My Favorite Episodes of My Favorite Show

In honor of Netflix streaming all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls (someone tell my boss I’m not coming in tomorrow?), and because this blog only every started because of a Gilmore Girls inspired bookish forum where I found my first real home on the internet, and because this show has been on constant circulation at my house for a decade, I have decided to share with you ten of my favorite episodes of my absolutely favorite show.

2.13 A Tisket, A Tasket

Jess over Dean. Any day. Also, cute Stars Hollow traditions. They never get old.

2.19 Teach Me Tonight

Like I said, Jess over Dean. Always.

3.6 Take the Deviled Eggs

Mostly for the squealing sounds Lorelai and Rory make as the peel away from the scene of the crime.

3.7 They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?

Dance marathon + Jess and Rory tension + Dean finally getting a clue. And still I was heartbroken for Rory.

3.22 Those Are Strings, Pinocchio

Rory’s graduation speech is the best television graduation speech of all time. Hands down. Although Buffy’s graduation was pretty epic…

4.2 The Lorelais First Day at Yale

I like this one because it sets up Rory’s new life but demonstrates that their mother-daughter bond is unbreakable.

5.3 Written in the Stars

Clearly I love Rory’s story lines more but I was waiting for this day for years. Luke brings Lorelai to his Luke’s. Aww.

5.7 You Jump, I Jump Jack

This is where I fell for Logan. I’ll admit it. I’m always surprised when this one doesn’t make everyone else’s favorite episode list. Also, I think this might be my blog’s first GIF.

5.8 The Party’s Over

No. Wait. THIS is where I fell for Logan.

7.22 Bon Voyage

I was DEVASTATED when Gilmore Girls ended. Absolutely crushed. Words can’t describe my love for this show. But I still love the finale (partially because Rory and I both went off to work for Obama). And I love that this ending just means I get to start all over again from the beginning.

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You will note there is nothing from the mostly-awful 6th season where the Gilmores were estranged. There also isn’t anything from the first season. But that’s just because I don’t care much for Dean.

Oy with the poodles already…what are you waiting for. Go watch all of these RIGHT NOW er tomorrow.

The Sunday Salon: Bloggiesta Edition [9.21.14]

I was just hanging out on Twitter on Thursday when I noticed a familiar little thing called Bloggiesta was being discussed. Back when I used to participate in the events of the book blogging world, I used to participate in Bloggiesta – a weekend dedicated to helping bloggers organize and accomplish tasks (and I think I remember margaritas). Well, this little blog needed a lot of love at the moment, so I hopped on as an unofficial participant. It was a great way to get some blogging energy back after such a long slump. Here is a summary of how I Bloggiesta-d.

Tasks Accomplished:

Things I Discovered/Mysteries to Ponder:

  • My reading didn’t taper off when I became a mother. Instead, it dropped off pretty suddenly in the fall of 2013, when E was  year and a half. What happened? Why did life get busy then?
  • I only have three books that begin with numbers: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson13, rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro31 Hours by Masha Hamilton. All 1s and 3s. Weird, right?
  • I have not read any books that begin with a K, Q, or X. K? Really?
  • I didn’t start listening to audiobooks until 2010. Since then, I have finished 117 of them! So many books I otherwise wouldn’t have had time for.

Plans:

  • Actually write some book reviews. Life is going to be busy the next few weeks, but I shall try.
  • Figure out how to add a signature to my posts.
  • Finally create my Books by Author directory. This has been on my to do list for years.

Ole.

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The Monday Salon: August in Review [9.1.14]

It’s hard to believe it is already September, otherwise known as the disappointing month where I mistakenly think the weather should cool down. Maybe this year I won’t have to wait until November to turn off the a/c? But, this is the August wrap-up, and I expect nothing less than miserable heat in August.

Books & Blogging

I didn’t read much this month. This was more a concious decision than it has been in the past. I was away for two of the weekends and while I was home, Ben and I were spending time together after his summer away.

I finished Girls in White Dresses and Story Hour in print and the latest Maisie Dobbs in audio.

I am in the middle of a few good books and I’ve just been slowly reading them. I took a little break from audiobooks and have been listening to some podcasts. I guess August was my reading vacation month.

