Archive | April, 2013

5 TV Characters We Should Have Hated But Actually Loved

30 Apr


All television shows have them — the characters specifically created to cause drama, break up a relationship, and/or foil the protagonist. The characters that simply by their description America will hate. “Girl to get in the middle of epic relationship.” “Inconsiderate boyfriend.” “Person who will throw entire family under the bus for a an extra dollar.”

Most of the time we do actually hate these characters (ahem, I’m talking to you Oliver Trask), but sometimes against all odds these characters manage to make themselves… likable. Not just likable, but they become beloved. They are analyzed to death. They reach cult status. They get their own spinoff shows.

Here are 5 television characters we should have hated but actually loved.

Read the rest of my article for Portable here.

Did I miss anyone?

The 5 Best Sibling Dance Routines On Television

29 Apr


Ah, the sibling dance routine, a rite of passage/most awkward moment for many a youngster. My childhood dance routine with my brother included the school talent show, matching hats, and a song about the US Presidents. Thanks for that one, mom.

Whenever a television show decides to insert a sibling dance routine, usually years and even decades after it was appropriate, the result is comic genius. Maybe I’m just a sucker for bad dancing, but honestly I don’t know why we aren’t seeing more of this on television. I implore all shows to give us what we want — more adults doing awkward sibling dance routines

Read the rest of my article for Portable here.

PS: This article was WAY too fun to write.

5 Important Life Lessons I Learned From Gilmore Girls

23 Apr


The two women who have influenced my life the most are my mother and Lorelai Gilmore.

There it is.

It may seem like a dramatic statement, but I’m a dramatic person. Also, it’s the truth.

I credit Lorelai Gilmore with my love of Mallomars, my musical tastes, and my hyper-verbal, hyper-ridiculous personality. I firmly believe everything I need to know in life I learned from Gilmore Girls.

Here are a few things Gilmore Girls taught me.

Read the rest of my article for Portable here.

The Ridiculous

22 Apr


Some ridiculous things lately:

1. Seven, count them, SEVEN luxury cars in a row at Pepperdine.

2. Julia Roberts lives a quarter mile from me.  This isn’t a new thing, but it’s still ridiculous and should be documented.

3. I recently googled, “How to make scrambled eggs.”

Number three probably is the most ridiculous, yes.

Cowboy Take Me Away

21 Apr

I was never much of a country music person. Girl bands? Absolutely.  Anything British? Done. Angry girl music of the indie variety? Yes times three million.

But country music?  I didn’t understand it.  Like why would I want a man who wore cowboy boots when I could be interested in a man, who, say, didn’t?

Enter Caitlin.

Caitlin is all about country music.  And men who wear cowboy boots.  We’re talking, she listens to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” into country music. And being the wily creature she is, over the past year Caitlin has slowly converted me to the church of country music.

She did it subtly, “You should listen to this country song. Just this one.  It reminds me of you.”

She knows I can’t resist anything that relates to me. ME ME ME.

Then she played the best-of-the-best country music while she was getting ready so I would ask her, “Hey, what song was that?”

She’s smart, that one.

The thing that draws me to country music, above all else, is the intensity of emotion.  There’s no shying away from it, no downplaying it.  In fact, the formula for country music seems to be:

Feel emotion.

Amplify said emotion to the nth degree.

Let emotion destroy you.

Sing about emotion destroying you.

Since this is basically the formula for my life, country music turns out to be a great fit for me.

Here are five country songs that have been on repeat during the last year.

1. Better Dig Two: The Band Perry


2. Travelin’ Soldier: The Dixie Chicks

Chuck Klosterman argues the Dixie Chicks are the new Van Halen and, honestly,  I’ve been mulling this idea over for a few years now and am still not ready to state my opinion.  Stay tuned.  Until then, listen to this on repeat.

3. Mama’s Broken Heart: Miranda Lambert

Dare I call it the “You Oughta Know” of the country music variety?

4. Merry Go Round: Kacey Musgraves

“If you ain’t got two kids by 21 you’re probably going to die alone.  At least that’s what tradition told you…”

5. Rascal Flatts: These Days

I could waste years of my life listening to Rascal Flatts and languishing in self pity.

What’s your favorite country song?

5 Leads Eclipsed By Supporting Characters

18 Apr


It’s a tale as old as time — boring lead character is created to be the “relatable” one on a television series. Zany minor characters all-too-easily take over the show and our hearts. We wish lead character would be quietly killed off and never spoken of again. You know.

Here’s a look at 5 television leads eclipsed by their supporting characters.

Read the rest of my article for Portable here.

Liz And Jenna

17 Apr


It’s official…Jillian and Caitlin (Roommate Edition) will live to see another year!

This means 12 more months of Fiona Apple dancing, McDonald’s runs, and, of course, Jenna/Liz moments like this:

Caitlin: “Bronze my back! We’re going out tonight!”

Jill: “I’d rather stay inside and eat cheese puffs than do anything, ever.”

Yay for another year.

Why We Still Care About Jonathan Taylor Thomas

17 Apr


Last month, the internet buzzed as Jonathan Taylor Thomas returned to the small screen for a part on Last Man Standing. The announcement of his return was lauded as, “The best Valentine’s Day news of the year.” ran an article about him and followed up with the headline, “Jonathan Taylor Thomas — famous or not — is still loved by fans.” Girls of the 90s rejoiced.

What is it about this former child star that inspires such excitement 15 years later? Why does an entire generation of girls still squeal when they hear his name? Why on earth am I one of those girls?

Here’s a look back at JTT’s career, our crush on him, and why we still care about Randy Taylor.

Read the rest of my article for Portable here.

The Many Stages Of The Google+ Hangout

16 Apr

Stage One: In Which It Awkwardly Begins

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My parents inform us via two dozen group text messages that they cannot get the audio on their computer to work.

Joel’s computer science skills are put to the test as he locates the unmute button for them.


Stage Two: In Which We Go A Little Crazy With The Special Effects


I wear a crown, obviously.


Stage Three: In Which Problems Arise


What is Jenna so upset about?

Where did I go?

Is my dad really 25 years old?

All valid questions.


Stage Four: In Which My Mother Shines


Enough said.


Until next time, family.  Until next time.

Kindred Souls

14 Apr


My lovely friend Elisa had a layover in LA yesterday and I got to spend a few hours with her.  It was a day full of giggling and screaming and talking so fast you have to slow down to catch your breath.  I love those days.

When Elisa saw me she said, “Look at you!”  I told her I was regretting my outfit since it was so cold outside and she just laughed, “Jill, a sexy choice is never the wrong choice.”

This is why I love her.

We spent the day eating our way through Newport and reminiscing about our friendship.  Elisa and I became instant friends in London.  Instant like, oh-my-gosh-I’ve-just-met-a-kindred-soul instant.  Instant like, you-are-one-of-two-people-who-understand-me-and-I-don’t-even-know-who-the-other-person-is instant.

Last year we found ourselves back in Utah trying to figure our lives out, yet again. Elisa had applied to an MBA program in Scotland and I had applied to my writing program in Malibu.  We were scared.  Excited.  Wondering if we would regret these drastic changes.  Wondering if we had a problem allowing ourselves to be happy.

A year later, over breakfast bagels, brunch cupcakes, and a luxurious Mexican food lunch we decided no, we don’t have a problem.  We are happy.  Those decisions were good for us.

Thank everything for friends like Elisa.