Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Walking Dead Midseason finale: Holy crap

Wow. Ok. So this past episode of TWD was definitely NOT a filler episode. Between Rick, Darryl, Michonne and Beth, this was one for the books. Even though my Eugene was limited to a shot of him sleeping in the back of a firetruck, it was still a pretty awesome episode. Despite Father Gabriel. Ugh. 

It starts off with Rick running down a handcuffed, escaped-Bob with a car and essentially breaking his back. Rick tells him that he should have stopped when Rick told him to stop. Bob makes a pretty prolific reply of "Well, I don't know you. Why would I stop??" Rick shoots him in the head and it's now NuRick. RoboRick. It's Rick Grimes, bitch!!! He ain't playin no mo. It doesn't matter if you know him or not-listen to him or else get dead! Rick then has to figure out what to do with the other two cops he has hostage. Darryl is pretty much his conscience as he (plus the two cops) persuade him to try to bargain them for Carol and Beth with no further blood shed. The cops say they will tell Dawn that the walkers killed Bob so that no one else gets killed. Rick reluctantly agrees and it all sounds like a flawless plan. So, we know how that will go =(

Back at the church, Father Idiot decides he has to see if the talk of cannibals and the lack of humanity is true. So he digs and pries himself out of the church and finds Bob's leg. He sees that the world is indeed coming to an end and it's that point, of course, a horde of zombies start to come after him. Seeing as he can't really walk, never mind run, he barely makes it back to the church to where the front door is boarded up. He screams and begs for Michonne to help him and he FINALLY feels what all his parishioner's felt as they begged for their lives while he holed up in the church safely #karma. It's at the last second Michonne chops her way through the barricade and lets Idiot in. They have to leave the same way Idiot left and now the church is overcome by zombies. Just when it looks like all hope is lost for them, here comes the firetruck with Ginger Abe driving! They tell Michonne, Carl and Idiot about Eugene lying and Michonne delivers the news to Maggie that her sister that she has completely forgotten about is in fact alive! Maggie then remembers that she has a sister and seems pretty excited about that. #plothole. They agree to go as a team to help get Beth and Carol back.

At the hospital, Rick and Dawn are ready for the mutual hostage exchange. All goes eerily smooth, Carol and Beth are back in the fold-until Douchey Dawn insists that Noah be returned as well. Rick says "No way, I'm Rick Grimes bitch!!" but Dawn apparently didn't watch Dave Chappelle and couldn't appreciate the reference. Noah, seemingly defeated, decides to just go back. He doesn't want anymore blood shed on his account. Beth, who truly cares about Noah, hugs him and decides she's had enough of Dawn and her endless "but I'm a good person in bad situation and I just HAVE to be a heartless bitch because, you know, zombiepocolypse" sermons. Beth, who had smuggled a pair of scissors in her sleeve,says to Dawn "I get it now" (which essentially means that despite your long winded soliloquies about how you're a good person, you're really a piece of shit and you need to go) and stabs her in the chest. Dawn, holding a gun, pulls the trigger (maybe accidentally) and shoots Beth right in the head!!! Shocked and devastated, Darryl kills Dawn execution style and it looks like all hell is going to break loose with the remaining factions. The woman cop/hostage says "NO! No more!!! Dawn's dead, we're not like her" and begs for everyone to put their weapons down. She offers Rick and company the hospital to stay with them but Rick says no way jose, offers anyone that wants to leave with them the chance to but he's outtie 3,000. Mic drop, Rick Grimes out bitches!!! They all exit the hospital and Maggie has a look of happiness on her face seeing Carol-until she sees Darryl carrying Beth's lifeless body. I guess remembering the fact that she does have a sister, and that she could be alive, affected her because she screams like someone actually grieving. (Mad props to actress Lauren Cohan for trying to pull that off because, in all honesty, it was kind of hard to swallow). 

So that's the end of our Sunday nights until February =( It ended with a bang and I cannot wait until it's return!!!! Hope you all have an amazing holiday season and new year. See you in February!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Walking Dead-Kinda on the fence

I didn't recap last week's episode of TWD because, quite frankly, I was too busy and didn't feel enough about the episode to come correct. It had Carryl-I should have been overjoyed! But alas, I was not. My friend called it a "filler episode". Those are episodes where something happens but usually it's dragged out until the last few minutes and I agree with his assessment. I feel like last night was filler-esque, but had enough action to move things forward. Next week SHOULD be a good one but we shall see.

Instead of recapping, because busy,I would like to take the time to vent-something noone on that show does which frustrates me to no end. I think I could survive in the Zombiepocolypse. I could whoop a walker like a mofo, cut a walker bitch and shank it like it's 1999 . BUT, I could not do the whole avoidey/not discuss anything thing that they do. It's so frustrating!! Carryl was together. Carryl understand and care about each other like noone else-how could she NOT tell him about the girls???? That weighs on her so heavily and yet she couldn't tell Darryl??? And Darryl couldn't express his guilt about "losing" Beth, especially after they grew so close??? I mean, really. So it was refreshing to see SOME sort of emotions last night, even if it was Maggie going all "Kelly" as an extremely intelligent gent put it (hahaha!), aiming her gun at Abraham and telling him in no uncertain terms that he better get over himself or else. While my Eugene lay out in the hot Georgia sun either unconscious or in a coma, Abraham was having an internal battle that only played out at the end. It was only when Eugene (and not the walkers we've come to expect) made gurgling noises and signs of life that Abraham took the bottle of water Maggie offered him and took a long awaited sip. That was his way of showing that he is not giving up. I think he was the only one who was actually suicidal out of the group, so you can see why Eugene's revelation was completely devastating to him. I'm now officially interested in Ginger Abe (platonically of course). 

 Tara was kind of on fire last night with the one liners, naming her group (Maggie, Glenn, Abraham, Rosita, Eugene and herself) GREATM, telling walkers not to bother making the trek to Washington and having some silly fun fishing with Rosita and Glenn.  And then there was Sasha. Sasha, the smart, tough, emotionally beaten gal who meets someone named "Bob" and loses any sense at all, gets set up by a cop in a very un-Sasha like way. I feel like we all were collectively shouting to her "DON'T DO IT!! Don't turn your back on him!!"  And then she did. Le sigh. It felt very uncharacteristic of her but it did get things moving.

Next week's episode looks pretty great. Hopefully the blog will be more inspired but until then, hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving full of family, friends and lots of turkey!!!! =)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Heartbreak thy name is Eugene...le sigh

Welp. Last night's episode of "The Walking Dead" was a tough one for good  ol' Pop Culture Kelly. You see, Eugene and I have been in a fictitious relationship all in my mind ever since he made his game changing debut on the show. He had me at his mullet. A nerd with a mullet is my jam-can't lie. As with any healthy fake relationship, I ignored the warning signs that he may not be all he was cracked up to be: A scientist who will save mankind from the Zombiepocolypse with "The Cure",that can only come from Washington, whilst rockin a sweet, sweet mullet-it all may have been too good to be true in hindsight. So it is with a heavy heart that I recap this episode that I have titled "WHY?!?!?!?!!? WHY!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?". My heart is broken. My dreams are shattered. But I cannot allow that to stop this blog from commencing so here you go- all 5 of you. #Selfless.

Maggie, Glenn and crew are riding in a bus on their way to Washington. Rosita and Abraham are having a VERY disturbing conversation about her shaving him and him being "dolphin smooth" (add that to the list of things I never, ever needed to hear. Ever). Glenn asks the question that we ALL have dying to ask Eugene: "Why the mullet??" Eugene tells him that a famous author/colleague liked it and that was good enough for him. All of a sudden the bus crashes and tips over-Abraham begins to have flashbacks to his life when the zombiepocolypse happened-and it wasn't pretty. He had beaten a man (and possibly two others) brutally to death in an abandoned grocery store. His wife and two children,who are hiding under cabinets, witnessed the brutality. They are visibly shaking and terrified-and malnourished. (It was only on The Talking Dead that we discovered that the men he beat to death were trusted freinds and neighbors who had raped his family-and his family then witnessed his rage and vengeance). I wish they made that clear in the show as it was pretty confusing. We thought that maybe Abe had beat them and that's why they were so terrified? But in the end, his family ends up becoming zombie meat and that's when Eugene find Abraham-as he was about to take his own life. Eugene was running (if you can call it that) from zombies and begged Abraham to help him. Abraham takes the gun out of his mouth and helps Eugene. And thus begins his mission of being dead set on finding "The Cure". He saves Eugene life from zombies and Eugene in turn saved him by giving him a reason to live-to find "The Cure" and to get Eugene to Washington safely.

They find an abandoned library and rest there. Well, some rest. Abe and Rosita get it on and Eugene watches. Again, things I never needed to see. Ever. Tara approaches Eugene to thank him for helping her kill a zombie (his first kill!!) and he confesses to her that he watches Rosita and Abe knockin dem boots (this time it was from the self-help section in the library). Abe and Rosita know that he watches and they just don't care. Not awkward at all. Eugene then drops the first of a few major bombs this episode: that he caused the bus to crash by inserting crushed glass into the fuel tank. He didn't want to leave Rick and especially did not want to leave Father Gabe. He saw them all forgive what many would consider unforgivable and he wanted to stay there.  Tara is pretty chill about this revelation to be honest. She thanked him for trusting her with the secret and assured him that they all have each other's backs. They're family. She told him not to tell the others though and he agreed to that. So then after killing a bunch of zombies with a fire hose on top of a fire truck (pretty awesome, have to say!!!) Eugene has grown confidence and has some trust that the gang will support him no matter what. When the firetruck they salvage breaks down on the road, Abraham is hell bent to keep going-even if it means going through an entire herd of zombies. Glenn and Rosita can no longer back up Abraham as he has done lost his mind-and that's when Eugene drops the biggest bomb of them all: He is NOT a scientist, he does NOT have a cure, and a famous author/colleague did NOT say that his "tennessee tophat" was remarkable. Abraham explodes-his entire life's mission is now obsolete and he now has nothing to live for. All those people (who Eugene rattled off in order of deaths) died for this mission that was all a lie. Abraham cannot contain himself and beats Eugene within an inch of his life. When the rest of the gang stops him he goes off to collapse and cry. His resolve, his hope, his only life's mission is over. And with that, we are left to wonder if Eugene IS in fact alive and if he does live, what will happen to him???? They are a forgiving bunch but this may be too much to forgive. Too many people died all to get Eugene to Washington. I, for one, feel hurt, betrayed and deceived. He has a LOT of making up to do. It looks like next week will be a Darryl/Carol-centric episode so we may have to wait to find out Eugene's fate. As for me, I will now go back to bed, under the covers and grieve for my loss the way a mature woman does-with Ben and Jerry's, the movie "The Notebook" and lots of tissues. Le sigh. =(

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We finally know where Beth is...and???

So Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" was devoted to finding out where Beth has been-and I don't feel it was a particularly great episode.  I feel like we could have had maybe 20 minutes focusing on her, 20 minutes on Rick or Glenn, and 20 minutes of waaaaaay too many commercials....but that's not how it went. So basically, to sum it up, there are more bad people in the world of the Zombiepocolypse. The people that have Beth salvaged a hospital and live and work there now. They "saved" Beth from "rotters" but not in an altruistic, 'I just want to help' way-it was in order to have more worker bee/slaves to help keep "The System" they built alive. Dawn, the leader, is a cop and is the anti-Rick. She hits Beth a few times for no apparent reason really other than she damn well felt like it-and she likes her uniform cleaned and neatly pressed. In the Zombiepocolypse. Ok then. She also believes that this system is only for the time being-someone out there will come for them. (Hashtag delusional). Another cop, Gorman, is a disgusting rapist who sees Beth and sees a new victim. Dr. Edwards is a seemingly nice guy who explains the system to Beth and tells her whatever she takes she owes-and it seems that the people there never really stop owing. There is a patient named Noah who was "saved" as well, but as we learn later on he was only "saved" because they thought of him as weak. He was with his dad, who was big and strong and they left him to be eaten by the "rotters". Noah sees past Beth's young, petite blond exterior and sees her strength. He opens up to her and tells her that he is planning on busting out of there. Joan, another patient, is clearly victimized by Gordon and is hell bent on getting out. Joan confesses to Beth that Dawn knows exactly what Gorman does but doesn't stop him because it's "easier to make a deal with the devil when you're not the one paying the price". Damn. She manages to escape but gets bitten by a zombie. She wants to die and begs for that, but instead they SAW HER ARM OFF to keep the bite from spreading. It was pretty horrific because not only has Joan lived in an unending  nightmare with Rapester McGee Gordon, she now has to endure that with one arm now. It's sad. There is another victim rushed in who had fallen off a building and our good doctor refused to treat him. When Dawn forced him to, he did the bare minimum. Later on he asked Beth to give him his medicine, which ended up killing him. Noah gets the beat down for that because he takes the blame but Dawn knows it wasn't Noah who did it. When Beth confronted Dr. Edwards about why he gave her the wrong name of the medicine to inject, it comes out that the patient was a doctor and he didn't want to get usurped, so he killed him (naturally). Beth has enough and she and Noah hatch an escape plan. She goes into Dawn's office to steal a key and sees Joan's dead body on the floor, apparently Joan took her own life. Rapey McGee comes in, catches Beth and is about to attack her when she cracks him over the skull with a candy bowl. Joan becomes a zombie at that point and eats her abuser like whoa! It was pretty awesome. Beth and Noah escape, and they run outside to where the walkers are coming for them. Noah, hurt from the jump they had to make down the elevator shaft (ewwe), looks like he won't make it. But then, two officers come out of nowhere and tackle Beth. Noah flees and Beth smiles-she's just glad Noah was able to make it out alive. They return Beth to Dawn and Beth lays the verbal smackdown with "You're wrong! Noone is coming for you!! All this is for nothing!!" Dawn, being Dawn, lays the physical smackdown on Beth because, she's Dawn and the truth hurts. Then we see another 'victim' needing to be saved and guess who it is??? CAROL!!! YEAH!!! Carol will kill them all in her Robo-Carol way for sure.THAT will be a great episode!!! Hopefully it's Noah that is with Darryl because I really like him. He would be a great addition to the group-and an age appropriate love interest for Beth (aka NOT Darryl). I'm looking forward to this Sunday's episode!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Catching up on The Walking Dead finally!

It's been a very busy few weeks for Pop Culture Kelly as my son is in football playoffs (#proudmama #GO THAWKS!!!!) and I had yet another birthday pass (#grateful). So as much as I've been dying to blog about the return of The Walking Dead it's just been impossible. Until now!! So let's do this, shall we???

I'm going to try to summarize the past two episodes as well and short as I can. Carol, as if there was any doubt after taking out Lizzie, is officially bad ass status. She single-handedly saved Rick, Darryl and crew from certain death and cannibalism (FINALLY confirmed that Terminus is human slaughter house!!). Carol and Rick made peace, Darryl nearly collapsed with relief at seeing Carol and their hug was just everything. Sigh. The love they have for each other is deep-Carol is Darryl's girl. End of story. Rich and Carol made peace and then Carol lead Rick and crew to the cabin to reunite with Tyrese and Judith. Rick and Carl seeing that Judith was alive and well was pretty special too. I had tears, not gonna lie. They left Terminus with Gareth and the rest of his Cannibals alive, sadly. Which will come back to haunt them. Like in episode 2. 

Bob and Sasha are lovey dovey and happy-#foreshadowing. Tyrese is happy that his sad sack, little-bit bitter sister found some lovin in the zombiepocolypse.  It's actually really cute-like Maggie/Glenn cute. They are in the woods heading to find shelter when they hear screams begging for help. Rick almost ignores this as Carl reminds him that they help people-that's who they are. So they go help a man in the cloth who is this-close to being devoured by zombies. They save him and he is introduced as Father Gabriel. Rick immediately doesn't trust him but pretty much makes him take them all back to his church for some rest and food. Father G has some secrets but he ain't confessin to anyone but the man upstairs. Rick is ok with that as long as he doesn't try to hurt his peeps. Rick makes Father take him, Bob, and Sasha to a food bank where Father knows there is food but it is overrun by zombies. Not only is it overrun but it's flooded with some seriously nasty water and SERIOUSLY nasty, moldy zombies (bleeeeeeech). Bob has the best line of the night when he says: "If a sewer could puke, this is what it would smell like". Yes, it's that bad. So they fend off the zombies and we think they're in the clear when Bob is taken under by a zombie. He emerges from the water seemingly unscathed but I have a feeling he was bit. Keep that in mind. Father Gabriel sees a zombie that he recognizes and he is not only scared of the zombie but scared of something that the zombie represents. It turns out he knew her well when at the end of the episode he is looking at a picture of them together. How well did he know her though? And why is he the only one out of his parish alive?????

Carol, though accepted and welcomed back to the group, still seems awkward and out of place. As the rest of the crew is now back from the sewer hell called the food bank and they are all eating and drinking happily, Carol removes herself and goes back to a car they had passed. Darryl followed her knowing that something was off with his girl. They are talking when a random car speeds past them-it's the car that took Beth!! They jump into the car and follow after it. MAYBE we will get an answer to where Beth is?!?!?!!?

Poor Bob is feeling overwhelmed so he goes outside of the church as well. He begins to cry and have a breakdown of sorts which leads me to believe that he was, in fact, bit and has to say goodbye to his beloved Sasha. That's when out of nowhere Bob is knocked out and abducted-the next scene is Bob waking up to Gareth. Gareth is talking about revenge and such-and that's when we see it: the most horrific thing since Lizzie looking at the flowers. Bob, our sweet, optimistic, happy go lucky Bob is the cannibals first victim. He is tied to a tree and sees that one of his legs has been removed-and Gareth and his friends are eating it. It's the most disturbing, disgusting thing that has ever happened on this show-which says a lot!

So far, the first two episodes have been nothing short of amazing. Our core group is back together (minus Beth and Bob), relationships are being deepened, tested (I feel an Abraham-Rick power struggle may happen in the future) and it's redeemed Carl a bit too. He's been surprisingly zen-ish and moral so far. And not so hot headed to his dad-which has been nice. This could be the best season thus far. I know I am counting down til Sunday!!! Oh, and on Sunday is my son's second playoff game which will determine if they go to the Super Bowl. So GO T-HAWKS TOO!!!! #47. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clooney steps out of the shallow pool-and it's a good look for him!

This past weekend, perennial bachelor George Clooney got married. It saddened and shocked many of his fans...and I can't understand why. He's been through a string of women, had never gotten close to marriage (since his divorce a LONG time ago) so maybe that's why people thought he would never marry again? I don't know. I find it more shocking that it has taken this long. Look, we all have a shelf life here. Even Mr. Clooney. At the end of the day, aside from the money and fame, he's a older man who probably realized (finally!) that he is not getting any younger and that if he wants to have a hope of settling down with someone who isn't only after his money and could carry a thoughtful conversation, this was his last shot. His history of women has been mostly arm candy that had been mutually beneficial and worked for both parties-they get notoriety and fame, he gets the candy. Win/Win. And as with most men, the arm candy aspect plays a big part. But sadly for most men (and Clooney), the arm candy comes with high maintenance standards that tends to become too much and they eventually part ways-perhaps drained in funds a bit, maybe even a little bitter. It ends as it has to because shallow can only last so long.  But this woman whom he married, Amal Alamuddin, has an established career as a human rights lawyer, is seemingly very smart and doesn't need his cash or fame. (And, to be a little cynical, Pop Culture Kelly also believes that old George mayhaps be dipping a toe soon into the political world. So instead of having arm candy as a wife, it looks much better to have a lawyer who has her sh*t together as a partner. Again, Win/Win). However you want to slice it, it seems like a decent match. George has spent many years basking in the shallow life so hopefully he enjoys the depth of having a partner who is independent and has her own career and her own thoughts. It will hopefully be a welcome change for old George. Pop Culture Kelly wishes them nothing but health, happiness and at least 5 years before the divorce rumors begin.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kanye-has a bigger Asshat existed?

