The Update

COVID happened, I lost my job and decided to take a pivot so here I am, 2 years into a 3 year Master of Social Work program, ready to embark on a new career as a therapist.

With that being said the blog will take a pivot, a small one but a pivot nonetheless.

  • Mental Health – in the form of my ramblings, cool things I’ve learned in sessions, class, from my supervisor or my grad school friends
  • Self Care (mostly in the form of images…nothings changed here)
  • Tips & Tricks – small and noticeable things you can do to calm yourself (btw I hate journaling, meditation and working out so these will be real things you can do)
  • And of course, the stories everyone has come to know and love, but with a twist!

I decided to keep the name the same because let’s be real, life is a struggle..and even more so in the past 2 years. I haven’t met a single person who is just thriving, and hasn’t been in some form of survival mode. The domain, shameless tales, because if you haven’t read anything on shame and the surrounding conversations with shame, then take a moment, watching some Brene Brown and sit with it. We should live our lives with less, without shame and aware of how it effects us all.

Anyways

Let’s see how this next adventure goes and thanks for tuning in!

Quarantine show round up – Sailor Moon

“Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon”

If you don’t like anime and aren’t in touch with your inner child then you can stop reading right now because this post is all about the the award winning (I don’t think it’s won any awards) children’s (its not just for kids) anime show Sailor Moon. Based off a wildly popular and successful manga Sailor Moon is about Usagi – a 16 year old teenage girl who is essentially a mess. She’s always eating, always sleeping and constantly doing bad/or late for school.. sounds like me now if school was work.

I am getting excited and I’ve barely even written anything so I’ll try and keep this short. The Sailor Scouts led by Sailor Moon are essentially guardians of the universe, each planet has it representation with Sailor Moon being the leader. They each have a different power based more or less on what you would think of the plants, so Sailor Mars is fire, Jupiter is lighting, Mercury is bubbles, Venus is some “Venus Blast” (whatever that is) and later on Uranus and Saturn come in. Queen Serenity is Sailor Moons mother and they all used to live on the moon kingdom together until some evil force destroyed them. Luna and Artemis are the two talking cat guardians of the Sailor Scouts and live on Earth with them.

NOW BEFORE YOU START JUDGING ME FOR GOING SO HARD ON THIS CARTOON JUST REMEMBER THIS WAS WAS FAVORITE SHOW GROWING UP AND WE’RE IN REALLY TOUGH TIMES RIGHT NOW SO I NEED SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT.

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Anyways, each season there’s a new challenge of monsters that they have to defeat, usually each season culminates with a movie (yes I have them on VHS). I also own Sailor moon socks, a keychain and have dressed up an undisclosed amount of times as Sailor Moon. At risk of going on and sounding like a total freak just watch it. Start with season 1, it’s on Hulu and you’re welcome for the joy that’s this will bring you.

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Quarantine show round up – Married at First Sight

So if you’re unaware what this show is about, try reading and re-reading the title of this post again. Lifetime has really made the jump from overly dramatic movies with titles such as “Death of a Cheerleader, “Escaping my stalker” and “Burning Bed” (a classic) to dramatic TV Shows. The basic premise of the show is that a team of ‘experts’ – not sure why I put that in quotes because they really are professionals go through a pool of men and women and put together 4 to 5 couples. The only thing they know about their spouse is their ring size and the first time they actually lay eyes on them is when they are walking down the aisle.

After they get married they have like one or two days, then they go on their honeymoon (usually in Mexico), the other couples are also there and they sometimes get together for little activities and whatnot. When they come home they immediately move into a neutral space (this is a newt thing, they used to decide who’s house they wanted to move into OR got the decision to move into a neutral space). The experts will sprinkle in little challenges throughout their time together ie. host a dinner with friends and family, a love or sex game, go to the other person house and go through their stuff, etc. Its cure and very curated to foster love ❤

Yes this sounds crazy and personally I would not do this HOWEVER, it makes for fucking great TV. A good amount of the couples are veeerrrryyyy well matched. For example (I don’t know the season numbers) but there was a couple in Washington, DC who was super awkward and weird and they were perfect for each other, there was one in Charlotte that was amazing Deonna and Greg I think their names were? they’re having a child now. I’m currently watching New Orleans and although I’m only a few episodes there’s two couples who I think are very solid. Bennet and Olivia and Woody and his wife (I truly can’t remember her name)**. I LOVE the diversity they have on the show and by diversity I mean a good mix of black and white couples, I’d still like to see some other ethnicities represented but they have at least come this far. I got my parents into the Washington, DC season while I was home and let me just say my mom and I would get chastised for for watching without him.

The experts, pictured below, are the ones that match up the couples, and help council them throughout the process.

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Dr. Pepper is the little one, Pastor Cal who is my fucking favorite (also a fan and show favorite, legit the couples get so excited to see him) and I think the brunette one is Jessica*** but I also can’t remember.

Anyways I give this show a 10/10, I’m actually watching right now, it’s an awesome way to unwind and I’ve turned on many a friend to this vibe. Plus each season has like a million episodes so you’ll be occupied throughout the rest of quarantine.

** It’s Amani I just looked it up

***Dr. Viviane Cortes it just flashed on the screen

Quarantine Show Round-Up – Love Island UK

Yes, this is ONLY for the UK version because I’ve heard the USA version is trash.

For those of you who’ve already tuned in you all know Season 3 is superior to all the others. Chris and Liv, Montana is a gem, Kem is hilarious, Marcel and Gaby and our precious Cam. I dream in British, I’ve started saying crack on, muggy, fancy, and my type ‘on paper’ just to name a few.

So for those of you who don’t have access to basic British television or Hulu plus? (whatever the premium version of Hulu is you are seriously missing out. This show is like a “Too Hot too Handle” original with full blown sex and 50 episodes. I’d describe it as a cross between Married at First Sight, 90 Day Fiancé. Essentially a bunch of “attractive by British standards” people, they are forced to couple up on first sight and for the next 50ish days? people come in and out of the villa, couple up, there are challenges, the public votes and the winner gets 50,000 pounds.

Some of the challenges include: Covering your partner in lipstick kisses, seeing if you and your partner can eat a hotdog at the same time, making cocktails by passing liquid through each others mouths, you know… wholesome things like that.

I will say the narrator is literally the funniest, the comments he makes on the show and the people are fucking hilarious, the producers are genius, the way they piece together the show and manage to make an hour long episode out of one day at the villa. *chefs kiss*. Like they’ve managed to make an entire show with a group of people who sit around, chat, drink and play random games all day is astonishing. Not to mention they are in swimsuits all day (hello yeast infection), get into full glam every night, have no TV, no cellphones, no contact with the outside world whatsoever!?

Just watch it, trust me. It’s quality TV.

A week in Quarantine – Hamptons Edition

I wonder is it even appropriate to still say quarantine because we’re all definitely not staying at home.

Anyway, I spent the last week in the Hamptons with my friends and it was glorious. We stayed in Amagansett in a 3 bd 2 ba house, complete with pool, wraparound deck and lots and lots of champagne.

Cheers to Summer not being dead.

Quarantine Show Round-up – What we do in the Shadows

For fans of Twilight (the BOOKS NOT THE FUCKING HORRIBLE ASS MOVIES), Dracula and Let the Right one in (if you know what last one is, dm me @theshadeistooreal) What we do in the Shadows is amazing. Not to give too much away but it’s a documentary style comedy on FX about a group of Vampires who live in Staten Island.

I know that sounds super fucking weird, and it is and that’s what makes it so wonderful. The show centers around Nandor the Relentess, Nadja, Laszlo, Colin Robinson and Guillermo the familiar.

Slight sidenote please look at the transformation for the actor who plays Nandor because he is a fox.

