Monday, November 30, 2009

Watch out!

Okay, here are three TV shows you should be watching, and one show you should start watching again:

1) Modern Family, ABC, Wednesdays @ 9

This is a new show about a modern family: the patriarch (played by Al Bundy) with his new, much younger, very Latina wife and her son; one of the patriarch's grown-up kids, who is gay and has an adopted daughter with his partner; and the other of the patriarch's grown-up kids, with her neurotic husband and three hilarious children. It is indeed a modern family, and a modern tv show, which lacks a laugh track but never lacks of hilarious situations and sarcastic dialogue. I promise you, you'll love it.

2) Parks & Recreation, NBC, Thursdays @ 8:30

I liked but not loved Amy Poehler on Saturday Night Live. But I love love love her in Parks & Recreation. She plays Leslie Knope, who reminds me of a more lovable version of Michael Scott from The Office. She gets herself into ridiculous situations because of the things she says and does, but ultimately she has a good heart and is just trying to do the best she can for her beloved town of Pawnee, Indiana. Give it a few episodes, and you'll start to get the humor of the show and fall in love with Pawnee just like Leslie.

3) Community, NBC, Thursdays @ 8
I've always loved Joel McHale, but I thought Community - a show about a Community College Spanish class - would fall flat. Boy was I wrong. This show is often my favorite of the Must-See-TV lineup. The script is genius, the acting is terrific, and the situations are hilarious. Basically it's about a former lawyer, Jeff, who is forced to go back to Community College and there meets a bunch of funny classmates. The cast of characters includes Britta, who Jeff has a serious crush on but who calls him on his bullsh*t; Abed, who has asperger's and who matches wits with Jeff week after week; Pierce (played by Chevy Chase) who is a needy older man who wants to be cool like Jeff when he grows up; and Senor Ben Chang, their Asian Spanish professor who hates his students almost as much as he hates his job. It's fantastic. Watch it.

4) Grey's Anatomy, ABC, Thursdays @ 9

Seriously. If you're like me and got completely sick of the Meredith/Derek melodrama, good news! They got married. McDreamy drama gone, the show is much less whiny and has the chance to focus on other, better relationships. On top of that, guess what else? George and Izzy are off the show. Hallelujah. (Well, technically Izzy is still on the show, but she's only been in like one episode for like 5 minutes since she quit her job at Seattle Grace.) So if, like me, you were tired of the attitudes those two drama-wielding divas were bringing to the show, both on and off screen, it's gone. Along with the weekly hour full of cancer we had to weep through last season. As well as absurd flashbacks/ghost sightings of Denny. I've never been so glad to see a hot guy leave a show. This season the writing is smart, the characters are likable, and they've added some new characters and storylines that I can get on board with. They consolidated Seattle Grace and Mercy West (its sister hospital), which has added a new cast of residents and a new boatload of drama. They brought on the blonde girl from 24 as Cristina's mentor and romantic rival, adding a juicy love triangle - and who doesn't love that? And last but not least, they added Arizona, the pedes doctor, as a regular on the show. I was wary of her at first, but she has definitely added something heartfelt to the show. Grey's is back to how it used to be in its early seasons. So for any fellow defectors, now is the time to come back on board. Seriously.

Evolution

As you all know, I am obsessed with Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty. I've written about it several times on this blog. I know Dove is obviously trying to sell products, but they're a company - either way they're going to be trying to sell products. They could just as easily subscribe to the classic beauty industry advertising that makes girls feel horrible about themselves, but instead they are sending out positive messages to girls. And plus they are contributing a percentage of products sold to the Self-Esteem fund, which provides self-esteem workshops for girls. I could not feel more strongly about the mission of Dove. If you're with me, VOTE HERE for the Dove Evolution ad as the best non-Superbowl ad of the decade. In case you don't remember the ad, I've included it below, along with two other Dove ads that I love. Enjoy.

Evolution:


True Colors:


Onslaught:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

From Albert Einstein:

"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices, but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thought in clear form." (New York Times, March 19, 1940)

"If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith."

Friday, November 20, 2009

Good News Friday

I can't wait to see New Moon tomorrow, did I mention that? Not to mention that we're doing double-duty karaoke. That's right. Karaoke, Twilight, dinner, karaoke. The fact that we can do that at all makes me really love NYC.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." — Andrew Wyeth

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thoughts of the day

A couple things:

- I might have a commitment problem. I work from about 8:30am to 8 or 8:30pm every day (lately), often with work to take home. And things at work during the day are so busy and stressful that I rarely even have time to check my personal email. By the time I get home, I'm absolutely exhausted, eat dinner on my lap on my couch, and crash. That's my life. And on the weekends I'm sooo exhausted from the week. I honestly have no idea how a person with a schedule like this could possibly complete NaNoWriMo. That's right, you knew it was coming to this, didn't you? I've only logged about 6500 of the required 50,000 words that are supposed to be written two weeks from today. Obviously it's not going to happen. Which is too bad, I liked my characters. But I'm just flat-out exhausted.

