Spotlight on Tina Fey!

I would like to start off this post with a few personal confessions:

– I am socially awkward 95% percent of the time. I typically suffer from what I call- “Social Remorse” where I tend to replay in my mind all of the times I most likely put my foot in my mouth during a recent social situation. I do not think this is healthy, for the record.

– I am not the cool girl at the party. You know that girl that walks in and looks effortlessly gorgeous and people flock to her because her cool waves are just radiating so far out you can barely stand it? Well- OK that’s never me. I arrive too early or too late. I ask awkward questions in an effort to start a conversation and I typically end with a joke that was meant to sound sarcastic but just comes off awkward/mean. I then get nervous, talk MORE and make an even more painful exit. It just happens.

– I also am a little bit of an 80-year-old woman at heart. I plan the heck out of things (to a fault) and I don’t always love staying up late. I like to clean for fun on a Saturday evening. I don’t understand why people go out to clubs. I just can’t ever get on that party train. In fact, the whole system of clubs seems to set women back at least 50 years. Every time I drive through Hollywood on a Saturday night, and I see those girls standing in line, shivering in their tiny dresses vying for the attention of some disgusto club promoter- I just want to pull over and offer them a ride home. I’m sorry I just don’t see the appeal.

– I LOVE cheese and bread. I have already shared this truth within this blog, but I feel like it needed to be stated once again.

– I collect cardigans. Specifically gray ones. This is no lie, I currently have 5 gray cardigans in my possession. Sometimes, I branch out with black, olive green or navy. I know they aren’t the most fashionable of accessories, but I love cardigans and I wear one whenever possible. I also love sneakers. So my style is basically androgynous girl next door. ADORABLE, I KNOW. Maybe I could hand out said cardigans to those girls waiting in line at clubs on a Saturday night!

Where is this going? Well… It is heading straight to the reasons why I LOVE Liz Lemon. This character is my dream friend and I can’t get enough of “30 Rock”. The show is on Instant Netflix, so you have no excuses! Unless of course you don’t have Netflix, in which case, I apologize. Start from the beginning of the series- it will grow on you, trust me!

Before I say anything else- let me address the obvious. Yes, it is a bit cliché for me (a twenty-five-year-old female) to dedicate this post to Tine Fey’s work. I know it has been done 1,000 times before, but I don’t really care. I wanted to write about her because I think she is hilarious and smart- so here we are! I hope you enjoy 🙂

With that being said, here are some of the most amazing moments in “30 Rock” history. If these don’t make you laugh, then you are a robot.

**I couldn’t get Hulu to embed for some reason. If you have any tips on how to do that on a WordPress site, the advice would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thank you, Hulu for putting these fantastic Liz Lemon moments together:

Hulu- Liz Lemon Montage

Her love for food is also something to be admired:

This particular scene makes me laugh. every. single. time.

My ALL TIME favorite episode of 30 Rock is Season 2, Episode 14- “Sandwich Day”. There are too many amazing moments to name, but here’s a small sample:

Sandwich Day Clip

I know I am about a year late on this one, but I just finished Tina Fey’s book, “Bossypants”. I have never laughed out loud so many times while reading a book. It’s just everything I would want to say about life if I was smarter and funnier and wiser.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. “You’re up for a promotion. If they go for a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.” Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.” 

“There is no one of-woman-born who does not like Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. Anyone who claims otherwise is a liar and a Socialist.” 

“I was a little excited but mostly blorft. “Blorft” is an adjective I just made up that means ‘Completely overwhelmed but proceeding as if everything is fine and reacting to the stress with the torpor of a possum.’ I have been blorft every day for the past seven years.” 

“Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” 

“Don’t ever feel inadequate when you look at magazines. Just remember that every person you see on a cover has a bra and underwear hanging out a gaping hole in the back. Everyone. Heidi Klum, the Olsen Twins, David Beckham, everybody.”


The best thing about Tina Fey -and Amy Poehler, and Kristen Wiig and many others for that matter- is that they are paving the way for so many female entertainers. They are writing, creating, acting and more which is a huge deal and proves that women can be smart and funny. It’s not the easiest thing to be a female working in the entertainment industry, but it seems that the tide is slowly changing. Kudos to these ladies for starting a trend that I hope continues to grow in the years to come.

Now, go watch some “30 Rock” and enjoy your Wednesday! Hooray!

-ashley

Pop Culture Breakdown: Bieber Fever Edition

I know the beginning of the week can be a drag, so I wanted to start it off right. Now, this might be a bit of an abstruse (word of the day) topic, but try and stay with me. I could lie and say I woke up this morning and crammed in some Dostoyevsky before work, but I won’t do that. I stumbled upon this sure-to-be-hit and felt like it was something worth sharing.

Justin Bieber’s new single- “Boyfriend”

Listen here. 

Below you will find my breakdown of the lyrics. Hold on tight, y’all. This song is deep.

If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go

I can take you places you ain’t never been before

Baby take a chance or you’ll never ever know

I got money in my hands that I’d really like to blow

Swag swag swag, on you

–      First off- I love it when an 18 year-old has $127 bajillion dollars that he wants to blow on his new lady.  Where was this guy when I was 18? Ladies, if a guy says this to you- ask him to pay for college. Swag is overrated.

Chillin by the fire why we eatin’ fondue

I dunno about me but I know about you

So say hello to falsetto in three two…

–      Who doesn’t love a good melted cheese/chocolate party?! Sounds like a fun date to me.

–      Fondue + You= genius rhymes. On top of that, he gives us a countdown to prepare us for those high notes.

That Justin, always being so thoughtful.

I’d like to be everything you want

Hey girl, let me talk to you

If I was your boyfriend, never let you go

Keep you on my arm girl, you’d never be alone

I can be a gentleman, anything you want

If I was your boyfriend, I’d never let you go, I’d never let you go.

–      This part scared me because it is EXACTLY what my husband said to me on our first date. Was Justin there? Was our conversation tapped? Am I living in some weird version of the Truman Show? This song really makes me question everything.

Tell me what you like yeah tell me what you don’t

I could be your Buzz Lightyear fly across the globe

I don’t never wanna fight yeah, you already know

I am ‘ma a make you shine bright like you’re laying in the snow

Burr

–      Where to start? Turning Buzz Lightyear into some weird sex symbol makes me really uncomfortable.

–      Try and say the second to last line out loud- “I am ‘ma a make you…” Yeah, I can’t make it sound cool either.

–      Ending with an onomatopoeia. Solid.

Girlfriend, girlfriend, you could be my girlfriend

You could be my girlfriend until the —- world ends

Make you dance do a spin and a twirl and

Voice goin crazy on this hook like a whirl wind

Swaggie.

–      Plus side- At least he’s not afraid of commitment.

–      Down side- I don’t know what “swaggie” is.

Repeat of the Chorus and then wrapping it all up with:

 Na na na, na na na, na na na

Ya girl

Na na na, na na na, na na na ey

Na na na, na na na, na na na ey

Na na na, na na na, na na na ey

If I was your boyfriend.

–      This was the most relatable part of the song for me. I really feel like he was speaking straight to my heart. Can’t explain it.

Na. Ey.

There you have it! Justin Bieber’s newest masterpiece. You’re welcome.

**I am aware this post has no real value- but that’s what pop culture is all about right?! Happy Monday!

-ashley

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