30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 7

Day 7: Arya Stark from Game of Thrones

We only have 2 episodes left in season 5 of Game of Thrones and Arya Stark’s story is brewing! She started out so innocently. A young girl with a family and a father who loved her. Now she is on an epic path of revenge, one to rival Inigo Montoya himself!!

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I may not be on a path of revenge, but my hair means business!! And luckily, for me, winter is over in New York City!

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Valar Morghulis!!

It’s That Time Again…

Today is Ash Wednesday. Which mean the beginning of the Lenten season. For the past 2 years, I have given up the hardest thing for me to give up… Television. And I see no reason to stop this year. When I’ve given up TV in the past, I have found myself more focused, more motivated, more productive. Not only in my regular daily life, but in my spiritual life as well (which.. of course.. is the whole point!) Giving up something you love for someone you love is a bit of a no brainer. And that’s what Lent is for me. Giving up TV for the one who gave his life for mine? Ask me for something hard, why don’t ya.

It may not be particularly hard, but it won’t be a cake walk by any means. Especially when TV is so good these days. Here are 10 reasons that I will miss TV for the next 40 days…

#1 – Downton Abbey

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Oh Lady Grantham, I will miss you and your snappy one liners!

#2 – Arrow

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Umm…I forgot what I was talking about!

#3 – Flash

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Check out last Friday’s post (click here) about couples that I am shipping these days. #SnowBarry is definitely in there!

#4 – The Walking Dead

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This one is pretty self explanatory! Daryl must live! There is no other option for him!

#5 – Agent Carter

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This lady is kicking ass and taking names. She also got picked up for a second season, which is excellent news!!

#6 – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Shield has actually been on hiatus since the winter finale (which was a doozy.) But it is returning on March 3rd, which means I will miss out on the mid-season premier and will have to catch up on it first thing after Easter!!

#7 – Revenge

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If I believed in guilty pleasures, then I would definitely consider this one of them.

#8 – The Mindy Project

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Week to week this show has been getting more and more adorable. And with the big Mindy/ Danny baby news, it promises to be even more interested in the days to come.

#9 – Hart of Dixie

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Oh no… I forgot what I was talking about again!! Wonder why…

#10 – Netflix

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Aside from the regularly scheduled program of day to day TV watching, there are the many treasure troves available on Netflix. Re-watching Arrested Development. Starting a new show like House of Cards. Watching movies whenever I want to. All that is going to have to wait till after the celebration of the resurrection of Christ Jesus, Lord and Savior… otherwise knows as Easter, of course!

Until Easter hits, I’m going to be very careful where I look. Spoilers are everywhere.

5 Fandom Friday

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Fictional Couples I Ship

Yeah… I couldn’t just pick 5 couples. Because I don’t just watch 5 shows. And even if I did just watch 5 shows, there’s more that one couple per show sometimes. So I’m just gonna go ahead and pick as many as I want, breaking the 5 Fandom Friday rule, but it’s Valentine’s Eve/ Friday the 13th/ I-don’t-care-I’ll-do-what-I-want-day. But I think that The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick would approve!! Not only did I do a list of current couples that I’m shipping. I also went ahead and made a list of couples that I ship from shows that are no longer on the air. Click Here for that list (also couldn’t choose just 5 couples for that one either!) PS, spoilers ahead so tread lightly! You’ve been warned!

#1 – Brary from Downton Abbey

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As of right now on the show, this has not even been hinted at, but I know I’m not the only one who dreams of the day when Lady Mary and Tom Branson just join forces to become a serious Downton Abbey power couple. And I think the late Lady Sybil and the late Matthew Crawley would approve of this union. Plus Tom and Mary are equally better than the people they have individually been courting or been courted by!

#2 – Captain Swan from Once Upon a Time

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If anything happens to break Emma and Hook up, I will be boycotting Once Upon a Time. I have loved their story and they are such a great couple. She makes him a better man, he makes her a better woman. It’s everything a fictional relationship should be!!

#3 – Zade from Hart of Dixie

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In the same vein as the Emma/ Hook union, if anything happens to break apart Zoe Hart and Wade Kinsella I will be boycotting! I love them together. Incidentally, they also make each other better people and with a baby on the way, they are truly becoming a wonderful and inspiring couple to watch!

