Meeting up with Friends! (Via Animal Crossing)

Even though we are all on lock down and are not able to see people in real life, there are lots of ways we can still talk and interact with people.

This past week I have been spending basically all my free time playing Animal Crossing and I’ve been able to spend lots of time with old friends and new.

I really love this aspect of Animal Crossing because it really helps fight the loneliness of being on lock down. I am thankful I am living with my boyfriend so I am not totally alone in this whole craziness but sometimes you need to talk to other people lol.

Please enjoy some cute screenshots of me and my friends living our best island lives in Animal Crossing. 🙂

Love Is Blind Season One Thoughts

So I just finished watching Love Is Blind. I began watching it with my friend Jasmine while I was in London last weekend and I needed to know how things ended up so I continued to watch.

As expected, it is kind of a trashy reality show. I don’t usually watch these and try to avoid them, like I don’t watch other dating shows like Love Island because everyone talks about them so much. But this one sounded kind of bizarre and so I had to watch.

I’m going to share my general thoughts on the show and then talk about the couples who we followed up until the wedding days.

First of all, I like the idea behind the show. I mean falling in love without actually seeing someone, it’s interesting. But to go the full way and decide you want to marry a person without even knowing what they look like is kind of crazy. Especially when you are making the decision within 10 days. Now I know that they spent way more time with each other than what we saw but it’s still wild. Proposing to someone through a wall lol the height of romance.

Second, I guess it’s not a bad set up. I mean Netflix pays for your wedding, a flat to live in up until the wedding and a whole ass trip to Mexico. Sign me up lol. I mean we knew Netflix had money because of all the shows they produce in general, but this one really got me.

That being said, everyone’s wedding was in that one venue, minus Mark and Jessica’s, and I would feel a bit cheated if we all got married in the same place…plus I think it’s also weird to have your bachelor and bachelorette parties together. Normally these are things you just do with close friends and family, but then I suppose it makes sense budget wise if everyone does it all together and is easier to film.

And finally, what happens to everyone else in the pods? I read that some other couples got engaged but they didn’t have the budget to accommodate them too, but it’s still weird how we never hear from them again. I mean we saw some of them featured and it’s just weird we don’t know what happened to them. I presumed a lot of them didn’t match with someone, but I think we at least deserve to know what happened to LC because she was a big part of that Barnett love triangle situation.

So now those general things are out of the way let’s talk about our couples!

Cameron and Lauren

These guys were basically perfect. I didn’t believe it at first when I saw all the memes about them but as the show went on I could see it. I think they should be the ‘poster couple’ for this show. You know, the success story they brag about to get people to sign up because things went so well for them.

Sure they had their ups and downs as they integrated into the real world, and hesitated about getting married but things seem to be going super well for them now. They are super cute and even have a dog together. The perfect couple.

If you didn’t walk away from the show shipping them then I don’t know what you are doing, they are great.

Diamond and Carlton

Their situation could have been handled a lot better. I think Carlton should have been up front about his past in the beginning.

I can understand why Diamond was hesitant about their relationship after that because it seemed like Carlton purposely kept something from her. And I think things would have ended better if they could have talked about the situation.

Sadly, things did not work out they way and they left things on pretty hostile terms. It was good to see they had made amends by the reunion though. I also wasn’t expecting them both to get so much hate from the whole situation. I mean neither of them handled it the best but I guess they just keep learning from it.

I just don’t think that they deserved any hate from it in general, but I suppose people love to hate on other people because they can.

Kenny and Kelly

It was kind of obvious they weren’t going to get married. And not only because I spoiled it for myself by seeing something saying they mutually agreed not to get married.

I mean Kelly kept saying herself she wasn’t sure about the physical part of the relationship and they hadn’t had sex. I mean it’s totally fine not to rush into sex with your partner but it seemed like she was just avoiding it because she wasn’t attracted to Kenny in that way.

I’m also surprised that they were able to go through with filming the wedding and everything even though they both knew they weren’t going to go through with it. It’s wild, and I know it was probably for the drama but it just doesn’t seem right at the same time.

I think if the physical connection had been there for them they would have made a really cute couple. Although it seems like Kenny is thriving in a new relationship according to the reunion so we love that.

