Self Portrait, January 2015

Self Portrait, January 2015.

A month of working on incorporating my intentions into my daily life and feeling better for the working out, putting pen to paper, taking a step back from technology, spending more time in the moment, with my husband, with myself. I have lost three pounds and am hoping to keep that momentum up in coming months.

I survived the Life Anniversary (the technical term, according to the grief counselor) of my mom’s passing. It was…surreal. Horrible. Full of tears. Simultaneously reliving her last days, the last time she hugged me and yet, the memories, the laughter, the great times. Missing my mom so much that it literally ached. There was a resulting funk after the 16th, and still kind of is but…I’m ok with not always being ok.

Seven books made it on my read list this month, shocking even myself, but once you start a good book it can be nearly impossible to put them down.

Work challenges were one of my biggest difficulties this month but I tackled them head on and came out stronger for it…. even if there are more gray hairs on top of my head.

January was also the month of baby shower planning for a dear friend. Knight and I treating ourselves to a few date nights, courtesy of gift cards. Helping another friend with a random and middle of the night mini-crisis (all is ok, now!). Receiving and processing some not-so-great news about a few friends of ours, outpouring support and love and there-for-yous. There were some disappointments this month, too;  people continuing to prove themselves to be not who you think they were resulting in a change of attitude.  We went to a series of parenting classes via our church, discussing things like Love and Logic and answering those really tough questions kids ask. I walked away feeling enlightened and a little bit more ready to have the girls this summer. I tackled a few new recipes, including Italian beef which was mouth wateringly delicious. Had my first ever Pinterest fail. There was no snow to speak of this month, though we did have some crazy cold temperatures and conversely, extremely warm days, too.

All in all, and all things considered, January was a pretty decent month.

What was your favorite part of January? What kind of monthly recaps are you doing this year? 

Celebrate with DDPerks

Jan27_PM_FBI participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

At the beginning of the December I shared details about the Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks Reward Program. And today? Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating one year of the DD Perks Reward Program. (Well technically January 27th was the official birthday of the DD Perks Reward Program.)

What does this mean for current DD Perks Members? With any purchase now through February 1st, earn an extra 200 points, just because! In case you forgot, 200 points = a free beverage!

Celebrate! Since I enrolled in DD Perks in December I’ve earned not one, but two free beverages both of which I used to celebrate reaching the end of the work week. There’s nothing like a little “treat yo’self” on a Friday morning. Our company celebrated ten years of being in business earlier this month and each day we brought in goodies to share with our clients & employees alike: one of those days I picked up several dozen doughnuts. They were gone by lunch time.

Dunkin’ Donuts created a short and uplifting video to thank their customers for the success of DD Perks:

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Loyalty! Just like DD Perks is loyal to their customer base, I’m loyal to my DD store. I have been going to the same location since they opened almost five years ago; it’s on my way to work, it’s oh-so-clean, they are never out of the doughnuts I love and they play really good music. I have my pick of the drive-thru or going in (I prefer to go in, time permitting) and the staff is always friendly, smiley while providing quick service. Can’t ask for more than that. Dunkin’ Donuts does a great job of notifying me of new and exclusive offers to DD Perks members (bonus points, free drinks, $1 off coupons) which my husband likes for the days he’s on the road traveling.

Not a member? No problem! Enrollment is simple and easy: If you aren’t a member, you can enroll on the DD Perks homepage or via their mobile app, your choice. Be sure to enroll using promo code: BLOG.

Just for enrolling you will:
* Receive a coupon for a free, any size beverage upon enrollment AND on your birthday
* Receive DD Perks members-only offers to earn bonus points on specific food and beverage purchases
* For every 200 points you accrue, you’ll get a coupon for free, any size beverage.

Don’t forget to treat yourself at Dunkin’ Donuts now through February 1st to and get 200 extra points! 

Review: Girl Before a Mirror

I’m convinced Liza Palmer has introduced a new aspect to women’s fiction: in Anna Wyatt Palmer has crafted a strong, likable character that does not whine, does not grovel and certainly does not make apologies for who she is. From the very first page to the very last page I wished I could have sat down with Anna, had a cup of coffee with her, talk about everything and nothing because she is someone that you can really relate to. She’s had her share of issues, sure (present but emotionally absent parents; a divorce; a younger brother who has troubles; friends she’s not sure she wants to be friends with anymore; professional challenges) – but when it comes down to it, don’t we all have issues like that in our lives? Anna makes a way for herself professionally and personally as Girl Before a Mirror unfolds but not without first becoming friends with Sasha, giving in to the world of romance novels, and realizing that what all women want is to Just Be.

