Monthly Entertainment Recap: August

Hello! Pop culture and entertainment rule my life. I decided that it would be fun to do a little recap of all the media I consumed each month:

BOOKS!

Reading list is a little shorter than usual this month. I do my reading at night and I’ve been pretty exhausted this month with all the packing and cleaning. And honestly, I wasn’t very inspired with these books this month. I ended up starting and stopping a few books this months too. I really hope I’m not in a slump.

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood—3 STARS

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth—4 STARS

August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski—2 STARS

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian—3 STARS

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith—4 STARS

 

TV!

Orange is the New Black (Season 6) 

Season 5 of OITNB was really great—everything with the lockout and the aftermath of Poussey’s death—but the newest season was a huge let down. I only made through half of the episodes before calling it quits, probably for good.

Barry (Season 1)

Now this show is fantastic! I love seeing actors going against what they’re most known for. Bill Hader created a really great and complicated character—the whole cast is really outstanding and hilarious. Highly recommend!

MOVIES!

Although I didn’t read much, I did see plenty of movies. All of them were pretty great!

Blindpsotting

This was out of this world. Daveed Diggs and writing partner/co-star Rafael Casal told a story with such lyric prose that it just hits you in the gut. Outstanding.

Sorry to Bother You

Bat shit crazy, but so much fun!

Most Likely to Murder

I love Adam Pally. That’s all.

Before I Fall

I haven’t read the book yet but I enjoyed the movie a lot as a YA adaptation.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again

Ok, here’s the thing. I never saw the first movie, despite my strong love of Colin Firth and Julie Walters, because I hate the music of ABBA. Years later, I still hate ABBA, but watching the trailer for this prequel/sequel, for some reason I had this urge to see the movie. It love Lily James and I think she did a wonderful job as a young Meryl. So I guess I better watch the first one…

Blame

I really missed having Chris Messina in my life.

Crazy Rich Asians

Beautiful! Gorgeous! And I don’t just mean the main guy, Henry Golding. Can’t wait for the sequel!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Oh, my heart! Planning on writing a full post on this soon. Stay tuned!

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

This will also be a post coming soon.

Juliet, Naked

I loved this book by Nick Hornby when I first read it back when it first came out. Not gonna lie, I kinda forgot what it was about before going into the movie but I did enjoy it. I enjoy anything with Chris O’Dowd, even when playing a narcissistic asshole, he is effortlessly goofy and charming.

LIVE SHOWS!

This is probably the last time I’ll have any live shows to report on the count of moving across the country. Happy to have closed out my summer with these two shows:

How Did This Get Made Podcast Live at Largo

If you haven’t heard of this podcast here’s the logline: Comedian Paul Scheer and his two lovely co-hosts, June Diane Raphael (also Paul’s wife) and Jason Mantzoukas (one of the funniest comedians around) watch and discuss universally terrible movies, usually with a guest or two. This live show was sans June, but did include comedian Nicole Byer and one of my favorite people, Adam Scott, to discuss the new movie The Meg. I bought these tickets for my sister’s birthday, my comedy buddy that I’m really going to miss when I leave.

Hanging with Paul Scheer: Disney Edition!

A few weeks back I did a post about the pop-up event and auction called That’s From Disneyland. Throughout the few weeks it was around, they held different events and shows in honor of Disney and the pieces in the exhibit. Hanging with Paul Scheer is a show he does once a month at Largo where different comedians, writers, musicians etc, bring an item of significance to tell stories. He brought this same format, but Disney-fied it! With guests Jeff Garlin, Allie Goertz, Rachel Bloom, and another one of my favorites, Ben Schwartz, there were stories, songs, and many rants from Mr. Garlin.

 

Summer Book Series Vol. 3

There’s still a month left of summer (only a month?!?) and I wanted to do one last entry in my Summer Book Series. There’s not much of a theme for this summer list, but I did try to not feature books that I’ve previously posted about on here before. Honestly, most of my favorites are in my first summer book post highlighting Sarah Dessen, Emery Lord, and Morgan Matson, but here are a few of my other favorites.

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Taboo Topics About Chronic Pain

“How much pain for how long is OK before it’s acceptable to just give up?”

Ever since finding the website the Mighty, I’ve had so many more instances of acceptance when it comes to my chronic pain. When you’re diagnosed so young—20-years old is pretty young for a life-long condition in my book—it’s easy to feel so alone. Unknowingly, you start to isolate yourself from friends and family and start to feel like no one else could ever understand how you feel.

The other day I came across an article on the Mighty titled: “18 Taboo Topics About Chronic Illness You’re Not the Only One Having.” It felt as if the dark and gloomy sky had opened up and the sun starting shining down on me. I was finally being heard. Here are some of my favorite topics that come directly from the Mighty community:

“I actually look forward to procedures that require anesthesia because I get to go right to sleep. That’s so sad to me.”

“[I worry] nobody will love me because I’m sick.”

“I think about how much I dread going to the doctor. I hope I have enough symptoms to have them believe me and take me seriously. But I don’t want enough symptoms and hurt going on to warrant a crash. It’s complicated.”

“I think pretty regularly that I’m a burden to everyone around me, and that if only I wasn’t sick. I have been known to think I would be better not being here, not that I want to die, just that my life isn’t exactly worth it because I don’t really do anything. I’m ‘failing.’”

“My taboo thoughts have always been that I hope my tests come back showing something. More clues as to what is going on or why it is happening. Most of my test results come back normal or just ever so slightly off. Nothing is ever off the charts or crazy enough to get the attention I feel I need.

“Any drug that makes me sleepy or slightly ‘stoned’ I love.”

“I feel frustrated every single day. Because the person I am now can’t even do 10 percent of the things I could do before I was sick. I’m constantly irritated and grouchy due to frustration.”

I no longer felt so alone. I’ve had some version of these thoughts ever since I’ve been sick. These aren’t things I can talk about with other people, especially people who have no idea what you’re going through. And to the outside world, I have a wonderful middle-class life filled with a supportive family, successful friends, and financial stability. But if you take the time to look closer, you would see that those successful friends don’t have time for you and that financial stability comes from your parents because you’re unable to work and provide for yourself. We try to put up a front, but on the inside our thoughts are dark and lonely. Knowing there are people out there that share your thoughts—share your pain—the world doesn’t feel so alone anymore.

Here is the original article if you would want to check it out~

That’s From Disneyland Launch Event

On Sunday, July 29th, I was lucky enough to go to the launch party for the pop-up exhibit titled That’s From Disneyland! This is a free event and auction of one of the world’s largest private Disneyland memorabilia collections. Taking over the space of an old Sport’s Authority in Sherman Oaks, owner of the collection Richard Kraft is using this month-long event as a sort of goodbye to his precious collection that he accumulated over the last 25 years.

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