Small Screen Soapbox No. 2…

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Ahhhhh….Supernatural. I will openly admit I started watching this show solely for those two beautiful faces you see above. But then, when I it premiered all of those years ago (2005), I was actually digging the acting talent as well. I was more familiar with Jensen Ackles than I was Jared Padalecki, but now, they are the Winchesters. There is no Dean without Sam, and no Sam without Dean.

Through all of the years in watching this show, I’ve always loved the bond they have as brothers. Sans the supernatural aspect of it, they act as real brothers would. They laugh, they fight, they cry… they’re human. Which I think is a fantastic realistic addition. It would only make sense since the premise/motto is:

Saving people, hunting things- The Family Business”

The family business. Hunting demons and sounding crazy to people whilst doing it. Would you think someone is crazy if you yourself had been experiencing strange things, and two good looking men came to your door as someone from the FBI, or any other law enforcement, to inform you of said entity/ghost/demon, etc? I may have poisoned my brain over the years from watching quite a few “unrealistic” shows, because besides the good looks, I would absolutely believe in the “supernatural”. I only speak for myself here, though…

Okay! Moving past that, there is a third main character in the show-although it is an inanimate object. Dean’s baby, which is his 1967 Chevy Impala.

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This car has played some of the best classic rock, taken them on-by now-tens of hundreds of road trips, and has witnessed many deep “bro” talks. It plays as central a part of the show as the brothers do. It’s a beautiful car. Just look at it and sigh with me… *sigh*.

Now, don’t get me wrong. We are on Season 10 of watching the Winchesters on the CW, and as much as I love the show, there have been some questionable seasons where things seemed to be all over the map. I wasn’t sure I could jump on board with some story lines (evil angels, good demons, Satan possessing people willy nilly, God doing the same thing, etc.), especially because they were central themes to some degree, but, they always reeled me back in. For this, I will give credit where credit is due. The writing team for this show is extremely talented. To write this many episodes, for this many seasons, and still have die hard fans? That is a huge accomplishment in my eyes…

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On to the Characters…  What a long list it is we’ve seen come and go. With the nature of the business and what the show is about, there have been some fan favorites with recurring roles, and fan favorites that have completely met their demise. I’m still teary eyed about one in particular, but, I will post no spoilers here! For any who watch the show, I’m fairly confident that with three guesses, you could figure out to whom I refer…However, we do have our long lasting, unfiltered, angel with a soft spot for the Winchesters, who goes by the name, Castiel, aka, Cass.

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Just look at those smiling faces :) I read somewhere that his role (Misha Collins) was only supposed to be a small number of episodes, but we fans took to him and he’s still going strong! He has had quite a journey with Sam and Dean as well. All in good fun, right?

Most of the show comes from a dark (obvi) place, with mostly bad things happening. But, what i think keeps fans holding on tight (other than the obvious chemistry they have on screen as brothers/best friends), is the comedic performances that come at the most seemingly inopportune times. Honest to God, I will laugh to tears at a scene that may have originally been derived from a “serious” moment. If you’ve seen the show, let me bring you back to Season 4, with one of the funniest moments, to me, this show has ever had:

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…I’m still laughing, and laugh just as hard, anytime I see this gif, or this scene in the actual episode (“Yellow Fever”).

So, if you’re still reading this, I can assume you are as a big a fan of the show as I am. With it’s long standing running status, it’s hard to keep committed to watching a show, hell any show, for that matter. Life certainly gets in the way. I have gotten hooked to a number of shows only to fall off due to time constraints. But alas, no matter the real life situation, these boys have, and will always have, a special place in my heart. As long as this show is running, I will be just as excited for the 300th episode (fingers crossed) as I was for the first.

Alas, as this epically long blog post comes to a close, an added bonus is, they’ve just recently got signed on for an ELEVENTH season! That’s right, eleven! I read long ago, their original contract was only for five seasons… If that doesn’t speak highly of the show, I don’t know what will. Allow me to hit you with a gif image of my excitement at this news:

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GIF cred: We Heart It

Lastly (for real this time), a quote of goodness from this wonderful show:

I’ll find the posse, cause you know I’m a posse magnet. love me some posse…put that on a shirt.” ~ Dean Winchester

xx,
M

Rich in Another Life…?