Throw in a sexy love interest with a sexy name, one of my favorite cities of all time (New York City), and a lot of raw and brutal honesty and my friends, you have a winner of a book. I didn’t want to put this novel down and for the first time all year I took an actual lunch hour so I could read and savor every page, every sentence as I simultaneously raced to read this book because I had to know how it would up for Anna.

In case what I’ve said so far isn’t enough, more about this novel:

An account executive in a Mad Men world, Anna Wyatt is at a crossroads. Recently divorced, she’s done a lot of emotional housecleaning, including a self-imposed dating sabbatical. But now that she’s turned forty, she’s struggling to figure out what her life needs. Brainstorming to win over an important new client, she discovers a self-help book—Be the Heroine, Find Your Hero—that offers her unexpected insights and leads her to a most unlikely place: a romance writers’ conference. If she can sign the Romance Cover Model of the Year Pageant winner for her campaign—and meet the author who has inspired her to take control of her life—she’ll win the account.

For Anna, taking control means taking chances, including getting to know Sasha, her pretty young colleague on the project, and indulging in a steamy elevator ride with Lincoln Mallory, a dashing financial consultant she meets in the hotel. When the conference ends, Anna and Lincoln must decide if their intense connection is strong enough to survive outside the romantic fantasy they’ve created. Yet Lincoln is only one of Anna’s dilemmas. Now that her campaign is off the ground, others in the office want to steal her success, and her alcoholic brother, Ferdie, is spiraling out of control.

To have the life she wants—to be happy without guilt, to be accepted for herself, to love and to be loved, to just be—she has to put herself first, accept her imperfections, embrace her passions, and finally be the heroine of her own story.

Purchase this book: Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes & Noble

Find out more about Liza at her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

If you haven’t read Palmer’s books before, start here. I’ve read one of her earlier books (More Like Her), and am hellbent on getting my hands on her other stories, too.  I hope you’ll be itching to read her other novels after you devour this one.

Pinterest Fail, Intention Updates & Total Randomness

This past weekend I had my first Pinterest fail: Greek Yogurt chocolate chip cookies. I wanted for them to be delicious but they just…weren’t. I’m pretty sure that the recipe wasn’t adjusted accordingly to include Greek Yogurt, meaning: too much flour, not enough liquid products, so I may try again but I’m not sure. I wound up tossing the whole batch, making a giant mess in the kitchen and being thoroughly disappointed. Please tell me I’m not the only who has had a Pinterest Recipe Fail? I know there are lots of pictures and memes about it, but I don’t know those people so it’s of little comfort.

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It’s been almost a month and so far I’m doing great on all of my intentions except for the one where I said I would take my full lunch break at least twice a week. That’s been… challenging based upon my work load and issues that I’ve been encountering lately. But. I’m on book number eight for the year, I’m down three pounds since I officially started working out (Jan 12th week), have met my treadclimber + weight lifting goals, and we are passing with flying colors No TV twice a week and date night once a week. Oh, and journaling. It may be just one sentence a day but it’s better than nothing.

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Other random things: I love James Spader and enjoy him in his role on The Blacklist but I can’t watch the show in the evening as it gives me horrible anxiety and nightmares. | I’ve become a person who gets up early a few times a week to workout which for me is very strange. | In just a few short months, three of my good friends will have new babies! I’m excited for baby snuggles and (total honesty) the ability to give the baby back to its mother when I’m done. | I haven’t listened to a Podcast I like since Serial. I’ve seen lots of other recommendations but I just can’t get into any. | I laugh at myself often because I spent money on my domain renewal + blog hosting and have done zilch with it so far this year. Go figure. | Winter without snow is pointless. | I’d love to know why it’s so hard for people to RSVP to a party? | I’m really bummed my  Packers didn’t make it to the Super Bowl but also, given all the “Deflatgate,” hoopla am kind of glad they don’t have to deal with whatever is going on there. | I know I just had a vacation in December but this month has kicked my butt and right now I’d do anything to hop on a plane to a tropical island.

Tell me, any Pinterest fails? How are your intentions/goals going for the year? What’s random and on your mind? 

