Thursday Thoughts + Amazon Giveaway

It’s Thursday… already?! Not that I’m complaining (bring on the weekend), but I blinked and this entire week flew by. But I must admit, it’s been a pretty crazy one between work, and starting back up with classes (this is the last one I have for my graduate certificate program)! Plus, I was planning for a low-key weekend last weekend and ended up doing a lot of cleaning + furniture rearranging and spent a day at Disney, so I can’t wait for the weekend where no alarms are to be set!


I moved extremely quickly through my binge-watching of Gilmore Girls and finished all 7 seasons a few days ago. It’s been in my Netflix queue for a while but I figured with the sequel series coming out later this year I should probably watch them all in order since I’d just seen random episodes over the years. I hate how open-ended the series was considering after all the time invested I needed some closure, but I’m happy that we’ll find out what’s going on in the lives of the Gilmore girls soon! Oh, and if you’re wondering, I’m Team Jess! How about you?

Zetus-Lapedus! Is “Zoom/Supernova Girl” stuck in your head now? Yesterday news broke out that there’s a potentially Earth-like planet just outside of our solar system. Plans are being discussed to send some technology out there to scope things out, but it’s kind of crazy to think that there might be other life outside of Earth – or even our solar system!

I did a crazy thing a few weeks ago and woke up at the crack of dawn and got into the queue for tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the play in London. While spots were “randomly assigned” I somehow managed to snag spot ~4800, while I watched the number of the people behind me quickly shoot up to hundreds of thousands. INSANE. But luck was on my side because I managed to snag tickets! So, SURPRISE! Looks like I’ll be planning a trip back to London at the end of next year! While I haven’t thought any of that detail through yet (although I’m already starting to think about the bigger trip), I’m super excited that this is on the horizon. After all, London is my favorite place in the world and as you know, I love all things Harry Potter!

Have you heard about the insane price increase for EpiPens? Apparently in 2009 they cost $100 and now the price is $600! This isn’t the first pharmaceutical company to do a steep increase over the years, but on the surface it seems incredibly greedy for them to hike the price up so high for something that could could be a life/death situation for someone. The issue has already made its way to Congress and I have a feeling addressing this is something they’ll actually be able to agree on.

Did you know Britney Spears is releasing a new album on Friday?! This will be album #9 for her since she started her career in the 90s. I’ve only listened to snippets of a few songs on Glory but it seems like there will be several different musical styles used – I hope there are some good ones on there! Also in Britney Spears news, Lifetime confirmed that they’re producing a 2-hour biopic, Britney, to premiere next year. And yes, her split with Justin is one of her life events in the plot line.


Tell me, what’s running through your mind today?



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  • Too funny about Zenon…loved that movie as a kid! Cannot wait for Britney!! I also can’t wait for the weekend…busy weekend last week so I’m looking forward to a low key weekend before starting my core classes Monday!

    • On my Amazon wishlist is lots of goodies for our nursery and baby..due in December! :)

  • I love that you included Zenon! I used to be obsessed with when I was younger!!! Also Space Cases Team Jess. And I’m so excited for your next London trip!!! I’m dying to make it there one day<3 A couple of things on my Amazon wish list are 1) new lighting equipment! 2) the Doctor Who Christmas Specials giftset and 3) The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney!

    • SAME! I need to find it somewhere to watch again, it’s been too long! I’m curious how the love triangle will play out.. guess we’ll find out in a few months! I also can’t wait for you to visit London. It’s the best!!

  • Oh I’m Team Logan for sure! But I think she’ll end up with Jess in the new series. My top thing on my Amazon wish list would be a portable DVD player!

    • It looks like both of them will be in this new show, so should be interesting! I switched over to Logan for a bit but ultimately think Jess is the guy for her! A portable DVD player is such a great thing to have!

  • My Amazon wish list is full of BOOKS! :) Including the new Harry Potter, which my mom keeps reminding me can make it’s way to a Christmas list. haha!

    • Which ones are at the top of your list? I have a few on mine too but just haven’t had too much time to read lately! HP I had to get as soon as it was released though :)

  • I have been hearing so much about Gilmore Girls lately. Is the show that good!? Just binge watched Stranger Things (only 8 episodes) on Netflix and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen! Highly recommend on your next binge watch :)

    • I really liked it! It’s 7 seasons so you get pretty invested in the characters and their relationships, haha. I did watch Stranger Things! My boyfriend and I flew through it it was amazing! I can’t wait for S2 and hope it’s more than 8 eps!

  • megan

    I have a Roomba on my wishlist! It will probably remain a wish for a long time :).

    • I’ve been thinking about one of those too! It’s tough to keep up with all of the dog hair around here, lol.

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    Congrats on the Harry Potter tickets! My current lists on Amazon include pet accessories and items that may be included in future blog posts!

