Crazy Random Happenstance

Billy: So good... Hey, this is weird. I ordered one frozen yogurt and they gave me two. You don't happen to like frozen yogurt, do you?
Penny: I love it!
Billy: You're kidding? What a crazy random happenstance!
-Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Friday, October 16, 2015


We are halfway through October, getting close to my day of birth (November 8th) and you know what that means, don't you??? It's time for everyone's most favorite* blog post, my annual birthday wish list!

*I don't know if this is in fact anyone's favorite post of mine but I like to pretend it is because it's fun. Humor me and pretend like it is. Birthday wish list! Yeah!

Here are past wish lists:


As per year's past, the same rules apply. Pop culture things, random things, silly things, heartfelt things and super fun things. It's a wishlist so I am allowed to wish for whatever my heart desires.

Here we go...

1.) For someone to fit a headband/hat to my freakishly small head. Hats look huge and my ears always stick out. Headbands never ever stay on my head. Ever. Tiny head.

2.) These Harry Potter earrings from Hot Topic.

3.) A secret garden with keys and hidden fairy houses and hobbit holes and a giant rock wall.

4.) A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house. A new house.

5.) For the Me Before You movie to be just as exquisite as the book was.

6.) The Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone illustrated collector's edition. Because I am allowed to have several different copies of the same book. It's allowed!

7.) For Jeff and I to go on Geeks Who Drink with Zachary Levi. We could drink tea and make it look like we are having cocktails and then we would win the whole game.

8.) For Hindsight to be UNcancelled on VH1. I really really adored this show. They renewed it shortly before the first season ended and then decided to cancel it months later. It makes me so sad.

9.) For Starbucks to offer cinnamon dolce latte's all year long and not just at Christmas.

10.) For my neighbors to move.

11.) For Doctor Horrible 2 to become a reality.

12.) To go to NerdHQ.

13.) These fun bracelets from Etsy.

14.) This Alias T-shirt.

15.) This Bad Robot/Mutant Enemy T-shirt.

16.) For Carrie to move back to Michigan.

17.) This LOST T-shirt.

18.) To have a real tea pot with one of those tea diffuser thingies so I can drink different kinds of tea like an honest to goodness British person. Pip! Pip!

19.) To go to London and go on the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

20.) To go to Ireland.

21.) To own my very own bookshop in a quaint little town that looks straight out of a Hallmark movie.

22.) This purse.

23.) For my kid to understand that I don't actually enjoy arguing with him. 8 year olds HEART to argue!

24.) This Harry Potter travel mug.

25.) For Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to date in the real life.

26.) A library.

27.) For people to be nicer to one another. In the words of my very wise, 16 year old niece, "My life motto is basically, 'it takes so much less energy to be kind than to be angry' " She's the smartest.

28.) For Arby's to stop airing those "WE HAVE THE MEATS!" commercials. I hate them. Hate. Them. We'll throw that Dairy Queen commercial in there too that they play EVERY. FIVE. MINUTES on Fox Sports. EveryFiveMinutes. !!

29.) These cool bookshelves. They remind me of Labyrinth. I love them.

30.) To learn how to sew.

31.) A super cute apron.

32.) To go to a live taping of Undateable with Natalie.

33.) For Francis to not get dead on Reign. Even though, it's, you know... truth.

34.) To go to ceramics with my mom.

35.) This ridiculously expensive Detroit Red Wings sweatshirt. Hahahaha, it's so much money. It's so stupid.

There you have it. My list of birthday treasures. Some repeat things and some things I left off this year (CoughMidnightSunCough). I hope you enjoyed reading about my heart's desires. Here's to another year of good health, good times fun parties and happiness all around.

    I'll end this year's list with Andrew Lincoln telling me I'm perfect. Because it could happen.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Oh. Hey!


I've had an itch to write a new post the last few weeks but haven't really had much to discuss, so I think I'm just going to wing it and see where it leads me.

Boy, I miss the internet. It's a really strange feeling to go from being on a computer 9 hours a day, to being limited to using one after work and on the weekends. I feel so out of the pop culture loop! I try to catch up on as much as I can every night but it's just not the same. With that being said, I wouldn't change the way things are now. I'm really happy with the new job. I feel like I'm learning a lot and I'll continue to learn a lot and that makes me happy.

