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I moved!

In A few of my favorite things on December 24, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I’ve finally decided to switch from WordPress to Tumblr. I’ve moved all my posts from this blog onto that one so all my internet history is in one place. Is it weird that I feel like I’m filing for divorce?

Click HERE to check out my new site.





Spotted: Tim Gunn at the Mall

In A few of my favorite things, I Laugh in Your General Direction, Living inside my TV on December 11, 2010 at 8:07 pm

And looking fab, I might add–but when isn’t he?

I’ve been incredibly late to post this–but I saw Tim Gunn in the flesh. So I figure that’s pretty cool.

Tim made an appearance in Troy, MI several weekends ago for a fashion show at Somerset Mall, and according to the promotional poster, “tips on how to make it work for fall.” Here, he shows us how to create two different looks out of the same military jacket. Brilliant.

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In A few of my favorite things on December 7, 2010 at 1:35 am

Emergency post. Alright, not really, that just means I didn’t edit this at all and I’m really pissed and need an outlet that’s not Facebook because Dale Carnegie said no one wants to hear you complain. So I’ll complain here, to those who choose to listen.

I just checked my APUSH grade, which has gone down four per cent because of a test that I thought I did well on. Probably one of the most frustrating emotions, I’m sure others can sympathize with, yes? I am absolutely busting my ass in my AP U.S. History class. I lose all kinds of sleep over it, I take fifteen pages (not an exaggeration) of notes for every single chapter, I drank three cups of coffee and read aloud to myself each of the three chapters until the wee hours of the morning to prepare for my last test, made several timelines that covered the Antebellum period (because it apparently it never actually FETCHING ends) and NONE of this is translating to my grade.

Someone just told me that I shouldn’t feel entitled to certain grades just because I study. Bullshit. I don’t just study, I overstudy. I would like a little credit for the fact that I am killing myself over this class. And now I sound like Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada at the part where Nigel tells her to suck it up and that she’s fat.

But this class is not Miranda Priestly. Miranda Priestly has a magazine to put together every single month and if she wasn’t a hardass, nothing would get done. I respect that. However, whether or not my APUSH teacher chooses to make my life a living hell, the only person it will affect is me. Whether to grade my essays as if I’m majoring in Document-Based Essays and minoring in Mind-Reading at Princeton University, or whether to grade them as if I am an AP student putting absolutely everything into this class, is his choice.

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How to Effectively Judge People

In A few of my favorite things, Coffee, Just not a fan, Living inside my TV on December 5, 2010 at 3:17 am

Alright, another coffee/TV post? Does she ever shut up about that?

Okay, just hear me out. This time it actually involves interacting with others and having a life, I promise. Unless you count watching 30 Rock on Netflix by myself. What? I know you’ve done it.

Lately, I have observed that I form my opinions about people largely based on their affinity for coffee and 30 Rock. But the judging isn’t intentional, nor is it absolute. I just realize that people who can both handle a coffee and quote Tina get on my good side rather quickly.

There are some exceptions, though.

If you have the guts to admit that you’d take a nice Caramel Apple Cider (Keenan Noyes) over a cappuccino, I respect that. I only have a problem when someone claims they’re a “coffee person” and then shows me he or she clearly has no business being in a Starbucks.

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What I’m Thankful For

In A few of my favorite things, Coffee, Living inside my TV on November 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

We know all too well that the Pilgrims were not nearly thankful enough for the Native Americans’ assistance, but for some reason that has never tarnished the meaning of this holiday. In light of that, I would like to contribute my own list of things I’m thankful for.

  • My family’s sense of humor.

    The staff of my school newspaper last year

  • A healthy body
  • Tobias Fünke
  • Anyone who makes me laugh
  • The teachers and mentors who have shaped my education and way of thinking: Meg Thomas, Judith Roof, Al Massey, and Laura Ross.

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In A few of my favorite things, Being sassy, Great Decisions My Parents Make, I Laugh in Your General Direction, Just not a fan, Peeves on November 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

This morning I daringly decided to peruse the online marketplace for potential contenders to replace my former vehicle.

