Adventures in Money Saving Pt. 2

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I had a bad couple of weeks. I was doing sooo good; I was taking my lunch, sacrificing some things and then… I had some extra income and BAM…I was right back into my old ways.  I was swiping away, spending money on parking (b/c I was running late to work and had to park in the expensive garage to make up for lost time), dining out (b/c I was too lazy to go grocery shopping or cook what was already in my fridge) and entertainment (b/c I got bored with my self-imposed “No TV” rule).

 

*sigh* Is this what addiction is like? Man, it’s so true that old habits die hard.

 

Payday is today, so I’m picking myself up and trying to get back on track. I know I can do this. I know it’s difficult–it’s supposed to be. But it’s worth it. I CAN DO THIS!! I’ve got to put my blinders back on and focus on the end goal. Geez, it’s hard being disciplined…

 

OH, but the good part is, I haven’t touched my savings!!! So that’s continuing to grow at least.

 

What are your struggles with being disciplined about your finances? How have you overcome past struggles or what are you currently doing to overcome the struggle? Please share in the comments.

Let’s Go to the Movies (Part 2)

So my third day at the movies wasn’t as long as the previous two, and I only watched one movie this time. I attended a preview screening of the film, Let’s Be Cops starring Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson. This movie was the icing on the cake of a three day film binge.

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Source: imdb.com

From the trailer, I figured the movie would be funny, but boy, did this movie exceed my expectations. It was hilarious! Of course, it had its predictable moments (but what movie following the age-old formula doesn’t?), but they were tolerable.

 

Jake Johnson attacked his character with such commitment, I would have a hard time believing that he wasn’t like that in real life. Damon Wayans, Jr. is definitely his father’s son. If you close your eyes and just listen, you would think it was Damon, Sr. And then when you open your eyes again, you would still think it was Damon, Sr.—about 20 years younger (and more handsome).

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see Keegan-Michael Key of the comedic Key & Peele duo in the film. He was up to his usual antics, which further contributed to the hilarity of the film.

 

The movie was sprinkled with a few racial stereotypes masquerading as jokes—who am I kidding? There was no masquerade—they were blatant. But that didn’t make them any less funny.

 

Let’s Be Cops is an amusing film of courage and friendship with memorable characters, and I definitely recommend you go see it (leave the kids at home, though).

 

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Spoiler Alert!!!

 

Raise your hand if you think that Damon Wayans, Jr. and Keegan-Michael Key look alike. Now, if your hand is raised, slap yourself with it. Come on people! Really? In one scene, these two switch places to allow Wayans’ character to infiltrate the villain’s hangout spot. Wayans enlists the help of his makeup artist girlfriend to transform the clean cut Wayans into Key’s heavily tattooed, dreadlock-wearing “gangsta” character. The villain got almost nose to nose w/ Wayans, even hugging him, and still didn’t notice that he wasn’t Key. Man, those must be some potent drugs the villain was on! Or maybe it was just that dark inside. Oh, no wait…this is a movie—now it all makes sense.

Source: imdb.com
Source: imdb.com

 

Spoiler Alert #2: Beware of the scene involving a sumo wrestler’s ball sac and one of the character’s faces. I had to stop in the midst of eating my popcorn during this scene, for fear that I might vomit.

Let’s Go to the Movies (Part 1)

I’ve spent three days this week in a movie theater, and in those three days I’ve watched a total of 36 films. No joke.

Days 1 and 2 were screenings of short films from the 2014 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project, that ran the gamut of genres (romance, horror, film noir, inspirational, comedy, sci-fi, etc.).

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Source: 48hourfilm.com

Perhaps some of the most notable entries were (in no particular order):

 

  1. Because I Could Not Stop for Death, Three Twenty Pictures: Funny story with a gutsy experiment with 3D! That has to be a first for the 48 Hour Film Project (at least in Nashville). Correct me if I’m wrong.

 

  1. Contrary to Likeness, Paper Ghost Pictures: great cinematography, great acting, great graphics. When talking to a fellow movie-goer I asked them which films they enjoyed, and of course they mentioned this one. I responded with, “Oh, they don’t count…their films always (strangely enough) look great.”

