14 March 2013

AFI's Top 100 Movies #30

I know I haven't really written about any of these movies that I've been watching but today this one really struck me, so I thought I'd share.

Today's selection: 

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart.  

While this movie isn't really the greatest for current movie watchers because there are no explosions or anything typically considered "exciting" this movie really struck me.  
Humphrey Bogart is the villain...you read that right, the villain.  He's so good in this movie you literally forget that he is who he is and I think that's when you truly see the mark of a great actor.  When they cease to be them-self in a role.  So if you're tired of those run-of-the-mill classic Bogart movies...check out this film.   

The other thing I think is great about this movie is that the supporting actor (in my opinion) steals the show.  I absolutely love Walter Huston as the Prospector named Howard.  Huston is the father of the director, John Huston and the role was allegedly written with his father in mind.  Which makes sense because he's PERFECT.  It makes me wonder if he's where the Prospector from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" just because of some of the funny -isms he says.  I would recommend watching this movie just to watch Huston.  That Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was totally earned.  


The other thing that I thought was super interesting about this movie was things that were cut because of it being created in the 1940s.  Long story short, our villain (Bogart) is killed and while you know this in the current version of the film, the gruesome details are no longer seen in the official version.  Bogart's quote says it all in question "What's wrong with showing a guy getting his head cut off?"  

For more details and spoilers check out the IMDB page.  

12 March 2013

Oh Wait its March

Unfortunately, I have been sadly neglecting most parts of my online life...especially this blog.

The good news the main goal I had for the past few months is finally completed: moving in and officially being completely unpacked in my apartment.  

So now its back to really creating goals and working to achieve them.  

My main goal for March is job searching: now I've got my new Baby Mac (Josh got me an iBook G4 as a Vday gift because this guy was selling it on Craigslist for a super deal) I really need to buckle down and get busy.  

My second goal is to get back to my blog...at least once a week.  This blog is too wonderful to be neglected!   So hold me to it...don't let me neglect you any longer!

And of course we're trying to work on my 101 in 1001.  I can definitely see that I'm not going to complete the entire thing by September....but I think in part that's the point....it shows you how your life changes in such a short time.  

Keep me in line!

02 January 2013

101 in 1001 New Year's Update

Instead of New Year's Resolutions I really want to work on my 101 in 1001 since I only have 9 months left to go!  So here's an update!  

Jessica's 101 in 1001

Start: January 1st, 2011
End: September 28th, 2013

1. Keep a written journal (regularly)

2. Blog at least once a week for a month (hopefully forever)
Completed my Wordcount Blog-a-thon challenge!

3. Write personal (and professional) goals for each month and work to achieve them (22/33)
I kind of skipped out on this in November & December 2011-but I feel like getting a new job, moving and getting permanently hired on count enough!
4. Change my bathroom inspiration quotes once a week (for at least a month) 
5. Write something positive about my day every night for at least two weeks
6. Make a meal out of all local ingredients

7. Spend an hour of "me-time" a week that does not involve TV
8. Take a self defense class

9. Go to a Bible study (must try for at least a month)
10. Watch a sunrise 
11. Watch a sunset
12. Sell a piece of art I've created
13. Buy something for myself worth more than $100 without feeling guilty about it

Dress for Jeanine's wedding! 14. Perform in public with my guitar

Share with Others
15.Throw a surprise party for someone
16.Take Jo and Adam to IKEA to pick out their wedding gift
17. Take Josh to Newport Aquariums
18. Have a REAL date with Josh once per month (30/33)


19. Save up for Payton's Dance Classes
20. Learn enough about wine to help someone else pick out a bottle
21. Send 10 Christmas Cards by December 12th every year of this challenge

22. Get Mom an external hard-drive to store all of her photographs safely
23. Donate blood at least 3 times
24. Send one snail mail card or letter per month (29/33)

25. Give someone something that I've made (aka the scarf I'm going to learn to knit or crochet)
26. Have girl time with my coworkers at the El Dorado

Nerd Out
27. Reach 500 followers on Twitter
April, 2011-312 Followers
November, 2011-266 Followers
December 2011-371 Followers 

April 2012-390 Followers
June 2012-487 Followers

July 2012-412 Followers
August 2012-450 Followers

October 2012-500 Followers
28. Reach 5,000 tweets
April, 2011-2,015 tweets
November, 2011-3,454 tweets
December 2011-3.492 tweets
April 2012-3,927 tweets
June 2012-4,214 tweets

July 2012-4,454 tweets
August 2012-4,931 tweets

September 7, 2012-5,000!
29. Create my own HTML template for my blog 
30. Create a photography portfolio (online) for myself and keep it updated
31. Create a Youtube video where I filmed and edited the material before posting
32. Have written 1,000 posts on this blog
10 May 2011-110 posts!
13 June 2011-137 posts
26 September 2011-150 posts
1 May 2012-167 posts
20 August 2012-191 posts
33. Do some research on SEO and really understand how to use it 

Big Girl Things 
34. Get a frame for my diploma and hang it in the office at my big girl job

Received frame from Josh for Christmas 2011!

