Dear Michael Scott

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I know I am really, really late to the party when it comes to watching “The Office,” but I get it. I finally understand why there is such a hype about this show.

I recently took on the task of binging the comedy to see just exactly what I have been missing out on all these years, and I was actually disappointed in myself for not watching this show sooner. Now three seasons in, I think I can faithfully say I am addicted, and I am fully invested in the story between Jim and Pam.

Maybe it is because I feel like I can relate to the characters, or maybe because I find the stupid humor a lot more funny than it probably should be… but “The Office” is a show that I look forward to watching, and apparently do not mind wasting hours and hours of my time letting the episodes roll on by. For example, Netflix oh so kindly asked me twice last night whether or not I was still watching, and I was kind of offended. I think that means I have way too much free time, or should really get off my couch more often.

It is kind of sad that the show is no longer on, even though there are nine seasons that I have to work my way through. Right now, I am only about a third of the way through season three, so I still have a long way to go. Even still, I find myself constantly wondering what Michael Scott is going to say next, or what prank Jim is going to pull on Dwight, or just WHEN ARE PAM AND JIM GOING TO BECOME A THING?! Seriously though, that needs to happen ASAP. I can not handle how much that needs to happen. It is the main reason I continue to click “next episode” for hours at a time!

Anyways, if you have not yet started “The Office,” I suggest that you too jump on this and start the journey of Dunder Mifflin’s paper supply company. Especially if you have a great sense of humor, or need to work on your own.

On that note, I think it is time to tell Netflix that yes, I am still watching, and hunt down another show that I should watch when this one is done! Have a suggestion? Comment below!

Hittin’ the Books

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This crazy thing called life keeps getting in my way of writing. Between school, interning, and life in general I have not really had time to do much. But, I started and finished a book this weekend, which allows me to give you a new suggestion to add to your list!

During the month of February, I was really slacking when it came to reading, honestly I slacked through March too. I had jumped on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” bandwagon when the second movie came out, and it took me longer than I should admit to read all the books after. But, I did it, and they were good… so I would totally suggest them – although they are definitely not for everyone.

My latest, and probably favorite book though, is “Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover. After reading “It Ends With Us” and falling in LOVE with it, I decided to try some of her other books, and so far, I have not been disappointed!24445517

Maybe it was because I felt like I could relate to the book, or maybe it is because I just really love things that associate with music, but Hoover once again hit me in the feels with her writing. Also, a neat thing about this book is it has its own soundtrack! If you read the book, you will see what I mean, it is pretty cool.

With a Goodreads rating of 4.34/5, I would say there is a really good chance you will fall in love with this story as much as I did. Young love is a great topic especially when music is involved, trust me. While I did not sob through this one like I did with “It Ends With Us,” there were some tears shed, but in a good way. It seems like Hoover knows exactly how to make her audience feel what the characters feel, and honestly, it is a magical experience.

No, I have not yet picked up the followup book, “Maybe Not” yet… but I will probably be adding it to my collection shortly so be on the lookout for that! And while you are at it, pick up this one yourself and give it a shot, or if you have any other suggestions, let me know!

 

The Great American Race

Over the weekend, I pretty much dedicated my nights to a very important event: opening weekend of NASCAR! Sure, majority of people watch just the Daytona 500 on Sunday and call it done – but I decided that if I was going to be a true racing fan, I would give those other guys a shot too. The outcome? I was not disappointed.

You probably remember me talking about my Dover trips last year (Jersey Girls Take on Dover), and how I kind of knew some things about the sport, but I could not tell you much besides some drivers and car numbers. Well this year, I decided to jump right in and become a real fan… even if that requires me to hog the television for hours 🙂

Where I work, I have a few customers who are big racing fans, and one in particular who would constantly come in and give me a rundown of what had happened at all three races, including the latest drama, and even their qualifying and practices. It was pretty overwhelming figuring I pretty much would just keep up with the Cup series and pay attention to only a handful of drivers. Another customer actually attends Daytona and Homestead every year (jealousy is at an all-time high) and last time even brought me back a Chase Elliott shirt since we share him as a driver! I’m still waiting to see what he brings back from last week, he told me it would be a surprise. Being around these customers only made me want to watch racing more to really understand what exactly I was missing out on.

