Pretty Little Liars STRESSES Me Out

**SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD. IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THE SHOW DO NOT READ AHEAD!!** Also, if you are interested in watching the show at some point, I’d advise you not to read it until you’re all caught up on Netflix. 

Okay, guys. Here and now, I am shamefully admitting to my OBSESSION with ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. What is Pretty Little Liars (PLL)? It is without a doubt the MOST STRESSFUL show on television. Seriously. So many twists and turns and cliffhangers and anxiety and stress. Am I right or am I right?

For a longtime now, I have been under the impression that Spencer Hasting, one of the main four girls, is on the A Squad. After revisiting old episodes on Netflix, it reinforces my belief.

Spencer is obsessed with finding out who “A” is and is ALWAYS the first person to point the finger at someone else — Ian, Garret, Paige, etc. She was also in the car in February’s finale when Mona went all CRAZY and tried to “kill” her. Anytime the other girls mention her sister’s, Melissa, possible involvement in the death of Alison, she flips out and pushes them toward a different lead.

Spencer spends so much time reviewing tapes, digging up new clues, recreating A’s lair that it comes off as trying to hide something herself. The weapon used to kill Alison? A blunt force trauma to the head. Remember when the field hockey stick was found in the shared backyard space of the Hastings and the DiLaurentis? Spencer is the only girl to play field hockey. And besides the one episode that was revealed into it has yet to be mentioned again.

Alison knew some ridiculous Hasting’s family secrets such as the fact that Jason DiLaurentis is actually Spencer’s half brother (and Alison’s half brother). Plot twist, woah!

On the summer finale now known as the “betrAyal”, the audience gets a glimpse at another character involved in the A Squad. Who? Spencer’s boyfriend Toby. The same boy that in the first couple of episodes of the series the core four spent their time avoiding because they knew that he was involved in the murder of their friend. Yeah… no. This is a classic Wicked Attraction: Couples Who Kill (investigation discovery TV show) scenario. Two people brought together usually one with a rough upbringing (Toby) and the other a crazy person (Spencer) plot and commit crimes that are so heinous yet they strongly believe they will get away with it. They are delusional.

For example, Toby returns in the last episode after spending some time in Buck’s county working. He conveniently returns the night they are supposed to meet “A” at the graveyard which Spencer has lead the girls to. However, not all of the girls are present for this dramatic A reveal. Emily is out with Nate in some random lodge getting away for the weekend. Mona gets a call from “A” letting her know that there has been a change of plans. Spencer and Toby finally decided to have sex and celebrate their relationship as well as finalize their plans off camera (couples on Wicked Attraction are depicted making love to each other shortly before venturing out to commit their crimes). So anyway, the girls realize that A isn’t coming to the graveyard and head out to find Emily. They follow Spencer’s lead and wind up in the wrong place. Caleb, Hanna’s boyfriend, ends up where Emily is — fighting off her ‘friend’ who is actually a deranged stalker trying to kill her. Emily kills Nate, Caleb is shot and everyone cries. Shortly after this scene unfolds, Emily receives a call from “A” telling her “Thanks, I owe you one.”

Mona is able to sneak in and out of the insane asylum she was committed to earlier in the season. Crazy, right? BUT does anyone else remember how angry Spencer was when she found out that Hanna had been visiting Mona without their knowledge? And isn’t it funny that when Mona was supposed to be moved to a different psychiatric hospital, Spencer is the one who suggested Hanna appeal to the board asking them to let Mona remain where her friends can visit her to help aid in the recovery. AND Ren, Spencer’s former love interest, is doing his clinical rounds at the very same hospital and floor that Mona is staying at.

Can we also just talk about how Spencer’s mom, the lawyer, is apparently the most magnificent attorney that ever existed. She manages to prove their innocence at every plot twist and turn. I imagine this plays back into the entire Hasting’s family has some involvement in the murder.

OH and the whole Paige thing? Yes Paige is slightly cray cray over Emily and slightly violent toward others. But isnt it funny how Spencer is the one to confront her in the empty hallway at school. “I know who you are,” Spencer says. Well, I think Paige knows who you are too!

At the end of the episode leading up to the finale, Jenna stops by Emily’s place to warn her to be careful who she hangs out with. The audience assumes its Paige. Following the finale, you believe it is Nate (because of his brief interest/stalking of her earlier in the season). I firmly believe that she was warning her of Spencer.

