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My very own belated Sex and the City Review

11 Apr

I suppose most of you spent Easter around your families, hunting for eggs, eating too much, going to church etc. Well, I did some of the above but most of all I watched Sex and the City. I know, the show ended some years ago and I admit I’m a bit late but whatever.

When Sex and the City was on regular TV over here I still had to share a television with my mom and she would not have approved of me watching it for some silly reason, even as I was more than old enough to watch it. It was the same with Buffy and The Simpson’s, she just couldn’t relate. My only chance to watch those shows was when she was out in the evenings, so no Sex and the City for me most of the times.

Thankfully I don’t have to share a TV anymore and my best friend owns the complete series on DVD by now, so he (not kidding!!) graciously lent me the DVDs after we ended somewhere in season 2 to watch the rest.

From the very few episodes I watched some years ago I mostly remembered Carrie using the phrase “I couldn’t help but wonder…” a lot which I thought was her trademark sentence only to learn it was not in the early seasons, but then again so was my approval of this show.

Sex and the City and I had a rocky start. I’m not your typical girlie-girl so spending all this money on shoes and clothes seemed (well still seems) wasteful and the girls featured on this show were also very, very complicated. Another thing I noticed right away was the swearing and heavily use of ‘Fuck’. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with that, I curse and swear a lot myself but I felt a bit overexposed to it all, like I did during ‘Six Feet Under’, another HBO show.

Carrie Bradshaw must be the most complicated and annoying woman on earth, at least in my book. Especially in the beginning of the show I wanted to hit her over and over  to keep her from saying all that ridiculous stuff, to make her quit smoking and put on some nice clothes. For me, she was a perfect fit for Mr. Big because he was as complicated as her. All those problems seemed so superficial and unnecessary that I couldn’t help but wonder if this is an accurate portrayal of most women. I don’t think it is.

What I didn’t understand was, where all her money came from. I mean, come on, writing a weekly column for a newspaper can’t possibly pay enough to rent a decent apartment in Manhattan (even if it’s rent controlled) and leave enough money to buy designer clothes and 400$-pairs-of-shoes. And those clothes, especially in the earlier seasons, were ugly, maybe you disagree, but I thought them ugly, big time!

Moving on to Miranda Hobbs who was the successful lawyer that looked like a lesbian. I’m sorry, but I just can’t believe that she could pull off all those dates looking like she did, again especially in the first seasons. But I like her better than Carrie and after she has a child with Steve I grew even fonder of her.

Charlotte York for me is the prettiest of the four women and the most naive, too. How she managed to be friends with the other three is a bit of a miracle since she is a tad prude. I don’t get how she could marry Trey MacDougal. That marriage was bound to be a disaster. Nevertheless I felt bad for her, when she discovered that she couldn’t have children.

Last but never least, Samantha Jones is the most open and fun character of them all. She fucks everything that moves, isn’t afraid to talk about it. She is so direct, you gotta like her!

At some point during season three I started to like the show, before, I just enjoyed some laughs but was equally annoyed with all the drama. Also the quartet made me extremely judgmental of every little thing that I started screaming at my TV. There was just so much I didn’t like but it got better and during the last episode I even cried a little bit (this is mostly because I am a big old softie) which is a good sign. The girls were still complicated and annoying but not as much as in the beginning and they also dressed better, especially Carrie. Also, as a big fan of romance, I was happy to see Steve marrying Miranda, Charlotte falling for Harry and Carrie ending with Big.

I don’t regret spending all that time watching the six seasons, after all, it’s a big part of our pop-culture. This whole experience started out of a feeling for completion, I wanted to cross this heavily popular show off of my to-watch-list but I ended up enjoying most of it. Although it still is a highly superficial show with ridiculous problems and all that it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. It won’t end up on my regular-re-watch-list but you can’t put every show on that, right?!

Maybe now I can finally manage to concentrate on my student research project! Haha, who am I kidding, I still have this blog to make my waste my time.

Embracing My Inner Kid!

4 Apr

There is a great quote from FRIENDS, well actually there are like a ton of those but that’s not the point. Joey has this new girlfriend, Melanie, and while the guys all sit together at Monica’s place, she says: “There is a little child inside this man!” and Chander answers: “Yes, the doctors say if they remove it, he’ll die.”

I love this quote, mostly because I just love Chandler for his humor, he is the best (at least for me, I know tastes vary). The other reason I love it, is because I think we all should be like this and keep the little kid inside of us alive, happy and well nourished. This is maybe stupid, coming from a 24-year-old, but nevertheless I don’t think I’m wrong here. After all, Ellen agrees with me, so duh! If Ellen says that, it must be true xD, just kidding, I’m not some crazy person who listens to what celebrities say and then has to do whatever they tell me to.

I got the idea for this post, while I was reading through older posts of This Labyrinth I Roam, where Anju writes about how she was as a child and it made me think about how much I am still a little kid inside. So, this is going to be a list of reasons why I am definitely no grown-up (and probably never will be, because it’s boring, also I still feel like I’m 14 most of the times and I don’t see it changing anytime soon).

Here we go then in no particular order and without numbers (take that Freshly Pressed):

Sometimes, I like to get on one leg and jump up the stairwell to see how many jumps I can do without losing the rythm.

Braids are my choice for a hairstyle. Most likely because my mom never knew how to braid hair so as a child I never got to wear nice braids and I have to make up the lost time now. It’s also a great way to not deal with my curls.

