5 Things My Husband Doesn’t Know About Me

Yesterday Robert grilled some hot dogs for lunch, and he actually asked me if I wanted mustard on mine. Gross! How did he not know I am not a fan of condiments, particularly bright yellow mustard? It got me thinking about how funny it is when you learn new things about someone you know really well. I really racked my brain to think of a few other things he might not know about me, and here is a short list:

  1. When I was a preteen I had a bright blue bellbottom tracksuit. No, bell bottoms were not in style or cool in the 90s, but I loved the comfort and style of this getup, and it would be a miracle if I dodged getting pictures in this, because it was seriously my favorite thing ever at the time. This is to date my worst fashion faux pas, and I’m certain I’ll never be worse off than I was back then.
  2. I. Will. Not. Try. Cottage. Cheese. I’m sorry, but the texture freaks me out so much that I cannot bring myself to try a bite. Why are there lumps in it? Is it more like cheese or yogurt? I’ll try pretty much anything, but cottage cheese is a no-go. I’m borderline scared of it. cheese.png
  3. I won the school science fair twice — once in elementary school, and then in the bigger pool of competition in high school. The first was testing out properties of bubble gum which were, in hindsight, not all very scientific, and the second was an experiment with photosynthesis. I don’t even remember what all the findings looked like, but I still have a medal from it.
  4. Ryan Seacrest was my first celebrity crush. I thought he was charming and funny on American Idol, my favorite show at the time, and thankfully this was before social media so I didn’t have to be a Ryan stan defending him against Internet trolls.
  5. I was a weird little kid. I’ve always loved the English language, but I also have made up words since I could talk. A name for something I love? Teedlehopper. That little dip that’s right below your nose and above your lips? Well, I’m glad you asked, that’s a Parison!

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Now I’ll have to post this and wait to hear back from Robert if he knew any of this, or if I’m correct in thinking we’ve never discussed any of it before. I honestly can’t think of anything else he doesn’t already know, particularly about me now, but I’m sure there will be plenty more mustard moments in the rest of our lifetime together. ❤

Friday Favorites

Man, it’s hard keeping up with writing on here! Not because I don’t have the time or even the energy, but more so because everything I write I end up wanting to keep private or don’t have the heart to finish. Today I figured I’d go back to writing about a few of my favorite things. I was tempted to post five different dogs, but I thought this list would be a little more helpful.


Tony’s Chocolonely. I honestly haven’t had anything better, and they’re a really cool company because they focus on making chocolate humanely. Did you know that slavery is still a huge problem, particularly on cocoa farms? It’s crazy to me that one of my favorite foods is actually hurting others, and I love that Tony’s is committed to making all chocolate become slave-free. Go get a bar of the milk chocolate sea salt caramel today. It is a new necessity for me “that time of the month,” and I’m happy to add it to my survival kit.

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Jax is obviously my favorite chocolate thing on earth, though.

Billie Eilish — specifically “Bad Guy” featuring Justin Bieber. I didn’t know if I should put him as a favorite too because honestly his lines are so darn catchy and remind me why I liked the Biebs so many years ago. Billie is an interesting entertainer because she totally breaks the mold of anything we really see in the pop music world. I like that she seems to be unapologetically herself and hasn’t conformed to what Hollywood thinks sells albums.

 

Colorful flowers. I love having them to brighten up our home, and Robert got me some really bright and fun ones from a summer collection a few weeks ago. I used to always say Gerbera Daisies were my favorite kind of flower, but now I like pretty much everything under the sun.

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Crime Junkie. I am a huge fan of podcasts, and Crime Junkie happens to be one of my favorites. Granted, it’s made me a little wary every time I go to the basement to do laundry, but overall the mild paranoia is worth listening to Ashley and Brit tell us about famous — and not so famous — cases. It’s a great thing to listen to during a commute or while doing household chores; just don’t listen late at night when you’re by yourself unless you want to be up all night listening for intruders.

