Parks & Recreation

Lately, I’ve been missing Parks & Recreation. I’m not sure how my life will be now that the best show in the universe is over. However, I have decided that I will channel this longing into a blog that ranks the top 28 Parks & Recreation characters based on how awesome I think they are and my favorite quote from them. If you have no knowledge of Parks & Recreation, this blogpost has no appeal to you, and I’m sorry. I will suggest that you watch Parks & Recreation then you will fall in love with this TV show and then you can come back to read this.

Note: This list is constantly changing in my mind so do not feel like this is a final list.

28. Marcia Langman – “Why am I upset? Uh, let’s start with government funded animal porn.”

27. Tynnyfer – “Oh wait. Hang on. It’s Xanax o’clock.”

26. Ed – “If anybody wants to hang, I will be at Subway.”

25. Greg Pikitis – “You know, I like Knope. I screw with her because she gets all riled up and her face gets all scrunched up like this.”

24. Bill Dexhart – “In my defense, it was my birthday, and I really wanted to do it.”

23. Ken Hotate – “There are two things I know about white people: they love Rachel Ray, and they are terrified of curses.”

22. Jeremy Jamm – “You just got Jammed.”

21. Perd Hapley – “I’m Perd Hapley, and I just realized I’m not holding my microphone.”

20. Brandi Maxxxx – “What Leslie and I do is obviously art.” “[Oh. Hang on. There is a big difference between an oil painting of a Greek myth and a pornographic movie.]”

19. Joan Callamezzo – “I’ll have the Joan. It’s a tumbler of gin, and it’s got crushed aspirin around the rim.”

18. Tammy One – “I don’t think it will be necessary for you to speak again while I’m here.”

17. Bobby Newport – “My name’s Bobby Newport. And my dad was friends with John Cougar Mellencamp. It’s pretty cool.”

16. Ethel Beavers – “That was beautiful. I’m literally crying and jumping. Crying noise. Crying noise. Nose blow.”

15. Chris Traeger – “Stop. Pooping.”

14. Jerry Gergich – “I think Comic Sans always screams fun.”

13. Ann Perkins – “Jogging is the worst, Chris. I know it keeps you healthy, but God, at what cost?”

12. Ben Wyatt – “There’s like a 30% chance they’ll both die.”

11. Jean-Ralphio Saperstein – “Why don’t you turn that frizown upsidizity?”

10. Craig Middlebrooks – “Oh, I have a medical condition all right. It’s called caring too much! And it’s incurable!” | Honorable mention: “From now on, everybody call me Kristen because I am Wiiging out right now!”

9. Tammy Two – “[A lovely, intelligent, self-possessed pediatric surgeon named Wendy.]” “Sounds like a real whore.”

8. Andy Dwyer – “April is the best. But she’s 20. When April was born, I was already in third grade which means if we were friends back then, I’d have been hanging out with a baby. I don’t know anything about infant care. My god, I could have killed her.”

7. Tom Haverford – “‘Zerts’ are what I call desserts. ‘Trée-trées’ are entrées. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz’ with a ‘z’ — I don’t know where that came from. I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cacc.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.’”

6. Mona Lisa Saperstein – “I have done nothing wrong, ever, in my life…. Money, please!” | Bonus video:

5. Jennifer Barkley – “You can trust me because I don’t care enough about you to lie.”

4. Leslie Knope – “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”

3. April Ludgate – “They should be rewarded for not being people. I hate people.” | Honorable mention: “I wanted to make fun of stupid people while I get drunk. My two true passions.”

2. Ron Swanson – “When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don’t really care about them.”

1. Donna Meagle*** – “TREAT. YO. SELF.”

***Honestly, any quote by Donna Meagle is a winner. So I honestly can’t pick just one.

I hope this list had some interest to you. But I had fun making it so that’s all that matters.


Emmy Nominations 2015

The nominations for the 67th Emmy Awards were just announced. The winners won’t be announced until September, but I’ve decided to announce my very biased opinion now. So feel free to read my opinion on who should win certain awards.

Outstanding Drama Series – “Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix). It’s the only option. I’m also glad that it was moved from being classified as a comedy series to a drama. It is funny, but not “ha ha” funny.