If you watched any of the races over the weekend, it can easily be summed up as CRAZY! The trucks were insane, and constantly wrecking. The Xfinity race had a 90 minute delay, which benefited me because it was while I was still at work, and only had a very small number of cars still out come the final lap. Also – both of those winners were really young – 18 and 23 years old, respectively. So, it was only right to assume that a youngin’ such as Chase Elliott or Ryan Blaney would win the Daytona 500, right? Think again.

Sunday’s race was overwhelming no matter what driver you were rooting for. In the end, only FIVE of the 40 cars came out unscathed by a wreck. For the last 20 laps, it seemed like Chase Elliott was guaranteed his first Cup win… until he, and many others ran out of gas on those final laps. Ultimately, Kurt Busch ended up taking home the win for the weekend, and pretty much well deserved too. Makes me excited for next weekend at Atlanta though, because Elliott is just itching for a win, and something tells me that he is very close to achieving it.

So, that was my weekend summed up in a nutshell. And it will be my weekends for the 40 weeks or so as the season gets underway. Now, the countdown to green, begins!

 

Feb. 14

Valentine’s Day, Single’s Awareness Day, Galentine Day… There are a lot of different titles that today can be labeled as depending on who you ask (Or Taco Tuesday, because you can not let that one go to waste either). Today would be a perfect excuse to do another country playlist, or any type of playlist really. Or perhaps even a list of books to read, man and women crushes… there are a ton of options. But, this one seems a little more fitting, and probably even weirder to some.

I will admit that I have a made-up list of “Couple Goals.” Couples who I find completely adorable and seem to have the who “Dream Team” feel under control. This list consists of everyone from Hollywood actors, country artists, even sport couples have been known to be added to my list. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I give you my top five “Dream Team” couples (and as I write this, I realize that this list is embarrassingly long).

1. Scotty McCreery and Gabi Dugal

tumblr_mcl5r7lsbt1qc4k7no7_400While Scotty McCreery won the hearts of thousands when he was on American Idol, it seems the hometown girl had won his long before he was a country artist. If you follow McCreery on social media, the couple just celebrated their five year anniversary, and their posts are just as cute as they are.

 

 

2. Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins thomas-rhett-vacation-new-song

Two of my all-time favorite songs are written by Thomas Rhett, and they are inspired by his wife and childhood best friend (I am starting to see a trend). With “Die a Happy Man” and “Star of the Show” both being number one hits, it is no surprise that their love is as magical as the songs.

3. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

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I feel as if this was a win-win for the two of them. Lively got to marry Deadpool, and Reynolds got to marry Serena van der Woodse. As two of Hollywood’s hottest actors, and Ryan Reynolds being a comedy genius, they really seem to be Hollywood’s power couple.

 

 

4. Martin Truex Jr. and Sherry Pollex5-29-162btruex2bwins2bthe2bcoca-cola2b6002bcredit2bcharlotte2bbray

Okay so maybe not everyone has heard of them. But if you have, you have to admit that these two have a story and a bond like no other. After Pollex’s battle with cancer, the couple still has yet to ever get married (they prefer life partners instead) and continue to not only kick but on the track but also raising awareness for ovarian and pediatric cancer.

5. Barack and Michelle Obama

All politics obama_wide-4809c60b4faa061d7a6262d757d5b387ca155a3b-s900-c85aside, these two are a perfect pair who never fail to make it known how much they love each other. From Michelle’s fitness kicks and Barack’s corny dad jokes, it is so sweet to see how they show their love to the world. They may not be in the White House anymore, but they will still be on this list no matter what.

So whether or not you are celebrating this holiday with your significant other, your dog, your friends, or food, just remember that you should show love 365 days a year, not just on a Hallmark holiday. Love makes the world go round, and so does the chocolate that will be on sale tomorrow.

2 Books, 1 Review

Remember that list I made of books I wanted to read? Well last week I apparently had a lot of free time, and was able to knock two of them off the list! I am happy to report that neither one of them were a disappointment either, but they were two totally different stories. I would definitely suggest for you to read either (or both!) of them and let me know what you think!

