Q&A: I’m Back

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I’m back and with maybe the best American Horror Story gif turned meme (via Vulture) ever made because I just can’t help myself. (If you don’t know the reference or AHS then we need to have a chat and you need to put that Netflix account to use!) Like I said, I’m back and talking about my favorite things…literally, I am talking about my favorite things.

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Q&A: A Few of My Favorite Things

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Unfortunately or maybe fortunately, this isn’t a Q & A on how I feel about The Sound of Music or the human phenomena that is Julie Andrews. This week’s batch of questions is all about my favorite things! Just the word favorite puts that song in my head for days. I’d clear my throat and arrange them into an uplifting song for you, a song that chases away your fears on stormy nights, but I am no Julie Andrews in any Julie Andrews movie so I think I’ll save you the trauma. Instead, I think I’ll nerd out about my favorite scary movie, TV, music and books. Oh, and silver white winters that melt into springs, of course.

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Q&A: Summer, Summer, Summer

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When I think about summer the first thing that comes to mind is that opening scene in High School Musical 2 and Zac Efron wearing that blue on blue striped shirt that makes his eyes pop, staring at the clock as everyone around him chants “summer” until the dismissal bell rings. Second, I think about unrelenting heat and absolute freedom as a kid and a student. Break out the sunglasses and passports, I’m talking about summer.

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Q&A: Gone, But Not Forgotten Television Shows

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After spending the last few days being bombarded with news about renewed and cancelled TV shows, looking back at some of my favorites from the past is the perfect distraction.

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Q&A: Five Things That Say Too Much About Me

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5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life

5 things on your bucket list

  •  Be in the same room as Jessica Lange. (Because let’s face it, I would crumble and make an idiot of myself if I tried to talk to her. I’d die if she ever read something I wrote.)
  • Travel, travel and travel! Currently, I really want to visit Greece and New Orleans.
  • Go to Comic-Con at least once in my life.
  • Go to a movie premiere.
  • Be a Los Angeles Lakers season ticket holder.

5 celebs you’d love to hang out with for a day

  • Tatiana Maslany — I’d ask her to switch between all of her clone characters on Orphan Black and time her with a stopwatch. She would probably hate me. (No spoilers for the Orphan Black season 2 premiere! I haven’t seen it yet!)
  • Spike Jonze — he creates such distinct, visceral worlds in his movies and I’d love to pick his brain.
  • Walt Disney — We’d spend the day at, well, Disney World.
  • Gillian Jacobs — for the Vines.
  • Donald Glover/Childish Gambino — Because The Internet.

5 things you always carry in your purse

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  • iPod
  • Pens I probably got for free somewhere
  • Moleskine notebook
  • Mini lint roller
  • Something sweet!
  • And hand sanitizer…and tissues…and sunglasses! Technically, I’d most likely be wearing the sunglasses. Yeah, that’s a little more than five… Oops?

Share the last 5 pictures on your phone

Honestly, the last 60+ photos on my phone are from the Childish Gambino concert and I’m going to do a whole other post on that later this week so these will have to do for now…

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Q&A: Best of the Best

What was your best birthday?

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The day I turned fourteen is the one that comes to mind. My cousins and I spent the entire day at Disneyland and at the end of the night, while riding the tram back to the parking lot everyone sang happy birthday to me, including the Disney cast member over the tram speaker system and a good portion of the passengers. My eighteenth birthday was a milestone and my twenty-first was a fun blur, but my fourteenth is the one that stands out most in my memory.  I was saying goodbye to adolescence and teetering on the fringe of  young adulthood and I got to spend the day with people I love in the happiest place on earth.

What was your best vacation?

Summer 2009. Instead of having a big, extravagant graduation party after high school I wanted to go to Europe and I did. I saw Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Museum in London and stood at the top of the Eiffel Tower overlooking Paris.

