June Favourites

Juuuuuuuuuuune Favourites! It’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these. Let me be your guide to (a bunch of crap you probably don’t care about on) The Internet.

7 Minutes in Heaven

My very favourite thing that happened this month was me finding out that one of my most loved, formerly abandoned, YouTube series’, 7 Minutes in Heaven, has been resurrected on another channel. Mike O’Brien is still adorable, and the show is still hilarious and awkward.

 

Jenna Marbles’ ASMR Mukbang Unboxing Gaming Tutorial

Why are Mukbang videos a thing now, and why can’t I stop watching the ones Trisha Paytas makes? I don’t know. I disgust myself. Anyway, Jenna Marbles’ ASMR Mukbang Unboxing Gaming Tutorial is my everything. This is the reason I’ve fallen in love with Jenna all over again.

 

Yoga with Lizzza

Apparently this Lizzza girl is really big on Snapchat or Vine or something, but I’m too old and set in my ways for those social media platforms, so I just subscribe to her stuff on YouTube. She’s awesome and hilarious and her content is ALMOST enough to make me check out her other accounts (if I wasn’t also lazy). Maybe it’s because I watched it at midnight (which, all parents know, is actually 4am for a mom), but her Yoga with Lizzza video made me laugh out loud. Too old for Snapchat, not too old to laugh at a million fart jokes… “Turn up the soothing music!!”

 

This is That Talk (Thought Leader)

I know about This is That because my husband is an old man who listens to CBC Radio all the time and sometimes I find myself actually enjoying it. Like, really, really enjoying it. They have some funny, creative people at the CBC. Pat Kelly gives an amazing presentation on Thought Leadership in the video below. Honestly, it is complete perfection.

 

Cas’ Horrifying Rumble Experience

I loooooooove Cas’ story about inadvertently bringing a group of homeless dudes to a fancy executive dinner because it is exactly the kind of situation I’d get myself into. I relate SO HARD. It’s weird to watch a video like this and go “oh my god, me too!” but that’s what happened.

Guilty Pleasures – New Music Edition

1. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke/T.I./Pharrell

 

Oooohmygoodness. I FINALLY checked out this song today, and I made the mistake of watching it on YouTube first. Had I just heard the song, I would have thought it was a little distasteful, but totally forgivable because I looove it, but the video… Ohmygod, the video! I was so beyond disgusted, I felt – literally – physically ill. It was like watching someone get sexually abused for someone else’s entertainment.

I feel like the entire song is a thinly veiled rape joke – you know that old ditty about  there being a blurred line between rape and surprise sex (it’s not rape if you yell “surprise”)? Yeah. That.

Dear Dipshits: when someone you want to have sex with says no, the line is very distinct – there ain’t nothing blurry about that shit. Stop. Halt. Cease what you are doing immediately.

I don’t know if my initial outrage was a normal reaction, or just me being an old woman.  I mean, it’s probably more normal than not to see this song/video as total and abject objectification of women, but then again, when I was 21, the world was in an uproar about Christina Aguilera’s Dirrty, and I didn’t (nor do I now) think it was all that risqué. Is Blurred Lines the new Dirrty? Am I that out of touch with today’s rape youth culture?

I watched a couple of Blurred Lines reaction videos on YouTube, and those girls didn’t say a single thing about Robin/T.I./Pharrell obviously disrespecting women. Not even about T.I. saying he was gonna tear her ass in two?! Whaaat?!! Am I even from Earth anymore?!

Also, Robin Thicke has a big dick? Seriously? Seriously.

That all being said, Blurred Lines is so damn catchy. I wish I didn’t love it, but I do. I’ve had the video on repeat all day, and after the 15th time or so, even I’ve become desensitized to it. #Ihatemyself #killme

 

2.  We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

 

This song is pretty terrible, but the video made me love it. Miley’s awkward writhing around makes me really uncomfortable, the product placements are beyond obvious, and her twerking is unforgivable, but the teddybears more than make up for all that. They look like they’re dancing! Tee hee.

The obvious shout outs to coke and ecstasy? The grill? The excessive tongue? The Lady Gaga wannabe shots? Miley,  you’re adorable. 

Seriously, though. All I see are the teddybears. Also, I have no idea why, but I legit love that weird animated head thing.

 

3. Dirrty – Christina Aguilera

 

Nothing in this video is problematic for me.

April Favourites

It’s been awhile since I did a “Favourites” post, and to be honest with you, the only reason I’m doing one now is to share this YouTube video (which is pretty much my all-time favourite, next to Charlie the Unicorn):

 

Also on my list of favourites this month is:

This “perfect mug” from David’s Tea. I purchased the same one for a friend in March, and had full intention of buying a different mug for myself, but when I got to the store, I cracked and bought an identical one. Sorry, Nikki. I hope you don’t mind that we’re cup twins.

I’d been using a tea ball up until this point, so this mug is like magic to me. Maaaagic. I’ve been drinking nothing but loose leaf since I bought it just so I can use it. I love that I’m not cramming my tea leaves into a teeny tiny metal ball and spilling them all over the place in the process. I love that the lid provides a cute little no-mess resting place for the infuser. I love how pretty it is and how pretentious I feel when I drink from it. It’s awesome.

By the way, not on my April Favourites List? The Bollywood Chai tea I purchased with the mug. It’s okay, but it’s my least favourite chai to date.

The Yahoo Weather App. It’s gorgeous. Love that it has info on wind speed, sunup and sunset, and the moon cycle. It’s so much nicer than the boring Weather widget that comes with the iPhone. Plus, it’s free.

My Chiropractor. Honestly, I would not be running (or walking, for that matter) without her. If you’re having back problems, I highly recommend getting a chiro. I hate going to the doctor (or any professional, for that matter), but the chiropractor is tolerable because the visits are quick and fairly painless, aaaand you don’t have to take off a single article of clothing. Not having to get naked is the best part. Well, that and the fact that I can stand now without wanting to die. I wish I’d gone 9 months ago.