Currently: January

Thank you all for your comments and great discussion on my Getting Real post last week. It feels good to share open and honestly and to know others can relate, agree, or have their own personal things they are working on, well, it makes a girl feel less alone.

Reading: Started book number five yesterday evening, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I’m not very far in to it, but I’m enjoying it so far. No surprise as I’ve loved all of her books so far. (Still need to get my hands on Fangirl, but there is always a wait for it at the library.)

LovingMy intentions for this year. I’m doing well with them, except for uh, er, the whole take a lunch hour thing. Infinity scarves. Cute high heels.

Thinking: My momma. It’s been almost a year since we lost her and oh my goodness, friends, the emotions of this week. Denial, anger and sadness are the name of the game. Further proof I never know when the grief roller coaster and those darn “grief stones,” will resurface.

Frustrated: With learning to let go of certain things. Actual tangible things that I don’t need (the memories aren’t IN the thing, I know this). Situations that are making me spin like a top. With the fact that our neighbor has a leak somewhere in their yard and it’s running into our driveway and front yard, creating a frozen ice tundra that is dangerous to walk on!

Feeling: Like winter needs to just go away. Or if it is going to be winter then we need snow and a snow day. Cold + no snow + no sun? No thank you. Also, kind of silly that even after a year of losing my mom, I miss her more, not less everyday. I suppose that’s normal but so many people say that it will pass or it gets easier… and while I’m sure it’s true and I *know* I’m in a different place than I was a year ago, it doesn’t always feel like it will be “easy,” to not be able to call her or hug her or talk to her or cry with her. And I feel like there is something wrong with me since I’m not on the timetable that other people say exists with grief.

Anticipating: Getting through this Friday & the weekend (big purge of mom’s stuff at my dad’s house happening on Saturday). A date night with friends we haven’t seen in forever this weekend. Hopefully going to see the Wedding Ringer in the next two weeks. An upcoming baby shower for a friend in February. Trips later this year to see friends who make my heart soar. I have a stack (pile) of things that need to be listed on Craigslist because they are taking up space in our house and I suspect someone may buy them, so need to get that done.

Watching: Gilmore Girls, Hart of Dixie and Friends, only while I’m on the Tread Climber working out. Otherwise there has been lots of sports on in the house lately.

Sad: That there is so much angst, hurt, sadness, sickness, cancer, unknowns in the world. One of my family members on my dad’s side is struggling with some health issues and it’s breaking my heart to see how much it has shaken up my dad, especially given the timing of this particular issue.

Working: On baby shower stuff for two friends, already getting my head wrapped around the summer when the girls are coming (it’s amazing how early camps open up), being kinder to myself. A schedule for us to keep our house clean on a regular basis.

Grateful: For legs that allow me to walk, lungs that breathe, and for my health. Forever grateful for my husband with his infinite patience, ability to make me laugh, and knowing when I need a hug.

Listening: To DMB station on iHeart Radio. Can’t get enough of DMB lately.

Wishing: More time with my bonus daughters (really missing them lately). Less time spent in the office but magically obtaining the same amount of salary. My taxes were automatically done.

What are you listening to, reading, and wishing for these days? 

Getting Real*

You’ve seen the movements on Instagram to post what your house really looks like: laundry waiting to be folded, dirty dishes, clutter. Or the suggestions on Facebook to post a picture of yourself make-up free. There are other posts about being real, really real, not just the person we wish we could be, the person that we can pretend to be all of the time since we ultimately control what we do or do not post online. I’ve always struggled with some of the realness I can share, mostly to protect those I love: I never divulged the ins & outs of our Custody Battle Royale, or the details of my mom’s final days because some things aren’t for online pages, but other things most certainly are. I know we all feel better to know that we are normal and aren’t Stepford Wives and I know that when I read posts like the one Lisa recently posted, I nod my head, I sigh, and I’m glad to know that I’m not alone.

I struggle….

* With my body image/weight. Not so much the number on the scale, but how I look. I’m very good at working out and staying toned/fit until the fall. It’s like I hit workout burnout and then all the good work I did is reversed. I know that I’m not overweight or obese but when I see a bit of cellulite in the mirror, I cringe. I have to walk a very fine line between enjoying my life and depriving myself, or getting totally exercise obsessed. It’s happened before. I don’t have the best image of myself. I don’t think that I’m attractive or would be perceived as in shape, never mind that I have awesome blood pressure and blood work, take supplements, drink my water, move everyday and am careful about what I eat (most of the time). It’s been a struggle for me since college and it’s still there, ten years later.

