Fan Girl Friday

Another end to another week. Don’t be sad that 2015 is already starting to whiz by. Get excited! Its Fan Girl Friday! And, it’s a special edition of FGF, dedicated to all things Downtown Abbey!

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DA premiered two weeks ago and I can’t believe this is the first I’m blogging about it! This season has already gotten off to a steamy start what with Jimmy the Footman hooking up with his old employer—a Mrs. Robinson if there ever was one—and Mary traipsing off for a Free Love tour of England with her new lover. And to celebrate al of the scandal season five has to offer, I’ve got the hook up to all of your DA needs!

Signals.com has an unbelievable amount of DA attire sure to fit your fandom fancy! Just check out some of the designs:

Downton Abbey CLothes

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frolicker They even have jewelry, bags, and fragrances!

Bed, Bath, and Beyond is also getting on the British bandwagon with an entire line of home décor straight from the Abbey:

DA collection at BBW

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And, if you just need MORE Downton (and want to get your littles in on the fun) Arthur will be showing a Downton Abbey-themed episode! Check out the sneak peek!

 

Happy fangirling!

Dirty Thirty

Well, everyone, my thirtieth birthday came and went.

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There were no fires. No floods. No volcanic eruptions.

Okay, I’m sure those things happened somewhere in the world, but in my tiny area of existence, no such things happened.

What did happen, you ask? I ate. And ate. AND ATE.

I basically ate anything and everything I could get my carb-lovin’ hands on from sun up to sundown! Doughnuts, cheesecake, Auntie Anne’s® pretzels, truffles, cupcakes, and more cheesecake. And you want to know something? It. Was. GLORIOUS.

cheesecake

Sadly, I didn’t get everything completed on my 30 By 30 list. I’m one book away from finishing my classic novel reading list (why, oh, WHY did I leave Gone With the Wind until the very end?!), I still need to protest something (I really wanted to join the students at Capitol Hill this week but couldn’t) and I’m looking for some folks to go in halfsies with for a bottle of Cristal (I wonder if a rapper would just give me some. They still drink that, right? Or is that too “1990’s”?)

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BUT, I have accomplished quite a bit! Here’s a recap of my list:

  1.  Watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies 
  2. Get a literary agent
  3. Work on a political campaign
  4. Finish my book
  5. Go to Italy with BB
  6. See Graceland
  7. Meet someone famous
  8. Participate in a protest rally
  9. Sew and wear a dress/skirt
  10. Read every Jane Austen novel
  11. Enjoy a bottle of Cristal
  12. Take Noah and Ellie to see The Nutcracker
  13. Go camping
  14. Finish my classic novel reading list
  15. Take a pole dancing class
  16. Run a marathon
  17. Get married
  18. Buy my parents something BIG
  19. Go to the Red Carpet to see a movie premiere/award show
  20. Go to every state
  21. Get a job I LOVE
  22. Have a baby (or two)
  23. Change the oil in my truck
  24. Buy a house
  25. Donate my hair to locks of love
  26. Make a meal from scratch
  27. Milk a cow
  28. Learn the guitar (one song all the way through)
  29. Go skinny dipping
  30. Pay off all school loan debt

 

Considering I’ve done all of these except eight (and I’ll be checking the classic novel list off soon!) I’d call this a success!  I told myself that I’d give myself a “grace period” to wrap up as many as I could by the end of the year. Those that do NOT get checked off will roll over to my 40 By 40 list!

I’ll be honest, I was sort of dreading this birthday. But now I see that my best years are ahead of me.

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Sure, my twenties were great! I ended a bad relationship (not Huff the Hubs!), found myself (and God) again, and then reconnected with the man of my dreams (yes, this time I mean HtH!). I went to Europe (three times!), got married, had a baby, and learned some important life lessons.

All of that—the heartache, the disappointments, and the wisdom I’ve gained—I think will be the arrows in my quiver I can use against anything that my thirties my hurl against me. To quote the prudent and zealous beet farmer, Dwight Schrute: “I am ready to face any challenges that might be foolish enough to face me!”

A lot of people say that getting older is the pits. I think it’s awesome! After all, it’s better than the alternative, right?

Besides, I love birthdays.

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Sometimes I set expectations too high, people don’t meet them, and then I inevitably take my ball and go home to cry in my birthday cake. But this year? My family and friends not only met the bar, but passed that bad boy in a blur! They really out-did themselves!

