Friday, January 25, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Again

Today is my first time participating in a "Five Minute Friday" blog hop.  This week's word is: Again.  I have 5 minutes to write the first thoughts that come into my head, unedited and unscripted. Here we go.

This morning I drove to the ocean. Again.

I keep finding myself here.  It seems to call me throughout the week, saying "come."  I used to not like the ocean; I am a "woodsy" girl myself.  The ocean seemed so windy, so salty, and made my hair do crazy things.

But lately I find myself driving there, again and again.

The rain drizzled and the water was clear blue. I saw sea lions playing. No whales or dolphins today, who were probably seeking shelter from the pelting rain above them.

The weather and the water matched my mood.  Cloudy, overcast, slightly raining.

I have been discouraged lately.  Everytime I see someone else publish a book, it reminds me that mine is still sitting here.  I am working hard but seeming to go nowhere.  Doors are opening still, but I am experiencing writer's block, and worker's block, and mommy's block- and whatever else kind of "block" there is.  I feel a little stuck.  I wonder if this dream will ever become a reality, or will I fail as I have failed in many other ways in my life?

And yet when I sit at the ocean, I feel a calmness wash over me. I look at the vast expanse and am reminded of God's sovereignty, that He created it all.  And He reminds me to get back up. Again.

  Five Minute Friday

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Top 10 Reasons I Love Downton Abbey

Last Saturday I had the opportunity to attend the red carpet premier of Downton Abbey on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  (The red carpet part?  Yeah, that was so short that we didn't even know we walked on it) :)

My sister Lauren and I
Alaina, Lauren, Me, and Michelle 

It was surreal to be on the Queen Mary and take a step back in time to join with about 250-300 other fans to watch the first episode of the new season.  We were treated to snacks, coffee and a "spot of tea," as well as the first hour of the episode.  Some people were dressed in period costumes which only added to the fun.

Downton Abbey has become a huge hit, and everywhere you go you will hear people talking about it.  I am normally not a fan of period pieces, but this one is an exception. Here are my top 10 reasons for loving Downton Abbey:

1) Her.

I can only hope to be as classy one day! :) (An image from Season 3, episode 1 - hilarious)

2) Lady Sybil, who fought against tradition and married the chauffeur. She eloped with him and they came back together for her sister's wedding, and now the family struggles to accept this new husband who is no longer an employee, but a family member.

3) Lady Mary and Matthew - another classic love story of a distinguished lady marrying a man who fights against upper class divisions.  He desires to live a simple life, much to his bride's dismay. Their on-again, off-again relationship kept viewers in suspense until they finally tied-the-knot this past episode.

4) Lady Edith. Ah, the black sheep of the family.  She is made fun of in TV-spoofs, but she really does have a heart.  In love with a man 25 years older than she (against her father's wishes), we are still rooting for Lady Edith to find love this season.

5) Lord Grantham.  He is not without his weaknesses, but this man is a huge teddy-bear.  He is the father of the 3 girls, a husband to Cora, Countess of Grantham, and the son of Violet, Countess of Grantham (see image #1).

And then who can forget the Downton Staff, who have enough drama to form their own spin-off show?

6) The love story of John and Anna.  Did he really kill his ex-wife?  Say it cannot be!  We love John Bates!

7) Mr. Carson, the Head Butler. I don't know....everytime I look at him he reminds me of a faithful old dog.  He is loyal to the end.

8)  All the staffers we DON'T like, yet keep us rooting for the ones we DO like.

9) The dog.  We don't see him much, but he's a yellow lab. What's not to love?

10) The fans. Oh, the fans of this show.  We are a loyal bunch, and we stick together.  We promote the heck out of this show (for free).  I truly think this is one of the best dramas that has been on TV in years (except for Parenthood, of course).  If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, leave a comment and let me know your favorite character, or something you love about the show that I may have missed.

If you are a loyal fan, you will want to check out this fun article called "Downton Abbey Stars On-Screen vs. Off-Screen" - some of the differences are amazing! 

For those who haven't tuned in yet, there is still time!  Seasons 1 and 2 are on PBS and on Hulu. Season 3 airs on PBS on Sunday nights at 9/8c.