Considered Classics in My Book (90s Teen Movies)

I’m a nineties (90s) teen through and through, I turned 18 (when you’re supposedly considered an adult) in 1999. So my entire teen-hood was in the 90s and during that time some of the best teen movies were produced! Sure, you could say that I’m bias because those movies were during my teen years or you could say that I’ve never truly compared teen movies from different decades. Both statements are true in a way, the only other decade of teen movies that I’ve seen plenty of are from the 80s, you know the classic John Hughes movies, Heathers, Can’t Buy Me Love, Just One of the Guys, Lost Boys, etc. That small sample list makes me think that maybe I’m wrong in saying that 90s teen movies are the best, but I think they have a slight upper hand because I was an actual teen during that time.

When I watch movies from my youth, I feel so nostalgic, I almost want to go out and buy a striped shirt, choker and some JNCO jeans. If I was to be completely honest I miss the fashion of the 90s too, but that’s another post for another time. Every now and then I get in a TV or movie funk and I fall back to watching what I call teen classics.

Here are a few that I always go back to:

Varsity Blues

When I was a kid, I loved all those kid sports movies. You know the ones, The Big Green, Sandlot, Mighty Ducks, Little Giants, Angels in the Outfield, and I could go on and on. I didn’t really like those movies because of the sports factor, but I liked the whole “coming together as a team” factor. When I got a little older I no longer cared to watch anything related to sports. I mean I would, but I didn’t purposely seek out these types of movies. Well during my senior year of high school, Varsity Blues was released. I was bored on a weekend, or maybe it was during the summer, either way I wasn’t in school that day and I was bored. So I decided to go to the movies and since not much was out I bought a ticket for Varsity Blues. Thinking even if it was a dumb “jock” movie, it at least had the handsome Paul Walker in it and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) not being very Dawson like.

So I settled down in the theater seat with some popcorn and drink and prepared myself for the worse. However, I was actually surprised how much I truly loved this movie. I don’t know what it was, the teen rebellion, the team building, the relationships or the music throughout the movie, but it was everything to me and when I walked home from the movie that day it was all I could think about it. I rehashed it over and over, and when it was released onto VHS I rented it to watch again, then I eventually just bought it. I honestly can’t explain why I liked and still do like Varsity Blues so much, but every time I watch it I get that same feeling I had when I first watched it. It will always be one of those classics to me.

Empire Records

As I  mentioned in past posts I lived in Japan for a while and my mom lived in Virginia. She would occasionally send me current popular favorites in America, so I could keep up with the times. One Christmas she sent me two CDs, one was No Doubts’ Tragic Kingdom album (which was phenomenal by the way and still one of my favorites) and the other CD was the soundtrack to Empire Records. I had never heard of this movie, so of course I had never listened to any of the songs from the soundtrack. When I popped in the CD and listened to it for the first time I was just blown away about how much I loved every song. And this was during a time where I mainly listened to R&B and Rap music, stressing the “mainly” part of the sentence because I listened to a lot of different music when I was a teen and still do.

The music was so great, but obviously I had no context of what the movie was about and because we had a single screen movie theater on the Air Force base where I lived, the theater was very selective on what movies it showed. So the movie was never in theaters, I had to wait until it showed up to rent at the Shoppette (mini mart type thing). My friend and I were immediately excited when we spotted it and popped it in the VCR as soon as we got back to my house.

It was everything that the soundtrack built it up to be. It was definitely a quissential teen movie, with everything from music, rebellion, romance and comedy. I still love this movie to this day. It was also the first time I saw the adorable Ethan Embry, who will be mentioned later.

The Faculty

Each decade seems to have a slew of teen horror films released and the 90s were no exception, we had the Scream movies, I Know What You Did Last Summer movies, Urban Legends, Disturbing Behaviors, Idle Hands and a bunch that I can’t name off the top of my head. My favorite out of all of them was The Faculty. A movie where the teachers are aliens and they try to infect all the students with parasites. As if high school teachers weren’t already super annoying, am I right? 

