Saturday, December 31, 2011

Laura Loves {December 2011}

Happy Happy New Year’s Eve!

I have been super busy this past week at home in New Jersey so this edition of Laura Loves will be short and sweet. Let’s get to it!

MASH RIP – Online!
I’m not sure if there is a more appropriate time to be nostalgic than on New Year’s Eve...when it is so hard to believe another year has flown by. For me (and probably a billion other girls) it is hard to get more nostalgic than remembering playing MASH RIP in elementary and middle school with your girlfriends to tell your future: the boy you will marry, how many kids you will have, and what kind of car you will drive! I recently discovered that you could play MASH RIP online! There aren’t as many options…but it will do the counting out and crossing stuff off for you (and even let you watch as it does because that was half the fun)!….enjoy it {here}!!

Shit GIrls Say
As a girl I probably shouldn’t love this….but I do…it made me laugh out loud…also the guy is a pretty good looking girl haha…

And…Episode 2 if you couldn’t get enough…

My Parents New Living Room!
The other day I posted about how we couldn’t have a Christmas tree this year…well just today my parents new furniture arrived and the living room is looking AWESOME! Its really coming together and I couldn’t be more excited for them.

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(Please forgive the picture quality…I took the photos fast and didn’t fix the lighting during or after I shot them…)

The hardwood floors have been covered for over 30 years! They look so great! There are still a few more things in the works…like an area rug…but its turning out fabulous!

New Phone’s Panorama Photo Feature
I found out that I was due for an upgrade to my phone the other day! If you talk to me on an every day basis you probably know how dusty my old phone’s screen was after I got it fixed after it cracked {picture in this post}. So I jumped at the chance to upgrade my phone and I’m loving the new one so far…especially the price Costco was selling it for! I haven’t had it long enough to put the phone on Laura Loves quite yet…but I do love the panorama photo feature….check it out!

NYC Times Square
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360 of the New Living Room
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Jib Jab ~ 2011, Buh Bye!
The perfect recap and sendoff to 2011…

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year! I know I will as my January is looking busy busy busy already! As the guy at the fast food joint said today to my friend Laura and I…

“Happy New Year! Enjoy your future and forget your past!!”

Happy New Year! Laura Loves will be back at the end of January! See you all in 2012!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! The Year With No Tree…

It is kind of ironic that the year that I got my own tree for the first time, we were unable to have a tree at home for the first time. It is almost like it was meant to be for me…so that I’d at least get a tree this year somehow…

When I found out earlier this week that we weren’t going to have a tree at home this year I was disappointed…but there was good reason…

My parents are doing some renovations on their house and the major thing right now is the living room. They are currently:

1) Painting the walls
2) Installing crown molding
3) New light fixtures (including recessed lighting)
4) New built in shelves
5) Taking up the carpet that has been there for over 40 years and refinishing the hardwood.
6) New living room furniture

Because the floors were just finally getting finished this week, we still aren’t able to even have furniture on it…meaning the furniture from the hardwood part of the house (including the bedrooms) are all squashed into two other rooms. Basically while the floors are curing we can’t have a tree on them…and a tree won’t fit in the other rooms with all the stuff…so we weren’t able to have a tree :-/.

But I think we had the prettiest alternative! We spread the gifts all over the new built in shelves….and I think it looks great!

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I hope you all have very Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah or whatever it is you celebrate!!! Enjoy this time of family and friends!! Smile

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dear Fake Christmas Tree {Wordless Wednesday}

Dear Fake Christmas Tree,

 I've never been ready so early! Thanks for the encouragement!

Love,
Laura

and Milo too...


Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Favorite Holiday Albums

It seems in the past few years that people start listening to holiday music earlier and earlier. Pretty much as soon as Halloween is over…people are ready to sing some carols. I have to admit to resenting that practice. I can’t stand holiday music until after my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is over. But once I’ve awoken from my Turkey-induced coma…my attitude toward the music of the season does a complete 180…well…because now it actually IS the season!

Monday morning after Turkey Day I tuned into 97.1 WASH FM which has been on 24 hours of holiday music since just before Thanksgiving. As soon as I got into work I started listening to my holiday Pandora station.

It really is amazing how quickly I go from resenting holiday music to not being able to get enough of it. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite holiday albums.

Raffi’s Christmas Album

Raffi's Christmas Album

When I was younger, Raffi was one of our kid music staples, so its only natural that Raffi’s Christmas Album is extremely nostalgic for my sisters and me. Even now a days we play it on Christmas morning. If you have kids this is a fun kid album that is pretty adult friendly. Its just not quite Christmas morning if we don’t hear some of the songs from this album! But then we often move on to things like…

Aaron Neville’s Soulful Christmas

Soulful Christmas

This is another nostalgic album for me, a staple in our house around Christmas time. Aaron Neville has a great voice. This album has a fun beat, particularly the track “Such a Night.” It has always been a great holiday song to dance around to while wrapping presents!

Barenaked For The Holidays

Barenaked for the Holidays

The Barenaked Ladies are one of my personal favorite bands so when they came out with a holiday album in 2004 I picked it up right away. Now it is one of my favorites. They put their own spin on some classics, have a few songs with retro sounds, and even have some originals. Two of my favorite songs on the album are “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” with Sarah McLaughlin and “Elf’s Lament” with Michael Buble. They also include some New Year and Hanukah songs. I really enjoy the album but since it is a bit quirky I could see it not being for everyone. If you’d like to just test it out…my holiday Pandora station is based off of this CD…just search “Barenaked Ladies (Holiday)” to start the channel. There will be a lot of songs from this album as well as other great artists.

Hallmark Presents Julie Andrews The Sounds of Christmas

Hallmark Presents Julie Andrews - The Sounds of Christmas From Around The World

I have been a Julie Andrew’s fan for longer than I even know. My two favorite movies when I was little were Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music (and I had no idea that Mary and Maria were both played by the same woman…Julie). This album has a lot of very classic sounds and mixed with the beautiful voice of Julie Andrews…not sure its possible to go wrong. This album is hard to find nowadays but I would think that any Julie Andrews Chrismas album would be just as wonderful.

Kristen Chenoweth – A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas

A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas

A few years ago I started thinking I should get myself a new Christmas album each year. That year I picked up Kristen Chenoweth’s album since I know she has a great voice! This is another great album. If you love the sound of Kristen’s voice, you will really enjoy this album. My favorite tracks would be her version of “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Sing,” and “Home on Christmas Day.” There are a good mix of touching and fun upbeat songs. I think I just wish there were a few more classics on this album because of her great voice.

