Thursday, October 29, 2015

My Morning Routine

Mornings can make or break your day. A bad start to your day can quickly turn into a bad day (or at least it can for me). That's why it's important to create a morning routine that works for you. Having a morning routine helps your morning (and then your whole day) run smoother. I'm going to share my morning routine with you and hopefully this inspires you to create your own morning routine to help your day go better, too!


My Morning Routine

Let me begin this post by saying I have 3 alarms set for every morning. I know it sounds excessive, but they each serve a purpose to make my mornings better. My first alarm goes off at 7 am. This is my "wake up" alarm. I turn on the lamp next to my bed to help me wake up since the sun isn't shining in my window. I use this time to scroll through Instagram or just have a few quiet moments in my bed before the day truly begins.

My second alarm goes off at 7:30 am. This is my "get up out of bed" alarm. I open the blinds in the living room and head over to the kitchen to pour myself a bowl of cereal. Sometimes I watch the news while I eat my cereal and other times I just scroll through social media.

Once I finish my breakfast I take a look at my planner to see what I have going on that day and check the weather to see what to expect outside. With that in mind, I get dressed, brush my teeth, and do my hair (and by "do my hair" I mean brush it and maybe put it in a bun or half ponytail). If I have time I put on makeup, but it's something I feel fine leaving the house without.

My third alarm goes off at 8:30 am. This is my "time to go" alarm (See! I told you they each have a purpose!). When this alarm sounds, I finish up whatever I'm doing, put my bag together, and head out the door.


That's what my typical morning looks like! I stick to this for the most part as it really does help my mornings (and then my whole day) run better. It's also nice to have a little ritual to wake up to every morning. I'm definitely a creature of habit, so this is something that gives me a little peace, even when my week is a bit crazy. 

Do you use multiple alarms? What's your morning routine like?



Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My Study Essentials

Studying. It's a huge part of college life. With six classes this semester, it always seems like there's something to study for. Since I've been doing so much studying, I've really been able to hone in on what I need to have a productive study session. Knowing what you need in order to have a good study session is important because it makes it easier to buy school supplies and pack your bag if you're headed to the library for an intense study session! Here are 5 of my study essentials.


My Study Essentials


Music

I can't focus in absolute silence. I can get distracted to easily by everything going on in my brain. Of course, I can't listen to my favorite songs or watch TV to fill the silence. What I've found works best is quiet, instrumental music. It gives you a little background music, but it doesn't distract you from what you need to focus on - studying. I really like listening to some of the Focus playlists on Spotify like Deep Focus or Peaceful Piano.

Scratch Paper

I've learned that writing and rewriting my notes helps me to study. I rewrite my notes with doodles and graphs to help explain concepts and condense them down. This really helps as I'm reviewing the information as I rewrite it and create illustrations to go with it, plus I have a shorter, condensed version to look over before the exam. Still, I feel bad "wasting" a ton of paper. That's why I save paper from printing mishaps to write my notes on.


Colored Pens

As you may be able to tell from the photos I use on the blog, I love color. It only makes sense that I want my notes to be colorful, too! I use colored pens for headlines, underlining, grouping concepts, and for illustrations in my notes (I'm telling you I love graphs and doodles in my notes). I also use them to color code my classes. This way I can tell what class an assignment is for just by what color I used. 


My Study Essentials

Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a must-have for life in general, but even more-so for studying! I have a little collection of sticky notes and page-flags I use for bookmarks, textbook notes, to-do lists, and questions to ask professors. These are such a life saver!


Space

Another thing I need to have when studying is lots of space. I like to spread out while I work as I have textbooks, notes, notebooks, and pens I'm using for each study session. It's a lot of stuff! When I'm looking for a place to study, I need to make sure I'll have all the room I need. This is why I like working in the living room (with the TV off!) or at a large table at the library. I have plenty of space at either of these places, which helps me to have all the resources I need at my fingertips!


These are my study essentials. Through trial and error I've  found what I need to have for a good study session, and I think everyone has to figure out what works for them. Hopefully, this list gave you some ideas for your next big review!

