What Your Favorite ODAAT Character Says About You

What Your Favorite 'One Day At A Time' Character Says About You, From The Schneiders To The Lydias

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I started watching "One Day At A Time" on a Tuesday afternoon and somehow managed to finish all three seasons in two days. If you haven't seen this show, drop what you're doing and start it right now. I didn't get what all the rave was about... until I started it, fell in love with it, and will now defend it as one of the best shows of all time.

I noticed how different each of the characters on the show have traits that reflect certain people in my life. My mom is for sure a Penelope, and my brother is without a doubt an Alex. Here is what your favorite "ODAAT" character says about you:

1. Penelope

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If Penelope "Badass" Alvarez is your favorite character, you are one of the most hardworking people around. You always want what's best for those around you and you bust your butt with each and everything that you do. You expect a lot out of people but aren't afraid to give them some tough love when they need it. You tend to put others needs before your own, so remember to take time for yourself and implement some self-care into your busy schedule. You're passionate, caring, and again, a TOTAL badass.

2. Schneider

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If you're a Schneider, you are one of the best kinds of friends to have. You have your quirks and probably spend a lot of time popping in and out of your friends' personal lives (and homes) but you are constantly reminding your friends how much they mean to you and they love you for it. You have a really good heart. You lean on your friends a lot for support and they can count on you to do the same for them. You enjoy learning new things and take life each day as it comes while still remembering all of the things that you have experienced that make you who you are.

3. Lydia

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This goes without saying, but you might have a tad flare for the dramatic. You are constantly acting on spontaneity and shocking some of your friends. You aren't afraid to be bold and speak your mind. You also love your family more than anything else in the world. Nostalgia and fond memories are things that are very familiar to you, so you're obviously an amazing storyteller. You want people to feel like they belong in your home. People look to you for advice which is good because you will tell it to them how it is.

Also, you have phenomenal dance moves and a signature look that is unmistakably and undeniably YOU.

4. Syd

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Sweet, sweet Syd. They are one of my personal favorite characters. If you're a Syd, you are probably a little nerdy, a little awkward, but a whole lot of fun. You find it easy to connect with others after you have a few interactions with them and have a unique ability to read others. Your friends look to you for advice and also for a shoulder to cry on, someone to share a laugh with, or just a person who will binge watch "Doctor Who" with them. You put your all into everything that you do and are always looking out for others. I would definitely want to go to Comic-Con with you.

5. Alex

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If you're an Alex, you have got amazing style and a really cool outlook on life. To you, the little bumps in the road aren't too bad because you are a pretty optimistic person. You use humor to hide your feelings sometimes, but the people in your circle can see right through that act. You're also fiercely loyal and have a unique gift of knowing what to say and exactly when to say it. You're not fond of conflict, but that being said, you will always stand up for what you believe in. You've also got an aura about you that makes you quite the charmer.

6. Dr. Leslie

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If you're a Leslie, you are probably a hopeless romantic, dedicated, and always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. You enjoy the little things in life and you spend a good bit of time picking up hobbies and new things to learn. You have some tricks up your sleeve. You always want to make everyone around you comfortable but that sometimes means making less time for yourself which might be something to work on. Your friends are so so so lucky to have you in their lives.

7. Elena

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If Elena is your favorite character, you are one of the most inclusive, daring, and most clever people around. You are a social justice warrior and you always want to make others feel welcome. You are a little bit of a perfectionist, but you have the best intentions at heart even if that means yelling at people to recycle.

It took some time, but you know your worth and tackle the obstacles that life throws at you swimmingly, with the help of your friends and family, that is. You also might be a gay icon. You are witty and nerdy and smart and courageous and there isn't anything that you can't do.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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The Bachelorette: The Beast Is Back

Season 15 of The Bachelorette premiered this Monday and boy, am I ready?!

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I have been watching The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise for a very long time. Mondays are Bachelor night, and nothing gets in the way of that. Yet, after Colton's dramatic, yet somehow boring, season of ups and downs, I was left feeling confused on what to expect next.

Last season's batch of women were not the most traditional. There was so much loose drama following these pretty average women that I did not know how they were going to proceed with the following season. However, when Hannah "Beast" Brown was announced as the next Bachelorette, my hopes were lifted.

Hannah B. is one of the last people I would have guessed to be the Bachelorette. She's wacky and awkward and, at least throughout Colton's season, not the most reliable. Yet, once the attention was turned to her, she stepped up to the plate.

During the premiere, Hannah proved that she is strong and intelligent - qualities that were edited out in the previous season. Of course, she's still the same goofy Hannah "Beast" that she introduced to America, but much more depth has been added with the spotlight.



During the episode, drama arose with a contestant, Scott, who supposedly had a girlfriend back home. Although I was not pleased with the amount of time given to Scott and his absurdity, I did appreciate how Hannah handled the whole situation. She made it very clear that she is not here for games or disrespect for herself or any of the other men.

Because most of the night was spent dealing with Scott, most of the other men slipped off the radar. Seriously, I probably can not name half of them because of their lack of screen time.

That being said, it is hard to pick front runners just yet. However, with some help from the season previews, I think it is safe to say that Luke will be a main character. So far, it seems as though Hannah really likes Luke. He definitely spent the most time with her and made it clear that he cares for her. Oh, and he got the first impression rose. But, something is off about him. I mean, besides claiming that he's been talked to by God in the shower, he seems to be the instigator of some major issues later on in the season.

The season seems to be shaping up to be much more eventful than I had expected. I was bored with the past couple of seasons, but I think that will change with Hannah B. Besides her group of men, Hannah will definitely bring something new to the show. It has been awhile since there has been an unapologetically real leading lady on this show, and I am more than excited to see where she takes this franchise.

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