So, I think it took me a little over two days to watch all 13 episodes of Season 1 of the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. (Yes, even us unemployed people are busy and it takes more than a day to watch 13 hours of television…)

I really enjoyed this show and need Season 2 now.

(Spoilers ahead)

This show has a lot of things going for it. As I said in my post the other day, it centers around a female protagonist at an all-female prison. SO MANY LADY CHARACTERS!

Yeah, I ALL-CAPSed that because how many other shows can you name that feature that many women? And how many of those lady-centric shows have such a diverse cast of characters in all shapes, sizes and skin tones?

Yeah… that’s what I thought.

Orange is the New Black is different in that it not only features such a wide array of female characters, but that it features them at their worst.

Because the show is set in a prison, the audience must assume that each inmate was convicted of a crime bad enough to warrant a lengthy prison sentence. (Chapman is in for 13 or 14 months, but some of those other ladies have been in for years and still have years left to go.)

I love that each episode features the backstory of at least one inmate. It is beyond fascinating to see how each woman acted on the outside/in her youth and what lead up to her arrest.

There are some women we haven’t found out about yet and I can only hope we get to see their backstories next season. There are so many characters I adore (Taystee and Poussey, especially), but there are also a couple that terrify me… most specifically Pennsatucky.

Holy hell, that girl is scary.

Taryn Manning plays Pennsatucky with this completely horrifying look in her eye. This backwoods girl is in prison because she shot a person in the abortion clinic because said person commented that Pennsatucky was back for her fifth abortion and that she should have a punch card to get her sixth one free. Pennsatucky then went out to the truck, grabbed a shotgun and then walked back into the clinic and shot the woman who spoke down to her. Pennsatucky was then heralded as a hero among the Jesus-centric crowd who thought she shot the woman for religious reasons whereas she really just shot her because she insulted her. From then on, Pennsatucky believed herself to be a woman of Christ and preached His word to anyone who would listen and would force it on those who wouldn’t.

Though Pennsatucky didn’t show up until mid-season, she ended up being Chapman’s biggest antagonist (besides OC Healy… oh, I dislike him!) by the end of the 13 episodes. Pennsatucky sets out to kill Chapman and the season ends with the two of them fighting out in the courtyard with one of them getting the crap beat out of her. There was a lot of punching and a lot of blood. Since the show centers around Chapman’s story (and because this is all based on an actual woman who went to prison and said woman is a consultant on the show…), you can guess whose blood is spattered in the snow. I just hope Pennsatucky is still around for Season 2 because she is such a great character. Scary… but great.

My favorite character on the show is still OC Bennett (Matt McGorry). He’s in love with Daya and she’s pregnant with his baby, but she had sex with Pornstache/Mendez to keep Bennett’s job safe. Mendez got caught and suspended from his job, but he’s in love with Daya and thinks that she’s going to wait for him, when in reality she is in love with Bennett and has no intentions of being with Mendez. It is all sorts of drama and it is going to be very entertaining next season if Mendez ever gets wind of Daya/Bennett’s relationship. Mendez is a scary guy and I can’t imagine he would be anything except maniacal if he finds out the truth and how he was framed.

The love triangle between Chapman, Vause and Larry is my least favorite aspect of the show because I’m more fascinated by the supporting characters (and I’m just not a huge fan of Laura Prepon or Jason Biggs…). But, it helps drive the story and I will gladly tolerate it so long as I get to find out more about the other ladies in the Litchfield prison.

I read somewhere that this show is a comedy. I don’t believe that in the slightest – it’s definitely a drama with aspects of comedy in it. It’s definitely not a laugh-out-loud all the time kind of show. These women are in prison. There is harassment. There are fights. There is death. It’s not funny – it’s life. Life in prison. (Or a few years, I guess… depending on one’s sentence.)

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Go ahead and judge. I know I’m a month or so behind the rest of society, but I finally started watching Orange is the New Black.

I love it.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a show that features so many sizes, shapes and skin tones of WOMEN. Yes, this lady-centric show has characters that are thin, chubby, white, black, tan, tall, short, tiny, large, sassy, shy, loud, quiet, honest, crooked, devious and then some. Though the lead character (Piper Chapman) is a skinny, blondeish (thanks, highlights) WASP, she is surrounded by so many different-looking women and I seriously dig that.

