B is for Bully

Friday afternoon, the JA and I saw the movie ‘Bully.’ It is now Monday and I only now feel ready to discuss it.

Synopsis (from the movie’s Facebook page):
This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied, making it the most common form of violence young people in the U.S. experience. Directed by Sundance- and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary—at its heart are those with the most at stake and whose stories each represent a different facet of this bullying crisis.

Following five kids and families over the course of a school year, the film confronts bullying’s most tragic outcomes, including the stories of two families who’ve lost children to suicide and a mother who waits to learn the fate of her 14 –year-old daughter, incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With rare access to the Sioux City Community School District, the film also gives an intimate glimpse into school busses, classrooms, cafeterias and even principles offices, offering insight into the often-cruel world of children, as teachers, administrators and parents struggle to find answers.

If you’re a loyal reader, you know that my younger brother has Asperger’s syndrome. With that in mind, my family was affected by the bullying he experienced. While we were all fortunate enough to attend private elementary, middle and high schools, there still was some bullying that occurred.

From the opening scene of the movie, I was fighting back tears. The film was intense, to say the very least. There were times when I certainly saw my brother in some of the characters. The stories were poignant and emotional. I came out of the theater emotionally exhausted, frustrated with the education system, and inspired to make a change. Even watching the trailer again for this post brought back memories of both the movie and my family life.

I honestly don’t think there was a single person in the theater that wasn’t somehow affected by the movie.

I highly recommend this movie for educators and those with children. For those of you who have been bullied or who know someone who has been affected by bullying, it might be best for you to wait to see it at home. I know I was much more affected by it than I thought I would be (and am a bit self conscious about crying in movie theaters).

For more information on bullying and information on how you can support the movement to stop this behavior, visit The Bully Project website.

Let There Be (No) Light

Yesterday, a major improvement was made to my new place…



non-sheer bedroom curtains. I could die with joy. The sheers weren’t the worst thing in the world, but I, similar to most people, like a little privacy when it comes to the bedroom. Not to mention that having the glow of a streetlights filter through my room in the evening and a ray of sunshine directly on my face at 7:30 a.m. on weekends does not make me a happy camper.

Now, it’s just darkness. And I love it.

Can you sleep with lights on/noise or are you like me and prefer to have things dark and quiet?

Rainy Days

When the forecast looks like this,

breakfast looks like this.


My hair looks like this,


And I barely make it to work on time.

Getting up and ready the morning after Book Club is always a challenge, and even more so this month because I hosted. After everyone left, I cleaned up and was so tired that I eventually ended up passing out on the couch!

Here’s hoping the day goes quickly; it’s almost Friday!

Bust a Move

Even though I wasn’t feeling 100% yesterday (please don’t let this be the start of a cold, please don’t let this be the start of a cold…), I dragged my butt off the couch in time for my first Barre Fusion class.

Touted on my gym’s website, “Barre Fusion combines ballet inspired movements, interval training, Pilates, and isometric moves to strengthen and stretch your muscles from head to toe. The result is firm, elongated muscles, a strong re-defined core, increased flexibility and alignment, and reduced body fat.”

It was a bit different than I expected (more dancing than actual weight work). However, in speaking with the instructor after class, she assured me that this was not the norm for class. I also spoke to some other ‘classmates’ to get an idea of what other group exercise classes were worthwhile and which ones could be skipped.

As if that wasn’t enough, I came home and made a few goodies for Book Club tonight. It’s my first time hosting in a while and I’m super excited to have all the ladies over to see my new place!

Try It Tuesday: FitSugar

With the combination of spring break and the move, in the past few weeks I’ve been lacking in the gym-going department. Enter: FitSugar.

FitSugar gives me quick workouts that I can access from my computer. Perfect for when there’s not a lot of time, you’re traveling, or just aren’t quite familiar with your surroundings. I use the following fat blasting workout and by the end, my heart rate is way up. The next day, my glutes are screaming. Love it!

10 Minute Bootcamp Workout Jeanette Jenkins

I love that I can do these workouts in a pinch but they still get the job done. The website is constantly updated with new workouts, which is ideal when I’m ready to switch up my routine or focus on one specific area.

I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention that FitSugar contains lifestyle articles, recipes and so much more to help you in your quest to live a healthy life.

Psst. If you like this review, check out others in my Try It Tuesday series. You might find few new things to enjoy!

Time to Celebrate

There was a lot of celebration going on up in this joint this past weekend.

Saturday morning we celebrated the life of a colleague’s husband.

Saturday afternoon we celebrated a win for our school baseball team in a tournament game they played at Camden Yards.

Saturday night we celebrated the marriage of an old co-worker of mine.

And finally, yesterday we celebrated Nettifred’s birthday.

I’m tuckered out. And it’s only Monday.

All Smiles

There are some days that start out great and end in the gutter. There are days that start out great and end fantastic. Then there are the eh days.

Yesterday was a ‘smiles all around’ day. The weather was nice here in Baltimore (71 and sunny), I rocked some awesome paisley pants, I got two emails from Mommas that I adore (shout out to Momma Loosh and Momma KS!), I had the opportunity to escape the office for a few hours, and the JA and I had a wonderfully relaxing evening.

After reading this article from the Today Show, I found some perspective on the whole ‘wedding stress’ thing. I even emailed it to myself with the subject line: remember what it’s about. There’s a certain amount of guilt that comes along with planning a wedding. Whether it be about the gust list, the budget, or anything else, it’s nice to have a reminder every now and again that it’s really just about the two of you. It’s a celebration of your love and those who love you.

Sometimes, all you need is a little reminder of what’s important to realize how blessed you are and to make your day one full of smiles 🙂

Happy Friday!