Kanye West has made a career by showcasing his humongous ego that tends to overshadow what a decent rapper he is. It's a shame really. For someone who actually has a modicum of talent, it's a waste. It's a waste how he's chosen to be, to live, to marry and now how to behave in a manner so disgusting that I have a hard time writing about it. But I will. Because it's my duty to report on all kinds of this nonsense and my one loyal reader has a right to hear this from the view of Pop Culture Kelly!

It all began with a concert in Australia last weekend. Asshat West (how he will be referred to from here on in) commanded everyone in the audience to stand and dance while he performed. He noticed that two people were not standing. As anyone with an ego that size would assume, it was all about him. He felt that these two people were killin his vibe by not dancing so what else could he and his enormous ego do??? Call them out on it of course! I mean, just because they were sitting in the special handicapped seating area allotted for people who like to go to concerts but are PHYSICALLY UNABLE to stand, and the fact that they were the only two who's seats had giant wheels, who the hell did they think they were??? They were attending a concert by a man who compares himself to Jesus-actually nicknamed himself Yeezus. Of course they should do what medicine, science and physics cause them to physically be unable to do-Yeezus said so!!! If that's not bad enough, in a piss poor attempt to redeem himself via what SHOULD have been positive P.R, Asshat agreed to play basketball against children who are handicapped and in wheelchairs. What could go wrong?!?!?!? (Full article here: http://dailycurrant.com/2014/09/17/kanye-scores-106-points-against-wheelchair-basketball-team). Well. First of all, Asshat wouldn't play the kids using a wheelchair (as he initially promised), he would play them "normal". And he had all his crew that were with him play "normal" as well. Against handicapped children in wheelchairs. Yeah. Asshat then made it a million times worse by going all in on the kids and defeating them by 106 points. Because, why not??? He's "normal". Why should he, Yeezus himself, take it easy on handicapped children??? They should be "normal" like he is! To invade his space with things like physical disabilities is just wrong. It's wrong of those two people who paid good money to see a shitty show and it's wrong of these amazing, heroic children to dare be in his world with their "un-normal" issues. Pfffffffffffffffffffft. Poor Asshat and all he has to deal with! Hopefully he dries his tears with crisp hundred dollar bills and retreats to his million dollar lair to escape these kinds of people.

At this point, I think the only way he can redeem himself is by single handily taking ISIS down. And even that might not do it. I generally don't hate celebrities (unless it's Gwyneth Paltrow whom I loathe) but I can honestly say, 110%, that I hate him. I hate him for how he must have made those concert goers feel, how he must have made those kids feel, how he married into the most shallow family on the planet who will do nothing but kiss his stupid ass and enlarge that already out of control ego and not tell him what a disgusting "human" being he is...and I hate how he isn't really being held responsible for this. As my friend Donde suggested, all celebrities should rally together and push him, his stupid wife and her horrendous family out of Hollywood forever. To me, the lack of remorse is unforgivable. If celebrities won't take the lead, Donde and I have plane tickets bought to get this thing started. Let's do this one and all! Let's not buy or watch a West/Kardashian-related thing until they are out of our faces forever. Please! We can do this!!!!!!!!!!! With one common goal we can achieve anything...think of an Asshat/Kartrashian free existence. It can happen if we all work together!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11-Thirteen years later

It's hard for me to remember where I was yesterday, but I will never forget exactly where I was thirteen years ago today. I was working in a nursing home at that time and I had my morning ritual with one of the patients: we would read the paper together, watch the news and gossip. It was my favorite part of the day and I think it was hers too. It was just another morning-until it wasn't. Until we saw the horrific footage of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center and neither of us were able to process what was happening. I will never forget the horror on her face, the tears streaming down and her continually repeating "This can't be real. This can't be real". None of us quite knew what was happening but we knew that whatever it was, we would forever be changed. And we have been. We always refer to life "before 9/11" because it was a different existence for us. We were naive. We thought that this only happened in other countries, that our safety and freedom could never be compromised at that level. We were violated, shaken to the core, horrified, terrified, humbled, profoundly devastated and affected in every single way. Last night I was talking to someone who said something that resonated with me. We were talking about 9/11 and the upcoming anniversary and he said "Remember how everyone was after? Remember how nice people were to each other?" He was right (yes this is admitted in print! lol). We had come together in a way that I had never witnessed before-we were ALL affected. Every single one of us. You would walk down the street and people were just as haunted as you were. They were scared, sad, grieving...no-one was alone. For the first time that I could remember, we all had something in common-we all lost something that day. Every single one of us. We lost that naivete' that we once had that we were safe above all else. That false sense of security that, for whatever reason, we were the country that was impenetrable. And we all came together in that, which was something truly beautiful that came out of something so truly horrific. We were all kind to each other. We had a camaraderie in all that had happened. Pettiness, bullshit, un-important crap was all put in perspective and we realized that what mattered was being kind, showing the people that we love how much we do love them, living a life that almost 3,000 Americans were so tragically robbed of that day. We were aware of how short life is and how it can be taken at any time, without warning. It shocked us into a new reality and we haven't been the same since. Terrorism is now a part of our lives. Flying was forever changed, traveling in general has been changed as well. But, the strength, the heroism, the kindness of what happened in the aftermath is something that should always be remembered and is a mindset that we should have daily. Because, if for nothing else, today should be a day that we reflect and honor every single person involved in 9-11 and try to be conscious of how we are to the people we love and to strangers alike.

Today my thoughts are with every single one of those people who lost their lives that day-and for their loved ones who have to go on without them. My thoughts are with the First Responders who so bravely rushed in while everyone was rushing out. My thoughts are with everyone who lost something that day-which is all of us. I hope that we can go back to that kindness mindset that happened after the devastation-and to that mindset that there is NOTHING in this life that should be taken for granted. If you have something to say to someone, say it before it's too late. If you've been waiting for next month, next year to do something that you can do today-do it. This life is so short and it can be taken at any given second. Honor those who lost their lives so horrendously and live a good, grateful, kind life. And never, ever forget.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pop Culture break: Dating

So I am once again taking a break from blogging about pop culture to blog about something that is happening in my life: dating. Now, dating is not a new thing. Dating has been done for a million years. We're not re-inventing the wheel here. But, over this past summer, I've dated more than I've dated in a long time. Little bit of disclosure: I had some heartbreak earlier this year and as much as it devastated me, it opened my eyes as well. I had been so opposed to dating, so opposed to getting hurt that I was hiding and when I did fall, it brought out a whole bunch of stuff I was trying to keep buried.  But now, I'm not. And as much of a pain in the ass that dating can be, it can also be quite fun. I've met some very interesting men. There is one who I connected emotionally but who is really hurt still himself. He's a wonderful man, amazingly smart, handsome, funny as hell and I hope he will be in my life forever in any capacity, not just romantic. Another one I met was also very kind but just no spark. Again, very nice, good man. The most recent one not so much-but you have to take the good with the bad. He definitely made me realize I have to follow my instincts and not get sucked in to what sounds good on the surface. But he made me feel adored, we had fun and that was a great feeling to have while it lasted. I will be dating more, I will be keeping my options open but I wanted to address this because A. It's happening and this is my blog and I can write what I want to! and B. Some of my friends are going through this as well and have their own stories-and we're in this together. Our end game is the same but for now, I'm learning to enjoy things as they come. To be open to new experiences and to new people. To not be so guarded and hidden. And it's kind of nice to be honest. I still am hoping for that happy ending but in the meantime, until it comes, I'm going to have fun and enjoy things as they happen. And I wish that for my friends as well. We got this peeps!!! #teamdating

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brad and Angelina-they just rule

Something major happened FIVE days ago in Pop Culture (which is like five years in real, less dramatic time)-Brangelina got married. Secretly!!!!! Not one leak, not one word, not one clue. For five days. They are the biggest super couple on the planet and they managed to get married in secret. How crazy is that???? THEY are the ones who announced it. On their terms. Which is why they are the super stars that they are-they are two of the very few who are able to control their press. They give us drops when THEY want to. They let us know things when THEY want to. They have a circle so tight that they can be married for almost a week and not one of their people would leak it. It's pretty phenomenal, especially in this day and age. I know I'm probably in the minority but I've always like Le Jolie. I never really got the whole Jennifer Aniston/America's sweetheart thing. So when Brad got with Angelina, I felt like they were pretty well matched. Both are humanitarians, both clearly love children and they both are so physically perfect in polar opposite ways that they just made sense to me. He's blonde, warm, fun-she's cool, got street cred and intense. To me, they balance each other out well. I am all for this union and I applaud/deeply respect how they went about getting married on the down low, on their own terms. Pop Culture Kelly approves of this marriage (they asked, they care!) and I wish them nothing but further success and happiness in the future. And more gorgeous babies if they so choose- because that is one freakin good looking family!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A sad day for Pop Culture Kelly-RIP Robin Williams

This is a blog I never thought I would have to write-the passing of Robin Williams. From my Facebook and Twitter feeds, it seems to have sucker-punched a lot of people and has made such a sad impact. We first got to know him as "Mork" on "Mork and Mindy". I used to watch that with my sister and parents growing up and it was one of our favorites. He was so funny and crazy-he made us laugh and I know we looked forward to watching it together as a family.And when he shifted into movies, he continued to make us laugh-then cry with his more dramatic roles. The standouts to me are as follows: Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam and Dead's Poet Society. Aladdin is my favorite because it's the first Disney movie I watched with my son and it's one that we still love to watch today. Good Will Hunting is my second favorite because, for me, he was just incredible playing a character that could have been so different if not acted by him. He was tough, funny, sweet, hurt, bereaved but most off (and in all of his movies) he was kind. He had the kindest eyes of any actor. He could deliver a line meant to be crass but there was always a kindness in his delivery and a twinkle in his eye. He just made things better. And I'm truly sad and sorry he's gone.

