I'm an Aquarius With a Rising This is Bullshit

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Astrology is one of those things that I just don't understand how people believe in it. The human experience is so different for everybody that everybody born in the same month has the exact same character traits. I can disprove that notion real quick: I'm a twin, and we are very different people. And then with all the added rising and moon and whatever, it's just a caveat to explain why two people born in the month of February might be different.


(I do believe in jinxes. Because that is something that happens specifically to you. It is not prescribed, you are the one that tempted fate and she if coming for you. )

Earworm: "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" by Taylor Swift

Saturday, February 13, 2021

So the first track from Taylor Swift's mission to re-record all of her music that she doesn't own has been released. I was a bit surprised she started with Fearless, thinking she'd go in chronological order with her debut, but it makes sense. Taylor Swift may have been her first album, but Fearless was her introduction to superstardom.



I think people were expecting radically different versions of these songs, but when this dropped I think people realized what this undertaking actually was. There will be some differences, because playing these songs night after night on tour, you'll find new ways to play them and that can be worked into the arrangement and not be a drastic change. I will say, I can't wait to hear how time has affected the rest of the album. One of my favorite Taylor deep cuts is "The Way I Loved You", so that is high on my list, and I don't have to wait that much longer for it. 


I am on the record about not liking Reputation and Lover. While folklore and evermore were better than those two works, my hope for what she gets out of revisiting her older albums, and specifically her country albums, is a better sense of who she is as an artist. It's felt like the last few years she was trying so hard to be this mega pop star, that she lost a lot of her power as a songwriter. When she gets around to Red, that's the album that I think will reawaken what's been hiding from her the last few years. And "State of Grace" is at the top of my wait list because it's my favorite song of hers and it deserves more love and attention.

If All the Ads Are Online, What's the Point of Watching the Super Bowl?

Sunday, February 7, 2021

One of the joys of the Super Bowl is watching the ads. It's one of the few water cooler events we have left. The ads, the halftime show, the show that's on afterwards, and sure, the game too. But now that all the companies that paid hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars for ad space during the game are releasing the commercials ahead of time, what's the point of sitting through the whole game if you don't actually like the game? Just wait for the halftime show and maybe check back in for the tv show premiering?


The ads build anticipation for the game, because more often than not the actual game is average at best. We need the spectacle to keep watching and not turn off as if it were a lackluster regular season match. I'm still gonna watch the halftime show and watch Queen Latifah kick ass in The Equalizer

Today Is a Good Day

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 Just emotional all around. I got emotional seeing the Obamas enter. (Also, Michelle won Best Dressed.) I got emotional seeing Officer Eugene Goodman announced, as he was escorting Kamala Harris as she entered. I got emotional seeing Joe and Dr. Jill. And then once they were sworn in the tears started coming.


I hope this is the dawn of a better time in this country, after the last four years under a wannabe authoritarian. I hope the Democrats can do the big stuff while they have the control of the House, the Senate, and the Executive branch. 


But for today, I'll leave with National Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, Amanda Gorman.






Thanks to Batwoman, We Finally Get to See a Handing Off of the Mantle

Sunday, January 17, 2021

 Today is the day that Javicia Leslie dons the cowl as Batwoman. 





There have been episodes or short arcs of someone becoming the Green Arrow and the Flash, but this is the first time in superhero television that there is going to be a full on handing off of the mantle. This happens regularly for a lot of comic book characters, especially in DC that are not the trinity of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, barring one of those small arcs in Batman's case. So, to finally see it happen in television is great. Normally when we get someone new to play a hero, it's a full on reboot years later. We did have Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but it didn't feel like a handing off of a mantle because of all the alternate universe spider people like Peter B. Parker and Spider-Gwen alongside Miles. And it's a movie, so it's not a long-term relationship that we have with Miles that we had with Kate Kane and that we will have with Ryan Wilder, the new Batwoman.


And it'll be interesting to see the new relationships that form with all of the returning characters to Ryan Wilder, especially because all but one of the characters were Kate's family and her first love. So to see who they react to losing her and having someone new put on the cowl and become the figurehead of this operation. 


