Bachelorette Party in Austin pt. 1

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will post bits and pieces of my long weekend trip to Austin, TX for my best friend’s bachelorette party. Today, we’ll start with the plane ride!

Heading to Austin today for a Bachelorette party for one of my longest known friends, and I am over the moon excited! I have never been off the east coast before, so this year is a big one for me for travel, but nothing is bigger than the reason for it all. 

After losing one of my best friends last year, I swore to myself that I would make an effort to be more involved and available to the close friends I still have. I have kept to that promise, and here I am, flying to Austin! 
I’m honestly not sure what to expect I’ve never been to Texas before, and as my mom life has me out of the night scene and made me a huge lightweight, I’m just hoping I can hang with the other ladies.
The Maid of Honor has every male anatomy made party piece known to Spencer’s, so we’ll see how exactly what the weekend has in store.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5

I’ve been sick recently with the nastiest summer cold. I came down with it last Monday, so I didn’t get to pound out a post. I finally kicked it hard enough to make it to Game Of Thrones night this week, and I am so glad I didn’t miss it! Plus it was my birthday, but GOT definitely had priority for a Sunday night!

Here we go!

If they don’t come out and say that Jon is a Targaryen, I’m going to lose my mind!! Did you see the way that dragon allowed Jon to touch him? Stop toying with us, and just say it already! Everyone already knows, so why keep up the charade! As Sam talks about leaving the Citadel and Tilly rattles off what she thinks is nonsense, she all but spells it out for him that Rhaegar and Lyanna had an annulled marragie, but Sam is so wrapped up in the dead army, he glanced right over it. Come on!

Did anyone else see Daenerys hiding her concern when Jon said he would go find a white? Or as he was saying goodbye? Jon is her cousin, but the Targaryen’s are no stranger to incest in the past. I want it to happen so badly for Jon and Daenerys to get together, the perfect match of fire and ice, but does that make me weird? I don’t know how to feel..

Cersei is pregnant again with Jamie’s baby, and she’s not afraid to tell everyone this time, but what’s a baby announcement without threatening the baby daddy? When she tells him to never betray her again, you cen feel the ice between them. She’s losing her mind! He is the only person still on her side who actually wants to be there, but I can’t shake the feeling that Jamie is having second thoughts about his beloved on the throne. He killed a Mad King once, will he do it again?

I have mixed feeling about Little Finger planting the message in his bedroom for Arya to find. I can’t tell if he’s setting up Sansa to run away with him, or for Arya to die. He’s literally picking off the rest of the Stark’s, so that Sansa has no where else to turn, but him. He has a rude awakening coming if he thinks he can mess with Arya though. She’s one of the strongest characters in my mind now. I just hope she doesn’t fall into Little Finger’s trap.

All of the guys getting ready to head over The Wall is an eerie feeling. A few of them actually know what lies beyond, but there are even more that have never seen the dead army. Most of then going beyond are favorites of mine, so I am hoping none of them die! The Red Preist is going with them though, so I hope that if anyone dies, he can bring them back!

I’ve heard from my husband who has read all the hacks that this next episode is one of the best in the entire series. I can’t imagine anything better than the first dragon fight, but oh my, I’m hopeful!

Check back next week for another episode review!

When hugging a child..

I saw a meme the other day that had words of advice from a retired Disney Princess. It was Snow White hugging a little girl, and in white lettering it said:

When you are hugging a child, always be the last to let go. You never know how long they need it.cool-quote-hugging-child-Disney-worker

This pulled at my emotions, and as I have self-proclaimed numerous times, I really am not an emotional person. I do get emotional like anyone else, but my family jokes that there is a gene named after my grandmother that makes us all cry at the drop of a hat. Thankfully, I think it must have skipped me.

I don’t typically cry (unless it is a Nicholas Sparks book or movie) at random events, stories, or songs, but for whatever reason, this one got me. Call it my Bonnie-gene, or hormones, or whatever you want; this one meme hit me hard! Ever since my daughter came into my life, anything having to do with children targets the softest string in my heart and plays me like the most soothing harp until I’m a blubbering mess.

