The Late Night Jimmys

When I say “Jimmy” you say….

You probably finished that sentence with either Fallon or Kimmel, unless you personally know a Jimmy and then that Jimmy is probably more prominent in your mind. But the rest of us don’t know any real Jimmys so we’re stuck with the talk show ones. So let’s talk about them.

I don’t watch a lot of talk shows. I used to watch Ellen after school but since starting University, I rarely do. And I never watched late night. Those darn shows started too late. It’s not like I’m sleeping, I can’t be bothered enough to purposefully watch TV at midnight.

But it’s a shame because I am missing out. Talk shows can be hilarious and I love to laugh.

Last summer at work, my coworker would sometimes put on late night talk show clips from YouTube for us to listen to. We often discussed how we both needed to start watching late night but we never did. We’d also discuss which Jimmy was supreme. At the time, neither of us had a preference. Both Jimmys are funny, their shows are on at the same time, and they have show features that are amazing. For example, my coworker and I loved listening to Kimmel’s Mean Tweets segment but at least once a day someone one of us would imitate Fallon’s “Ew!” loudly (it was usually me).

But now things have changed in The Unofficial Jimmy Wars. I can’t say I’ve watched so much more late night but what I have seen has definitely swayed my opinion.

First of all, Fallon seems to be having a much better time on his show. I watched all of his Hashtag videos and I was so greatly amused by how amused he was. When he laughs, it’s so genuine. He’s seriously having a great time laughing at things or talking to the guests and that laughter and happiness is infectious. I in turn have a better experience watching his show. That’s not to say that Kimmel doesn’t have a good time or is grumpy, it’s just that Fallon seems to be on a whole other better level.

But my biggest reason for liking Fallon better is actually just because I’ve found I dislike Kimmel. This is fairly recent, but I’ve noticed just how uncomfortable Kimmel makes me. He can be rude, sexist, awkward and racist in subtle ways. I first noticed this during an interview with Adrianne Palicki, who was the sole reason I was watching in the first place. For those who may not know, Adrianne played the wonderful and tough Bobbi Morse on Agents Of SHIELD. During her interview, Kimmel was asking her about old jobs and made a few sexist comments, but the worst was right at the end. Kimmel asked her if she even liked superheroes and before she got a chance to answer he told her that every beautiful girl on the show that claims to like superheroes is “so obviously lying”. That’s right, girls. If you like superheroes then you’re definitely ugly. So Adrianne told him that she has a Supergirl tattoo and has long time liked the genre. Honestly, I don’t even know if the tattoo story is true but it shouldn’t matter. She shouldn’t have to defend herself against that sexist comment. Maybe if Kimmel had done some homework he’d know she was in pilots for both Aquaman and Wonder Woman (as Wonder Woman in the latter!). This is only one example, but I could list you so many more if you ask.

I’m not only one who feels the same way about Kimmel. I’ve spoken to other people who agree with me. It’s unfortunate that Kimmel is on ABC because I watch a few ABC shows and of course all the Marvel movies so I shall be continuing to support these actors even if it means sitting through sometimes the most awkward and forced hour of Kimmel. Talk shows are supposed to be enjoyable for everyone involved.

I mean, overall, they’re just talk shows, and I’m sure these celebrities have endured a lot ruder people in their careers, and maybe I’m overreacting a little, but these are just my two cents.

What are your thoughts? Do you watch late night and have a favourite Jimmy? Tell me why!

 

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Confessions Of A Picky Eater

I am a picky eater. Though I hate the negative connotation that comes with that title. “Picky eaters” are for fussy four year olds. I just have a selective palate.

Literally me.

I’ve been a…picky eater for basically my whole life. Some of my worst childhood memories are battles with my parents after I refused to eat whatever it is my mother made for dinner. These battles went on for years until they basically gave up and decided that as long as I was eating healthy, I could eat what I like.