As I mentioned, I have started to make a habit of picking up a holiday album each year. This year’s addition…

James Taylor at Christmas

James Taylor at Christmas

If you like the voice of James Taylor then you will definitely enjoy this album. There are a great collection of classic songs. I think this was a great edition to my collection. Love his versions of “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “River,” and “In The Bleak Midwinter.”

What are some of your favorite Christmas or holiday albums? Any recommendations for what I should add to my collection next year?

*Note* – All album cover art taken from images at Amazon.com

UPDATE: I realized that I typed the wrong DC radio station. It is 97.1 not 94.7 (now fixed). I think I was thinking of a station in NJ whose name sounds like WASH FM when I wrote that…whoooops.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Marbled Christmas Nails! {Fun as Nails}

While I’ve never been the one for playing with make-up and I’m just NOW (at 27) developing a love of shoe shopping…I have always had fun doing my nails. For the 8th grade dance I actually did a design of a vine of flowers across my nails…it was really cute (and took a while!)…and went perfectly with my butterfly clips in my hair! (In my defense they were in style at the time). Anyway…doing my nails is the girly thing indulge in. Especially when I discover fun designs and colors! So I thought I’d start a feature about it: Welcome to Fun as Nails!

On Monday I decided to try my latest discovery…marble nails!

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While the technique for this is sort of time consuming it isn’t as hard as it might seem. If you are interested there is a pretty clear video tutorial {here}.

Here are the colors I used for my nails:

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The tutorial says to use white as a base coat but I didn’t have a white, so I used a light tan color that is typically used for French manicures. I think the colors on my nails might have come out brighter if I had used white so if you have a white…I think it might be better. The top coat on the left is just a generic clear coat that came in a nail polish set I got a while ago.

The two colors I used for the actual marbling were  OPI’s Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Wined Up.

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You will go through a LOT of tape and toothpicks! The tape really helps. Without it, a lot of extra polish on the surface of the water will get all over your finger. The tape makes it really easy to keep the polish only on your nail!

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I really thought these nails were fun and I really want to try to do this technique again with other colors (or maybe even with more than two colors!) But I think these green and red nails are a perfect nail for the season!

Here are some things I’d like to do for next time:

  • I’d like to try a white base coat to see if that makes the colors a bit brighter.
  • I did wait a really long time before applying my top coat, it still sort of made streaks in the marble pattern. I would either wait even longer between dipping my nail and putting on a top coat, or maybe use a quick dry lighter top coat. I do think a top coat is needed though because you are putting a pretty thin and kind of delicate layer of color on the nail. The top coat would definitely make it last longer.
  • I would use a plastic cup for the water. I had a mug that I didn’t care too much about…and it seems at first like the nail polish will clean up fine off the surface…but there was some residual polish that got on the sides.
  • I used the Insta-Dri purely for the tone of the red color…but I think it would be better to use a regular polish. I found the red sometimes dried on the surface too fast for me and regular polish will already dry fast since the layer on the water becomes very thin.

I had fun trying this though! And while there were some people online who said this technique is difficult…I find it more time consuming than difficult. I didn’t have trouble getting a cute design on the first try and its fun to see how each nail turns out…they are always different!

I plan to share more fun nail colors/designs/techniques/trends as I try them! Let me know if you try this technique! Are there other nail designs you think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My First Christmas Tree!

Every Christmas, my sisters and I would receive at least one ornament in our stocking which somehow related to what we either did or something we really liked during that year.

The year I was first able to vote in a presidential election (2004)…

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The year I moved to DC, I began getting the White House Christmas Ornament (2009 & 2010)…

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The first year we went skiing (1992)…

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The year I made my confirmation (1999)…

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Last year on Christmas morning, I opened up a nice new ornament storage box and Mom told me that this year I’d be taking my ornaments back to DC. The whole point of getting an ornament each year was to build up a collection for when we were older…and it was time that I decorate my own tree.

I wasn’t sure that I’d get a tree as of last year…but this fall the time came around to start thinking about it.

I had always been a real tree kind of girl. To me, a real cut tree at Christmas is the best, particularly because of the smell…and the feel of the needles…and even just the excitement of going out to pick the perfect tree.

The problem was that it wasn’t practical to get myself a real tree to decorate this year. I won’t be in DC for the holiday and the entire whole week afterward. It doesn’t really make sense for me to have a real tree drying out. I also didn’t want to have to figure out how to dispose of it living in a high rise. So a real Christmas tree was kind of out of the question.

BUT I had always told myself I’d never have a fake tree…

Then….the Target Black Friday 2-day sale happened…and I saw they had a pre-lit 6.5 foot tree on sale for $30…and I started to re-think.

A fake tree probably works the best for me over the next few years. I am storing my ornaments…so I should display them. I can have the tree up for most of the season since it won’t be drying out. I don’t have to worry about it while I’m gone for the holiday for the same reason.

Sooooo I bought it…and this year I have my very first Christmas Tree! I set it up when I got back to DC from Thanksgiving!

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I’m really pleased with my decision to get a fake tree this year! Not only has it put me in the Christmas spirit here in DC…but it has motivated me to do my wrapping sooner! The tree looked so empty without gifts under it that I find myself wrapping as I buy now! In the past my family and I would all grab different parts of the house to wrap our gifts on Christmas Eve…I’m excited to not worry about mass wrapping anymore!

It really feels nice to have a tree in my own apartment. It feels more like the season is also here in DC (as opposed to just when I go home to NJ) and inspires me to do more of my shopping. When I get home from work I can’t wait to light up my tree….I can kind of relate a little more to this lady (although she is talking about a real tree…):

But the only downfall is the smell…I really miss the smell of a real tree…but this candle has really helped…

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So much that I’ve already burnt it out (its been a week?) I really need to stock up on these…

I’ve decided that I can be a girl who has a fake tree….but maybe my new internal deal with myself will be that when I have a family…I will never have a fake tree Winking smile

Where do you fall in this debate? Real or fake? Or no tree at all? (Like me the past few years). Let me know in the comments! And YAY for the start of the holiday season!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Laura Loves {November 2011}

Wow…well November flew by…but I expected that. November is always one of the shorter months with all the holidays starting up. This month was also really busy with houseguests and trips so in combination with a bunch of short work weeks…November has passed by in a flash! But that means it’s once again time for Laura Loves!

Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials
A few weeks back I posted about how I had discovered my love for Florence + The Machine. Since then her second album, Ceremonials, was released which includes the song I posted “Shake It Out.” I decided to buy the entire new album and this month I have been listening to it constantly!

