Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kauai (Two Months Later)

Kauai is surreal. It's the most beautiful place I've ever visited. I'm so amazed at how peaceful the island is—even at the shopping center on the South Shore, in the middle of the resort community, it never felt rushed or hectic.

I don't really have much to say about the trip, which we took a couple months ago at the end of February, but we had a chance to do some hiking, snorkel, ride a boat up to the Napali Coast and eat amazing food. It really was the honeymoon Brian and I never got to take.

If you feel like reading more about my trip for work, I did a little travel piece on it for my magazine: "By Air, Land and Sea."

Went on a hike!

Managed to get a few pictures of Brian

Saw dolphins!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Glitter and Gloss Nails: Blue Ombre

 Finally, a new post up on my nail blog: blue ombre nails with glitter.

Check it out!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Top Five TV Finales

In honor of the soul-crushing series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," I present to you my all-time favorite endings to television shows:

5. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch": This may be the worst show on this list, but the episode's title says everything that I love about it —"Soul Mates." What I love the most is that Harvey came back. Nothing else matters. Not the cheesy soul stones, not the ridiculous storyline that Aunt Zelda turns into a candle. The show was not afraid to give us viewers what we wanted: an epic love story and a happily ever after. Harvey digs Sabrina, 12:36. "I guess that's the something old she needed."

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4. "Cheers": How did I grow up watching a show that's older than I am? I kid you not, this show was 5 years old when I was born, and I was not quite six when it ended its run. But because my dad believed in no TV rules for his daughter, I watched this finale at an age where I probably had no idea what was going on. There was no pomp and circumstance. Just a man and his bar.

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3. "Friends": Another happy ending. There's a reason series finales give us what we want—I like to think of it as a reward after years of tuning in week after week. "I got off the plane." The words still give me chills.

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2. "Gilmore girls": Though I secretly hoped Jess would ride back into town and sweep Rory off her feet, I was so satisfied with this ending. Rory chose her career—as we always knew she would. We did get our happy ending with Luke and Lorelai, and the last scene, framed in the window of the diner, was pure perfection.

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1. "Boy Meets World": Sobfest, from start to finish. I cannot watch this episode without shedding a bucket full of tears. In my opinion, this is the pinnacle of TV finales that no other finale will ever match up to. I bought every season of this show on DVD so that I can make sure my kids are able to grow up with the wisdom of Mr. Feeny. "I love you all. Class dismissed"

Image from Boy Meets World Quotes

Honorable mentions: "Lost" (with each viewing, I understand it a little more); "Psych" (the final 10 minutes)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

HIMYM: My Version of the Finale, in GIFs

The way "How I Met Your Mother" should have ended, according to me:

But wait: Surprise—Tracy's not really dead

After she got her econ degree, she became a top-secret CIA analyst.

She gets called away on an indefinite assignment, one that fulfills her dream of ending world poverty ... but she can't tell anyone why or where she's going for their safety.

She fakes her death, rather than letting Ted think she's leaving him.

Years later, he falls back in love with Robin, but realizes he needs to let her go. Again.

He misses Tracy ... so he does what comes naturally and does a rain dance to bring her back to life. After all, if it worked once ...

And on the other side of the world, Tracy feels Ted calling for her—and is furious with herself for ever leaving.

It's time to go home.

Meanwhile, Ted makes his annual trip back to Farhampton for their anniversary ... 
and sees the ghost of the old woman he spoke to the day he met Tracy. It's a sign.

He looks up

And there she is.