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Popgirl — #2

I had a lot to say this week.

Enjoy!

Buttered

Not too salty, not too sweet. Juuuuuust right.

Big Brother (S19E34)
This episode was like a sweet reward for all of the idiotic nonsense I’ve endured from the cast of BB19. When Josh potentially blew up Paul‘s game, I was THRIVING.

Better Things (S1)
For me, Better Things was a unique, beautiful snapshot of women in various stages of life. At the helm is Pamela Adlon – a sharp, hilarious force of nature. Not only did she co-create the show, but she’s one of the primary writers and even directed a few episodes. It’s clear that she funneled a lot of herself into this show. Looking forward to more!

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig (EP117)
This is one of my all-time favorite podcasts, but I wanted to share this specific episode because Nathan Zed was one of Grace’s most recent guests. I thought this interview was refreshing and fun. As Grace says, it got good. It got good enough.

Listen!

What Happened to Monday? (2017)
The old Orphan Black can’t come to the phone right now, ’cause she’s dead and has been replaced by NOOMI RAPACE!

Burnt

It’ll leave a bad taste in your mouth.

White Gold (S1E1)
This… was… gross. Do better, Netflix.

The Bold Type (S1)

Hey, I love escapism too! This entire blog is essentially a roundup of all the ways I take a break from my day-to-day existence, after all. But I can’t say I agree with this summary. It was more like 10 hours of wondering if crop tops are actually acceptable workplace attire and why Colin Forrester looks exactly the same 7 years later.

The Bold Type definitely had some high notes. I was found myself cheering when Jacqueline encouraged Sutton to speak up for herself and not let others take credit for her work, and I loved their smart take on the travel ban.

Using a survivor storyline in the show’s finale felt like a lazy effort to end strong, though. It took a series of episodes for us to discover that Jane’s mother died of breast cancer and how that affected Jane in her adult life. On the other hand, in the span of one hour The Bold Type hurried through the journey of two sexual assault survivors.

And it was powerful. I just can’t help but wonder why it was left for a last-minute “big reveal,” when the show had no trouble weaving together other storylines from episode to episode.

PS. Not to sound like a broken record, but you know what show unapologetically tackled the subject of sexual assault in every episode? Sweet/Vicious.

Pop of the Week

A great reminder to us all 🙂

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

Sorry not sorry.

What You’ll Need

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Peep the lack of Baking Soda.

2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
A Pinch of Salt
2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Spice
1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Water
3 Large Eggs
1 (15 Oz) Can Pure Pumpkin
2/3 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Patience

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Curse yourself for not remembering to buy muffin cups. Get over it, but spray a generous amount of Cooking Spray into the muffin tin, just to be safe.

2. Sift together all dry ingredients (minus the brown sugar) in a large bowl, taking extra care to use baking soda and not baking powder. It’s a simple mistake that anyone could make (read: that I made and didn’t realize until I sat down to write this). While it doesn’t truly affect the taste, it definitely takes a toll on the appearance of your muffins. Be better than me. Make this the right way.

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It’s important to “make a well” for the wet ingredients at this point in time. I know, I was skeptical too. Just trust me.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, eggs, water and vegetable oil together. Watch in horror as the delightful caramel color of the brown sugar turns into a grotesque shade of brown. Then, make it even more disgusting by mixing in the can of pumpkin. Orange + brown is never an acceptable color combination. Unless you’re a leaf.
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4. Pour those wet ingredients into your (wo)man made well of dry ingredients. This step makes it a LOT easier to mix everything together, especially if you’re working with a wooden spoon you’ve had for 5 years and not something a little more wieldy (like an electric mixer).

Once the batter is nice and moistened, fold in those chocolate chip bits!

5. Break out your muffin tin. Place the batter evenly. I ended up using an ice cream scoop for exactness, but I realize it’s not really THAT deep.

Bake for 25 minutes. 
Spend 5 minutes of that time frantically searching for your phone, worried you might’ve (somehow) mixed it into your muffin batter. Question everything. Find it on the top of your fridge, and set the timer for 20 minutes to account for all the time those muffins were baking, oblivious to your minor setback.

6. Enjoy! Despite your worst efforts, these muffins should turn out semi-decent. I lost my phone, did a whole load of laundry while making these and even used the wrong ingredients and they still aren’t half bad!

 

Or you could just use this Pumpkin Muffins Recipe instead.

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Read a book.

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends. – Charles Eliot

Happy National Read A Book Day!

To observe the holiday, I came up with a list of books I love the most.

Top 5 Books of All-Time

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird
  2. Anne of Green Gables
  3. All the Light We Cannot See
  4. The Westing Game
  5. I Am the Messenger

I talk about a handful of these titles in The Books That Made Me, but each work I’ve listed has touched my life in one way or another.

Books are great! I’d read all day if I could! What’s your favorite book? Share a recommendation in the comments… I need new reading material 🙂

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Run The Day

The Tuesday back from a 3-day weekend is not very forgiving.

