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watch all Disney's animated films (read all 27 entries…)
17. 101 Dalmatians

I’m really making some progress here with these reviews.

I enjoyed this movie, mostly because of its cuteness. All those puppies! I remember I asked for this movie on VCR when I was about 10 and it must’ve been my favourite present that year, although I didn’t watch it that frequently after that. I think I wasn’t as drawn in as other movies because there isn’t a strong soundtrack, but I do enjoy the characters. I liked in the beginning scene when Pongo is browsing for a mate for Roger and all of the women and their dog look alike. And also how the animals refer to their owners as “pets”. Classic.

The sketching style of the movie is well done and I was reading today that the dogs’ spots are done by Xeroxing so that was interesting. I also read that after the flop of “Sleeping Beauty” this movie was on a tight budget and it revived Disney’s animation department after its release. I definitely think this had a far stronger storyline and enjoyment factor than “Sleeping Beauty”.

And OMG! Is Cruella de Vill the evilest Disney villain or what?! Imagine skinning puppies to make a coat! What a bitch!

I’m going to give “101 Dalmatians” 3 out of 5 Mickey Ears.

watch all Disney's animated films (read all 27 entries…)
16. Sleeping Beauty

This was the first time I’d seen “Sleeping Beauty” and ironically, I ended up falling asleep towards the end. I wasn’t overly impressed with this movie. I thought Maleficent’s reaction to not being invited to a party was a bit unjustified. There was really only one strong song in the movie, which was the duet between Aurora and Phillip. It was catchy but not as impressive as soundtracks for other Disney movies.

The fairies were cute and more or less entertaining.

I just dunno, it wasn’t a standout for me. I give it 2 out of 5 Mickey Ears.

watch all Disney's animated films (read all 27 entries…)
53. Frozen

OMG. Is this movie amazing or what? I’d seen heaps of stuff online about “Frozen” but hadn’t really thought much about watching it. My friend then recommended I see it and I’m so glad I took the time to watch it. I loved it! Especially the soundtrack. I thought “Let it go” was so empowering and positive. And I love “Do you want to build a snowman?” and how it showed the progression of time.

Obviously, being one of the newest releases by Disney, the graphics were excellent and I was particularly impressed with how real the ice looked in the opening scene.

The story was impressive too, because it wasn’t the standard Disney princess finding Prince Charming. It was about a bond between sisters. And also about finding out who you are, which was also a theme in “The Lion King”. Apparently “Frozen” is the highest grossing Disney movie of all time! I can understand why.

No surprises, based on my raving review, “Frozen” gets 5 out of 5 Mickey Ears.

watch all Disney's animated films (read all 27 entries…)
19. The Jungle Book

I enjoyed this movie! I knew the two main songs already, just from hearing them on Disney soundtracks, and they were definitely the standout songs (“Bear Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You”). I like the sketchy style of drawing used for the characters, which is similar to that used in “Robin Hood” which makes sense because they came out around the same time.

Maybe I was thinking too much into the storyline but I kinda thought there was an important message behind it all. That being that sometimes people, positive or negative, will come into your life and try to disrupt your path, but it’s important to keep going and not let them hold you back. Then eventually you will get where you need to be!

“The Jungle Book” gets 4 out of 5 Mickey Ears! And I wonder if I’ll be singing “Bear Necessities” all night…

watch all Disney's animated films (read all 27 entries…)
12. Cinderella

“Cinderelly, Cinderelly, night an’ day a-cinderelly”

This is another favourite from my childhood. This movie has a strong soundtrack and well-developed characters. I like how evil the stepmother and two stepsisters are, you really dislike them throughout the movie. Cinderella is, of course, an innocent girl who has been taken advantage of, and is really quite frail and delicate looking.

My favourite part of this movie is probably the animal characters. I particularly like the mice and the evil cat. Although, why are cats always portrayed as evil?! Apart from in “The Aristocats”, most cats I’ve seen so far have been conniving and sneaky. Cut them some slack, Disney!

“Cinderella” gets 4 out of 5 Mickey Ears.


When I was down in Sydney visting friends and family last week, I spent Thursday night with a friend doing some crafting. We made a string of bunting each and it was so much fun picking out the fabrics, cutting the flags and then connecting it all together. And it was such good, harmless fun! I think sometimes with friends we get into the habit of drinking for fun, so it was good to do something different.

