Girls and Broccoli

I don’t watch much TV and I don’t have Netflix or anything like that. I feel like I never have time to watch anything but an episode here and there. I’ve been hearing little tidbits lately about the HBO show “Girls” but never thought I’d actually take the time to investigate it. But then, we watched an episode of it in my Family Communication class as an example of roles within a family (lolz) and I had to start watching. I found it online and finished the first season in a little over a day. WOW is that an intensely explicit show. It’s addicting though, I haven’t been able to stop watching.

I was really struck when my professor was explaining the premise of the show. She described Hannah as overweight. After watching the first season of the show I’m a little irritated at how body image is portrayed. Hannah is really not overweight yet makes and accepts shameful comments about her body. I’ve seen a lot of articles praising the show for their body image message and for Lena Dunham being “real,” but I’m not so convinced. Marnie, the model skinny girl, is constantly being praised for her beauty. I know the point of the show is to convey an exaggerated point of view on 20-something girls living in New York but I think they could do a better job when it comes to this. But anyway, I’m still entertained.

You always see those things online trying to show how our standards of beauty are skewed due to photoshop, magazines, models, weight loss ads, etc. but nothing seems to be making a change. I am wondering, what does it take? Definitely more than a few viral videos shared on Facebook newsfeeds. That’s a topic for another day.

On another note I really want a Nike FuelBand. If only I was rich.

Anyway x2, I Insta-ed a picture of my dinner last Thursday because I thought it was colorful. I’ve mentioned TrulyJess before; I watch her daily fitness/healthy eating vlogs and every day she gives shout outs for people who #TrulyDaily on Instagram. I used it on my picture and was ecstatic when I saw that she liked it. Unfortunately I didn’t make it in the video for that day but I’m glad she saw it! (fangirl moment/cool story, bro). Here’s the pic: it’s tilapia cooked with cajun seasoning and red peps, broccoli, and almonds. Super nom I’m obsessed with broccoli.

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Montana Love

1 year ago today I was in Montana to celebrate my grandpa’s 80th birthday. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to hang out in Mont as much as I do. You know the things they say about Minnesota? Like crazy weather changes and Minnesota nice? Well Montana is on a different level when it comes to those things. One day it’ll be -35° and the next day it’ll be 60°. The people are SO NICE. Come from the city, hang for an hour, you’ll see what I mean.
My dad was there this past weekend and it inspired me to share some of my favorite pics in this fancy collage that I just learned how to make.

I always try to grab something from the farmhouse to add to my wardrobe.
I always try to grab something from the farmhouse to add to my wardrobe.
My grandpa bought 500 fish and put them in this pond. He then named it, "Lake Emzie." I pride myself in having a "lake" named after me.
My grandpa bought 500 fish and put them in this pond. He then named it, “Lake Emzie.” I pride myself in having a “lake” named after me.
August 2013 - The wheat fields were in full bloom and ready to be harvested.
August 2013 – The wheat fields were in full bloom and ready to be harvested.
February 2013 - The Sun River on the Fort Shaw place. Shortly after I took this picture I climbed a tree and promptly fell out of it.
February 2013 – The Sun River on the Fort Shaw place. Shortly after I took this picture I climbed a tree and promptly fell out of it.
Another capture of Lake Emzie. We tried to go fishing but I killed the first fish I caught so my grandpa put a stop to that.
Another capture of Lake Emzie. We tried to go fishing but I killed the first fish I caught so my grandpa put a stop to that.
My sister and I looking the part of true Montanans.
My sister and I looking the part of true Montanans.
When I was little, my grandpa gave me this "house." I used to have dreams of running away from home to live here.
When I was little, my grandpa gave me this “house.” I used to have dreams of running away from home to live here.

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Circle, MT - My friend LIbby and I took these pictures jokingly on the way to my grandpa's house a few summers ago. This picture actually ended up being the cover art for the band Cosmonot's newest single.
Circle, MT – My friend LIbby and I took these pictures jokingly on the way to my grandpa’s house a few summers ago. This picture actually ended up being the cover art for the band Cosmonot’s newest single. 
Baby kittens are everywhere in the spring and early summer aka heaven.
Baby kittens are everywhere in the spring and early summer aka heaven.

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Libby learning the ways of the Mont lifestyle.
Libby learning the ways of the Mont lifestyle.
Rafting on the Missouri River - July 2012
Rafting on the Missouri River – July 2012

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Had to take a selfie with the cows.
Had to take a selfie with the cows.
My instagenic pic while running down the road by the farmhouse at the Ewen Ranch.
My instagenic pic while running down the road by the farmhouse at the Ewen Ranch.
March 2012 - it was still so snowy! Grandpa and my dad and g-pa's pup, Duke walking down the road on the Ewen Ranch.
March 2012 – it was still so snowy! Grandpa and my dad and g-pa’s pup, Duke walking down the road on the Ewen Ranch.

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Just Another Quirk

I’ve been into watching YouTube vlogs for a while now and I feel like it’s kind of a weird thing to do…? Or do people do it and just not talk about it? I’m not sure. I think it’d be really fun to make vlogs. Anyway, there are a few channels/people that I really enjoy.

 

Check them out, yo. Links included.

TrulyJess

I’ve been following Jess since even before she started the Truly Daily videos. I watch her videos daily, a lot of the time it’s while I’m working out. She is super positive and funny and a pretty great role model for me at this stage in my life. I’m not really keen on the idea of body competitions but I love the fitness and healthy lifestyle aspect of her videos. She also has great random advice tidbits from time to time. Her posts on Instagram inspire me to get up and “get my booty to the gym” every morning.

JustKeepSweating

I found Carlyn’s channel through watching Truly Daily and I’ve been hooked ever since! I like that she’s a bit more realistic when it comes to eating healthy. She has treats every once in a while and I think that’s a great thing. It’s also cool that she’s in New York; I like to hear about what’s going on in other parts of the country. Is it creepy that I’m just fascinated by other people’s lives?

emilieclarke

First of all, great name. I’m jealous that her name is spelled with an ‘ie’ though; I’ve always wished mine was spelled like that! I don’t remember when I found Emilie’s channel but I think it’s awesome that she works at a radio station, a profession that intrigues me. She is a beauty guru but I really like her Day In The Life vlogs where she shows what she does at work.