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Happy Finals Week!

Yesterday was the last official day of classes. Congrats you guys, we did it!

Well, we’ve almost done it. Because yes, there are free breakfasts and therapy dogs, popsicles and bowling—tried and true signs of another term…terminating. (Sorry, that was too good to pass up.) These wonderful fun FREE things do little to disguise the fact that we still have a little ways to go.

Seven days to go, to be exact. And these seven days are some of the most stressful of the semester.

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Happy finals week, everyone. For some, this is the defining moment of their weeks upon weeks of worry and stress. For some, it is all that stands between them and graduation, or a fabulous summer vacation. For some, they’re lucky and it’s mostly just a chill period of time to wander around collecting free stuff until it’s time to move out.

Regardless of where you stand, it’s pretty universal that finals suck, but it will all be better in about a week. And in honor of these last seven days, here are seven things that don’t suck, but that can even make everything a little bit brighter~

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1. Netflix

Everyone needs a study break every now and then. If your brain hurts, find a short show, they don’t require too much commitment. Girls is my latest go-to, but I also love Friends and Seinfeld. Netflix also has a bunch of really amazing new shows too, one of which is Girlboss with Britt Robertson. It’s based on Sophia Amoruso’s (the founder of Nasty Gal) autobiography by the same name.

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2. Exercising

To not feel guilty while watching said Netflix shows, I often go running while I watch them. There are also so many fun classes at the CRC, like barre pilates and power yoga. And, even better, they’re free during finals week! So anyone can drop by and try them out!

3. Ice Cream (and assorted foods, bonus points if FREE)

Exercising is wonderful but let’s be honest, ice cream is also extremely important. So are the aforementioned free popsicles, and cookies, pizza, and breakfasts. This may just be a freshman thing, but it also may be a being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time thing. To be determined. ALSO there’s also the new “late night bites” thing at Chick-fil-a and Panda Express in the Student Center, where we can use meal swipes from 9 pm-12am. So either way, brilliant.

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4. Music + Art

Make a new playlist, find some new songs, hunt around Spotify for a bit to de-stress. It’s quite fun, and the fruit of your labor (ie. an amazing new selection of songs) will come in handy for when you go back to studying, too. Additionally: if you play an instrument, go for it! Except, you know, not if your dorm has quiet hours.

Otherwise, draw something, paint something, de-stress that way! Last week the Arts Ambassadors (aka me and some of the coolest most wonderful people I have ever met) held an Arts Fest in the Ferst Center! There were tons of free cookies, student artists selling their work at booths, a muralist, interactive art, a Piano Project piano with a chalkboard on the back, student performers… You name it. It was wonderful seeing so many people come in and participate, so exciting and therapeutic to just be in such a friendly and happy and artistic atmosphere.

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5. Family and Friends

Don’t forget about them! Yeah it’s just a week with a weekend thrown in there, but study with friends, go on study breaks, get dinner together, etc. Also, text your mom. It’s so much better for everyone’s sanity, and the people who care about you will help you through.

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6. Sleep

DO NOT FORGET TO GET ENOUGH SLEEP. SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU HAVE BEEN STUDYING FOR HOURS ON END AND CAN’T KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN LITERALLY JUST GO TO BED. You won’t retain information as well if you studied it well if you studied with a  compromised mental state. And you’ll be crabby as heck the next day really please just go home and sleep and don’t snore in the CULC this is completely theoretical (it’s not). My heart hurts when people do this. Sure you want more hours in the day but make better use of the ones you have and simply embrace how wonderful and helpful sleep is.

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7. Georgia Tech

All in all, there are so many things that are important and helpful, so many yummy and wonderful things. Georgia Tech may not always seem like one of them, as it is also the bearer of the finals chopping block itself. But Tech cares about us, genuinely. There are so many resources that they provide, so many study breaks and opportunities to hit the refresh button. They want us to be healthy, happy, successful—whether you always think so or not. So take advantage of the benefits, give Buzz a hug, study hard but not so hard that you hurt yourself.

After all, it is just a week.  

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Talking As Fast I Can Book Review

So as you know I’m obsessed with Gilmore girls. (HA, understatement of the year.)

As you may also know (thanks to my Instagram that I much more faithfully update than this poor pretty little child blog of mine), when I found out that Lauren Graham was writing a book about her experiences as Lorelai on the old and new Gilmore sets, I completely freaked out.

Like, I don’t think I’ve as ever impulsively bought a book as I did when I clicked “preorder” on Amazon in September. (That’s a lie, I’ve grabbed off of the shelves at Goodwill faster than you could read the last sentence.)

When it arrived a while back, all pretty and shiny and new, I was ecstatic. It came out around when the miniseries reboot aired, and I had little time to touch it thanks to school and being completely preoccupied with the living breathing characters and Stars Hollow on screen.

When school ended for the winter break, and after I finished the show (*sniff*), I picked up my dear friend’s memoir and dove right in. I ate it up in a solid two days.

As a fan, I loved it. Lauren talked about her past, how her career began, where she started. I feel like all actors or comedians who write biographies throw this in there somewhere. (I also know that this is, in fact, what makes them biographies. It’s also a huge part of their story and who they are as people. As Lauren would say, “medical, medical.”) So I enjoyed learning about her past jobs and childhood, but I couldn’t help but keep thinking, “when does Gilmore Girls come in,” so I probably breezed through it a bit.

