Take Me Out to the Movies

To say that Kenny and I have different tastes in movies would be like saying that a notebook is different than an iPad. We watch the same movie, but we see two totally different films. I’m very surface-level, while Kenny is much more thoughtful. It’s not a real surprise, though. Kenny and I see our worlds in totally different ways.

He likes the “game”. He enjoys finding the meaning and purpose in film and cinematography, and I rarely dive below the plot line (largely because I often have a hard enough time figuring that out). He is the person for whom you write movies that win Oscars for. I’m the girl you write movies-that-no-one-remembers-in-three-years-except-me-because-I-was-the-only-person-who-bought-the-DVD for. I (unashamedly) like Michael Bay action movies and really sappy romances with Brittany Murphy. 

If you didn’t know me, you’d probably assume that Kenny and I would never go to movies together. You would be wrong. Kenny really enjoys seeing movies for the sake of art, and I really enjoy seeing movies because I really enjoy doing cute and cliche things. So we go to movies all the time — every Friday to be exact. 

Here’s a look back at some of the movies we’ve seen lately and my thoughts on each of them, so you can start to understand my taste in movies.

Shame
I hated it.
I did note and even kind of appreciate the long camera shots, but that’s about the extent of what I enjoyed about the movie. I felt really uncomfortable and awkward the whole time and found the whole movie very dull.  

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
I hated it. 
I can’t even really comment on this movie because I have no idea what it was about. I tried to figure it out for a while, then I think I fell asleep for a while and then someone got shot and it was over. I do remember thinking it was very Film Noir. Sorry I’m not much help on that one. 

The Decedents
I hated it.
I thought it was incredibly boring, anti-climatic and sad. I think that the girl from Secret Life of an American Teenager (Shailene Woodley) did a great job in her role, but she was the only character I really got attached to. I feel like the movie was a bunch of really sad stories sewn together with a few surprisingly really funny one-liners.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
I loved it.
I had never seen any of the Mission: Impossible movies before, but I thought this one was fantastic! It was so intense! I loved all the fancy equipment and Jeremy Renner was hilarious! The scene at Burj Dubai was incredible on IMAX! I had a blast. I totally acted like a secret agent when I left the theater.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I loved it.
I don’t know that I could watch this movie again, some scenes were really hard for me to watch the first time, but I thought it was riveting. It’s important to note that I did not read the book, but I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I haven’t been really sucked into the world of a movie in a long time, and this movie really did that for me. After the climax though, the end seemed to drag on a bit.  

Arthur Christmas
I loved it.
“I can wrap anything with three pieces of sticky tape! Three!” I thought it was freaking adorable and not just because I’m a sucker for Christmas movies. It was this delightful mesh of Miracle on 34th Street and Mission Impossible. I thought it was a fresh take on Christmas, and I really wish that it was a bigger hit. 

New Year’s Eve
I (obviously) loved it. 
It was cheesy and predictable and pretty and perfect! Okay, not perfect, but I still loved it. It had all the makings of a perfect chick flick: a few pretty faces, a love-to-hate-then-back-to-love relationship and some well placed bad jokes. It was refreshing compared to some of the movies we’ve seen lately.

J. Edgar
I hated it.
I got really confused about the timeline on this movie, which comes back to the fact that I often have a hard time even following the basic plot of a movie. I thought this movie was pretty boring, too. No real story arch, just walking through J. Edgar’s life. I did think that Leo did a great job as an old man though. 

The Ides of March
I liked it.
This one was a while ago, so I don’t remember the details, but what I do remember was thinking that the ending was really abrupt and disappointing. I don’t really remember loving or hating it. It was your typical political drama.

Moneyball
I loved it.
I love baseball and I love Brad Pitt, so this one was an easy A. It was a heartwarming story about the little guys coming out on top. I love rooting for the underdog! I also didn’t know a lot about the actual Oakland team, so I felt like I was actually living the season as it happened. I thought it was great.

Crafting You

Goal’s are important. Goals give us motivation and purpose. Goals give us something to work for, sometimes to keep us working at all. They make us better professionals, better students, better people. We are the medium, and our goals are what mold us into accomplished, successful and beautiful human beings. We, as people, are the ultimate craft project. 

Once a year, people unwrap an art set. Once a year, people are given a free paintbrush for their own personal makeover. People are given a Free Goal Card every new year to cash in on themselves. It’s like a birthday wish, but you actually have to work for it.

I, however, have never been very good at New Year’s resolutions. I guess that’s only half true. I’m really good at making them — I just have absolutely zero follow through. I have friends who take their resolutions very  seriously. I’ve had a few friends give up fast food for a whole year, and one friend who didn’t watch TV at all for 365 days. And then there’s this girl (that would be me), who makes resolutions like “be a better person” and “stop lying.” I’m really original.

This year is going to be my year, though. I’m going to take advantage of my one free goal and use it to turn myself into the best craft project at all. With a few inspiring photos, a how-to video or two and some sparkle, my personal remodel sounds just like 90% of the craft projects I’ve ever started. I decided to use my resolutions this year on making EmJoyable better. I absolutely love writing and baking and crafting for my blog. I’ve always firmly believed that if you are going to do something, you should do it with all your heart and make it the best you possibly can. If you can fly, then soar.

So check out my goals for this year and help hold me accountable! 

