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Things I loved about the Gilmore Girls Revival

11.30.2016


Oh Gilmore Girls. This has been my favorite show since forever. I used to watch it most afternoons after school on ABC Family. Long before this show was added to Netflix I got the complete series for Christmas and watched them all again, and since it has been added to Netflix I think I have watched them at least another 2 times.  I truly love this show.

After I finished the revival I had a number of thoughts that I wanted to share with my fellow Gilmore lovers.

First, let's talk about the things I loved:

-Reconnecting with old friends. The whole time I was watching I felt like I was reconnecting with old friends, and we picked back up right where we left off, which can only happen with the best kinds of friendships. I love that they were able to get SO many people back. Some people looked old (Luke and Lorelai), some people looked skinnier (Miss Patty!), some people looked THE EXACT SAME (Christopher, Taylor, Headmaster Charleston). It was just great to see so many familiar faces. (Except where was Max Medina? Personally, I would have rather seen Max than Jason Stiles)

-Parenthood Tributes. After Gilmore Girls I became a fan of all things Lauren Graham, so I couldn't help but get into Parenthood. I had heard that Amber (Mae Whitman) was going to make an appearance, but I didn't know about Adam (Peter Krause) or Mark (Jason Ritter), so I especially loved those.



-The Secret Bar. It was so perfectly Stars Hallow. That's one thing I love about this show. I love that the town itself is almost a character.

-Sutton Foster. Even though the Stars Hollow Musical dragged a bit, I loved that Sutton Foster was able to be in the revival. I was a big Bunheads fan (since Amy Sherman-Palladino is a genious) and I so wished that show could have taken off (because I needed something to fill the void in my heart that Gilmore Girls left when it ended).

-Carole King. I just love that she was on this show. It was so fitting to have her be a character. The theme song set a tone for the ENTIRE show. It was the perfect song. During the revival I really loved that part of the advisory committee meeting when she tells Taylor that she's written a few songs that he could use in the Musical if he wants. Then she starts to play "I Feel the Earth Move" and he tells her that it's just ok. Hilarious. And fun to see her play the piano.

-The Wedding. Loved. Every. Minute! My favorite episodes of Gilmore Girls all include some kind of major production. (Here is a blog post about my favorite episodes.) It was practically perfect.

-The Dean and Rory conversation.  This provided such great closure for me. I'm happy that it wasn't an awkward interaction and that he's happy and that she's happy that he's happy. And I'm glad that she said all of those nice things to him. So perfect.

-Jess. #TeamJess. I loved that he fixed Rory's problems again. He did a few dufus things during his original Gilmore Girls days, but he sure got his act together and seems so wise and put together now. So confident.



Things I didn't love:

-Michel's big news. I think they tried really hard in the original episodes to tip toe around this issue and I think it made it more fun. Was he gay or wasn't he? I think it was more fun to be left in the dark, always wondering.

-Boyfriend Paul. I think this part was just silly. It didn't add anything to the show for me. They could have cut the whole Paul role and the show would have been just fine.

-Rory being a homewrecker. AGAIN. I hated Rory and Logan's "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" thing. I didn't like that Rory was sleeping with Logan and that he was engaged. BUT *SPOILER* I think Logan is the father of Rory's baby so I guess he had to have prior commitments for the story-line to completely go full circle. She would have to raise that baby by herself, just like her mom raised her.

-Not enough Sookie. I REALLY wished there could have been more Sookie. And the whole story they came up with about where she was didn't sound like her to me. Embracing her inner farmer? Ok, I guess developing new produce makes sense, but the whole farmer part doesn't...Also, did she leave her family to pursue this? And lastly, I really wish she would have been standing there during the wedding instead of Michel.

-Emily moving to Nantucket, Emily being nice, Emily quitting the DAR... I just couldn't wrap my mind around any of these things. Was she just quitting life? Those were her defining characteristics. I want her to be happy, but these things also seemed out of character to me.



-Lorelai hating the Musical. Remember the corny Stars Hallow History Museum at the Twickham House? Lorelai and Sookie LOVED it. So I think Lorelai should have loved the Musical too. They were very similarly corny. Maybe Lorelai has matured?

