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Let’s talk about Season 7 Episode 1 of The Walking Dead

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I wanted to write this a few days ago, but I needed time to recover. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am obsessed with The Walking Dead, and more importantly, Glenn Rhee. Sunday, October 23, 2016, will be a day I will not forget anytime soon. I know there are more important events in life that should hold a spot in my memory, but this one is pretty important as well.

I have read the comics. My husband buys me the large omnibus volumes so I can read them all at one time and not have to store the individual comics separately. These volumes take up a large amount of room on my bookcase, but they are so valuable to me. I also have variants of individual issues that came from SkyBound and from places such as Loot Crate. In this, I know that Issue 100 was one I did not want to read. I resisted it for a long time. I stopped reading at Issue 99 and put the books away for awhile. I just could not bring myself to see what happened to Glenn. I knew it was coming because of the people who had read it before me, but I just wasn’t ready. When I finally read it, I was upset. He was gone. Taken out by Lucille and Negan. I did not like it one bit. But then it hit me, this is probably going to happen on the show in the future.

Negan

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When I was first aware that the character of Negan was going to be cast for the show, I had a pit open up in my stomach. I knew it was coming. I held out some hope, though, knowing that the show often changed up deaths of the characters. I mean, as of now, Andrea is still alive and Hershel was not decapitated by the Governor, Tyrese was. Was Negan going to be as vulgar? Was he going to be as violent? Was he going to kill Glenn? These were the first questions I had.

I couldn’t be too upset when Jeffrey Dean Morgan was cast in the role of Negan. He is a great actor and he is so versatile. I did really want Henry Rollins for the role because he is one of my idols, but as my husband put it, “Do you want to hate him for awhile?” I couldn’t argue with that logic.

After the cliffhanger from Season 6, there were questions and speculations circling for the entire time in between. Around the time filming began for Season 7, I saw that Steven Yeun was filming a movie. Uh-oh, that didn’t seem like a good sign. I still held out hope and did not want to believe anything.

OK so for the actual episode…

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I am going to be honest here. I have anxiety issues. I also have an attachment to the characters on the show, so I read the spoilers ahead of time. I knew it would still bother me, but I was at least prepared for what was going to transpire. I got a box of tissues from the bathroom, made myself some tea, and settled on the couch with my blanket and one of my dogs, ready to watch the show.

Within the first minutes, before the intro even played, I knew it was going to be worse than I expected. Once we got to the point where Negan battered Abraham to death, I started tearing up. When he got to Glenn, the water works started. When Glenn said his final words, “Maggie, I will find you.” I was a baby. I really lost it entirely when the dream sequence came on where Rick we rehearing what Negan told him and they were panning over the table with many of the people we know and love and Glenn with a toddler son on his lap. He and Abraham looked at each other and I felt utter grief flow through me. I couldn’t handle it.

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I have heard a lot of people say that it was too brutal and too gory for a TV show. Maybe I am jaded because I watch horror films more than any other genre, but I thought it was done well. It actually made me feel something. Not since Beth was shot, have I felt something real while watching the show. The scene with Glenn was an almost panel for panel depiction from the comic book. Now, will I watch it again? Probably not. It would have to be quite awhile before I can watch it without feeling like my heart is ripped out. It isn’t the brutality more than it is the fact that my favorite fictional people were killed.

Glenn and Abraham

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I did find that with all of the upset I was feeling, I missed the little things that were put into the show. I found out about a few of them the next day. Abraham flashing the peace sign to Sasha right before being hit totally made sense to me. I didn’t see it live, but I saw it the next day. It was a wonderful touch put in to show us he was not just the tough guy. He really loved Sasha and wanted her to know it is OK. I also missed Morgan putting out two candles on the table. I am not sure if it was really a significant thing and we will probably have to wait and see.

I am not one of those people who are saying they will not watch the show again because I love the show. Just because my favorite character is gone, doesn’t mean I have no reason to watch anymore. The people who feel that way are not true fans and are not actually that invested in it, as they would like to think. The people complaining about the episode being too brutal for their children…maybe your kids should not be watching a show that has warnings about language and violence at the beginning of it. I understand that the topic is fascinating to children, but it is also something that a parent has to be prepared for at any given moment.

I look forward to seeing where we go now and what happens next. I know what I have read in the comic books and hope they stick close to the plot line, but as we have seen over the past few seasons, that is not always what we are going to get.

What did you think of the episode? Are you a quitter or will you keep watching? Let me know what you thought of the episode.

Buy One Month, Get One Month Free Paper Pumpkin? Yes, Please

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Bonus Days are here!

