MacGyver Moment

If you thought my misadventures as a retail employee were over, think again!  Buckle your seat belt and prepare to be amused.  Let the story begin!

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Carrying a large bag of trash and a medium sized cardboard box, Lauren walks down the creepy hallway and opens the door to the alley where the dumpsters are located.  She looks for the brick used to keep the door open and finds nothing.  The door will lock upon closing if she walks away to put the trash in the dumpster.  She frantically looks around for something to keep the door open.  She uses the trash bag as a temporary solution while throwing away the cardboard box.  Resuming the search, she looks in all directions, her gaze eventually landing on her feet.  It is the only way!  She reluctantly removes her Italian-made boot, places it in between the door and door jamb, and moves as quickly as she can to and from the dumpster in one boot and one Hanukkah sock.  She makes it safely out of the alley, and the boot fulfills its task without a scratch.

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I will leave you to appreciate my ingenuity in solitude. 😉

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A Series of Unfortunate Events | Friday the 13th

• Don’t get excited because the worst show ever is now available on Netflix.  Don’t watch it because you will immediately regret the decision •

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I recently read A Series of Unfortunate Events for the first time since my childhood and was shocked at the effect it had on me.  The Baudelaires suffer one misfortune after another without respite.  I’m not talking about stubbed toes and stuffy noses but rather abuse, deception, hunger, and loss among other things.  The story was much more grim and depressing than I remembered.  More than once I had to resist reading before bed because I found my dreams turning into graphic nightmares.  I tell you this not to deter your interests from the show but rather to prove the point that books are powerful.  I am a twenty-three year old adult, and the content of a middle grade series still affected my mind and imagination.  I find the plot of Lemony Snicket’s tale to be both horrifying and brilliant.  It introduces kids to new vocabulary (I could go on and on about the intricate use of wordplay) and exposes them to bleak circumstances that are not at all far-fetched from reality.  It also teaches the importance of telling the truth no matter what.  Time after time the Baudelaires’ warnings about Count Olaf and his sidekicks are ignored by the adult characters, and one by one the doubters suffer the consequences.  Life doesn’t get any easier, but the siblings continue to tell the truth and hope that eventually someone will listen.  The books also deal with the difference between good and evil.  The Baudelaires are seemingly good, but they find themselves compromising on more than one occasion to fight against various enemies.  There is an inner struggle to decide whether or not they are any better than their main nemesis Count Olaf.  I don’t think there is a simple answer to such a question, but I will say that these thought-provoking subjects are what shape young readers into intelligent adults.

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I hope I haven’t scared you off!  The Baudelaire saga is sad but also quirky and funny.  I’m so excited to watch this new adaptation, and I hope you will give it a chance as well.  There are thirteen books in the series, and each book will play out over the span of two one-hour episodes, twenty-six episodes and fifty-two hours total.  The first installment contains eight episodes and covers the first four books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, & The Miserable Mill.  Personally, I didn’t hate the 2004 movie adaptation.  I loved the cast!  However, I have to agree with the main criticism that the story felt rushed; too many books were squeezed into one film.  The Netflix format will allow each book to play out at a much more natural pace.  Enough chit chat!!  Go watch the show!!

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Out With the New, In With the Old | Throwback Thursday

What does that title even mean??  Patience young padawans.  Let’s look at some of the facts:

🕸️ A certain witchy drama is getting a reboot; yes, I’m talking about Charmed.

🐘 A continuation of the 1995 film Jumanji premieres at the end of 2017.

🌟 All is well with the Force because new Star Wars movies are being produced & released.

💰 DuckTales is coming back to television!  The reboot will premiere on Disney XD this year on a to-be-announced date.

👠 Fashionistas could step back in time & fit right in because many of the current trends were pulled from previous decades.

🎤 Gwen Stefani and JoJo released albums last year, a first for both since 2006.

⌚ If names like Andy Griffith, Buffy, The Cheetah Girls, and The Parent Trap ring any bells, you might want to make space in your schedule for binging sessions because Netflix has what you need.  Two seasons of Fuller House, a Full House sequel show, are also available.

📺 TeenNick airs retro Nickelodeon shows overnight, a programming block known as The Splat.

✨ The classic animated Disney movies are one by one being made into live action films. So far so good!

👾 The demand and availability for retro merchandise is widespread and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

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That is just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the picture.  Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about nostalgia.  I’m not sure of the main cause.  It could be adults missing the carefree days of childhood; you don’t truly appreciate what you have until it’s gone.  It could also be consumer attitudes turning against the present-day options in media and merchandise.  Personally, I think it’s a bit of both.  To clarify, no fault lies with the evolution of technology & entertainment.  There’s something endearing about what we grew up with.  Those memories are ingrained in our minds and hold a special place in our hearts.  Enjoying something from the past is what I imagine time travel to feel like, a transportation of mind, body, & soul; bliss takes over the senses along with admiration for a way of life without the advances of the present.  Here is an example.  Most of us can’t live without a cellphone in our hands, but I think we subconsciously miss a time when they were nonexistent.  Each household had one stationary telephone, and phone calls were special.  There are problems as far back as history goes, but this topic is less about politics & society and more about the ideology of “simpler times.”  When circumstances become overwhelming, we revert back to when life was, in the mind of a child, simple.