I say “daringly” because the subject of purchasing a new car is touchy with my parents. About three months ago after an argument that included, but was not limited to yelling, fist pounding, and four-letter words, my dad said it would be a “couple” months until we would be in the market for a car again.

If we’re adhering to the true definition of a “couple,” then it should be high time to hit Mike’s Discount Car Corral. But, then again, he very likely could have meant a “couple,” like, “I’m going to have a couple mini-donuts,” which always means around seven.

And by the way that he flatly answered my prodding questions of, “Do you think a Jeep Wrangler would be safe enough?” and, “Doesn’t $6000 sound like too much for a ’98 Jetta?” I’m thinking the number of months it will take to earn back my freedom is closer to the average mini-donut intake.

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Is it a truck? Is it a car? I’m not really sure.

In A few of my favorite things, Being sassy, I Laugh in Your General Direction, Wish List on November 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

Alright, super short post, but it has to be said. Forget BMW 3-series convertible, I have a new dream car. It’s functional, it’s fashionable; it’s the Subaru Brat.

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Musique française

In A few of my favorite things, I Laugh in Your General Direction, I want to go to there., Musique, Wish List on October 30, 2010 at 4:41 am

Another thing to add to the list of things I prefer to be French–among people, pastries, accents, and toast–is music.

Just recently, I downloaded a few new favorites that I’ve been jamming out to this week, and in the process, have realized just how much I adore French music. I think I’ve successfully analyzed the reasons why.

  1. Quite honestly, it makes me feel cultured and edgy, which I will admit.
  2. It puts me in a good mood when I can pick out a word or phrase that, after my five years of studying French, I can actually understand.
  3. I love the language; plain and simple.

So, here’s a collection of both French and barely-French songs I have either accumulated over the  years or recently discovered. Enjoy.

Sting, “Perfect Love… Gone Wrong”

This is not a true, French piece of music, but it features French rap, and it’s what started my obsession. I recently unearthed a copy of Sting’s old album, popped it into my old-school boombox, and rocked out to some sophisticated jazzy-Algerian beats for a good week.

This brought back a lot of memories. I first heard it at age five, when my mom bought the CD, and then heard it again repeatedly on a loop for about three years. More than once, she excitedly informed me that, “there is a female French rapper in this song, Hannah Grace. How cool is that?!” She also informed me that she would leave my father for Sting, if given the opportunity, but I suppose that’s beside the point.

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Daily Dose of TV: You’re the Devil!

In A few of my favorite things, Living inside my TV on September 27, 2010 at 11:51 pm

This is the quickest post I will ever make–I would rarely post something without a week’s worth of mulling over and editing, but I have a few motivations for such rash writing;

  • I just had a bit of coffee and I’m highly focused on being distracted.
  • I’d really rather be blogging than obey my real agenda. To give you an idea of how desperate this situation is–right now I’m sitting at my desk in a full sweatshirt/sweatpants ensemble, plus red high heels, because they make my life just a little more exciting. Go ahead, judge.
  • House is on at 8, but I told myself that would be my break from homework, but now this is, and I’m sort of convinced I can still do both.
  • I still have yet to see the SNL season 36 premier with Amy Poehler, (in case you were wondering, that’s 1 point for Hannah’s Host Prediction List), which means I haven’t yet developed any opinions for the new Featured Players (which I will probably hate at first, because everyone does) and the disappearance of Will Forte (for which I am furious), and I have about 800 other things to say about every other NBC Thursday show that has recently premiered. So, I need a dose of TV. And you probably do, too.

Alright, but that’s enough, now. Here’s a clip of one of my favorite SNL sketches of all time: Mike Myers’s Phillip the Hyper Hypo. It is now a link because a little convenient video clip was not cooperating. But trust me, it’s worth waiting ten seconds to load and the Sprint commercial.


P.S. A tip about Hulu; if it says “Sorry, we can’t play this video for you because no one paid us,” they’re lying. Wait maybe 30 seconds and it’ll start.

Okay, now I’m really done.