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My Favorite Things: March 2015

March 7th, 2015 by Cat


Another month, another entry to the My Favorite Things link up! This entry comes at a good time because it’s been a very frustrating week. It feels good to think about things that have made me happy lately instead of the negativity that has been happening (which I unfortunately cannot talk about).

Forest app


At work, I use Simple Blocker in Chrome to block distracting websites during times when I need to focus. Last month, I took it a step further and got the Forest app for my phone too. It’s a very simple and cute app that helps you stay away from your phone.

You plant a seed, and if you close/minimize the app to check other things on your phone before it grows, the tree dies! And that’s sad! Each seed takes half an hour to grow, so you can plant multiple seeds to increase the timer. After using this app for about a week, I broke my habit of always reaching for my phone. I still use the app during busy times, but I no longer need it to keep myself away for long periods of time.

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My top movies of 2014

January 10th, 2015 by Cat

I hope you’re not tired of these 2014 recap posts yet! (Especially since I’m so late and didn’t post all of these until 2015 XD;;) I don’t normally talk about movies I’ve watched, but I saw some really memorable ones last year that I’d like to highlight. It was tough choosing a top 5, but I managed to get it down, starting with…

#5: Guardians of the Galaxy [trailer]

"Why would you want to save the galaxy?" "Because I'm one of the idiots who lives in it!"

“Why would you want to save the galaxy?” “Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!”

Of the super hero movies last year, Guardians was my favorite. I’m a sucker for the story type where unlikely heroes appear, and you end up with a dysfunctional group that has to work it out in their own crazy way. And yes, Guardians follows very similarly to Avengers (especially if you watch the Honest Trailer). The group has to learn to work with each other, there’s a big battle at the end where everyone’s involved to save the world, it ends in that “feel good” kind of way, yada yada. However, when cliches like that are done well, you get a very entertaining and funny movie like Guardians of the Galaxy.

#4: The Lego Movie [trailer]

"I know what you're thinking, he's the least qualified person to lead us... and you are right!"

“I know what you’re thinking, he’s the least qualified person to lead us… and you are right!”

There were also several great animated movies, but I have to pick The Lego Movie over them all. Part of it is the big nostalgia piece and my love of Legos when I was a child. Even with that aside, The Lego Movie is beautifully animated, has an amazing cast, is really creative, and is super funny. It was sooo fun to watch, and I loved seeing the different Lego sets used. This movie exceeded my expectations and ends in a surprisingly heart warming way.

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What’s in my bag, #3

October 10th, 2014 by Cat

I’ve actually done this meme twice now, but the last time I did it was… 4 years ago! Of course, my bag and contents have changed since then, so here it is again :)


1. I’m currently using a LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday bag. When I first got it, I thought it was too big, but my mind quickly changed after seeing how much I could put in it. It has several compartments too! I no longer stand in front of my door, searching for my keys for like 5 minutes, because I have a special place for them now.

2. 3DS and case – have to StreetPass!

3. iPhone 5S

4. Gum – usually 5 Gum in Cobalt.

5. Headphones – often useful in public places when using my phone or 3DS.

6. Wallet – I like these big wallets to hold a bunch of cards. I’m a sucker for those free rewards cards you can get at places.

7. Small things like key fob for work, chapstick, lip gloss, and eye drops.

8. Reusable bag – never know when you might need it, especially since plastic bags are banned in my city. (Not a complaint, by the way. I liked the move to using reusable bags over plastic.)

9. Keys – I keep my house and car keys separate. That was handy for the time I locked my keys in the car and was still able to enter my house for the spare.

10. Sunglasses

11. Panasonic Lumix LX5 – a nice compact camera that can shoot in RAW and allows for full manual settings. Most of my food photos are actually with this camera since I always have it in my purse. It’s stored in another LeSportsac bag.

I also carry a few other items not pictured like medicine, tissues, and a copy of my car insurance (useful for car related things like rentals or renewing registration).

If you haven’t done this meme yet, I recommend doing it! It’s fun to see what everyone is using and carrying in their bag :)