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1. The Office, U.K. (Seasons 1-2, Netflix)- I took what some call the purist approach and watched the original version of The Office prior to diving into the US version. Ricky Gervais and Martin Short are hilarious. This series debuted in 2001 and was the first TV series mockumentaries. It would later inspire the U.S. Version and many of the first episodes of the U.S. version are drawn from these two short lived seasons.

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2. The Office, U.S. (Seasons 1-9, Netflix)- Due to the success of The Office, other mockmentary series starting popping up. The best known and one of the first longest running was The Office (US version). It would pave the ways for Parks and Recreation and many other much loved mockumentary or faux documentary series. That being said the series kind of dies when Michael Scott leaves, but then the final season is spectacular since many of the original writers were brought back on staff.

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3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 3, Netflix)- I binged the entire seasons in three days. To be fair it was playing in the background while I was creating final projects and papers for the end of the semester. Titus has returned from the cruise, Kimmie is going to college, Lillian wants to join the local government and Jaqueline never learns; Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt returns.

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4. Twin Peaks (Seasons 1-2, Netflix)- For my Script Analysis and Development Class we compared the pilots of Twin Peaks and The Night Of to analyze what made them so enticing to viewers. This prompted me to re-watch all of Twin Peaks for my personal enjoyment and in anticipation for the Season 3 premiere. Twin Peaks originally aired in 1992 and follows the story of a small town dealing with the murder of local high school senior and homecoming queen Laura Palmer.

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5. Bullet Journaling (BUJO)- June 1st is when I will begin my first Bullet Journal which will cover the next three months. On top of this endeavor, I have also begun organizing my life through other journals and notebooks. I am excited to share these with you (and how they develop) over the summer.

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6. The Venture Brothers (Adult Swim Live Stream)- Another show that I binged in the background while I was preparing for the end of the semester. I somehow went through all six seasons. I praise the creators for character development and growth, while successfully poking fun at the superhero and boy adventurer genre. Rusty Venture was a boy adventurer in his youth and despite being a super scientist all grown up with two teen boys he is still prone to his own wayward adventures.

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Things I am looking forward to in June:

June 9- Orange is the New Black, Season 6 (Netflix)

June 11- 70th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

June 18- The Great British Baking Show, Season 4 (PBS)

June 22- The Gong Show, Series Revival (ABC)

TBD- Another Period, Season 3 (Comedy Central)

 

At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

1. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Netflix)- I had always heard of Its Always Sunny but had never seen it before. Sadly, I have now binge watched over six seasons in the past month. After the first two seasons you kind of get a feel for it and can listen more than watch, which is perfect for when you are doing chores around the house.

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2. No Such Thing As A Fish (podcast)-  Imagine sitting at a table with friends and each of you supplying one sentence to the group that turns into a 15 minutes conversation. Each week four podcasters (sometimes they switch based on outside obligations) meet to discuss their favorite facts of the week.

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3. My Favorite Murder (podcast)-Each week Karen and Georgia talk about a murders that happened and read fan mail about murders in the fans hometowns. Karen and Georgia are not enthralled by the murders or the murderers; it does pull on sensationalism, but this is a great way to stay informed and be aware. Both Karen and Georgia are really sweet and funny women who aren’t trying to be exploitative of their subjects.

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4. Pop Culture Happy Hour (podcast)- A great recap of the week in pop culture. Usually it focuses on two to three topics a week. They always warn you if there are going to be spoilers for TV Series and Films, but also dive into the world of popular events, music, and trends.

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Things I am looking forward to in April:

April 3- Internship Interview with Filmnation

April 5- Archer Premiere

April 10- Better Call Saul Premiere (AMC)

April 11-  Brooklyn 99 Premiere (FOX)

April 16- The Leftovers Premiere (HBO)

April 19- Fargo Premiere (FX)

April 21- Bill Nye Saves the World Premiere (Netflix)

April 22- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Premiere (HBO)

April 25- Great News Premiere (ABC)

At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

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  1. Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix- Not the best show. It feels like a high-schooler wrote the dialogue (all the characters have the same personality and always agree with each other). The premise is fun though. Great show to have on in the background when you are working on homework or getting ready in the morning.bojack-characters_large
  2. Bojack Horseman, Netflix- I have no idea how I have missed that this show existed. This is great and I constantly question myself about what I am laughing over. Not appropriate for the younger years.                     Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.35.24 PMScreen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.36.35 PM.png
  3. Strand Books and Book Off USA– I mentioned last month that I was downsizing on my book collection, but I didn’t mention where all  the books were going. All of my hardcovers and mint condition soft covers were bought by Strand, a book store that boasts about having 18 miles of shelves of books for sale. They always have events going on upstairs that are perfect for ‘nerds’. All of my softcovers that were in less than mint condition (my lovely marginalia notes, highlights, and bookplates) went to BookOff USA.
  4. Laundry Pick-Up- This was the lifesaver for us this month. Both P and I were working so much that we didn’t have a spare second to head down the street to the laundromat. Instead we opted for a 48 hour turnaround pick-up laundry service. It was really convenient since we were both down to our last of everything. Great for emergencies, but we really cannot afford this all the time.f152265b68f8d90dcf2879e96bb62879
  5. Agatha Christie’s, Cards on the Table- In Murder on the Orient Express Poirot mentioned what he thought was the ‘ideal’ murder challenge to him, and in Cards on the Table Christie delivers that challenge to Poirot. Christie makes it even harder for Poirot- all the suspects have murdered prior to the murder they are suspected of now. Unlike most other mysteries where you can sometimes guess if you pay enough attention, this mystery left me in the dust the entire time.