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At work earlier this week, I got to chatting with one of my coworkers and we got into a conversation about all of the things I enjoy doing and am good at (or at least I think so haha). She told me, “I think you were rich in another life.” That got me thinking…

Was I??

I’ve never contemplated having another life or reincarnation, of any of that stuff, but, really, what if I were rich in another life? Is there a reason over the years I’ve wanted more? Had a passion for a different lifestyle? Been driven at unspeakable speeds to live and see… everything?

So many questions to make one think. I thought it was funny at the time and instantly thought “Blog post!”

What makes us have certain desires? Is it a simple of case of wanting something we can’t have? Or in my case, with more hard work, becoming attainable? I want so much in this life, is it actually a different life still resonating with me, begging to be completed…?

One day, all of the questions will become answers, careers will be made whole, dreams will not simply be dreams anymore. Speak it into existence, right?

Right.

xx,
M

My Introduction to …

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Small Screen Soapbox…If you’re anything like me, then you understand the gravitational pull to certain television shows. The excitement that ensues when a favorite of yours is no longer on hiatus, and you have weekly goodness to look forward to. One such show, for me, is Criminal Minds. I cannot explain what it is about this show, but, if you’ve ever watched Unit Chief – Aaron Hotchner and his team of FBI profiling bad asses, then you know exactly to what I refer. This is hands down one of my favorite shows of all time (I’m currently re-watching all of the seasons on Netflix). I’ve learned things such as what an “unsub” is, tendencies of psychopathic behavior, ensuring alertness of my surroundings… you get the gist ;)
I know this sounds incredibly silly, and I also know this show glamorizes certain aspects of how the job is actually done, but, in watching so many different episodes (the show is up to Season 10 as of now), I tend to think I’m some kind of profiling bad-ass myself. Because it makes sense, right? We all solve the crimes in about 41-42 minutes sans commercials. Logic.
Criminal Minds also has one aspect in which I truly love: Quotes. At the open and close of each episode, one member of the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), says a quote; generally pertaining to some lesson in regards to whichever case they are traveling to help the local authorities solve. Some of my absolute favorites are as follows:

I remained too much inside my head and ending up losing my mind.” ~ Edgar Allen Poe

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell

“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.” ~ Salvador Dali

“Each relationship nurtures a strength or weakness within you.” ~ Michael Murdock

“Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift.” ~ Mary Oliver

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of muses.” ~ Amy Tan

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are stronger in the broken places.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

I could go on forever because with approximately 22-24 episodes a season, at two quotes per episode, times ten seasons…I digress, my mind is going cross at the thought of the math involved. Anyway, you get where I’m going with this.

With the good, obviously comes the bad…Well, bad in how you view it. I am referring to none other than cast changes. Although none of them have died (sing praises now), quite a few have come and gone. My favorite cast of characters to date have been: Unit Chief – Aaron Hotchner, BAU Profilers – Derek Morgan, Emily Prentiss, David Rossi, Jennifer Jareau, Doctor Spencer Reid, and Technical Analyst – Penelope Garcia. <— This cast has had the most chemistry (although I will not discount the fact that Jennifer Love Hewitt has been killing it this season) in my eyes.

My absolute favorite relationship? Morgan and Garcia:

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I don’t know anyone who has seen this show and hasn’t loved the impenetrable bond these two share. It’s the best platonic chemistry on prime time. (Second closest? I’d say Abby and Gibbs on NCIS, but that’s for another time)

So, I will proudly admit that this show is my current addiction. Neglected are my other shows and damned is my DVR space! I will sum my post up with this: Of the many shows that have come and gone, the ones I gave up on my DVR because I have so many other things going on in my life, Criminal Minds will always stay a constant for as long as it airs (then, back to streaming :) )  .

What are any shows that you simply cannot live without? Comment below!

xx,
M.