What are your study essentials? Do you use these things when you study?

Related Post: Tips for Getting Homework Done, What To Do If You're Failing, 3 Ways to Study 


Monday, October 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up No. 16

This week it was really hard for me to get up in the mornings and I think it's because I knew I had a four day weekend coming my way! I've been looking forward to this weekend for a while, and I was so ready for the break. Before I got my weekend though, my block class started holding classes adding to the Monday madness. I now have 6 classes on Monday from 9 am to 9 pm. It's a long day! I also had a test Wednesday that involved math, which made me nervous (I hate math).

On the blog I shared some post ideas for your blog, a post on how to stop multitasking, and some of my favorite Halloween movies!

Wednesday after my classes I got some laundry and homework done before heading out to see Dave Coulier's stand-up. It was pretty funny and we got home just in time to watch American Horror Story, which is always the highlight of my Wednesdays.

Thursday I drove to my parent's home to spend time with my family over my four day weekend (really, so happy for this long weekend). Burt, my pet turtle, also got to come home and see his grandparents, aunt, and uncle (yes, I'm a crazy turtle lady now). My parents and I went out to get some Chinese food for lunch and I went to the gym with my sister in the evening.

On Friday I got a little homework done in the morning before meeting my mom at a local restaurant for lunch. After we went to the furniture store for fun where I picked out the furniture I would want (matching grey couch and chair) if I had money. I've been in a decorating mood lately and think I might change up my room soon.

Saturday I worked on homework in the morning so in the afternoon I could run up to Lincoln with my family. We ran to a couple stores, including Menards where I got a little carried away with Christmas (I know! It's only October!), and saw my little brother at the state marching band competition.

Sunday I slept in which was wonderful. I headed home in the afternoon, cleaned out Burt's tank, and got groceries. I also did something bad - I went to my favorite Etsy shops and added a ton of planner stickers to my cart! I really shouldn't spend the money, but they're so cute! 

And here's some pictures from the weekend:

Weekend Wrap Up No. 16
Weekend Wrap Up No. 16
Weekend Wrap Up No. 16
Weekend Wrap Up No. 16
Weekend Wrap Up No. 16
Weekend Wrap Up No. 16


If you want to keep up with my blog posts and what I'm up to throughout the week you can follow me on Twitter, Bloglovin, and Instagram.

How was your weekend? Have you had a long weekend lately? Did you get some family time in over the weekend?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Favorite Halloween Movies

I wanted to do so many Halloween posts, but I just haven't been doing many Halloween like things. I decorated for fall much more than for Halloween. I painted pumpkins with a friend, but hers was for her favorite baseball team and mine was painted with pastels like a doughnut. There is one thing I love doing for Halloween though, and that's watching Halloween like movies!


Favorite Halloween Movies


The Corpse Bride
Forever my favorite, I adore this Tim Burton film.  The animation, the songs, the story, the characters - I love it all!

Sweeney Todd
Sometimes you want to watch a musical. Sometimes you want to watch a musical about a murderous barber.

The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock alone makes this movie worth watching. He was such a brilliant story teller and film maker. I have a weird fear of birds (I don't know why) so this movie is literally what I fear happening.

The Addams Family
I've mentioned my love for this movie before, and this list just wouldn't be complete without it! The Addams are my favorite strange yet loving family.

Addams Family Values
Summer, Thanksgiving and a ghoulish family. That means you can watch it from June-November. Or anytime really.

Sleepy Hollow
Another Tim Burton movie that I love. It has a great cast (Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, and Christopher Walken) and is pretty creepy.

American Horror Story
Okay, not a movie but very well suited for Halloween! I'm loving the current season with Lady Gaga, but every season is so good. If you haven't seen it (and can handle some weird stuff), I would recommend it! It's so good and creepy.


Do you love watching Halloween movies? What would you add to this list?

