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02 Dec 2018

A Collection Part 52

I’ve never said this to anyone, but sometimes I look through these posts and try to find the story that it’s telling. It seems like I’m making it up as I go. I wouldn’t consider myself a great writer by any means. Call it Imposter Syndrome or whatever, but I have this blog despite all of that. If I get better over time, sure, I would consider that a win! Since I’m not the writer I thought I’d always be, I’ve wondered if people can tell what I’m trying to say or what I’m thinking by the pictures I choose to highlight. This is something I’ve been wanting to ask Veronica for a long time. I like to think that she can tell my mood or my feeling, but am I consistent? Do I change year to year or by months based on the photos?

Does posting one photo lead me to want to post the photo afterwards? What if one photo had led me to choose the next photo differently?

For the first time ever, this collection post only has photos from one source.

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01 Dec 2018

My Trick For Avoiding Colds: Ginger Shots

I realize that as I write this post that I might find myself in trouble since the year isn’t over yet! In 2018, I managed to escape the year being completely cold and sickness free. My usual office environment naturally is a magnet for germs. With an open office, you’re sitting close to your colleagues, sharing a lot of the same resources, and bouncing to and from conference rooms with various people. If one person is sick on my team, it’s only a matter of time until it infects everyone else. How I managed to avoid it this year is beyond me!

I like to think though that I had one major trick up my sleeve. In 2017, a colleague introduced me to ginger shots. On our 1:1’s, we had a tradition of walking to the local market, picking up a shot, and taking it before returning to the office. I hated my first time. Ginger hasn’t been a favorite of mine, but the shot was a blend of tart and spiciness. It’s the kick that probably beats the cold out of you! Also over time, these shots aren’t cheap. There are plenty of brands out there, but I’ve typically seen them ranging from $3.75-$5. [Happy Moose Juice] which is sold at my local Bi-Rite goes for $4. I try not to make it a regular thing, but every time I feel a cold coming on, I run to buy one of these and it gets the job done. I recently convinced Kevin to do the same. The verdict is still out on how he truly feels about it. Can we keep up habits and make it through year two with these? I’m crossing my fingers!

01 Dec 2018

Why Ramen Is So Valuable In Prison

I actually remember seeing this referenced within “Orange is the New Black” and always wondered what the meaning behind this was. Even after watching, I’m still fascinated by this and feel like I need to do more research. I’ve been enjoying these shorts by Vox lately. Any one else have any favorites I should look into?

30 Nov 2018

Ariana Grande – “thank u, next” Music Video

The highly anticipated music video for “thank u, next” is officially out! I was a little behind and not sure when to expect it until I heard it was noon pt today. Just a little bit after my lunch break, I took a few minutes to watch. The music video pays homage to four of my favorite early 2000 films: “Bring it On (2000),” “Legally Blonde (2001),” “Mean Girls (2004),” and “13 Going on 30 (2004).” There are even more than a handful of guest cameos in the music video as well including one member of the “Kardashian” klan.

“thank u, next” has been a hit since it debuted and the music video is likely one that will be talked about all weekend long. I had watched the behind the scenes special yesterday evening before the release and almost wish I hadn’t because I had found it to be a bit anti-climatic. That being said, the song is still my favorite and will absolutely be on my list at the end of the year for being a top 50 song. Which Ariana character best resonates with you?

18 Nov 2018

To All The Guests I’ve Loved Before w/ Noah Centineo

It has been months and we’re still not done with being obsessed with this movie. The funny part of this is that if you’ve ever followed Noah on Instagram, you’d discover that he’s a complete weirdo. I’m assuming that this is probably his most authentic self and while I find it endearing, we like to pretend he’s just Peter Kavinsky 24/7

15 Nov 2018

MTV Spring Break Will Return In 2019

When my parents granted our family home with cable, I knew my life would be changed forever once I had MTV. It was the channel that would essentially show me how my life was going to look as I grew up. I remember being in 8th grade and telling my history teacher that I aspired to be on Real World. Back then, it wasn’t actually the shitty show it became eight years ago. The cast members had jobs and they were tackling real life cultural issues. Shout out to the Seattle and San Diego season.

Even though I knew I’d have to lie to my parents if I wanted to go, Spring Break was the place I had to go. But let’s be real, that’s no place for a pre-teenager. Naturally, we tried to grow up way faster than we should have. I shared the news of Spring Break returning to the guys today and the first thing I asked was, “Are we too old for this?” The answer is yes. I didn’t think it would be possible, but yes, you can outgrow television shows and the culture that surrounds them.

The network announced today that it would be rebooting this program which will be the cause of all FOMO I’m sure. The next season of Spring Break will take place at the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun Mexico from March 19-21st. Has it always been this short? Probably, but MTV stretched this out for weeks in repeats! Here’s what you can expect: themed specials like before, celebrity guest appearances and of course everyone’s favorite – musical performances. Get ready to feel incredibly old watching this program this upcoming season.

Will this crash and burn like the revival of TRL or will this actually thrive? Guess we’ll know soon enough!

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15 Nov 2018

Car Pool Karaoke With Migos

I might have laughed at this a little bit harder than I expected to. This is both ridiculous and entertaining at the same time. Do they do the exact same thing that DJ Khaled does, but in a less annoying way?

13 Nov 2018

Weekend Update: Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson is having a year, isn’t he? It’s amazing how every week he either a) manages to say something wrong or b) something unfortunate kind of happens to him. We will always be team Ari forever, but I do like seeing someone who has done wrong get in front of the camera and apologize.

11 Nov 2018

Blog Roundup

  • Glamour will cease print operations [Fashionista]
  • The age of envy: how to be happy when everyone else’s life looks perfect [The Guardian]
  • The long, long history of long, long CVS receipts [Vox]
  • Toys R Us Rebrands As Geoffrey’s Toy Box [9to5Toys]

 

photo cred | Munchies
  • I Ate My Way Through Portland’s Strip Clubs [Munchies]
  • I’ve Interviewed 300 High Achievers About Their Morning Routines. Here’s What I’ve Learned [New York Times]
  • How to be a More Patient Person [New York Times]

  • Would you try it? A peanut butter and mayo sandwich [The Takeout]
  • Tokyo’s dessert cafe [Hypebae]
10 Nov 2018

The Police Officers Who Respond To Racist “Suspicious Activity” 911 Calls

It’s hard not to watch this and become frustrated. Why are there still such awful human beings in 2018? Kevin and I sometimes talk about how we were able to be shielded away from most racism because we grew up in a city like Seattle, but we often wonder what our lives would have been like if our parents had chosen another city. Maybe, the wrong city. We’re grateful we don’t know anything different and that we’re happy to have better memories of our upbringing because of this.

If I’m being honest, in 2018 I constantly fear the moment when someone decides to say something racist to me and how I’m going to defend myself. The hope is that I’m able to think quick on my feet, but the reality is that I will probably run away out of fear or embarrassment. My other fear is that someone will direct something at my parents. I don’t want to have to worry about these things, but in 2018 we still do.

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  • The pork belly is unreal, ok? 💯
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  • One week till my OOO is on
  • Raise your hand if you’ve ever gotten sick because you chose to dress inappropriately for the weather 🤚🏽 that was me Friday night without my jacket over my holiday party dress.
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  • Sundays at the farmer’s market 💐🍎🍊🥬
  • Why pick when you can have both? 💁🏻‍♀️
  • Blessed that this year’s holiday party landed on a Friday so that I have two days to get right. 🙏🏼
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