Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 New Year's Resolutions

new year 2014 countdown - New Year Countdown Wallpaper

I'm sitting here in bed being boring (knitting and watching TV) and happened to check the clock (11:39 pm) and remembered, it's about to be the New Year!  What should I do for this holiday?  Oh, well you're supposed to make a new year's resolution right?  

I've never really made one before but I thought of a good one for this year.  I need to stop shopping!  Or at least minimize my shopping dramatically because I'm crazy!  Not only do I not really have money for my addiction, I'm really starting to feel bad for the stuff that I already got and don't wear, as I buy new stuff to not wear.  I am sorry current wardrobe, I'll do better I promise.  I'm going on a budget and staying on the budget (rollover is allowed though).

My 2014 new year's resolution is sticking to a budget in order to shop less.

We should all make realistic, life improving new year's resolutions.  According to Statistic Brain, only 8% of the people who make resolutions keep them, and 24% consistently fail their resolutions every year!  Luckily I'm not very good at failing, so I have high hopes for myself and for you too.  Plus the added obligation that comes with making this resolution public. 

What are your new year's resolutions? Comment below and subscribe to the comments.  Let's encourage one another and help each other stick to our goals this year!  We can do it!  Bruno Mars - Count on Me,  encouraging musical interlude.

Here are some celebrity resolution tweets from Ellen Degeneres and Shia LaBeouf .

The new year is just around the corner! In preparation, I started writing 2014 on all my checks weeks ago.

2014 Resolution - I need to work on being a less controversial tweeter.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Really?! Back to School

Happy New Years everyone!!!  Who's going to party it up on New Year's Eve?  Not me, I'll be in the house.  I'm enjoying my stay-cation.  This is the first time in I don't know how long that I've had multiple days off.  No school, no work, no Korean class, I don't have to leave the house for nothing. And I'm loving it! Some people like having full schedules, I personally am ecstatic when I get the chance to stay home, lounge, and do whatever I want!

I try to keep up with emails though, so while looking through them I saw one about my upcoming class for next semester.  Already I'm hesitant to even look at it.  School don't start (for me) til the second week in January, I don't want to even think about it until the day of class.  I read the email and it is telling me to do pre class work.  REALLY?!  This email arrived on December 28th, why you gotta funk up my little bit of holiday break early with this nonsense?

Pre class work should be banned!  Why must I have school ruin my mood BEFORE class is even back in session?  As if I'm not tormented enough all throughout the semester.  This is crap!  Now I'm extra dreading going back to school.

Thanks school, for ruining the few days I got left at home, and the 2 weeks I got left before class. I hope you choke on you're pre assigned class work!

Who else got some whack pre class assignments?  Or who's just dreading going back to school after this holiday break in general?  Please comment and share.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Marathon Time: Korean Drama List

So I just watched a Korean drama in a day!  That's 16 + hours of kdrama watching in a day!  Now that the show is over, I am reflecting.  How did I get so engrossed in this drama that I watched it so fast and did nothing else (besides knit)?  More so, how do I KEEP getting so into kdramas that I end up not wanting to do anything until I finish the show?  The answer:  I am addicted to good stories.  Kdramas consistently create a good story.

The kdrama that I just finished is called Flower Boy Next Door.  It was very good, hence why I watched it so fast (I'm told that Nine is also good, so I'm about to watch that next).  Surprisingly, although I can barely stomach "chick flicks" or romance novels, as they bore me to death, there are many romantic kdramaties (Korean romantic comedy dramas) that I love.  I think the elongated story line forces there to be more to the plot other than "gotta get a man/woman" so that there is far more depth in the details than in a typical romcom movie.  I even tried watching Korean "chick flicks" and don't find them any more interesting than American ones (horror/action/thriller is my favorite).

But yes, I devour me some kdramas! The most important factor is that they are like long movies, in that they have endings.  Unlike most American TV shows that tend to go on as long as possible until cancelled, Korean dramas are made with a predetermined amount of episodes. They are expected to conclude at a certain point (although episodes can be added if the show is popular). Therefore, like movies, kdramas are a story that is easy to watch knowing that there will be a conclusion. This is how they get you addicted, because not only do you want to know what happens next, you want to know how the story will end.

