Wednesday, January 1, 2014

the ramblings of the self-aggrandizing

going into the new year, i figure i'll catalogue my current favorites. off the cuff. completely on a whim. with no prior thought put into it, i swear. this is legit.

favorite color,!!!

just kidding. right this second, i'm feeling a really perfect mint--right between tiffany blue and that robin's egg.

favorite actress
shailene woodley. i can't begin to describe how obsessed i am with her. the spectacular now, not my favorite movie. but she was gorgeous in it. in a totally real way. and the descendants? it killed me. and the fact that she was chosen to star in the fault in our stars--and that poster!--i'm just all sorts of sunshine about her.

favorite recent movie
frozen. which is weird considering my previous stance on animated flicks (which was...they all suck). but this was adorably, wonderfully, refreshingly feminist and altogether empowering. it didn't end in a wedding! it made fun of one-day/true love romances! it was about family and sisters! and there was no stupid potty humor--i mean, not that i'm a prude over jokes about dogs peeing on something/one they shouldn't, but...they're cheap jokes. and they're overdone. as if kids these days aren't smart enough to appreciate subtlety and, you know, actual wit. but frozen--i saw it twice. twice! and i'm singing it under my breath, talking about it, pontificating about it with anyone who has seen it and pushing it on pretty much everyone who hasn't. so. there's that.

honorable mention also goes to catching fire (hunger games 2) which absolutely, no questions asked, blew my my mind. and i just watched the way way back and i just want to watch it again and again.

favorite recent book
i haven't read a lot recently. mostly because life is hectic and i'm dirt poor. but i loved this short story by john green in the christmas book Let It Snow. his contribution was "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" and it quickly and wryly proved once again that john green is a master. and i'll buy into whatever he tells me.

favorite tv show
i watch a lot of tv ('s ridiculous), but a lot of it's been boring and i've cut a lot of it out. but the one show to pick up? scandal. that show is mind-blowing. it's not for the faint of heart, and it practically runs on melodrama. but it is so well written and insanely well acted. ...and it inspires the overzealous use of adjectives in describing it.

favorite actor
i'd usually say ryan gosling, cuz he's gorgeous. and talented., of course. but this year I'd be more likely to lean towards leonardo dicaprio who just rocked the world with his recent dedication to really good filmmaking (though the poor guy still doesn't have an oscar). but can i just say i've really been far more impressed with the women in the industry?

I mean, not to go all full-blown feminist, but let's go all full-blown feminist. 

i watched a series of full length interviews from The Hollywood Reporter, one with the oscar-nominated women, and one with comedy actresses. they're over an hour long each, but i was enthralled watching them in their entirety because...they're just awesome. and i love how vocal these women are about being women and being okay with it. i love that we're over this idea of always having to talk about the struggles of living in a man's world. now, when these women mention it, it's just to point out how baller they are. and they are pretty baller.  

except anne hathaway...who really is helplessly irritating. (just kidding. ...but seriously).

dream vacation spot
i want to go to amsterdam for some reason. maybe the fault in our stars. maybe i'll blame love taza. but maybe it's just this wanderlust itch that's drawn to those waffles and canals. but i really just want to go anywhere. turkey. vietnam. istanbul. rome. belgium. barcelona. greece. egypt.

i think i recognize i'm young and free, and if i were to ever do something it should be now. plus, i mean, i live in one of the busiest international travel hubs and going practically anywhere is fast and cheap, and it's enough of a temptation to send me checking for travel deals pretty regularly.

most anticipated film
godzilla. like, please, take my money now. and it comes out in may. aka the greatest month of the year. aka my birthday month. aka may couldn't get any better...but it just did.

number one goal
getting a job. please and thank you.

life's motto
something like "I hate to admit it, but those kids got it right even if it's the most annoying phrase in the human language: yolo." because i'm all about seizing the day, relishing in moments, being aware of any and every chance to live. i'm tired of coasting and just going through the motions. i want to feel and be and experience and do. life is already too short and too hard to trust anyone else to tell you how to live it. limitations are for the lazy. expectations are for the uninspired. live for yourself, but in the least selfish way possible.

that's how i'm feeling anyway. and i think it's a pretty good feeling. i also read my horoscope for the year (thank you very much, Yahoo), and i'm feeling good about things (only half serious). but, hey, with mars and venus or whatever on my side, i think it will be a good year. and attitude's half the fight, right?

i mean, in the immutable words of one hannah montana, life's what you make it so let's make it rock.


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