I wish I could craft with my friend every Thursday…but I may have to craft by myself.

travel around europe for a couple of months (read all 2 entries…)
The seed has been planted

S. and I are very keen to do the Europe thing. We have been talking about doing an around the world trip for 6 months when S. finishes uni so in around 2015. We’ll have to start saving pretty soon.

We are hoping to do most of Europe (or at least the countries we have an interest in) and then probably spending some time in Asia (specifically Japan, again) and then throwing in a bit of USA if we have time.

I’ve never done a 6 month trip before, the longest holiday I have been on is 4 weeks so I can’t even imagine how incredible it would be to travel for 6 whole months!!!

be invaluable in my job (read all 6 entries…)
Change of position

So I moved from Office Admin to Receptionist a few months back because our receptionist went to pursue her massage business. The role has been a bit better. I probably have a bit more work to do than before but it’s still very slow sometimes. I’m not as bad as bludging as I was…but some days I still spend more time than necessary surfing the web.

I’m still hoping to be moved out to site soon. But I’m grateful that I have a job. It’s a tough market out there these days.

set myself free (read all 2 entries…)
Positivity breeds positivity

What Susie says of Sally, says more of Susie than of Sally.

plan an end of year trip to Sydney and New Zealand
Leave approved

My leave was approved today which made M. (my travel companion) extremely happy. I’m excited for having some more adventures together. M. and I have some good stories from trips we’ve done together.

travel/holiday more

I’ve known for a few years now that there is nothing I love more than a holiday. For my 21st birthday party I even had an “around the world” theme because there was nothing else I could think of that I enjoyed doing more than travelling.

My friend, who is a teacher and has heaps of holiday time, goes away almost every single break. Although I don’t have the luxury of school holidays I think I should make more of an effort to do the things I enjoy and get out there and see the world.

S. is planning on saving this year and doesn’t want to plan any holidays and I was going to go along with that. Until it occured to me that I don’t need to holiday with him! I’m sure I could find plenty of friends that would be willing to duck away to Thailand or Fiji for a week.

So my goal is to holiday more. If I’ve got the money and I’m on top of things then I should enjoy it.

be fit and healthy (read all 18 entries…)

I’m doing pretty bad at eating healthy these days. I just always crave sweet things and I can’t seem to hold back from buying them. Even now I’m contemplating ducking next door to the cafe and buying a slice of caramel tart.

Since being on paleo though I’ve noticed that when I do splurge on things I tend to feel the effects afterwards. For instance, for lunch today I had a chicken and salad wrap and even though it really wasn’t that bad of a splurge…my stomach is already feeling a bit out of sorts.

I just love sweet things! I decided yesterday it was because I have a Hungarian background and Hungarian’s love sweets. So what can I say? It’s in my blood.

I need a sweet alternative. Fruit just doesn’t seem to do the trick.

write a blog (read all 2 entries…)
Made a start

I created a blog design and name I like the look of and have written my first entry, which is basically just an intro to the blog and the name behind the blog.

I need to come up with some concepts of what to write about. Or maybe I’m over thinking it and I just need to start sharing. I feel like a I need to get a decent camera so I can put up some good photos.

write a blog (read all 2 entries…)
That'd be the life

Over the past year I have really gotten into reading blogs. I feel like I know the blog authors so well and that they are my friends. I only wish I really did know them! When I told S. about this he suggested I write on own blog and then maybe I will get to meet those other blog writers. I would really love to start a blog but honestly…I don’t have anything to write about. Nobody would want to hear what I have to say it would be that dull.

finish semester 1 of uni with D average
Study study study

And so it begins.

Uni started yesterday so I watched my first lecture of the year yesterday after work. I forgot how time consuming uni is and you really have to be smart with your time management. Not just with uni work, but with all the other household duties I have to take care of as well.

Once again I have started this semester with high hopes for productivity…let’s see how long that lasts for.

set myself free (read all 2 entries…)

I feel like I am living my life how I think it should be. Like I’m following a recipe or following a predetermined course. And I wonder if the path I have envisaged for myself is the right one.

The course I have mapped out is pretty standard and focuses on finishing uni, developing my career and I guess being successful. Often I want to throw my ambitions aside, quit my job and just travel. Travel the world and make money working in a cafe or some other carefree kind of job with minimal responsibility.