Depression and mental health issues have to be addressed more, they just have to be. From personal experience, I know the depths of depression and how isolating it can feel. It feels like your drowning with no hope of getting out of it. There IS hope if you allow there to be. This man, that I didn't know but for watching him act in movies, has deeply saddened me because he thought the only way out of his despair was to kill himself. It's never the way. There is ALWAYS hope. There is ALWAYS one person out there who loves you, cares for you and will never be the same without you around, that will throw you the life saver you need if you allow them to.

I will end this blog with one of my favorite movie monologues: Robin Williams as Sean Maguire. RIP kind sir. You've left us with great memories. <3

So if I asked you about art you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo? You know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that. If I asked you about women you’d probably give me a syllabus of your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. I ask you about war, and you’d probably, uh, throw Shakespeare at me, right? “Once more into the breach, dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap and watched him gasp his last breath, looking to you for help. And if I asked you about love you probably quote me a sonnet. But you’ve never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone could level you with her eyes. Feeling like! God put an angel on earth just for you…who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn’t know what it’s like to be her angel and to have that love for her to be there forever. Through anything. Through cancer. You wouldn’t know about sleeping sitting’ up in a hospital room for two months holding her hand because the doctors could see in your eyes that the term visiting hours don’t apply to you. You don’t know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself. I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. I look at you; I don’t see an intelligent, confident man; I see a cocky, scared shitless kid. But you’re a genius, Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine and you ripped my fuckin’ life apart. You’re an orphan right? Do you think I’d know the first thing about how hard ! your life has been, how you feel, who you are because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally, I don’t give a shit about all that, because you know what? I can’t learn anything from you I can’t read in some fuckin’ book. Unless you wanna talk about you, who you are. And I’m fascinated. I’m in. But you don’t wanna do that, do you, sport? You’re terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.

Friday, August 8, 2014

True Blood is getting back to good...with only a few episodes left t =(

The last recap I put up about True Blood, I was complaining about the lack of soul that the show used to be about. Welp peoples, color Pop Culture Kelly surprised because it's as if the writers listened and we're back on True Blood track! Plots are moving forward without complete character destruction, there is the trademark Eric and Pam humor (thankfully!!) and the redemption of poor, sick, put upon Bill. Sookie is still Sookie, though she at least did mourn Alcide for an episode, so that was nice. But other characters that  have been tossed aside like Arlene, Holly, Ginger, Hoyt, and Lafayette are getting to be front and center which is great because it's characters like these are what made True Blood so unique. They are true, southern, down home folk who happen to have vampires and werewolves as neighbors and are trying to deal with that reality. It's a lot to deal with yo.

I'm going to sum up the past two episodes for my Kim who has missed them. They won't be lengthy and specific but it should catch you up so we can get back to normal and watch together again! #missed you.

Lafayette threw a party the day after Alcide's death. Alcide's father and step mother were involved, as was the entire town. It would be a "Celebration of life" party, the way Alcide would have wanted it. A reluctant Sookie decided to just go with it as she really had little choice. At the party, Bill arrived with flowers and a ton of boring, sepia colored flashbacks. Basically he was a good man who wants to go back to being that. #redemption.  Arlene, little miss "no-vamp, now way" has been having feelings for a very HOT vampire Keith. And he has taken a liking to her as well. She has a VERY hot and heavy dream about him but she knows that cannot be a reality. The sweetest part of the show was when he and Arlene were together at the bar and they were the only two there. Arlene told him that as much as she wants him, she's infected with Hep V and they can't be together that way. He looked at her and said "That's ok. We'll just dance instead". She put her head on his shoulder and it was just the sweetest thing. Arlene truly deserves happiness. Sookie did grieve that night, but now her grief has turned into helping Bill as he is getting sicker from the Hep V. Sookie and Bill hook up again (#shocker).

Sam is still trying to decide whether or not to leave town as per Nicole's ultimatum. That's been his storyline. So....yeah. Poor Sam.

Hoyt is in town to bury his dead mother. He has no memory of Jason but Jason is eyeing Hoyt's very attractive girlfriend that he brought to town with him. Jason cannot help being Jason! Jessica is trying to track down Holly's son and Andy's daughter Adeline. They are the Cersei and Jamie of True Blood (not really but will be step-siblings soon!). They are trapped in a Fifty Shades of Grey nightmare hosted by Jason's now ex-girlfriend Violet. You see, Violet is a bit...territorial. And she doesn't take kindly to her man sleeping with other girls-or vampires. Named Jessica. So Violet is now on a mission to destroy Jessica and she is starting with someone she knows is very connected to Jess-Adeline. This will not end well. At all.

Eric and Pam are on a mission to kill Sarah Newlin. Eric ALMOST does it-twice-but gets thwarted by those pesky Japanese peeps. Eric and Pam meet Sarah's sister, who is a Hep V infected vamp. It turns out Sarah is the cure for Hep V! She drank it whilst fleeing from the Hep V factory and can now save all Hep V infected vamps. It's what keeps her sister from killing her, though her sister ended up getting killed by Eric anyway. Eric, Pam and the Japanese men have Sarah in their sights...we find out this Sunday if they let her live and heal the infected or kill her dead. #True dead.

I think that about sums it up! Kim, we have to watch the rest of the episodes and finish this series out. I'm going to be sad when it's over...now that it's getting back to good!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The featherweight battle of the stars...

Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom. Didn't think you'd ever read about these two being together, never mind having a fight, right??? Me either! But it happened. In Ibiza Spain (of course). I've got all the info from super secret spies...ok, just reading tabloids but whatevs. So here's the back-story as this has been heating up for quite a while now:

A few years back, Justin was rumored to have had an affair with Orlando's then wife Miranda Kerr. They were spotted canoodling at a Victoria's Secret runway show. A few months later, Orlando and Miranda announced their divorce. To add to this little triangle, a few months back Orlando was spotted with Justin's ex Selena Gomez, with whom Justin is very much on and off with. To say there is bad blood there is probably an understatement. They were bound to run into each other somewhere, and this somewhere happened to be in Spain. Because, why not. So apparently what happened is that the two parties were dining separately at Cipriani's. As they were leaving, Justin said something rude about Miranda (I'm guessing it was along the lines of "I had her and what?!?!?") and Orlando went to punch him. Justin ducked and that's when Justin's security team got involved and broke up the fight. So there wasn't any actual contact but still...it's enough to cause this blog! Look, I'm not a fan of Justin but he's a punk kid who has waaaaaaaaay too much money and time on his hands. Someone needs to put him in check, like a parent or a rehab counselor. As a human girl, I like Orlando (hello Will Turner!) but I feel that he could have just walked away and not gotten dragged in to Justin's drama. But alas, he did. Miranda is said to be "embarrassed" by the whole fight, but what she SHOULD be embarrassed about is cheating on Legolas with a child. Just sayin.

I will keep you all posted as this situation develops. I hope it doesn't go the way of the Beyonce/Jay-Z/Salonge drama and just fizzle...because that's just boring. Happy Friday y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blogging for Alcide (thanks for the title Steph!)...True Blood venting

So we are three episodes in to "True Blood" and a LOT has happened. I know this is the final season, and I really want to like it as I have watched from the beginning and read all the books from start to finish. But they aren't making it easy. I feel like they are going "Game of Thrones" and killing off anyone and everyone, which isn't really true to the series nor the books. When someone died on True Blood, there was mourning. There was time to process. There was respect to the character. Tara died within the first 10 seconds of the premiere and the only one mourning her in any real way is her abusive mom her made her life hell. Because that's fair. Not her best friend, cousin, not her maker in any real way...nope. The woman who made her life hell. Awesome.  So then the next big death comes in the form of Alcide. MY Alcide. Alcide who was not only a wolf but a sweet and sensitive soul. And handsome. And sensitive. And  sweet and handsome. Sigh. It's hard to blog about so bear with me. One of my best friends Stephanie and I were talking about this and we both agree that we are the only ones mourning him. Sookie has this God-awful pseudo-hero complex going on where she feels the need to "help" Bon Temps because she is the one that gets everyone killed. Well, DUUUUH!!!  So the common denominator is in all the deaths in all of Bon Temps is Sookie...then GO! Leave!! All these people die because of you and stick around so MORE can die??? Makes no sense. They've completely ruined the Sookie character. She used to be so likeable, so strong and southern. Now she's just the eye of a storm, selfish and can't see that maybe changing up some patterns would in fact save people's lives. Novel idea, no??? So, in a nut shell, MY Alcide died to protect her selfish ass. The episodes DO seem to be getting better though. This past Sunday felt a little more true to the show because we had Pam and Eric's epic flashback on how Fangtasia came about. The fact that it used to be a video store and Pam taking Fangtasia's idea directly from poor Ginger was perfect and so very Pam. Terry coming back to Arlene while she lay dying was just the sweetest thing...it brought a tear, not going to lie. Terry is very missed. And seeing Arlene's kids and Sookie FINALLY going to see them was long overdue. Stephanie doesn't agree with me, but I still heart Bill. I like the fact that he is on a mission to redeem himself, how they flash back to pre-vamp Bill and he was a good man and good father. Those qualities stuck with him and I'm glad he's going back to that. Jessica having such regret for killing those fairies is something I am liking too but we knew them for like 5 seconds. Someone mourning Tara and Alcide like that would be nice!  And everyone working together, including Pam and Eric, was really good to see too. All the core characters coming together is always a good thing. I just hope the rest of the season goes the way of this past episode. I really want it to end well and end TRUE. It's not called "Fake Blood", it's called TRUE BLOOD. Let's keep it true, shall we????

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Game of Thrones Finale: Thanks to Tyrion the "throne" has new meaning...

So the finale happened =( It had it's share of "holy crap!!!" moments to be sure, but it lacked a certain "finale-ish" quality. I don't know. Maybe I was still processing how Tyrion actually had the cajones to kill his father whilst on the toilet? Could be. But it was a really good episode with lots that happened, so let's get into it!

