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Sunset at the Pier

Back in February I visited Clearwater FL with my family.

Once we checked into our airbnb home, we asked the owners what there was to do around town.

They told us Sunset at the Pier is a very popular activity, so we figured we had a little time before picking up my best friend at the airport. So off we went.

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We drove the 5 minutes, and parked and walked out onto the white sandy beaches, and realized this was going to be a beautiful night.

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The February air was chilly, but all in all, the night was beautiful.

It is nights like these that I wish I was an amazing photographer, that can capture the moment.

we spent a fair amount of time taking photos of the sunset, walking the pier to look at everything the vendors were selling, watching the very brave birds get up close and personal with the tourists.

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It was the perfect night to start our time in Florida.

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My Summer Movie List

Yesterday I told you how my summer is going to be all about the R&R mainly because I can’t escape to some tropical deserted island as my bank account might as well have $0 in it, as I have multiple plans coming up I need to save for. So I made my reading List yesterday.

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Today’s list is going to be all about movies. I am not counting any movies that are to be released this summer, these are movies already released & I have been told I need to watch, but never have quite watched. Yes there are some classics on here, that a lot of my friends find disturbing that I have not seen.

Although, when I was sending out messages to friends & families, it was pretty difficult coming up with a list. I clearly have seen a lot of movies. So after multiple texts, emails and conversations, I made the following list 🙂

Seriously I URGE you to sit down, and make a list of 50 movies you have not seen, it is much harder than you think.

So my movie list, for those days I am too sunburned to lay out by the pool 🙂

1. The Beach
– I had the biggest crush on Leo as a teen, this movie has been on my list for years, and I have never sat down and actually watched it. I know it is considered the ultimate travel movie.

2. The Motorcycle Diaries (English Subtitled)
-Why I have never seen this movie is beyond me, I have watched to watch it but never gotten around to it

3. City of God (English Subtitled)
-I have been told I should watch this for years, but the fact that it makes Rio look bad, made me not want to watch it, as I want to go to Rio in 2016, I feel I should finally watch it.

4. Adventures In Babysitting
-I have a sick obsession with Thor, and the fact that a kid runs around dressed as Thor is reason enough for me to finally sit down and watch this movie.

5. A Good Year
-When I googled movies about travel this came up, I didn’t hear about it prior to making this list.

6. Thelma & Louise
-AGAIN another wow moment, I have not seen a movie that is considered classic and features a very young Brad Pitt.

7. Into the Wild
-I am planning on reading the book, so I figured I should watch the movie too. 🙂

8. Under the Tuscan Sun
-Again planning on reading the book, so therefore I should watch the movie. Plus there may be a trip to Tuscany in my very near future 😉

9. Little Miss Sunshine
-I have no clue why I have not seen this, even though I have wanted too. It is time, and I just saw a grown up Breslin in The Call, I should watch the movie that made her a star!

10. Office Space
-I know! Let’s move on.

11. Memento
-another one, that I am not sure why I have not watched. Just slipped through the cracks.

12. Lucas
-Told it was a total geek movie, and a must watch, as I love all things geek, well count me in!

13. Battle Royale
-I joke the Hunger Games in a way changed my life (it did!) and when the rumors that it was a rip off of this movie went around I refused to watch it, but given I am such a fan of The Hunger Games, I feel like I owe to try and watch this film… at least once.

14. The Crow
-When Brandon Lee (who I was seriously going to be his very young bride someday) died during the making of this film, I refused to EVER watch it. Now that I have grown up and realized I was never going to be his woman, I decided it is time to sit down and FINALLY watch it. RIP Brandon Lee

15. The Big Lebowski
-I am sick of not getting the jokes. End of Story.

16. Being John Malkovich
-interesting concept, yet I have never watched it.

17. Sneakers
-The movie promises govt deception & Betrayal yep count me in 🙂

18. Revenge of the Nerds Triple Feature (Revenge of The Nerds, Revenge of the Nerds II, & Revenge of the Nerds III)
-How can you be a nerd and not have seen these movie? No clue, and in an effort to redeem my nerdy qualities, I will watch this movie. Promise.

