May 2021 Favorites

Celebrated my birthday in the midst of world chaos but what else is new? Thankfully, some good pop culture and entertainment during the month of May 2021 gave me some excitement.

Enjoy my favorites!

Favorite News Article

Martha Stewart’s peacocks. She just keeps getting more and more interesting with age.

Favorite Music

“Good Morning” by Qveen Herby. New morning mantras.

Favorite Celeb Instagram

Aly & AJ for LADYGUNN magazine. Intertwined.

Favorite TV Episode

911: Lone Star, “The Big Heat”. The second half of this two-parter was just WOW.

Favorite YouTube Video

Colleen Ballinger is pregnant. I’m SHOOK.

Favorite Celeb Tweet

Miley’s face in this tweet of this meme is too much. I, too, am peeing.

Favorite Celeb TikTok

This is supposedly how Jason Derulo broke his diet. Suuuuuurrreeeee.

@jasonderulo

Accidentally cheated on my diet 🤷🏾‍♂️

♬ original sound – Jason Derulo

Summer is already pouring for some reason.

Amateur Nature Photographer Plays Pokémon Snap

(with her boyfriend)

The photo labeled “High Score” was taken by my photography assistant*

For my 27th birthday, my boyfriend decided to get me, an amateur nature/landscape photographer, the new Pokémon Snap game on Nintendo Switch. As someone who had played the older version with his brothers when he was younger, he knew I’d enjoy it since I love photography.

He was indeed correct. Pokémon Snap is so much fun!

The first few times I played it in his company so that he could help me decide on which photos to show Professor Mirror. I also let him play a few research rounds and he ended up scoring super high on a cute closeup of two Bidoofs which are displayed on my profile info until I manage to somehow beat that score of 4,938. So I guess he’s my photography assistant* now? 🤣

Every time I play Pokémon Snap, I feel like I’m on an interactive Disney ride, except instead of a ride I’m sitting on a couch living vicariously through my character in the game as she travels along the track via NEO-ONE through the park and jungle habitats.

The game is super chill and relaxing. I’ve played for about 6 hours at the time of writing this and it doesn’t even feel like it has been that long.

Every time I find a new Pokémon or catch them in new poses I swear I squeal aloud while attempting to snap photos before they move out of view.

See below for some of my favorite photos so far from Florio Nature Park and Belusylva Island!

(I’m not very good at night photography IRL or in this game so I will spare you the night research shots. I’m also not going to get into how many points I’ve gotten for each photo because the scoring system seems to care very little about aesthetics since these snaps are for research purposes.)

Grookey & Pichu are too cute. Seriously, how is it legal to be this freaking cute?!

Liepards are probably my favorite to photograph. They’re sassy and they know it.

Is it just me, or does Dodrio always appear to be screaming when it’s not asleep?

Wurmple getting ready to nom.

Taillow, Vivillon, and Florges 🤗

Bidoof cronching, Swanna and Ducklett swimming

Closeup of Taillow with its beady eyes

Bonus Snaps of Meganium in the Florio Nature Park Illumina Spot

I directed these snaps while my photography assistant held the controller 😶🤭

Dreamy

Stopping to smell the Crystabloom

Have you played Pokémon Snap? Let me know your thoughts on the game in the comments!

April 2021 Favorites

As you can see from the new style of image for this post, Monthly Favorites will be taking on a new format. It might change again as I finagle with a few things later this summer, but for now, the posts will be shorter and will have two new categories! Enjoy my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for the month of April 2021, now including a favorite celeb tweet and TikTok!

Favorite News

Master of None is coming back to Netflix on May 23! Might consider watching!

Favorite Music

“Untouchable (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift. So happy she decided to re-record this album!

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

Qveen Herby’s first album release announcement. CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SHE CAN TOUR OMJ.

Favorite TV Episode

Law & Order: Organized Crime, “What Happens in Puglia”. The most intense series premiere on television, ever.

Favorite YouTube Video

“Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat ft. SZA music video. Loving the diversity here.

Favorite Celeb Tweet

Hugh Jackman’s forks are lethal, folks. Beware at any dinner parties you chose to attend in his honor.

Favorite Celeb TikTok

Shay Mitchell is me with my chronic back pain.

@shaymitchell

Reposted for original sound 😈 Let’s see how creative you get with it!

♬ original sound – Shay Mitchell

May is flowering.

