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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Cartoon Mice, Superheros, and UNICEF

So my husband and I celebrated the eight-year anniversary of our first date the other day. Every year we do exactly what we did on our first date (sans the group of friends who "chaperoned" us the first time*), catch a movie at the same theater and follow it up by a trip to the same Chuck E. Cheese for pizza, arcade games, and our yearly "sketch pad" photo. Depending on our schedule each year, sometimes we may go on a different day then our actual anniversary and at times we go to CEC first.
*Note: My husband and I first met on MySpace and as such our date was the first time we'd met in person. So, given the dangers of meeting someone you've met online, I decided to be cautious and take a small group of (3) friends along and hold the date at a public venue.
Anyway...This year we saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It was awesome, but why shouldn't it have been? It has Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson all reprising their award-winning roles of Steve Rogers, Black Widow, and Director Fury respectively. I also enjoyed the addition of Anthony Mackie as Falcon, hopefully he'll be in more Marvel movies. And of course, let's not forget the supporting cast of Hayley Atwell, Frank Grillo, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, et al. All tremendous talent who I wish to see in future films. Only down-side was having to listen to my husband comment on how Captain America should be "totally banging" the Black Widow. -_-' (Heterosexual) men...
Then today I watch About Time with my mother-in-law. Another good movie. LOVED the one song "How Long Will I Love You" performed by Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney, and Ben Coleman. Listen to it in the video link provided below.
In other news, I'll be partaking UNICEF's "Live Below the Line" challenge on April 28-May 2. Live Below the Line deals with the problem of extreme poverty and inequality by demonstrating the problem in a concrete way, while raising money to address the problem. Part of LBTL is challenging people to live off of £1 ($1.68 USD) a day in food/drink. In preparation for this I went to Target and bought and bought 10 packs of Maruchan ramen for $0.22 each, a box of Pop-Tarts (8 count) for $1.97, and an extra 2-pack of Pop-Tarts for $0.70. (For those who care about the math, that's about $0.50 for each pack of Pop-Tarts in the box.) That's around $0.94-$1.14 a day for breakfast and dinner (I usually don't eat lunch). With all that I've still got $0.54-$0.74 a day to splurge on at the vending machine.
If you'd like to sponsor me, and thus donate to the cause, please click on the link in the paragraph above or on the one located on the right side of this page under "Linkage." From what I understand, all donations are paid with PayPal and you can donate in increments of £10, £20, £50, £100, £150, or "other£." One person already donated £1 ($1.68 USD), presumably by clicking on the "other£" option and typing in a 1.
living off of £1 ($1.68 USD) a day
Monday April 28 to Friday May 2 in support of UNICEF - See more at:
Monday April 28 to Friday May 2 in support of UNICEF - See more at:
Monday April 28 to Friday May 2 in support of UNICEF - See more at:

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