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internet-exploring-2b

Why did I say I would do this every week! Why did I say that IN PUBLIC! I invented a deadline for myself and then made myself the professor. Foolishness. (Professor Julie docs Student Julie 5 points. Student Julie breaks out her laundry list of excuses, which is long and varied and includes a literal laundry list. Professor Julie says just get on with the post already.

TO BE FAIR, I¬†was actually on track for post #2. Except then I decided to write about Gord Downie’s last concert with the Hip and I got really introspective and full of feelings and never finished. But if you ever want to talk feelings and listen to The Hip gimme a ring! In the meantime, I’m purposely going to keep it a little lighter this time around, if only for the sake of actually getting something done.

To break with convention (can it be “convention” if I’ve only done it one time?), I’ll hit each of the usual categories (can it be “usual” if I’ve only done it one time?), but not necessarily in the order you’re accustomed to (can you be accustomed to something if I’ve only done it one ti—OK you get it).

This week on the internet, Julie Van…

 

Can Meme

Truth be told, this is reason I made sure to blog this week. I had to share my #describeyourselfwiththreecharacters¬†while the iron was still hot¬†(I assume that expression means¬†“while Robert Downey Jr. is still considered handsome”). These are so fun! Fun to see from others. Fun to compile for yourself. For me, the first two came easily. The last one took some family-sourcing but is, I think, the perfect person to complete the trio:

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Let us break it down!

1) Liz Lemon. This one was a given. As¬†Liz Lemon graced my screen wearing a snuggy cutting off slices of cheese while singing Working on My Night Cheese, it was the first time I truly experienced a pronouced ¬†“IT ME” moment. It me, Liz Lemon. It me.

2) Britta Perry. I’d like to say Britta’s on the list because we can both achieve perfectly tousled waves with our flat irons, but that honour remains hers and hers alone. I see myself in Britta because we can both be¬†painfully¬†smug,¬†self righteous and holier than thou when we think we’ve been wronged. But we just have a lot of FEELINGS ok? And we both like jackets make of denim or leather!

3) Kimmy Gibbler. This was texted¬†to me, in capital letters, when I asked my sisters who else should round out this composite. I have to admit that it totally fits. But only the OG Gibbler! None of this “Fuller House”¬†nonsense! We furrow our brows the same way, we both eat like garbage compactors (though I “compact” it less than I did when I was a gangly teen…) and we both can’t control ourselves around John Stamos.

 

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Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole

I am now realizing I also posted a sweet potato recipe last time. I swear I can cook more than sweet potatoes! I can also cook…regular potatoes! For real though, I made this at a family reunion that weekend, and it was a hit.¬†But that’s not the reason I’m sharing it. I’m sharing it because I feel a duty as a citizen of the world to tell you that you DO NOT NEED THE TWO TWO CUPS¬†OF SUGAR.

This is already very rich recipe. There’s butter. There’s brown sugar. There’s sweetened condensed milk. Heck, the potatoes have “sweet” right there in the name. It is the closest thing to a dessert that you can make with a vegetable. So I cannot fathom why the author of this recipe would advise you add another additional two cups of white sugar to it. I left both of them out, and they were not missed. You can trust me on this because I love sugar and still put it in my coffee every morning even though I know grown-ups are supposed to to drink it black.

 

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Leesa Mattress + NUME Curling Wand

These past few weeks have brought some MAJOR, LIFE-DEFINING internet purchases into my home. The first, a mattress. The second, a curling wand. Sadly, neither have delivered on the completely-rational expectations I placed upon them. However, both these purchases (A Leesa mattress, and a Nume curling wand) did send me down insane internet rabbit holes and I learned two important things 1) There are people that identify as mattress bloggers. That’s all they blog about! And BOY do they blog about it in-depth! Like, breaking down the composition of a mattress inch by inch. It’s involved. 2) There are more hair youtubers¬†than I ever dreamed possible, and every one of them has a hundreds of ¬†video of themselves poised in front of a camera, breaking down the way their hair cascades, inch-by-inch.

However, there are no mattress AND hair bloggers. Which feels like a real missed opportunity. Imagine if these hair bloggers did their hair, then slept on a mattress for 12 hours, and THEN reviewed said curling wand? Now that’s a recommendation I’d heed.

 

Can Read

The Politics of Pockets 

This was fascinating.¬†If you like fashion or history or pockets (what kind of monster doesn’t like pockets?) you’ll love this. And that’s all I’m going to say about that, because the 1000 word count limit is looming.

 

Can Follow

Stacey May Fowles

This one will really only appeal to the fellow Jays fans among us, but if your heart beats for the boys in Blue, you really must follow Stacey May Fowles. During almost every game, she live-tweets corresponding gifs that only enhance the experience. It’s a treat when they’re ahead, and a comfort when they’re down. Examples!

You’ll never want to watch a game without her! She also gave us the term “Dirt Bag Boyfriend” to describe Josh Donaldson. Which is just perfection.

