Update: Everything I’ve Been Doing Besides Blogging

Obviously, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted on my blog. This is partially due to laziness, and partially due to being preoccupied with grinding out my spring semester at college. Either way, I owe it to anyone who’s expected me to post more on my blog this year to explain myself through a list of all the things I’ve been doing since my last blog post!!!!

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Kicked off the new year by turning 19 in January! Although I was already back up at

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*sings* happy birthday to me…

school, it was easily one of the best birthdays I have had yet- full of coffee, sushi, birthday cakes (yes, MULTIPLE!!!), family and friends. I also met up with some of my cousins at the Intersection in Grand Rapids and saw some country music live!! Nineteen is a weird age, because you’re neither here nor there, adult nor teenager, but so far it’s been pretty amazing. So here’s to 19; hoping for more adventure for the last 6 months of it!!!

COLLEGE THINGS

Ah, college. I love it. I finished up my freshman year a couple weeks ago, and I can say with complete honesty that I want to go to school and learn things for the rest of my life. I really tried to be as present and absorbent as possible in European History, American Politics, Brazilian Music and so many other of my classes that are now sounding very diverse as I’m typing this (it’s that liberal arts education, I swear)! Not only did I bury myself in homework in a corner of the library multiple times a week, but I also declared a Communication major and Political Science minor back in March, which is super exciting!!

BREAKFAST & COFFEE DATES

I did a lot of this. Too much of this? Nah.

Between Holland and Kalamazoo, time in my favorite coffee shops and breakfast places

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at Lemonjello’s in Holland

with the dearest of friends is always well spent. There has never been and NEVER WILL BE a
time where I say no to these two things. Keep that in mind, friends! I will drop everything for a cup of joe, french toast & hash browns. And you, of course, if you feel so inclined to join.

VOLLEYBALL

Between morning workouts, late night open gyms, spring season practices and coaching a 13u team, there was a lot going on regarding my favorite sport. There was a month-long season that consisted of mostly practices, but besides that I would try to bring some of my teammates and other friends together to get in the gym and get some touches. Coaching pre-teens at a Grand Rapids-based club was not only a challenge, but also an amazing learning experience for me. It’s hard to have authoritative respect from kids that are only 6 or so years younger than you- you’re barely an adult yourself!! Nevertheless, all these things put new perspectives on the game I love.

PICKING UP NEW HOBBIES

YES, there are other things I do besides playing volleyball. I found a love for doing crosswords and growing succulents, and chilling in my new ENO hammock. I also bought a leather-bound, unlined book that I use as an album for all my IMG_0045Polaroids-adding some decorative flair with drawings, flowers and writing. Which brings me to another thing: poems. A friend of mine at Hope had heard that I dabble in poetry, and invited me to a couple of poetry slams that he was organizing on campus. Although I was definitely anxious about it, I went and read and listened to some other amazing writing from peers- I loved every FullSizeRender 4second of it!!! I had never read my poems out loud and in public before, mind you! It’s made me pick this up as a creative outlet again and I’m so grateful for that. Maybe I’ll do a blog post or two about my favorite poems/original works? We’ll see.

FINDING NEW MUSIC/NETFLIX

OF COURSE I DID!! I have a very serious addiction to comedy specials on Netflix; I want artworks-000164666747-vw6nqr-t500x500to say I’ve seen between 50-75% of the ones they offer. And they’re always adding new ones to the list, I can’t get enough!!! I also binged 13 Reasons Why, season 2 of Master of None, and am in the middle of Criminal Minds (again). As for music, with some recommendations I have become acquainted with Two Door Cinema Club, COIN, Saint
Motel and Chance the Rapper (who I have listened to before, but am OBSESSSED with Coloring Book- I’m late to the party, I know!), among countless others. It has definitely made my Spotify playlists ten times better… because after all, that’s what is most important.

FRIENDS

Obviously, when I wasn’t doing any of these by myself, I was surrounding myself with friends. The fact that my best friends were all living on the same campus, street, building as me was one of my favorite parts about college, and truly forced me to become more IMG_0048social in nature. It’s been two weeks since we left for the summer and I’ve already been missing them like crazy– so much that I’ve already visited a couple of them! Needless to say, I’m excited to fill my next three years with laughter, love and adventure, in the company of some pretty awesome people. Cheers to friendships!!

 

 

 

 

These are all pretty decent excuses, no? I hope you can forgive me, but at least now I’M BACK!!!! Stay tuned for more to come!

