dear leslie knope aka the writers & creators of parks and recreation, since they invented her
thank you for making the world a better place. thank you for returning to me a little of my lost faith in humanity and love for the people in it. seriously. a few years ago some stuff happened and i became a cynic, so now i basically hate almost everything and everyone. i have a lot of anger and bitterness and it doesn't take much at all to set me off. but you, leslie, and this whole show, you're brilliant and your light shines on whoever and whatever is around you, and they just soak up your awesomeness and are better because of it. you're my hero. i love you.
i also have to thank herosquad
who doesn't actually know me and won't be seeing this, but her leslie/ben mix Inconvenient Fireworks
has been a huge source of happiness and otherwise positive emotions for me lately. my official leslie knope song is now She's Fantastic by sondre lerche, which i'd never heard before and repeatedly fills my heart with love and glee. so thanks, stranger. you give good tunage.
off to watch 2.12 Christmas Scandal -- the one where leslie is out of the office and the entire rest of the department can't handle her workload between them for one day because she's just that amazing -- and then bed. and hopefully sleep with minimal effort.