Huzzah! Here we are, the official inaugural issue of Internet Exploring. Fun! AND, it’s on time. That doesn’t happen often. Just ask any one of my college professors, or high school teachers, or grade school teachers, or sunday scho–ahh you get it. Since I talked more than I needed to in my first post explaining this whole deal, I’ll get right to the goods.
This week, Julie Van…
Monstrous Births This essay. Man. It hit really close for me. I don’t consign on all of it, but if you’ve read or heard my birth story, you’ll get why some parts really jive with me. Even if you’re not a woman or a parent, this is just a really interesting read about the way we moralize experiences and attach narratives to certain life events. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, read the last few lines. You’ll want to put them on a bumper sticker, and then go back and read the rest.
Can Laugh At
1977 JC Penny Catalogue This needn’t an explanation. The clothing speaks for itself. It speaks for itself so loudly that if the clothing were sharing an apartment with you, it would wake you up in the middle of the night with its insane, maniacal cackle. And no matter how many times you politely ask them to keep it down, it would REFUSE to be silenced.
This week’s “I DEMAND YOU FOLLOW” comes from my sister Laura, who has started the not-at-all unwelcome practice of texting me screenshots of Mari Andrew’s Instagram on a near-daily basis. She’s funny and clever and draws things are the so so TRUE. Follow her.
In case I didn’t make it clear in my intro, I am not culinarily inclined. I can follow a recipe, and I know what trendy foods to Instagram, but these recipes will best serve readers with a similar cooking ability – people just looking for simple, tasty weekday meals (because weekends are for delivery, and if you don’t believe that, we may not get along). And so! Here’s an easy favourite you can make tonight. It’s a hash. You literally just put everything together in a big messy pile, and it’s delicious. The real reason I like this one so much is because of the chorizo. A few years ago, I started making a cheesy onion dip with chorizo, and every time someone said “Yum! Is that bacon in there?” I’d get to smugly reply, “Oh no, that’s chorizo. It’s Mexican.” So, bring your messy-pile-game to a conceited new level with this recipe.
Here’s another recommendation directly lifted from my Sisters’ K group text: Reply All. It’s a podcast about the Internet, but you’ll figure out pretty quickly that tagline does it no justice at all. It’s two very likable fellas talking through some seriously bizarre + interesting stories, and the common thread (or cable?) through every episode is technology. It’s insightful and engaging and sometimes a little silly. What more could you want! I’ve only listened to a small smattering of episodes, but I’ve got the On the Inside episodes queued up for tomorrow, and I can’t wait.
I bought glasses! Partly because I’ve finally accepted my eyes have aged out of the “contacts” bracket, and partly because of Kelly Oxford. It’s a little misleading to say I bought them this week, though. I bought them two weeks ago, and GOOFED UP MY PRESCRIPTION SO BADLY I LOOKED LIKE BUBBLES FROM TRAILER PARK BOYS. So, I returned them (for free!) and my proper frames + lenses arrived today (if you wanna see what they actually look like, you’ll have to follow me on Snapchat, or see me in real life. Personally I think I’m funnier on Snapchat, but I’ll leave that up to YOU). So in conclusion, I made a really stupid mistake, and they footed the bill. All in all, an excellent experience in e-commerce and customer care.
Twitter is having a moment with these “Fave 7” lists. I love lists and I am OK with the number so this was obviously something I’d attempt. And I did attempt. And I failed. Because I simply watch TOO MUCH TV and love each show like its my child. I wrote an initial list, realized I forgot a bunch of favourites, revised it, revised it again, and gave up. But Coach Taylor wouldn’t be cool with that, and TV is the only sport I’ll ever play, so here is my FINAL TOP 7 LIST. With a bunch of honourable mentions because I cheat like that.
#fav7tvshows: The Americans Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mad Men The Office Parks and Recreation Breaking Bad Fringe
Honourable mentions: Fargo, Friday Night Lights, Enlightened, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex Girlfriend. I have AT LEAST five more but I’ve got to stop somewhere.
…OK I’LL SNEAK IN THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF.
And that’s it for the inaugural edition of Internet Exploring! Please go ahead and share your comments on anything you read or watched here. Writing about pop culture is fun, but talking about it is even better. 🙂
One edition down, a LIFETIME to go (or maybe like…40?).