 

  1. Your Move, Troop 615: a silent film that was witty and nostalgic, as the two main characters challenged each other in a series of board games to determine who would put the twist-tie back on a package of bread. I loved the opening sequence w/ Pornstache….uh I mean “Detective Andrew Loper”.

 

  1. Delivered, JBrant Films: a chilling story depicting child abduction/sex trafficking with solid acting and amazing visuals.

 

  1. The Extraction, FCM: I loved the narrator’s voice! A beautiful yet deceitful leading lady, two bumbling siblings, great writing and a cute dog, all made for a thoroughly enjoyable film.

 

6. And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge our team’s horror film (Not an Exit, Team Perfection) as one of the notables. True, I may be biased, because it’s our film, but I think we did an awesome job at conveying our story. While it was screening, I observed others in the audience gasp and jump at one of our film’s startling moments. I also heard people whisper-yelling at the screen, “Run! Oh, no! She fell!” They seemed to be really caught up in the film. My heart was beating so fast the entire time, but I was very pleased with the outcome.

 

The parody, #Brain Ded from Walltie Films tickled my funny bone, along with others such as Epic Media’s Autoshop Mysteries, The Undead Noire’s The Player, Popeye Productions’ Free Range, and Flatrock Films’ E Flat Harmony.  The romance conText (Pirate Unicorn Productions) and the inspirational film, The Day Death Died (Collision Pictures) tugged at my heartstrings. Moonshine (Bar Sinister Films) nailed the dark comedy genre right off the bat. Seven Strangers Productions’ time travel film, The Sparklers was endearing, comical and had some beautiful ending shots. There seemed to be a lot of bloodshed this year, even in films where horror or thriller/suspense weren’t the genres. There were also a lot of child actors used this year.

 

There’s no way I could discuss every film I saw (There were 35 films for goodness sake, and my mind started to become a blur—it’s a blessing I’ve even remembered this much), but congrats to all the sleep-deprived, film-making maniacs who submitted their films this year (and who are probably adamant that this was their last time in the competition…until next year rolls around, and they change their minds 🙂  ).

 

CLICK HERE to read Part Two.

August Goals

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It’s the 1st of the month!

To quote Bone Thugs N Harmony, “It’s the first of the month…”  In accordance w/ my participation in The B-side, here’s a review of my July goals and an update for this month’s goals.

 

Last Month’s Goals

  1. Complete homework from Financial Planner.

I have completed two of the three assignments I was given (which is why this goal is partially scratched out).

 

  1. Submit entry for specified Writing Contest.

So, I’m still dragging my feet on this one. I fiddled around with my entry again, editing it, but not quite finishing it.

 

  1. Read 3 books on my list.

I totally failed on this one. I didn’t even finish ONE! In my defense, I may have erred in the book that I chose to be my first read. I’m the type of person to read a book from cover to cover, literally. I read the foreward, preface, acknowledgments, etc. The first book I chose (How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie) actually suggests that the reader read each chapter twice before moving on to the next, which is what I have been doing. So because of that, it’s taking me a little longer than usual to finish this book, which hindered starting any other books. BUT, I contributed to making a film this month—that counts for something, right?

 

Current Challenges

Same as before—using my time wisely.

 

Current Successes/Things that are Working

Keeping the TV off. Seriously, I am so much more productive when I don’t turn the TV on. I used to have it on just for “background noise” but I always remained distracted when it was on, not fully focusing on whatever task I was trying to complete. I’ve also been guilty of telling myself, “Oh, I’m just gonna watch this ONE show.”  Yeah, then that one show turns into another and another and another, and the next thing I know, it’s midnight and I’ve accomplished nothing. So I’m going to continue to keep the TV off. Anything that I miss I’m sure I can find it and watch it later (thank God for the internet!).

 

August Goals

*Basically, I’ll be recycling my goals from last month.

 

1. Complete final assignment from Financial Planner.

 

2. Submit entry for specified Writing Contest.

 

3. Read 2 books on my list. (Maybe 3 was a little ambitious; let’s try 2 this time—finish the current one and start and finish another one)

 

 

What are your goals for this month? How did you do with your goals for last month? Share in the comments.