We see Jon Snow again (thankfully!) very much alive and going to meet with Mance. Mance agrees to meet with him and they sit down for a very civil discussion. Jon states that he's there because he wants to end this war, Mance tells him that he knows the Watchers are down to about 50 men and will never beat them. All he wants is the safety of the wall for himself and his men as he knows winter is coming and they will never survive the White Walkers out there. They need the protection of the wall. Jon knows his men will never go for it, but then they drink to Ygritte with real alcohol instead of wine (which poor Jon is not used to!) and are disrupted by shouting. Mance asks if Jon set him up and Jon says no. He's just as surprised as Mance is. They go out to see what is going on and its an army-STANNIS BARATHEON'S ARMY! HOLY CRAP!! Did not see that one coming! Stannis and Mance have a "who's is bigger" type showdown with Stannis insisting he's the King and Mance insisting he has no King-and that he's not exactly dressed for the weather. LOL.  Mance says a few times he will never kneel-and he ain't lyin. He doesn't. Jon introduces himself to Stannis as Ned Stark's son and you can't really tell if Stannis believes him or not. Stannis asks Jon what Ned would do. Jon tells him that since Mance had him as a hostage and did not mistreat him, Ned would do the same. They take Mance, and Jon heads back to the wall where the men are burning all of the bodies. Through the flames Jon sees Melisandre...oh 7 hells. That's never good. He then takes Ygrittes body to burn it-and I don't think she ever looked that pretty. Death really becomes her. Jon walks away from the burning body in tears. Jon has become the leader he was meant to be...but I have a feeling his tests are only beginning.

So remember with Prince Oberyn we had a bit of a Princess Bride thing going on? Well it happened again-the Mountain is only MOSTLY dead it seems! Cersei is having some warlock-lookin "doctor" get The Mountain mostly alive. She is warned that he could be "changed"-she doesn't care. She just wants her protection back. So where else does she go? To go see daddy. She tells Tywin she will never marry Loras and that if he tries to force her to, she will expose their family. He genuinely doesn't know what she could expose them about. She cannot believe that her father doesn't know but then she realizes how he couldn't know-he was too busy idealizing his dream of a dynasty to actually see his children for what they were. And it's then she drops the bomb-her children are Jamie's and NOT the rightful Kings. For the first time in all 4 seasons (and probably ever), we see Tywin like we never have before: he's shaken. He doesn't believe it."Your legacy is a lie" Cersei spews before running off to Jamie. She declares that she's in love with him, that she's choosing him and that she told their father. Jamie looks scared but then Cersei kisses him and all his fear goes away. Ewwwe.

Dany is sitting on her throne seeing all the city folk that have issues that she created freeing the slaves-which turns out to be a lot. An elderly gentleman tells her that he had it made with his master and she effed up his good life! Dany seems baffled that all her good work is not working out. She allows the man to sell himself back to his master. Another man comes in with the charred remains of his three year old daughter-all thanks to that rascal dragon Drogo who has gone missing. Dany goes to the two dragons that are still somewhat behaved and chains them up. They cry and so does she. She's devastated to do this as she is the breaker of chains, but dragons will be dragons and she cannot have them burning up innocent children.I hope they develop Dany more next season. I feel like a lot of time was wasted with her.

We see Bran and company still looking for that tree. They FINALLY freakin find it-and it's all Bran thought it would be and more. They walk towards it when suddenly Jojen is grabbed at his feet and pulled by a skeleton. This is what happens to un-burned bodies here! Hodor goes to help him but is overcome by fear-Bran does his "eyes in the back of his head thing", takes over Hodor and fights off the skeletons. One skeleton gets Jojen and stabs him over and over. His sister sees this and runs to his side. Jojen tells her to run but she won't-until what appears to be a child tells them to run to her. His sister mercifully kills Jojen and the child throws fireballs at the skeletons to kill them and-throws one at Jojen so that he won't turn. They run into the tree and the child leads them down a cave of tree roots. Hodor puts Bran down and Bran crawls towards the person sitting in the middle of a bunch of roots-it's the "three-eyed raven" Bran would see in visions. He informs them that Jojen knew of his death and brought them all there anyway. He tells Bran that he will never walk again-but that he WILL fly. Dayyyum!

Next up we see Brienne waking up pissed at Pod because he lost the horses. #lovethem. Brienne then sees Arya doing her sword practice. Arya is mesmerized by the statuesque woman in armor. Arya asks her how she became a knight and Brienne basically tells her that she's not a knight but can fight like one! Her father only trained her when she wouldn't quit fighting-and losing-to the boys. Arya looks empowered by this. The Hound comes over and breaks up girl time. He stumbles over and Brienne gives him the most kick ass greeting that I will be using from here on in: "Seven blessings to you sir"  I LOVE HER! The Hound has no time for pleasantry's and demands to know who she is. Pod recognizes the Hound and tells Brienne who he is. Brienne then realizes that the girl is Arya and apologizes to her for not keeping her mother safe. She tells Arya she made a vow to her mother that she would find Arya and bring her to safety. The Hound scoffs and says " Her Aunt's dead. Her mother's dead. Her father's dead. Her brother's are dead. She HAS no safety." #truth. The Hound has a point but Brienne will keep her word.  Sensing what was coming, Arya runs and Pod runs after her. Hound and Brienne begin to fight (the scenery was AMAZING. I think they filmed it in Ireland and it was gorgeous. I had to watch again when I could ignore the ensuing fight to really take in the beauty but it was stunning) and the fight  was soooo good but sooo bad since I didn't want either one of them to die. At first it was a skillful sword fight that turned into a ghetto "I'm gonna bite your ear off Hound" kind of fight!!! She ripped his ear off like it was a piece of steak, Hound kicked Brienne so hard in her lady parts that she almost spit out her womb...it was nasty. But Brienne got the upper hand and sent Hound spiraling over the cliff. She started screaming "ARYA!!!! ARYA!!!" and finds Pod who had lost her. Poor Pod probably got his butt handed to him but we won't find out until next season =( Arya comes upon the Hound who looks mostly dead as well. She asks him if he's dying and he says he is. He tells her to go with Brienne because she won't last a day alone. Arya says no, she won't go with her. Hound can see her resolve and says sadly "Ok. Remember where the heart is". Awwe. He really does care for her. He begs Arya to kill him, to cross his name off her list but she just stares at him. She goes over to him, takes his money and leaves without a word. Hound screams for her to just kill him but she's already gone. The Hound taught her well. It was a sad end to their relationship though. Arya has become hardened and bitter, and The Hound grew softer because of her.

FINALLY we see Tyrion!! He's still alive, awaiting his death sentence the following day. Jamie opens the door and tells his brother that he does in fact have friends and they are breaking him out. Varys helped Jamie get him out and he's waiting for Tyrion upstairs. Since this is probably the last time they will see each other, Jamie and Tyrion share a heartfelt, wordless hug. Their love for each other is deep and they don't need to say it. Tyrion goes but not to Varys-he goes to find Tywin. I think he went to find Tywin because he needed that last bit of validation, of closure. But what he got instead was a naked Shae waiting for her "Lion" Tywin. Tyrion's betrayal overcomes him and he attacks Shae. She fights back but when he manages to grab her necklace, he pulls it tight and chokes the life out of her. When he snaps out of his rage, he whispers "I'm sorry" and gets up. He grabs a crossbow and goes to find Tywin. And he does find him...while on the actual throne-the toilet. Tyrion is broken and confronts his father about how he knew that he always hated him, always wanted him dead. Twyin admits it but wants to talk somewhere that isn't the toilet. Tyrion isn't having a change of scenery just to appease Tywin and speaks of the betrayal with Tyrion's only love Shae. Tywin flippantly asks "Who, the whore?"  Tyrion warns him not to call her that again-and of course he does. Tyrion shoots him! Stunned, Tywin falls back but I don't believe he thinks Tyrion will actually kill him. Tywin says "You're no son of mine". That's when Tyrion digs deep and says "Oh I am YOUR son. I have always been YOUR son" and shoots the crossbow again, right into Tywin's heart. Tyrion then goes to Varys, who immediatly knows something is wrong. "What did you do???" Varys asks. Tyrion says nothing. Varys helps him into the crate with breathing holes and the crate gets loaded on a boat. Bells begin to sound as Varys walks to return to the castle. He looks back at the crate, thinks better of it and goes and sits next to it. I smell a Varys/Tyrion show next season!!

Arya found Brienne's horse and rides off into the sunset-kind of. She spots a fleet of ships and goes up to the Captain. She asks where they're going, says she will work and sleep on the floor. He tells her they're going to Braavos, which is no place for her. She finds her piece of iron that the creepy man from season 2 gave her and said the magic words he told her to use: "Valar Morghulis" which translates to: All men must die. That very much gets the Captain's attention, he promises her a cabin and off they sail toward Braavos, Arya all alone.

What a season!!! I would argue that this was the best one yet. If Peter Dinklage does not get an Emmy for his work as Tyrion, Valar Morghulis indeed!!!He has been nothing short of spectacular all season long. And this might be just me, but I hope the Hound lives. I hope he's only mostly dead too because the relationship he developed with Arya was redeeming him. The one and only flaw from this season that I can see is that Jamie raped Cersei and there was never any more mention of it. Rape is so commonplace on this show but to see Jamie do it unsettles me to this day. Otherwise, this will be a LONG ten months until it's return. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!!! I will be recapping "True Blood" now that Games is over =( Hope to see you all then!!! =)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Another break from pop culture: Relationships. Oh yeah, we're going there!

