Tuesday, February 16, 2010

you be the prince and i'll be the princess

hey guys. the ultimate disappointment of life so far in 2010 is dried strawberries. i got a $7 trail mix on saturday that's a mix of dried cranberries, dried strawberries, raisins, and almonds


shown left: the kind i should have gotten

and imagined dried strawberries to be the most delicious thing ever (since FREEZE dried strawberries are pretty excellent) and actually a dried strawberry tastes like gross gummy congealed strawberry jam.

last night christina and i watched tv and knitted, which was pretty nice for a snowy night. we watched like 50 episodes of golden girls and then we watched hoarders. as a warning, i'm just going to be a bummer about popular tv shows for the rest of this entry because i have a meeting !


i have a big problem with "hoarders" and a big problem with me watching "hoarders." i was never into "intervention" and always joked that the most successful show would be "real life suffering and pain of human beings" on a&e. i started watching "hoarders" i guess because i sort of naively thought that it wouldn't be extremely exploitative and weird, and it is both of those things, and yet i keep watching it. my real problems are that they are not actually trying to help those people, they very rarely treat the people sensitively or kindly, and the biggest one of all, making a spectacle of them makes other people less sensitive to their illness.


like, it's basically just a vehicle for viewers to feel better about their messy apartments and to be like, "those pigs should just CLEAN UP !!!!!!" i even find myself getting frustrated with people- like a woman was getting stressed about her stuff being sorted through by strangers (understandable) and kept snapping that she didn't want anything to get broken, and i caught myself thinking, "you shouldn't have put it on THE FLOOR then !!!!!" like, what? it's a sick person reacting appropriately to a situation. ugh. maybe i'll stop watching it.

my ooooooother tv problem this week is 30 rock, which used to be one of my favorite shows. i have this sneaking suspicion now that tina fey is really stupid? i somehow didn't really notice it until this season but she's gone out of her way to include rape jokes in like every single episode and the constant, tireless "LOOK HOW FAT THIS FATTY IS !!! LIZ IS SO FAT, AND EATING !!!! WHAT A FAT PIG WITH A FAT ASS EATING A FAT DONUT"

tina fey

like, in the most recent episode, the rape joke would have almost been kind of funny, as it could have been used to highlight how fucked up and weird maxim is, but when it's like... rape joke #2192903 of the season it didn't really work? jeanne also pointed out that it kind of fell super flat out of her mouth and just sounded sketchy. as far as the weight/food thing goes, like... if the jokes about liz's weight/body/eating habits/appearance were an intelligent lampooning of unrealistic standards for women or something it would be totally brilliant, but as the show has gone on, it's just become more and more like, "look at fatty eat a donut, look at how undesirable this woman is because she's eating and her ass is fat !!!!"

like, i could possibly think that maybe tina fey is projecting issues from when she was "overweight" (150lbs at her largest) but.. this quote from her vogue interview really cinched the "hey, tina fey is actually really dumb" thing for me:

"People will say, 'Oh, fashion magazines are so bad, they're giving girls a negative message'—but we're also the fattest country in the world, so it's not like we're all looking at fashion magazines and not eating. Maybe it just starts a shame cycle: I'm never going to look like that model, so…Chicken McNuggets it is! And conversely, I don't look at models who are crazy skinny and think I want to look like that, because a lot of them are gigantic, with giant hands and feet."

right? a person said that ! haha. she also goes on to say that her dad was an artist and she was exposed to lots of art that showed curvy women so "thin" was never an ideal for her and she never felt bad about her body, so there goes the possible "out" of the fat jokes coming from projection, huh. maybe on the next episode of "30 rock" someone will rape a fat person and then it'll all be over and the show will be good again?

on a lighter note, here's... the underside of a mitten?


time for a stupid meeting ! bye.

p.s. an important development i forgot to mention yesterday is that for some reason i started casually calling people 'dog' a la the non-british american idol guy?


  1. I hate Hoarders and Intervention for exactly the same reasons.

  2. it's "funny" but i was always super super critical of people for watching "intervention" and i'm basically no better than them. for some reason i thought it would be like, a more light-hearted before and after house makeover show? and keep shamefully rubbernecking now that i know it isn't.