Saturday, January 19, 2019

Movies I Watched In 2018

2018 was not a good movie year in terms of quantity but when I look back upon the quality of movies I watched I think it was pretty good! I mean, CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD ON THAT GIANT SCREEN JUST LIKE A DAY AFTER RELEASING ... the end! That was THE best best best movie experience of 2018! As always I kept track of everything I watched so I could do an end of year thing on my blog. So here it is ... my movie log from 2018!

First Time Watches
I watched this one for Sidharth Malhotra but honestly it was Akshay Khanna who was the star of this movie. The story was awesome, the mystery was awesome, the movie was made awesome. I enjoyed till the last scene! It was a well made movie with no nonsense, no songs, no nothing ... just straight murder mystery that kept me excited! Definitely liked this one a lot!

Again, I watched this one because of Sidharth Malhotra. It was okay. It was interesting to see what would happen as the story progressed. But it wasn't the best. Some of the things, I thought, were left unexplained. Sometimes during the movie my interest and attention faltered too. I didn't like the actress either. It was a nice one time watch to pass time. Definitely not the movie you'd watch more than once like some of Malhotra's other ones.

The Lion King wasn't technically my first time watch in 2018 but I watched it when I was really small so it felt like watching a new movie. There was so much more I understood and appreciated. I loved it. Mufasa's death made me cry so terribly - I think even more terribly than back when I was a kid. I had various opinions about Simba and his pride! Haha! I loved this movie so much! I can't wait for the remake to come out this year. Not sure if it would be as awesome as the original though!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before was a nice movie. I think they'll never be able to make the typical Hilary Duff style girly movies ever again. But still, this was good. I enjoyed the girly room decor and the entire narrated story style of girly movie. The actors weren't my favorite but I'm definitely watching the sequel that they say they will be making. It will be good hopefully!

Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald! THE BEST WATCH OF 2018!!! I wrote an entire blog post about this experience! You can find it right here. I can't wait for the next one!! I HAVE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second & Hundredth Time Watches
Watching Johnny Depp is awesome any day, anytime. And the Pirates' movies are so awesome in all aspects. I love the action, the humor, the adventure, everything! The music goes dhana dhan dhan - dhana dhan dhan - dhana dhan dhan - dhan nana ... and it feels like my heart starts pumping overtime putting me in pirate mode myself. Arrrrr! Always a great watch this one!

I didn't get to watch it till the end but it was good to re-watch it. Sidharth Malhotra is always nice to look at and this movie has so many emotions it makes me cry and what not. A good emotional thriller ... I love it! This was not the second time ... maybe like my fourth.

You know what was special this time ... I was watching it with Gubby darling! She fell in love with the movie too! She loved the characters, the jokes, the adventures Nemo, Dory, and Marlin! We laughed so much we went crazy. We still sing, 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!" Hahaha! Love the movie!

Finding Dory was again my movie time with Gubby this year. After she'd seen Finding Nemo she was super excited to watch Dory too. Personally, Finding Dory kinda makes me slightly sad - something that Finding Nemo doesn't do too much. But it is also so hilarious. Disney's finest movies, I swear ... both Nemo and Dory! I totally want more of these!

Of course the year is not complete until you've watched Harry Potter a gazillion times. And of course these are the BEST movies ever EVER EVER made!


Watched the minions with Gubby this time and obviously we had the time of our lives. I love these yellow idiotic minions so much and Gubby loves them too. It was really loads of fun watching this movie again, this time together!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 39

It's time for Volume 39 of The Wacky Finds Series!

These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

Oh the craziest things Gubby does. Here, Lily is getting a shot because she fell sick. No wonder a lot of my wacky finds are a result of play sessions with the Gubbster.

Another one thanks to Gubby darling! I actually enjoyed this one with her - one of those things I think I enjoyed even more than her! *laughs* This is a unicorn activity she did in a bucket full of water. This unicorn grew super big after being submerged in water and I was so excited. It was the first thing I checked every morning! Hahaha! Brilliant! Who made these? GENIUS!

I was clearing up space on my laptop when I came across a really old folder full of pictures I'd backed up from my iPhone in a rush. I found this screenshot there! That's Abbie messaging me while I am in the Operation Room getting a surgery done on my arm. It was such a scary day. And my Abbie was there with me as always! Love her so much. I'm saving these wacky text messages forever!

You've seen those 'satisfying posts' right? Check this one out. It's another old picture I found. That's a perfect cube of orange flavored Jello! Neat, isn't it?

Check this dude out. Conveying my sentiments exactly! Hahaha! I'd love to have him in my garden!

That's all folks! Until the next five wacky finds, have a wacky day!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

My 2019 New Year Resolutions!

