After much waiting for the movie to come out, I got to see Veronica Mars last weekend! I can’t believe how quickly they made the film – it was released on the one year and one day anniversary of their Kickstarter campaign and I think the filmed/produced it in about 8 months. It’s been years since I’ve watched the three seasons of the TV show so it took me a moment to remember some plots from the past, but they quickly came back to me. Seeing all the characters made me feel as if I were attending my own high school reunion! The funny thing is, when I told Alex I wanted to see it he didn’t believe that I’d watched the show. I guess in the 4 years that we’ve been together it’s never come up that I marathon watched the first two seasons with my college roommates one summer and that we all watched the third season live together. Or how we loved the song “I Touch Myself” because of its appearance in the series during the party scenes in which Veronica was raped and would often drunkenly belt it out. It makes me happy though, to know that even after dating for such a long time there’s still more to learn about each other.
Veronica is definitely an example of a badass female heroine and good role model for teens/young adults who watched the show. A lot of time is spent discussing differences in the treatment of women without much change, whereas I think powerful female role models have a greater influence. Not that I am trying to discredit the movements of the last few decades – women have many people to thank for the equality that we experience today. I am referring to the fluffier campaigns that circulate society today. Take, for example, Ban Bossy. What is this really about? Sheryl Sandberg wants to “ban” a word that is used to describe women more than men. I’m all for encouraging girl leadership, but banning one negative word isn’t going to change anything in my opinion. A boy can just as easily be called bossy as a girl. Further, there’s other words that can and are used to describe predominantly unliked women that are synonyms of bossy – pushy, overbearing, strict, and later in life, bitchy. Should we ban all those as well? Also, to be fair, there are words that are usually used to describe unliked overly assertive men, like egotistic, arrogant, or simply an asshole. Perhaps we should refocus our efforts on other reasons girls lose interest in leadership that don’t relate to one of many hurtful words she may be called in her lifetime and teach both men and women to disregard the negativity in their life. Haters gonna hate.
In a nice change of pace from the snow and polar vortices, this weekend the sun came out to play and New York reached highs of 52 degrees. Alex and I took advantage of the warmth by spending Saturday afternoon walking around the city. We started with the flea market in Hell’s Kitchen (right by our old stomping grounds), then walked through the Village, Soho, and Tribeca back to our apartment, stopping through interesting shops along the way. Our cutest find was an Australian cafe called Pie Face, which has excellent coffee and mini savory pies topped with smiley faces. I wish they had one in our neighborhood, I’d be a regular. My evening was spent getting drunk and eating cheesy biscuits at the Times Square Red Lobster with friends. Eating at a chain restaurant in the most touristy part of the city was probably one of the least New York things we could have done and it was glorious. It’s nice to take a break from the small, crowded restaurants here where you inevitably hear the entire conversations of tables on either side of you. And come on, cheesy biscuits. For those of you who love those biscuits as much as I do, you’ll be happy to know that you can make them at home using this mix (also available at Walmart). I made them during our law school reunion in the mountains last Labor Day, with extra cheese and butter, and they tasted just as good as the ones at Red Lobster itself.
Aside from some more light shopping on Sunday, I was a lazy bum. Alex and I have been watching Scandal on Netflix for the past two weeks and yesterday we had a full blown marathon. We’re approaching the end of Season 2, and I am amazed by how screwed up everyone’s lives got in the show so quickly. The series started off relatively benign and got pretty complicated by the end of the first season, but at this point it is beyond convoluted. I love it. I also love everything about Olivia Pope’s wardrobe. Ever since I started watching I’ve found myself wearing more extra long, delicate necklaces and pants, so apparently I’ve started channeling Olivia’s style. My envy of her looks doesn’t end at her clothes – I think Kerry Washington is one of the most beautiful actresses around. I know it’s a television drama, but seeing shows like Scandal and House of Cards really makes me wonder how crazy life is as a powerful politician in D.C.. Surely they cover up transgressions such as hiring prostitutes, but I wonder how commonplace it is to hide the really crazy crimes, like murders and election fraud. Probably much less so than they make it seem on the show. Anyway, I’m excited to get all caught up so I can watch new episodes as they air!