In American shows, we are lucky to get an ending at all.  So many are simply taken off the air if they aren't popular enough.  I often wonder why (if a show is cancelled) can't production/writers and whatnot just give the show a few more episodes to wrap up?  At least if it is in a place within the story that can be easily wrapped up (writers are creative, they can figure it out).  But nope, it's like sudden death!  Don't even get me started on Emily Owens M.D.  I will always be bitter about how that "ended", it was such a great show!

I love the way that American Horror Story is made so that each season is a new story though.  That is the closest show that I know of that is similar to how Korean dramas are.  Except Korean dramas rarely have multiple seasons, just a bunch a different dramas (but you will find a bunch of the same actors in multiple different kdramas).

In case you didn't know, although kdramas are called Korean Dramas, they come in every genre (history, action, horror, thriller, crime, mystery, romance, comedy, melodrama, etc.) so there is a kdrama for everybody.  They are sub titled, not dubbed, so you will be forced to learn how to speed read and watch (and if you're me, knit) all at the same time.  Totally worth it though.

Anyways, like I said, I DEVOUR Korean Dramas.  Since I started watching them over this past summer, I have already completed 26.  26 kdramas in less than 6 months!  Wow, I really have no life :-)  So I thought I'd share the list of kdramas that I've watched.  This is what I have been doing with my life, in my spare time, and what I often forgo sleep for.

Note that these are in the order that I watched them, not in order of love, and does not include dramas that I haven't yet finished, except for Reply 94.  Reply is still airing, but this week will be the final episodes, therefore, it is basically complete so I will include it.  I already know hat it will end up being one of my favorites (Team Trash Oppa!).

Doris' Current List of Completed Kdramas
  1. Cheongdamdong Alice 
  2. Innocent man
  3. City hunter
  4. Boys over flowers
  5. Playful kiss
  6. Secret garden 
  7. Coffee prince
  8. You're beautiful
  9. My lovely Sam soon
  10. Dream high
  11. Moon embraces the sun
  12. Dream high 2
  13. Cyrano Dating Service 
  14. Full house 2
  15. 100 years inheritance
  16. You're the best lee Soon shin
  17. The Master’s Sun
  18. I hear your voice
  19. Secret
  20. Two Weeks
  21. Reply 1997
  22. Gu family book
  23. Shut up flower boy band
  24. Protect The Boss 
  25. Suspicious Housemaid
  26. Flower Boy Next Door
  27. Reply 1994
My number 1 favorite drama is Secret.  It is crime/suspense/drama/romance that is just so good I can't wait to watch it again.  Secret is about a girl who lives her life helping her boyfriend become a successful lawyer.  He then betrays her and has her take the fall for his hit and run that killed a girl. Meanwhile the man who is mad that the girl died (his girlfriend) wants to make the killer pay, and so much drama ensues.  I can't really think of an American show similar to this one, but it is slightly similar to Revenge, but i much MUCH better.

My second favorite is Master's Sun, it is comedic horror I think.  About a girl that can see ghosts after an accident.  She finds a man that when she is touching him, enables her to not see the ghosts, so she sticks by him (against his will).  It's kind of like Ghost Whisperer, but funny also.

Third favorite is Dream High.  If you like Glee or Fame, you'll like Dream High.  It's a dramatic musical comedy about kids at a musical arts high school trying to succeed.  This is where my love for IU's beautiful unique voice and my complete obsession with Kim Soo Hyun (such a great actor) began.  For kpop fans, this is a JYP show, so if you love him and his company's artists, they are all throughout the cast of this show.  I personally didn't know who any of these musicians were before this show, but I now love them all.  Suzy from Miss A, Taecyeon and Wooyoung from 2pm, my IU, JYP himself, etc.

