Liebster Award: Part Deux

Y’all have been showering this little blog with so much love lately! I’ve been nominated for my second Liebster Award, this time courtesy of Anne at LOL For My Teen Years. Thanks again for the nod, Anne! And I hope everyone checks out her blog and her other nominees as well.

The Rules

1) Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2) Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it.
3) Answer questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4) Provide random facts about yourself.
5) Nominate blogs – that you feel deserve the award – that have less than 1,000 followers.
6) Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7) List these rules in your post. Once you have written and published it, you have to let the nominees know that you’ve nominated them for the Liebster Award and provide a link to your post.

Random Facts About Me

I’m running out of these, so I’m just going to write down whatever comes to mind.

1) The last thing I ate was a cookies & cream macaron that I bought from a local farmer’s market. Today was the first time I tried macarons, and I think I’m in love (my wallet, however, is not).
2) I’m currently listening to “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. I can’t get enough of this song. It is my jam.
3) I just found out that the British constructed-reality show “Made In Chelsea” begins airing new episodes this weekend from its special summer series in New York City, and I’m PUMPED. Crossing my fingers that my anonymous YouTube friend uploads Sunday night’s episode quickly.
4) The highlight of my week was discovering that Ikea will now ship certain duvets and duvet covers to your home. The closest Ikea is 200 miles away from me, so this discovery was a “PRAISE THE LORD” moment.
5) I recently discovered that one of my followers copied post ideas from two of my posts and then also used some phrases word-for-word in her post without giving me a “hat tip” or credit. That was pretty disappointing to see.
6) I can’t wait to see “Let’s Be Cops,” which stars two of the guys from TV’s “New Girl” (Nick Miller and Coach) as two dudes who pretend to be cops. I thought the movie was coming out this weekend, but much to my chagrin, it’s not coming out until next week. When I tweeted my frustrations, the official Twitter account for the movie “favorited” my tweet. I think this means I’m basically internet-famous. LOOK OUT, TYLER OAKLEY AND ZOELLA!

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My Nominees

Young & Twenty    |    Northwest to Newbury   |    Junk of the Heart    |    Europe and Yonder
Undercover DIYer    |    Opinionated Duck    |     Love & Sparkles

My Questions for the Nominees

1) What song is YOUR jam right now?
2) What is a skill or attribute that you wish you had?
3) What do you think is the greatest television show of all time?
4) What, in your opinion, is the best quality of your generation?
5) What, in your opinion, is the worst quality of your generation?

Anne’s Questions For Me

1) If money didn’t matter, what would your dream job be?
Either a cupcakery-owner, the owner of a graphic design company that solely produced frameable quotes and greeting cards, or an interior designer.

2) What is the moment you realized you should start your own blog?
My alma mater asked me to be part of a panel discussion on the versatility of a journalism degree earlier this year. The college students in attendance were all required to maintain blogs as part of their class curriculum. After meeting with those students and sitting back in the same classroom I spent hours in as an undergrad, I realized I’d lost my love for writing during law school. Starting up a blog seemed like a great way to combine all my passions and start writing for fun again.

3) If you could teleport yourself to a place, any place (real or imaginary) which one would it be? (and yes, you can after that go back home :))
Fictional place: Stars Hollow – which is the tiny Connecticut town where the show “Gilmore Girls” is set.
Real place: Present day London.

4) This might sound like a job interview but… Where do you see yourself in five years?
Working for a non-profit or a government agency either as a lawyer or as an advocate for human rights (or maybe both!).

5) Who is your favourite artist (painter, designer, musician etc.) of all time?
Fashion Designer: If we’re gonna go classic, we’ll have to go with Chanel. If we’re gonna go modern day, I’d say Elie Saab.
Musician: Coldplay, followed closely by Train.

6) What food would you never get tired of eating?
Pesto pasta.

7) What task would you like to accomplish today?
I’m buying a giant cat sleeping/play tower for my best friend’s cat today (it’s a long story), and I’m praying that I can make it fit in my car without looking like an absolute fool in the store parking lot.

8) What is your favourite mythological or fairy-tale creature?
The chameleon from “Tangled” or the kitties from “The Aristocats.”

