Thursday, November 17, 2016

thursday things

So many things in my head, so little time to write them out coherently.

- I'm in a book slump. I think the vacation/election/daylight savings triple whammy have just made it hard for me to get lost in a good story. I haven't read or listened to a book since mid-October. I have Commonwealth checked out from the library - is it any good?

- The Gilmore Girls revival is next week. I admit, I have a bit of Gilmore fatigue. It went from being a show that was shared among a select group of diehards who were glued to the CW in the early 2000s to being this phenomenon that everyone knows and not to be too much of a hipster, but it was more fun when the fanbase was smaller. I should be happy that something so great has been shared with the masses but honestly, I feel a little Gilmore-d out. That said, if anyone ruins Seasons for me, I'll cut you.

- The election, you guys. I keep trying to inform myself from different sources, read more, and form my own opinions based on more than articles that are shared on Facebook (because didn't you hear? They're mostly fake). I signed up for a washingtonpost.com digital account (free with my .edu email address!) and actually try to read articles that interest me, or those that sound slanted, or things with which I feel like I don't agree. Maybe it's confirmation bias, but doing these things still has be deeply concerned about the next four years.

- Onto lighter things: the show Search Party starts on Monday on TBS. Andrew and I went to a screening for the pilot when we went to the ATX TV Festival over the summer and both really, really liked it. It kind of had the self-aware tone of Girls with less sex and more of a plot. They're playing the entire series in a row so you can set your DVR and binge at will.

- Everything that I want to post about in bullet point form (like the amazing Adele concert and finding a new, hidden coffee shop) I've posted about on Instagram lately so here's a reminder to follow me there if you don't already. How do you feel about Instagram stories? Not gonna lie, I love seeing who has viewed mine yet never ever seems to like any of my photos.

- I'm trying to "like" more lately. Like more instagram posts, more tweets, more cute photos of people's kids or pets on Facebook. Those damn digital hearts shouldn't have meaning, but isn't it sometimes nice to get a little acknowledgement? On a blogging note, I've been reading a lot and commenting less. Time to spread that liking over to this area a whole lot more (and, um, maybe respond to comments from weeks ago? Eeek.).

- Thanksgiving. For the first time in over ten years, Andrew and I are hosting. It's his family, which is thankfully much, much smaller than mine and there will only be 11 of us, total. And, my brother-in-law went to culinary school so Andrew has a sous chef far more skilled than I am. And we'll spend Black Friday eating BBQ because of course we will. At least he isn't cooking that, too.

Why is it that I always think I have so much to blog about but by the time I sit down to put thoughts into words, my mind is blank? Tell me I'm not alone. Also, John Mayer has new music out today and since much of my musical taste is held over from 2003, I'm pumped. Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things.


20 comments:

  1. I didn't watch Gilmore Girls while it was on, I didn't even really watch it in college when my friends would watch reruns or on DVD, at some point last year I started watching it on Netflix though. I gave up on it for awhile & then came back to it. Now that I'm actually close to being done, & it happens to be close to the revival date, I feel this pressure to finish it before then.

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  2. I'm so excited for the Gilmore Girls revival! I think it's not so big over here as it is in the US, so we're not so overexposed. That's a good point about spoilers though - you just know it's going to be all over social media regardless. Which makes me think I need to take a strategy of marathoning all the new episodes as soon as they come out. Yep. That's the only way around it.

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  3. im in a total book slump as well. mostly because i'd rather crochet than read and also, i haven't found any books lately that have caught my attention.

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  4. Ah good luck hosting Thanksgiving! I haven't hosted yet and to be honest, it totally makes me nervous so I hope I don't have to for awhile! I will say, I'm SO excited for the revival, but I still just talk about it with a select few friends from the beginning! Happy Thursday!

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  5. I agree on the Gilmore Girls thing. It was nice when I could say to someone did you watch Gilmore Girls and they'd say, what's that? My friends and I who watched it then are having a private Facebook Watch Party. These are friends who started watching with me when it was on the CW when we were all 19 and in college and thought Rory was the best thing ever. Many of them are Moms now and watching it with them since it's so interesting how our views have changed. I am really excited to watch it basically! I will say the one good thing about it is giving me something to focus on outside of the election.

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  6. I jot down post ideas in new posts and then make my way back to them. It has to be immediate though or I forget.