Other times, there were sections that were completely and interestingly insightful. The part about Old Lady Jackson and looking up every once in a while? Loved and bookmarked it. The writing advice she’d learned? Noted it and plan on using it. There were so many other brief little messages here and there that truly made me stop to think. I had been so hyped up that I wasn’t really expecting to find nuggets of wisdom, but they’re there—and plentiful.

Finally, the long awaited Gilmore Girls sections. First, Lauren described the process, what it was like originally. She had never seen all of the series herself (which I thought was odd at first but now totally understand), and so she literally watched it all and made notes about everything from what was going on behind the scenes to what was up with her hair at that point in her life. Oh, and she pointed out every time a technology was out-of-date, which was amusing.

Next (or actually, after several more sections and closer to the end of the book, which is fitting since so much time has passed and all of this is so recent), Lauren describes the reboot process. She describes it like a dream, and said she cried throughout the whole year in the life. So did I Lauren. So did I.

She kept a journal from the set of the set of the reboot, complete with pictures and the story of the things she stole from set. Alexis stole a Yale banner from the wall in Rory’s room, and when I read this I almost started crying. And the fact that every time Lauren mentioned how “cliffhanger-y” the ending was, Amy just smiled? Again in the words of Lauren Graham, “Hmmm.”

The Gilmore Girls tidbits were brief, but sweet. I really enjoyed getting a glimpse into this side of not only Stars Hollow, but the world of acting and life of such a wonderful, quick-witted, and introspective actor as Lauren Graham. I only wish that this lovely little book had been longer because, like Gilmore Girls in all of its many forms, I hated to see it end.

Rating: 4/5

Color & (Pop) Culture Crazy

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Rory Goes To Yale

Hello again! I am, in fact, alive and well, despite my blog’s hiatus of almost two freaking months. (I would apologize to you, but I’m more annoyed with my self for not updating it regularly than you probably are.)

IMG_5556Anyway, I figured I would start using this blog a little less for reviews and such and a little more for my life and goings-on. That will definitely include reviews and books and movies, but it will include cool classes and restaurants and outings and events as well. It will be like more of a journal, I suppose.

So first, the elephant in the preverbal room, the cause of the momentary absence. I went to college. I took classes. I lived in a dorm. I did (and am doing) the thing that teenagers do: leave home.

Rory did it, and now I have too.

It’s odd. Sad. Exciting. A bunch of other adjectives that somehow correlate nostalgia and missing your family with being eager to see and explore and stay up all night and learn as many new, interesting things as you can.

22It’s so odd. Odd that I’m eighteen, an age that seemed so foreign, so old, mere years ago. Odd that I’m completely responsible for my own food, wellbeing, exercise, routine, money… Odd that I’m actually in college, after working towards it for so long. Odd that everyone, and life, is moving right along too.

I’ve lived on campus for the past month, and am fortunate that I know know how to get around, where classes usually are, what classes are like. I have friends and have been to parties, pulled almost all-nighters, and gone on adventures with them. I know how the dining halls work, what you can sneak in and out and what you can’t. I know how to get from place to place. I know where the best coffee is, the best places around campus to study. I don’t have a study tree yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

I’ve done a lot over the past couple weeks, thinking about it, a lot that I’m looking forward to sharing in my next posts.

Processed with VSCO with p5 presetThis isn’t to say, of course, that I’m an expert, or that everything won’t be completely different in the fall. There will be thousands more people, thousands more events, thousands more things going on. Things will be different, new again.

 

In the words of Fitzgerald, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” And it will. But this is completely fine by me. Taking classes and going to school in the summer has given me confidence, has shown me that I can handle both actually being a first year college student and the thought of it. I know that I am supported, loved, know that if anything happens it will all work out.

My high school friends are worried about moving out, going to college, not knowing anyone. I am so grateful to have already dealt with most of this anxiety. Now, my only worries are taking science labs, getting my schedule fixed, hanging posters in my dorm, and wearing heels during Rush. Now, all that’s left is a persistent optimism, excitement, hope, and eagerness to learn that is shared by few but our very own book and coffee-loving Gilmore Girl.

 

Radio Silent No More

This past year has been crazy.

But “crazy” can mean so many different things, so I’ll clarify. 2015 was stressful, too quick, overwhelming, extremely fun, and memorable to the last. That’s why I haven’t posted anything in forever. And for that, I apologize.

Instead of writing for pleasure, I have spent my days and waning candlelit hours writing for school. School, meaning high school and college. I’ve already begun writing for college, and I’m not even in it yet. I’ve been swimming in personal essays and exposees on my leadership abilities and future plans (of which I am still unsure, even after five essays on the subject!) for months.

I can’t wait for this process to end, but I’m not sure when that will be. Or if it will. College is expensive, and I need money. Scholarships (and very wealthy sponsors? Anyone? Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore?) are my best friends. And they never end.

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However, this all-consuming non-pleasure writing process hasn’t been all bad, boring, or ickily personal. In fact, I quite like some of the articles and essays that I’ve written for either applications or school assignments, and I’ll likely share some of them soon. They have actually proven to be unexpected gems (nod to my last post here!). They will also, hopefully, prove themselves worthwhile and valuable to and for my future. Hopefully.

Anyway, the purpose of this post was mostly just to say hello and that, yes, I am still alive. Sorry All State, I’m not lying in roadside ditch somewhere! And as far as my blog goes: I’m back (*flourishes imaginary cape dramatically*)! Radio silent no more.

So keep an eye out for more numerous and frequent posts (and gifs, which I didn’t know I could use on here!). As crazy as everything is and may get, this blog is dear to me. And if there’s  one thing that I learned over the past year, it’s that making time for things that you enjoy is important.

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