Introducing: New Pretty

 

The day is finally here! After months and months of waiting my new blog design is here and I’m in love with it!

Rachel, of Hello, Chelly, did such a fantastic job on this design. She took a Pinterest board I created and made something so me. It is perfect and I love it! She 100% captured exactly the look I was going for and I’m just so happy.

Keep in mind though that my blog is now a work in progress. Slowly I will be updating my old posts to fit in with my new pretty and that is going to take a while. 4 years of blogging is a lot of posting. But I am up for the challenge.

Anyway I just wanted to pop on and show off the new pretty and Rachel’s amazing work.

What do you think? So Andi right?!?!

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20 Years Later – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Today marks the 20th anniversary for the greatest girl power show of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I have been a fan of this show since the beginning. I remember being in my senior of high school and talking about it with friends, actually I still talk about it with the same friends. It was different and unexpected for TV at that time and for me it still stands the test of time. The acting, writing and the stories were all so fabulously done that it will go down as one of the best things to ever be ion TV.

Since today is the anniversary I have been seeing a lot of “Ode to Buffy” stories online and thought I would try my hand at it. I have been meaning to do a Top Ten list of my favorite Buffy episodes and what better day than today.

1) Once More With Feeling – This will forever be my favorite episode of Buffy. It seems campy and cheesy when you think about it but this one show shed so much light on so many of the hidden problems the characters were having. All of their secrets were reveled and no one knew what woudl happen. Not to mention there was a smoking hot kiss at the end that I will never get over.

2) The Gift –  I cry EVERY TIME I watch this episode. It is so emotional and done so well. Buffy clicks a lot of pieces to information together and release what she has to do and what her real gift to the world is. The scene from the above picture is one of my favorite Buffy dialogues because it is so true.

3) Becoming Part 2 – This 2nd season finally destroyed me. Watching Buffy and Angel (who I shipped at the time) battle like they did and for Buffy to have to do what she did at the end, I was crushed. I still cry watching it. I did love when Angle told her she was all alone with nothing left and she realized she was all she needed. So true to Buffy.

4) Hush – The most original episode of TV that ever aired. The show was over half silence which put a massive taking on the backs of the actors. They had to portray everything with facial expressions and gestures. It was perfectly executed and the bad guys in this one were mad creepy.

5) The Body – In a show that was filled with supernatural beings and unexplainable deaths this episode was all about real life. It was heartbreaking to see the slayer, so strong and capable, have to deal with something she couldn’t control and lose someone she had no power to save. When SMG yells “We’re not supposed to more the body” I’m done. Also the character of Anya is so perfect in her outburst about death and not understanding.

6) Touched – This is a quieter episode near the end of the final season. Not a lot of people will have this on their Top 10 list, but the scenes with Buffy and Spike in the house are really important to the two characters and their relationship and growth. I love how they look at each other and will never be over it.

7) Grave – This is another episode I feel like won’t be on a lot of lists. But Grave is super important to the Buffy-verse. The concept is simple…grief. The show is really built on grieving for the death of someone you loved, of grieving for the person you were but lost, of letting go of the grief you have been holding on to. Willow’s breakdown with Xander…another tear fest for me.

8) Amends – A much forgotten episode from season 3, it sets up the whole final season without anyone even knowing about it.

9) Graduation Day Part 2 – Probably my most quoted episode of Buffy.  The ‘fire bad, tree pretty’ line sums up the day after BEA perfectly.

10 ) Chosen – The series finale was epic and I will leave it at that.

Honorable Mention) Pangs – This is for you Megan and your Thanksgiving text tradition!

Are you a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan? Are any of these episodes in your top 10? Share in the comments!

 

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Talking About…(8)

Living in Boston I am lucky (well kind of) and I get a rare work snow day every now and again.  It’s great because then I have all the time off (well minus the gross time of shoveling) to read and make cards and do the things.

