TV Tuesday: ‘Parks and Recreation’

TV Tuesday is a new column on my blog where I’ll write about a TV show I’m currently watching or discuss recent developments in the TV world. As always, your opinions are welcome in the comments!

Parks and Recreation - Season 5

I know, I’m way behind the ‘cool’ bandwagon. In my defense, I did watch “Parks and Recreation” during its first short season. After that, it slipped off my radar, but clearly gained traction with others.

“Parks and Recs,” for those unfamiliar, stars Amy Poehler as the very ambitious, energetic and caring Leslie Knope, the deputy director of Pawnee, Indiana’s parks and recreation department. The show is filmed docu-style, much like “The Office,” and follows Leslie and her fellow parks and recs colleagues as they navigate through local government life.

I’m so glad I got into this show again. I was looking for a short sitcom to watch while I eat breakfast, and “Parks and Recs” fit the bill. The second season was a little slow to pick up, but once it did, it just keeps getting better and better.

The problem with starting any show late in the game is that you’re probably already aware of numerous spoilers, especially regarding casting. I’m still going through the sixth season, but needless to say I’ve already heard spoilers about what happens. Still, this doesn’t deter me from enjoying “Parks and Recreation.”  If anything, it encourages me to keep watching because I want to see how the events unfold. (This is probably the only time you’ll hear me talk about spoilers in a positive light. Don’t get used to it.)

Other observations:

+ I’m pretty sure Andy Dwyer is becoming more and more stupid as the show goes on. Yes, Andy’s stupidity is one of the endearing things about his character, but there are some moments that are a bit much. It’s one of those classic examples when a show realizes everyone likes Dumb!Andy and so they end up going overboard. Sometimes less is more.

+ One of the things I actually don’t like about the show is the treatment of Jerry/Larry. Maybe most offices have that one coworker everyone likes to poke fun at, but in the case of Jerry/Larry, it just seems downright mean. It’s pure bullying and it’s not okay. Maybe some of you think I’m being overly sensitive, but I cringe every time one of the characters is unnecessarily mean to him.

+ Chris Traeger and Ron Swanson are two of the greatest characters every created. Literally.

“Parks and Recreation’s” first five seasons is available on Netflix. Season 6 is available on Hulu Plus.

Image courtesy of Chris Haston/NBC.


Spot the Typos

Like any good, stereotypical millennial, I consume my news online. I don’t have cable at home to watch news broadcasts nor do I subscribe to a newspaper. So I rely on sites like USA Today, CNN, BBC News and my Twitter feed to keep me up to date with what’s happening in the world.

So you can imagine how disheartening it is, especially as a journalism major, to see reputable news sources with glaring and obvious typos in their articles. If I ever made just the tiniest typo in one of my articles for class, it would be an automatic D, maybe even an F. Case in point: I misspelled Jon Stewart’s name once by including an “h” in John. The rest of the article was solid, but because of that, I got a D. Never again will I forget how to spell Jon Stewart’s name.

A few days ago, I was browsing through E! Online (hey – I need my entertainment news, also!) and came across a small typo in this article: Everything We Know About the ’50 Shades of Grey’ Movie Based on Behind-the-Scenes Pictures. Please try to hold judgment that I was reading this article.

 …and Dakota Johnson, the girl you’re not aure is right for the part but you’re willing to give her a chance, as Anastasia Steele.

It’s just one misspelled word, which the average reader might glance over, but what really got to me was the fact that the word is still misspelled on their website as I write this. No one has bothered to correct it.

I bring up this E! Online article because this is something I see frequently all over the web, and it also reminded me of my favorite typo ever that I saw on CNN. Except it wasn’t really a typo. It was more like an editor left their desk for a minute and a one year old came along and began pounding on the keyboard. It was so epic, I had to screencap it:


This typo was left online for at least 30 minutes. I kept refreshing the page thinking clearly someone over there must have noticed, but it took a while. How does that even happen in the first place?! It’s one thing to have typos on a blog, but for a reputable news source, such as CNN, to have an error like that is awkward. And imagine, these are only the errors that I’ve stumbled upon. Who knows what else is out there.

Does it bother you when news sources make such simple mistakes like that? Or am I just being too picky? I was always taught that typos can make you less credible, which in my eyes is very true. If you can’t spell a word right, or have an editor pick up on a typo, how can I be sure that the facts being reported are true? I can’t.

What’s in a Name?

As it turns out, a lot.

I spent most of the past two weeks trying to think of a title for this blog. I knew I needed something personal, to reflect the content that I hope to write about, but nothing too personal. I tossed around a few names like, “Steph Says” and “Joie de Stephanie,” but nothing really stuck out.


Not the actual perpetrator.

Then one fateful night – as the story always goes – a bright blue pen exploded on my perfectly beige couch. I couldn’t get too mad. It was my own fault for leaving a pen on the couch, as I always do. In fact, looking around my quaint studio, there are ink stains everywhere: on a decorative pillow, on my shirts and even my bed sheets. I guess I’m still learning how to hold a pen properly.

As much as I love typing (80 wpm, what’s up!), there’s still something about putting pen to paper that I can’t seem to shake. I write in my journal (that’s where all my ‘woe is me’ writing goes), take meticulous notes in a notebook for freelance assignments and spent weeks looking for the perfect magnetic notepad to stick on the fridge for grocery lists. Hey, we all have our quirks.

And so here I am, with my first serious foray into blogging called “Ink Stains.” I’m quite fond of the name, and I hope it grows on you, too. So shall we get started?