#4 – Raylicity from Arrowimage

All you Olicity shippers out there are going to hate my life, but I don’t dig Ollie and Felicity together. I liked him with Laurel, before she lost her edge! And I loved him with Sara, before she lost her life. But Felicity… I’m just not feeling it. But there’s something so delightful about the growing tension of Raylicity!! And I ship them so hard!! So, sorry my lovely Olicity shippers, but Raylicity all the way!!

#5 – SkyeWard from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Sure, he’s gone rogue and is working for the bad guys, but do we really believe that he’s gone bad? And do we really believe that his love for Skye can’t totally redeem him? We do not believe that! Not for one second. There is good in him… I can feel it!

 

#6 – Jemily from Revenge

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Ok.. Revenge is killing me on the Jack and Emily front. Why, why, why would she even consider a relationship with Ben when good old Jack has been biding his time. When he walked up that hill to Ben’s house and saw them kissing… NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! After all this time. Here’s hoping they get things together before the end of the series.

#7 – JessNick from New Girl

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Jess and Nick have certainly had their ups and downs. And I’m gonna go ahead and admit that I refused to watch their break up. REFUSED. Especially after THAT kiss and the fact that they belong together. They just do!! Sure, Ryan is adorable and a wonderful distraction till Nick gets his shiz together, but there is a serious expiration date on that relationship. And it’s because Nick and Jess belong together. They are like Ross and Rachel, like Toast and Butter, like Netflix and Mac and Cheese!! Meant…To…Be!

 

#8 – OutlawQueen from Once Upon a Time

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HEARTBREAK! That’s how I felt at the end of the winter finale of Once Upon a Time. Rumpbelle and OutlawQueen both took a hit this season. But I can’t believe that Regina and Robin have seen their last steamy kiss. Magical town barrier or not! Keep hope alive for this couple, because the powers that be over at ABC know what we want!!

 

#9 – FitzSimmons from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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They are literally called FitzSimmons on the show. They belong together. Their names make up the perfect shipper name. Did I flirt with the idea of Trip and Simmons? Sure. But all along I knew that Fitz belonged with Simmons and Simmons with Fitz, plus Trip is dead now (RIP) so there’s no chance f0r Trimmons.

 

#10 – Caryl from the Walking Dead

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This one is one that we have been waiting for for a long time! It’s been building and building and so far we only have cursory glances and that reunion that brought all Caryl shippers to tears! Why didn’t he kiss her then? WHY? I tell ya, AMC may just be the Kingpin of the will they won’t they at this point in the list.

 

#11 – Jacknye from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

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I take it back. Detective Inspector Jack Robinson and Miss Phryne Fisher hold the title for biggest onscreen teases!! Chances are you haven’t seen this one as it’s a show that airs in Australia, but thanks to the magic that is Netflix, you can catch up on the two current seasons available. Season three is currently in production. Do yourself a favor and get on team Jacknye right now!!! It’s completely worth it.

 

#12 – Snowborn from Game of Thrones

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This one may be a surprise for you. Seeing as they have had zero onscreen moments together. She’s off in Westeros raising dragons and conquering kingdoms. He’s over in Castle Black battling the impending doom of that winter that keeps on coming along with all the creepy threat of the White Walkers. But their paths are drawing closer together and the entire series is called A Song of Fire and Ice. Hello?? Fire-breathing dragons… huge wall of ice?? You do the math on that one.

 

#13 – SnowBarry from The Flash

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And last but not least we have SnowBarry. Now the relationships on The Flash are tricky. If we’re talking comic book canon, everyone knows that Barry marries Iris. But is that the direction that The CW is going to take? Will WestAllen ever get it together? Personally I don’t ship Iris and Barry (sorry WestAllen shippers!) I also don’t ship Caitlin and Firestorm, though I know that according to comic book canon Caitlin is destined for the dark side. But I still loved the episode, Crazy For You where they grew closer and flirted with the idea of SnowBarry.

Shipping a couple doesn’t always mean that they will end up together. Much like real love and emotions, it’s not always rational. But the heart wants what it wants!! And I apologize for nothing! Every ship has it’s place.

 

To talk more about the couples we ship on this Valentine’s Eve, come on over to Twitter @nerdinthecity tonight for my #NerdySlumberParty where we will be talking all about that four-letter word, Love. The party starts at 9pm EST and there will be giveaways and nerd talk. You do not wanna miss it!!