My sisters threw me a Downton-Abbey-esque Murder Mystery Dinner (and made me a sweet book):

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Huff the Hubs spoiled me all day. And even got a pedicure with me! (Look how excited he was!)

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But most all, I was shown love by those around me. And THAT, my friends, is what makes a great birthday.

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Fan Girl Friday

What a week it’s been! My head is STILL spinning from The Walking Dead mid-season finale and I’m having a minor life crisis because my 30th birthday is next week. Needless to say, I need some happy to distract me from the gloom and doom going on right now. So let’s just jump right in, mmkay?

 

I don’t know about you, but I have been desperately missing my peeps from Pawnee, Indiana! I mean, why would they leave us with such an amazing season finale this spring and then just leave us hanging all summer and fall?

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Thankfully, the finale season of Parks and Rec FINALLY has a start date—and sadly, an end date. Looks like Leslie Knope will be back on January 13th! NBC will show back-to-back episodes all the way up to the last episode….on February 24th! Yep, that’s all we get—a freaking month. They better make it a good one!

 

Yet another show that I absolutely cannot wait to see return is Downton Abbey. And, this week we got to see a sneak peek of this season, complete with cameo by America’s favorite bachelor groom, George Clooney!

EEEEEEEEE! I. CANNOT. WAIT. If you need a little Downton to deck your halls, check out the PBS website for some adorable ornaments!

 

 

As the year winds down, we start to take a look back at what 2014 has brought us. Thanks to DJ Earworm, we can hear (and see) the best jams of the year! Check it out:

 

I’ve been a bad Doctor Who fan this season. I haven’t really been keeping up with it. Sigh. It took everything I had to accept Matt Smith as the new Doctor, so when I saw the first two episodes with Peter Capaldi…I don’t know…I just couldn’t. My hearts still belong to Ten. And, thanks to toy makers in the UK, I never have to let go of him!

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This 1:6 scale action figure of The Doctor comes with jacket, Converse, and of course, a great head of hair!

 

 

Get ready, Frozen fans, Disney World is about to get a whole lot cooler! (See what I did there?) DW just announced that they will be creating a brand new ride for Epcot Center all about the sisters from Arendelle!

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They will have to make some adjustments in the Norway section of Epcot, i.e., they will have to tear down the iconic Maelstrom, which has some people up in arms. Come on, folks. It’s Disney World; there’s revamping all the time. Take a page from Elsa and just let it go.

Fan Girl Friday

Hey you guyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyys!

Its Friday, people and I cannot believe it! I guess since I took a few days off this week has seemed so incredibly short! I am seriously in disbelief that it’s Friday. But, I’m glad it is! Because that means I can share with you all the fantastically fan-worthy finds I’ve stumbled upon this week!

 

Did you hear the collective cry of: “Why, GOD?! WHY?!” this week? Every fangirl in the world lamented the fact that everyone’s favorite sexy sleuth is officially off the market. Yep, Benedict Cumberbatch is engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Sophie Hunter. So yes, technically he’s no longer a free man. But, we can still giddy and giggly watching him do some spot on impressions of other celebs:

 

Speaking of folks across the pond, we have less than TWO months until we return to our beautiful home in the English countryside—Downton Abbey. And, lucky for us, a new trailer has been released!

Oh yeah, I just. Got. CHILLS.

 

I so jazzed that it is FINALLY getting cold around! Its my favorite season! No, not winter, hoodie season! And what better way to stay warm and cozy than with this adorable hoodie from Think Geek:

Give warm hugs and stay cozy!

Give warm hugs and stay cozy!

 

My love for Harry Potter runs crazy deep. I mean, my daughter’s name is Hermione for heaven’s sake! But, I may think about the franchise a bit differently had the designs for the creatures and places been a bit…well, darker. Never before seen concept art for the HP films was released this week and, to be honest, they are probably going to haunt my dreams tonight! Just look!

HP Concept Art

“Isn’t my thestral adorbs?”

 

Dementors: Steal your soul and make you poop your pants.

Dementors: Steal your soul and make you poop your pants.

 

I didn't think zombies could get any scarier. These Inferi proved me wrong.

I didn’t think zombies could get any scarier. These Inferi proved me wrong.

 

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Try It Tuesday

How was everyone’s three-day weekend? Actually, I don’t think everyone got Monday off. The Moore School District actually had class yesterday! What a rip! I took the day off, but MAN! Sometimes I think it’s harder to take a day off because you have to take extra time to get caught up again. Sigh.