Attacks from “A” do happen to Spencer but not as much as the other girls. And when they do it is not as serious. She’s playing the part of a fake friend and a sociopath. She is present in every situation when it comes to “A” gauging everyone’s reactions. She is the first to think of a plan to lead the pack. She is also a computer whiz and has resources at her disposal.

Spencer is totally the main A.

I am kind of embarrassed at how much time I have spent thinking about this show. But, I really hope I am not alone. What do you think about PLL? Do you agree that Spencer is involved or do you think it could be one of the other girls? Could it be someone else in Rosewood? Let’s discuss!! 

Liebster Blog Award

The beautiful Lindsay at Never Say Never nominated me for a Liebster Blog. I cannot thank her enough for thinking of me.

The process of this award is to reveal seven random facts about myself, answer specific questions from the person I was nominated by, nominate eleven other fellow bloggers and ask them questions.

1. I love movies. I love movies so much I studied film in college. Chris and I go to the movies almost every weekend. My range of films are from awesomely bad, absolutely terrible, academy award winners, indie, and the classics. Seriously, one of my guilty pleasure favorites is Grease 2. On the flipside, I love Rear Window, Say Anything…, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and 500 Days of Summer. If Forrest Gump is on consider plans for that afternoon/evening canceled even though I own it on Blu Ray and DVD.

2. I don’t particularly enjoy surprises. It’s not that I assume every surprise is bad, it’s that I really have to know whats going on.

3. I’d rather eat side dishes than a main course. In college I used to go to the dining hall everyday for lunch and get mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and some sort of vegetable. Even on Thanksgiving I would much rather load up on green bean casserole and mashed potatoes than turkey.

4. I was a vegetarian for six months. Everyone in my circle of friends, including my boyfriend at the time, ate meat. This made it rather difficult to find suitable meal options while I explored this alternative. Once I started adding in dairy, eggs, and seafood it became increasingly hard to say no to other meats.

5. I used to be blonde. It was a bad hair year for me. P.S. Whoever said it looked good was a liar.

6. I am kind of obsessed with truly terrible television. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is my new favorite show. But, I also love Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, Rock of Love, anything ever shown on TLC, and Investigation Discovery (the entire channel).

7. I am a beast at board games. Specifically, Scrabble. Chris and I used to play each other all the time, but it is much more fun with friends. I have also been known to help people on the metro with their Scrabblegrams in the morning paper.

Questions from Lindsay: 
1. What is your favorite inspirational quote or motto? The song at the end of the Karate Kid. “You’re the best… around! Nothing’s gonna ever keep you down!” Seriously, when I’m hating life during a run this becomes my mantra.

2. What is the #1 played song on your ipod?

3. What’s your least favorite chore?
Putting my clothes away. Especially after doing laundry. Ugh.

4. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’d love to learn how to blow out my hair. Ahh that would be amazing.

5. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
You know, I’ve been asked this before, but I always just respond with Sarah. I really love my first name. Simple, pretty and classic. 

6. What story does your family always tell about you?
Actually, I don’t think there is one. At least nothing that comes to mind right away.

7. What was the first concert you ever went to?
You’re about to be jealous… but The All-That Music and More Festival with the headliners Monica and 98 Degrees. I was in fifth or sixth grade and it was magical.

8. Do you prefer summer or winter?
Winter. I hate being cold, but I can always layer. The summer heat makes me miserable.

9. How did you get in to blogging?
Funny enough, I’ve always had some sort of open forum to document my thoughts. From livejournal to tumblr and even a brief blogger account.

10. What is something you have always wanted to try?
Bungee jumping!

11. The best part of waking up is?
Breakfast. Love love love breakfast.

Nominations:
Laces and Love
Paint Speckled Pawprints
Sarah’s Scrumptious Samplings
Then There Was We
The Adventures of Sophia
Typically Late
Stride and Joy
See Sondra Slim

Okay, so I only got eight but I do enjoy all these blogs for one reason or another.

Now for the questions:
1. What is your favorite pair of shoes? Why? [Include a pic!]
2. If you could plan a trip to anywhere in the world, but only go to one destination, where would it be and why?
3. What is the most unique food you’ve ever tried? Would you eat it again?
4. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
5. What is your favorite board game?
6. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
7. If you had to listen to one album for the next year, which would you choose?
8. What is your favorite exercise?
9. What is the funniest pick up line someone has used on you? The cheesier the better.
10. If you could have a superpower which would you choose?
11. What’s your favorite movie? Why?