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 I got lost in the Louvre (and wasn’t very impressed with the Mona Lisa, if we’re being honest.)
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I was charmed by the streets of Barcelona, the incredible architecture, the gorgeous outdoor marketplaces and the colorful people, who were especially so when we accidentally found ourselves amidst a gay pride parade. I tried different types of food for the first time, including gelato, macarons, quiche and the one that left the longest lasting impression on me, Orangina.
I hopped from place to place around Italy. Posed alongside the Leaning Tower of Pisa, ate the most amazing pizza just down the street from the Trevi Fountain and even watched the Pope ride in a little car and wave to adoring worshipers on a jumbo screen.
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I saw the Colosseum, Amphitheatre in Rome. Well, actually, we just took pictures outside because you had to pay to take a tour inside, but I did see it with my own two eyes!
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I took in some breathtaking sights, standing atop cliffs and on little docks, looking out at the gorgeous expense of deep blue ocean.
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I closed out the high school chapters of my life by leaving my life entirely and going out and seeing the world. Not many people have the opportunity to do so in their entire lives and I know how fortunate I am to have that experience.

What is the best movie(quality) you’ve seen?

This is the worst question. Asking a film nerd with a degree as proof of her film nerdiness to choose the best quality movie I’ve ever seen is pure torture. There are just so many amazing movies I’ve seen and so many amazing movies I haven’t seen and how does one choose exactly? Not to mention my ability to find a high point in any movie regardless of how high or low the quality. My first reaction to this question is to laugh nervously, say I’ll get back to you and then in a few months you’ll get my answer in the form of an eight-page analytical essay.
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That being said, Singin’ in the Rain is perfect to me. Conceptually, it depicts Hollywood’s transition between silent films and the discovery of synchronized sound, something I can nerd out about for days. I’m a sucker for musicals and musical numbers and the one in Singin’ in the Rain are classics for a reason. Factor in the amazing cast and it’s just quality, feelgood entertainment.
If you’re looking for something more modern, I’m really into the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. This might be just because I recently saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and loved it. I wouldn’t say the movie Screen shot 2014-04-12 at 11.21.37 PMwas perfect or that any of the Marvel movies are, but they push quality product. I’m a fan of Marvel’s ability to balance actor, drama and humor in a single film and I like that I can watch the fight scenes and heavy CGI scenes without feeling nauseous from the camera movement. With the ridiculous prices of movie theater tickets and snacks, I can be choosy about what I pay to see, but I can never say no to a Marvel superhero movie.

What is the best TV show ending of all time?

No contest with this one. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad!
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If you didn’t know, I like Breaking Bad. It’s as close to a perfectly crafted television show as I have ever seen. I read the pilot over and over again when I first learned to write for television and I absolutely adored the finale. It felt very necessary and satisfying. Walter White spends the last episode of the series tying up loose ends and then (SPOILER) he dies a slow death where he was most content and happiest — back in the lab one last time, reflecting on the love and pride he has for his signature blue product. Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” plays in those final moments, featuring lyrics such as I guess I got what I deserved and I would show the special love I have for you, my baby blue. Such a thoughtful way to cap off an intelligent, captivating series.
And that ends this week’s dose of me oversharing. Until next week!

Q&A: All About Twitter

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Checking Twitter is apart of my daily routine much like having a cup of coffee in the morning. My body just goes into autopilot when I grab my iPhone, open the Twitter app and swipe my finger down the screen, waiting to hear that little “pop” sound so I can feast on the thoughts of people I find engaging. Even when I went through a social media cleanse and deactivated my Facebook, I refused to part with Twitter, which, I’m sure, says a lot about me.

When did you join Twitter?

July 2009. It all began the summer after my senior year of high school, but I didn’t actually start using Twitter much until I moved to Portland, OR, for college. It’s just the easiest way to keep in touch with friends and stay updated on a world that’s in a constant state of change.

Who is your favorite non-celeb to follow?

Other than my friends and family, this guy:

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Who is your favorite celeb to follow?

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Have you ever had a celeb respond to a tweet?

Yeah, a bunch of times throughout the years. One of my favorites being:

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What is your favorite store/brand to follow?

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Give us three tweeps we should be following.

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That’s all for now! Be sure to check out my Twitter — @goawayjess — and follow me if you like. I usually tweet about life, writing, music, movies and television with random thoughts in between. Until next week!

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Q&A: Sunday Social the First

SS Sunday Social reminds me of being in high school and spending hours answering questions and posting it on the MySpace Bulletin, mostly to avoid doing homework. It made me nostalgic and I thought joining in would be a fun little thing to do every Sunday as I decompress at the end of the weekend.    

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