I'm still reading a bunch, though admittedly, not as much as I was. But no worries, I'll get back to my usual book a week self real soon! I've read almost all of Jojo Moyes books. I love her. Her writing just makes me smile. I re-read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (again) and I have been considering re-reading Harry Potter (again) just because I miss it. I think I blogged before about how much I loved Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and I have read more Nora Roberts books. The greatest thing about Nora Roberts, other than the fact that her stories are my go to for a guaranteed happy ending, is that there are 47 million of them and I will never run out of her material. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was fantastic and I was a little disappointed by Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train. I think I am going to start Outlander by Diana Gabaldon next. It's been on my "to read" list for years and with all the hype the show is getting, I figure now is as good a time as any to start it.

Do you ever wonder why Target doesn't play music throughout the store while you shop? I do. I wonder it every time I go there. And I go there a lot.

I went back and forth on how I felt about this last season of Game of Thrones. It started out real, real, REAL slow then got coconuts and then disturbing and then sad. It was all over the board, which I suppose is your classic GOT season in a nutshell. I was bummed with how it ended and I know there is a lot of hype and speculation and SPOILERS out there on what will probably happen next season but I don't wanna know. I'm staying away from all those "so and so spotted in somewhere land shooting blah blah blah scenes". Keep it away from me, sister. I'll find out on my own.

I tried quinoa for the first time the other night. It was with some rice and herbs and whatnot and I pretty much felt like I was eating gravel. I don't think I want to eat that again.

Jeff and I saw Amy Schumer's Trainwreck last week. I loved it. Mostly because I really love Bill Hader and he makes me laugh and I think he has a great smile and he's cute, but it was really well written and smart. We first went to Emagine Canton to see it and there were no seats together left in the theater. SIDEBAR: What is the point of assigned seating with their new fancy seats if they aren't regulating how people are sitting in the theater? Doesn't that defeat the purpose? It's basically just a timesuck with no rhyme or reason other than making people take longer by choosing where they want to sit beforehand. END SIDEBAR. We left Emagine and went to Laurel Park where they have the fancy new seats as well but no assigned seating. We waited in the most confusing line ever ("Is this for Trainwreck?? Or THE Ant Man???") found some seats and sat. As the theater filled up (and boy, did it) these two girls stuffing their faces with popcorn, couldn't find two seats together and were making the usher run all over the room trying to make people move over for them. I was appalled. In the end, those jerks had to sit up front but not before making a group of ladies exchange their tickets for the later show so they could sit together. What holes! The audacity of people blows my mind. The point of this rambling rant? Go see Trainwreck and laugh your faces off.

Speaking of faces... One of my most favorite parts of the entire day is when I get to wash my face.

I have been working my way through The Flash the last couple weeks. I like it. It's decent. I like everyone on it but sometimes I feel like it's missing something. Also, I hate Iris. I really, really hate Iris. She has officially been added to my list of most hated characters.

Has anyone been watching Unreal on Lifetime with Shiri Appleby (A.K.A Liz Parker from Roswell) and Freddie Stroma (A.K.A Cormac McClaggen from Harry Potter)? It's a fictional, behind the scenes look at a Bachelor-esque type show and I love it. It's the perfect summer watch if you enjoy crazy, gross, funny, dirty things happening every week. It just got renewed for a second season and I'm sure it's on demand, or you know, the interwebs, so you should check it out.

I drove past the Borders in Dearborn last week. The sign is still up and the parking lot was all empty with the "for sale" sign out front. It made me really sad.

I really enjoyed this last season of The Walking Dead. My favorite part?

I LOVE me some clean shaven Rick Grimes!

I recently asked friends/family on the facebook what their favorite book(s) is/are. If you haven't shared yours yet, please do. It makes me happy.

Jeff and I have been watching The Astronaut Wives Club this summer. It's a period drama that tells the story of the wives of America's first astronauts, The Mercury Seven. I like seeing all the old timey sets and clothes.It's a pretty neat show if you are looking for something different to watch and the one reporter fella on it looks JUST like JJ Abrams. He's super cute.

That's all for now. I hope all of your summers are going well. Anything fun to report? Books, TV shows movies you think I should watch? Let a girl know!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


It's my one hundredth blog post!

