My brain is mush... or a delirious rant about being sick.

I've been sick all week, which has been only sort of fun, and by that I mean absolutely no fun at all. I mean, I had coffee for the first time all week yesterday. Yesterday was Thursday. I WENT FOUR DAYS WITHOUT COFFEE AND HOW AM I STILL ALIVE?

I may never know the answer to that question.

At one point, I was sick on the couch with a sore throat, and coughing and whatnot, Fiancé was also coughing, but not as badly as me, and then Gio just started puking. How? Why? What even?

But now we're all on the mend and everything is just fine and I'm drinking coffee again and we can all STOP PANICKING.

Okay, it's possible that I'm still hopped up on cold medicine. I don't know.

Also, it's summer now. Should colds even still be happening? Isn't it called a cold because you get it when it's really cold outside? It was 95 degrees outside yesterday and all of a sudden I have the cold of all colds. This is unreasonable.

Anyway, here is a list of things that I did/watched while sick and my thoughts on those things:

  • Outlander - Ooo lala, the Scottish steaminess is nice. Fiancé and I started watching this because we're going to Scotland on our honeymoon and we were like "this will get us excited!" and now we're obsessed. Plus, there's nothing like being at your least attractive level of attractiveness and watching something incredibly romantic. Yeeeeaaaaah buddy.
  • Family Tree - I adore Chris O'Dowd. Everything he does is just oddly delightful. I highly recommend. Plus, there's a grown woman who talks through a monkey puppet and Fiancé pointed out that I do the exact same thing with our dog, so... self-esteem points have definitely been gained.
  •  Must Love Dogs - oh my gosh, this movie has almost nothing to do with loving dogs. NEITHER ONE OF THESE PEOPLE EVEN OWNS A DOG, THEY JUST BORROW SOMEONE ELSE'S DOG. THAT'S IT. It should just be called Must Love Someone Else's Dog.
  • Critical Role - Because obviously. Fiancé and I have been watching a lot of Twitch Streams lately and I think I'm finally starting to understand why sports fans watch sports things. Oh! Fiancé and I have also been toying with starting a Twitch channel where we play games together. Interested? Tell me in the comments below!

And that's all I can remember right now.... what do you like to watch when you're sick? Why do you think colds strike in the heat? How long has it been since you've had coffee?

Have a great day, friends!


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23 things to make you smile. Right now.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I've been making more of an effort to spread cheer and optimism over there. I don't really know what started this, but for some reason lately, I've been trying to broadcast happiness on a grand scale. Maybe it's because the headlines lately have been exhaustingly sad and rageful. Or maybe it's just because I like happy things and I honestly don't think the world can have enough happiness. Either way, yesterday, I asked people on twitter to only tweet about the good stuff happening and using the hashtag, #HappyTweets. Now, I'm not a person with a ton of followers, so this didn't take off quite as much as I'd hoped it would, but that's okay. I still managed to tweet happy things, and I'm going to keep this going, even here on the blog. So... in the event that you just need a reason to smile, here is a list of things to be happy about in spite of what the news tells us:

