Five Things I’m Into Right Now

A long time ago, I used to do this thing where I’d post a list of things I was into at the moment.  I’m trying to do that again, right now.  I have no idea how often I might post a list like this, but I can promise you it won’t be more than every other week, mostly because I don’t like very many things.  Seriously, this list would be easier for me to post if it was “Five Things I Actively Hate,” but I’m all about the positivity, guys.

1. The Good Wifegoodwife

I wrote about this a little bit in my January recap, but I am legitimately obsessed with The Good Wife.  I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about anything I was watching, really.  Normally not a huge procedural fan, but this show is so smart and is so well-cast that I can’t help but find it completely compelling.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’m all caught up and have to wait for episodes to air.

If you haven’t given this one a chance, I suggest you do.

2. Ice Cream with Sprinkles and Marshmallows

This is my dessert of choice lately, and I’m completely aware that it’s diabetes in a bowl.  I don’t care.  There’s something about how the marshmallows freeze and the sprinkles crunch that makes me so happy.  Whatever, guys.  I eat pretty healthy the majority of the time, but I’m fundamentally a dessert person, and this is my jam right now.  I’m sure I’ll get sick of it soon, but in the meantime, this is my favorite treat.

tongue3. Zoey, the Love of My Life

It’s no secret that J. and I are pretty in love with our brilliant, frustrating dog, Zoey.  She’s one of the sweetest, friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet.  Full of raw enthusiasm and unbridled curiosity, she amazes us every day.  I guess this is how some people feel about their kids?  I wouldn’t know.


But I do know that I look forward to going home to this crazy puppy every day, and I love getting to spend time with her, whether we’re going for a walk and finding things to smell or hanging out on the couch, cuddling.

How could you not love this dog?  Seriously, how?

4. Ask Polly

My best friend and I regularly read and dissect the Ask Polly advice column, and it’s always a good time.  I think Heather Havrilevsky, who writes the column, gives amazing, thoughtful, and truthful advice.  I often identify with the letter writers as well as “Polly’s” response.  Full of good advice and often very funny insights, this is required reading, every week.

We even have a saying: “WWPS,” which of course means, “What would Polly say?”

5. “Magazine” by Caroline Smith

I had the chance to see Caroline Smith at First Ave recently, and she didn’t disappoint.  She’s one of my favorite artists right now, and this song is so catchy and thought-provoking and fun.  I dare you to listen to it and not get it stuck in your head.  I love it–and this video.

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, and here.

1. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

I don’t know what it is about this particular song that I find so interesting, but I do know that I can’t stop listening to it.  Kendrick Lamar’s album is probably the best new album I’ve been listening to a lot, and this song is one of my pump-up songs before I go out.  There’s something completely voyeuristic about listening to Lamar’s whole album, and this song definitely showcases his talent at creating songs with soul-baring lyrics.


This one is embarrassing because it’s so consumption-driven.  I like to troll the websites pictures because they have some ridiculous stuff for sale.  They also have some really cool stuff.  I’m not going to lie: I want the sweatshirt with the mermaid dance quote on it from Pitch Perfect.

3. Crafting a decent holiday gift list

I’m not going to lie: I have a hard time picking out presents for people, whether it’s birthdays, parent days, or the holidays.  I try to start fairly far in advance so that I can get what I need to get for the people closest to me.  This year, I’m spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to get people that isn’t a total waste of time or money.  I also value giving gifts that the person will actually use.  In order to do this, I’m making liberal use of Pinterest, Wanelo, Uncommon Goods, and Evernote (to track it all, duh).

4. French Bulldog Puppy

I stumbled across this while doing searches for stupidly cute animals.  I don’t know what it is about this short video I find so endearing or affecting.  I just know that it makes me stupidly happy.  How can you not love it?  I just want him to get up at the end.  YOU CAN DO IT.

5. Stacked Books hosts Contemporary YA Week

Have you checked out Stacked Book’s Contemporary YA week?  If you haven’t you should.  They have tons of great recommendations, discussions, and information about my favorite genre.  There are great lists of books (my favorite thing in the world) for any YA fan to geek out over.  This is a blog that consistently delivers some of the best content on the internet (in my humble opinion).  GO AND SEE.

What are you obsessed with this week?

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, here, and here.

1. Creepers by Kid Cudi

Without a doubt the best song off Kanye West’s new Cruel Summer compliation, Kid Cudi’s “Creepers” is the song that’s on repeat in my house, despite my roommate’s increasingly vocal objections.  There’s something about the song that’s so inherently catchy I can hardly stand it.  My favorite part of the song is when Cudi says, “If I had one wish it’d be for more wishes–DUH.”  It’s that kind of smart, self-aware lyric that makes this song a standout on an (admittedly lackluster) album.