27th Birthday Wishlist

Another year older soon, so here’s another wishlist for the blog! As always, do not feel obligated to buy me anything, your birthday wishes are sufficient for me 🥳

  1. Seoul’s I Become a Shade on vinyl. Been listening to this 2015 album a lot lately.
  2. Tea and the Gang’s Apple Lavender Powdered Tea. Will willingly enter the world complicated breakfast beverage-making/preparation for this.
  3. Pura Vida’s Rose Gold Statement Heart Ring. So freaking cute ❤️
  4. DSLR Camera Backpack. Ordered one from a different place online last summer and it got lost in the mail so I’m still salty.
  5. MONQ Forest Bath Soak. Need this to soak away my anxiety.
  6. Classic Floral Lily and Fox nail strips. The easiest manicure ever so it’s always nice having these around as an option!

Feb & Mar Favorites: Amazon Dating & Sarah Baska Goes Emo

Alright, so here’s a compact version of what happened:

I procrastinated too long in March and never ended up posting February 2021 favorites because I then managed to eff up my right (dominant) wrist during a 40-some-odd-day yoga streak (a story for another post).

Since my hand is still healing, I present to you a very short combined February and March 2021 favorites!

Favorite News Articles

1. Amazon Dating parody site tried to make Valentine’s Day fun this year. Found out about this through @dimpey6 on TikTok and I’m not even ashamed to admit it.

2. Pics of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana for the upcoming film Spencer. I keep telling people that K-Stew was born to star in biopics.

Favorite Music

1. “Feels Right” by Roosevelt. It does, indeed.

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ASMR Day 2021: 8 Favorite ASMR-tists

Happy ASMR Day!

During the beginning of the pandemic, I was having so much trouble with anxiety and not getting a full 7-8 hours or sleep. NYC was trigger-happy and bored in lockdown, resorting to loud fireworks at 10pm, and all I could think to do was plug in my headphone and drown out the noise with ASMR.

ASMR has become a popular way to relax and reduce stress in order to fall asleep or just simply decompress after a long day. I’m still learning about all the genres of ASMR that exist, but my current faves include roleplay, spa, whispering, and fuzzy/fluffy microphone scratching.

Enjoy a selection of 8 videos by my favorite ASMR-tists on YouTube! See below for a little run down of the amazing talents of each of these wonderful featured creators:

Spring 2021 Contemporary Holiness Playlist

For 2021’s spring playlist, I thought it would be fun to round up some of my favorite Contemporary Christian songs.

Some of the songs on this playlist are by artists who identify as believers in the Christian faith and/or grew up in a religious household. Other songs on this playlist are purely rooted in holiness based on my personal interpretation of them.

Since it is Holy Week and COVID-19 is still lingering, I’m unable to go to church for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, or Easter for the second year in a row, so I will be blasting this playlist all week!

I chose 13 songs to represent the 12 disciples plus Jesus. I hope this playlist is enjoyable for my fellow Christians and non-Christians alike.

1. Dark Matter (Hushed), Andrew Belle. Let’s get those demons in the form of black bears out of the way first.

2. Constellate, Fleurie. Shine in His light.

3. Holy Ground, Taylor Swift. This is where we stand.

4. Stranger Ways, Anberlin. “A little bit closer for finding the truth.”

5. Come Into This Light, From Indian Lakes. Feel His love.

6. Brand New Day, 21:03, J Moss. Keeping the faith everyday. Even during these unprecedented times.

7. I just need U. – Capital Kings Remix, TobyMac. Truly all you need in life to get by.

8. joy., for KING & COUNTRY. “Let it move you.”

9. Blessed, Hawksburn. A blessed dance party waiting to happen.

10. Be a King, Capital Kings. It only makes sense to treat yourself as royally as your Father treats you.

11. In And Out of Time – PHENOMENON Remix, Colton Dixon, Solomon Olds. What is time these days?

12. Balconies – Jorgen Odegard Remix, Paper Route. “Raise your arms and hold balconies of grace.”

13. Peace Song, Kye Kye. The tranquil end we long for.

Hope you have time to enjoy Holy Week with family!

January Favorites: Biden-Harris Inauguration & ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ S2 Premiere

Well, now that we’re back to having competent human beings running the US government, news will be boring on the politics side of things (just the way I like it). There is no shortage of exciting pop culture news to recap for the month of January, though, and all of my favorite shows are back on TV, so let’s get to it!

Here are my faves in pop culture and entertainment for the first month of 2021!

Favorite News Articles

1. Jennifer Lopez’s Inauguration Day performance. Love that she spoke some Spanish during her rendition of “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful.”

2. Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Day outfit. If I could afford just the jacket part of this glorious ensemble I would totally buy.

3. The Bernie Sit meme generator. Truly the perfect vibe for these times.

4. The women who secured the ballot boxes during the Capitol riots. Give them a Medal of Freedom.

5. There’s a 7-Eleven Airbnb in Dallas. And it’s only $11/night?!

Favorite Music

1. “Safeword” by Rhye. Starting the new year out right with a whole new album from Rhye!

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