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Things I Can’t Get Enough of Lately V

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Every so often I like to do a post of all the things I’ve been loving lately. Just to see what you all are watching, reading, snacking on, etc. and to see if I can interest you in any of the things that I’ve been enjoying. I have made a point to limit the educational content I’m consuming this summer and have really been letting myself experience content just for entertainment in July. Here are the things I’ve been loving lately.

Things I Can’t Get Enough of Lately V

Claws

I don’t exactly remember when I saw the trailer to this show but I remember thinking that I had to check it out. Once I started watching it I was hooked. The thing that I think I love about the show so much besides the shocking twists and turns and hilarious dialogue, is this band of women who have each other’s backs. They are all a little different, they have their own struggles and identities but at the end of the day they are family and that’s what matters. Desna, played by Niecy Nash is truly an inspiration. As the matriarch of their makeshift family not only does, “Des” run the operations of the nail salon and other… not so legal operations, she takes care of her brother who is on the autism spectrum. Not everything Des does is on the up and up but she does what she has to do, which you can respect when watching her inner battles.

The Carmichael Show

So I debated adding this because right around the time I found myself falling back in love with the comedy, I found out that it wouldn’t be returning for the 4th season. The Carmichael show is based on an African American family living North Carolina. The star of the show Jerrod Carmichael approaches current events and social politics through comedy and brutal honesty. I started watching it half way through the first season and then lost track. Recently I caught up and remembered why I loved the show so much. It goes there, it talks about sexual consent, same sex marriage, the previous election, death with dignity and so much more. Not only does it tackle the important issues but it does so without being cut and dry. Very rarely does the show have every character take the same side of an argument. You hear the points both sides would make in the real world and you’re left to think about it.

Jana Ashton

Okay, we all get to have guilty pleasures sometimes and Jana Ashton has become mine. During an audible two for 1 one deal, I decided to give her book Wrong a chance. I ended up finishing it within 2 days (part of that did have to do with the fact that I had 12 hours of driving to do that weekend). I have since started my journey down the Jana Ashton series rabbit trail and am currently half way done with the second book in the series, Right and have already purchased the 3rd book, Trust.  

Full disclosure these are romance novels so there is some serious adult content. I consider myself pretty comfortable with the risque but in one scene I was listening to while washing dishes, I felt a little embarrassed…keep in mind I was home alone. This is the true definition of a guilty pleasure novel. I spend so much time reading about business and personal development it’s fun to unplug with some unrealistic romance.

The Bold Type

I was so excited about this show when I first heard about it. For 3 reasons, Katie Stevens (known from MTV’s Faking It), Aisha Dee (from the gone too soon, Chasing Life) and just the premise as a whole. Once again it’s great to see a show where women are supporting each other and chasing their dreams. It’s only 3 episodes in and they have already tackled things like the female orgasm, cyber-harassment, dating in the workplace and more. It’s a fun show that makes you want to go out and make a change.

Friends From College

Okay, so this is the great Netflix curse. A show comes out Friday morning and by Saturday morning I am sitting there with a binge hangover because I watched the entire series. I loved this show. First, it has an amazing cast, as well as amazing guest stars. Secondly, it’s hilarious! There are subtle moments you just find yourself relating to and it’s nice. I really hope it gets a second season.

Gyspy

I did not see a single trailer for this until after I started watching it. As someone who goes to therapy and is a strong believer in its benefits, I was interested in this. I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a show that deals with a therapist and her patients lives simultaneously and shows how they can affect her and not just how she affects them (I’m sure it’s been done before but I haven’t seen it). That being said she definitely crossed the line in this but I find it interesting. It’s a very conscious reminder of how our actions have ripple effects for ourselves and others.

So there you have it. The things that have been keeping me busy this summer. What are you reading and watching this summer? Have you checked out any of these? Let me know in the comments.

 

28 Questions for 28 Years

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So this upcoming weekend is my birthday. I love my birthday. I always have! The funny thing is I didn’t really celebrate it much till I was 18.  Growing up the rule in my house was you got a sweet 16 and that was pretty much it as far as parties went. I mean we would acknowledge your birthday but for the most part, we didn’t do much besides a special dinner. In my case especially my birthday always feel during a really big week long event in my church. My birthday normally meant, getting up and watching tv, having dinner then heading to church.

Back when I started my blog in 2015 I did a survey of random questions to help everyone get to know me better and as I start a new path in my business I thought it only made sense to do it again. Originally I was going to do an update and compare my original answers to now but instead, I decided to just pick 28 new ones.

