Wednesday, August 16, 2017

30 Day Parks and Recreation Challenge

Damn. It's been ... like ... six months since I posted anything? And shit, I'm still behind on like two challenges? Whoops. I mean, a lot has happened over the past year, and the past six months have been absolutely insane. But that's no excuse! And to bring in the school year, I guess (???), I'm starting off with a challenge!

Via Bustle
That has got be my favorite promotional image for this show ever. Or maybe any show ever. But anyway, I absolutely adore Parks and Recreation. It's probably unhealthy, if I were to be completely honest about it, and I had a hard time handling it when the show ended. Oh, my god, did I bawl at the series finale - like a damn baby.

What drew me to this show was the earnest, kind, dedicated characters (yes, even Tom) that populated the cast and the incredibly positive message it sent out every week: things may look grim but, dammit, surround yourself with good people and push through and you'll see the light. It is in all of us, even if we live in a world that beats us down daily, but we can't just sit and hope that things will get better. We have to do things. Use that fucking light.

Ahem. Sorry. Soapbox moment.

But anyway, here's what I'll be working on in September!

Day 1: How I Was Introduced to Parks and Recreation
Day 2: Favorite Female Main Character
Day 3: Favorite Male Main Character
Day 4: Favorite Season
Day 5: Least Favorite Season
Day 6: Favorite Season One Episode
Day 7: Favorite Season Two Episode
Day 8: Favorite Season Three Episode
Day 9: Favorite Season Four Episode
Day 10: Favorite Season Five Episode
Day 11: Favorite Season Six Episode
Day 12: Favorite Season Seven Episode
Day 13: Favorite Episode
Day 14: Least Favorite Episode
Day 15: Favorite Recurring Character
Day 16: Least Favorite Recurring Character
Day 17: Something That Happened I Wish Didn't
Day 18: Something That Didn't Happen I Wish Did
Day 19: Parks and Recreation's Relevance
Day 20: Favorite Ann Moment
Day 21: Favorite Andy Moment
Day 22: Favorite April Moment
Day 23: Favorite Ben Moment
Day 24: Favorite Chris Moment
Day 25: Favorite Donna Moment
Day 26: Favorite Jerry Moment
Day 27: Favorite Leslie Moment
Day 28: Favorite Ron Moment
Day 29: Favorite Tom Moment
Day 30: How Parks and Recreation Inspires Me

Saturday, February 25, 2017

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 23: Least Favorite Couple

I know, I know, you assumed Ross and Rachel would be the winner here, but to be honest, while they are pretty terrible, they aren't anywhere close to being the worst. This was almost a tie, because Ross and Janice was pretty terrible, but the difference between them and who my final choice ended up being, though, is that the relationship was purposefully awful, an example of how fucked up Ross was after his divorce from Emily. Thankfully, it only lasted a single episode, unlike my actual least favorite couple.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 19: Favorite Season Ten Episode

You know, last challenge made me think that today's choice was gonna be hard because Season Ten was such a crap bag, but upon rewatch, I was surprised at the one episode I would have assumed would be my favorite because, well ... you'll see.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 18: Favorite Season Nine Episode

And now we're getting into my two least favorite seasons, so this is gonna be a bit of a tough one. It's not that there weren't quality episodes (as a matter of fact, the one I chose for this season's favorite is one of those), it's just that they were so few and far between that it's easy to forget that either Nine or Ten had any good episodes. For tomorrow's challenge, I definitely had to scrounge.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 17: Favorite Season Eight Episode

Remember how on Day 13, I said that I was competitive? Well, that has not changed since then, and that should make my favorite episode from Season Eight fairly obvious, so I'm not even going to hide the picture behind the cut! You are welcome!
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While Rachel's baby shower has its humorous moments, mainly stemming from Monica forgetting to invite Rachel's mom (played wonderfully by Marlo Thomas), the best part is the men's storyline.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 16: Favorite Season Seven Episode

The cracks were beginning to show in Season Six, but they were definitely a major problem in Season Seven. The episodes weren't bad just yet, but they were just so mediocre that it's hard to remember them specifically. I actually had to go back and rewatch the entire season to see which one was my favorite. And I kinda just settled on one, which is kinda sad, but I needed to complete this challenge, so here we go.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 15: Favorite Season Six Episode

See, I am trying to catch up! My goal is to have all of these posts completely finished by the end of the month, and by gum, I'm gonna do it.

I feel like the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends were always some of the best. The first season's anti-Thanksgiving kind of set the bar high, but generally, they improved with each season. And Season Six did not disappoint even remotely; it may even be a contender for my favorite episode of the entire series. I mean, it's not, obviously. You'll have to wait for Day 20 to see what that is.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 14: Favorite Season Five Episode

By the time the fifth season comes around, any excuse to watch Ross humiliate himself is enough for me to sit down with a bag of freshly popped popcorn. When he sabotaged flirting with the pizza delivery woman Caitlin in "The One Where Ross Can't Flirt," I guffawed as he started babbling about the smell that's added to gas because 1) who hasn't flirted awkwardly and 2) it's Ross making an ass out of himself.

28 Day Friends Challenge, Day 13: Favorite Season Four Episode

I am a naturally competitive person. Today, actually, I got into a kind-of argument with The Boy about whether or not corn was really considered a vegetable, and while he couldn't care less if he was right, I was very passionate about my correctness*. It's a curse in more ways than one, but it keeps my life interesting.

Monday, February 20, 2017

This post was supposed to be something entirely different.

This post was supposed to be a happy message, one that I'd been keeping to myself before springing it on you guys with barely contained enthusiasm.

This was supposed to be a pregnancy announcement.

My due date was 9/20/2017, although it was probably closer to the beginning of October. Against all advice, I'd already decided on names. We told both of our families. I told my employer. My god, we were both so excited. It wasn't planned, of course, but that didn't dilute any part of our happiness. I was going to be a mother.

But this Monday, my body decided that it wasn't going to happen. After a whole night of severe bleeding and cramping, I spent nearly all day on Tuesday in the ER, barely able to walk because of the pain. The blood test verified that my hcg levels had decreased dramatically, and any hope I'd held onto that this was just a warning to take it easier was lost. The next day, I took another sick day and slept as often as I could in between the cramps and trips to the bathroom to change out bloody pads. And oh, did I cry.

I know that miscarriage is common - at least one in four pregnancies end that way - but that doesn't make it any easier. My OBGYN was empathetic and kind, letting me know that there was nothing I did wrong and there was nothing I could have done, but I had grown so attached to the little thing inside my uterus. Only four days prior, I had seen it in an ultrasound; it looked like a little deformed seahorse, and I'd cried looking at it. That was my little deformed seahorse.

I'm feeling somewhat better today, a bit closer to emotionally normal, although my doctor told me my body wouldn't be back to itself for a few months. I'm still exhausted, and every now and then, I have a mood swing. Like yesterday, I bawled because UPS sent back my package after trying to deliver my A&P I lab kit while I was at work (seriously??), and the day before, I was ridiculously confident that I could do one of my marathon walks but only made it down the block before wanting to crawl back into bed for seventeen hours. In some ways, I'm ... glad isn't the word, but it's all I can think of right now, because I'm going back to school full-time in the fall (nursing school or bust, y'all) and I took a job that does not provide insurance so the pregnancy would be considered a pre-existing condition, making it difficult to find affordable health insurance options. That doesn't change the sadness I feel right now, and I suppose only time will help with that. And maybe someday in the near future, I'll carry a baby to term, welcoming it with open arms.

But for now? I'm going to focus on me. That's all I really can do.
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