Ceremonials

I have to admit…some of the songs were a bit strange to me at first but I have honestly grown to love the entire album in full. I still have my favorites including the song “No Light, No Light” which I think she decided to make her second single…(the video is a little odd but the song is soooo good!)….

I have learned over this past year that in this day in age of being able to buy any single song that we love, I miss the days when you really had to take more chances on entire albums from an artist you liked. Besides the few select published singles, if you liked an artist, you had to take the chance on the CD. Ceremonials is the third album I can think of this year where I took a risk on the entire album, and so far I haven’t been disappointed…growing to like each entire album. I think I’m going to start doing that even more often this coming year.

Smart Pretty & Awkward
A few months back I found this cute blog written by Molly Ford! Each day she posts tips on how to be smarter, prettier, and (less) awkward. The tips are usually pretty simple and I often come away thinking “why didn’t I think of that?” It’s a really cute and simple blog that is a fun quick read and I love it!

Enjoying the Small Things
Another amazing blog I found recently is not quite as short of a read as the one above…but it is just as sweet! Kelle Hampton is a photographer and stay at home mom of two of the cutest little blondie girls, one of which (Nella) has Down Syndrome. The pictures she takes are absolutely stunning! Her blog can be a fun read but if I don’t have time to read though it all…I love just looking at the pictures! I have to admit that I love the pictures even more than the blog…and she makes sure each post is full of them!

She also wrote a very moving post about when Nella was born (she is almost 2 years old now). The pictures are beautiful and the post is very touching and very real. It is a great post to read when you first visit the blog. Then the other posts are just full of fun and lovely pictures!

This Australian Ad…and a wedding!

I don’t mean to get terribly political but I think I have made it clear in a previous Laura Loves how I feel about the topic of gay marriage. I think the above ad does a great job of showing how the road to marriage is the same for both straight and gay couples. (Also…the guy is pretty easy on the eyes…oh and also…I recognize a few of those places from Sydney! FUN!).

This month I had the privilege of being part of my friend Paul’s wedding to his (now) husband Grady. It was honestly one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed. I find it hard to believe that anyone who saw the ceremony would believe that their love was any less deserving of equal treatment in our society. I just can’t wait for the day when this is no longer a political issue. If you’d like to see some photos from the wedding weekend you can enjoy them {here}! (Photos were taken by various members of my family and mostly with my parents’ fancy new camera!)

(Ok stepping off my soapbox now)….but I still loved both the ad and their wedding!

Marcel the Shell
On a lighter note…I’d like to introduce you to Marcel, the shell with shoes on…

I was first introduced to Marcel by Rebecca on her blog…but this month, a year after we first originally met him, Marcel is finally back to tell us more about his little life…and well…I just love it!

He makes me smile a lot!

Milo Loves – Ruff Dawg Stick
Milo got a new toy over Thanksgiving from Mom (she likes to spoil him!). The truth is I think she has quite a knack for picking out dog toys…Milo always loves the ones she gets. Over Thanksgiving weekend she got him the Ruff Dawg Stick and Milo cannot get enough.

Ruff Dawg Stick Dog Toy, Assorted Colors
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He loves to fetch it, chew it, and tug it…it is easily his favorite toy at the moment. It’s also hollow so I can try to get a snack stuck in there or put some peanut butter on the end for an extra treat! (Or even just play mind games with him by making noises through it!) And the best part is that the rubber is both flexible and durable. Milo is a pretty strong chewer…and so far this thing is holding up.

It was really cute over the weekend when we would come home and let him outside…he’d come out to greet us and then go right back inside to grab his new stick to bring outside to play.

Milo got the yellow version but it comes in a few colors and can be found on Amazon if you can’t find it at your local pet supply store! It also comes in a smaller version (the Twig) if your dog isn’t quite as big as my 80 lb goofball…

Well that’s all I have this month! Check back at the end of December for another edition of Laura Loves!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the feeling of everyone coming together to celebrate great food and being thankful for a wonderful year and being together! 

This year I am very thankful for:

My amazing family and friends!

My dog who showers me with the very definition of unconditional love…even when I’m grumpy…but especially when I’ve had a rough day…

Old friends who I can chat with as if we spoke yesterday…even though we haven’t had time to catch up in awhile.

Getting VERY lucky and finding my ideal apartment!

AND

Knowing I can always go home Smile.

Today I am with my parents in NJ and we will most likely be making 2 stops to celebrate the holiday this year to see as much family as possible! I can’t wait to celebrate the day with everyone  and eat all the yummy food!!

I hope everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

What I’m Watching Fall 2011 {Official Rundown}

I have had a busy busy busy few weeks! Pumpkin carving, birthday fun, and some Savannah nuptuals have kept me away from my blog…but more on those things in another post! I wanted to FINALLY give my offical rundown of what I ended up watching (and not watching) this fall! Since this is a whole week at once I’ll try to be quick with my thoughts!

Mondays
The Sing-Off (NBC) – I actually haven’t been too loyal to The Sing Off…I DVR it and then I “watch” it while I do chores…aka I love the music and they are all really talented…but I enjoy listening more than paying a lot of attention.

Dancing with the Stars (ABC) – I mainly watch Dancing on Mondays. I really enjoy the choreography and watching the stars get better. The season is already ending this coming week! I think I want either J.R. Martinez or Rob Kardiashian to win!

Tuesdays
Glee (FOX) – Glee has been alright this season. The first season is still the best but a few numbers have been awesome like this past week’s mashup of Adele (the music & dancing is one of my main reasons for watching this show Winking smile). I think this is my favorite performance from the season so far…

Dancing Results (ABC) – I have to see who is getting the boot! Plus they usually bring on some impressive professional dancers from different genres which I love!

Parenthood (NBC) – Still one of my favorite shows of the week…that’s all I really have to say about that…

New Girl (FOX) – I know I said I wasn’t going to watch this show but then I discovered that my cable company offers a LOT of prime time shows On Demand so I decided to give it a shot. It is not my favorite sitcom…the main character as suspected is a little over silly for me…but not nearly as bad as I thought they were going to make her. And I was glad to see that the guys are all quirky in their own ways too. I like the show more than I thought I would…so it will stick around.

Wednesdays
Survivor (CBS) – I enjoy Survivor…although lately its become a bit predictable…it has been a decent season so far with no one dominant tribe (until recently) and some usual crazy people to watch haha…

Up All Night (NBC) – As expected this is a cute sitcom about first time parents. Christina Applegate is great as is Will Arnett…its cute and funny. One of the better new sitcoms in my opinion…but not as good as my Wednesday night on ABC Winking smile.