Related Post: DIY Popcorn Bar, Movie Night Ideas



Saturday, October 24, 2015

Multitasking and How to Stop

I am a chronic multitasker. Right now I'm washing laundry, watching Law & Order SVU, writing this post, texting my brother, I have five other tabs open on my laptop, and I'm trying to think of what I need to get done this week. With all of this going on, it's hard to get anything done or give anything my full attention. I write a phrase, look at the tv, finish the sentence, check my phone. Do you see how bad multitasking is?


Multitasking and How to Stop


I realized I was really bad about multiasking the other night when I went over to my friend's house to hangout and watch a movie, but found myself checking my phone every few minutes instead of talking with them or actually watching the movie. How bad is that? Even worse, I noticed one of my friends doing it, too. Instead of enjoying our time together during our last year of college, we're multitasking during our movie night!

I've heard of people talking about this before as one of the problems with "this generation." I usually disagree with people who say stuff like that, but this one is actually true. Most of us cannot sit still or stay off the internet. We always have several things going on at once, and rarely slow down to savor the moment and focus on what we're doing.

To me, just that last sentence about enjoying the moment and focusing on one thing is enough to make me want to stop multitasking. There are days when I'm really good at doing things one at a time and I can definitely attest to the fact that we do miss out on so much when we multitask. We're not looking around at all the beautiful things around us when we're texting and walking. We're not absorbing all the information we're reading when we're reading, listening to music, and texting a friend. We're not even enjoying our time being with people we care about because we have to check our phones. Research shows that multitasking is really just task-switching. It also shows that when you multitask you work slower, make more mistakes, feel more stressed, and it makes you less creative.


So how do you stop multitasking?


  1. Do one thing at a time. I know, easier said than done. To stop multitasking though, you just have to dive right in and start doing one thing at a time. 
  2. Use the pomodoro technique and focus on one thing for 25 minutes. This is a good way to stop multitasking because you have a specific time frame to concentrate on one task and then you can switch it up!
  3. Make a list. I know one of the reasons I multitask is because I worry I'll forget to do it later. If you keep a notepad next to you, you can jot down those little things so you can do them later.
  4. Turn off distractions. Put your phone on silent or turn off notifications. Turn off the TV, pause the song you're listening to, and close any distracting tabs open on your computer. 
  5. Create a schedule or routine. If you know later you're going to get to watch your favorite show on Netflix, it's a lot easier to focus on getting your reading done. Having a routine helps me to focus on the task at hand because I know I'll be able to get to other things later on.
  6. Get in the zone. If you're in the zone where you're enjoying what you're doing and super involved in it, you won't even be tempted to start multitasking.


Are you a chronic multitasker? Are these tips helpful? What do you do to focus on one thing at a time?

Related Post: How to Make Time for Yourself, 10 Ways to Have A Good Day


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

30 Blog Post Ideas

Are you stumped for blog post ideas and hitting a slump? Or are you starting to work on your editorial calendar and looking around the internet for inspiration? Either way I've got some blog post ideas to help you keep the momentum going on your blog!


Blog Post Ideas


  1. Share 4 of your favorite blogs.
  2. Decorating ideas for an upcoming holiday.
  3. Share how you decorated your house/apartment for the current season.
  4. Have you cooked or baked anything good lately? Share the recipe!
  5. Tell us about your favorite book and why you like it.
  6. A peek into your routine. Your morning routine, evening routine, weekend routine, or whatever other routine you might have!
  7. Share a few of your favorite Instagram feeds.
  8. Share a craft or DIY post. I'm always looking for something new to make!
  9. How to be more creative/brave/organized/patient.
  10. Share a recent haul.
  11. College tips.
  12. Take some photos of a walk around campus, a park, or your hometown.
  13. Did you go on any cool trips this summer?  How about last year? Share some of the highlights!
  14. Write a list of your guilty pleasures.
  15. Do you make goals at the beginning of each month? Write up a post about them.
  16. What's your average day like? Give us the rundown!
  17. Tell us about your blogging process. How do you take photos or write posts?
  18. Introduce us to your pet.
  19. Photo diary.
  20. Have you learned anything new lately? Teach us what you learned whether it be a life lesson or a trick to make life easier.
  21. Write about something fun you did over the weekend.
  22. Make a list of things to do on a cold, rainy day.
  23. Let us in on what's going on in your life. Write about something you've been struggling with lately or something you're really excited about.
  24. Put your past posts to work and create a round up of your best posts on a certain subject or theme. 
  25. Working on a project like updating a room, organizing your closet, or making a portfolio? Share your progress!
  26. Room or home tour.
  27. What's your hobby? Tell us about it!
  28. Share your tips for having a good day. 
  29. My ______ essentials. I've written about my must-have items for road trips, school, and when I'm on the go.
  30. List out why you love the current season or an upcoming holiday.