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The Best and Brightest: Captain America 2

I know Captain America 2 is old news by now, but I went to see it for a second time this week and realized I hadn’t blogged about it yet. So here goes…

Captain America is my very favorite Avenger. He represents the best in all of us. He is also the Avenger with the most honest and true heart. And Marvel is at it’s best when it displays an equal amount of action and heart (infused with a seriously epic soundtrack! Provided here by Henry Jackman.) Cap has friends in high and low places and knows just when to call on each. He may be in the dark about what’s going on in the big picture but he doesn’t let that stop him from making the best decisions with knowledge he does have. And when put to the test, Cap always comes out on the side of truth, justice and… you know the rest!

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Also, this was the first time I actually liked Black Widow for more than just her ability to kick serious ass. Scar-Jo generally comes off as slutty secretary (though a ass kicking one at that) to me, but when heroes go on the lam, there is a certain vulnerability that comes with it that was delightful to watch. Cap, Black Widow and Nick Fury all are “taken down” (we all know they’ll get back up again) by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the sinister efforts of Hydra. They are each confronted with the realities of a world without restraint. Without checks and balances. An agency that believes it can make preemptive decisions with no consequences. What happens when that agency is one you are working for. What happens when that agency is the very thing that saved you. Which side do you choose? Great concepts to explore and deeper than bad guy vs good guy!

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And don’t even get me started on Sebastian Stan!! His Winter Soldier presents the perfect dichotomy to offset Cap’s righteous do-good attitude. The Winter Soldier has also been told that he is fighting for the better side. He too has been lied to. Bucky Barnes is equal parts hard hitting assassin and tortured soldier just following orders. The best villains (in my opinion) are the ones that we wish we could save. The ones we still see that glimmer of good in. The ones who push that aside and end up becoming evil anyways. The Lex Luthors (Smallville style, just wants to be friends with Clark and know his secrets), the Loki’s (only wants to be loved and accepted by his father), the Darth Vaders (redemption comes when his son is put in mortal danger), The Walter White’s (trying to good for his family till he realizes he enjoys being bad and embraces it.) Villains with depth and with layers. And The Winter Soldier may as well be an onion. Cause layers… he’s got em!

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All the other players in the game brought it as well. Cobie Smulder’s Agent Maria Hill was back and in the thick of the secrets. Now that HIMYM has ended, there should be a place for her over at ABC on Agents of SHIELD, especially now that it is getting unmissable!! Because her character is a great addition to the Marvel Universe. And anytime you throw Emily VanCamp into the mix… you’ve made a good choice. She’s great at duplicity. Turn on Revenge and see just how good. VanCamp’s Sharon Carter is the niece of Cap’s first love, Peggy Carter. Can’t wait to see the progression of her character! Anthony Mackie’s Falcon is a great side kick for Cap. He stands on his own two feet and compliments Cap’s dynamic at the same time. He’s exactly what you want from a side kick. So much good to talk about. Robert Redford as the baddie at the helm of the Hydra revolution is pure logical evil and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nicholas J. Fury has never been better as the dead and revived secret keeping agent in charge of the good guys.

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Agent 13/Sharon Carter poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (So excited for another BAMF Marvel heroine - fingers-crossed that she's as amazing as her aunt, Peggy Carter.)

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Spoilers…

Let’s discuss the easter eggs they threw our way. Anyone else get super excited when they mentioned Steven Strange? Or how about the tag in the middle of the credits with “the twins.” A.k.a… Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. Epic!! Cannot wait to see them debuted in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

While other franchises lose power as they continue to beat the proverbial dead horse of sequel after sequel, Marvel just gets better with age. And I would put Captain America 2 at the top of the stand alone Avengers films. Only eclipsed by Avengers itself (cause dude… all Avengers are better than just one. But in Caps case… only by a little.)

What was I thinking?

So, I decided to give up TV for Lent this year. I know, I know. You’re wondering if I can even do it, given my deep and abiding love for my stories. And yes it’s really hard. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  is just getting good!!!

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SHIELD is finally poised to be all we want it to be and more!!! With the introduction of Bill Paxton’s character, John Garrett and of course the appearance of Thor’s Lady Sif, it is starting to explore a deeper relationship with the Cinematic universe that Marvel has carefully created. And I think the payoff is going to be epic!!!

2. The Walking Dead is nearing it’s season ending which usually means big shocks.

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The Walking Dead is one of my faves! It manages to shock, scare and warm my heart all in the span of an hour. A difficult feat, let me tell you. And as season 4 draws to a close you just know we’re in store for some seriously mind bending zombie thrills.