  1. Puppies. I tweeted about this yesterday, but how incredible is it that we live on a planet on which puppies exist? Puppies, possibly the cutest things ever, happen all the time. They're just all around. And then, on top of them being cute, THEY LOVE EVERYONE. Have you ever met a puppy that didn't want to snuggle or play? Many books have been written on the love that dogs give us, but I think puppies deserve an extra boost right now because we are so lucky to live in the same universe as them. Just soak that incredible fact in.
  2. Artists. Okay, so I'm also floored by just how amazing it is that we are living at a time when people like Jenny Lawson, Hank Green, J.K. Rowling, Hannah Hart, Ben Folds, Rainbow Rowell, etc. all create stuff that we get to enjoy and learn from. Every day, there are amazing artists of all types creating things that we just get to sit down and be like "THIS IS A THING I ENJOY" and then we get to walk away feeling inspired by those people and things they do. Especially now. Now we are in a time when content is just constantly available to us - and often for free. This brings me to the next thing...
  3. The Internet. Okay, I know: The Internet can be full of terrible people, but you know what? It's also full of amazing people and amazing communities. Before the Internet, the only people available to you were just the ones physically surrounding you. If they weren't into the same stuff you were, that was just the pits. Now? Now you get to go online and log onto some forum or social media account and say "HEY, I'M REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT FAKE LIZARDS MADE OF SAND AND WAX." and someone else could be like, "OH MY GOD, ME TOO!!" and now you have a new friend who is in a totally different country. The Internet is an amazing place for people in search of community and friendships. I met the love of my life because of the Internet. I'm able to write and have a small group of readers because of the Internet. I'm currently listening to music because of the Internet. All the jerks out there? They are nothing in comparison to the awesomeness that I find on the Internet.
  4. Books. THERE ARE SO MANY STORIES OUT THERE TO READ. FAIRY TALES AND REALISTIC FICTION AND MURDER MYSTERIES AND SCI-FI AND HISTORY. IT'S ALL OUT THERE JUST WAITING FOR YOU. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
  5. Flowers growing through cracks in the sidewalk. This doesn't need any explanation. Tiny, delicate, beautiful things emerge and break through the toughest of materials. As cliche as it is, this metaphor is wonderful and we should all remind ourselves of it daily.
  6. Music. No matter your taste, music is out there for you to fall in love to and with. Perfectly timed melodies and beautiful lyrics come to us in all sorts of ways and we get to apply them to moments in our lives as though someone is building a soundtrack for us. I just love it.
  7. Coffee. 
  8. Your ideal weather. For me it's 77 degrees and immediately following rain. I love rain, too, now that I'm thinking about it. Sure, weather can be a pain in the butt sometimes, but when it's also kind of amazing. Just picture your perfect day, weather-wise.
  9. Details in architecture. This one comes from my bestbian, Leah. She loves walking around the city with her headphones in and just looking at buildings and trying to notice their unique details. She's the best.
  10. Having a best friend. Many of us can think of our best friend(s). That person is someone who we can call whenever and just vent to. Best friends are the people who like you anyway. They're the best.
  11. Riding trains. I'm sure many of us have different feelings about train travel, but there is something so very classic and, as Leah puts it, "British" about the experience. She and I love British things, so this is in our happy column.
  12. Good television. We are in an age of amazing television right now. Shows that are beautifully written and make us think. This is awesome. I, personally, love great dialogue. Great dialogue is great.
  13. Crawling into a made bed at the end of the day. Oh man, is there anything more relaxing?
  14. Wearing an outfit that you know you look really, really good in. Admit it. You know what outfit this is and it is the thing you feel best about yourself in. Because you are really ridiculously good looking in it and you can do anything in that outfit.
  15. Pajamas. Duh.
  16. Making other people smile. 
  17. Rivers, lakes, and oceans. Bodies of water always seem to make me happy. I don't know why, but they're lovely. I've always really liked that line from Pocahontas where she says "my favorite thing about rivers is that you can't step in the same river twice." That has always made me smile.
  18. I know I said puppies already, but let's just give a shout out to all baby animals. Baby animals are just the best.
  19. Hugs. Good hugs are great. Even if you're not a hugger, somewhere out there is a hug that you love. I believe in that.
  20. When everything is where it should be. I personally hate cleaning, but I love when everything is clean, so I force myself to go through the grueling process of getting it there because I know the reward is worth it.
  21. Checking off everything on your to-do list. I rarely get to do this every day, but man isn't it awesome when it does happen? Yes. Yes it is.
  22. Live shows. In an age of digital everything, there is something even more amazing now about seeing something live. Last night, Fiance and I were lucky enough to see Ben Folds in concert and I'm still on Cloud 9.
  23. Love. This will be my last one, because ultimately, it is the most wonderful thing in the world and it is everywhere. Sometimes we struggle to see it clearly, but at the end of the day, when you're feeling really crappy, I think it's nice to remember that love is out there. Even if you're not feeling it, I think it's nice to know that it's there. It's nice to think about what you love and who loves you in spite of yourself. I think it's nice to love yourself. It's nice to remember that there is a puppy out there who will love you. Love, as a noun and a verb, is something that constantly amazes me. The fact that we are able to love and feel loved is something truly remarkable. Random acts of kindness are random acts of love and if you really sit back and think about it, isn't that just the most lovely thing of all? I think it is.

