Today, an update!

Hey all! So, as you could tell by the last post, I have moved out to LA! It doesn’t really feel like I’ve moved yet, actually. I’m not sure when the “I’m visiting” phase turns into the “I’m not leaving” phase but I hope to not notice it so as not to fall into a pit of nostalgia (which is bound to come anyway, as the holidays are approaching).

Ok, I digress. Back to the present. Yesterday was my first full day in this sunny paradise and it was a full day indeed.

My list of events included:
-Waking up way too early and milling around (while catching the Man U v Arsenal game on Telemundo! Thank goodness people out here watch as much football as I do)
-Church (the pastor of the church I went to in Oregon moved to LA and now I can go to his church, WOOT!)
-A hit and run (we got rear ended and then the guy  awkwardly circled around while we followed and then left!)
AFI FILM FESTIVALLLLLLLLL 

  • Saw a short films program and then a feature at night. BEST THING EVER. The Docs festival is coming this summer so I’m already getting ready for that. I also got to see some celebrities that probably only I recognized (no offense to them or anything…I just know way too much about way too much).
  • I highly recommend watching Noah (full version, nsfw) and Whale Valley (this was my FAVORITE and I wish it was a whole movie. Too bad I can only find the trailer…look for it!) The other films are called Social Butterfly, Safe, Carlota, The Roper, and Shadow of a Cloud. If you’re interested in knowing which ones I liked and didn’t like of those others, feel free to comment. The feature we saw was We Gotta Get Out Of This Place. Pretty dark, intense, just kinda crazy at some parts but overall well done. I did give it a 3 out of 5 but it’s more of a 3.5 or 3.75 😛 (And I should mention that we saw a beautifully shot short before the feature and it’s about horses and stuff. It’s called Wild Horses and watch the trailer.)

Ok, this post is getting long/turning into a film blog SO to quickly sum up the rest of the night, movie ends, get home and sprayed by the sprinklers, sister realizes that the thing I heard falling on the street was, in fact, her apartment key, we go back and search the streets for the key, don’t find the key, finally get home at 1am and I shower and pass out soon after. PHEW. Thankfully today was the EXACT opposite of that. I’ve occupied the same area all day while toiling away on my computer. Now, in an effort to procrastinate, I bring you this blog post. You’re welcome.

(thanks for reading! <3)

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Today, I feel like a Push Girl

It’s rare that popular media represents, let alone explores, the world of wheelchair users.  That’s why I was so excited to see that the reality show Push Girls was renewed for a second season!

Here’s a refresher from the first season, where audiences were introduced to four strong women who happen to be paralyzed. 

From trailers, I was worried that there would more dramarama than relatable issues in the coming episodes, but I watched the premiere today and it was refreshing. Beneath the sheen of TV magic, the series presents many facts of life in a wheelchair. Check it out if you have time, and let me know what you think!

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Today, I am at Full Frame!

The festival has begun and this is my 3rd year being in the midst of the amazing documentaries filling the air. In the past 2 years, I was a fellow–meaning I did student workshops and meet and greets, etc. Now that I’m no longer a student, I longed for a way to get involved again without having to shell out the big bucks for a pass. So I decided to volunteer!

I am a venue team member meaning I take tickets for one of the theaters and sometimes get to sit in if I’m managing the doors or the film is empty. It’s cool seeing the inner workings of a film festival and in the future I’d like to not only go to all the major festivals in the world but to also have a hand in managing some of them!

My favorite thing about Full Frame is that it’s a documentary only event. My favorite! Woot! Maybe I’ll have a film here one day.

I’m currently standing in line waiting for my first official film. I have another one after this and 4 back to back tomorrow, PHEW!

I’m sure I’ll be bawling my eyes out for most of these since I seem to pick really sad things, I’m genuinely looking forward to all of them. I’ll let y’all know how they go at the end of the weekend!

🙂

Today, I am revealing my reality TV fixation.

Okay, so years ago, we started hearing the name “Kim Kardashian” being thrown around. I remember hearing the names of a couple of their reality shows “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Kim and Kourtney Take New York,” but I always brushed it off as silliness, imagining that the show was about wealthy party girls who frequent clubs and hook up with a bunch of guys (and that’s kind of what it is). Hey, I was a Duke student at the time, so I didn’t have to look far beyond the fraternity parties I was monitoring as an RA to get my fill of that.

Well, girls, I started watching the series “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when it came up on my Netflix account a few weeks ago, and oh my goodness. I understand it all now – why people love to hate on them and why they have so many people tuning into the show in order to have something to hate on, haha! These people lead lives that are so interesting, it’s unreal.

