God Bless the Gilmore Girls

Seven years after the Gilmore Girls’ finale, there are still new articles published everyday about the show! Like this Gawker article about recasting (err not exactly) the cast for a movie, these episode recaps in Entertainment Weekly, and of course the ever-expanding bevvy of Buzzfeed articles. This TV show resonates with so many people, but why? Here’s why for me.

The Characters

The characters in Stars Hollow and Hartford challenge me. I’m challenged to be more academic like Rory, independent like Lorelai, caring like Sookie, vulnerable like Luke, rebellious like Lane, poised like Emily, outgoing like Kirk, organized like Michelle, controlled like Paris. Each character embodies a humanitarian characteristic that we’re all grasping for. To be relevant. To be loved. To be a part of something.

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The Setting

Stars Hollow is what dreams are made of. A small town where you know the pizza delivery man, where you have a funeral for your cat’s neighbor, where you have town hall meetings. Society is so devoid of genuine relational interaction, that it’s special when we see people (or TV characters) engaging in true community. It’s not about the gazebo, or white church, or beauty product boutique. It’s about the people.

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The Script

Gilmore Girls scripts are 1.5 times the size of a normal TV script because they are jam packed with literary/historical/pop culture references. The writer and creator of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman Palladino, said that she didn’t write Gilmore Girls for dumb people. She wanted Gilmore Girls to be smart, and clever, and thought-provoking. She wanted us to engage with the characters and their books and their thoughts.

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P.S. If you’re like me, and have seen every Gilmore Girls episode 10-20 times (I really don’t think I’m exaggerating), then I’d recommend that you check out Virtual Gilmore Girls where a team of fans has written out episodes for season 8-10. These people are geniuses and you won’t be disappointed!

P.P.S. Enjoy this slightly homoerotic picture of Jess and Dean that I stumbled upon during my blog research :)

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Ladies of the OC

Pop a bottle of champs and cheers to another great season of The Real Housewives of OC! Here’s where I stand with the California Girls after season 9.

Vicki

Call me crazy but I’m #teambrooks this season! Vicki seems happier than ever and I’m attributing that to Brooks fillin up her love tank! He may be a creep, but I think they’re truly in love and she deserves that!

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Tamra

Tamra, Tamra, Tamra. What happened to you this year? You’re a smart businesswoman with a hot hubby, why the drama? Why did you fake cry so much when Ryan said he was getting married? You didn’t even have tears in your eyes. Oh and I fast-forwarded through all of the fake-baby boringness.

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Heather

Heather, you and Terry can do no wrong. You inspired me to be a stronger woman when you kicked Shannon out of your house. Even if you didn’t actually say that you wanted to “take the Beadors down,” I wish you would have.

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Shannon

Shannon, ohhhh Shannon. I don’t like women who talk about their husbands behind their backs and I don’t like women who live in the OC and don’t have fake boobs when they should.

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Lizzie

Yawn.

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Bachelor in Paradise Doppelgängers

Bachelor Pad used to be one of my favorite reality shows, but the reincarnation of B Pad, Bachelor in Paradise, is not awesome. What happened to the challenges? What happened to the back-stabbing? Remember that amazing finale where that guy took all the money and left his partner with nothing?! Those were the glory days of Bachelor Pad.

Bachelor in Paradise doesn’t exactly keep my attention in the first place, but last night I was especially distracted because every contestant looks like a celebrity! Check out my Bachelor in Paradise celebrity lookalikes!

Maria Menounos & Michelle Money

Perfect brows, perfect teeth.

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Liam Hemsworth & Robert Graham

Same hair, same stache.

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Caprice (from Ladies of London) & AshLee Frazier

Rosy cheeks, pouty mouth.

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Jake Pavelka & Marcus Grodd

Creeper beard, bedroom eyes.

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Apartment Tour

Adam, Tobias, and I recently packed up our beloved downtown Chicago apartment and headed 10 miles due west to the hamlet of Oak Park to live close to (as in the same apartment building as) my sister and brother-in-law. I’ve always been super close to my sister, but since she’s 7 years older than me, we haven’t lived in the same place at the same time since I was 10.