But I'm optimistic that the show can handle it. When Batwoman is on its game, it's amazing. And with Alice as the main antagonist, it has one of the most interesting villains on superhero television. And they really know and understand the relationships characters have with each other, so I'm certain they'll know how to position Ryan into this motley crew of people, and I can't wait to see how it all shakes out.

I Don't Eat Breakfast So I Have It For Dinner Sometimes

Saturday, January 16, 2021

I'm not typically a breakfast eater, so I don't have breakfast foods a lot. And I love breakfast foods. Pancakes. Belgian Waffles. Scrambled eggs that aren't burnt. Cereal. The rare fancy brunch at Bonefish where I get surf n' turf eggs benedict that is *chef's kiss*. 


So I decided to have breakfast for dinner.


A week ago I had pancakes. Tonight, I decided to make myself some scrambled eggs for dinner, and that was a great decision. I don't have these foods often, and on top of that, it's fun to have breakfast for dinner! It feels like you're breaking a rule but you're not, because who cares what you eat for dinner? It makes me happy. And I got a waffle maker for Christmas so I'm definitely gonna be breaking that out more often. 



How Did It Take Me This Long to See Almost Famous?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

So my sister came over yesterday for food and good vibes, and a movie, and we settled on Almost Famous, because somehow I was the only one in my family who had never seen it. The one who is obsessed and in love with the music of the '70s, especially rock music of the 70s, had never seen Almost Famous. I don't know how that happened. It was always one of those movies that I just never got around to, always on the list of older films to check off. 


I'm so glad I finally watched it. It was just amazing, I don't know what else to say. 


Because I love the '70s so much, I've often wondered what it would have been like and what I would have been like if I had been in my teens and early 20s during that decade. To be able to see some of these artists live. To remember the first time I listened to their albums, to go to the record store to buy the first printing of Tapestry or Rumours. Not to mention the fashion. Oh my god, the shoes. I want all of it. 


I want to be there.

My New Year's Resolutions for 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021

 I know people usually announce their New Year's Resolutions on New Year's Day, but I wanted to think deeply about mine. Read: I forgot people do this until I started writing this yesterday and thought it would make a great journal entry on my blog. But also, I think after the hell of 2020, we should really think about what we can reasonably do to make 2021 a better year.


  1. Read more books
    1. Last year I set what seemed to be an achievable goal of 20 books. At the rate of reading I was doing at the time, I felt I could feasibly do it. Then in August I stopped reading. So this year I set a goal of 10 books, with the hope I'll go above and beyond. And I've got my goodreads to keep track of my progress. 
  2. Eat more fruits & vegetables
    1. I have texture issues with foods, which mainly comes into play with fruits and veggies. I know in order to be healthy you have to have your three servings a day, so I'm going to try to find fruits and veggies that I won't get tired of to get my servings in.
  3. Exercise
    1. Once it gets to walking weather this will be easier to accomplish, but I do like to walk to places and not take any kind of transportation so we'll see if I do any other forms of exercising. I am also purposely not setting an exercise goal, because unlike books, there is no endpoint, so I'm just going to take it day by day.

Yeah, basic resolutions. But they're pretty reasonable things for me to accomplish that I also need to do. And also blog more, because I have this site, might as well do things with it.

The Best Movies I Saw in 2020

Sunday, January 3, 2021
2020 in movies is always gonna be remembered as a weird year. The coronavirus shut everything down for a bit, so a good chuck of movies that were coming out in the winter and spring were postponed. And I don’t have the money to get every movie I wanted to see on VOD, so this is what I could watch.

Here are the best movies I saw in 2020.

The Best TV I Watched in 2020

Saturday, January 2, 2021

What a year it has been. I spent a lot of it watching new and new-to-me television to get through it. It's a mix of prestige dramatic television, genre fare, and the best laughs you can find, and, in some cases, all of the above.


Here's the best of what I watched, in alphabetical order.


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