Monday, April 23, 2018

Friend Movie Review: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Because I am a geek I've been reading MCU articles lately. One of these articles was a chronological MCU watching order that included all the television, Netflix, and One-Shots. The first movie on their list was Captain America. Made me wonder the merits of watching the movies in order of release vs the timeline. We have opted to go follow the original release dates. Which do you think is better? Leave a comment below or tell me on facebook.

This is the only Captain America movie we are watching in this series marathon. We watched the other two back in February...I wonder if that is still close enough to attempt a review. We will see.

The Good:
Susi: There were a lot of great one liners; laughter always makes for an enjoyable movie. It is acted well. I also like the character of the Captain. He was good before he had powers. It is seeing his humanity that makes him a great hero.
Stuart: I like the Captain. He's enjoyable to watch.
Brendan: There is the right amount of serious and funny. It might be set in World War II but it isn't a war drama or attempt the grit of  Saving Private Ryan. It has this found away to use the setting without mocking either. I also like the Captain's motivation, with the death of Dr. Abraham Erskine and losing Bucky he could have been set on a vengeance quest. I am glad that isn't what they did.
Me: I love this movie. I love Cap. I love his origin story. I love Peggy Carter. I really love Peggy Carter, her style, her wit, her...everything. She is high on my want to cosplay list. I love that the villain is Hugo Weaving. It is also just a charming, bitter sweet story. There are is a richness and goodness to the character of Rogers that I want in a superhero. It makes me want to watch more.

The Less Than Good:
Susi: Rogers went against a direct order and nothing happen. There was no penalty; he wasn't court marshaled. I get that such punishments would have stopped the plot but it wasn't believable.
Stuart: The technology to harness the Tesseract and make super weapons seemed unrealistic. It was too advanced to be unbelievable.
Brendan: The CGI wasn't great and the unhistorical weapons were problematic.
Me: There were moments the CGI took me out of the moment this time around. And the escape from the compound Bucky was being held in seemed over the top ridiculous.

This Time Around:
Brendan: Second favourite movie in Phase One
Me: I still love this movie. I am not sure which is my top Phase One movie but Captain America is in the running.

Favourite Scene:
Susi: The scene when Peggy is annoyed with Steve Rogers, because he had made some assumptions about her and Stark. Rogers asks Peggy what she thinks of the new shield. She unloads a gun at the shield and says, "Yes. I think it works."
Stuart: During boot camp, the recruits are half way through a long run and are given the chance to climb the flag pole to get a ride back to camp. Everyone tries and fails, Rogers is still running to catch up. The drill sergeant then yells for them to get moving and informs the group no one has ever retrieved the flag. At this time Rogers removes the pins holding up the pole, grabs the flag, and earns the ride back to camp.
Brendan: To prove Rogers isn't qualified for the program he throws a training grenade into the recruits and yells "GRENADE!" Everyone runs except Rogers who jumps on the grenade.
Me: I also choose the grenade scene. I just realized this is perfect foreshadowing to the self-sacrifice Rogers makes at the end of the movie.

Favourite Line:
Susi: "If you have something to say, right now's a perfect time to keep it to yourself." -Col. Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones)
Stuart: I'm here to turn myself in
Brendan: "Give that boy a sandwich" -a spectator before Rogers under goes the procedure
Me: "Go get him. I can swim" -the boy at the docks

Rating:
Susi: 4.5 snappy comebacks out of 5
Stuart: 4 shields out of 5
Brendan: 4 hydra heads out of 5
Me: 4.2 Howling Commanders out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 79% (Or 3.5 tomatoes out of 5)

Fun Facts:
The Captain America comic book shown in the movies bears the cover of the actual Captain America #1 released in 1941.

 And this one just makes me sad: Originally cameo appearances were planned in the film for James "Logan" Howlett (Wolverine) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), who were present during World War II (Logan was a soldier and Lehnsherr was in an internment camp). These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues. Facts were found on the IMDb trivia page.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Friend Movie Review: Thor (2011)

With just four days till Avengers: Infinity War releases there are more MCU reviews to finish up than days to get them all finished. Movie watching we only have Thor: Ragnarok left to watch. We skipped over Captain America: Winter Solider and Civil War since we watched both back in February. We're also saving Ant Man to watch just before we see Ant-Man and the Wasp. I think I can get the rest of the Phase One reviews written before Thursday.