As I sat there, rocking my daughter to sleep and scrolling through my phone, tears filled my eyes as her little hands squeezed around my neck, holding me as close as her little arms could. I made a vow then to always be the last to let go.

Whenever she needs me, I will always be there, and whenever she holds on to me, I won’t let go first. I want her to be strong and independent, but to I also want her to know that she can always count on me to be there from through any moment in her life that she just needs to hold on a little tighter to me. And I absolutely need her to know that for as long as she’s holding on to me, I won’t let go.

As I laid her down in her bed after her arms relaxed on my shoulders, I kissed her little forehead and brushed her fine, wild hair from her face, knowing she is the exact reason why that meme meant so much to me.

I’m not crying. You’re crying!

Move Review: The Choice

IMDB: 6.6/10 – In a small coastal town, the veterinarian Travis Shaw works with his father Shep and is very close to his beloved sister Steph. Travis is very successful with the women and dates Monica every now and then. When the resident Gabby Holland moves to the next door house, she initially believes he is a pretentious man. But when her boyfriend Ryan MacCarthy, who is fellow doctor in the same hospital where she works, needs to travel to another city, Gabby and Travis have a relationship and fall in love with each other. Out of the blue, Ryan returns and proposes to marry her. Now Gabby has to make a choice between her two loves.

I really do not like the above “storyline” description for this movie. It misses the entire point and purpose of the film. There isn’t one choice that is the sole focus of the lives of Gabby and Travis such as the above leads you to believe. She doesn’t just have one choice “between her two loves”; she has a lifetime of choices to make.the-choice-mocie-quote-2

“Every path you take leads to another choice.”

Life isn’t about one big decision; the small ones count, too, in this continuous journey of life. No matter the circumstance, each choice pushes us onto another path and into a new decision, and every one of them make us who we are, put us where we choose to be. That is the message I found through this story.

10/10

I am absolutely in love with this movie and book! I purchased the book after watching the movie, and I love them both so completely. I’m sure I will receive a lot of gasps with this statement, but I do not like The Notebook or A Walk to Remember. Pause, please, as I add the disclaimer that they are wonderful movies and books in their own right, but I want a happy ending! Death is not a happy ending to me, so when Nicholas Sparks offs his characters in the midst of these great love stories, he may as well hack a piece of my heart out of my chest!

The Choice absolutely is now my favorite Nicholas Sparks movie and book! It delivered in every way I could have ever asked or wanted. It made me laugh, cry, sad, and happy, but most of it all, it had a happily-ever-after! I love it so much! It was perfectly cast with the most beautiful setting. I couldn’t get enough of Travis’s accent or Gabby’s attitude. The sunsets and marshy backdrops were amazing. I can’t say it enough; it was just perfect!

“Come bother me, baby. Forever.”

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3

I’m struggling with this episode. Really struggling. I’m having a hard time pinpointing exactly why I did not enjoy this episode, but it’s there. I’m just not happy with it all.

***SPOILER ALERT***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

They opened with Daenerys and Jon playing whose got the bigger ego, and it completely crushed my expectations. Nothing I thought that would be in that initial conversation happened, and instead it was this weird stand off, almost awkward tiptoeing around what should have been the real discussion. It was maddening and a complete let down. When they finally come around to the dragon glass topic, it was more empty words with no meaning or progression. Yay for getting the dragon glass, but what the hell does any of it matter if Daenerys doesn’t believe in the Night King and Jon doesn’t want any part of the war with the Lannisters? Just say it! Jon is a Targaryen, and let’s move on!!