The Middle (ABC) – This sitcom is absolutely one of my favorites…it unfortunately gets a bit overshadowed by Modern Family but if you aren’t watching this show it really is worth checking out!

Suburgotory (ABC) – I have mixed feelings about this show. I think it can be funny, especially the main girl and the dad…but at the same time the picture of suburbia that they are portraying is not one I can relate to…especially since they are specifically speaking of NYC suburbs….ones that I sort of grew up in…its not really relatable to me…but I’m watching it for now.

Modern Family (ABC) – Hands down my favorite sitcom…and this season has not disappointed! It is a must watch for me…

Happy Endings (ABC) – This is another well written ABC sitcom…always good for a laugh and I highly recommend it. Sort of a new version of Friends without the laugh track.

Thursdays
Project Runway (Lifetime) – This show started mid summer and recently ended (a relief to my Thursday nights). I like watching Runway mainly to see what the designers come up with at the end of the show…

Parks & Recreation (NBC) – This show just gets funnier and funnier. I love Amy Poehler and each character is so unique. This show isn’t getting cut from my watch list any time soon.

The Office (NBC) – I like the office…and it has had some great episodes already this season (which I was skeptical about since Steve Carell left). But it has been pretty entertaining this season.

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – With this show it’s basically a loyalty thing. I mean there have been some good episodes and stuff but some of the storylines are getting a little crazy. I usually have a few of these to catch up with on the DVR…similar with…

Private Practice (ABC) – see above….same deal…crazy storylines…but I guess that’s what makes these dramas “dramatic”…

Fridays
Nothing! If I don’t have plans with friends Fridays are usually when I play catch up with the DVR or On Demand.

Saturdays
SNL (NBC) – Ya know…I still enjoy SNL…but I usually watch it via DVR so I can fast forward through the many commercial breaks (understandable for a live show) annnnd sometimes the music artists…

Sundays
Amazing Race (CBS) – I love this reality show…it is the one I think I’d love to be on…anyone want to audition with me? Who wouldn’t love a free trip around the world doing cool stuff along the way?!?

Once Upon A Time (ABC) – This show started late in the season but I have to say I really love it! I was skeptical about this show because it seemed like it could easily get really cheesy…ya know with all the fairy tails. But it is actually really interesting. It is written by the same people who wrote Lost…and the way the real world and fairy tale world are connected is really well done but has tons of mysteries…aka it is easy to tell haha. I HIGHLY recommend this show. I don’t want to give too much away…but hurry go and catch up with this show on ABC.com!! (As of this post all episodes aired so far are still up…but that could change very soon!!!)

Pan Am (ABC) – This is not the best new drama of the season…but I really have been enjoying this show. I love the wardrobe and different situations they find themselves while passing through various cities. And watching a show set in the past is sort of refreshing. Last week’s episode was a little weak…but generally I think they have been pretty good…

Sister Wives (TLC) – I really love this show…I find it fascinating to learn about their polygamist lifestyle and just see the issues they deal with as a family.

Long Island Medium (TLC) – This show had a very very very brief season on TLC as most of those shows do at first and unfortunately it is already over…but I thought it was really interesting. I wasn’t planning on watching but found it coming on after Sister Wives. This woman constantly channels people who have “passed on” and typically will read people in her daily life. What she does is impressive (whether it’s real or fake…she is at least talented at being convincing). I am definitely a skeptic but…only because of my own logic…I can’t really see what she is doing to pick up on some of the specific things she does…it’s really very interesting.

Dropped
Ringer (CW) – The pilot of this show was not so great…bad special effects and sort of a weird storyline. I don’t think the acting was all that stellar either. I thought about giving it a second chance…but the first episode was not good enough and I had other things I really wanted to watch. It got picked up for an entire season though so…maybe it did get better…but it didn’t really impress me so it got dropped.

Grimm (NBC) – This show had potential with me but it wound up being too gross. Its action is really suspenseful and stuff but ugh the creatures that they make people turn into are so weird (and not always fairy tale monsters like I thought they were supposed to be). Plus the storylines are a little silly I think. I gave it a few episodes but I think I’m calling it quits on this one. I could see how some might like it but….its just not for me.

Whitney (NBC) – This is a little bit of a lie b/c if there is nothing else that I want to watch and there are new episodes of Whitney On Demand I will turn it on. But I’m not the biggest fan of the show. The show has some serious haters out there but NBC seems to love it ordering a full season. I sort of can’t stand the laugh track and sometimes the jokes fall a bit flat for my taste. Sometimes its funny but…its not a show I get excited about watching…I have seen most of the episodes but because I don’t put a ton of effort into keeping up with it I will count it as dropped…

Desperate Housewives (ABC) – I didn’t think I was going to drop this show but with CBS usually running late with football I had a conflict with recording and figured I would catch up with Desperate online or On Demand….but I don’t really feel like it. I sort of dislike where some of the characters are now and all the crazy storylines…I really would love to see how it ends since I watched most of the seasons but watching it isn’t exciting to me anymore….so even with the loyalty I thought I had to watch it….it’s fading for me…and I’ve missed my opportunity to catch up with most episodes so….I guess it’s officially dropped.

Well there you have it! The official list of what I’m watching for the Fall 2011 TV Season…Do you watch any of these shows? Have any new or old favorites or recommendations? Which shows are you disappointed with? Let me know in the comments! I hear a lot of people like Revenge but I never even thought to give that a try and don’t have a ton of time to catch up…it might be one that I catch up with on DVD next year.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

It's My Birthday!

Welp…I’m another year older and hopefully a year wiser! Last year I started the tradition of asking myself a few annual questions on my birthday as sort of a reflection of the past year and thinking about what I’d like to make of the coming year. I thought it was a good exercise so I want to keep it up!

Age?
27

Location?

Alexandria, VA

What are some of the highlights of the past year?

  • Making some new friends at work and catching up with old pals that now live in the area!
  • Successfully completing the largest off the cuff/random craft project that I've ever casually attempted haha...I won't ever stop being proud of the palm tree lamp...
  • Experimenting with a few new hobbies including expanding on my sewing and becoming an Oscar snob!
  • Enjoying some really great reads and rediscovering a the joy of losing myself in a book.
  • Falling in love with my Fitbit and losing some extra padding this spring/summer!
  • The Royal Wedding!
  • Truckeroo!
  • A great weekend catching up with old friends!
  • Great family beach vacation in Ortley Beach, NJ and even running into the cast of Jersey Shore!
  • Scoring Mia Hamm's autograph on the family's Mia Hamm Jersey!! :-)
  • Finding my dream apartment in Alexandria!
  • Experiencing an earthquake!
  • Taking a few baby steps out of my comfort zone...with hopefully bigger steps to come!

