Special & Awareness Days – July 2017

Here is a list of Special and Awareness Days that are marked for July. I hope this post helps inspire your blog posts.

MONTH

Picnic Month

Water Colour Month

Ice Cream Month

Independent Retailer Month

WEEKS

3rd – 9th – World Sarcoma Awareness Week

24th – 30th – National Parks Week

DAYS

  1. Canada Day / Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day / Second Half of the Year Day
  2. World UFO Day
  3. Disobedience Day
  4. Independence Day
  5. Bikini Day
  6. International Kissing Day
  7. Global Forgiveness Day / Tell The Truth Day / Chocolate Day
  8.  –
  9. Don’t Step on A Bee Day / Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  10. World Population Day
  11. Different Coloured Eyes Day
  12. International Rock Day / Embrace Your Inner Geek Day
  13. Shark Awareness Day
  14. World Snake Day / Guinea Pig Appreciation Day
  15. World Day for International Justice / World Emoji Day
  16. World Jump Day / Moon Day
  17. Junk Food Day
  18. Samaritans Awareness Day / Tell an Old Joke Day
  19. One Voice Day / All or Nothing Day
  20. World Hepatitis Day
  21. International Tiger Day
  22. World Friendship Day / Paperback Book Day
  23. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons / World Ranger Day

 

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 1

One of the items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to create a list of My 101 Favourite Movies. I have actually done it… I am almost 100% positive that I have missed out a number of movies that I really, really like but this is as good as it is going to get for now. Also if I listed all of my favourite movies I might have to make a 1001 Movies.

There are a number of reasons why I consider these my favourite movies, story line, special effects, performances etc… sometimes though it is because of the feeling I got when I watched them. They may have sparked my imagination, made me feel good or maybe sad. I suppose what I trying to say is that I cannot justify my choices, I just like them.

Where there is a series of movies that I enjoy I have just included the movie I have watched the most from that series.

As it is such a long list I thought I would split it into five different parts, four of 20 and one of 21 to make it easier to read.  I have not categorised the movies or put them in order of preference.

Part 1 

Ever After (1998)I love this movie so much.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) – I love Sean Connery

The Matrix (1999)to be honest this is the only movie I actually like in the trilogy. 

Casablanca (1942) – Here’s looking at you, kid!

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)This is a movie I put off watching for ages but it really is an interesting story with great performances. Out of all the movies on this list this is the only one I have only ever watched once, but I would watch it again. 

Lord of the Rings – Return of the King (2003) 

Jurassic Park (1993) – The original and the best. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – How can anyone not enjoy this movie. 

Toy Story 3 (2010) – It broke me……

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – My favourite Disney Animation.

Back to the Future (1985)

The Prestige (2006) 

Singing in the Rain (1952)

Some Like it Hot (1959)

The Green Mile (1999) – This is a bit of a strange one because I really enjoy the concept.

Stand By Me (1986) 

Hairspray (2007)I love John Travolta’s performance in this. 

Grease (1978)and in this… nearly 30 years earlier… lol! 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) This was one of the first DVD’s I owned so I watched it over and over again, also with directors commentary, at a time when it was all new.  

So this is the end of Part 1… what do you think?

Emma and I

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E M M A   &   I 

Shelia Hocken 

My Rating: 4/5

The Blurb: As a girl, Sheila never let her gradual descent into blindness prevent her from trying to do everything a sighted person could do. Then at 17, unable to see to find her way around the house she grew up in, she found herself dreading her future in an ‘ever darkening vacuum’.

But then the remarkable Emma enters her life, and Sheila begins a journey that brings her the independence, love and happiness she never dreamed possible.

Emma and I is the moving and inspirational story of the unique bond between Sheila and her dog, and shows that, sometimes, miracles do happen.

My Review:

My mother read this book about 12 months ago and recommended that I read it. To be honest I was a bit reluctant as I am not into animal stories however it was not what I was expecting.

Shelia the author of her own story is truly an inspirational human being who I have nothing but admiration for. Born to a blind parents Shelia never considered her life to be abnormal.  Shelia lived the same as everyone else only she learnt to do things in a different way, she even cooked. One story that made me smile was after she left home and moved in with her friend. Her friend brought two mice and when she was away Shelia would feed them. One day though Sheila felt something soft on the work surface and believed it was one of her friends mice, so she caught it and put it back in the cage. When her friend returned home she had a shock when she saw three mice in the cage instead of two. Shelia’s independence grew after being paired with Emma, a chocolate brown Labrador.

Reading about Emma’s exploits though is at times both amazing and humorous. Emma would do things and you were left wondering how she did it? Even Shelia was left in awe at times. Emma was truly a remarkable Guide Dog.

