Top 5 Favorite Parks and Recs Episodes

leslie and ben parks and recreations

I finally finished the series!

And seeing as the show always calms me down and the holiday times coming I thought this would be a perfect time for my Top 5 Parks and Recreations episodes if you can slip away for 30 minutes of the busy days and take a breather!

Although there are so many cute moments throughout each show and character highlights that I had trouble narrowing it down to 5.

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Books, Movies, Television

It’s End of Year List Time!

the grinch

I’m trying not to think of the End of the Year looming or the end of the decade for that matter. But I do need to get some organization going so I thought I’d do the tag but make it a bit of a catch-all for books, films and television!

The tag was originally created on Youtube by Ariel Bissett.

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Movies, Television

Films & Shows that Help Tame My Anxiety

Chris Hemsworth

So last night I was supposed to go see MIB: International had the tickets and everything. But right before we were scheduled to leave the house there was some sort of power surge, outage, blip, I don’t know we lost power for a couple of minutes and then it took a long time to come back on and the AC didn’t seem to be working correctly.

And anything like that can set off my anxiety period but then thinking about leaving the animals was just like boom! Not going to happen. Won’t be able to enjoy the movie! Would be absolutely sure something had gone wrong and the house was burning down. And we didn’t want to shut the AC down as it was 107 here yesterday so finally my roommate put me out of my misery.

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Books, Movies, Television

I Will Always Ship It!

lady and the tramp

Valentine’s Day is coming and though I’m not the most romantic of people I can occasionally ship with the best of them 🙂 So I thought I’d share the ones that have stayed with me through the years that I’ve never really stopped shipping that have always held a place in my heart.

I’m leaving out any ships along the lines of “Sookie and anyone but Bill,” from True Blood and obviously the ones I’ve let go of (Carol and Daryl from the Walking Dead), together from the beginning (Zoe/Wash from Firefly) or like Harley and Ivy where I could take them either way. Obviously I’d recommend all the assorted books, shows and films* and some spoilers below!

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Other, Television

RIP It or SHIP It: TV Character Edition

rip it or ship it tv edition

This tag was created by Emmmasbooks on Youtube. It was originally for books but I pretty much did the same thing writing out some of my favorite television characters and pulling them from a mug and let me tell you… I’m a pretty good matchmaker.

Or perhaps I should have picked some characters that I don’t like.

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Yes Please

Recently I’ve read Ellen’s books, Tina Fey’s Bossypants and the Judy Greer book I Don’t Know Where You Know Me From. I was a little unsure of this one because I don’t know Amy Poehler except from Baby Mama and the more famous SNL skits but I loved this book. I’d actually recommend this one above any of the others.

I think sometimes it just comes down to what’s relatable for me. I found her immensely relatable and very likable. Perhaps it’s no surprise she’s also a great storyteller and moves quickly through her childhood and her early improvising days. I loved her little asides on how hard apologies are to make and how she’d rather just run and hide from them which only makes it worse in the long run (totally my MO and I never learn.) I also appreciated her writing about how she’s learned to stand up for herself and when to just let things go.

Most importantly there’s some great SNL stuff in here. I respect the fact and understand that people don’t want to dish and gossip about people they probably will work with again but Amy gives you a lot of great memories and tidbits about her time on SNL and Parks and Recreation. I loved it. I love behind the scenes stuff. I don’t need the dirt when you can hear about the good times and what really comes through is how much she respects her colleagues and the work. I loved reading about her friendship with Seth Myers and the times they almost meet before actually meeting.

There are some laugh out loud parts, mostly at her own expense. Plus there are some lovely moments with her sons and she ends on a trip to Haiti amidst all the madness of preparing to host the Golden Globes. I was left with the impression of a very talented woman who worked very hard to get where she is and is almost completely comfortable in her own skin. One that also recognizes she got incredibly lucky. I was left with the impression that if I meet her in real life I’d totally like her.

The only tiny little thing about this book that bugged was how much she whines about how hard it is to write a book. If you aren’t a fan you probably aren’t going to bother with this book anyway but that aside I’d recommend this one to anyone even if they just want an enjoyable read and a quick laugh.

 A couple of quotes that stood out to me I highlighted while reading:

“Almost every job I have gotten was due to someone knowing my work or seeing me in something else.”

“Yes please sounds powerful and concise. It’s a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman.”

“Is there a word for when you are young and pretending to have lived and loved a thousand lives?”

“Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside that drives you.”