So that's my list as of this very moment. It's incomplete and constantly changing and being added to, but I invite you to write about what makes you happy in the comments. Tweet at me with happy things using #HappyTweets. Don't let the crappy headlines win. Flood the world with joy whenever possible.

Ready? Go.

A festival based on the town that is based on my town is happening in my town.

It's no secret that I'm a Gilmore Girls fan. It's also not a huge secret that I live in the town that is the inspiration for the show's setting, Stars Hollow. And now, as I'm sure you've heard, there is going to be a freaking Gilmore Girls Fan Festival in my freaking town. Where I live. MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE.

So now my little town is going to have to deal with a lot more people like me. Poor, poor town... But there's going to be so much, coffee, a knit-a-thon, CAST MEMBERS, and - oh yeah: THEY'RE BUYING OUR TOWN A GAZEBO BECAUSE IT'S THE ONE THING WE DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE.

Guys. Seriously. I'm freaking out here.

FREAKING. OUT.

It's National Coffee Day! Yaaaaaay!

Happy National Coffee Day, everyone!! 

If you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I have a love for coffee that surpasses most other healthy loves, which is TOTALLY A FINE THING.

http://becomingadorrable.com/2014/04/09/11-things-we-learned-from-gilmore-girls/

Coffee makes me happy. Coffee is what makes me the delightful person that everyone in my Stars Hollow has come to know and love. Without coffee, I'd be... oh god... let's not go there.

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Every morning, I wake up and drink about four cups of this delicious nectar before I put the rest into my TARDIS travel mug and head to work. When that's gone I head next-door to my equivalent of Luke's and get myself a refill. If I'm staying there for lunch, I usually get two. That can usually last me until the end of the day, but if I'm feeling silly, I'll get myself one more just for the heck of it. They love me over there. I refuse to actually add up my receipts every month. I don't want to know.

I know, I know, many of you are thinking that I have some sort of a "problem" or "addiction", but really I think that you're all just sad because I found the key to happiness and it smells delicious.

So, I invite you all to take a moment and really enjoy that brewed cup of holy water and remember how appropriate it is that this holiday is happening only two days before Gilmore Girls comes to Netflix for us all to enjoy. And yes, trust me, I will be brewing an entire pot of coffee while I marathon through that show on Wednesday. It's likely that I'll be live tweeting it, too, so... get ready for that.

http://thoughtcatalog.com/nico-lang/2013/08/69-fabulous-lorelai-gilmore-quotes-that-show-why-shes-the-greatest/

Enjoy your coffee, everyone, because today is a glorious, glorious day.

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I don't think I'm doing this whole "sexting" thing correctly, you guys.

You know when you're in the beginnings of a romantic interest and you do your best to make sure that the other person sees mainly all the wonderful and charming details about you? As far as you and that person are concerned, everything you do is classy and elegant and super attractive. Unless you're me....

A text I sent to my sister on Monday morning: I just dripped coffee on my white shirt.... attempted to clean said coffee with water. Now I have a very visible boob situation. This is my life.

At least... that's the text I meant to send to my sister.

You see, my sister's name happens to be listed in my phone right next to the guy that I really like...the guy that I haven't officially met in person yet because we met online and for various legitimate reasons have not been able to actually be in the same place and the same time... anyway... in my panicked state of dealing with the clusterfuck that is me, I did not, in fact, send my sister that text. The best part? I didn't even notice the embarrassing error of my ways until I found myself in this conversation:

Guy I Like: Lol work is not the right venue for a wet t-shirt contest. You should know these things.

My internal monologue: Oh noooooo.... That is not my sister's name... fuuuuuuuck... Where is the nearest beach? I must go to it and bury my head deep into the sand now... Okay... just go with it. You'll be fine.

My actual response: I've been shunned to the back until I can present myself in a less pornographic manner.

Guy I Like: Good PR Move.

Naturally, in my panic and shame, I texted my best friend, who for legal reasons has intelligently decided to go by the name "John Hamm" on this blog.

John Hamm: BahahahahahaAwkward Sexting

Me: Because I needed to really embarrass myself with this guy eventually, right?

