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Monday, November 10, 2014

Blog and Social Media Maternity Leave

I feel like I write about my thoughts on social media a lot. It's become such a big part of our lives (or at least my life) that I guess it's hard not to have a lot of thoughts about it. I'm still working through what role social media will play in my life once Baby Hall arrives. I also know that I don't want to be that person that overshares. Social media and (sometimes) blogging is often a time waster for me. I know there are more productive things I can be doing.

So, this post is to let you know that I'll be taking a blogging and social media maternity leave. I only have a limited time off of work and I'll never get this time again, so I want to enjoy it and live in the moment. I don't want to worry about updating all my "friends" and followers of my every move. I don't want to waste my time scrolling through newsfeeds with news that's usually not that interesting.

My maternity leave will at least be through January. I don't plan on posting anything on my blog during that time. I probably won't read any blogs during that time either. I am going to remove Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from my phone and may have my husband change my passwords so I'm not tempted to get on. I will use email, text messaging, or maybe old fashion phone calls to keep in touch with family and close friends.

I admit I will probably keep Pinterest. One reason being that I will be using it as a reference for all things baby. However, if I see that I'm spending too much time on there, it may have to go as well.

I'm hoping that taking an almost 3 month break will help me to feel less dependent on these sites.

I also hope that you have a wonderful holiday season. It's my favorite time of year!

See you in about 3 months!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Page to Screen: Gone Girl

I recently went to see the movie Gone Girl which was on my list of 7 movies adapted from books that I wanted to see this year.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, here's the book synopsis and here's the movie trailer.

*These reviews may contain spoilers.*

Book Thoughts:
I read this book 2 years ago, so I can't remember very many specifics. I do, however, remember my overall feelings. Gillian Flynn's dual narrative style makes her books hard to put down. This one was no exception. The chapters alternate between Nick's point of view in the present when he discovers his wife is missing and Amy's point of view on their marriage told through her diary. I started off the book not liking Nick which I believe is the intention. I didn't entirely believe he killed her because that was too obvious. Then, midway through the book we're thrown a complete curve ball. I continued to have a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know how it would all end. While reading the second half of the book, I grew to hate Amy. The ending turned out to be a total disappointment. I don't have a problem with books that don't end "happily ever after." My problem was that I didn't even find the end logical. What was wrong with these people?!?

I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

Movie Thoughts:
Despite the disappointing end, I was looking forward to the movie. I thought it had a lot of potential to be a great thriller. I was disappointed overall. The movie didn't capture that "hard to put down" feeling I'd enjoyed about the book. I thought the plot moved kind of slow. I also feel like in the book there was more to Amy's anniversary scavenger hunt which made me sympathize more with Nick and dislike her more. The scavenger hunt was very short in the movie and I know some things have to be cut out for time, but I don't think that should have been one of them. I would have liked more to have been told about the relationship between Desi and Amy. I didn't remember a lot of that from the book and don't feel like the movie explained it very well. Overall, considering some things have to change for movie adaptations, this movie plot follows the book pretty closely.

I also give the movie 3 out of 5 stars.

Have you read the book or seen the movie or both? What are your thoughts?

Friday, October 24, 2014

How I'm Preparing for Football Season

***I actually wrote this post at the beginning of September, but never published it because I needed to take a picture of my car sticker to include. I just got around to doing that in mid October. I thought I'd publish it now with some edits for information that may have changed.***

I love fall! It's my favorite season. I love the colors. I love the weather. I love the festivals. Most of all, I love football that comes with fall.

Football season is always one of the hardest times to live away from home. Watching football games on Saturdays was always something fun to do with family and friends. This year, due to work, Lee's not even around to watch football games with me.

However, that hasn't stopped me from doing some little things to welcome football season into my life.

Due to being pregnant and in the 3rd trimester, I don't have a shirt to wear to support my favorite team this year. I'm too big to wear any of the shirts I already own and there's nowhere nearby to just pick up a cheap larger one. (Maybe I'll buy one when I go home for a visit soon). *I actually did buy one when I went back to Alabama to visit my family.*

Even though my husband is not a BAMA fan, he's been a good sport and taken me to two games and both times he's sported a BAMA shirt.
As soon as it turned September, I put out our football wreath. I'm not a fan of the "house divided" stuff, so I revamped this wreath that was given to us a little bit. The football said "house divided", so I turned it over and cut out the words to show support for our two teams instead. I wish I'd taken a before and after picture to show you the difference, but I didn't...

Most recently, I decided that I needed a sticker for my car to show support for my team. On the first Saturday of college football, I got out my Silhouette and among other things made myself this sticker for my car. 

How do you show support for your favorite team?