We have a nice movie night rhythm that has worked for all the movies...except Thor. Before the movie starts I make a template with headings and each persons' name. We watch the movie and then immediately I make notes on everyone's reactions, there is laughter, disagreements, often much line quoting, and more laugher. At a later time I sit down with all my rough notes and edit till it is ready to post. It has been great...till the Thor notes disappeared. Either they didn't save or I accidentally deleted the draft. It wasn't until we were watching Avengers that I even noticed the article was gone. We did our best to recall our original thoughts but it had been over a week and three movies later.

As always be warned, there could be spoilers ahead:

The Good:
Susi: I liked it. The special effects were fun, they usually are in these movies. It had satisfying feeling watching Thor's growth into a leader and compassionate person.
Stuart: The Thor character arch from prideful, warmongering kid to a true leader. I like that Thor can't pick up the hammer and the emotion when he can't.
Brendan: I also liked the Thor character arch.
Me: The supporting cast were a hit with me. Darcy has a lot of great lines that don't make sense alone but were perfecting said in the context. I love the clips with Hawkeye and Agent Colson. The humour and Heimdal was great. Idris Elba was so well cast.

The Less Than Good:
Susi: There weren't more consequences to Asgard for Thor's rebellion (Brendan disagrees with this point)
Stuart: It was enjoyable, can't really think of anything disagreeable.
Brendan: It was bland not great or horrible. My only real issue is Loki doesn't feel like Loki, he's not a being a trickster, he doesn't feel like Loki. They didn't need the opening scene to be the doctors on earth hitting Thor with their car. The movie should have started with Thor is Asgard and continue to that point without the storm. (Susi disagrees with this point)
Me: I found there was something missing. It was a decent movie, succeeded in entertaining me but there is just something...some magic is not there

This Time Around:
Brendan: There is so much more I understood this time around.
Me: I didn't care for Thor the first time I saw it. It just felt like they needed to make Thor to give context to the announced Avengers movie. This time seeing the movie I appreciated it more and thought it stood on it's own better.

Favourite Scene:
Susi: When Thor brings Erik home very drunk:
Jane Foster: What happened?
Thor: He's fine! We drank, we fought - he made his ancestors proud!
Stuart: [fighting hospital interns] You are no match for the mighty... [an intern jabs a syringe into his butt, he passes out instantly]In the hospital Thor is expounding about his strength and they will never take him till he collapses because a nurse gets him with a needle.
Brendan: Stan Lee's camio "Did it work?"
Me: Scene in which Team Asgard talks with Heimdall to go to Earth,
Heimdall: You would defy the commands of Loki, our king? Break every oath you have taken as warriors, and commit treason to bring Thor back?
Sif: Yes.
Heimdall: Good. [steps off the control platform]
Sif: So you will help us?
Heimdall: I am bound by honor to our king. I cannot open the bridge to you. [walks off]
Fandral: Complicated fellow, isn't he?
Volstagg: Now what do we do? [the Bifrost activates on its own]

Favourite Line:
This was the biggest thing that was lost. We couldn't remember our favourite lines. Here are four that I looked up on the IMDb quote page that made me smile:

Thor: [walking into a pet shop] I need a horse!
Pet Store Clerk: We don't have horses. Just dogs, cats, birds.
Thor: Then give me one of those large enough to ride.

Agent Garrett: [about Thor's Asgard team] Is there a Renaissance Fair in town?
Agent Jackson: Call it in.
Agent Garrett: Yeah. Uh, base, we've got, uh, Xena, Jackie Chan, and Robin Hood.

Clint Barton: Do you want me to take him down, or would you rather send in more guys for him to beat up?

Darcy: [mispronounces Mjölnir] Myeuh-muh? What's Myeuh-muh?