However, even though it’s great to see all these females in one show, my favorite character so far is OC Bennett. I’m only seven episodes in, but as of right now, he’s the most morally centered character. At this point in the show we know absolutely nothing about who he is or where he comes from except that he (1) Does not like being forced to act like a dick, (2) is mostly soft-spoken, (3) is adorable and (4) has a prosthetic leg. He is the complete opposite of “Pornstache” Mendez (oh, Pablo Schreiber, how I love thee…) and has painfully obvious heart eyes for one of the inmates. I can’t imagine that this will end well for Bennett, but I know that I smile every time he’s on screen – especially when he’s acting all winsome.

I like the structure of each episode. While the main plot always centers around Chapman, the writers also focus on another inmate and give a little bit of her backstory and how she came to end up in prison. Their crimes have all been different thus far, and yet they ended up the same place.

Orange is the New Black has been helping me put some stuff into perspective – mostly in that even though my life is really not awesome right now, at least I’m not in prison.

This show is a Netflix original and you can watch all of Season 1 at your leisure through Instant Streaming 🙂

And wow… that was one of the worst, most ineloquent titles yet.

Yikes.

Sorry I haven’t posted much. I was sick, then I was super busy/tired from work, then I got hooked on a television show on Netflix (more on that later), then I had to finish reading a book. So, blogging didn’t quite fit in too much this past week.

Again, I apologize.

So, how are you?

Good… good.

I’m all right. I worked 4 long days in a row and finally had a day off today, which I spent at the movie theater (more on that later), doing laundry and playing ping-pong w/my mom. It’s freakishly warm here right now, so we wanted to spend part of the day outside… instead of doing chores (for example, I was supposed to be packing, as I am going to a friend’s place this weekend… I got 5 pieces of clothing out thus far. Will need to finish this tomorrow night or Thursday morning. Whoops…)

So, besides job hunting like crazy

(OH, news flash, I didn’t get the thing that I interviewed for a few weeks ago in NYC 😦 I was super bummed about that and cried for a little while. I couldn’t help it… I thought I had a chance. And it turns out I didn’t. Sadness.)

… where was I? OH, so besides job hunting like crazy, I accidentally but kind of on purpose got addicted to the show “White Collar” because (1) it stars Matt Bomer, who will be guesting on Glee when the show comes back in April and (2) its first two seasons are on Netflix instant stream and I like being able to watch episodes back to back so as to keep up with a set of characters for an extended period of time.

Needless to say, I got hooked (well, my mom and I got hooked) and HOW. We are desperate to watch Season 3, but it only just finished a few weeks ago and is not on Netflix yet. We need Season 3 like we need air at this point.

That show is soooooo good. Yes, Matt Bomer is ridiculously attractive (it’s those eyes, man… and he obviously exercises…), but my most favorite thing about this show is that it focuses on the relationship between a convicted felon-turned FBI consultant (Bomer) and the FBI agent who caught him twice … but they now work together to solve crimes and have ended up becoming good friends even though at times they don’t entirely trust each other. So, this show focuses on a working/friend relationship between a lawman and a criminal instead of having everybody sleep around and hook-up with everyone else like practically every other show on television. Plus, this show is actually really funny. It’s a drama, but there is a lot of humor and the various working relationships within the show all have their own quirky dynamic. I love this show. LOVE IT. And I need Season 3 right now… RIGHT NOW.

omg, this show is so good.

But anyway…

I had off today, so I went to the movie theater (movie theaters and Broadway theaters are my sanctuaries… They are my safe places. I feel content and warm and fuzzy when I am in one of these places. Even though sometimes the movie or show I am watching makes me so excited I feel sick to my stomach *cough* When I saw Mandy Patinkin sing “Oh What a Circus” *cough* I still feel really protected and free from the outside world when I am in a movie theater or Broadway theater).

I saw “Friends With Kids” because I am a huge fan of most of the cast (I say “most” of the cast because I am ambivalent about Megan Fox…). I was beyond thrilled when I heard about this movie awhile ago because I love Adam Scott and was pumped to see him in a lead role instead of a supporting one. (If you don’t know who Adam Scott is, you have done yourself a disservice. Go watch “Party Down” or Seasons 3 & 4 of “Parks and Recreation.” NOW.)

The movie was written, directed and co-stars Jennifer Westfeldt. (Most people know her as Jon Hamm’s girlfriend… whereas I am well aware from her from her roles in “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Ira & Abby,” which she also wrote). It’s about a pair of friends who mutually decide to have a kid together and raise it out of wedlock so they don’t have to deal with the marriage aspect of a relationship (and instead they would co-raise the kid, but still get to date around so they could each “find their person”). Needless to say, things don’t entirely work out as planned, but after some ups and downs, there is resolution. I won’t spoil it for you, but I thought this was a pretty good movie and worth the watch.