Outstanding Comedy Series – “Parks And Recreation” (NBC). It deserves this for the final season. I will be very upset if it loses. If “Parks And Recreation” doesn’t win, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” better win.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” & Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”. I can’t decide so I hope they both win. I’m upset that Kerry Washington wasn’t nominated for “Scandal” but that is a different debate.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”. I’ve never watched this show, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I feel like it deserves something just for it’s content.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series – Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”. Amy Poehler has yet to win an Emmy which is a complete tragedy. I refuse to accept any other person for this award. This award is the one I care the most about.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”. Just because I like Peter Dinklage. I’ve never actually seen “Game of Thrones.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”. Uzo is an amazing actress and she deserves another Emmy for this role.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” & Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. I cannot decide so I hope they both win.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. Tituss deserves to win, but I think he should have been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, but this nomination is still good. (My second choice is for Andre Braugher)

Outstanding Miniseries – “American Horror Story: Freak Show” (FX). It’s the only Miniseries that matter.

Outstanding Television Movie – I’ve heard of none of these, so I have no opinion.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – No opinion

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. She deserves it as it was her last season on the show.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie – Finn Wittrock, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. He just did creepy so well.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie – Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. I feel like Sarah Paulson did the best in a season that was not the best. She was a shining star. Angela Bassett is my second choice. I wanna say Kathy Bates is my third choice, but I couldn’t stand her accent.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series – “The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) & “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC). I want “The Colbert Report” to win for Stephen’s last season, but I also just love Jimmy Fallon.

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series – “Saturday Night Live” (NBC). A great show. Great cast. But “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central) is my number two.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program – “The Amazing Race” (CBS)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program – “Shark Tank” (ABC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program – “Wahlburgers” (A&E)

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program – Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”. Jane Lynch is just a national treasure.

Outstanding Variety Special – “The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” (NBC). SNL is already one of the most iconic shows of all time, and this was one of their best shows. It deserves awards.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”. Pablo really stepped up his game as Pornstache this season. I was surprised, and he deserves to win.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder” & Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”. It’s a tie. Interesting on how they both played the mothers of the main characters.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live” & Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. It’s a tie once again. If neither of them win, I’ll riot.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. Tina Fey, always.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – No opinion

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series – “Veep” — “Election Night” (Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche). I say “Veep” will win, but I’m bitter that “Parks and Recreation” wasn’t nominated for it’s series finale. C’mon Emmys. Do better.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – No opinion, but I bet “Game of Thrones” is gonna win.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series – “Veep” — “Testimony” (Armando Iannucci)

Moral of the Story – I think “Orange is the New Black” and “Parks And Recreation” need to win for every award they were nominated for. I’m also glad “The Big Bang Theory” didn’t get that many nominations especially Outstanding Lead Actor as the show and Jim Parsons are both overrated.

So let’s see on September 20th how many of my predictions are actually right.

Diaries, ADD, & Tattoos

As a child, I never understood the concept of diaries or keeping a journal. I thought it was ridiculous to write something that someone would never read. But now that I’m keeping a blog, I understand. This blog doesn’t have a lot of followers or gain thousands of views, nor do I care. I’m just trying to express myself. I’m not trying to gain popularity or fame from this. I’m just trying to put my thoughts to words (at least under the Summer Thoughts tab) which gets hard as my thoughts are often incoherent and jumbled.

One could argue that my inability to understand my thoughts is ADD/ADHD. In fact in 11th grade, I convinced myself that I did have ADD. I struggled paying attention in class, and it took me twenty minutes to read one page for my AP English Language class. I talked to my parents about it, had my teachers fill out assessments on how I acted in class, and against the advisement of my doctor, I got a prescription for Vyvanse, an off-brand Adderall. I will admit, the Vyvanse did help, but was unnecessary. I didn’t need it. Ultimately, I was just bored with school, which is more of a problem with the American education system than with my attention span considering I was taking 5 AP classes and historically an excellent student. My achievement in school was always a factor in elementary school for me not to have gotten diagnosed with ADD earlier. Since I always understood what the teacher was teaching and got good grades, my teachers didn’t care that I would read books leisurely during lessons or walk around my desk while doing my math problems. Since elementary school is often the time when kids first show signs of ADD and their performance in school is often the first red flag that people will respond to in order to get their children help, I was never considered ADD. I do believe that if a child would act like I did in a current public school classroom their behavior would not be tolerated and that they would be diagnosed with ADD. But all of that considered, I’m still unsure on if I actually have ADD nor do I care, as I am able to focus now. I do believe that medication was unnecessary in retrospect, but I did stop taking Vyvanse my senior year in high school from my own accord.