John Hamm: Absolutely. Law of the universe.

Me: I haven't even officially met this guy and I'm already sending him messages about my boobs LIKE A FLOOZY.

John Hamm: In all fairness, you meant to send your flooziness to your sister.

Me: Yes, but he doesn't know that.

John Hamm: Did you explain that to him??

Me: No! We just went with it like it was a totally normal thing for me to send him!

John Hamm: Oh my gosh...

Me: He was all "Work is not the place for a wet t-shirt contest, Emelie" and I was all MORTIFIED.

John Hamm: That's hilarious. You could have simply just been like "For the record..."

Me: Yes, but we both know I don't possess that level of tact.... but I am going to tell him because I have to blog about this.

John Hamm: Yes. Yes you do.

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In other news, I was featured on The Incredible Adventures of Malleable Mom, which is kind of awesome, so you should go check her out.

AND

There's a new Page Break video, so you should go watch that, too.

Also, this ad is amazing and I feel the need to share it with the world, because Girl Power.

 

Problem? I Don't Have a Problem.

This is what part of my kitchen looks like: COFFEEEEEEEEEEE

Let me explain: The French Press and the regular drip coffee maker are both originally mine. As in, I obtained them on my own because I needed wanted them. Everything else? Those were gifts from various people.

My friend's mom called me a week before I moved out to Connecticut and told me that she had been cleaning out the attic and found some stuff I might want. When I got there to look at the "stuff" I found the espresso machine, and upon that espresso machine was a sticky note with my name on it. It would have been rude at that point to not take it.

Then a few days later, I went out for one last goodbye dinner with another friend of mine. When I got to the restaurant, she was sitting there with a giant gift bag on the seat next to her.

"What was inside," you ask? The Keurig. Again, what kind of friend would I be to not accept such a thoughtful gift?

So... fast-forward to Christmas: the grinder appears in my life. That glorious baby has 18 different settings so that I can now grind whatever coffee beans I like to suit whichever coffeemaker I so choose to use that morning. It's like absolute bliss for me. I also got various bags of coffee beans which are now happily residing in my freezer, awaiting the day that I say, "Congratulations! You get to fuel me for the next few days! You have been chosen!" In my head, I picture the bags of coffee all reacting like those aliens in Toy Story. You know the ones: they're all stuck in the claw machine and they go "Ooooooo," and it's super adorable yet kind of terrifying. Yeah, that's my coffee.

I know what you're thinking: Wow. Emelie must really like coffee.

You're right. I do. I practically worship the stuff. Some people say I have a "problem" or an "addiction," but I know they're all just joking around, because there hasn't been an intervention yet, and interventions are, like, really in right now, you guys.

Not to mention, if people really thought it was a problem they wouldn't be enabling me, right? I mean, who gives a crack addict a pipe for Christmas? Let's be honest.

Plus, studies* show that 2 cups of coffee a day is really good for you, and by my logic, that must mean that 8 to 10 cups of coffee a day is REALLY good for you.

Basically, I'm just super health-conscious.

Also, feel free to send me coffee.

*I can't think of specific studies right now, but I know they're out there. 

Did someone say coffee?

Okay, so I haven't abandoned you all. I know what it looks like, but it's not true!! My web designer, Jackie Chan, is helping me come redesign the blog and make it look much nicer for you all. That's right. WE'RE UPGRADING, DUCKIES.

I also took this week to kind of figure out my life as I'm getting ready to move in EXACTLY ONE WEEK.

It's true. Gio and I are moving to the middle of nowhere (aka, Stars Hollow, CT) to start a new life together as The Gilmore Girls. He'll be Rory and I'll be Lorelai, and we'll have such a grand life as the town's quirky duo, with all of our romantic mishaps, and our strong addiction to coffee. Okay, to be fair, Gio doesn't drink coffee, because the last thing that dog needs is coffee, but I drink enough for the both of us, and that's just fine, because coffee is what makes me perky and adorable all the time, SO STOP JUDGING ME, GUYS.

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Anyway... This post was supposed to be all about how I'm not abandoning you... and then it turned into a defense of coffee rant. Because logic.