    I made it halfway through The Commonwealth. It wasn't bad. It was a library book and I didn't care enough to push through. It was okay while I was reading it but I never felt like picking it up. Which is sad because it's not like it's a 500 page book.

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  7. I, too, am in a book slump, mostly because I just dont have time at the moment to sit and read. Ill see things I need to get done and jump up to do that instead. Goodreads reminded me of this the other day and I was like welp, don't think that goal is going to be made this year!

    Stopping by from the link up!

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  8. Not a Gilmore fan but I do get fatigue of things I love.

    My reading is slow right now, I'm good with that. As for Commonwealth, I am not an Ann Patchett fan so it's not on my list.

    So trite to say but I can't believe it's Thanksgiving.

    I've been reading voraciously since the election. Some things have helped me understand how this happened. Some things have further enraged me. I will not stick my head in the sand and spend the next four years living on a hope and a prayer.

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  9. That makes sense, about Gilmore Girls. I watched every episode, from the beginning, with my mom (since Rory was the same age and I was also plaid skirted private school girl) and I never felt like my friends loved it as much as me. But now everyone knows about it and is waiting for the revival? Eh, regardless, I can't wait!
    I'm probably opposite on your Instagram! Like all your photos but never watch the stories. Nothing personal, I have yet to watch a single Instagram story at all.

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  10. I hope that you get out of your book slump soon! It's such a bummer when that happens! And can we talk about how jealous I was of you with the Adele concert! I wanted to go so bad! Good luck hosting Thanksgiving! Even though it's stressful, just remember to enjoy it too!

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  11. I totally get what you are saying about Gilmore Girls. I liked the show when it aired but I missed a lot of episodes and I wanted to go back and rewatch them all but then like...everyone was talking about it so I never did. I hope you get out of your book slump, once stuck it is hard! I am sort of reading to meh books right now and I just want to finish them before they suck me dry. Good luck hosting Thanksgiving! I am sure everything will turn out just fine. I didn't know John Mayer had new music out?? Going to stalk that now.

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  12. I am in a book slump myself and have been on and off since August. I really beat myself up over it as first, but I've just decided to go with it. If I don't feel like it, I don't feel like it. I just have to have faith that my reading habit will return when the time is right.

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  13. Your third point is one I have to dig in about with other people--or I guess with people on the other side or on no side. Yes, I consume a lot of NPR and NBC news. But I also force myself to read right-wing (and not even slightly slanted, but aggressively biased) media and I still come up with the same answers, and I still am afraid, and I still don't understand their "logic." So I don't think it's confirmation bias, I think it's a profound difference in morality.

    I hear you on the likes. It shouldn't, but it does, so whatever—I steer into the skid. As for commenting, I've been doing less too because I don't want to comment for the sake of commenting unless I have something to say. I also don't always get to read the day blogs post, and if it's a week after the fact, it just doesn't feel as important to leave a comment. Maybe I'm a jerk though.

    Obsessed with the new Mayer song.

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  14. I must confess, I've never seen an episode of Gilmore Girls. I admitted to you before that I'm a tv moron.
    Finding a good news source is tough. I recommend also reading something international like skynews or the bbc from time to time. It's interesting to see news articles from that viewpoint from time to time. Or, I can recommend abc.net.au if you want it from an Australian source.
    I "like" a lot on social media. It's an easy way to acknowledge that "I saw this, and I think it's awesome/fun/sweet/yummy/cool/interesting/etc." Like, that Adele pic of yours sticking her booty out!

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  15. omgomgomg new john mayer. i was on a boat! i missed it. i'm catching up now. we'll discuss next week

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  16. I have never watched Gilmore Girls, I don't care to watch it, and I'm ridiculously sick of hearing about it. WOW, does that feel good to say to someone else.

    I've been struggling with reading, too, this month. I DNF'd one book, muddled through another and now I'm hoping the slump is over because I have 4 books I'm quite excited about reading lined up next. I can't handle another disappointment.

    Re: the election. I'm trying SO HARD to stay informed and use that to make decisions for myself but I also can't keep consuming information. It's exhausting. I'm working on finding a balance from reliable sources (I have some sort of Washington Post subscription that's like The Skimm but for politics. It's pretty good) and not solely relying on what I see on social media.

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