Gilmore Girls 3×2: Haunted Leg

Haunted Leg originally aired October 1, 2002.  This episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino and was directed by Chris Long.

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This episode opens with Friday night dinner, where things are still weird between Emily and Lorelei.  Rory tries to get a conversation going between all three of them, but it doesn’t work until Lorelei looks at the paper and sees that someone she knew killed her husband after she found him cheating on her.

In this episode, it’s back to school for Rory, who is busy with student council.  Francie, the senior class president, wants the skirts to be raised an inch-and-a-half, and Paris will “consider” it.  Which doesn’t go over well with Francie, because she pulls Rory into the bathroom, and tells her that she can make Paris ineffective as student body president, because Francie has more power than Paris, and Rory needs to make sure that Paris does what Francie wants.  And naturally, Francie has her own spin on what happened in the bathroom.  Rory convinces Paris to give in on the hemline issue, because no one is going to remember it by the end of the year.

Kirk asks Lorelei on a date, and she turns him down.  She also has lunch at Emily’s, where we learn that Emily called Chris, and that Chris still wants to be with Lorelei. Emily wasn’t going to sit by and watch things happen, because Chris and Lorelei belong together, and Sherry is just a complication.  Lorelei wants Emily to stay out of it, because Sherry is more than a complication.  Lorelei leaves the diner.

We have another Friday night dinner, in which Chris shows up to talk to Lorelei.  She hasn’t returned his calls, and him showing up at Emily’s is the only way for him to talk to her.  He never thought he would keep Rory from him, because he was always able to talk to her no matter what was going on between him and Lorelei.  This is when Rory comes in and tells him that Lorelei didn’t push her into this this, and they he promised at Sookie’s wedding that it would work, and he betrayed that.  She doesn’t need him because she has Lorelei and he can go be someone else’s dad.

Chris wants something different, but since Sherry is still pregnant, and Chris is still with her and planning on marrying Sherry, so things will have to stay as they currently are.  Emily asks Chris to leave, and he does.  Lorelei and Rory go back to Stars Hollow and decide to have a junk-food filled night at home.  Rory doesn’t want to go to Chris’ wedding but Lorelei tells her that she might want to reconsider because she might regret it one day.

Rory runs into Jess, who doesn’t seem to like that Rory is put out by him and Shane because she never wrote him letters or called him, and she was still with Dean.  He also wasn’t going to wait around for her like Dean would have.  The episode ends with Rory and Lorelei going home.

Thoughts:

I really liked this episode.  As usually, the really interesting stuff doesn’t happen until the end.  It’s not surprising Emily would call Chris and I don’t blame Lorelei for being upset about this.  It has to be hard seeing Chris have what they never did.  But I think Emily did go a little overboard with it, even though her intentions were good.  And I think Lorelei might not have seen that Emily does what what’s best for her and Rory, even if they have very different ideas on what that is.

I also don’t blame Rory for not wanting to talk to Chris after what’s happened.  I am pretty irritated that he’d blame Lorelei- although I suppose I can understand why he’d think it was her doing.  Because it’s understandable that he’d mess up one too many times, and that eventually, Rory would get tired of understanding.  I think Lorelei was spot-on when she said Rory would forgive Chris eventually.  She is Rory, and she does have a pretty good capacity for forgiveness.

Rory and Jess: I don’t have much to say, but Jess does have a point when he said he wasn’t going to wait for her like Dean would.  Also: she is with Dean, so Rory shouldn’t be put out or annoyed that Jess is with someone else.  And while she may have started a letter to Jess, she clearly never called or sent anything to Jess.

And it’s been a while since I’ve said this but: what kind of school is Chilton?  I mean, I don’t remember student council ever having the ability to change much of anything. Granted, I was never involved in student council in school. but it just seems weird that they’d be able to get the librarian to resign or change the hemline of the school-required skirts.

Favorite Moment:

Emily looking at her watch during Paris’ speech

Pop Culture:

Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Charlie Sheen, Annie Oakley, Noam Chompsky, Freaky Friday, the ice-skating scandal involving the French judges

Episode Rating:

This is a pretty good episode, and I’m glad there’s some resolution to the Chris/Lorelei thing.  And the whole thing with Emily and Lorelei was done really well, even though it irritated me a little.  This episode gets 4 mugs of coffee.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish. Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own lists based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top 10 Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

This was one I thought I would have a lot of trouble with, because I read so many series, and it felt too weird adding sequels, you know? But I was surprised  by the number of books I would totally revisit had they had a sequel.  