Are these blog post ideas helpful? Do you have any other ideas to add to this list?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up No. 15

I have been so bad with procrastinating this week. I've been putting off all my homework and chores this week. My laundry is overflowing and my desk is a mess. I have test dates looming over me and so many readings to keep up with.

On the blog I shared my answers to the questions Rosy asked me when she nominated me for the Liebster Award (!!), a recipe to spice up your macaroni and cheese, and a personal post about the changes ahead of me.



This weekend was pretty exciting as my whole family was able to spend time with each other. My brother goes to college 6 hours away so he doesn't get to come home very often. This is his fall break, so I was able to see him for the first time since August! We were all able to spend some time just sitting around the table talking, which is always something I treasure.

Saturday I met my cousin and her little kids at the pumpkin patch. I love going to the pumpkin patch and being there with a cute little 2 and 1 year old made it even better. When we got back home I put away the short-sleeved shirts and dug out my long-sleeves and sweaters (finally). After lunch I went for a walk outside with my dad and brother (plus all the dogs).

Sunday my brothers woke me up because our family decided to do our traditional breakfast in basically pajamas at Taco John's. We just throw on a sweatshirt with our gym shorts we wear to bed and head out the door. It's just a fun tradition we have on Sunday mornings. After a little bit more time at home with my family, I headed back to my home to get some homework done. I also did some grocery shopping and could not resist the apple cookies I bought. They taste so good (especially as cookie dough) and smell like apple pie while they're cooking! Definitely recommend :)

And as promised here's some photos from the weekend:



If you want to keep up with my blog posts and what I'm doing throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Bloglovin, and Instagram.

How was your weekend? Have you visited a pumpkin patch yet? Does your family have any fun weekend traditions?

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Changes and Possibilities

This is the third time I've tried writing this post. Normally I don't completely trash my drafts, but I just have not been able to get this post right. Every time I write it, I look back over it and it's not what I want to say. 

So here's what I want to say: there's a lot of changes and unknowns ahead. I'm in my final year of college. I have no idea what's ahead of me after April. I don't know where I will be living or if I'll be living with someone. I've never lived by myself so to think of living in a new town in an apartment without a roommate sounds scary. I also have no idea where I will be student teaching or later teaching. I'll have a semester of student teaching and probably a semester of subbing before getting my first official job. I have no idea where any of these will be. 




I won't know where I will be student teaching (and then where I will be living) until March. Until then, I'll be living in limbo (or at least that's the way I feel). I love planning and routines. To not know what the future holds is scary, confusing, and gives me anxiety. And knowing where I student teach will only help me for a year. After that I'll still have to find a permanent teaching job, possibly a new place to live, and make new friends.


For the past few years, I've known exactly what to expect. After settling into university life my first semester of college, I've at least known the generals of what to expect. I've known where I will live and who I will live with. I've known what to generally expect from classes and professors. I've known when me and my friends have our hang-out nights. Even though there have been some little changes, I've had a basic handle on what's happening in my life.


Now I don't know what to expect for the upcoming year. All of the knowns I've had the past few years are going to be gone. I don't know who I will be spending my time with. I don't know where I'll be living. I don't know where I will be teaching. I don't know what exactly to expect of my job, coworkers, and boss. So many unknowns!


But I do know some things. I know everything will work out in the end. I'm a big believer that what's meant to happen, will happen and that everything will work out for the best. I know if need be, I can always move back home with my parents.