 

But at least today I’ve got a tasty Try It Tuesday to make your day a little sweeter.

 

Huff the Hubs can’t have chocolate. *Gasp* I know, he’s totally missing out, right? The delectable delicacy gives the poor guy migraines, so I’m always looking for desserts that have zero (or not a lot) of chocolate in them. Thanks to Pinterest, I found one this weekend!

Lemon Cookies Original Pin

Light and luscious lemon cookies!

 

This cookie recipe only has three ingredients:

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1 box lemon cake mix

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs

 

This was so easy; I got it taken care of in less than a half hour! First, I preheated my oven to 375*. Then, I mixed the oil, cake mix, and eggs together.

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After that, I just grabbed some dough and rolled it into balls. (Helpful tip: spray your hands with Pam first; it helps to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers). Then, I placed them on a greased cookie sheet.

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I baked them for about 5 minutes. After they cooled, I tried one.

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They were fabulous!

 

If you’ve got an extra sweet tooth and would like a little glaze, all you need is about ¼ cup powdered sugar and 2 tablespoon milk. Mix it all together and drizzle on the cookies! These would be GREAT with tea! Maybe serve at your next Downton Abbey watch party…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creepin’ on the Crawleys…

Happy Monday, people!

Did you know that, according to Sky Travel, today is the most depressing day of the year? They claim its because the holidays are over, people are back to work, and its basically as cold as the ice planet Hoth in North America today.

 

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Listen to the Dowager, dear. We don’t need to be sad—Downton Abbey is back!

 

Did you watch the premiere last night? I did and I was VERY pleased (warning: minor spoilers ahead). I laughed, I cried, I yelled “Get out of there!” and “Stop being a douche, Lord Grantham!” many times. Great writing, Julian Fellowes, great writing.

 

There were many surprising parts in last night’s premiere. Here are my top three (and a few preditions):

 

1. O’Brien says “Peace out!” to the Abbey.

"Get my bags, Thomas!"

“Get my bags, Thomas!”

When the episode starts, we see someone packing their bags and leaving two envelopes on a mantel. Later, we find out its Mrs. O’Brien, the conniving ladies maid. I couldn’t believe she would just—in Lord Grantham’s words—“flee like a thief in the night” like that! I thought she lurved Lady Grantham. But it turns out her affections can be bought with an all-expense paid trip to India.

 

2. Edna’s back.

Lock up your widowers.

Lock up your widowers.

 

In Season 3, we met Edna, a new house maid with an eye for the mourning Tom Branson. Edna worked her feminine wiles and manipulation and snogged the sweet chauffeur. Mrs. Hughes witnessed it, and fittingly, gave her the sack. Unfortunately, Edna wormed her way back to the Abbey thanks to Rose’s advertisement for a lady’s maid in the village. And, she’s already cooking up trouble by befriending Thomas. And speaking of Thomas…

 

3. Thomas has a lucky hunch and gets Nanny West fired.

"Come little children, I'll take thee away..."

“Come little children, I’ll take thee away…”

When the episode first started, Thomas got his knickers in a twist because Nanny West was giving him orders. I saw a sneaky sparkle in Thomas’ eye and knew he was going to make that woman regret it. Sure enough, he dove back into “old Thomas” and whispered into Lady Grantham’s ear that he didn’t trust the nanny with the children. Later, LG walked past the nursery and heard Nanny West call little Sybil “a half-breed”. Needless to say, she got the sack as well and Thomas looked like a hero.

 

There were also some more surprises, like Edith’s married boyfriend suggesting they become German citizens so they can be together and poor Mr. Moseley being destitute. And some not-so-surprises: Mary being completely torn-up about Matthew’s death and Lord Grantham being stingy with decision-making. Even so, I’ve got some predictions as to what we’ll see this season:

 

Predictions (I haven’t read spoilers online, btw. These are genuine predictions from my noggin):

Thomas gets in Lady Grantham’s good graces and brings Edna along for the ride. They conspire against Anna, who will get in some serious trouble and be sacked, only to be vindicated by the heroic Mr. Bates.

 

A new, younger nanny comes to the Abbey and romances Tom, much to the chagrin of the Lord and Lady of the house. (Or Gwen returns on a visit and gets the job as nanny).

