Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer 2014 TV Show Lineup

I may be employed this summer, but I still have plenty of time to watch TV shows. Last summer I wrote a blog post about the shows I was watching, so I thought I'd update you on this season's lineup. Don't worry, despite the seemingly long list this year, I have been enjoying the sun and the warm weather while it lasts. I wouldn't waste all my time inside when we only get a few nice months out of the year (speaking of which, I really need to move).

- Supernatural: I started watching Supernatural last fall (I believe?) and finally made it through season 8 this past month. Unlike other series that I've flown through within a month (or a week), Supernatural didn't move as quickly for me. The show lulled in a few places and forced me to take a break in order to build up my desire to keep watching. Also the series is currently 9 seasons long and that's a lot of TV time. I did enjoy season 8 and hope the momentum has continued to pick up again. There were a lot of teary eyed moments during season 8, but there's also little phrases or moments that really made me laugh.

This moment for instance, when Crowley was calling Dean and his contact was 666. I doubt it was supposed to be as funny as I found it, but good god I laughed.

Unfortunately season 9 isn't up on Netflix yet, but I'm hoping they add it before season 10 starts so I can actually watch new episodes with everyone else.

- Greek: I watched the first couple seasons of Greek back when they originally aired, but I don't think I saw much of seasons 3 or 4. Casey and Cappie were (kinda still are) one of my favorite TV couples. They had their problems, and it definitely took them a while to get back to each other, but they were the type of TV couple you rooted for.

I also really loved how Casey and Rusty's relationship evolved over the years. As well as Rusty's relationship with both Dale and Cappie. Plus I appreciated the show's focus on strong female characters. Re-watching the show has been a fun trip back to the more recent past. Back before my own college experience. I'm watching the show from a different perspective as before, and it's definitely made me see certain situations in the series differently. I have about 3 episodes left in the last season and it's kind of nice not being able to remember exactly how things end.

Currently On TV:
- Chasing Life: This show is the reason I started re-watching Greek, since it reminded me how much I liked Scott Michael Foster (who by the way is looking mighty fine with the shorter hair cut). When I first started seeing previews for Chasing Life on ABC Family, I didn't think it would be my type of show. Only after my friend started telling me how much she liked it did I give the show a chance, and I'm so glad I did. Chasing Life is about the life of April Carver and the changes she must face after being diagnosed with cancer. I don't know what it is about the show, but I immediately felt connected to the story and had an interest in the character's lives. From my perspective the show seems to put a realistic spin on April's story (to an extent of course), but I'd be curious to know how other's actually going through similar situations feel about the show's portrayal of cancer.

- Young and Hungry: Another pleasant surprise from ABC Family. This might not be an Emmy winner but it's certainly funny. If you're looking for a lighthearted show that's short and sweet, I'd definitely recommend checking out Young and Hungry. The show is about Gabi, a struggling 20 something who snags a job as a personal chef for Josh, a successful and young technology entrepreneur.

I always appreciate some good Hannibal Lecter humor. 

- Brew Dogs: I may have watched more Esquire Network this summer than any other TV channel. What can I say, I love me some alcohol related television. Craft beer is something I find particularly interesting and I could spend hours listening to Martin Dickie and James Watt talk. What could be better than two funny Scottish guys brewing beer and being ridiculous?

They're not bad to look at either. Now I just want them to come to Traverse City and brew a beer with one of the local breweries.

- Best Bars in America: Also on the Esquire Network, Best Bars in America follows two comedians, Jay Larson and Sean Patton, as they visit some of David Wondrich's picks for best bars in the country. Not only has this show made me contemplate planning all future travels around these bars, but have greatly increased the number of different cocktails I need to try.

- American Ninja Warrior: Last, but certainly not least, I've been obsessed with this competition this summer. I've caught episodes here and there in previous seasons, but I've never gotten into the show like I have this year. I especially love watching the kick ass and inspiring women that have conquered the courses better than some of the guys. Girl power! The other reason I love watching ANW is because it fuels my desire to live a healthier life. I usually end up doing some sort of mini workout while watching the show, whether that's practicing yoga flows, performing some body weight exercises, or just taking the time to stretch. I'd love to start doing some sort of ANW inspired workout since it always looks so challenging and fun! Guess I need to do my research and see if there's any gyms in Traverse City that offer classes like that.

What have you been watching this summer?


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Communication Struggles

On occasion (or every single day) my life seems like a constant struggle to communicate properly with the outside world. It's pretty embarrassing and can create some super awkward moments. I thought I'd share this video from danisnotonfire because it made me laugh and sums up a few of my problems for you.

Not only do I have hearing problems, I also have the occasion speech difficulties. Now I'd say I've made improvements over the years to the way I speak and my ability to enunciate, but I still suffer from those moments where my brain to mouth wiring goes faulty. Sometimes I mumble, start talking way too fast, or get completely tongue tied. I'm constantly having to repeat myself when people ask for my name too. I can't tell if it's just my name or the way I'm saying it but I swear every time I say "Sarah" to a barista they say "Tara? Kara? Farrah?" Nope, no, none of the above. 

Of course I'm also the person who has to ask "what?" 5 times before finally figuring out what exactly the person across from me is saying. There's nothing like realizing that your hearing sucks worse than the lady trying to ask you a question, who happens to be 40 years older than you. Or more embarrassing than her telling you that she's giving you her "old lady" title for the day.

