The Best Things I Brought To England

Oh my goodness that was such a fun trip! I just got back from spending a week in England with my family and it was just so wonderful. A 6 hour time difference is no joke and we were all a little bit tired for the entire trip, but we still managed to see a TON of great things and eat some food (England is not known for its food… we know that now…) and enjoy time together.

I plan on doing some more specific posts coming up soon to share what specifically we did and where we went, but for now I wanted to share some of the best things I brought on my trip, what I could have left at home, and what I wish I would have brought.

The Best Things I Brought:

Bobby Pins || Seems like something silly, but I am SO glad that I brought bobby pins with me! I wore my hair down every day, but I pinned the front of my hair back so I wasn’t constantly brushing hair out of my eyes while walking around.

Walking Shoes || I probably would have been fine with booties or flats, but I’m really glad that I brought extremely comfortable walking shoes (specifically, I brought a pair of New Balance casual sneakers). We just did so much walking, and my feet still got a little bit sore, but I know these helped out a lot.

Sleep Mask || Blocking out light was so helpful on the plane. The cabin was pretty dark, but people had their screens on to watch movies and it got pretty bright.

Portable Charger || THIS WAS THE BEST THING I BROUGHT FOR SURE! The one I got off Amazon was seriously so great. It kept all of our devices charged all day, which was essential since we were using our phones to navigate the streets, call up an Uber, sending snapchats, etc.

Hand Sanitizer || This was a no brainer, but I’m also glad I brought it. Traveling is very dirty and disgusting. And we ate a lot. This helped.

Things I Didn’t Need to Bring

Rain Boots || If it would have rained a lot, then these would have been great! But it rained for about 20 minutes of our trip (seriously how did we luck out like that?!?) So I really didn’t need to have these taking up space and weight in my suitcase.

So Many Clothes || We had the opportunity to use a washing machine on our trip (at our Air BnB) so I could have brought half the amount of clothes that I did and just done laundry one night.

So Many Snacks || I definitely overdid it with the snacks. I brought some Cheez-Its, some cashews, some candy for the plane, some peanut butter crackers thinking that I would want snacks and my family would want snacks, too. I ate the candy, 1 pack of cashews, and 1 pack of peanut butter crackers. At least now I have snacks ready to go at home!

What I Should Have Brought

Eye Drops || I probably didn’t actually need to bring these, but my eyes did feel pretty dry and tired and I bet eye drops would have helped.

I feel like I packed pretty well, overall! There really wasn’t a lot that I forgot to pack, but there was obviously quite a lot I didn’t need to bring with me. (But I’d rather have over prepared than forgot all the essentials, right?) I’m really glad that we went, and I’m also really glad that I’m home. I can’t wait to share more about our trip later!

More Podcasts I’m Loving!

Happy weekend to you! Hopefully when this gets posted I will be sleeping soundly, because I will have just gotten back from my big trip to England about, oh… 7 hours ago. I haven’t been in a jet lag situation since I was 6, so I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to feel like. But I’m just glad that we booked the trip so that we got home late Friday night and then have an entire weekend to recuperate and get back on schedule for the next week. Hopefully my sleep schedule isn’t too crazy this weekend!

One thing I did before I left for England last week was to download a few episodes of my favorite podcasts to listen to. (I use the Stitcher app for my Android phone – I highly recommend it!!) I love love love me some podcasts, and wanted to have a few options to listen to in case I got tired of reading on the plane. I’ve listened to a LOT of different ones over the years, and I’ve found a few that I hate, a few that I tolerate, and a few that I absolutely love. I’ve listened to a few new ones recently and wanted to share the ones I have been enjoying! Let me know if you’ve listened to any of these before or if you have a favorite I should check out!

The Fates of Rory’s Boyfriends – Revisited

Before the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls (A Year In The Life) came out, I wrote a post where I speculated the fats of Rory’s boyfriends. Shockingly, it was titled The Fates of Rory’s Boyfriends. I know. I’m so original. I thought that since now A Year In The Life is out, I should revisit the post and see if my predictions were correct!

Now, some of the boys that I speculated about weren’t featured in AYITL, so we can just assume that I am 100% right about them, right? Good, glad that we all agree, and I’ll just skip over those guys. As for the others that were included, I think I wasn’t that far off!

Dean – Oh Dean. Your future is not so bright. After breaking up with Rory for a third time (outside of Richard and Emily’s male Yale party, remember?), life was not kind to Dean. It wasn’t bad, just not awesome. He stuck around Stars Hallow for a little while (still living at his parent’s house and all) but he finally moved to the neighboring town of Woodbridge, where there seemed to be more opportunities for a young person who is kind of good at carpentry. He got super into Crossfit and has a man bun right now. He tried to rekindle things with Lindsay after a few years had gone by, and they were together for about 8 months, but she broke it off again when she realized he would never truly be over Rory. He is currently still single, but has “dated” every girl in his Crossfit box at least once. Revisited: So I wasn’t completely right about Dean… Although my guess could have totally happened, we don’t know! I was happy to see that he was happily married with kids, though.

Jess – I say yes to the Jess! (Gilmore Guys reference there, for any other Gillies reading!) Jess lived in Philadelphia for a while, working for the small publishing group and continuing to write in his spare time. He has published a book of essays and a full-length novel, which became marginally popular and is currently being made into a movie. Jess eventually moved to New York City where one of his essays is being produced into a play (it’s off off Broadway- don’t worry, Jess did not sell out.) He sees Rory from time to time when she is in the city, and they always enjoy catching up as old friends. Revisited: I was partially correct when it came to Jess! He became successful (in that he isn’t homeless) and has matured, and it was made pretty clear that he and Rory kept in touch every now and then over the years. One thing did become very clear in the revival tho… Jess is WAY too good for Rory! Go get someone better!

