Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SATC the Prequel

I have been a HUGE fan of HBO's series, Sex and the City, for years.

I have never lived in a huge city, had designer shoes, been a professional writer, or had a revolving bedroom door like the characters of this show. However, I can TOTALLY relate to them. Aside from the gratuitous sex scenes, it's a funny and endearing show about friends and their love lives. And for some reason, it really resonates with a lot of ladies, particularly those of us that started watching in our twenties, when the show was on air.

I currently find myself in a place of SATC withdrawal.  I own every movie and episode of the show on DVD and have watched them all multiple times.  It's been two and a half years since the last movie (which was a disappointment in my opinion) and NINE YEARS since the series ended.
Seeing SATC 2 with friends, after pre-movie Cosmos.

Well, along comes The Carrie Diaries, a new show about SATC's main character, Carrie, during her high school years.

Sounds exciting, yes? MORE SATC!!?? How awesome is that? Yeah, until you hear that it's on The CW. The network known for airing a bunch of weird shows I've never been interested in. And it's set during high school, which brings up an important distinction that I feel needs explored:

When you are a young adult or a teenager, watching movies about high schoolers coming of age, finding "love," and having first intimate experiences feels totally acceptable, and maybe even nostalgic.

When you are an older adult, perhaps, say, with a teenage daughter, watching tv shows about teenagers and their love lives that include sexual activity makes you want to personally seek out those individuals that approved such nonsense to be shown on tv and make them PAY.

Ten minutes into The Carrie Diaries (of course I watched it, people. It's Carrie Bradshaw) I started getting uncomfortable. They were already talking about sex. In the library of all places. Geez, read a book or something. And not 50 Shades of Gray.

However, the show sorta redeemed itself, later in the episode, when you realize the one girl having sex is a psychopath having an affair with an older man that is clearly not going to turn out well, and the other girl having sex totally gets dumped by the guy afterward in the really cowardly "never talks to you again" way.  In effect, the show starts with a "hehehe OMG we totally had sex!" tone, and ends in a tearful, "why doesn't anyone love me?" sort of way. Which hopefully will teach teenage girls that it's really not so glamorous after all.

Other than the addressing of an adult matter in the show based on a series filled with highly inappropriate topics, I felt "meh" about it. I'm not sold on the main character's portrayal of my imaginary role model, and I felt that the storyline of teen girls losing their mother and being raised by their well-meaning but somewhat inept father was just a little overdone.

I will watch another episode or two and see how they do.

The CW, take note, I'm watching you. Stop telling the teenagers to sleep around. I won't have it.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Our Story, via Wedding Brochure

When Matt and I got married, we tried to make it as original as we could, while trying to keep it classy.  We wanted unique, but nothing that made the grandparents uncomfortable. So the gangster rap entrance and chili dog entrees were out.

It actually was really classic and simple, and I loved it. (see the story of our wedding here  and our honeymoon here! )  But we had some neat personal touches, including our save the dates: we made wedding brochures! We love brochures, because we are nerds. And also because our nerdy selves have made silly brochures for each other during our relationship. Like the first time, when Matt wanted to invite me over to play Mario Party on his new Wii, and simultaneously sell me on how cool he thinks the game is, so he made up a fake Mario Party University--yep, with it's own fancy brochure! (p.s. We are both indeed adults, and in our mid- to late-twenties when this was taking place.)

Matt's very clever and fancy brochure from early in our dating.
My favorite course at Mario Party University :)

So, when it came to sharing wedding info, what could be more appropriate?  Here's a peek at the proof from our wedding brochure!

Such wonderful memories. Such a wonderful love story we share.

Any special, unique, personal details from your wedding?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In Hot Water

There are a lot of things in life that, until you have them and lose them, you don't realize how important they are to you.

Could be as simple as an everyday routine like getting Starbucks on the way to work. You cut that out of the routine, to save money and calories, and suddenly the coffee you rarely finished becomes the most desired thing in the universe.

Maybe it's money. You take a new job with great perks but a paycut, thinking it won't be a big deal, and then you look at your bank account months later wondering where all your spending cash went and OMG I just really want to go out to dinner but I'm broke!

Same thing with water heaters. You take them for granted until 5 minutes into your shower you are praying to the dear Lord to please give you time to rinse your hair before icicles form.

So, we got a new hot water heater this week. A wonderful turn of financial events two weeks before a costly vacation. But I am definitely soaking up (pun intended) the warm, long showers I'm now enjoying with new appreciation. It's the little things.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 was a good year.

 One thing I like about my old-fashioned paper calendar--I can look back through it to see all the cool stuff I wrote down that was happening. It's a nice little trip down memory lane, and it inspired me to do a similar little trip here.

This is not an all-inclusive list. I did lots of other awesome stuff, like parties and fancy dinners with friends, laughs and fun activities with my kids, holiday gatherings with family, etc. But here are some highlights.

In 2012:

I got to work at the Superbowl!

My honey took me on a weekend getaway to Saugatuck, Michigan for Valentine's Day.

I was on a committee to put on a swanky charity event.
Noble Evening in the Garden 2012
My friends threw me a lovely bridal shower.

Future Mrs. Henry
 I ended a 6 year career in banking, and started an awesome new career in higher education!

My daughter went to her first prom.

My friends threw me a bachelorette party!
party animals
 I have lived in Indiana my whole life, but I just went to my first Indy 500 this year. 

I got married!!!
I left the country for the first time ever, and traveled to Niagara Falls for my honeymoon.

I traveled west of Chicago for the first time ever, for a work trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, and saw the Great Salt Lake with great work friends.

I got to be a part of my lovely friend's wedding. I was a part of the "security detail." It was a very VIP affair.
I started an MBA program, and am very pumped to get a Masters degree!

 My husband and I surprised my kids with a very special present--a trip to Disney World!

Looking forward to 2013!

What are your highlights of the year?