Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Last Month Today | May 2017.

On the last day of every month, I’ll be posting a new series, Last Month Today (you can check out April, aka the first installment, here!) where I talk about the books I’ve read, movies I’ve watched, restaurants I’ve tried, what I’ve worn, etc. over the past month. May was a busy month for school, hence the lack of posts, but I managed to round up a few things...hard to believe tomorrow marks halfway through 2017, am I right?! 

What I Watched:
 Lion (2016) - Starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara

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"Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home" (Google).
My thoughts: Absolutely adored this movie. It's based on a true (unbelievable) story. I laughed a bit, but I cried a little bit more. Hint: stay tuned after the movie. You'll see why (all the happy sobbing occurred!). 

Cake (2014) - Starring Jennifer Aniston, Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick
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"After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide" (Google).My thoughts: Not my favorite, but still a decent movie. I was intrigued by the trailer, but the unfolding of the story fell a bit short of my expectations. Having said that, I've never seen Jennifer Aniston in this kind of role, and she was phenomenal. If you're a big Jennifer Aniston fan, I'd recommend watching solely to see her completely out of her element (and still rocking it).

The Shallows (2016) - Starring Blake Lively
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"Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground" (Google).
My thoughts: Immediately upon finishing this movie, I Googled "do sharks seek revenge?" Turns out, I'm not the only one. This movie is decent for what it is - a fight for survival flick. While I was on the edge of my seat during some parts, I probably could have turned it off and not cared how it turned out. But I love Blake Lively, so I kept watching. If you aren't a fan, you can probably skip out and be just fine. 

What I Read: After finishing the Woman in Cabin 10 last month, I immediately launched into What She Knew. Truthfully...I'm still in the midst of reading it. About 100 pages in, I picked up a book from Target on a Cartwheel sale and just dove into that instead. The book: The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. I absolutely devoured this book. It's a lighter read, which is exactly what I needed after all the murder mysteries I've been reading as of late. It isn't winning a Nobel Prize any time soon, but it's uplifting, the perfect amount of sad, and super witty. Plus the cover is so cute. Highly recommend!

What I Worked Out:
I’ve been rocking the cycling bikes at my apartment complex for the last couple of months and I’ve definitely been seeing results! If I could afford it, I would start looking into taking a class somewhere. In the meantime, I've been grabbing two 5-pound dumbbells and doing small arm exercises (safely!) while cycling on the bike. It's a full body workout, and my heart rate gets to be around 150-175, which is just as high as when I go for a jog...except I find it to be way more enjoyable. If you have the means, give it a shot!

What I Did:
-Saw Julianne and Derek Hough dance live on their Move Beyond Tour…six rows back from the stage, for free!
-Finished out my second semester of grad school, and then started my third semester 11 days later. But hey, only 8 weeks left already – no complaints here! (ok, maybe a few complaints).

-Celebrated Memorial Day Weekend and the homecoming of a friend from a year long deployment at the beach on Treasure Island.
-Spent a day paddle boarding at Weeki Wachee Springs with a good friend...and then had 15 bug bites the next day.

What did you do in May?


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