I've thought and thought about what I should make this post about, seeing as how it's kind of a big deal for me but in the end I figured I was over thinking it. Just stick to what I know and what I do best and that's talk about a bunch of really random pop culture things and things that make me happy and maybe an exciting announcement concerning myself.


Let's celebrate some things!

No, I'm NOT pregnant! I'll get to my exciting news in a bit (how's that for a cliffhanger, eh??). First, let's talk about some pop culture celebrations...

Like the fact that Undateable season two starts this evening!! I love this show so much. It premiered last summer and I thought I was the only person in the world who watched it until my sister and I randomly found out that we both adored it. It is executive produced by Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Cougar Town) and it takes place in Detroit(ish). Lots of Detroit sports memorabilia being represented in every episode. It's so fun. It focuses on the friendship between Chris D'Elia's, Danny and Brent Morin's, Justin and laughter ensues every episode. I cannot say enough good things about it. It makes me so happy. Please check it out! Tonight at 9pm on NBC.

Like the fact that iZombie also premieres tonight (CW, 9pm). This show is brought to us by Rob Thomas, creative genius behind my beloved Veronica Mars. It stars Rose McIver as a brain eating zombie who assists the police with investigations. David Anders (Sark from Alias) is also in it and it's been getting really great reviews. I'm excited to watch it. You should too!

Let's celebrate the fact that this season of The Walking Dead has been my most favorite season in a very long time. Andrew Lincoln is outstanding. HE'S OUTSTANDING. No spoilers here, just know that if you gave up a couple seasons back, you should jump back in because it's crazy good. The season finale is March, 29th and it's going to be 90 minutes. 

Let's celebrate the fact that this has been one of the greatest seasons of The Vampire Diaries since the show started. Admittedly, I hated last season. I was so bummed. This is a show that rarely, if ever, let's me down so I was a bit stunned that last season was such a stinker... Until the finale. The finale was phenomenal and it set up this season perfectly. It's been fun and exciting and shocking and every great thing that it's supposed to be. I love it and my pop culture heart is thrilled that I love it again. 

Or the fact that two of my favorite actors, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are reuniting to make a crowdfunded tv show, Con Man, about their experiences at comic conventions. I didn't even care what the project was going to be. I was in as soon as I saw the two of them producing something together. Their introduction video is so much fun, I would have been happy with just that alone. If you were/are a fan of Firefly, Nathan Fillion or funny things, you should truly take a look at what they are trying to get accomplished. Their goal dollar amount was $425,000. They had 30 days to reach it, They reached it within a matter of hours. As of right this second, they are at $2,019,456.00. Blows my mind! I cannot wait to see the end result.

Now for some personal celebrations...

Two of my very great friends got engaged over the weekend. Join me in wishing my soulmate, Dawn and her fiance, Bill a huge, huge CONGRATULATIONS!! They are quite honestly a match made in heaven and I cannot wait to see them become Mr. and Mrs. Billiam Barker. 

Let's celebrate the fact that my brother Dennis's band Havilland (with Paul, Sam and Chad) will be reuniting this weekend for the first time since 2005, along with their friends, Mother Hubbard. It's going to be a really great time and if you enjoy good music and fun people, you should come on out.
Here's a little sample of their awesomeness:

Let's celebrate the fact that I drove downtown by myself today for the first time ever and drove on the freeway for the first time in years and years and years.

Finally, let's celebrate a huge change coming up in my little world: After ten years and some months of slinging numbers and paying invoices and answering inquiries, I have decided to leave Doner and go back to my roots in the Optical World. This opportunity kind of sprang up out of nowhere and snowballed quickly into this super awesome thing. I'm going to be working with eyeballs again. I'll be with the Henry Ford Opthalmology department and working as a Scribe. I am really excited. And I am positively terrified. There is an overwhelming sense of goodness and all sorts of signs pointing in the direction of making this career change. My family and my friends have been insanely uplifting and inspiring to me these last few weeks. It makes me realize how incredibly lucky I am to have the people in my life that I do. Especially Jeff and Charley. Jeff has calmed me down time after time these past few weeks/days. Putting my mind at ease every single time I come up with a crazy fear or go through a span of doubt. He's my rock and my Fred and I love him with all of my heart.

So please, please wish me lots of luck. I would appreciate any and all forms of encouragement these next few days as my craziness is sure to break through time and time again and I start to freak out about making such a giant change in my life. I appreciate any and all forms of well wishes!!