I don’t know what it is about this movie but I can watch it over and over. Like, I mean I still could watch on any day at any time. It had an all-star teen cast and it was just a thrill ride the whole time. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t remade this movie yet with what ever teen stars are popular nowadays. I’m seriously at a lost for words to describe the love I have for this movie. I will say that I’m not a huge fan of “horror” films, so I don’t know why this movie is one of my favorites. It just is.

Clueless

Clueless is my everything. When I was a teen I watched it probably hundreds of times. I used to be able to quote most of the movie, which is a feat for me because I normally don’t memorize dialogue. It’s also the first time I saw Paul Rudd. I was so in love with Paul Rudd that when I still see him to this day, I just picture him as Josh from Clueless.

The one thing I loved about this movie was the fashion. Yeah it was a little extreme in some cases but I dreamed of having a wardrobe like Cher. Oh my goodness and that closet! I still dream about having that closet. It also had so many people that I loved in it, Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison, Brittany Murphy and Breckin Meyer. It was such a great cast and the dialogue was hilarious and so well written. This movie will always be a classic in my book and one that I can always go back to and watch. I’ll probably still enjoy it when I’m in my 90s!

Can’t Hardly Wait

I saved the best for last. This is the movie that made me fall in love Ethan Embry and I still get giddy every time I see him. Along with Ethan Embry, it starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, Sean Patrick Thomas, Freddy Rodriguez and Jaime Pressly. There were even small appearances made by Melissa Joan Hart and Donald Faison. It honestly was a better cast than Clueless and that’s kind of hard for me to say.

It was the perfect romantic comedy. This kind of outcast teen, Preston (Ethan Embry), decides to finally tell the popular girl in school, Amanda (Jennifer Kove Hewitt,) that he loves her. Of course there’s a big teen party with a bunch of different storylines going on, lots of high jinks and sentimental moments, then in the end the outcast kind of sort of gets the girl. They kiss in the train station right before Preston is about to leave. It’s all terribly romantic and one of my favorite scenes out of every teen movie in existence. I will never stop loving this movie,even if it gave me high hopes of some romantic declaration of love at the end of my senior year, which of course never happened. 

Honorable Mention of Sorts – 

I love the movie Mallrats! Some people may consider this a 90s teen movie, I don’t. The characters that were in school were in college and the rest of the characters were in their 20s. So while everyone in the movie seemed young, they weren’t teens. Mallrats is a Kevin Smith movie and all of Kevin Smith’s movies (well not some recent ones) have a separate file in my hearts filing system. One day I will hopefully write a post on why I’m such a huge fan of Kevin Smith’s! 

These examples of 90s teen movies that I believe are prime examples of why the 90’s produced some of the best teen movies. Do you think these should be considered classics? Do you think other 90s teen movies top the ones I listed? Let me know! 
Man, sometimes I miss the 90s. 

 

 

Whistling Kettle Review #3

I know that I said I wouldn’t have a tea review for a while but apparently I was mistaken once again. I ran out of my Tea Runners Earl Grey and my Whistling Kettle Earl Grey Cream. I’m obsessed with Earl Grey and I needed to buy some more! Since I was purchasing some more Earl Grey Cream (a big bag of it) from The Whistling Kettle, I decided maybe I should buy some new samples. I know I need to venture out and try new tea distributors, but I love Whistling Kettle’s teas so much.

 

Blend 1776

This is a black tea with strawberry and maple flavor notes. I decided to try this one first because in a way it intrigued me. At first it smelled very nice but then later when I smelled it, it wasn’t as nice, it wasn’t bad just different. The same is true while it was brewing. So I honestly didn’t know what I was getting.

I will say that it is a drinkable tea. It’s not necessarily a tea that I would rave about. The strawberry notes were there but there was also a slight bitterness to it. Honestly I can’t decide whether I like it or not, so that’s why I said it was drinkable. I’m seriously at a lost for words to describe what I think of Blend 1776.

Description: A thoughtful blend of Ceylon and Assam teas infused with strawberry and maple. 