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2016 Wrap-Up | 2017 Reading Challenge

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I did it!  With 45 minutes to spare on New Year’s Eve, I completed both of my reading challenges for 2016.  Here is what I read for the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

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📚 Published This Year •

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962906-stalking-jack-the-ripper

📚 Finish in a Day •

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/236093.The_Wonderful_Wizard_of_Oz

📚 Meaning to Read •

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19288043-gone-girl?from_search=true

📚 Recommended by Bookseller or Librarian •

The Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket – http://www.goodreads.com/series/42069-a-series-of-unfortunate-events

📚 Should Have Read in School •

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/387749.Ben_Hur?from_search=true

📚 Chosen by Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF •

Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13160611-harvest-of-rubies?from_search=true

📚 Published Before You Were Born •

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien:

– http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5907.The_Hobbit?from_search=true

– http://www.goodreads.com/series/66175-the-lord-of-the-rings

📚 Banned at Some Point •

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24213.Alice_s_Adventures_in_Wonderland_Through_the_Looking_Glass

📚 Previously Abandoned •

Elixir trilogy by Hilary Duff – http://www.goodreads.com/series/82305-elixir

📚 Own But Never Read •

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2444787.An_Expert_in_Murder?from_search=true

📚 Intimidates You •

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1885.Pride_and_Prejudice?from_search=true

📚 Already Read at Least Once •

Sisters of the Quilt trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall – http://www.goodreads.com/series/45768-sisters-of-the-quilt

• Total: 12 categories & 31 books

• Here are links to my blog updates & my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge:

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/2016-reading-challenge/

– https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/sisters-of-the-quilt-the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz-2016-reading-challenge/

– https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/2016-reading-challenge-update-2/

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/life-update-november-2016/

– https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/5760313

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I told myself I wouldn’t do it, but here I am.  I’ve decided to once again do the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge.  Keep reading to find out my tentative list for the twelve categories.

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📚 A Book You Chose For the Cover – The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

I found this gem in my local library’s teeny tiny used bookstore.  The bright yellow bird against a blue background hooked me, and the murder mystery synopsis reeled me in.  I’m trying my best not to build expectations, but I really hope this book is as good as I want it to be.

📚 A Book With a Reputation for Being Un-Put-Down-AbleSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this book.  Some people have said it’s one of their favorite books/duologies ever written.  Of course I’m going to start with the first book, but I am optimistic that I will be purchasing book two very soon.

📚 A Book Set Somewhere You’ve Never Been But Would Like to Visit – The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Fun fact: I am dying to visit Egypt!!  Egyptology is one of my favorite subjects to learn about.

📚 A Book You’ve Already ReadThe Rook by Steven James

The Patrick Bowers Files series is AMAZING.  To be fair, I’ve only read the first two books, but how could it possibly go downhill from there??  I would actually like to read a few of the books in this series in 2017, but I’m setting the bar low so I don’t get too stressed.  I want these reading challenges to remain fun!

📚 A Juicy Memoir –  In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett

DUH!  Who wouldn’t want to read behind-the-scenes stories about The Carol Burnett Show?!

📚 A Book About Books or Reading – Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett

This book is part of one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  It has been on my shelf for a few years, and it’s about time I got around to reading it.  Fun Fact: The main character’s cat is named Miss Marple.  How cute is that?!

📚 A Book in a Genre You Usually Avoid – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I rarely read and enjoy contemporary books outside of the mystery genre, but I’m willing to give this book a chance since it revolves around books.

📚 A Book You Don’t Want to Admit You’re Dying to ReadHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m not embarrassed about this book.  It’s just weird to admit that I’ve never read such a beloved series.  My aunt was kind enough to give me the first book for my birthday so I will definitely be reading it this year.

📚 A Book in the Backlist of a New Favorite Author – Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

I received all of the books Tessa Afshar has published thus far as Christmas and Hanukkah gifts.  I don’t want to set myself up for failure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I finish all of them before January 1, 2018.

📚 A Book Recommended by Someone With Great TasteAs Sure as the Dawn by Francine Rivers

My friend Gabby recommended the Mark of the Lion series years ago, and I finally got around to reading books one and two in 2015.  The experience was so unbelievably mind blowing that I had to take a break.  There is no longer a good excuse so I need to pick up book three NOW.

