Month: September 2014

The Caretaker: Favorite Moments

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I am not a Danny Pink fan.  Maybe, like the Doctor, I’m not so into soldiers.  Maybe, like the Doctor, I’m not so trusting of boyfriends.  My own silly hang-ups aside, The Caretaker was full of bits of dialogue that really made me laugh.  Let’s revisit those, shall we?

 

Why have you got two jackets, is one of them faulty?!

I loved watching the scenes of Clara’s double life, and I especially love that she runs in a like, athletic dress and in full-eyeliner.  As always I love the Doctor and Clara’s banter, like the above.  I would have loved to see some of the adventures that she was running from.  I particularly enjoyed the fish-people dialogue: what do they look like? Fish + people.

 

So you recognize me, then?

You’re wearing a different coat!

The Doctor in deep cover is indeed hilarious.  I appreciate the fact that the temporary caretaker announces his name is John Smith, but  they can call him the Doctor.  Because that’s normal.  Oh, I also love that the eyebrows are definitely a thing now.  We’ve talked about them 3 times; that’s the magic number.

 

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This is normal too.  The whole Jane Austen exchange between Clara and the Doctor was hilarious.  The Doctor calls to attention that the year Clara’s taught as when Pride and Prejudice was written is incorrect, she protests as to why he’d know.  Clara makes up a whole strange scenario about the Doctor and Jane Austen being BFFs, which is almost completely believable to Whovians.  The Doctor simply replies that he read the book and it was in the back.  Thanks for being a top-notch educator, Ms. Oswald; Coal Hill is lucky to have you.

 

No, sorry. No I can’t retain that. I tried; it’s just not going in.

I love that the Doctor is entirely positive that Danny is a PE teacher.  I love that calls him “PE” throughout the episode.

 

Why do I keep you around?
Because the alternative would be developing a conscience of your own.

Clara’s relationship with the Doctor is in particular focus in this episode, as there’s a new man in her life looking in on it.  I for one think she’s moved a bit quickly with Danny.  It’s TV, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he’s already her boyfriend, but she’s in love with him?!  Well, her life has already dropped hints that he may be her future, so that’s a good reason to get attached.  Again, Clara and the Doctor banter though!

 

What did you think of The Caretaker?

Camo Crush

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Happy Manicure Monday!  This Julep addict used one of her many coupons to pick up the Camo Crush collection and couldn’t wait to try it out!

I’m a camo addict too.  My collection includes pants, tops, hats, a gorgeous new J. Crew puffer vest that I’m dying for the weather to be cool enough for me to wear, and the jacket I wear every day.  One of my friends alerted me to this camo-themed nail polish set, and I knew it had my name on it!  Since I’m a Julep Maven, I got these three polishes for the price of one!

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The collection included:

  • Hannah – a very light green that’s akin to a retro chartreuse.  This is definitely a three coat color!
  • Roc Solid – a perfect fall hunter green, used above on my middle nail.
  • Kendra – a shimmery olivine that I’ve used to my accent nail.

I’m completely obsessed with olive green, and these colors really resonated camo to me!  I’m super happy with my purchase, and glad I tried all three out together!

I think Hannah’s appropriate for the Halloween season as well… it reminds me a little bit of Frankenstein.  I’m eagerly awaiting the beautiful Black Magic collection in my October Maven box, so stayed tuned for that in the next coming weeks!

As always, if you want to be a Maven, just let me know!

I know this is a bit of a different look, but I’m really in love with it.  What do you think of these camo colors?

 

RIP Toddlers & Tiaras on Netflix

Alert: TLC shows are expiring from Netflix next week.  This is bad news for me, because I watched Toddlers and Tiaras in its entirety no less than 3 times over the summer.  I’ve gotten to be so fond of this train-wreck of a show that I’m not sure how I’m going to cope with not being able to watch these awesome and awkward moments whenever I want!  Here are the moments I’ll miss the most:

 

Universal Royalty Pageant: AshLynn & BreAnneawkward!

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It’s Universal Royalty!  (Yes, that was in Annette Hill’s voice.)  The mother of these twins is one of the worst examples of behavior this show has to offer.  Let’s not even start on the fact that she’s spelt her children’s names in ways promising to haunt them throughout life.  She blatantly favors BreAnne, who she says is the prettiest of her five children and looks just like herself.  She constantly puts AshLynn down, and makes her wear a ripped dress while BreAnne gets a brand new one.  This is one of, if not the MOST uncomfortable you can be watching this show.