What life lessons have you learned this past year?

  • Losing weight is easier than you'd think when you find something that truly motivates you.
  • Similarly...reading is a lot more fun than you'd think (or remember) when you find books that really captivate you...aka...its ALRIGHT to give up a book when reading it feels like a chore.
  • My next large furniture purchase will be a couch...happening either when I save up to get one I like (and pay to have it delivered and this one removed)...OR the next time I move...it is not coming with me again.
  • Apartments with non-white walls feel more homey :-)...its even better when you don't have to pain them yourself
  • People can only give you advice from their personal experiences and their own preferences. So while it is good to listen and take advice, its also perfectly fine to follow a different path if the advice doesn't seem to work for your own path and preferences.

Did you accomplish your goals from last year?

  • Being responsible and start contributing to my TSP - YES! Check and Check!
  • Keep focused on staying on top of my budget - I wasn't as on top of this one as I wanted to be, but did alright for myself this year, especially with the additional expenses of moving this summer.
  • Consolidate my student loans - Didn't do this...moving it into next year!
  • Go to more National's games - Well not only did I go to more games this year but I even brought the mutt with me and had a blast!
  • Be better about clutter in my room…try not to let papers pile up on my desk - Touch and go with this one but the papers aren't as bad as they used to be.
  • Cut back on the amount of TV I record/watch - I actually did do this in the spring and cut waaaay back...but with the fall season I'm watching more TV again. But ya know...I've realized that I really enjoy TV and that is A-OK...so this goal is getting scratched.

What are you looking forward to in the coming year?

  • This is the year of weddings...starting with one next week! I have 3 more scheduled this coming spring already! I can't wait for all the dancing!
  • My car payment is ending this coming year....I'm counting the months!
  • Finding more activities to do with friends!
  • Apparently according to one of my summer TV reality stars…27 is supposed to be some sort of epic age of realization or change or self awareness or something….I’m forgetting what she said exactly haha but I’d like to see if I have some crazy realization like that this year haha!

What do you want to change about your life/yourself in the next year?

  • Consolidate my student loans (yup its back on the list).
  • Be better at keeping in touch with friends and family in different places.
  • Be more open to doing activities on my own.
  • Find a new primary care doctor...I'm a bit overdue on this one.
  • Be sure to do things in the city despite having moved outside of it.
  • Complete weight loss goal #1 (almost there!) and hopefully put a dent in goal #2!

How are you celebrating your birthday this year?
My sister is coming to town to spend the weekend with me...plus she will be seeing my new apartment for the first time! I can't wait for her to see it! As a bonus we will be meeting some friends out to play some pool and perhaps some other games while enjoying happy hour! It should be a great time!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Laura Loves {October 2011}

While I haven’t been the best blogger this month I have found a LOT of things to love…so much that this will be quite an exercise in editing for me! So let’s see how I do!

Stove Top Stuffing Everyday
I was in need of a small amount of stuffing for a recipe I was trying (a post about which I plan on sharing soon). I was planning on buying a box of stuffing and debating if I was going to portion it out to only make the bit I need or just go the easy route and make the whole box when I cam across this little gem!

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Now, like I said before, I know that I could just measure a portion of the box and add the right portion of other ingredients…but let me tell you, it felt good that Stove Top was thinking the single people/small families out there. So I guess the marketing worked on me. But really the packaging makes only making a bit of stuffing a whole lot easier. The lid seals much easier than a plastic bag in a box would, the cylinder makes it easy to scoop out the right amount of mix. And of course the box splits the ingredients for you so you don’t have to do kitchen math. As a person who usually has to do this to avoid having a ton of leftovers, I appreciate the break. So thanks Stove Top for thinking of us single-tons out there! You get some love from me!

How to Never Lose Your Camera
This guy has a great plan for if he ever loses his camera! I love it! I haven’t done it myself but it is a funny idea! Let me know if you try it out for yourself (or have other funny ideas).

TuneFind
The other day I was watching one of my favorite TV shows and heard an unfamiliar song that I really liked. However there are two annoying things about discovering music on TV. You only get a snip-bit of the song (which may not even be that useful of a snip-bit), and you have no idea what the title or who the artist is. Since this song sounded fun I decided to do a bit of Google-ing and came across TuneFind where you can search for music by TV show. It will even take you down to the episode, and then list the songs along with the scenes in which they were featured! If the song isn’t there or you don’t recognize the scene description, you can also ask a question to see if anyone knows the song. Needless to say I found the song I was looking for in a matter of minutes! So if you ever hear a great song on TV and want to know what it is…check out TuneFind!

Emotional Baggage Check
Speaking of discovering new music, I came across this interesting website recently. On first glance it appears to be a place to either vent or give advice…but really it’s a way for discovering new music! If you are feeling really good lately, you can “take on some baggage” where you will get some emotional baggage from an anonymous person. Once you read it, you offer them a bit of advice along with a song that you’d enjoy or connect with in that situation.

On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit down…you can drop off your baggage and in a few minutes you will receive a few emails from anonymous people who have picked up your baggage and recommend a song (and sometimes even offer some kind words)! I thought the idea was really cool. No one ever sees who you are or your email (the song recommendations get sent through the site) and you get some good song recommendations for exactly how you are feeling…and a little love from some people out there.

Wonder Years on Netflix & No more Qwikster
Earlier this month Netflix announced that they are bailing on their “brilliant” plan to separate their DVD mail service from their online streaming to a service called Qwikster. I did NOT love this idea…quite the opposite actually…but I DO love that they bailed on it! That’s all I have to say about that…

But Netflix did another thing this month that I love! They finally (after hinting at it forever ago) put all seasons of The Wonder Years (which was never released on DVD) onto instant streaming!! I used to love watching The Wonder Years with my dad and sisters, but since it hasn’t been on repeats in a long time and was never released on DVD it has been SO LONG since I have seen it. Watching it now not only brings back memories but I also pick up on some things that I didn’t get when I was younger. I love watching it again!