    • Thank you, I’m so excited! Any favorite pet accessories to suggest? I’m always looking for new things for my pup to try!

  • Yay for a new Britney album! I’m also excited for the new Johnnyswim album pre-order tomorrow. So much to look forward. We just need to get through today!

    • Ooh I’ll have to check that one out too! I hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • I heard Britney’s new song on the radio and I was like “is this Britney Spears?!” I used to love her back in the Nsync days but too overproduced now, in my opinion.

    • I know what you mean! The song on the radio has grown on me a little more but nothing compares to the old stuff! Plus, when I finally saw her in concert about 5 years ago it was just strange. I mean, she’s a mom now!

  • How cool that you’ll be going to London to see the Harry Potter play! Did you read the book?

    • I’m SO SO excited! I finished reading the book in one sitting the day it came out :)

  • Harry Potter in London will be amazing!! I have several things on my Amazon wishlist right now – thanks to a few more weddings this year and moving to a new home.

    • I can’t wait for it – the countdown’s already on even though it’s over a year away, haha. My Amazon wish list is always growing too :)

  • britney is coming out with a new album?! YES!! That is the best news I’ve heard in a while! And everything is on my amazon wishlist, literally everything :) happy almost friday!

    • Yep! I can’t wait to listen to more of the songs on it, although I wish some were like the 90s and 00s hits :)

  • A roomba is on my wishlist but immediately need to get NEW PUPPY FOOD. Its sitting in my cart till I get paid on the 31st, and then we get the pup on the 3rd!! Whoo!! (The dog in my profile pic is no longer with us… got hit by a car the 13th. So – a new puppy will hopefully mend our hearts a little).

    • I’ve been thinking about a roomba too! I need some assistance keeping up with the cleaning of dog hair :) So sorry to hear about your dog, Katy. Losing a pup is so heartbreaking. I hope having a new puppy around helps you!

      • Yep, that’s why I want one too!!! And thanks… this weekend!!!!

  • Paige Phillips

    My Amazon wish list—lokai bracelets for my students! Some of them have the bracelets and know the meaning behind them. I think a daily reminder to stay hopeful, calm, and balanced is great–and I would love to get some for students who cannot afford them!

    • That’s so wonderful, Paige! I love the Lokai bracelets, although mine broke so I’m pretty bummed about it :( Will have to look into getting a new one to replace it!

  • i can’t believe the epi pen price hike- insane! had no idea that britney was coming out with a new album, thanks for the heads up :)

    • Isn’t that nuts?! I can’t believe pricing on that stuff isn’t regulated more! I hope you like some of Britney’s new tunes!

  • Monique Nichole Jacques

    LOL I cant get over the ZENON link! Havent heard that song in forever!

    • The BEST, right?! I used to love the movie (and song)!

  • Lorrin Sell

    that’s crazy that epi pens have gone up that much! i had no idea!

    • Yeah! It seems like a lot of pharmaceutical companies are hiking up the prices big time over the past few years. I hope they figure something out to fight that!

  • The epi-pen price hike is simply unethical. The industry’s mission should be to save lives, not *just* making lots money.

    • You would think so! If I was any good at science that would certainly be my mission! They still make good money in the medical field at the original $100 price point!

  • I love Britney! Still dying to see her show in Vegas. Tickets to Harry Potter in London? Yes Plelase! I have a friend who just went to see that. Science is mind blogging when it comes to the unknown of what else may exist out there….so many possibilities.

    • Did your friend like the play? I can’t wait to see it! I saw Britney about 5 years ago – wish I was able to see her back in the day too!

  • Terryn Winfield

    Lol, sounds like you have been busy! That is so neat that you actually managed to grab HP tickets! I bet that will be a once in a lifetime experience.

    • So busy! Thankful for a tiny break this weekend :) I still can’t believe I managed to score tickets to the play either. Still a ways to go, but the countdown is on!!

  • Wow, you have been busy! I just heard that Sarah Jessica Parker stopped sponsoring the company that sells the epipens, because of the price hike. I think that’s very classy of her! I hope they lower the price. :-(

    • I had no idea she was involved with the company. Good to hear that she’s taking a stand though! I hope they’ll get the price lowered too. It’s so wrong!!

  • Sue Colerick

    I am in total disgust over the price of the EpiPen. I know way too many people that require the use of it and going from $100 to $600 is crazy. I hope there is another company in the wings that is developing something similar that they will market for under $100.

    • Right! It seems to be the thing to in the pharmaceutical world these days. Not cool :( Hopefully they’ll be able to straighten it out soon!

  • Alexis Prieto

    Now I’m singing Zoom….thanks….
    I’m disappointed in the price hike for Epipens…it’s not a want…it’s a NEED! People will die without them and many can’t afford the price.