What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

Dia is really the only thing I like to be called. But I will also answer to any of the following:

  • Nubian Queen
  • Cocoa Goddess
  • KeyLoLo – If you watched Martin in the 90s then you probably remember Sheneneh and Keylolo. Martin’s hot mess neighbor and her best friend. Well, my mom decided at one point that I was Keylolo and my oldest sister was Sheneneh.
  • Sweetie, Beautiful, My Dear, Princess (But only by a certain person. You know who you are. <3)

It should also be noted that I hate being called Dee! When people feel the need to shorten the 2 syllable Dia to Dee, I think 2 things. 1. Dee sounds so manly, “Pass me the rock, Dee.” 2. Am I not worthy of that second syllable to you?

What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?

I think my strongest sense is taste. I’m that person with a very sensitive and picky pallet. I can also taste smells. It’s a blessing and a curse. If I had to give up one sense it would be smell. It’s the least useful in my opinion. I need to see to do a lot of the things I do, like paint. I’d hate never being able to hear music again and I love being touched by my loved ones.

What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

I don’t know if this is the strangest but it’s the first that comes to mind. I remember being young and watching MTV. During this time MTV was running a campaign about safe sex and in one tv spot this guy was blowing up condoms like balloons. I commented about the balloons when my older sister pointed them out as condoms and without very much details explained what condoms are. My young brain assumed that condoms went around a women’s breasts during sex.

Are you high maintenance? Explain.

I think to an extent I am. I am high maintenance but I think a lot of the things I want or like that make me “high maintenance” are things I do for myself. I like to get massages and I don’t like to drink cheap vodka.  Stuff like that. I try to be pretty understanding of the people I love and accepting of their needs and wants but I also stand up for my own.

Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?

I will be honest, I don’t have the thickest skin. I’m a huge fan of the compliment sandwich. I don’t want anyone to lie but don’t be a dick just to be a dick.

Do you have a catchphrase?

Yes! I have a few as someone who loves quotes. I think the one I use the most is, “Little by little becomes a lot.” I’m also a fan of the pop culture, “Boy bye,” and “Not today Satan.”

What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?

Humor, witt and honesty. I love to laugh and if you can make me laugh then I will be more receptive to you. I also love someone who isn’t just “stupid funny” but has a strategic mind with their humor. Honesty is huge for me. I’ve dealt with my fair share of liars and if someone is willing to be honest about mistakes or faults I’m more forgiving.

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

The big bad insecurity monster. Like I mentioned above I don’t have the thickest skin but it’s a battle I am constantly fighting. I’d like to be less affected by the actions and opinions of others.

In what area of your life are you immature?

This is a hard one. I want to say that my obsession for watching cartoons is probably my most immature trait. If not that then the fact that I struggle with expecting the people I love and care about to return my actions. For example, if I contacted you first the last time we hung out I want you to initiate the next. It’s incredibly juvenile to want relationships (both romantic and not) to be a tit for tat type thing and I’m working on it.

When do you find yourself singing?

All the time! I love music! I sing in the shower, in the car, at the grocery store, at the gym. All the time.

How often do you laugh?

I try to laugh as much as I possibly can. I also love to make other people laugh. When I’m having a really bad day and I’m at work I find stand up videos to brighten my mood. Here is one of my favorites.

When Was The Last Time You Cried?

I cry all the time. Like seriously at least once a day. I’m a crybaby and an empath. I cried earlier because I missed someone I’m seeing in less than a week. I’ve cried at a Cheerios commercial, the movie Joe Dirt, The movie Taken and other things I’d rather not admit.

Are you double jointed?

Yes in my elbows. It’s hereditary, my mom is too.

Do You Regret Anything?

“Your regrets in life aren’t what you did in life but what you didn’t do. So take every opportunity.” This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I do regret some of the guys I dated and fireball shots I took but I think generally every choice we make has formed who we are in the present moment for better or worse.

If you were in a car sinking in a lake, what would you do first?

Roll the windows down! This way I’d have a better chance of getting out. (Assuming the car wasn’t already fully submerged.) Because I have a tendency to worry I just Googled this and it says to take your seat belt OFF first. I feel like getting the window down first would be most important. I’d probably try to do both simultaneously… it’s not like I need my hands to steer.

Name The Thing That Annoys You The Most

As someone who is very easily annoyed this question could have 100 answers. I’m trying to focus more on things that annoy me versus thingS that enrage me. I get annoyed by people who don’t comply to social cues for no other reasons than they choose to neglect them. Like I hate when people talk to me when I have headphones on and it’s not about anything important.

Have you ever written a poem?

