October 17th 2020

 “Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.” – Lemony Snicket

3 Movies In 3 Days

Alright everyone, I have 3 more movies to watch, in 3 days!

This Pandemic is still going on and many of us may still be finding ourselves with a lot of free time on our hands. These 3 movies can keep you entertained, and are fairly long so it will definitely help pass the time. These movies I’m talking about are: The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and Inferno. I found this trilogy to be quite captivating. The movies are inspired by the book series by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks portrays the main character in all of these movies, which is nice because the same actor is kept playing the role. Ben Foster, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany also play roles in these movies. I watched part of The Da Vinci Code when I was younger, but didn’t quite understand it. Then again, I maybe got 20 minutes into it and switched it off. It wasn’t exactly the type of movie I was interested around that age. Now that I’m older and have a different outlook on movies, appreciation of history and good musical composition. I decided that I might actually enjoy it. So we, my boyfriend and I decided to watch these on our movie night.

The Da Vinci Code

This film was produced back in 2006 with Tom Hanks cast as the main character. It dives straight into secret societies and their hidden past dating back to the birth of Christianity. The main character Robert Langdon is basically thrown into all these whirlwind events. The movie is a race with Langdon to uncover the truth about what happened and why. Over a span of about 2 hours and 30 minutes, its on the longer end, but well worth it. The musical composition is also amazing and makes you feel more in the movie. If you want to hear some of the musical pieces on Spotify, click below:


Angels and Demons

This second Fim , we find ourselves right back at it with Robert Langdon. This time he’s called upon because the Illuminati have surfaced and there are puzzles only he can figure out. Langdon eventually finds himself searching through Vatican City to find the clues to stop the massive destruction of the city.


Inferno

This is the last movie of the trilogy. Inferno starts off again with Robert Langdon suffering from retrograde amnesia, he’s told from trauma to the head. He is needed to decrypt hidden messages and stop a deadly virus from being unleashed on the world. Watching the first two movies comes, it to no surprise as to why they want Langdon in the first place. More secrets, more puzzles to solve all while running from multipe government agencies. Who can he trust? This movie also has a wonderful composition. Just listen for yourself down below.


I would have never come across these unless Chris suggested the, because he wanted to watch them. These movies had long been out of the spotlight and overshadowed by the more recent comic book films. We decided to just watch one movie each night, so we could unwind and look forward to something to do the next day. I thoroughly enjoyed these movies and the music that emphasized them . They were extremely entertaining and fun to watch. Grab some snacks, kick back and get comfy. I hope you enjoy the movies as much as I did. 💚


“Nothing is more creative… nor destructive… than a brilliant mind with a purpose.”

― Dan Brown, Inferno

More movies to watch while still quarantined click below:

February 21st 2020

“I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of the throat and I’d cry for a week.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Four Books For A Rainy Day

Some of my Favorite Books for the Rain

First off…There will always be a never ending list of books that will be amazing to read in the rain. The list will always change and everyone has their own views on whether or not a book is worth reading or not. Why specifically reading in the rain you may ask, simple, it is some of the most calming (in some cases) weather there is. I’m sure many of you have heard that rain can make you sleepy or feel more calm that’s because rain tends to be white noise or what some call pink noise. Pink noise allows you to focus on just the sound of the rain and nothing else. This allows your body to rest, focus and to destress in a sense. This is why reading in the rain is calming and one of my favorite times to get cozy on the couch with a book. Here is a small list of my favorite books to read while it’s raining.

  • The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This comedic book series gets you through the galaxy over a span of 5 books! It keeps you entertained and glued to the pages the whole time! They also have a movie based on the books and a radio series that was done.
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. A very gripping story that tells the chilling tale of Susie. The movie was also just recently released.
  • The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Four different women whose lives intersect around chaos, keeping secrets about themselves and who they love. A captivating well researched and written novel. Fiercely independent and mind provoking.
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult. This is a heart wrenching love story between two teenagers with a tragic story to tell. It’ll keep you guessing until the very last page. I loved this book so much I actually wrote a post about it, which you can read here.

This is just a short list of a few mesmerizing stories. Each book will fill your soul with happiness, sadness and every emotion in-between. Reading not only stimulates your brain with creativity and calmness. It allows a little time of escaping to just be you and not have to worry about anything for another chapter. Even if it isn’t raining, you should still give these books a good read. So sit down, have some tea, get cozy and start reading.

“You are only worthy of what you prove yourself to be.”

―Alice Hoffman, The Dovekeepers

Weekends Are For Reading

Entertain Your Brain!

This past weekend I did my “Weekend Warrior” duty. I also saw it as an opportunity to FINALLY finish my book that I received as a gift from Christmas of 2018 The Pact by Jodi Picoult! It is now September 2019….Almost a year. I had made a resolution that I tried to stick to which was: Read one book a month for pleasure. That was it. I had no idea that it would be this difficult to find time to actually sit down and get back to the enjoyment of reading. I finally did it everyone, almost a year but I finished my first book of the year. I was happy when I ended up finishing all my training and coursework I had to do for the weekend because that meant I had time to read. I was actually super excited that I could finish this book. I had started it the beginning of the year but then life hit and it felt like I had no time to just unwind with my book. So I sat my happy self down and in between tasks, conversations, and helping other Sailors I managed to get 3/4 of the book finished. I was instantly drawn into the book after getting over the first two chapters (a slowish start) and I couldn’t be happier. I was so involved in the book I felt so torn for Chris! I don’t want to give anything away but be ready to have your heart strings tugged. Picoult has an amazing way of writing and its almost as if you are there inside the book experiencing her story. Go take a breather, pick up a book and immerse yourself in a different world. In a different story give your brain a different form of entertainment and joy.

Becoming A Bookworm Again

Growing up I always had my nose in a book. I loved going to those Scholastic Book Fairs that they would put on in the school library. My mom would enroll me in the summer reading programs at our library. I mean I was going through books like nobodies business. I loved going to the library, the smell of books, the peacefulness and calm the library held. The history, imagination and unknown stories these books told. It is a magical feeling how you can immerse yourself completely into a book you are reading and lose track of time and I missed that feeling. As I grew older it became harder but I still managed to read more for my pleasure in my free time. These last few years it became harder. Not enough time, always working or just constantly tired. The last time I really read I think was my 2016 deployment. Mainly for the fact that I had a lot of free time on my hands. I read more than a dozen books. Either from the ship library or my kindle that I bought specifically for deployment. Usually I would read before “Taps” or more commonly lights out. It would wash away the stress of the day and it would be quiet and relaxing. If I didn’t read before bed I would read outside on a catwalk and sit above the ocean as we were sailing. It was definitely a sight to hold. Enough about me though! Here is a little bit about the book!

The Pact By Jodi Picoult

A little synopsis of the book. The Pact is a story about two teens who have literally grown up together since birth, and are seemingly destined to be together. Chris and Emily have lived next door to one another for seventeen years. They are closer than siblings and their families even wish them to be married. And yet their lives are forever altered by a dark “pact” one night that has one child injured and the other dead. This pact, or secret, of the title’s namesake is one that will cause both sets of parents, as well as the person whos reading, to seriously question morality, as well as the underlying themes of friendship and love. Picoult definitely tugs at your heartstrings and leaves you to ponder certain questions of your own. This is a book you want to finish immediately. It’s a book that has you realizing you have read through 100 more pages more than you said you would before bed. This is a good read from me. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more from her.

“The right idea is the one you can’t stop thinking about; the one that’s in your head first thing in the morning.” – Jodi Picoult