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Casual Consumption No. 12

These are too few and far in between, given the rate I actually consume stuff, but I think that instead of increasing the frequency of these posts—a promise I make every time and fail to deliver—it would make much more sense to dial down on the watching and reading and such and actually take the time to digest what it is I actually consume. I don’t know, I just realized that I literally flit from one thing to another. I feel like, in the flurry of all this new information available to me so quickly and so easily, I may have forgotten how to actually think and process these things. Mindless consumption, truly.

Television

At the forefront, of course, is television. I finished watching Daredevil with my brother and because we do our own thing, we actually watched the series in little bite-sized doses instead of taking it in one whole serving. Daredevil is really, really good and I feel like Netflix’s miniseries format actually fits it well because the story is more contained and the creators are somewhat forced to tell the story by cherry-picking the truly important parts. There’s something cinematic about Daredevil, but being produced by Netflix really allowed them to be more liberal with the gore, the grit, and the darkness that does the series a great service and sets it apart from a lot of onscreen translations of the superhero genre.

Some Notes on Daredevil, from an occasional comic dabbler/not a die-hard fan:

  • Life is depressing as fuck.
  • The tie-in of the painting was gloooooorious. It was so good, and it easily could have been a really, really, really corny reveal, in my opinion.
  • I’m a little ambivalent, bordering on the side of annoyance, about Karen Page’s character, though her moment of glory—you know what I’m talking about, if you’ve seen it all the way through—was so, so good. She deserved that.
  • Basically, all of the reveals in this series had a proper build-up and were incredibly satisfying. They really know how to build up the tension and when to pull the rug out from under you.
  • Excuse me while I refer to Nelson & Murdock as Bash Brothers.

TV

Other T.V. Notes:

  • Game of Thrones: So far, so good. I had a whole rant about spoilers & the spoiled typed up, but I don’t know if I should post it here or keep it to myself, lol.
  • Empire: I finished this quite a while back. My sister and I were intrigued because she always watches E! and this is always on E! Anyway, the thing that you need to know is that, if you like drama, this is an amazing short series to watch.
  • Veep: Yay, Veep is back! I can’t wait to see how this season will unfold, given Selina’s new position of powah.
  • Jane the Virgin: I don’t understand why these episodes roll out so slowly, but I think I’m beginning to lose interest in it! It was so good for the first several episodes, too.
  • Community: Again, something that has lost my interest, a bit. This is why you nip things in the bud, when you know they won’t be as great if you let them drag on.
  • Survivor: Does anybody else still watch Survivor? I kind of am not rooting for anyone to win anymore, ha.
  • The Royals: A deeply horrible admission, but I’ve been watching Elizabeth Hurley’s series on the British royal family, which I think is E!’s first drama. Both my sister and I hate it, and yet we still watch. Because we like to torture ourselves. Honestly, I don’t know how they got Elizabeth Hurley to be part of something truly atrocious.
  • Orphan Black: Also forgot that this was back on, and I also forgot that so. Much. Shit. went down the last season! I barely remember anything. I’m a little eh about the storyline now, but Tatiana Maslany is such a joy to watch, so I’m happy it’s back.

Books

For April, I’ve only finished two: Amy Poehler’s Yes Please (finally!) and Colin Meloy’s Wildwood. It took an audio book for me to finish Yes Please, which I recommend, actually. I may write an entire post on this, but although I found the book to be super cute (there are tons of photos and I like her format), the jokes and her tone really come across more when she reads the book out, as you can imagine.

Wildwood was a fun ride, but I’m not sure if I will go on and read the rest of the trilogy. It’s pretty long for a children’s book, to be honest. I’m not sure who the intended audience was for this series. I love Carson Ellis’ illustrations and they make a great team.

Currently, I’m in the middle of listening to Rachel Dratch’s Girl Walks Into a Bar… and it is slightly depressing, if I am honest. So far, anyway. I’m also reading Tom Robbins’ Tibetan Peach Pie, graciously provided by Fully Booked. Full thoughts soon. I need to read more, I think. I spend way too much time on screen.

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Food

I’ve been obsessed with coconut water ever since chugging half a carton while trying to exercise. It is amazingly refreshing, and an increasingly popular drink, with good reason. I’ve also been munching on Discovery Suites’ banana bread, which my sister and my folks brought home from a trip to Tagaytay. It’s really good, you guys. I’d drive all the way to Tagaytay for that bread. If I could drive. Heh.

I’ve been making salads at home, to. My sister and I have been trying to limit our meat intake, so my favorite salad thus far has been a mixture of lettuce, arugula, grapes, and fried enoki. Sometimes I’ll add some nuts like almonds, but mostly it’s just this. Usually, I have the Kewpie Roasted Sesame Dressing, but I also tried to cut that out and I sprinkle a bit of calamansi instead.

Miscellany

I’ve been using my Klean Kanteen to make sure I drink enough water in a day, which has been working out really well, and I’ve been using my FitBit to track my steps and physical activity per day. On some days, I don’t reach my goal of 5,000 steps, but sometimes I get a surge of energy and motivation to go for 10,000+++ steps. My best day so far in April has been the 17th, during which I clocked in 16,086 steps. :D

Anyway, it turns out that it’s pretty hard to reach 10,000 steps when you work from home, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to get some exercise at least. I’ve taken to standing/walking in place when I’m reading stuff on my computer, but it’s just not working out very well.

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Project Life

I recently switched over to a 12×12 album, and it is literally the best thing ever. I brought over my 2015 pages to that album and I’ve been having so much fun. It’s really a big stress reliever when I end up falling into a weird pit of stress and despair (of my own making), so that’s nice, I guess.

And to end this post, here’s an old photo I found of my sister and I in the ocean:
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  • Helga Gabrielle Weber

    I stopped watching Jane the Virgin when I fell asleep in the middle of episode 3 lol. I’ll be starting Daredevil as soon as I’m all caught up on Scandal!

    Where do you get your audiobooks from? Just downloaded the Audible app haha, I hope that’s what you use??? :D

    Helga | blog.ditz-revolution.net

    • Yay Daredevil! Agh, another Scandal viewer!!

      Yeah, I use audible! :) I ended up subscribing, and the books kinda piled up. It’s great/sulit if you listen to audiobooks a lot. I don’t, really. Haha, but I think Audible is great for comedian books + funny ones like Hitchhikers Guide.

  • Ahh, so many series to watch! I’ve been meaning to watch Empire but haven’t found the time to download/stream it just yet. Orphan Black was okay, but I don’t think it’s for me to marathon. Infomation overload! Also, I’m quite impatient when things unfold pretty slowly….

    Jhanz | http://www.jhanzey.net

    • Hahaha I love Empire. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure. Let me know if you end up ever watching it. I can’t marathon Orphan Black, either. I’ve to be in a mood to watch it.

  • I stopped watching Jane The Virgin after a couple of episodes. It got old really fast. I’m glued to House of Cards and Scandal. :)

    My sister and I make salads at home, too. We usually add leftover chicken. haha That’s a very nice photo of you and your sister!

    • I still have to watch House of Cards seasons 2 & 3! I don’t know if I want to/can handle Scandal.

      Thanks :)