - I can:

  • catch up with a (real) friend
  • meet new & interesting people
  • tackle my short-term to do list (aka household chores) #snore #adulting
  • work on my craft & sewing projects
  • create blog content
  • read a book towards my reading challenge
  • colour (in a colouring book, of course)
  • watch a movie
  • make a dent in the ever-growing TV show list
  • cuddle with my cat
  • try a new recipe
  • cross something off of my 30 before 30 list
  • have a dance party for one
  • play a video game (that I will probably never beat)
  • Skype date with a friend that's abroad
  • workout
  • sleep.

Seriously, I am not someone who gets bored. And while not saying yes to things that I don't want to do is part of it, I do recognize that my ability to procrastinate endlessly is also a big part of the problem. I'm working on that, too. Remember - I'm becoming a better me!

Well, it looks like 2016 is going to keep me quite busy! Good luck, self... :)

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January 11, 2016

#Tweetworthy - 2016 Golden Globes

Once in a while I like to live tweet during awards shows, like here and here, and the Golden Globes are my absolute favourite. I try to give a fair warning because no one likes getting Tweet-spammed, but if you didn't watch the 2016 Golden Globes, or you did & want to have a good laugh, keep reading...

I like to start with the Red Carpet...it lets me be judgey.
And here it is...

And here it is...


And then the show begins! The Ricky Gervais intro was great so here's a video of that:

She looks a little porny, no?

I would love to know your thoughts on this year's show :)

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January 4, 2016

The Wedding Files #4 - Vendors

Those people that you will rely on to make your wedding come together - those are vendors. How many and which vendors you'll have will depend on the style of your wedding and how much you're doing on your own.

The following are some of the most common vendors, but there can be others. An asterisk denotes a vendor that I did not have to work with:

  • Church
  • Reception Hall
  • Caterer*
  • Florist
  • DJ
  • Musician/Band
  • Photographer
  • Videographer*
  • Dress maker
  • Decorator
  • Wedding Planner*

The two most important things to consider in the vendor selection process are:
  1. Give yourself as much time for the selection process so that you can shop around as much as possible.
  2. Know what you want!
They're all going to be nice because they all want your money. They're all going to want to meet you face to face to try to win your business and tell you why they are the best. You'll have to look beyond all that. While there are always things/options that you may not have considered, you'll know the most important details of what you're looking for and you'll have to stand your ground on them.

To make it easier to choose, make sure that you are comparing apples to apples when asking for estimates. For example, have each caterer quote on the same number of courses, same serving and bar style, and leave out any differences as a 'bonus'. You can apply this to all of your other vendors. It may be a bit more up front work for you but it'll make the decision-making process much easier.

The biggest learning from the vendor process for me was how much I needed to spoon feed vendors versus them providing me with info. I guess I may be the only one that feels this way, but I highly doubt that.

For example, the florists all wanted to see picture examples of what I was looking for. This was totally fine; I knew the colours I was looking for and sent them a few different options. Of course, the first quote I received from each was based exactly on the images I showed. No use of imagination or recommendations of high/low cost options. I mean, you could have a least asked if I was open to suggestions before doing the quote. So of course I sent it back. At that point, only a couple were not annoying to deal with because I'm not going to sit here and tell you "replace flower A with flower B, give me size X instead of size Y..." etc. You have my budget and my ideas - work with it.

Don't get me wrong - the florists were not the only offenders. Pretty much everyone asked for my vision and then utilized none of their own imagination until I pushed them to. That's why it's so important to know what you want!

I think that's all the 'wisdom' I can impart on this topic ladies. Just don't let yourself get pushed around by bully vendors & you will be fine!

Happy Planning!

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