Nashville

October, Over and Out

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Happy Halloween, guys!  I can’t believe how fast this year is going by.  I mean, tomorrow basically starts the holiday season, doesn’t it?

It seemed like October flew by!  I did enjoy:

[1] A weekend trip [2] apple picking in New York [3] fall foliage with a side of a matching Vespa [4] discovering this little bridge has been named for David Ortiz [5] an awesome pokémon card pull! [6] some spooky weather around my favorite public art installation [7] a quick trip to Nashville [8] tons of jack-o-lanterns (stay tuned for this vlog!) [9] and reading again!  I finished Magonia yesterday and absolutely loved it.

I’m psyched for November, which is my favorite month because it means my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is coming!  Also, SUN & MOON is just 18 days away!  What are you looking forward to in November?

Travel Bug (US edition)

Three years ago, I had this temp job that hired a lot of co-op students from a local university.  One such student sat behind me and we’d chat on occasion.  She was from Ireland, studying abroad in the US.  While my summer weekends were spent escaping to the beaches of Rhode Island, she travelled the United States.  I quickly realized she’d seen more of my home country than I had!

So, I’ve had this running list of US cities I wanted to visit.  It’s evolved a bit over time, but I decided to post this now, since the travel bug has hit me hard and I’m making real progress!

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Week in Review + Weekend Vlog

Guys, I really like this weekend vlog.  I hope you like it too.  It wasn’t the craziest weekend, but I like the feel of it… the things I ate, the places I went.  I’m happy with this one.  I’m happy with how my editing skills are coming along!

So, I wan’t to turn my fitness log into a little bit of a week in review instead.  Of course, we’ll be focusing on running and gym things, because that’s part of my life now!

  • Monday | I caught up with two of my very best friends who I really hadn’t seen for months.  We made some very unhealthy food decisions, but enjoyed each other’s company very much.  It’s remarkable how busy we all are now, so it’s important to make time for friends.
  • Tuesday | I returned for a second spinning class and this time, I did so much better!  I tried so much harder than the first time and pushed myself more.  I biked 18 miles in my 45 minute class and I am so, so into this now!  Then I watched Scream Queens and that was amazing.
  • Wednesday | Finally got to the gym and had a really tough time.  I got 1 mile under my belt and headed home.  I watched the Nashville premiere and everyone was so sad in it.
  • Thursday | A similar experience at the gym… just 1 mile.  But Thursday was my Friday!
  • Friday | I didn’t go to the gym, but I did SO MUCH WALKING around the city.  21,375 steps, to be exact, according to my fitbit.
  • Saturday | Fun, food, and friendship!  Also a 1.5 mile run in the morning.
  • Sunday | Another 1.5 mile run to break the Sunday curse!  I swear, now that I have a running playlist, things are going better.  I baked and went to Target.

How was everyone’s week?!

For the Love of Fall TV

t’s officially fall, and you know what that means– football, boots, pumpkin everything… and new fall TV!  Yes, our favorite shows are returning for the season and I couldn’t be more excited about it.  Here’s what I’ll be watching this season:

Doctor Who – Doctor Who officially returned last weekend.  Like I said in my last weekend vlog, I haven’t watched the season premiere yet.  I was also playing around with the idea of posting about it here, but I’m not committed to that either… I will get around to watching, though!

Scream Queens – I live tweeted the premiere last night, and I can already tell you I’m loving this ridiculous show.  This is the only brand new series on my list.  Join me on twitter for the fun!

Plus all of Chanel's (Emma Roberts) outfits are amazing and I'm really glad I just bought that faux fur coat. Again, see vlog!

Plus all of Chanel’s (Emma Roberts) outfits are amazing and I’m really glad I just bought that faux fur coat.

Nashville – Last year’s cliffhanger ending just about did me in.  I’m pretty sure Deacon’s not dead, but I’m anxious all the same.  Nashville returns tonight!  I’ve already got the episode DVR’ed.

AHS: Hotel – On to things that haven’t happened yet! American Horror Story’s newest season kicks off October 7th.  I might never recover from the lack of Jessica Lange, but I’m still up for it.

Walking Dead – I fell in love with this show last year just in time to watch the season wrap up.  I’ve been okay during the hiatus, but I’m so ready for The Walking Dead to come back!  October 11th for this one.

Manhattan – I can’t believe I haven’t talked about this show yet.  It’s a FANTASTIC piece of historical fiction about the Manhattan project that I watched on Hulu.  The second season is FINALLY premiering on October 13 on WGN America… sorry, but I’d never heard of that channel before.  I’ll be tuning in now, though!

MasterChef Junior – With MasterChef over, I can’t wait for more cooking competitions!  MasterChef Junior is even cuter than the adult version.  I’m interested to see the first time that Christina’s with the kids.  I still miss Joe, though.  We sadly have to wait until November 6th!

What are you watching this season?!

