December Haul & Anticipation Post

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Lifestyle bloggers and booktubers alike love their haul posts and as this blog (and my general social media life) have always been a combination between the two, it was inevitable that I make my re-entrance to YouTube with some variation on the haul category. Therefore, it’s probably about time I explain what the new goal for 2017 is going to be, along with an introduction in the form of a December anticipation post.

This post sort of comes in seven parts, but first we’re going to split it into sections related to #the1001project and sections where Best Case[y] Scenario is going to grow.

Step One: #the1001project

For anyone who is following this and me and still doesn’t know what #the1001project is, it’s my project to finish several of the 1001 Before You Die lists, particularly the ones pertaining to travel, books, movies and tv shows. I have ten lists, which actually amount to over 11,500 items when you take updated lists into account, and I’ve been working on the project for almost two years now, very slowly. In 2016 I had a lot of new projects that came and required a lot of my time, so #the1001project has been a little behind, but in 2016 I’m going to focus more on particular aspects, as dictated by a few rules. These rules are listed here and accompanied by my anticipated goals for December.

Part One: Literature

As part of my reading goals for this year and in 2017, I have decided I want to add more non-fiction and current fiction to the two reading 1001 lists (Books and Children’s Books), therefore in months onwards I’m going to read one new fiction novel and one non-fiction novel per month. For December these picks are:

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church – released May 3rd 2016

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham – released November 29 2016

In addition to those, I’m going to be reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (1001 Books) and finally working on finishing the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket ahead of the release of the Netflix original series of the same title (starring Neil Patrick Harris) in January 2017! This is a series I adored but didn’t complete as a child, and I’m glad to be back in the world of the Baudelaire children for a while.

Part Two: Movies

While I haven’t created any solid movie rules for 2017, I would like to be more efficient with this list as it’s the easiest of the ten and always makes me feel better when I can cross items off the list quickly. This month I’d like to work further on completing the Australian titles from the list, so I have Mad Max and The Last Wave, both of which are left over from a time when I had my Facebook friends vote on my Friday night movies, which doesn’t give me much confidence, but I’ll watch them nonetheless. Finally I also have Out of Africa and as Meryl Streep could successfully play Batman, I’m more confident that this will be a great one.

There are also some new films that I would like to check out in December, including a screening of Moana the new Disney film, which I will hopefully visit the Moonlight cinema for (see Perth events section below), as well as catching up and finally seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I have been putting off for weeks until audiences calm down.

Part Three: Television

Once again another category where I feel the need to embellish the list with new, current shows now that I have the means and the Netflix to. I’m currently watching through Glee after having left it behind at season four last time, so I’ll continue to do that and hopefully finish seasons three and four.

In addition to that, I’m going to catch up on New Girl season six which is slightly important to The Douchebag Cast, and I have just started watching Westworld so hopefully I can catch up with it too, although HBO series are slightly more convenient to watch, with their shorter seasons.

Part Four: Travel

This year has been particularly light on the travel, but I’ve been saving the fifteen-ish items I need to reach my target for the year to be travel related. Hopefully historic Melbourne or natural Queensland will be on the list, but this part is still potentially TBA. But there will be some travel blogs in December.

Step Two: Everything else

To move into newer territory, these are the lists and categories that I haven’t covered before on blogs, although I do have some experience with creating Let’s Plays, these are all new ground for me.

Part Five: Video Games

Pokemon Sun and Moon were released recently, and more recently I got my act together and bought the game. It’s been a few generations since I completed a Pokemon game, and I feel iffy about this one already, but for the moment it’s enjoyable and we’ll see how it goes. The Pokemon grind is a great addition to time spent binge watching television shows.

Part Six: Perth Events

It’s finally December, and summer, so all the nice weather, later sunset events are kicking in for Christmas-time. This means that the Floating Bar at Elizabeth Quay, the Under the Bridge Food Trucks at Fremantle and the summer Moonlight and Rooftop Cinemas are in session during the silly season. Local parkruns will also be running their bonus Christmas and New Years Day free, timed 5km events – which usually run at 8am on Saturdays – for a little bit of extra festive fitness for families.

Finally, December means the Street Roller Hockey League Hockeyfest VII Finals will be taking place on Saturday the 10th at Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club, as well as the biannual North vs South All Star Championships this weekend (Saturday 3rd of December) which I will be not only covering but also playing in the Northern Ladies and Sophomores teams!

Part Seven: Lifestyle, Fitness & Dog

Finally we get to the experimental part of the next month. The motivation behind adding more of this in, is personal rather than to create content to discuss. Fitness, food, and branching out when it comes to Gillan are all part of the recent steps of “being an adult” that I have been working on lately. Becoming efficient is easier when you are healthy and focused and the same goes for Gillan, so caring for myself and monster are becoming priorities and since I am motivated to do things when I’m posting about them, this will be an interesting experiment.

I haven’t got any hard and fast rules for this, but anything enjoyable will be included in a favourites post, as a couple of things I have been working on already will be in November faves next week.

tl;dr – Casey does more stuff, hopes she won’t explode even more.