Rating:
Susi: 3.8 destroyers out of 5
Stuart: 4 hammers out of 5
Brendan: 3.0 disassociated orphans out of 5
Me: 3.0 Bifrost bridges out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% (that's 3.7 out of 5)

Fun Facts:
(At around forty-seven minutes) Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) mentions a comrade who got mixed up with S.H.I.E.L.D., whom he described as "a pioneer in gamma radiation". This alludes to Bruce Banner, whose experiments in gamma radiation mutated him into The Incredible Hulk (2008). A deleted scene, also has him mention Hank Pym, from Ant-Man (2015). I wish they kept it in. Thanks again to the IMDb trivia page for this factoid.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Friend Movie Review: Iron Man 2 (2010)

Ten days away from Infinity War! But today we are talking Iron Man 2. It is a decent superhero movie, but my least favourite of the Phase 1 set.

Again, not sure this is needed, the movie is eight years old, however be advised there could be SPOILERS AHEAD. We will be discussing of scenes, quotes, plot points, and maybe even twists. With that out of the way on with the review...

The Good:
Susi: The effects were fun. It worked well and was entertaining
Stuart: I liked it, definitely liked it. I didn't like the rival/villain Justin Hammer (you're not suppose to) and they did a great job making him unlikable.
Brendan: I love the soundtrack and have owned it for years. I like it more from the first soundtrack even if there is nothing original. I liked the Russian villain, they humanized him; you understood his motivation. Also the villain's suit reveal was great.There was less visual jokes than the first; but what they had was fun. The script leaned on Iron Man's charisma and Dowey steals the show, again. Dowey makes this movie and is the backbone of the MCU.
Me: I found the relationship and social interactions the best part, for me the chemistry Potts and Dowey and equally the friendship between Rhodes and Stark makes the movie. And I agree with Stuart "The Hammer" was well created and played as an unlikable guy. I also enjoy the "gift" Howard Stark left for his son and even if the discovery was far-fetched it fun in the moment.

The Less Than Good:
Susi: Near the end it felt like it was just about the special effects, there was limited story.
Stuart: I liked the first one more. The character of Stark is less enjoyable this time around; he was more of a jerk, selfish, and arrogant. It almost feels like they undone his character progress from the first movie so that he could have a character arch in this one. I guess story wise, it is the praise and glory from being Iron Man going to his head. The last negative is the end story is the same as the first movie. It comes down to another man in the suit, it is just a rehashing the same battle.
Brendan: I don't care for revenge only for the sake of revenge as villain arch. They rehashed much of the good bits from first, doesn't make it a bad movie but there is not new themes or story really.
Me: It was a bland movie with all of the flaws my friends mentioned. It was made to start the summer blockbusters. People like familiar with a blend of new; but the leaning so heavily on what was good in the first Iron Man made this one forgettable. So forgettable I had forgotten much of what happened.

This Time Around:
Brendan: Feels more cliche than the other movies.
Me: As I said in the less than good, I found the movie forgettable the first time. I appreciated more of the movie this time around but it feels like a "people will pay to see Iron Man" more than "we have a great story to tell." Positive things I noticed was the details the creative teams have added to make all the MCU connected. Senator Stem who is against Iron Man in this movie is arrested as a Hydra agent in Civil War. Just one of the many "hey, I see what they did there" that I missed the first time watching.

Favourite Scene:
Susi: When Rhodey has just launched the "ex wife" weapon, which bounces off Vanko with no effect. Tony Stark says, "Hammer Tech?" And Rhodes looks down, dejected, "Yeah."
Stuart: Using a pipe wrench to aim a high tech laser in the midst of all the high tech gear options.
Brendan: The suits all dropping down into the garden looked cool
Me: Black Widow's fight scene. She takes all of the security force in the same time it takes Happy to subdue one. My second choice is when a child wearing an Iron Man mask raises his had to attack one of the robots (which is also targeting the kid because of the mask) and Iron Man blasts the robot looks at the kid and says "Nice work Kid"  -fan theories that I have heard are true is the kid was Peter Parker.

Favourite Line:
Susi: "We don't all run on batteries"
Stuart: After Senator Stern jabs Tony with a medal. "Oooh, sorry...funny how annoying a little prick can be, isn't it?"
Brendan: "Sir, I am going to have to ask you to exit the donut" Nick Fury
Me: Agent Coulson: Good luck. We need you.
Tony Stark: More than you know.
Agent Coulson: Not that much.