    • Haha, but so many good memories from it, right?! I really hope they get the price back down ASAP for the epipens. Medical stuff is just getting more and more ridiculous!

  • I really feel like watching Zenon now!

    • Same! I hope they put it on Netflix or somewhere easily accessible soon!

  • Candy Kage

    Lucky you and getting those tickets. Keep celebrating friday is here.

    • I still can’t believe it! So excited though! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend :)

  • Francy Benton

    So jealous of your HP tix, not to mention a London trip! My Amazon wishlist is endless, but I guess one of the first things I’d get would be the stand mixer I’ve had on there forever!

    • I still can’t believe I pulled the trigger on it! But hey, you only live once! A stand mixer would be a great thing to pick up! I got mine a couple years ago and love it!

  • I love the Zenon reference! I actually just recently watched that movie for the first time in years! Man were they way off on what the future was going to look like. Anyways, something I’ve had on my amazon wishlist forever are all the books by Amanda Grace.

    • Thanks :) I need to track the movie down and rewatch, it’s been forever for me too! What kind of books does Amanda Grace write? I haven’t heard of her!

      • She writes YA “romance” novels, but they cover very hard subjects like rape, domestic abuse and underage sex. She’s a very talented writer!

  • Ahhh! So jealous that you got HP tickets! London is on my bucket list.

    Alix |

    • London is AMAZING! I’m so excited to plan another trip next year! I hope you get there soon, you’ll love it!

  • Iryna

    I can’t wait to see new Gilmore Girls sequel! Hopefully it will be a good one!

    • I hope so too! There are so many fans so the pressure is on!

  • Oh I’d love to see HP & Cursed child. The Zenon mention is making me want to watch them lol.

    • It’s crazy how fast it keeps selling out! Hopefully they’ll bring it to NYC broadway too, it’s tough that it’s only in London now! I want to go back and watch all the Zenon movies too – they were always my fave!

  • Ok, um, LOVE the Zenon reference. That movie was my life when I was a kid haha. Also, I had absolutely no idea Britney was releasing a new album, I’m so out of the loop but now I am SO excited haha.

    • Thanks, Hannah :) I was pretty obsessed with it too – esp this song, haha. I’m hoping there are some good hits on the new album! I haven’t had a chance to listen to most of it yet!

  • I’m Team Logan… *hides* I can’t help it. I love the episode where he saves the newspaper. “that’s how we do it at the Daily News!” *swoon* Can’t wait for the new episodes… but also slightly nervous if they are going to be good enough. ;)

    • Haha, I did switch to Team Logan for a little bit. I was pretty upset with Jess for screwing up so badly but then Logan irritated me a little too, so I kept flip flopping. Ultimately, I think Jess is the guy for her though! I hope the eps are good. The short teaser they showed seemed a little awkward.

  • Hahah I loved Zenon when I was younger and now I want to watch it again! I’m totally team Jess, too!

    • Me too! I’d be singing that song for days after watching, haha. I hope they put it on Netflix soon!

  • Love all these updates- agree about the Epi Pen (seriously WTF) and also yay about B-Spears!

    • It’s a crazy word we’re living in! And I’m hoping for some good tunes on the album!

  • What a great giveaway! And yes, I heard about the whole EpiPen situation — it’s nuts!

    • Thanks! Hopefully they can straighten it out quickly!

  • What I wanna know is why the heck EpiPens are so dang expensive?! Not cool.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • It’s crazy how much they raised the price! There needs to be better regulation, for sure!

  • Dia

    I love everything about this post Rachael. Thank you for the needed Disney channel throwback I am actually really excited for the Brittany album. The EpiPen thing is ridiculous. There is a less efficient way option out there but your doctor has to prescribe it exactly and most don’t be cause the epiepn is the go to and most people don’t know to ask for it.

    • Thanks, Dia! Disney throwbacks are my favorite :) And I hope they resolve the Epipen issue soon. I can’t imagine needing one for life/death and having to shell out that much money for it!

  • lyn21

    I would like to put my whole library on kindle

    • I haven’t made the switch to digital books really yet. Do you prefer the kindle over physical books?

  • Whoa! This is an awesome giveaway!
    And btw, Zenon is the best ;)

  • HS kraftmaking

    A Kindle is on my list.

    • I haven’t been able to make the switch to digital books yet. It would certainly save me a lot of bookshelf space though!

  • That’s insane about the EpiPens, especially when kids need to have an extra set at school in case something happens there. A lot of times they go unused and expire and then the parents still have to buy another one right away.

    • Isn’t it?! I hope they resolve it soon – that’s SO much money to shell out for them!

  • OMG YAY! I love that you finished Gilmore Girls. I really want to rewatch it! I can’t wait for the Netflix installments to come out.

    xx katie // a touch of teal