This movie wasn’t perfect. I curse like a sailor and even I thought some of the dialogue was overtly and unnecessarily crass at times. But, I could overlook this because of the AMAZING performances turned in by Scott, Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd (yes… basically all the main characters from Bridesmaids were in this film… though those 4 were all supporting roles in this film).

I don’t cry at movies (3 folks, THREE), but I almost teared up twice during two of Adam Scott’s monologues. The man knows how to deliver powerful, yet completely vulnerable speeches.

This movie hit home several times and I left the theater thinking about time. Mind you, I’m 10 years younger than the characters in the movie, but it still got me thinking about time and how it’s always winding down.

I don’t know if I want to have kids. It used to be a hard “No,” but I just don’t know anymore. I’m constantly surrounded by a parade of couples and couples with kids where I work and the other day, I was *this close* to having a panic attack because for some reason, I thought to myself “Man, if I am going to have a kid, I should have one soon so in 18 years I’ll still be young-ish enough to help him/her move into his/her dorm room.”

And then I remembered that (A) I am in no financial state to be having a kid, (B) I am not ready to have a kid and (C) there is no way I am having a kid until I figure out my own life first.

Plus, I’m not raising a kid my myself. (i.e. I’m single. This fact gets rubbed in my face by society and my job every single [ha] day and sometimes that really hurts.)

Anyway…

… Time.

Speaking of… I think it’s “time” I get to reading my book. I finally finished “Out of Oz” and now I’m trying to fly through “The Help” so I can get to the last two books in The Hunger Games series. WOOT

Have a good one

P.S. On a slightly funny note… as I was standing in line to buy my ticket at the movie theater, I looked up at the mural of film characters above me on the wall and realized that (1) I was standing underneath Marlon Brando circa “The Wild One” and (2) I was wearing the EXACT SAME OUTFIT with the exception that I didn’t have a hat and instead of a leather coat, I had on an olive green trench coat. But I had on the same shirt, skinny jeans with the cuffs rolled up, and black shoes. I totally walked out of the house this morning looking like I was a member in a 50s youth gang without realizing it… whoops.

Yep, I said (well, wrote) it… the Emmys were super boring. So, this post won’t be epically long b/c I am sleepy and would like to get to bed already.

I woke up at 6 this morning for some reason (not cool on my day off…) and did some laundry before I finally dragged myself upstairs around 7:30. I signed up for Netflix b/c I need it to do a freelance assignment I’ll be working on, so I watched one and a half episodes of Mad Men from Season 4 (God, I missed this show so much… it’s such a soap opera, but I still dig it immensely).

I played some ping pong and Yahtzee with my mom, then this afternoon I actually took a nap b/c I was so worn out from not sleeping last night. After some much-needed rest, I baked some Banana-Chocolate Chip monkey bread (baking relaxes me… even though while I was baking I was singing and dancing around the kitchen to The Book of Mormon and Glee…).

Then, it was time for the red carpet. Since we don’t have cable, I was stuck just watching all of Fox’s coverage. Since Glee is on Fox, I assumed they would interview a bunch of Glee people or at least show them on the red carpet or indoors at the ceremony. NOPE. I spent the entire red carpet looking at all the ant-sized people in the background trying to see if they would show Darren Criss. (They didn’t… but he was totally there. Check out his 360 glam cam video… he always does a funny pose. Tonight was no exception. 🙂 )

The Emmys kinda sucked. I was super happy for Modern Family and Mildred Pierce and Friday Night Lights and Mad Men, but on a whole, that was one of the most boring telecasts ever. The only couple saving graces were the Best Lead Actress in a Comedy bit (where all the nominees went up on stage like they were competing in a pageant) and when Lonely Island (plus some guests…) sang a medley of their songs. Michael Bolton FTW.

And yeah… boring telecast.

I’m so glad new TV starts up tomorrow night…

Well, I am yawning like you wouldn’t believe, so I’m gonna pack it in.

Have a good one

I think someone emailed one of my blog posts to someone, but I’m not entirely sure because I still haven’t quite figured this thing out. Like I have the time to know all the intricacies (or lack thereof) of my wordpress account… ha.

A thunderstorm woke me up in the middle of the night last night, but then I drifted back to sleep and had a weird dream about some amusement park water ride (though it was snowing) and then I was in a car in the desert and in my rear view mirror, I could see two ginormous Transformers fighting each other off in the distance. I don’t know why I dreamed about either of those things, but I guess my subconscious had amusement parks and giant robots on its mind. Hmmm…

This morning my mom and I ran to Target as I had to pick some stuff up for my trip next week and we needed some more ping pong balls and the like. We bought our dog some new tennis balls. She was so excited about them (the dog, not my mom…) that she accidentally bit me (really hard) on the hand while I was trying to hand her one of the balls. Luckily it didn’t break the skin, but since I was not expecting to get bit, nor had my dog ever bit me before, it was quite a shock and hurt more than it should have. But, I didn’t bleed or anything, so all was well.