2. The Cybils

I wouldn’t be totally honest if I didn’t admit that the Cybil nominations are taking up a lot of my time.  Nominations have only been open for a week, and there’s still plenty of time to submit titles for consideration (just make sure you read the rules first).  I’m neck-deep in reading nominated titles and talking about the books with my fellow panelists, and it feels great.  I’m averaging about a book a day, which means that I’m reading a lot. I can’t wait to share my thoughts about some of these books with you.

3. Planning the Halloween party of the century

Of course that’s hyperbole.  Of course it is.  My roommate and I live in a two-bedroom duplex, so it’s unlikely that this will be the party of the century–but we are putting a lot of thought and work into it.  She’s got decorations up the wazoo, is hard at work at making our costumes, and I’m busy planning a food menu that won’t suck.  I don’t want to give away all the details, but there’s dry ice involved. EXCITING I KNOW.

4. The return of Fall TV

My schedule doesn’t permit me to watch a lot of shows live (and I hate ads so much I probably wouldn’t, anyway), but that doesn’t mean that I’m not watching and tracking the returning fall TV season.  I’m already behind on things–I forgot about the premiere of Scandal, and I’ve heard good things about Last Resort and mixed things about Revolution–and hope to catch up eventually.  In the mean time, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of Parenthood (which you probably already know) and New Girl.

5. Christina Aguilera – “Your Body”

Have you guys seen this video?  It’s crazy, and not in a good way.  I can’t tell exactly what Aguilera was going for, but I have a sneaking suspicion that she was trying to take a page out of the Beyonce/Lady Gaga “Telephone” book (see what I did there?!?!).  The result is…not good.  But the scene with the pink glitter is cool, and the wig budget alone must have been insane.

What are you into this month?

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, herehere, here, here, and here.

1. Grimes – “Oblivion”

I don’t know what it is about this video that I find so compelling, I just know that it’s one I’ve revisited several times since discovering it.  I like Grimes’s music in general, and there’s something so odd about this video.  All of it feels very authentic– from the moment at the beginning where the girl flips up Grimes’s hood to the moment where Grimes waves a fan through across the camera’s line while she’s singing.  It’s not linear, and it doesn’t really make any sense, but neither does the song, really.  That might be why I like it so much.  Also, I kind of want pink bangs.

2. The fall premiere of Switched at Birth

I love this show to an embarrassing level, and I’m so glad it’s back.  As much as it hurts to watch, I like what the show is doing with Bay and Emmett’s characters.  It’s weird to watch the new episodes after just completing  a re-watch of the first season because everyone looks just a little bit…different.  Daphne’s hair is redder (though she’s still doing that annoying face thing she does when she’s worried or uncomfortable or whatever), Bay looks thinner (which is a bummer, man), etc. etc.  I still think the Angelo subplot is the show’s weakest link, but that might just be me.  Are you watching? Are you as obsessive as I am?

3. David Guetta – “Titanium” (ft. Sia)

The video itself is whatever (I mean, yeah, that’s one of the kids from Super 8), but for some reason, I’m super into the song these days.  I’m sure I’ve exhausted my neighbors from overplaying the song while I’m getting ready to go out, but oh well.  Call it my song of the late summer, because I’m officially obsessed.

4. Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer

I’m unsure of whether or not I’ll ever actually review this book, but I do want to talk about it on the blog since it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.  The book focuses on the rise of Fundamentalist Mormons in the United States, and it’s a fascinating, extremely accessible read.  I’m riveted by what I’m reading, and that’s a rarity with non-fiction.

5. The onset of Halloween season

Okay, so maybe it’s a little early to be this excited about Halloween, but ever since my roommate and I decided to throw a Halloween party, she and I have been in full party-planning mode.  Both of us are huge fans of Halloween in general, and she loves to craft and decorate, so we’re going way over-the-top with our plans for this party.  I can’t wait for October (I realize we’re not there yet) and Halloween and candy and costumes and just general awesomeness.

What are you into these days?

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m Into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, herehere, here, and here.

1. The L.A. Complex

I’ve written about my love of this show before, and I’m not stopping now.  The second season of the Canadian drama is full of secrets, scandals, and intrigue.  It’s an exceedingly well-cast show, you guys.  Jewel Staite? Is knocking it out of the park in every single episode.  The show isn’t afraid to go to some really dark places, and it doesn’t feel so much like they’re going for shock value as they are going for emotional truth (unlike, say, True Blood, which remains boring).