Amber and Barnett

I wasn’t sure about this one, I guess just because Barnett seemed super unsure about any of his relationships in the beginning.

That being said I actually think they do make a good couple, they compliment each other well. Though Barnett is super laid back and Amber is super not haha.

It’s interesting because I definitely thought that Amber’s debt was going to be a big issue between them, especially since she didn’t even have a stable job. I think it was kind of sneaky she kept that from him in the pods but I guess they worked it out.

Also at the alter I wasn’t sure if Barnett was going to say yes, he seems super easygoing and like just goes with the flow but marriage is a big thing just to ‘go with the flow’ with haha. But they seem like they happy so that’s cool.

Jessica and Mark

This was a hot mess. Mainly because from the start Jessica was doubting the whole relationship. I mean she should not have said yes from the beginning. It looked like she just didn’t want to be alone after being rejected by Barnett and so settled on Mark.

Then, when they were out of the pods and Jessica saw Barnett in person, you could tell she wasn’t happy. Like I get that Mark is not her type physically and Barnett is but she just did not handle her feelings well. Getting drunk and falling all over Barnett while being engaged to someone else is not a good look sweetie.

I think when Jessica watched herself back she also knew this. I just think it is wild it happened to begin with.

All the while, I felt bad for Mark who really wanted the whole thing to work. I mean I know he said there’s no hard feelings and they were open and honest with each other the whole time but it was still very messy.

I knew when it came to their wedding that Jessica was going to say no. I’m glad she made that decision because she was never going to be fully happy with Mark. Especially when she made every excuse not to be with him and even admitted she wasn’t there with the physical connection. I just think they should have called it quits earlier.

Giannina and Damian

I almost forgot but I knew I was missing a couple!

I was for sure thinking these two would have called it off sooner than they did. I mean it kind of seemed like they were constantly fighting about nothing. It felt like Giannina was constantly testing Damian in a kind of ‘if you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best’ kind of way. And it could have also been a lot of self-sabotage.

I give him props for being so sensible and level headed the whole time because it easily could have turned into them just yelling at each other all the time.

It’s also interesting that Giannina said yes at the wedding because I thought if anyone was going to say no it would have been her. But I think Damian thought rationally about it and he did the right thing.

Though now the two are back together and dating and I think it’s going well. I didn’t know if they would get back together after everything but I suppose something must be working for them. I guess now that they aren’t feeling the pressure to be married, it’s a lot easier for them to take things at their own pace. Plus they don’t have to live together anymore and maybe they need some space sometimes haha.

And so those were all my thoughts about Love is Blind. No one asked for them but I’m sharing them anyway because that’s what the internet is all about.

Will I continue to watch the show? I don’t know. I mean this season was kind of wild but at the same time not wild enough to keep me wanting to watch all the time. It’s kind of exhausting to watch five weddings in a row to be honest.

But I guess we see, I mean with the rate filming for things is being suspended right now who even knows when we will be getting a new season.

In the meantime I think it’s time for me to return to One Tree Hill. Might as well take advantage of being home before Animal Crossing comes out, not that I leave my house much in day to day life anyway haha.

~ Courtney x

Gossip Girl – Psycho Killer by Cecily Von Ziegesar Review

Surprise, you thought I was done with the Gossip Girl reviews, well here is one more. This really will be the last one though I promise haha.

As soon as I found out this was a thing I wanted to read it. Like Gossip Girl but everyone is a serial killer? Sign me up.

This book is basically the first Gossip Girl rewritten as everyone is fighting to stay alive, as it seems everyone on the Upper East Side is dropping like a fly at the hands of our two favourite It Girls.

I really loved everything about this to be honest, I mean I think sometimes they tried too hard to fit in references to killers or blood or something gory whereas before it would reference fashion or glamour. But it was still an interesting take on the story.

I also love that this isn’t even fanfiction, this is just written by the author herself. What a queen.

My favourite thing is probably that Serena randomly took a notion to start killing people because they reminded her of Nate, and Blair, finding out Serena was a murderer decided that she too should murder people. Like it is a trend of some kind, crazy but also amazing.