* When people ask me if Knight and I are going to start a family of our own. It’s such a personal question. It’s also something I can’t easily answer and don’t want to have to justify to others. Do I like kids? Yes! Do I think about having our own? Yes! Does that mean we will? I’m not sure. I always feel so awkward and almost like we are… an outcast couple if we don’t have kids, especially since all of our other friends have children.

* Letting my emotions out. I know I’ve had some open & emotional blogs this past year regarding losing mom and etc., but in my off line world, I have sucked it up and held it in. Sometimes because I have to be there for Dad and if he’s not strong, I feel like I have to be. Other times because even though I know that Knight is supportive, I don’t want to be the wife that cries or is sad every day. (I’m secure in our marriage, these are just stupid pressures I put on myself.) I’ve done the fake-it-til-you-make-it thing on more than one occasion, holding back the tears for a trip to the bathroom or the privacy of my car (which is hilarious because people can clearly see into my car). Me holding in the sadness, the angst, the tears, the confusion, the WHY IN THE WORLD stuff really got to me in November. I literally made myself sick with stomach issues and anxiety. Turns out that I all needed were several good cries and to allow myself to just… cry if I have to. Shout if I have to. Even knowing this, knowing I was making myself sick it’s still hard for me to open and honest and vulnerable when a friend asks how I’m doing.

* With being a stepmom. I love my Bonus Daughters in a huge, huge way but I’m always afraid. Afraid I’ll say or do the wrong thing, something that they will remember and tell their mom… something insignificant that will wind up being manipulated into a huge deal, even though it’s not and cause us grief and lawyer bills. I’m afraid that as they get older, they will resent me. I fear that I suck at parenting, that I’m doing it all wrong and will land the girls in a therapists office when they are older.

* Comparing myself to others. Their lives. Their bodies. Their possessions. Their carefree attitudes. Their blog stats or beautiful blog designs. The people who take gorgeous shots with their cameras. I don’t always feel included in this online community, which is silly since I opt to partake in it and yet sometimes I feel like I missed the invite to sit at the cool kids’ table. (Cue high school flashbacks…)

What would you like to share about your Real World? 

 

* Title of the post inspired by the opening lines to The Real World, back when I actually cared to watch the show: “the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite… and start getting real.”

2014, 2015 and Intentions

IMG_3782Oh, 2014. You were quite possibly the toughest year I’ve had yet. Full of unwanted change. Lots of tears shed. Uncertainty. Confusion, anger, grief, denial, fist shaking at the world. Days where I wanted to curl up in a ball and ignore the world. Questions about cancer, the medical world, why it takes some people and not others. Wondering where in the universe my beautiful  mom is now. Adjusting to life with one parent, supporting my dad when he needs it, missing my best friend. Learning to be a friend, bonus mom, wife, daughter in the face of all this change, even when I didn’t want to. You took my mom and for that, I’m forever changed. You may be over, but I will carry the changes thrust upon me, the adjustments to my life, my personality, my world views and perspective for the rest of my life. {Photo by me, December 2014}

While you were perhaps the hardest year to get through, there were some triumphs: surviving the holidays and more importantly, knowing that I can. And, there were some great moments: visits with friends that filled my heart, finding out that several of my good friends were pregnant, conquering some things I feared at work, working out every day for two months which made me realize I’m capable and strong, reading 66 books, enjoying Disney as an adult, celebrating two years of marriage with my husband, turning 31 and not being afraid of entering my 30s.

And now, 2015 is upon us, six days in and nothing feels different. In years past I felt a wave of relief when the calendar changed, but not this year.  A simple flip of the calendar doesn’t change what I will forever carry, but it does remind me that I have moved forward, bit by bit, even on days I didn’t want to.

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Very rarely have I made a resolution, with the exception of meeting my reading goals, that I’ve been able to follow through on 100%. This year I’m setting intentions. Things that I hope will gradually become a part of my life, making me into an improved, well-rounded person. I have them plastered to the inside of our pantry and listed in my planner so I can’t miss them, forget and can integrate them slowly but surely.

1. Walk 10-15 miles a week on the Treadclimber, working my way up to 20 miles a week (or more, depending on how the year goes). Weight train three days a week and start yoga and/or kickboxing on the weekends. (I was doing so great at working out but between a pulled ab muscle, hurting my back & being sick for a week in December, things fell by the wayside quickly in the taking care of myself department.)