 

Outlaw Pageant: Isabellaawesome!

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This is the first of two appearances by Isabella Gielniak, the best example of the positive aspects of pageantry.  Isabella is a creative, energetic little girl.  She’s not the polished pageant “professional” that this show often features.  She’s genuine!  Isabella makes up an entire western wear routine in this episode and ends up winning first place for the category.  You can’t help but smile watching this little girl have so much fun performing.

 

Darling Divas: Lianaawkward!

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I feel so bad for Liana in this episode, a girl with 42″ hair and the wrong pageant clothes.  Instead of a cupcake dress, she wears something akin to a first communion dress.  Her mother is oblivious to the fact that Liana’s “good quality hair” is not a desirable characteristic.  She’s apparently sent her pictures to “top modeling agencies” in New York and just can’t figure out what they’re looking for. How about cut her hair?! She also forgets her daughter’s make-up and hairbrush. While other pageant moms yells and cheer from the audience, Liana performs while her mother “watches” backstage on a broken tv and her other supporters simply clap politely.  I question why her mother is putting her through this horrifying experience.

 

Circle City Stars and Cars: Alaska & Braxtonawkward to awesome!

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In another case of a mother favoring one child over another, this mom throws her support behind her son, Braxton and has no confidence in her daughter, Alaska.  She regularly bleaches her children’s teeth, which doesn’t seem healthy.  She forces fair Alaska to dye her eyelashes, a service I didn’t even know was offered, especially for children!  When pageant day arrives, Braxton is a dud on stage and Alaska takes home a big title, shocking her mother.  Alaska cries tears of joy receiving her crown– she deserves it for putting up with that mom!

 

Storybook Pageant: Alessandra & Carleydouble awkward!

IMG_0702Alessandra’s mother does not want her to go glitz… in a glitz pageant.  I don’t condone this pageant lifestyle, but if you want to do a glitz pageant you need to dress the part.  It’s like going to your soccer game in bare feet when everyone else on the field has cleats on.  Poor Alessandra is beautiful and has great routines, but her mini-prom dress’s hoop skirt does not work in her favor.  Her mom realizes that they didn’t step their game up enough.  Girls should feel good about their natural beauty, but being a natural girl in a glitz pageant cannot be good for self esteem.

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Carley is a worse situation.  Her mother literally lives vicariously through her daughter, saying that she feels like it’s her up there on that stage and that she and Carley are living one life.  Cute Carley doesn’t seem either into or opposed to pageants, but she’s created an alter-ego, Darla, for pageant days.  Her mother encourages Darla’s appearances over Carley’s, which sounds super healthy.  The most awkward moment is when Carley is in the hair dresser’s chair getting her blonde hair retouched.  She says that she doesn’t want highlights, she wants her hair her normal color: brown. I hope there’s a lot of editing going on, ‘cause this is sad.

 

Lollipops and Gumdrops Pageant: Hailey Shangela – awesome!

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Okay, Hailey is pretty awesome too.  She’s a beautiful and articulate girl and she’s a great performer.  She learned from the best– her godfather, Uncle DJ, better known as Shangela from Ru Paul’s Drag Race!  I’m a big RPDR fan and I love watching Uncle DJ interact with his goddaughter who says that drag queens are cool.  Pageantry and drag are really quite similar, so it’s a perfect role model for her to have.

 

Of course, I can think of moments more horrifying than the ones I’ve listed here.  What are your favorite horrifying Toddlers & Tiaras moments?

Cooking for Lazy People: Smoothie Edition

Welcome to another edition of Cooking for Lazy People.  This time, it’s Ninja Adventures!  And by that, I mean my blender with which I made this delicious peanut butter banana smoothie!

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I got my Ninja blender for Christmas last year.  Kitchen gadgets are adult toys, so this makes sense, yeah?  After assembly, I was slightly afraid of the behemoth blender.  I’d dabbled in milkshakes, but never really knew how to construct a smoothie.  A couple of weeks back, with two mushy bananas on my counter, I decided it was time to face my fears.

