Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Late Night Ramblings

So I have to be up in like five hours but my brain just will.not.shut.off. I hate when this happens, because I know I'm going to be exhausted all day tomorrow but there's nothing I can do about it. So I figured I'd write...something. I realize I haven't been super consistent lately with this whole personal blogging thing. I'm just so dang busy all the time. Like literally every second of my day is filled with something - either work or school or church or PR related. I love it, but it can be tiring. And stressful. And did I mention that January is basically the Monday of the year? Because it is. The weather's horrible EVERY SINGLE DAY, the joy of Christmas is gone, and you're thrust into the swing of things in middle of the darkest parts of winter. It's the worst. I'm ready for it to be February already (Groundhog Day party at my place, holla!)

Sorry. I'm sure that was a mess to read. (You didn't actually read it all the way through, did you?) So to apologize, I will leave you with this video. One fun thing I did get to do lately was attend a bad poetry reading my friend Hillary hosted, where many a horrible poem was read (I also got a picture with Shannon Hale, but that's a story for another day). Here is my hilarious friend Preston reciting "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls. Funniest thing of the month. You're welcome.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Things I'm Looking Forward to in 2013: Pop Culture Edition

So I've already listed what I'm looking forward to in 2013 in regards to my personal life, but I couldn't forget the wealth of entertainment goodies that will come out this year. Here's the top 10 things I'm looking forward to, in list of when they'll occur. Hopefully they live up to expectations.

1. 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards (tomorrow at 6 p.m., NBC)

Usually the Golden Globes, aka the poor man's Academy Awards, would never make this list. But this year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting. These two comedic goddesses can make anything thing shine, including my desire to see a three-hour awards show.

2. The Following (January 21, FOX) and Cult (February 19, CW)

I have a weird fascination with cults. Not that I'll ever join one (although some would say otherwise regarding my particular religion), but I think the psychology behind them is really interesting. When TV shows do a cult episode (Veronica Mars, Dollhouse) most people find them hacky, but I actually quite enjoy them. So two TV shows based around the twisted aspects of cult mentality sound right up my alley. The Following was created by Kevin Williamson (Dawson's Creek, The Vampire Diaries) and has been getting rave reviews so far. Not much has been said about Cult, but the trailers for it look creepy and fun and it stars the wonderful Matt Davis. So we'll see how both of these turn out.

3. Series finales of The Office (May, NBC) and 30 Rock (January 31, NBC)

"In five years we'll all either be working for him, or dead by his hand" - Jack Donaghy, speaking of Kenneth Parcell in a 2007 episode of 30 Rock.

With the end of 30 Rock, The Office, and most likely Community, the great NBC Thursday night comedy block as we know it will end. 30 Rock has always been one of my favorite shows, and this last season has been one of its best. I'll be very sad to see Jack, Liz, Kenneth, and the others go. The Office, let's face it, should have ended two seasons ago, but it's been such a big part of my life that I feel like I'll be losing an old friend when Dunder Mifflin closes its doors for good.

RIP NBC Comedy.

4. Community season 4 (February 4, aka October 19)

I don't really need an explanation for this, do I?

5. Frightened Rabbit's new album, Pedestrian Verse (February 5)

Ever since Syd took me to their concert down in Newport four years ago, I've become a big fan of these Scottish sad-sacks. Their past two albums have been great and I really enjoyed their recent EP, "State Hospital." So I have no worries that this new album will be fantastic as well.

6. Arrested Development's 4th season. (May sometime, Netflix)

Don't really need an explanation for this one either. Although the news that season 4 will be less a season than a string of character studies does make me more cautiously optimistic. Let's just hope they haven't made a huge mistake or blue themselves with this one.

7. Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing (June 7)

Joss Whedon. My favorite Shakespeare comedy. Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, and Nathan Fillion. Enough said.

8. Monsters University (June 21)

I LOVED Monsters Inc. And Pixar needs its comeback movie, as much as it shames me to say it (Let me work for you and I won't ever say those things again, Pixar! I love you!). The trailer for it looks promising, and it will be fun, if nothing else, to hang with Mike and Sully again for a couple of hours.

9. Finding out the name of Kim Kardashian's baby (June-ish)

Pure schadenfreude. Jay-Z is Kanye's rival after all, so I'm really looking forward to how they're going to top Blue Ivy...

10. Catching Fire (November 22)

I really liked The Hunger Games movie, probably more so than the book (I liked Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss more than the whiner in the book). Catching Fire is mostly just a rehash of The Hunger Games, but I like pretty much everyone involved with it and could think of worse ways to spend two hours.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

New Year, No Fear

Ahhh, a brand new year. Thank goodness we're all still alive, right? Sorry, know that joke is old, but the world does seem somewhat empty now that there's no lurking conspiracy around the corner. Someone hurry and think of some new civilization-ending plan. I'll feel much better about myself.

Anyway. School starts tomorrow, so of course instead of getting my schedule finalized and books purchased, I am blogging! A great omen of things to come, I'm sure.

It's already been acknowledged that 2012 was a pretty great year. Here's hoping 2013 will be even better. Here's what I'd like to have happen:

My 2013 Resolutions!
    The TV nerd's dream book
  • Graduate from college. All signs indicate that this one will actually happen. As long as I show up to 50 percent of my classes, they can't fail me in my last semester. Right?
  • Lose dat weight. For real, this is going to happen. 
  • Conquer The Big Apple. I guess now is as good a time as any to announce that I got accepted into BYU's New York Internship Program! I'm accepting on the condition that I will be placed at an agency that can take me full-time afterwards. Yes, this means that I will most likely be living in New York in the spring. And hopefully for years after that as well. I'm excited but also slightly terrified. 
  • Go to every remaining BYU basketball game. (In conjunction with Ashley Anderson)
  • Read more books. My list of books read last year was horribly pathetic. Granted, I spent most of my free time watching TV, but it's still unacceptable. Hopefully once I graduate I'll have time for quality literature. First on the list: The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. I would also love your suggestions!
  • Finish my Provo Bucket List.
  • Actually meet a celebrity at Sundance this year. James Franco, I'm looking at you.
  • Cut back on the caffeine. This will help when I leave the MCTO and its fridge stocked full of Dr. Peppers. (Who am I kidding, I'm the reason they're there in the first place.)
  • Make out with 20 boys. That one's a joke. I think. I'm tired, ok?
Happy 2013!!