2. Read 62 books, with at least 10 of them coming from the pile of books I own that I have not yet read. I’m also planning on using the Book Riot Reading Challenge, thanks to reading about it on some of my book-minded friends’ blogs.

3. Take a real lunch hour two days a week. Use this time to read or write, get away from the office, wander around Target, take a drive, anything but being in the office for 9-10 hours a day.

4. Get back to journaling. I’m using the “one sentence a day,” journal as a spring board for this.

5. Take no crap/put up with no shit. I’m disengaging from things that I can’t stand (and can’t fix), letting go and sticking up for myself.

6. Make sure the TV is off at least two nights a week around meal time so that I can engage and enjoy time with my husband, don’t turn the TV on just for noise (music instead!), pick up more books, magazines, talk to those around me.

I have a few hopes for this year, too: make a few t-shirt quilts out of my mom’s t-shirts, work on getting a craft area established in the basement, take a “just us,” vacation with Knight and have at least one true date night or day a month with him. I’ll be tracking my exercise goals in my planner, reading goals via Goodreads, and making notes in  my planner when I/we successfully meet my the other intentions.

How do you measure your goals/resolutions/intentions? What are you most looking forward to this year? 

More Love Letters: 12 Days of Love

12 DAYS GRAPHIC 3I’m excited to be participating in the More Love Letters 12 Days of Love Letters once again this year. If you aren’t familiar with MLL, as those in the know call it, I recommend you do: there are options to bring this to your college campus, for opportunities in the classroom, for individuals and so much more. The premise is simple: write a note, a letter, a poem, a song, something full of encouragement and love and send it out into the world, to one of the many people who need to be lifted up. I’ve penned notes over the last few years for people who have lost loved ones, received rough diagnoses, for others who were celebrating sobriety, college acceptance letters, taking big risks and moves. I’ve also been on the receiving end of letters during times I needed them most and even on days where I thought I was ok, but those letters, those words that friends sent to me, they mean more than I can express. All of those notes and letters, even emails that I’ve printed out go into a box that I look at when I’m down and blue.

It’s a wonderful experience and with that, I hope you’ll join me this year in sending love, positivity and encouragement to Mardi! All you need is a pen, paper/a pretty card/construction paper/a postcard, and a few minutes of your time to help brighten someone’s day.

The details about this request:

Today we’d love help scripting letters for Mardi. Her sister wrote to us “My sister is insanely smart, creative, hard-working, dedicated, and full of potential. She’s 29 and has recently discovered her passion and talent in handmade jewelry and nail polish, becoming an entrepreneur about a year ago and working hard to run her own online business ever since. But there are still many hard days, most of which leave her feeling unworthy, unmotivated, and unloved. I love Mardi dearly and I want her to know how special she really is, how much love she is surrounded by, and how much untapped potential she has for complete greatness. I think a love letter bundle could exponentially change the way she sees not only herself but the goodness of other people.” Let us show Mardi some love and encouragement to keep going with her passion!

Send your letter by December 19th to:
Alix C.
8217 Thornhill Drive
North Richland Hills, TX 76182

Have time to craft a few more letters? Check out the other 12 Days of Love Letter Requests here, and remember to check back! There’s a new one everyday through the 19th of December.

Happy writing & thank you in advance for participating.

Four Things

Borrowing this idea from Lisa (and her sister) today. It’s been a week: weird weather, working at odd hours to support an event in the Middle East which meant working from midnight to 3am this week in addition to my regular hours at the office, I have no idea what day it is so that means a fun post today!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

1. Laylou ( a nickname my mom gave me that stuck)
2. Sweets (what Knight calls me)
3. Sis (what my brother calls me)
4. Uh… sometimes Nor, but that’s infrequent

Four jobs I’ve had:  

1. Customer Service Rep for Scholastic books for a summer while in college. I loved it because they gifted the latest Harry Potter books to their employees!
2. Hostess at a BBQ restaurant, also while in college.
3. Nanny, all throughout college
4. Aide to a legally blind student; helped her with her shopping, proofing papers, etc.