2019 began for me while I was seated in the lobby at Fairmont Makkah Clock Tower post completing Umrah (pilgrimage). We were waiting for our bus to arrive so we could head to the airport and catch a flight back home. Ending the very hectic and horrible 2018 with a spiritual trip to Madinah and Makkah was good. I got the inner peace I needed and the sense of fresh beginnings I wanted as 2019 began for me. I fell sick upon returning home with 103 fever, the need for antibiotics, and diarrhea thanks to them. It felt like the curse of 2018 would never end. But now that I'm feeling so much better, with just a stubborn cough remaining, I am all set and ready to make myself some promises for the new year. It is time for me to set some goals for 2019 and I so hope that this year will be better and kinder to me than the last. Lets get started and dive straight in!

Love myself - truly, madly, deeply!
A goal I've been setting for myself since the past two or so years, this year too I promise to love myself truly, madly, deeply. Self love is very important to me and this year I want to be bigger and better at it. I want alone time, me time. I want peace. I want to do everything that makes me feel good and stay away from everything that does the opposite. From tiny things like attending to my drying winter skin with lotion to big things like achieving peace of mind and contentment of the heart ... I want to do it all.

Be silent in the face of stupidity!
I meet all kinds of stupid every second of my life and I've taken a stand to avoid it at all costs. This year I need to master the ultimate art of silence. To a great extent I do this already, out of being absolutely sick and tired of the stupids. But this year I'll be working on it consciously and this shall be one of my goals for the year.

Find and break a bad habit!
I think I may already have one ready to tackle this year. Not certain, but I'll be tracking down a bad habit and killing it by the time this year ends!

Become spiritually stronger!
So much to do and such little time in this world. This year I want to cross the finish line absolutely content with my efforts towards spiritual improvement. My soul needs it, my heart needs it, my mind needs it. I have a plan and I'm already onto it!

Be at my creative best!
Blogging regularly and creating awesome blog posts one after the other. Working in my Wreck This Journal. Creating more awesome bits for my Crafty Files. Starting a scrapbook or two. Doing lots of DIYs and crafts. Putting together beautiful display boards and decors. Baking and caking gorgeousness. Trying out delicious new recipes and learning how to cook lots of new stuff. Reading to my heart's content .... I have a LOT of creative stuff planned for myself this year!

Spend a lot of time in my room!
It is my happy corner in the house and to stay happy I will spend a lot more time in my room this year. I didn't last year because I'd either be in the living room or the kitchen or Abbie's study in my rare free time. This year it shall be me retiring in my beautiful room to some peace.

Make the most of every moment!
Last year's stressful hectic horrible situation made me set this as a goal to achieve this year. I have realized that a lot of things I worry about aren't even in my control; people, situations, problems, potential consequences of things ... it's just not in my control and I must stop stressing about these things. This year I promise myself to make the most of every moment. I want to squeeze the most out of every second of my life before it just passes me by.

Good luck to me!
Happy 2019!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Annual Blog Review ~ 2018!




"A mix of classic Desi spices make these chicken mince kababs taste out of this world. You cannot stop after just one, I promise you that. I usually eat a couple by the time I'm finished frying them and I'm not to be blamed ... it just happens, I swear! I'm innocent."

"This is a really warm and comforting Daal recipe - one which leaves you wanting more. It reminded me of the baked beans I used to look for whenever we were traveling and on vacation. The flavors are on point and it looks really yummy. It makes you feel really cozy and happy too! Impressive how much a Daal recipe can do, right?"

"When you find yourself walking towards an appetizer even though the last course of a meal has been served you know that the appetizer is deadly delicious. That's what happened with these BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels. They were deadly delicious! We ate them all day. Literally. I even stuffed myself with a pinwheel or two for breakfast. Then of course snacking. Oh and lunch. Ah yes, of course, dinner too. Wait, midnight snack as well duh! These disappeared so quickly that I had to make them a second time within three or so days. They're irresistible!"

This year I took up the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge once again. It was a hit! My theme was all about my stunning and delicious bakes from Sara's Baked Creations - my baking brand! Check it out by clicking below!

Another year of super wackiness! My Wacky Finds Series have been going awesome this year even though I missed a couple of the recent ones! Catch up by clicking the picture below!

I was super duper excited to host the Potterific July Instagram Challenge this year - something I plan to continue doing again and again! Check out the awesome challenge below ... it was a HUGE hit!

Once again this year July was dedicated to Harry Potter! I celebrated the magic all month with fabulous entries honoring the brilliant fandom! Find all the magic by clicking the picture below!

I posted some really good photography tips and tricks that have always been super helpful to me. Check it out by clicking below!

A post I published this year that is very close to my heart! Click below to read it!

I did it again this year! October Photography Month was so much fun! Click below to see all the beautiful pictures!

This year, for the first time ever, I also took part in November Journaling Month 2018! I still have to put up a pretty graphic for it. Find all the fun entries right here in this post!
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