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!

I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar!

If you frequent this fantabulous blog, you know that there is one day a week I dread.

Thursday, to me, is the equivalent of opening the fridge to find nothing to eat. In both situations, I panic and think, “What am I going to do?!”

I hardly ever have something to blog about on Thursdays because the rest of my weekdays are themed and basically write themselves. But, thanks to my desperate need for caffeine, I find myself wide awake while everyone else is the house is fast asleep. Because of this, I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries on Netflix. Last week, I watched a three-part mini series titled: Makers: Women Who Make America.

While I felt like some of my (and my family/friends’) life choices were coming under fire and some of my values being attacked, I was still inspired by the stories of these women. This got me thinking about just how far we’ve come–and still have to go–in society and culture. So I thought of a new blog theme:

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Her’s Day Thursday!

Every Thursday I will highlight a woman–past, present; famous, not famous, or maybe even infamous–that has helped shape the world, her country, her community, or her family. I can’t wait to share the amazing women I’ve researched and I hope that their stories will encourage, inspire, and drive you to make a difference in someone’s life.

Get excited, people.

Take a Look, Its in a Book!

Now that Hermione is almost nine months old (can you believe that?!) she’s getting really good at independent play. I can set her on a blanket in the living room with a collection of toys that makes it look like FAO Shwartz exploded in our house and do edits, make a sandwich, or actually go the bathroom.

 

When she was a newborn, I’d turn the TV on to Netflix—mostly The Office or New Girl—and work while she played or napped. Now, I feel like I need to turn on more age appropriate things, because her brain is like a sponge, so I am getting an education into the world of children’s daytime programming.

 

It has really changed since I was a kid! Granted, there’s still Sesame Streetand Arthur, but other than that, I don’t know half of these shows! It really makes me reminisce about my childhood and the shows I used to watch. But, thanks to Levar Burton, I may not need to think longingly about days gone by! Oh yes, that’s right: Reading Rainbow could be making a comeback, people!

 

When Reading Rainbow went off the air in 2006, it was a sad, sad day. But that wasn’t the absolute end for the butterfly in the sky. Burton created a reading app to help kids get excited about reading. However, not every kid has a tablet or an iPhone (although it seems that way). According to Gizmodo, Burton wants to “develop a web-enabled Reading Rainbow for at-home use, create a classroom version along with lesson plans and teacher-friendly tools, and subsidize the cost so any school can use Reading Rainbow anywhere for free.”

 

How awesome is that?!

 

You can join the movement and donate on his Kickstarter site here!

 

And get more info here:

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?