It’s starting to snow and there’s supposed to be some kind of giant, horrible storm. This is not surprising because winter in New Brunswick is basically a terrible, freezing hellscape, but people seem to be totally freaking out about this one, which got me kind of freaked out. After work I went to Shoppers to stock up on #supplies, but there is no supplies aisle at Shoppers and I got confused. In the end I got a bottle of water, Mini Eggs and a box of granola bars.
But now that I’m home I’ve realized I didn’t even need to go supply shopping because I have tons of useful stuff already! Not like, a flashlight or anything (Side note: I tried to buy a flashlight at Wal-Mart once like, maybe three or four months ago, but there was no flashlight aisle and I couldn’t find any and it is pointless to ever ask any Wal-Mart employee any question about anything, although now there is a Target in the city, so maybe I will try going there someday, they must have flashlights probably, right?) but tons of other totally helpful things.
I decided to put together an inventory of my emergency kit - hopefully this will help other people who don’t have incredible survival skillz like me!
- (1/2) a jar of peanut butter
- (2) rotting (but not fully rotten) bananas
- (1) sweet potato
10 9) cans of Diet Coke (I drank one while writing this)
- (1) can of Redbull
- (1) can of Rockstar (with alcohol)
- (1/2) pint of vodka
- (4) snack size boxes of Craisins
- (~17) lighters, all hidden at the bottom of various purses
- (3/4) pack of cigarettes
- (3) scented candles
- (1) 50 per cent-charged iPad with flashlight app + unread Kindle download of The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
- (Several) sweaters
- (1) medium bag of Mini Eggs
- (1) large bottle of water
- (1) box of granola bars
I also have yogurt and Cheese Strings, which are obviously perishable, so if the power goes out my plan is to immediately panic and eat them all within 10 minutes.
Hope this helped everyone, happy winter, lol!
The thing about television in 2013 is that there were a ton of incredible shows on the air, making it difficult to create a top 10 list. Don’t worry, I managed to do it anyway, but I’m just saying, there are lots of other shows that are also worthy of recognition. This list originally appeared in Here Magazine.
10. The Americans. Much more than a spy show, The Americans is a show about a complex relationship. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple with real children during the 1980s. The chemistry between the characters is what makes it compelling, even when it isn’t exactly realistic.
9. Masters of Sex. Based on real-life research partners William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), this 1950s-based show offers a look at two people determined to unlock the truth about human sexuality during a time when even discussing the subject was taboo. Masters of Sex is a little provocative, but mostly it offers insight into two fascinating personalities.
8. Girls. The second season of Lena Dunham’s ode to 20-something New Yorkers was a bit more uneven that its premiere season, but it included some incredible moments – like when Dunham’s Hannah character struggled with mental illness, and a great stand-alone episode that offered insight into a couple of the male characters.
7. Mad Men. This wasn’t exactly Mad Men’s best season, but there were plenty of interesting elements. The most important scene was when Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) saw her father, Don (Jon Hamm) for who he really is, in a moment that was devastating for both father and daughter. This season continued to explore Don’s past, leaving him broken and exposed in a way we’ve never seen before.
6. Bob’s Burgers. This animated show is both funny and heartwarming, whether the story focuses on sociopathic youngest daughter Louise, wacky jokester middle child Gene or sensitive erotic friend fiction-writing teenager Tina. Bob’s Burgers is both sweet and hilarious, sometimes at the same time, which is a difficult combination to master.
5. Orphan Black. It turns out Canadian actor Tatiana Maslany is fantastic. In Orphan Black, she starts out playing Sarah Manning, but she also wonderfully depicts a series of identical women with extremely different accents and personalities as she uncovers the truth about her past. This is a compelling sci-fi show that makes a potentially gimmicky premise work well.
4. Rectify. This quiet and moving drama examines what happens when Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is released from jail thanks to new DNA evidence after spending two decades on death row. The return to his small town causes ripples within his family and the community. The show isn’t about whether or not Daniel is guilty, but about how absolutely alien his former life has now become.
3. Orange is the New Black. While Orange is the New Black begins as the story of privileged white woman Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) who receives a federal prison sentence, it quickly becomes much more. This show explores the stories of women of different races, backgrounds and sexualities – one character is even transgender. Their stories are fascinating and unlike anything we’re used to seeing in a TV show.
