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Long Time, No See

UntitledHey guys, if you’re still reading/checking in, I appreciate it. Sorry I’ve been totally MIA the past month. My real job’s been hectic and honestly, I’ve just felt unmotivated to post. Pretty fucking pathetic, huh?

Anyway, I just wanted to check back in and let you know the blog will likely be on hiatus for a while. In truth, I’m considering scrapping this one altogether and going in a different direction. Of course, when I do, I’ll let you know.

In the meantime, thanks for reading and please enjoy the many fine blogs I’ve linked to in my blog roll.

XOXO,

Dotty Z

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The Wii Diaries, Vol. 2: That Nintendo Magic

As you may know, dear reader, I bought a Nintendo Wii last month and save the initial upper body fatigue, it’s been nothing but total fun. I love downloading old games (I’m still working to save the princess on Super Mario Bros.) and the Wii sports package still keeps me busy (I kick ass at bowling, and I’m getting better at golf and boxing).

But as I play, I notice something, something my boy refers to as “The Nintendo Magic.” I first heard him use the phrase after a particularly animated game of Tecmo Bowl, and curious, I asked what he meant. “Nintendo cheats,” was his angry reply.

Then it all came back to me…the endless hours of my youth, spent playing games that I should’ve beaten, only to get inexplicably tripped up once I’d really gotten good. Then I remembered how suddenly, after I hit the pro level on Wii Sports bowling, I’d miss pins where I’d always gotten strikes before. “Nintendo does cheat!” I thought to myself.

Sure, I have no actual proof. But telling myself Nintendo cheats is better than accepting I may not be as good as I thought.

Meme Me

Y’all, I am so behind.

My girl Myrtlebeachbum just reminded me that I’d been memed by our lovely friend Skinny, on her fab blog, Fit for a Femme. And cause I’m a bit of an oldster when it comes to technology, I had no idea what that meant. Fortunately, MBB explains it quite well on her blog. The rules go like this:

The rules are to link the person who sent it to you, mention these rules in your blog, then (the fun part) tell us about 6 random, unspectacular quirks that you possess.  Then tag 6 others to do the same.

Sounds easy enough. And since I’m a pop culture junkie, I thought I’d put my own twist on the meme, by listing six pop culture guilty pleasures. I love them, in a shameful, lights out, curtains drawn, kind of way. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Southern Chick Lit

Don’t get me wrong, I love classic literature, stuff that actually requires me to think.  But for a lazy summer day, there’s nothing like a frothy, light tale of a single gal falling in love and/or getting into trouble. And while I enjoy New York and Brit gals, the Southern girls are the ones who truly speak to me, usually in an accent like my own.

2. The Hills

I know, I know. Yes, it’s fake as hell. Yes, half the characters make me want to strangle someone. Yes, Spencer Pratt’s skin-colored facial hair is completely vomit-inducing. But there is something about this show I just can’t let go. Perhaps, like the chick lit, it’s a half hour where I can relax, look at pretty people and let my brain have a rest.

3. Twister

This movie is ridiculous. Twisters throw cows around and yet leave the car carrying Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton and Jami Gertz relatively unscathed. Winds howl as a tornado looms, about 5 feet away, but Bill and Helen are too busy gazing into each other’s eyes to notice.

But it’s also awesome. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is the goofy stoner. Cary Elwes is the douchey villian. And even though it’s full of totally fake-looking, early CGI, it’s also full of action and just damn fun to watch, especially if there’s a big storm outside.

4. The Spice Girls

Yes, they’re not great singers. And sure, their songs are stupid. But they’re also catchy as hell and so much fun to dance/workout to. I dare you to listen to “Spice Up Your Life” and not want to shake your ass.

5. The Girls Next Door

When I first saw a promo for this show on E!, I thought, “Oh, God, NO!”

And then I watched it.

Unlike “The Hills,” there are many reasons I love this show. I find it mind-boggling that women not only agree to date a man old enough to be their grandfather, but that they’ll share him with other women. I also am intrigued by the complexities of their relationships with each other–Bridget and Holly manage what seems to be a decent friendship while barely masking their disdain for the bubble-headed Kendra.

Sure, it’s sexist and a little disturbing that these grown women share an elderly boyfriend who gives them a curfew, but it’s also completely fascinating to watch.

6. The Weather Channel

I know it’s weird, but I could watch the Weather Channel all day long. I’m a bit obsessed with weather, and if I were better at science, I would certainly have become a meteorologist. I’m amazed by the power of weather, the devastation and life it brings to the planet.

But even on a slow weather day, I tune in. I’ve gotten familiar with the meteorologists (and trust me, their Jennifer Lopez is much cooler than that hussy J-Lo) and the reliable pattern that my local forecast comes every ten minutes, on the 8s. I like that I don’t really have to pay attention, they’ll tell me what I need to know again. And I like that it’s kind of quiet and soothing, no loud music or stupid laugh track. But most of all, I like that it’s always there for me, showing the exact kind of programming I want to see. Who else does that?

And now for the tagging! I want to hear from you:

GEOMETRIC SLEEP

GRUMPY WORDS

THE RANDOM THOUGHTS BLOG

RAYVEN CHOI FILMS

BETHVILLE

Confessions of a Pop Culture Junkie

A few weeks ago, I was at a local bar with my boyfriend and his friends, playing NTN trivia. My boy’s best friend is a trivia nut, so he loves to dazzle us with his impressive body of knowledge. He was kicking ass, as usual, until the “Pop” category came up. It was my time to shine.

As I knocked out every single question with lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy–Which Long Island mom was recently named “Mother of the Year?” Dina Lohan, of course. Which starlet recently married her on-again, off-again boyfriend in secret? Jessica Alba, fools–my boyfriend’s friend, and everyone else playing trivia, were astounded. How did I know all that stuff? And why?

I get a lot of grief for it, but there’s something in me that lives for pop culture. I love celebrity gossip, entertainment news and pop nostalgia more than any person should. I consume factoids about Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan and Brangelina like food: it feeds me, it sustains me, and sometimes, it makes me feel a little bloated and ready to puke.

So, in the interest of purging some of that bubbly knowledge, and maybe helping your bar trivia scores, I give you Bubblegum Culture.

XOXO,

DottyZ