And what I like is basic. I would describe my food preferences as minimalist. I love pizza, but just plain cheese. I love pasta, but just with olive oil, salt and pepper. I love vegetables, but prefer them raw and plain. That’s not too bad, right? I’m twenty years old, so I know what I like and don’t like.

But having an appetite like mine can be hard. My mom gets frustrated, my Italian grandmother is disappointed and I know my friends judge me. It’s unfortunate because I already kind of hate myself for being this way, so knowing other people are upset too is really disheartening.

But I know I’m not the only picky eater out there. So this post goes out to y’all selective eaters too. Here’s hoping that you relate. And if you’re not like us, I hope you at least understand how to better treat someone who has spent years and years being considered the ‘weird one’.

*Usher voice* These are my confessions.

  • I like what eat. Yes, seriously. I LIKE plain pasta. I do.
  • No, I don’t care to try that. Stop asking me. Yes, I’m sure.
  • “You’d like it if you tried it!” I’d probably also like punching you in the face.
  • That food looks gross. I won’t say it to your face, but I’m definitely thinking it.
  • I’m sorry if I’m offending you by not eating the thing you made.
  • I’m not a vegetarian. I just don’t like most meat. It has nothing to do with the animals.
  • Telling me you used to be a picky eater but then grew out of it does not make me feel better.
  • I have no plans to “grow out of it”.
  • I probably will not regret not eating the thing.
  • I’m fairly comfortable with my life.
  • I am sorry that I make picking a restaurant difficult. I don’t do it on purpose.
  • Think of being a picky eater like being gay. I didn’t choose to be this way.
  • Stop asking “Oh, are you still a picky eater?” in such a condescending voice.
  • What I eat doesn’t really affect you at all.
  • I’m not offended that you want more normal food.
  • I’d rather go hungry than eat something I don’t like.
  • Just because I like raw tomatoes and tomato sauce on my pizza, it does not mean I’d like sun-dried tomatoes.
  • I don’t care if things are all touching and mixed up in my stomach. I do not want it mixed up and touching on my plate.
  • Just please be respectful. I’m not asking too much, am I?

Life is difficult enough for me without judgemental people relentlessly forcing me to “try new food” and “explore something different”. Food is something people should enjoy eating. I do enjoy what I eat, even if it is a little weird or you find it bland.

If you’re a parent to a picky eater, just know that it is manageable. You may have to do a little extra work, like making a separate plate of pasta on the side, or not putting dressing on all the salad, but it’s worth it to avoid a long, teary fight. I’m still eating healthy. Instead of eating meat, I get protein from almonds, cheese, kidney beans and milk. I know to cover the four food groups every day. The key is to find out what the main issue is with the food. For me, it’s largely a texture thing. Then it’s taste. By knowing that, my mother was able to work around that and she knows when to not pressure.

And I know I seem bitter and fed up, but really I’m not. I’ve learned to just go with the flow and ignore any comments or eye rolls. It’s my life. I just hope my future husband isn’t a foodie…

#StopFoodShaming2016

 

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My Guilty Pleasure That Is Reality TV

Ten years ago, before there was Snookie and Kardashians and Teen Moms, the only reality television to exist were game shows, or contests of sorts. You know, Deal Or No Deal, Match Game, American Idol and The Amazing Race, for example. While shows like that still exist, the genre of reality TV has changed drastically. No longer is it real, average people being featured for a limited time, as the idea of ‘real’ isn’t even real anymore. The idea of reality on TV is so fake, no one believes it for a second.

But I still watch it.

However, let me be clear that I don’t watch reality TV with the same frame of mind I do normal, scripted shows. I watch normal shows to get immersed in a new world with new, loveable characters and follow plots that blow my mind. Whereas with reality TV, I watch to get a laugh and to kill time. I watch to roll my eyes at the annoying-ness of the people or the silliness of their doings.

