Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Television Gems (Part One)

So everyone loves television. Well, at least a good majority.  Now, a problem I have is there are just too many shows, so which ones to watch?  Well, my friends may watch this, and this got a good review, and oh, I like that actress, I should DVR that one.  Right?  Well, here is my opinion.  It is important to watch popular shows so that you can use it to INTERACT with people, but if you don't have a show (or two) that is a guilty pleasure, than it is time you got one.  So, without further ado, here are my tried and true favorites for this season (and they'll make sense if you just tune in now, with only a couple of re-runs needed to understand the shows basics). *Note: this post is a two part series*


Call me cheesy.  Tell me it's fake and they just want to be on TV.  The truth is that I don't care.  For some people this show may be hopelessly romantic (and yes, even I get swept up into the cuteness), but it's also hilarious.  Some of the things that come out of people's mouth.... I swear, THIS is my guilty pleasure.  Because when you put a bunch of pretty (but catty) girls in one house and have them compete for a guy, it's like watching high school students gossip.  And trust me, THAT is comedy.

Oh, and about the video.  Wait and watch, the drama begins!


And on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Fox's New Girl will make you laugh until you (almost) pee your pants.  Zooey Deschanel is perfectly quirky and her roommates are just as hilarious.  From the player/feminine Schmidt to the gruff but lovable Nick, the cast balances each other well.  Plus, the theme song is adorable.

Who's that girl? It's JESS!

So that's the first installment of my TV guide, with the next one coming up soon!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking to a New Year

This year has been both prosperous and disastrous for our country, and the world at whole.  US Troops came home, but there were bombings in Israel.  Windows 8 launched, as did the new iPad mini, but there are 26 people in Newton who will never use these gadgets.  It's tragic and bittersweet.  But, it seems that the times we live in constantly involve this tug of war between good and evil, success and failure.  We can never know happiness without pain, and so I believe we must simply live our lives to the fullest, being grateful for what we have, because there are people who would kill to be in our shoes.  This post isn't about fashion.  It's one of the only times I will post something that's not here to help you be better on the outside.  This post is about your inside.  After all, as Audrey Hepburn once said  "Makeup can only make you look pretty on the outside, but it doesn't help if you're ugly on the inside.  Unless you eat the makeup." So, here are my New Year's resolutions, not for just me (although many of them I need to follow) but also for the world, so that we can continue to make progress and to make the world a better place.

1) Talk it out

We all have a bad tendency to act rashly when confronted with an opinion we disagree with.  Whether it's your best friend saying she called dibs on that guy or if it's the leader of another nation saying that land is HIS, it is my belief that starting wars (both literally and figuratively) is something that should only be a last resort.  So, put your big girl/boy panties on and at least TRY to talk it out.

2) Respect yourself

This one is mostly for everyday people.  Sometimes I look in the mirror and I think, "You're too fat, too ugly, too..." and I know I'm not the only one who does this.  But it's time we all start respecting ourselves, even if that just means paying yourself one compliment a day, because in the end, we are our own worst enemies.

3) Respect others explanation required.  Just do it.

4) Experiment

Both in life and in fashion, it's important to experiment.  If we always do the same things, life goes by without any new experiences.  So next time you are ordering at a restaurant, try one new dish.  Next time you are shopping, at least try on that trendy dress.  And next time you are sitting in your room alone, be brave, and call up that guy you've been thinking about.  Who knows, you just might be surprised. 

5) Try your best

Every year we all make resolutions that we never keep.  Whether they are to lose weight, experience more culture, stop cursing, etc. everyone has those goals that they set every
New Years that inevitably fall by the way-side.  I'm not going to tell you that this is unacceptable, because God knows I have these little broken promises too.  No, I'm simply going to tell you to do your best.  Your best is definitely not just going to the gym for two days and then saying you are too busy.  If this change really matters to you (and it should) then sit down and look at your schedule.  Maybe waking up twenty minutes earlier and taking a shower at night instead of in the morning gives you just enough time for a morning run.  Maybe not.  But the point is, if you don't try, and I mean REALLY TRY, then you never will succeed. 

Here's to what has been a great 2012, and hopefully an even better 2013!