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This is What my Heart Looks Like:

26 Aug

A lovely quote about love and relationships. It’s so hard to remember this advice.

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This is What my Heart Looks Like:

12 Aug

Beautiful words from a beautiful woman.

TV

16 Jun

Pick your five favourite tv shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions about them.

1. Arrested Development
2. Glee
3. The Office
4. Castle
5. Lost

Who is your favorite character in 2?
That’s a pretty tough call, considering how large the ensemble cast is. I guess you could say it kind of changes from week to week, based on what the characters are all doing. I’m tempted to say Puck or Mr. Schue, just because they’re so sexy. Sue Sylvester would be an obvious choice – I wish I could deliver one-liners with a straight face like that. Granted, that would make me a rather mean person, but it’s just so delicious!

Who’s your least favorite character in 1?
Maybe Lindsay. Not to say that I dislike her, but I just love all the other characters more. This is hard to compare, though, consider they’re all different and, truthfully, not really relatable. That doesn’t make me dislike any of them, though.

What’s your favorite episode of 4? 
I really enjoyed the Halloween episode from season 2, where the characters were dressed up as some of the actors’ previous roles. It was a really clever reference to the work they’d done before. And the rest of the story – the murder of someone from New York’s underground “vampire” community – was well-written, too. It was current without playing into all those stupid stereotypes and rule-exceptions so common in vampire lit these days.

What is your favorite season on 5?
I think either season 3 or 4, which really starts to get into all the mysteries of the island. These seasons also start the craziness of the time-travel. And let’s face it: I love, love, love Desmond Hume.

Whats your favorite relationship in 3?
The obvious answer here is Jim and Pam – who doesn’t love that love story? As much as I love them actually together, there’s something to be said for that unspoken tension between them in the early seasons. That said, I really kind of enjoy the relationship Jim and Dwight have. It’s a love/hate thing, for sure, which makes it so fun to watch. They really annoy each other, but deep down you can tell there’s a positive connection. I really enjoy the pranks Jim plays on Dwight, though.

Who has the bad relationship in 2?
Who doesn’t have a bad relationship on Glee? They’re always going back and forth with feelings, so it’s hard to pick. I might say Finn and Quinn, though, because she’s bratty (even though she was pretty cool there for a while), and because it annoys me a little that their names rhyme.

How long have you watched 1?
For several years. Of course, it sadly didn’t last very long – there were only 3 seasons – and I didn’t watch it when it was actually aired. But it’s by far one of the best shows ever on TV, and I watch it on DVD constantly. It never gets old.

How did you become interested in 3?
Before I started watching The Office, my Thursday nights were devoted to Grey’s Anatomy. During the writer’s strike a few years back, though, I got out of the habit of watching Grey’s. One of my friends had some seasons of The Office on DVD, so we started watching it together. I think we watched an entire season of it over one long weekend – probably during January when we had very little to do. Anyway, ever since then I was hooked. I’ve completely given up on Grey’s – haven’t watched a single episode since then – and now watch The Office regularly.

Who’s your favorite actor in 4?
Nathan Fillion. He’s witty and handsome and just enough of an ass to be irresistible.

Which show do you prefer, 1, 2, or 5?
These are so hard to compare! Arrested Development, Glee, and Lost? How to pick between a comedy, a dramedy, and adventure? Well, I guess if we were to put it in desert-island perspective, I’d have to say Arrested Development (sorry, Lost). Not to say I don’t like the other two shows as much, just that I can’t see myself ever getting tired of AD. I watch it on a pretty regular basis now, anyway.

Which show have you seen more episodes of, 1 or 3?
In terms of seeing more total episodes, The Office, just because it’s been on four seasons longer than Arrested Development. In terms of percentage of episodes seen, it’s a tie. I’ve seen every single episode of both shows.

If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
I’d probably choose to be Martha, Castle’s mom. She’s the kind of older person I want to be – seen it all, done it all, wrote the book. I wouldn’t say I’m really like that now, but I’d like to be that adventurous. She has all these fascinating stories to tell of her crazy adventures, and she can get away with saying ridiculous things because she’s earned it. I want to be like that. She’s the kind of grandmother you’d want for yourself – the kind who got arrested for funny things, the one who doesn’t think twice about shamelessly flirting in front of you, or who will break out into a random performance because she’s the life of the party wherever she goes.

How would you kill off your favorite character in 1?
It would have to be something truly ridiculous, in the style that only Arrested Development delivers. That favorite character is either Buster or Gob – they have the best one-liners in the show, I think. I feel like either one of them could be killed in a magic show gone awry. Or blown up in the banana stand.

Pair two characters in 3 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.
I still love the idea of Dwight and Angela together. In the context of the office, I guess the do sort of make sense, athough they’re not the first two you’d necessarily put together.Has 4 inspired you in any way?
It definitely inspired me to read more mystery novels.

Give a random quote from 1.
“I’ve made a huge mistake.”

 

Which has better theme music, 2 or 4?
As far as opening music, definitely Castle. As for the rest of the show, well, you can’t really compare anything with Glee.