So the story goes that Serena comes back into town, set on killing Nate because she realises that he is the one who has always gotten in the way of her friendship with Blair. And for them to be the bestest of friends it makes sense to kill the only thing standing between them.

Quickly though she realises that is a dumb idea, and then becomes jealous of Blair and her life once she finds out B is no longer interested in being her friend. So naturally it is time for Blair to die.

Meanwhile on the other side of things, B has decided that Serena must die because she thinks S is the one that ruined their friendship, and she was sick of seeing S be the center of attention with those adverts all over town with her.

So it is war.

Along the way, there are a lot of casualities. Although S may actually be the only one who isn’t killing just because. I mean most people in the Upper East Side were only killed by S because they knew more than they should have, for example Katy and Isobel who saw her sleeping with Nate, or that girl who saw Serena kill her brother (the girl’s not Serena’s). I mean she was only trying to protect herself…

Then there is Blair who is chaotic and will off anyone who even looks at her funny. I mean I can’t imagine seeing her just slicing a girl’s head off because she reminded her of Serena, but why not?

All the while none of them are getting caught, even by security cameras or witnesses as some of the murders happen in broad daylight, but I guess when you are rich and your family hates a scandal, it all gets swiped under the carpet.

Meanwhile there is Nate, who doesn’t kill anyone, but is pretty sure he has seen Blair do it, but he could have just been super high and tripping. So you never really know with him. Honestly he is not a big part of the book anymore when I think about it considering instead of trying to kill him, his two best girls are focused on killing each other lol.

Then there is Little J who is still in love with Serena, even if she is a serial killer, J thinks that’s a cool thing to be. Jenny also enjoys eating raw meat and there is less focus on her enormous chest this time around so yay for that?

Dan is still the same tortured poet, although this time he only writes haikus and also fantasizes about killing himself on a regular basis. What a mood. Also his poems are not as terrible as they were in original book? So that’s good haha.

Then Vanessa is making a film and is loving coming across all these dead bodies because it makes great footage for her. So that’s fun, I love that she isn’t questioning anything and just going with it.

Things come to a head at a brunch where Serena and Blair are fighting to the death basically, which I enjoy because we love a good girl smack down, especially when one of them ends up with a knife in their back. Literally.

I knew that neither B or S were going to really die because it would seem weird if it happened. Like where would we even go from there?

I also do feel that the story kind of lost its way towards the end, I know it was following the storyline of the first book for the most part but at some point you gotta know that when killing off all these people, the story was going to change. So while things ended at the Kiss Me or Die party I would have been okay if it ended differently.

Like I felt the book was destined to take a different direction towards the middle but it worked too hard to fit back into the confines of the original story at the end.

So things ended at the Kiss Me or Die party. Nate confessed he wanted to be with Blair, and only Blair. She seemed to accept this, B and S saw each other from across the room and drew their weapons but only for a second and decided against a killing spree in the middle of a party. So I guess it was a truce.

Dan and Serena find Jenny trapped in the bathroom with Chuck as they did before. Only this time, Chuck does not get away so easily, as Jenny, Dan and Serena take their turns inflicting pain on Chuck until he dies. And then they ride off into the night.

And that is where we leave our Upper East Siders, for good this time. I mean I’ll probably continue to binge the TV show from time to time but as for book reviews and blog posts this is it.

It has been a wild ride but I have enjoyed it a lot, and I’m glad I kept this one until last because it was something fun to end it.

So until next time,

You know you love me,

~ Courtney x

One Tree Hill Season 4 Thoughts

Another season of One Tree Hill completed.

Again, I started watching this season immediately after I finished season 3 and then stopped for like a month and then I was off sick yesterday and binge-watched the second half of the season haha

So this was all about everyone’s senior year and it was a wild one:

