Perhaps too fast for me, especially when you look at the date on my last post. Don't do that, it'll just make it worse.
It's been a long time (official measurement: a buttload... or 6 months), and I have little in the way of excuses beyond the usual "my life is proof that God has a sense of humour". Family stuff has been hard, harder than I let on to most people. For some reason, despite the fact that it makes me feel so much better, I always seem to let the writing slide first when I'm feeling overwhelmed by life. My dad's illness is progressing aggressively, and I continue to be torn between being devastated at the thought of losing him and tortured by the fact that he's alive and suffering daily. It's a picnic, really. All of this sounds pretty gloomy, which is actually not how I'm feeling at all.
|Now gaze at this unrelated photo of Tom Hiddleston and let's forget it happened...|
Is shit hard? Oh yes, yes it is. I could easily dwell in the fact that I know, for a fact, without any mystery, that the biggest source of stress in my life will definitely 100% continue to get worse. But instead I'm very firmly trying my best not to let that storm cloud follow me around day and night, and so I want to share some of the awesome things going on.
First, I have a new job at Attractions Ontario, a job that I actually love. Bonus, the people I work with are incredibly awesome and my employment rights are not being violated on a daily basis. I don't even have to suffer through thinly veiled sexism or intense, unrelenting bullying! In short, it is the exact opposite of what my professional life has been like for the last... 5 years? As you guys know, I rarely talk about work here because I separate those realms of my life much like I separate my mashed potatoes and my peas, but you may hear me sharing a few things from my new position when I think they might be of interest to you. Basically, my job is giving people awesome free stuff, so I doubt you'll complain.
What's the second great thing happening right now? It's OSCAR SEASON.
I thought the best way to come back with a bang, and to make an effort to keep a promise to myself that I will keep doing things that make me feel good even if they require a little work, I am commencing the 3rd annual Oscar Challenge!
But Kate, what in the name of Channing Tatum is the Oscar Challenge?
I'm glad you asked, random reader. I always liked you.
The Oscar Challenge is a game I have been playing every January and February since 2012. I go through the list of Oscar Nominees and I watch every single one. That's right, as long as it has had a release (digitally or in theatres) in my area, I watch every film. Last year, there were only a few titles that weren't available pre-ceremony (which, in my opinion, is still unacceptable), so I end up watching a lot of movies. Then, by the day of the Oscars, I make my predictions about who will win.
Last year there were 57 films nominated. This year, there are 60. I thought surely that number would go down, but there you have it.
You can follow along with my progress, find links to all my reviews, and download your own scoresheet to play along on my Oscar Challenge Page. You can also read everything I do that's Oscar related by viewing my posts tagged "The Oscars".
I really hope you guys will do your own Oscar Challenge with me and make it a great start to 2015 for film and life. The greatest thing about the Oscar Challenge is even if you don't see them all, you still win because you've watched some awesome movies. I've already gotten a head-start, so keep checking back for more reviews as I dust off my keyboard and get to reviewing the awesome films (and some bad ones) that have come out this year. There were a lot that flew under the radar, and that's just not right!
How many Oscar Nominees can you check off your list so far? I'm at 12, so don't feel bad.