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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas MASTERPOST!
As many of you may remember, last year I did my very ambitious list of movies to get you from Halloween to Christmas while also doing NaNoWriMo.  This year I am doing NaNoWriMo again and since today I am officially taking a sick day I thought I would compile a nice masterpost of all the movies from last year’s 55 Movies to Get You to Christmas in case you want to read any of my individual posts or if you would like to watch an absurd amount of movies between now and Christmas or if you just want ideas for your movie nights.  Anyway, here is the list! Enjoy!

Week One: Creep Week (Halloween-esque movies)
Day One: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Day Two: The Corpse Bride
Day Three: Donnie Darko
Day Four: Alice in Wonderland
Day Five: V for Vendetta
Day Six: Coraline
Day Seven: The Phantom Tollbooth

Week Two: Superhero Week
Day Eight: Scott Pilgrim VS The World
Day Nine: The Amazing Spider-Man
Day Ten: Captain America
Day Eleven: Iron Man
Day Twelve: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Day Thirteen: Thor: The Dark World
Day Fourteen: The Dark Knight
Day Fifteen: Man of Steel

Week Three: 80’s Week
Day Sixteen: Pretty In Pink
Day Seventeen: Say Anything
Day Eighteen: An American Tail
Day Nineteen: Back To The Future
Day Twenty: The Never-Ending Story
Day Twenty-One: The Breakfast Club

Week Four: Ye Olde Week
Day Twenty-Two: Arsenic and Old Lace
Day Twenty-Three: The Awful Truth
Day Twenty-Four: Bringing Up Baby
Day Twenty-Five: My Favorite Wife
Day Twenty-Six: Harvey
Day Twenty-Seven: The Philadelphia Story
Day Twenty-Eight: It’s A Wonderful Life

Week Five: Drama Week
Day Twenty-Nine: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Day Thirty: Perks of Being a Wallflower
Day Thirty-One: 50/50
Day Thirty-Two: The Royal Tenenbaums
Day Thirty-Three: Edward Scissorhands
Day Thirty-Four: Wristcutters: A Love Story
Day Thirty-Five: The Hunger Games

Week Six: Feel Good Week
Day Thirty-Six: Little Miss Sunshine
Day Thirty-Seven: The Invention of Lying
Day Thirty-Eight: The Lorax
Day Thirty-Nine: Bridesmaids
Day Forty: Anchorman
Day Forty-One: Safety Not Guaranteed
Day Forty-Two: The Way Way Back

Week Seven: Action Week
Day Forty-Three: Memento
Day Forty-Four: Catching Fire
Day Forty-Five: Sherlock Holmes
Day Forty-Six: Slumdog Millionaire
Day Forty-Seven: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Day Forty-Eight: Fight Club
Day Forty-Nine: The Butterfly Effect

Week Eight: Miscellaneous Week (aka more Action Week + Romance Week + Christmas Week)
Day Fifty: Now You See Me
Day Fifty-One: The Adjustment Bureau
Day Fifty-Two: 500 Days of Summer
Day Fifty-Three: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Day Fifty-Four: A Christmas Story
Day Fifty-Five: Elf

Let me just say this masterpost was significantly easier and faster to compile than writing all of these posts last year.  I hope you have a good post-Halloween/pre-Christmas/whatever-Holiday-is-your-jam season, and I hope these movies help to get you there!

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Misery loves company (a post about diets)

A lot of people seem to be confused about the Facebook post I wrote about going on a diet; they keep asking me why I’m going on a diet, or what my diet is.  I wanted to write this post to clarify what I mean by “diet” and what the purpose is.

I also want to clarify that it is not my intent when I post food things to get attention.  I realize if you guys are thinking that in the first place, me simply stating that it’s not true isn’t going to change your mind from thinking that about me.  So, oh well.
(But actually that’s a really terrible viewpoint.  People with food allergies/intolerances and/or intestinal/digestive problems cannot help it and go through a LOT with each meal they eat.  I don’t know.  It’s kind of a big deal, and it’s a really frustrating/overwhelming issue to deal with.  Just, be considerate.  Thanks.)

Many of my friends already know that I can’t have a bunch of oils (as it stands: canola, cottonseed, safflower, sunflower and palm/palm kernel), and that I have to avoid random foods too.  It took me a long time to pinpoint which foods were causing me problems, and through a lot of trial and error I managed to get my symptoms (which range from constant nausea to debilitating, stabbing pain) to be less frequent and less intense, but all in all still around.

After researching for myself and also talking to a specialist, we concluded that my intestines were, for lack of a better term, messed up.  Without going into all the details, it’s harder for me to digest things because for most of my life I was eating these foods that messed them up.
(sidenote: fun fact, roughly 70% of your immune system is located in your gut. 
a sidenote on this sidenote: your mental health is related to your digestive health, so things like depression, anxiety, fatigue and irritability could actually be related to your food intake.)


I. Joy, why are you going on a diet?

Well, friend, it’s not the sort of diet you go on to lose weight.  This is how the internet defines the word “diet”:
“a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.”

I am not doing this to lose weight, as I felt I explained in my status, but apparently wasn’t clear enough about.  I am going on this “diet” for the purpose of getting healthier.

II.  Joy, what do you eat on this diet?

I am so glad you asked, friend! Most of you probably know that my preferred diet includes little to no meats.  However, this new annoying, sadness diet is mostly meat.  I will eventually be doing the GAPS diet, which is full of sadness (although, slightly less sadness than the intro diet; click here for a list of allowed/not allowed foods on the full GAPS diet), but will hopefully make me 100% Joy instead of 68-75% Joy.  For the first few weeks, I will be doing the Intro diet, which is primarily meat and homemade yogurt.  I can’t have any sugar or fruits or happy things.  I’m going to miss cheese.  Like, a lot.

Also, potatoes.  I will miss potatoes.

And Kit Kats.

III.  Joy, how long will you be on this diet?

I’ll only be on the Intro diet for about two weeks.  The GAPS diet is going to last a lot longer though.  I know I’m planning on being on it at least through the end of the year, possibly continuing through to next year.  I’m really going to miss iced coffees from Dunkin, and Outback quesadillas and SUGAR.

I mentioned in my status that it would be great if you guys could be sensitive and not ask me to come to food-oriented events, but if you want to try out a GAPS approved recipe with me, I have some of those stored away for when I’m getting off the Intro diet! Feel free to share in the sadness; misery loves company.