  • So Rachel lied about being pregnant. Wow. Shocker. No wonder Cooper left town.
  • Brooke is actually pregnant? But is refusing to tell Lucas. Lol everyone is gonna find out before he does. Classic.
  • Peyton’s new “brother” is actually her stalker. I sensed it by how he asked for that picture on her wall. Just because he’s blonde doesn’t mean he can be trusted wtf this is creepy.
  • Dan is driven to insanity by his guilt over Keith. Is he gonna kill himself?
  • Meanwhile Deb is over here relapsed and has a gun to protect herself. Yikes
  • Nathan thinks he saw Keith in the river? Hmmm wonder what this brings
  • Oh my God Rachel doesn’t seriously think she can get with Nathan does she? Lol plz Nathan be a good guy and don’t cheat on your wife. Like I don’t think he ever would but I’m still sketchy about it…I need good things for Naley. Yep I’m finally accepting the ship
  • I am not even surprised Haley is pregnant, in an earlier episode she was wearing this shirt and her boobs looked clearly bigger lol I knew something was up
  • Thank God Lucas has caught onto this freak omg someone please save Peyton from this guy
  • Seeing Dan try to be a good guy is not gonna last but it’s cute he’s trying
  • Good to see Rachel backing off now she knows Haley is pregnant – she’s not a total bitch
  • Speaking of which can someone control Deb? She’s annoying af when she’s back on pills
  • Brooke and that teacher guy for real? I expected him to be sensible
  • Okay well the teacher thing didn’t last long and seemed like a really terrible throwaway plot and an excuse for Brooke to try again with Lucas? Not a fan
  • Mouth and Gigi are cute! I hope this continues, I also hope he warms up to her
  • Nathan was way too niave to trust those guys and take their money. It was predictable for them to not back off after they said they would. I wonder how he will get out of this since even Dan doesn’t seem to be able to stop them lol
  • Also what is the deal with Dan? Like sure he being nice to Karen and all but is it genuine? I don’t need her getting hurt again after Keith and stuff. So she better be safe
  • It was nice of him to get Tric back though
  • I wonder what’s next for Deb and her druggie ways, she spiralled fast with the faking prescription thing…
  • Also what is going on with Rachel? Are you trying to make us like her or hate her? I thought she was lying about the teacher thing too, and now she’s failing school so should we feel bad for her? Or is there some ulterior motive to her getting Haley to tutor her? I guess we wait and see but I don’t think she’s really changed much
  • Peyton’s actual brother seems nice, it’s a shame he couldn’t stick around for her
  • Also I see Nathan has forgotten about the Keith thing because he’s got other things going on. Lame. I thought it was gonna be a dramatic reveal or something that he didn’t die, even though that’s unlikely because everyone probably saw him shot dead…still it would’ve made a great plot twist
  • We love Karen dropping Deb off to rehab what a friend
  • I knew it was someone else’s turn to almost die – Haley :/ we knew Nathan and that guy was gonna be trouble…
  • Also Lucas almost dying again guys seriously this is so rude. I knew he should have taken his heart medication. Stupid boy
  • Love that Lucas suddenly has this whole thing with Keith when he almost dies and Keith is over here like “Dan killed me mate” as if Lucas had all this come to him in a dream while he was almost dead. Sure Jan
  • Deb really needs to get her life together. Like damn the whole suicide thing and everything…work the program sis
  • Alright seriously MOUTH DESERVES BETTER – Miss Clean Teen DOES NOT deserve him. Sleeping with him and running away. He does not deserve this
  • Peyton and Lucas are so cute its sickening
  • I’m glad Haley and her baby are okay we need good things for their family
  • Dan needs to learn his place is not as Keith’s replacement. Move on man
  • So turns out Rachel really is a good friend which is cute but I guess she’s a little late with it. Still I can appreciate she cares for Brooke
  • It was kind of awesome to see Haley bitch slap her though
  • Also love that Bevin turns around and is like “I’m not stupid I just let you divas have your way” what a queen
  • Plus I loved seeing Mouth, Nathan and Skillz do their stripper dance. Get it bois
  • BROOKE AND NATHAN HAD A SEX TAPE I AM SHOOK
  • Side note: the fact that Peyton ran to turn off the video also show she has a sex tape with Nathan? What a player
  • Of course Peyton’s creepy stalker comes back
  • And generally prom goes awry because why not?
  • I’m so glad that Brooke was there for Peyton, it shows Lucas is not the only one who can be a hero but also girl power
  • I love the road trip everyone took to save Mouth, he is loved and it’s cute. Sucks that Rachel just vanished but at least she was a good friend to Mouth and Brooke, although maybe not the best for Mouth after she just abandoned him to hit on other guys
  • Also interesting how fast the whole Clean Teen thing fell apart, even Chase that new guy isn’t a part of it anymore
  • I’m sad that Lucas is made out to be a crazy person and that Dan has won over Karen – this is not cute but also Lucas better not do anything stupid with that gun
  • Of course Lucas did something stupid he is acting kind of crazy
  • I am so proud of the man that Nathan is turning into, confessing to his mistakes with the point shaving and everything
  • I have to say it but I’m like so happy about the cute family that Haley and Nathan are turning out to have, though if this is the amount of drama they have in high school I can’t even imagine how after high school is going to go
  • I was waiting for Haley to go into labour at an inappropriate time and in the middle of her Valedictorian speech sounds about right lol
  • Wow they really needed some kind of trigger warning on the finale episode because of Dan’s suicide attempt. Like they had a whole warning about a school shooting and not this…yikes
  • Honestly, Dan’s whole demise was actually super sad, like he deserved to go to jail and turn himself in but like…I don’t know something about the suicide attempt and everything, it really hit deep
  • Also glad Karen is okay but that cheesy scene with Keith was terrible
  • I loved that Brooke and Rachel got to graduate in the end
  • Also Bevin not telling her parents Skillz was black and Skillz not telling his parents that Bevin was white is hilarious but we love that it worked out
  • I was feeling super sentimental with everyone at their last high school party honestly and like if the show was gonna end there it would have been a really good ending…