2. Breaking Bad. The final half of the final season of Breaking Bad was absolutely explosive. The end of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-cook Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) story was a long time coming, and the last eight episodes were a whirlwind of damage and devastation as all his lies came crashing around him. The show’s finale was one of the greatest conclusions for one of television’s greatest antiheros.
1. Enlightened. Not many people watched Enlightened, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t amazing. Laura Dern starred as Amy Jellicoe in the second and, sadly, final season. Amy was a difficult character, but damnit, she wanted to do the right thing – even if that meant being a whistleblower against the giant corporation she worked for. The show was bolstered by creator and costar Mike White, Amy’s downtrodden coworker who finds unexpected hope; and Luke Wilson, who played Amy’s addict ex-husband. Enlightened was about someone who genuinely wants to be good, which sometimes felt uncomfortable, but it also felt innovative and bold.
I also saw some movies I really liked over the past year! Unfortunately I live in New Brunswick, so I haven’t seen a lot of the year’s critically acclaimed films like Inside Llewyn Davis, Her, Blue is the Warmest Colour and a whole bunch of other ones (I’m very much prepared to love Her better than, like, everything) but still, these ones were all very good too! This list originally appeared in Here Magazine.
10. Still Mine. Based on the true story of an aging St. Martins, N.B. farmer who fought to build a house for his wife as her mental health failed,Still Mine is a simple, moving film about love and devotion. It’s especially meaningful for New Brunswickers, but has a quiet strength that’s universally appealing.
9. Mud. In this modern-day fairy tale with Mark Twain overtones, a stranger named Mud (Matthew McConaughey) befriends two kids from a small Arkansas town. McCounaughey creates a complicated character through his powerful performance, and Mud captures the sweetness and sadness of growing up.
8. Captain Phillips. Based on the true story of Capt. Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), who was kidnapped by Somali pirates after they boarded his cargo ship, this film is tense and compelling. Both Hanks and the lead pirate, played by newcomer Barkhad Abdi, give excellent performances in this harrowing tale.
7. Gravity. Gravity has to get credit for being a visually stunning film that deploys 3D effects better than pretty much any other movie. Director Alfonso Cuaron captures the vast horror of space effectively, and both George Clooney and especially, Sandra Bullock manage to bring depth to their characters.
6. The World’s End. There were multiple apocalyptic and dystopian films this year, from This is the End and Elysium, to After Earth andOblivion, but this was by far the best. This refreshingly creative film is the final instalment in director Edgar Wright’s trilogy, reuniting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for a night of debauchery that quickly veers into delightfully funny and weird sci-fi territory.
5. Blue Jasmine. Parts of Woody Allen’s homage to A Streetcar Named Desire are uneven, but Cate Blanchett’s performance as the title character is pitch perfect. The film is both a modern story about the economic recession and a character study of a troubled, delusional woman. Blanchett turns Jasmine into a complicated woman rather than a caricature, forcing the audience to invest in an unlikable protagonist.
4. The Wolf of Wall Street. Another theme in film this year involved twisted examinations of the connection between crime, debauchery and the American Dream through movies like Spring Breakers, Pain & Gain and The Bling Ring. Martin Scorsese’s take is the best one – this film about a greedy stockbroker is a relentless black comedy that’s both morally bankrupt and incredibly entertaining.
3. Frances Ha. Greta Gerwig portrays Frances in this movie, a late-20s New Yorker who’s both emotionally immature and charmingly hopeful. Perhaps the best thing about Noah Baumbach’s black and white film is that it focuses on a complicated female friendship rather than trying to tell another boring love story. Gerwig creates a character that runs the gamut from infuriating to utterly relatable.
2. 12 Years a Slave. This film is emotionally harrowing and sometimes difficult to watch, but it also effectively captures the horrors of slavery. It follows Solomon Northrop (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free man who is sold into slavery during the 1840s, and endures the depraved cruelty of a vicious slave owner played by Michael Fassbender. 12 Years a Slave is unflinching, uncompromising and an incredibly important film.
1. Before Midnight. This Richard Linklater film reunites Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the stars of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, to check in on their now 40-something characters. The film is essentially a conversation, and it feels incredibly natural – Jesse and Celine have evolved in a logical way, and their fights, resentments and banter are almost painfully real. Before Midnight feels like something beyond acting; here, the audience is invited into a complicated and genuine relationship.