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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #27: The Crazy Plaid Pizza Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #27: The Crazy Plaid Pizza Edition

Wear: H&M Long Flannel Shirt

I recently bought this plaid flannel shirt at H&M and I've been wearing it about twice a week since then. It's the perfect shirt to throw on for running errands, working at home, taking the dog on a nice walk around the neighborhood... basically for everything I ever do. It's also very long. I mean, that's in the name, but in the back this shirt goes down to the bottom of my, uh, bottom, which is a rarity with any shirt, let alone a collared shirt, which are usually cut shorter. It's also incredibly soft and comfortable, so I have been known to wear it with sweatpants, which I pretend makes me look like the heroine in a Nora Ephorn movie, but probably makes me look like I'm on heroin.

Watch: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

There have been just a few new fall TV shows that I've been excited about, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was one that I wasn't initially too interested in, based on the preview. I'm so, so glad though that I didn't let a lackluster network-made trailer deter me from this gem of a show, because I have loved every single episode so far. Not unlike the scenario with the billboard for UnReal, I love the actual show, but even now, I do not like the show from the advertisements. I am not at all interested in that show.

The titular crazy ex-girlfriend is Rebecca Bunch, who leaves a high-powered, high-stress job at a law firm in New York City when she runs into her boyfriend from summer camp, Josh Chan. Never mind that Josh lives in West Covina, California. Never mind that they haven't spoken since they were 16. Rebecca decides that this is a sign, and she should move to West Covina and maybe her relationship with Josh can reignite and she can finally be happy. Oh, by the way, Rebecca is clinically depressed. At the very least. It's never explicitly discussed in detail, but we know at this point that Rebecca has been through a lot of therapy, she's taking multiple medications, and during law school she attempted suicide. Also, this show is a musical.

Just like in musicals, sometimes on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend emotions are so strong that the only way to express yourself is through song, and so, about twice in each episode, there are full-blown musical numbers. The thing that sets Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's musical numbers apart from those on say, Glee or Empire, is that they aren't incorporated into the IRL action of the story - They're the fantasies of the characters, so anything can happen. This allows fantastic commentary and comedy, while still allowing the music to move the story along. In addition to every song being completely original, they're also entirely different musical genres. That's hard work! Mad props, show.

There are so many things to put on my list of Things This Show Gets Right. I can't go into them now, as I have talked enough. Just go, watch, sing the song about having friends for a solid day like I did... you know, totally normal, not-crazy stuff.

Want: Mod Pizza

There exists a magical place, a place where you can make your own pizza and put as much of whatever you want on it, and you will pay a flat amount based only on the size of your pizza's crust. This pizza will be the most delicious pizza you have had in years. It can even be gluten free, the most notoriously difficult type of pizza to make delicious, and it will be so delicious it will bring a tear to your eye. No, this isn't a pizza parlor in Narnia, this is a real place. It's called Mod Pizza and they're opening new locations all the time, so check their website and see if there's one near you. As for me, they just opened one in Culver City and I am so thrilled I can barely contain my joy.

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