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My Thoughts on The Office

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

I remember The Office being a big deal when I was a teenage and beginning college. I watched the second half of the seasons almost episode to episode. This was when Hulu had just come out and I was so grateful because I could still mostly keep up with it when I went to college. However, I never really watched the first two or three seasons.

My friend, Danica, is obsessed with The Office. Seriously. Like it’s on most days in her house as background noise. Like, she probably can’t count how many times she’s watched all the episodes. Recently, Netflix took off How I Met Your Mother (my favorite sitcom). And, I had just finished another run-through of Friends. So, with Danica on my mind, I decided to do my first full run-through of The Office.

My thoughts on the sitcom The Office. ...ups and downs, loves and hates....

  • Michael Scott, in any work-related situation, makes me very uncomfortable. I completely understand that he is very good with people–he’s a brilliant salesman because understands and connects with people. But, he’s also crude and ignorant and that does not do a manager good. And, he always procrastinates and tries to pass off important decision making. He doesn’t know how to be a manager. Seriously, how has he not been fired or at least demoted back to a salesman with every new HR nightmare that he becomes? Again, he’s a good person, he just doesn’t know when to shut it sometimes and doesn’t know how to manage properly.
  • I am so happy when Jim Halpert finally helps start up Athlead. I mean, he was one of the major protagonists, and he basically glorified mediocrity. As a teacher, as a mother, and as a Type-A/anal-retentive person, that really irked me. I mean, he is such a sweet-heart and so romantic, and I definitely had a crush on him in high school, but at least try.
  • Dwight really is a good person. I understand he had a weird/strict/cultish German Pennsylvanian Mennonite upbringing, and was such a geek and know-it-all, but he really was a good person. Like Barney from HIMYM. Both of them try to play it off, but they really care about their friends and have deep feelings.
  • Gabe is just weird and creepy and pathetic.
  • I know it’s Michael, but do companies typically have that many parties and catered lunches….well, then again, when Justin worked for Verisys in Sandy, Utah, they had a lot of catered lunches….
  • I know Michael Scott left to be with Holly because Steve Carell went onto actual movie acting, but The Office really changed after that.
  • love, love, love, love, love the Jim and Pam relationship, courtship, and wedding. I love, love, love, love, love the Niagara wedding episodes. …. And you know that song everyone danced down the aisle to? Well, it was huge when I started college–and everyone knew it from The Office. There was one time at a dance I went to where that song started playing and couples and dates started dancing down the middle of the dance floor together…I did with my date (who ended marrying my roommate–haha).
  • I love how Jim and Pam care and sometimes indulge Michael.
  • Jan is cray-cray! But, there was actually a long time where I really considered the name Astrid for a daughter. Not because of Jan, but because of How to Train Your Dragons…then, my mom reminded me that Michael called Jan’s baby “As-turd”, and Justin said he didn’t like the name…..
  • I feel so bad for … oh my gosh, now I really feel bad…I forgot Toby’s name while I was writing this!!!! I’m part of the problem!!! I feel so bad for Toby. He really did seem like a nice guy.
  • I’m jealous they got to go to Gettysburg. Yes, I grew up in northern Virginia and had like 5 Civil War battlefields within 30 minutes of me and went to at least one every year for a field trip…but still. Justin grew up in Pennsylvania and went to Gettysburg on field trips.
  • Because Justin grew up in Pennsylvania, I’ve asked him numerous times how close Scranton is to Lancaster. And, whenever other Pennsylvanian cities or places were named: “Justin, how far is that from Lancaster? Have you been there? Is it really like that?”
  • I’m so happy that Phyllis had such a doting husband. But, now watching it after seeing Disney’s Inside Out, I can see why they chose her to be Sadness.
  • It’s also weird to see Mindy Kaling play Kelly Kapoor after reading her two memoirs and learning about her rise to fame by starting as an editor for the scripts, then writing the scripts, then producing some episodes….
  • It’s also weird to know that B.J. Novak played such a crucial role behind-the-scenes but that his voice still sounds really young…..
  • And, with Catherine Tate! Knowing her now as Donna Noble from Doctor Who, it was interesting to see her play such a part in The Office…and so skinny too!
  • And Erin Hannon after watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She’s still kind of an innocent, naive, dolt.
  • Holly is perfect. I love her. And she has such a cute little nose. And she is absolutely perfect for Michael…dare I say it….more perfect for Michael than Pam and Jim are for each other.
  • When Jim was at the other branch, he and Karen and Andy played a lot of Call of Duty…and the manager was in on it too…does this actually happen in corporate America??????????
  • I’d actually date Andy. And Jim. Always Jim. Maybe give Toby a date or two. And Darrell.
  • I like Darrell, but I don’t think he’d like me.
  • With all the apparent mistakes Kevin has made in accounting, why wasn’t he fired?
  • Angela is a b***. Yes, I’m glad she and Dwight eventually married at the end of the series, but I’m happy for Dwight, not for her.
  • I found it interesting that Creed Batton’s actor’s name is also Creed Batton. I always find it interesting when characters have the same name as their actor, but are totally different. So, I researched Creed and apparently was born “William Charles Sneider” which is one of the character’s aliases. Also, apparently he was in a popular band in the 60s called the Grass Roots.
  • I kind of really hate Ryan for leaving his baby. Seriously. And I kind of really hate Nellie for basically kidnapping the baby to Europe.
  • Robert California disgusted me. I really liked Cathy Bates as Jo Bennett. That was a fun character.
  • I know Will Ferrell did an episode or two as the new manager after Michael Scott left. But, did he end up in a coma because Ferrell became too expensive or didn’t want to do it anymore or became too busy with other projects???
  • Honestly, I think Oscar and I would have been friends. Sometimes I’m elitist, I admit it. But, I’m pretty sure he would talk about me behind my back.
  • I like the idea of the Boom Guy helping Pam in the last season. It makes sense–they’ve known each other (albeit with a metaphorical wall in their way) for almost a decade making the documentary. I liked that was added in.
  • I also like the way they showed the chaos of having two young children–it’s not always perfect or ideal. And there is a lot of dual crying. A lot.
  • I still like Friends and How I Met Your Mother better.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Word of the Year 2018 | Create