Earl Grey Windemere

Earl Grey is normally a black tea, however this one was a mix of oolong and white tea with flavor notes of bergamot and vanilla. It smelled just like any other Earl Grey, which means delicious, but the taste was a little more floral. I’m not sure if it’s because of the white tea or not. Some sips tasted more perfume like and others tasted like any other Earl Grey. It all kind of threw off my taste buds and I just wasn’t sure if I enjoyed it. There were so many mixed emotions when drinking this tea. I don’t see myself purchasing this one again.

Description: Darjeeling oolong and white tea scented with bergamot and vanilla. 

Pomegranate Grape Sencha

This green tea was mixed with dried pomegranates and dried grapes. The smell was so beautiful and fruity! In my opinion the smell was worth the money I spent! Okay, not really, but it was a very nice aroma. As for the taste, it was delicious. I didn’t taste much of the tea, it really only tasted like hot pomegranate and grape water, which I kind of liked. It was a refreshing drink for sure and I would totally buy this again.

Description: Green tea, dried pomegranate, dried grapes

Cinnobun

I was so looking forward to this one because I love cinnamon rolls and this promised to taste like one. They didn’t fail me with the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tea, so I had high hopes for this tea. Unfortunately those hopes were squashed fairly quickly. This had to be the worse tea I tasted from The Whistling Kettle and that kind of says a lot considering I love a lot of their teas, even the ones that I wasn’t a big fan of I still liked a little. There was no love for this tea, not even a little. One of my biggest issues with it was the weird aftertaste that didn’t leave my mouth all day, no matter what I drank, ate or even when I brushed my teeth multiple times. It was this weird cinnamon bitter taste and it drove me crazy. I may try this tea one more time but if it still tastes the same then I’m going to toss it and I hate to throw away tea even the ones that I don’t like. I’m so sad about this tea.

Description: The flavor and aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. 

 

Well this round of Whistling Kettle samples, besides the Pomegranate Grape Sencha, was a bust. I guess there is a first time for everything. This is probably why my reviews of each are so short. It’s hard to write about stuff you just don’t care for.  I’m glad at least two of them are still drinkable even if I’m not a fan of them. This must be a sign that I need to get out and try knew tea distributors.

I learned not to say there won’t be a review for a while, so I won’t say it this time. I will say that I appreciate all of you that read my blog posts, even when you don’t care for tea or tv talk. It means a lot to me!

Till next time.

To Read or Not to Read

For Mother’s Day I went to Asheville (North Carolina,) to tour the Biltmore Estate with my mother. If you don’t know what the Biltmore is, it’s a very extravagant castle like mansion built by George Vanderbilt in the 1880s. George Vanderbilt was an avid reader and had over 22,000 books, so as showcase the Biltmore had Designed for Drama. They took some of Mr. Vanderbilt’s favorite books that were adapted into movies and then displayed the costumes of said movies. There were costumes from Portrait of a Lady (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Anna Karenina (2012), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Finding Neverland (2004) and much more. This showcase inspired this new post.

I’ve been an avid reader since I was young. I’ve always loved to read, even though I may go through time periods where I barely read anything at all. This year I decided to set a reading goal, to read 25 books, and I was doing well in the very beginning but then came that reading wall that I normally hit. I just get tired of reading and end up just stopping. Well I stopped right in the middle of reading American Gods, which is a now a series on Starz. I’ve always wanted to read this book and when I found out that it was going to be a tv show, I knew I had to hurry up and read it. Unfortunately because of the reading fatigue and other hobbies,  I’ve only read 268 out of 742 pages, which saddens me because I’m very eager to watch the show but I want to finish the book first.

So here comes the dilemma, should I finish the book first and then watch the show. We have Starz On Demand, so the show will be there for a while, which means no hurry. I just really want to watch it. So do I give up on the goal of reading the book first and just watch it or hold on to that goal. In the end does it really matter if I read the book first or not?