Some other standout kdramas are; Innocent Man (oh the injustice, but it's so good), Coffee Prince (unique undiscriminating love story), Secret Garden (magical twist), Full House Take 2 (just a great dramcom), I Hear Your Voice (literally, he can hear people's thoughts and his dad's killer is on the loose), 2 Weeks (really thrilling, action, try not to get murdered), Shut Up Flower Boy Band (awesome soundtrack), Protect the Boss (hilarious, has a karate lady), Gu Family Book (learn what a gumiho is and the history of Lee Soon Shin), Suspicious Housemaid (is she a maid or a robot?).

Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers is being made into an American show.  If you're interested , maybe you want to watch the Korean version first.  There's also a Japanese version and possibly others.  It is kind of like Gossip Girl in that there are snobby rich people going to school.  The "flowers" are the hot guys (flower boys is what Koreans call pretty boys), there are 4, in case you need incentive.

100 Years Inheritance and You're the Best Lee Soon Shin are extremely long dramas with over 50 episodes, but they're both very good.  100 Years is horrible, in that what this girl is put through from her in laws is atrocious and disgusting.  But at the same time her evil ex husband is seriously super funny and is the biggest mama's boy you've ever seen!  The main girl's family is also hilarious, so it's not a depressing show at all imo.

You're the Best Lee Soon Shin is my favorite of the two, I love IU and the ending was good.  Had I watched Gu Family Book before this show, I'd have understood why her name was so weird.  But oh well, I like IU better than Suzy (lead of gfb) which is why I watched IU's show first.  My favorite scene, and what I had been waiting for the entire show, was of course IU singing Forgotten Season (originally sung by Lee Yong).  It's the most beautiful rendition of the song that I've heard.

The worse drama on my list in my opinion is Dream High 2.  The story line is non existent, I still don't know what the point of the drama was.  Every time it seemed like there was a plot, they would stop and change to another plot, and then just gave up on a plot altogether.  But it's worth the watch if you like musical things and talented singers.  I for one am super glad to have watched it if for no other reason than being introduced to kpop stars Ailee and Hyolin.  They are so amazing, like Korean versions of Christina Aguilara and Beyonce.  There are a bunch of other JYP kpop stars in the show as well, just like with the original Dream High.  JYP cracks me up still thanks to this show.  Jinwoon from 2am, the girl from T-ARA and the boys from the JJ Project are in this one.  If you like music, comedy, and want to complete the Dream High series (not that they are really related except by their names) watch Dream High 2.  If you want an good story that makes sense, watch a different kdrama.

This video isn't from the show, but a perfect example of why JYP is hilarious (even though he's being serious).  He's so corny, lol, love him.

Actually, whether it's a musical kdrama or not, you'll often discover plenty of good songs in the soundtrack (ost) of a kdrama.  That is how I find a lot of my favorite Korean songs, from kdramas.  I watch most of my kdramas on Viki because I like the timed comments, someone usually always identifies the songs for you.  

A Korean song is also the reason why I started watching kdramas.  While searching for kpop songs on Youtube I came across Baek ah Yeon - Daddy Long Legs, I loved the song a lot and the title said that it is from the Cheongdamdong Alice Ost.  I figured, if a kdrama included such a great song, the drama itself had to be just as good.  So I watched my first kdrama, was amazed, and became hooked. Gomowo (thank you) Daddy Long Legs for getting me into kdramas, I really saranghe (love) them!  

Anyone else got a kdrama addiction?  Wondering about them?  What are your favs?
Start your addiction, watch kdramas via online streaming at these (most common) sites:
-Viki  -Dramafever  -Hulu 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holiday Break, Hobbits, Khloe Kardashian, and Beyonce

Happy freaking holidays!  I'm free!!! How about you?  My greatest joy in the holiday season is getting a break from school.  Sad but true.  Now that I just gained about 10 lbs eating at holiday parties, it seems real. Now I can do what I want in my free time without feeling like I'm neglecting schoolwork.  First on the list, SLEEP!  Oh sleep how I've missed you!  I'll be able to nap on weekends guilt free (for a couple of weeks)!

