Resurrection

I’m known for watching bad TV shows. And I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Maybe I am.

Every now and then, I start watching a show that is respected by others, and spoiler alert: Are You The One? on MTV is not that show I’m referring to. I’m thinking more along the lines of Breaking Bad, but also a show that I was hesitant to watch because it seemed kind of depressing and also maybe slightly misguided–by that, I mean, I wasn’t sure how it could keep me engaged and I certainly wasn’t sure where they would be able to take the show.

But last night, with nothing to watch, Adam and I opened up Hulu and there it was: Resurrection. So, we started watching and needless to say, they got me.

I’m sure by now, everyone has at least heard of the show. Prior to its series opener, I heard ads for it on AfterBuzz TV podcasts and heard my favorite radio show talking about it. Then once it premiered, I heard a lot about it. People liked it…a lot.

In case you haven’t heard of it, the whole premise of the show is that people who died come back into the lives of their loved ones, the interesting thing being that time has gone on for the loved ones and the person who comes back looks exactly the same as they did when they passed away, even if that happened 32 years prior. And then of course, writers revealed that just like in real life, those who come back don’t always have good motives. And that’s where they get you. After the second episode, I was left wondering whether or not one of the men who came back was actually the one who had passed away, or if he was some guy that happened to look the same. And if he is the right guy, then why is he so creepy and why does he seem so bad? I’m interested to see what they will do with his character.

Then of course the show raises a thought-provoking question: What would you do if someone you loved that died came back into your life? Certainly we’ve all lost someone we loved; death is a very real part of life and living. So what would it be like if that person came back and how would we respond? Would we question it? Accept anything because we’d be so relieved to have that person back in our lives? It’s really kind of crazy to think about.

And so, here we are, two episodes in, and I’m ready for episode three. I’m excited for it. And now I can proudly state that I’m watching a show that is socially acceptable for a 25 year-old to enjoy. Teen Mom 2 also isn’t one of those shows, but Resurrection is.

Is anyone else watching?

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Latest Obsessions

  1. Berries.  Now that it’s spring, the grocery stores have strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries on sale every. single. week.  It’s amazing.


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  2. Peanut butter.  Though, this obsession is nothing new, below is a recent purchase.


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  3. Insanity.  So, I’ve been doing this for the past three days and have been unable to walk all three days.  It’s hard.  I sincerely thought it was just going to be like any other exercise video I’ve tried but for real…this is tough.  And it’s definitely is making me work my legs much differently than straight long distance running.  Having to roll out of bed every morning and ease myself down the stairs has been awful awesome.  Oh, and I should also probably mention that my mom made an unprompted comment about how she could see muscle in my arms.  So I guess those pushups are paying off.


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  4. B.o.B. – So Good.  I’ll have you living life like you should, you’ll say you never had it so good.


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  5. Cake-Filled Peanut Butter Cups.  I have yet to make these and am terrified of doing so because I will presumably eat them all, but still.  Look at them.


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Hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start!

Killer At Large

I just finished watching “Killer At Large,” a documentary on obesity and its significant impact on Americans.

This documentary covers a lot of different ideas behind what is causing and perpetuating the obesity epidemic in the United States.  The movie opens with the story of a 12 year-old girl who is morbidly obese and decides to get liposuction.  Her parents are behind her on this decision and feel that there is nothing else they can do, and that liposuction seems to be the logical solution.  As the movie continues, we are shown the ways in which the U.S. Government has completely ignored the significance of obesity, its effect on people, and how much it is costing the country, both financially and emotionally.  Additionally, we see the ways in which some towns have chosen to approach this problem, including Somerville, MA, where the entire town has worked together to promote healthier citizens.  Restaurants have been given guidelines, bike paths have been put in place, and some of the schools even grow their own produce and serve only organic food.  While I don’t think such a dramatic change is feasible for most of the country (it obviously costs a significant amount of money and requires significant planning around an infrastructure that is already in place), it got me thinking about my own experiences in my town, growing up, and how things have changed.  It also made me think about what solutions and changes are feasible across the country.

Yes, part of the problem is the food being offered and marketed to children, but I honestly think it goes beyond that.  My mom bought a lot of unhealthy snacks.  Not gonna lie, these were my favorite:

We only ate white bread.  Breakfast consisted of Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch (which I still love, by the way).  I ate the pizza/nachos/cheeseburgers/chips/cookies in school.  But my mom also cooked dinner most of the time, and we didn’t go out to eat often.  I might have wanted McDonalds sometimes (not because Ronald McDonald was a successful marketing tool…he actually creeped me out and still does) but we didn’t go there every night; it was a treat to go out to eat or get fast food.  Additionally, while I don’t think I was as active as my mom when she was growing up, I still spent time playing with my neighbors, whether that involved street hockey or hide and seek.  I also played soccer and danced.  I was active.  I haven’t babysat in years, but when I did, the kids sat in front of their computers playing games for literally the entire 6-8 hours I was at their house.  They didn’t go outside, and they certainly didn’t move around very much.

