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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day!


Let's talk fun things!

One of the things I have been doing to brighten this winter is watching Friday Night Lights (the show about a high school football team, in a small town in Texas, and the happenings and goings on of all the people within the city)... ten years late. I remember this show (along with Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) getting so much hype when it was on. I was always curious but never jumped in to fully commit myself to watching it. I guess I just didn't want to add another show to my already overflowing TV regime. Better late than never I suppose because I adore it. The acting is so fantastic, I feel like I'm watching a real life documentary most of the time. Listen guys, I am in love with Kyle Chandler. He could act an entire episode just by making facial expressions and not uttering a single word and I would be riveted. He's so good. SO GOOD. He's so grumpy and serious and dedicated as coach Eric Taylor, that when he smiles you know something great is happening. His whole face lights up! Those who know me know how much I hate football but this show makes me so anxious when the games are played. Seriously, my heart actually beats faster and I get all nervous, hoping they'll win. It's so stupid but I love it. I just finished the first season and I can't wait to watch more. Also? Jeff likes it too. Don't let him fool you. He always ends up watching the episodes with me and asking questions. I love it.

The UP network has started showing reruns of Ed. Remember that show? It aired from 2000-2004 and starred Tom Cavanaugh as Ed Stevens, Julie Bowen as his crush, Carol Vessey, Michael Ian Black as Ed's co-worker Phil Stubbs and a plethora of other big name actors nowadays. It's such a fun show and I really love Tom Cavanugh and it makes me want to move to Stuckeyville. They are showing an episode every day at 4pm. Needless to say, our DVR is crammed with episodes but it's the only way to watch this series right now, so we are slowly but surely working our way through.

Speaking of working my way through... My Doctor Who journey has officially been put on hold until further notice. I just wasn't quick enough with trying to catch up and Netflix stole it away from me like a Dalek extracting information from a human's mind. This makes me sad but I am hopeful that if enough people bitch about this (and I know EVERYONE is mad about it), maybe they'll change their minds and bring it back.

Have you all seen the Fuller House trailer? It looks super fun. I hate Kimmy Gibbler but any cast who is willing to go back to their roots and relive the roles that made them famous in the first place gets huge, major, major props in my book. So much respect for people like that. It starts February 26th, on Netflix.


Continuing with more Netflix news... The Gilmore Girls revival is currently taping. I am not exaggerating when I say that I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS TO COME OUT!! Going back to what I was saying before about actors reprising the roles that made them famous? This is the perfect example. Pretty much every single actor that starred on the show in one way or another is coming back to be in the revival. I freaking love that. I'm holding out hope that Sebastian Bach will pop in to portray Gil from Hep Alien once more. Come on, if they are bringing April back (blech), they can bring Gil back.

A couple new shows that we have been watching are... The Shanarra Chronicles, based on the book series by Terry Brooks that airs Tuesdays at 10pm on MTV and The Magicians, based on the book of the same name by Lev Grossman on the SyFy channel, Mondays at 9pm. Both of these series fulfill our magic/adventure cravings, with the former leaning more toward Dungeons and Dragons/Lord of The Rings mythology and the latter being more similar to Harry Potter/Chronicles of Narnia, with a twisted, adult, raunchy edge thrown in. I think I am currently enjoying The Magicians more than the Shanarra Chronicles right now but both series are pretty new and I'm interested enough to see where they go.

Do any of you ever watch Dinner at Tiffani's on the Cooking channel? It stars Tiffani Thiessen and she's on Wednesdays at 8pm. She has simple recipes (which I am all about) but mostly I watch to see who her guests for dinner will be. Last year she had her White Collar husband, Tim DeKay on, her 90210 co-star, Jason Priestley and none other than Jesse Spano herself, Elizabeth Berkley. Well, this season she is having Mark Paul Gosselaar on and I am so excited (ha, no pun intended), I can't stand it!! If you love food and pop culture like I do, you should check it out.

Jeff and I watched Kingsman:The Secret Service with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson. What a great movie. Full of all the fun spy stuff that I love, humor and I got to look at Colin Firth for 2 hours. You can't go wrong with that.

How great was The Force Awakens, you guys?? I know it's been out for a few months now but I haven't had a chance to voice how much I loved it. I am so proud of JJ Abrams for doing such a spectacular job with it. The acting was phenomenal and Harrison Ford was wonderful and I think Charley has a bit of a crush on Daisy Ridley. What a kick ass lady she turned out to be, eh?? I can't wait to see what the franchise has in store.