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  This one was the first one that came to mind, because I was truly sad when I finished it.  At the same time, part of me wouldn’t want a sequel because it’s so magical.
  2. Blood Of The Lamb by Sam Cabot.  I finished this one recently, and the ending had me wanting another book because it definitely ended on a really surprising note.
  3. That Time I Joined The Circus by J.J. Howard.  Because I kind of want to see Lexi at the circus again.
  4. A World Away by Nancy Grossman.  I loved A World Away, and I would love a sequel so very much!  Mostly because I want to know how Eliza adjusted to Amish life and how connected she was to the English world.
  5. And All The Stars by Andrea K. Höst.  Because the epilogue didn’t answer all of the questions I had by the end of the book, and I want to how how everything turned out for the characters.
  6. Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick.  Because the book END MIDSENTENCE, and this is unacceptable because I need to know what happens to Mitch and to Jenna’s mom.
  7. The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams.  Kara’s story of escaping from a polygamist sect was an interesting one, and I know there’s more to her story.  I want to how she adjusts to life outside the one she grew up in, and if she ever sees her family again.
  8. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan.  I was so intrigued by the criminals who have their skin dyed to match their crimes and how there’s not really a separation of church and state that I want to learn everything I can about this fictional but creepy world.  Especially because the details I wanted weren’t there.
  9. Faking Faith by Josie Bloss.  Because the contrast between Dylan’s family and Abigail’s family was pretty interesting, and I’m really interested in how Abigail’s story turns out.
  10. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  I haven’t read this one in forever, but it’s one of those books that I want to revisit in the form of a sequel.  Not only does Kostova have an interesting take on the Dracula story, but I would love to see the characters take on some other myth.  Either way, I’m good.  

Audiobooks!

Today, I’m taking a break from talking about music and podcasts and I’ll be talking audiobooks!

For the longest time, I didn’t like audiobooks.  Something about listening to them bothered me, and I just couldn’t get over the idea of listening to books. But my attitude towards them has changed.  If it means more people are reading, then I’m all for that.  And I listen to podcasts, so why not books?

The couple I’ve listened to had really good narrators, and while I take notes of what I’m thinking, it’s been kind of cool listening them.  I still have a few to get through, but I’m contemplating getting an Audible subscription.  I did get a free audiobook via The History Chicks.

As for buying them, I honestly don’t know if I’ll do that.  Between the library, and possibly audible, I think I’m good on audiobooks for now.  But if I find something I really like, I might end up buying it.  But we shall see, and I’ll definitely keep talking about them as I keep listening to them.

I just can’t believe it took me so long to listen to audiobooks.  Seriously.

Random t.v. thoughts: I watched the Olympic trials for female gymnastics over the weekend, and it was really exciting.  It was so sad to see Nastia fall on bars (twice!) and her fall the second night was so scary!  And it’s sad because bars is like, her event.  It was exciting to see Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber make the team, but not surprising.  But sad to see Nastia not make the team.  It looks like a good team, and I can’t wait until the Olympics start!

Have a lovely Monday!

Sarah’s Key

Book: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Publishing Info: Published by St. Martin’s Press; 294; Hardcover

Goodreads Summary: Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

I’m so torn about what to think about this book.  I love Sarah’s half of the book, and didn’t really care about Julia’s half, other than to find out what happened to Sarah.

Sarah’s half was powerful and compelling, and I wanted to know more about what happened to her, her parents, and her brother.  I felt for Sarah, and I want to know more about the Vel d’Hiv roundup.

What lost me, though, was Julia’s story.  I didn’t really care about her or her marital problems.  And the connection between her and Sarah?  It didn’t feel very believable.  It’s almost like de Rosnay decided that the only way to connect the two women was to have Julia’s in-laws live in the apartment that Sarah’s family lived in.

The ending was especially annoying, and I didn’t really care that Julia was divorced or living in New York.  It was no surprise that she named her 2nd daughter Sarah- the second Julia found out she was pregnant (and not sure if she wanted to keep the baby) I knew 2 things.  One, she would keep it, and two, her baby would be a girl so she could name her Sarah.

