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Top 5 Tuesday: Summer Movies

Top 5 Tuesday is back! With the summer solstice upon us (wait, was it yesterday?) it’s officially movie watching season. I have to be honest, I’m terrible at watching movies at home. I get distracted by tasks I need to complete, my phone, the cat, etc. However, the movies listed below are the best to watch over and over on hot summer evenings. Actually, these are also my top 5 sleepover movies. They’re extremely girl-centric and none of them are summer blockbusters, but they’re my favorites!
5. Greasesummer5 “Summer lovin, had me a blast!”
Even though I’m not a huge musical fan, I absolutely love Grease. I spent many summer nights staying up late and watching Grease with my friends. Frenchy has always been my favorite, obviously for her pink hair and yellow prom dress.
4. Troop Beverly Hills
summer4 Phyllis Nefler is a goddess!
3. Now and Then MSDNOAN EC004 The amount of love I have in my heart for Now and Then is equal to the amount of hate Ray has in his heart for it. Lol.
2. The Babysitter’s Club

summer3 Honestly, The Babysitter’s Club is an extremely under rated summer movie. It’s fun and silly with the slightest hint of emotion.
1.The Parent Trap (starring Haley Mills and Haley Mills)summer2My all time favorite summer movie!! I can watch the Parent Trap all day and all night!

What are your top summer movies to watch?

MegaCon 2016

This past weekend Ray and I (and many more friends) made our annual trek to Orlando for MegaCon! MegaCon is a large comic/cosplay/fan convention. This was my 4th year attending. I only took a few iphone snap shots this year, but you can see photos (taken with a real camera) and read about past years here, here, here, here, here, and here.
This year, our group had a table in artists alley where we promoted Infinity Con, our friend David sold his short story, and I sold a few art prints. I spent basically zero time prepping but ended up selling more art than I expected to!
Here’s a commission I did 45 minutes before closing time on Sunday.
IMG_6863 My favorite experience from Megacon 2016 was attending a Q&A with Elden Henson, who stars as Foggy Nelson in Dare Devil. I’ve been a fan of his since he played Fulton Reed in Mighty Ducks! Because we were vendors at the con, we were able to get preferred seating at all the panels and Q&As – which means we ended up with second row seats to see Elden! He was outgoing, funny, and had a great rapport with the audience. IMG_6853IMG_6859 We saw a lot of costumes, met up with old friends, hustled Infinity Con, networked, ate a bunch of Mexican food, walked 230948230948 steps a day, and slept very little. It was great! If you ever get the chance to attend MegaCon, I suggest you take it! Even if you’re not into nerd life (because I’m really not), it’s such a great experience!

Top 5 Tuesday: The Real World

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday! Last week I discovered several seasons of MTV’s The Real World were available on Hulu!! I’ve been a fan of the show since I stayed home sick one day in sixth grade and marathoned the Boston season. Of the 30 seasons that have aired, I’ve watched seasons 1- 16, 24, 26, and 27. I’ve seen bits and pieces of other seasons, but not in full. Guys, MTV just wants to know what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. =)

Below are what I consider the top 5 seasons of The Real World!
trw 55. San Franscico (1994)
By the time season 3 San Francisco aired, the novelty of the “seven strangers picked to live in a house, stop being polite, and start getting real” concept had become common. Thankfully, the casting for this season couldn’t have been better. These days, on every reality show there is a major volatile and hated cast member. I think Puck from season three was the pioneer for this archetype. He arrived late to the house on the first day because he was ARRESTED. Come on, MTV. He was obnoxious, hateful, disgusting and was the first Real World cast member to be sent home. On the contrary, Pedro was a kind, soft spoken, AIDS educator who was HIV positive. He was also the focus of the first same-sex ceremony to ever air on TV. Pedro passed away in November of 1994, only a year after his season was filmed. Pam and Judd started a budding romance, and eventually married. They have continued with Pedro’s AIDS education programs and have become pioneers in AIDS/HIV research.
Best of the best: Rachel. She was a feisty, outgoing, young republican who wasn’t afraid to tell you her opinion. She had brief flirting bouts with Puck, but that fizzled pretty fast. Rachel went on to marry Sean from The Real World: Boston, which is pretty hilarious to me.

trw 34. Back to New Orleans (2010)
There are many differing opinions on this season, but I personally love it. The two main story lines were Knight and Jemmey hooking up and Ryan pissing everyone off. In keeping with the trend of the next best season, Hawaii, Ryan’s behaviors moved closer to the line of mental instability rather than just the line of crazy. There was also McKenzie who we thought would get a story line- but really she just got drunk and pretended to black-out sometimes? Also, we can never forget Preston peeing on Ryan’s toothbrush. In post-Katrina New Orleans, the cast spent time volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and the New Orleans Mission soup kitchen, rather than having to get jobs.
Best of the best: Jemmey. Her thick Mississippi accent made me feel at home and when you looked past her drunkenness, you saw her sweet openness.

trw 23. Hawaii (1999)
Oh sweet Hawaii. How the producers found these people, I have no idea… but I love the hot mess that ensued. The show opens up with Ruthie getting naked, jumping in the pool, getting drunk AF, blacking out, and the cast calling paramedics. Also, let me point out that Ruthie was adopted, bisexual, a twin (or triplet??), and had a pretty serious drinking problem- so, needless to say, she had a lot of air time. Then there was Justin, who maybe hated and tried to destroy everyone and ended up just going home for a “family emergency.” Don’t worry, he was pretty forgettable. Kaia was a forever topless weirdo, Teck was entertaining and wanted to be a VJ, Matt was completely forgettable, and Colin was a good mix of boring and cute in a very Jim Halpert way.
Best of the best: Amaya. Even though she always talked about being in a sorority, Amaya was sweet and absolutely the most relatable character of the season. She had such a crush on Colin (as did I) and she was one of the first people I ever saw use a hair straightener.