Logan – Logan won’t let a break up get him down! He did go to California like he planned, and had a fun time while there. He sold back the engagement ring and used that money to pay for a weekend in Vegas with Colin and Finn to drown his sorrows celebrate being a bachelor. He is rising in the ranks at his job and has merged his company with his family’s making himself a business tycoon. He has been engaged once, but called off the wedding when he realized that his bride-to-be was more interested in his family money than him. He is currently dating someone but has no desire to settle down for a while. He keeps an eye out on Rory’s career (from a distance) and had someone offer her a job at one of his family papers in NYC. Revisited: So I was kind of right here… Logan is still kinda slimy and is obviously doing well in his professional life. Clearly he is not ready to settle down (even though he is engaged) since he is cheating on his fiance with Rory. Boo.


Doyle – While Doyle and Rory weren’t actually interested in each other, he did awkwardly kiss her that one time and that means he gets added to this list. Doyle did follow Paris to her grad program and followed her again when it was time for her residency. They got married and Doyle likes to joke about that drunken kiss whenever Rory comes to visit them and their kids. (Paris does not like those jokes, tbh). Revisited: Doyle and Paris DID get married!!! But now Doyle and Paris are splitting up. Womp womp. I really like to think that they figure out a way to stay together, because Paris and Doyle are the best!

Tristan – Military school was very good for Tristan. He shaped up and began to see the potential in him that Rory always knew was there. He went to college at Dartmouth and kept waiting for Rory to join Facebook so that he could send her a friend request. He finally tracked her down and sent a quick note to say thanks for believing in him, which she thought was very nice. Tristan got a job at his father’s company, lives in Connecticut, and married a nice society girl who is also in the DAR. He ran into Rory once when she was back in Hartford visiting her family and they said they would keep in touch. She gets a Christmas card from Tristan’s family every year, but that’s about it. Revisited: So we didn’t actually get to hear from Tristan, and we didn’t even see the REAL Tristan (lame actor stand-in….psh) but the fact that he came back for the alumni day at Chilton means that he probably lives close by, so I’ll assume I’m right about him.

Robert (Logan’s friend that took Rory to the Quentin Tarantino theme party) – Robert thought all of his dreams were going to come true. His parents died early (sad for them, but Robert was always kind of awful and didn’t mind) and left him all of their money, which he then blew through within 2 years on vacations and building a giant mansion. He now shares this giant mansion with 42 roommates just to pay the bills. Revisited: We actually see him again! We see that he is still just as ridiculous as ever. If he hasn’t blown through all his money yet, then he will soon if he keeps being crazy with the Life and Death Brigade boys.

So while I didn’t get everything right, I didn’t get everything totally wrong, either! I like the way the characters turned out on A Year In The Life, but I also like the fake lives I gave them, too.


London Calling: My Airplane Playlist

Whenever I travel by air, I have a very specific routine that I follow each and every time. After I go through TSA and find my gate, I get a drink and a snack to enjoy while I wait for my flight to board. (I get to the airport pretty early just in case TSA is crazy, so I usually have a good chunk of time to sit and wait for my plane to arrive.) Once I have my Starbucks drink and my cheez-its, I sit at my gate, get out my book, and start up my travel playlist.

Sometimes I will just listen to whatever playlist I have going at the time, but I really like to create a playlist specifically for traveling. Really I use the music to block out other noises while I read. That sounds kind of silly, I know, but I’d rather hear my music in the background instead of people coughing or children whining, you know? So when I make a playlist for reading/traveling, I want to make sure it’s songs I already know and won’t feel obligated to stop and listen to, but songs that I like enough that if I do stop reading to just listen to music for a while, I won’t hate my life. I also want to make sure the songs are upbeat enough to keep me subconsciously energized, but not too crazy loud that I can’t concentrate or get woken up if I drift off to sleep. It’s a delicate process that I spend way too much time thinking about.

For this trip, I thought it would be fun to make a playlist with artists and songs I like that came from England, since that’s where I was going! I put a bunch of stuff on there (lots of Keane, Adele, and Ed Sheeran, for sure!) plus the scores from a few Harry Potter movies, just in case I wanted some wordless music to relax with. I’ll put this baby on shuffle and hope to get some good reading done!

What’s In My Carry-On (for an International Flight)

The last time I took an international flight (before this trip), I was 6 and my mom packed my bags for me. This time, now that I’m 29 and can pack my own bags, I was seriously stressing about what I should bring on the plane! What would I need? What should I keep in my checked bag instead? The flight to England is a red-eye, so I needed to make sure I packed things that were good for trying to sleep on a plane. The flight back to the states is during the day, so I needed to pack things that would keep me comfy and occupied. Here’s what I came up with- hopefully I didn’t forget anything important!

Sleeping mask
Ear plugs (a MUST on a red-eye flight)
Hand sanitizer (airplanes = germs = gross)
Blanket scarf (use for warmth AND fashion!)
Under eye moisturizing pads (some people swear by these – use right before landing!)
Water bottle (airplanes always make me thirsty)
Compression socks (again, some people say these make all the difference!)
Neck pillow
A bag to put it all in
Book to read (this one takes place in England, so it’s appropriate to read on my trip!)
Glasses (and the case!)
Portable charger
Airborne (don’t want to get sick on my big trip!)

Obviously there are other things I’m bringing in my carry-on that didn’t get mentioned, like my cell phone, cell phone charger, earbuds, wallet, and passport. I definitely didn’t want to forget those, either!

Have you been on a long international flight? What was the best thing you brought? What did you think you’d need, but actually didn’t?