The Life of Bon: Candy Crushin my life away

Monday, September 09, 2013

Candy Crushin my life away

This afternoon I came home from work, flung myself on the bed and whipped out my cell phone to play a little bit of Candy Crush until my eyelids drooped.  Oh, the blessed "Get home from school" hour.  I don't have to do anything but lie on the bed and let myself go into a total state of comatose.  Enter Candy Crush.  (SIDENOTE:  I haven't been doing much reading lately, and I blame it all on this blasted app.  If I had any kind of self control I'd close the app down and get my life back, but clearly I have no self control, (It's called four diet cokes a day.) so that's why I have given hours of my life to that dumb game and that is not something I'm proud of but it's the truth, and the truth you must know!  Also, as a side note I might add that it's quite embarrassing to spend your entire 80 minute teacher prep came playing candy crush and trying to figure out how to beat a certain level.)  But Candy Crush is not the point, my friends.  I just felt like I needed to confess.  The point is this.  As I was lying there in a dreamlike state of switching candies, Greg came in the room and said, "What are you doing?  Let's go to a matinee."

"Now?"  I answered.  It was 4:30 on a Monday. Weird time for a movie.

"Yah!  Come on.  Let's be spontaneous and just go."

So we did.  We wandered on over to the nearby theater and that was how we found ourselves completely by ourselves for an afternoon showing of The Way Way Back.

I hadn't heard anything about The Way Way Back so I had really had no expectations going in.  But let me assure you this- the movie was fantastic.  The dialogue was witty and quick and the characters so real and believable you'd swear they lived next door to you.  I don't want to give much of the plot away but basically I left the movie wanting to be a better person.  Strangely enough, it made me want to be a better teacher.  To try harder to reach out to the quiet, awkward kids, to be confident enough with myself to make others feel good about themselves, and to be someone who notices the odd man out.  Sam Rockwell absolutely nailed it as "Owen", the quirky water park worker who befriends a lonely, awkward teenager.  The story is beautiful so if you haven't seen it already, put it on your immediate to do list!

Seriously, go see it and report back to me.  I have total confidence that you will love it!

Now, I'm going to go back to my candy crushing ways (please! someone help me!) while I let Karly take over from here.  I was hooked on her blog the second I read this post about a cute (but dumb) boy trying to guess what "type of Asian" she is.  (I thank the heavens every night that I no longer have to date.)  Also when I was a teenager I had an insanely unhealthy obsession with Orlando Bloom so naturally I ate this post up about her meeting the man in person.  Take it away, Karly!

Hi, I'm Karly and this is my dog Hufflepuff.  We blog over at Karly Kim.  I do most of the writing, but he helps with visuals.  I hope you enjoy getting to know a little bit about me.  I broke the information down into categories and kept it short because it's Tuesday and who wants to read a novel?  And more importantly, I didn't have the brain power to write one. 

Five things I have a passion for

1.  Mouthwash - I truly believe the world would be a better place if everyone used it.
2.  Underground rap battles
3.  High heels
4.  The person who invented eyeliner
5.   Laughter

Five things I'd like to do before I die
1.  Invent a new candy
2.  Learn how to play the piano
3.  Have a butler.  Preferably Geoffrey from Fresh Prince if he's available.
4.  Hoard pets
5.  Leave the world a happier place.

Five reads I love
1.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
2.  A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
3.  Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella 
4.  Bossypants by Tina Fey  
5.  My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler

Five favorite movies
1.  Life is Beautiful
2.  Mean Girls
3.  The Notebook
4.  Bad Boys 2
5.  Grease

Five places I'd want to travel to
1.  Des Moines, Iowa - because why not?
2.  Phuket, Thailand
3.  The Maldives
4.  Curichiba, Brazil
5.  New Jersey 

Five things you'll learn from my blog
1.  How to upset your neighbors
2.  How to get cast on The Bachelorette
3.  How to respond when someone calls you ugly
4.  How to be serious 
5.  How to take too many pictures of yourself


  1. Sounds like a good movie.

    I love Karly Kim! I saw her guest post on another blog a couple weeks ago, fell for her hilarious writing immediately, and have been following her ever since!

  2. I LOVED that movie.
    It was fantastic.
    Then again, I have a thing for offbeat movies like that.

  3. I saw the movie with my husband having not heard much about it and LOVED it....such beautiful movie :)

  4. That movie is such a hidden gem!! It might be my favorite of the year!!

  5. I've been wanting to see this movie but they NEVER have it showing in Atlanta! I'm going to start a riot.

  6. I'm stuck on the candy crush saga as well. I actually get frustrated so badly I quit for a week or so at a time before I go back. It's a terrible addiction and I hate that I love it. GAH

  7. I know! I inhale books and I've been on the same one for over a week now because of that game! A week in one book for me is 5 years for other people!

  8. The only way to combat candy crush addiction that I can work out, and I have spent minutes working this out, is to play the levels as quickly as possible because if you can just get to level 410 before they make some more you will be done and can resume normal life activities. Being at level one-oh-five means I may get an upgrade or two before I can achieve this, but it's my current working theory. Good luck!

  9. #1: Candy Crush is so addictive.
    #2: I've only heard good things about this movie and I'm dying to go see it.

  10. your title of this post made me LOL!

  11. I absolutely LOVED Way Way Back. Really the jewel of the summer as far as movies. Even Steve C. did a good job as a character you hate.

  12. I'm addicted to Candy Crush too, it's bad.

  13. I have been torn about that movie. Gotten so many mixed reviews haven't decided if I want to see it or not yet. Also I have gotten to the point where I am made at Candy Crush cause I can't beat level 159.

    Color Me Brave

  14. Love short guest posts like this :)

  15. I've been wanting to see that movie all summer! Now I definitely need to check it out. Also...candy crush. I broke the 200 level barrier some time ago and I've been living in shame ever since.

  16. that movie was here about a month ago. SO good. i'm sad that it's not here any longer for me to watch it one more time. i think i saw it three times.

  17. Yeah, yeah for Des Moines, IA! I would welcome you and show you around a bit! :) I grew up in tiny town, moved to Des Moines for college, then out to Boston for about 8 years after. While I adore Boston, Des Moines called me back. Love your blog. Keep up the entertaining writing!