Welcome to my life of shame and humiliation. No wonder I have no friends.

Can anyone else relate?


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Missing Friends

Growing up is strange and in the midst of constant life changes, the friends we have don't always stay the same either. Despite being aware of these facts, the knowledge of them doesn't make it any easier to accept. I don't know what it is lately, but I've really been missing my friends. I'm sure I'm not alone in this feeling and that plenty of people know what I'm talking about. It's kind of like my last post, just another part of life every twenty-something goes through at one point or another. Everyone tells you these things, but you really can't prepare for any post-college woes (that makes it sound so dramatic) until you're already experiencing them.

At this point, my close friends are all experiencing life in different parts of the country. They're scattered through the states and I couldn't be more proud to see them following their dreams. My girlfriends who know my deepest secrets, share my strongest bonds, and who I could always depend on for a good time are no longer close enough for last minute coffee runs or midday adventures. Now that I've been back in Traverse City for a while, I'm starting to realize just how lonely I've become here. Every person needs to have friends in their area they can hang with on an off day or call up for a quick drink. I'd love to have a friend to go to yoga class with me or someone to ride my bike with who isn't my dad. No offense to my family, because I love them and I'm every so grateful that they include me in their plans, but sometimes I feel like the last minute pity invite. My brother and his friends are always going off doing fun stuff together and it makes me miss having friends like that. I feel so pathetic when one of his friends asks me if I'm going to some event around town and I have to say no because I never have anyone to go with.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure this post has included enough self pity for one day. If you're still reading though, do you have any advice on making new friends in a town you grew up in? I'm sure it's not all that different than making friends in a new town, but I'd still love to hear from you guys. Or if you have ever felt the same way, let me know.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Everyone's Doing Stuff And I'm Not

It's just been one of those weeks where I can't stop comparing my life to other people's. Comparison can be the hardest habit to break and the easiest way to bring yourself down. Even though I know it'll only make me miserable, I still notice that everyone else seems to be doing stuff with their lives and my little accomplishments pale in comparison.

I'm at that age where everyone around me is doing one of the following: getting a real world job, moving into their own apartment, getting engaged and married, having babies, or going on great big adventures across the globe. Other people are moving up with their lives while I'm still living with my parents, working a part time job that isn't making me much money, still single, and mostly friendless. The hardest part is not having friends in town to talk to or hang out with all the time. It just seems like everyone else is succeeding in life, while I'm a massive failure. I can't do anything right.

I know I'm just being whiny and need to get over this little pity party I've been throwing myself lately. Life can always, always get worse. Plus if I really take a step back and compare where I am now to where I was last year, I've made some big improvements. I have a job, it might not be full time, or exactly what I want to be doing for the rest of my life, but I do enjoy it for the most part. Plus I love the people I get to work with. My bank account might not be as big as I want it to be, but I'm able to make my loan payment each month and still have a bit to put away. Plus having my car back has been a big improvement too. And most important I've been working hard at living a happier and healthier life. It's not easy (obviously I'm struggling now to be happy about the pace of my life), but I'm always working to make little improvements throughout the day.

I'm incredibly grateful for all that I've been blessed with and I try to keep those blessings in mind during times like this. It's just that I always thought I'd be one of those people doing something more with my life (not that there isn't time for that to happen). Ever since I was a kid, I had these big dreams of traveling, living in a different country, discovering a new culture, creating something new and exciting. I always pictured my life to be bigger than it is at this moment. I guess I'm just struggling to figure out the best way to make all of those things happen with the resources I have at my disposal.

When it comes to life, I might not be as patient as I thought I was.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Birthday Photodump

Here I am another year older and still equally as bad as I was last year at scheduled blogging (whoops). My birthday was on Thursday and it was a gorgeous summer day in Northern Michigan. I couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate with family. We went wine tasting, which I've pretty much done every weekend in July so far (I'm definitely not complaining!), and ate dinner at North Peak. 

The wine tasting started off at Brengman Brother (I don't have any pictures from there), then moved on to Shady Lane Cellars, and lastly Tandem Ciders. Since we started later in the day and my brother and Katy had a concert to get to we didn't go to that many wineries, but we made them count. Despite the gorgeous tasting room, I wasn't that impressed by Brengman Borthers wines. I'm pretty sure the only wine I did like was from their sister winery in Italy. On the other hand, Shady Lane Cellars was gorgeous and the wine was tasty. I'd definitely go back there again, especially after realizing it's right off of the bike trail. 

Overall it was another wonderful birthday. I'm so thankful for my family and friends.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Reading List

Hey Guys,
I love the idea of having a summer reading list. I don't normally give myself a short term TBR, but summer seems like the perfect time for an exception. Hopefully I manage to finish all nine of the books listed below. Two of the books are novellas, but I'm not exactly a fast reader. The only book that I have started, and am close to being done with, is The Shadow of the Wind. Since I haven't yet finished any of the books on the list, I figured I'd give a link to each book on Goodreads for you guys to check out descriptions and other people's ratings.

- The Shadow of the Wind

- The Circle

- The Diary of a Young Girl

- The Night Circus

- Fracture Me

- The Angel's Game

- Seeking Her

- We Were Liars

- Goodnight June

Have you made a summer reading list? If so, what books have you included?