This ties into a conversation I had with a friend of mine last night about the shift in technology.  Although I was a child and adolescent not too long ago (read: 10-15 years), so much has changed.   Video games, television shows, computers, and even tablets are more available to children.  As he put it:  “I think what’s happening is technology, for better or for worse, serves as a crutch for parenting…almost a part-time babysitter.  Parents love the screens in the back seats of the minivans because their kid will sit there and be quiet, and video games keep them occupied rather than them tearing around the house.”  It’s a perspective I never really took but it absolutely makes sense.  One of the interviewees in the documentary was a physical education teacher who noted the differences in children and their motor skills from the time he began teaching twenty years ago to today.  He noted that when most of his students run around today, their form indicates that it isn’t a natural motion for them and it is something they never learned.  That’s pretty scary to think about, especially when you think about little kids and how perfectly they run without any assistance or training; the human body is designed to move and it’s something that we are supposed to be able to do naturally.

So while I think that part of the problem is absolutely nutrition in schools and restaurants and at home, a lot of it is also the responsibility of parents to educate their children and take on an active role in their health.  We’ve always had fried food, food with a lot of fat and sugar and calories.  But have we always eaten incredibly large portions?  Have we always sat our children in front of the television or game console for hours and hours?

I certainly think that there are changes that need to be made to food and exercise guidelines put in place in our schools, restaurants, and homes.  But I also think that the fact that only 15% of people use posted calories in NYC restaurants to make healthier decisions when ordering shows that there is a level of personal responsibility that is significantly lacking.  Until everyone (you, me, the government, restaurants) acknowledge that, I don’t think the obesity problem will go away or even diminish.  I do think that with proper education starting at a young age, the availability of healthy options, and the understanding that we need to be more responsible and make better choices will help make changes.  But I also wonder if, as a society, we are too comfortable with pointing fingers and not accepting responsibility that we will never be able to turn things around completely.

If anyone else has any thoughts, I’d love to hear them.  I should also note that if anyone is interested, “Killer at Large” is available to watch instantly on Netflix.

The Hunger Games

For awhile now, I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews of The Hunger Games.  I’ve heard so many people say what a great book it is, and how they simply couldn’t put it down.

I’ll be the first to admit that I was doubtful about this book.  Apprehensive and uncertain.  Since it is a young adult novel, I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to relate to or appreciate the characters or themes found throughout.  But, when I was at Borders a few months ago, and all books were 40% off, I figured I might as well buy the book since it was only about $5.00.  What would I lose by at least trying it?

I can’t say what prevented me from reading it for so long.  It sat in my room for months before I finally picked it up to bring with me on my trip to Las Vegas for the marathon.  Almost immediately after picking this book up, I couldn’t put it down.

Without giving away too much about the book for the few people who have not yet read it, I want to start off by saying what an incredible job Suzanne Collins does providing thorough imagery and descriptions of characters, settings, and plot details.  Katniss is an incredible heroin in this novel.  She is likeable, brave, and yet somehow detached from many of the people and situations around her due to her experiences growing up.  And yet she is not so detached that she is boring, unfeeling, or uninteresting.

For me, this is a huge component of whether or not I like a novel.  While I never read the Twilight series (and perhaps I’d feel differently if I did), I never developed an appreciation of Bella.  While the whole premise of the series is that she needs to be protected, I honestly never cared enough about her to be concerned about her well-being.  In fact, there were times when my indifference diverged towards a complete disliking of her character, and thus I didn’t care if she was killed or not.

The Hunger Games is different in this regard because the protagonist is so likeable that I care about her and the supporting characters, like Peeta, Haymitch, and Gale.  Further, what is especially commendable about some of these characters (particularly Peeta and Katniss) is their compassion and how it so greatly contrasts with the cruel post-apocalyptic world they live in.

I won’t go on too much more about The Hunger Games, as I am almost finished with the second book of the series, Catching Fire.  For the record, the day I finished the first book, I went out, bought Catching Fire, and began reading it that night.  I have barely put it down since (and the only reason I have is because I have to work).

I will most certainly review that book and the third and final book of the series, Mockingjay, when I complete them.  Either way, I definitely highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, often suspenseful, book.  I especially recommend reading this book soon, as the movie is coming out in a few months.

I give The Hunger Games a 9 out of 10 for its originality, creativity, in-depth descriptions, likeable protagonists, and overall themes, which I will talk about once I complete this series.

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas

Last night, I started watching this, and I plan on finished in tonight.

I’m “preparing” for my trip.  I leave for Las Vegas tomorrow.

I still can’t get over it.

Our flight gets in at 7:30, so I am going to try to get to the race expo by 8, when it closes.  Then we will be checking into our hotel.

I’m going to the Grand Canyon on Saturday and possibly doing this there.  Sunday will be mostly free until the marathon at night.  Which I am absolutely freaking out about already.  I have been all week.  For my birthday, by brother booked massages and facials for me and my mom at Mandalay Bay.  And now, after finding the picture of Mandalay Bay (below), I am wondering why I didn’t stay there.

It definitely had to do with price.

Monday, we’re going to see the Cirque Du Soleil show, “Love“, so I’m pretty excited about that.  Then Tuesday, I will be spending most of the day traveling.  And then it will be back to reality.

I’m so excited to get away for a little though.  I rarely take vacations due to my frugality, so it will be nice to go somewhere new and see things I’ve never before seen.

Anyway, I’m off to work.  In 36 hours I’ll be on a plane!