Gilmore Girls : A Year In The Life

I only started watching Gilmore Girls this summer.  I’m not sure why I never really watched it when it was on originally, I guess it clashed with something else I had watched at the time.  After all the hype about it coming back and a few friends talking about how obsessed with the show they are, I decided to give it a watch so from May through July I binged staying up as late as I possibly could to fit in as many episodes as I possibly could each night.  I jumped from Team Dean to Team Jess, but never really was Team Logan.  Then I found myself counting down the days until the 4 super episodes were released on NETFLIX.

The rest of this post will contain spoilers from the A Year In The Life episodes. Stop reading now if you haven’t already watched and don’t want to be spoiled.

Black Friday I headed down to PA to hang out with one of my friends who has been into Gilmore Girls from the start.  We watched Winter and Spring in the afternoon, Summer that evening and Fall the following afternoon.  Before starting we decided we did NOT want to know what the last 4 words were until they were said – which of course prompted her husband to look them up and we had hoped they would provide closure while still leaving things open for more episodes. Her husband told us that it would, but I’m not sure I feel any closure after watching.

I am still Team Jess.  I am still never Team Logan and I think that now I am on team I Hate Rory.  For most of the old series I was blaming Logan for everything but after watching these episodes I came to the conclusion that Rory is just a terrible person.  She has a boyfriend she can’t even remember (wtf was that about?) she is having an affair with an engaged man (and I was surprised Lorelei didn’t seem to care when she flipped out over the whole sleeping with a married Dean situation) and as someone who went to college next door to Yale for journalism (albeit as a minor) she failed at that as well.  If she loves writing and is such a great writer (debatable) why not start a blog? It is 2016. Everyone has a blog. I started mine so I wouldn’t forget how to write.  Rory easily could have made one about anything and see if any ideas she had on the blog could have been expanded upon for a full article at a major publication.  But she is at her core a spoiled white girl  and freaking lazy.  (And when you are trying to write an article on why people wait in line… and find a line that isn’t even a line but people are waiting on it… you don’t ask them why they are standing in a line not even knowing what it is for? HELLO!)

Anyway – the last 4 words were super frustrating and at first we thought that it was totally opening it up for another season but then we started working out what ended up being the “full circle” theory – Logan is the father and Logan is her Christopher.  Rich boy, can’t get him to settle down… and Jess is her Luke.  Will swoop in to make sure that she and the baby are taken care of.  I think that I am ok with whatever happens.  I’m Team Jess so I’ve made myself believe what I just wrote is what happened and I’m happy with that.  If more episodes show up, I’ll watch… but hopefully if that does happen the storyline will be what I want and I kind of doubt that now.

For now I’ll just spend my time working on Chilton Running Club races and trying to figure out their insane clues before each race.

Love With Food : October


We show love for the important people in our lives in a lot of different ways, and sometimes it might come off just a little bit… wicked. Maybe you love to tempt your friends and family with irresistible indulgences like cookies or candy?  Well, we think that’s the best type of wicked. So go ahead, be a little extra wicked this month with your Love with Food box… if you dare!

Sweet Chili & Sour Cream White Bean Chips
By Beanitos
Spicy and cool, salty and creamy – these chips pack in flavor like you wouldn’t believe

Mom tried these and enjoyed.

Garden Fresh Salsa White Bean Chips
By Beanitos
Taste meets genius in these chips with no need for dipping, and all the fresh spicy flavor you know and love built right in

Mom tried these as well but preferred the others.

Presidents Educational Snacks
By Dick + Jane Baking Company
Snacktime and learning all at once. What more could you want from a nut-free whole grain cracker?

I love all of these educational crackers that have come in my boxes. Taste great and you can learn too.

Almond Roca Buttercrunch Toffee
By Brown & Haley
While it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate candy, chocolate combine with almonds and toffee is about as right as candy could possibly be

This was very tasty.

Apple Caramel
By Annie B’s
This rich and buttery treat is the definition of indulgence. Is there any flavor combination more classic than caramel and apple, really?

Ooey, Gooey and delicious!

Original Chai Tea Latte Mix
By Oregon Chai
A warm blanket, Netflix and a cup of this soothing tea. Sounds like a perfect fall afternoon? We think so too.

Still waiting for the perfect afternoon for this but I am looking forward to trying it!