 

(I’m actually stealing this prediction from a friend) Edith gets knocked up before she heads to Germany. Or Edith is attacked by Michael Gregson’s wife while walking around London with Lord Grantham.

 

What about you, Abbey-ites? Any predictions?

Fan Girl Friday

Man. Its been a week.

After what happened Monday in Boston, the massive manhunt going on today, the explosion in Texas, and what we Okies are remembering today…It can make you feel really down. I think we could all use some geek-tastic giggles to get us through to the weekend.

First up, is a delicious find from The Little Pink Blog! Its a Harry Potter-inspired cocktail! This blog has many Potter potions that will help you ring in the weekend!

Its happy hour at Hogwarts!

Its happy hour at Hogwarts!

 

Alright, Fan Girls, hold on to your fezzes! Look at one of the press photos just released from the set of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special!

Cannot. Stop. Smiling.

Cannot. Stop. Smiling.

I see many giggles and squeals in my future.

 

I can think of one person that will not likely be smiling…my favorite finicky feline. Check out the latest shirt from my peeps over at Think Geek!

"I hate this shirt."

“I hate this shirt.”

 

Guys. Get ready to have your mind blown.

You know Carson from Downton Abbey? Who am I kidding, of course you do! Well, did you know our favorite butler is married to Professor Umbridge?! Let’s hope she’s nicer to Carson than she was to her students.

"Repeat after me, Countess: 'I must not tell lies'."

“Repeat after me, Countess: ‘I must not tell lies’.”

 

And lastly, did anyone else see Harrison Ford on Jimmy Kimmel? If you didn’t, I have two words for you: You’re welcome.

 

 

Ain’t No Party Like an Oscar Party

Now that Downton Abbey is over, I lamented the fact that my Sunday nights would no longer be filled with the rich and infamous dressed in fancy gowns, arguing over who is better than whom while feigning niceties to those around them.

 

My sadness was short lived when I remembered that the Oscars were coming and I’d be able to see the exact same thing, minus the British accents.

 

Really, the only awards show that I watch is the Academy Awards. Because, honestly, it’s the only one that matters. The Golden Globes, the SAGs, and even the Critics Choice are comparable to a smiley face sticker on your homework. The Oscars, however, are like that medal you received for perfect attendance and everyone in the school had to clap for you while you stood there looking smug. Yeah, the Oscars are THAT cool.

 

Granted, I went to bed after Adele sang so I didn’t get to see the “major” awards handed out. But, I did watch a short recap and came up with my favorite moments of the night:

 

1. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Radcliffe Singing and Dancing.

I. LOVE. JGL. And Dan-Rad. I’ve missed my lighting-scarred pal ever since the curtain closed on Harry Potter (and I refuse to see The Woman In Black. I don’t need nightmares.) And Joseph is so freakin’ cute. I’ve loved him since he was a long-haired alien on Third Rock From the Sun. Put the two of them together and you get a squealing, giggling me.

 

2. Seth McFarlane’s Inappropriate Boob Song

Yes, it may have been crude. But its Seth McFarlane. Its like inviting Mariah Carey to sing karaoke and then getting upset when she hogs the mic. Its to be expected. (Also, I loved how Seth said that nobody had seen Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs and it went to a pre-recorded shot of her saying “Yesss!” Love that girl.)

 

3. Christopher Plummer Being Awesome

"I defeated the Nazis with singing children and a nun. What have you done today?"

“I defeated the Nazis with singing children and a nun. What have you done today?”

Dude may be 150 years old, but he is still looking good. And he’s pretty quick-witted and seems to still have a way with the ladies. I swear I saw him wink and Helen Hunt at some point while on stage. Like a boss.

 

4. Anne Hathaway’s Acceptance Speech

Let me clarify: I didn’t like her speech. Every time she feigns humility and tries to come up with a clever joke, she always falls flat.  And last night when she received yet another award for a movie she was in 45 minutes, I grew weary of her again. When she stood up on the stage and looked at her award and said “It came true” I wanted to vomit. Not only that, but she kept sounding like she was out of breath. I was like, “Anne. You were sitting on the front freaking row! How can you be out of breath?! You either need to up your cardio or get an inhaler.”

