Gilmore Girls

GG1On October 1st Gilmore Girls became available on netflix streaming which is obviously one of the best things to happen to my recreational tv watching! I watched the series in its entirety as it was airing, but didn’t watch it while it was in syndication, so it’s been a really long time. I’ve enjoyed rediscovering the charm of Stars Hallow, the quirky minor characters, and the cozy feeling the show ensues. A few days ago I posted a status on facebook saying all I want to do is talk about Gilmore Girls, and after some thought I decided to write a blog about it!

A few reasons I think you should watch (or rewatch) Gilmore Girls:
*spoilers*

1. Romance!
– Luke. Oh, Luke. The one and only man that was consistent through out the series. Luke was always the winner for me. No one compared to Luke. Lorelai, with her poor decision making + bad luck, she sure ends up with some real losers… but there’s always Luke. Why is Lorelai the only one that can’t see that Luke is her soul mate? HE MADE HER A HUPPAH!
– Jess > Logan > Tristan > Dean
Poor Rory, Homegirl just can’t gt it together. Jess was obviously perfect for her, but I can see how it would be weird for Rory to be with Jess AND Lorelai be with Luke. In the beginning I thought Dean was a square but I didn’t hate him until he cheated on his wife with Rory. I just can’t get behind that.

2. Early 2000’s pop cultural references! Look forward to quotes like:
“I lost my Macy Grey CD.”
“Who do you like better, 98 Degrees or N’sync? Or the Backside Boys?”
“Oh wait, I’m getting a page!”

3. 2000’s fashion! This kind of coincides with the pop cultural references. Guys, the fashion in the first few seasons is BANANAS. Lots of high pant/short shirt combos, quirky graphic tees, swirly patterned blouses, rhinestones for days, and school uniforms. In the later seasons Rory steps it up a notch and is full on J. Crew! We’re all very proud.

4. Annoying as hell beginning credits song. The credits begin with cozy fall foliage, snippets of Stars Hallow, sweet moments between Lorelai and Rory, but it’s completely ruined by Carole King’s overpowering voice! Now, it’s not as bad as say the beginning credits of Son’s of Anarchy, but it’s still pretty bad. I hate it. I love it. I love to hate it!

5. Small town quirks. I LOVE small towns, especially the cozy, creative, perfect kind that Stars Hallow seems to be. I can’t think of a better place to live!

So, have you been watching Gilmore Girls? Who’s your favorite character? Are you team Jess or team Dean? Let me know!

Sister, Sister

brie bday 3Yesterday I shared about some not-so-exciting stuff that happened last week and you can read about that here. Today I have some VERY exciting news to share that also happened last week. Drum roll…
MY SISTER IS HOME!
My little sister, homegirl, bff, fave, and brain twin is home!! Brie has been living and serving in Kenya for the past 2 years and only has the opportunity to travel home about once a year. I cannot be happier she’s here! Unfortunately/fortunately Brie arrived home in the midst of terrible hospital week 2014. This was sucky for her, as Ray and I had planned on picking her up in Atlanta and visiting the aquarium, but great for me because I was in the middle of a meltdown and needed my sister.
Brie will be home until the beginning of January, which gives us lots of time to do things like watch Little Women while eating pizza and wearing leggings. You know, the important stuff.
If you’re local (or even if you aren’t) take some time to ask her about her life in Kenya. Let her tell you about her sewing project or her friends or the Cheese Palace. I promise you wont regret it!

a week in the hospital is the worst vacation

photo 3 (3)On Friday, September 26th early EARLY in the morning, Ray was having extreme lower abdominal pain which we thought may have been caused by his appendix. After spending a few hours in the ER he was diagnosed with diverticulitis and sent home with antibiotics and pain meds. 12 hours later, Ray was in even more pain and discomfort so we headed back to the ER. We waited for hours, which seemed like days, until he was taken into the ER and then eventually admitted into the hospital. Ray was in almost constant pain from the diverticulitis and bloating. Towards the middle of the week, after an emergency surgery scare, Ray had a drain inserted into his abdomen to get rid of the infected fluids. This procedure eased his pain immensely, even though having a tube puncturing his stomach lining was terrible. We were finally able to go home this past Monday evening, after spending almost 9 days in the hospital, antibiotics and pain killers in tow!
8 months ago Ray didn’t have a job or insurance and wasn’t eligible for medicaid. His current job, that includes paid sick and vacation leave, fantastic insurance, and understanding bosses, very much fell into his lap. God’s grace and timing are funny things. My boss was also incredibly understanding as well and allowed me to miss a full week of work to stay with Ray in the hospital. In the midst of suffering it’s so encouraging to see God’s provision in our lives.

A few hospital observations:
– The toilets in Lake City Medical Center have the power (and sound) of a rocket ship. I feel like you could successfully flush a medium sized dog in those toilets.
– Even if you’re wearing 2 shirts and your father in law’s FSU windbreaker, you still run the risk of catching hypothermia in the hospital.
– Roommates can be terrible or wonderful. Ray had 4 different roommates during the duration of his stay. Be thankful when you get a good roommate! Also, bring earplugs because you just never know when you’ll get a roommate with sleep apnea that snores louder than a chainsaw.
– The staff at LCMC are top notch! We had so many fantastic, caring nurses and techs!
– DO NOT EAT A BURRITO FROM THE VENDING MACHINE!! Worst decision of the week.

The past week and a half has been the scariest and most emotionally exhausting time of my life. Seeing the person you love most in life in pain, hooked up to machines and constantly getting medication is terrifying (and I’m not a naturally afraid person). There were so many times I felt completely helpless, but even more times when I felt completely loved and provided for. Thank you to everyone who prayed, stopped by, called, sent texts, brought coffee, etc. We love and appreciate all of you!