But last year, my brother-in-law was transferred to a hospital near Oak Park for his medical residency and they finally moved close to us! When the opportunity to live within walking distance to them became available, I jumped at the opportunity! While we miss the city (and we’ll probably be headed back there next year), I know that I’ll never regret having this year to be so close to my sister (especially cause she’s having a baby boy in December!).

Check out the pics of our new apartment! I call it “country-living,” but my Pennsylvania-farm-raised husband assures me that 10 miles outside of a major city cannot be considered “country.”

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Recent Reads

After living in downtown Chicago for three years, and now living in an outlying suburb, I realized that I didn’t know enough about the history of this amazing city. I picked up City of the Century from the Chicago public library and am slowly but surely working my way through the monolith on Chicago. I love learning about Chicago’s founders who not only shaped the economic and societal standards for this Midwestern city, but whose bar-loving, hard-working personalities still epitomize the city today. My mortality is never more present then when I read history books, but I take the realization as a challenge to continue to strive for more purpose each and every day.

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Even though I grew up going to church, went to a Christian college, and have a minor in Biblical studies, I still feel like sometimes I just don’t get what being a Christian should look like. I decided that the best way for me gain a better grasp was to read more books on mah peeps, early Christians. I started with Rob Bell’s Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile. Admittedly, it wasn’t the most comprehensive resource on church history (and I’m reading others!), but it was great, quick read that challenged a lot of my Christian values. I learned that the heart of what Jesus stood for is to fight for the justice of the oppressed. I’m not too oppressed living in my air-conditioned apartment, watching QVC, sitting next to a fancy Persian cat. A Christian’s life shouldn’t be boring, or normal, or easy.

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My other main reads as of late have been in the Oak Park Wednesday Journal (the local newspaper!). Adam and I moved out to Oak Park (the Stars Hollow of Chicago) to live closer to my sister and brother-in-law. While we definitely miss living in the city (and are already dreaming of city apartments come August 2015), I do love the small town vibes that Oak Park has and I’m really trying to take advantage by learning about the village government (Pawnee, anyone?), frequenting small businesses, and trying out the village composting program (and already failing at it). Oak Park may not be where our future lies, but it’s our present and I want to be engaged!

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Honey Boo Boo Finale Recap

Surely I’m not the only one who cried when Mama June and Sugar Bear walked their oldest daughter, Anna, down the aisle?! Honey Boo Boo has its haters, but I’m a proud Boo fan who appreciates this lovable family. Who doesn’t want to be a part of a family who expresses their love through emotions and bodily functions?!

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Let’s talk fashion. I was pleasantly pleased with Anna’s dress choice. While many say Anna is the prettiest sister (I stand firm that Pumpkin looks like Jennifer Lawrence), Anna definitely doesn’t have the reputation for being the smartest sister. But her wedding look was well thought-out with her one-shouldered, floral-lace gown, country-chic cowboy boots, and gorg hair/makeup. Mama June on the other hand, what was up with the pants?!

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Normally Mama June can do no wrong in my eyes. I can forgive the socks with swimsuit, the neck rust, and refusal to get glasses, but I can’t forgive the Mother-of-the-Bride pants. Hillary Clinton even managed to wear a dress on her daughter’s big day!

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Fashion aside, the Honey Boo Boo family is supportive and loving. Sugar Bear is there to walk you down the aisle when you need him. Mama June will play X-rated bachelorette games when you need her to. And the rest of the sisters will watch your 11-fingered daughter so you can go on a honeymoon. Anna, you’re one lucky girl with a great family! Congratulations!

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Thanksgiving Vacation

Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the day of thanks, I’m posting my outfits for the holiday weekend… that I’m thankful for. Luxe-y neutrals are the name of the game this weekend. From faux leather pants to faux fur vests, I picked memorable looks that don’t break the bank. Everything I’m wearing this weekend is from Target or Forever 21. Thank you, Target and Forever 21! I’m thankful for you!

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Friday Shopping

Saturday… Shopping

Sunday Driving

But don’t forget the most important outfits of all. Lots of pajamas! Don’t be too jealous of my pink kitteh pj’s.