I’ve never been one to be picky about books that become movies or tv shows. I don’t really nitpick at a movie that I’ve read the book for. I understand that it’s difficult to put everything from a book into a movie, it would either make a movie really long or maybe bore the viewers that haven’t read the book and wouldn’t care about specific scenes. So I never harshly criticize movies when they leave out things from the book. Unless it’s something that I feel was really significant and would have been easy to add. For example, in the third installment of the Harry Potter movies, Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is at a lake and the Dementors are raining down on him and then he sees a glowing stag before a burst of light that scares off the Dementors. Later we find out that Harry goes back in time to alter things that happened and it his Patronus that is the stag, which ultimately he uses to save himself. In the book, it’s later explained to Harry that the probable reason his Patronus is a stag is because his father’s Animagus (the animal he would morph into) was a stag. He and his friends would transform into animals so they could be with Lupin (their friend) on full moon nights when he transformed into a werewolf. The stag was also James Potter’s (Harry’s dad) Patronus. To me this is a beautiful moment and such a wonderful thing to hear, it let’s Harry know that a part of his father is still with him. For some reason, this wasn’t in the movie at all. Which makes no sense to me because it is such a simple but significant thing that could have been easily added and only would have taken up one minute of the movie.

Besides things like that I’m usually really good about not judging a movie or tv show based on the book. To me they’re two separate entities. There are times that I’ve even watched adaptations and I would become curious how the book differs. This is the case with the new Hulu show Handmaid’s Tale. I actually considered reading the book before I even knew it was going to be a show, but I had so many other books to read that I just couldn’t fit it in. The show is so dark and creepy but intriguing at the same time. I want to read the book just to see what’s different.

So should I finish reading American Gods before watching the show? That way I don’t end up wondering about the differences. Or if I do read the book first will it affect how I feel about the show, even though I’m pretty good about keeping filmed adaptations and books separate in my mind? Will it be the first time that I really judge. It’s a tough decision.

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Small Tea Review:

While I was at the Biltmore I found tea! So of course I had to buy some. Along with the tea, I also go a lovely new mug and my mother got me an early birthday gift, a beautiful teapot! The tea I bought was a black tea with blackberry leaves. It smelled just like blackberries and the taste was heavenly. I loved how smooth it was and the blackberry flavor notes were just the right balance. I don’t think I would ever buy it again just because the price tag was a little high considering the amount you get. But to be honest that’s to be expected since it’s a tourist spot, things always cost more.

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There will be another tea review soon. I know I said it would be a while but I’ve learned to never say that again because I always end up getting more tea. So expect a new Whistling Kettle review in the next week or so.

Till next time!!

 

 

 

May’s Tea Runners Subscription 

In my last Tea Runners review I said it would probably be a while before I have another tea review. Oops, I totally forgot that I was still getting a box in May. See with this subscription you pay for May in April. Before they were going to charge me for May I went to the site to skip the month, but the site was a little glitchy and I meant to go back and try again but I didn’t. So I was charged in April for May but then immediately skipped my May payment for the June box. Then I forgot that I was getting a box in May, until they sent me my shipment tracking information. Which I will say I’m actually super happy about this, because I was really wanting some new tea but I’ve been trying to get through what I have. So, “yay,” for the new box and a new review!
English Breakfast

This English Breakfast tea is an organic black tea, that was cultivated in the northern mountains of Thailand. I chose to drink this one first because it was a Saturday. I’m on a kind of diet, sort of, and I save sugary drinks for my “cheat” day which is on Saturday. I love to add milk and sugar to my black teas, so I usually save them for cheat days.

Before I discovered how amazing Earl Grey tea was, my favorite hot tea was a simple English Breakfast. I always liked how it wasn’t too strong but yet not weak. This English Breakfast tea, that I received from Tea Runners, was so smooth and delicious. I tried it first without milk and sugar, and I could taste the subtle raspberry notes mentioned in the description, which I think made this stand out a little more than other EB teas I’ve had. While it was good without milk and sugar, I still added those two ingredients, because like I said it was Saturday. This was a great and simple tea.

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Moonlight Jasmine

Moonlight Jasmine is a green tea mixed with jasmine. When I opened the package I smelled the most heavenly floral scent I’ve ever smelled. Despite the smell I was concerned that it would maybe taste too much like perfume when I drank it. However, I was wrong.

I seriously lack the words to describe how much I love this tea. The bitterness that I sometimes taste with green tea was not there. The jasmine was not perfume like at all, in a way it was a sweet candy like taste. It kind of reminded me of a candy that I used to have in Japan. I don’t remember the name of the candy but there used to be a flower on the wrapper, so maybe it was jasmine candy. I can’t remember but I remember that taste. I will say it does leave a weird tingling feeling in my mouth but I still think this is a beautiful tea and I can’t wait to drink more.