-I also hate that Edward Herman died... So sad. But I think they paid the appropriate amount of tribute to such an important character.



What were your thought? Any similar feelings? What did you love?

Thanksgiving 2016



We had a bit of a crazy Thanksgiving this year. It was our year to spend Thanksgiving in Boise with Jordan's extended family. Our lodging fell through on Tuesday and we were planning on leaving on Wednesday so we had to figure out a new plan. We contemplated throwing in the towel and just staying home this year but decided it would still be worth the trip even if our plans were a bit hectic. We decided to stay in a hotel this year, but to save on money we ended up only staying one night. We woke up SUPER early Thursday morning and hit the road. We were pulling out of the driveway at 5:22. The roads were clear and we arrived in great time. As a result of our early morning though our girls were really tired in the afternoon and Naomi even took a little snooze on Grandma Martha's lap. We ate delicious food and the girls loved playing with their (second) cousins. One of the main objectives of Thanksgiving this year was to clean out Grandpa's shop. It was quite the event.



By the end of the day I realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of our girls in their cute Thanksgiving clothes but they were far too grouchy for a good picture, so below is what I got. And above was the preparation shot, Reagan nose-picking, and Naomi covering her ears, both with crazy hair and exhausted bodies.

Times Square Photo Recreation

11.21.2016


2007, 2013, and 2016

New York Minute

11.16.2016


This last weekend we went on the quickest little getaway to New York City. Last week was pretty much nuts, so we figured why not tack an exciting trip on the end and finish it with a bang? (I had Young Women's In Excellence on Wednesday, Disney On Ice on Thursday, Dylan and Logan Birthday Party Friday, I ran a half marathon Saturday morning, BYU Football game for Jordan and Reagan Saturday afternoon and then a Red Eye flight to NYC followed by two fast and fun filled days in the city.)

We crammed many, many things into our almost two days there. We were able to do lots of things I had never done. (It drives me nuts when we end up doing the same things every time we're there.) The red eye flight after running a half marathon wasn't the smartest idea ever, but the half marathon was in the works long before the trip was so we made due with what we could. It was a great little trip, if you're interested, there are more details below the photos.



We got to the city at about 7:30 on Sunday, so we headed to the hotel (but unfortunately couldn't get into our rooms until 1!) to drop off our bags and then we headed to church. The sweet little kids of the Morning Side Heights Ward were having their primary program so it was an awesome Sunday to be in attendance. After going to church we headed back to the hotel to change and then went straight to Shake Shack to get one of the world's best concretes, The Great White Way. After a little bite to eat we headed to the Highline, with a quick stop at B&H photo, which was NUTS. The Highline was neat, but really crowded since it was the weekend. We got off at the Chelsea Market and got some food and checked out the shops. After the Chelsea Market we headed back to the hotel where many of us took a big long nap before the main event of the night, and the whole reason why we came to New York City in the first place, a movie premiere!

My dad and my brother were in a movie and the premiere was this weekend in NYC! It is a documentary about the search for Forrest Fenn's treasure, called The Lure. It premiered at a Documentary Film Festival and played at a theater in Chelsea. The movie was really great. We all loved it. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. After the movie we celebrated with the most epic milkshakes from Black Tap, which just so happened to be only a few blocks away.

The next morning we woke up early to go to the Today Show, with some birthday posters we had brought with us. After the Today Show I finally got to try the magical Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery. I have tried to get this Banana Pudding for years, and I just have to say, it was worth the wait! It was delicious! We headed back to the hotel through Times Square on our way to the 9/11 Museum. Jordan's brother came up from school in Pennsylvania to spend the day with us and go through the museum.

The museum was incredible. It was very thought provoking and so well done. I really want to go back again. I felt like we rushed through it even though we were there for about 2.5 hours. We all went at our own pace and there were things that my mom saw that I missed, I felt like I had to rush through the last few areas. After the museum we grabbed some lunch and then a few of us went down to see Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange, and the Bull. Our trip was wrapping up so we swing by the Flatiron Building (and of course Shake Shack) and then up to one of my favorite Japanese Stationary stores across the street from Bryant Park before heading to the airport. 
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