Flashback to Music of the 90s

There isn’t a decade that I love more than the 90s. To be fair though, I am a child of the 90s. I lived and breathed the TV, music, movies and fads that went along with it.

Recently I found this twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/90sgirlproblem) and Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/90sgirlproblem) called 90s Girl Problems that has provided an endless source of entertainment and nostalgia. They post commercials of toys and games back then, along with clips of movies and TV shows. My favourite part of it all though are the tweets. One of my favourites so far has beenMy favourite part of it all though are the tweets. One of my favourites so far has been “I like Backstreet Boys. My best friend likes N*SYNC. Scratch that. We’re no longer friends.” I was/am a Backstreet Boys fan, more so than N*SYNC, so I thought it was a pretty funny.

Backstreet Boys in the early days.

A few days ago they posted a quiz on 90s music and I just had to do it to see where I was with 90s music and of course I got “Congrats, you’re a 90s nerd!” I couldn’t have asked for a better honour. If you want to try out the quiz, the link is below.

Quiz: Put your ’90s music knowledge to the test – USATODAY.com.

Listening to the song clips got me thinking about some of the songs that remind me of the 90s, so I wanted to share some songs that epitomized the 90s for me.

No Doubt – Don’t Speak


This is my ultimate favourite song ever and of course it’s from the 90s. I remember first watching this video when it was on YTV’s the Hit List with Tarzan Dan.

Alanis Morissette – Ironic


Who doesn’t remember this song always on the radio? And everyone saying how nothing she sings about is ironic. When it came out, I think I was too young to actually know what irony was, but regardless it’s great 90s song.

Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It


Don’t pretend like you don’t know all the words to this song.

Hanson – MMMBop


Probably one of the most ridiculous songs of the 90s (lyrics wise), but incredibly catchy. Who knew that a bunch of brothers that looked like girls would be so big?

Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life


Just an overall great sing-out-loud song. In fact I totally remember singing this out loud with my sister and cousins when we were younger whenever it was on the radio. And keeping your finger on record the whole time you were listening to the radio so you could get a copy on your mixed tape. Oh those were the days!

Those are a few of the memorable songs for me. What songs remind you of the 90s?

And I am loving this 90s throwback, so I think I’ll be doing a few more 90s posts in the future.

Enjoy!

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Top 5 Favourite Halloween TV Episodes

As we all know, Halloween is around the corner and in honour of the holiday, I have come up with my top 5 favourite Halloween episodes.

5. Bones – Mummy in the Maze

Awesome costumes, scary amusement park and mummies! All the makings of a great Halloween episode. The episode has the group going to the Jeffersonian’s Halloween party, but when Bones and Booth figure out where the killer is, everyone has to get to work, all in their costumes. So throughout the episode you get to see Cam as Catwoman, Angela as Cher, Zack as the back end of a cow, Hodgins as the captain of the Titanic and Booth dressed up as a squint. Bones was dressed up as Wonder Woman and Emily Deschanel definitely made it work. I have always wanted to dress up as Wonder Woman and after this episode, it is still on my list of Halloween costumes I need to wear. What made this episode particularly Halloweenish was that the girls were being killed based on their fears; one with spiders, another with snakes. And the shoot off at the end was particularly entertaining. Another thing about this episode is that there is some Bones and Booth sexual tension going on, which every Bones fan has to love. Thinking about Bones now, I am really excited for the premiere on Nov. 3.

Bonus: Rider Strong guest starring role.


4. Community – Epidemiology

From my last post, you know that I just recently started watching this show. I have been infatuated with it and have finally caught up with all the episodes. When I watched this episode, I definitely thought it was one of the best Halloween episodes I’ve seen, especially for a sitcom. I mean, who doesn’t love zombies? My favourite thing that came out of this episode is Shirley and Chang sleeping together. It definitely provided a source of hilarity throughout the rest of the season. It was also nice seeing the return of Jeff’s arch nemesis, Rich, which also provided a great segue for Jeff and Annie to hook up. I can’t wait to see what Community has in store for this year’s Halloween episode.

Bonus: Dean Pelton’s ABBA playlist.


3. How I Met Your Mother – Slutty Pumpkin

This episode is a classic HIMYM episode. Season 1 was epic and it’s so unfortunate that now, in season 7, they have lost that same charm that they used to have. What makes this a great Halloween episode is that it references the best Halloween special there is: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Ted waiting every year to find the slutty pumpkin is exactly like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin.  And I think it is incredibly romantic of Ted to wait for her. It shows Ted’s passion for trying to find the one, which was still cute back then. And Ted and Robin bonding at the end of the episode was good for us hoping that the two of them to get together. Plus I love the Nada Surf song they play in that scene.

Bonus: Barney’s costume changes.


2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Halloween

This episode had a great concept! Characters actually became what their costumes were because of a spell.  There really isn’t much more you can say as to why it was great, because the concept speaks for itself. I think what made it even better was that it was very action packed due to all the chaos that was created because of the spell.  Also, each of the main character’s had their own story line; Willow turned into a ghost and realized what it was like to really feel invisible, Xander was able to be a hero and act very manly as a person in the army and Buffy, in an attempt to win over Angel, lost her vampire fighting powers, and was the damsel in distress this time. It was an awesome alternate universe, without having an actual alternate universe like the episode, Dopplegangland, which is also another really good Buffy episode. Oh and we can’t forget, the episode is an interesting introduction to Giles’ past life.