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Finally, Taylor Swift released her song “Lover” last night and I am OBSESSED. She’s back to writing her beautiful love songs and I couldn’t be more here for it!

Checking In

I haven’t written a lot lately because I’ve either felt exhausted or haven’t been in the mood to share anything feelings-y. That seems to be what I write best, but I have had six million different things on my mind, so I have just decided to write about none of it. Years ago when I was in school for journalism, my professors always stressed that the very best way to become a good writer is to do it consistently. Even if you don’t have anything to write about, just put pen to paper and ramble — the good stories will eventually come. I suppose even though I don’t feel like it, I should keep writing little updates here and there. After all, I see so many of you coming here day after day without getting anything new. It’s nice to have people who actually care about what I have to say enough to check in on me! Thank you for caring.

Okay, so here’s what I’ve been up to. First, I became a dog walker for Wag. I’m obsessed with it and will write a separate post all about what that’s been like and how great all the little angels I get to meet are. Dogs are one of the best thing God created, and I kind of can’t believe I get paid to hang out with them!

I’ve also been keeping up with Big Brother, and then not keeping up with The Bachelorette because I’m just kind of bored of the whole premise of the show. I’ve been a fan since at least high school, so that’s a really long time to keep watching the same thing happen season after season. Apparently Luke P is pretty bad though, and I’m sure the finale will be “Something we’ve never seen in the history of the show.” I’m looking at you, Chris Harrison.

Hmm what else. I made really good gluten-free fried chicken for dinner last night. I’m going to be experimenting with a few new recipes later this week, and am excited to get back into the routine of cooking a little more again. I keep meaning to post my General Tso’s chicken recipe for y’all too, as I got a million messages about it on Instagram a few months ago and never delivered. Like I said, I’ve been pretty tired lately. Anyway, I think I’ll go ahead and start drafting something else for tomorrow. This post was written about a week ago, and I need to get better about being consistent with posting on time.

Can I Have Your Cobblestones?

I got a glimpse into one of the most hilarious corners of adult life this week — the Facebook Marketplace.

Being a homeowner has been fun because I love our place, but it’s also a whole lot of work. We are redoing our back yard right now, and dug up about 400 cobblestones that must have been put in as some sort of underground patio by the last owners. These things are easily a pound each, and it would not be fun taking them all to the dump, so I listed them on Facebook Marketplace to get rid of them. Guys. My phone blew up. 

“Hi, is this item available?”

“Hello, I’d like to come take a look at the cobblestones.”

“Hey, when can I come pick up the stones?”

“I can come get them today, give me your address.”

I got dozens of messages in the matter of minutes, and they just kept coming. It was amusing, but also stressful enough that I didn’t check my Facebook messages for a few days after creating my listing. When I finally had the patience and courage to sort through everything, I signed on to weed through all the people who wanted our cobblestones. My method was pretty simple. Women got priority because I would rather have a woman come to my house than a man (Why? Check out my last post). Then they got eliminated from the list if their profile picture wasn’t of them. I love dogs more than just about anyone, but I’d like to know whoever is coming over doesn’t mind putting her face out there for me to see. Finally, the easiest part was that I just gave whoever reached out first the priority. This whole week I’ve been bombarded with more messages that I could have ever imagined, been ghosted by people who claimed to want the stones, and finally met up with a really nice couple who is going to use them on their horse farm.

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As anxiety-inducing as the Facebook Marketplace is, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone trying to get rid of any sort of home goods. People on there are sharks just waiting for something to chomp down on, and if you don’t feel like hauling something away, your trash could be another person’s treasure.


What do you think one of the most hilarious things about being in your late twenties or early thirties is? Do you have any experience with the crazy world of Facebook Marketplace? 

True Crime Podcast Reviews

I love podcasts.

I’ve been writing about entertainment stuff lately because somehow I haven’t been wanting to write about feelings and deeper topics, but seeing I studied journalism and was headed toward the path of an entertainment journalist, I think this is fitting enough.