2018 World of the Year: Create. Create a life worth living. Create doesn't have to be tactile. You can create opportunities and relationships as well.

I thought I had a word of the year – “present.” It was perfect. I was going to focus on being “present” in my life, present with my kids, present with contentment, etc. But, then a few weeks ago, “create” came to my mind. It seemed absolutely perfect. I want to be able to create actual products this year. But, create can also encompass things I’d list under “present”: create time with my family, create a stronger relationship with Christ, etc.

Last year was hard – hard physically, hard mentally, just hard. This year, I want to come out into the light. I want to be happy with my life. I want to live all aspects of my life. I want to flourish. So, I’m going to create.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

2017 in Review

A review of the lives of the Morrells in 2017.

 

This year. It definitely was better than last year, but it went way too fast. I mean, my baby girl is already one year old! How did that happen? We did a lot of traveling (local or back to Utah), got used to being a family of four, paid off a car, got a reliable and steady work-at-home-job, and more. So, on to one of my favorite posts of the year–2017 in review.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge

Hagerman's National Wildlife Refuge Butterfly Day in Texas near Lake Texacoma

One of my resolutions this year was to discover where I live more than I had ever done. I grew up going to National Parks for the summer and camping with my family. During the rest of the year, we would go hiking and geocaching on trails. I loved it. I loved exploring nature. I loved being out in the open. I loved feeling that unique holiness of nature–that’s why I was super excited to go to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

We had been doing pretty good exploring and discovering the North DFW area: restaurants, activities, little shops, playgrounds. But, for our anniversary, Justin gave me a wonderful gift. He sent me a list of State and National Parks and said every three months we would go and either spend all day or camp overnight. It seriously was the best gift.

On Saturday, we went to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas on the south end of Lake Texoma. This is a pit stop for migrating birds and butterflies, and we came on the perfect day: official Butterfly Day.

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I have a DSLR, but I only have the two lenses it came with. I’m not a professional by any means. But, I am very proud of these pictures I took. I especially loved the pictures of the butterfly garden–I couldn’t believe that I took these pictures! I didn’t let anyone else touch my camera, so there aren’t any pictures of me.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

September 2017 in Review

September was a blur. Sadly, it didn’t feel like fall at all–it was just an extension of summer. Yuck, Texas. There were quite a few ups and downs. None really too far, but it was quite a hilly ride. Hitting (or not hitting) my goals this month, my physical and mental health, finances, etc.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.