📚 A Book You Were Excited to Borrow or Buy But Haven’t Read YetThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I am on pins and needles waiting to read this book.  I’m going to watch the movie with my brother first since that’s what I did with Gone Girl.  I realize that sounds like reader sacrilege, but I’m not your average bibliophile.  Watching the movie first or liking it better doesn’t bother me. ;)

📚 A Book About a Subject or Topic You Already LoveWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

I haven’t actually seen the musical yet, but I am obsessed with the story and soundtrack.  I liked The Wizard of Oz growing up but fell out of love with it for a period of time.  Listening to the Wicked soundtrack every day has made me fall back in love with Oz, and I am ready to read the story that started it all.  I am on page 32 and loving it so far. 💚

• Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge – https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/5493

• Goodreads Website – https://www.goodreads.com

• Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017 Reading Challenge – http://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2017/

• Modern Mrs. Darcy Blog – http://modernmrsdarcy.com

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Goodbye 2016 | Hello 2017

I think we can all agree that 2016 was a hot mess.  I am not sad to see it go.  However, there were some bright spots so walk with me down memory lane.

January

• I started the 2016 Reading Challenge – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/2016-reading-challenge/

High School Musical turned 10 – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/were-all-in-this-together/

• I became serious about Youtube – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/thumbs-up-subscribe/

• I joined Snapchat!

 

• 100 followers on Instagram

 

– February –

• I reviewed Grease: Live! – https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/grease-live-my-review/

• The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/super-bowl-50/

• Pixar turned 30:

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/happy-birthday-pixar-part-1/

– https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/happy-birthday-pixar-part-2/

March

Velvet took over my life – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/emotions-emotions-more-emotions/

• Peyton Manning retired – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/thank-you-peyton/

• I saw Michael Flatley perform for the first time before his retirement:

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/03/12/dream-come-true/

– https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/06/08/lord-of-the-dance-dangerous-games-review/

• I saw Batman v Superman in theaters – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice/

• I saw Caspian & Underoath in concert

@CaspianOfficial in L.A. 🌴 | #Caspian #CaspianBand #Music #Concert #Instrumental #InstrumentalMusic #Rock #RockMusic #InstrumentalRock

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Best view in the theater 😂👍🏻 | #Underoath #UnderoathMusic #UnderoathTour #UnderoathBand #PostHardcore #PostHardcoreMusic #Hardcore #HardcoreMusic #Music #Concert

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April

• American Idol ended – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/farewell-american-idol/

• Kobe Bryant retired:

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/13/kobe-bryant-black-mamba/

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/mamba-out/

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• I became obsessed with Disney pins – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/disney-pin-collecting-trading/

• Hiking adventure in Malibu

May

• I got a job, & my Youtube channel reached 10,000 views – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/springtime-daze/

• Disney Channel aired its 100th original movie – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/my-favorite-disney-channel-original-movies/

June

• Fragrant Jewels featured my review video – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/fragrant-jewels-feature/

• Christina Grimmie died:

https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/rip-christina-grimmie/

https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/rip-christina-grimmie/

• The Summer Olympics took place in Rio de Janeiro – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/farewell-rio/

July

• My Fragrant Jewels review video surpassed 10,000 views

 

August

• I did my part to support a Jonathan Crombie Memorial – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/jonathan-crombie-memorial/

• I saw Thousand Foot Krutch in concert

Running With Giants 🏃🏻 | #ThousandFootKrutch #TFK #RunningWithGiants #Rock #HardRock #ChristianRock #RockMusic #RockConcert #Concert #Music #NoFilter

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Light Up the Sky 💥 | #ThousandFootKrutch #TFK #LightUpTheSky #Rock #HardRock #ChristianRock #RockMusic #RockConcert #Concert #Music #NoFilter

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Be Somebody 🎶 | #ThousandFootKrutch #TFK #BeSomebody #Rock #HardRock #ChristianRock #RockMusic #RockConcert #Concert #Music #NoFilter

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Born This Way 🔥 | Flawless show as always by @officialtfk | #TFK #BornThisWay #Rock #HardRock #ChristianRock #RockMusic #RockConcert #Concert #Music #NoFilter

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• Kenny Baker passed away – https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/the-droid-we-were-looking-for/

September

Rizzoli & Isles ended – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/farewell-rizzoli-isles/

October

• My art blog got a makeover

 

• My lifestyle blog got a makeover

 

• I saw Fit For a King & Beartooth in concert

 

November

• I turned 23 🎂

• I discovered zoo live cams – http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/content/video-more

• I reached 100 subscribers on Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCic1VLw_OuW2fzDQ88oi_AA?spfreload=5

• I saw My Epic, Silent Planet, Norma Jean, & For Today in concert during the For Today farewell tour

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December

• I reviewed Hairspray Live! – https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/12/09/hairspray-live-review/