35. Train myself to wake up ON-TIME to go to work
36. Leave work on-time one night each week for at least a month (4/4)

Now the trick is getting myself to KEEP leaving work on time!

37. Get over $2000 in my savings account and LEAVE IT THERE!

38. Apply for 25 big girl jobs (25/25) 
39. Get a big girl job (hopefully choose one of the ones I applied for)
Started at the London Public Library 1 June 2011!
40. Upgrade to a big girl bed AKA NOT a twin bed
Mom and Dad delivered by big kid bed!  Now I just want a nice new fluffy mattress!

41. Have a classy cocktail party Ala Jeanine and Olivia
42. Join the OSU Alumni Association
All alums were officially brought in this month...still working on being eligible for football tickets though! 
43. Go to a networking or job search event and feel as if I have made good connections upon my return
44. Paint my kitchen
45. Paint my living room 
46. Get a real desk to work at in my apartment

Learn to...
47. Play my guitar
48. Use a dark room 
49. Speak another language
50. Horseback Ride
51. Waltz
52. Drive a stick shift
53. Knit or crochet 
54. Shoot a gun (I've done this before but I don't really KNOW how)
55. Get certified in CPR
56. Cook 10 new things
  1. Brussel Sprouts
   2. Vegan vegetable soup broth
   3. Chicken Tortilla Soup (I think this needs a take 2, it didn't go very well)
   4. Chicken Broccoli Casserole
   5. Artichoke
   6. Lamb Burgers
   7. Pesto
   8. Buffalo Chicken Dip
   9. Spiced Cider

  10. Homemade Granola Bars (this will also need a 2nd try) 
57. Meditate

58. All of AFI's Top 100
27 December 2010-19/100
13 June 2011-21/100

16 July 2012-30/100
11 March 2013-38/100
59. Every James Bond Movie
Now I want to see all of the "unofficial" ones.
60. The Godfather Series 

61. Read at least one book per month (see book list in another post) (24/33)

62. Read the Bible front to back
63. Read the newspaper everyday for a week
64. All of the self-help books I've purchased (10/?)
65. All of the books I bought in France

Health and Beauty
66. Begin (and keep) a workout habit
67. Get a professional manicure
August 23rd at Rendezvous in Columbus!

68. Get a professional pedicure

For Jeanine's Bachlorette party! 69. Throw out all of my underwear and start over 
70. Buy "FM" shoes

The next step is learning how to walk in them!

71. Wash my face morning and night everyday for at least one week straight
72. Moisturize everyday for a week

73. Drink my entire VISTA bottle full of water everyday for one week straight
74. Take my vitamins everyday for one month
75. Find a personal style and rock it

76. Visit the Columbus Conservatory
With Megan 07/06/2012 

77. Visit all Ohio zoos
Columbus Zoo-Zoo Lights, December 2007
Akron Zoo-June 2008
Cincinnati Zoo's Festival of Lights-December 2010

78. Put my feet in the ocean
79. Plan/take my next trip abroad
80. Go to Country concert
81. Take a Road trip
82. Go to all 48 contiguous states (and the other 2 if I can get there)
83. Plan a trip to Chicago
84. Visit two Ohio Wineries
1. Visited Wyandotte Wineries in Gahanaa 07/07/2012

For the Love of the Game

85. Go to an NBA game (preferably the Cavs of course)
86. Go to a Columbus Blue Jackets game
Completed 01/13/2011

87. Go to a Brown's Game
88. Host a party for "The Big Game" 
89. Go to a Columbus Crew Match (with Josh)
90. Go to a Fighting Quakers game

Clean Out and Organize
91. Create a filing system and keep things filed
92. Donate, re-gift, throw out and/or remove 101 things from my life
Completed 01/13/2011

93. Find and/or create a functional island for the kitchen
94. Create my Europe scrapbook
95. Clean out fire safe box and find out what really needs to be in there
96. Get the correct medication cocktail worked out with my doctor97. Meet with my counselor twice a month for at least 6 months (6/6)
98. Clean out my work files and keep work and personal files separate
99. Use my fabulous pink swiffer sweeper at least once per week for a month
100. Get another bookshelf for my apartment And I built it myself!
101. Find a new personal calendar that works for me

16 December 2012


Please excuse me while I hop on top of my soapbox for a moment and tell you about a few things that have really ticked me off the past 2 weeks.

