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My journey through the book One Year to a Happier, Healthier You

Week One: Drink Water
Week Two: Get more zzzzzzzs
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I saw the film the first day it came out. If I had reviewed it then, it would have gone something like this:

adghgkhglhdllflsl elves adghgkhslglsl dwarves adgghgkhlslgdllsl scenery afgghkfgkllfglfkgkfk EVERYTHING

So uh that wouldn’t have been a particularly helpful review.

I went to see it again with my parents yesterday and I am a little more coherent now. Her goes. It is faithful to the book(s). Okay I am counting it as books because Peter Jackson has pulled details from the greater history of Middle Earth. The riddles in the dark were perfect. They didn’t skimp on it and showed the Gollum/Smeagol thing beautifully.

It had the feel of the kids book, the dwarves had plenty of comedy and the battles were more fun rather than OMG EPIC. And the scenery was so pretty. asfggksl. I want to go back to New Zealand and tramp through those spots again.

I was disappointed by a few of the jokes, they referred to crochet and golf which is far too modern. Tolkien imagine Middle Earth to be England’s own old folklores and it didn’t fit in.

But overall I heart dwarves + wizard + hobbit adventuring over Middle Earth.

Oh and see it in 3d. [personal profile] halfbloodly saw it in 2d the second time and she said it didn’t look right!
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Week 1: Drink Water
This was a horrible start to making changes for me. It wasn't a small change, it was a massive change. I hate the taste of water, and ordinarily wouldn't drink it alone! On the first day I tried to drink nothing but water (and one coffee!). I was most unimpressed and the next day was ready to pack it in. Since I'd committed myself, I didn't want to do that, I settled on drinking 3 glasses of water a day. This I feel I can keep up for the full year.

Adding in the three glasses has been surprisingly easy after that awful first day. It feels like a success every time I finish it and there have been some added benefits:

i) I don't snack as much. It isn't so much that I feel full up, it's that the cravings for chocolate and the like are cut right back.
ii) Much softer, clear skin. It's amazing what a difference a few days can make!
iii) I will spend much less money on fizzy drinks, so saving as well!

What Week 2 Will Bring
I looked up Week 2 the morning of the second week and groaned. If possible this week looks harder. I need to:

Get more zzzzzzs. In other words sleep 7-8 hours a night and starting going to bed at the same time each day to establish a routine!

I maybe acting like a dramalama but OMG this is horrible. I RP so I tend to stay up late into the night and it varies depending on the day or the people around. While I am not in work, I am going to start by getting the 7-8 hours sleep a night. When I get back into work I can see about a routine with maybe a sacrifice on the hours of sleep I get. There is no way I am going to start going to bed before midnight if I work!

Next update shall be next Wednesday!

16 moons, 16 years
16 of your deepest fears
16 times you dreamed my tears
Falling, falling through the year

After I bought the book I heard it was being hailed as the next Twilight. It was with a groan that I started reading it two days a go. I was prepared to want to hurl it against the nearest wall or to rip the pages out in frustration. Instead I found myself hooked.

The story is set in the deep south of America that is still obsessed with the Civil War. Our main heroes Ethan and Lena, like any good YA novel, have feelings for each other. Ethan is mortal and Lena has the powers of a Caster (think Witch but without all the pointy hats and cauldrons). Lena is cursed, and on her 16th birthday fate will either make her a force for good or evil.

What's great about the story is the rich history around the curse that enfolds like a good mystery. The story is told from Ethan's point of view and the story draws you in as you share his hopes and fears as he struggles to help free Lena from the curse.

The whole story is dark and twisty. If you like that and you enjoy a supernatural read pick it up. I promise it's no Twilight and there are no sparkly vampires.
01 02 13 - Film Review!
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There is nothing like watching a film with old British actors with old British family! Since they will hopefully never find this and read it, I don't mind calling them old!

The word for this film is sweet. It's set in India. A young guy runs a hotel (badly! He's a cute guy really!) and the cast end up staying there. It's a gentle romantic comedy that tries to teach you life lessons. When Judy Dench says 'Those who do not try, gain nothing' it doesn't sound that silly.

They cover all the romance including the gay one. It amazed me how well they handled that plot. My dad didn't once start snorting and ranting about 'poofters.'

I highly recommend it for a quiet evening with a glass of wine.

Fault In Our Stars by John Green was in the sale. It wasn't why I picked it up though! Two awesome friends mentioned it in passing on Plurk. The book needs to come with a warning, it will tear your heart out. It won't do it because you are reading a story about a girl with terminal cancer. You will because of the descriptions on the world and her thoughts on how she and others see their places in the world. It's funny too, the book challenges you to laugh and look passed all the pain and look at the good things in life and how people try to protect each other from pain.

There is love, teenage angst, a washed up writer, a guy who smokes cigarettes without smoking them and hope.

It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, as if the things we’d done were less real and important then they had been hours before.
01 01 13 - 2013 in 52 Steps
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Bring on 2013, insert determined icon here. I am going to make it my year and put myself first. Part of it is learning how to say no!

I went a little nuts on the Kindle book sale, I think I bought over twenty books. One of the random books I picked up was 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You. The title is pretty much what I want out of the year.

I like the idea there is one goal a week. A small manageable one! Like Week One is to drink more water. The book explains why it's good but it's probably a lot of bullshit. I am going to ignore what I should</b> be feeling and experiencing, and blog anything I find interesting!
12 26 12 - End of year Meme
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Christmas day was awesome! I spent it with mum and dad. We vegetated in front of the television in our pjs from 5.15 in the afternoon. There were no regrets for doing this!

Today, we are preparing for family coming to visit at the end of the week. I am putting up the end of the year meme now in case I don't have much time to do it while the family is here.

I really hope everyone had a great Christmas!

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