I have gotten better at organizing my thoughts and focusing even when I’m uninterested, but I’m still incredibly indecisive. It took me forever to actually declare my majors, and I still have constant doubts on whether or not I made the right choice. I waited until almost the last minute to actually decide on what college I wanted to go to. I can’t decide on what graduate school I want to go to, let alone if I want to go to graduate school at all. All of this indecisiveness is very unhelpful as I think getting a tattoo would be cool. I can’t decide on what the tattoo would look like or where I could get it, both of which are important decisions to make. I have come to the conclusion that if I ever get a tattoo I would get a tree incorporated in it, for multiple reasons. Trees are pretty. Haha just kidding. That’s not the reason I would get it. The last conversation I had with my grandmother before she passed she mentioned how I should be like a tree. I’m not sure what she meant, and she probably didn’t either as she had just had a stroke and had dementia. But the sentiment was there, and I miss her. Also there was always a song lyric from David Crowder’s How He Loves that always got to me. “He is jealous for me, Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.” Even though I’m no longer the most active person in organized religion, I still feel very religious and I’m positive that there is a God. This lyric still gets to me and holds very important meaning to me. I am a tree. But as I said earlier, I am very indecisive.

But I am also very rash. Just last week, I dyed my hair blue without thinking about the consequences. I had to dye it back brown two days later for work as they did not approve of the blue hair. Yesterday, I spent $30 online for new socks. I also bought a Ron Swanson life-size cardboard cutout even though I have no use for it and I will be unable to put it in my dorm this year (but I do consider it the best purchase I have ever made). So I would not be surprised if I get a tattoo one day because I get bored and have a weird impulse.

Moral of the story is that I no longer find diaries pointless as they are very helpful in expressing and understanding your thoughts; I believe America is over-medicating children for ADD; I’m indecisive and rash; and I want a tattoo, but might never get one.

On a completely unrelated note, I’m rewatching The Simpsons Movie for the first time in years. It is an excellent movie and I love it, but why did none of the Springfield citizens think to dig under the dome once they realized that the dome was indestructible? Were all of them that stupid? Just some food for thought.

Movie Sequels

As the new Minions movie came out this week and Frozen 2 has been announced, it is clear that Hollywood makes too many unnecessary sequels. Even though there are some great movies that have yet to have sequels. So I feel compelled to make a list of movies that I think deserve a sequel and have yet to receive one. Any Hollywood producers feel free to read this list and feel inspired to make any of these sequels. I will be wanting for the trailers for these new sequels.

  1. The Heat
    1. Just introduce a new criminal. It’s not rocket science.
  2. Sky High
    1. One of my favorite movies from childhood that died after one movie
  3. Spy
    1. Where Susan and Rayna are best friends now. Then they go around being spies together solving crimes.
  4. Mean Girls
    1. I refuse to accept Mean Girls 2 as a real movie
  5. Baby Mama
    1. You always need more movies with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
  6. They Came Together
    1. This movie just got me. It was almost as if they wrote it directly for me.
  7. Bridesmaids
    1. I would like to see a sequel. But I don’t know what would happen.
  8. Hot Rod
    1. This sequel would be cool beans.
  9. Zombieland
    1. This movie was essentially set up to be a movie franchise and have multiple movies.
  10. Big Fat Liar
    1. Always get it in writing
  11. Superstar
    1. More Molly Shannon always.
  12. The To Do List
    1. Aubrey Plaza is just a gem, and I loved her character in this. I need more.
  13. Wreck-It Ralph
    1. Or even a spin-off for Fix It Felix
  14. The Princess and The Frog
  15. The Simpsons Movie
    1. The fact that they teased about a sequel at the end of the movie and have yet to make one is totally unfair. It’s been 8 years. It’s unacceptable.
  16. Elf
    1. We need another one to spread more Christmas cheer.
  17. Napoleon Dynamite
    1. Please. Another one. Now.
  18. Agent Cody Banks
    1. A favorite childhood movie that could have easily had a sequel, but never did
  19. Silver Linings Playbook
    1. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper just have great chemistry.
  20. Bad Teacher
    1. Elizabeth was just hilarious, and I want more.