Dirty John 5/10

I liked listening to Dirty John, and got through the series in just two days. It is a short series with only 6 episodes, 7 if you include the live questions after the season ends. I was surprised about the nature of the show. I have heard it’s a really good true crime, but I expected it to be a little more filled with twists and turns. Instead, I found that it was more about emotional abuse, and the way John manipulated those around him. It was still very interesting, but not worth quite the hype I felt was surrounding the show.

Serial 8/10

Serial is an interesting series because there are currently 3 different seasons, and like Dirty John, there was a television show created as a follow up. The first season of Serial follows a murder trial, the second follows the investigation of Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier who was held prisoner of the Taliban for almost 5 years, and the third season has a lot of smaller stories in each episode to show a “behind the scenes” peek into the court systems in the United States. I liked each of the seasons, but surprisingly preferred the last two. I felt like the first season showed way too much of a bias and almost as though the convicted murderer, Adnan, charmed Sarah, the woman who did the interviews for the show, a little too much. I think he basically convinced her he was innocent, and she justified too many of his actions or explanations after seeing very blurry facts.

I liked the third season because it was so interesting to get to see a full case play out in the criminal justice system. I love shows like Law and Order SVU, so getting to hear some real stories play out and see how the police and court handle criminals was fascinating. If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, this should be one of the next podcasts on your list.

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Crime Junkie Podcast 10/10

Currently OBSESSED with this pod. So much so, that I even heard my husband humming the theme song the other night, and he hasn’t even listened to an episode with me. I think it’s because it’s super catchy and I’ve been listening nonstop since I discovered it. The hosts, Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, are super entertaining and such good storytellers. They find interesting crimes to talk about and have some solved and other unsolved mysteries. I like being able to research afterwards, and there are dozens of episodes for me to catch up on. I like this one so much I think I’ll sign up for their Patreon account after I finish everything!

Confronting O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman 7/10

The new podcast about O.J. is interesting, especially since I didn’t live through this trial, so don’t know as much about it as I could. I’m a little bit of a KUWTK fan, so listening through some of the details that made the family famous is quite interesting. I kind of zoned out a little, though, and wasn’t interested enough to rewind and hear what I had missed, so it’s not as captivating as other podcasts. This is just airing now, so there are only 3 episodes out, but it’s worth a listen if you’re even just remotely interested in this murder case.

Man in The Window 10/10

This is my favorite podcast that is currently going on. It’s #1 in the charts right now, and for good reason. Man in The Window is about the Golden State Killer, and although his crimes took place in the 70s and 80s, Joe DeAngelo was arrested recently for these crimes, and it is all so fresh that he hasn’t even entered a plea yet. It apparently might take years for the trial to begin, but it will definitely be more interesting following along after listening to this show. One of the episodes gave me goosebumps, and it’s definitely not something you want to listen to unless you’re in the mood for some heavy true crime.


What are your favorite podcasts? I clearly like true crime and am currently hooked on it, but I’m game for pretty much anything. A few more lighthearted favorites include The Morning Toast, Reality TV RHAP-ups during the Big Brother season, How I Built This, Off The Vine, and a political podcast that will remain nameless.

Friends: S1, Episodes 2 And 3. Ross Is Still A Creep.

I’m on the second episode of Friends and ready to laugh a little tonight. I think I’ll be doing quite a few recaps during the end of the basketball and hockey seasons. Thank goodness we aren’t one of those families who watch a lot of baseball or I’d be screwed!

The episode starts off fast. The friends are all talking about how important kissing is to women. Relatable.

Ross is at his job right now. He’s with some cave people and his boss and oh my gosh he is boring with a capital “B.” Here comes his ex wife! (Or at least one of them anyway) He hates that she looks great. OH MY GOSH wait she’s pregnant. Is it Ross’ baby?! This show doesn’t waste any time.