Ok, don't mind the light blurriness and just concentrate on those beautiful socks :D Originally this photo was taken to show a friend the new dress I got, so don't be to harsh with your judgement. Thanks!

Striped (knee-) socks are what make my feet and me happy. I recently got some new ones (they were actually made for children but fit perfectly on my legs as well) and they’re awesome. Colorful and fun looking.

In general I love to wear colorful clothes because they make me happy especially in the darker seasons like winter. I will probably never fully understand how people can choose dark winter coats, they’re so depressing and black as if winter wasn’t dark and depressing enough on its own.

Sometimes, when there is a streetlamp in the way, I walk straight towards it and only decide at the last possible moment on which side I should pass without crashing into it.

When there are hip-high obstacles in the way, I like to let my hand(s) glide over them as if they were little planes in order to make me believe I can actually fly. Believe me, the day I learnt that no matter how fast I flutter with my arms, I’ll never be able to fly on my own, was a very sad day.

I proudly wear my T-shirt with Ernie and his little rubber duck from Sesame Street on it. What can I say, it’s green and so cute!

I don’t like wearing heels, mostly because my insole, to even out my odd-lenghted legs, doesn’t fit into them. I will probably be wearing Chucks for the rest of my life xD or at least for a pretty long time!

I rather play board games with friends than go out and get drunk because I neither like beer nor wine. It’s tragic, I know and oh-so boring!

I can eat an entire cheesecake in less than 2 days, maybe even one day, on my own and I don’t even feel bad. Besides, why should I, it’s delicious!

There’s never a day not to eat candy or potato chips or chocolate or all of them together.

I love snow, you can have snowball fights, make snow-angels and go sleigh-riding and yes, I still do these things.

This may not be the most imaginative list and I thought I had more to say when I started writing than I actually came up with but there you have it. I’m like Peter Pan, I don’t really believe in growing up because it seems to be boring. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m not ready to find out yet. I prefer to keep my inner child alive and not let it starve out of neglect or even worse, change who I am.

I spent my youth wanting to be older, more grown up because I thought it would make things easier and me more confident. Guess what, nothing changed so far except the years on my clock. I’m done wanting to grow up, maybe it will sneak up on me someday in the future but until then, I embrace myself, whoever that is.

Why I just cannot not go into a book-store.

7 Mar

I originally set out to find a bolero jacket which fits perfectly with the blue dress I bought off the internet for my cousin’s confirmation in late April. As I am not the most patient shopper and am just too picky, I ended up with nothing. Most of the times, my problem is that I know exactly what I want, there is just no store offering it. It’s the same with me an man only they’re not displayed in stores to shop around.

Before I could set out to find nothing, I was asked to participate in a competition to win something. Unfortunately I stopped before I knew what it was, I initially thought the guy just wanted to give me  flyer for something but no. He asked me if I was already 18. Helloooo?!! I’m 24 for god’s sake and while I know I don’t look my age, I don’t think I look like a minor. I never know whether I should take thinks like that as a compliment or not. This made me slightly uneasy which probably did not help my ability to shop.

So, after leaving the mall with nothing, I passed by this book store. It’s a chain, and I never really liked it, still don’t but I had to go in, because I wanted to buy something! Last time I went in, I bought three books, one of them was a total drag but I finished it last night. Finally!

Isn't the cover beautiful?

There I was, looking at all the pretty books. I found one of my fave’s in the recommended pile, ‘The Monsters of Tempelton’ by Lauren Groff. It’s were I initially took my Twitter username (WillieSun) and later my WordPress name from ’cause I’m horrible at making up names. I love, love, love the book, it’s beautiful cover and the author. Can’t wait for her third book to come out in paperback. But I’m drifting away.
I wasn’t in the mood for a contemporary book translated into german which, unfortunately, are most books you can buy in a german book store, so I strolled over to the english book section. They tend not to be big, which always makes me sad and I end up ordering my books from amazon. But there was nothing there either which brought me to my last stop, the classics section. And alas! I found something. Actually, I was eying it the last time I was in the store but I wasn’t sure.

I am now the proud owner of my own copy of ‘War and Peace’ finally. I spent one summer searching for my granny’s copy of the book but never found it. It’s a huge, very long book and I will probably not read it right away but owning it makes me really glad. I remember reading ‘Anna Karenina’, same author, long russian book but it was excellent.
Alongside ‘War and Peace’ I also bought ‘Oliver Twist’ because I didn’t have it yet.

As you probably already guessed correctly, I love books and own a big bunch of them. I’m even running out of bookshelf-place by now but what the heck. You can never have too many of them. Right?!!

Part of my overflowing bookshelf

It’s just the best thing to loose yourself in a good story and you know that, after whatever number of pages, most problems will be resolved and everything has found it’s place. A similar thing applies to TV shows as well, only there you have a finite number of episodes but otherwise it’s the same experience for me.

So, I simply cannot not enter a book-store, even when I don’t particularly like the store, I still feel like missing out when I pass it. There could be a book, a potential friend, that wants to come home with me to eventually enlighten my day.

Now I find myself in the awkward position where I have to choose which book to read next and I’m not sure whether it’s the right choice because mood does play a role in my enjoyment of a book. My studies have me in a pretty tight grip these days, so I don’t have the time I would want to devote to reading and it is easier to find time when I really enjoy a story.

I chose ‘Tom Sawyer’ for now. My first book by Mark Twain and I do hope I’ll like it. It was a tie between this one and ‘Great Expectations’ but after reading the first page I ended up with the Twain. And I’m gonna start right now!

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