Honorable Mentions

  1. The Incredibles
    1. They have already announced that they are making a sequel, but I’m still waiting
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events
    1. I put this under honorable mentions as it is getting it’s own Netflix series
  3. Gone Girl
    1. I get that not all stories have happy endings, but I still want more from this story
  4. Legally Blonde
    1. It already got a sequel, but I would like a third
  5. Harry Potter
    1. You can never have enough Harry Potter
  6. Wet Hot American Summer
    1. Netflix adapted a new TV series based off this movie that’s coming out at the end of this month and I’m excited.
  7. The Amazing Spider-Man
    1. I would love a third where Andrew Garfield plays Spiderman and Emma Stone dyes her hair red to play Mary Jane Parker. But I hope they do make a new Spiderman using Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker.
  8. Miss Congeniality
    1. I would like a third just like with Legally Blonde
  9. Zoolander
    1. I can’t wait for this sequel. I’m excited
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    1. I would love a sequel but I don’t think there is a sequel in there that would be good.


Being an adult sucks. Working 60 hours a week. Saving money instead of using your entire paycheck to buy Chipotle. Planning for the future. Going to the social security office. Cleaning the house. Getting a passport. Taking the car to the auto shop. Multiple times in a month to 3 different dealerships.

Why do you have to grow up? Why do you have to do an infinitely long list of chores? Why can’t you stay a child and have no responsibilities forever?

I mean, I’m not the most adult-iest adult there is (nor will I ever try to be). Someone at work the other day did ask me what high school I went to. That was a shocking blow to my self esteem. But one of my coworkers did say that I’m a good people person. Haha I’ve got her fooled. But it did boost my self esteem. My self esteem was later simultaneously lowered and raised when another coworker said that I would make a good DMV worker. What does that even mean? Does it mean I’m good at bureaucracy? Or does it mean that my voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard and I would fit in at an office that sucks out people souls?

Hopefully I can one day be one of those adults that has already done enough planning and saving so that they no longer have to think about money at all. One day. Or at least I can dream and have goals.

The Beach & Me

In October, my parents moved from my childhood home in Greenville to Surfside Beach. They just woke up one day and realized that they no longer had children at home so they had no more reasons to stay in Greenville. They pursued their lifelong dream of living at the beach. I mean, the new house isn’t beach-side, but 3 blocks away isn’t shabby.

This does mean that I get to spend the summer at the beach. Where I know no one. But it means I can focus on myself. I have created a list of things I wish to accomplish this summer in order to improve myself:

  1. Read the books I bought and still haven’t read
    1. Rachel Dratch’s Girl Walks into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
    2. Nick Offerman’s Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living
      1. Also buy his new book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, and read it
    3. John Green’s Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars
  2. Get a job and save money so I can buy books for next semester and new things for my dorm
    1. I have accomplished this partially already (twice). I got a job at a Japanese restaurant as a food runner and worked there for a whopping 5 days. I was not going to get the hours I wanted there (plus the job sucked) so I found a new job at a combination ice cream shop – arcade at a local campground. This new job is definitely one of the best jobs I’ve had, and I will be working 40+ hours a week scooping ice cream.
    2. Also work as much as possible, that way I get more money and the more time I spend at work, the less money I’ll spend.
  3. Exercise more
    1. I say this constantly, but it’s always a good goal to have
  4. Create a killer blog and evolve my writing style
  5. Hang out with my dog since I’ve missed her so much for the past 3 months
  6. Prepare for my TA position in the fall for Communications 121 – Digital Communications
    1. This involves refreshing myself with Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Audacity, and iMovie.
  7. Watch plenty of new movies and television shows
    1. I’ve already seen Spy (which if you haven’t seen it, I recommend it) and season 3 of Orange is the New Black (which I also recommend).
  8. Go to the beach as much as possible (and maybe get a tan)
    1. It is right there, so why not enjoy it?