Monica is really freaking out about her family coming. Now Rachel lost her engagement ring. I’m a little bored. The jokes just aren’t landing with me right now, and the fake laughter is getting on my nerves. Chandler isn’t being very funny but put his hands on his hips and tried so hard to deliver some of his jokes.

Rachel thinks her engagement ring is in the lasagna Monica made. Now I’m craving Italian food. They’re digging through it and Phoebe found it just as Ross announced he’s going to be a father. He’s also wearing a buttondown shirt made of jeans material and a purple striped tie. Was this ever a normal look?

Is it just me or does Ross stare off into the distance a lot? I’m sorry, but he’s so annoying. I digress.

I just zoned out for a few minutes while Monica and Ross had dinner with their family. It was kind of boring, but Ross had to announce that he got his ex wife pregnant, so I guess that was maybe pertinent to the show.

Now he’s sweeping for Rachel at the coffee shop. He’s trying to be cutsey and it was annoying at first, but it’s very back and forth for me. Okay, I lied. I’m just trying to be nicer about Ross, but it doesn’t feel authentic.

Rachel is just chilling with Dr. Farber now. She’s wearing overalls and looks kind of cute. Weren’t those supposed to come back into style this season or something? I would be all over that tbh. Doctor Farber is a weird dude. He went on his honeymoon to Aruba (yay!) with Rachel’s best friend.

Ross is at the OBGYN with his ex wife and her girlfriend now. They’re trying to come up with a name for the baby. Now they’re seeing her in the sonogram.

I’m still bored.

Let’s just power through to the next episode. Season 1, Episode 3: “The One with The Thumb.”

Okay, Ross just landed his first joke with me and he’s charmed me enough to make me laugh out loud. He’s talking about his childhood dog going to live on “The Milner’s farm,” which obviously doesn’t exist. I like his hilariously pure innocence in this instance, and he’s moved up maybe a point in my book.

Friends S1E1 Recap

Welcome to my first recap of Friends! There will be spoilers, but since everyone and their mom has already seen this show a thousand times over, I don’t feel the need to say that before every review. Soon, everyone in America will have seen the show Friends, and I’ll feel a lot less alone in not getting normal 90s references. Okay, starting my live recap: NOW.


Wow, what the heck is up with everyone’s hair?! I am literally 20 seconds into the show and they all have insane volume and shine. I’ve never seen anything like it! I don’t think their hair is normally like this, but I could be wrong. Go back and watch the episode because this is crazy and they all have to be wigging out. Joey looks like he’s in a 90s punk band or channeling Pete Wentz.

Courtney Cox and Chandler are sitting next to each other and don’t even know they’ll be married one day. Ew, and what the heck is up with the way Courtney treats her brother?! I remember them being all creepy in another episode. “You OK, sweetie?” she asked as she gently touched his hand. I do not like the chemistry between these two actors. They make Friends have a hint of Thrones, if you catch my drift.

OMG. Ross is already complaining about being single. “I don’t want to be single, I just want to be married again.” What is his deal?! He’s already blown through a wife (or two, or three) by the first episode?! Yikes. I know he’s known for getting married a bunch, so I guess they needed to get the first out of the way before the series even begins.

Rachel just walked in in a wedding dress! Ahh I don’t know anything about this storyline. Was she married once already too? She might be perfect for Ross if she can knock out a couple others before she and Ross get together.

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Courtney Cox’s name is Monica! That’s right. I don’t know why I forgot that. Now she’s wearing an outfit with suspenders. I feel a little weird about them.

We’re watching the friends watch television while Rachel shrieks on the phone with her dad. It’s kind of boring right now tbh, but I’m hoping this episode is all just telling us about the characters and stuff.

Joey is hitting on Rachel. I have a feeling these characters will all kind of cycle around dating each other. It’s not very realistic that they’d all be able to be friends after that, but I think it’s going to be one of those kinds of shows.