I was a big fan of the TLC reality shows a few years ago. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and 19 Kids And Counting and Toddlers And Tiaras and Sister Wives were admittedly very weird, problematic shows, but I very much enjoyed watching the antics and learning about a way of life that was very different from mine. It was about learning and cheap entertainment for me. Of course I was surprised and saddened to hear of the scandals that led to the Honey Boo Boo and 19 Kids cancellations, but those just prove how unreal reality TV can be.

Nowadays I watch more of the E! reality TV. There’s always something on. Like the Kardashians.

Let’s take a deeper look at the Kardashians. I find them all fairly annoying. They all use the words ‘like’ and ‘literally’ too much (and not even in a cool Chris Traeger kind of way) and seem so fake. They sit there talking about how ‘hard working’ they are when all they’ve done in the day is get their nails done and go for a dress fitting. Or they talk about how important family is one moment and the next moment you see them yelling the most awful insults at each other in the parking lot of a hotel, all because Khloe didn’t ask Kim how her relationship is going with her boyfriend (yes, that happened a few years ago). I mean, I know families fight, but their fights are so petty.

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And I know that a large part of my opinion is based on how they’re portrayed, and that the show is definitely filmed and edited in a way that changes who they are in real life, but at the same time, the Kardashians wouldn’t sign off on anything that they didn’t agree to, so the show must be legit so some degree.

I think that’s why I’ve been so drawn to the show Unreal this summer. It’s giving people a different perspective of reality shows, even if it is scripted. It’s scary to think that manipulation like that is happening behind the scenes of all reality shows. If you haven’t seen Unreal, go watch it. It’s two seasons so far and they are fascinating and dramatic!

I think I’ve narrowed down my dislike for these reality TV shows to the people. Whether they’re filmed in misleading ways or not, everyone on reality TV shows are just carbon copies of each other. On all the E! or MTV shows, they’re all obsessed with makeup and fashion. Never have I seen anyone care about anything else. None of them care about anything I and normal people get excited about: books or TV or movies or even something simple like a good joke or their favourite home-cooked meal. None of them laugh until they cry or have what is deemed the ‘late night giggles’, and I can’t understand how they live like that.

But what irks me the most is that they all seem to have this weird mindset where consequences don’t exist. Scott Disick would keep drinking and partying even though Kourtney hated it. On Dash Dolls, one of the girls met up with her boyfriend who was in rehab when she shouldn’t have and he ended up getting kicked out of the rehab program and then arrested, but she was like, “But all I wanted to do was see my boyfriend??? Why is this such a big deal???” because she didn’t think about the consequences of this forbidden meetup. Or even on Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo when Alana and one of her sisters covered themselves in butter and had a wrestling match in the kitchen one day and then Mama June came home to find a buttery mess and got mad (though not even nearly as mad as my mom would have been had my brother and I done something ridiculous like that). These people do and do and do, but never think about the consequences, or even have many consequences at all, because they can buy their way out with money or fame. And that is why I watch these shows but will never feel a deep connection with them. They aren’t characters written to be likeable or flawed or even unlikeable…they’re real people with personalities that I wouldn’t want in my life.

That being said, I will always adore one thing about these shows, which is how strong the love can be, and that’s how I can stand watching them. For every fight and silly over-hyped argument that we’re forced to watch, there’s scenes of these people working together or eating meals together or enjoying each other’s company. It’s real touching to see families or friends or whatnot having a good time. That was one of the things I really loved about Honey Boo Boo before the scandal, as that show was getting a lot of hate for being weird and too ‘red-neck’ but I was watching to see a really close family who enjoyed being weird together. It’s moments where there is no drama that I connect with because it’s what I enjoy in my real life. Those are the moments that make the reality aspect of reality TV slightly real.

I’m not writing this to shame anyone who actually does like reality TV. I mean, I watch it, I’m admitting to that freely. But it is a guilty pleasure, as I sometimes feel bad for settling to watch these shows instead of doing other things. I hope that people who do watch these shows know that there is real scripted TV that is so much better and provides real drama, not petty and cleverly filmed arguments.