If you like green tea, I highly recommend trying this one. You can buy it from Rishi Tea’s website.

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Kenyan Black

I decided to try the Kenyan Black tea third because it was Monday and the description said it was a strong tea, so needless to say I needed it. When I first smelled the tea before brewing it, it just smelled like regular tea, even after it finished steeping it smelled nothing out of the ordinary. But that first sip was like a big old slap to the face! It was definitely strong-tasting and very bitter! I immediately had to add some milk, no sugar because it wasn’t a cheat day. The milk did not help that much with the taste but it was a little more drinkable. I feel like it’s the equivalent to straight black coffee, you know some people can take it but some can’t. I’m going to have to find a way to drink what I have left, so it doesn’t go to waste.

If you do want to purchase this tea, 100% of the profits from sales go to schooling fees for orphans in Kenya. Which is a plus if you want to try an incredibly strong tea. You can purchase the tea from Ajiri Tea’s website.
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Fellini’s Folly

As always there is one tea in the subscription that I’m super unsure about, this time it was Fellini’s Folly. This Rooibos tea has peppermint, orange peel,  licorice and anise in it, along with some other ingredients. The smell was something that I can’t describe but yet was very familiar. I want to say it almost smelled like pipe tobacco but that’s not exactly what it reminded me of. I still can’t figure out what it is.

I am not a fan of licorice at all and from what I’ve heard anise is pretty much like licorice. Which makes me feel sorry for anise because I always liked the name of this spice, it’s an elegant name. Anyways, when I took the first sip I prepared myself to gag, but surprisingly I didn’t, all I could taste was the peppermint. It remind me of  Celestial Seasonings’ Peppermint Tea, the bagged herbal tea you can buy at pretty much any grocery store. I liked it to a certain extent but I couldn’t drink a lot of it. Part of the reason is that the aftertaste gave me that weird feeling in my mouth I get when I eat licorice. It’s hard to explain, it’s almost like a numbing feeling. Also I just didn’t like it enough to want to drink the whole mug.

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Ratings:

1st – Moonlight Jasmine

2nd – English Breakfast

3rd – Kenyan Black

4th – Fellini’s Folly

Overall I’m kind of disappointed in this month’s box. Even though it came with the beautiful Moonlight Jasmine tea, that I’m absolutely in love with, the rest of the teas didn’t really impress me.

Now I know for sure that this is my last Tea Runner’s box for at least a couple of months. I’ve gotten through a lot of tea in my stash, so I’m hopping I can get some new stuff in soon, from other websites. I’m definitely ready for some new tea!

*I want to apologize for how dark my pictures got towards the end. A couple of the bulbs went out, that were above the counter I use, and I just haven’t gotten around to changing them. This is the best place for me to take pictures, unless I go in the bathroom and that would just be weird.

Thanks for reading my little reviews.

Crossed Off the Netflix List

All these shows have thirty minute episodes and are pretty easy to binge watch if you have the time.

Here are the shows, I’ve caught up on:

Grace and Frankie:

When season one was released two years ago, I went through the season pretty fast. At first I was a little hesitant to watch the show because it didn’t seem like something I would be in to, but I like to give most shows a chance and so I watched it. I immediately fell in love with it. All the actors are great and they really do work well together. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play Grace and Frankie (in that order) and are perfect counterparts to each other. Grace is a little more “put together” and Frankie is the free loving spirit animal I always wanted to be. Their ex husbands, Sol (Sam Waterson from Law & Order) and Robert (Martin Sheen from well it’s Martin Sheen, you should know who he is) are so adorable together. If you don’t know the premise  of the show the husbands of Grace and Frankie come out as homosexual and in love. So Grace and Frankie move into their family shared beach house together and start off not so much friends and grow to love each other. I actually enjoy watching their children more on screen. Grace and Robert’s daughters are Brianna (June Diane Raphael) and Mallory (Brooklyn Decker), and while you don’t see Mallory that often she has her funny moments. Brianna is my favorite of the two daughters, which I think has a lot to do with the fact that she is almost a perfect mix of Grace and Frankie. Frankie and Sol have two sons, Coyote (Ethan Embry. I have loved Ethan Embry since I was a teen and I squeal anytime I see him in anything.) and Nwabudike aka Bud (Baron Vaughn). They are both hilarious in their own quirky ways. Needless to say the cast work so well together on screen and that is part of why I love this show so much.