At A Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

1. Yoga Studio– Last year I did not follow through consistently with one of my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions. Though I was consistently exercising from January until July, but as soon as we moved to New York my routine was nonexistent. I no longer had workout buddies and I didn’t have access to a free gym anymore. I do have a solution to help get back into better habits. My friend Maria introduced me to an App called Yoga Studio last summer. It is easy to follow and you can customize the workouts to fit your physical needs. It is easy to connect with my Apple TV so I can follow along in my living room. I am going to start yoga three times a week working my legs, core, and arms and then work my way up to daily.

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2. Versailles– I accidentally binge watched season one in one day  since it was on in the background while I did some spring cleaning in closets. I admire the beauty that went into creating a Versailles hunting lodge and then over the course of the season transforming it into what is known as the Palace of Versailles (in full glory opposed to attempted restorations). Since it follows historical figures from the far-past there is a good amount of artistic and dramatic liberty taken to keep the story flowing but they due try to keep to the main story to King Louis XIV. Even though I was only paying half attention, the story was easy to follow and  to be drawn into certain characters. Rewatch the first episode after you complete the season, it will make you much more depressed that you already were. This series is not suitable for children.

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3. Clarissa Explains it All– After finishing all seven seasons of Sabrina: The Teenage Witch and the three Sabrina movies, I was on a Melissa Joan Hart kick. Instead of watching Melissa & Joey I opted to see a show when Melissa was much younger. I remember watching Clarissa Explains it All but they must have been reruns since I was only three when the show went off the air. I have been tweeting all sorts of quotes and thoughts regarding the series.

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4. Broad City–  I had heard about Broad City before but had never sat down to watch it. Though the show itself if rather over-the-top the lifestyle the two protagonists lead is something I can relate to being a almost broke 20-something living in Brooklyn New York. Both P and I got a kick out of the personalities of the New Yorkers and the situations Abbi and Ilana find themselves in are hands down truthful. After binging the three seasons on Hulu following the departure of my family I decided to look up information about Broad City. Surprise! Broad City was originally a web series of the same name before it was picked up. Abby and Ilana are real life New Yorkers and they based the series off of their everyday lives (they are writers on more than half of all the episodes) though their characters are highly stylized.

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5. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix Original Series- I loved reading the books when I was a child. In fact I still have them all. It did not have the same extensive fan-base as Harry Potter and was meant for children throughout the entire series, but it was one of my favorite collections. I not only loved the gothic feel to the stories, but I enjoyed the opportunity to learn all sorts of new words. I was disappointed with the film that came out in 2004 starring Jim Carrey. The film was a mix of the first three books re-written to make one story. The Netflix series pays attention to all the important details of the books and like the seventh Harry Potter movie, each book is broken up into two episodes. This series brings back the Victorian Gothic undertones of the novels, while playing with the character of Lemony Snicker and secret organizations. The series intentionally confuses the viewer and the children, while weaving a more intense story. P and I binge watched all eight chapters in one week.

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6. The Young Pope– Somehow P and I started/joined a weekly couple’s showing of The Young Pope with our friends Kat and Sean on Sunday nights. We bring the food and they supply the alcohol. Tonight we are watching two back-to-back episodes since we cancelled last week’s due to the Women’s March on DC. Officially all of us have only seen one episode but each moment on screen has been beyond enticing.

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7. Spring Cleaning- Last year one of my resolutions was home downsizing.  All last spring I went through everything P and I owned and donated countless items that we did not use, had bought on a whim, or no longer served a purpose for our lifestyle. I felt really accomplished prior to our move. After arriving in NYC in August I once again did the same thing, and now in January I find myself repeating the process. For the remainder of this year instead of focusing on home items, I am challenging myself in 2017 to purge personal items i.e. makeup, beauty products, books, etc.

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At a Glance

A monthly series which offers a glance of my world right now.

1. Agatha Christie- This past month I have read  two novels by Agatha Christie: Thirteen at Dinner and Murder on the Orient Express. I am almost finished with my third, The ABC Murders. I have been reading them mostly on the train to and from work, as well as during my break time. They are so easy to read but highly entertaining. I look forward to Cards on the Table and Death on the Nile this next month.

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2. Upcycle old holiday and greeting Cards- Instead of throwing out or recycling old cards let someone else upcycle them. You can learn more about St. Jude’s Ranch here and their recycled card program here.

3. Science Fiction Prior to 1960- For my History of Cinema Class I wrote a paper on Science Fiction Film in the 1930s. Until I did my research I did not realize how influential this time period was for science fiction literature, and future films. I am disappointed that I did not have the time to take the paper where I wanted to, but was excited how much I did learn.

4. Sabrina: The Teenage Witch-Thanks to Hulu I have been binge-watching all month. I remember watching this show as a girl and was surprised that I remembered some of the episodes. I usually have it playing in the background while I get my things together in the morning and when I write my blog posts at night. I am currently on season three and still very impressed by the animatronic cat. Meanwhile the late 90’s and early 2000’s fashions are killing me.

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5. Student Film Projects- This past semester I was part of many student film projects. Who knew that in so little time so much could be accomplished. This entire next semester I will be working with my film and learning the ins-and-outs of post-production. Here are some of the titles I worked on: Lapse, The Fence, Watch the Gap, The Looking Glass, Shift, Rub-A-Dub-Dead, Untitled Work by C. Alamanzar.

6. Free People- I started my new job as a Stylist at Free People just outside of Rockefeller Plaza recently. So far it has been loads of fun. The people are amazing, the clothes are great inspiration, and there is always something new to accomplish (something that was a problem with former retail jobs of my youth). I am excited to get my 40% discount soon, which also transfers to Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.

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