I hope you all have a lovely St. Patrick's Day!

Wear some green, eat some corned beef, watch some Leap Year and listen to some Gaelic Storm!


Friday, February 13, 2015

Some Stuff.

I feel a bit of rambling, nothingness coming on. Join me, won't you?

Is there a better combination out there than coffee and doughnuts? Or coffee and cake? Or coffee and pie? Or coffee and... you get the point. 

It's Friday the 13th. On the surface I always try not to let that date bother me but deep down inside, I am always worried all the bad things will happen on this day. Superstitious, much?

Sometimes I wish I could text Charley throughout the day to see how he's doing or just to say hi because I miss him.

Lately I've been thinking that I would like to take a creative writing class for fun but without paying a billion dollars to do it. Let's make up our own group and meet at a Panera or something one night a week and write fun stuff. We could come up with topics each meeting and drink coffee and eat baked goods. Doesn't that sound like a good time?

My DVR is at 81%. You have no idea how much that stresses me out.

I just finished another JoJo Moyes book, The Ship Of Brides. Goodness, I love her. She is such a fantastic writer. If you've never read anything by her, please check her out. Anything she's written is well worth the read. She's wonderful.

The e-book version of one of my favorite books, Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos, is on sale right now for $1.99 through February 23rd. If you have one of them fancy e-readers and are looking for a new read, you should download it. I loved it a lot.

Man, I hate winter.

We have a new neighbor(s) on one side of us. A couple of young dudes. They have super, really loud parties almost every weekend. So loud that it almost makes me dread Saturdays and I love Saturdays. A couple weeks ago they were screaming Blink 182's "All The Small Things" at 2am. I woke up at 8am the next morning and started vacuuming and blaring music as loud as I could. I don't think they cared. Summer time should be fun. Holes.

I've been watching the new show Hindsight on VH1. It's about a girl who ends up transported back to 1995. It's fun and I love the music. It makes me happy.

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie comes out today. How many of you are going to see it this weekend?? You should tell me your thoughts on it. If you are bored and just can't get enough of my musings, here is a link to my review of the books after I read them in 2012--------> Laters, baby

I am terrible at keeping my house clean.

After I got my waffle iron for Christmas, I made waffles almost every day for a week.

I spent an entire Saturday watching season one of Parks & Rec. I got a few eps into season two and haven't had time to go back and watch more. My DVR is at 81%, remember?

Sometimes I forget to make Charley take a shower. How do you moms with multiple kids keep track of everything they are doing? I have one and I am exhausted. And I hate cutting his nails. He throws a fit and wants me file them with a nail file. Sometimes I do it because I don't feel like fighting with him about it.

I read It's Kind of a Funny Story  by Ned Vizzini a few weeks ago. It's a good book and I finished it around 1am (one of the nights the new neighbors kept me up). I was really happy with the ending and then I decided to read up on the author. I found out he committed suicide in 2013. I was so bummed. The book is about depression and suicide and some of the events are based on his life. It took me forever to go to sleep after that.

Charley just learned how to tie his shoes. Almost 8 is probably a little late for that, eh? He's never really owned a pair of tie shoes before so it never came up but he did awesome and I was super proud of him.

Hot Topic had these Gryffindor sweat pants over Christmas that I really wanted. When I went there a few weeks ago they had one pair left. It was a dude's size large. I bought them anyway. They are huge but I don't care. I love them.

My stacks of books are growing out of control again.

I want to live in the flat from the Paddington movie. It's so neat.

When I get coffee at work, I will walk to one of the other kitchens if someone is already in there. I get all awkward and weird if I am forced to make small talk. What is wrong with me?

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. What's your favorite romantic movie?

I am really looking forward to that SNL reunion on Sunday.

Alright, I am done with my nonsense for now. If you are bored, I hope that helped you kill 5 minutes of your time. I hope you all have a happy Friday (the 13th) and a happy Valentine's (not ValentiMe's) Day.

Saturday, January 3, 2015


It's 2015!

And since it's 2015, that means I get to reflect on the year that was 2014, which seems to have flown by at ludicrous speed. Seriously. 2014 went to plaid, guys.

Let's get to recapping my faves/not so faves, eh??

