A Very Short Post About Very Cool Things!

First Cool Thing: I got the coolest email from a reader of my blog with a picture attached. Seriously made my day forever and ever and ever. Kelley, you rock and I am so thankful for teachers like you that are so passionate and think outside the box!

“Subject line: Thanks for the inspiration.

I have been following your blog for a while now and really enjoy your post-it note reviews. On the spur of the moment today I decided to have my students in two classes write post-it note reviews for Macbeth and then if they wanted to write another (or several) for extra credit they could. What I envisioned to be a 10 minute exercise turned in to a whole class period. The picture is poor quality but it does show how much they got into this idea. They asked if we could keep this up and see how much of the room can by covered by the end of May. I am going to have to find some stickier post-its.”

Moral of the story: Never, ever underestimate yourself. You are contributing to life in ways you don’t even realize. And never EVER underestimate the power of taking the time out of your day to thank someone or tell them how they’ve inspired you or encouraged you. Sometimes people don’t know and it will make their day.

Second Cool Thing:

This here blog has been nominated for Best Overall Blog and Most Creative Blog as part of an online conference for book bloggers. I’m so humbled and honored that someone thought about my blog enough to take the time to fill out the form with my name. I don’t in any way think I’m the best blog EVER (let’s be real — my reviews are not eloquent, I write about my butt and not throwing up in the car while reading and do silly things like dates inspired by books or show you what a neurotic crazypants I am) but I do try to always be authentically myself and bring creative things to the table. I’ve been feeling creatively stifled lately so this made my day. VOTING is open now and the links to the two awards will bring you to the awards where it literally only takes ONE click to vote. There are so many other worthy nominations but if you feel like this blog fits the bill for you…I’d so appreciate your nod of support. Also Top Ten Tuesday (the meme I created at my other blog The Broke and the Bookish was nominated too for Best Meme!)


What cool things have happened to YOUUU lately?

One Show I’m Loving These Days

I’m always watching a few things (right now: Grey’s, Revolution, Parenthood, Walking Dead, PLL, 90210, Revenge) but I have this thing where I’ll binge watch one new show by myself that  I know wouldn’t interest Will at all. And right now that show is….

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Felicity! What a great show! I watched the first season back in the day (I was like 14) but I never continued on with it. I’m currently on the last season and it’s been fun to rewatch what I already have seen (but barely remembered) and continue on with Felicity’s journey!

If you don’t know what it’s about: The pilot starts out with Felicity on her graduation day from high school — she asks her crush (the extremely HOT) Ben Covington to sign her yearbook and has a short conversation with him and is moved when he says he wishes he got to know her in high school. She makes the rash decision to scrap her pre-med plans at Stanford and follow Ben to NYU. CRAZY RIGHT? While Ben’s reaction isn’t necessarily what she thought she decides to stay in NYC for HERSELF rather than go home and do what her parents expected of her. So then the rest of the season chronicles her tumultuous freshman year as she transitions to a new city all alone, adjusts to college, makes friend and navigating the romantic waters. The rest of the seasons cover each year of her college life.

It’s AMAZING. A-freaking amazing. At first, as a 27 year old lady, didn’t understand what I found so romantic and awesome as a 14 year old about her running off to follow a guy she barely knew but I slowly realized that she ended up where she needed to be to grow even though she may have done it for a complete crazy reason. I have loved watching Felicity’s journey through her college years and watching her make mistakes and grow. She’s not perfect, she’s downright irritating sometimes and she can’t ever make up her damn mind but she’s so real and relateable to me.

The characters are amazing in this show! There is a love triangle — obviously Ben (SCOTT SPEEDMAN! I NEED TO EFFING WATCH LAST RESORT APPARENTLY) plays a big part but the sweet Noel comes into the picture freshman year. You know how I wrote about good love triangles this week? Well this is one of my FAVORITE and is so well done. SO WELL DONE. I am so Team Ben but there are so many times where I find myself loving Noel and thinking maybe Noel would be best for her. My mind is just as damn confused as Felicity’s is through all the seasons. Each one of them, to me, represent a different side of her and it’s been interesting to watch this crazy love triangle. Tons of tension. Tons of squealy moments and OMG so much disappointment sometimes.

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But the other characters are incredible too — I love Javier! He’s the best — so hilarious and kindhearted! And I never saw Felicity’s roommate Megan as an important character in the first season but she really grows on you in her weird way. And Sean! Oh Sean! I just want to hug him! I love Felicity’s friends — Julie and Elena — and I feel like the writers really showed the beauty of these college friends in all of their complicated glory.

Basically Felicity is everything I wish this New Adult genre was (at least for contemporary NA stories)….what I pictured it to be when I first heard the term a few years ago (it’s true..there was this very vague article talking about a new imprint (I think a Hachette one) and how it was going to focus on that early twenties to mid twenties demographic — it didn’t seem to be this sexed up YA that I’m finding to be/hearing it is. There’s sex in it but it’s not gratuitous — it’s real and not glamorized.  But it’s so much more than about sex — it’s about not living with your parents anymore, figuring out who you are (you see Felicity struggle with this with her majors), making friends and losing them, navigating relationships, having fun and random adventures and just discovering what you are made of when you face tough things — and these characters certainly do. Felicity isn’t one of those super exaggerated shows like Gossip Girl (which I totally love) or something where really UNBELIEVABLE and OVER THE TOP things happen. But it’s still entertaining and moving and just REAL. And oh VERY SWOONY ROMANCE SCENES! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to punch a wall with your Ben/Felicity/Noel tension but it’s amazing.

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Have you watched Felicity? Are you Team Ben or Team  Noel? Shhh don’t tell me how it ends because I’m not done with the last season. What were some of your favorite moments from the season? What are some other shows you are binge watching right now? PLEASE CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT FELICITY. SOMEONE! Before I resort to making Will watch it with me! (He is shaking his head no right now!)

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