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Now through July 31, for every $50 you spend, you will receive a coupon for $5 off in August. It’s like Christmas in July. Click the logo on the sidebar to go to the site and shop for some wonderful stamping products. Just remember, it is almost time to start making those Christmas cards.

Cold Weather Isn’t as Bad as You Think

Cold Glasses

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It would seem that winter finally decided to grace us with her presence. It had been so warm for so long, I thought it was going to stay that way all season. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the warm to the cold, but there is something to be said for the cold weather and all of what it brings. It isn’t all bad and there are a lot of benefits to the outside being colder than you would like. I am not including snow or ice because there is just no excuse for either of those items to exist. There, I said it.

First, cold weather is a great excuse to stay inside the house and binge watch Netflix or catch up on everything on your DVR. Cozying up on the couch under a warm blanket is always a comforting feeling. When someone calls and wants to make plans, you can tell them it is just too cold outside and it would not be a lie. It is a far better excuse than saying you are sick or making something up that can cause suspicion amongst your peer group. I know it sounds all ominous, but how many times did you tell a little white lie to get out of something, but then forget the lie and get caught? Believe me, it happens more often than you would think.

Another great thing about cold weather outside is being able to build a fire inside. Now, only do this if you have a fireplace. I wouldn’t want to see anyone starting a bonfire in the middle of their living room because building a fire was suggested. A wood burning fireplace is a wonderful thing to have. The smell of a nice fire is something you can only experience during the winter. If you build a fire during the summer, you are either deranged or trying to sweat something out of your system. Either way, it is not something I recommend anyone do. Along with the fire, toasting marshmallows is always a possibility, if you feel so inclined. We spent so much time as children toasting marshmallows over a campfire, but you can do it inside as well. I know some of the mystique is lost when toasting marshmallows and watching one of the Real Housewives of Whatever City is Popular but the tastiness is still there. I don’t recommend setting them on fire this way, though.

Sweaters are one of my favorite things about cold weather. All summer, when sweating my ass off, all I can think about it being cold and wearing a sweater. A sweater doesn’t care if you are fat or skinny. They don’t care if you are muscular. All a sweater cares about is that you wear it and hopefully, remember to wear a shirt underneath it. The downside to a good wool sweater is the itch of no shirt buffer between wool and skin. Another bonus to the sweater is that we can get away with a somewhat ugly pattern knitted into them. Pixelated deer surrounded by metallic gold thread is not something that can easily be worn in any other garment and deemed nice or acceptable. Odd color combinations are the norm, as well. It’s not often that pink, lavender, and sea green can be intermingled like they have always been best friends. Mix that with navy blue, and you have a winning sweater color combination.

So as you can see, there are benefits to cold weather. The summer is not the time for sweaters and fires, so enjoy them while the season lasts. Once spring has sprung, these ideas will have to be packed away for another nine months until that inevitable chill in the air returns.

List-a-mania

Since it is the end of the year, I thought I would post some lists of my favorite TV shows and movies. I know it is a cliche thing to post a bunch of Top 10’s, but it is a fun thing to do. These are not in a particular order, just the 10 favorites in each category. Over the next couple of weeks, I will break it down into categories, but here are the two most broad categories for today. What are your favorite TV shows and movies. Let me know in the comments.

Top 10 All Time Favorite Movies

Slither

The Crow

Lost in Translation

Legends of the Fall

EuroTrip

Boondock Saints

Trick r’ Treat

Good Will Hunting

Interview with a Vampire

This is the End

Top 10 Favorite TV Shows

The Sopranos

The Walking Dead

Dexter

True Blood

Shameless

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Veronica Mars

Parenthood

Law & Order: SVU

Freaks and Geeks

 

Yes, I Do In Fact Hate Avacados

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For some reason, I seem to be like an alien to most people. I do not like avocado, guacamole, or any of the other million things that people make with  avacados.

I have been this way my whole life. It was OK when I was a kid because avocados weren’t as prevelant in food like they are today. Guacamole was something you got at a Mexican restaurant, but it wasn’t available at Subway or other fast food places and there weren’t 15 different varieties in the grocery store.

Now, there is chopped avocado in most salads I want to order when eating out. They are on top of sandwiches. They are in a chicken dishes. They are just EVERYWHERE. When I ask a waiter to hold the avocados, I tend to get a look like I am from another planet. They wouldn’t look twice if someone asked to hold Brussel sprouts or something similar.

My husband loves avocados and guacamole so when food comes with either, even after asking for none, I am lucky he is more than happily take it off my hands for me. He is my hero.

So people, there are folks in this world who do not share your enthusiasm for the mushy and weird textured fruit. Now, don’t even get me started on olives…

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