 1. People who don't care and who don't even bother to pretend like they do.

Recently I signed up to take part in a swap on a blog that I hadn't really followed for very long but that seemed pretty good and it was for nail polish and it seemed like a lot of fun.  I put about an hour into picking out my items to send to my person, packed it up, made a special trip to the post office during my lunch break to ensure that it was sent by the deadline and now...a month later...I have not received my magical gift of nail polish...so I emailed the girl in charge.  In response I get two sentences.  Now maybe I'm being dramatic but I feel like if I was the person who organized it I would apologize, promise to investigate, and then if it became clear that the other person wasn't going to hold up their end of the bargain I would have offered to send something myself, because after all it was MY swap and I don't want MY swap to look bad...but IDK...maybe I just expect too much from people. 

2. Rental companies who screw over their renters. 

My lease ends December 31st so when I went in and dropped off my last rent check I let them know I was going to go month to month after that.  The lady said "ok, just don't forget your extra $100 next month" confused I asked for more deatils and she stated that there is a $100 month-to-month fee that I will be expected to pay starting January 1st.  So needless to say I freaked out and am now moving.  But seriously!?  Don't you have to give people notice and put that stuff in writing!?  What's worse was because I realized I could not afford this I called them and asked for details about a short-term lease because I know they offer them...and they didn't even call me back...which brings me to my next issue...

3.  People who don't return phone calls. 

I HATE it when people say "leave me a message and I'll get back with you just as soon as I can" in their voicemails because that actually means "I will NEVER call you EVER so don't bother leaving a voicemail" both my rental company and this gentleman who is hoarding the apartment of my DREAMS have REFUSED to call me back and it makes me CRAZY!  So here's your hint...if I leave you a message...call me back...its not cool to leave a girl hanging.  

4.  Traffic

Because of the new job I'm working across town my commute STINKS.  And I just wanted to mention here that I HATE traffic and its giving me some serious road rage.  People need to learn to drive in this city like for REAL. 

5.  Insert other annoying things here.

Like my cat EATING my holiday things (I kid you not I came home to a half eaten Christmas card the other day), bills, trying to find an apartment in 2 weeks while working 10 hour days, paying bills on $9 an hour, affording gas on a ridiculous commute, etc.  

*comes down from soapbox* 

Going to see an apartment this afternoon...wish me luck!  

03 December 2012

Happy December

So my poor blog was completely neglected so I'm sure you noticed that I did NOT post every week like I wanted. I also didn't do the reading that I had wanted.

 But I DID pick up my knitting. My huge dream goal would be to finish my knitting project by Christmas to give it as a gift...but I've been having a little difficulty with that since my cat thinks its fun to attack it...so we'll have to work on that.  I also got a new job-sort of-I have been working at another call center for Christmas money, but I really want to find something where I can focus on my marketing skills, so we'll see how that pans out.  

I also finished a really cute craft project, but not my t-shirt quilt.  I promise to write a blog about the ADORABLE gift that I made for Lily for her birthday.  

But let's not focus on last month...let's look forward!  Here's what I'm hoping to do in December. 

1. Dream goal: to finish my scarf that I'm knitting to give it as a Christmas gift

But only if I can find time to knit that doesn't involve my cat attacking me!  

2. Keep up the job search

I'm really wanting to find a way to use my skills more.  I feel that I have been really lucky to learn the things that I did in my previous experiences and I want to get the opportunity to use those skills to affect change in people's lives and my community.  

3. Send my Christmas cards and finish my Christmas shopping! 

I think this one is pretty obvious!  

4. Blog once/week 

I really want my blog to feel a little more love! 

5. Get out of this rut!  

I've been feeling pretty low lately.  And just feel like I can't pull myself back up on my feet.  I really want to get myself moving both physically and mentally.  I don't know if that's just changing up my habits, going to the gym, or what that looks like quite yet...but I really want to get things mixed up so that I bounce back from this rut.  

Happy December!  Get those Christmas cards sent out so everyone knows you love them before the end of the world!  LOL!