June Posts #III // I Went to Paris, and I Ramble About My Life

This new format of rambling about my life? Really working for me. Really, really, really working for me. Without further ado:

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So this was the first month of my year, and I went to Paris!! Which was a lot of fun. I went to Pride with my girlfriend! And I saw my grandma, which was a lot of fun.

I will say that I was… really unproductive this month.

So here are some positive things:

  1. I did get my grades back, and they fucking rocked.
  2. I aced AP Latin, that class I’ve been complaining about on here all year!
  3. I got into a summer writing program at Smith college!
  4. I read a decent amount for me finally, despite a bad first week!
  5. I scheduled all my end-of-the-year posts on time!!
  6. I cleaned out papers at my mom’s house that had been there since second semester of my sophomore year!! and my filing system works now!!
  7. I maybe filmed a booktube video!!
  8. I caught up with my goodreads reviews!!

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Goal Wrap-Up

  1. Finish season one of Black Sails.❌ [super close!!]
  2. Finish season one of Queer Eye.✅ [thank god]
  3. Finish season one of Troy: Fall of a City.✅ [fucking finally]
  4. Finish writing short story.❌ [so close]
  5. Finish BooktubeSFF reads.✅ [barely, but holy shit, right?]
  6. Finish season two of the Good Place.❌ [IT WASN’T ON HULU SO I WATCHED COMMUNITY INSTEAD.]
  7. Start up Duolingo Spanish.❌ [yikes]
  8. Clean out Google Photos.❌ [super close!!]

Next Month’s Goals

I actually came up with a whole summer goals list, so I guess we’ll put a few things to advance that?

  1. Finish writing short story.
  2. Finish cleaning out Google Photos.
  3. Put up two booktube videos.
  4. Finish organizing room at dad’s house.
  5. Finish season one of Black Sails.
  6. Finish season two of the Good Place.
  7. Watch five movies.
  8. Write 10k on new project.
  9. Practice guitar for five hours.
  10. Write for ten hours.

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 —Favorite Music

My music taste was basically all over the place recently. The beginning of the month had a lot of Hayley Kiyoko. The middle had a lot of Taylor Swift’s Red. And the end had a lot of Marina and the Diamonds’ Electra Heart.

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 —Movies I Watched

Movie To-Watch List
Letterboxd Film Diary

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The Death of Stalin (2018) | ★★★☆☆

This is one of the darkest comedies I have ever seen in my life, and though it was… occasionally kind of funny, it really was not the best ever. Like, I think this would have not been on my movie page if I had actually watched movies this month. Not awful, but disappointing and a little bit hard to watch [it is seriously some fucking dark humor, and I think the fact that it’s about real events made that hard to deal with.]

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The Blair Witch Project (1999) | ★★★

so this was terrifying. I’m not into horror movies but it’s a really fucked-up movie, and it really nails the sense of never seeing the horror, but knowing it’s there nonetheless. it is also shot like a youtube video, which is interesting and kind of fun. and it invented a genre of horror! so that’s worth appreciating, obviously. great acting jobs & pretty well-done psychological horror.

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Deadpool 2 (2018) | ★★★

This movie got a very, very long review on Letterboxd. Highlights: a reasonably good job done of balancing SEVERAL main characters and plotlines and conflicts, all the narratives feel a little separate but come together well in the end. was this literally Marvel’s first in-movie gay character? that’s sad. but also I love her. Domino. I loved how the villains of this movie were all personal demons, there is literally no “big bad” and I absolutely LOVE when there’s no big bad. a lot of heart, just like movie one, but a totally different character arc and development. they don’t go back on any of Deadpool’s development and I love that. but unfortunately: the thing that happens in the first ten minutes is… tropey. and bad. and they do it fairly well for what it is, but it’s still the most boring trope ever, and used on a character I REALLY ADORED, and I think I literally promo’d Deadpool 1 off not using that trope, and I’m just… angry my dudes. So those are my thoughts.