This is what I've been trying to say. There's a lot of changes and unknowns ahead, but there's also a lot of possibilities. I could literally move anywhere if I wanted. I could stay in this area, or move to Colorado (my dream state), or the east coast, or even live abroad for a year. I could (probably will) make lots of new friends. I could (maybe) even meet a nice guy to go on some dates with. I could (hopefully will) have the best time student teaching and make some great connections.


Instead of focusing on all of the unknowns, which can make me feel super stressed out, I've been trying to focus on all of the possibilities. Times of transition can be scary, and there's quite a few of them in a lifetime. Even though there are lots of changes and unknowns that come with these transitions, there are also a lot of possibilities.



Are you going through any life changes? Do you fear the unknown or dwell on all the amazing possibilities the future could hold?

Related Post: Losing a Friendship, Depression & Me


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Taco Mac & Cheese

Who doesn't love macaroni and cheese? Today I'm going to share a variation of classic macaroni and cheese that I've been loving lately: Taco Mac & Cheese! It's super simple with just a few extra ingredients.

Taco Mac & Cheese


Ingredients

  • 1 Box of Macaroni & Cheese
  • 1 Can of Corn
  • 1/2 Can of Black Beans
  • 1 Tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup of Chopped Red Onion
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Optional: Veggie Crumbles/Hamburger

Prep Time About 20 minutes
Makes About 6-8 servings


Directions


  1. Boil the water for you Mac & Cheese while dicing the Tomato and Onion. I chopped 1/2 a cup of onions and about all of the tomato.
  2. When the water is boiling, add in your noodles and begin cooking your corn and black beans.
  3. Drain corn, black beans, and macaroni noodles. Combine all 3 plus cheese, milk, butter, onions, and tomatoes. Add as much taco seasoning as your heart desires.
  4. Veggie Crumbles cook quickly enough that I just cook them after I've added in everything else. If you're making hamburger - you're on your own!
  5. Dish up and enjoy your taco mac & cheese!



Taco Mac & Cheese
Taco Mac & Cheese


This taco mac & cheese recipe is so easy to adapt to your own liking. Add in more onions or beans, dice the tomato up smaller, or even add in some bell peppers if you'd like.


Are you going to try this recipe? Do you have any macaroni and cheese add-ins I should try?

Related Post: 2 Great Recipes: Guacamole & Minestrone



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Liebster Award

September was a great month for me! I hosted two blog chats and was nominated for TWO blogging awards!! I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Rosy. She blogs over at Just My Rosy Life where she has some great plan with me posts!
In case you're not familiar with it, the Liebster Award is given to new bloggers by other bloggers. It's a great way to discover new blogs. The rules are…
  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Nominate up to 11 other new bloggers with less than 200 followers and notify them.
  4. Give your nominees a list of questions they have to answer.
  5. Display the Liebster Award Logo on your page.
  6. List these six rules on your post.


The Liebster Award



Questions I Was Asked
  1. Who is your favorite super hero and why? My favorite super hero is Batman because I love the cheesy puns and jokes from the older movies and I love the darker edge of the Dark Knight movies.
  2. If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and who would play you? I think my life would be a comedy with all of my daily trips and awkward moments and lots of inner monologue moments (think Lizzy McGuire and her cartoon self). Since I get to choose who plays me, we'll go with Jennifer Lawrence.

  1. What is one of your weird quirks? I still buy the bright colored band-aids. When I get a blister, I'm walking around with a neon green band-aid on the back of my ankle. No Shame.

  1. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Check Instagram. I like scrolling through all the photos to inspire me for my day.

  1. Describe yourself in three words. Compassionate. Contemplative. Organized.

  1. What is the one thing you have always wanted to do? Travel the world. I've been abroad twice and I'm always ready to go somewhere new. I love the history, culture, food, sights, sounds, everything about new places and different countries!

  1. Who do you admire the most and why? This is a tough question! I admire women who follow their own path with confidence and kindness. Staying true to yourself is something I think is important and the world is always needing more love and kindness.