So I’m going to stop spending time planning the things and start doing them, but I hope this is enlightening for anyone who wonders what half of the stuff I get through each month is!

x Casey

Glee-son Two: Road to Nationals

This is the first of a new kind of blog post, where I recap the most reason tv series I’ve watched from 1001 TV Series to Watch Before You Die. As such, it’s still in the works and will likely fit into the YouTube schedule when I start that in a couple of weeks. 

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Glee on IMDB
2009-2015
Comedy/Drama/Musical – 44 minute episodes – TV-PG
Created By: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk & Ryan Murphy
Starring: Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) & Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams)


I remember being eighteen and hearing about a new television show with “Wendla” from Spring Awakening in it, knowing that it would be about a group of singing, dancing teenagers and being absolutely ecstatic. I also remember being 19 and specifically using my three hour uni break on a Thursday to sleep while torrenting the newest Glee episode, then watching the episode in snippets throughout the day. The combination of determination and what I thought were the absolute cutest outfits, made Rachel Berry and Glee my number one favourite show for its first three seasons.

A lot has changed in seven years however. I mean, these days my favourite show features a bubbly, loving brunette with bangs and optimism to spare, who has trouble with boys and likes to sing… a lot. Hmm, so maybe things aren’t that different, actually.

Glee has always been one of those shows, hated by a large percentage of the population, for its portrayal of high school dorky performers as well as “lessons” in every episode, from the dangers of teen drinking, the realities of teen pregnancy, and both the mundane and hyperbolised intricacies of teenage life. It’s soap opera style of incestuous relationship cycling, coupled with the idealised display of talent and competition makes it the perfect show for only a single, persistent demographic: teenage middle to high school girls.

But coming back to it five years later after not watching from season four onward… I don’t hate Glee.

I’m going to receive criticism from the fold, who will say “Casey, you run a podcast about New Girl, and you take a lot of selfies of you eating donuts”, and while you may be correct about my biases, I have several solid arguments for why Glee still remains high on the list of shows discussed by teenage girls on Tumblr blogs around the globe.

Glee‘s appeal to the aforementioned middle school girls is more than just Darren Criss dressed in a private school uniform, it appeals to the need for validation in a world where you’re constantly made to feel ordinary: because “being part of something special makes you special”. Glee‘s messages of acceptance are trite and overused, but the display and recognition of talent, even in various degrees or types can be a lifeboat in the constant reality of cut-throat competition among peers in high school. As a teenage girl you’re constantly being convinced to fit in while being required to have something that makes you stand out and for this, Glee is more than bubblegum television for young girls, in some places it is a strong reminder to dream big and stay true to what you believe in yourself.

But the show is also actually, genuinely funny in places.

While those places may be surrounded one hundred fold by lines that make me grimace and cringe, it’s tough to doubt that Jane Lynch is the comedic backbone of the show and Naya Rivera as Santana “[making out with another girl] is not cheating because the plumbing’s different” Lopez and Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel with his perfect physical comedy moments give the show at least a good punch or two per episode.

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So I have to admit that 90% of the appeal for me is half the poppy upbeat bangers that aren’t really bangers but actually cheer me up and the similarities I see between myself and Rachel Berry. But if you’re a teenager who’s trying to navigate the tricky world of middle school and trying to figure yourself out, I have to stand by my assessment that I think Glee  might be for you.

Stay tuned for a more season-particular review of Glee Season 3 within the next couple of weeks.

Quick Review: The West Wing

Quick Reviews resulted as the alternative to an old poster style I would create when I didn’t have an extensive opinions on a particular movie or television series, and so these reviews are super short and sweet.

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Winner of seventeen Primetime Emmy Awards, The West Wing, written by Aaron Sorkin focuses on fictional democratic POTUS Josiah “Jed” Bartlet who suffers no fools and therefore alienates many. He and his dedicated staffers struggle to balance the needs of the country with the political realities of Washington, D.C., working through two presidential terms that include countless scandals, threats and political scuffles. The final two seasons focus on the race to elect the candidate to proceed from Bartlet as the leader of the free world.


While Gilmore Girls gets praised as the “feminine Sorkin”, I prefer to think of The West Wing as the masculine Sherman-Palladino. Minus the pop-culture references and instead heavy with political discourse, the style of the two shows, particularly the witty, intelligent dialogue and the quick pace are key drivers to the charm of both series.

Josiah “Jed” Bartlet may not be the hero Washington deserves, but he’s the one we need right now. It’s easy to create a perfect leader, and much harder to emulate them, and The West Wing portrays the king of governance we all like to think is pulling the strings. The show is also a very interesting insight into US politics for non-Americans. What the heck is an Iowa Caucus?

Side note, added after the initial publication of this post: I was certainly more knowledgeable about the recent Presidential election including the way of the electoral college and the idea of said caucuses.

A constantly evolving cast resulted from a tumultuous battle between showrunners and writer, and the loss of Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) in season four has its own negative impact on the run of the show, not to mention the fangirls. But with the combination of Allison Janney (CJ Cregg), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman) and Martin Sheen (POTUS), not to mention supporting actors Dule Hill (Charlie) and Janet Moloney (Donna), we have a cast that manages to captivate an audience from season one.