As I'm sure you've all noticed, I haven't been blogging as much. Not really sure why, just haven't felt like it as of late. That's sad, isn't it? I suppose a big reason for that is because it takes me so long to get caught up with the shows I love lately. I'm finding it more and more difficult to watch things live... unless it's Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead because inevitably someone will always spoil me on those shows if I don't watch them ASAP.

Speaking of those two shows, they were probably my favorite of 2014. The Walking Dead probably had it's most consistent season since season 1 and it ended with a bang. I was really, really happy with it. Game of Thrones, as usual, was suspenseful and delightful and fantastic. Peter Dinklage is so much fun and you all know my love for Daenerys.

The True Blood finale was mediocre at best. I didn't have high expectations for it, though and that was probably a good thing. Much like the end of the book series, it was just meh. I had fun watching it for a little while and I'll miss the characters but I am glad that it's over.

One other show that I ended up loving a lot is The Goldbergs. My dad told me and told me to check it out and when I finally did it made me really happy. It makes me feel transported back in time to my childhood. Every actor on that show is fantastic and the best thing about it is that Charley loves it too so we get to enjoy it together. It's almost like giving him a little piece of me growing up when we watch it. He asks questions about all the different music and loves when they talk about Star Wars but really, I think he just finds it hysterical that the dad never wears pants when he's at home.

White Collar ended it's run in December. Boy, I loved that show and seeing Matt Bomer on my TV screen every week. The finale was wonderfully done. It had me intrigued one second to crying my eyes out the next and in the end, I couldn't have been happier. I'm really going to miss it but they sure did a great job with wrapping it up.

Honorable Mentions: Reign, The White Queen, Once Upon a Time (at times).

2014 was the year I finally made the monumental decision to stop watching Grey's Anatomy. I figure you can only bitch about a show for so long before you decide to give up on it all together. I couldn't get past all the recycled storylines and watching a show out of obligation is no fun. Honestly, most of my favorite characters were either gone or killed off and the ones that were left weren't even all that likable anymore. So, I chose to stop complaining about it and to just give up on it. I still read the recaps every now and then just to see if I'm missing out on anything important (I'm not). I also gave up on The Following, which was super disappointing because I picked it as one of my most favorites last year. I lasted about 4 episodes into the 2nd season and I suppose I should have stuck it out but I was over all the crazy killing for no reason. It was like the plot went out the window as soon as season 1 ended and that bummed me out.


Ed Sheeran came out with his second album, X in June and goodness, do I love it. Thinking Out Loud is probably one of the best songs I have ever heard. Ever. I told Jeff that if we were to ever renew our vows, this would be our song. I adore it. It's also phenomenal live and he made the best, most adorable video ever for it.

Charley and I also thought the American Authors album, Oh, What a Life was super great. There were a few months there where C listened to that CD every single night before bed. It's fun, it's poppy and it makes me really happy. My favorite song on that album is Believer. Carrie and I say it's our theme song. It's so good.


Surprisingly, I saw a whole lot of movies in 2014. I'm having a hard time picking a favorite so I will just give you a rundown of the ones I saw that I loved.

The Lego Movie- So inventive. So creative and just plain brilliant. What a wonderfully fun film.
The Fault In Our Stars- Extremely true to the book. A beautiful love story displayed just as spectacularly on film as it was on paper. John Green should be so proud of both.
Gone Girl- Again, so true to the book. I was probably looking more forward to this film than any other that came out all of last year and it did not disappoint, Ben Affleck was spot on, SPOT ON as Nick Dunne and Neil Patrick Harris played creepy so well. They were able to create the atmosphere and the feel of the book throughout the entire film and it was so well done.
The Veronica Mars Movie- Fabulous. The epitome of a love letter to the fans. Every single thing about this movie was phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about it.
Wish I Was Here- Another Kickstarter that I was apart of and was so rewarded by when I saw the end result. Zach Braff should be so proud. He's an outstanding director, writer, actor. I just love him. This film is heartwarming and heartbreaking and full of, uhm... heart. Check it out.
Mockingjay Part One- To be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to seeing this book in movie form. SPOILER ALERT, it's sad and dark and just sad. But I am happy to report that it was wonderful. Still sad, still dark but they did a great job with it. I can't wait to see part 2.
Guardians Of The Galaxy- So. Much. Fun. This movie is just delightful. Every single aspect of it is great. James Gunn did an outstanding job and Chris Pratt is a joy all around.

