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the one where “Friends” totally screwed up my ideas about “real life”…

You may not know this, Reader, but “Friends” is my all-time favorite television show. Like, ever. I finally made an effort to personally own all ten seasons on DVD; and for the last six months or so since I started to accumulate them, I play them over and over and over again. I don’t actually sit and watch them every time, but I just like having the noise. And I always, always laugh at Chandler’s jokes. Could I be any more addicted?

I wasn’t allowed to watch “Friends” growing up; the first time I actually ever watched more than an episode or two was in college. I found out a girl living on my floor in the dorms had the entire series, so I started borrowing them from her, a season or two at a time. Reader, I was so engrossed that I made it through ten seasons in a mere three weeks. I even skipped some pretty important statistics classes to sit and laugh at the characters I came to love.

Even though I was a little aware of the fact that technology was changing life around me rapidly and that there were things about “Friends” that were becoming – or in some cases, already – outdated, there were plenty of things I observed on the show that I hoped and expected to experience once I became a “real adult.” 

Well. Having been a said “real adult” for several years now, I can tell you that I have been sorely disappointed in some ways. My life has totally not turned out like the lives of the “Friends” party.

Here are ten things I thought life would be like or that I would have once I became a “real grown up”:

1. I would record a cute, corny answering machine message.

There are a few times when we hear the outgoing messages throughout the years of all the “Friends” gang – when Rachel moves in with Phoebe and they alternate every other word (before Phoebe changes it because Rachel gets all the “good words”) or when Ross moves in temporarily with Chandler and Joey and makes a message to the tune of that “We Will Rock You” song. I’ll never do this. No one has a home phone anymore or a physical answering machine, for that matter. I’ll never get to share this fun with a roommate, should I ever have another one. Everyone has their own cell phone now, and messages are not shared. Bummer.

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give thanks for the mood music…

Happy thanksgiving, Reader!

It was just another Thursday for me. I worked a normal schedule and danced around my classroom with excitement. All in all, it wasn’t a bad day.   To top it off at the end, I grabbed my favorite holiday coffee from Starbucks with my KBFF [Korean Best Friend Forever].

On my way home, I watched a YouTube video by one of my favorite musical groups, Pentatonix. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t peruse social media, Pentatonix is an a capella group of five young singers from Texas. They’re basically the best thing to ever happen to a cappella music.

Dude. They’re. So. GOOD.

Having performed in a cappella groups in the past, Pentatonix makes me miss my days of high school jazz ensemble and church performances. Their sound is so incredible. Their harmonies are so tight. They’re so creative – so much of their stuff sounds like actual instruments, but there aren’t any! So. Good.

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everybody else is doing it… so, can we just stop for a minute and talk about Taylor Swift?…

She’s everybody’s favorite, current “it-girl.” She’s the one adults the world over loved to hate. For a long time, she had that cutesy, curly haired, sweet look.

And now… Now, she’s the young woman celebrities and civilians alike hate to love.

I’m sorry that I’m not sorry, but I have completely fallen in love with T. Swift.

I hear “Welcome to New York” and “Style” ringing in my head as I walk to the bus. When I’m checking homework in class. As I’m moving things around my apartment in a playful attempt to clean and organize. T. Swift has totally overtaken my brain and 1989 has become the soundtrack of my life this week.

I’m totally obsessed. I freaking love her.

Let’s first talk about how genuinely kind she appears to be.

Leading up to the release of her most recent album, 1989, she hosted “listening parties” in her home for some of her “biggest fans.” She let them listen to the entire album ahead of the rest of us and baked them cookies and stuff. Cookies. T. Swift baked cookies.

She leaves comments on her fan’s blogs, Twitter pages, and Instagram accounts. She sends handwritten notes. She stops and takes impromptu photos with fans while she’s running in the park. That’s pretty sweet of her.

And then I read today that she sent a personalized care package to a fan whose blog she follows… The fan wrote she was experiencing a rough time, and T. Swift’s “people” (because they all have “people,” you know) got in touch with the fan, asking for an address. Ms. Swift then sent her a few gifts for her new home, along with a handwritten note. Most of us are lucky to get any kind of handwritten note… And Taylor Swift is writing them for people she doesn’t even know. (And sending them adorable, thoughtful gifts.)

(Apparently? She also bought one of those adorable mini BMW cars for a fan’s two-year-old son. How adorable is that?!)

Now let’s talk about how she’s found her voice amongst all the crap that the media has enjoyed throwing at her.

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please tell me you’ve seen this…

Reader.

READER.

Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this. It’s totally ridiculous and strangely entertaining. If you haven’t been living under a rock the last several weeks, I’m sure you’ve heard Taylor Swift’s new single, “Shake It Off.” And if you’ve been perusing Facebook recently, you might also have seen an awesomely awkward opening “dance off” thingy to the 1989 Crystal Light “National Aerobic Championship.” (Also, side note: I didn’t know Crystal Light and their nasty water flavorings had been around so long… Assuming this is the same company. Anyway… Flavor for thought.)

Here’s the best part about these two seemingly unrelated things: someone, some technological genius and entertainment mastermind, has fused these two beauties together for the rest of us mere humans to watch and revel over. My favorite parts? Pay close attention at the 2:23 mark onward – it’s like these two things were made for each other. And my all time personal favorite? 2:54-3:00.

To you, this might be just a big waste of time. (And honestly, it is totally a waste of time.) However, I think it’s a great way to start your Friday. As mine comes to a close, I wish you all the best as yours is starting, Reader.

Now stop doing whatever you’re doing and watch this. You’re welcome.

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