Fig Spread
by Divinia
Fruity and sweet, this Mediterranean treat is perfect to pair with cheese – although it’s really delicious with anything

Mom tried this. She loves fig.

Whole Wheat Snack Crackers
by Westminster Cracker Company
Don’t think getting whole wheat into your diet could be delicious? These poppable, crunchy bites are here to prove you oh-so-wrong.

Definitely yummy snack crackers.

Granola Bar
By AWAKE Energy
As much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee and zero artificial colors. Go ahead, give yourself a little boost

This was good, but I didn’t feel any sort of boost from it.

Music Monday: DNCE


Body Moves
Cake By The Ocean
Doctor You
Good Day
Be Mean
Pay My Rent

A couple weeks ago DNCE released their self titled debut full length album.  On first glance, I was pretty psyched with all the short song titles – so much easier to scrapbook setlists when the song titles are short! I’ll be seeing DNCE in early 2017 so of course I’m already thinking about that! I have to say I think my favorite tracks are Blown, Good Day and Naked. This whole CD is a lot of fun.

Book Review: Body Contact

bodycontactBody Contact is the 2nd of a 3 part series. I had not read the first part before reading the 2nd. It didn’t seem like I was missing out on anything. In this book Jack is with Danielle and teaching her a thing or two about sex. They are going to be together for 2 weeks and that is it – but it seems like that might not be what happens in the end.

This is a short story – only about 60 pages so it was a pretty quick read.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Body Contact is the second of a three-part erotic series from New York Times and USA best-selling author Cathryn Fox.

Asking pro football player Jack Rider to teach me everything he knows about sex might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I’m not so sure I can handle a guy like him. I thought he’d just straight up do me, ridding me of my pesky virginity sooner rather than later. But no, he had his own ideas about bringing me up to speed on sex. His two weeks of slow seduction might just be the death of me, but since he’s the one in charge, I have to play the game his way. Not that I’m not enjoying it. I am. Who wouldn’t, right? I guess I just can’t help but wonder how I’ll ever let another man touch me after him.

This is the second of a three-part series full of mind-blowing sex, featuring a dirty-mouthed football player who knows the score and an inexperienced therapist who needs to learn it. BODY CONTACT is sure to leave readers begging for more. The next installment comes September 2016.

Book Review: Shaken

tebowShaken is the latest book by athlete Tim Tebow.  I was asked by his team if I would consider reviewing the book on my blog and I agreed since I like to read books by athletes – it was just a funny coincidence that a few days later he ended up being signed by the New York Mets to a minor league contract!  The book is all about who you are when things are going great and who you are when things are shaken.  The future is unknown, but God has a plan.  I’m not sure how much I really believe that, especially lately, but Tim is definitely very much so connected with God.  I thought that this book had way too many exclamation points throughout – I mean, almost every paragraph ended with one.  I guess Tim is really into what he is writing about and excited about it, but I couldn’t get as excited about things as the text seemed to be.

There was one quote at the beginning of a chapter that stood out to me.  The funny thing was, that chapter ended up being about a girl with Cerebral Palsy – which is what I have, so I guess it was a pretty appropriate quote to use.  The girl in the chapter was talking about how she notices the stares from other people and as a teen that tends to be an issue.  I am now at the point where I don’t notice stares – to me, that is normal.  I think that everyone gets looked at when they are walking.  For 32 years, that is all I have ever known.  Sometimes my mom or friends will notice people staring and when they point it out to me I usually have no idea.  It’s just a normal day to me.

Overall this book was pretty inspiring and a quick read.  I wish Tim luck as he pursues baseball with the Mets.

I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Who are you when life is steady?
Who are you when storms come?
Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times.

In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. He was released after one season.

In Shaken, Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways.

Though traveling hard roads is not easy, it’s always worth it!

Your Circumstances do not Define You,
Your Identity Does.

What do you do when life takes an unplanned detour? When the unexpected happens? When doubt or negativity tries to rise above your faith? Most of us can relate to these questions.

Through a dynamic lens of story and insight, Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow tells what he’s learned during the highs and the lows of his journey in the NFL. Shaken also features practical wisdom from the pages of Scripture and moving narratives of individuals—from celebrities to cancer patients—who have impacted Tebow’s life. Their inspiring stories will encourage you also to tackle fear, overcome bitterness, and take on the obstacles life throws at you.