For some reason when the second season came out last year, I only watched half of the season. I don’t know what happened or why, I guess I just forgot about it. I wasn’t reminded that I needed to finish the show until the third season was advertised. Oops. So once I finished 13 Reasons Why and I decided it was a perfect time to watch Grace and Frankie. I definitely needed something light hearted. Now I don’t want to go into much of the show because of spoilers and all. I just wanted to say that over the three season watching Grace and Frankie’s relationship just grow stronger is beautiful and hilarious at times. Their story kept me interested the whole time and all I did was smile. If you want to watch a sort of coming of age for some 70 year old ladies, then you should watch this. Or if you like unique family sitcoms, you should watch this. Or if you just need something to watch and don’t care what it is, watch this. I love it and I hope that there’s a season four!

Girlboss:

When I first saw the trailer for Girlboss, I was kind of like, “eh, maybe.” Netflix released it on April 14th and my son and I happened to be sick that day. So there was no cleaning or really true mothering going on. While my son played, napped or watched some weird kid shows on an iPad (like I said I just needed to do nothing,) I watched Girlboss. It’s sad to say that I finished it all in one day. There were only thirteen episodes and they were 30 minutes a piece. So it was very easy to go through the show quickly.

Girlboss is the true-ish story of Sophia Amoruso who started her own clothing website Nasty Gal. She was a young woman who had a hard time keeping a job and was definitely self centered, which she acknowledged, so when she lost another job she decided to sell a vintage jacket on eBay. She succeeds in selling a jacket she paid nine bucks for and she got over $600 for it. So this is when she decided to start selling more vintage clothes, some she would alter and some she sold as is. So the show basically follows her journey from eBay seller to creating her own website. Her friends in the show are entertaining and I kind of liked them more than the main character. Although I will say that the actress Britt Robertson (who I just found out is from Greenville, South Carolina, woot woot) did a great job of playing Sophia Marlowe (character’s name on the show). I just don’t think I cared much for Sophia. The dialogue was good and I found myself laughing a few times. This show is definitely a good simple watch. If you need a filler show, you should watch this. It’s definitely entertaining.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: 

This is another show that I enjoyed the first season so much but when the second season came out I for some reason just stopped watching. I don’t know if it was lack of interest or what, but I just stopped. They just announced this week that the third season was coming out soon and I decided maybe it’s time I finish watching the second season.

I loved the first season so much. I mean the show is created by one of my favorite people in the world, Tina Fey! Of course, I was going I love it. It has the quirkiness of 30 Rock and pretty much anything that Tina Fey does. I love all the characters and the crazy story line. But as I watched the second season, to catch up, I just felt like it wasn’t as good as the first season. I don’t know, maybe it’s just too quirky, which I don’t think that’s possible. I don’t know why I wasn’t into it that much. I still love the show and I love that Tina Fey was in it. Also there was an hilarious appearance by Joshua Jackson (Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, if you are one of those people who don’t know actor’s names and just the characters they play. I know people like that.) Which I will add maybe I loved his appearance because I’m Team Pacey all the way and he points out some important stuff about Pacey and Joey’s relationship to Kimmy Schmidt. Overall this was still an entertaining show and I did still enjoy it, but was just slightly bored with the second season. I’m hoping the third  season is good. If you haven’t watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and you need a funny weird show, then you should watch it. If you were never a fan of 30 Rock or Tina Fey’s then don’t watch it.

