Monday, August 8, 2011

Two Guilty Pleasures Unite!

I've had two posts in row that were text-based, so I'm hoping it's okay if I add another post focused around a Youtube video. The Final Destination movies are a guilty, guilty pleasure of mine, so I'd already planned on seeing Final Destination 5. However, this fantastically macabre version of Saved by the Bell featuring Final Destination 5's cast has definitely added to my interest in the film. My only complaint is that faux-Jessie wasn't sporty curly hair. Before you watch the video, I would like to warn you that it features a fairly decent amount of gore, even if it's done in an over-the-top manner. Due to a gory preview picture on the Youtube video, I've just included a link in consideration to those who hypersensitive to gore.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Art Time with a Non-Artist (Me)

There's something you should know about me; I'm not much of an artist. The closest I've ever been to feeling like an artist were the multiple times that I was asked if I painted the Van Gogh posters hanging on my dorm wall. Another fact about me: I don't even have much art knowledge. When I was choosing those posters for my wall, I browsed through the "most popular" category and picked the prettiest ones. But despite these two Julie factoids, I'm going to share something kind of arty with you today.

I came across this post and was greatly intrigued by the idea of eraser artwork. It's pretty much what it sounds like. You dip a pencil eraser on an ink pad and use it make artwork out of the resulting dots (I also used a sharpie to aid in my artwork).  So, one night when I couldn't go to sleep, I decided to give it a shot.  It sounded easy, and I had everything that it required on hand. Well, kind of. I didn't have a working inkpad, but I had an old watercolor set, probably from when one of my siblings or I was in elementary school. But you know what? It actually worked pretty well, and when I inevitably spilled some the paint on my counter, it washed right out. 

Now, I know my resulting artwork is far from great. The ideas are unoriginal and simplistic, and the actual artwork could be easily replicated by a child. That really wasn't the point of this for me. I just wanted to flex my creativity muscles a bit and have some fun. I feel like both of these objectives were achieved, so I'm satisfied. Plus, my artwork may not be great, but I actually kind of like it. Maybe that's just my aforementioned lack of art knowledge talking.

So, if you're bored and are looking for a fun way to show some creativity, I'd definitely recommend trying some eraser artwork. It's definitely gets a stamp of approval from me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'm So Buzzed That I Make Bees Look Bad: Crystal Light Energy

 Okay y'all, I have three problems. I'm going to work towards rectifying the first one right now. The second may never be fixed. The third could easily be fixed, but I refuse to do so.

I'll start with the first problem. I have realized that I've gotten incredibly lazy with this blog. Most of the first page is filled with youtube videos and a "check this out" type of comment. Now, the truth is that I think youtube videos definitely have their place on this blog. However, they should be mixed in with posts that require a little more work. So, I'm going to try to write more of these posts that include, well, actual writing by me. This problem is going to be worked on today because I'm about to write, *gasp,* a post that does not include a youtube video. 

This probably should have been my first post because the Wild Strawberry flavor of Crystal Light Energy is probably among my top-used products and may, in fact, be the product that I use the most. I drink it pretty much every day, and lately I've been drinking it twice a day. This is my second problem. I drink too much Crystal Light Energy. Each packet contains 120 milligrams of caffeine, and the recommended amount per day is under 300 milligrams. So if we pretend that I have no other caffeine, then I'm doing okay on that front. The problem is that I'm reliant upon it. If I don't drink it every day, not only do I feel sluggish, but also I get a terrible headache. That's probably not good, right? But it tastes really good and perks me right up in the morning. Plus, it's super easy to "make" because all I have to do is mix it into a water bottle. I could probably just drink coffee for my caffeine fix, but Crystal Light Energy is super enjoyable. So despite it's addictive quality, I definitely give it a "Cool" stamp of approval. Maybe I'll give it up one day, but who knows?

Oh yeah. If you've stuck with me this long, you're probably wondering about my third problem. My third problem is that the title of this post is so incredibly cheesy. However, you're just going to have to deal with it because I like it.

Has anyone else tried Crystal Light Energy? What did you think about it? Or do you drink something else for a pick me up? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Laughing So Hard That I'm Crying

I love watching The Soup. Some episodes are funnier than others, but I typically average a couple of laughs per episode. It's not that often, however, this it causes me to laugh until I cry. One clip from Hoarders in last weeks' episode of The Soup literally had me in tears. I rewound it twice and watched it an additional two times when I found it on Youtube. If you read my last post, you know that strange things make me laugh, and the following clip is no exception. I doubt that everyone will find it as funny as I did, but I enjoyed it so much that I had to share.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So Basically I Have the Maturity of a Ten Year Old

I like to think that I typically have a somewhat mature sense of humor, but every once in a while, something completely stupid cracks me up. The following video is one of those "somethings." It pretty much speaks for itself. So all I have to say is embrace your immaturity as you watch the following video.

Friday, May 27, 2011

A Special Now and Later Edition: All About Mindy Kaling

Wow! Is that title misleading or what? I was trying to be cutesy by using "now and later" as a reference to the fact that this post is going to contain something I think is cool now and something that I think will be cool when it comes out. Instead, it sounds like I found now special edition of now and later candies. Speaking of now and laters, I've never been able to discover if I like them. Every time I've tried one, it's been kind of old and stale. Or maybe they just taste that stale in general. So, I assume that they're kind of nasty, but I can't assert that statement with any kind of certainty. Oh yeah, I was talking about something else. Sorry, my mind wanders. Anyway, instead of a special edition of now and laters, I'm actually going to write about things related to Mindy Kaling.

You actually may recognize the name Mindy Kaling. But, if you don't, you're more likely to recognize her most famous character: Kelly Kapoor from The Office.  In fact, Mindy Kaling is one of The Office's writers. Anyway, she's awesome and funny and you should totally be aware of who she is.

So, I guess I'll start with the now. Right now, you can enjoy Mindy's writing by reading her blog, "Things I've Bought that I Love." She hasn't updated since 2008 so some of the items she wrote about may not still be available. But, that doesn't really matter because that's not really the main reason for reading through it. I mean, I'm very unlikely to be buying flats that cost hundreds of dollars, but I'm happy to read about them when the writing is as funny as Mindy's is.

I also have another "now" for you. Isn't that awesome? This one will particularly appeal to fans/former fans of The Office because, well, it is kind of from The Office. It's one of their short webisode series featuring Mindy Kaling. In these three webisodes, Kelly and Erin have formed a band, Subtle Sexuality, with Kelly as the lead singer. They center around Kelly and Erin's making a video for their song, "Male Prima Donna," and the final and by far the best webisode is the music video. And if you enjoy these webisodes, they've also since created another less-funny-but-still-entertaining video that's a parody of Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me." I've included the final webisode of the "Male Prima Donna" series below, but if you want to watch them all, you can find them on The Office's official site.

Now, it's time for the later portion of this post. I'm super excited about Mindy's upcoming book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). It doesn't actually come out until November, but a fairly long excerpt is available at I don't know a whole lot about it. Judging from the except, however, it consists of Mindy's thoughts on various things, and it will be really funny.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Just a Note

Hey everyone. I just wanted to let all of my amazing readers know that I'm going on a short hiatus. I only have a couple weeks left of school, and there's a lot of studying and schoolwork that I'm going to have to finish by then. So, in the interest of my grades, I'm not going to post anymore until I'm done with this semester. I should have a lot more free time then and will be able to post more often.