NBC’s Camp – Episode 1 – Pilot

I started writing this as a Facebook update, but I got wordy. So I decided to move it over here!

So I’m watching that new NBC show, Camp. It’s okay, but I just can’t bring myself to get invested like I want to with summer shows. It’s almost like it’s trying so hard to be something it’s not. A sort of, kind of throw back (hello does anyone actually go to “family camps” any more?) but modern at the same time (“They don’t even have internet!”) It’s interesting in that it’s not a typical “teens being counselors to cute kids and learning something about themselves while having sexy time.” All age groups means lots of different drama, and such to tell about.

There’s something vaguely seedy about the adults’ storylines being surrounded by the kids though. Is real life like this? Are divorced moms really getting mad at their teen sons, pushing them in a lake and then going and getting super drunk and hooking up with a guy she hates in his car? (Now that I type that…) If this is the adults, what are the teens going to get up to? Also, why are all the teens so dang pretty? Even the “nerdy” ones are very pretty, or cute in a nerd way. It is also telling that even the ones I’m supposed to root for I only marginally liked, until they got high, then they were pretty funny impersonating the owners’ ex’s new Russian (and much younger) girlfriend. (“When did she become French?”)

I’m also kind of over this whole, my life is falling apart so I’m gonna screw someone inappropriate thing, as well as the nerdy teens vs. the muscle-necked jocks (Or as the camp owner says, “big dumb frat boys”.) Clichés abound! I am drowning in them, and I have lost my eyeballs because they rolled out of my head. (Unfortunately they aren’t glass. I can’t even believe that’s a thing that made it into the episode! A throw-away bit about a dude’s glass eye?) Maybe the second episode will be better because it won’t be so much of having to get to know everyone’s back-stories (especially since I won’t remember half of them.)

My favorite part, the best people, hello let’s have more of them please, is the lovely interracial gay couple and their adorable (and defensive) interracial family! From the moment I saw them contemplating exactly how many $40 bottles of gin they NEED to make it through family camp I knew I’d found kindred spirits. Not because I drink gin, or much of anything, but because I knew they’d be deliciously snarky and lovely throughout.

The other thing I kind of love in an ironic way is that this show, set at an all American, Dirty Dancing-esque, Family Summer Camp, is filmed in NEW ZEALAND. With AUSTRALIAN actors.

Quaker Real Medleys – Summer Berry Review

Quaker Real Medleys new oatmeal.

     For my first review from the Influenster Holiday 2012 VoxBox I tried the new Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal. The flavor I got is Summer Berry. So I took it with me to work to try out, especially since one of it’s purported benefits is it’s portability! A little background before I begin in-depth so everyone can have a clear picture of what I’m looking for in this oatmeal and why. I work at a daycare center, so I need a good breakfast that will keep me full all day, but that will also withstand the interruptions of a busy morning. I am also not a huge fan of oatmeal, it has to be pretty sweet and spectacular to get me. I’m talking brown sugar and berries people! Thankfully this may just do the trick.

Raw Quaker   Alright lets get this show on the road. I took this picture just after opening the container, there was a sealed paper across the top but I tossed it. You can see those delicious oats (okay I promise to cut back on the sarcasm) and what look like freeze dried berries. You can also see the conveniently marked fill line. So I took my container to the kitchen to fill it and heat it. I stopped to show everyone I met along the way my “tasty” treat.

Blueberrryyy     Once heated up the oatmeal becomes deliciously blended with sugary, berry goodness. You can check out  a reconstituted blueberry in this picture to the side. The red berries, I’m not sure if they were strawberries or raspberries or both, seemed to almost desolve. That didn’t bother me though. This was a very delicious oatmeal that lived up to what it claimed. It was highly portable, and it also lived up to my tests! It stayed warm long, was delicious, and kept me full. Lets end with a gratuitous shot of the bottom of my bowl of deliciousness.

NOM

The Ruling: Two Thumbs Up, 5 Stars, Highly Recommended, High 5 Me!
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TV Review: 2 Broke Girls – Episode 1×04: And the Rich People Problems

These reviews are still way too long, so I’m going to try once again to keep them short and sweet. (HA, I crack myself up.)

So, I still love Max so much, although her hatred of hipsters has now reached a level of confusion. Perhaps that word does not mean what I think it means. One of the big plots this episode was Han putting in a big tv and karaoke machine. Can’t really say I blame Max for wiggin’ out about it (though I do love me some Journey.) Eventually it evolves into an open mic night. UGH. I think I’m so confused about the hipster thing on account of like, Max is queen hipster. This show is SO hipster. It’s theme song is totally hipster-y by a hipster band and the credits look like a freakin’ instagram photo! I digress… I really think the whole cast is starting to jell nicely. The diner scenes are a comic joy as each actor hits their mark and plays off the others in a way that makes me terrified for Season 2. (On account of Season 2 of a show usually sucks.)

The next big plotline in this episode is Caroline’s need of some of the things that she forgot to grab, mostly her bite guard. There’s a handful of things here that show the differences between Caroline & Max. Dentists, sushi, medical care… ironically that last one has Caroline more willing to see a questionable doctor than Max, and Max drags her out. After Oleg offering her the money for a fancy dentist in exchange for an unnamed, unknown, future sexual favor; Caroline realizes she and Max can just break into her old townhouse like when she was a teenager and get her own bite guard.

Words cannot describe Caroline’s closet… or bathroom. Even Max can only say “Oh Em Gee.” Caroline’s clothes have a home, and she has a Ferris Heels in her room, it’s a rotating rack of shoes obviously. It’s genius. Her bathroom has a MONSTER tub that Max falls so in love with. They decide to grab a bunch of things to take home to use or resell. Unfortunately Caroline doesn’t tell Max that “everyone” (rich people) wire their furs, so Max trips an alarm. At the end it turns out that they can’t sell any of it since the lawyers inventoried the house. Also they put it on tighter lock down so no more tub for Max!

Other favorites: Max & Chestnut still have a unique bond.

Ending Total: $543.25