Honorable mention goes to- Divergent (uhh, Theo James. That's all that needs to be said), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (I liked it better than the first one!), Austenland (Fun, just like the book and Keri Russell is the best).

I wasn't all that crazy about the new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted which really bummed me out. Charley loved it but I felt like it was trying too hard or something. Too much going on? Not enough? I don't know. It was just meh.


The following are all books that I gave 5 stars to on my Goodreads account. I don't give 5 stars out all that easily so you know I LOVED these.

One Plus One by JoJo Moyes- This book made me laugh and made me happy and I love it a lot. It makes you appreciate what you have and who you love and makes you feel all sappy.
The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes- I've been on a bit of a JoJo Moyes kick, can you tell?? This book transported me into 1916 France and then back to the present. It's about figuring out what is really important in your life and truly fighting for what you believe in.
Landline and Attachments both by Rainbow Rowell. Listen, all you need to know is that Rainbow Rowell is one of the best writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I will gladly read anything and everything she writes. I. Love. Her.
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- I was late to the party on this one. I tried really hard to ignore it but in the end, the buzz became too big for me to leave it alone. This book is wonderful and heartfelt and so sad but so freaking fantastic.

Worst book- The Fate Of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb. Ugh. I did not like this book. It sounded so interesting when I read the summary but the actual story was so blah my eyes almost got stuck in my head from rolling them.

Favorite 2014 Happenings:

-Jeffrey left FYE and started working at my most beloved Henry Ford Optim Eyes. It's hard for me to express just how proud I am of him. He has learned so much and come so far in the last six months. I can't wait to see where this adventure takes him. And the best is that we were actually able to enjoy a Christmas season TOGETHER for the first time in the entire 16 years we have been together. Suck it, FYE.
-I saw Ben Folds with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Jeff, Dennis and Noah and it was superb. I have seen Ben Folds more times than I can count and I think this was my most favorite. He is such a great showman and he's so damn talented. Man, I love him.
-Natalie and Adam got engaged (05/05/15 ya'll!) And they brought Marty into our family!
-My mom celebrated 5 years cancer free!
-My beautiful, adorable, squishable niece, Layla Jayde was born.
-Charley learned to ride a two wheeler (now if we could only get Trevor to come out, we will be GOOD TO GO!)
-Hanging out at Camp Proctor all summer.
-Playing badminton with my Proctor girls. Laughter, trash talk and ALL the fun. I can't wait for this summer.
-Seeing Ed Sheeran at the palace with Natalie. Good lord, that boy is so talented and handsome and I was mesmerized listening to him. I just love him so much!

2015 Hopefuls/Looking Forward To's:

-To blog more?
-To be happier at my job. The end of 2014 was really, really, really, really stressful. I'm trying not to start the year by stressing about going back to work in 2015 but it's difficult. I am grateful that I have a job that I am good at. I just need to learn how to handle the chaos a little better, I suppose.
-Good health!
-For Jeff to continue to excel at his job.
-For Charley to continue being the happy/funny/fantastic kid that he is.
-To see my sister marry her best friend.
-To see Rhonda graduate from Nursing school (I am so damn proud of her)
-To see my niece DRIVING (tell her not to be scared!)
-Spending time with my family and friends and just having good time party times.
-A new house? Maybe? Please?????
-Reading more books
-Maybe taking a family vacation?
-Frant nights!
-The Havilland reunion!

I wish you all a happy, healthy stress free 2015. Make the most of it and have the year you have, friends. And please, keep sharing all your pop culture stories, complaints and fun times with me. I love it!

I am two posts away from my one hundredth blog post! Any suggestions for topics??

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Woah. Hey. Thought I forgot how to blog, didn't you? I didn't. I have just been unmotivated as of late. In fact, I had decided not to do my annual birthday wishlist post but Emily pretty much told me I had to and as you all know, that girl can get me to do pretty much anything.

Here is a look back at all my previous wishlists:
Thirty One
Thirty Two
Thirty Three

The same rules apply, meaning there really are no rules. Weird things, repeat things, funny things, attainable things and things that will most likely never happen. It's all there. It's my list and I can wish for what I want!

So anyway, here you go. 34 wishes for my 34th birthday.

