#awesomesauce Archives – Page 2 of 3 – PorchDrinking.com
I have a confession: when I’m having a bad day, I turn turn to the internet to make me feel better. I have several go-to strategies, depending on what’s ailing me: WhiteWhine.com is for those days when the little things in life are going wrong; hangnail, bad day at work, no Chai Lattes at Starbucks…basically any day when my complaints could show up on the website to be (righfully) mocked for the first world problems that they are. If I need a little extra cheering up, I turn to PeopleofWalmart.com or AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com, so I can feel better about the fact that my mom gave me crimped hair for my 4th grade class photo, and then moved past it (read: didn’t continue to subject me to the same choices to this very day.) But when I’m having one of those days when even those two won’t make me smile, and when puppy videos just won’t cut it, I resort to YouTube…to baby goat videos. They can bring a smile to your face when almost nothing else can.
As anyone who is in a long-term relationship knows, it’s not the big things that start the big fights, it’s the mundane; “Did you stop at the post office on the way home?”, “We’re out of paper towels”, “Grandma’s birthday party is on Sunday, why did you make plans with your friends?!”
We all have those TV shows that we know in our heart of hearts were brilliant: The Wonder Years, Freaks and Geeks, Firefly, The Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (you know the standard list that everyone agrees on.) For the most part, we collectively determine after they’re cancelled that these shows were the greatest thing since The Wire—the TV show equivalent of the no-one-says-anything-bad-about-you-at-your-funeral effect. Why, then, didn’t we actually WATCH them while they were on the air? Here are a few of my favorite underrated TV shows on the air right now that more attention- tune in before its too late!
When I’m not paying homage to the Bard’s 450th birthday by reading my copy of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope” (yes, I’m a nerd, I believe we’ve established this in-depth), I try and catch up with some of my favorite blogs on Feedly (RIP, Google Reader – you shall be missed terribly.)
Here are some of the blogs that have been making me giggle over the last few months:
A long time ago, in a decade far, far away …
I have a confession: our recent discussion regarding some of the coolest things about the 1980s* is incomplete. Sure, we were mostly talking about apparel, but I would be remiss if any discussion of the best stuff from the decade of Madonna and blue eye shadow didn’t include talk of the best movie trilogy of all time: the original Star Wars trilogy. (I see you, Nolan Batman Saga advocates … you are wrong.)
Ok, so this is more of a future-Awesomesauce (is that a thing?) I’m a huge movie fan, but they can be somewhat (ok, totally) expensive; have you SEEN the cost of movie popcorn these days?! I have a mortgage to pay!
If you’re like me (which I think you are, since you broke the PD Golden Globes live blog for the second year running!) your favorite time of year is Awards Season. Also known as “I live in the Midwest where …
Am I the only one who is totally loving the fact that nerds are somehow cool again? Given the enduring popularity of “The Big Bang Theory” since its debut in 2007, the recent crop of superhero movies making their way …
I think it’s time I came clean. I have been lusting over a thermostat for months. My friends think I’m nuts, my family tells me on a regular basis to just shut up about the dang thermostat already, and I keep putting off writing about it here, since drooling over a thermostat isn’t something a normal human being should do. But you should see the Nest Learning Thermostat.
When I was little and we’d make the trek down south to Florida or South Carolina for vacation, my mom would always stop by our local AAA Office first and get a TripTik. These were basically personalized, highlighted maps of your route showing you where to go, local traffic information along the way (always marked on the paper map with a little rubber stamp in the shape of a traffic cone), the locations of gas stations, etc. Now, of course, that service has moved online, but only if you’re a dues-paying AAA member.
It should come as no surprise to some of you that I’m a bit of an Anglophile – I will own a MINI Cooper some day when I’m grown up and can afford it; I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the royal wedding live; and (I swear I’m not making this up) I own a coffee cup celebrating Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It follows, of course, that I love me some British television. And, when I realized that Time Warner carried BBC America, it was all over. Between good ole’ channel 225 and the staggering array of BBC content available on Netflix, it truly is surprising that I venture out of my house to make a living. The main reason being is the Beeb has been putting out some seriously superior content lately. If you’ve never watched some of these shows, now is the time to start.
Midwest transplant, PorchDrinking.com supporter, and First Chair Clothing founder Carmen Mazzocco first set foot in Denver in 2007, and immediately took to the local sporting culture like a fish to water. She answered some questions for us about her company, herself, and (of course) her favorite beer:
While I LOVE most typical food blogs (really, what else is Pinterest for, besides clicking on a recipe and then falling down a rabbit hole in the internet and reading about every fatteningly delicious looking dish that blogger has ever made?) they can tend to get a little cookie cutter (“Hi, I’m Jennifer/Sally/Sandy, a stay-at-home mother of two ADORABLE munchkins, and I love to cook!”) That’s why I find both of the below food blogs so entertaining- they’re SO not in that mold. (Fair warning, there is some, uh, *salty* language to follow…)
We’ve all been there- right before making dinner, you hop on your laptop to do a quick check of Facebook and your email, and six hours later you look up with a glazed expression on your face and absolutely no idea where the last quarter of your day went.
If you’re anything like me, your music listening habits are somewhat…unique…
Basically, there are very few times in my life when I have a particular song or artist in mind that I HAVE to listen to at that particular moment. More often than not, what I want to listen to is based on vague feelings or snippets in time (which might explain why I have an iTunes playlist labeled “Cool Fall Days” and another labeled “High School Girls”.)
I have a reputation among my friends for being sort of a know-it-all. It’s mostly random, useless knowledge which makes me a useful trivia partner, but it mostly just takes up a lot of extra brain cells that I could be using for, I don’t know, nuclear physics or something more helpful to the world at large (unless you count winning some free beer as being helpful to the world at large.)