As for blogging, I had one good week and some sporadic posts in the other four. You win some, you lose some. I do intend to continue the feature I introduced about the books Evan is reading though – look for those most Fridays.

Health

Well, I fell off the wagon hard. After my foot injury in April, I stopped running. I got the all clear in July and I have been running twice since then (see the weather paragraph above). I haven’t been to a dance class in months. I haven’t been to a real yoga class (as opposed to family yoga which isn’t much actual exercise) in months. I haven’t weighed myself in months. I haven’t counted calories in months.

I am still pretty happy with my weight. But my back has been giving me problems lately and I am sure it is due to this lack of exercise. So I am jumping back on the wagon.

Amanda from The Zen Leaf (which is back up!) created a 100 days of exercise challenge – just ten minutes of exercise for 100 straight days. I’ve already managed to miss some days, but more days than not, I am making an effort to do something.

I am hoping to get a real yoga class in Wednesday and ballet the following Monday.

Photography

I haven’t used my camera much this month, but I did share a bunch of photos on the blog here and I’ve been following some new critique groups on Facebook. I’m always learning.

My most-popular post this month was the one where I shared some of my cell phone photography tips and tricks. I’m thinking about doing another post like this since you all seemed to like it.

Evan

Evan started 2-year-old preschool. And he started sitting in a real chair at a restaurant and kind of listening when we ask him to use his walking feet. And he says “thank you, mommy” and “good morning, mommy” and “I love you, mommy” and it is wonderful. He throws things at me. And he runs off in public. And he throws tantrums when he’s tired and upset. But he’s two and 80% of the time it is awesome.

 

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No, I Won’t Be Reading that E-Novella

This post follows up on a little mini-rant on twitter the other day about how every series now comes with little novellas between books.

I pretty much hate these extra stories. I’ve read a few (Wicked Lovely’s Stopping Times and Old Habits; Delirium’s Anabel, Hana, and Raven; Newsflesh’s Countdown; Fallen’s Fallen in Love) and I’ve decided I am not reading anymore. Here’s why.

They rarely move the story forward, but instead add a level of detail to a character or an event that wasn’t included in an actual official book in that series. Or they tell the same story from someone else’s perspective. They are not necessary to the story.

As such, they seem like a money-making scam. It seems like publishers see how much money a series is bringing in and decide, let’s see how much money we can get out of these suckers. Now, I know that publishing is a for-profit industry and no one is in it just for the joy of books. I am happy to pay for a book. But do I really want to shell out another $2 for a few dozen pages every other week?  It’s sort of like how I feel about the new trend of breaking the last installment in a book series into two movies. You, movie studio, are only doing that to make money. Admit it.

They make me anxious. To be fair, all of the books that exist in the world that I want to read already make me anxious. But if I add all of these little novellas to my TBR pile, it’s certainly not helping things. There is simply not enough time in the world for me to keep up with every series I am reading AND read those 40 extra pages that no one thought important enough to actually put in the book. But skipping them also makes me anxious. I loathe reading things out of order. And skipping something that might have the tiniest chance of being important to the story makes me nervous. So it’s a lose-lose here on the reading anxiety front.

I can see why some people might like them (you do get even more of your favorite series, right?), but these people must have different priorities from me because every series seems like it is doing this and I just can’t possibly keep up.

  • The Lunar Chronicles has 3 novellas.
  • Shade (Jeri-Smith Ready) has 2.
  • Newsflesh has 4.
  • Divergent has 5.
  • Across the Universe has 1.
  • Shades of London has 1.
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone has 1.

I would list these as some of my favorite series. But I will not (and, really, cannot) read 17 novellas plus all the ones that have yet to be published. I just won’t. (Okay, I’m a little tempted to read that last one because I love Zuzana so much).

So, I’m putting my foot down.  I can’t make the publishing industry stop this trend, but I can stop taking part in it. Unless JK Rowling wants to write one for Harry Potter, or unless someone makes a really compelling argument for an exception, I won’t be reading anymore of these things that are not really part of the series. Publishers, if a story is really important, please make it a real book.

Instead

What I’ve been doing instead of reviewing books (which I intend to start doing again soon).