Yes! I was very much a poem kid in high school. I actually won a poetry competition before. I wrote my first poem in years a few months ago and remembered how therapeutic it was.

Do you like ketchup on or beside your fries?

I love Ketchup. I put it on things that make other people angry…including steak. That being said, Ketchup should always be placed next to the french fries because you don’t want them to get soggy.

Have you ever been in a car that ran out of gas?

Haha yes. It was practically a requirement that all my cars in college were POSs. I had a Chevy Caviler with a broken gas gauge. I went to Walmart one night and ran out of gas. With the help of a friend I called, we pushed it into a parking lot and went to get gas. Not a fun experience.

Have you ever played in the rain? 

Yes, it’s probably one of my fondest memories. My friend and birthday twin, Tony and I didn’t have cars the summer after my freshman year of college so we would take walks together to Mcdonalds. One summer night it started to rain right as we got back to the student apartments, instead of rushing to get inside we just decided to play in the rain. It was a beautiful experience, I felt like I was having a movie moment.

If you could invite any movie star to your home for dinner, who would it be?

It’s hard to pick just one because when I think of someone, I think of someone else that should be there with us. If I say Chris Pratt I want him to bring Anna and Jack. If I say, Amy Poehler, you know Tina Fey has to come. Rapid fire? Will Ferrell. I feel like I would laugh a lot.

Would you hang out with/date someone your best friend didn’t like?

My therapist actually asked me this recently. The truth is yes, I would. I mean of course it depends on the reasoning behind it and the severity of their conflict but at the end of the day we have to live our own lives.

What is your favorite breed of dog?

I have a huge soft spot for Labradors.

If you won a $5,000 shopping spree to any store, which store would you pick?

Can I call my apartment complex a store and just pay my rent for a few months? LOL Honestly I’m incredibly practical in matters of money and I’d want to be able to use the money for things like groceries and gas so probably HEB (it’s the grocery store in Texas where you can also buy gas).

What is your favorite season?

Hands down Fall. For 2 reasons, that’s when most of my favorite shows come back from summer hiatus and that’s when the Texas heat calms down a little bit from the 100-degree summer temperatures I hate.

Are you superstitious?

I don’t know that I’m superstitious but I do believe the universe has some kind of score card I haven’t figured out yet.

What is one lesson you hope you never forget?

That as long as you’re breathing you have another chance.

What is one thing you would tell your younger self?

Don’t date… Just kidding. I’d probably tell myself, You don’t have it all figured out and that’s okay. Don’t be so hard on yourself.

What is something you’d tell your future self?

If you’ve stopped dreaming, get back to it.

So I know some of these are silly and all of them are random but I hope you enjoyed these random question and feel like maybe you know me a little bit more.

Now check out some throwback pictures:

My first album cover

This was me getting ready for my first album cover photo shoot. I was probably around 12 here. Rocking my favorite night shirt.

Now you tell me!

  • What are you doing this weekend? I am so excited to celebrate my birthday and start a new year in my life.
  • Did you do anything for the 4th?
  • What was your best birthday ever?
  • Did you relate to any of my responses above?
  • Any questions you couldn’t answer?
  • Any questions you’d like to share your answers to?

2017-2018 Network Television Trailers

Guess who’s back with television trailers and predictions. This girl! I love this! I haven’t actually seen any trailers for anything that isn’t a remake yet so I’m super excited. Let’s do this live and in color.

CW

Life Sentence

Thoughts: Well Lucy Hale found another job fast. I’m not a Pretty Little liars fan (or foe) but I do like Lucy Hale. Hale plays a millennial who had been living her life the past 8 years preparing for cancer to kill her but then finds out she is in remission. While it’s great news for her family it is a major mindf#ck because now she has to get a job and live life without people protecting her because of the “cancer card.”

Predictions: Besides the PPL fans who will be craving more of Hale I feel like this show has a built in following. I plan to give it a chance it reminds me of what might have happened on (gone too soon) Chasing Life continued. I could see it getting renewed and lasting 3 seasons. I know that is a super specific prediction but there it is.

Dynasty 

Thoughts: So this is obviously a remake of a classic show. I didn’t watch the original one. I did, however, watch part of the remake of Dallas and it seems a lot like that. I love the cast! Nathalie Kelley is an amazing actress with beauty and grace reminiscent of classic Hollywood.  How can you not love Alan Dale and Grant Show? That being said. This doesn’t look like something I’d want to watch. The trailer is hyper-sexualized and seems overly dramatic, but I’ve been lead to believe the dramatic form is true to the original’s form.