Trying New Nail Trends
A few weeks ago I came across this {post} on Cupcakes & Cashmere (a blog my friend Liz recommended!). I used to LOVE LOVE LOVE doing fun things with my nails when I was younger. Today I still like to experiment with trends and colors but I have to be a BIT more adult about it. But I really loved this idea of putting glitter on your ring finger as an accent! I actually had ordered some nail glitter (to do some experimenting) before I even saw this post so I was really excited to try it out! Here are some of my fun glitter attempts…(#1 - dark purple with purple glitter  #2 - maroon with gold glitter)…

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My third attempt I just did some burnt orange (which looks more brown) with just a French tip of silver glitter on my ring fingers Smile. I’m really loving the glitter trend!

Sooo there were a few more items in this month’s Laura Loves…but you should have seen how many things that got the cut! I will probably include some of them in November! So be sure to check back at the end of the month for more Laura Loves!

PS - Happy Halloween!!!! (Here are some pumpkins that friends and I carved this weekend!)

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Music That Moves Me {Cosmic Love & Shake It Out}

I know I have been seriously MIA in October! To be honest I’m not certain why. I haven’t been overly busy…but I think work has been a bit hectic and so I didn’t exactly want to sit down and write up a blog post when I got home in the evenings…

But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been preparing posts! In fact I have tons of pictures saved of things I want to write about! Those posts will be going up soon! To get my motivation back I wanted to start a new feature that I’ve been thinking about which seemed appropriate! Welcome to Music That Moves Me!

I’m not quite sure how to describe my taste in music. All I really know is that sometimes I really connect with a song (or artist) and it really moves me; sometimes physically with a good beat, sometimes emotionally with touching or relatable lyrics, sometimes nostalgically by bringing back old memories. Some songs will never fail to make me laugh or smile while others are just perfect for motivation (at work, with chores, or working out).

Recently I have been discovering music by Florence + The Machine. Her song Cosmic Love  from her first album Lungs came onto my Pandora channel and I fell in love. It was the kind of song that really moved me both physically and emotionally. I felt like the music was so full and I loved how I felt like it surrounded me. It really hit me when I was listening to it flying home from a trip last month looking out the window at the beautiful shapes of the clouds from above…something about that view and that song…ugh…I couldn’t take my finger off repeat!

After doing a bit of YouTube-ing I discovered Shake It Out, Florence’s first single from her new album Ceremonials due out in November. This song is another one that moves me in multiple ways. It’s beat makes me want to dance like crazy (confession: I have danced around my room to this song on various occasions). The lyrics really remind me to let go of any negative thoughts and feelings. It also just keeps me motivated for some reason. I have been playing this song at work non-stop. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

Finally, after further investigation…I realized a radio station out in Seattle had Florence record some of her songs live! It was just herself, a guitar, and a harp. I had previously felt like a lot of her songs (especially Cosmic Love) moved me due to the strong drums. But I have to say I LOVE the song with no drums too! It isn’t as “full” to me but it becomes so delicate and beautiful! I had to share that version as well.

If you like what you hear I’d recommend looking for more on YouTube, especially Drumming Song (both the studio and live versions) as well as her cover of Addicted to Love. Ok ok ok this post is done with video links….

What do you think of Florence? Any songs or artists move you lately? In what way? Please share! I love discovering new music!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Taste of DC!

This weekend I got to experience the Taste of DC! I’d say it’s a little chalky and crunchy…ya know…with all the old stone buildings and monuments…..bah da CHING!……….no?……Anyway…

Obviously I didn’t literally taste DC…but this weekend I attended the event Taste of DC with my friend Megan! While I met Megan in college…she isn’t TECHNICALLY a “college friend”…she is the twin of my college roommate Laura. I got to know Megan throughout college because she would visit us and I’d hang a bit with her when hanging out with Laura at home!

Megan recently moved to the area for a new job so we met up for Taste of DC! Basically a bunch of DC restaurants set up shop downtown along 5 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue. Then people buy a set of tickets and trade a certain amount of tickets at various booths for either a taste of something or a maybe a few more tickets for an entrée. They also sell alcohol tickets and have a beer and wine tasting area. I LOVE trying different DC restaurants so this event was right up my alley!

When Megan and I got there we quickly realized how popular this event was. Even though it goes on for hours and over 3 days…the place was PACKED! It took us a little while to get our food and drink tickets but then we set out to find some food!

We also learned pretty quickly that our plans of getting a beer and then wandering around the evnet to figure out what to eat wasn’t going to work…the alcohol was limited to a fenced area…in which there was no food being sold…soooo next time we will first grab food to maybe bring into the beer area!

Once we tasted a few beers, we found the tent for Mai Thai and their menu sounded great. Megan got Thai BBQ Chicken and I got the Panang Curry Chicken…then we had a bit of each. I have to say both of these entrées were sooooo good! Her chicken was amazingly moist and flavorful. My entrée had a great curry sauce that made both the chicken and rice delicious.

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Then I spotted people walking around with tots…and I couldn’t resist! I found the tent that was selling them and of course I can’t remember the name…I think it was called Smothered Tots. I tried the tots with chilli and cheese….and they were pretty darn good. I have to say I think the tots from Sticky Rice are still my favorite…but these held their own. I’d be interested to see what other options for tot toppings this place has on their menu.

As I got my tots, Megan grabbed some yummy Jamaican and then we headed back to try some more beer. After another beer in the beer tent…we headed to the other side of the festival. We spotted a tent for Wicked Waffle. This place was so cool! They were making a grilled cheese sandwich by making half a waffle and melting cheese and tomato in the middle…its hard to describe but maybe this picture will help…

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In the above picture, the waffle with cheese and tomato (and I think bacon?) would be taken out of the maker and folded in half (Basically they would make the waffle “bread” without ever closing the waffle maker). This place also had the biggest jars of Nutella I have ever seen on their table…which could only mean one thing…Nutella waffles!!

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Megan…being in LOVE with Nutella…ordered and enjoyed a Nutella waffle! I also had a bite and I have to say…the Nutella tasted really REALLY good on the light, crispy, and warm waffle. It was yummy!!

We walked around a little more and passed the tent for Co Co Sala. I really wanted to try their mac and cheese that was topped with chocolate covered bacon! But unfortunately they were all out :-/. I settled for a taste another place’s basic mac and cheese (and again I don’t remember the name)…Megan got a small lobster roll from the same place…both items were good but I’d say they were probably just as memorable as the name of the place Winking smile.

On our way for dessert we found the Geico tent and played a game similar to Plinko! (We were thinking of you Laura!!!)…Megan won they mystery prize (a reusable shopping bag) and I won a Geico water bottle!