19. Hackers
-A friend said they are disowning me until I watch this movie sooo….

20. Alien
– I don’t want to have nightmares I told a friend (who shall remain nameless) so all I have to say if I watch and get nightmares? oh it is on. you have been warned 🙂

21. Robocop
-another movie why I can’t really explain why I have never watched it.

22. Blade Runner: The Final Cut
-The same friend that disowned me for not seeing Hackers said the same for this, and told me not to text him again until I watch both…

23. Minority Report
-I have tried watching this multiple times, but seriously EVERY time I tried to watch it, something happens. I am turning my phone off when I watch this one.

24. Repo Man (1984)
-YOU have to watch the 80s version Jen, not the Jude Law one… But Jude Law is cute was my response, but I suppose I can always watch the Jude Law one too…

25. Pan’s Labyrinth
-fantasy worlds, a sadistic father? No wonder it got so much Oscar Cred, why I have not seen it though, is the real mystery.

26. Predator 2
-Saw the first one. Stopped there, apparently according to my friend. I am an idiot. I don’t want to be an idiot.

27. The Chronicles of Riddick
-One of my friends ordered me to call in sick and watch these films immediately. I didn’t do that, but I did tell him I would add it to my list.

28. Pitch Black
-See number 27

29. Predators
-See number 26….

30. King Solomon’s Mines
-Don’t know much about this one, but it was recommended three times!

31. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (Uncut)

32. Flight of the Navigator

33. Citizen Kane

34. Taxi Driver

35. 2001: A Space Odyssey
-Classic Nerd movie, that I have not seen. For Shame!

36. A Streetcar Named Desire

37. Notorious

38. Rebecca

39. Rebel Without a Cause
-A classic James Dean movie I have not see, shameful. Just Shameful

40. An American in Paris

41. Out of Africa

42. Endless Summer

43. Time Traveler’s Wife
-When I googled time travel movies this came up a lot, yet I have never seen it and I love Eric Bana. I figured I needed at least one chick flick.

44. Peggy Sue Got Married
-Again a movie that came up a few times but I didn’t hear about until recently

45. Hot Tub Time Machine
-I have heard it is beyond hilarious, and a must see.

46. Time Bandits
-Googled Time Travel movies and this popped up

47. 12 Monkeys
-Was told it is good, was never interested in it, so we will see.

48. The Time Machine
-Because of the Big Bang Theory Episode, that is really the only reason
I want to watch it. I know NERD FAIL.

49. Bridges of Madison County
-reading the book and needless to say my Midwestern Trip I want to be prepared 🙂

50. Cedar Rapids
– I am trying to figure out the big deal with Iowa 😉 just kidding my
special Iowa Friend.

I must admit while I was typing this list I found myself laughing at the reasons I put these on my list. 🙂 I am glad it is a well rounded list and if I make it through them, I will have a MUCH harder time coming up with additional lists 🙂

What movies would be on your list?

XOXO

Summer Reading

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I have a lot of plans coming this summer, so needless to say a lot of my free time is going to be getting caught up on all the nerdy shows (that is tomorrow’s post) and reading… a lot! With San Diego Comic Con, a trip through the Midwest, Florida then a cruise in November, I am pretty much grounded on spending. I may take a road trip here and there, but that is a big maybe.  I will be pinching pennies pretty much until Christmas.

So I decided to make my summer book & Movie/TV watch lists. It is time to read those books I thought about reading & those must see nerdy TV shows or movies. Especially since I am most likely going to be laying out by the pool enjoying the sunshine the majority of my summer 🙂

Those who know me know I read a lot, and I try to read as often as possible. It is a nice mental escape for when I can’t “really” escape.

I have an Ipad mini, and it is perfect for grabbing those Kindle books and reading when I have down time. (which is often right now  (sadface) ) Links are included to check out, if you are interested, I know I am!!

anyway I have been asking around and looking at new books to come out, and I have my summer reading list. I can typically read 2 books a week as I read often before bed, or out of boredom and I really do get a joy out of reading. So these are the 20 books I hope to read before Labor Day!