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. The Holiday
2. Love Actually
3. You’ve Got Mail
4. The Godfather

Four books I’d recommend:

1. The Elm Creek Quilt Series by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. Very Valentine, Adriana Trigiani
3. Jennifer Weiner’s early books (can’t pick just one)
4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

Four places I’ve lived:

1. Orlando, FL
2. Wisconsin
3. New Jersey
4. New York

Four places I’ve visited:

1. Toronto, Canada
2. Door County, WI
3. Rivera Maya, Mexico
4. England: London + several small towns

Four things I prefer not to eat:

1. Tree nuts thanks to my allergies
2. Mushrooms
3. Biscuits & gravy
4. Bratwurst

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Mexican food as a whole; LOVE.IT.
2. Homemade sauce and meatballs
3. Cheese and crackers
4. A really good burger

Four TV shows I watch: 

1. NCIS: LA
2. Chrisley Knows Best (reality show, it’s hilarious)
3. Scandal
4. Storage Wars

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. The wedding of one of my forever friends
2. Meeting all the babies: I have 4 friends expecting their first child in March/April time frame
3. A few mini trips to see & catch-up with friends
4.

Four things I’m always saying:

1. Not OK.
2. Just five more minutes.
3. Watch your head (I say this to Jack often since he’s blind in one eye)
4. Thank you for calling… (part of my standard greeting when I answer my phone)

What are four things you are looking forward to this coming year? Any other of your Four that you want to share? 

Us Night Movies

Thanks to everyone who gave me recommendations on my Me Night Movies post. I’ve added several of them to my Netflix list for future viewing pleasure!

Since it’s cold and gross where I am (ice on the ground, whipping winds and chilly temps as I write this), I figured it would be a good time to share some of the “us,” movies that Knight and I watch as a couple. It’s unusual for us to have a true movie night but we try to get one or two in a month, during which time we may do some tiny projects (ironing, organizing, whatever) or we may just relax with some popcorn and enjoy. All depends on our mood.

What we saw in theaters:

Note: we rarely go to the theaters. Maybe every three months? When we go, we tend to see the independent/quirky movies as those are my most favorite. 

Chef. You guys, this movie. I laughed. I cried. I craved every single food they made. I wanted to get up and dance to the music. This movie is more than just a feel-good story; it’s full of ups & downs, triumphs and pitfalls. One of those movies I would watch again, and again and again…

St. Vincent. We saw this movie on Thanksgiving with my dad. Oh, all of the feelings. All of the tears (happy and sad). Bill Murray is simply amazing in his role, Melissa McCarthy is a delight and shows her more serious side. If you get a chance to see this one, do it. It will have you thinking long past the moment you walk out of the theater door.

What we rented/got via Netflix over the last few months:

Admission. I love Tina Fey. I love Paul Rudd. This movie was, eh, ok. Not as funny as I thought it would be, and when I popped into the DVD player, I was looking for funny & some laughs, not serious. Despite the lack of yucks, it was still a well done movie and makes some interesting points.

Sex Tape. The previews for this looked hilarious and since we missed it in theaters over the summer, we were looking forward to it. Funny but again, not as funny as I thought it would be. Some moments were awkward. Some were ridiculous (maybe because we know what the Cloud is and how technology works… there were some fatal script flaws that I had a hard time with that would have made the whole movie avoidable). Overall I kind of wish I could have the hour and 45 minutes back on this one.

That Awkward Moment. This movie felt a lot like a romantic comedy, but instead of for girls, for dudes. The plot follows the romances of three best guy friends, how they get there, how they deal with it, how they do (or don’t) tell each other about the relationships. Knight enjoyed this movie and I liked the story told from the guy’s point of view. Perfect date night movie (with more laughs & man humor than schmoop).

Neighbors. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny. It’s what we were looking for and it fit the bill in every way. I don’t know the last time Knight laughed so hard (he was almost in tears at several points). My favorite scene is towards the end when Rose Byrne & Seth Rogen are talking about how they like brunch and are excited over the smell of coffee. Just, yes.

A.C.O.D. (Adult Children of Divorce). Another great flick dealing with the aftermath of divorce on adult children. It’s… well, so far, it seems true. There is a lot covered in this movie that rings true for me and Knight with all that we’ve dealt/been through so far, and what we expect to come. (Misconceptions of divorce, how kids see it at a young age vs. when they get older, etc. etc.) This movie is mostly a comedy, with some romance, mixed in with coming of age and realizing the world is kind of harsh. Bonus: it has a great cast!

What’s the last movie you saw in theaters? What’s your perfect date night movie?