trw 12. Seattle (1998)
This season is at #2 for several reasons. First, it was enjoyable. Second, it was important. The Seattle season is mostly remembered for the “slap heard around the world” that Stephen gave Irene as she was leaving the show. Should he have been kicked off? Probably. In the show, Irene left because she had lyme disease but she wrote an article a few years ago sighting she left for ethical reasons? IDK. Another important incident from this season was when Lindsay found out her friend committed suicide. It was heartbreaking and gave The Real World a reality check. Seattle also brought a twist of casting 2 military friends, Nathan and David, in the same season rather than 7 actual strangers. And who can ever forget David’s secret romance with fired-mtv producer Kira? I think we can all agree that the Seattle house, which was actually a pier, was one of the coolest!
Best of the best: Rebecca. She was sweet, looked out for her roommates, and recorded a song with Sir Mix-a-Lot during her stay!

trw 41. New Orleans (2000)
This season is the best by leaps and bounds! Everyone in the original New Orleans cast had legit story lines and air time. I mean, when your most boring character was Kelley who ended up marrying Scott Wolfe from Party of Five… you’re not doing too bad. There was romance- most notably between recently outed Danny and his blurred military boyfriend. There was adventure- the cast was sent to South Africa for vacation. There was a little drama- mostly racial and religious. There was Julie, the naive Mormon virgin. Jamie, the goofy fratboy-esque heartthrob. Matt, the religious quiet type (but with the bleachy-est spiky hair). Danny, one of the most beautiful men to grace MTV who now apparently works for Mail Chimp? Weird. David, mostly remembered for his “hit” single Come On Be My Baby Tonight. Kelley, the serious smart sorority girl. And last but not least, Melissa, who we’ll talk more about in a moment. The casting for New Orleans was so spot on! I could watch this season back to back!
Best of the best: Melissa. She is probably the funniest and most unique cast member to ever be on the show. She had her fair share of drama, but she ultimately made her housemates laugh and enjoy themselves. She later appeared on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly.

So, what do you consider the top seasons of The Real World? Who’s your favorite cast member? Where was your favorite house?


Top 5 Tuesday

You know bedrooms in tv shows and movies are always amazingly styled, clean-ish, and have just the right amount of quirk? Why can’t my bedroom ever look like that?! Well, I guess it’s because I actually live in my bedroom and it isn’t a set made beautiful by a stylist.
Without further ado…
My top 5 fictional bedrooms
5. Arnold’s bedroom in Hey Arnold – With that window ceiling and groovy carpet, what more could you ask for?bedroom 1 4. Jess’ bedroom in New Girl – This is probably the most realistic and adult bedroom in the list. I love the colors and exposed brick.bedroom 2 3. DJ and Stephanie Tanner’s bedroom in Full House – The bedroom went through a few changes as the girl’s got older, but is my favorite version. Guys, I can’t even tell you how bad I wanted this room when I was a kid.bedroom 3 2. Clarissa’s bedroom in Clarissa Explains It All – Unfortunately, the photo below doesn’t show the alligator sand pit or the license plate collection. bedroom 4 1. Cher’s bedroom in Clueless – The pink satin, the gigantic headboard, the closet… bedroom cherbedroom 5

Binge Worthy TV

IMG_0852IMG_0851So, did anyone else spend a good portion of the holidays relaxing and binge watching TV shows? We sure did! Ray and I haven’t had cable since we’ve been married (actually Ray has NEVER had cable) so we’ve been big fans of Neflix for quite a while. I love to hear what shows/movies/documentaries people are loving! By now I think everyone should know the cliche recommendations: The Office, Walking Dead, Parks and Rec, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, etc. These are all wonderful and if you haven’t seen them add them to your queue now. Below are a few others (maybe slightly less talked about) I would suggest if you’re looking for something to binge-watch!

tvtv 2Netflix:
Turn – Turn is a revolutionary war-era drama based on the same-named novel by Alexander Rose. Picture this- British occupied New England states, spies, double agents, love triangles, lots of wigs.
Jessica Jones – A Neflix original, Jessica Jones is based off of the comic series Alias. This has been my favorite comic series by far! Jessica Jones is definitely dark, but also so so good.
Making a Murderer – There is so much hype right now about Making a Murderer. This show is a Neflix original documentary series focusing on Steven Avery, a man wrongfully accused and imprisoned for 18 years. Shortly after him being exonerated, he was accused of another terrible crime. Guys, if you love true crime this is for you!
Great British Baking Show – A huge hit across the pond, The Great British Baking Show is a reality show based around baking. Honestly, my favorite part of the show is that despite it being competition based, there’s no real drama. No sabotage, so bad attitudes, just happy British bakers!

Wayward Pines – This is a TV show based off a novel of the same name by Blake Couch. It’s mysterious and sci-fi-y and I love it. The acting is surprisingly super high quality!
Scream Queens – GUYS, Scream Queens is by the creators of both Saw and Glee… if that tells you anything. Slasher movie meets sorority life. It’s so hilarious and campy!! You HAVE to watch!!

The Man in the High Castle – This is what Ray and I just finished watching. It’s an amazon original and based off a Philip K. Dick novel. The Man in the High Castle takes place in 1962 and is centered around an alternate history in which the allies lost WWII. Germany occupies the east coast of the former United States, Japan occupies the west coast, and the Rocky Mountains and mid-west are a neutral zone. It’s so interesting!

What have you loved binge watching? I love TV!