Predictions: This could go either way. Like with any remake there will be people who are so excited to see the new twist and others who will boycott it without giving it a shot. I don’t see it getting renewed. I think the show may premiere with high ratings and slowly drop over time.

Black Lightning

Thoughts: I had no idea what Black Lightning was when I hit “play” on this video. But man do I know now! I need this show in my life. I first thought….Great another superhero show on the CW… But it’s Levon Hayesssss!!! If you watched the short-lived but amazing Hart of Dixie you know what I’m talking about. Cress Williams has been on my television screen since the 1990s! I first became a fan of his on Living Single when he played Scooter, the love of Khadijah James’ life.  Then fell in love with him as the loveable town mayor in the CW’S Hart of Dixie. Okay, that was a tangent but I am so excited to check this show out.

Basically, it’s about a city that is constantly dealing with violence from a gang called the 100. Black Lightning was the savior of the city until he promised his wife he’d go into retirement because of the danger. As the 100 gets worse he realizes it’s time to come out of retirement.

Predictions: Personal feelings for Williams aside, I think this show will do well. CW has pretty much dominated the superhero network.

Valor

Thoughts: This looks really good. I see some familiar faces. Two members of the army receive a hero’s welcome after a mission goes bad. There are secrets and lies, captured soldiers and hot and heavy love scenes.

Predictions: While it looks really good, the CW keeps ordering shows that look like they should be (or have been) movies. I probably won’t watch it. I predict it won’t see season 2.

ABC

The Mayor

Thoughts: An aspiring rapper runs for the city mayor as a joke and wins! It looks like it could be funny, deal with social issues and have some warm moments.

Predictions: This show has already been causing some buzz. The media has dubbed it “Trump meets Blackish,” (A show about a person with no political experience wins an election and talks about racial issues in a humor way). I could see it doing well if it is on the Wednesday line up.

For The People

Thoughts: Based on the trailer I would describe this show as the first two seasons of Grey’s Anatomy meets the first season of How To Get Away With Murder. What does that mean? Baby lawyers getting their first meal at the adult table.

Prediction: I can’t pull the trigger on this. It has great minds behind it but I’m not exactly in love with any of the characters. Also, I thought that Notorious and Conviction would be big hits last year but both didn’t even have a full season. I think if given a good night it could get a renewal for a short season, but if I had to make a choice. I don’t see it doing well.

Splitting Up Together:

Thoughts: A couple decides it’s time to divorce after 12 years of marriage but to keep living in the same house. I feel like it’s been done before but I want to watch this show and love it. Jenna Fisher and Oliver Hudson!  Both wonderful actors. It looks funny and very ABC. You know, a show about the new normal for American families… it should be called Conscious Uncoupling.

Prediction: I am going to vote success. People love Jenna Fisher and this is a concept a lot of people can relate to, not the living with your ex part but trying to tow the line between previous spouse and forever parents.

Alex, Inc. 

Thoughts: I spent most of the timing watching this with a scrunched up face but did literally laugh out loud at the end. The premise? Man hates his job impulsive quits and tries to start something new.

Predictions: I am a Zach Braff fan and by a number of times his name is in in the trailer so is, Zach Braff. I want to like it but it looks bad. I don’t see it getting a renewed.

Other ABC Trailers: 

The Good Doctor

The Gospel of Kevin

Ten Days in the Valley

Deception 

FOX

The Resident

Thoughts: Can we please take a minute to talk about this cast? Logan Huntsberg, Emily Thorne, Raj? Okay maybe I’m just listing the character they played on different shows but I can’t help it. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife), Emily VanCamp (Everwood, Revenge) and Manish Dayal ( 90210, Switched at Birth). Basically, another medical show, the twist these doctors are fighting against the status quo to make sure they are practicing good medicine and not just running a business.

Prediction: I want to like this and will give it a shot but this isn’t Fox’s wheelhouse. I don’t see it going well.

Ghosted

Thoughts: Two very different men get recruited to work for a top secret organization investigating paranormal activity or aliens… to be honest I’m not totally sure. It looks a little like Men in Black meets Ride Along. I do LOVE Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, Big Little Lies) and Craig Roberson (The Office, This Is The End).

Predictions: This show has great stars leading it but it doesn’t seem super interesting. Looks like it would also be better as a buddy movie. I’ll give it a shot but I’m betting cancellation.

LA to Vegas

Thoughts: Very Fox. It seems like it’s basically a group of airline workers who are forever stuck on the same flight from LA to Vegas. It looks funny but stupid funny.

Predictions: My first response is it will be canceled. However, I thought The Last Man on Earth was a stupid idea for a show but has had 3 seasons. I don’t watch it but still.