 

5. Kristen Stewart Looking Like A Train Wreck

Homegirl looked a hot mess. Normally when I see her in magazines, not smiling and un-showered, I don’t really think anything of it. But last night was the biggest night in Hollywood. When I saw K Stew hobbling onto the Red Carpet, I literally gasped. Why, why would you show up to the Academy Awards and not wash your hair?! And also, if you’re on crutches, you need to wear a dress that will not slip and make you have many “quick saves”. Also, when she presented with Dan Rad, she obviously looked like she couldn’t care less that she was there. The exasperated sighs were enough for me to yell at the TV: “OMG, don’t go next year!” (In all honesty, she probably didn’t want to go this year. Seeing as how the entire cast and crew of Snow White and the Hunstman were there and everybody knows about her and the director’s sexcapades.) But still, you didn’t have to go, K Stew.

 

 

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday/First day of February, y’all! I’ve rounded up some geektastic finds for you this week! Let’s dive right in!

 

 

Ironically, its not titled: "Camping for Dummies".

Ironically, its not titled: “Camping for Dummies”.

If I had this tent, I might actually try camping! With this tent from Field Candy, you can actually crawl into a good book and take a nap! The bookworms dream!

 

And "S" is for "squeeee!"

And “S” is for “squeeee!”

Many of you know that I am expecting a little Jedi of my own. And, whether this child is a Luke or a Leia, I’m thinking my little padawan needs this onsie.

 

Scout don't lie.

Scout don’t lie.

I read a lot of blogs as well as books and when I find something that merges the two, I’m happier than when I found out Chick-Fil-A had mini sundaes. Enter: Better Book Titles. This blog actually takes the covers of books and re-titles them with something hilarious and snarky. My favorite? The re-do of Sense and Sensibility:

STORY. OF. MY. LIFE.

STORY. OF. MY. LIFE.

 

And speaking of blogs, I also recently found a hilarious site set up by a husband and wife team. They have three kids: a daughter in college, a son in high school, and another son in elementary school. The middle son rides the bus to school everyday. After suffering an injury that led to the father’s leg being amputated, he became a stay-at-home dad. Every school day for the past three years, the dad dresses up in a different costume and waves to his son on the school bus. The pictures are awesome:

"Daddy loves you, son!"

“Daddy loves you, son!”

Thankfully, the kid has a great sense of humor about it and thinks its great. I don’t know if I would’ve been okay with my dad waving from the porch wearing a wedding dress. But, alas, I did not ride the bus. Thankfully.

 

Who else was reduced to a sad, blubbering mess after last week’s Downton Abbey? What are you doing to us, Julian Fellowes?! Anyhow, the good people over at Sesame Street have come up with a way for us to not only dry our eyes, but also have a good giggle.

Its MUPPETS! And Downton! Come on, people!

Fan Girl Thursday

I know, I know… Its called Fan Girl Friday. And as much as I love alliterations, I have something else planned for tomorrow and not a dang thing planned to blog about today. So, Fan Girl Friday becomes Fan Girl Thursday.

 

A portable movie theater! You know, because travel DVD players are so 2009.

A portable movie theater! You know, because travel DVD players are so 2009.

 

Are you one of those people that like to show thousands of vacation photos to others, despite audible sighs of exasperation? No? Just me? Hmm… Well I guess I should rejoice, because now I can show my pics of Harry Potter world to an entire room of people at once! All I need is this awesome projector from Microvision.

 

Swaddle-droid.

Swaddle-droid.

How adorable is this R2D2 baby quilt?! So cute I’m considering learning how to sew. My only hope (see what I did there?) is that it also makes noises like the original droid.

 

Our love is intergalactic.

Our love is intergalactic.

I only wish that when Huff the Hubs and I got married, we were able to get these! I love the quotes and how the middle part looks like a Death Star. {Sigh} Nerd love is the best.

 

 

Learn to make crumpets even the Dowager would love.

Learn to make crumpets even the Dowager would love.

I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. Seriously. I have the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook and the Star Wars Cookbook! This would go great with my recipe collection! With this book, you can learn how to make such delicacies as Lady Mary’s Crab Canapes and Mrs. Patmore’s Christmas Pudding! Not only that, but each recipe also gives etiquette tips so you won’t get the stink-eye from Carson for using the wrong fork.

 

...for about fifteen minutes.

…for about fifteen minutes.

Ah, dial-up. I do not miss you. Its so weird to me to think that kids today have no idea what dial-up is or that Mariah Carey was married before Nick Cannon. If you want to show your age, er, I mean, world experience, you can don this shirt from Skreened. And if that doesn’t make you look older than Reeboks, just carry a Walkman with a cassette of New Kids on the Block singing Covergirl.