At the end of the day, TV is TV and reality TV is just another genre out there with a sole purpose to entertain, and entertain it does. This genre will be around for a while.

Me when watching.
Me when watching 99% of the time

 

What is your stance on reality TV? Do you watch it? And, more importantly, do you like it? Leave a comment and we can discuss!

 

P.S. If for some reason you’ve read this exact post before on the internet, I actually wrote it for a blogging course I took last year university, so it’s all my own words, I’m just reposting it on my real blog!

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Book Review: Man, I’m Glad I’m Back

There are some spoilers here. I waited a few days to post this so more people could read the book first, but I couldn’t wait any longer!

Here I am, another Potterhead adding her humble Cursed Child review to the many that already exist on the interwebs. The people of Twitter have spoken and said they wouldn’t mind a post by me on the subject and I really welcomed the opportunity to write about Harry Potter, a subject that I haven’t really touched on much.

Harry_Potter_and_the_Cursed_Child_Special_Rehearsal_Edition_Book_CoverI love Harry Potter. I do. Those books made a mark on me, and every time I read them I’m inspired to write more myself. I never was the hardcore fan. No midnight premiers, no knowledge of every spell ever, no strong I-will-fight-you-over-Snape attitude. But I was in a Harry Potter club in high school, I do play Quidditch now in University, I have been to Universal Studios and I’ve of course seen Starkid’s Potter musicals. And as of July 3oth, I have attended a book release. My best friend and I attended the local mall’s release party, and though it wasn’t the greatest event, I got to nerd out and get my hands on a copy of a book I was psyched to read. Well, fairly psyched. Because The Cursed Child is the script of a play, spoilers were already online. I avoided them, but my friend didn’t and she carefully warned me that she read some disappointing things.

Either way, I spent four straight hours on July 31st tearing through the book and I am pleased to say: I really liked it. Because of my friend I expected worse, but I was surprised at how great it was. Really.

First of all, I loved just going back to that world. I quoted Starkid in my title when I said, “man, I’m glad I’m back,” because I really was so thrilled to read more about these characters. I mean, I love the magical world, but I really adore the characters. I basically grew up with them! So to read this, something that is considered canon, was amazing. I only teared up a few times!

‘Goin’ Back To Hogwarts’ lyrics from A Very Potter Musical

I didn’t even mind that the story was in script form. I prefer regular novel format, but once I got into the story, I didn’t even notice. I’m also glad I read the script before I saw the play. Not that I have an opportunity to see the play, but if a bootleg comes along, I won’t pass it up! But because I read it, I was able to picture the cast my way in my head instead of having to adjust to a whole new cast.

As for the plot, I have to say, I enjoyed it. I have a love/hate relationship with time travel, and while I don’t think this story flawlessly executed it, it was very interesting. I think the Time Turner was a really underused magical item and the theme of time was really unexplored in the books, so to see this in the new story was really neat. I did think that having Cedric Diggory as the one to bring back was kind of dumb, but it made sense plot-wise. I also liked that the story featured the kids. I wish the other kids had a larger role too (and where was Teddy Lupin?) but it still worked well. Just to know they’re all still there and alive is great, really. And the old characters still had a great and large role, so I was satisfied.

So why were some people unhappy with it? One criticism that my friend said she read was that Harry was portrayed as a bad father. And I have to defend that. I mean, first of all, Harry never really had a father figure, so he can’t even emulate from that. This point was even blatantly addressed! Secondly, he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he just wasn’t doing anything really perfect. Like any parent of a teen, it’s hard. Albus was not only a somewhat angsty teen, but he’s also the middle child, and the son of a celebrity. There’s a lot going on and it just didn’t mix well with Harry’s parently style. Harry was seriously trying his best as a father. He really just wants his family safe and happy, like any other normal parent.

Another criticism that I kind of agreed with was that the famous last line “all was well” clearly was a lie. I guess that as a fan, I just want confirmation that my beloved characters are really okay, and to now find out that there was this big event again makes me feel like I was kind of lied to. I guess it could have been worse, no one important died or anything and there was a happy ending, but still. Is all well now? Will we ever know?