Throughout this book Shelia openly conveys her hope and her despair, it is a roller coaster of emotions at times for the reader. I did however really enjoy reading this book and reading about how adaptable Shelia was to the circumstances in her life has helped me re-evaluate things in my life. It is a wonderful inspirational memoir and puts things into perspective. I recommend that everyone who is feeling a little low read this.

Book: 16/60 on the 101 List   9/25 – For 2017

Pay It Forward…

One of my favourite things is discovering new, interesting words and there meanings. I usually never remember them but this one stuck with me and seems very relevant at this moment in time.

Kuebiko

Kuebiko (Japanese) – (n) a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence

Lately I am waking up each morning and wondering what I going to be faced with when I switch on the TV. Terrorism and disaster dominates the news at the moment, locally as well as globally. There appears to be no end to the many ways humans can cause others grief. Witnessing it on a daily basis through the media is indeed exhausting and also out of my control.

Their are people I know who have stopped watching/listening/reading the news because they find it too distressing, but is turning a blind eye to the suffering of those around you the right thing to do? I have no idea! I am not here to tell anyone what they should or should not be doing.

There are no words that can explain the sorrow, the heartache, the grief, the tears and especially the pain. The mental, emotional and physical pain anyone who has lost someone or who been affected in some way by the recent atrocities. I can not pretend that I know or even understand what the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Manchester, London and the terrible incident at Grenfell Tower are feeling as well as those affected by the other awful incidents that are occurring around the globe on a daily basis. I feel completely helpless.

What is wonderfully heartwarming though is how people/communities have come together to help those in need. For every person out there who wants to cause harm their are 10 people at least who are willing to help and expecting no reward in return.

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There is a movie called “Pay it Forward”, you may be aware of it already. It is also a novel by Catherine Ryan. The concept of “Pay it Forward” has been going for sometime. In fact there is even a Pay it Forward day, which in 2018 will be on the 27th April. The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it forward.

Instead of waiting till next year for that one day, wouldn’t it be nice if we could put it into practice in our everyday lives, now. The gestures do not have to be big. It could be holding a door open for someone, helping someone in a wheelchair or a pram get off public transport, smiling, helping a colleague at work with something. We may not be able to make the whole world a better place but if it is within our power we should try and make it a better place for those around us.

 

 

 

Even though I try to do this anyway, I know I could and can do better. I have become cynical in my old age. So, as my own personal tribute to all those affected by any terrorist attack or disaster, man made or natural, anywhere in the world. I will be doing my best to make someone’s day a little brighter and I hope whoever I help will “Pay it Forward”.

Health & Well Being Sunday #2

Two weeks have flown by and there has been a bit of progress, with the help of Wonder Woman.

Last week I took my daughter to the cinema to see Wonder Woman. Since watching that movie my daughter has decided that she wants to be a fit as Wonder Woman or more precisely Gal Gadot. Due to this and to keep herself motivated she has decided that she is going to be my trainer. I am not complaining. I now have a poster of Wonder Woman on my wall to motivate me… lol!!! I remember watching Wonder Woman when I was child and Lynda Carter was in the lead role. I used to spin round for ages to see if my clothes would change, they never did, I would just end up falling over.

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We had been running a couple of times before watching the movie but our training routine has become more structured over the past 10 days or so. I hope we keep it up. I doubt whether I would actually end up being as fit as Wonder Woman but it is good to have a goal. lol!

WELL BEING 

About a month ago my general “well being” had become pretty low. I couldn’t stop crying, I was really emotional, over-reacting about everything. I felt as though I was in quick sand and the more I struggled against it, the quicker I was sinking.There were a lot of reasons why I was feeling that way, in fact it was because there were so many things that I couldn’t stop myself from sinking. I had to admit that I needed help.

So I toddled off to the Doctors who I swear is sick to death of seeing me this year and explained how I was feeling. She told me that my brain was struggling to process everything at the moment and that I needed to give it a rest. It was like trying to work a computer with a thousand different tabs up. I was prescribed an anti-depressant (happy pills.. yay) to help me to relax. It is working I am not as emotional and I am coping a lot better. I have not made this well known within my social circles not because I am ashamed but because I don’t want to keep explaining things.

I didn’t ever want to go on anti-depressants again. I had been on them before after I had my daughter as I had post-natal depression which would be 17 years ago now. It took me a long time to admit that I needed help this time. They are not a permanent solution for me just a temporary fix.

IN OTHER NEWS… 

I had to go to the dentist again. I mentioned in the last post at the beginning of the month that I was in pain again with my mouth. My filling/crown had become loose and it was causing some discomfort. I have had it fixed but there is still some pain there so we will see how it goes.

GOALS 

So, last time I set myself 4 things to do over the past two weeks. Here is my progress so far…

1. Is to create a list of all the things I want I to complete this year and set out a schedule.

Currently in progress – To do this I have printed off calendar pages from printablecalendars.com. I have scheduled several things I want to complete but I still have some way to go.

