Archive 2014 March

Sorry all, but I liked the HIMYM Finale…

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My emotions are fresh, and my heart is feeling particularly attached to a group of fictional characters so humor me as I pretend to be a television critic. Yes, this contains spoilers. I just watched it an hour after the West Coast (Fairbanks problems) so I’ll safely assume most anyone reading has already watched.

The series finale of How I Met Your Mother was not what I expected. At all. After marathoning 8 seasons of laughs on the couch with my husband in the bitter months of the Fairbanks’ winter, I was eagerly awaiting a drawn out episode of Ted’s initial meeting and marriage to his lovely wife and their happily ever after. I was awaiting the whole crew’s happily ever after. Ted to Tracey. Marshall to Lily. Barney to Robin.

It wasn’t quite happily ever after. Actually it was kind of heartbreaking. And a little too real. Yet, that’s what made it perfect.

1. Ted and Robin divorce. We spent an entire season preparing for their marriage and then they get a divorce. It felt like a bit of a slap in the face. Until you realize that, that happens. People spend years preparing for a wedding and a marriage that inevitably fails. I glanced at a few reviews saying this completely ruined the development of Barney and Robin’s characters.

Uhm. Not really.

They’re both really selfish people. Through all nine seasons. Once they get married, we of course want it to perfect! But their characters are still selfish. Robin is career, not family orientated. Barney is still absorbed with his affluent, bachelor lifestyle. That didn’t go away before they got married, and it wasn’t about to go away after.

2. Marshall hates his job. This struck a chord in my own heart because of my own personal fears of hating the long term job I get stuck in. But that also happens. People hate their jobs for years and years. That doesn’t make them bad people or less accomplished because they didn’t “follow their passion”. Obviously he provides for his ever growing family and does what he needs to do to be happy when he’s home with his family.

3. They all lose touch and slowly grow apart. This one is sad. Devastating really (can you tell I cried through the whole episode?). But all of us can picture people throughout our lives we were once as close with and now consider strangers. It’s part of life. Certain people only need to be in your life at certain times. Sometimes those people come back for solely the “big moments” as Lilly puts it. Sometimes they don’t. That’s life.

4. Ted’s wife is dead when he’s telling the kids the story. Sob. Sob. Sob. But also real. Don’t take moments for granted. Obviously Ted never did. From the minute he met the gorgeous, goofy bass player he fell madly in love with her and loved her with everything he had up to her dying day. I think that’s a beautiful love story even if we all want to hate it. I do wish we would have had more time to mourn her awesome character, but we did only have an hour to see what happened to all of them.

5. Barney has a baby with a stranger. Again. With two play books, I think this was bound to happen eventually. Robin couldn’t change him, but a baby can.

6. Ted’s kids realize the whole story is to point out how much Ted still loves Robin. Sorry Robin/Barney shippers, or Robin and anyone besides Ted shippers, but first loves run deep. Deeper than deep. People remember their first kisses, their first loves. Just because feelings always exist doesn’t mean they don’t love the one they meet and marry even MORE. I think it’s unrealistic to think Robin and Ted getting together again is impossible or as many on Twitter liked to call it – an April Fool’s Joke. The man spent six years alone raising his kids and was nostalgic for one of the first women he’d fallen in love with. I don’t necessarily think it’s going to be an epic love like what he had with the mother of kids. It’ll probably just be a mutual, loneliness-avoidance kind of love. But is that so wrong? For Ted to be happy again, in whatever manner that may be, after the loss of his wife?

One of my favorite tweets to sum the episode was simply: Life is messy. Life IS messy. How I Met Your Mother was a ton of laughs for nine seasons, but always fairly messy. It showed a group of friends go through life’s ups and downs. The series finale stayed true to that theme.

Personally, I thought the ending was pretty darn legendary.

 

It was at times a long difficult road. But I’m glad it was long and difficult because if I hadn’t gone through hell to get there, the lesson might not have been as clear. See kids, right from the moment I met your mom I knew: I have to love this woman as much as I can as long as I can, and I can never stop loving her, not even for a second. I carried that lesson with me through every stupid fight we ever had, every 5 a.m. Christmas morning, every sleepy Sunday afternoon, through every speed bump, every pang of jealousy or boredom or uncertainty that came our way, I carried that lesson with me. And I carried it with me when she got sick. Even then, in what can only be called the worst of times, I can only thank God. Thank every God there is or every was or will be and the whole universe and anyone else I could possibly thank. That I saw that beautiful girl on that train platform, and that I had the guts to stand up, walk over to her, tap her on the shoulder, open my mouth and speak.
Ted, How I Met Your Mother

 

 

 

 

the weather, my hair, & pancakes. typical.

Ahhhhh I’ve been so absent from the blogging world. It has been an insane couple months.

Fairbanks is thawing out slowly, but surely. We’re up to 12 hours and 50 minutes of bright, sunny daylight! And when I mean sunny, I mean sunny. This dry tundra has almost no precipitation in the spring months and we get beautiful sunlight all day long. The temps have stubbornly stayed around 30 degrees but I’ll take what I can get. The warm weather has my clients at work eager to advertise, so work has been getting busier and busier by the day.

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8:00 pm and the sun is still demanding to be seen in our backyard every night.

Yesterday, I decided I was in the mood for a change…

 

Definitely the only picture I took as I snapchatted some friends the new color...oops.
Definitely the only picture I took as I snapchatted some friends the new color…oops.

 

 

I’m not sure how long this will last. My hair doesn’t hold brunette well at all, and it was sort of a spontaneous decision. I probably should have just gone shopping. But I do like how tame the hair stylist can get my hair. It’s unreal because it never gets this straight, flat, non-poofy, or non-frizzy no matter how much money I spend on products and supplies at home.

Besides Fairbanks weather and my indecisive feelings over my hair, my life has consisted of Crossfit, healthy eats, and writing for two weeks. That’s right, writing. Not here, obviously. I blame the fact that I am writing for myself the main reason I have lost my muse when it comes to blogging. I only have so much inspiration and by the time I finish my personal writing, I’m usually too tired out to add blogging to the mix.

Not to say I won’t get back into it full force soon. I’m just thoroughly enjoying this hiatus.

I don’t want this post to be totally useless, so I’ll leave you with my all time favorite recipe for the past month, courtesy of Mountain Mama Cooks with a little tweak for my heavy work out schedule. Her blog is filled with amazing recipes, so definitely check it out!

Banana Oat Blender Pancakes Banana-Oat Protein Pancakes

(Flour-free, white sugar-free)

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 large ripe, organic banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping tablespoon local honey 1 packet of Stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 large organic egg
  • coconut oil or butter for cooking
  • 1 spoonful of vanilla protein powder (I use Soy Protein 95 from GNC)
  • 1/2 cup of water (because w/ the protein powder, the mix gets a little thick)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients, except egg and coconut oil in the base of a blender and blend until smooth. Add egg and pulse a few times until egg is fully incorporated.
  2. Heat a griddle or large saute pan over medium heat and melt a teaspoon or two of coconut oil. When hot, pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides (about 2-3 minutes per side) and serve hot with maple syrup your favorite nut butter & fruit (I use coconut, almond butter and various berries whenever I make it!)
  3. *If batter becomes too thick to pour easily, add a tablespoon or two of almond milk/water to thin.
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Look at these beauties from this morning. Drooling.

Hope you all have a happy Sunday!

“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.”

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