Relationships. Familial relationships, relationships with friends, loved ones-we all have them. Most are complicated, or can be for certain periods of time. We may not understand our parents, fight with our siblings, go to couples counseling...basically nothing is perfect. What prompted this here blog is a conversation I had with someone, who is like my brother, and is going through a breakup. He is heartbroken and quite honestly it pisses me off. Yes it PISSES ME OFF. I hate to see someone I love in pain of course, but it's more than that. It's the utter disregard we seem to have for other people's feelings. It seems especially as we get older, it happens more often. My inner circle knows that for the past few months I've been struggling with the actions (or in-actions honestly) of someone I was in a relationship with. After speaking with my friend and hearing the story, it's eerily similar what is happening to him had happened to me. I have had quite a few relationships in my day, and I have to say that I can't ever remember things being as bad as they are now with how people handle things. I mean, you would think the older we get the more we would value others and how they feel, right? That we would tread a little more carefully because with age supposedly comes wisdom-and we wisely value other people who actually care about us, right?!?!? WRONG! I had better endings in high school than I've had the past few years and my friend has too. So, to be Carrie-esque here, I have to wonder: Why are we so irresponsible with others and their feelings? About a year ago, I started dating someone who my friends aptly nicknamed "Turtledove". He was very sweet, very nice but there was no magic there. I tried hard to like him because good men are truly hard to find, but I just couldn't make myself like him the way he liked me. So, ashamed to say, I just started distancing myself from him. It killed me to think of having THAT conversation with him. But, he kept pursuing so I finally had to. And he took it well. He was upset, sure. But he would have been a million times more upset had we not had that talk. And he had closure. There were no open endings, nothing to misinterpret or misunderstand, it was done maturely and respectfully and there was a finality to it. He was able to move on completely. That is a gift I'm finding more and more hard to come by. Some people never get that closure and though "experts" claim we don't need it, I disagree. I think we really do. My closure over someone I was in love with years ago came to me in a dream. We no longer spoke, my heart was broken and he had moved on. He wasn't about to give me anything, never mind closure. This went on for a while and then it's almost like my mind had to have it-so it came in a dream. In my dream I was able to get the apology I had so wanted and I also got to apologize-which is something I had badly wanted to do as well. Because it would never happen in real life, I had to dream about it in order to let it go. It's what I needed to finally let go and move on myself.. But does it really have to come to that? I don't think so. I think the more we distance ourselves and avoid, the more we hurt people. And it's a really selfish, cowardly act in general. No one deserves that, especially not someone with whom you were close to. So, in short, just try to be kind. Try to value people that actually do care about you and think about their best interest, as well as your own. Karma is a real bitch and she keeps notes. You want to be on her good side, because it all does come back around eventually. And I hope for my friend, and myself as well, that we find people who will value us and our feelings. It may be with these people or may not be. But in the end, we deserve to have people who would do anything to NOT hurt us. Because we're good enough. We're smart enough. And gosh darn it, people like us! You're welcome for the obscure SNL reference =) Just be kind and thoughtful. That is the moral of this here story.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GOT recap: Castle Black

Have you processed last week's GOT? I still have not. I wanted so badly to have a big "Dallas" scene where Prince Oberyn comes out of the shower saying "It was all a dream. I beat the Mountain, Tyrion is safe and all is right with the world!". Alas, that didn't happen =(  This will be an unusually easy episode to recap as we have one main scene: The battle for Castle Black. I must admit, I have not particularly enjoyed all the Castle Black lead up. But this past Sunday's episode lived up to the hype! The special effects were pretty damn amazing. We had giants AND mammoths. Giants riding mammoths! Giants shooting fiery arrows! It was pretty damn cool. But this episode mostly showed the strength (and weaknesses) of it's watchers. Jon Snow dominated and (le sigh) he lived!

The episode begins with Sam and Jon on the wall lamenting  their impending deaths, and Sam is mourning what he thinks is Gilly's death. He asks Jon what it was like to "be" with a woman. Jon, ever the gentleman, kind of sidesteps it, basically says it's amazing but says "I'm not a damn poet!" Jon was kind of surprised that Sam would contemplate breaking his vows, but Sam found a loophole: the vows state never to marry or have children, but says nothing about getting one's groove on. Jon is highly impressed and so was I. Never underestimate Sam the Man!!! Sam then goes to the library because he cannot shake the horrors of what he thinks happened to Gilly. Master Aemon appears and asks why Sam is burning precious candles just to read. Sam can't get Gilly out of his mind and that's when Master Aemon reminds Sam that he too was once young and in love. Sam gets startled and says "NO! I don't love her". Master Aemon says "oh yes you do boy" and that leaves Sam all riled up. Master Aemon says "Nothing makes the past as sweet a place to visit than imminent death". #TRUTH. Sam leaves the library and hears a scuttle: It's Gilly trying to get into the castle!!! Pyp is still abiding by the rules like they aren't going to die soon and refuses to let her in. Sam swears and tells him to open the damn gate. Pyp never heard Sam swear before-Sam says to get used to it! hahahahaha. Gilly comes in and Sam embraces her with the promise to never leave her again-until a few minutes later when he brings her to a room he feels she will be safe in. She calls him out on breaking his promise not even five minutes after making it and he says that he must fight and that he will be back for her. Lets hope.

Ser Alliser and Jon are looking out and see the night sky will up with flames, signaling that the battle will begin. It's really cool how they did that. Ser Alliser admits to Jon that he should have listened to Jon and blocked the tunnels but he couldn't be second guessed in front of all his men. I wanted to him to tell Jon that he underestimated and deep down likes him, but nope. He basically said  "I still don't like you and your girlfriend should have finished you off". Oh well. I will say that if you ever find yourself in a battle with giants, mammoths and cannibals, Ser Alliser is who you want to lead you. While they are up on the wall sending flaming arrows down to try to stop the impending thousands heading their way, they are unable to keep them at bay. The wildlings-lead by Ygritte, get through the south doors and Ser Alliser turns the top of the wall over to another Ser (who ends up hiding with Gilly. Yup.) and heads down the elevator. He gives a surging rally speech to his men about not dying today and goes sword first into the fray. He can be a jerk but he's not a hypocritical jerk-he went right into the thick of the fight. He is impressive but ultimately gets hurt and his men have to take him to safety. Alliser screams "HOLD DOWN THE GATE!!!" He knows if they get through the gate, they are in trouble. Meanwhile, Sam is trying to train Pyp how to use a crossbow. Sam steps up BIG as he has his girl and her baby to live for now. Pyp shot his first wildling and was so proud-then Ygritte ends up shooting him with an arrow right through the heart. Sam pleads for Pyp to stay alive but to no avail. Sam is PISSED. He takes the crossbow and heads up to the top of the wall to get Jon and more men. They are clearly losing this battle. Ollie, the little boy they took in when the wildlings killed and ate his parents, is terrified and helpless. Sam tells him that he has to get Sam up (and the back down) the elevator and he knows Ollie can do it. Ollie regains some sense and starts the elevator. Sam tells Ollie to get a weapon. Ollie obliges.

On the top of the wall Jon and company are doing what they can to keep the wildlings from getting up the wall and near the gate. There are giants and mammoths that are trying to take down the gate! When Sam reaches Jon and tells him what's going on downstairs, Jon again hands the wall over telling his men to "light them all up". And they DO! Jon and Sam go down the elevator where Jon takes in all that's going on-and he is fired up! This has been three years in the making here and he is ready for it. Jon is fighting with the biggest, ugliest cannibal there and then Ygritte see him and Jon fighting. Ygritte has them in her sight-you think she will kill the cannibal since she warned them all that Jon Snow was her kill, or that she will kill Jon right there but she does neither. Jon gets hold of a hammer and nails it into the guys skull. YES!!! Jon then sees Ygritte but doesn't see her taking aim at him, he just sees her. And he smiles. Swoooooooon. It's the sweetest smile because with all the fighting and killing around them, and despite the crossbow in her hands, his gut reaction is HAPPY to see her. And she is confused. But that lasts all of a second because an arrow "perforates" (thank you JT!!! lol) her and she falls to the ground. Jon runs after her, looks up and sees little Ollie who nods like "you're welcome". Jon holds her in his arms and she once again reminds him "You know nothing Jon Snow". Then she says "We should have stayed in the cave" and dies in Jon's arms. The poetic justice of Ollie killing his parents killer and Ygritte being difficult til the end was really poignant. Jon takes a minute to mourn then goes back to killing. With the giants and the mammoth failing to take down the gate, and all but one wildling (Tormund) surviving in the battle, the wildlings retreat. The men on top of the wall cheer (but are told to keep it down! lol) but it's Jon who feels the defeat of his lost Ygritte and the promise that the wildlings will be back the next night. Sam runs to Gilly who says "See? I promised" and they kiss!!! It was SO SWEET!!! Sam has become a man-and what a good man. He is smarter, braver and just an all around better man for meeting Gilly and falling in love. Le sigh. Sam goes to find Jon who informs him that he is going to see Mance to kill him. Jon knows that Mance is the one he has to face down in order for the wildlings to stop-and they won't stop as long as Mance is leading this fight. Sam tries to get Jon to stay but there is no other option. So Sam escorts Jon to the gate and tells him to make sure he stays alive and to "come back". Then Jon leaves Castle Black behind him and goes to find Mance.

It was a really great episode. The special effects were phenomenal but the growth of characters we love is what really drove it. Plus, our favorites stayed alive!! YESSSSSSSSS!!!

Next week is the finale. I'm so scared. I can't believe it's almost over...but Tyrion better live. That's all I have to say about that!!! =)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Game of Thrones....The Mountain vs The Red Viper vs The Shocked Viewers

Ummmm...so Game Of Thrones happened last night. I honestly don't even know how to start this as I my mouth is still gaped open and though I shielded my eyes, I cannot un-see what I know happened. HOLY CRAP. A lot of stuff happened and I will do my best to make sense out of it.

The episode begins with Ygritte and friends invading the brothel where Gilly and the baby are suppose to be "safe" (Oh simple Sam). Ygritte hears the baby, finds Gilly terrified and holding him, and allows them to live. Yiggy has gone soft yo. News travels back to the wall that the brothel was invaded and Sam is beside himself. His boys try to console him, telling him that Gilly fought a white walker-she's a tough chick. They try to strategize how they will win when the inevitable wall battle comes to their door. They don't know what they'll do.