Anyway, it went from a really interesting and captivating story, and turned into something completely stupid once Sarah got back to her old house.  If only de Rosnay had focused more on Sarah, instead of having Julia figure out what happened to her…

I really wish I could give it 2 different ratings- one for Sarah and one for Julia.  But since I can’t do that, I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.

Here’s What I Found

Remember when I said I was looking for some new podcasts?

I found some!  I have no clue whether I’ll like them or not, since I haven’t started listening to any of them, but I found a bunch that seem really interesting.  There are so many, though, that it got a little overwhelming, but for now, I think I’m good.

I downloaded one on the history of children’s literature, which seems really interesting.  It covers everything from fairy tales to poetry to Disney, and I can’t wait to listen to it.

I came across one that’s about zombies in literature.  I knew I had to listen the second I saw zombies.

And the one about mythology looks pretty cool.  It looks like it mostly focuses on Greek mythology, but that’s okay, because Greek mythology is really interesting.

The last one I wanted to bring up for right now is the sociology of mass communication.  While I find the role the media plays in our lives interesting, there are so many other things that play a role in our lives, so I may have to go looking for a few more…

I found everything in iTunes, under the iTunes U section.  They have podcasts, both audio and video, and it looks like they have actual courses.  But I haven’t look at any of them, so I can’t say for sure.  But it’s all very exciting.

I can’t really think of anything else for today, so I’ll be back tomorrow!

Pretties

Book: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Publishing Info: Published by Simon Pulse; 370 pages in paperback

Goodreads Summary: Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.

But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

Pretties is the 2nd book in the Uglies series, and I really liked it.  I thought it was a good continuation of the series, and it is another one that can stand on its own, but also adds to the series and the overall story.

It is hard to believe that a lot of the characters are 16 to 18, because they seem so much older than that, but they’re still really easy to relate to.  The use of bubbly wasn’t annoying, which was surprising considering that it was used somewhat frequently.  I love New Pretty Town, and I continue to be amazed by the world and the characters that Westerfeld has created.  He has a way of making you think about what’s going on in the world, and he does it in a way that’s not obvious.  I think he understands his audience really well, and portrays all the different friendships and possible romantic relationships realistically.

It was really nice to see what it was like to be pretty, and Tally was really interesting.  It seems like Tally managed to retain some of her “ugly” self, and struggled to remember what it was like to be ugly.  It seems like the lesions can be overcome, and don’t need an actual cure, but I’d really like to see how it plays out in the next book.

And the ending!  Definitely a cliffhanger, and I really want to know what happens, so I can’t wait to start reading the next one.  I do like that you’re wondering what happens next…but could stop reading after any book and be fine.  He really is good at wrapping things up and not making me feel like I’m reading 1 or 2 books that are split into 3 or 4.

It gets a 4 out of 5.

Grammys!

I don’t normally watch the Grammy’s but given the fact that I didn’t really listen to any music over the last week, and had no idea what to talk about, music or podcast wise, I figured I’d watch part of it.  I am sad about Whitney Houston dying, because she was so talented!

I only saw bits and pieces of most of it, since I was going back and forth between the Grammy’s and other stuff.

Here are my random thoughts:

  • Marc Anthony presenting best rap performance was a little odd, but I guess it doesn’t really matters who the presenters are.
  • loved Kelly Clarkson and Jason Aldean’s performance.  And the set was cool- there was something very steampunk about it.
  • didn’t like Rihanna’s performance with Chris Martin
  • I’m not sure who performed right after that, but I loved it.  Was it OneRepublic, because something of that performance (and the song) reminded me of them.
  • Loved Pauley Perrette as a presenter for best rock performance.  And I loved her dress.
  • I can totally see Maroon 5 covering the Beach Boys. and performing with them.
  • has Ryan Seacrest ever hosted the Grammys?  If not, then that is very surprising.
  • I loved Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars.
  • It’s been years since I’ve watched the Grammys but it seems more concert than award show.  Granted, it is honoring music…but seriously.  Where are all the awards?  Probably in the 2 hours I was flipping back and forth between other shows.
  • Chris Brown twice?  Did they have a hard time coming up with performers or something?
  • Not surprised Adele won for song of the year.  But considering that no one else stood a chance in a category that has Adele nominated…
  • Would it be weird to say that Katy Perry had on a lot more clothes than I expected?  Her performance was a little strange.
  • Not surprised that Lady Antebellum, but I am slightly surprised that Taylor Swift didn’t win.  It would’ve been cool if Blake Shelton won since his wife was presenting.

