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Pop Culture Bullets Of Miscellany

  • I recently watched a few of the most recent episodes of Chicago Fire and why didn’t anyone tell me that some of my favorite (and the prettiest) actors are playing FIREMEN in a drama? I mean…screw the hot doctors from Grey’s Anatomy…we’re talking FIREMEN on this show. It’s also interesting some of the facets of the life of firemen, but also? FIREMEN. So, you know. You should watch it.
  • I’m also watching the HULU ORIGINAL (It’s evidently not a Hulu Original, I guess I hallucinated seeing that logo somewhere…but I am watching it on Hulu, so there’s that) show Misfits and even though it’s a little…mature…for my tastes, the concept is really original. British delinquents with super powers! I love it! But I just noticed today that the picture on HULU is actually a bunch of grown-ups. Not teenagers. So I’m super-confused now. I’m only on season 2 but still…why is the picture grown-ups? Is the current season them as grown-ups? I don’t know! And how did I just now notice this fact? Either way. Right now…I’m enjoying the show…even if it’s a bit grown-up for me.
  • I just read Hoot. I have had it on my list FOREVER and I really enjoyed it! It’s an easy read, a little more “teen fiction” than “young adult” but it was really good. I see why it’s on a lot of school reading lists. I’m always glad when I enjoy a book that’s required reading. I always HATED the required reading books as a kid, I think on principle alone. I probably would have hated Harry Potter if they had told me I HAD to read it.
  • Nikki is reading Wrinkle in Time and I think it’s as important to me that she like this as it was that she liked Harry Potter. I loved Wrinkle in Time as a kid…I read it several times…so while I loved Harry Potter as an adult, her liking this book means we might have been friends as kids. Which makes my heart happy.
  • Okay…the best for last…did you hear? We’re getting the TFioS trailer today! Here is the teaser for the trailer and I am SO EXCITED. I mean…THIS BOOK…it just made me feel all the feels and the movie has the potential to just rip my heart into a million pieces and make me GRATEFUL for it.

Books and TV…the SERIOUS Issues.

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So! I first stumbled upon Maggie Stielvater when I accidentally started an unfinished series. I really enjoyed the two books in that series, and really liked the next stand-alone book I read of hers Scorpio Races.

But then I switched to her finished series Shiver. And I had vague memories of trying the book before and not getting into it, but even as I started it, I had no memories of it…so I soldiered on. But y’all? I couldn’t finish it. I’m so upset! I had hoped I had found a new favorite author…but I just couldn’t stick with it. I think part of it was the story was too much about the love/attraction and not much about any other lore or plotline with this fantasy world. Also, the chapters jumped back and forth between perspectives which isn’t a big deal, her other books did that, but these chapters were really short. So it was giving me whiplash! I ended up taking it back to the library this week, unfinished.

But I’m so bummed! I loved the other books and I LOVE LOVE LOVE her on Twitter, but I could NOT get into Shiver.

arrowNow! Let’s talk about some TV I’m totally loving. First is an old show that I’m just loving more this season than last. And it’s even getting some good critical accolades too! ARROW. Y’all! It’s just so good! Are you watching it? I love Felicity and how big of a part they’re giving her this season. I love love LOVE the introduction of Flash (I think he’s getting his own show, actually) the last too episodes. And I love that they ditched a lot of the annoying storylines (Sarah returning? BOO.) because they weren’t working. I love that the actors or SO VERY PRETTY. Last season was good but this season is GREAT.

almost-human-cast2And finally? A new show I’m loving. Almost Human! Are you watching it? SO GOOD! The dialog us funny but the stories are interesting and great. Good action. Good special effects. GREAT chemistry between the actors…LOVE IT! It also adds a fun twist on the crime-solving drama with the weirdo tech advances they feature. I love it! Probably my new favorite show!

So…books? Shows? What are you loving?

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March 14th! We’re Going Back To Neptune!

Growing up I had one TV in my house on which time was very regulated. If Dad was home, our time using it was monitored. I have memories of watching TV as a family – shows like The Cosby Show and Little House On The Prairie but we didn’t watch as much as our friends did and there was often stuff I was missing out on when it came to lunchroom conversation. It only worsened once I hit high school because I stayed so busy all the time that there was minimal time to watch TV.