If you aren’t watching, can I ask why? It airs Tuesday nights on the CW (or on Much Music, if you’re in Canada).  You can also catch up online (and you should).

2. The Sweet Life e-series

I don’t really know what to say about this, other than the fact that I can’t look away, no matter how much I want to.  Because of the success of Sweet Valley Confidential (success is a relative term, I guess), Francine Pascal and the publisher decided to continue on with the lives of Elizabeth and Jessica in a series of novellas available in e-book format.

The first couple of stories are out with a compilation planned for hardcover release in October.  I…wish I didn’t care.

3. Kreayshawn – “Go Hard”

I can’t decide if I like Kreayshawn or not.  She’s someone who is tied inextricably to a person, and the fact that every time I hear “Gucci Gucci” makes me think of this person is kind of bittersweet.  However, there’s no denying that Kreay is one bizarre girl.  Her new video for “Go Hard” only solidifies that fact.  The track is off her upcoming (and highly anticipated) label debut.  Watch the video and let me know what you think.  NSFW, obviously.

4. Baby-Sitter’s Club through a feminist lens

This article about revisiting the Baby-Sitter’s club and thinking about it within a feminist context is really interesting and definitely worth a read.  Even though I was never as into the girl-sitters as I was those wily blonde twins from Sweet Valley, California, the books had an impact on me, and it’s worth checking out this blog post about the books and how it helped the authors develop their feminist identities.  Plus, now I want to watch the movie again.

5. The Katy Perry Eating Tumblr

I can’t quite figure out why I find this Tumblr so fascinating, but I do.  There’s really nothing else to say about it, you guys.

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m Into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, herehere, and here.

1. Awkward.

Despite the fact that I think the show’s tone is sometimes a little off (and recognize that might be the point), I can’t help but like this quirky, almost too-glib show on MTV about a really awkward teen girl who ends up in a sort of love triangle with two boys who are at the top of the high school food chain.  Although I think the show relies too heavily on the love-triangle aspect of the show, it’s also got some smart writing, good acting, and great music (seriously).  I haven’t started watching the second season yet, but as it’s just started, I expect to catch up soon.

2. Extra Hot Great Podcast

What’s better than three geeks talking about TV, movies, and pop culture?  Pretty much nothing, which is why this is my favorite podcast these days.  Tara Ariano, David T. Cole, and Joe Reid weigh in on everything from the latest movie to the best/worst TV show.  Of course the week I decide to feature this on the blog, the creators of the podcast have announced that they’re ending the podcast (two of them are moving to L.A. and have some sort of other project in the works).  That being said, there’s still a lot of backlog podcasts to listen to, and if you want, you can follow them on Twitter (Tara Ariano is my absolute fave).

3. “My Fault” by Imagine Dragons

It’s not a single, so there’s no video for it, but this song by Imagine Dragons is one of my favorites right now.  I don’t know why this song speaks to me so much, but it does.  It’s my summer song, you guys.

4. Best Albums of 2012…so far

You can’t seem to go two clicks on the internet without stumbling over someone coming up with a list of the best albums of 2012…so far.  As someone who consumes an immense amount of music (I average 3-5 albums a week. A WEEK), I pride myself on keeping current with what’s out, both mainstream and obscure.  That being said, a lot of these lists suggest bands I’ve never heard of.  Which is always a nice dose of humility for my music hubris.

Here are some of the best of lists available: Spin, Rolling Stone, Paste, NPR, The Guardian

I don’t know who was doing the picking over at The Guardian, but listing both Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj should be grounds for automatic disqualification.

There are some ones I agree with: Best Coast, Beach House, Japandroids, and The Men.  Anything you’ve been listening to that you think warrants a space on the best of the year…so far?

5. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean

I’ve been listening to this album nonstop over the past few days.  It’s definitely one of the best albums of the year.  The entire thing is great, but I love “Pyramids” and “Super Rich Kids.”  If you haven’t heard Ocean’s music before, you’re missing out.  “Novacane” was my jam for a hot minute late last year, and this album is definitely the most exciting thing I’ve heard in a long time.  Seriously worth checking out.

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m Into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, here, and here.

1. Tired Pony – “Get On the Road” (featuring Zooey Deschanel)

The live videos of this song have another woman singing Deschanel’s part, and they don’t do it for me the way the original version does.  As a result, you have a link to a youtube video that’s mostly just audio.  It’s still worth it, though.  I’m so obsessed with this song right now that it almost hurts.  I think something about the two voices together works incredibly well.  The lyrics resonate deeply with me and are all sorts of inspiring for the story that I’m working on these days.