Rating:
Susi: 3.8 suits out of 5
Stuart: 3.5 eclectic whips out of 5
Brendan: 3.0 needless mini guns out of 5
Me: 2.9 new elements out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 73% (that's 3/25 out of 5)

Fun Fact: When Tony Stark asks Natalie Rushman if she actually speaks Latin, she responds with the phrase "Fallaces sunt rerum species", a quote from Lucio Anneo Seneca meaning, "The appearances of things are deceptive".  Thanks again to the IMDb trivia page.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Friend Movie Review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

We are 11 sleeps away from Avengers: Infinity War, technically 12 till the official release date; we've got tickets to see it on Thursday the 26th. This week the re-watching crew make a calculated decision. We knew with only two weekends left there was no way our schedules would allow us to watch all 12 movies in Phase 2 and 3. We have narrowed down the essentials for best appreciating Infinity War.

Those reviews will be up later; today's movie is The Incredible Hulk. I've always loved the Edward Norton Hulk; I think because I had such a strong dislike to the 2003 Hulk (which I might need to give another chance). The Incredible Hulk (2008( seems like the forgotten story of Phase One, I suspect that it is because of the cast change from Edward Norton to Mark Ruffalo. Everyone else got a trilogy. At least he gets a movie (poor Black Widow and Hawkeye).

Again, not sure this is needed, the movie is ten years old, however be advised there could be SPOILERS AHEAD. We will be discussing of scenes, quotes, plot points, and maybe even twists. With that out of the way on with the review...


The Good:
Susi: I was entertained. It was fun. I liked that Hulk used his power for good.
Stuart: Same, we really don't over think the movies we watch. They are for entertainment. It was enjoyable. I did like that he was controlling his powers at the end.
Brendan: I liked Betty Ross. The CGI was good for 2008. A lot of good one liners.
Me: I love that the MCU is international, I made the comment in the Ultron movie review. The rewatch is reminding me that there has always been international scenes and story threads. New York has often been the center of comics (because the original writers and artists were from New York). The MCU has been expanding beyond the city, the Eastern Coast, and the States. Hulk's beginning in Brazil is a perfect. I also love the chase through the mountain-side-tin-roof city. That earned big stars for me. I also love Norton as an actor and think he makes a great Hulk. This was more serious than Iron Man but still had humor. There are funny moments and great action.

I really liked the nods to earlier Hulks: there is the security guard (Lou Ferrigo) who voiced the Hulk in the TV show,  Bill Bixty who was also in the Hulk TV show has a cameo of a television playing a clip from another show he was on, Stanley the Pizza Owner was played by Paul Soles who was the voice of the Hulk in the animated series, and my favourite was the nod to the comics with Betty Ross offering to buy Banner big stretchy purple pants. While I'd want Banner to get the girl, I like the conclusion with him learning to control his anger. I also enjoyed Tim Roth as a villain; seeing him made me miss Lie To Me.

The Less Than Good:
Susi: There was one scene that we needed to cover our young son's eyes.
Stuart: The military's ability to track the drink to Banner in Brazil seemed far fetched. The university computer technology seemed ancient and yet compatible with a modern USB, seemed odd even for the 2008.
Brendan: First, the only character with personality was Betty Ross, everyone else were 2D and as a result meant I didn't care what happened to any of them. Second, I don't care for the serious Marvel movies. It just doesn't work for me. Serious movies should be thought provoking and Marvel always misses the mark. With the material given I don't they can, the superhero movie genre isn't conducive for a serious story. The attempt at serious doesn't feel like Marvel. They are at their best when they are funny and light. (I disagree, serious is possible and I found it a quality I liked about this movie. But he's right that if you are not expecting serious it is off putting and that could be a reason there hasn't been other Hulk movies).
Me: I agree with Stuart about the drink. That seems...forced. There were actions on the part of the General and Blonsky (Roth) that felt forced or unrealistic. Actions that wouldn't be true for a normal person in the situation but were needed so that plot could continue. I also found aspects of the betrayal of Blonsky poorly foreshadowed. It was hard not to see that he would become the big baddie but I felt the leap to killing someone under his command an odd twist. I wanted more hints he was responding the the treatment poorly or was becoming addicted. (Brendan disagreed with me).