So, the father, Robert Kardashian, who died suddenly of acute cancer was OJ Simpson’s close friend and became OJ Simpson’s criminal defense lawyer. If that’s not interesting enough, get this: the mom, Kris Kardashian, was one of murdered Nicole Brown Simpson’s closest friends. Family tension during the trial? Why, yes, I think so. The three eldest sisters started a clothing store after Robert Kardashian died to give themselves a project to work on together. After Kim Kardashian released a sex tape, the family got a reality television show which promoted the sales of their clothing line and landed them in the spotlight.

Kim Kardashian is worth some $20 or $30 million by herself, and most of the family members have netted millions of dollars between their clothing store, fashion line, and television franchises, as well. It’s insane. A couple of years ago, she married an NBA player named Kris Humphries, but filed for divorced after 72 days and is now embroiled in a legal battle with him (because he’s suing her for an annulment, claiming that he was defrauded into marrying her for publicity…a shocking accusation, I’m sure). But now, she’s having a baby with Kanye West.

It’s scary that as a culture, we’ve given them probably upwards of $50 million worth of business, but you just can’t peel your eyes away.

Today, I am in love…

I have fallen in love with too many things over the weekend. I know I mentioned turning magically into a Ravens fan, but that plan failed as I went with my ex-roomie to watch Silver Linings Playbook at the cinemas instead. SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD. I loved it, even if it did seem overly happy. They touched the surface of that iceberg just a bit… but anytime emotions ran a little too dark, they counteracted with loads of happiness. But still… loved it! LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY! WHOOT WHOOT! I have a crush (not a girl crush, reference: The Mindy Project) on Jennifer Lawrence. Not just that I want to be friends–with a capital F (:P)–with her. *Swoon*

Also, as both Charkie and Markie have pointed out, The Mindy Project is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S! I still have quite a few years before I get to where Mindy is currently, but… Today Arkie was getting a bit jealous when I wanted J-Lawrence to be my new best friend (as probably every other woman and man out there in the world does). This was my response, borrowed from the wonderful Mindy –

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source: The Mindy Project Facebook Page

Today, I am eating the best apple.

Seriously, I did not want that apple to end. So good.

Today has been a long and frustrating day so now that I’m showered and in my PJs (ok it may be 4pm but at least they’re my yoga pants and not my Eeyore bottoms…I can still go out in public) I will relax and watch Catfish: The TV show and most likely eat another apple. But can it be as good as the first?

Honestly though, I am anticipating tomorrow’s big events. (Alert: football speak–I have no friends to talk to about soccer and while my dad is away, my only outlet is you people, ok!?)

Anyway, my Amurikan cable doesn’t show any La Liga games on TV so I have to watch on the computer. They do show British games on Fox Soccer Channel and since Chelsea is a bigger club, most of their games are featured. However this is not always the case and sometimes I have to also watch these on the computer. Now in some wonderful twist of fate, whenever Chelsea matches are relegated to my mini screen, they are scheduled at the same time as my Real matches.

Ugh.

Tomorrow is El Clasico. This is what they call any game between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Think about the Duke/UNC rivalry but…better. They almost always air these games because they live up to their name. Tomorrow is not a Clasico in league play so they definitely aren’t showing it on TV…ok I won’t explain what that means…

What I’m trying to say is that both games are on my computer at 3pm and it is a bit upsetting (FWP, I know). But, because both these teams wouldn’t know consistency if it slapped them on the behind, it might turn out that I don’t watch either one because I am cowering in fear.

Well, off I go to ponder my football woes and watch people get duped on the interwebs.

Oh, I have to give a shutout to global warming (ahem, I mean “climate change”). It is a lovely 75 degrees outside and as I soak in the balm, I am shutting out thoughts of polar bears swimming forever while the earth not-so-slowly melts.

Today, I am falling in love.

Well actually, I’m watching people fall in love and while it is nowhere near the real thing, I’m still squealing like a school girl when people make googly eyes at each other. In case you’re wondering exactly what I’m talking about, I am watching The Bachelor. I told myself I wasn’t going to watch this season…which is the same thing I said about the last season and the one before that. This is its 25th season, I believe, and I’ve seen over half of those.

Now I could name many things that have been and are still wrong with the show but I may be one of the few people left in America that doesn’t think it’s a complete sham. There have been 2 marriages already (3 if you count the guy who changed his mind and ended up marrying his runner up) and while 2.5/24 is hardly a glowing statistic, I can not categorically say it is not real. It’s definitely not realistic but I’m still a naive hopeless romantic so I like watching the episodes, regardless of the impending doom.

Anyway, I’m in love with this season’s bachelor and I hope he finds love.

Also, I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Logan Lerman is heartbreakingly endearing in this movie. Ezra Miller is just great. Emma Watson is…well I’ve never thought she was a good actress and this movie didn’t persuade me but her character is really sweet. I went on a rampage looking for my book because watching it made me want to read it again but I have yet to locate it…

Ok back to the bachelor!