Hello and welcome to the “Yup, I’m still here” edition of the monthly checklist for the month of June.

Boy did I fall off the face of the earth here. I pretty much took an unintentional hiatus from writing. The reason is that I just didn’t feel it. It all started at the beginning of the month, where I couldn’t even type a review for the Avengers. The Freaking Avengers, for crying out loud. I made a couple of attempts, and even watched it twice, but I just couldn’t find an entertaining way to say that the Avengers is must see and incredible. I really had no issues with the film, and really had nothing else to say that wasn’t already said by everyone else out there. I would rather post nothing than post something I am not proud of. But the better way to write for a blog is to keep writing. So starting today, no matter how I feel, I will put at least 15 minutes of writing. Once I get my groove back, I’ll increase that to 30, and then 45 and so on when I feel comfortable. I came across a site called Write or Die that really helped with the juices, so I made the $10 investment for the desktop version. Here’s hoping this works. Here’s a question you can leave in the comments section: When you have writers block, how do you cure it?

Now, let’s get the show on the road, with a quick list.

  • An update on Weight Gate 2012: I am at a grand total loss of 39 pounds. I feel that if I buckle down, I can hit 50 by end of June. My aim is to continue my soda drought. Yes, believe it or not, I haven’t touched the carbonated goodness for the last five months. If I can make it to six, it would be awesome. And this is from a guy who drank the stuff by the Liter. No joke. Wish me luck in my continued quest.
  • A few shout outs this week, one to one of my best online friends Stacie from staciedenola.com (Ponderings & Pensées). Her blog is going through a big challenge this month. She will post something on her blog every day for the entire month of June. And I really can’t wait what she produces. That’s not easy to do, so definitely check her site out, and read some of her great work.
  • Another shout out is to Twin Sword Trading and their store or fabulous art, combining women and video games into a great concept. I had a chance to win some art from their site, and I love it. They have another contest that ends tomorrow (June 2), so please go to 8-Bit Girl’s post and comment to win some nice art. Go. Seriously, go comment and get in on the contest. You can always come back to finish this. This site isn’t time constricted. I won’t mind you leaving and coming back. There are no strict rules. When you’re done with that, check out Kayleigh Powis aka 8-bit Girl’s site. It’s filled with a lot of great video game news, interviews and reviews. (I honestly didn’t realize they all rhyme until I started typing it. I swear.)
  • One last quick shout out to the Yeung Moxey store, for shipping some really awesome soaps shaped like lego man. The site has some nice bath and beauty products to enjoy. Now, I may not look like the type of guy that would be into this stuff, and for the vast majority, you would be right. But that doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself to a nice candlelit … Yeah, this sentence isn’t going to end well, so I’ll stop. (*blows out scented candle*)
  • Oh my Blue Jays, they are doing well. They are in the hardest division of any sport, sharing with the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox and the Orioles. And we are only 2 games back from the top of the division as of this post. And I will be going to the Sunday game against the Red Sox, and it will be a grand time. Jose Bautista is back in the groove, Edwin Encarnación is still ripping some long ball, and rookies like Yan Gomes are making a difference for the better. And look at the statistics all you want, but Brett Lawrie is too awesome not to have on the field, suspension or not. By the way, I am aware that last time, I was making fun of Albert Pujols homer drought, and he happened to get his first dinger from the Jays. I am aware. It’s still funny how low his numbers are.

Oh yeah, while we’re here’s let’s have a look at what movies coming out this month.

Yes, I would like to see:

Piranha 3DD – June 1
This could be the dumbest decision, but Snakes on a Plane is only good when you see it in theatres with other people laughing with you. This might fall under the same idea.

Snow White and the Huntsman – June 1
If you remember, I had no interest whatsoever in Mirror Mirror, but that was mostly because Julia Roberts was just as convincing as a villainous queen as Barney the Purple Dinosaur playing a velociraptor in Jurassic Park. Charlize Theron, however, I can see her play the part, and make it good . It may have a cardboard cutout in the shape of Kristen Stewart as Snow White, but still it looks entertaining.

Prometheus – June 8
Speaking of Charlize Theron, she also appears in the prequel to Alien. Now alien is up there as one of my favourite movie franchises of all time, so seeing this is really a no-brainer.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – June 22
I am really hoping that it falls under the “so cheesy, it’s awesome” category. At least, it’s got to be better than Ghost Rider 2.

Brave – June 22
Wait, that’s coming out this year? I thought it was much later. The next in the Disney Pixar collection, a company that hasn’t really failed me in making a great movie (Yes, even Cars 2 was good), this has a lot of promise to be entertaining and fun.

No, I have no interest in seeing:

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted – June 8
The first movie was actually pretty good. But I have the same attitude to this movie as a hell of a lot of other sequels to animated features. It’s either going to be the same jokes, meaning it’s not going to be good, or it’s going to be a completely different movie, meaning it’s not going to be good.

Rock of Ages – June 15
I wanted to see this on stage, when it was playing at Princess of Wales theatre. My buddy saw it and said I would enjoy it. It looks like fun to watch on stage, but in movie form? I just don’t think it will be any good. Don’t know why, I just have a feeling.

That’s My Boy – June 15
An Adam Sandler movie with Adam Samberg. I’d rather watch a nickel and a dime fight to the death with a two hour time limit.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – June 22
A Steve Carell film doesn’t interest me. Although it’s got Keira Knightly in it, and there are scenes in the trailer that actually look funny, I just can’t muster the strength to see it in theatres.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection – June 29
Do I really need to explain why? Just look at the first two words of the title, and you’ll know why.

Ted – June 29
I am really on the fence about this one. It looks like some good humour and there was some great funny moments in the trailer, but I just can’t see myself seeing in theatres.