This Time Around:
Brendan: I only remembered the bottle scene from the first time around, the movie bored me. Seeing it this time I understand why I wasn't captivated by it at the time.
Watching the thunderstorm scene made me think, "huh, so the animosity between Thor and Hulk had its roots in this moment."
Me: I still really enjoy the movie but some of the shine has worn off for me. There are other MCU movies I like better now. Also I really appreciate Brendan's thunderstorm-Thor observation (I wonder if that was intentional)

Favourite Scene:
Susi: As a former lab rat, I appreciated Bruce Banner bribing the lab rats with pizza for access to the computers.
Stuart: Mr. Blue kicking the computer and cursing the students
Brendan: The almost sex scene that Bruce Banner ended quickly because of the heart monitor.
Me: The chase in Brazil

Favourite Line:
Susi:
Betty Ross: [Betty and Bruce need to get across town in New York City] The subway is probably quickest.
Bruce Banner: Me in a metal tube, deep underground with hundreds of people in the most aggressive city in the world?
Betty Ross: Right. Let's get a cab.
Stuart: "Hulk Smash"
Brendan: "Where does she find these guys" -The General/Dad
Me: In Portuguese "You don't want to see me...hungry" -Bruce Banner

Rating:
Susi: 3.7 Gamma saturated blood samples out of 5
Stuart: 3.5 Hulk Smashes out of 5
Brendan: 2.5 enlarged spiky vertebrae out of 5
Me: 3.5 bottles of Pingo Doce out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%  (that's 3.1 tomatoes out of 5)

Fun Fact: This is the only Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One film, in which Nick Fury does not appear. However, his name appears in the opening credit montage at the 2:46 mark (on a S.H.I.E.L.D. page, with the text Nick Fury, Shield Command, Code RED, New York, NY 060564). -I realize I am a geek who enjoys reading the trivia pages on IMDb.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Friend Movie Review: Iron Man (2008)

I've been introducing my friends all things geeky from board games and Doctor Who to comics and especially the MCU. It has been so much fun sharing things I love with Suzi and Stuart. They are very kind and let me geek-out.

In February we watched Civil War in preparation of Black Panther. Then in early March we watched Winter Soldier (because Mum and I started watching first season of Agents of Shield and we were about to watch Turn, Turn, Turn). After that it was requested that we start at the beginning. They were enjoying the stories but found the out-of-order timey-whimey-ness of our watching confusing.

It was not hard to agree. We started with Iron Man a few nights later. Bonus everyone agreed to doing movie reviews. We finished Phase One this weekend and only have 12 more movies before Avengers: Infinity War...totally doable!

The movie is ten years old, so I'm not sure this is necessary, be advised there could be SPOILERS AHEAD. We will be discussing of scenes, quotes, plot points, and maybe even twists. With that out of the way on with the review...

The Good:
Susi: I normally don't think this deeply about a movie. I either like it or I don't however I will try. I was surprised by the baddie and yet the hints were there when in hindsight. The special effects were cool and hold up ten years later.
Stuart: It was funny and had good character arch.
Brendan: Robert Downey Jr. is the best part of the movie. You believe everything that happens with the story arch and character development. Beyond those success there is a lot to love. There was a lot great comedy especially visual comedy (ie boy dropping ice cream when seeing Iron Man). The humour was so well done and I find it has been missing in the recent Marvel movies. The jump cuts (ie "we can't call it a training exercise" followed by "it was a training exercise") and editing made the movie that much better.
Me: I forgot how good this movie is. There is great comedy gold, character development, and an interesting origin. I kept saying with each new scene "I forgot how much I love this movie" and I agree with everything my friends said also I do love Gwyneth Paltrow in this movie. She and Downey work well together.

The Less Than Good:
Susi: I wished I had looked up the rating before hand, there were two scenes I would have rather my son not to see. That's not the movie's fault. For the movie, the captors quality of English seemed far fetch.
Stuart: The making of the iron suit under the nose of their captors seemed unbelievable that they wouldn't have picked up of the project sooner.
Brendan: Other that AC/DC the music was lack luster. The time skip (back in time) after the intro didn't seem necessary and maybe even lessened the impact of the ambush. The other issue is really just a minor grip was the villain's actions after being found out. For an intelligent business man it would have made more scene for him to run away with the suit and hide. But they needed the big battle.
Me: I have no problem being critical, but I don't have anything to be critical about, the three points my friends said are true but I didn't think about them till they mentioned them.