The Gifted 

Thoughts: I want to see this! It looks so good. I love the cast! Amy Acker (Angel), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Blair Redford (Switched at Birth). It looks action packed. I’m shocked Fox is hopping on the Marvel bandwagon but I support.

Predictions: I don’t know that it will be a hit but I do think it will get renewed.

Additional Fox Trailer:

The Orville 

NBC

The Brave

Thoughts: A doctor is kidnapped overseas. All the hotshots back home assume it’s retaliation but it turns out it’s strategic because they need her skills. It looks like a great movie. Sorry I know that is my go to but I don’t understand how this show keeps going longterm. Maybe the trailer is just about the first episode and each week they have a new mission? It does look interesting.

Predictions: NBC shows are always so hard to read. I don’t see it being a hit but it might gain an audience. If I have to absolutely choose, it won’t be renewed.

Law & Order True Crime: The Menedez Murders

Thoughts: So there is a good chance you’ve heard about the Menendez brothers before. I learned about this tragic and horrific double murder a few years ago when I caught the 1994 tv movie Menedez: A Killing in Beverly Hills. Basically, two brothers in Beverly Hills murder their parents, go on a spending spree, get caught and blame the murders on the physical, sexual and psychological abuse suffered at the hands of their father. A few months ago the story got some steam when ABC published a special Truth and Lies: The Mendez Brothers- American Sons, American Murders and again when Lifetime announced the new film, Mendez: Blood Brothers (June 11th) starring Courtney Love. So I was shocked to see NBC and Dick Wolf taking on the brutal storyline. It seems like instead of focusing on the brothers and their point of view this will be focusing more on the attorney who handled the defense,  Leslie Abramson.

Predictions: It’s unlike NBC to cancel anything Dick Wolf does (Sorry Chicago Justice). Also if The People Vs. OJ taught us anything it’s that America loves true crime documentaries. If they follow the theme of shows like American Horror Story and pick a new case each season, I think it could be a hit.

CBS

Me, Myself and I

Thoughts: Trying to think of the best way to describe this show. I would say a comedic version of This Is Us. You basically see the story of Alex as a young boy, a 40 something and then a 60 something simultaneously. It seems heartwarming. Great cast John Larroquette, Sharon Lawrence, Jaleel White and Bobby Moynihan. In all 3 phases shown it seems like his life is a bit of a mess but he keeps trying.

Predictions: I can see this doing well if it’s on the right night. I think it would do good on the same night as Mom and Life in Pieces. I see a renewal.

Young Sheldon

Thoughts: I will start by saying I have never seen a full episode of the Big Bang Theory. This show does look cute. I love the actor playing Sheldon (Ian Armitage, you may remember him from HBO’s Big Little Lies) and the character of his twin sister seems hilarious. The actress playing his mother, Zoe Perry had a major role in the most recent season of Scandal and for the most part I hated her voice. I don’t mean to talk badly about anyone and I thought it was a character trait but after seeing the trailer I’m not sure. She did an amazing job in Scandal, don’t get me wrong but it’s a bit of a turnoff.

Predictions: Don’t ask me why but I feel like it’s going to flop. I mean it will probably have some steam because of Big Bang fans but I don’t think it will be a hit.

9JKL

Thoughts: First, I love this cast. In fact, this is probably my favorite new cast. Second, wtf does the name mean? I hate when a good show is ruined by a bad name (Selfie, anyone?).  I feel like people who watch CBS tend to enjoy these shows with wacky family dynamics. It has a good cast so it might get an audience. Basically, this actor loses his wife and his tv show so then he moves back home to his parent’s extra apartment. Putting him right in between his parent’s apartment and his brother and sister-in-law.

Predictions: In hopes of figuring out wtf the name meant I ventured into the YouTube comments and they were not good. I would give this show a chance but I don’t see it lasting more than 2 seasons.

S.W.A.T

Thoughts: Maybe because this is the last video and I’m just over it but man oh man why do we keep making all the movies into shows? Come up with a new idea CBS! But…. Shamar Moore! Love him! The trailer does look really good but it’s not really the type of show I’d watch.

Predictions: I don’t think that people want this. I’m sorry but the constant remakes are getting old. Not to mention the first S.W.A.T remake wasn’t a huge hit (depending on who you ask). I don’t see it lasting.

Addition CBS Trailers:

Seal Team

Wisdom of The Crowd 

Star Trek: Discover

I don’t feel like I am super excited about any of the new shows but there are a few I will be checking out for sure. What shows do you plan to watch? Tell me in the comments.