Let's talk about pop culture!  I just saw that the second Hobbit movie is out.  I still haven't had the chance to see the 1st movie yet, but now I can catch up on both if I want!  Hooray!  Who likes these hobbit movies?  How do they compare with the Lord of the Rings series?  I think it's going to be weird watching this without Elijah Wood being in it, but there's still good old Gandalf the Grey and the elvish people.  Either way, the movies look cool so I want to see them.  Here's a cool preview

Sike!  Idk how cool it is because I didn't watch it since I haven't even seen the first movie.  But it seems cool, says sneak peak, someone let me know if this is a porn disguised as a Hobbit sneak peak ok?

Khloe Kardashian is getting divorced from Lamar Odom, for real now I guess.  No more trying to work it out.  That's what this E! news article said.  Khloe is my favorite of the Kardashians so this is unfortunate.  But for real, she definitely needs to divorce this Lamar Odom, because seriously, ain't nobody got time for druggies!  There was enough risk of him causing trouble (via cheating and whatnot) being that he's a sports player.  Not saying that he did cheat, but there's definitely a high chance with his travelling and being surrounded by groupies, which even without him cheating is enough stress on a relationship.  And now he's a drug addict on top of that?!  That's too much!    Especially since Khloe wants kids, like now.  No kid needs a drug addicted parent.  That's not fun and not safe.  Find a new dude Khloe.  Good luck, and good luck for Lamar getting clean, I hope he does because I loved the bromance between him and Rob.

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom 

On another note, what is with Lamar's dopey smile?  Look, he does it in this picture too.

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom

Who told him to smile like that?  Did he practice in the mirror like, "how should I smile for cameras from now on, I must become a pro (raises right side of mouth into a smile) that's it, nailed it!"  I'm going to need someone to tell him that no, that is not the money shot, stop half smiling, it's just not a good look.  We know he's a druggie and he comes out with these half smirk smiles, you're making yourself look guilty Lamar!  Anyone half smiling like that gotta be on something, looking like "I gotta secret, you'll never guess, heeheehee, don't I look cool with my secret". No! You don't look cool, you look ridiculous!  Stop that half smile!  Everyone picture this tall beanpole, all 6 foot 10 inches of him walking towards you with that half smile on his face, you'd run the other way right?

So Beyonce.  Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce.  Originally I was simply gonna mention that it's cool that she has a new album out.  But that was before I knew the whole story.  Beyonce announced and released an itunes only album, all in one day, and you can only buy the whole album, and it didn't even get leaked in advance. This right here is a business mastermind, I actually am bowing down to Beyonce and whoever on her team had this idea.  You go girl!!! No marketing necessary, simply clears throat and says, "I just put out an album, buy it now, B*tches."  You better WERK Beyonce, she does what she wants!  And had itunes shut down even, because of the traffic.  I'm not that great of a Beyonce fan, although I do like her music, but shoot, she just might become my idol doing some Boss type stuff like this.

Apparently this whole Beyonce album thing is such a big deal, there are stories on it EVERYWHERE, even Billboard and CNN.  Many people are mad that there was no warning about the album, but I'm glad.  I don't like waiting in anticipation.  If I hear about something that I'm interested in, I wanna just go get it now, not wait 3 months for the thing. 

Although I'm not the biggest fan of Beyonce, I have some friends that are.  Youtube friends!  Scott Hoying from Superfruit (and one of my favorite groups, Pentatonix) loves her, as does little baby bear Julianna (who's mom is Judy) from It's Judy Time and It's Judy's Life.  No they're aren't people that I actualy know, but I feel like I know them because I love their Youtube videos.  So I am happy for them about Beyonce from afar!