  1. “The Couple Next Door” – Shari Lapena 28815474

Okay, so this one was a totally crazy book to read. If you were a fan of “Gone Girl” or “Girl on a Train,” then you should pick this book up or put it on the top of your list of ones that need to be read. It is a really twisted story about a kidnapped child that really had me hooked until the end trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Fun fact about the author, Shari Lapena was previously a lawyer, and this was her debut suspense novel. Not too shabby if you ask me. Also, according to Good Reads, this is a 3.74 out of 5.

2. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover27362503

This book, might be one of my new favorites hands down. If you love books that make you laugh, cry, love, hate, and just want to keep reading even though you really should be sleeping or getting ready for work – PICK THIS ONE. This novel is a beautifully written story that opens a door into the world of domestic violence and it is something that I think everyone should read. Colleen Hoover uses her own personal experiences as inspiration making this even easier to relate to. When I finished the last page, I could have wished for more, but it ended in a such a way that it was perfectly said. Good Reads rating – 4.51 out of 5. Come on, surely you are curious about it now.

While I now have two crossed off my list, I have a habit of adding to the list every time I finish one making it pretty consistent at never ending. But! I have “I’m from Nowhere” by Suzanne Myers up next, so stay tuned for another review in the near future!

Lists of 2017

A new year leads to a lot of hopeful resolutions that may or may not be fulfilled. I can not tell you how many lists I have created over the last week, optimistic that just maybe one of them will be completed in 365 days.

During one of my many hours skimming through Pinterest, I stumbled upon this thing called “bullet-journaling” that kind of caught my attention. This new trend takes all your to-do lists, lists of books to read, workouts to try, and anything else you can think of and puts them into a cute, trendy journal. As one who loves to write, doodle, create lists, this seemed right up my alley! Maybe I will start one of these in the near-future, but for now, I started a “Books to Read 2017” list that I figured I would write up here.

Being only a week into the new year, I am pretty proud to say I already finished my first book on my list. It was “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton, and I bet a lot of you probably read this one in middle or high school. Somehow I had missed that memo, and reading now made it even more worthwhile for me (I finished it in like three days). Seeing how much times have changed since the book was written is fascinating, and no wonder why so many people tend to really enjoy that book.

Anywho – while my reading list is definitely going to grow over the year, here is what I am starting January off with. Have you read any of these? Have any book suggestions that you think I should add? Be sure to write them in the comments below!

Books to Read:

  1. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  2. Two by Two – Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  4. The Light Between Oceans – M.L. Stein
  5. The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena
  6. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  7. It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Living in a Muggle World

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Even though the last book installment of the Harry Potter series came out nine years ago and the last movie came out five years ago, the magic is still running high. Growing up in the fandom, my life sometimes seems taken over by the world of Harry Potter. When the last movie premiered, I thought that was the end. My childhood would officially be declared over and the love I have for the characters would forever be a memory. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling has yet to disappoint me in keeping the magic alive.

In 2016 alone, us Potterheads have had a crazy year. Pottermore is still growing, the history behind what Rowling was thinking when writing the series is a daily discovering with her on Twitter, and we have had more than a couple books handed our way. This past summer also lead to the debut of “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,” the play written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Although it is only in Great Britain for viewing, the world was able to read along with the published script. Being sucked in to the magical world all these years later brings out the child in all of us. The ones who refuse to truly grow up. curesd-child.jpg

Our magic is not just over yet either. It was announced that another movie would be gracing the screens. “Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them” is expected to be released in November. The film based off the that book that Hagrid used to teach Care of Magical Creatures back in fourth installment of the HP series. While it is technically going to be it’s own trilogy, the film will be based in the same world as Harry Potter, and to me, that is close enough! Until then, I will casually wear my Gryffindor socks and continue to wait for my acceptance letter to Hogwarts… which seems to have gotten lost in the Owl Post somewhere. And do not be surprised if I write about this more often, because HP will forever be one of my favorite things to talk about.

A New Beginning

Back in 2015, I took a journalism class that required me to make a blog for an assignment. It was awesome, and a crazy learning experience. I chose to write completely about country music (you will quickly learn that is something I am very passionate about). If you click here, you can see it for yourself 🙂

Now that was fun and all, but I wanted more. Something that I could branch out with, even though I really do eat, sleep and breathe country music. With that, this site wast created. Kristen’s Crossing is my new canvas, a place where I can talk about music, my crazy adventures, the random thoughts that pop in my head… just about anything really. So, here we go, get ready for what is to come!