1 :: As most of you are probably aware, the newest Marvel movie is currently out in theaters. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second installment in the CA series, and it's also (not surprisingly) #1 at the box office. I was one of the millions who saw it this past weekend, and similar to the series' first go-around in 2011, the Disney sequel did not disappoint. As much as can be expected from a Marvel film, there was a decently crafted combination of plot, action, dialogue, and (for us shallow ones) eye-candy to make the 2 hours and 15 minutes worth the ten dollars out of my (boyfriend's) pocket for the movie ticket. But as I walked out of the theater around 11:30 on Saturday night, mind racing from the rather stimulating sequence of events, I had to ask myself what it is about these superhero movies that keeps everyone and their brother racing to reserve their seats each time a new one premieres on the big screen. They're highly entertaining, as we've already established... And I'd be lying if I said I didn't love them just as much as the next guy. But as far as movies go, the Marvel flicks* are practically the same darn stories told over and over again. The way I see it, they're the "male" equivalent to Nicholas Sparks' chick-flicks: unrealistic, formulaic, overly sensational, and almost 100% predictable—yet we're consistently drawn to them like moths to a flame. Perhaps this is just the magic movie combo, after all; we simply love to enter into imaginary worlds where heroism and happy endings are a guarantee. But honestly, who can argue that that's a bad thing? I say keep the superheroes coming.

2 :: As if I don't spend enough hours a week plugged in, I recently decided to attempt the currently trending 100 Happy Days Challenge on Instagram. The rules are simple: every day for a hundred days, you submit a photo of something that makes you happy, using the hashtag #100happydays. If you make it to Day 100 without skipping any, you can receive a little 100-page book of your journey. Sounds fun, right? I'm only on Day 8, but it's been pretty easy so far...and also kind of nice to reflect on the little things in life that make me happy. We'll see how long I can keep it up before my posts get repetitive!

3 :: Easter is the season for miracles... And it looks like one of my family members might be getting his today. Many prayers going up for my cousin Rick on this Holy Thursday! Stay tuned for an update on his lung transplant.

*Speaking of Marvel heroes, Captain America is hands-down my favorite. Talk about a 1940s dreamboat.