I’m scared of making the wrong decisions in my life and then ending up unhappy or unfulfilled. The older I get, the quicker the years seem to fly by and I don’t want to miss out on anything because I took the one path that I thought was the right, sensible, necessary one to take.

When is the right time to listen to my deepest internal thoughts and feelings and challenge my life plan?

be fit and healthy (read all 18 entries…)
Okay...back onto the wagon

Since getting back from Japan life has been a bit off kilter. We moved house which took up a lot of time and then this past weekend we went down to Sydney for a wedding. Uni starts next week and I really want to get back into a healthy lifestyle routine so that my mind, body and spirit can manage the stress of 3/4 time uni and full time work plus everything else. I want to get back into paleo more completely and get back into exercising every day. For exercise I want to do the following:

Monday – walk up Castle Hill
Tuesday – soccer training
Wednesday – morning walk/jog
Thursday – soccer training
Friday – morning walk/jog
Saturday – rest day aka gardening/house cleaning
Sunday – yoga or walk up Castle Hill

In terms of my paleo diet the hardest thing lately has been planning out my week of meals. I have been completely unmotivated to do so which means we end up just buying whatever at the supermarket and then making whatever we can from that. This works okay except that I end up eating salads every day for lunch which bores the crap out of me. I don’t know how to refocus on this…I’ll have a think about it.

create the habit of selecting the smallest size option when it comes to purchasing food and drink items (read all 4 entries…)
Almost caved!

On the weekend we were down visiting in Sydney and we were spending a lot of time on the road. When I’m not doing my usual routine my water drinking habits get out of whack…especially when we are driving for long distances and I don’t have heaps of bottles of water. We stopped at a drive through Maccas at one point and I was on the verge of ordering a medium coke BUT I stopped myself and ordered a small coke with no ice. I was proud of myself…except that I shouldn’t really be drinking coke anyway because it’s not good for you…

set a daily intention for a year and write about my progress (read all 27 entries…)
21st Feb 2013: Go to soccer training

Argh, I’m so tired this morning I can barely think straight. No idea what to have as my intention today. Think, think, think. All I can concentrate on is whether I should go down and buy a coffee or not.

Okay! Came up with one! I haven’t been to Thursday night soccer training all year, which is really only 3 weeks since the start of training, but still. Because S. is at home on Thursday evenings I’ve found it very easy to come up with an excuse of why I shouldn’t go. But tonight I’m going to make the effort to go.

Postscript: looks like I’ll be missing soccer again tonight…we got a list from our old real estate of all the things we need to go back and fix at the old place. We are going away for the weekend and leave tomorrow at midday so tonight will be our only chance to go back. Besides, I’d rather get it out of the way tonight so that tomorrow we can be all leisurely.

set a daily intention for a year and write about my progress (read all 27 entries…)
20th Feb 2013: Don't dwell on it

Last night we had a bit of drama. I was at home alone (with puss) and I heard something hit the bin and then on the other side of the house I heard something rustling through the bushes. We’ve moved house recently and aren’t familar with the area and there has recently been a lot of stories in the news about young boys stealing cars and robbing houses in our whole town. I got scared and thought that it sounded like somebody was moving around the house. I called S. at work and told him and he said he would come home now to check it out. Unfortunately he had ridden his pushbike to work so had to borrow a car from one of his work colleagues.

After he got home, he checked around the outsides of the house with a torch but couldn’t see anything. He only had an hour left of his shift so I decided to go back with him and wait until he finished because I was still a bit shaken up. Then the work colleague’s car wouldn’t restart! S. had left the lights on whilst he checked out the house but that hadn’t taken more than 5min so we were a bit shocked that the battery had died.

We drove my car back to his work and I drove the work colleague, who we had borrowed the car from, home. We charged her car battery overnight but this morning it still wouldn’t start up. We’ve had to call the RACQ and wait for them to come out and take a look at it.

I feel so bad. All this drama over nothing. And this poor girl who so willingly leant S. her car is now car-less. I don’t think that the battery dying is our fault but the car was still in our care when it happened so I can’t imagine her, or her parents, would be happy about it. I feel like such a drama queen and I’m embarrassed that I overreacted and as a result we’ve put somebody out.

Now that I’ve relayed that story here, I want to leave it here. It’s not going to help anyone by dwelling on it. I just need to push forward and do what I can to help. I think I will get her a small gift to say thank you and sorry for everything.

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