After lunch, my mom and I played ping pong for an hour before she did some chores and I poked around online, looking for jobs and whatnot. How is it that I am under qualified for every single job that sounds super awesome? I’m either lacking experience, or the right kind of degree, or the job starts immediately, etc… I just want to find something that I’m passionate about! I just want to work! I want to live to work, not work to live, you know? There’s gotta be something out there that is a good match for my skills and abilities. I’m a hard worker, for reals.

In the meantime, I’ll keep looking. Plus, I’m going to put together a list of ideas for scripts (not that I have the time to write them out, but perhaps I can at least outline some). I also plan on getting back into writing my autobiographical short stories… I used some for my column writing class and they went over really well. If I can keep up with that kind of quality of writing, perhaps I can submit them to magazines or whatnot. I have some interesting stories to share 🙂

After job hunting for awhile, I helped my mom sort through a bunch of scrapbooking stuff she got from her parents when they visited. I’m talking boxes and boxes and folders and folders worth of stuff. So many stickers. So many sheets of cardstock. We got most of it in pretty good order. I’m gonna need to take up scrapbooking now, I guess. Geez.

I actually need to make one (really two) of those t-shirt blankets. I’ll need to ask my sister for advice/look online for how to do that. Yikes.

When my dad got home, we all sat down and watched Get Low. It was actually really, really good. I was the one who put it in the Netflix queue and they were skeptical at first, but I think they dug it too. No one should ever question my movie recommendations. And I’m not just tooting my own horn here. I make decent recommendations almost all of the time. 🙂

Well, I’m off to bed… I have to work a bit tomorrow and then I have 4 days off where I’ll really need to job hunt like whoa. Maybe run some more errands and whatnot.

Have a good one

So, did you watch Saturday Night Live last night? It was not the best episode, by far, but there were moments of wonderfulness. Most notably, the cartoon-turned-live action Ambiguously Gay Duo bit.

This just made me wish even more that Jon Hamm would either join the cast (j’adore him on Mad Men, but he would do so well on SNL), or at least host every other week. I loved his and Jimmy Fallon’s commitments to those characters (normally voiced by Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell… who were totally in the sketch too).

Another highlight of the show was Chris Colfer in the “What Up with That?” sketch. Granted, he didn’t have any lines, but it’s just nice to see my favorite Glee person as a guest on SNL. I could totally see him hosting sometime next season. (Of other Glee people, I could see Darren Criss or Lea Michele hosting as well. Criss has the potential to be Justin Timberlake-funny, while Michele could probably pull off an episode in the same vein as Miley Cyrus. More singing in sketches than having to be physically funny… But that’s just my opinion.)

Anyway…

So, I actually slept last night! I don’t know why or how, but it happened. I woke up at 9:00… and then had to quickly get dressed and scarf down some cereal because my mom and I had to be out of the house by 9:45ish for a 10:30 screening of Bridesmaids. It was PACKED.

I had such high hopes for Bridesmaids.

Those hopes were met and then exceeded… Bridesmaids was hilariously funny and seriously touching/heartfelt all at the same time. I loved it. I would see it again. I can’t wait to own the DVD.

Co-written by lead actress (and SNL staple) Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids showcased one woman’s struggle to piece together her downward spiraling life as her best friend (Maya Rudolph, one of my comedy idols) gets engaged, prepares for her wedding, and ultimately gets married.

Wiig’s character was surrounded by the good (cop Rhodes, played by the ridiculously adorable Chris O’Dowd), the bad (Jon Hamm’s douche of a f**k buddy), and the crazy (the other bridesmaids, most notably Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy… just amazing performances by both).

I won’t spoil the major plot points for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but I will say that there were points in the movie where I was laughing so hard I was crying and there were other points where I was really relating to Wiig’s character and just thinking a lot about relationships between best friends and how hitting bottom is an opportunity to reassess oneself and work toward picking yourself up and moving forward.

It would appear that holy matrimony has been a topic I have somehow become surrounded by as of late. There is a wedding this weekend in Ohio, which unfortunately I will not be able to attend 😦 It’s for a girl who is pretty much the Maya Rudolph to my Kristen Wiig. And I would say that right now, we’re at the point in our Bridesmaids where there hasn’t been communication for quite some time. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about her every day (which I do), or don’t miss her (which I do), or don’t love her with all my heart (which I do).