Yesterday was one of those rare work snow days and I had massive plans. I need to work on some crafty things so I was going to make about 4 cards and do a few other things. I was going to finish Lucky in Love and maybe start my next book. I was going to get caught up on Designated Survivor. But you know what they say about plans…they never go the way you imagine. So instead of doing all those grand things that I still need to get done, I watched 440 minutes of one TV show.

It started a couple of weeks ago. I woke up one Saturday morning looking for a new show. I had just finished season 2 of The Man in the High Castle (if you are not watching that you should!) and wanted something different. I opened Netflix and there Prison Break was, sitting in my list of things I have wanted to watch.

So I watched the pilot and I was intrigued. The concept was interesting. The characters were great and I was curious where it was going. There was something that drew me in. And then I took to Twitter and a lot of people over there told me to watch, watch, watch. And I did and started to get hooked. (I mean how could I not with the faces of Linc and Michael on my screen).

And then something truly magical happened. A ship was formed and I was done for. I had to see everything that was going to happen between Michael and Sara. They have such amazing chemistry there was no way I couldn’t route for them. I mean will you look at them?!?!

And thus this began my demise. The series is only 4 season long (all on Netflix) with a 5th coming out in April, 8 years after the series ended. Currently I am almost half way through season 2 and I honestly wish I could watch TV at work so I could watch all the shows.

So tell me, since this is a discussion post, what do you do on unexpected days off? What are you currently binge watching? And have you watched Prison Break at all? Let’s talk!

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Eventbrite: Dream Author Panel

Eventbrite is “the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events”. They were working on a project and it was right up my alley. It isn’t often that you get to create your dream panel. It’s true I have been lucky enough to meet many of my favorite authors, but you always just have those dream authors you would give anything to have in a room together. Well now is my chance to plan it:

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Lauren Miller (Parallel)
Why she is on the panel: Lauren’s book deals with how our choices effect everything in our lives. How if we decided to go somewhere an hour later we could end up on a totally different path. Although the book is not what most would consider ‘realistic contemporary’ it kind of s because it shows you what path a person can end up on if they make a different choice.

Sarah Ockler (Twenty Boy Summer)
Why she is on the panel: Sarah’s book is about getting what you want and then losing it and having to deal with that loss. How to do move on when no one know you even need to? How do you let go of all the what-ifs and not feel like you are betraying the one that left you behind?

Sarvenaz Tash (The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love)
Why she is on the panel: Sarvenaz’s book 100% deals with reality, the reality that things just don’t always go the way you want them to. You don’t always get the boy/girl. You don’t always get the win. You don’t always get the hard to find tickets. But you do always get the chance to continue on and try again.

Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss)
Why is she on the panel: Besides the fact that her book is my all time favorite book ever, Anna is about opportunities and doing things out of your comfort zone and surviving. It’s about seeing what you are made of when the choice is out of your hands and coming out on top.

Suzanne Young (All in Pieces)
Why is she on the panel: Suzanne’s newest book is so much about real life and how hard it is that there is no way this panel would exist without her. All in Pieces deals with the struggles that people face everyday and the decisions they have to make because of them. It is about how one person can take on so much responsibility and not want to let anyone in because she has been burned before.

So there you have it, my dream panel! Is there anyone on it that you would want to come and see?

If you are looking for a resource for you to plan and/or find conferences in your local area, please check out Eventbrite’s conference management software.

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Shari’s Berries – Books and Dessert

When Shari’s Berries contacted me about this post I couldn’t say no.*

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Perhaps the best thing about a great book is that we are transported into the world of the characters we are reading about. We could have a cup of tea and biscuits with Alice, Butterbeer with Harry and even some lemon cakes with Daisy and Gatsby!

Shari’s Berries created a book and dessert visual with 20 modern and classic reads paired with a treat from their pages. The great part is that all of these can be made at home, so the next time you are ready to grab your favorite book, make sure to get the kitchen ready as well.

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What book and dessert pairing is your favorite?

*post made in partnership with Shari’s Berries
**Also, I now want chocolate covered strawberries.

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