Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gets Me Every Time

For a few days, I was feeling really down in the dumps. I'm talking ignoring everyone, taking long night drives, wallowing in my bedroom, thinking nonstop about depressing things. It was rough, but I didn't even notice until I got out of it.

And what got me out of it was this:

(In episode 2 he punches a cougar. Check it out)

It's actually one of the stupidest things I've ever seen, but it made me laugh. And when I let myself laugh something snapped back into place. Obviously none of my problems were fixed by this stupid video, but it was like I was waking up from a really dull dream that I thought was reality.

And it just went to remind me of the (often overlooked) importance of humor in our lives. I'm not going to go into the science of it (although you can check out here, here, and here for some good articles on it) because I think we can all agree that humor makes us happy (duh). But I do want to share with you some knee-slappers that never fail to crack me up. I hope they make you laugh, too:

Homestar Runner:

I'm sure some of you have seen this cartoon, and if not you have to. It is one of the funniest things on the internet, and it's so stupid that it's almost genius. It was started back in 1996 when there weren't very many similar things going, and I stumbled across it when I was younger and they were still making them (they've been on a hiatus since 2010 but they just made some new episodes this year!!!). The characters are so great. I mean, Trogdor? Brilliant! And I still list Brainkrieg as one of my favorite bands of all time. Strong Bad, Homsar, Senor Cartgage, Bubs, the Cheat, Strong Sad, Coach Z, Marzipan, Pompom, and (of couse) Homestar himself- what's not to love?

You can watch them all here. And don't forget to check for the easter eggs at the end of the videos!

IT Crowd:

This britcom deserves a trophy. At times incredibly cheesy, and featuring a very obnoxious laugh-track, the IT Crowd is gold. And best part about it? All of the episodes (except for the finale) are on American Netflix! So next time you're looking for a crappy TV show to indulge in, check this one of. I can guarantee some chuckles, at the very least.

Monty Python:

Okay, I'm pretty sure we've all seen some Monty Python in our lives. So I'm just going to give some of my favorite clips:

Wolf Pupy:

...In all honesty, Wolf Pupy is one of my heros. His/her/its insight is top-notch, and if I met him/her/it in real life we would be best friends. Here are some of my favorite Tweets:

(He/she/it also did a fantastic article for Rookie. Check it out, and prepare to have your mind blown with wisdom and fashion styles.)

Parks and Recreation:

Parks and Rec is fairly popular here in the states, but some of my friends from other countries are not acquainted with this gem of a TV show. I want to make sure that everyone is exposed to this brilliance, so I though I would throw this recommendation in just to be sure. I mean honestly, it is so funny. April Ludgate is a goddess.
(This one's also on Netflix!)


Here are some of the gifs that get me every time. I have such a stupid sense of humor.

...and finally,
The Go Bwah Girl:

This is the pinnacle of humor and the video embodiment of our modern society. The Go Bwah girl will go down in history.

Honorable Mention:
My Drunk Kitchen
Leslie Hall
Auto Tune the News
Garfield Minus Garfield

Enjoy! xx

Monday, November 17, 2014

It Always Takes Me By Surprise How Dark It Gets This Time of Year

Winter came out from nowhere and smacked me in the face, and I'm really feeling this^ First Aid Kit lyric....

But that's okay, because I love winter. Today we had really cold temps and snow, and it made me so inexplicably happy. Butte looks so nice when we have snow. The hills are made really distinct and all the chimneys are like white flags against the (usually) blue sky. 

But the best part is driving through the town at night, when the orange street lights illuminate the falling snow, making it look murky and blizzard-like. The car heat is cranked up all the way but your fingers are still cold against the steering wheel. You pull the sleeves of your giant sweater over your hands, tug your hat down over your ears, turn up the music, and keep driving aimlessly through the streets (crossing your fingers that your car can manage the hills on these icy roads). It's also nice to take winter walks at night, but since I got my drivers license a few years ago I got lazy with it...

In anticipation for my night-drive, I made a winter playlist in school today that is killer, if I say so myself. It's worth a listen!

Here it is:

Enjoy! xx

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It's the Big Things in Life

It's always been my opinion that the phrase "enjoy the little things in life" just doesn't make sense. People will list these "little things," usually including something like sunsets, flowers, hot tea, warm blankets, swimming in lakes, cute puppies, hot baths, etc. that everyone everywhere loves. It's what makes humans happy- these "little things" are what make life worth living.

...But then why do they call them little? To me, a sun rise is a big thing. It's a huge thing. Our world is spinning wildly through space but every single morning we get a beautiful show, right on schedule. It makes me smile. It is no small thing. 

Or a smile from a child? That's incredible. All of the universe has lined up in exactly the right places and the right time for all of eternity so that this child can be here, on Earth, smiling about all the big things around them. 

Anything that makes you happy is a big thing. And I agree with the general consensus- you should make them all count. 

 So with that little tidbit out of the way, I would like to share with you the big things in my life these past couple of weeks. In fact, all of October. It was an amazing month, and here it is for you in pictures:

*this first set was taken with my disposable:

I snapped this in late September, while I was staying in a cabin with my family for the weekend. I absolutely adore how it turned out!
Here's the cabin we were in (Ignore the big black spot). It was a lot of fun.
My mom & brother (and dog).

Playing Bananagrams on the grass outside. The dogs apparently wanted in.
This is Fred. Fred is freaking insane. He is some duck/turkey creature that thinks he's a lap dog. He can't make any noise, but that doesn't stop him from moving his beak constantly and shaking his head like something is wrong with him (which is true). He gives you love nibbles and likes to be pet like a cat. 
My cat Rosie on my bed. She is so pretty. Much less freaky than Fred.
Some weeds in the sidewalk. 
The day that Alt-J's new album came out, Samantha and I took my record player out onto the lawn and listened to it under my lilac tree. It was amazing. Tears were shed. ∆
Few days later, I helped in throwing a surprise party for Samantha. 
This is the part of the show where something very important happens-
The girl on the left is Lena, an exchange student from Germany who stayed with my family for most of October. She was so great, and this is the first photo of many documenting our escapades for the month. 
This is my dog.
I like him.
This is the Lady of the Rockies, a huge statue that sits atop the mountain cradling my town. Lena and I got to sleep inside it. It was good fun. 
The inside is one big shrine- the walls are covered in notes, photos, rosaries, and prayers for loved ones.  

Seeing as I live only 3 hours from Yellowstone, we took Lena on a trip there for the weekend. 
This is Firestone Falls, my favorite spot in Yellowstone.
I love this. It was somewhat of an accident  completely intentional.
*these last photos were taken by Lena, not me:

We went bowling with Andy, my favorite 6 year old. It was so flipping cute.
I like this photo Lena took of an elk in Yellowstone.

I think these two photos are also really great. 

...some photos she took of me during our trip.

Isn't this the coolest?? I love it.

For Halloween, my friends and i did an Alice in Wonderland theme. 

Lena and I were Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
More Halloween happenings. Love Halloween so freaking much.
The night Lena left was emotional. This was taken on top of a hill by my house with the town's lights in the background.

Holy shit, that was a lot of pictures. If you made it through all that, congrats! You now know my whole entire life. 

I promise this is the end of my catching up. From here on out, its going to be coming at you live, from Butte, MT! (insert radio show host voice and sound effects)

Prepare yourselves.