2. The Unusuals on Netflix

It’s no secret that I’m kind of in love with Jeremy Renner.  I think he’s a really great actor (and he sings, too, if you didn’t know), and okay, yes, I find him attractive.  In my search to watch everything Renner’s been in, I ended up tuning into the short-lived The Unusuals, which is available on Netflix (I think it’s on Hulu, too).  Despite the fact that it’s a procedural, it boasts a pretty impressive cast and has the perfect sort of dry, dark humor that I love.  There’s only 9 episodes, but it’s totally worth it–Renner is that good.

3. Reading about Prometheus

Disappointed as I was in the movie (seriously, seriously disappointed), I can’t ignore the fact that the movie is polarizing, fascinating, and has the internet all atwitter about what did or didn’t happen.  There are a ton of great articles to look at about the movie, and I can’t stop reading them.

SPOILERS, obviously.

Oh, internet. Never change.

4. Tom Hiddleston does impressions

As great as I thought Hiddleston was in The Avengers, I didn’t ever think of him as being particularly attractive…until I watched this compilation video of him doing impressions.  It’s awesome, you guys.  He does Alan Rickman, Owen Wilson (it’s dead-on), a velociraptor…amazing.  Totally worth watching, even if you’re not really a fan (or even if you don’t know who he is).

5. Bunheads on ABC Family

The network has only aired the pilot, but I’m totally hooked.  I love me some Amy Sherman-Palladino, and I think Sutton Foster is killing it as Michelle.  Her facial expressions alone are worth watching the show for.  There’s a lot of potential here, and if they can work out some of the pacing issues (which are standard fare for a pilot episode), it could be one of the most entertaining shows of the summer.  YES IT COULD.


Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m Into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere, hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, here, here, and here.

1. Marina & the Diamonds – “Starring Role”

The video for this acoustic version of “Starring Role” by Marina and the Diamonds is pretty captivating.  It’s just her singing with the band, but it’s damn near impossible to take your eyes off her.  I’ve had a love affair with Marina and the Diamonds for a good long while now, but the release of their new album “Electra Heart” has made my life much more full.  The entire thing is great.  Also, I really, really want that dress in the video.

2. Scandal on ABC

I was skeptical about Scandal from the start.  Shonda Rhimes (the woman behind Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice) was taking on law and Washington, D.C. in her newest network drama.  I’m not big on procedurals in general, and I haven’t watched Grey’s anatomy since the third season (which was a season too long, in my opinion).  But I heard some good things about it, and I’m almost out of TV shows to marathon now that the season is coming to an end, and I needed something to soothe my mind in the post-finals week.  Scandal seemed like as good an option as anything.   I like Kerry Washington, after all.

The result?  I’m totally into the show now, but I’ve felt uneasy about it without being able to articulate it.  Rhimes is the only successful, high-profile African American woman running a show on U.S. television right now, and her tendency to do color-blind casting is both admirable and indicative of how white our TV shows are.  However, I stumbled across this piece by Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress the other day, and she manages to get across my biggest issues with the show.  This girl and I could totally hang out.

3. Jenna Marbles scaring her dogs with a fart machine

You guys, sometimes the lowest common denominator is actually really funny.  In this case, it’s YouTube sensation and (very funny) blogger Jenna Marbles using a fart machine to scare her two dogs.  I was raised by a mother who thinks that farts are really funny, and as a result, I think they are, too.  This video is worth it for the dogs’ reactions alone.  Watch it and enjoy it.  I’m sorry I’m so sophomoric.

4. The L.A. Complex (Season 1)

Okay, this is a Canadian soap–but let me finish!  The show is kind of like Melrose Place, only actually interesting.  It focuses on an apartment complex in Los Angeles full of artists trying to make it in the city that seems to spit out more and more hopefuls every day.  The reason I started watching it was because I love Jewel Staite (who was excellent on Firefly), but I’ve kept watching it because the show is doing some risky, awesome things.  It’s not perfect–and it’s not, by any means, a really great show–but it’s completely entertaining, and that’s enough for me.

5. Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Okay, you guys.  Buzo’s first novel–Good Oil–is finally being published in the United States under the title Love and Other Perishable Items.  I loved this novel so, so much.  Buzo is definitely an author to watch.  Recently, I discovered that she has another book out.  This one, called Holier Than Thou, is firmly in the “new adult” camp, and I could not be more excited about it.  It looks so good.  Unfortunately, it’s not available in the United States yet.  While I can purchase it online, it’s not cheap.  I have to figure out a way to justify the cost, because I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK.

Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere,hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, here, and here.