 

What I’m watching now on Netflix: 

I finally decided to try Bates Motel out. I know I’m way behind the times on that show. I just never really had a desire to watch it until now. I was looking for a weird creepy show with some twist and turns. So I figured I would give Bates Motel a go. When I don’t feel like watching that I’m re-watching Supernatural or Buffy. I’m also in the process of watching the new season of Death in Paradise

What I’m watching now on Hulu: 

I’m not really watching much. I’ve been keeping up with the few current shows that I watch, but to be honest there aren’t very many. This year’s television seasons are all just a little “blah. I don’t know what’s up with it but I just don’t care about any of the shows I normally watch. I did decide to try out Lucifer again and I have been re-watching some Golden Girls’ and Wings’ episodes every now and then.

What I’m watching now on Amazon Video Prime:

I decided a while back to re-watch Doctor Who from the 9th doctor and on. I’ve been doing this probably since Christmas and I just sporadically watch it. If you know the show, then I will tell you that I’m on Clara’s first season with the Doctor.  I’m trying to get back into it because I’ve never watched any of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who and I would like to.

Side Note: It may seem like I watch a lot of shows, but the shows mentioned above are ones that I watch during spare moments throughout the day and night, mainly at night. I go weeks sometimes not watching some of these shows. It’s all sporadic. I don’t want people to think I sit around all day watching TV.

 

Changes

Lately I have been in a major funk. Part of the reason is the sense of rejection I’m feeling from not getting any calls for job interviews. I get it, there are lots of people looking for jobs and employers can only look at so many applications. Plus, I’m sure, there are other reasons I’m not getting any interviews. Either way it’s putting me in a funk and because of my mood I have lost all the ability to have fun with this blog. I’m just not inspired to write. 

A while back, I said that I was going to try and write a new post every Monday and Thursday but slowly I’m realizing that has made writing like a chore now. So I have decided that I’m not going to have set days to write, I’m just going to write when inspiration hits. Plus I need to use any free time I have to apply for jobs. 

So to anyone who likes to read my blog, hopefully I will post something at least once a week. I’m not quitting by any means, just going to use my time differently. 

Here’s hoping I can start having fun with this blog again! 

Flipping Channels in Japan

I lived in Japan for 6 years, from the age of 11 to 17. I loved living there but one of the downsides to living on a military base in Japan was that we had only two American channels for about 4 years. We had the Armed Forces Network (AFN,) which was basically satellite and was only good for sports and news. Then there was the Far East Network (FEN,) which showed pre-recorded television from the states. We had all your basic shows, if it was popular in the states we had it. Just not at the same time as in the states. I can’t remember how far behind we were but it was probably like 4 weeks behind. I could be wrong. The other downside is that we didn’t get every show, like we didn’t have Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because it had more of a cult following and not so much high ratings. Luckily I had my mom, who lived in the states at the time, who recorded Buffy for me on VHS, along with Hercules and Xena episodes (don’t judge me,) and mailed them to me.

So when there was nothing on the two American channels the only other option, besides watching some VHS tape or Laser Disc, was to watch Japanese shows. Which was hard when you didn’t speak the language but awesome at the same time. You could pretty much make up your own dialogue in your head and create your own story through what you were watching.

I got to see Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon before they ever came to the US and were popular with American kids. Sailor Moon was my show! I loved to watch it. Yeah I had no idea what was going on, it didn’t matter. I made up some entertaining stories to go along with the show. My favorite character was Sailor Jupiter because she had a ponytail and I had my hair in a ponytail a lot. I don’t feel I should justify my logic, it’s just how it was, you know since I really didn’t know what was going on with the show. I will say that I have yet to watch the show dubbed in English. I feel like it would just take away all the fun out of the cartoon that I once loved.

The other thing that was awesome to watch in Japan, were the game shows. Which most Americans know about Japanese game shows and how crazy they are. There was even a Supernatural episode where Dean and Sam end up on a Japanese game show. And yes folks they are that crazy. I was obsessed with watching them, just because they were so insane. It was quite mind blowing.

Eventually we did get cable on base with your basic MTV and Nickelodeon, it was like a week or two behind what was being broadcast in America. So I stopped watching a lot of Japanese television but I will never forget the experience. And I also learned from that experience, that no matter what country I’m in I will always work out a way to watch something on television. Not necessarily a great lesson to learn but hey I can’t help who I am and what interests me.