Khaleesi's crew is all bathing, men on one side of the water, women on the other. Grey Worm spies Missandei in all her nude splendor and he likes what he sees. There's a love connection happening here and it's stinkin cute! Khaleesi is just like us y'all and she all girlfriendy is doing Massendei's hair. They discuss boys as we girls always do when doing hair and Khaleesi wonders if "the pillar and stones" were removed when the unsullied were castrated. LOL. Poor Missandei doesn't really know what that means, and though she isn't comfortable with nudity, she knows a good man when she sees one-pillarless or not! Gery Worm goes to her later and apologizes for making her uncomfortable. She says she wasn't. She apologizes for him being castrated and suffering through that horror-he says "don't be sorry". She looked surprised and said "Why? No-one should have to endure that". He says "Then I wouldn't have met you". Awwwwwwe! They really are sweet. Grey Worm got some game-unsullied or not!

Speaking of castration, poor Theon continues to be tortured. He is "playing" himself, though he is Reek now. I never, ever thought I would feel so badly for this character but I really do. He is so badly beaten down that he cannot even convince the new sick guy in charge at Moat Cailin that he actually is Theon Greyjoy. It's sad. What's sadder yet is, after sickman gets axed to the head by not listening to Theon and giving the people hope at going home, Ramsay FLAYS and kills all the people Theon just gave hope to. And Theon cannot care. He just wants to "go home". With Moat Cailin being conquered by Ramsay, daddy dearest rewards Ramsay with his last name. Awesome.

Arya and The Hound FINALLY make it to Lysa's and it is at the gates they are informed that Lysa is dead. Arya starts hysterically laughing! I mean, what else can she do at that point? So it looks like we have more of The Hound/Arya show and I, for one, am happy about that. LOVE those two together!

Littlefinger is now on trial for the murder of Lysa. They call Sansa in as a witness and Littlefinger is scuuured. But Sansa totally goes for an Oscar nominee and gives the performance of her life. She states that Lysa was sick (truth) and jealous of her, that she thought Sansa and Littlefinger were having an affair and that she killed herself. She paints Littlefinger as her hero and he is IMPRESSED. Sansa goes to her room looking like an innocent victim and comes out looking like Darth Sansa! She's all in black, hair darker and she's all vampy. Our little Sansa isn't so little anymore!

Now to what we've all been waiting for: The battle for Tyrion's life. Red Viper is all pumped up and states "I do not die today". Tyrion warns him to wear a helmet, but Prince O feels that it will ruin his championship coif. The match begins and Prince O took a page from The Princess Bride (my fave movie ever so I LOVED this!!) went all Inigo Montoya and repeated over and over "You raped and killed my sister. You killed her children. Prepare to die!" Ok, not the last part but it's all that was missing. They go around in circles, Prince O showboating his truly amazing swordsman skills and acrobatics. It really was an epic showdown. And then Prince O bests The Mountain and has him on the ground. He screams over him "ADMIT IT! Admit you raped and killed my sister and killed her children!!!" It's that moment that The Mountain gains control, gets Prince O on his back and admits it. Then he proceeds to GAUGE HIS EYES OUT and CRUSH HIS SKULL! Literally!!!! After killing Prince O, The Mountain collapses next to him and Tywin announces that Tyrion will be sent to death. Tyrion went from ecstatic to utterly defeated in one fell swoop. It was AWFUL.

It's almost a week later and I'm still not over this. It was one of the best episodes to date-and it was only episode 8! Usually it's episode 9 that has us all aflutter. I'm nervous for this coming Sunday because, it will be episode 9. Gods help us all!!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Celebrities: Are you kidding me? Edition

So. We have two celebrities who, in the past two days, have said amazingly stupid things. My previous blog is about spreading kindness and I'm sticking to it, I swear. I am kindly, for their own sake, telling celebs to SHUT THE HELL UP! The two celebs who have uttered stupidity are Gwyneth "I can't speak without my pretentiousness oozing out of me" Paltrow and Charlize "I need to look up the definition of rape and realize it's not even close" Theron. Those close to me know of my utter distain for Gwyneth after she made a bunch of rude comments regarding single mothers years ago. She has not shut up in years and everything she says is so out of touch and ridiculous that it's almost funny. She decided to compare herself and her being cyber "bullied" as going through war saying: ""It's almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. ". Ummm...ok. There are other things she could have said like, but not limited to: "It hurts my feelings but I'm an adult so I can choose to NOT read comments about me". Or "it's mean spirited and I can choose to NOT read the comments". But no. Because she apparently she doesn't know how to NOT read the comments? Is she sleeping on cots in the dessert praying that she doesn't get shot by the enemy, watching her friends go through the same thing and reading mean comments about herself??? SERIOUSLY!?!?! Those people put their lives on the line EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of the day. What does she do? Give interviews with her opinions on how tough she has it compared to working mom's with "regular" jobs. I am going to kindly tell her to get her oversized head out of her string bean ass and shut her mouth for good. See that? That was kind compared to what I really want to say! #kindness.  Now Charlize saddened me as I actually like her. I think she's a good actress and she does a lot of activism/charity. But this comment kind of threw me: "“When you start living in that world, and doing that, that you start feeling, I guess, raped.” And when the interviewer pressed her, asking, “That strong?” she answered, “Well, when it comes to your son and your private life. Maybe it’s just me. Some people might relish in all that stuff ,but there are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred and I am very protective over them.” I get where she's coming from, I truly do. It must not be fun to out run the paparazzi with your child who did NOT choose that life. I get it. But to compare it to rape??? That's a little too far. I think all celebs should take a course in humility and interviewing from Angelina Jolie. Say whatever you want about her, but she was recently quoted as saying "Listen, it does get annoying sometimes but I know I live a privileged life. And I'm extremely grateful for it for myself and my children.  And in life, you have to take the good with the bad.” THAT is how to give an interview. That is how to come across humble, grateful and smart. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The lost art of kindness...a break from the Pop Culture nonsensicalness

I know this is a pop culture blog, but with Kimye getting married and my refusal to read/blog about it, I figured I would touch upon a subject that SHOULD have more relevance than it does-and that is kindness. My first act of kindness today is not blogging about that wedding (you're all welcome!). The subject of this here blog came out of the blue and truly sent my brilliant mind spinning. This past weekend I took a test  that I have spent MONTHS studying for. A few friends of mine took it with me and we all went out after to have a drink, decompress and compare how we think we did. Immediately I thought I did HORRIBLE. I lamented about it and the others had different reactions: they all felt fairly confident that they did well. My friend said something so profound, so kind and so genuine that it inspired this blog. He said "I wish you had confidence. You do the hardest job in the world every single day-you're a single mom raising an amazing kid. You work your ass off, you have a great family and great friends. You're so sweet and generous and have so much to offer-you have to know that. You should have confidence Kel." And though his words were tremendous and sweet, it was the manner to which he said them that struck me: so genuine and so KIND. So that made me think of others and how they react to kind words. I recently met a guy who is a single dad raising his 6 year old daughter. Her mother isn't around so it's him raising her alone. I said "Wow, it's rare that you meet a man who is willing to raise his child alone. It's amazing what you're doing" and he looked at me like I had 8 heads. He said "You're doing the same thing. It's what we do. What would we do otherwise?" He deflected that compliment so quick that I realized it's kind of what we do. We take a kind word and deflect it, maybe in an attempt to be humble,but we then take criticism and hurtful words and allow that to define us. I speak for myself when I say that I have taken the words and actions of people I have cared about that have NOT cared about me and bought into that a million times more than the kind words and actions of people that actually DO care about me day in and day out. I bought into it a hundred and ten percent. "Ok, so since I didn't react the way she thought I should react, I'm a bad friend". Or "Ok, he just up and stopped talking to me so I must be that forgettable and awful". When the truth is, the people that care are still around. They take me for who I am, overreactions, flaws and all. And I take them the exact same way. We can go a day or weeks without talking to each other but we never, EVER make each other feel like that one act of something we may not like ends an entire relationship. Because it doesn't. Not the real ones anyway. So if anyone needs an act of kindness, come this way. Even though my friend has no idea how much of an impact he made on me with what he said, I have made a promise to pay it forward to my family, friends and anyone that walks in my life which includes anyone reading this. It's time to be kind-to treat ourselves and the people around us with kindness. You have no idea what another person is battling and your kindness-whether it be genuine words or a genuine act of some sort-could truly make a huge difference in some one's life. So be nice, be genuinely kind-or at least try hard not to be mean. The world has such a shortage of kindness that your kindness WILL truly make a difference. Next blog we will resume pop culture nonsense, thank you for indulging me in this one! =)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Game of Thrones Recap:But really it's just a Tyrion recap. He is EVERYTHING

So I am late again with the recaps....life keeps getting in the way of my recapping! Basically, if you missed the last two episodes I feel really bad for you because you missed the most assured Emmy win for Peter Dinklage. Oh and some people died too. Let's dive in!