  1. If you had access to a time machine, where and when would you go? Not to be boring, but I don't think I would go anywhere. I love history, but I wouldn't want to go back in history because they really weren't the glory days of times gone by (No toilets? No, thank you.). But then, I wouldn't want to go into the future for fear it would be some crazy dystopia (I may have been a little too into The Hunger Games and Divergent series). 

  1. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I love having a place to talk about all these little things I like and find interesting and finding other people who enjoy the same things.

  1. If you could add a person to Mt Rushmore, who would it be and why? Another tough question! I'm going to say Harriet Tubman for her bravery and work to help enslaved people escape to freedom, activism in the abolition movement, work to help the Union Army as a nurse, scout, and spy, and later for her activism in the women's suffrage movement. She really was an amazing woman and took a stand for what was right.

  1. What is your favorite book and why? I have so many books I like that it's hard to choose just one! For now I'll say Bossypants by Tina Fey because when I read it in high school, it was the first autobiography and first comedy book I read. After reading that, I realized that those are 2 genres I really like. It helped me to continue my love of reading because I was at a place where the books and authors I read in middle school didn't interest me anymore, but I had no idea what "adult" books to read. Also, it's by Tina Fey. I love her.

So now that you know a little more about me thanks to Rosy's great questions, I'll let you know who my nominees are and what questions they'll have to answer! You should really check out these lovely blogs.

My Nominees:
Lee         |  Lee Thrifts
Kristy      |  Ippy || Krispy
Arianne   |  Ayre Blog & YouTube
Tori        |  Chase The Write Dream
Aly         | Welcome To Aly's World

11 Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is the one thing you've always wanted to do?
  2. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
  3. If you were going to a deserted island, what are the 3 things you would bring with you?
  4. If you could book a plane ticket for anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
  5. Do you have a favorite quote? What is it and why do you love it?
  6. What's your favorite holiday and why?
  7. What's the number one thing on your wishlist right now?
  8. Can you keep a houseplant alive? If so, what is your secret?
  9. What TV show could you watch all day long?
  10. Is there a celebrity you wish you could be best friends with? Who and why?
  11. What's your favorite thing to do (besides blogging)?


How would you answer some of those questions Rosy asked me? Who would you add to Mount Rushmore? Favorite Book?

Related Post: Versatile Blogger Award



Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekend Wrap No. 14

This week has been a week. It's been pretty good as far as food, spending time with friends, and even having time for a craft! But as far as school work, it is getting crazy! It's six weeks into the school year so the amount of homework keeps getting bigger and it's a bit overwhelming at times. Even the professors are feeling the overwhelm! When life gets like this you just have to focus on one task at a time, do what you can, and make sure you leave some time to relax and take care of yourself. I'm trying to stay positive and deal with it one way at a time.

On the blog I shared some tips for getting homework done, a a little photo diary of a beautiful sunrise, and a spur of the moment post about why I don't like Pitch Perfect 2.

Weekend Wrap No. 14


On Friday I started my weekend by ordering a pizza with my friend before heading out to watch a movie. An organization at my university hosted a Hispanic Film Festival, so I went to see Después de Lucía. It's a Mexican movie about bullying and sexual violence in high school. I was not prepared for how heavy this movie would be. Sadly though, I know this movie isn't much of an exaggeration as I've seen countless girls bullied out of my high school for much the same reasons and a girl in high school in my college town had many of the same issues, too. In high school I always tried to be nice to girls who were being bullied, but I never really stuck up for them because I didn't want to get bullied, too. I'm glad I at least offered some kindness, but I wish I would have stuck up for them more. So if you see someone being bullied or sexually harassed, stick up for them. Tell the proper authorities, tell the bullies to stop, and offer a smile and some kindness to the person being harassed. Even just asking them to sit with you or giving them a compliment can mean a lot.

Saturday I laid in bed until noon. I was up at 8:30, but I didn't really get up until 1. Instead I enjoyed some blog reading and netflixing. It was a much needed break. When I finally did get up I was productive all afternoon and then my friend came over for movie night.

Sunday I lazied around in the morning again. Once I got up though I cleaned the bathroom, did a little shopping with friends, and then we settled in to watching a few episodes of Law & Order SVU.