I gotta say this season was good one, and an enjoyable one. The last few episodes especially were wild but I love when there’s a lot of drama because why else watch the show?

Honestly everyone is super cute and like I said if the show ended there I think that would have been okay for me. Obviously it did not because we have five seasons to go but I wonder where we go from here?

My guess is that as amazing as Brooke and Chase are that’s not gonna be forever, I wonder if Lucas and Peyton will survive the long summer apart? And Haley and Nathan are stepping into parenthood which is definitely going to be a wild ride. It’ll be interesting to see how everyone copes.

I also really hope that as the show goes on that Mouth is still going to be a part of it because he is a big character to me, although he is not part of the main cast I enjoy him a lot so if they could keep him around I would definitely appreciate it.

But yeah, overall excited to see where we go from here now that everyone is done with high school. So you know I’m going to be getting straight to it, at least for the first few episodes and then I will leave it again for ages haha, but I am determined to get through this TV show.

~ Courtney x

Weightless by Sarah Bannan Review

I bought this book like 5 years ago I’m pretty sure. It has sat on my bookshelf for that long. It sounded like my kind of thing, you know high school drama, I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it and so finally I did.

It definitely was not what I was expecting. This book is all about the life of Carolyn Lessing, a girl who moved to a small town in Alabama but the point of view is not Carolyn’s.

The style is something that I’ve never read before. It was first person plural, and so the point of view of high school girls. Girls who weren’t super popular but wanted to be, people who saw Carolyn live her life and were secretly jealous. Spectators to what was going on around them but never interfered.

I have to say I kind of clocked what happened pretty quick. High school new girl, bullied and eventually commits suicide…

Definitely a new take on it though, with you feeling like you were one of those girls who just watched Carolyn get bullied, stood at the side lines and did nothing. It kind of brings me back to when I was at school, these things happen. We all just watch, we are all trying to be involved in everyone’s lives but when it really comes down to it, that’s all we do. When we see things happening we don’t intervene because we feel like it’s not our place, and then something happens and maybe we think it was our place to speak up.

The book probably would have made a bigger impact on me if I had actually read it 5 years ago, but I feel like after 13 Reasons Why on Netflix and everything this message has pretty much been drilled into me and stayed with me. Our actions have consequences, even if it’s no action at all.

I gotta say the book started to feel a little Lifetime movie to me towards the end, the whole aftermath of Carolyn’s passing, the media coverage, them arresting and trying to press charges against the bullies. Things I’ve definitely seen in a Lifetime movie about bullying before.

Still an interesting read, took a while to get used to the first person plural though. I also thought that maybe it dragged just a little, I think I would have preferred a little bit more time spent on the aftermath.

But now the book is done and I hope to never leave another book on my bookshelf unread for 5 years again lol.

~ Courtney x