  • Hanging out with my family
  • Watching Doctor Who
  • Watching The West Wing
  • Watching Everything Else that’s on my DVR
  • Reading Attachments
  • Listening to Bill Bryson and Lani Taylor books
  • Working
  • Injuring my foot
  • Learning about biking and swimming
  • Watching a lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  • Planning a birthday party that is Mickey Mouse Clubouse themed
  • Enjoying the beautiful weather
  • Traveling to Savannah, DC, and – this weekend – Tallahassee.
  • Sleeping
  • Editing photos
  • Reading about editing photos
  • Discussing vaccines
  • Discussing equality
  • Going to movies
  • Hanging out with friends

Sometimes I miss the old days. Sometimes a break from the book blogging gig isn’t so bad.

Another Beach Day [Wordless Wednesday]

Sorry for being MIA this week. We were out of town this weekend and I thought I would have some Washington, DC pictures for you today, but I haven’t gotten around to editing any yet (that’s the problem with shooting RAW – every photo needs at least some editing). So here are some more photos from Ben’s parents’ visit last weekend when we went to the beach on a very non-beachy day.

 

 

 

 

The Dangerous Animals Club [Audiobook Review]

Title: The Dangerous Animals Club
Author: Stephen Tobolowsky
Narrator: Stephen Tobolowsky
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 352
Audio: 11.6 hours
Year: 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Source: Personal Collection
Book Rating: 4/5
Audio Rating: 5/5

Summary:

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares stories from his childhood, his marriage, and his career.

My Thoughts:

We started listening to this one on a family road trip. Whenever E was asleep, Ben and I would put it on. E didn’t actually sleep as much as I expected him to, so we each had to finish it on our own. But we were both enjoying it so much that there was doubt that we would.

Stephen Tobolowsky, as he explains it, is that guy you recognize but you’re from where (the store down the street? the laundromat?). You recognize him from television and films. But he’s a solid character actor – not one to stand out or be memorable. But he is in practically everything, from Groundhog Day to Glee. And he has amassed some wonderful stories which he tells masterfully.

The book started with stories from his childhood and those mostly featuring animals (the title story is about a tarantula- and scorpion-catching club he was in as a boy in Texas). The stories then move on to his schooling, his relationships, and his career. He has had an interesting life so far and his tales are well-crafted. If you just want to listen to some good storytelling, this one is for you.

Audiobook Thoughts:

Tobolowsky reads this one himself, as he should. You’ll recognize his voice, even if you don’t recognize his name. He’s a born storyteller.

The Sunday Salon [2.2.14]

I’m writing this on the fly from my phone, having forgotten to write anything earlier, so bear with me.

I finally finished – thank god – Dave Egger’s The Circle. I think you can tell how I felt about it from that sentence. I am cleansing my palate with some Maisie Dobbs (Elegy for Eddie) while I await Cress’s publication on Tuesday.

In print, I read nothing this week. I spent the last half of the week at a conference and/or socializing. And I don’t see the reading time increasing anytime soon. I am sitting for the Labor and Employment Law Board Certification in 6 weeks and I need to actually start studying, so I think my reading time might be spent reading about unions, overtime, and discrimination instead. Riveting stuff.

I’m a bit behind on my 8k training, but I’m doing alright. I think my schedule and health may actually allow me to run this week. What a winter this has been.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday.

Beyond Snapshots [Book Review]

TitleBeyond Snapshots: How to Take That Fancy Camera Off “Auto” and Photograph Like a Pro
Author: Rachel Devine; Peeta Mazey
Genre: Photography; Nonfiction
Pages: 240 pages
Year: 2012
Publisher: Amphoto Books
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5/5

Summary:

This is a how-to for photography, offering tips from beginning to end and everything in between. It is written by two photographers and filled with their own photos.

My Thoughts:

Part One: Getting Off Auto

I have a basic understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, but reinforcement of the ideas is extremely helpful and hearing different photographers describe it a little differently helps me gain a better understanding. This was my first lesson in light metering. The photoshop section was helpful even before I had photoshop as it talks about what kind of fixes you might want to make post-processing. I think this is a good beginner’s lesson in shooting in manual.

Part Two: Life as a Photo Op

I liked this part less. I thought the tips for certain subject matters and situation were helpful but this section went on too long. I grew bored by the end and only finished to finish. Perhaps it’s a book that isn’t meant to be read cover to cover and that was my mistake.