For Every Negative Surrounding…

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… There is a positive outlook. I cannot even begin to describe how much negativity can take a hold of an entire being, a soul, every passing thought. The poisonous root it can envelop…

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.” ~ Frank Ocean. I’d seen this quote a long time ago, and it resonated with me. I know every day can be a struggle. I know sometimes the work environment can be less than stellar… How do you find the motivation, the drive, the positive outlook? How do you not let negativity consume you?

I was speaking with a friend today who is going through some similar battles with work life and such, and I talked to her and gave her my insight on things and what I think may work best.

Every day, at any given moment, people are working towards something bigger than themselves. Just as I told her, every day, she is working at being her best, getting herself situated and doing all she can to make better for herself. In life, that’s really all you can do. I reminded her that it’s so much easier to see the negative than the positive, and hell, I do it myself.. more than I’d care to admit. But the fact of the matter is, she is working on herself. And truthfully? No one can take that away. Most hate comes from bitterness or jealousy (or something as equally ugly on the inside, am I right?). Why is it that support can be so hard to find among females? Why does everything need to be a competition? I told her to keep on keeping on. When she is on the road to the life she wants to live, that will be all the noise of success she’ll need. I also mentioned that how we deal with the situations that drives us crazy or bring us down, isn’t necessarily a test from God, but a means for you to appreciate exactly what it is you have. I – being a firm believer in faith, the unknown, the unseen – have concluded to be at your best, at your greatest potential, you need need to treat every obstacle with the ease, grace, and mentality of it being the highest you can go. Speak all of that goodness into existence.

Sometimes, just chatting with a friend, whether it be five minutes, or an hour, can be all a person needs to change their outlook on things. She told me thank you and that she really needed it today. I find it so easy to be distracted with social media (look at me now haha). I want to kick it back to basics. I want to be distracted with conversation, with laughs and hugs from those I care about.

Take a couple of minutes out of your day and tell someone how much they mean to you. You’ll be surprised at the reaction of such a simple gesture. <3

xx,
Mel

Goals or Living…?

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First and Foremost…HAPPY NEW YEAR WP! I know, I’m really late, and I apologize for that. I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year with whoever is special to you. :)

2015… Can it be?? I don’t know if I’ve ever felt like a year has passed as quickly as this one. It honestly felt like, in the blink of an eye, 2014 was here, then *poof!* it was gone. Am I the only one who felt this way about the whole of 2014?

So…this all brings me to my title, “goals or living”? I was chatting with one of my closest friends earlier today, and we got on the topic of happiness. She told me: “All I want for the people I love, is to be happy.” Then she said, “No wait, not happy. I want all of the people I love to be satisfied, not happy. Being happy is easy, it’s being satisfied that’s tough.” Now, I agree somewhat, being satisfied with your life, your relationships, your job status, your every thing is a goal. A huge goal. Nothing is this current day and age comes free or easy. Well, at least not for me. So, the satisfaction, to her, is the ultimate goal. I sat and thought about it some more, and thought, what would it be like to be satisfied in all aspects of my life? Happiness would inevitably fall into place if you’re satisfied with every thing around you.

Her other thought was this: “You have to choose what you want from this life. You either have goals, or enjoy life.” I laughed. I think it’s a beautiful thing – her outlook on life. If not for nothing, she is truly the epitome of a simple chick. She doesn’t want anything extravagant, or flashy, or outrageous. She simply wants a normal life, a nine to fiver, and to play her video games. I’ve told her time and time again I think it’s so respectable that she is truly content with living that way. She knows the goals I have, where I want to be in life, and what I want to achieve, and she is always a supportive energy to push me towards my goals.

But, then I thought, does having goals mean you can’t enjoy your life? 

Does all work and no play make Melissa a dull girl?

xx,
Mel

Giveaway Time

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Hey WP friends! I’m going to be doing a few giveaways entering into the New Year, and, I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to enter as well :)

Click on this link –> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melissa-L-Delgado/447342892002639  to see how to enter!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are excited to ring in the new year <3

xx,
Mel