This Time Around:
Brendan: I understand why my dad didn't let me watch it when I was 8.
Me: I love rewatching. It was so enjoyable. There were things I remembered clearly like Tony's captivity and other things I had forgotten like making all the reporters sit-down. I also forgot Terrence Howard was the original Rhodey. I did not look up the reason for the change, I'm sure the internet knows. I think I would have enjoy him as War Machine.

Favourite Scene:
Susi: The "useless" robot spraying Tony  with the extinguisher during tests after he'd crashes but was not on fire.
Stuart: When Iron Man returns home after his first flight. It is a great moment of success and then he cuts engines and falls through the multiple floors and crashed on the car followed up by the robot spraying him with the extinguisher (again).
Brendan: Stark's missile demonstration with the hats flying off and Tony standing with his arms open.
Me: Everything they have said is so good, what to chose, what to chose. Okay, during the press briefing at the end when Tony announces that he is Iron Man.

Favourite Line:
Susi: Christine Everheart (reporter): After all these years, Tony still has you picking up the dry cleaning.
Pepper Potts: I do anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including occasionally taking out the trash. Will that be all?
Stuart: Tony to his Dummy Robotic Hand "You're going to be sent to the university"
Brendan: Tony to the Dummy tracing him with a fire extinguisher "I feel like I am going to spontaneously catch on fire"
Me: Agent Coulson: I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Pepper Potts: That's quite a mouthful.
Agent Coulson: I know. We're working on it.
 (then later)
Pepper Potts: Agent Coulson, I just wanted to say thank you very much for all of your help.
Agent Coulson: That's what we do. You'll be hearing from us.
Pepper Potts: From the Strategic Homeland...
Agent Coulson: Just call us S.H.I.E.L.D.

Also because the robot hand is awesome, as Tony lies dying, the dummy hands him the Mark I arc reactor and Tony says: Good boy...

Rating:
Susi: 4.5 suits out of 5
Stuart: 4 arch reactors out of 5
Brendan: 4.5 dead rebel soldiers out of 5
Me: 4.6 robot arms out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 94% (that's 3.9 tomatoes out of 5)

P.S. We got our Infinity War tickets today!

Monday, March 26, 2018

36 While 36: March Update

Time is running out. The end of the 36 While 36 is a month away. I have 31 days to complete a handful of challenges.

By my count I have two challenges still to start and six still in progress. I celebrate that has been the most successful birthday-challenge yet. There is even a chance for a 100% completion, which I have never met.

Yet with my goal so close I fear failure. A friend pointed out today that I will have to complete two challenges a week if I want to succeed. That seems too much especially with Easter this weekend. I need to make a plan and a checklist. It might still be possible.

The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

The List
1) Choose a 2018 Word
    My 2018 word is peace.
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
    Here is the whole 40 Before 40 list
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
    I have nine cards left to give to make my self-imposed 36 card minimum.
4) Marry Someone
     Done; on September 2nd. Congratulations Chris and Becca Gilbert! (Sorry to those who thought it might be a hint at progress in my own relationship status. I am still as single as ever).

5) Be a NaNoWriMo Rebel
     With only four days left of NaNoWriMo I count this as completed. I have participated this year in the writing contest as a rebel regardless of if I cross the 50k word goal or not.
6) Memorize Philippians 4:4-9
    I know the passage! I had it down solid in November. I will need to practice more.
7) Finish Reading New Testament
    I have 10 books left to read
8) Draw Regularly (12 drawings)
    You can find the new art most Wednesdays
 9) Write Down My Children's Stories
    I've written out 3 of the 4 stories
10) A Day of Silence
    I think this was one the last two lists, I finally completed the challenge last week. It was a day I needed. I've already made plans to have another retreat in a few months.
11) Cosplay a New Character
Petronella Osgood and Zygone Osgood
Or is that Zygone Osgood and Petronella Osgood?
I will never tell!
12) Make a video
    There is a plan to make a video. We keep postponing. Soon....  
The next 18 challenges were all related to my NS this past summer. You can find links to the trip and all the challenges here.
13) Hug all of my people
14) Brunch with The Brunch Club
15) Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
16) Picture with a giant lobster
17) Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
18) Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
19) Eat Lobster
20) Eat Muscles
21) Eat Scott Skins
22) Eat Chicken Curry Fries
23) Eat at the Korean Place
24) Eat at the Naked Crepe
25) Visit the Look-Off
26) Visit The Wolfville Farmer Market
27) Visit Halls Harbour
28) Visit Port George
29) Visit Luneburg
30) Visit Mahone Bay
31) Let go of stuff (#23)
    More needs to go but it is happening
32) Exercise (#34)
    I've been mostly faithful to regular weigh training and walking. Next year's goal will be to add in cardio.
33) Keep Food Journal (#35)
    This has been one of the most helpful habits.
34) Make a life time bucket list (#4)
35) Volunteer (#15)
    I helped ring bells this Christmas
36) TBA

It doesn't look too bad.

Let the birthday countdown begin.

Friday, January 26, 2018

36 While 36: January Update

Only 90 days till my birthday. That also means only 90 days to complete the remaining 36 While 36 challenges. The last update was in November and the standing were:
  • 23 Completed
  • 7 Started
  • 6 Unstarted
Hopefully progress has been made. Let's find out

The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

1) Choose a 2018 Word
     My word is still in process. I'm leading a "My One Word" small group at my church only the weather has been against us and we've had to reschedule. I hope to have settled on a word by February 10th.
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
    Here is the whole 40 Before 40 list
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
    All the cards were made, nine were given. I have this plan to send the rest next week.
4) Marry Someone
     Done; on September 2nd. Congratulations Chris and Becca Gilbert! (Sorry to those who thought it might be a hint at progress in my own relationship status. I am still as single as ever).

5) Be a NaNoWriMo Rebel
     With only four days left of NaNoWriMo I count this as completed. I have participated this year in the writing contest as a rebel regardless of if I cross the 50k word goal or not.
6) Memorize Philippians 4:4-9
    I know the passage! I had it down solid in November. I will need to practice more.

Second (or Third+) Chances
7) Finish Reading New Testament
    I have 10 books left to read
8) Draw Regularly (12 drawings)
    You can find the new art most Wednesdays
 9) Write Down My Children's Stories
    I've written out 3 of the 4 stories
10) A Day of Silence
11) Cosplay a New Character
Petronella Osgood and Zygone Osgood
Or is that Zygone Osgood and Petronella Osgood?
I will never tell!
12) Make a video
    There is a plan to make a video. We keep postponing. Soon....  

Eighteen Items off the NS Trip List

There have already been many post about each of these challenges. You can find links to the NS trip and all the challenges here.
13) Hug all of my people
14) Brunch with The Brunch Club
15) Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
16) Picture with a giant lobster
17) Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
18) Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
19) Eat Lobster
20) Eat Muscles
21) Eat Scott Skins
22) Eat Chicken Curry Fries
23) Eat at the Korean Place
24) Eat at the Naked Crepe
25) Visit the Look-Off
26) Visit The Wolfville Farmer Market
27) Visit Halls Harbour
28) Visit Port George
29) Visit Luneburg
30) Visit Mahone Bay

Six Items off the 40 Before 40 List
31) Let go of stuff (#23)
    A friend has helped start. I think we'll be continuing the process in January.
32) Exercise (#34)
    I've been working out regularly in tandem with my the keeping a food journal goal. There have been skipped days for both over the holiday. I am actually finding January hard to keep things going.
33) Keep Food Journal (#35)
    I'm on day 74.
34) Make a life time bucket list (#4)
35) Volunteer (#15)
    I helped ring bells this Christmas
36) TBA

The new stats are:
  • 26 Completed (an addition of three)
  • 7 Started
  • 3 Unstarted
I am quiet happy. This might be the first year I complete the whole list. Did I make the list too easy? I didn't think so, I am still very surprised by how much has already been accomplished.

For the regular readers, thank you for your patience during my posting absence. I normally am whipped after a month of posting everyday. This year I also some health issues that wiped me out. They are now under control and my regular-sporadic posting will resume. I took my family to see Paddington 2 tonight. Maybe I'll do a movie review of it soon. I still want to write a review for Jumanji 2 and there is also a Star War that could be written. We shall see.