Sunday, September 15, 2013

Personal Recap: Back to School, Downton Abbey, and Celtic Thunder!

You may have noticed that I haven't been posting much lately, and I've got school mostly to thank for that. I'm now in the last year of my undergraduate degree, and while I only have a few classes this semester, I've still managed to let myself get caught up in the busy back-to-school time! I also managed to lose my student ID card in the first week back, but that's a whole other story.

While I've been back at school, I also decided to start watching Downton Abbey just over a week ago, and managed to finish all three seasons that are out in just four or five days...I'm really not sure which anymore because I was kind of emotionally overwhelmed. I totally loved it though, but it's hard to believe that a show can leave you so emotionally exhausted...plus, I was watching it on my laptop, so I have to admit that my eyes were hurting a bit afterwards, from staring at the screen...and from crying, yup, I think I've admitted it before, but I'll say it again, I'm a crier. I cry when I watch movies, when I watch TV, when I listen to music, when I read...I try not to cry much during normal hours of the day though...you know, when I'm not in my little reader, watcher, listener cocoon though. :P


Anyway, I loved Downton Abbey and can't wait for the premiere of Season four!!! I'm already planning on watching the season and chatting with Eilidh (aka Aylee) from Recovering Potter Addict about it! I thought I'd recap some of my favourite aspects of the show, but I'm gonna try and keep it spoiler free, so I'll still to the wishes I had when I first started season one!
  • Loved Maggie Smith!!! :D Come on though, who doesn't love her? And she does an amazing job as the Dowager Countess of Grantham!
  •  I absolutely HATED Thomas and O'Brien! So, while they were trying to get rid of Bates, I was really hoping they'd be the ones gone first!!! :P
  • I had a major love/hate relationship with both Mary and Edith Crawley...and I absolutely ADORED Sybil!!! :D 
Edith, Mary, and Sybil Crawley
  • I was totally squeeing with joy over seeing Ygritte (Rose Leslie) from Game of Thrones as one of the maids, Gwen!!!
  • I managed to acquire three couples that I wanted to get together SO BAD!!! I'll let you watch the show to find out if any of them actually get together though...what?! I told you I'd try to avoid spoilers. :P
Mary & Matthew

Sybil & Branson

Anna & Bates
  • I loved Daisy! Mrs. Patmore was always yelling at her and she wasn't allowed to be seen because she was just a kitchen maid, but I love her, she's just so honest and adorable! :D

And the final gushy thing that I have to say about Downton Abbey is that I got completely hooked by the first episode! My first thought when I started watching episode one was that I'd never learn everyone's names, but I had them figured out soon enough...and just had to watch the next episode! One episode turned into two, two turned into three, three turned into four...and well, you get the picture. I went from wanting to just start the series that first day to staying up until 1 in the morning finishing all of season one....and even though I had an 8 AM class the next morning, I don't regret a thing. In fact, I just ordered all three seasons online and can't wait to rewatch all three seasons and get started on season four!!! :D

So, along with getting completely obsessed with Downton Abbey, I've been working on Fridays and Saturdays, so my Sundays have become the day where I catch up on my readings and do absolutely nothing in between. I think I'm going to have to start thinking of either going back to doing weekly memes, or just thinking of posts every week because the blog is looking pretty sparse at the moment. I cut back on blog tours and blitzes because I knew that when school came around, I wouldn't want to be doing them as often. I also managed to totally burn myself out when it comes to blog stuff over the summer when I was posted blog tours and blitzes almost daily...I guess I needed a bit of a break. :P I do have a couple in store soon though and I have a bunch of reviews I do need to catch up on, so hopefully you'll be seeing more posts on the blog in the next while! I'll try to keep up better. :)

The final exciting thing that I'm going to mention today is that I just recently saw Celtic Thunder (as in last Friday...so super recently :P) with my mom again and they were amazing! This is the second time we've seen them and they were wonderful the first time, too, and while I was kind of too lazy to share it with you all last time, this time I just have to mention how amazing it was! :D So, I'm going to leave you with a couple of YouTube videos so that you can see how awesome they are, too. :)

"Voices" from their Mythology album --- Since this was the Mythology tour, they sang this one...and it was just as fantastic live!!!



They also covered "The Boys are Back in Town"



Lots of my favourite songs of theirs aren't on YouTube anymore, but if you want to hear them you should definitely check them out. Their version of "Ireland's Call" and "Galway Girl" are amazing! I also love the songs that they all sing individually, too, and here's a video of two of the members, Colm and Emmet singing a cover of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey":



Celtic Thunder also has more videos posted on their YouTube page and their website, and you can listen to some of their music through their Facebook page, too. :)


So, those are a few exciting things that have been happening with me lately! 
What about you? Anything new happening? 
Have you started (and gotten obsessed with) a new show? 
Have you seen any great shows lately, concerts, movies or anything show-related really?
Also, are there any other Downton Abbey or Celtic Thunder fans out there? I'm always up for gushing about my favourite shows and artists...so feel free to gush away, I certainly did! haha

4 comments:

  1. it's easy to get burnt out on blog stuff, I know that too well, but having something you can post weekly might be nice to keep you in the mindset without too much pressure. I hope you manage everything okay, sounds like you have a lot on your plate!

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    1. It's definitely easy! :D That's my thoughts, too. I think I'm gonna look into other weekly memes that I haven't done before. :) It's okay, but even with only 3 classes, it's quite a bit of reading. I just have to try and stay on the ball. :)

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  2. Aww, I'm grinning like mad!! You love all the things I love. I wish I had had time to read this post earlier on in the week... it would have cheered me up considerably! But it's made me so excited now because today is the day of season 4! Ohhh uggh, I was such an emotional mess, as well, you're not alone!! It's hard not to become so emotionally invested in these fictional people's lives... the same thing happened with The Lizzie Bennett Diaries - like, I knew they were fictional, but I was unnaturally invested in their lives as if they were real friends (are you excited for the upcoming Emma vlogs btw?). Anyways, back to Downton Abbey, I'm sure they will continue to play with our hearts in season 4, but I do hope lots of these characters will get happier endings this time around. I mean, jeez, there was a lot of heartbreak! Can't wait for more Dame Maggie and can't wait to chat with you about the ep (hopefully I can watch it tonight... might have to wait until tomorrow night though)! Sorry for the rambling post, Ambur! Oh, and Celtic Thunder sounds awesome!!

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    1. :D I'm glad we love all of the same things!!! :D Awe, well at least it made you grin now!! I know! I can't wait!! Yay, it's always good not to be along. :D I'm the exact same way, and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries was the same way for me, too! I am soooooo excited for the Emma vlogs!!! :D I'm sure they will, too! I hope so, too...they really need a break from heartache! Me neither! I hope you can, but I'm gonna try and watch a live stream of it, so whenever you watch it let me know and we'll chat about it!! Awe, that's no problem! It made me smile! :D They really are! :D

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