3. Game of Thrones is returning!

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Need I say anything else about the much anticipated return of Game of Thrones? If you don’t know why it’ll be hard not to watch, then you may have come to the wrong place.

4. How I Met Your Mother is ending.

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9 years of questions are about to be answered in the next few weeks. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think The Mother is perfect for our little Teddy Mosby. She is adorable and sweet and a little nerdy and loves a crossword. The anticipation of meeting her paid off in a big way and I have complete faith that the writers won’t let us go without tearing at our heart strings before all is said and done.

5. REVENGE

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Ok, I know this is not a particularly nerdy choice, but I freakin’ love this show!!! My friend forced the first 3 episodes on me a few months back and from then on I’ve been hooked. What plot will Emily cook up for the Graysons next? Who will get caught in the crossfire? Why is Jack the perfect human being??

6. Arrow is awesome.

OMG GUYS I AM HAVING A FANGIRL FEELS OVERLOAD WITH THIS NEW EPISODE I SCREAMED AT THE TV LIKE FIFTY TIMES TONIGHT AND I ALSO CRIED AND MY SHIP MY ACTUALLY BECOME REALISTIC AND SO MUCH SHIT HAPPENED ITS LIKE ALL MY FEELINGS HAVE BEEN THROWN ONTO A TRAMPOLINE AND I AM WATCHING THEM EXPLODE ON VIVID COLOURS AROUND ME HOLY SHIT GUYS THIS IS NO TIME FOR COMMAS!!!

Arrow has been turning up the heat week after week. From the introduction of Barry Allen’s The Flash to the developments in Roy’s character with his injection of the Mirakura and subsequent induction into the cool kids club! With a Flash spin-off in the works, this show is primed to be the perfect vehicle to premier other beloved members of The Justice League. (Just imagine if the new Fox pilot, Gotham, was going to air on the CW instead. The possibilities would be endless!) Regardless, this show does not disappoint.

7. This House of Cards obsession.

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I’m always on the lookout for a new show to dive into. And roughly 13 people have suggested I watch House of Cards. And now that I can’t… I really want to!!! Good thing it will be safely on Netflix waiting for my eyeballs after Easter!!

8. Frasier rewatch.

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Scratch your head in confusion if you need to, but I was deep into a Frasier marathon when Lent hit. Season 8 deep. I mean… Niles and Daphne had finally declared their love for each other after 7 agonizing seasons of Niles’ adorable puppy dog longing. I used to watch this show long ago at the feet of mom and dad, but never understood it back then. It’s so high brow, no 6 year old could possibly understand. But this show stands the test of time and is really, really funny. Sure, radio shows are becoming a thing of the past but this show isn’t. If you haven’t given up TV for Lent, try watching it. I dare you not to laugh. Or to fall a little in love with David Hyde Pierce. It can’t be done!!!

9. My funny bone needs tickling.

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I love comedies!!! Anything that makes me laugh is a good thing in my book. And these 4 comedies always get me going. New Girl, The Mindy Project, Modern Family and The Middle. Laughter is the best medicine and these shows are my doctors!!

10. Once Upon a Time just came back.

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Oh man. This one stings. Especially since the events leading up to the winter hiatus were so dang exciting and mystifying!!! And plus… The Wicked Witch is on her way. Which mean Oz!!!! Seriously. This show had a period of episodes that were pretty missable, until it wasn’t missable anymore. (If you watch, you know what I’m talking about.)

Let me just warn you, readers… spoilers will not be tolerated. I’m basically entering a TV-less bubble. And I’m going to have to work hard not to have one or all of these shows spoiled for me. So help me out!! Don’t spoil!!!!!

With so many compelling reasons to tune in, the obvious question is “why give it up?” Well the tiny little reason of Jesus Christ. If He can give up His life for me, then I can give up the many programs that zap my brain cells! And every time I think to myself… “OMG, I need to know what’s happening with Emily and Aiden.” or “What happens after Danny and Mindy kiss???? (brain explosion)” or “Is Roy Harper the Red Arrow?” … I’ll turn my eyes to heaven and remember why I have all the wonderful things I love about this life on earth. And that will be enough for me!!

Let me know if you’ve decided to give something up for Lent and if it’s TV, what shows are you missing???