Phoebe is my favorite character right now. She pulled out a bunch of her eyelashes on accident and then sang a song from The Sound of Music while Rachel was having a panic attack. I think she’ll be a pretty funny character, but not everyone’s cup of tea.

Rachel is crying on the phone now. I honestly am so annoyed at the show and it’s not very funny yet. Since it’s the pilot I’m going to keep pushing forward, though. I think it’ll get good.

Monica is on a date with a guy who looks really familiar. Some sort of nineties dad or something who is kind of a doofus in a show. I can’t for the life of me remember what movie, but it was something along the lines of The Parent Trap.

Ew! Ross is complaining AGAIN. He’s so whiny. I know I’m being harsh because his heart is broken, but I told you it was going to be hard for me to give Ross a chance. Ok, calm down Krista, he’s grieving. Ew!! But now he’s talking about wanting to ask a girl out again right after ending his marriage. “Even if I had the nerve, who would I ask?” ROSS. TAKE A BREAK FROM WOMEN AND LET YOUR HEART HEAL. Goodness gracious; he really cannot just be by himself.

Monica is kissing the 90s dad in front of everyone now. They all watched creepily and it felt like they were acting for a play on Broadway with their exaggerated stances. Then Joey of all people tries to act cool when she comes back to the table to join them. I think he’s a player and supposed to be the “cool guy” on the show, but he’s just giving me brunette Draco Malfoy vibes. His outfit is really cringeworthy too. Black pants and some sort of jeans-y fabric muscle shirt. I need to keep in mind this is the 90s and maybe he was cool and stylish. I just have a hard time believing it.

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Now Monica is upset that it turns out the 90s dad is a player. Phoebe decides to offer to rub her feet in a coffee shop, and Ross stares at her longingly. SHE’S YOUR SISTER, ROSS. Please don’t act like the Lannisters.

EW!!! Ross is trying to flirt with Rachel. Get away from her!! He’s making me so mad right now guys. I can’t. NOW HIS ARM IS AROUND MONICA. NOW SHE KISSED HIM BEFORE BED LIKE IT’S NORMAL. I wish I could make this font bigger because I was just double shocked and am not well.

Ew. He’s splitting an Oreo with Rachel now. Okay actually he’s being a little cute. He’s saying he used to crush on her in high school. I didn’t really realize they knew each other before. Wait, no, he ruined it. He just asked if it would be okay if he asked her out sometime. Ross, you need to take some time for yourself, don’t bring Rachel into your messy life right now! No wonder he has been married six million times; he forces himself to move on way before he’s ready. He was literally just talking about how he didn’t know who he’d ask out and that was when it was obvious it could be Rachel.

Chandler was barely in this episode and I think I remember liking him in a few episodes. He was just kind of boring, but got a dumb joke at the end.

Hmm overall not impressed with this first episode of Friends, but I think most of us usually feel this way about the pilot of a TV show. To their credit, they need to set all the characters up and start the storyline somewhere. In my defense, they made Ross really freaking annoying in the first episode, so if this trend continues it’s maybe not my fault for knowing spoilers. Who is your favorite character on Friends, and if the answer is Ross, please explain and defend him. I’m going to give this show a season and see what it’s all about, then we’ll go from there.

Friends Season One, Episode One

Now that Game of Thrones is over, I decided to start a new series that I’m also incredibly behind the curve for — Friends. 

I somehow never really cared to watch it growing up, but I’ve seen a few episodes here or there recently and was surprised at how funny I thought it was. Particularly, the episode where Ross/Joey gets a spray tan (They both have dark hair and it’s hard to tell them apart rn). I cried I was laughing so hard! I hope there are plenty of other hilarious moments like this, because honestly it was one of the best episodes of anything on TV.