I really think Cersei is an amazing villain. She’s a flipping genius in the Game that surrounds the Iron Throne, and even though it is easy to hate her, you almost believe she is justified in *some* of her actions. Justice for her children all around this episode, but I almost wonder if even though she appears to be winning the war, if she is losing everything else that was her life with it. I think Jamie is seeing the light in his sister/lover’s wicked ways, but as he told Lady Olenna, he’s far too deep to do anything about it now. Tyrion on the other hand really needs to stop trying to outsmart Cersei because, I’m sorry/not sorry, I don’t believe he can. She is too much like their father, and he is trying too hard to live up to the Lannister name even though he hates it. He needs a wake up call, and I think after this recent loss, he’s about to get one.

I really thought the reunion that was about to happen at Winterfell was going to be Sansa and Arya. No such luck yet, but with Bran back and being all “I’m the Three Eyed Raven”, maybe it will be finally revealed that Jon is a freaking Targaryen! The reunion fell flat to me, and I was hoping for so much more. I get Bran is different now with everything he has seen, but for crying out loud, it’s his sister he hasn’t seen in years!

So much is going on in these episodes now, it is becoming a little overwhelming, but it’s a whole lot of nothing. Sure they are showing each person a bit more, but the progression for me has gone from painstakingly slow to two steps forward three hundred steps back! Jon and Daenerys meet, but they are weird around each other. Cersei kills those who killed her kids, but doesn’t battle Daenerys. Theon gets rescued, but nothing happens. Bran comes back, and he says almost nothing. What is going on?! Give me something here!

Whew! Maybe I need to stop over thinking it and watch the show, but there are so many holes that we are just dancing around the edge of, it is driving me nuts! Hurry up, Episode 4. I need more!

Movie Review – Boss Baby

IMDB: Sethe-boss-baby-718x1024ven-year-old Tim Templeton has always been a boy of an overactive imagination, and for the past seven years, life was all peaches for him, getting all the love and affection from his caring parents. However, life will never be the same and Tim won’t be the centre of attention anymore as the arrival of an improbable new brother named Boss Baby, dressed in a black suit complete with a tie and a briefcase, will shortly rob him of all love, as he takes over the whole Templetons’ house. Nevertheless, although this may be true, soon, Tim and the new Boss in a diaper will need to put differences aside and join forces, as a sneaky scheme involving the head of Puppy Co. threatens to tilt the balance of power towards their insidiously adorable furry antagonists, not to mention that the next Pet Convention is in only two days.. Brothers, hurry up.

Rating: 4 of 5

I really don’t understand how this movie got such low ratings. My husband and I were actually very surprised with how much we enjoyed this film. My daughter also liked it! And that is saying something! (Babies and puppies! How could it not interest her?)

Holding aside the lighthearted-ness of the kid-centric movie, I believe it really dove into a large issue many parents and kids face: new babies/siblings. I can’t tell you how many times I pointed out the way the main character, a seven year old boy, was feeling towards his new baby brother to my husband and said, “See, kids do think like that!” I get that it is just a movie, but I believe every child goes through these thoughts and feelings of having less mommy-daddy time than they did before the new baby came, so it was solidified in this film.

This coverage alone should have won it more favor with critics in my opinion because it actually held merit to a real issue. I guess that is why I’m not a critic; I can never guess what they will like and won’t, and they will never know what I will like and won’t, either. This movie was definitely a like!

 

Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2

We’re diving right in here this week, so take your warning now!

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

Daenerys in the war room, planning with Tyrion and Varys, gave me chills as she later repeats Tyrion’s words, no “Queen of the Ashes.” Her story has progressed the furthest in my mind from where she started, and now that she has finally made it to Westeros, I was hoping for the big battle of King’s Landing! No such luck, and now things are seeming a bit shaky as all of Dorne’s hierarchy has died; Theon has abandoned his sister Yara to be their Uncle’s captor, and there is only one place he will go with her. Back to Cersei. Daenerys’s allies are dwindling quickly, and I hope with everything in me that she won’t be defeated by the Lannisters!

