current fixations.

I’ve been busy this past week with graduation, so my blogging time has been limited. Now that I am obligation free and summer vacation is alive and buzzing, I thought I’d do my first “current fixations” post.

Currently listening to:

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Currently watching:

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I have a thing for ensemble casts (although Tatiana Maslany makes up more than half the cast all by herself) and well-thought out back stories, and Orange is the New Black just got released on Netflix today!

Currently reading:

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Now that graduation is over, I can finally immerse myself into these books.

Currently smelling:

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Currently craving:

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Kombucha and pizza from The Luggage Room in Pasadena.

Currently coveting:

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Chrissy Teigan’s long bob and Erin Wasson’s effortlessly cool aura.

Currently envying:

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Insanely cool and classic couples.

Currently inspired by:

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Winona, Hudson, Coppola, Marling, Tatou, Dunst, Poots, and Shrimpton.

I am now going to go stuff my face at Orange Hill.

-Gal

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my week in movies.

“Hi my name is Gal Golightly…”
“Hi Gal.”
“…and I’m a movie fanatic.”
I have always been a lover of movies. I describe myself as a lover, because I rarely hate a movie. Yes, there are some movies that are God awful and just plain torturous to endure, but if I’m not too cynical that day, I can find something to appreciate in every film. Movies give you the opportunity to delve into someone’s mind, someone’s life. Movies connect people, their ideas, and beliefs. They allow us to play God for a couple of hours and see life from a greater perspective or create our own world altogether. I watch a lot of movies, it’s kind of like my therapy. This post is a round up of all of the movies I watched this week and the movies I want to see. Here we go.

Watched:
1. Heathers (for the 5th time… it’s my favorite satire, and Christian Slater owns my heart.)
2. Say Anything (again) (“I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.” Classic.)
3. The Graduate (Dustin you never fail to impress me.)
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (that ending and ensemble cast was stellar.)
5. Labor Day
6. Uptown Girls (again. This movie never fails me.)
7. Cutie and the Boxer
8. 3 Days to Kill (come on Costner, you can do better.)

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Want to watch:
1. Maleficent
2. Palo Alto
3. Grand Budapest Hotel
4. The Act of Killing
5. Filth
6. X-Men Days of Future Past
7. Neighbors
8. Locke
9. Lolita (both of them)
10. Mr. Nobody

Summer is here and I am ready to start binge watching. Who needs social contact? Not me apparently.

-Gal

nudie nation.

Here’s a post that is sure to wake you up. Nudies. More specifically, sending nude pictures. (Disclaimer: this is not a cosmopolitan-esque blog, so if you’re looking for a how-to or an advice column, keep walking.) Yesterday, my best friend showed me the most recent picture that she sent to her “guy-friend”. She proceeded to show me a picture of her ,on her bed sans clothing, posing quite provocatively. The picture wasn’t extremely raunchy (she concealed the important parts) but it was definitely a little risqué (think young Britney Spears.) My vivacious friend probed me with questions of how she looked in the picture, whether I thought she looked “curvy”, and if I thought the photo was “artsy” or “trashy”. I have never sent a nude picture before, so I’m not really up-to-date on the proper etiquette for this kind of thing. I just answered her questions honestly and we moved on to another topic. Yet, I couldn’t get the topic of “nudies” out of my mind (hence this post.) This leads me to ask these questions: What is an acceptable nudie? Should you display everything, leave a majority of it to the imagination, or avoid them all together? It baffles me how prevalent “nudies” are in today’s society. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that stripping down has become the most popular form (besides exploiting yourself on reality TV) of captivation, controversy, and attention, whether it be on the cover of magazines, privately through text messages, or openly on social networks. Does that say something about our sense of morality? Does it reveal our obsession with sexuality and body image? Does it make us primitive or perverted? Maybe. Maybe this is just our solution to global warming. Maybe we’re just bored. Maybe this will be the greatest mystery our nation has ever experienced. I don’t know. I guess it’s open to interpretation.

(If I were going to send a nudie, hanging off of a tree would be my preferred method.)

-Gal

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channeling my inner freeman and nicholson: my summer bucket list.

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As a result of the approaching Summer season (and my annoying need to compartmentalize) I have formulated a bucket list. Not a bucket list for my life (I’ll save that for my quarter life crisis) but a bucket list for my Summer. For the last three years I have made lists, and all three years, I have failed to fulfill them. I have a gut feeling (maybe I’m just hungry) that this year will be different. I’m going to start college in the Fall and I think there are a few things I need to do in order to challenge and indulge myself spiritually, creatively, and mentally. I have always claimed to be agnostic but lately I’ve been a little uncertain as to where I stand, in regards to my faith. Especially after reading C.S. Lewis’ A Great Divorce and Siddartha by Herman Hesse, I think I’m ready to to delve into the realm of religion. Mentally, I just need some clarity and solidarity to help me function during college and prevent any mental breakdowns. Lastly, the whole “creativity” aspect is pretty ambiguous and is more of an excuse to do some drugs (just kidding…sort of.) I hope I’m not misleading you into believing that this will be some exciting and rebellious list. In fact, I’m more of a grandma/hippie, on the inside, than I am a badass. So, without further ado

here is my list:
•go on a mini road trip.
•grow an herb and vegetable garden.
•read a lot of books (at the moment I am reading The Illustrated Man and Lolita)
•go hiking more often.
•throw a party (a real party… whatever that means.)
•try yoga and meditation.
start a blog
•experience as many religions as possible.
•become an expert at making all brunch foods and host brunch.
•make a dream catcher.
•learn how to roll a joint.
•try acid.
•go to a concert.
•take a bus by myself.
•get my license.
•get a car.
•watch all of Lost.
•ride Ray’s motorcycle.
•write.

Well there it is. I have unapologetically released my inner-most (short-term) goals/desires… I’m obviously an extremely complex individual… I’m really amusing myself here.

-Gal

a pondering puddle.

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Tomorrow is my official last day of high school. I don’t feel any significant change. In fact, I feel like my usual, incessantly worried self. Actually, I’m more curious than I am “worried”. I’m curious as to what my future holds and who I will be outside of this obnoxious high school setting. Although I have never been very congenial with the whole high school scene, without it to rebel against and contrast with, who am I? I guess I’m afraid of blending in, fading away, and having no reason to be cynical. I feel like it’s okay to be cynical in high school but after a while TOO much sarcasm and pessimism usually gets translated as just being bitter. Don’t get me wrong, I love these characteristics, but I don’t want to be “bitter” just yet. I’m saving that for when I’m 72 and want to fuck with people. All of this pondering is exhausting. Luckily I have Lost (and it’s absolutely amazing ensemble cast, dynamic characters, and suspenseful plots) to take my mind off of my current state of limbo. Right now I’m on the first season and I just want Jack and Kate to get together, and I want to figure out Locke’s motive because he’s obviously the one who doesn’t want to leave the island. Alright, I think that’s all for today. Goodnight readers, fairies, goblins, and all other creatures that do not exist.

-Gal