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Dirty Computer (2018) | ★★★

this has all the good vibes of San Junipero along with just as many fantastic social messages and thoughts. also it’s about romantic love between two black women, and possibly also polyamory, saving the world, and i think that’s beautiful

 

 

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Arrival (2016) | ★★★

that was REALLY COOL. like it had a lot of slow moments, but the general concept is basically a mindfuck [please go in blind] and carefully plays with and subverts common media tropes. Amy Adams plays her role quite well. the entire conceit of this is essentially “humanity’s capacity for goodness is what will save it in the end” and also “knowledge is key”. absolutely loved the focus on linguistics. love the design of the aliens and the creativity of the premise. an absolutely A+ movie god bless

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Atonement (2007) | ★★★

you cannot end a movie like this

Okay, so this movie is really visually and technically brilliant, and plays with narrative structure and protagonist in a way that perfectly suits the story. but also because it gets at an emotional core with some fantastic characters. Kiera Knightley’s character is fantastic, so well-acted and performed and in general, an icon.

 —TV Shows I Watched

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Troy, Fall of a City (2018) | ★★★

Finished this month. This… started so great, and went severely downhill? By the end, I was only watching to finish. Helen was such a queen in this, and the Achilles started out dislikable [obviously] but was super well-acted. I sadly did not like the way they translated the plot; it was just fucking all over the place and half the characters had no motivation. And it was so melodramatic. So many scenes of melodrama and none of them remotely good. Also, I could not bring myself to give one singular shit about Paris & Helen for the entire second half of the show.

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Queer Eye (2018) | ★★★

I started season one back in March, and somehow didn’t finish it till this month? This is a show about a bunch of queer guys making over other guys. Please believe the hype. The whole thing about this show is that they make over outer appearances, but then in the end, they mostly just teach the people they’re working with to care for themselves. Male culture in America, and especially heterosexual male culture, doesn’t put a lot of value on genuine self-care, and it’s so refreshing to see that. The last three were sadly not as good as you-can’t-fix-ugly dude or as guy-coming-out episodes.

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love these overdramatic bisexuals

Black Sails (2012-2016) | ★★★

I have stalled [okay, I watched a couple eps] on the very interesting and gay Black Sails! I’m only about five episodes in, but I’m already enjoying it. The characters are so well-done and well-acted. And though I haven’t been totally engaged so far, I have a really good feeling about where it’s going.

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icons, all of them

The Good Place (2016-ongoing) | ★★★

Holy shirt, this show is funny. It follows a woman sent to The Good Place [basically heaven] after she dies, and then realizing she totally does not belong. Sadly I have stalled on season 2; it’s not on Hulu.

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Community (2009-2015) ★★★

God bless. This show had been recommended to me a lot over the years, but it is genuinely so hilarious and funny. I love Abed, I love Troy, I like all three of the girls a decent amount, star off because I kind of hate Jeff & I really hate Old Sexual Harasser Dude.

 

 

This was such a long post. Did y’all stay with me? Probably not and that’s okay. How were your months? Any tv shows on here you’ve seen? Any thoughts or favorites? Any goals you achieved? Let me know in the comments!

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38 thoughts on “June Posts #III // I Went to Paris, and I Ramble About My Life

  1. “I maybe filmed a Booktube video” AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH GOD BLESS ELISE!!!! I’m so excited!!!!
    Arrival was my favourite movie I watched last year. It was soooo incredible, I still can’t believe Amy Addams wasn’t even NOMINATED for an Academy Award!

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    1. OH YESSSSS hopefully I’ll join you, a booktube Queen, soon

      and omg YES it was so good. I know that Amy Adams has been nominated for a ton, but Amy Adams not being nominated for that movie is the reason I have trust issues

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  2. Still looking to watch Deadpool 2. I can’t talk about the TV shows because nowadays ten different people watch shows that none of the ten are watching. Maybe I’ll make effort to watch Troy, but we’ll see.

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  3. Community was such a gift to mankind, imo best sitcom alongside Scrubs and B99. Hope you’ll fall in love with it! My personal favourites were seasons 2 and 3 – 3×03 and 3×20 are iconic masterpieces and that is a scientific fact. (Season 1 was very down to earth compared to the rest lol.)

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      1. I think I’m pretty partial to her entire first album. I love “Are You Satisfied,” though off of her second one I really like “Bubblegum Bitch.” You?

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      2. Are You Satisfied is one of my faves off her first album!! I also really like Girls & Oh No. her second album is my fave, so OF COURSE I ADORE BUBBLEGUM BITCH, but I also really like Lies, Starring Role, How to Be a Heartbreaker, Buy the Stars, Primadonna… it really depends on my mood, honestly? but I love her sad jams so much.

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  4. Always and forever proud of you and everything you achieve, love! But… like… I’M SO HYPED FOR A BOOKTUBE VIDEO! I hope the rest of the summer treats you kindly! And I love you! Happy reading! 💗xx

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  5. Booktube?! Exciting! ♥ I can’t wait to see. And I’m so glad you enjoyed season 1 of Queer Eye! I started watching it this past month, too, but I’m only 3 episodes in. I don’t sit down and watch TV very often and it’s the kind of show that I can’t multitask while watching because I’m too busy crying and laughing.

    Fun fact for you: the you-can’t-fix-ugly guy? He lives literally 15 minutes from my old house, and I actually recognized his daughter and some of the places they went. That was super cool for me, haha!

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    1. aaaaah ♥ i hope i’ll have time to edit soon!

      and hell yes, it’s one of my new favorite shows – i tend to multitask for the first half and then start crying towards the end. and the fact that you recognized can’t-fix-ugly guys’ daughter is ADORABLE. i can’t even imagine!!

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  6. I love such rambling, wrap up posts so please do more of these! Good job on getting your grades up, btw! I’m working on my grades rn (or, um, procrastinating but haha let’s not talk about that). I still can’t believe I haven’t started The Good Place yet as everyone’s been screaming at me to watch it (I’m terribly behind on Television).

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  7. My month contained a lot of Buzzfeed Unsolved thanks to you! There are still so many epidodes to watch and the new season is coming out tomorrow?! Also I finally watched Jurassic World 2 and it was better than expected and I wanna see that Booktube video!!

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    1. OH, I’M SO GLAD. I just watched the first ep – it wasn’t my favorite, honestly, but certainly interesting! I’m so glad Jurassic World 2 was good for you 💜 and yes, I hope to post it soon – it’s now edited SO.

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  8. i…don’t even know what to write here. i’m so impressed i’m like, overflowing. losing the ability to speak in sentences. can’t prioritize what to say.

    YOU WENT TO PARIS! you jetsetter that’s so elegant look at you. YOU ACED YOUR CLASSES! like, of course you did, you beautiful genius, but still. YOU’RE CAUGHT UP ON GOODREADS REVIEWS???? here i’m mainly just astounded because i’ve never done that in my life and like. how u do that

    also so much good content????? i’ve been having a bit of a bad mental health #moment and swear to god Queer Eye is single-handedly bringing me joy and the will to live i cannot believe. plus The Good Place and Community and also Taylor Swift Red are just…premium content

    anyway i hope your month was fantastic and that this month is fantastic and that next month is fantastic and so on and so on and CONGRATS ON THE SMITH WRITING PROGRAM. AMAZING.

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    1. I’m so HAPPY CURRENTLY why are you the nicest friend in the world and also I’m so proud

      [also I’m way behind on GR reviews again don’t worry]

      WATCH SOME COMEDIES IN YOUR ERA OF DEPRESSION omg I’m feeling like Shit currently [ill Kik you about it] but my friends at the Writing Camp are really getting me out of it and I’m so happy!!

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      1. please kik me about it we can feel like shit together!!!!! if u don’t kik me in 1 business day i will kik u. this is a warning

        i am so glad your friends at the writing camp are getting u out tho that is fantastic and you are fantastic and i’ve been bingeing queer eye and parks and rec lately and it’s honestly been helping so Much

        I AM SO GLAD THINGS ARE GOOD FOR YOU i hope they’re fantastic forever

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  9. COngraTUlationsssss !!! on your grades, and the WRITING PROGRAM and wooooooo catching up on stuff 😀

    OMG I love Black Sails so so much, currently on the last season. I’ve also been watching Schitt’s Creek (so funny and sweet) and also really need to catch up on Steven Universe (kinda let that fall to the wayside but a bunch of my work friends are like HULLO it’s soooo good cry with us).

    Arrival (the music!!!) and Atonement are so heartbreakingly wonderful. And if you like The Blair Witch Project there is a legit sequel (Blair Witch 2016) that is legit AMAZING I liked it a lot better than the first and it was quite terrifying and had great plot twists.

    And Dirty Computer looks and sounds fab ❤

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