Posts Written OnMay 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass - a review!

  Tim Burton makes odd movies. Odd, interesting. Odd, artsy. Odd, weird. Whatever you think “odd” means is basically what it means when it comes to Tim and his flicks. The recently released Alice Through the Looking Glass is no exception. It is odd. And, if odd is your jam, you should totally go see it. I will admit, though not a huge fan of any origin, even I enjoyed the whimsical story and lively, colorful scenes of the latest iteration of Alice in her Underworld. SPOILER ALERT: Alice Through the Looking Glass If you didn’t catch the first Alice…

Watch "The Nice Guys" (And Not Just For Ryan Gosling)

  When Ryan Gosling makes a movie, you better know I am going to make considerable effort to see it. Drop the kids with their grandma, pay a teenager to sort of pay attention to them while they play video games and she texts her friends incessantly, or haul them to the theater with me and deposit them in whichever kid movie is playing around the same time with definitive instructions and $5 to blow in the arcade afterwards (this time it was Angry Birds and they loved it) – all of that is on the table. I made it happen…

What's a Bullet Journal?

  In 2010 I attended a workshop offered by my employer about organization and time management. I know what you’re thinking. “Really, Liza? Slacking off on the job?” No. Thankyouverymuch. I’m lucky to have a day job with a large company that’s big on proactive self-betterment. Learning about leadership and working smart (or S.M.A.R.T.) are encouraged, and there are courses and workshops offered internally to help. Life long learning, you guys. It’s pretty awesome; I’m lucky to love my job and my co-workers. The Beauty Of Task Lists Anyway, a few years ago there was a workshop focused on how to…

My simply perfect, non-extravagant Mother's Day

  364 days a year I enjoy (and am quite good at) being a mom. I cook. I tidy up. I launder soccer uniforms. I pack healthy lunches, research school projects, remind people to brush their teeth, schedule doctor’s appointments and watch mind-numbing superhero action movies. But there is one day, one particular day, that I refuse to do these things. And that day is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day I just want for me. And by that I mean, alone and in my pajamas. Look, I love my kids. I mean, I really, REALLY love my kids. I spent like…

Sue, Liza, Jen, Amanda

  Happiness is one of those things you have to work at. I make choosing joy, looking on the bright side, and appreciating the tiny moments that are often overlooked, a mission. It’s something I focus on in my daily life. It’s something I write about when I get the chance. It’s something I put on my “to do” list each and every day as a reminder to myself to just be more happy. It’s what happy people do. And it’s working! That’s not to say that I don’t sometimes get down. That I don’t still have doubt-filled days where…