So without further ado My Summer book list:

1. Joyland (Hard Case Crime)
– Stephen King (Stephen King, Carnys and Crime oh yeah baby
Read my Review

2. Bad Monkey
– Carl Hiaasen
Read my review of Bad Monkey

3. The Heist: A Novel
– Janet Evanovich
Read my review of The Heist

4. The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
– J. Maarten Troost (this book is pretty well read in the travel Community & I think I need to read it too)

5. Blood Yellow
– Ashley Nemer
Read my review of Blood Yellow

6. The Lost Consipiracy
– Frances Hardinge (stumbled across this YA Fantasy, which is often my favorite genre)

7. Prodigy: A Legend Novel
– Marie Lu (I read Legend, and I need to read book 2, this summer is a good time to read it)

8. Psych’s Guide to Crime Fighting for the Totally Unqualified
(I love Psych & Totally didn’t know this existed ha!)

9. Second Honeymoon
– James Patterson.
Read my review of Second Honeymoon

10. The Bridges of Madison County
– Robert James Waller- to prepare for my Midwestern Road Trip

11. The Passage: A Novel  Finished June 20, 2013
– Justin Cronin – (heard a rumor it was optioned by Ridley Scott, so now I need to read it 🙂 )
Read my review of the passage

12. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America
– Bill Bryson (A travel book based in America, not something common in the travel world)

13. Throne of Glass
– Sarah J. Maas
Read my Review

14. Into the Wild
– Jon Krakauer (another travel book I have read a LOT about, and decided it was time to read)

15. The 5th Wave
– Rick Yancey (heard good things about it, gonna have to give it a go)

16. The Madman’s Daughter (Madman’s Daughter – Trilogy)
– Megan Shepherd
Read my Review

17. Undead
– Kirsty McKay
Read my Review

18. Storm (Elemental)
– Brigid Kemmerer- (I am always good with a series)

19. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)
– Marissa Meyer
Read my review of Cinder

20. Under the Never Sky
– Veronica Rossi (another series book that has been on my list)
Read my Review

As you can see, I love fantasy, dystopian  books (which is all  the rage right now thanks to the Hunger Games!)  I am sure I will get through these quickly, and I am open to suggestions!

What is on your Summer reading list?

XOXO

Jen vs The Cubicle

I am pretty good with change, but when I was trying to decide on a new name for my Texas Travel Girl website I just couldn’t let it go.  I love the name too much, but at the same time I felt it was not “right” for what I wanted to do.

At the Delicate Arch
At the Delicate Arch

So I thought long and hard about it and I decided two sites would work better for me, and I always joke that my main goal in life is to escape my cubicle as often as possible, and the name Cubicle Escapee was  born.

Truth is, I often feel as if I am battling my cubicle. 

I hate working in a cubicle, zero sunlight, I stare at a computer all day, so much time is spent on the phone, and GOD help me when I am sitting next to someone that is sick and hacking up a lung (eww!) .. it is truly dreadful.  Yes, I have looked for something a little more exciting and I have found those jobs tend to offer 10 WHOLE DAYS in PTO.  I currently have 25.

No thanks,  I will take this cubicle over some other dreadful job that gives only 10 measly days.

for now anyway

Even as a child I loved traveling, especially trips to the beach :)
Even as a child I loved traveling, especially trips to the beach 🙂

I don’t really just escape my cubicle for International travel, although believe me I do try to plan that as often as possible, but I find that weekends are a great way to escape too. There are a lot of wonderful escapes out there.

"running" a local race, I struggled, but then again I could have been at work...
“running” a local race, I struggled, but then again I could have been at work…

I am dedicating this site to the every day person, who works and has to use their days off & PTO to travel.   People like me.

I will write about saving money for that RTW trip I am dreaming of taking.  I however will not be doing this trip for a VERY long time, so these posts won’t be too overwhelming, until I decide to get serious about it.  I only have $18 in my savings for that trip, I know I want to do it, but I need a few things to line up first.  So while I save casually I need a few debts to end before I can get really serious about it. All my Rio 2016 posts will be here from now on too.  I am very serious about getting to Rio for the Olympics. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The first Olympics in South America?  Count me in.  Even if I am eating rice & ramen for every meal in 2016. 🙂

I will write about food, road trips, budgets, flights & international trips, when I finally take one.  There will be a lot of Disney, Nerdy trips & possibly  a book review or two (especially when I am broke and all I can afford to do is get to and from work!) If it involves being away from work, it will be here 🙂

I will defeat this blasted cubicle

Sometimes Pixie Dust maybe needed to escape
Sometimes Pixie Dust maybe needed to escape

When I take a cheap trip, which I do often, I will let you know how I did.

Us Cubicle Junkies have to stick together after all!  Because, any cubicle junkie knows, you really must escape as often as possible or you will go INSANE! 

Thanks for coming around. 🙂