2016 Resolutions Revisited

by Liz Heather in


I've purposely delayed writing this post, but since 2017 is officially well underway, there are no more excuses. I'll list my 2016 resolutions from last year below and then write alongside them how each went. 

1. Read at least two books per season.

  • Yeah, this didn't happen. Instead of reading eight books this year (two books x four seasons), I read a sum total of TWO books. Yikes. When I think back on why this happened, I really can't come up with any sound reasoning. This will be rectified this year.

2. Do pilates (or go to the gym) at least five times each month.

  • January - 6 times
  • February - 6 times
  • March - 8 times
  • April - 8 times
  • May - 4 times
  • June - 5 times
  • July - 1 time
  • August - 8 times
  • September - 6 times
  • October - 1 time
  • November - 6 times
  • December - 3 times

Okay, so I crushed this goal two thirds of the year. Yeah! And that means that I went to the gym 14.5% of the days this year (53 out of 365). Okay, that's not great since in 2015 I went 23.5% and in 2014 I went 37%, but still - it's not 0%. Not that there's anything wrong with 0%, but I would really like to get back up into my 2014 gym game.

3. Save 20% of every pay cheque from waitressing.

  • Totally done. I would tell you how much money that is, but it's gauche to talk about money.

4. Juice at least ten times a month.

  • January - 11 times
  • February - 4 times
  • March - 9 times
  • April - 2 times
  • May - 5 times
  • June - 12 times
  • July - 4 times
  • August - 5 times
  • September - 9 times
  • October - 1 time
  • November - 7 times
  • December - 10 times

I really said ten times a MONTH? Jesus. 2017 is definitely going to be about low expectations, Liz. LOW.

5. Go to an island with Nathan.

  • If Boston counts as an island, then did we ever!

6. Constantly buy flowers for the apartment and take photos of each arrangement.

  • This definitely happened and it was glorious.

7. At least once a month, go to a fancy-ass restaurant that you've never been to before.

  • January - Minetta Tavern & Bar Boulud
  • February - Stanton Social
  • March - Delmonico's & Peter Luger
  • April - Collage (in St. Augustine)
  • May - Beauty & Essex
  • June - nowhere!
  • July - Del Posto
  • August - The Lamb's Club & American Cut
  • September - nowhere!
  • October - Gramercy Tavern
  • November - nowhere!
  • December - Barberian's (in Toronto)

I love this resolution so hard. It's hard to pick a favourite of the year, but if I absolutely had to it would be Delmonico's. It'll definitely my to-go best steak place in the city now.

8. Get at least three haircuts this year.

  • Damnit! Only got two, one in January and one in September.

9. Wear all of the lipsticks. (I own twenty tubes of lipstick and I reserve them for... what?! I don't know. They gots to get WORN.)

  • I really did try to make an effort with this one.

All Fired Up by MAC

Sin by MAC

Freckletone by MAC

So Marilyn by Charlotte Tillbury

Bitch Perfect by Charlotte Tillbury

 

10. Sing in public again. 

  • Completely forgot about this one. Maybe on purpose.

All in all, 2016 was a pretty great year for me. I started the new year in Connecticut with Nathan, I began waitressing at a small French restaurant nearby, I went to the Westminster dog show, finally went to the planetarium, went to Florida three separate times (jesus, I just realized that), visited City Island in the Bronx, rode bikes around Governor's Island, cooked a lot of new things, went to the beach a ton, went to a lot of baseball games (one at Fenway Park), my mom came to visit me in New York, three of my close friends had babies, one got engaged and one got married, my brother came from Scotland for Thanksgiving, went on Central Park walks with Baby Dog - it was a pretty sweet year. 2017 resolutions coming soon!

Thanks for reading!


by Liz Heather in ,


I am a huge Woody Allen fan. Although I’ve only seen Antz. But I’ll tell you something. What I respect about that man is that when he was going through all that stuff that was coming out in the press, about how Antz was just a rip-off of A Bug’s Life, he stayed true to his films. Or at least the film that I saw. Which again, was Antz. The thing is, I thought A Bug’s Life was better, much better than Antz. Point is, don’t listen to your critics. Listen to your fans.
— Michael Scott, The Office

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - Thoughts

by Liz Heather in


Before I begin, there are spoilers galore ahead, be warned.

So many thoughts, so I'm going back to bullet point here. I love bullet point.

Winter
•    Stars Hollow should always be set in winter. It couldn’t look more perfect.
•    It’s weird how Rory’s voice is so different, but maybe that makes sense since she’s an adult now?
•    I wish we could’ve seen Rory’s apartment in Brooklyn. 
•    Caesar’s hair made me gasp.
•    Tom Waits was such a fine choice for Richard’s funeral scene.
•    Holy shit, is Digger 93 years old now? Wow.
•    I love that Berta is being played by Gypsy. It’s so funny and great.
•    Zack looks like a young Jim Gaffigan.