I suffered a minor annoyance early in my day (when I realized a document I worked on last week didn’t save, rendering an hour of my time useless) and my colleague was quick to provide me with a few nuggets of advice:

  1. Take a breath
  2. Let it go
  3. Move on

She didn’t actually list them off like that, though. Instead, they trickled out as I heaved mulitple sighs and SMH’d over the dumb occurrence.

The point is, it’s stupidly easy to let the little things weigh you down. I can spend hours obsessing over a weird, passing comment someone made to me. I probably would’ve spent my whole day stewing if I didn’t have a coworker gently tell me to get over it.

In practice, avoiding the small stuff that gets under your skin so easily is tough. But it’s a rewarding battle. There’s a sign hanging above my desk that reads “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”

I think Tuesday won this time.

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On the other side

“I’ve been rereading your story. I think it’s about me in a way that might not be flattering, but that’s okay. We dream and dream of being seen as we really are and then finally someone looks at us and sees us truly and we fail to measure up. Anyway: story received, story included. You looked at me long enough to see something mysterioso under all the gruff and bluster. Thanks. Sometimes you get so close to someone you end up on the other side of them.”

The Long and Short of It by Richard Siken

I love this piece and this specific paragraph. In Siken’s case, it’s probably about losing a romantic partner, but I think it applies to friendship as well.

I’ve written about losing friends extensively in the past, so there’s no need to beat this horse further. I just wanted to share one of my favorite Siken works with you all.

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Music Theory

Do you ever wonder why some music sticks with us?

It could be as simple as a really great melody or lyrics that are easy to remember. Maybe it has something to do with the nostalgia linked to the first time you heard it.

In my case, it’s often the lyrics. Some lines just stand out more than others.

Here are a few of my favorites…

Compare
Where you are to where you want to be
And you’ll get nowhere

– Uncharted by Sara Bareilles

This is my number one Sara Bareilles song, but this particular line is really meaningful to me. I love a good pity party as much as the next gal, but wallowing in self-pity rarely gets you far.

Listen:

I scream at sunsets
Give applause to what I can’t control
Then somehow laugh at how the moon divides an ocean solar
I wanna be that ocean
I want to shine like that

– Blue Skies by Blue October

Who doesn’t want to shine like an ocean? Come on. But seriously, this bit of lyrics feels like the perfect example of life to me.

Listen:

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Popgirl — #1

If Kathleen Kelly is “Shopgirl” because she owns a bookstore, I think it’s fair for me to assume the identity of Popgirl.

Easy association aside, here’s why it works.

  • I consume A LOT of Pop Culture
  • I love Carly Rae Jepsen
  • I was deciding between “Popgirl” and “WIWTW”. Just let me have this.

Anyway, I’m trying something new. Instead of writing a huge monthly post of all the stuff I’ve watched, read, or listened to, I’ll be posting Popgirl recaps of everything I enjoyed throughout the week.

Hope you like it!

Buttered

Flavor profile: damn fine content.

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In The Flesh (Series Finale)
ThEy FilMeD thE SeASon FiNAle WitHOUt knOWinG ThE sERieS wAS CaNcEllEd!

But 10/10, everyone should watch In The Flesh.

Younger (S2E2-S2E3)
I started Younger because I like to break up my regular TV schedule with a few sitcoms, and also because of my secret Sutton Foster obsession. So far, S2 isn’t holding as strong as S1, and everyone’s hair looks way worse.

My Twitter review: I think I like Younger so much because I too am a 40-something divorcee masquerading as a 26-year-old to work in Marketing.

The Bold Type (S1E1-S1E4)
I guess I should create a third category for this one and title it Unsalted – I don’t really have a huge opinion on the show yet. But listen. I loved Sweet/Vicious. I’ll take every little bit of Aisha Dee I can get.

You EP by dodie
It’s beautiful and I can’t wait for her to have a full album. “Would You Be So Kind” is my favorite track! Listen:

Burnt

Only weirdos like this stuff.

Big Brother (S19)
Last year I caught the very end of BB18, so this summer I decided to watch it from the beginning. I have suffered greatly. With only one truly likeable houseguest left, the high point of this week’s episodes occurred when Matt was finally evicted.

Look What You Made Me Do by Taylor Swift
¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Pop of the Week

JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund, started with the goal of $200K, is already at $17M in donations. People are amazing.

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Today

Today is my mama’s birthday.

We share a lot, me and my mom. We share phone calls almost every day, and a love for reading. We even share an appreciation for too much creamer in our coffee.

But today, I want to write about all the qualities I admire most in her, some of which we share and some I’m still working on myself:

  1. She is strong
  2. She is tenderhearted
  3. She is passionate
  4. She is consistent
  5. She is stubborn
  6. She is creative
  7. She is wise
  8. She is funny
  9. She is caring
  10. She is beautiful

… and so much more! I am grateful every day to be her daughter.

Happy birthday, Mama Lynn.