Bonus: A very manly Xander and obviously Angel.


1. Boy Meets World – And Then There Was Shawn

Ok, I know this is not really a Halloween episode, but I always thought it was, so to me, it’ll always be a Halloween episode. What made it an amazing “Halloween” episode was that it pulled from a lot of different horror movies like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream. I remember actually being scared when I watched it as a kid. Maybe that’s the reason why I thought it was a Halloween episode. The premise of the episode is that the main characters get stuck in detention and slowly people are dying one by one. The characters try and find out who the killer is, but they have to be careful not to die. Jennifer Love Hewitt makes a cameo appearance in the episode, which I felt added a great touch to it.  Below are links to watch the full episode, so I won’t ruin it with spoilers.

Fun fact: Will Friedle and Jennifer Love Hewitt were actually dating at the time and it was the whole reason she made a cameo in the episode.




Special Mention:

Freaks and Geeks –Tricks and Treats

This episode wasn’t a great Halloween episode per se, but Bill’s costume makes me laugh every single time I watch it. Maybe it’s just because the way he acts, but regardless it’s hilarious. I felt that it needed a special mention, especially since it was a great show and only lasted one season. The least I could do was mention it.


Let me know what your favourite Halloween episodes are!

Happy Halloween everyone and please enjoy your candy responsibly!

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Community and Childish Gambino

I finally started watching NBC’s Community. I know I’m late on this bandwagon, but better late than never. I’m still only on season 1, but I absolutely love all the pop culture references. It’s definitely a me kind of show because I feel like I use a ton of pop culture references in my own life; not as many as Abed, but still quite a few. When I first watched the show, I initially hated Jeff Winger, but after watching more episodes, he’s slowly been growing on me, especially in the Physical Education episode. I kind of want him to get with Annie, although I’m pretty sure he’ll end up with Britta. And I love the Troy and Abed bits at the end, like the Bert and Ernie one and of course the Spanish rapping. Those two together are just hilarious. I definitely need to catch up with all the episodes soon.

Troy and Abed as Bert and Ernie.

So to distract myself from my midterm studying, I saw an interview with Donald Glover on QTV with Jian Ghomeshi today on CBC and heard about his rapping as Childish Gambino. I decided to check it out and found a track, ‘All the Shine’, from his new album that’ll be released next month. Honestly, it sounds amazing. It’s not normally the kind of music that I listen to, but I definitely recommend it. Click on the link below to listen to it.

http://soundcloud.com/childish-gambino/all-the-shine

It kind of reminded me of Drake a little actually. After I’m done my midterm tomorrow, I am planning to check out the rest of his stuff. Surprisingly, Donald Glover has quite a discography already. I can’t believe I’m just discovering all these new things only now. Hope you enjoy his new track! And let me know what you think!

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My First Blog Post

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my first blog post! I was meaning to start this post before school got too busy, but school beat me to it.

So here’s just a little introduction.

I’m Amanda and I’m in my final year of environmental engineering. Right now at school I’m taking a few energy courses, since that’s what I hope to specialize in. For my group fourth year design project, we’re exploring renewable energy sources, which is exciting because I finally get to learn more about. And I finally get to control what I want to learn about, which is great, especially when you can’t find a course about topics you’re interested in. I’ve always been curious about it and  it seems like now is the right time to explore our options.

I am also on a quest for a full-time job, as it says in my profile. I thought it might be fun to recount my job hunt to others. So far there hasn’t been too much action, but there are a few jobs I’ve seen that I’m really interested in.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that. It feels too early to be looking for a full-time job since I still have seven more months to go, but all my friends who have already graduated have told me that now is the time to look, so that’s what I’m doing! I will keep you updated though!

Outside of school, I have an affinity for movies and TV. I can’t get enough of it! I pretend to be a twitter movie critic and as you’ll see later, I am going to try my hand at a review longer than 140 characters. More than movies, though, I am in love with TV. Maybe it’s because of the longer story arc, but regardless, I try to keep up with as many as I can. Thank god for streaming, otherwise I would be missing out on all that good stuff.

At the moment, my favourite shows in alphabetical order are:

  • Bones
  • Castle
  • Happy Endings
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Rookie Blue

I have a whole list of more shows that I can’t get enough of, but I don’t want to overshare just yet. Side note: is overshare really not a word? That is what Microsoft Word is telling me and it’s slightly upsetting. I guess I’ve been using it so often in my vocabulary, it seems like a real word.

So before I started writing this, I read a bunch of articles on how to write my first blog post because I wasn’t too sure how to begin. A lot of people said that I should mention what I plan on writing about in this blog, and honestly I think it’ll be pretty much anything that happens to inspire me to write. So look forward to more of my random thoughts! And thanks for reading 🙂

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