I felt a bit like iJustine, who does ton of Ninja “cooking,” very much in the way I made this smoothie: throw things in there and hope for the best.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tray of ice cubes (12)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter
  • honey, to taste

Here’s what you do:

Just throw it in there and blend it all up!  I keep my finger on the pulse button until things look smooth.  Then I give it another few quick pulses for good luck.

This makes three drinking glass sized portions– too much for one sitting, if you ask me.  I usually have one to drink, then refrigerate the rest in a big tumbler for breakfast the next day.  Things separate a big over night, but a good shake takes care of that!

This is delicious (akin to the Jimmy Carter at Boloco, if you’re familiar) and comes with minimal guilt!

I’m looking for more smoothie recipes to try out, so leave me some good ones in the comments!

5 Things about ANTM: The Girl with 5 Frames

If you missed last week‘s episode, Lenox was given a rather harsh penalty by Tyra Banks for the worst video shoot.  She only had 5 frames for this week’s avant garde hair video shoot.  Here’s what happened:

 

Yu Tsai tells us it’s okay to cry

In the first human moment I’ve seen from Yu Tsai, he consoles a crying Lenox after she walked off set, crumbling from the pressure of her 5 frames.  We’re also reminded that Lenox’s father literally just died.  She wants the prize money to help her family.  I mean, the girl deserves to let it out a little!  She eventually gets through her 5 takes, but I notice she really looks like she’s about to cry.  The emotion behind her eyes ended up working in her favor, though…

 

Marjana still sucks

Wait, is this America’s Next Top Model or Marjana’s Dating Chronicles?  The Marjana/Denzel relationship is starting to annoy everyone in the house and likely, everyone watching.  I’m glad it’s not bothering Matthew anymore, because she’s clearly ridiculous.  Denzel doesn’t seem as into her as she is him.  Oh, and she still has a boyfriend!  She’s planning on writing him a letter… to break up with him, I guess?  Denzel is as surprised to hear that they’re dating as America was when she blurted it out in panel last week.  This will probably end badly.

They’re also super touchy.  My favorite quote of the week is on the matter, as spoken by Raelia:

That’s not class.  Like, let’s talk about class.  You don’t have it.  At all.

So true.

 

Nick Cannon makes headphones

I didn’t know Nick Cannon made headphones, but these Monster headphones look pretty cool!  Nick Cannon comes to give them a challenge.  They use a tablet with terrible photo resolution to create an ad.  The winning team is Lenox, Matthew, and Kari.  This was my favorite photo of the three, so I’m glad it won!  I can totally see this as an ad, and as a reward for winning, it will be one!

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The house gets creative

I notice Shei sketching at the kitchen table, and gosh is she talented!  Ben shows off his talents to, writing a little song with Adam, who raps, while he sings and plays guitar.  He performs this song for Tyra and the judges before panel.  Tyra appreciates it and even has the models join in.

 

Worst to first

Like I said, the emotion behind Lenox’s eyes really worked in her favor.  Here’s how the models ranked:

  • Lenox
  • Marjana
  • Raelia
  • Shei
  • Will
  • Adam
  • Matthew
  • Denzel
  • Kari
  • Keith
  • Ben – eliminated

When it came down to Keith and Ben, I’m glad Keith stayed.  He’s just so… pretty!  Ben seems to be a man of many talents, so I’m sure he’ll be okay.

I wish Matthew were higher on the list, but overall I’m pretty happy with this week’s results.  I’m most pleased that Lenox was able to pull it off!

What did you think?  Any predictions for next week?

Reasons to Love Time Heist

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Part Entrapment (the Catherine Zeta-Jones movie) and part Tabula Rasa (the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode), last weekend’s Doctor Who, Time Heist, is my favorite episode of the season so far!

It starts with Clara getting ready for a date with Mr. Pink.  She tries to brush off the Doctor beckoning her for another adventure when the TARDIS phone rings.  Clara begs him not to answer, but the Doctor asks what the harm is in picking up a phone.  When he does, he and Clara suddenly find themselves holding big worms in a room with two others.  The are told, by their own voices, that they’ve come her and wiped their minds of how of their own free will.  The mission: to rob the impenetrable Bank of Kalabraxos.

Not only the is the episode about the heist itself, but it’s a giant puzzle hiding the identity of the mysterious Architect and the reason behind the heist.  Minimal spoilers this time, but here are a few of my favorite things about this episode!

 

Why is your face all colored in?