Emily’s New Year’s Resolutions – 2012

EmJoyable logo:  So far, the only logo I have is the header on my blog page, which I definitely don’t own the rights to (those would belong to Tumblr). I want to develop a meaningful and recognizable logo to “brand” EmJoyable.

 

Product tags & business cards: I wish I could take credit for this, but it was totally my mom’s idea for the business cards and my coworker’s idea for the tags. I’ve had EmJoyable come up in conversation, and since it’s not easily distinguishable aurally (in case you didn’t notice, it sounds a lot like “enjoyable”), I feel like people who try to just remember the address that way might get mixed up. With business cards, I can pass out the link and share it with people I meet who might want to check it out. I also want to have tags to stick on anything I make, whether it’s a plate of cookies or a crocheted scarf. Just something little that credits the work to me. Like a signature on a work of art! Something similar to my friend’s tag (below) for her business, Unique Peace (which you should totally check out because she has some beautiful stuff!). It would obviously not the same look, but just a similar idea.

Increased Viewership: I’ve been using Google Analytics to track the hits on my blog. It’s nothing record breaking, but I’m proud that more people than just myself are reading it! Currently, my daily average (on days I post content) is about 20 total visits per day. My goal for 2012 is to double that average. So help me out! Tell your friends! =)

Ad potential: I think this is a long shot, but what fun would goals be if they were all easily attainable? (Answer: no fun!) I took the first step and registered for Google Ad Sense. However, I have absolutely no idea what it means, how to use it or how to go about getting advertisers on my site. By the end of the year, I want to have a concrete plan on how to drive advertisers to my site. If you have any tips or suggestions on this, I would love to chat! (Please shoot me an email to emjoyable28@gmail.com). 

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And that’s it! Nothing too out of reach, right? I hope you set some goals for yourself, too! The tricky part however isn’t setting the goals, it’s achieving them. So best of luck to you! 

Like the Movies

In the movies, a cliffhanger New Year’s Eve midnight kiss is always incredibly romantic. You watch the leading lady count down to midnight alone, thinking she is destined for a year full of failed romance and lots of cats, when the film cuts to the boy running through the whole city. You always know that he’s going to make it there just in time, because you can see him pushing through the crowd just a few feet away with seconds to spare. In the movies, this climax is incredibly romantic.

                            

In real life, it is not romantic. It’s scary! In real life, you don’t get to cut to the view of the boy getting closer and closer as the clock ticks down. In real life, you’re standing there with a plastic cup of Grey Goose looking around like a lost puppy. That lost puppy was me this year at 11:59:59. If Kenny didn’t grab my arm at the absolute last second possible, I would have been the pathetic girl who kicks off the New Year in tears. But he did — he made it back to me right at the stroke of midnight. So I guess I should rephrase that. In real life, it is not romantic until the retelling of the story. In hindsight, I think it starts to sound pretty darn adorable.

Did you know that kissing at midnight isn’t just the natural instinct of drunk people at bars? I found this in a Huffington Post article:

According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year — and the nature of this encounter — sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future. If a couple celebrating together doesn’t take the time to lock lips, it doesn’t bode well for the relationship.

And this is why, every year, we find ourselves wishin’, hopin’ and prayin’ that Prince Charming will find us right as the clock strikes 12. So maybe it’s a little cheesy, but I’ve always been a helpless romantic. 

So in honor of being a sap and a sucker for New Year’s Eve romance, here are a few adorable Hollywood New Year’s Eve kisses. I sure wish someone caught my midnight movie moment on camera! Maybe next year.

New Year’s Eve 

Definitely, Maybe


When Harry Met Sally


Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a love it or hate it kind of holiday. For some people, it’s this truly magical evening. A time when you can put behind all that’s wrong with the world and replace it with hopes and dreams and ambition for the future. It’s a fresh start. To others, it’s just another night but more crowded and with expensive cover. I’m without a doubt, a lover of the holiday.

I believe that New Year’s Eve is for black dresses with silver accents, obnoxious noise makers, curly hair and sparkly eye shadow. I believe that New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate the end of an era and toast to the birth of something new. I believe that New Year’s Eve is meant to be spent with good champaign and great friends. 

This year, I decided that I wanted to have a fancy night on the town, which is something that I’ve never done before! Since I’ve turned 21, I’ve never been out to a bar for New Year’s Eve! I mean, that’s no real surprise, since I just turned 23, but regardless, I’m excited about it! Check out the details!

The Destination
We’re going to be ringing in the New Year at Mystic Celt, an Irish bar on the north side.

The People
I’ll be partying it up with Kenny, my friend Chrissy and 12 of Chrissy’s other friends (she’s so much cooler than me!). I have a group! I haven’t had a group in years!

The Outfit 
To say that I love my dress would be the understatement of the year! It was a Forever 21 steal that only cost me $20! It’s this sassy little black thing with a low v-neck and long sleeves with slits up the arms. I love it! To top it off, I’ll be completing the look with a pair of black, Steve Madden rhinestone tights and my fave black pumps!

I’ll totally post picks ASAP!

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The city of Chicago has so much potential for a fabulous New Year’s Eve, and I’m sure every city across the country and the world has something great to offer! I hope that you can see all that New Year’s Eve has to offer, even if you are a hater. I truly hope that you can find room in your heart for a last bit of holiday magic! I’ll see you all in 2012!

Cheers!