Thursday, February 26, 2015

Parks and Recreation Series Finale Reaction

I watched the Parks and Recreation series finale tonight. Since I did a blog post when The Office ended, it seemed fitting for me to do one about this.

I loved this show. It is one of my favourite shows and such a feel good show for me. I find it funny, sad, inspirational, surprising, and heart-warming. And of course, Leslie Knope is my hero.
I loved the show so much and I loved the final episode. 

Leslie Knope is an amazing character. She is ambitious, caring, hard-working, funny, and weird. The show did a great job of evolving her character from an annoying workaholic with a heart of gold in season 1 to the amazing leader, mother, and friend she was in the final episode.
I relate to her character and admire her character so much, and I am just so thankful that somebody like that existed on TV. Leslie Knope makes the world a better place.

I thought this episode was perfect. It was funny and weird and fit with the tone of the show perfectly. The writers gave all the characters great endings, and wrapped up everyone's story really well. There were so many sweet, touching moments between characters and everyone got their own last word. 

This episode perfectly exemplified some of the best themes of the show. It was about growth, and no matter where you're at in life, how old you are, or how scary it is, you can always try something new. It was about taking chances and knowing everything will be alright because people who love you will have your back even if things don't work out. 

It was about community and friendship, and I loved that the final season was a flash-forward, and I loved all the flash-forwards in the finale because it showed that the characters' friendships were lifelong friendships and that makes me so happy, and inspires me. Even though the characters all moved away and their lives went in different directions they are still a family and they all love each other forever.

It was about supporting people you love, and it was about following your dreams. I loved it.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Simple Things To Do To Feel Happier

  • look at a snowflake up close (or a leaf or a flower)

  • listen to a song you love
  • drink a cup of tea (or coffee)
  • smile
  • hug
  • dance
  • stretch
  • walk
  • have a healthy snack
  • write or draw
  • put on your favourite shirt/dress/hat/whatever
  • put your face in the sun
  • take a deep breath
  • call someone you miss
  • light a candle 

  • look at the sky 

  • google a picture of something you know will cheer you up (kitties, waterfalls, poutine)
  • read a quote you love
  • watch a funny video

Monday, February 9, 2015

5 At Home Date Night Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentines Day is on Saturday. Here are some ideas for fun dates if you and your sweetie don't feel like going out, making reservations, dressing up, spending big bucks, etc. but still want to spend time together. 

1. Candlelit dinner and dessert
Cook for each other or cook together. For dessert I recommend making your own chocolate-covered strawberries.
You will need: strawberries, crushed chocolate, a pot, a glass bowl that fits into the top of the pot, a spoon, wax paper, water, and a stove.
  • Put a couple inches of water into the pot. 
  • Put your chocolate into the bowl. 
  • Put the bowl into the pot. It should sit in the top of the pot but not touch the water. 
  • Put the pot on the stove and turn the stove on to low-med. The water will heat up and the steam will melt the chocolate.
  • Stir the chocolate with the spoon as it melts. 
  • Holding the stem of a strawberry, dip the strawberry into the chocolate. 
  • Set on wax paper to harden. Do not refrigerate.

2. Chocolates and a Movie
Get your favourite chocolates or bring the strawberries to the couch after supper and watch your favourite romantic movie. If you need suggestions check out my recommendations from last year here

3. Read to Each Other 
Take turns reading aloud to each other from a book of romantic poetry or a romantic novel. This is a nice way to enjoy a story together if you're trying to cut down on screen time.

4. Board Games and Records
Another way to spend time together without screens is to play a game together and listen to music. Backgammon is a favourite in our house. Listen to a record you both love or one that's special to your relationship.

5. Play Music Together
If you or your partner are musical, play some music for or with each other. Serenade your partner with love songs you've written for them, or perform covers of your favourite love songs, or write one together!

Happy Valentines Day!