Clara is still so pretty all the time, and I continue to love Twelve’s banter with her completely missing the fact that she’s gorgeous!  I’m not a big fan of Pink, but I do like that date-Clara gives the Doctor the ammunition he needs for lines like the above.

 

Ms. Delphox, head of bank security

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I had to.

 

“Basically, it’s the eyebrows.”

“Robbing banks is easy from the TARDIS,” says the Doctor, as if he’s done so before.  My other favorite exchange is the above, when the Doctor is asked yet again why he’s in charge of the mission.  Basically, it’s the eyebrows, to which Clara readily agrees.  Can this be a thing yet?  Let’s talk about Twelve’s eyebrows more because I’m totally on board with this.  I also loved his recall of his outfits– the scarf, the bow tie, and the way his wonderful minimalist attire looks sort of like a magician.

 

The punishment for thinking about robbing the bank of Kalabraxos.

What will your guilty thoughts cost you?  Your bank account will be deleted, and your brain liquidated.  If that’s not enough, your next of kin is notified and then incarcerated… to ensure honest financial transactions.  Hilarious.

 

Ontological Paradox!

I love them; I’m obsessed with them.  This episode is one.  That’s as much as I can say without spoiling it for you.  Please go watch this episode.

 

What did all you Whovians think of Time Heist?!

 

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 6: Thoughts

Every time I watch the opening theme, I see Usagi turn around in the rain and see, from under her umbrella, Mamoru. Every time I see her lock eyes on him, I’m reminded how obsessed I am with this couple. Act 6: Tuxedo Mask really brought this relationship as we know if from the old anime to the new. And of course, some other stuff happened.

 

Everybody Wants to be A Cat

And this cat commands attention!

And this cat commands attention!

I liked watching the moment where Usagi’s mom is shaking the cat toy at Luna, and Luna is totally digging it. The cat life is pretty good, and it’s easy to separate Luna from that… seeing as she’s built a secret base in the arcade without arousing any human suspicion. That place is pretty high tech too… are those stairs floating? Anyway, Luna reveals that she’s from the moon (although I’m not entirely sure why no one’s picked up on that yet) and that the Senshi are going to have to locate the moon princess and the Legendary Silver Crystal. She also announces that she believes Tuxedo Mask is the enemy, which sends Usagi in to such a hissy fit that she flees, and literally passes out.

 

But let’s go back to Mamoru… 

sexy kinda?

sexy kinda?

Who was there to catch Usagi when she fainted, and was there to encourage her to be the best she can be. Guys, isn’t this what love is?!

But like, is Usagi really that dense? See, she says to Tuxedo Mask that she’s the leader, and what I don’t realize is that she’s not revealing that she’s Sailor Moon by saying this. I think it’s obvious, but she doesn’t, and she doesn’t think Tuxedo Mask totally already knows this. When she thinks she can’t transform in front of him, I’m like really? He says he knows. What’s shocking is that she doesn’t realize she’s talking to freaking Mamoru! Only waking up in his bed after the battle has her make the connection.

 

Surrender Now, Or Prepare to Fight

Is this Team Rocket HQ?  Is this the Silph Co. building?  Or is this what helicopter landing pads look like in Japan?

Is this Team Rocket HQ? Is this the Silph Co. building? Or is this what helicopter landing pads look like in Japan?

I found the battle itself very compelling. Jupiter’s green lightening strikes, Mars’s great red flames, and Mercury’s blue gushes of water clashed in a powerful display. Nephrite was hell bent on revenge, though, and he had them right where he wanted in time for Queen Beryl to come down from a vortex in the sky. Despite that, the three attacks were looking badass to me! Usagi thought her powers paled in comparison and if you read my last couple of Sailor Moon Crystal posts, so did I. With a little encouragement from Mamoru, (and a video game hallucination,) Sailor Moon found her desire to protect others was all the power she needed.

 

Moon Healing Escalation

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tinker bell?

It was SO nice to see Sailor Moon attack without taking her freakin’ tiara off! The animation for the attack was smooth into the battle, which honestly, was kind of a disappointment for me. I must admit; I’m used to the pose-y sequences. Still, the discovery of this attack, and really the episode in general is a good summation of what this series is all about!

 

Venus & Artemis

Luna will get her some new duds, because this is a hipster nightmare right now.

