Movies I Loved

Hello, World.

Today I am back with some movies I HIGHLY recommend. My roommate and I went a bit of a movie bender and watched so many movies over the last few weeks. I recently shared my thoughts on The Greatest Showman, Darkest Hour, and The Post. The next movies on our list were Lady Bird, I, Tonya, and Fifty Shades Freed. I’m not going to share an in-depth review of Fifty Shades Freed, but I will say if you saw the first two films, I recommend seeing the final. However, I personally liked the second movie best. Also, my roommate and I were reading excerpts of the books and were cracking up at how terribly written the books are. Still, It’s an entertaining film.

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A movie I do want to share a full review of, however, is Lady Bird. I absolutely adored this film and if I wasn’t watching with another person I probably would have been sobbing as the credits rolled. I cannot say enough about this film other than I recommend everyone see it. I think it perfectly captures the dichotomy between being a teenager and hating everything and being yourself and loving people without knowing how to show it. If I had a dime for every time my mom and I fought when I was in high school, followed closely by tears and comforting I could pay for my law school education. Being a parent is hard, but being a parent to a teenage girl has to be the worst job ever. Honestly, high school feels like eons ago and I can’t even really see the person I was anymore, but I do remember feeling like I just wanted to get away from my small town and arguing with my mom and crying in a car because some boy hurt me before jumping right back into a relationship with someone equally terrible for me.

I liked that Lady Bird was tough, smart, witty, but also frustrating and mean and imperfect at times. Hello, teenage life. As a northern California native, the setting of Sacramento also got me. This movie resonated with me because I know what it’s like to be an angsty teenage girl who desperately wants to escape her small town only to discover, some 3,000 miles away, that she really loves the small moments and the people who make it home. In short, this film was incredible and got me all kinds of emotional.

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I saw the trailer for I, Tonya months ago and I kept telling my roommate I really wanted to see it. I didn’t live through the scandal between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan (it happened the year I was born), but I was intrigued by how much attention it got and the narratives told. I thought a movie from Tonya’s perspective was bound to be interesting. What I loved about this film is that I walked away still not knowing who to believe or what to think. So many unreliable narrators and so many questions. I heard people criticize the movie for trying to make Tonya look like the victim. I disagree. I do not think there is a question who the ultimate victim is. However, I do think the movie tries to humanize Tonya and illuminate why she reacted the way she did to the attack. Further, Margot Robbie killed it. Honestly, her acting was incredible. Sebastian Stan (who will forever be the creepy, but also hot guy from Gossip Girl in my mind) also did an incredible job.

Ultimately, Tonya was a victim of terrible abuse from her mother and husband who wanted nothing more than to skate and be the best. It’s gutwrenching at the end to see her banned from skating for life at the age of 23 (my age!). Part of me wonders if the narrative would have been the same pre and post attack if this happened today. I don’t think it would be portrayed the same way, but its also hard to say because the media loves to pit women against each other (hello, Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie… more than ten years later).

What movies have you seen lately that you recommend?

Truly,
Callie leigh

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Biggest Moving Lessons I Learned: CA to VA

Hello, World.

I am so excited to announce that I am in Virginia, and have officially moved into my first place (not my parents or a dorm!). The place is BEAUTIFUL, and I will be doing a full apartment tour once we get everything more set up. I ended up not having some stuff because I put it in the trunk of my car, which is being ship, and the car is delayed so it hasn’t arrived yet. Anyway, after relocating to a place 3,000 miles from home, I am excited to share the biggest lesson I learned during my move. For full disclosure, I decided to buy everything either online or once arrived, and just packed my clothes and essentials on the plane. I took a red eye flight, and arrived in VA around 11:15 am on Friday. I wanted to get a lot done early so I could get settled faster. I also wanted my room set up so that I could start staying in my place, as opposed to my parents hotel, with my roommates. So, anyway, here are my biggest tips for moving a far distance!

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  1. Expect something to go wrong. As I said, there was an issue with the shipping of my car, so I currently have a rental car indefinitely. Hopefully my car arrives soon, but its unclear when it will get here, so I’m trying to just roll with it and stay calm. Also, my bed delivery was kind of insane. The expected hours of arrival was 1-3pm, but I then got notice it was delivered, when it wasn’t, around 4 pm. It was a large ordeal, but the mattress eventually arrived at 6 pm or so the day it was supposed to come. Also, the washer-dryer delivery ended up being off a day.
  2. Know that “estimated delivery dates” are probably inaccurate. I tried really hard to time every item I ordered online to arrive after I arrived. According to estimated delivery dates, I did this, but the key word is estimated. In actuality, things will arrive earlier or later. Luckily my roommates were nice enough to collect the items that arrived early!
  3. Make a separate list for each room. I made a spreadsheet with each room at the top, and then I made lists of everything I needed for each space. This made shopping easier, and made knowing what I still needed at the end of each day easier!
  4. Take small breaks. While I wanted to get set up quickly, I also wanted to make sure that I had time to think about my choices, and think about what I wanted to accomplish when.
  5. Don’t stress if it’s not perfect right away. After a few hiccups in the move (my trunk full of small items), my room still needs a few finishing touches. However, I’m happy with how my place looks now, and I’ll be even happier when it’s 100% done. Also, it’s better to perfect a space over time.
  6. Know that all the hassle with be worth it once you’re set up. Now that I’m basically 100% done moving in, I’m so happy with my place and I love coming home here. I’m looking forward to making it even more of a home, and living with my roommates!

What lessons have you learned while moving?

Truly,
Callie leigh

This is Me.

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Hello, World.

I live in the Bay Area of California, and am a sophomore at Saint Mary’s College where I am an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis and history minor (a mouthful, I know). I would describe myself as an avid reader, aspiring writer, fashion guru, slight introvert, tea drinker, music enthusiast, photography lover, and deep thinker.  I surround myself with laughter and friendly faces, and I could eat Chinese food for every meal of my life.

I’ve always considered blogging, but wasn’t sure I should blog until my creative writing professor recommended I start a blog. In this space, I plan to express all my “bottled creativity,” all the thoughts, fashion ideas, beauty tips, recipes, literature, etc, that are part of my everyday life. I hope you enjoy reading, and I hope we can become great friends.

Truly,

Callie Leigh