And lastly, people were upset that Voldemort had a child. And while I was kind of surprised, I wasn’t mad. Here’s why that made perfect sense: First of all, Bellatrix was pretty much all over Voldemort, so I can totally see her being open to bearing his child. And two, since this conception happened before the Battle Of Hogwarts, I can see it as Voldemort’s back up plan. He knew he was getting weaker from the destroyed horcruxes, so he probably at least considered failure as a possibility, so this child was probably seen as his very last chance to do his evil bidding.

But enough about criticisms, let’s talk more about what I liked. Before, I never really cared much for Draco Malfoy, but I really enjoyed his role in this story. The parallels between him and Harry were amazing, and how their interactions tied to and mirrored the interactions of Albus and Scorpius was really impressive and cool to read. I also liked how the relationships between Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione developed. They weren’t really too developed in the books, especially due to the 19 year gap, so it was special to see those bonds grow, as well as the bond of the Golden Trio. It was 22 years later and somehow so much had changed as well as nothing at all. I dug that. Hard.

Under all the magic, the morals that Harry Potter has is really important. Love and friendship and life are all valued and respected and it’s great to know that those qualities that everyone loves about the story are still going strong. Stronger, even, I’d say, as Harry learned a big lesson in judgement and trusting gossip. It’s these timeless things that make this beautiful series perfect and adored by all ages and genders. Yes, we all want a letter to Hogwarts but even more I think we all want friendships as strong as Harry, Ron and Hermione’s. I love reading blog posts by adults reading the series for the first time, especially if they grew up in places where the books were banned, because these people are learning that these books are just a crazy story about magic featuring morals that inspire.

All in all, I didn’t know what I was expecting but seriously, all Potter fans will love The Cursed Child. It’s got all the elements to love: humor, romance, magic, suspense, friendship, family, and all within a fairly airtight plot. The new characters were cool, the old characters were amazing, the plot was super and it has that same Harry Potter feel! I can’t imagine that anyone is on the fence about reading this, but if you are and liked any aspect of Harry Potter then you will like this! If I didn’t already have two other books to read, I’d probably be rereading it.

I’m so glad I got to go back to my childhood. I’m so glad this new story was great. I’m so glad that JK Rowling has blessed us with more Potter goodness.

 

What are your thoughts on The Cursed Child? I’m in dire need to discuss the book with people so comment with your opinions!

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Monthly Look Ahead: August 2016

This is the 13th Look Ahead post I’ve done, meaning that it’s been a year since I started this feature. Read the very first one here! I have to admit, I thought I’d have more participants by now. I really only have one regular person (shoutout to JATM) and a few others who’ll join in every now and again. I did consider stopping these posts, but I do enjoy writing them and they do okay view wise, so they’re here to stay for now!

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Anyways, back to this month. August, aka the last month of freedom before school traps us and consumes our souls yet again. I don’t have a lot planned, but here’s what I do:

  • Wordcamp! Have you ever been to one? They are WordPress conventions, though they’re mostly geared toward dot-org sites. There’s one near me coming up and I’ve decided to volunteer.
  • A few months ago I chipped my front tooth a little bit and I finally have an ortho appointment, so hopefully the doc can shave down my tooth and in turn make my fairly large front teeth more even and not so large.
  • Suicide Squad on the 5th. Okay, I’m not super excited to see this, as DC’s movie history hasn’t thrilled me, but this looks alright, so I’ll probably go see it. This is a pretty cool poster, after all!

  • My brother is going to University! I’m kind of excited to help him move in and see him off as he embarks on this next big life journey.
  • Enjoy my last month of freedom. I’m going to try to get outside, hang out with friends a few more times, and relax.

Well, this is officially my least exciting month. I mean, I included an orthodontist appointment on here? Ugh, well, here’s hoping your August is a lot more thrilling.

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