1.) A Fangirl movie. (Good Lord, this would make me happy)

2.) For Emily to play Cath in said Fangirl movie. (She practically IS Cath in the real life anyway, so it makes perfect sense.)

3.) These Harry Potter prints for my yet to be redesigned kitchen --------> HP coffee prints

4.) To go back to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

5.) For Rick to shower/shave/get his haircut on The Walking Dead. Come on, SOMEONE has to know how to cut hair during the apocalypse, right?? Not all the barbers turned into walkers, did they!?

6.) For The Tragically Hip to come to DETROIT. Not Windsor. Detroit.

7.) To see The Killers in concert again. Soon. Please.

8.) To go to San Diego Comic-Con.

9.) And hang out with Nathan Fillion.

10.) To have lunch with Rainbow Rowell and let her know how much I admire and respect her fan interactions and her brilliant writing skills.

11.) For Belle to stop being so damn annoying on Once Upon A Time. And for her to not wear all that clown makeup. And have regular eyelashes. And just to stop talking. She needs to pretty much just read books.

12.) For my neighbor to stop smoking. The smoke wafts into my house through the windows and I hate hate hate hate it so much.

13.) For people to stop using "are" instead of "our". For example: This isn't are invoice. Uhhh, whose invoice isn't it???

14.) For someone to make me a Harry Potter cake. With a tiny Ron on it.

15.) To be able to apparate.

16.) A Lego room.

17.) This Ed Sheeran book ------> Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

18.) This coffee mug ---------> Accio Coffee

19.) A 4 day work week.

20.) Mandatory nap time every day.

21.) For you to help out this wonderful family who means a lot to my family:
Kathy Houghton's Angels

22.) To enjoy working out. I hate it. I hate it with every fiber of my being.

23.) To not be so rushed all the time.

24.) A personal chef.

25.) For people to be nicer to each other.

26.) For the end of White Collar to be really great. (It comes back this Thursday, November 6th!)

27.) An invisibility cloak. (Then I could hide from people at work)

28.) One of those new futuristic pop machines in my house. ALL the vanilla coke I want!

29.) A personal grocery shopper (to go along with my personal chef).

30.) For Carrie to move back to Michigan.

31.) To go on a real, honest to goodness vacation with Jeff and Charley.

32.) For Bristow to stop licking Logan's ears.

33.) To take C to a Red Wing game.

34.) To visit my parents when they go to Arizona.

I didn't put Midnight Sun on this year's list. I think I have accepted the fact that it just isn't happening and I am okay with it. As usual, I really just want all the people in my life to be happy and healthy. That would be the best present of all.

I'll end this year's post with Ewan McGregor wishing me a Happy Birthday. What?? It could happen!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quick Thoughts

Some quick thoughts about the Emmy's (mostly thought last night and texted to Carrie):

-Seth Meyers did a great job. His opening bit had me laughing throughout it. He wasn't obnoxious and he played off the audience very well.
- I love, love, love how all the old SNL cast members still laugh at each other and very clearly love one another.
-Jimmy Fallon just seems like a genuinely great guy.
-People are really angry about that whole Sofia Vergara bit. I know they were trying to be funny and clever while talking about boring stuff but they managed to distract everyone from paying attention to all the boring stuff by getting them riled up about putting a talented (beautiful) woman on a turntable and making everyone stare at her. I thought it was a little weird and went on for way too long.
-Sofia Vergara is real irritated that everyone is so mad about it. She says she was making fun of herself.
-Weird Al was wonderful. I loved his new theme song mashup so much.
-I am really super bummed Matt Bomer didn't take the award home for Best Supporting Actor. Every single one of the actors in The Normal Heart deserved to be recognized for their phenomenal portrayals in that film.
-Good thing it did win for Outstanding Television Movie. When they all went up on stage, I couldn't get over all the talent standing up there. Again, it's such an extraordinary cast.
-I love Ricky Gervais.
-Game of Thrones was shut out of every category. Balls.
-I could listen to Lena Heady talk all the livelong day.
-As soon as Modern Family won for best comedy I knew people were going to be pissed. It's a great show but I don't know if it deserved the Emmy for this past season. Don't get me wrong, it was good, it just wasn't as great as it normally is and I know people are sick of it.
-I am convinced Jessica Lange is always drunk.
-Why so many Pepsi commercials? Newsflash: No one likes Pepsi.
-I was sad for all the Sherlock fans out there for not being able to see Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman make acceptance speeches. I have never watched the show but I know how loyal and obsessive the fan base is so it would have been neat to see.
-Do any of you watch The Amazing Race? How does that show keep winning year after year? I don't know anyone who watches it.
-Are we ready for people to stop saying "Alright, alright, alright" to Matthew McConaughey yet?
-Speaking of McConaughey... He's quite tan, no?
-Handing the typewriter to George R.R. Martin made me LOL
-The Billy on The Street bit was very funny.
-While I thought Sara Bareillis was absolutely stunning (STUNNING), I was a little disappointed in the Robin Williams tribute. I thought Billy Crystal was good but I wanted more. I don't know. Everyone says it was beautiful and I guess it was... I just wanted more.
-Good for Breaking Bad taking home ALL the awards. I should probably start watching that soon, eh??

