Here's a good rule of thumb, kids: when your roommate mentions the fact that "you haven't blogged in a while", it's probably best to listen to her and write something down. Blogging, for me at least, is one of those things that seems like it's going to be such a chore, but once I start the first sentence, the overwhelming catharsis and clarity I feel is comparable to a hot shower after a hard workout. The only problem is I often forget the refreshing, soothing part of the ordeal and only focus on the negative. Maybe that speaks miles about my personality--you psych majors out there can feel free to analyze in the comments--but the point is I'm here now. And much like a pathetic, cheating husband, I'm here to say this is the last time; I won't leave you again baby, I promise!

So anyway, as tonight is the much-awaited Academy Awards, I thought I'd talk about movies! But not critically-acclaimed movies, because I'm not too much of a film buff myself, but rather those that you can stream instantly from your laptop or TV. That's right, I'm talking about Netflix. If you're a young adult between the ages of ten and twenty-five, odds are you don't have your shit in order, leaving you plenty of time to mindlessly marathon television shows and movies for hours on end. Or, if you're like me, you really don't have that kind of time, and you should instead be reading for class, but because you claim to work best under pressure, you spend most of the weekend Netflix'n, leaving Sunday evening for total chaos and exasperation. But back to the point: Netflix for many of us is a vital procrastination and relaxation engine, so hopefully everything I'm saying hits close to home.

For me, Netflix is most often used on weekend nights when I need "Lauren time". As an introverted person, I need to recoil and charge my battery so I don't completely lose my shit. Thus, watching TV and movies alone is the perfect solitary activity. There's no worry of pleasing others, and there's definitely no worry that you won't find anything to watch. Netflix, while somewhat limited, is always there with a comforting embrace and shitty made-for-TV movies for when you're needing a good laugh. Or if you're tired of hearing about how you "need to watch" whatever show is popular, you can marathon the first season to join in on the conversation. Sure, there are critically-acclaimed films and true works of cinematic art, too...if that's what you're into.

Anyway, Netflix is a big part of the reason I've been gone for a while. I wish I could say it's because I have a lot of work to do or I've been really social lately; unfortunately my time has not been spent on friends or on homework, though those should be the priority. Instead, I've been spending my time watching a wide array of interesting indie films and Disney Channel shows from my childhood. Honestly, I think that's healthy though. Especially in college, we try so hard to make sure we're always present and social, but sometimes if you're not checking in with yourself you're straining your patience and positive demeanor. No matter how cool your friends are or how fun the outside world is, there are weeks when we all just need to huddle up in bed, completely alone, and take some personal time to recharge. All you extroverts reading probably think I'm crazy, but honestly just try being alone for an evening; once you get over the initial "lonely" state, you'll find it's quite relaxing and worthwhile. For you, that may be time to learn a new skill, or play an instrument, or order take-out and eat like a pig while no one looks at the pizza sauce stains on your pajamas. For me, alone time is prime Netflix time.

What do you like to do alone? Keep it PG, please.


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