On Why "How I Met Your Mother" Should Not End With The Mother’s Death
Like most fans of HIMYM, I’m pretty emotional about the upcoming series finale. Obviously, a show I began watching in my 20s about people in their 20s trying to figure out their lives is going to have a pretty strong hold. In 2005, when HIMYM debuted, I was 25 going on 26, I had just finished graduate school and I was anxious to see how the next phase of my life – career, relationship, family – would play itself out. I was a Ted Moseby who wanted to be a Lily, only I didn’t have the same assurance of an older-me narrator to guarantee that it was all going to work out. Nine years later, I’m married, and I have an adorable nine-month-old and a mortgage. I will miss this show and these characters because I feel like they’ve been there with me on the journey.
As a long-time fan, I also have to express my great distress over the pesky Internet rumor that HIMYM will end with us learning that the mother has died and Ted is about to marry Robin.
I am a devoted Robney shipper, but that actually has nothing to do with why I’m so opposed to this ending. I don’t like this ending because it doesn’t fit with all that HIMYM is about and has been about for the past nine seasons.
I was actually at a Blogher conference in New York the first
time I heard mention of “The Bloggess.”
“I was recently retweeted by The Bloggess,” one attendee said,
“and she’s huge.” Then, a reverential hush fell over the room in honor of both
the name mentioned and the accomplishment. The discussion was about connecting
with other bloggers and marketing, but I was much more fascinated by the
mention of this Bloggess. The name was obviously awesome, and speaking of her had rendered a room full of bloggers speechless – not exactly an easy
Of course, I wasn’t going to admit to my ignorance at the
time. After all, I was at a blogging conference and, clearly, one of the big
names in the game had just come up. If anything, I was supposed to be with it
and knowledgeable of my industry (or so my Twitter feed would have you
believe), but obviously, I was out of the loop on one very important point.
What I gathered from the crowd, apart from the fact that it
was a very big deal to be mentioned by the Bloggess (not something that I’m at
all contesting, Maria Shriver favorited one of my tweets and it made 2012), was
that the Bloggess was a big fan of “the f-word.” And that was good enough for
I’d love to tell you more about this book, but I also feel
like if I call out specifics I’ll be the jerk who says punch lines to other
people’s jokes or that person in the Facebook feek who keeps posting about deaths on
Downton Abbey/The Walking Dead without any seeming comprehension of what a
spoiler is or that most people these days use a little something called DVR
rather than watching shows in real time.
This book is simply too funny, and I want you to discover
all of that funniness for yourself. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is a book
that is all about voice, and for that reason, you’ll want to read these stories
Entering Jenny Lawson’s world is a hysterical treat. So, do
yourself a favor and don’t be one of the last people to catch on here. (Trust
me, it’s not a fun place to be.)
As I believe Jenny Lawson might say now, you’re welcome.
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.
If you’re at all like me, you see the holidays as a great
time to give and get those products/items you’d love to have but would never
get for yourself. This philosophy of gifting hopefully explains my annual
obsession with travel accessories, cashmere, 1,000+ thread counts and high-end
For some reason, when I’m shopping for myself, it’s hard for
me to buy anything more expensive than what Wet ‘n’ Wild has in stock at my
local Walgreen’s. However, when it’s time for presents, shiny packages and
luxury ingredients call my name. This is one of the many reasons I’m so excited
to share these deals from DDF skincare. Stock up for yourself or someone else.
As they would argue on Parks and Recreation, sometimes you just have to treat
Deal #1 is the DDF Revolve 400X Micro-Polishing
System. If you’re a fan of microdermabrasion, or know a fan, this seems like an
excellent product to try/gift. I am slightly self-concious about my pore size
(I know, of all the things to worry about and the problems in the world) ever
since a run-in with an eyebrow waxer in Chicago, so any product that offers to
reduce the appearance of pores and smooth skin seems to have red neon lights
proclaiming “Laurel Mills needs this.” I enjoy doing some microdermabrasion at
home, and I know that when I take the time, my skin thanks me.
Plus, if you use the code
DDFMICRODERMA at checkout now through January 31, 2013, you’ll receive the
Revolve Micro-Polishing System for $48 plus free shipping. Considering what I
pay at the drugstore stockpiling cheaper brands, this seems well worth it to
One of my assignments from The Artist’s Way Toolkit was to write down what I would do if I had five other lives to lead. Here’s what I came up with. I’m guessing four of them would require that I spend less time watching J.J. Abrams’ and Joss Whedon’s shows, which is a lot of what I’ve done with my present life. Regardless, here we go with my five other lives. (Should you have other lives of your own planned, I’d love to hear about them. As I’m currently obsessed with Fringe, I fully admit that I spend too much time wondering what alternate Laurel does with herself.)
1. Soap Star
This has been one of my fantasies for years. As a soap opera star, I would preferably be attached to a large family in town and constantly embroiled in love triangles. I would also like to be part of a supercouple, but get married tons of times so that I could put on all the different dresses. Ideally, I would play identical twins on General Hospital. One would be a do-gooding doctor at, where else, General Hospital. The other would be a mob princess.
I love some discount shopping. When I can find a light-up skeleton at Walgreen's for $5.99, I'm a happy girl. (And some people think I'm difficult to please ...)
The obvious perk of discount shopping is the low prices because, let's face it, it's not like you're really paying for much else. Organization? Not so much, but if I said I didn't enjoy digging through piles off-brand sweat pants for the one pair without a spelling error, I'd be lying. Customer service? Very much depends. It's better not to ask questions if you can avoid it. Quality? My light-up skeleton is holding up well, but it's always a crap shoot.
I've been watching Saturday Night Live since the fifth grade. (The cool kids were watching it, therefore I had to watch it. I also liked watching L.A. Law. I guess you can say my tv tastes haven't changed that much in 20 years.) Back then, the biggest challenge was staying up late enough to see all of SNL. I considered it a win if I made it to the first musical number.
Collectively, our class liked SNL so much that, inspired by the political humor of the show, we put on a sketch at Christmas based on the trial of Sadaam Hussein. (It was 1990. We were very topical.) Each class performed a skit at the holidays. I don't know why, but it was fun. I played Nancy Reagan in the trial. It wasn't long after the Reagan years, and we had to have a role for every student, so it seemed appropriate. I wore a red jacket and had one line when I took my place in front of the entire upper school, "Just say no to drugs."
I have a Kindle Fire. (It’s hardly big news, but all stories have
to start somewhere.) I think the SO expected me to use my Kindle Fire to read
all the time, get into RSS feeds, keep up with news from all over the web,
etc., etc. Instead, I quickly developed an addiction for Bejeweled.
(“Addiction” isn’t an exaggeration here. When I find
something new, it’s all I want to do. So far, the only thing this particular
personality trait has done for me is allow me to get through lots of episodes
of television in a short period of time. I might need to work on my concept of
When I was done with Bejeweled, I moved on to various hidden
objects/puzzle games. (I am a complete nerd.) However, it was hard to find
anything that gave me the same satisfaction as Bejeweled – until I discovered
The Oregon Trail.