Last week Tyrion was on trial for the murder of his nephew. He didn't do it as we know, but his sister Cersei is gunning for him and wants to see him killed for her own vendetta. Key witnesses are called but the most damning-and the biggest betrayal-comes from Tyrion's love Shae. She testifies that as his "whore" she was privy to information regarding the "murder plot" between him and Sansa. It was so hard to watch because you could see Tyrion's heart breaking all over again. It first broke when he sent her away so that she would stay alive, and now seeing his only love betray him was almost unbearable for him-and Peter Dinklage portrayed him with absolute perfection. It was then he had to cut Shae off and announce that he would no longer tolerate being on trial for a crime he did not commit but the subtle context was that he could not watch Shae lie any longer and tear his heart apart. In one of the most equisite (yes I said equisite! There is no other word that justifies it) monologues I can recall, he announces that he did NOT kill his nephew but wished that he had. (To see it in all it's glory click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdA9H8Y0kUE). He states he wants a trial by combat-basically that he would rather face certain death then to go on being subjected to the betrayal of his family and Shae. And this is where Peter Dinklage shines. You can SEE his heart breaking, the devastation in his eyes. It was phenomenal and sums up all that we love about this show and Tyrion.The writing is amazing but his performance was just brilliant. He has taken a character that could have been a one note joker and turned him into a complex character that we all love. Before Tyrion's outburst, Jamie had gone to his father to strike a deal to spare Tyrion's life: Jamie would be the "good" son and get married, settle down at Casterly Rock and Tywin would spare Tyrion's life but he would have to live at the Wall. Jame informs Tyrion of this deal but when Tyrion witnessed Shae's betrayal, he couldn't go along with that deal. Living at the Wall is no life and especially living on knowing what Shae did. Jamie understands but informs his brother he cannot be his champion. Cersei recruited "The Mountain" to be her champion and boy does he live up to his name! Jamie could not slay anyone left handed, and he knows that both he and Tyrion would surely die. Tyrion laughs and says that would solve their father's problem...and Jamie doesn't disagree. Tyrion understands that Jamie would do it if he could and that's all that matters to him in the end. Bronn visits next wearing a new iron suit. He looks snazzy and immediately Tyrion's guard goes up. Bronn had been his champion before-he assumed he would do it again. But Bronn informs him differently. He has struck up a deal where he will marry a woman who stands to inherit a castle. Can Tyrion do better? Nope. He cannot and he sees his champion for what he is: a man who looks out for himself. Then Bronn poses a question that not even Tyrion could argue with: "When was the last time you were going to give your life for me?". Tyrion knows that Bronn will not be swayed and he accepts it. They part with both Tyrion and Bronn looking genuinely sad that Tyrion will most certainly face death. We are then treated with a visit from Prince Oberyn. He tells Tyrion that as a judge he shouldn't be there but that after what happened, he couldn't help himself. He informs Tyrion that Cersei had visited him and tried to get Oberyn to see Tyrion as guilty. He then tells Tyrion that he first met him as a baby which surprises Tyrion. He tells the story that when he first met him, he was told of a monster baby, with a head too big, horns, the whole monsterous deal. So when Oberyn laid eyes on him he was dissapointed because he saw just a baby. A human baby just laying there. Cersei told him that this was a demon baby that killed her mother and she would torture poor baby Tyrion by squeezing his little penis until he screamed-and that it was Jamie that would make her stop. Tyrion tearfully takes in this information and it confirms that his sister's hatred of him stemmed from infancy. Oberyn hates the Lannisters, hates the Mountain and he proclaims that HE will be Tyrion's champion. He looks at Tyrion and knows that his family is in name only and aside from Jamie, he hates them as much as they hate him. So we have a new duo to look forward to and I CANNOT wait to see Oberyn slay The Mountain and I cannot wait for Cersei and Tywin's reaction when he does! And it makes me soooo happy that Tyrion has a new found champion because he deserves one.

Other things happened too: Creepy Littlefinger hit on Sansa and pushed Lysa out of her beloved moon door. That was pretty fantastic! Jon Snow was made victor at Caster's Creek but still can't get no R-E-S-P-E-C-T at the wall. Arya and The Hound, my other favorites, are still getting closer to Lysa's place and growing closer in the process. I truly love them together and it makes me sad that The Hound is the last name on her (literal) hit list.

We won't get to see a new episode this weekend as it's Memorial Day, and there are only 3 episodes left =(  This show just gets better and better!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

He's got 99 problems and an elevator beatdown is 1

It's been a while since I have blogged about pop culture. Who other than Beyonce' could bring me back to my original love???? No one I tell you. No one. This story has given me life! I love it. Every second, every speculation of it. Here is the video link in case you haven't seen it yet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWdhX9c_7FA    Why do I love it so? Well thank you for asking! Because, as my friend Donde put it, they are THE couple. The IT couple. The couple we are all suppose to aspire to be. They are a dynasty. They own a freakin basketball team for God sakes!!!! Everything they touch turns to gold...except for Bey's sister (gold may have been a prettier gown color than that color she had on, but I digress). Even the almighty Jay-Z is not immune to in-laws. And in-laws that can scrap in an elevator at a the Met Gala-in a ball gown are, I have to say, pretty spectacular. If I sound like I am a Solonge fan...well I am now! Didn't really know who she was before but now I know and she is my kind of chic. There are so many theory's as to what happened to provoke the elevator attack: Solonge is mad that Jay isn't helping her with her career, that Solonge is on drugs and he made a snide remark about it in the elevator...I don't think so yo. I am a sister. And I can spot a sister protecting another sister a mile away. So, whatever comes out of this, I know that it comes down to Solonge feeling as though Jay-Z did her sister wrong. You heard it here first folks! As you can see for yourself, Bey didn't run interference. At all. And I'm sorry, but if I was to attack my brother-in law in front of my sister for any reason other than he hurt her, she would stop me. She would get in the middle and beg me to calm down, to stop...Bey did none of that. She just stood there. Because, I think, she felt like she was being vindicated. Did he cheat on her? Maybe. Did he say that he thinks the name "Blue" is stupid and that hurt Bey?? Possibly. Did he tell her that he is not, in fact, ready for all that jelly??? Could be. But whatever he did, my pop culture gut feeling is that he did her wrong. And her sister was defending her. Until (if ever) the truth comes out, this is what I'm sticking with. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Whatever the truth turns out to be, it's been fun to watch! =)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A-Z Challenge: Z is for Zombies

I'm a day late with my last blog in the challenge but hey, it's here! So the letter Z to me, is Zombies. My love of "The Walking Dead" is well known and I am obsessed with the show. The writing, the acting, everything is just perfection. My son (who is 8 and has never seen the show, but is 8 so he knows all about zombies) asks me about zombies all the time "Mama, do you think zombies are real? Do you think that zombies will ever attack us?" I say "No sweetie, of course not! There's nothing to be afraid of". BUT. That is just another Mom fib that we have to tell every now and then (like the Easter bunny, tooth fairy, etc). OF COURSE it could happen!! We could all have that strain of virus in us that when the Apocalypse happens, we could all turn into zombies. And then zombies would overtake us all and rule the world...it could happen people! But, in the off chance it doesn't happen, "The Walking Dead" is still an amazing show that is either brilliantly foreshadowing our future or is just a great show that we watch to pass the time. Before the show, I never gave zombies a second thought. I was too concerned with the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, The Real Housewives of Mozambique...but then I happened upon this show and it changed my outlook on zombies completely. They were no longer just scary/cool special effects out of the Michael Jackson "Thriller" video, they were something I actually gave some thought to. What WOULD happen in a zombiepocalypse??? What would we do? How would I protect my family and friends???? I would hope I would be all season 1 and 2 Rick Grimes and become a fearless leader who would do anything for to protect the ones I love. Or be like Michonne, all bad ass on the outside but be all sweet and soft on the inside. (Mental note: purchase kick ass sword. And a HUGE can of pudding. That is all). Or be wise and have faith like our sweet, beloved Herschel. RIP. We never know how we will react to a situation until it happens but I would hope I would be like my favorite characters and be the hero that all of us wish to be. Until then, I will keep my zombiepocalypse prep going (which includes-but is not limited to-watching the show and making mental notes. That's about it.) and work to become in real life every day what I aspire to be when it comes down to survival: a fearless leader with a big heart who will do anything for her family and friends. But with a kick ass sword. Definitely need the sword!!!

Hope you all enjoyed the A-Z challenge. I am sad that it's over but thank you for all the feedback that you gave during the month. It was a challenge indeed but an amazing one!!!! I am now inspired with more blog ideas and I hope that you continue this blogging journey with me after the challenge is done. THANK YOU all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A-Z Challenge: You forgot something...

This post is dedicated to one of my all time favorite movie moments. I think we all have them, at least a few times in our lives. A movie moment is when something so rare and special happens it could only be compared to a movie. The downfall is, when you go to explain it or blog about it, it may not translate because unless you were there to see it, it just doesn't measure up. I'm going to give it a try now though! This movie moment happened MANY years ago. My friends and I were out at our favorite bar when we happened upon a group of guys who were visiting from South Jersey. I had no idea there was even a South Jersey, but they had the southern accents and everything so of course it was legit =)  Anywhoodle, we got to talking and they were only here for a week due to work. They were pretty awesome guys, a lot of fun and we ended up hanging out with them most of the week they were here. There was one guy in particular, Jeremy, who I hit it off with the most. He was tall, dark and handsome-just like the leading man in a movie usually is. After all these years I can still remember he had aqua blue eyes that were pretty phenomenal. But I digress. So Jeremy and I bonded pretty much from the get-go. The week ended and the night before they were all leaving to go back home, we had all gone to a club. We danced and had a blast. We found a Dunkin Donuts that was open and this had to be about 2-3am by this time. We all didn't want to say goodbye but we knew we had to. So we all took turns saying goodbye and Jeremy and I saved each other for last. It was really hard for some reason and we kind of said a lame goodbye and headed off to our own cars to leave.( now to set the scene correctly, it started to rain at this point. This is key and will add to the dramatic effect of what happens next. You're welcome). I got in my car and I said to my friends "This can't be the way we say goodbye". Jeremy must have been thinking the same thing because (at the encouragement of my friends to go say goodbye properly) as I jumped out of my car and yelled "Jeremy!", he was getting out of his truck and yelled "Kelly!".  We ran to each other and I didn't know what else to say so I said "You forgot something". He smiled and said "Oh yeah? What?" I said "This" and we kissed. We kissed in a pretty much abandoned parking lot, in the rain, at like 3am. At first our friends were all cheering and clapping as people do in movies, then I think after a while they got bored because it turned into more "ok lovebirds, let's go!". (Plus, while rain can be romantic, it also leaves you soaked and cold. You don't see that part in the movies though!) So we said our final goodbyes and that was it. We continued to keep in touch a bit but slowly we just stopped emailing and calling. But I will always look back at that night as one of the best movies moments of my life...and I hope he does too! =)