I Went on a Quest for Ben & Jerry's

Sunday, February 23, 2020
I had a lovely day with my sister, and I had been thinking about getting myself a pint of Ben & Jerry's as a treat to myself, so I decided to pick one up on my way home. And, since it was the first good weather day since I've moved to New York, I decided to get off one subway stop after mine and have a nice extra couple block walk because it wasn't bitingly cold out. 

I walked into a deli only a couple blocks from my place. They only had froyo flavors. I walked a bit further to another deli, no Ben & Jerry's at all. Went to a nearby Rite Aid, and they only had flavors I absolutely hate. So, I made the trek to a CVS that was three avenue blocks out of my way. I stopped in a deli that was on the way so maybe I wouldn't have to complete the trek. I had to complete the trek. But, they had Ben & Jerry's! 

This took me 45 minutes. 

But, this was the first time I was able to walk around the neighborhood since I moved here. It was like fifty degrees out, I didn't need my jacket zipped up, I was wearing knee hight socks and shorts comfortably. I only wish I had worn my leather jacket instead because it would have completed my cool girl look with my big headphones and my new clear framed glasses. Before I started getting frustrated with not being able to complete my quest, I felt cool, seeing what was around me and listening to some of my favorite music. I felt like a New Yorker.

My Favorite Rom Coms and Romances

Friday, February 14, 2020
Thanks to the rom com boom of the last couple of years, and my discovery of a wonderful column by Caroline Siede about the history of romantic comedies, I started thinking about my favorite rom coms and romances, so here they are.

My Favorite Songs About Love

Most music is a love song, in one way or another. Whether it's a straight up love song, a breakup song, to me, both count.

Here are my favorites.

Oscars Recap: Yay Parasite! What The Hell Was That Ceremony?

Monday, February 10, 2020
So the Oscars were last night, and that ceremony was something. Last worked perfectly without a host, this year, they could not figure out a way to do transitions and introducing segments. The whole thing with having presenters presenting other presenters who are actually doing the presenting was completely unnecessary. But I liked Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig's bit, James Corden and Rebel Wilson digging on Cats' visual effects, and Oscar Isaac and Salma Hayek. Those worked. Everything else, they could've done a few more brainstorm sessions for how to put on the show. They needed a new showrunner or director or someday to say "stop this madness".

I did end up liking a lot of who won though. If you saw my dream Oscar ballot, it was pretty much all awarded to films directed by women, and Song Kang-ho for Parasite and Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems, because those were categories that were not represented in films directed by women that I saw. Since only Greta Gerwig ended up nominated for anything, I really wanted her to win for Adapted Screenplay. I've read Little Women and her adaptation was phenomenal. But I love Taika Waititi, and was happy that he was the one who won that award, and deservedly so. (Trivia: He is the first Indigenous person to win an Academy Award.)

I'm glad that award season is over so we can stop talking about Joker, which I do not like at all. So, moving on.

I didn't think Parasite would win anything besides Best International Feature, but it swept all the awards it was nominated for and I'm so happy. An actual good movie, and one of the most talked about movies of the year, actually won. Hopefully, this will spark more international films being taken seriously outside of its own category and be considered alongside the usual slate of American and British films. And when the producer's speech was cut off at the end, I've never seen an audience revolt and demand that the lights and sound be turned back on, which really showed the love people had for Parasite.

Bong Joon-ho after each win was iconic, and he's already become a popular gif after he won Original Screenplay and admiring his Oscar. And making two of them kiss, *chef's kiss*. And his translator, Sharon Choi, is a director herself, so I'm definitely looking forward to whatever she makes, because she was great during this awards season.

So, here's to next year, where hopefully the nominations will make me happier than this year, and as happy as I am about the winners.

My Dream 2020 Oscars Balllot

Sunday, February 9, 2020
So the biggiest night in Hollywood has finally arrived! Here are my dream winners for the categories I feel like I can decide a winner. So pretty much not a lot of the technical ones, mainly because I am not a trained professional in those areas, so I just prefer to salute all who work in the field and wish them luck. And I didn’t see a lot of documentaries this year, so I can't comment on that category either.

In this ballot, I'm going to ignore the Academy's choices and go with my own, because their choices were awful. And instead of picking just one, for some categories, there will be ties because these are my awards and I'm doing what I want.

First Full Week in My New Place

Saturday, February 8, 2020
First full week in new place, done. I don't feel fully settled yet, but that will probably come in the next couple of weeks. I've got my set up mostly figured out. My bed is made with all of my pillows and my tv is in a perfect viewing place/where the outlet was.

I do need to figure out how to cook, at least some basic meals so I can have a somewhat healthy diet. But my sixth floor walk up will really help me with exercising more.

On to week 2.

New York, New York

Sunday, February 2, 2020
I’ve officially moved into an apartment in New York City. It’s a tiny room, but I’m making it work and trying to find good storage.

I’m hoping this is the change I need to get started and move forward in my life. Here’s to New York!
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