A True Romantic

11 May

I’ve declared my love for Dana of Reasoning with Vampires fame before, and I wasn’t really looking to share anything else of her brilliance here. But I just had to today, once I saw this hilarious and awesome post:

Ten Things Tuesday – April 19

19 Apr

Today is my dad’s birthday. He’s very hard to buy presents for, and I had a difficult time picking out an appropriately funny card about getting older. This has inspired today’s list, which is a gathering of thoughts, quotes, and musings about aging and living life to the fullest.

1. I would rather be ashes than dust!
     I would rather that my spark should burn out
         in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
     I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom
         of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
     The function of man is to live, not to exist,
     I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. 
     I shall use my time.
                               – credited as Jack London’s “Credo,” debated authorship

This recently-discovered quote is an excellent reminder that we are given precious little time on Earth, and we should use every second we get. How many do I waste on meaningless things – watching TV, complaining, thinking about the things I wish I had? That seems infinitely less important when you consider all the things I could be doing. I could be painting masterpieces. I could be rafting a mountain river. I could be exploring a new place, or a long-forgotten one. I’m not doing these things, though. Instead I spend many waking hours perusing the internet, watching TV shoes that will not make me a better person, and coveting the things I want but cannot afford. That is no way to live. That is no way to use my time.

2. “The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.”   – William James

There is a difference between growing and aging. The process of aging just means you get older than you used to be. Growing implies changing for the better, evolving into something new. When you cease to grow, all you do is age. I’m a firm believer in always learning, always changing and adapting, always striving to be better. How else will you continue to evolve? If you stop this process, you become stagnant and that is when you become truly old. It’s that thirst for life and adventure that keep you young.

3. “The moment you are most in awe of all there is about life that you don’t understand, you are closer to understanding it all than at any other time.”   – Anonymous

I think this quote really sums up what I was trying to say about the last one, about never losing that sense of wonder. It’s impossible to know everything, and it seems that the more you find out, the less you know. Or the more you realize that you don’t know, if that makes sense. So many things we can’t make sense of that should be simple – that is what keeps us constantly looking for something.

4. “We are all of us failures–at least, the best of us are.”   – J.M. Barrie

A good reminder that failure isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. Think of it as an alternative – a second chance. You didn’t succeed the first time – now is your chance to try again. Perhaps it’s even your chance to try something completely different, because your failure forces you to start down a new path.

5. “In the game of life there are no winners or losers. It does not matter if you get to the end before someone else does. All that matters is that you had a hell of a fun time getting to the end and you took a couple of good friends along for the ride.”   – Anonymous

If you can say this, you have truly lived.

6. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”   – JK Rowling

Sometimes I feel like I get so wrapped up in making plans and dreaming about the future that I don’t realize it when the future has become the present. Especially with working and graduate school, I feel like it’s been this far-off dream. Now that it’s really happening and coming up soon, I find myself not quite prepared for it. Forgetting to enjoy the moment doesn’t make it worthwhile. It is fun to dream, but not at the expense of actually having experiences.

7. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” –James Dean

There’s nothing wrong with making plans. I think that speaks highly of your ambition and your desire to achieve something. By dreaming, you say that you are looking to the future and imagining your life how you want it to be. You have hope that the future will be there for you. This is an admirable quality. In the meantime, living each day as if it’s your last will guarantee that you’ll have the best possible experience with what little time you are given. We’re not guaranteed a future; all we’re guaranteed is right now. Don’t waste it.

8. “No human, nor any living thing, survives long  under the eternal sky. The most beautiful women, the most learned men, even Mohammed, who heard Allah’s own voice, all did wither and die. All is temporary. The sky outlives everything. Even suffering.” –Bowa Johar

None of us escapes life alive. This is an obvious statement, but when you really think about it, it’s a dark reminder that you can survive anything except life. Nothing, not even suffering, lasts forever. The only thing that survives everyone and everything is the sky; it is always there, beyond anything you think you can’t handle. Go into everything knowing that you can survive anything except life itself, and that long after you are gone, the sky will still be there.

9. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”   – Maria Robinson

We cannot change the past, no matter how much we want to. I can’t tell you how many things I’d like to go back and do differently, especially knowing what I know now. That can never happen, though. What I can do, though, is change how today will end; I can determine the path that today takes.

10. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it is worth watching.”   – Anonymous

A good quote to end today’s list with. If, at the end of your life, you have many memories worth reliving, you have lived a good life.

Stuff I Want Wednesday

2 Mar

In lieu of a typical Stuff I Want Wednesday, today I present the life philosophy (or, at least, the shopping philosophy) I want to adopt. This is what I want this week. I’ve been seeing this quote reposted for about a week now, and thought it was my duty to follow suit:

If she can’t afford it, she won’t buy it. If it doesn’t fit (or make her feel good, or flaunt what she’s got), she won’t wear it. If she can’t find it, she won’t compromise. If she loves it, she won’t toss it. She reuses it, rethinks it, lets it age.

When a French girl shops, it isn’t a solitary act of buying something new. It’s part of a lifelong process of editing her environment, making small but meaningful additions to her home, her closet, her life.

When you shop like a French girl, you buy only one of anything – and make sure it’s the best quality you can afford.

-from Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding her Inner French Girl

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Castles Made of Sand

24 Feb

An awesome quote for a dreary Thursday:

“Do not worry if you have built you castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” -Henry David Thoreau