 

XOXO

My Netflix Suggestions

Now that I’m in the middle of my first semester at college, I’ve come to the point where I need to relax and get away from homework for a little while. Don’t we all? As students, we’re starting to look towards the future, and it looks pretty bright: the holidays are coming soon… But not soon enough!! How are we supposed to soothe our school-related anxiety right now?

NETFLIX. THAT’S HOW.

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In light of a recent argument with a friend because we couldn’t agree on something to watch on Netflix, I decided if she doesn’t like my suggestions, maybe my readers will. So, if Jenna’s reading this, thanks for the blog post idea! Although there are too many good shows I could recommend, here are a couple of my favorites for all of you…

CHELSEA

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Chelsea Handler struck gold with this one. She moved her talk show over to Netflix this year, and now has the freedom to make her show literally whatever she wants it to be. With new episodes three times a week, Chelsea talks politics, goes to Mexico to learn about their culture, and has filmed dinner parties with friends and celebrities alike. With little to no restraints, Chelsea truly shows us herself in her curse-heavy comedy, her dog, Chunk (who constantly roams the set), and her unashamed honesty when she doesn’t know something, but wants to learn about. I love being able to watch a show that teaches me about climate change, our nation’s political issues, or about Chris Pratt’s new film, all the while making me laugh out loud.

THE OFFICE

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How could I possibly forget the one show that defines my favorite kind of humor?  It’s true, the first two seasons are a bit rough, but if you’ve seen the whole series more than once (or twice) they become oddly close to your heart. Sappy, I know! This is a show that I can watch over and over again, or play as background sound, and still laugh every time. When a variety of comedic styles are put into one small office space, there’s a lot going on that no one wants to miss out on.  It’s the awkward silences, the strange looks to the camera, and the small insights on the character’s personalities that make The Office so normal, yet so special.

Side note: Parks and Recreation goes into this category as well. They aren’t the same thing, but their similarities are the reason why I love both so much. Really, I’m just trying to save you all from another rant about how much I love these two shows.

STRANGER THINGS

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This one is a very recent obsession, because I’m not a big fan of thrillers, and therefore chickened out of watching it when the show first came out. Now that I have, I can say it’s the 70’s-supernatural-thriller-drama I needed in my life!! There are definitely some super creepy/scary scenes with monsters and evil scientists, but it’s equally thrilling and puts you at the edge of your seat. Winona Ryder is truly amazing as the shaken mother of a missing child, and Eleven, the girl with superpowers, is a straight-up badass with a sketchy past-  all the more reason to be into this show. If you liked Spielberg’s Super 8, you’ll fall in love with Stranger Things. Also, can we talk about how cool the theme song is??

MASTER OF NONE

752b8f2c28f9e8d37e091ea34612f5f55884c626Created by Alan Yang and Parks and Rec alum Aziz Ansari (who is also the main character, Dev), Master of None is different from anything I’ve seen before. It’s comedy in an offbeat sort of way that viewers aren’t used to seeing on TV – possibly because it so closely mirrors that of real life. Between the issues of careers, gender, relationships, immigrants, and race are moments of awkwardness and unpredictability that make its messiness so familiar. The imperfection of the characters and the plots make everything more real and relatable, and even with deep thoughts and drama there is a comedic approach. Above all this, the show is VERY diverse: as Aziz explained on The Tonight Show, he decided to have a “token white friend” in his show, rather than the other way around (Fez in That 70’s Show, for example). But the difference between Master of None‘s token friend and other show’s token friends is that this character is well-rounded, and without most stereotypes we so often find with any race other than Caucasian. Needless to say, I can hardly wait for season 2 to come out in 2017!!!

NEW GIRL

giphy-1You can’t tell me the absurdities of this show don’t crack you up!!! I struggle with deciding which character is the funniest, because each of them have their own kind of humor, from Nick’s rambling sentences to Schmidt’s sarcasm and complaints. The plot idea – a quirky Portland girl moving into an apartment in LA with four guys- is pure genius. There isn’t much of a feeling of gender imbalance, and New Girl succeeds in bringing out the impacts Jess and the boys make on each other. Much of the focus in the episodes surrounds the idea that each party needs each other in some way, and makes the apartment-mates family. There are five seasons on Netflix, with season six currently showing on TV. GO WATCH!!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Friends, Wet Hot American Summer, How I Met Your Mother, Amanda Knox, Louie, That 70’s Show

Comment below if you have any suggestions for me to watch- I’m always up for a good binge-worthy show!!

XOXO