Girl Crush of the Week: Icy Bitches

There’s something about this time of year that makes me appreciate the ice in people’s veins. I think that might be why The Grinch is such a popular story. The cold weather tends to bring on a bitter bite in the spirits of some. Hopefully you enjoy the following frosty women as much as I do.

The White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is one of my favorite icy bitches because she’s both icy, and a total bitch. And she basically symbolizes Satan. Merry Christmas! I like how she was so easily able to tempt Edmund with Turkish Delight. Of course he was swayed to the dark side with food. A boy after my own heart. The White Witch was played by the androgynous Tilda Swinton in the big screen movie. I thought that was a good choice because her face always makes me think “What are you?!” The perfect amount of creepy, bitchy, and chic.Turkdel8

Ever since I was a young child, I was drawn to Queen Frostine from Candy Land. Wearing a big smile on her face alludes to her loveliness. She sports a beautiful gown most likely made out of frosting which is kind of risque for a kid’s game. However, she still makes the bitchy list. If you were lucky enough to get the precious Queen Frostine card out of the deck, you got to skip all the way to her presence. BUT she gives you no warning about Gloppy’s Molasses Swamp further ahead. You can literally get trapped there for the entire game. Hence, the  bitchiness.Welcomes you with open arms and then sends you to your death.

Welcomes you with open arms and then sends you to your death.

I mentioned Elsa from Disney’s Frozen in a previous post this month. I’m literally in love with this character. She’s so rad because she was born with these icy powers that her parents make her conceal (rude and dysfunctional). Eventually her powers are revealed and she sings this amazing song about how she basically doesn’t give a crap anymore and she’s my hero in life. During her rage-singing she builds herself an amazing castle. I also really REALLY love her hair. She technically makes my bitch list because she almost kills her sister twice and plays it off like it’s no big thang.snow_queen_elsa_in_frozen-wide

I felt compelled to include Rose from Titanic on my list because she actually has icicles hanging from her, she’s that icy. Rose is a lovable gal in that she thinks she’s too good for Jack but then realizes that Jack is actually Leonardo DiCaprio and she falls madly in love with him, shedding her clothes immediately. At least I think that’s how the story line goes. Anyway, for some reason she feels like she’s unable to spare any room on her floating door raft and just lets Jack float in the water and die. Like, could you not scoot over a couple inches? Titanic-Jack-Rose-Frozen

I remember having a picture book of Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Snow Queen. I had to just refresh myself on the tale, and I have to admit that it’s pretty messed up. A lot of the story focuses on weird devil goblins that want to distort people’s happy view of the world we live in. The Snow Queen captures a boy and takes him in her sleigh to her frozen palace. He can only free himself once he completes this impossible task of spelling the word “eternity” using shards of glass. A super safe art project for a child. He’s eventually rescued by his friend and the Snow Queen just chills like nothing ever happened. She’s probably still kidnapping children to this day and forcing them to play with glass.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Do you have any girl crushes right now?


Fresh to Death

I’m constantly changing the look of my blog because I find myself bored and uninspired of the same old, same old. I want my blog to be exciting and fun and I want the material to interesting–something for everyone.

My friend has encouraged me to spice things up with this blog using other formats of communication. I usually find myself making excuses for not following his suggestions, but I think I’m ready to do something new. I know I have good ideas in my brain, but I have trouble getting them out.tumblr_mt5qtc4Tcq1rhhgbso1_500

My question is, what would you like to see more of?:

Vlogs (videos of me talking about things that I would normally be writing about)

Podcasts (essentially a radio show with me and a couple of my friends)

Tweeting (I have a twitter already but I don’t use it enough)

More Reviews (of Movies, TV shows, books, video games, music, restaurants, makeup products, etc.)

Travel Diaries (a record of where I venture to, what I do there, and where I want to go in the future)

Current Events (my random thoughts on news stories)

Giveaways (fun prizes and presents just for the fun of it!)

Crafty Posts (Where I try to make things…)

Poems (lolz)

Other Suggestions???

Or if you think my blog is just fine the way it is, that works too!




New Words

I stumbled upon these on Tumblr and I just loved them! It wows me that there are so many words that other languages possess that we English speakers can only describe with long sentences. Of course it also goes the other way around as well. English has some fancy words that other countries probably like having in their repertoire. Or maybe we just have more words?

To all you bilingual peeps, which of your languages do you like best? And to everyone else, which language do you think sounds the most beautiful or attractive?tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo1_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo2_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo3_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo4_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo5_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo6_r1_500 tumblr_ms4z9aQQy81rnvzfwo7_r1_500


Ça Plane Pour Moi

I just felt extremely cool typing that accented letter C. Lately I’ve been uninspired with my blog posts and I’ve only been writing about books and music. Not bad topics, but still, it’s getting old.

Anyway, this tune has always made me really happy. I don’t know what the words are…I looked them up once and they were pretty weird. I just like how fast paced the song is. I take pride in being able to memorize speedy lyrics, so yes, I have this one memorized but I have no idea what I’m saying or if I’m pronouncing the words correctly. So what I’m trying to say is that I look and sound really cool while singing along to this one.

Enjoy the sounds of Plastic Bertrand with me on this beautiful August day!


A great look into the topic of codependency by an awesome writer/therapist/mom!

