Top TV Shows To Watch While Procratinating

Top TV Shows To Watch While Procratinating

If you are like me, binge watching is like a favorite past time!
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Binge watching television shows is probably one of my favorite things to do since watching Saturday morning cartoons when I was younger. Not only is it fun to watch TV shows when you are alone or with friends, but it’s also a great thing to do when you're procrastinating. OK, I’m not saying that procrastinating is a good thing, but sometimes you need to take a break from that 13-page paper due tomorrow. Sometimes you need something fun and entertaining to watch! Luckily, with the streaming websites out there now, you can watch almost anything immediately and not worry about all of those responsibilities. Whether it is Netflix, HBO Go, or Hulu Plus (not including those websites that you totally shouldn't be watching because they are definitely illegal) you have the whole world of TV shows in the palm your hand! Don’t go and abuse that power though.

The following is a compiled list of TV shows that my friends and I have binge watched at least once and swear by how great they are. I'm sorry in advance if I have left off your favorite show; I must not have gotten there yet, but trust me, it's probably on My List on Netflix.


Comedies

There is always a time for laughter when you are realizing all of the things that you've forgotten to do, and you're starting to stress out more than you expected. I mean, what else is a better remedy for fixing your stress than watching a show that will make you laugh? Here are a few of my personal favorites.


The Office (U.S.)



This is an obvious show. Everyone who I have ever talked to who has seen it, loves it. "The Office" is probably my all-time favorite show. The characters are all so different, and they all have their own personalities. Each has a side of them you want to hug and one that you want to punch. I will never forget when I watched the series finale. It was probably one of the worst moments of my life. Currently, my friend and I are on our 3rd time re-watching this show, and it's just as good as the first time.


New Girl



This show is another one of the best. The characters are so cute and relatable, and they make you wish you lived with your friends even past your college years. The way that they interact with each other is just so flawless, and they really have a friendship that you wish you had. There are times when you would rather watch one of them get hit with a baseball bat, but that's just their charm–trust me. "New Girl" constantly has you giggling, and it also teaches you an awesome drinking game!




Scrubs


"Scrubs" is one of those doctor shows that you didn't think would be good because, again, it's one of those doctor shows. But until you watch it, I don't think you will understand the pure comedic gold that comes from it. The main characters are lovable, and even though they might be annoying, you can't help but love their dumb antics. This show is one of those that makes you wish you could work in a hospital just so you could have the same amount of fun as these people.


Parks and Recreation


This is another one of those classics that you might not have thought that you needed to watch, but I can guarantee that once you're three seasons in, you will wonder what took you so long to watch it. The characters are wonderful and all have their own eccentric personalities. It's just one of the best shows. I can't explain it in a way that will give it justice. Just do yourself a favor and "treat yo self" to an episode (or 50) of this show.


Bob's Burgers


I'm going to be honest. I really didn't think I was going to like this show. I kept putting it off because I thought it was going to be another one of those dumb cartoon shows that doesn't make sense, but I was so wrong. This show is probably one of my favorites now. The characters' family values are hilarious, and they really love each other even if they are all a little weird about it. They help each other through the hard times, and they don't let anyone mess with their family except for each other. It's definitely a great show, and it only has 23-minute episodes so it's not that taxing to give it a try!


Dramas

So we all know that there are times you just need to watch a comedy to get your mind off of the bad things that are going on. But sometimes you just need to watch a drama and get yourself in a mood where you might need to cry it out. Who knows! What I do know is that the following are some of the best dramas I've had the opportunity to watch and live vicariously through.

Gilmore Girls


OK, I know I have said this a lot, but this is one of the greatest shows ever put on television. These characters are one of the most relatable bunch on television. I've watched this show all the way through more times than I can count, and every time I re-watch it, there are different things that I notice and different things that I relate to. Not to mention there is going to be a revival of this show really soon! So you should definitely catch up before then!


Game of Thrones


This is a given. Everyone around you has seen it and loves it, even though it does give you heart loss because characters don't last long in this show. It is readily available on HBO Go for your entertainment. Definitely give it a try, but it is not for those who are squeamish. Try at your own risk!


Lost


This show is an oldie but a goodie. It will twist your heart in all types of knots but in the greatest way. The characters are so great, and the way that this show has flashbacks is genius. It helps bring a sense of who the characters were before the crash. Definitely give it a try before it's too late.


Grey's Anatomy


I will keep this short because I could go on forever about this amazing show. Obviously this show is doing something right since it has been on the air for 12 seasons. Not only will this show make you laugh, cry, bang your hand on a wall, and then cry again in a matter of 42 minutes, but it will also make you feel like the characters are your family. It's the best. That's all I'm going to say – you should definitely give it a try.



Orange is the New Black


This was the first Netflix Original that I gave a shot, and I am so glad I did. The first episode got me hooked, and it made me love these characters so much. The way that flashbacks are used, much like I mentioned in "Lost," really helps the development of the characters, and it makes you love them more than you already do. You get to see what they did to land them in jail, and you realize that most of them are cute little puppies that are just misunderstood.


Food Network

OK, so Food Network might be my not-so-guilty guilty pleasure. I love these shows so much. They give me something to watch in the background when I'm actually trying to get work done. There is something so calming about watching other people who can actually cook, struggle at cooking. It gives me a sort of validation. So here are some of my all time favorite Food Network shows that are available on Netflix.


Chopped


This is one of those shows that I love watching because it reveals you can make anything with some of the weirdest foods. These professional chefs always have a hard time making things because of the dreaded secret ingredients. It's great though because you can see what they make, and it's usually a great time. Not only that, but this is one of those shows you can watch while you are focusing on something else.


Cutthroat Kitchen


Alton Brown is one of the greatest people on this earth, and you will agree with me once you watch one episode of this show. He makes the professional chefs look like they have no idea what they're doing because of the sabotages they have to deal with. It's one of my favorites because you can see how desperate some people are to avoid certain sabotages. And trust me, some of them are really bad. You'll love it!


The Great British Baking Show


This show is one of the weirdest I've ever seen because it is so much different than the shows you're used to watching on American TV. This show moves at such a slower pace. It's actually really relaxing watching it and listening to the gentle music. It makes you feel calm while watching. That is, until Mary Berry comes around and critiques your baking.


Worst Cooks in America


This show gives me life. It's basically people chosen off the street that are the worst cooks in America, and then two professional chefs will spend their time trying to teach them how to cook within a few weeks. The contestants are absolutely hilarious, and it will make you feel like you're a 5-star chef after watching an episode. It's just so great because it will give you a good laugh while actually learning something.


These are some of my favorite shows that I have had the privilege of watching. I'm sorry if I left out some of your favorites but trust me, you won't go wrong if you watch a few of these shows! Good luck and enjoy the binge watch!








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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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