Sadly, this is a weekend when I didn't really take photos, so I'm sorry there's none to share. I promise next weekend will some!

If you want to keep up with my blog posts and what I'm up to throughout the week you can follow me  on Twitter,  Bloglovin, and Instagram.


How was your weekend? Did you spend any time with friends?
  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Problems I Have with Pitch Perfect 2

My friends love Pitch Perfect. I know it's a really popular movie, but I have quite a few issues with this movie. The jokes they make and the way they portray people are really offensive. I usually stay away from super opinionated posts like this, but I just felt like writing up a post about it. 


Problems I Have With Pitch Perfect 2




Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, what's the difference?

Actually, Hispanic countries are vastly different from each other. They share a common language, but the  people who have shaped the countries, food, and history are all different. So no, they're not all the same. The US, Canada, England, Australia, and all the other English speaking countries aren't the same, neither are all the Spanish speaking countries.


The World War II Joke

Unlike some countries (*ahem*US*ahem*), Germany actually has made changes and apologized for killing millions of people. They also take hate speech really seriously, so I find this super inappropriate. Americans get offended when people say slavery still effects the way African Americans are treated today and police brutality. Why are we saying something so stupid in a movie?


No *wink*

Do you know how hard women have had to fight to have their voices heard? Do you know how often people use this as an argument for why women are raped and sexually harassed? This sets women way back and in some ways is making fun of women who have been sexually abused or raped.


"I don't know your name. Could be anything. Obese Denise. Inflexible Tina. Lazy Susan."

So all plus size women are lazy, inflexible and can be made fun of? Is that what we want to tell young girls in a movie where all but 2 of the girls in this singing group are the typical Hollywood body type?


Flo

Because she's from Guatemala she's apparently had the worst upbringing. I haven't personally been to Guatemala, but I can guarantee that people there have happy lives and are not defined by any poverty they may live in. Even saying that, just because you're from Guatemala doesn't mean that you're poor and had no access to health care. Obviously she is in college in America, so she must be intelligent, had access to education, and presumably health care - making half the jokes about her ridiculous.


Lesbian Jokes

Not cool. Just because you are into girls doesn't mean that the whole time you're in a woman's organization your checking out other girls and sexually harassing them.


Lilly & Asian-American Characters

The sole Asian-American character in this movie, Lilly, is a total weirdo (for lack of a better word). She won't talk to people, whispers creepy confessions. We couldn't make Lilly a more 2-dimensional character? In the first movie, all the Asian-American characters were rude, stuck up, quiet, and stand-off ish. Again, we couldn't create characters with different personalities? No 2 dimensional characters for Asian-Americans?


General White Privilege

I don't know if you could tell from the points made so far, but this movie has a LOT of white privilege going on. All non-white characters are portrayed as "other" in fairly extreme ways.


Do you have any of these problems with Pitch Perfect?


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Autumn on the Farm | Part 2

It's autumn!! I absolutely love this season, especially when I'm at home with my family. We live in the country so we can hear the buzz of grain bins drying out the corn and there are bails of hay in the pasture.

Last week I shared Part 1 of Autumn on the Farm with some photos from a walk I took around our home and today I'm sharing photos of the most beautiful autumn morning.



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I was dog-sitting for my parents this weekend so I got up early to take the dogs out. When I opened the door, I could tell it was a beautiful sunrise so I grabbed my camera. I'm so glad I did! The lighting was absolutely gorgeous!

I also got some photos of my grandpa's little tractor and the corn around the grain bins. While my parents don't work in agriculture, my grandpa does and uses the grain bins on our farm. Ever since I was little, autumn has meant seeing corn kernels scattered around the silver grain bins. With the perfect morning light, I was feeling a little reminiscent about those younger years when it was so exciting to run over and see my grandpa as the corn kernels got sucked up into the bins.


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Have you had a perfect autumn morning like this? What are your favorite autumn memories?


Related Posts: Autumn on the Farm | Part 1, My Favorite Signs of Fall