Jeff and I recently watched a movie called All's Faire in Love, starring Christina Ricci. It came out in 2009, and I think Jeff bought it during one of the many FYE closings on clearance. Our January was pretty crappy so we wanted something to laugh at. It's super silly and takes place during a Renaissance Festival. !! They shot a good portion of the movie at the Michigan RenFest, to be exact and I THOUGHT THAT WAS SO COOL! We didn't know that going in, but we recognized a lot of the signs and stands while we were watching it. I googled it and low and behold, we really were watching our beloved RenFest on the screen. How much fun is that? Anyway, it's a goofy little movie but it sure made me smile. Huzzah!


I watched Top Gun for the first time ever a few weeks ago. I enjoyed Tom Cruise's smile and the relationship between him and Goose. Let's be serious though, it's basically just an advertisement for white t-shirts and aviators, with Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" thrown in as background music. Am I right??

Sidenote: Remember that VH1 show, Bands Reunited back in 2004?? It was only one season, but Jeff and I loved it. They should bring that back and do one with Barenaked Ladies. Oooh, or Guns n Roses!

I've given up on a few shows this year. I don't know what the deal is. Either I am losing my patience with the shows I once loved moving too slowly or they just aren't as good as they used to be. Either way, I have little time and not enough DVR space for mediocre TV these days. Here are a few series I have recently broken up with:

Castle: This one hurt. I love Nathan Fillion so much. SO MUCH. But I can't handle the "will they? won't they? yes they will! no they won't... just kidding, yes they will!" storyline anymore. I've had it. Get together and stay together or break up and stay apart. No more yo yo'ing. It's not interesting. It's annoying and the crime stories themselves aren't enough to hold my attention. Now, if they brought back Michael Mosley as the 3XK killer, I'd be all about it.

Once Upon a Time: Ack. I'm going to get yelled at for this one. But before anyone does yell at me, know this... my time apart from OUAT was more of a break so to speak and less of a full on break up. That's right, WE WERE ON A BREAK. I hated the Dark Swan storyline. I felt like all the characters were whispering all the time and I didn't like seeing King Arthur as a bad guy and I hated Emma's hair, but now that they are passed that nonsense, I am thinking of jumping back into it when it returns in March. I miss my Hook. So here's hoping they make things a little more fun and a little less blah this time around.

Reign: The show is somewhat based on real life events so I always knew that Francis wasn't going to be around forever, I just didn't realize how sad I would be once he was really gone. The combination of missing his character and hating Queen Elizabeth intensely made Jeff and I give up on it. They turned Elizabeth into a whiny (ugh, sooooo whiny), crying, lovesick Queen instead of the confident, strong ruler she should have been. I can't take it anymore and I have serious doubts that the show will get anywhere near a renewal for a season 4.

Shadowhunters: I read the first book, City of Bones and did not like it at all. I know I'm in the minority when it comes to that series but I just didn't care for it. I was curious about the TV show and Jeff seemed interested in it, so we checked it out. The first episode was pretty okay but the second one was like nails on a chalkboard. I just don't like the storyline. I think it's dumb. That's really all it amounts to.

Books?

I loved Rainbow Rowell's latest, Carry On, based on the characters with whom Cath was obsessed with in Fangirl. It made me sad that there wasn't a sequel to continue with after I finished it. I loved being in the world of mages if only temporarily and I adored Simon and Baz's relationship. That woman could write and entire book on a role of paper towel and it's pretty much a guarantee that I will be obsessed with it. I love her.

Speaking of love, After You by the lovely JoJo Moyes was excellent. I was so happy to be with Lou again and see what she's been up to, (Sidebar--- I know I sound like a crazy person talking about these characters like they are my bff's but cut me some slack. They ARE my bff's and I love them.) If you liked Me Before You, do yourself a favor and read the sequel. It will make you happy. Also, check out the trailer for the movie because it looks absolutely exquisite (heart emoji, heart emoji)


I read Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll and really enjoyed it. The story kept me riveted and I loved the way she wove the flashback stories into the present day occurrences. It was so seamless. Writing like that inspires me. I'm sick of stories being compared to Gone Girl or trying to be the next Gone Girl. This book was one of the ones that was compared to it but really, the only similarity between the two is that the main female character is basically an emotional mess. It's kind of disturbing at times but definitely intriguing. Check it out if you are looking for something to read.

I saw this commercial the other day:

Guys, if you are having that much trouble cutting your nails, just kindly ask someone else to cut them for you, okay? My goodness.

Charley wants you all to know that the series finale of Gravity Falls is on Monday at 7pm on DisneyXD. He's super bummed that it's ending but secretly, it warms my pop culture loving heart that he cares so much about a TV show.

Enjoy your Valentine's/Galentine's Days! Read some books, eat some cookies, smell some flowers or sit in your jammies all day doing nothing!

The Walking Dead comes back tomorrow, so we will be hanging with Rick Grimes and some zombies. Nothing says love like murderous brain eating walkers!






Monday, January 11, 2016

Magic Dance

One of my most vivid memories of being a kid was when I was 6 years old and my Aunt Mary was babysitting my brothers and I at her apartment. She sat us down and popped in a VHS tape and wanted to show us the new Jim Henson movie that had just come out. The movie was Labyrinth. I remember feeling really awful for Toby and thinking it was super cool that I had the same name as the main character. I was mesmerized by David Bowie's hair, I loved the songs, Dennis and I wanted to take our heads off like the Firey guys and we laughed hysterically at the Bog of Eternal Stench. I wanted Hoggle to be my companion, Ludo to be my friend and I really wanted to have a cup'a tea with the worm and his misses while Sir Dydimus and Ambrosius guarded the door. To this day I proudly say that Labyrinth is my most favorite movie ever. It's magical and funny and thrilling. I love sharing it with Charley and making any friend who has never seen it, watch it while I mouthed all the words to every scene. Plain and simple, it makes me happy.

So, on this day where everyone is saying goodbye and paying respects to David Bowie after an 18 month battle with cancer, and while I appreciate him for his music, his originality and his enticing portrayal of Jareth the Goblin King, I want to take the time to thank my Aunt Mary for introducing me to this movie. You see, today my family and I, along with my uncle and cousins, laid her to rest. Needless to say it has been a shock to my whole being this past week. 

Grieving for someone who was so damn good to us as kids and seeing my Grandpa and mom and dad, brothers, sisters, niece, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins pay their respects and celebrate her life has brought back a flood of memories these last few days. So many of my childhood memories include her. She had a way of making everything fun. Whenever we would have a family get together, we would always ask "will Aunt Mary be there??". She took Dennis and I to a double feature of Scrooged (another one of my most favorites) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? when they came out and I remember it being one of the most fun days ever. She always made a point to make us feel special on our birthdays. I used to bite my nails when I was a kid and to get me to stop, she told me there were little worms in them that I was biting every time I did. I never bit them again. We spent countless weekends at her house with my cousins, where her and my uncle would let us transform their basement into a studio and we would spend hours upon hours making music videos. From Guns n' Roses to Envogue, we covered every song we could think of. She would help us hang sheets and set up the tripod for the video camera, call us up for meals and make us popcorn after we had finally called it a night. I remember I loved just sitting and talking with her. I may have talked too much and drove her crazy but she never showed it. She always always patiently listened to whatever teenage story I had to tell her. She loved Halloween. Boy, did she love Halloween. I would bring friends over to her house just so I could show them her Halloween display. When she loved something, she loved it hardcore. 200%. She was creative and giving and loved to have fun. She loved taking pictures and we always gave her a hard time about it because we never got to see the pictures she took.

As time went on and life happenings happened, we didn't see each other as much. We all got a little older, had our own families and tried to see each other when we could. It may not have been as much as of late but I hope she knows how much everyone loved her because she truly was. She always made her own path in life, and I think one way or another, she made a point to love all of us too. As I say my final goodbyes to her, I will always have her in the back of my mind every time I watch Labyrinth from here on out. I always thought of her when I watched it before but I guess every time I watch it now will make it that much more special.

I love you, Aunt Mary. I hope you saw that beautiful service Mike gave you today and felt all the love and laughter in the room. As my mom said, we celebrated your life these past few days. I kept expecting to see you walking around, mingling and telling silly jokes every time I looked up. Until we meet each other again, dance that magic dance and give our love to Grandma wherever you are and know that you will be sorely missed.

                                                                   XOXO


Friday, October 16, 2015

ThirtyFive!

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:

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31
32
33
34

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!

Hello.

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

100!

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.

So...

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!


Slainte!


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

2014

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??

Television:
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.

Music:

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.



Movies:

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.

BOOKS!:

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??