January Highs & Favorites!

Married At First Sight

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This month, I discovered the show Married At First Sight. Even though it has been on for 7 seasons going on 8, I had never heard of it until my mom mentioned it. I decided, because 90 Day Fiance was on a break between seasons I needed another reality show to binge. This one really hits the spot. I talk about it a little here when I give my predictions for the season 8 couples, and the premise is exactly how it sounds: couples get married to complete strangers at the altar and see if they can stay married for a couple of months. At that time, they decide if they want to stay married indefinitely or get a divorce. It’s awkward and quite addicting. I binged season 4 and am on seasons 5 and 8, the current season. It airs on Tuesday nights on Lifetime.

Minnesota beats Wisconsin

On the 4th, my alma mater, the University of Minnesota, beat its arch rival, the University of Wisconsin, in basketball. The best part about it was it was in Wisconsin’s house. I am a diehard sports fan and love my college more than anything, so it is always a highlight for me when we beat them athletically.

Up-Down

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On the 5th, my boyfriend, who I refer to as M, took me to a place called Up-Down in Minneapolis. I had heard of it as ads for it appear on my Facebook page, but I had only gone for the first time with him. It’s a bar & grill with retro games. I’m talking really retro; arcade games that had been out way before I was even born. They did have some newer retro games around, like Nintendo 64 Mario Kart. We had beers, a slice of pizza and played quite a few of the arcade games. My favorite had to be a Michael Jackson game in which you defeated opponents by dance moves. Long live the King of Pop.

Chianti Brunch

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On the 6th and 27th, I went to Chianti, a nearby restaurant, for brunch with one of my best friends, Jenna. Sunday brunch has sort of become our thing. I love breakfast food so I’m hardly complaining. Prior to this month I hadn’t been to Chianti’s brunch, but it has become the favorite. The best part of their brunch has to be their mini Belgian waffles. I swear they put something magical in the batter. Any time with Jenna qualifies as a highlight for me. I love her that much.

Searching

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On the 11th, M and I RedBoxed the movie Searching with John Cho. It was a movie I had really wanted to see and it did not leave us disappointed. The movie is original and clever, with a smart use of technology. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you like thrillers with twists, I highly recommend this film. It did not get enough attention when it was in theaters. More people need to see it!

Fantasy Flight Game Day

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On the 12th, M and I met my brother and his girlfriend at a place called Fantasy Flight Game Center. Although it is only fifteen minutes from my apartment, I had never been there. It’s tucked away in a slightly industrial part of Roseville, Minnesota. It’s a (board and card) game store but is also so much more; you can order food, you can rent from a selection of at least a hundred games, and there are two huge rooms of tables for you to game. It was nerd nirvana for sure. I was the first one there and had several games picked out; we didn’t end up playing any of them, but it was still an awesome time. I discovered a new game called Bang! that was pretty fun, and we played a couple of old favorites (Dragonwood and Fluxx). It was a fun afternoon.

Hibachi Date

On the 19th, M and I used my Groupon at Osaka Sushi & Hibachi and went on a hibachi date. January was a month of firsts; I had never eaten around a hibachi grill before. We had a young chef who was quite good. First they fry the rice, then the vegetables, then the meat. I ordered steak and M had the chicken. Their signature Yum Yum sauce made my white rice taste heavenly. Although a little expensive, it is definitely an experience I want to have again; maybe next time for a special occasion if we have to pay full price. I do recommend finding your local hibachi place and trying it out, it’s a lot of fun.

Unbreakable

On the 25th, I watched the film Unbreakable. I know, I know, it’s nearly 20 years old. I really wanted to see Glass and knew I needed knowledge of this movie (and Split) to understand it. I am a huge M Night Shyamalan fan and Unbreakable was one of his movies that I hadn’t seen. I was blown away by it. Samuel L. Jackson was stellar and I adored Bruce Willis’ character. If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend it. I don’t buy many movies these days, but it’s one I’d watch again and again.

Glass

On the 26th, then, my friend Cheri and I went to see Glass. I absolutely loved it. James McAvoy is just superb at playing …. well, all of those personalities at once. I loved seeing old characters emerge and have surprisingly big roles in this movie. I didn’t particularly like the famous M Night twist at the end of this film, but otherwise, I was not disappointed in the slightest. This movie, Split, and Unbreakable are some of M Night’s best work.

Birthday dinner & salsa

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Also on the 26th, my brother’s girlfriend had her birthday dinner at a place in a hip part of town called Loring. Despite it being below zero temperatures, it was great to support her and spend time with her, my brother, and M. After dinner we had a drink at a bar down the street and returned to Loring for salsa night. None of us knew how to salsa, so we winged it, but it was a lot of fun. I love many things about M but one thing I particularly love is that he gets me out of my comfort zone all of the time with his extreme extroversion. He challenges me to do things I never would dream of doing alone. I don’t think I’ll ever be a salsa master, but it’s something I’m open to learning.

Apartment is clean

Finally, on the 31st, I finally got my apartment clean enough to have guests over (in this case, M for his birthday). If you’ve read my old posts it is no secret that I struggle with depression and anxiety. One of my biggest challenges is keeping my place organized and clean. I hate that that is something I struggle with and I do the best I can to stay on top of it. I am extremely proud of myself that I have my apartment in a state where I can keep up the cleanliness fairly easily. I cooked M and I a crockpot recipe and had a piece of birthday cheesecake for dessert. It was an awesome way to celebrate my man for being born.

January Tunes

This is merely a reflection of Backstreet Boys’ new album coming out and me attempting to relax (Enya). I listened to a lot of different things this month so there weren’t many artists that stood out.

So there you have it, my highs and favorites of January! Until next time, xo.

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