A Gripping Life

We hear the term thrown around all the time but I suspect that most people don’t fully understand what codependency is. Why do I think this? — Because I have a hard time wrapping my head around the numerous definitions and complexity of this topic. It’s hard to discuss Codependency without bringing up family dynamics, intimacy issues, coping styles, boundaries, addictions, etc. It’s a complex topic that deserves much more than a little post but, heck, I’m up for the challenge, so here goes. I’ll try and put a dent in it. This post will be inadequate, I know, but should get you thinking and feeling.ray-and-marie


  • A dysfunctional pattern of living and problem solving developed during childhood by family rules.
  • A set of maladaptive, compulsive behaviors learned by family members in order to survive a family’s pain and emotional stress. 
  • Doing for another what they can, and should…

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Guest Posts

I’ve never participated in a guest post before. That is, until today. My friend Abby started blogging and she asked me if I wanted to guest post on her blog. I mainly agreed for the attention that I would get and for the new experience. And because I love Abby. She’s one of the few people who actually thinks I’m funny. So she obviously has good taste.  And I can proudly say that she’s the only person that has seen me do the splits in skis, tumbling down the slopes.

If you want to read my post about our favorite city, Chicago, definitely do! And if you don’t want to read it, I understand. Reading is such hard work.

I’ve also never had someone guest post on my blog. The reason for that is mostly because my blog is sacred. But be on the lookout for a guest post from Abby in the future. It’s most likely going to be about our adventures skiing in Utah. Or about her just being genuinely better at everything and me failing at most things.

So check out Abby’s blog, Cozy in Chicago!

Movies, Uncategorized

Taken 2 aka LOL

I usually trust my mom’s movie advice. She and I seem to have similar taste in films. Last week she had seen Taken 2 and enjoyed it. I couldn’t help remembering how convenient things were in the first Taken movie. Liam Neeson finds his daughter who is lost in the underground Parisian sex slave trade. There is no way that would happen in real life. I don’t care who your dad is. Side note: I remember I was told not to go to Paris after this movie came out.

I just want to address some comedic highlights in Taken 2 so none of you have to spend your money on this (unless you want a good laugh). The first 30 minutes is pure cheese. Like, the cheesiest cheese you could imagine. It was bad acting. And this is coming from the girl who forgot her lines in a play and ran off stage crying.

In the beginning of the movie we learn that Liam Neeson’s (I’m not referring to him as his character because he’ll always just be Liam Neeson to me)  daughter, Kim is just trying to live a normal life after her dad saved her from being sexed up by crazy Turks. Is that PC? She’s dating some loser named Jamie and taking driving lessons from her dad. Sounds fun.

Kim and her mom surprise Liam Neeson in Turkey while he’s there on some Turkish business. I don’t know why they had the urge to go to Turkey, but okay. One part that actually made me laugh out loud (along with the rest of the audience) was when Liam Neeson called his daughter and told her, “I don’t want you to panic, but your mom and I are going to be taken.” See if I were Kim, I would’ve been like, “Geeze Dad you’re so embarrassing!” But instead she just starts crying. Weird.

Dad, I’m trying to relax. Get to the point.

Liam happens to have this sweet mini phone that’s never been invented. Maybe he had an in with dead Steve Jobs or something. Anything goes in this movie. He talks to his daughter and walks her through how to save them. He basically tells her to go in the closet and find his grenade stash and throw the grenades everywhere in the city so that he could hear them to figure out his location. Kim pretty much destroys Istanbul doing so.

The movie continued on and the entire time I was hoping that Liam and his clan would either die or get arrested and rot in Turkish prison. Liam lets Kim drive in a getaway scene which is actually the most exciting part of the entire movie. She didn’t have her license, and you sure could tell! Damn Kim messed up Istanbul real bad. She honestly should’ve gone to jail.

Kim trying to drive while her father shoots people.

And then, to wrap it up, Liam ends up escaping with his bad fighting moves. Couldn’t they have afforded a stunt double for this guy? Everything ultimately works out and the movie ends with the family, safe at home, going out for milkshakes. With Jamie.

I wish I was kidding.

Music, TV, Uncategorized

Dear Shia LaBeouf, Please Lay Off The Drugs

Most of you have probably heard by now that Shia LaBeouf was in Sigur Ros’ new “music video”. For those of you that don’t know, Sigur Ros is a creepy Icelandic band that has just made themselves 100 times creepier in my eyes. I can’t for the life of me name any of their songs. I don’t know what/who convinced Shia (aka my adolescent lover) to make such a weird career move, but alas, I am not responsible for him or his actions.

Shia’s climb up the popularity ladder started with the Disney channel sitcom Even Stevens. Everyone in my generation will admit that Even Stevens had moments of brilliance not to mention moments of hilarity. As young people, we get attached to shows that are by our side as we grow up. Even Stevens was one of these shows.  Unfortunately, Shia grew up, and so did we.

How could you deny this nostril-flared face?

As he moved away from TV, Shia started gravitating towards some pretty big film roles including but not limited to, I, Robot (never saw it), Constantine (eww I’m allergic to Keanu Reeves movies), Bobby ( did anyone see this?), Disturbia (sexy Shia make out scene), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Old Harrison Ford, and like, eight Transformer movies. Yawn snore barf.

Now, the adult Shia feels the need to do interpretive dance moves naked. I just don’t understand. I mean, yeah, movie-wise things could’ve been better for Shi Shi. But they also didn’t have to take a nosedive into Icelandic waters. I’m hurt and confused as to why he would chose this path. I never thought I would see Shia’s peen. But now I have and there’s no going back. It’s seared into my brain for time and all eternity. Well, hopefully not all eternity. But for a while. Or at least until I have to look it up to refresh the image.

I can’t really even explain the clip. It’s not a music video because there’s barely any music. Granted, I didn’t watch the last 5 minutes so who knows. I stopped watching after Shia and the Icelandic chick were kidnapped and blindfolded and given lollipops. It was just too weird for me. Plus Shia had long greasy rapist hair and I just couldn’t deal. I miss my old Shia. I’m sorry that our paths didn’t cross. I could’ve saved your soul (Cue Jewel). Lily LaBeouf has a certain ring to it, dontcha think?