On Keeping Calm & Media Binging (+ NYC Sweepstakes)

When I wrote about my 2013 Goals I said I plan to repeat this mantra to myself over and over this year: Its ok to be happy with a calm life

Saying I am “focusing on” staying calm feels just as ridiculous to me as when I mentioned last year that I was “working” to get more sleep. I operate with an irrational fear of the Productivity Police. This year I want to make sure I’m balancing my goal setting and productivity tendencies with a heavy dose of relaxing. For me that means making space in my life for those things that help me unwind.

I’ve thought a lot about what it is that makes me feel zen, and I wish I could tell you it comes from running or volunteering or planting bulbs in my garden, but the truth is my idea of peace more often involves curling up on my couch to read a book. Cooking a delicious dinner on a Friday night and watching Dateline with Garrett & Buster is just about my ideal evening. Flipping through a giant stack of magazines or Netflixing an entire season of a show on a Saturday afternoon are just my cup of tea. (Bonus if I actually have a cup of tea in hand!)

So 2013 is to be the year of Media Binging.

I know, it’s a lofty goal. :)

I’m starting by calendaring the following date with myself: Waking up on my day off, eating a tasty breakfast, and going by myself to see the first show of the day at our local theater while I smugly enjoy my matinee pricing! (What? I feel RELAXED when I put things on the calendar! :))

On my list of shows to see? Side Effects. Have you seen the trailer?


The movie opens February 8th and stars a mix of actors that I really enjoy: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum with his shirt on! (Don’t everyone sob at once. I think Magic Mike will be on Netflix streaming shortly.) Also? It’s a crime thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. Pretty sure that guy doesn’t direct duds. But do you know what’s even more fun than seeing Side Effects at a matinee at my local theater? Seeing it in New York City with a friend. Am I right?

I am leaving the wild nightlife up to you guys! Each comment posted in response to the sweepstakes prompt below garners an automatic entry into a random drawing for 2 nights at a New York City hotel, airfare for two to New York City from the continental United States and a $50 movie gift card. Wouldn’t it be fun for the winner to watch Side Effects in NYC?

To enter, answer the following question: Why are you excited to see Side Effects?

Side Effects can be found here on Facebook and here on Twitter.

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a. Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post b:Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post c: Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post d: For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 1/21/2013-2/10/2013. Be sure to visit the sponsor’s brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

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