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We then headed over to grab dessert (as if we weren’t stuffed enough already) of Nutella crapes (we both thought the Nutella waffle was better) and a mini red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles!

We had a great time at Taste of DC! I have to say though I think next time I will try to go twice and maybe spread out my tickets over a few days. There are so many restaurants to try and I was so stuffed it was hard to try everything I wanted. It was also sooooo crowded that sometimes you waited a long time to get food. Or sometimes you want to try something and the line is too long to wait. I think when they do it again I might try to go at two different meal times or on two different days. I’d also advise anyone going to get food first before beer and bring the food INTO the beer tasting area because you can’t do the opposite (although with the crowds in the beer tent it may be hard to eat)…its just too bad that its hard to have a beer and your food at the same time.

Other than the crowds and being so stuffed so fast…I really had fun at Taste of DC! And it was great to hang out with Megan! I’d definitely go again!

Any other DC folks check out Taste of DC? What restaurants did you try/like/dislike? What did you think of the event?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Laura Loves {September 2011}

I must say I have had a pretty awesome September! I’ve gotten way more settled into my apartment, had a great housewarming party, and even got to visit my graduate school to do a presentation at my old department! The only downside of this month has been the crazy amount of rain! I am hoping that October brings sunny fall weather similar to last year…but before we say a final goodbye to rainy but awesome September…lets go over some of the things I’ve loved this month!

Lilies
While I was doing some last minute shopping for my housewarming party, I found a gorgous bouquet of white lilies! I got the bunch for my apartment and it made the place smell so wonderful for the party! I fell in love with lilies a few years back and I have actually had my eye out for a nice bunch for my new place and was so happy to find them! So this month I just needed to mention that I love lilies! :-)

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Seasame Street Does "G"lee
Sesame Street usually keeps up with pop culture and I often enjoy the skits they do with celebrities. But this latest video really got me! They did a spoof on Glee! If you have ever seen Glee…this sketch is pretty spot on haha I love it! Enjoy!

Weird Fountain
I’m not really sure how I feel about this fountain in terms of “Laura Loves” but it has me sort of fascinated…and I love that at least. Apparently this fountain can tell when someone approaches it for a drink and will slowly reach down and pour the person water…weird right? Watch the video and let me know what you think!

Samsung Charging Station
While I was waiting for my flight this past week I came across a few of these fancy new charging stations scattered around the terminal by the gates. I actually had been considering charging my phone for a bit before my flight since I got there with some time and my battery has been just slightly less than stellar after having gone for a swim earlier this month (honestly I’m really thrilled it survived)…

This charging station is pretty awesome….it has a total of 6 power outlets, 2 USB outlets, and 4 micro USB outlets…a total of 12 outlets all for charging devices. It also has a touch screen where you can check the local weather, news highlights, and even play a few games while you wait for your device to charge. It even has a table that goes around along with a little mini shelf near the micro USB outlets for phones to rest.

I’m someone who usually looks for an outlet in the airport I thought this station was so cool! I have been in some airports where outlets are few and far between…and even when you do see one…it has to have an opening! I’m not ashamed to admit that I have sat in the hall near the bathroom in order to use my laptop during a long layover…

Samsung Mobile Has Installed New Charging Stations At Washington Airport
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I hope to see these stations in more airports…so I can be sure to find a seat further away from the bathroom and still use my laptop…

Geographer Hudson

I have been reading the blog Blue Eyed Bride for a while now. Rebecca showed me her blog when she threw a crazy perfectly organized Green Eggs & Ham party for her then 1 year old Hudson! It’s fun to follow her since she lives in SC where I went to grad school and roots for the Gamecocks! I often recognize the places she talks about in her blog!

Hudson is now 2 years (and almost 4 months) and he is VERY impressive at US Geography! She put a video up on her blog {here} of Hudson completing the Melissa & Doug USA Map puzzle…and I can’t tell you how impressed I am. I must have watched this video 3 or 4 times at LEAST. Hudson is able to locate and name states from a pile of puzzle pieces and then put them accurately into a puzzle that is recommended for a child double his age! He isn’t perfect at it but his skills are beyond impressive (plus and when he mixes things up it’s just plain cute)! I love it!

I was thinking of embedding the video here but I thought it would be better to send you over to her blog to read her post and watch the video. Here is the link again! Go watch!

Well that is all I have this month for Laura Loves! You can check out past months {here}…and be sure to tune in at the end of (a hopefully sunny) October for more Laura Loves!

Monday, September 26, 2011

First Blog-aversary!!

Today marks the first anniversary of this little blog!!! A year ago I wasn’t quite sure if I would even last a month blogging let alone a whole year! Along the way I’ve realized that I can keep up with a blog find things to write about! Who knew? Some of the posts have been more entertaining than others…but I think this little blog has been a great way to update friends and family from all parts of my life what is going on with me currently.

Thanks to everyone who has kept up with this little piece of the internet over the past year! And if you just started reading recently…here are some of my favorite posts and features from my first year!

I started to blog with this post.

Then my confessions from a little trip to the grocery store seemed to to make readers laugh!

In November, I started a new birthday tradition!

Later that month, someone searched for “how to turn a lamp shade into something nice” and was probably disappointed to find this post.

In January I began my mission to be an Oscar Snob! And it was so great to reconnect with the movies and have reasons for my Oscar opinions…I plan on doing that again this year!

I began the monthly feature Laura Loves!

I started taking Milo on longer walks….and it began a great spring/summer of weight loss!

I began my first weekly feature Monday Memories…and it has provided me with the year’s most successful post!

I attempted to blog daily last week as a preview for Fall TV…and I know that I will only do that once a year from now on! Daily blogging was HARD!

And to this day…I have not written anything on my “About Laura” page….after a whole year…it is probably time to do that!

I hope people have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing! I can’t wait to see what this coming year of blogging has in store! Thanks so much for reading!

Friday, September 16, 2011

What I’m Watching on Weekends {Fall 2011}

The weekend is pretty slow for TV…except Sundays! So I decided I’m going to lump Fridays and Saturdays together with Sunday. So let’s check out what is in store for the DVR over the weekend!

Fridays

Fridays on TV are all about trying out new shows. I get sort of nervous for shows slated for Fridays because they don’t really have a great chance to get good ratings since most people go out instead of watching TV…I always wonder if they take DVRs into consideration nowadays…anyway here is what my Friday lineup looks like…

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Pretty boring right? Ok well let’s chat about Grimm!