(Although – when Dad was gone? That TV was on all the time. I was like a pampered non-working wife with my soap operas and game shows during the summer.)

Then came college when I didn’t have a TV for a long time. Then I didn’t have cable for a long time. I enjoyed some shows in real time like “Friends” but basically, until about 2000, I didn’t watch any TV regularly. Like…EVER. MY ENTIRE LIFE.

Once we settled into our adult lives in 2001 with paychecks and cable bills, I started keeping up with television and became quite addicted quite quickly. But my point is – a lot of the shows I totally fangirl over, I did not enjoy with the real world. I worked my way through the Whendonverse when Wes was a baby and I was nursing him. I watched all of Buffy, Angel and Firefly before Wes was weaned. The show that got me through my maternity leave with Nikki? Veronica Mars. With that show, I actually watched season 1 and season 2 before season 3 premiered. So, I caught up with the real world, but just in time for the last season. But – since I was totally team Piz? (WHAT?!?!) I lurved it dearly.

So, it’s safe to say when the Veronica Mars Movie was crowdfunded? I WAS BEYOND HAPPY.

And today? When I needed it most because I’m super-stressed (Oh, my, god. I’m so sick of saying that. I wish I could unload on you guys so you could believe me about the “so stressed” part but I have to respect other people’s privacy. Just trust me: STRESS LEVEL IS TO THE MAX FOR REAL REASONS, I PROMISE.) the gift of the Veronica Mars Move trailer was given to me and I sobbed with joy.

So, I have three months to re-watch all of the previous seasons so my Neptune knowledge is refreshed. ARE YOU WITH ME?

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Subscribe for Goose.

Y’all – the first YouTuber I ever subscribed to was Grace Helbig. She’s smart and funny and kind and just all around a great presence on the web. I love her dearly. But for complicated business-y reasons that really aren’t my business whatsoever and entirely her business – she is having to start ALL OVER on your YouTube channel. Hank Green writes about it here and Tyler Oakley added his support here. She is not pandering for attention over this debacle, she’s too classy for that. But, basically she spent 3+ years building a channel and a community and it is all gone now. She went from 2.5 million subscribers to 157,000 at the time of this writing.

So, will you PLEASE do me a favor? Go here and subscribe to her new channel. Please? Even if you don’t normally watch YouTube stuff. Do this for the general good of content creators everywhere. This is a chance for the interwebs to rally behind someone who is not asking to be rallied behind. She knew the situation from the start, the potential for damage, and now she’s trying to start over. She is too valuable of a presence, too valuable of a positive influence for women online and in comedy, too valuable as a content creator – to not show support for her.

I just love her and her voice and her humor and she always makes me smile. I want her community to follow her to this new home because she has earned that. This is kinda unprecedented, to be honest, and you should subscribe for no other reason but to see if someone can start over and succeed in this fashion.

Also y’all? Her dog, Goose, is TOTES ADORBS. Subscribe for the dog.

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Mini Me

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Nikki finished her first Harry Potter book this week. I gave her my Hedwig backpack as a gift for this accomplishment. And then, she had to get special permission to check out the next one because it’s reserved for Third Grade and older. This is one of the finest moments of my parenting life. I didn’t think I could be more proud until THIS happened >>>>>>>>

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Last night Nikki asked, “Mom? Can you help me start a Bullet Journal?”

OH MY GOD. OF COURSE I WILL.

It was SO MUCH FUN. She got so into it and added “Bullet Journal Supplies” to her birthday wishlist which – of course – is INSIDE HER BULLET JOURNAL.

It’s things like this that kinda kickass about being a Mom. Seeing your own personality traits showing up in your kid, and seeing how COOL they are. I mean, when she’s stubborn and flighty? I hate my genes. The bad skin? HATE. The tendency to get social anxiety? HATE HATE HATE.

But this tendency? This organizational desire to log her life? I LOVE SEEING THAT. Her love of Harry Potter, he desire to make lists? THAT IS ALL ME. And I’m totally excited about it all. It’s nice to see the good genes show up once in awhile to counterbalance the crappy ones.