2. Not play on the games so much – limit it to maybe 30 minutes a day or less

Completed – I am not spending any longer than 30 minutes on games. Due to this a few times I have actually forgotten about them and have not been on at all.

3. Go Running… I have been a few times need to try for twice a week.

Completed – Though still in progress. I need to keep it up.

4. Revisit my Health and Fitness Journal.

In Progress – I have got loads of things now to add to this so I need to spend a little longer on it.

MORE GOALS 

Here are the goals for over the next two weeks and possibly beyond…

  1. Running twice a week – start building up stamina
  2. Carry on with Health and Fitness Journal – add a “Well Being” section. (Might move it into a ring binder.
  3. Healthy Eating – Organise my lunch better for work. Get ideas so can start when come back from holiday.
  4. Increase my Water intake
  5. Start a strength workout – need a stronger core.
  6. Begin Planking… again!
  7. Keep to a schedule

Seven things this time… I am hoping to add to this list at the end of every Health and Well Being post so I can update a managed progress rather than just random blog posts.

Next Health and Well Being Sunday – Sunday 2 July 2017

40 Things To Do Before 40…

Have you ever seen those lists people compile of all the things you should do before you reach whatever milestone age you will be. As you know I like lists and am all for a challenge.  I am currently trying to create my Ultimate Bucket List which includes a lot of travel as there are so many places I want to see.

I also have a 101 List which runs up until my 39th which is in just under 2 years time. I reach the half way point in November… When the 101 List ends I quite fancy the idea of doing a 40 Things Before 40…. but what should I have on it?

I know it is going to take me ages to come up with ideas so I am going to start gathering peoples thoughts and jotting down things.

I am also contemplating the idea of having a theme. I was watching something the other day where they were interviewing a comedian who is turning 30 years old next year. He stated that instead of having a party, he wanted to go to 30 restaurants all over the UK throughout the year to mark it. I quite fancy doing something like that only not going to restaurants, I’m not very foody.

Whatever the finished list becomes will of course depend on financial situation.

There are of course some ground rules.

  • The goals have to be achievable and able to complete within 366 days (2020 is a leap year).
  • The goals have to be measurable or physical so there is evidence of completion.
  • Skinny dipping, streaking or anything else that involves me exposing myself in anyway is not going to appear on the list. I would not want to give anyone including myself nightmares.

So any suggestions? Let me know…

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I Can Save Today. You Can Save The World.

#WonderWoman

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W O N D E R   W O M A N 

CAST : Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davies

DIRECTOR : Patty Jenkins

RATING : 4.5/5

THE BLURB : Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

MY REVIEW :

While I endured Batman vs Superman there was one moment in particular that caught my attention. It was the moment we saw a photo of Wonder Woman taken with a band of four during World War 1. I wanted to know more about that photo, who were those men? And, what was Wonder Woman doing during World War 1? That was the movie I wanted to watch. Someone out there obviously had the same idea because that is the movie I got and I really enjoyed it.

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(l-r) SAÏD TAGHMAOUI as Sameer, CHRIS PINE as Steve Trevor, GAL GADOT as Diana, EUGENE BRAVE ROCK as The Chief and EWEN BREMNER as Charlie in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN.” ©Warner Bros. Entertainment/Ratpac Dune Entertainment. CR: Clay Enos.

This movie is not without its flaws but I am not going to spend my time pointing them out, they are fairly obvious. Instead I want to mention what wonderful job all the actors did in their respective roles.

Gal Gadot our leading lady, Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman, is simply beautiful in her role. She proves that a female superhero can be just as fierce and loyal as any male but also empathetic stating that she “chooses love”.  Chris Pine was also very good in his role as Steve Trevor. Initially I thought he was just going to reprise his role as Captain Kirk. As much I love Chris Pine, I do find he plays a lot of his roles very similar. However, you cannot help but like Steve Trevor and his comical secretary, Etta Candy (Lucy Davies).  Sameer, Charlie and The Chief are also fun.

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The action sequences were engaging, I enjoyed the soundtrack that went along with them. I was interested in the way DC managed to combine the horrors of the Great War especially the introduction of chemical warfare. The scientist Dr Maru nicknamed Dr Poison was a character who was quite chilling in appearance as well as in nature. I felt as though her role should have been bigger.

For a DC movie there is quite a big dollop of humour which I would have associated more with the Marvel Movies which could be the reason why I liked it so much. Patty Jenkins did a really good job as the first female director of a Superhero movie. I think it is thanks to her that we have a movie that appeals to all, rather than just teenage boys.

I am hoping that this movie marks a turning point in the recent history of DC movies. Overall I really enjoyed this movie despite its flaws. It has erased some of mistakes made with Batman vs Superman which leads me to hope that there is some hope for The Justice League Movie.