Spring
•    Rory constantly saying that she has to leave has become increasingly annoying.
•    As of the middle of this episode, KIRK has gotten 8000% more screen time than Jess and nothing is right in the world. 
•    Hey Rachael Ray, why didn’t you learn how to pronounce “Sookie”?
•    RAFI!

Summer
•    It’s infuriating that I know so much about Logan's life right now.
•    Where the hell is Ms. Patty?
•    Am I overthinking this, or has Luke somehow became MORE of a grump? He’s become almost intolerable. Why can’t this man be happy, ever? I understand that he has these sweet moments, but honestly? THEY HAPPEN ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS. 95% of his character is an old, grumpy man who never smiles. I can’t bare it.
•    There’s no way that Taylor would allow that poem to be left off the front page – KNOW YOUR CHARACTERS, GODDAMNIT.
•    Can you call me Elizabeth Roundbottom from now on?
•    I’m in a loving, long-term relationship, but the sight of Jess Mariano’s arms made me quiver in regions that I didn’t know I had.
•    If I had complete creative control, I would’ve nixed the whole Stars Hollow musical scene and replaced it with ten minutes of a straight pan up and down of Jess’ entire body.

Fall
•    Remember how I said winter was always the best season of GG? So wrong. Definitely fall. 
•    Okay, I was maybe into the whole life and death brigade scene. MAYBE. You can’t prove anything. Look, I get the Logan attraction. I really do. But at the end of the day, THINK OF JESS’ LONG UNTAMEABLE HAIR AND CHEST WIDTH. 
•    I also take back what I said before about Luke. Yes, he’s grumpy a lot of the time but his big declarations do count for something. Also, Lorelai is typically a pretty dreadful character, so they're matched well together. 
•    Emily being so happy at the thought of Jack leaving her new house is such a sweet moment, I thought. Just how she really seems to be enjoying her new life and not having to rely on anyone else for anything and having a sort of freedom that she’s never had before. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I really liked that.
•    Rory roaming the old Gilmore house made me weep in a way I didn’t expect.
•    I know he’s in one scene, but there’s too much Christopher in it.
•    The song played during the gazebo scene? So glad they brought it back. It’s been on my iPod since I first heard it during the Luke/Lorelai dancing scene at Liz/TJ’s wedding and it couldn’t be more perfect to play now.
•    Perfect ending, though every ounce of my being wanted Jess to be peering out of a bookstore or a car or a fucking garbage can for all I care so I can see the way he looks at her one more time.

Overall Thoughts

  • Thank you God for not including any screen time for TJ & Liz.
  • Also appreciated? The short and sweet April scene.
  • I think the whole boyfriend Paul storyline was intended to be funnier, but wasn’t.
  • Too much Kirk.
  • Too much Michel.
  • Way too much Logan.
  • I've read some pieces about the body shaming moments on the show (yeah, this whole mini series is going to be analyzed to DEATH and I'm totally gonna get on board with that) and to be honest, no one should find it that surprising that these fictional characters aren't exactly the greatest/kindest people. I mean, remember that episode when Rory made that comment about some girl who she said had "fat thighs" to Paris' old professor boyfriend? These fictional people have definitely said some things that prove they're not of the highest character, so why would this be surprising? And on that note, would you ever want to actually befriend Rory or Lorelai if they existed in real life? Don't they seem obnoxious as hell for the most part? I do admit, I love watching them as characters (well, Rory more than Lorelai), but I don't think I could stand to have a conversation with either of them if reality ever permit me. And I think that would be a common thought amongst fans (or I'm completely wrong and way off base). It's similar to the way I feel about any of the Girls characters - I love watching them, but find each of them reprehensible beyond repair. Anyway, it just seems silly to write (and even read, ha!) an article about the body shaming in the series.
  • I could write sonnets about Jess Mariano. And it might come to that.
  • The idea that Logan is Rory’s Christopher (the rich, spoiled, romantic who is never there when she needs him) and that Jess is her Luke (the obvious partner who supports who she is fully and is hopelessly in love with her, literally always no matter what). Was this idea so obvious before and I was just blind to it? In which case, wow.

The best things I’ve read so far about the revival were these three snippets:

"Logan was shirtless and looked... sexless. But Jess? FUCK YES" - my friend Julia, haha

“Emily Gilmore finding happiness on her own in Nantucket, with Berta, and the whale museum is just so beautiful. For 50 years she was Richard’s wife, and for the first time ever she’s Emily. How fucking cool.”

“I can’t decide if that was Amy Sherman-Palladino saying, “I’m not done with this story, stay tuned,” or, “FUCK Y'ALL I’M OUT.””

So many thoughts. I've already watched it twice. And I can't comment on how many times this bitch is getting watched again. (Re-reading this post makes it seem like I actually loathe the show, but I think it's just that we're most critical of things we love deeply.) 

I'll leave you with this.