Ross! It was Ross. Okay, I also automatically hate Ross because I know all about “the break.” Maybe I’ll change my opinion once I start the series and I’m going to try to have an open mind, but ew. He’s so needy and skeezy. Like, if I was with a guy and we took a break, I would not want him back if 1) He literally could not be alone for a day without going out and desperately trying to find someone to help ease his pain. Life is hard enough as it is; you want a significant other who can handle pain without needing to lean on a woman at all times. 2) He was a bad enough communicator to not get any facts straight from the source, and just make a hasty assumption that led to even hastier actions. And 3) He didn’t realize my worth and that he should fight for me before giving up on the relationship. I don’t want a guy who doesn’t think our relationship is worth fighting for and doing everything in his power to make things work. I’d also be grossed out that he immediately lost interest in me and went off to find some sort of comfort in someone else. That 100% is not true love. If Ross wanted any sort of future with Rachel and really cared about her, he would be thinking of ways to make things work and be too upset to think about getting with another girl, or even want to. Getting over a broken heart takes time, so he didn’t really value their relationship very much. He should have at the very least had the self control to stay in his apartment, binge eat a container of Ben & Jerry’s and watch Arnold Schwarzenegger movies or whatever it is guys do when they’re having girl troubles.

Anyway, so if I have an irrational or seemingly unjustified hatred of Ross right off the bat, that’s why. Maybe Rachel is a big jerk too, I don’t know, but if she is I’ll go ahead and not like her later! I don’t have enough information yet. I also remember an episode where Phoebe sings about a Smelly Cat, and another where the brunette girl (Courtney Cox’s character) gets married to someone or engaged or something. She’s in London I think, and I don’t think it’s to Chandler, but maybe it is? I know they end up together, but I can’t remember if she was married once before or not. I know her brother, Ross, gets married like, six million times (Seriously, what is his problem?! Okay, I digress. I’m so sorry for all you Ross fans, I’ll try to get better).

I’ll go ahead and start the episode now, and come back tomorrow to see what I think of it! I don’t know if I’m going to do season reviews or what, but I might just live “tweet” my thoughts on episode 1 and go from there.

Game of Thrones Finale

I’m not even really going to write about the finale because it’s been awhile and this season hasn’t had me wanting to talk about GoT the way most others did before. In short, it was OK. I didn’t mind that Bran ended up becoming the king because it’s an unexpected twist, rather than something obvious that everyone was expecting. I still felt like the characters aren’t themselves anymore, though. Tyrian wasn’t very funny, and why was everyone just immediately fine with Bran being the king? There could have at least been a little bit of back and forth. I would think with that many powerful people there would be some sort of debate, other than the uncle who got shut down by Sansa. Then what was up with Arya deciding to explore all of a sudden? She is an assassin, not an explorer. Even if she does start to see what’s west of Westeros, what will she do there? I guess if there are people and other civilizations that’s cool, but if not I don’t see her being someone to build an entire city. As I keep saying, I don’t think the writers on the show really know the characters the way they should.

I’ll be curious to read the last few books. I wasn’t planning on reading the series, but I think it would give me a different level of closure than the final season of Thrones. I’m too bored and unmotivated to keep writing about the finale now, so I’m going to end this post here. I’d give it a 6/10 because it wasn’t the worst thing or anything, but I just wasn’t on the edge of my seat the way I was most of the other seasons. What did you all think about it?

Now that I’m done with GoT, I think I might add a different television series into my blogging. Somehow I got away with never watching Friends, so I think I might start from the first episode and do that series next. I’ve only seen a few episodes before and thought they seemed funny, so we’ll see how the entire series goes. In the meantime, I’d love to hear any final thoughts on Thrones you have! It’s weird to be all done with it, but I’m ready to move on.

GoT Season 8 Episode 5

Did you notice how I didn’t write about last week’s episode? I honestly didn’t have a lot to say about it, so never felt motivated enough to post anything on it. It should go without saying that this will have spoilers from the most recent episode, so without further ado, let’s chat about it.