I’m so freaking antsy to get to next episode and see Daenerys and Jon meet for the first time. I’m really all over the place with ideas and theories as to what might happen during their meeting, but man, they are trying so hard to guide us to a conclusion that I’m so torn to believe. When Melisandre said Prince that was Promised and they quickly clarified that it could be a Princess as well, it is clear the writers are attempting to guide us and split us to believe that Daenerys may be Azor Ahai. I just can’t come into that conclusion. It’s Jon! It has to be! He’s both snow and fire, part Targaryen, part Stark. It has to be him!

Speaking of Jon, I really hope he didn’t mess up by choking Baelish. Little Finger is absolutely the reason for this entire Game! He orchestrated it from the start! He wanted Cat, couldn’t have her, so now he is after Sansa. Don’t tell him what he can’t have, Jon. I really hope that wasn’t a mistake.

I also cannot wait to see Arya and Sansa’s reunion. I believe the last time they were in the same room together, they loathed each other. Now, they are all each other has of the Stark bloodline plus Jon. Oh, and Bran, but he’s been so MIA for so long. I’m hoping it will be sweet, but I’m so afraid that since both have grown into such strong women that one might hold a grudge against the other. Hopefully, the writers keep it sweet because they really hurt me with the Director Wolf scene. I hope that doesn’t mean that “you can never go home”.

Did anyone else notice that Billy Bones of Black Sails was started in this week’s episode?! What the hell, Billy? Are you a pirate, or what?! Just kidding, but that was a fun cameo. His time as a Tully may be short and sweet though if he dares take on the only Tyrell remaining. Lady Tyrell is no daisy, but a thorny rose!

So much is happening in this season already, and I am so glad to finally be feeling like there is progression! But it also reminds me that the end is near. NOOOO! 

Check back next week for Episode 3 review!

Game of Thrones Wine

game-of-thrones-wines-vintage-wine-estates-fwx-1024x1024While at the grocery store the other night on the eve of Episode 1 of the latest season (7) of Game of Thrones, I happened across a beautiful bottle of chardonnay with gold etching. This glimmering glamour caught my eye as I took in the class of wine which was contained within, but no sooner did it dawn the white wine origins did I happen to glimpse the most wonderful inscription: Game of Thrones.

Now, I am sure it is pretty obvious by now that I am a total fan girl when it comes to GOT, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I have been in search of these elusive bottles. I have looked at any number of locations, even considered purchasing it online, but something about shipped wine makes me feel like I might have a problem, so I patiently waited until one fated day that I might happen upon one of these ever coveted bottles.

And then, as if by fate as determined by the Old Gods and the New, there it was, sitting on a few unopened cases, ripe for the taking! Unfortunately, I did not find its sisters, Red Wine and Cabernet Sauvignon, but Chardonnay had never looked so beautiful. I happily skipped the entire way to the self-checkout lane and popped that cork right as Episode 1 began.

Now, the flavor. Per the website, enticing aromas of stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, Meyer lemon, baking spices and honey, balanced by mouth-watering acidity. A touch of oak on the lingering finish.

As most Chardonnays go, the citrus warmth hit my palate with ease. I prefer white wines, and this one absolutely delivered! As the array of fruits and blossom swirled within my mouth, the warmth of honey slithered down my throat and left me with sweet after tones. This glorious first sip christened the episode as the wonderful opening static and HBO logo light up the screen. It was the perfect way to bring in the new season, and I truly hope the Lord of Light will allow me to find another bottle of Game of Thrones wine soon!

Game of Thrones – Season 7 Episode 1

HERE WE GO!

I am a diehard GOT fan! I admittedly found the show before the books, and I have yet to finish the novel series, but I do aim to one day complete them. The show, on the other hand, I have been a fan of since day one! The actors are perfectly cast. The plot is well driven. And, even though there are so many characters to get to know, I have love for them all. Some I hate, but deservedly so (aka Bolton’s!). I have even found a Game of Thrones wine that helped christen this episode tonight! A review on that part of the night to come.

This series has me captivated, and I cannot wait to see how this season unfolds as we gear up for the final season. Now, on to the review of the episode!

***SPOILERS***YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

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