Product Review: Tonor Condenser Recording Microphone E-3000 #tonor

A friend and I have been tossing around the idea of starting a podcast.  Of course neither of us have any idea what we are doing, but we know we need a microphone to get started!  I was recently contacted by TONOR and given their TONOR Condenser Recording Microphone kit so that we can get started trying things out. (No promises on if a podcast will actually ever see the light of day because during one of our sessions of throwing ideas around we said “So what will we do other than just laugh at each other” and no one will want to listen to that…)

The microphone kit is an all in one set – it includes the best microphone for streaming and all the cables that you need as well as a shock mount and suspension arm with a built in cable, the pop filter, power supply and a USB sound card.  The microphone features extended frequency range and is finished in black and rugged metal case with a pure aluminum coated head.  The suspension arm is sturdy and durable and height adjustable.  It is easily attached to my computer desk and I can adjust it to have it out of the way when I am not using it, or in place in front of my mouth when I am using it.  The microphone kit also comes with a 12-month repair warranty service.

The microphone is compatible with both the PC and Mac computers, though I have mine set up to be used on my PC and have not yet tried it on my Mac.  All I had to do after putting everything together was plug it into the USB drive on my computer and I was pretty much set to start recording to my heart’s content.  It really couldn’t be much easier! (Although I did have a moment where the speakers got set to something else as default and couldn’t hear any playback, but that was a simple switch in the playback devices setup on the PC)

Although this kit didn’t come with any instructions on how to put it together, it was pretty intuitive as everything only seemed to fit together one way.

Want to try out the mic for yourself? Use code “7AWOG7Y9” for a 10% discount at Amazon!  Also be sure to check out Tonor’s Facebook Page

I received this product for free in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Music Monday: Kris Allen Somethin’ About Christmas


Somethin’ About Christmas Morning (feat. Gabe Dixon)

Just Like Snow

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Jingle Bells feat. Caroline Glaser

Peace and Happiness

Here Comes Santa Claus

Winter Wonderland (feat. Jillian Edwards)

Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus

Baby, Won’t You Wait Until the New Year

Silent Night

Just a couple of weeks ago, Kris Allen released his “Somethin’ About Christmas” CD which is available either digitally or a physical copy through his website.  If you purchase a physica CD you’ll also be able to download and listen to it immediately which is pretty cool.  I had mentioned when I went to see Kris that the CD came out and he did a few songs off of it.  There is a pretty great mix here of new Kris songs and some classic favorites as well.  I have to say that “Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus” has been stuck in my head almost constantly since I went to see him!  It’s just such a funny song, from the perspective of a little kid asking his Mommy how they can see Santa everywhere they go – even if she does say he’s magic it just doesn’t make sense.  I also love that the cover of the album is an old Christmas photo of Kris and his brother.  Although I have tons and tons of Christmas music and most of it doesn’t get listened to during the holiday season, I know that this album will be on heavy rotation for this holiday season and many to come.  (Even with Hanson’s coming out next year!)  If you love Kris and you love Christmas (Or Kristmas?) you should definitely check out this CD and I do not think you will be disappointed.

Book Review: Live Fearless

livefearlessLive Fearless is a coloring book that includes some bible verses.  There are a lot of great designs to color and I have found that coloring really helps relax me – this is a new development because I hated coloring as a kid! I am looking forward to reading through this over and over again when I am looking to de-stress!

I received a free copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book
Embrace God’s Comforting Presence While You De-stress, Meditate, and Create!

Life can be overwhelming as we go from one urgent demand on our time to another; it’s important to slow down and remind ourselves who we are and who God is. Coloring is a wonderful way to relax and focus our minds, giving us the refreshment and freedom to be all we were meant to be. But this book gives you more than a chance to color–it also focuses your attention on the peace that God brings through his presence in your life.

This beautiful, intricately designed coloring book highlights verses from the Bible that focus on the courage that comes with knowing God is by your side. He wants us to live bold lives, free of fear, and his Word gives us the peace and reassurance to do so. Presenting this uplifting message in a fun and creative format, Live Fearless encourages you to drink deeply from Scripture as you color and create. Space is included for reflections, prayers, or even doodles.

You can even share your art–and God’s comforting presence–with others by posting photos on social media or by cutting out the pages to keep for yourself. Gather your favorite coloring supplies and start creating!

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