Here's Scott wearing the same shirt as Beyonce painting in his painting of her

This one includes a hilarious video sent to them by Beyonce

And then there's baby Julianna, who could only be consoled by Beyonce (to the point of it getting her on the news)

What are your thoughts about these topics?  Excited about something that's coming over holiday break?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Special Announcement and Apology

I have to come clean about something that has been going on in my life.  I know you are probably wondering where have my posts gone (for all 3 of my blogs linked above) and why I'm so behind on The Walking Dead rantz.  Well, I have an illness.  It has been becoming more and more of a problem within the past few years.  It's not life threatening, but it does effect my day to day activities and my ability to do all of the things that I want to do.  Some of you may have heard of it before.  Celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Demi Moore, Selena Gomez, Lindsay Lohan, and Dave Chappelle (glamour article on the celebrities) have admitted to suffering from its effects as well.  My illness is called Tootiredtodoshititis.

Not to be confused with the diseases Idrathergetdrunkemia or Thisistoomuchworkiquitosis, Tootiredtodoshititis is a progressive disease with no known cure.  Tootiredtodoshititis has many symptoms but the most debilitating are:
  • strong urge to just sit there (where's there? anywhere)
  • lack of ability to think too hard for more than a few minutes at a time
  • eyelids too weak to stay open
  • increased desire to sleep
  • train of thought drifting to thoughts of sleep
  • sudden Tourette's like outbursts of your desire to get sleep
There is no definitive cause for this illness but the most common known triggers of Tootiredtodoshititis are:
  • too much school
  • too much work
  • too much school and work
  • too much life
  • you're just doing too much
So now I have come clean about the reasons for my sudden disappearance and inconsistent blog postings.  I started blogging over a year ago, for fun and experience.  I did this while in school, and had some sort of delusion that I would be able to regularly work, go to school, and blog.  I figured that since I already spent time picking out my own clothes and shopping online, it should be easy to turn that stuff into fashion blog posts.  So Fashiony Whatnots and Cute Stuff was born.  Then, soon after, as if being inconsistent with my first blog wasn't bad enough, I decided to start another blog.  I wanted to start growing natural hair after having chemically relaxed it since elementary school.  I had been doing so much research and buying so many hair products, I thought I'd easily be able to turn those things into regular posts on Bring on the 'Fro, what the fro was I thinking?!?  And now, I have this blog as well.  Since Doris Rantz is about me ranting about whatever, it is much easier to make posts, so that aspect was a good idea.  But to try to keep up with 3 blogs along with school, work, and life...  

Needless to say, my Tootiredtodoshititis is really catching up to me and wearing me down.  But that is no excuse.  I started these blogs, have ideas for posts that I want to create, and therefore should post regularly. Besides, my other disease, Sostubbornicantgiveup Onanythingeverhea, won't allow me to quit. For having not being consistent thus far, I apologize to every one (or two if I'm lucky) of you who read my blogs.  From now on I will put myself on a weekly schedule in order to obligate myself to keep posting on my blogs.  My new blog posts schedule is:
I even wrote the schedule on each blog, so it's official, I'm definitely obligated to post at the stated times.  If I don't you all are my witnesses and persecutors.  So I'm officially opening myself up to be attacked by way of comments from those of you who randomly stumble across one of my blogs and notice that I haven't posted on the day that it shows I am supposed to post.  That's how you know I'm serious.

As for my illness, Tootiredtodoshititis, although there is no cure, I will be taking steps in order to better manage it's symptoms.  I just started taking these new drugs that have been shown to seriously help combat some of the symptoms, based on clinical trial results.  They're called Takeyourasstobednow, Its8hoursofsleeppernightnotperweek and Sleepisalsoonyourtodolist.  So far they are working great. Hopefully they continue to help me control my disease and no major side affects occur.

So again, I apologize for not being a consistent blogger thus far, but check out my blogs for new posts on their newly scheduled times!  Be sure to comment any questions or requests you have for any blog, or if you want to know more about Tootiredtodoshitis.  Also, if anyone has Tootiredtodoshitis and want to share their story, please comment below.  I'm also interested to know if anyone has experienced the Aintnobodygottimeforthat Bug that's been going around?  

Thanks for reading, subscribe to my blogs :-) 

*Although I am a scientist, none of the mentioned diseases or drugs are recognized by anyone other than myself, refer to the guides Sarcasmisforlaughsnotforgasps and Momsaysgullibleismymiddlename