Episode 5 was by far my favorite this season. There was action and were a few things that caught us off guard. I didn’t like the blood or fighting because despite being really into this show, I am very squeamish, so I always cover part of my eyes or squint so I can’t see anything too crazy. It looked like The Hound had some chocolate lava cake on his eye! Thinking about it like that is the only way I can make it through.

Anyway, the beginning of the show was kind of nuts. The way Daenerys treated Varys was terrible. I’ve not liked her for a couple of seasons now, because she’s slowly transforming into a wannabe dictator. Her favorite thing to do is torch people who say one bad thing about her, and I don’t agree with the excuse that it’s because she’s been through a lot. When her sun and stars Khal Drogo died, she still had a heart that cared for other people (Or so we thought). I read something interesting that talked about signs Dany has been power hungry and kind of crazy from the start. She foreshadowed her behavior in season two when she stated, “We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground,” when she was talking about taking back what is “rightfully hers.” Thinking back to even some of the first seasons, Dany has always been adamant about taking the Iron Throne since it was once her father’s, no matter what the cost. She occasionally mentioned not being like him, but despite knowing how horrible he was to his people, she still felt like her family deserved to be on the throne again. I want to go rewatch one day to see if I think she showed behavior that indicated her going insane at the end.

Back to this episode, though. The first crazy part was when Dany said that Tyrion needed to ask her permission to talk to anyone about the secret. She wants people to consult her about everything because she needs to always be in control. That is why she decides to kill Varys. She just burned him like it was nothing! He was always one of the wiser characters, and it was kind of sad he called this all happening. Right before he died he said, “I hope I deserve this. Truly I do. I hope I’m wrong.” It’s so sad that his heart was in the right place trying to protect innocent people, but everyone is still listening to the Mad Queen. To make things worse, Jon Snow didn’t tell her to stop when she commanded her dragon to light Varys up, and everyone just stood around quietly and watched. I wish someone had realized what a danger she was to everyone around her. She isn’t very talented with a sword, so Jon could have easily put an end to her terror before it even began. I’m honestly so sick of him whining about how he doesn’t want to be the king and how he’s happy to “bend the knee.” We all get it, Jon, but making Dany the queen was a terrible idea. He barely even knew her and was obsessed with giving her everything he had right off the bat.

Did you all catch what Varys said to the little girl, Martha, who came in to talk to him before he was killed? I went back to rewatch the scene, and wrote it out for you:

Martha enters the room.

Varys: “…And?”

Martha shakes her head.

Varys: “Nothing?”

Martha: “She won’t eat.”

Varys looks visibly disappointed and shakes his head.

Varys: “We’ll try again at supper.”

Martha: “I think they’re watching me.”

Varys: “Who?”

Martha: “Her soldiers.”

Varys: “Of course they are. That’s their job… What have I told you, Martha?”

Martha: “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.”

So I guess Dany was smart in getting rid of Varys, since he clearly had poisoned her food. I can’t say I’m happy he died because I would have liked to see him protect the realm from fire, but it justifies her actions more knowing she really had a reason to prosecute Varys for treason. I just don’t know if it was clear she knew he was trying to kill her that night.

Tyrion is awesome. I love how he has such a tender heart, despite being kind of rough around the edges. All of my friends seem to have different opinions on all the characters, but everyone from every walk of life agrees that Tyrion is great. I still haven’t met a single person who doesn’t like him, so I’m glad to see his character a little more in this episode. He wasn’t as sly and sneaky as he tends to be, though. I am not convinced that he and Varys would have been caught conspiring so easily. Tyrion is usually a few steps ahead of everyone else, and with everything going on I’m not convinced Dany would have had eyes on everyone — especially Tyrion of all people. Yes she is beginning to really go crazy, but Tyrion clearly cares about the greater good of mankind, so it wasn’t super obvious he would be plotting against the woman he went to to offer to fight for. This episode had a lot to it, so I’m going to move on.