Alright. I’m tired. I’m calling it quits, two categories short. I didn’t tell you what to stream, or even give you something to laugh at, but all in all, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’ve been up to on the internet lately. As for tonight, follow me on snapchat while I watch the Presidential debate and I will laugh until I cry or cry until I laugh. Could go either way!

Until next time!*

*YES THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME, I SWEAR IT.

Internet Exploring #1

August 18, 2016 — 6 Comments

Internet Exploring #1 // Julie Van Can

Huzzah! Here we are, the official inaugural issue of Internet Exploring. Fun! AND, it’s on time. That doesn’t happen often. Just ask any one of my college professors, or high school teachers, or grade school teachers, or sunday scho–ahh you get it. Since I talked more than I needed to in my first post explaining this whole deal, I’ll get right to the goods.

This week, Julie Van…

Can Read

Monstrous Births 
This essay. Man. It hit really close for me. I don’t consign on all of it, but if you’ve read or heard my birth story, you’ll get why some parts really jive with me. Even if you’re not a woman or¬†a parent, this is just a really interesting read¬†about the way we moralize¬†experiences¬†and¬†attach narratives to certain life events. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, read the last few lines. You’ll want to put¬†them¬†on a bumper sticker, and then¬†go back and read the rest.


Can Laugh At

1977 JC Penny Catalogue 
This needn’t an explanation. The clothing speaks for itself. It speaks for itself so loudly that if the clothing were¬†sharing an apartment with you, it would wake you¬†up in the middle of the night with its insane, maniacal cackle. And no matter how many times you politely ask them to keep it down, it would REFUSE to be silenced.


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Mari Andrew

This week’s¬†“I DEMAND YOU FOLLOW” comes from my sister Laura, who has started the not-at-all unwelcome practice of¬†texting me¬†screenshots of Mari Andrew’s Instagram on a near-daily basis. She’s funny and clever and draws things are the so so TRUE. Follow her.

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Can Cook

Sweet Potato Hash

In case I didn’t make it clear in my intro, I am not culinarily inclined. I can follow a recipe, and I know what trendy foods to Instagram, but these recipes will best serve readers¬†with a similar cooking ability – people just looking for¬†simple, tasty weekday meals (because weekends are for delivery, and if you don’t believe that, we may not get along). And so! Here’s an easy favourite you can make tonight. It’s a hash. You literally just put everything together in a big messy pile, and it’s delicious. The real reason I like this one so much is because of the chorizo. A few years ago, I started making a cheesy onion dip with chorizo, and every time someone said “Yum! Is that bacon in there?” I’d get to smugly reply, “Oh no, that’s chorizo. It’s Mexican.” So, bring your messy-pile-game to¬†a conceited¬†new¬†level with this recipe.


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Reply All

Here’s another recommendation directly lifted from my Sisters’ K group text: Reply All. It’s a¬†podcast¬†about the Internet, but you’ll figure out pretty quickly that tagline does it no justice at all.¬†It’s two very likable fellas talking through some seriously bizarre¬†+¬†interesting stories, and the common thread (or cable?) through every episode is technology. It’s insightful and engaging and sometimes a little silly. What more could you want! I’ve only listened to a small smattering of episodes, but I’ve got the On the Inside¬†episodes queued up for tomorrow, and I can’t wait.


Can Buy

Eye Buy Direct

I bought glasses! Partly because I’ve finally accepted my eyes have aged out of the “contacts” bracket, and partly because of Kelly Oxford. It’s a little misleading to say I bought them this week, though. I bought them two weeks ago, and GOOFED UP MY¬†PRESCRIPTION SO BADLY I LOOKED LIKE BUBBLES FROM TRAILER PARK BOYS. So, I returned them (for free!) and my proper frames + lenses arrived today ¬†(if you wanna see what they actually look like,¬†you’ll have to follow me on Snapchat, or see me in real life. Personally I think I’m funnier on Snapchat, but I’ll leave that up to YOU). So in conclusion, I made a really stupid¬†mistake, and they footed the bill. All in all, an excellent experience in e-commerce and customer care.


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Fav 7 Shows

Twitter is having a moment with these “Fave 7” lists. I love lists and I am OK with the number so this was obviously something I’d attempt. And I did attempt. And I failed. Because I simply watch TOO MUCH TV and love each show like its my child. I wrote an initial list, realized I forgot a bunch of favourites, revised it, revised it again, and gave up. But Coach Taylor wouldn’t be cool with that, and TV is the only sport I’ll ever play, so here is my FINAL TOP 7 LIST. With a bunch of honourable mentions because I cheat like that.

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The Americans
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Mad Men
The Office
Parks and Recreation
Breaking Bad
Fringe

Honourable mentions: Fargo, Friday Night Lights, Enlightened, Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex Girlfriend. I have AT LEAST five¬†more but I’ve got to stop somewhere.

…OK I’LL SNEAK IN THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF.


And that’s it for the inaugural edition of Internet Exploring! Please go ahead and share your comments on anything you read or watched here. Writing about pop culture is fun, but talking about it is even better. ūüôā

One¬†edition down, a LIFETIME to go (or maybe like…40?).