9) How would you describe yourself in three words?
Starbucks-addict. Neurotic. Loyal.

10) Which fictional character do you most relate to?
It’s a tie amongst Rory Gilmore from “Gilmore Girls,” and Nick Miller and Jess Day from “New Girl.”
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Sources: Nick, JessRory

11) Who is your role model and why?
My mom. She is the strongest, most level-headed, compassionate, and patient person I know. She has more wisdom and grace than I could ever hope to have, and she is literally the best mother and friend a girl could ask for. If it wasn’t for her, I would definitely not be the person who I am today.

I Miss My Youth

I miss being a kid. My only responsibilities were running around and laughing a lot. And someone else was in charge of my hair. -Anonymous

Also, it was perfectly acceptable to scribble all over yourself with gel pens and fall asleep at 8 p.m. without any judgement. Adulthood is hard.

What Happens When You Don’t Live with a Roommate Anymore

A list of epiphanies, fears, and problems that arise when you find yourself living alone after years of living with another human.

1) You finally have to get your own Netflix account. But when you log in, you realize you have no idea what episode of “Mad Men” you are actually on, and that this account has no clue that you love “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” It’s like Netflix has forgotten who you are. WE WATCHED “MITT” TOGETHER, NETFLIX! How could you forget?! #insulted

2) When you hear a suspicious noise in the middle of the night, you can no longer comfort yourself with the thought of “Oh, that was probably just Roommate getting a glass of water,” or “Oh, that was just Roommate’s cat kicking a candle across the living room.” #WishfulThinking

3) Speaking of scary things, you can no longer watch “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Minds,” “Sherlock,” or any other mystery/detective/crime show without having to sleep with the light on for the next three days.

4) When you’re watching your favorite TV show and something dumb, insane, or confusing happens, you have no one to instantly discuss your qualms or surprise with. #CanYouBelieveThatJustHappened?!

5) There’s no one to share your dinner or baked goods with anymore.

6) You are more inclined to leave random things lying about. Curling iron on the bathroom floor? NBD. Sugar and coffee grinds left on the counter? Clean it up later. Mail stacking up on the end table in the living room? Indifference.

7) But yet, you feel more responsibility because suddenly you’re the one paying all the bills. You know, instead of just paying half or just handing your roommate a check every month.

8) There’s nobody to talk to face-to-face when you come home every day. #ForeverAlone

9) You use up your dishes fairly quickly, but there aren’t enough dishes in the dishwasher to actually justify running it, so you often find yourself debating what to do.

10) You basically live in your bedroom, and you only emerge to grab food in the kitchen (to take back to your room) or use the bathroom.#hermit

11) There is no one to say “good night” or “good morning” to anymore.

12) If you suddenly realize that you’ve run out of something (soap, band-aids, bread, etc.) just when you really need it, you can’t just walk ten steps into their room and ask for it. You actually have to go to the grocery store yourself.

13) If you lock yourself out of your apartment or house, you’re gonna have to break a window or call a locksmith, because nobody’s gonna come let you in.

14) You can literally spend an entire weekend without seeing another human being – i.e., never leaving your house or bedroom. This may result in stir-craziness, an exorbitant amount of television consumption, and a severe lack of vitamin D. #NoSunlight

15) You realize just how inferior Apple’s version of FaceTime is to real-life face time.

Is there anything else you would add to the list?

Because I’m Happier Than Pharrell

I have my first (and technically only) final tomorrow, and I know it’s going to absolutely brutal. I’ve taken plenty of law school finals to know that when I walk back into my house tomorrow afternoon, this will be me:

Despite the ominous cloud that is currently hanging over my head, I AM OVER THE MOON. Why? Because yesterday my little blog reached 100 followers, AND it had the most page views in its history! So, as of right now, this IS me:

Thank you to everyone who has viewed, liked, commented, and followed The Hashtag Generation! And thank you all for sharing a little piece of your life with us with your blogs. Aaaaand thank you giving me a little glimmer of happiness in what is otherwise a dreadful week (I have five papers I have to edit and submit :/). #grateful

Weekly(ish) Retweet Roundup

Here are my summaries of some of the news stories I retweeted this week. Featuring: the French “ban” on checking work e-mails, the “Gone Girl” trailer, ‘New Girl”s Max Greenfield’s thoughts on ‘Scandal,’ and how millennials are screwing up their finances.

