Not Your Average Valentine’s Day Movies

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a wonderful day and that you know how much you are loved! Today’s post is a fun one and great if you plan to stay at home tonight. Sometimes there’s nothing more relaxing than having a movie night at home. When I think about Valentine’s Day movies, I automatically think chick-flicks. However, there are a few movies I really like that aren’t necessarily chick-flicks but are still pretty funny and revolve around the “love” theme. If you are looking for some not so typical movie suggestions, these are for you!

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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I bet you didn’t see this one coming, haha! I can’t believe this movie came out 14 years ago! This movie is so funny, so quotable, and I think this will be a classic for years to come. Napoleon Dynamite is about an awkward teen, Napoleon, his crazy family, steak, tots, and puffy sleeves. Plus, you can’t forget the Kip and LaFawnduh story line–they’re basically soul mates.

Austenland (2013)

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Jane Austen fans, unite! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie and it still makes me laugh. Austenland is about a modern-day Pride and Prejudice obsessed woman, named Jane, who risks her savings and goes to a Jane Austen theme park for a week to live in the role of a Jane Austen-based character. There are some great one-liners in this movie. Such a funny one to watch!

On the Line (2001)

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Nothing like a good ol’ throwback to the early 2000s! One the Line is a movie about Ad Man Kevin and how he meets the girl of his dreams on the El Train in Chicago–but doesn’t get her name and number. The movie continues with his journey to find this dream girl with the help of his interesting roommates. Plus, if you don’t remember music by Mandy Moore, *NSYNC (or “in stink” as it’s goofed in the movie, lolz), or BBMak–this will take you back for sure!

She’s the Man (2006)

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When her soccer team is cut from her high school, teen Viola dresses up as her twin brother in order to play soccer on his team at his separate school. How long can she pull off the role of being disguised as her brother though? And who loves Amanda Bynes movies?? This movie is super funny and a great comedy to watch on Valentine’s Day!

We Bought A Zoo (2011)

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Widowder Benjamin Mee and his two children move to the country and buy a zoo as a way of healing and coping with life after losing their wife/mother to cancer. I think this is such a sweet movie because it deals with issues like grief, loss, parenthood, and trying to feel love again. Although this movie might be on the heavier side to watch on Valentine’s Day, I still think it’s a good one!

Happy watching!

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My Current Book List

Hi there! If you’ve been following this blog for a little while then you’ll know that I love to read. It’s one of my favorite ways to escape, learn, and entertain–without having to be on an electronic device. Whenever I read, I must have an actual, physical book in my hands–otherwise it’s just not the same. I’ve shared before some other posts on books I’ve read and/or wanted to read and I’m doing the same thing today. I have a little bit of everything this time and so if you are looking for something to read, maybe one of these will be interesting to you.

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

This book was recommended to me by one of my Facebook friends and I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve read a lot of reviews that this book is similar to Downton Abbey–which I love!

Is It Just Me? By Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart’s sitcom, Miranda, is one of those shows that I pull up on YouTube when I need a good laugh and it’s become a classic to me. I was so excited when I found this book written by Miranda and the style is a lot like how she communicates on the show. Miranda is hilarious and shares real life, awkward experiences and how to survive the sometimes awkwardness of adulthood. That sounds like a book that’s perfect for me….

Alive in Him by Gloria Furman

I have been reading through this book with a couple of friends and it has been really powerful so far. This book is written about the book of Ephesians and it’s helping me to see that in a whole different light. I’m looking forward to continuing to read it with friends and learn together. P.S. if you have friends who like to read or have the opportunity to be a part of a book club–I would highly recommend that you become part of one. I have been in a book club for the past 3 years and it’s been such a blessing to my life.

Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Alsup

A few weeks ago, I was talking with the same friends about how there never seems to be any Christian theology books written by women. For whatever reason it seems that men are more interested in theology and women take almost a more passive approach to it. If you’re a woman and that statement does not describe you at all–please don’t take offense, it was just an observation I’ve had on my part. However, I found this book on Amazon and wanted to read it to see if it was the book my friends and I had been looking for.

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by Melissa Hartwig

I have completed Whole30 two times now and think it has been life-changing for me. I bought the official Whole30 book to keep learning more about it, how different foods can effect your body, and learn new recipes to cook. If you want to know more about Whole30, read my recap posts hereherehere, and here.

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Awkward Much 

My name is Amy and sometimes I embarrass myself. *Hi, Amy* Welcome to a different but fun post all about keeping things real and having a good laugh. I almost called this post “A Day in the Life of Awkward Amy’ or “I’m an Awkward-Magnet.” I asked my Facebook friends, the other day, “does anyone have completely awkward days, or is it just me” and I received quite a few responses that it’s (thankfully) not just me. As awkward/funny things have happened to me in real life, I have started the habit of writing them down for a good laugh later.

In keeping with trying to be real and transparent on this blog, I’m going to tell you about some true story things that have happened to me and solidified that once I get on a roll, it’s hard to stop other things from happening. I’ve even broken these experiences into categories, lolz. (I’ve gotten into the habit of also saying “lolz” too much).

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“This All Happened in One Day” Category

Soo, the other day I left work and had one hour in between having to be at another  commitment. I went to a local coffee shop to change out of my work clothes, into some others, and to get some coffee. I carried in my computer bag and my tote bag but I guess I didn’t realize how bulky the load was. As I was walking to the back of the coffee shop, where the restroom was, I suddenly resembled a bulldozer because I ran into about 3 people on either side of me and knocked them around with all that I was carrying. So embarrassing. And I had to walk back the same way after I had changed…

After changing, I went to order my coffee but didn’t realize that my wallet was unzipped already and I had about $6 of loose change in the wallet. Loose change spilled out of the wallet and I tried to pick it up as composed/quickly as possible.

After I recovered, my coffee was ready and I felt like the barista yelled a little too loud “DECAF coffee for Amy.”

“Things that Happen at the Gym” Category

A few months ago I was working out on the elliptical machine and there was an older man on the elliptical next to me. I worked out for a little while and then went to get the spray bottle with the equipment cleaner. As I came back to clean my elliptical machine, this guy kept giving me super weird looks and it started to creep me out. After I finished cleaning the machine, I started to look for my bag, phone, and keys and noticed that they were on another machine next to me….which means that I had cleaned the totally wrong machine and someone noticed.

The other day I was doing a speed run on the treadmill and had my phone resting on the face of the treadmill. As I was finishing up the run, on the highest speed, I accidentally pulled my headphone cord, which then sent my phone darting onto the tread, which then shot my phone across the room, and I tried to avoid having a “Taylor Swift vs Treadmill” moment. And the best part is that every other person in the gym saw it because my treadmill was in front of all the other machines.

“Before Amy Wore Glasses 24/7” Category

One day I was walking through the lobby at work and I thought I saw someone who I knew coming towards me. I didn’t think they saw me so I decided to “psssst” to try to get their attention. The person saw me and kept walking but as they got closer, I realized it was not my friend at all and in fact it was a complete stranger. I tried to do the awkward recover of “oh sorry, I thought you were someone else” but you could tell I had just creeped this person out.

One night on vacation with friends, I walked smack into a glass door because I thought the door was open. I blame that one on jet lag…

“The Umm Could You Not” Category

I can’t tell you the number of times that I have been in the grocery store and have been  blocked in the aisle by a couple who decided to make-out in the dairy section or right next to the shampoo…

The other day I needed to get on an elevator at work and as the doors opened, there stood a couple making out and they happened to see me. Well little old me tried to decide super fast, do I get on the elevator or pretend like I need to get on another one and this isn’t bothering me? I panicked and, of course, went with the most awkward option and just got on the elevator and had the most uncomfortable 10 seconds…”hi, how YOU doing?”

Y’all there’s even more but I think I’ve embarrassed myself enough today and there will always be more stories later, I guarantee it. I hope this post has brought you some joy, laughter, and assurance that you’re not the only one who has these days. If you have a funny story, that you would like to share, about similar things happening to you, I would love to hear them!

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