- I quit Spanish class for the same reason. It was stressing me out.

- I am a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP, it exists, look it up!), and this means I am not suited for a lot of things in my life. Especially everything at work. This career is not a good one for an HSP at all. This tires me out more than a normal person, which makes the above even more relevant. I'm trying to find ways to deal with it for now, but it's difficult. I need to figure out my life.

But on a better note:

- I can't wait for the new Twilight to come out this weekend. Call me a nerd if you want. I think I'm going to re-read New Moon in celebration.

- I'm going to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding, and she is going to order the dresses from either Ann Taylor or J.Crew. So hopefully they won't be hideous like most other bridesmaid dresses in the world. Hooray!

- I also can't wait for Thanksgiving. A lot of my cousins are coming to town, and I'll get to see my friends from home. Plus, a week off of work. YAY!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

Today is To Write Love on Her Arms day. (Another link here.) For some reason it reminded me of the quote below.

Lelaina: I was really going to be somebody by the time I was 23.
Troy: Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.
Lelaina: I don't know who that is anymore.
Troy: I do. And we all love her. I love her. She breaks my heart again and again, but I love her.
(Reality Bites)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Quote of the Day

A poem, by W.B. Yeats:

Though you are in your shining days,
Voices among the crowd
And new friends busy with your praise,
Be not unkind or proud,
But think about old friends the most:
Time's bitter flood will rise,
Your beauty will perish and be lost
For all eyes but these eyes.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Quote of the Day

"I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger than reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls." – Anais Nin

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Two pics

Just for you. One educational (thanks, Ben!), and one humorous (from NatalieDee). Enjoy!



Sunday, November 1, 2009

Slutty pumpkins

I do love Facebook for many things. Mostly for the spying capabilities it gives me, which at this point it would be hard to live without. But do you know when I don't like Facebook? November 1. Why? Because it forces me to deal with a part of life that I just try to ignore the other 364 days a year. What, you ask? Open up your Facebook account and see if you can guess what I might be talking about.

That's right, you guessed it. Apparently all of my female Facebook friends who went to a Halloween party this year had the same costume. Hooker. Which leaves me confused as to why they post captions like, "Snow White!" "Batgirl!" "Cat!" "Lion!" "Referee!" and a myriad of other ill-conceived polyester nightmares that clearly they purchased at Ricky's, along with a package of fishnets and way too much black eyeliner. If you're going to dress up like a hooker, why not just call it what it is?

Halloween makes me hate humanity. I don't dress up for Halloween anymore, and I haven't since college, when my friends forced me to dress up for college parties. In college. But now I'm an adult, living in an apartment, and no, I did not have a Halloween costume. Everyone at work acted like I am the devil incarnate for not having a costume. They all had one. But surprise, they all had the same one.

If you're wearing a costume to a costume party, fine. But what happened to creativity? And why all the cleavage?! My family was never one to go out and purchase costumes for Halloween. We cobbled together what we had, either from dance costumes or clothes lying around, and went each year as something modest and wholesome, like a chef, a monk, a beauty pageant winner (in a DRESS, not a bathing suit), Steve Urkel, Hillary Clinton, and a myriad of other simple and sometimes topical bursts of creativity, usually on my mom's part.

Which is why when someone at work told me they were going as a referee I thought, okay, cute, maybe her dad has an old ref shirt she's borrowing. Much to my surprise, her pictures on Facebook reveal a very different pair of referees, if you know what I'm saying. She went to the party dressed as a hooker.

While I'm on the topic, one of the most infuriating slutty costumes on Halloween to me (besides the sluttification of a myriad of beloved Disney characters) is a cowgirl. Now I went to a college party dressed as a cowgirl once. Do you know what I wore? Jeans and a flannel shirt. Why? Because that is what "cowgirls" look like. Have you people ever been to a farm?! Cowgirls have mud on their face, not glitter. A real cowgirl would never wear a mini-skirt, high-heeled boots, and a bathing suit top. Another infuriating costume is a cat. Sorry, but slapping on a hot pink bra, the tightest, shortest, most see-through dress you can find, fishnets, and 6 inch heels does NOT make you look like a cat, no matter what kind of ears you are wearing. Unless by cat you mean prostitute. Oh, and another good one I saw on Facebook. Army soldier. In hotpants, fishnets, go-go boots, and clown makeup (I mean, I'm sure it was regular day-to-day makeup, but it sure looked like clown makeup to me). Soldier? Have you ever seen a movie in your entire life? Or the news?

And in case you are like me and do not have kids to dress up for Halloween, guess what you have to look forward to? You guessed it. They're starting them young. Check out the picture on this page. Please parents, do NOT buy hooker costumes for your little girls.

As more and more pictures get posted on Facebook today, I get more and more upset. To all the women who went out last night dressed as hookers, have a little self-respect! And besides that, you're making yourself look like an idiot who can't come up with any creative ideas except taking off all your clothes. Grow up. And please for the love of all that is holy, put on a ******* jacket.

As Ryan says, better luck next year, Halloween.