1. The Other Austen Tumblr

I discovered this Tumblr about a week ago, and I love it. My mom (who is an Austen fanatic) and I spent more time than I’m willing to admit scrolling through the blog, laughing and reminiscing about some of our favorite Austen adaptations.  Very funny, very smart, and super entertaining.

2. Homeland Season 1

I’ve been watching this excellent series for a little while now, and it’s so tense and so exceedingly well done that I find myself thinking about the characters long after an episode has ended.  Claire Danes plays a FBI agent convinced that an American soldier/prisoner of war has turned and is a spy for terrorist forces.  As she gets more embroiled in her obsession of proving she’s right, the soldier struggles with post-traumatic stress and readjusting to family life.  This isn’t ordinarily my type of show, but it is so good, you guys.  So good.

3. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

Admittedly, this band is not for everyone. Often characterized as noise-pop/dance punk, their sound is a little alienating to the casual music listener.  However, I believe their sound grows on you (kind of like a fungus).  Their new album has a bit of an evolution of sound for them, but it’s still pretty ridiculous.

Here’s the video for Comeback Kid (it’s kind of weird):

4. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

This one isn’t really a good kind of obsession.  I’ve been thinking about the end of Delirium since I finished it about a week ago, and I can’t shake the feeling of disappointment it left me with.  I knew–knew–how the second book would end when I finished the first book over a year ago, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t sort of crushed that my predictions were right.  I wanted Oliver to subvert expectations and make some really smart, really good commentary about youth and love and all that–and she took the safest, most predictable route ever.

Obviously I’m not going to go into detail because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it, but damn.

5. The trailer for Bully

You may have heard about this documentary–it’s been getting some attention since the MPAA rated it R and caused an outrage, since slapping an R-rating on a movie like this pretty much guarantees that it can’t be shown in schools.  There was a petition to get the rating changed, the Weinstein brothers have talked about taking a break from screening their movies for the MPAA, and people, in general, are worked up about this whole thing.  As well they should be.  I think the MPAA is worthless, corrupt, and totally unnecessary.  At any rate, the movie looks absolutely heartbreaking.


Lists & Procrastination: 5 Things I’m into for the Moment

Gentle Readers, welcome!  It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With.  Previous installments can be found hereherehere,hereherehere,  here,  herehere,  here, and here.  (Time for a separate page, I think.)

1. Pinterest

I don’t think I’ve written about Pinterest on here before, but I probably should have, as it’s blown up over the past couple of months.  It’s essentially an online pin board, and users can follow one another to see what other people are pinning.  I use it mostly for recipes, but I also pin fashion-y stuff (I am not a fashionable person, though) and crafts and the like.  It’s totally addictive and totally ridiculous.

(P.S.–If you’re on Pinterest, we should follow each other!)


2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I finished this book at the beginning of this week, but it’s still with me.  It’s not that I didn’t like it–I did–but the more I think and read about it, the more complicated my feelings about it become.  I find John Green and his fans a sort of fascinating thing, and I know that this will influence my review of the book.  Have you read it yet?  Thoughts?


3. Cloud Nothings — “Attack on Memory”

Dylan Baldi, the frontman for Cloud Nothings, burst onto the music scene with 2010’s “Turning On.”  He followed that up with “Cloud Nothings” (my personal favorite).  “Attack on Memory” represents a new page for Baldi and the band musically: the album’s sound is very different from previous albums, but is still inherently catchy.  It requires a couple of listens to really get into it, but it’s my favorite album so far this year.  I’ve included a link to “Fall In,” which is my favorite song on the album.

4. Sweet Valley High Recaps on my other blog

This seems really self-serving, and maybe it is, a little, but it’s also something that I’m totally obsessed with right now.  I started my SVH recap blog a long time ago and then got super busy.  It’s still my goal to finish recapping all of the original series, and I’m determined to do it.  Grad school, a busy job, and a semi-busy social life are not going to stop me!  I swear it!

Seriously, though, my recaps are kind of awesome.  I try to keep my book summaries relatively brief (while still providing the best details), and I include memorable quotes, fun trivia, and a quick critical analysis of why the book is so dumb (and why I can’t stop reading the stupid books).

5. New Girl on FOX

I’ve written about New Girl before–I included it in the TV shows I was most looking forward to this past fall.  As it turns out, New Girl is one of the only shows I make sure to watch every week.  It’s not perfect: I think that the male roommates are a little boring (with the exception of Schmidt), and I think Deschanel could turn down the whimsy a notch or two, but there are some truly great moments on the show, and the addition of Lizzie Caplan as Nick’s girlfriend was a great move (KEEP HER AROUND, GUYS).