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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. 🙂