The Hound and Arya are such a cute little duo. I expected things to go down a little differently with them, but it wouldn’t be Thrones if everything I anticipated would happen did. As I mentioned above, the fight between The Hound and The Mountain was pretty gross, and I thought Arya might come back to save her good friend. I’m kind of glad she didn’t, because it was great seeing her help all of the defenseless people down in the city. I am 99% sure she’s going to kill Dany in the finale. Right?! She has to. It’ll be a check off the “green eyes,” especially since it appears Cersei might be dead. She may have gone to King’s Landing to kill Queen Cersei, but I think she’ll change her course and decide to kill The Mad Queen instead.

I’m split on thinking that Cersei is actually dead. It’s dangerous to assume in this show that someone died just because something seemingly tragic happens to them. Heck, Jon Snow came back from the dead, so I guess anything can happen. I don’t think there will be another moment like that, but I do think there’s a possibility they survived somehow and Jaimie might redeem himself once again. Otherwise what was all of that with Brienne about and why was it even written into the story?! I keep seeing a meme talking about how the writers completely crushed 7 seasons of character building for Jaimie, and I happen to agree. After all of this, he goes back to Cersei and is bad again? At the same time, though, she is the mother of his children, and Jaimie has become a very loyal character. I just don’t like that he had to get innocent Brienne involved in his complicated life. I’ve seen a really interesting point be made about Cersei’s anticlimactic death, though. If she is, in fact, dead, it was her own city walls that killed her in the least theatrical way possible. She got absolutely no recognition or thought put into her death, and there are going to be no stories told about the way she was killed. At least if Daenerys had a face-off with her, there would be tales told for decades to come about how the Mad Queen took the Iron Throne from Cersei Lannister. This makes it so she’s not even really written into history, and all of the fear and emotions we saw in her final moments were for nothing.

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This was my favorite episode of season 8, but I honestly don’t know how they’re going to wrap up so many storylines in just 80 minutes. I have a million unanswered questions, and really want a decent amount of time with some of my favorite characters. Is there any chance there is going to be a surprise final episode?! I know, I know, there’s not, but there absolutely should be! I need more time and don’t feel any sense of closure. I’m afraid I won’t next week either.

I’ll end this with a few of my predictions, then we can count up at the end of the season how many I got right in these posts.

First, I obviously think Arya will kill Daenerys. If she doesn’t, Jon Snow will, but I’m pretty certain it’ll be Arya. There’s a chance people will see how tough and great Arya is and create a democracy to nominate her to be on the throne, but I’m still rooting for Sansa Stark to take that role with Arya close to her side. I’ve heard things floating around about Tyrion (Or even Tyrion with Sansa), but I think he’s going to give up his life to save innocent people. I loved how heroic he was in offering to give up his life for the people in King’s Landing, and think he’s going out as one of the best characters of the series.

Second, I think people are going to start over in Winterfell. I wish we had seen a little bit about what’s going on there right now, but I understand how it couldn’t have fit into a shorter episode. We should have cut out the fight between Jaimie and Euron to put something better in, though. That seemed like a kind of silly fight, and to be honest I couldn’t care less about Euron Grayjoy at this point. Anyway, King’s Landing is going to be an absolute mess by the time Daenerys is done with it, so let’s just move the capital elsewhere.

Finally, I think the series is going to end on an ominous note, insinuating that the fighting for the Iron Throne will never truly end. I think the point of this series is to show how human greed is one of the most dangerous things in the world, and how destructive it is when people are always fighting for their own pride. The Stark family is a good example of people doing what’s right for others, but power does crazy things to people, so it will be interesting to see whether we like all of them by the end of the show. I think they’ll be the one group of people who always fight for what’s right, but I think they will have a lot of adversaries who try to overthrow their reign. We shall see, though, and I can’t wait to see everything wrapped up at the end! Hopefully they’ll tie all the loose ends… I don’t know how it’ll be possible, but I’m trusting the show won’t completely break our hearts.

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What do you think? Please comment any and all GoT-related thoughts. This is our last week to talk before the series finale! How sad is that?