And finally...

-Matt Bomer is the most handsome, isn't he? SIGH. So dreamy.

Quick book update:

Landline by Rainbow Rowel. Read it. Love it. As in keeping with all her others, this book made me laugh out loud and swoon and connect and just love. I am obsessed with her writing. Obsessed.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes. I absolutely adored this book. I did that thing that I do where I go back and reread bits of it as soon as I finished it. I love when that happens.

Man, I love good books. They make me so happy.

Quick TV update:

We have been watching The Quest on ABC (Thursdays, 8pm) with Charley these last few weeks. It's a reality competition set in a fantasy world. It is hardcore geeky. HARDCORE. GEEKY. But it's really, super fun and I know Jeff would jump at the chance to join those contestants every week in solving whatever nerdy, magical thing they have to solve in order to save the day.

The True Blood finale aired.


I don't have a lot of thoughts on it. That's not true. I have lots of thoughts on it but they don't really matter. The show ended on a very mellow note. A far cry from the way it burst onto our television screens all those years ago.

Bill made Sookie kill him. I guess because he was already dying and he felt like he needed to be with his family (his original family), even though he kept saying how much Sookie and Jessica meant to him. He wanted her to be able to live a normal life without him. The way they had Sookie do it completely grossed Jeff and I out. I felt like it took away from the moment. I know their vampires don't die all nice and neat like a Buffy vampire does but ugh. Just gross. Anyway, I expected him to die so that was whatever. Two things I was really impressed with: 1) The way they handled the Jessica/Hoyt reunion. It was completely unexpected and the way they got those two to find each other again was very sweet. 2) Jason Stackhouse's progression over all the seasons. I felt like his character, more than any other made the most development and he will go down as one of my most favorite television characters of all time. I love Jason Stackhouse. Eric and Pam provided some comic relief as usual, but there wasn't nearly enough of them. I read that they didn't think they would have Alexander Skarsgard for even the little bit that they did because of scheduling conflicts, so we should be happy with what we got I suppose. They sure made Sam Merlotte fade away, didn't they? Tara got dead-dead. That's all I'll say about that though because I hated that storyline so much it's almost not even worth mentioning. Lafayette is happy with Jessica's ex-boyfriend, James. Arlene is happy with her vampire boyfriend. Andy and Holly love each other and Jason is happy with Hoyt's ex, Bridget.

Oh! Did you all catch Charlaine Harris's cameo at the end?

And who did Sookie end up with? That's question of the day. No one knows. Some boy.

The end.

Bottomline: I had no expectations going into this episode. Finales are never what you want them to be (with the exception of Lost. I loved the Lost finale. Yeah, yeah. I know I'm pretty much the only one in that party), but this show has been on such a downhill slope for so long that I knew the last episode was going to be meh. I'm still grateful for the characters and what little storylines they had that made sense and for Alexander Skarsgard bringing Eric Northman to life (perfectly) and for taking Steve and Sarah Newlin; two mundane, one dimensional book characters and making them some of the funniest parts about the show. I'm grateful for being able to see Merlotte's come to life, just like how I saw it in my head (same goes for Fangtasia) and for taking a gamble on this little vampire book series to begin with. It may have gone off track. It may have gone askew but I refuse to regret watching something that brought me the Sherriff of Area 5. So with all that being said, Thanks Charlaine Harris and Alan ball.