Star Grimm ~ Premieres 10/21 9:00pm – 10:00pm on NBC

Grimm doesn’t premiere for a while…but the concept sounds kind of interesting. The show is about a cop who finds out he descends from a line of hunters known as Grimms who are able to see fairy-tale supernatural creatures through their everyday disguises. I agree it sounds a little crazy…sort of like some cop drama mixed with fairy tales? Maybe with a bit of a Buffy tone? I decided it was just crazy enough to try out…although it does look a bit scary!!! But with a completely open Friday night…what's the harm? Unfortunately it doesn’t premiere until late October…so Friday nights will be “catch up on the DVR” night for me for a while. Check out the thriller like preview for Grimm

Saturdays

SNL~ Premieres 9/24 11:30pm – 1:00am on NBC

There really isn’t any prime time TV on for Saturday nights…but there is on old favorite…SNL!! I enjoy watching SNL…its usually hit or miss and I don’t think it will ever go back to my favorite time in the mid 90s with Will Ferrell, Cherri Oteri, Molly Shannon, etc…or even the era of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. But I have to say I really like Kristen Wiig. I think a lot of people get tired of her playing a “weirdo” but I personally think that maybe they don’t notice how many other skits she does. I personally think she is really funny and really talented and one of the highlights of the show for me. I’m not sure who they are adding to the cast this year (if they are at all)…but I’m excited for it to come back. The season premiere is Saturday 9/24 at 11:30pm on NBC. Alec Baldwin will be hosting for the 16th time…which will give him the record for “most frequent host.” Currently he shares that title with Steve Martin at 15.

Sundays

Sunday is my big weekend night of TV…filled with both old favorites and new shows! Check out the Sunday schedule below!

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The Amazing Race ~ Premieres 9/25 8:00pm – 9:00pm on CBS

If there is one reality show out there that I’d LOVE to be on it is The Amazing Race!! (Although I highly doubt I’m fit enough for it!)…This is one really great show. It takes teams of two in a race around the world. Each leg of the race there are challenges (both physical and mental) that have to do with the culture of the country they are racing through. The last team to finish each leg of the race is eliminated until there are only 3 teams left racing to the finish. I find this show so cool to see all the places they go and the challenges they have to complete. Its just a really great competition…one of my absolute favorites. Here is a look at the teams competing this season…

Star  Once Upon A Time ~ Premieres 10/23 8:00pm – 9:00pm on ABC

Once Upon A Time is another late-comer to the Fall season starting late October…and similar to Grimm it looks like it could be pretty weird…but I think there is a really interesting concept. Characters from fairytales are trapped in a modern day town with no recollection of their fairy tale past…I’m not quite sure what the goings on will be but I think it really could be interesting….or just be major overkill. But I really like Ginnifer Goodwin so I think this show has some potential…check out the preview below!

Desperate Housewives ~ Premieres 9/25 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ABC

Desperate Housewives is heading into its 8th and final season. I have to agree it is time for the show to gracefully depart. I really enjoyed Desperate back when it started but in the last few years it has gotten really nutty. I personally still enjoy it because I have grown to like certain characters…but I think it has passed its prime. We have a whole season to say goodbye to Wisteria Lane...and I’m hoping a lot of closure happens. I think it will be kind of a weird goodbye after so many years…but its definitely time. If you have never watched Desperate before I don’t think it is worth tuning in…but if you have…what do you think of the series now? The preview for the final season takes a look back at the past…and in a way you can kind of see how much crazier it gets…

Sister Wives ~ Premieres 9/25 9:00pm –10:00pm (I think) on TLC

I have really enjoyed the first two seasons of Sister Wives and I am excited for the upcoming installment. This is a reality show documenting the lives of Kody, his 4 wives (he is only married to the first wife legally), and all their children. I think this might be turning into a 1 hour show this year  but I’m not sure…the last few seasons it has only been half hour…but the seasons were also pretty short. Here is an ORINGIAL trailer from the series so you can get an idea…the first season focused on bringing 4th wife Robyn into the family…

During the last season, due to coming out in the open as polygamists on the in the first season, the family was forced to move out of state and out of their home they all shared into 4 separate (but close) houses. Coming up in the third season, Kody’s newest wife Robyn, is pregnant with their first child together. It really is fascinating to watch this family. I think they can be a bit hard to relate to in the romantic relationship part…but easy to relate to as a family who loves each other. I find myself rooting for them. They don’t seem to be the sort of colt type polygamists we can see on news stories marrying off girls at a young age to an elder who has 15 wives….this is a modern family dealing with modern issues…on top of the issues of being polygamists. I think this is a cool show…and I would recommend it…just for the sake of starting up interesting conversations. Below is the season 3 preview…

The Real Housewives of New Jersey ~ Its already on!! Sundays 10:00pm – 11:00pm on Bravo

The Real Housewives of New Jersey season is actually probably pretty close to being over (it started in early summer) but I think there are a few more episodes so I needed to include it in the scheduling. I really watch the NJ Housewives because I’m from New Jersey…I know its sort of a crazy show…but I think its funny and entertaining. I’m not even sure how it stacks up to the other Real Housewives shows because I only watch this one. If you are into this sort of reality TV…I like how intertwined all of these housewives are…and I have enjoyed this season how no one is really the REAL villain…(although Teresa has her moments) but I think everyone has looked both good and bad throughout the season and I like that dynamic. But in a few weeks this will be out of my Sunday lineup again until next summer!

Star  Pan Am ~ Premieres 9/25 10:00pm – 11:00pm on ABC

I am actually really excited about the new series Pan Am…I’ve been missing a good dose of a time period piece show…and I think Pan Am will fit the bill nicely. It will be interesting to see what story lines they come up with for the women flying all over the world. I feel like I haven’t seen Christina Ricci since Casper and Now and Then (if I recall correctly…she got to kiss Devon Sawa in both of those films…my 12 year old self is SUPER JELOUS)…and I think she seems to have the perfect face for this show. Something about the preview tells me I’m really gonna like it…but I guess we shall see…do you think you will be watching Pan Am???

So there you have it…everything I plan on checking out during the Fall 2011 Season Premieres! I’m so ready for it all to start! Looking at the amount of shows it can seem a bit daunting…but many of those shows will be cut out of my schedule in a few weeks. I plan on doing an update later this season to tell you guys what I wound up sticking with! I hope you have enjoyed the last week of What I’m Watching…if you missed it check out Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! And don’t forget to let me know what shows you will be watching (or did watch and liked/disliked) in the comments!