• I finally watched Frozen – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/i-saw-frozen-for-the-first-time-blogmas-2016-🎄/

• I saw Rogue One in theaters on Christmas day – https://laurenmichelepoetry.wordpress.com/2016/12/25/rogue-one-blogmas-2016-🎄/

• Carrie Fisher passed away – https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/we-lost-our-princess/

• Debbie Reynolds passed away – https://laurenmichelephotography.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/sun-beams-will-soon-smile-through/

• I completed the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge & fulfilled my Goodreads pledge to read 45 books. 📚

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Farewell to Alan Thicke (Growing Pains), Alan Rickman (Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility), Alan Young (Mister Ed, voice of Scrooge McDuck), Ann Guilbert (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Nanny), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Charmian Carr (The Sound of Music), Christina Grimmie (Youtuber), Craig Sager (Sports Reporter), Debbie Reynolds (Charlotte’s Web, Halloweentown, Singing in the Rain), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond, Mrs. Miracle), Erik Bauersfeld (Star Wars), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), Janet Waldo (voice of Judy Jetson), Joe Alaskey (Looney Tunes, Rugrats), Kenny Baker (Star Wars), Kimbo Slice (Boxer & MMA fighter, “Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh”), and Patty Duke (Love Finds a Home).

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Looking back on this past year, I accomplished a lot more than I thought I did.  It sounds cheesy, but I’m ready to work even harder in 2017.  Many people might roll their eyes or turn up their nose at my passion for blogging & Youtube, but that’s okay.  I don’t need them to understand because it’s my passion, not theirs.  I am so grateful for those of you who have chosen to support me and follow my life.  I promise I’m not going anywhere! 💋

🎉 Happy New Year! 🎉

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Rogue One | Blogmas 2016 🎄

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Merry Christmas & Happy 2nd Day of Hanukkah!!  I hope all of you are having a wonderful holiday.  My day started at church this morning.  Afterwards, my family ate at Sizzler and saw Rogue One.  I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see this movie.  I felt like the only person in the world who hadn’t seen it, and the rave reviews were driving me insane.  We didn’t choose the best of theaters so the screen was dirty, but that didn’t dampen the experience.  I absolutely loved the film!  There were numerous amazing Rebel vs Empire fights, familiar faces like Bail Organa and Darth Vader, & awesome new characters like Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso.  Can we just talk about freaking Donnie Yen?!  His fighting scenes as Chirrut Imwe were off the charts.  WOW!  If you know me, you know that my favorite part of Star Wars will forever be the droids, and K-2SO is no exception.  LOVE. HIM.  The sass was abundant, and I could not stop laughing. (SPOILER) It was sad that everybody on the Rogue One team died, but it felt like the only appropriate ending considering the circumstances of the mission.  They died because of the Death Star, the very weapon they were fighting to stop.  A noble sacrifice for the good of the galaxy!

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I Saw Frozen For the First Time | Blogmas 2016 🎄

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1 DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS (I know it’s the 25th, but this was supposed to go up on the 24th so just roll with it)

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I can’t apologize enough for my absence.  To make up for lost time, I’m going to be blogging through Hanukkah.  I will call it “Blogukkah.”  Genius!  I have a good excuse for not blogging this week.  I worked myself into the ground and got the flu.  I had the worst day of work possible Tuesday, and it went from bad to worse once I got home.  I spent both my days off resting and reenergizing for my last two shifts before Christmas.  I hope you follow my art blog and Youtube channel because I’ve been active on both those platforms all month long.  I’m not sure why I haven’t been posting as often for Blogmas this year.  I think it has a lot to do with my retail job.  I’ve felt like such a grinch and haven’t done anything outside of working.  No spirit and no fun means no good material for your reading pleasure.  I do have something to share with you tonight so let’s jump right in.  I watched Frozen for the first time.  I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

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Have you composed yourself?  Alrighty then!  I’ve heard a lot of different perspectives.  People loved the movie.  People liked the movie.  People hated the movie, some only because of the ridiculous amount of attention and hype.  I didn’t want my first viewing experience to be ruined by someone else’s opinion so I waited and waited and waited until the right time.  I’m glad I did because I was pleasantly surprised.  I knew the music would be good, but other than that I had no expectations.  I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would.  The animation is beautiful, and the characters are charming.  Idina Menzel’s voice is beautiful as always, but Kristen Bell’s voice stunned me.  WOW!  I love the end (SPOILER) when Kristoff is available to save Anna with an act of true love, but she ends up being saved by sisterly love.  That is a refreshing twist.  It’s adorable how Kristoff’s gruff exterior is slowly melted by Anna’s quirks.  I could watch an entire movie with him, Sven, & Olaf.  Those three crack me up!  I highly recommend this film if you love Disney, but wait until your mind is clear from the bombardment of other opinions.

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