When I visited my sister, there was a lot of wedding talk too. She and I probably watched 10 episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and discussed her potentially marrying her current boyfriend and what role I would have in the wedding party (Maid of Honor…).

My sister is not engaged, but she and her boyfriend have talked about getting married at some point. I think that’s pretty cool. I’m glad my sister has someone that she wants to spend the rest of her life with. But what I’m really thankful for, is that she and I are still close. We might not get to talk as much as we used to (we lived together for 4 years, so we used to get to talk and hang out almost all the time 🙂 ), but we talked about how we will always be not only sisters, but friends. And that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

(btw – watching Survivor right now. I haven’t watched all season, but tonight’s the finale. I hope Boston Rob wins. This is his 4th Survivor… he deserves the million for that feat alone.)

In addition to seeing Bridesmaids with my mom, she and I also played a bunch of rounds of ping-pong. Though she still won almost all of the games, I finally wore her down and beat her during our last game. Playing left-handed no less… I am more and more convinced that I was born left-handed but was taught to be right-handed. Besides being a better ping-pong played with my left hand, I also throw footballs and frisbees better with this hand. I bowl better using my left hand. I always have to have my purse on my left shoulder. I’m pretty sure I always hold my microphone in my left hand.

After ping-pong, we finished watching the third episode of Sherlock. Oh, how I wish the Second Series was already on Netflix. (It hasn’t even aired yet on television, so of course there is no way that it would be on Netflix yet. I don’t even know when the Second Series is going to come out…) What an amazing series thus far, though. In just three episodes, I am completely hooked. I love how it’s set in the present day. I love the bro-chemistry between Holmes and Watson. I love the music. I love the pace of the show. It just makes for brilliant television.

Well… that’s about it, I guess.

I have to work tomorrow night from 6-9:15. During the day, I’m going to start putting together some sort of presentation for my thesis defense. I suck at Power Points (I’ve only ever made 2 in my entire life…), but it’ll be good to go back through all of my data and results and really have a good grasp on everything before I go onto the thesis defense chopping block next week.

Have a good one

Oh those sleepless nights have returned… I was hoping I was going to get a couple more nights of decent sleep. But, alas. And tonight, there will be a Moose in my bed, so I likely won’t get a good night’s sleep because she’ll probably kick me like she normally does.

(Our dog is named Moose… we don’t have an actual moose. That would be ridiculous.)

I tried to go to sleep early last night, but that didn’t happen. I think I feel asleep after 3 and then was up around 6. My eyelids are heavy right now, but I can go to sleep early tonight. Well, I’ll get in bed at a decent time. Only time will tell if sleep will come, or if it’s another night of tossing and turning.

I have to get up early tomorrow because I have to work all day. But, then I can sleep in on Wednesday, so I’m already looking forward to that 🙂

Today was pretty uneventful. I worked from 9:45-3:45, and then came straight home to play with the dogs and watch some of the movie I got in the mail from Netflix (Never Let Me Go).

I was pretty busy at work today. I was by myself pretty much the whole time, so I was constantly on the move, or if there wasn’t anyone there, I kept busy by straightening up.

When I got home, I got into my comfy clothes and played with the dogs for a bit. Then we all went out of the back deck so I could throw more corn out by the bird feeders for the ducks that frequent our yard/pond (we have a tiered pond in the backyard… ducks totally come and swim on it, and we’ll be putting our fish back out there soon too).

While I had some cold pizza (yum), I watched the first half of Never Let Me Go. I quite like it so far. I’m a huge fan of Fox Searchlight and Film 4, so a joint effort is always appreciated. The cast is great (Carey Mulligan, Kiera Knightey and Andrew Garfield) and the plot is intriguing. The students at this private British school in the 1970s/1980s are being raised to donate their vital organs. My favorite scene thus far was the one between Mulligan and Garfield, when they are on a walk at The Cottages. They are sitting in a wooded area discussing some sort of deferral that their peers heard about and how The Gallery might have something to do with it. That’s a way cryptic description, I know, but it’s the best I can do without spoiling anything. But it’s a beautiful scene – both well acted and the aesthetic of the scenery. I can’t find it on youtube, but it really is a gorgeous moment in film.

Well, I’m gonna watch the end of DWTS and then read a bit before I go to sleep.

Long day tomorrow (work until 4:15, then I need to run to Target for the Warblers CD, The King’s Speech DVD and the latest issue of Billboard magazine 🙂 ) Plus, it’s GLEE TUESDAY!!!!!!!! (Expect a GINORMOUS post tomorrow night)

Have a good one