So I think this summer is shaping up to be a great summer for personal growth and fun. Feel free to check out the tag, Summer Thoughts, for the duration of the summer to see more of my summer experiences and how well I do on my list.

Digital Literacy & Me

Final Reflective Blog Post

Photo by Gallery Hip

As the world becomes more and more digital, digital literacy becomes more and more important. It has come to the point where certain skills cannot be ignored or underutilized anymore. In my opinion, these skills that everyone should know how to do are Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, E-Mail, Google, and Facebook. These skills are not especially hard to learn or that unique, but I believe that they are important and NECESSARY for people to communicate in their personal life as well as succeed in business. One of my personal pet peeves is when people say that they are “not technologically smart” and use it as an excuse not to do simple digital tasks. Clearly, the world is moving in a direction that makes the digital world vitally important to success and society.

But this class focused more on the slightly more technical side of digital literacy. In order to be truly successful in today’s field of digital communications just a basic knowledge of Word isn’t going to cut it anymore. In my opinion, there are three things that will truly prove your digital literacy: your personal website, formatting, and your personal brand.

Look at my personal website. This is a good example of a personal website (in my opinion), as well as a shameless plug for my website. So go check it out if you want.

A personal website isn’t even going to make you stand out that much anymore, but it has become a vital necessity to market yourself as an unique individual and show that you are digitally savvy. How this website is set up will truly show digitally literate you are. Link to your past work. Show your digital resume in a visually appealing and unique way, but you should also have a link to a traditional PDF printable copy. Based on this, my digital resume could use some work as it really isn’t anything spectacular or memorable. Then in my personal opinion as I tried to do on my own website, I think you need to make your personal business website a reflection of you. You should show things that show who you really are that would not show up on a traditional resume like facts about you and your interests.

The formatting of your digital media is VITAL. The design of the website makes or breaks the website. It shows the level of professionalism that you plan to show off. I feel like the formatting of this blog and my personal website is something that is very professional, easily read, and appealing to the eye. One complaint is that this blog doesn’t utilize colors that much as it is mostly neutral colors with some splashes of blue for links.

The logo I made for my personal website

You need to brand yourself. You need to market yourself consistently (with some deviation) across your different social medias. I feel like I branded myself as laid-back, confident, easy going, and TV-loving. Clearly, my website has 14 pictures of me that can come across as narcissistic which could be fixed by adding more pictures of my work to replace them, but any future employers who look at it won’t forget my face. During my live tweet, I feel like I allowed the readers to make their own opinions on the governor’s debate, so I didn’t brand myself well then. If I could go back, I would add more of my personality into my tweets. Then I originally made my logo (pictured to the right) for my personal website, but I have since added it to this blog and my twitter. I would like to add it to my video as to add more consistency of my brand across my different mediums.

Of all the skills I learned in this class, there are a handful that I would love to improve upon. Improving these skills would help make me more marketable in the future. I would like to improve upon

  • My Editing
    • I feel like there is a lot of improvement to be made in my editing. Specifically how to fix the mistakes I make while filming. In my video, the interview with Dr. Radel has sound issues that I made while filming that I couldn’t figure out how to fix in editing. This is something I should learn how to improve upon as mistakes are inevitable.
    • I feel like this skill will be specifically useful as I would love to work in television after I graduate. This skill will help give me knowledge on every part of the television production process.
  • Photography
    • As clear in my Flickr, my photographs weren’t the best. I feel like improving my photography skills will help my work in the future as it will allow me to not rely on others to provide photographs for any work.
    • Also just my Photoshop skills, as shown in my blog post on corruption in prison.
  • My Voice in Writing
    • As shown in this blog, I feel like my voice and personality in writing can be a little inconsistent. I would love to firm my voice while making it informative and opinionated.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
    • I feel like the most important thing for me to do is to practice. Without practice, I will not improve in anything. So I would love to practice videoing, storytelling in podcasts, branding myself, and many more areas.