 

Twenty-Fourth Year

In a little less than three hours, I will be a quarter of a century old. To begin the celebration of a year older, let’s discuss what made my twenty-fourth year so special.

Twenty-four was a roller coaster. Between my fluctuating job situation and planning a wedding, I was all over the place. Emotionally, financially, and mentally.

For my birthday, I decided it was time to upgrade my ride. I had been driving a Dodge Neon and hated every moment of it. Shortly before turning 24, the battery decided to crap out and the minor fix was the excuse I needed to trade my wheels in. The new ride? A shiny, new Chevy Cruze.  Happy birthday to me!

During the Fall, I took advantage of every opportunity handed to me.

In October, Chris and I traveled to Europe. This marked my first time on an airplane and my first time out of the country. We spent time in Spain, France, and Italy.

I also went skydiving. (Sorry no pic of me falling through the air !)

I rode a mechanical bull in the middle of the street of Savannah.

During the winter, things calmed down for a bit. But once the weather warmed up life picked right back up again.

Spring brought on big changes.

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography

During the month of March, Chris and I moved in together, I started a new job, and I got married. It was a slightly chaotic month.

I went to Costa Rica in April where I saw sloths, toucans, and the Pacific ocean.

I also went to Sweet Life Festival.

In May, I met the band Fun.

And I went to my first professional baseball game.

The start of the summer in June was met with jam-packed weekends. First a trip to Pittsburg to see Girl Talk.

And then a ride in a hot air balloon.

And then Modest Mouse two nights in a row.

The first week in July, I ran my first 5K race. And I met my time goal.

I’d definitely say it was a BUSY year . Honestly, I enjoyed every moment of it. All of the uncertainty, all of the new experiences, and all of the blessings. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here is hoping that twenty-five will bring an equally amazing year.

How did you celebrate your twenty-fifth birthday? Was twenty-four a good year for you? What happened? What would you have changed? Let’s discuss! 

**I own the rights to all photos displayed in this entry. Please do not claim them as your own. If you want to share them or use them in any way, leave me a comment and we can discuss further.**

Weekend Craziness.

Friday night the Washington DC area was slammed with what meteorologists referred to as a “derecho”. To sum it up, a derecho is a crazy bad thunderstorm but with wind that isn’t a tornado or hurricane. Pretty much, the best thing ever… said no one ever. When the storm hit, I was in the middle of enjoying Magic Mike. And then the power went out. Sitting in a pitchblack theater wondering what would happen to my (second) love Channing Tatum without any knowledge that the sky was falling was kind of like being in hell. Then Jennifer and I decided that maybe we should drive home. After getting completely soaked on the way to the car, we slowly made it through pitchblack streets. Not our wisest decision. Yay Friday night!

Saturday morning, I woke up with the power still on. I am one of the lucky people. Phone, internet, lights, AC — all still working. I trekked over to the gym (thankfully had power too) to get in my long run for the week.

The pauses? Bathroom breaks. My stomach and I are frenemies. No shame in admitting that. I tried to walk to make myself feel better and as soon as I started running again, I literally had to run straight to the bathroom. Not my finest moment, but oh well. I still managed to get done what I needed to despite my body working against me. 6.03 miles in 78minutes with 823 calories burned.

Following the run, Chris and I met up with some friends for a barbecue and fireworks.

Chris loves to photobomb. And I might’ve had a few drinks by this point.

 

Sunday, I spent the day running around. Worked in another three miles followed by helping Jennifer move and then seeing another girlfriend and then going back to the theater to see what happened to Magic Mike. Not exactly the lazy day I had dreamed up in my head all week. C’est la vie. There is always next weekend, right?

I kind of feel like this weekend nothing went according to plan. Beginning with Magic Mike power outage followed by the no fun run and then Sunday’s lack of laziness. I was all over the place. Its not a bad thing, but I definitely don’t know how I continue to keep up with everything.

Here’s to looking forward to attempting to scale back my social life. Ha!

Anyone else experience the derecho? Hows the damage in your area? Any tips for how to make it through a long run without having to stop for a bathroom break (or multiple)? Did you hit the movies this weekend for Magic Mike!? What did you think? Let’s discuss!