Last Week on Nashville: Fixing It

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Rayna and Bucky are happy with the good publicity the Bluebird performance brought.  Rayna’s mood quickly shifts when she receives a delivery meant for Maddie: a diamond necklace from Edgehill.

Avery is pulling double duty tending to the very pregnant Juliet and producing Sadie’s album.  Avery’s Juliet distractions are not the only hurdle in this album.  Sadie is derailed by the constant threats from her ex-husband, Pete, who is not too happy about the restraining order she took out against him.  In fact, he serves her papers to get what he delusionally thinks he’s owed of her money.  When Avery finds her crying, she confides in him.  He goes to confront Pete, who is 100 feet away as the order demands, but still right in front of the studio.  As he does, Sadie suddenly gets brave, tells him to get lost, and is ready to finish her album.  Get it, girl.

Scarlet’s optimism and Deacon’s pessimism are at odds about his cancer.  Scarlet basically forces Deacon to actually speak to Maddie.  Facing Maddie with this secret is hard for Deacon, who has convinced himself he only has six months left to live, despite no definitive prognosis.  Face to face with Maddie, (on Facetime,) Deacon agrees to a guitar lesson.  As Maddie struggles with a chord transition, Deacon tells her not to ever give up and basically convinces himself not to give up on life.  I literally cry.

Luke has a sensitive, honest moment writing a song with Gunnar.  I hate him less for seeing that.

Layla’s released from the hospital.  I forgot about her.  After Jeff comes to visit and compliments her hipster performance in the park, Layla shows up at Edgehill all decked out in dark colors.  She never gets called into the meeting.

Rayna confronts Teddy after finding out he signed Maddie’s Edgehill contract.  Maddie still knows nothing of the contract, but Rayna is prepared to strip Teddy of his parental rights, since Deacon is her biological father.  Teddy comes clean with Rayna on the blackmail, and she agrees to save the family from the scandal.  At Maddie’s Edgehill presentation to the investor, it’s Rayna who shows up instead!  Power move for the Queen of Country!

Rayna drops the bomb of Layla’s attempted suicide and Jeff’s manipulation of Teddy.  She gets the contract nullified!  Jeff gets fired!  Then I think he sleeps with Layla?

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What I’m hoping for tonight: I’m starting to think Deacon will never tell anybody about his cancer.  It’s time to tell the people you love, Deacon; they can help!

Since Scarlett’s been flirting with Deacon’s doctor a bit, maybe that poor girl will get a storyline.  I’d love her to get back together with Gunnar, but that’s far-fetched.

We didn’t get a single glimpse of Maisy (ehm, Daphne) last week.  Now that Rayna has told Teddy the girls are going to be sticking with her, I’m hoping we see both of them tonight!

Thoughts?!

Last Week on Nashville: Past Wounds

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Reeling from the break-up, Luke has taken to touring and performing whenever possible.  Rayna, on the other hand, has been home with her family and not appearing publicly.  This worries Bucky, as the rumors are flying.  Rayna agrees to perform at the Bluebird to alleviate this.  When she gets there (with Sadie, who’s covered her healing black eye with makeup) though, too many memories from her relationship with Deacon flood her mind.  She decides she is not quite ready.

Maddie’s teenage attitude is flaring up when Deacon keeps canceling their guitar lessons.  We can’t properly feel bad for her since we know why Deacon is unavailable, but even without this in mind– your mother is the freakin’ queen of country; treat her better. Maddie and Daphne perform in the Edgehill Student Studio.  This gives Marshall the opportunity to finally put his evil plan in action to sign Maddie to Egdehill.  I gave Teddy a lot of credit throughout this episode for saying no, but he eventually gives in since Marshall can blackmail him.

On the brighter side, Maddie eventually apologizes to Rayna, who invites her to write a song with her.  Rayna, Maddie, and Daphne perform said song at the Bluebird.  This is what this show is about, right here.

Gunnar goes to see Micah, who is acting up.  Micah thinks he’s bad since his father was bad.  Gunnar defends his brother, who he clearly loved unconditionally.  Hopefully they’ve taken steps toward repairing their relationship.

Scarlett invites her mother, Beverly, in hopes of finding a match for Deacon’s liver transplant.  At first, Beverly is a complete terror refusing to even get tested.  Deacon didn’t ask, and wouldn’t ask, but Scarlett feels she is owed this favor from her mother.  Things get nice for a while– Beverly gets tested and even sings a few notes with her brother and daughter.  She gets a call with the test results and lies that she is not a match.  She basically leaves her brother to die.

Hey, just how pregnant is Juliet?  She seems large, but notes that she has a very long time until the baby is born.  Anyway, she decides to finish her album for lack of other work.  She can’t catch her breath properly due to the pregnancy.  Avery is wonderfully supportive.

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What I want to see tonight: Um, Rayna and Deacon being in the same room!  Still waiting on him to tell Rayna and Maddie about his cancer.  Really, I’m just not looking forward to Maddie and Edgehill.  Oof!

What did y’all think of last week & what are you hoping to see tonight?!