Luna will get her some new duds, because this is a hipster nightmare right now.

Oh hey, Sailor V! We’ve only seen you in a video game before. I hope that means she’ll be joining us next time around…

 

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this episode because I’m impatient to get the Inner Senshi united, but I absolutely loved it!  It felt the most like the old anime to me so far.  What did you guys think of Act 6: Tuxedo Mask?

Puppy Time

What I want most in life is a mini-dachshund.  If I had a lot of land, (I don’t since I live in the middle of a city,) I’d run a dachshund rescue, with vast fields for the dogs to run around and play.

I couldn’t help but make squeal-y noises watching this cuteness.  May I present to you, Puppies Playing with a GoPro.

I bet you forgot all about Monday now, right?

Next Week on TV…

Fall is officially here next week, and so is fall TV!  New seasons of some of my shows start are kicking off.  Here’s what I’m looking forward to:

 

Modern Family – September 24

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Modern Family kicks off its sixth season on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9 pm.  This has been a quick favorite for me thanks to my own family’s love of this show.  My DVR is already programmed to record this, but I’ll likely be tuning in to watch live as well.  Did you know Modern Family has had a season premiere on September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26?  Isn’t that weird but cool?

 

Law & Order: SVU – September 24

SVUopeningCompeting in the 9 pm timeslot, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns for its 16th season – woah!  Okay, so this show isn’t the same without Stabler, but we still have Benson!  Benson– well, Mariska Hartigay– is the reason I haven’t given up on this show yet.  Plus, I like Amanda Rollins even though I think this is a reused character name.  I’m not quite caught up, but this is an easy show to binge-marathon, and that’s exactly what I plan to do.

 

Scandal – September 25

Scandal_IntertitleOn Thursday, Scandal returns for its 4th season at 9 pm.  This is a show I binge-watched in its entirety this summer off of the recommendation of a friend.  It’s also the kind of show that you have to stay current with.  I already know I won’t be home on Thursday night to watch this, and Hulu promises that current season episodes appear 8 days after premiere… um, yikes that’s a long wait!  Looks like I’m going to have to DVR this one as well.

 

Amazing Race – September 25

The_Amazing_Race_23_logoOne of my major guilty pleasures, The Amazing Race returns on Friday night at 8 pm for its 25th season!  Last season I had a great time recapping the Sunday night adventures of Youtubers Meghan & Joey, the Harlem Globetrotters, and my beloved Cowboys!  Alas, we have a recap-filled fall already and I won’t have the opportunity this time around.  You can be that I’ll be watching, though!  I’m particularly excited to see surfer and shark-attack survivor Bethany Hamilton take the race on, and of course, pick a new season favorite!

 

What returning shows are you looking forward to this fall?

Cooking for Lazy People: Coconut Cupcakes

Welcome to Cooking for Lazy People, a new feature on my blog with almost coherent recipes that are almost certainly stolen from people I know.  Basically, I make things that look impressive but are quite easy to make.  Today: coconut cupcakes!

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My friend/coworker and I made these for another coworker’s late August birthday.  Birthday girl loves coconut, so we doubled-down for this “recipe.”  All the credit goes to formerly mentioned friend, as she is the true Betty Crocker.  I stood by and watched for most of this, mixed a little and jumped in to frost at the end.

Here’s what you need:

  • Boxed white cake mix – we used Duncan Hines which required the following three ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Canned white frosting
  • Coconut extract
  • Tender flake shredded coconut

 

Here’s what you do:

Follow the directions on the box.  Add 2 teaspoons of coconut extract to the batter and 1 cup of shredded coconut.  I know, this seems weird.  Is the consistency going to be all weird?  No. No, it’s not.  We used a hand mixer to get the consistency we wanted.  It is going to be slightly lumpy looking because of the flakes of coconut, though.

Bake as directed.

Prepare the icing as they cool.  We mixed a couple drops of the coconut extract into the icing, to taste.  Since the cakes were so coconut and the frosting already so sweet, we wanted a little bit of contrast.

Spread remaining shredded coconut flakes on a plate– not spread out finely, but piled.  Ice cupcakes and dip upside down into coconut flakes so the frosting picks up the flakes.

These cupcakes look super professional, taste absolutely delicious, and were ridiculously easy to make!  They were a big hit at the office, especially with the birthday girl!