France Didn’t Ban People From Checking Work E-mail After 6 p.m. This is Why it Should Have | via The Washington Post

There were false reports last week that France had passed a law banning the checking of work e-mails after 6 p.m. Turns out that the “policy” was actually only part of an agreement between some labor unions and companies. However, the author of this article points out that France already has a shorter work week than many other countries – only 35 hours per week. This actually makes French workers more productive, less stressed, and less tired. Um, maybe us Americans should start doing this too?

Ben Affleck May or May Not Have Killed His Wife in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ | via Slate

We finally got to see the trailer for the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller “Gone Girl” this week, and every news outlet was abuzz. The trailer flies from one scene to the next – and doesn’t really offer too much background on the story. If I had never read the book, I probably wouldn’t even be bothered to watch the movie after seeing this trailer. Nevertheless, I’m still really excited about this film, and I think it’s so neat that Flynn actually re-wrote the last third of the screenplay so that even readers of the book won’t know what to expect.

Save Young People From Themselves | via The New York Times

New studies show that millennials are less inclined to save money for retirement – and they are less inclined to invest it in the stock market. That’s not really a surprise, considering how financially-scarred we are.

Less than half of people under the age of 25 who are eligible for 401(k)s take advantage of them. About 60 percent of people between 25 and 34 have 401(k)s. After watching the stock market plummet in 2008, most millennials have chosen to keep half of their retirement portfolios in cash (apparently this is a bad thing – for us and the rest of America).

Even the Stars of ‘New Girl’ Love ‘Scandal’ | via Max Greenfield’s Twitter

5 TV Characters’ Wardrobes I Wish I Could Steal

1. Jess Day (New Girl)

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The quirky twenty-something (thirty-something?) wears her polka dots, bows, and dresses loudly and proudly. Her outfits are whimsical, but still demure enough that you could wear them to work. I love that she wears bold colors and funny patterns, and mixes super girly elements (like the aforementioned bows) with more tailored pieces (like tailored shorts or a crisp button-down). I guess I’m not the only one infatuated with Jess’s wardrobe; there are quite a few blogs devoted to it (including Dress Like New Girl, What Was Jess Wearing?, and What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?).

2. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Claire Underwood is probably one of the most morally-corrupt and ice-cold characters on TV. However, her wardrobe is to die for. She’s notorious for wearing high-end designers like Zac Posen, Gucci, and L’Wren Scott, but she occasionally busts out some Reiss and Banana Republic numbers. The only downside to Claire’s closet is that all her outfits are in neutral colors: black, white, gray, blue. A different pop of color wouldn’t hurt, Claire!

3. Rachel Zane (Suits)

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Rachel Zane knows how rock a pencil skirt at work. She also knows how to dress it down when she’s at home (love that cable knit sweater!). And look how polished she is when she sits for the LSAT (bottom right photo)! Stunning.

4. Abby Whelan (Scandal)

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For the first two seasons of Scandal, Abby’s clothes were pretty drab. But now she’s in love with David Rosen, and it appears that her life and wardrobe are looking up. She’s ditched the oversized sweaters and replaced them with wrap dresses, funky printed pieces (Diane Von Furstenberg), and leather jackets.

5. Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Betty has to come in last place mainly because some of her outfits would look a bit crazy anywhere other than a 1960s themed party. That being said, a lot of the cocktail dresses, fitted capris, and coats Betty wears (at least in the first season or two – forgive me, but I’ve just started watching the show) would actually be quite fashionable even today. They are rather reminiscent of the Jess Day’s outfits, now that I think about it.

Nick Miller: the Voice of Law Students Everywhere

On last night’s new episode of “New Girl,” Schmidt got sued and reluctantly hired Nick as his lawyer. You know, Nick Miller. He’s the guy who dropped out of law school (but still took the bar exam and passed) and has never litigated a case before in his life. Nick’s pitch to Schmidt is pretty much the equivalent of the pep talk I give to myself before delivering an oral argument in class.

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Also, at the end of the plaintiff’s deposition, he says this: