Monthly Archives: November 2016

My Favorite TV Shows of All Time

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It’s Tuesday everyone! And as I’m slightly obsessed with television, I thought today would be a good day to talk about my favorite TV shows! My tastes have changed throughout the years, but some things remain the same. I still love great characters, a compelling storyline, and I’m totally fine with sobbing in front of the screen every once in a while.

Saved By the Bell

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If you were growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s, you watched Saved by the Bell. I loved this show and imagined that high school would be just like Bayside High (I was wrong, but I was okay with it. Although some people dropped off after high school, I watched all of their college exploits and the episode where Zach and Kelly get married. Along with the rest of America, I rooted for Zach and Kelly, never understood Tori, and still do an impression of Jessie as she suffers from a caffeine pill addiction.

Favorite Episode: “Jessie’s Song” (the one with the pill addiction)

Friends

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The greatest television show of all time HANDS DOWN! I have seen every episode multiple times and love them as much every single time. I can find a Friends quote for almost any situation…just try me!

Favorite Episode: “The One with the Embryos” (the one where they play the game to see who knows each other the best)

Scrubs

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You’re about to notice that I’m a big fan of NBC comedies and for a good reason–they rock! There was no other show quite like Scrubs before it debuted, and I just adored every single character (yes, even The Todd). It still makes me laugh every time I watch, and I hope that my husband and I are as close as Turk and JD.

Favorite Episode: “My Half-Acre” (the air band episode)

Game of Thrones

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When I first watched this show, it was to get my friends off of my back. They were insisting that I would love it, so I said that I would give ONE EPISODE a chance. If you’ve seen the end of the first episode, you know why I kept watching and why I love it now. And oh Jon Snow…you are a beautiful man and bring me back every week.

Favorite Episode: You know, I don’t think I have a favorite episode. But obviously Jon Snow and the Khaleesi are my favorite characters.

Grey’s Anatomy

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My brother calls this the most wishy-washy show, but I totally disagree. True, some of the characters tend to make me angry at times, but I’ve stuck with them since the beginning, and I won’t give up on them now! Plus, I wish I could call Dr. Bailey on a daily basis for sage advice.

Favorite Episode: “What a Difference a Day Makes” (the episode where Izzie and Alex get married)

Parks and Recreation

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This is my newest favorite show. I don’t know why I waited so long to watch it because it’s amazing. Every character is wonderful, and I see a lot of myself in Leslie Knope (especially when she’s overly excited and clumsy). And seriously, is there anyone better than Ron Swanson?

Favorite Episode: “Pawnee Rangers” (the “Treat Yo Self” episode)

What are your favorite shows? Linking up for:

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Gilmore Top 4

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Happy Monday all! If you’re like me, you spent at least one day this weekend watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life! Despite the fact that the last four words still have me reeling, the revival is everything that I could have asked for and more! But that’s not what this post is about. Last week, Jimmy Fallon listed his top 4 GG characters (not counting Rory and Lorelai, obviously):

 

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And I knew that I had to join in! So without further ado, here are my four faves (NOTE: I chose these before I watched the new episodes, so be kind):

4. Richard Gilmore

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It breaks my heart into a million pieces that he isn’t in this revival, since he passed away recently. But on the original run of the show, Richard was the perfect mix of class and warmth. Yes, he cared about what others thought and wanted things done a proper way, but he would do anything for his girls. Oh, and my favorite was when he would get marveled by technology!

3. Logan Huntzberger

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I’m #TeamLogan all the way. Sure, he’s had everything in life handed to him on a silver platter, but his creativity and zest for life are invigorating. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eyes 😉

2. Michel Gerard

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Michel’s sarcastic comments are always top notch. Sure, he’s got a heart of gold buried beneath his 2% body fat, but I personally prefer cranky Michel. He just makes me day.

1. Paris Geller

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Jimmy Fallon and I agree on our #1 pick! Yes, if you’re a fan of the show, you hate Paris for part of the first season and a little of the second…and then she becomes freakin’ amazing! She’s a neurotic overachiever who, well, takes things too far sometimes. And that’s putting it mildly for someone who built a bunker at the Yale Daily News. But even though she’s crazy–I would be her BFF in a hot second!

Did you watch the revival? Who are your faves???

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What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

This is truly my favorite holiday of the year because I get to spend time with my family while eating delicious food. But more importantly, I think back of all of the things I have to be thankful for in my life.

My Husband


Y’all…I got MARRIED this year! I’ve waited my entire life to be a bride, and I’m lucky enough to be married to the man of my dreams. I’m especially thankful that C is such a loving husband whose kindness knows no bounds. He even brings me hot chocolate when I’m sick in bed.

My Mom


I’ve always been able to turn to my mom when I need her, and this year, she has been more needed than ever! She gave me the wedding of my dreams, perfect down to the last detail. And she’s been right by my side as I move into my new role as a wife, and hopefully soon, a mother. I could not possibly love her more, and I’m so thankful that she’s in my life.

My Family


When I was in my senior year of college, I could not fly home for Thanksgiving. 9/11 had just happened, and we were just too nervous about airports at the time. So I missed Thanksgiving with my family for a year and it was truly difficult. That’s why every year I sit around the table and look at the branches of my family tree, I’m so thankful for each and every one of them.

My Pups


I’m thankful for their devotion and their plain ole adorableness.

My Friends


I have the greatest friends in the world. I’m so lucky to know that I can count on them to listen to me gripe or cry, but also be at my side when it’s time to celebrate.

My Job

I love my new job. I finally feel as though I’ve found a place where I truly belong, and it helps that my coworkers are incredible, too!

What are you all thankful for this year?

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Wedding Wednesday: Gifts for My Girls!

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Not only is it the day before Thanksgiving (I can TASTE that turkey y’all), but it’s also Wedding Wednesday! Today, I’ll tell you about the goodies in my gals’ gift bags.

The Sparkle Belts

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Technically, these were given to the girls right after they tried on their dresses, but they were still a gift from me. I wanted them to have matching belts that they could use with other dresses later. And I like calling them the “sparkle belts” because it reminds me of the Sparkle Pager from Grey’s Anatomy.

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The Bracelets

In addition to having sparkly belts, I bought the girls sparkly bracelets to match!

The Hair Ties

When I was perusing Etsy one day (SUCH a dangerous move, btw), I came across these hair ties and just had to get them for the girls!

The Jackets

I knew that I needed something for the girls to wear while getting their hair done on the day of the wedding. I didn’t want to go with button-down shirts because it would potentially be too cold (it WAS October after all), and I didn’t think robes would be appropriate since we were going to a hair salon. So my mom embroidered burgundy hoodies with each girl’s name and a symbol that represents them in gold. For example, my friend Caitlin loves Game of Thrones, so we put a dragon on hers! The girls wore these for most of the day, even when ironing…

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Or toasting with champagne!

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What did you get for your bridal party?

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36 Odd Things About Me

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I had a whole other post planned for today, but every once in a while, Facebook will lead me to just the right subject! Want to know a little more about me? Here’s 36 odd things you might not have known!

Do You Like Blue Cheese Dressing?

Nope. Actually except for the RARE occasion when I’ll have some ranch, I typically don’t use dressing. It blows people’s minds.

Have You Ever Smoked Cigarettes?

Never! I’ve got clean and happy lungs!

Do You Own a Gun?

Nope. Frankly, they scare me, and I would be way too nervous holding one.

What Flavor of Kool-Aid is Your Favorite?

I’m a classic cherry gal.

Do You Get Nervous Before Doctor’s Appointments?

Oh heck yes. I’m scared of needles and blood, so if an appointment is going to deal with either of those things, then I’m just miserable.

What Do You Think of Hot Dogs?

They’re best when topped with chili!

Favorite Christmas Movie?

A Muppet Christmas Carol!!!! By FAR!!!

What Do You Prefer To Drink in the Morning?

I’ll let Lorelai Gilmore answer this one:

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Can You Do Push-Ups?

Sort of? Kind of? Okay, no.

What’s Your Favorite Piece of Jewelry?

My engagement and wedding rings <3

Favorite Hobby?

Going to the theatre or playing board games.

Do You Have A.D.D.?

No, I’m pretty focused 🙂

Do You Wear Glasses?

Sometimes, but I don’t really need them. I wish I needed them more though because I love them!

Who Was Your Childhood Idol?

Probably Paula Abdul lol. I mean, my mom is always my idol, but I think Paula was a close second 😉

Name Three Thoughts At This Moment

  1. Oh Kanye…what’s going on, man?
  2. I wonder if chocolate chip marshmallows are only a thing at Panera…
  3. Is it Christmas yet?

Name 2 Beverages You Regularly Drink

Coffee and Water

Current Worry?

That I won’t get my dress to the dry cleaners tomorrow in time, and then I’ll have to figure out something else to wear to this weekend’s wedding.

Current Hate Right Now

Closed-minded individuals.

Favorite Meal

Pizza pizza pizza!

How Did You Bring in the New Year?

With my now-husband’s family, playing board games and eating chips and guacamole!

Where Would You Like to Visit?

Italy for sure, and I’d also love to go back to Disney World!

Do You Own Slippers?

I own WAY too many pairs of slippers, including a pair of puppy ones that I bought in Asheville!

What Color Shirt Are Your Wearing?

Purple

Do You Like Sleeping on Satin Sheets?

I love the Egyptian Cotton ones we have now!

Can You Whistle?

Sometimes, but it ain’t pretty.

Where Are You Now?

In my fabulous bed!

Would You Be a Pirate?

I’d like to say yes, but that’s a LONG time at sea…

What Do You Sing in the Shower?

Usually Broadway tunes. Lately, it’s been a lot of Hamilton.

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Favorite Girl’s Name

Waverly

Favorite Boy’s Name

Oliver

What’s in Your Pocket Right Now?

Yoga pants don’t have pockets!

Last Thing That Made You Laugh?

Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock

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What Vehicle Do You Drive?

A Nissan Versa Note, named Lil Red!

Worst Injury You’ve Ever Had?

Bruising my tailbone on some ice.

How Many TVs Do You Have in Your House?

1 real television, and 2 computer monitors that are used as televisions.

Favorite Disney Movie?

Beauty and the Beast, no question.

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How would you answer these questions?

Linking up with Jordyn and Kristin for Tutu Tuesdays!

 

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Wedding Wednesday: We Rehearsed…Now Let’s Eat!

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Once the rehearsal was over, we were all ready to chow down and get something to eat! It was starting to get chilly outside, and I was ready for the hot apple cider promised me at the rehearsal dinner.

But remember in the last post when I talked about the traffic that kept people from getting to the rehearsal on time? Yep. That was still there. And because of it, almost everybody was late for the rehearsal dinner. Luckily, my sister-in-law hadn’t stayed for the entire rehearsal and was able to meet with the owners of the restaurant and make sure that everything was set up before we all arrived. My niece and bridesmaid Molly was with me for the drive up to the rehearsal dinner, and we were able to take some time to discuss the ins and outs of the rehearsal.

Once we got to the rehearsal dinner, C and I were able to say hi to a few people, and then my friend Jessica came up to me and asked if I would like something to drink. I told her I was ready for my hot apple cider! She offered to get it for me and was back a few minutes later with something that warmed my heart and soul.

C’s parents did a really great job of booking The Bayou, one of their favorite restaurants. They have an event room in the back, and C had never been in it before, so he was especially excited to know that we were at an event that allowed us to celebrate in such a large room. There was chicken, salmon and beef options for everyone along with salads and a ton of desserts!

My favorite part of the rehearsal dinner though was when C and I gave out our gifts to everyone who helped with the wedding and our bridal party. I gave a speech, and, well, I cried a whole bunch. But hey I couldn’t help myself, as I was getting married the next day!

We ended the night with a slideshow I had made set to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” Everyone really appreciated the slideshow, and one of our cousins was even in tears because we made sure to include her own wedding picture in the slideshow.

Next week, we talk bridal party gifts!

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My Favorite YouTube Videos

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It’s Tuesday folks! And you know that you’ve already watched a YouTube video this week, right? Well today I’m going to share a few of my favorite videos that will hopefully bring a little joy to your day.

Broadway Car Karaoke with James Corden

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If you’ve been looking at my 101 in 1001 posts, you know that I’d LOVE to see Hamilton (as would everyone else in the country). Seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda sing along with James Corden is the closest I’ll get to the live show for quite a while, and I’m totally okay with that! Also, I just adore Audra McDonald. And Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski never fail to make me laugh. (And I got to see Jane Krakowski on Broadway before, and she’s even more incredible in person!)

Buttermilk the Pygmy Goat

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I’m a huge fan of goats. In fact, C and I are planning to get a pet goat in the future…I’m not entirely sure he’s serious about that, but I am! This little goat cracks me up every time I watch her knock over her siblings. So dang cute.

Emma Stone vs. Jimmy Kimmel Lip-Syncing on The Tonight Show

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Just wait for Emma Stone’s rendition of “All I Do is Win.” Blew my flippin’ mind!

Do you have a favorite YouTube video?

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My 101 in 1001 Update: The Embarrassed Edition

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Happy Monday everyone! Even though I was lucky enough to have a 3-day weekend, I spent most of it being sick 🙁 This cold will just NOT go away! Grrrr. But enough about that! Today I’m linking up with Macy for the 101 in 1001 update…and I’m horribly embarrassed. I have not crossed off a single new thing since last time.

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I truly am the worst. Can I use the excuse that I was planning a wedding? Pretty please???

But I’ll give you the update as to where I am in each category and explain my plans for how to accomplish more before the next update.

Visit America’s Best Zoos–2 out of 10

My husband and I are hoping to get out to Colorado in the spring, so maybe I can hit up the Denver Zoo? It’s really unacceptable that I haven’t been to the Bronx Zoo yet, since my brother lives in New York, so I’m hoping to get to that one soon.

Eat the Best Pizza–0 out of 10

Again, my brother lives in New York, so Tavola needs to happen ASAP.

Visit the Best Coffee Shops–3 out of 10

If we end up going to Florida in January, then maybe we’ll take a detour through Raleigh and stop into Joule Coffee.

Visit the Best Independent Bookstores–2 out of 10

I absolutely will visit Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in DC within the next couple of months.

Visit 10 Castles in the U.S.–1 out of 10

I think a trip to Philly might be in order (I need more Federal Donuts), so I can see two castles that way!

Eat the Best Donuts–3 out of 10

Aha! I will be back in Chicago at the beginning of December, so my mom better be ready to stop by two donuts shops while we’re there!

Run the Most Fun Races–0 out of 5

It’s winter, and I’m not up for the Christmas Story 5K this year. It’s going to have to wait til the spring.

See the Best Christmas Displays–1 out of 10

I think this will be worked into the trip to PA.

Experience the Best of Baltimore–3 out of 10

Seriously, I will have at LEAST two of these checked off by the next check in.

Finish 5 Crafts–0 out of 5

It’s almost winter, which means it’s crafting season! I’ll surely have one of these done by next time.

Have the Best Blog Possible–4 out of 5

It’ll still be a while until I reach 2,000 posts, but I’m working on it!

See the Best in Live Entertainment–1 out of 5

Okay, since a couple of these shows are no longer on Broadway, I’m making a change here:

  1. See She Loves Me on Broadway–check!
  2. See Hamilton–working on it!
  3. See Misty Copeland dance–hopefully soon…
  4. See Fun Home–it’s touring now, so maybe soon?
  5. See a live taping of The Tonight Show–c’mon Jimmy, you know you want to give me tickets!

Visit Charleston–0 out of 1

Maybe next Christmas?

How are you doing on your list?

 

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Origami Day


Happy Origami Day folks! Oh, you didn’t know that was today? Yeah, me neither. It’s not exactly something that pops up in my planner, but when I was looking up special holidays and saw this, my husband was so excited! Origami has played a pivotal role in our relationship.

C creates amazing works of art through origami. Before we were dating, I saw this picture on his Facebook and was already impressed:


Then there were times when small Origami animals started appearing on my desk at work:


When we finally started dating, C made me a bookshelf with tiny Origami books for my birthday:


And, regular readers of this blog, you remember my favorite origami gift:


Have you ever tried Origami?

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Keep This in Mind


Happy Thursday folks! I know that it’s been an emotional week. Whether you’re happy about the outcome of the election or are very distraught, there’s no question that you have some feelings about the state of our country. But as I perused social media this week, I found some items that I will keep in mind…

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For anyone who complained about the long lines, remember that even Taylor Swift has to stand in line to vote.

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No matter how you were leaning in this election, this is just advice (from Les Miserables) that we should keep in mind. They always say that it’s darkest before the dawn, but I think that this fits how many people are feeling much better.

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Not everyone voted for Hillary, but I think that all young girls should be encouraged to reach for their dreams and know what they’re worth.

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And, as always, no one brings people together and encourages unity quite like Ellen.

 

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