And it was at that point I stopped watching because I was bored.  I suppose I should take a look at who won sometime today…

Need

Book: Need by Carrie Jones

Publishing Info: Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books; 306 pages in hardcover

Goodreads Summary: Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.

I wasn’t sure about this book at first.  But as it went on, I started to like it more. It even made its way into my dreams, because I dreamt I was in a forest, trying to find the fairy king!

But in all seriousness, it started to creep me out, and YA books generally don’t creep me out.  I thought the plot was really interesting, with a pixie king after Zara and her mom.  Things are not what they seem to be with this book, and things seem relatively normal…until they’re not.  I knew something was up, but  it was hard to figure out what.

I really liked Zara’s thing with phobias- naming them and reciting them over and over.  It made her stand out, and it made her a lot more interesting.  And her grandma was awesome, with her sarcasm and wit.

There were definitely a few clichés in the book, like everyone wanting to get to know the new girl in town, one girl hating Zara on sight, and her realizing that there’s something special about her, which means she’s a pawn in the pixies evil plan to turn her into one of them.  And a romance in the end is pretty standard for paranormal books.  However, Zara is a likeable character, and the romance isn’t too cliche…the romance doesn’t even happen until the end, although it is hinted at throughout the book.

I give it a 4 out of 5.  It’s a fun book, and really entertaining.

Word For The Year

I can’t remember where I got this idea, but knowing me, it was probably a blog or a podcast.

But I feel the need to pick a word to describe how I want my year to go.  Like hope or positivity or kindness or something.  Every word I think of seems so boring and cliché.

Like, positivity is good.  I try to be positive.  But do I really want it to be my own personal word of the year?  I’m not sure. 

Creativity?  Maybe.  I do want to be more creative, whether I’m writing, being craftsy, baking, or cooking.  There are so many ways of being creative, so maybe it’s a good word to have as my word.

Healthy comes to mind, but I feel like it’s because it’s a new year, and that’s the thing on everyone’s mind.  I do need to exercise, and I feel like I eat pretty well, but I’m not sure.

There’s no rule that I need to have, so maybe a list of words that I can think about and remember and incorporate into my life.

I don’t have a set list of resolutions this year, and I’m not sure why.  I mean, there are things I want to accomplish this year, but I can’t seem to get into it.  But this word for the year thing has.

Go figure.  I think I need to create a master list and then narrow it down from there.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to talk about my guiding word soon!

The Dovekeepers

Book: The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

Pages: 504, Hardcover

The Dovekeepers is about 4 women in Masada in 70 C.E. (common era, a generic form of A.D.).  Yael is the daughter of an assassin, and she and her father blame her for her mother’s death.  Revka was the wife of a baker, and she and her 2 grandson’s saw her daughter’s brutal murder by Roman soldiers.  Aziza is the daughter of a warrior and is raised as a boy.  She is both a fearless rider and an expert marksman.  And Shirah is steeped in knowledge of ancient magic and medicine, and has amazing insight and power. 

The Dovekeepers is inspired by 900 Jews who held out for months against the Roman army on a mountain in the Judean desert and Hoffman clearly did her research, because the details are so well-done and they bring the story to life.  All four women have their own stories, and it was great to see this story from a woman’s perspective. 

The novel is divided into 5 sections- one for each woman, plus one that’s an epilogue.  It’s also spans 7 years- the lives of the 4 women span three years, while the epilogue takes place 4 years after that, describing what had happened and how 2 women and 5 children were the only survivors out of a group that had committed mass suicide rather than submit to Rome. 

I loved seeing where the women came from and how they got to be who they were, as well as the connections between them and some of the others at the fortress.  And in the context of an actual event, it was rich with details and history.  Men are not portrayed in a wholly positive light, but characters are not what they seem to be.  The Dovekeepers is full of shades of grey and that things are not always easy. 

I loved the writing and Hoffman has a way of making you feel things so deeply.  I don’t know much about the time period, but after reading this book, I definitely want to know more, so I may have to look for some more books to read…It gets a 4 out of 5 for good writing and an interesting story.