So it’s kind of a hard show to explain but its a mockumentary style show and just follows around their shenanigans. Laszlo and Nadja are in a relationship. Nandor is essentially the oldest and head of the household and despite being a conquerer and being known for slaughtering villages of people he is the sweetest of the bunch. Colin Robinson is an energy vampire aka he sucks the life out of people by being so boring. He’s honestly my least favorite character and at one point it seemed like they were going to kill him off the show and tbh I’m kind of upset that they didn’t. He seems like a very useless character and just in general plays a boring white bald man.

Guillermo is a familiar, which is a human who lives with the vampires who like helps protect them during the day time and runs errands for them and also helps them do normal things like using a computer, running to the drugstore etc. Him and Nandor have the closest relationship even though Nandor can treat him like shit sometimes. Guillermo wants to be a vampire despite having Van Helsing ancestry and is unusually skilled at taking them down. Anyways the show is super weird, the accents that they all have are so fucking funny like I could literally watch this show all day and not get bored, I actually have this issue with shows that are only 30 minutes long because I knock them off so quickly. Like give me a week, I’ll watch two episodes a night and be done in 5 days! It’s pretty annoying. I truly wonder why shows with such huge followings (ie Insecure) with hard core fan bases who demand longer episodes don’t make them longer? Anyways, I’ll be reviewing Insecure sometime soon so stay tuned!

This wasn’t as great as the other reviews, but it’s honestly such a hard show to explain, you guys will just have to watch and learn more.

Quarantine show round up – Selling Sunset

Do you like beautiful homes? Do you like women who are bleached blonde within an inch of their life and pumped full of plastic? (your body, your choice..but not when it comes to a mask) Do you like extremely staged and made up drama? Do you like 30 year old women who are falling into stereotypical high school roles? If the answer to any of these question is yes then run from your bedroom to your living room, log onto your parents Netflix and tune into Selling Sunset. The trashier, more glamorous and less realistic version of Million Dollar Listings. Bought to you by the creator of Laguna Beach (this could be a lie) Selling Sunset features the private and professional lives of the employees of the Oppenheimer Group run by Jason and Josh? Justin? I legit can’t remember the other guys name. But it’s these two brothers suffering from severe Napoleon syndrome who run this super successful real estate brokerage in L.A.

Due to their Napoleon Syndrome they’ve filled their brokerage with the classic combination of “tall leggy blondes” ie. Christine aka, a walking caricature of a person, a wanna be mean girl, she’s really just a life size sex doll, with overfilled lips and horrible bleached extensions. She’s set up as the mean girl but honestly barely scratches the surface as a mean girl.

The hot “foreign girl” – Maya, a gorgeous Israeli girl who is the voice of reason, a husband who is never shown on the show and one of the brunettes. Chrisell, the “small town girl who want’s to be everyones friend” she’s married to the hot guy from “This is Us” and I think they’re divorced now. Her story of a small town Kentucky girl who came to LA to be an actress? or something along those lines. Honestly she’s a little bored and too nice and polished so we can move on. Mary, is pushed 40, just married a 25 year old frenchman who barely speaks English. All the girls are jealous of her because her and short man #1 aka Jason briefly dated and he gives her a ton of listings. Her and Christine used to be friends but there needed to be some drama so they had a falling out because Christine flung some weak ass insult her way and called her a fucking bitch once.

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Davina is honestly boring and has the face of a robot and is thrown in every one in awhile to support whatever ridiculous rant Christine is on. Amanza aka her name should be Amanda because wtf is on a constant merry go round between taking care of her kids and running late to listing appointments and could also be demoted to guest star. There’s one more blond girl and despite currently watching the show I cannot remember her name. She has a voice that could break glass and a personality to match. She’s currently dating some HGTV star, Tarek? and won’t shut up about it, also a huge secondary star.

Honestly 4/10 would recommend, it’s great background noise but not good for anything else.

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