Places Where I’d Like to Read

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Fall TV

On a list of the MANY things I like about fall (really, there are so many, I’m very mainstream), the return on Fall TV is near the top. The Glorious Summer of No Work meant I had lots of time to catch up and binge on shows from last season, so I’m feeling very prepared. Here is a list of what I will be watching.

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Returning Shows I’m Still Watching

New Girl

The Mindy Project

Scandal

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Homeland

Saturday Night Live

New Shows I’ll Try

Red Band Society

How to Get Away With Murder

Jane the Virgin

The Affair

The Flash

Black-ish

And let’s be honest, I’ll probably end up watching all those throw-away half-hour comedies like A-Z, Selfie, and even Bad Judge. They make for great “think of nothing when you get home from work” entertainment. I also eagerly await the return of Parks and Recreation‘s final season. So sad it’s ending.

I would love to come back in the spring and tell you what I stuck with and what wasn’t worth the time. Here’s to enjoying hours in front of my television in the name of pop culture consciousness!

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Cultural Rut

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I’m in one. A cultural rut. Does this ever happen to you? I blame it on spending my day with 23 precious but exhausting 5-year olds. Or maybe summer, which is the worst of all seasons when it comes to pop culture (sorry, but it was a not-as-good season of my summer guilty pleasure, So You Think You Can Dance). Whatever the reason, I can’t seem to find my way back into a good book, TV show, movie, etc.

My very favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour, recently dove into the topic. Here’s some advice they gave for avoiding a “cultural rut”:

-Consulting friends
-Consulting strangers
-Eschewing curmudgeonliness
-Dipping into our own libraries for surprises
-Turning on the radio
-Turning off the radio
-Testing our own limits
-Remaining notionally open to things we think we might hate

All very good advice, which I’m going to try to take. I also have the promise of Fall TV, which is always a welcome escape. We’ll see what a new season brings!

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SLAY

We know I love Jessie J.

But seriously, who needs Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

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Mason’s 7th Birthday

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I was visiting my aunt’s house one day, post-breakup but before I had moved back to Indiana. I was quiet and reserved, still grieving the end of my relationship but putting on a happy face to draw with my cousin. He turned to me and showed me a picture he had made.

“There are two hearts, one for me and one for you. Because we love each other.”

I don’t know how this kid knows exactly what I need, whenever I need it, but he does.

Mason, I fall in love with you every day. I am so honored to be your Godmother. You make me proud just by being YOU. Happy 7th birthday!!

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Shows

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{Broad City. Great show, and this moment is the story of my life.}

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TFIOS

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My cousin just finished reading The Fault in Our Stars; I received an issue of Entertainment Weekly with the movie’s stars, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, on the cover; I can’t stop watching John and Hank Green’s Crash Course channel on YouTube…it kind of seems like John Green and The Fault in Our Stars keep coming up.

John Green happens to me one of my (and so many other’s) favorite authors. I’m no book reviewer, so I’ll let a professional tell you how The Fault in Our Stars makes me feel:

“This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.” –The Atlantic

Exactly.

While movies-from-books tend to make me nervous, I’m cautiously optimistic about the movie version of TFIOS. Of course, read the book first.

{The image above is from the Entertainment Weekly photo series, which is beautiful.}

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