My Favorite Shows to Binge Watch

My Favorite Shows to Binge Watch
I am not a huge television person, and I never have been.  Ever since I was a little kid I can remember always having my nose in a book.  Watching TV just didn’t match up to the imagination that I had as a child, and all the way up until I was a teenager, but now that I am older I find it hard to do either.  So every now and then I am like the typical American, and there are a few Netflix Shows that I occasionally like to watch when I can find the time, and here they are.
  1. The Office                                                                                                                                                                                   On the top of my list is the show called, “The Office.”  When I first heard of it I thought that it look kind of boring.  My parents and sister seemed to love it though.  So one day I decided to give it a try, and now I am re-watching the entire series for the third time, if that tells you anything.  I love the humor in it, and the office romances are so cute. Jim and Pam are seriously adorable, and Micheal is one of the biggest idiots that I have ever kind of met, and he happens to be the head manager over the office, but I feel like this is just one of the shows that you will need to experience for yourself rather than me explain it to you.  So if you happen to try it out, and end up falling in love with it like I did, please let me know, so we can laugh about it together.
  2. The Gilmore Girls                                                                                                                                                                      I love the “Gilmore Girls” , because first of all it is somewhat sentimental for me, because it reminded me of my mom and I.  The show is about a Mother and Daughters relationship.  The mom had her daughter at sixteen, and my mom had me at seventeen.  I started watching the show my senior year, and my mom and I watched it together.  They were like our soulmates.  The mom was quirky and sarcastic like my mom, and the daughter Rory who I looked up to had a lot of similar characteristics to mine.  She was either reading or writing something, and her love triangle was ridiculous all of which I could relate to.  In addition to those things, I also enjoyed their sweet little town, and their determination to drink black coffee every day.  They understood how essential coffee is for survival, and the small town brought back so many memories of my own hometown in Arab.  I still miss that place to this day, and have actually considered moving back. There are many reasons why I love this show, but most of them are sentimental, but if you are kind of a nerd like me, and love coffee, reading, and writing then you will love this show.
  3. Stranger Things                                                                                                                                                                         Last but not least my third favorite show came out a couple of years ago.  This show is set back in the eighties, which to me in itself was pretty original.  Like why the eighties? Oh yeah, because they had good music.  The show is all about an existing upside down world, where everything is dark in the upside down.  I just loved the creativity and the thoughts that it took to come up with something this unique, and it literally kept me on my toes the whole time.  I don’t want to ruin it for you, and besides it’s kind of hard to explain something with the word strange in it.
As some of you may know I am trying to do a blog series on things that you may want to know about me, even if it is something as unimportant as to which Netflix shows I love the most, because I feel like it is always the little things that help people connect to each other.  If you love any of these shows, or try any of them I would love to hear about it, so please email me if you would like on my About Page, and don’t forget to subscribe for weekly newsletters!

Sincerely,

Lauren S. Watkins

My Nine Month Roller Coaster

My Nine Month Roller Coaster

This is the story of my nine almost ten month pregnancy. For those of you who have been waiting for this I am sorry. Last week was crazy with my husband working day and night, and me taking on a lot of the responsibilities of our home. I just have to say becoming a mother was the most life changing experience of my life. Three things I would like to talk about are, how I found out, things I experienced during my pregnancy, and what labor was like for me. Everyone’s experience is going to be different, and this is mine. During my first month of my pregnancy I had a gut feeling that I was pregnant, but the first pregnancy test was negative. My hormones were bouncing off the walls, and it lasted for longer than a week, so I knew something was up. A month goes by and I was five days late, and oh I was freaking out at that point. At the time Stephen and I were not financially stable, and I was still in school. Nevertheless I still had to take the test. When I looked at it I was in shock, but at the same time I knew it would be positive. That little plus sign changed my whole world. I went to my room and cried, and asked God for forgiveness, because I knew that at the time I was not close to him. I also knew my parents would not approve. They were already disappointed in me for losing my virginity. I am just being real with ya’ll. It wasn’t a pretty picture.  We choose not to wait until marriage, so I am still dealing with the consequences of trying to figure out what being a mom even is. I can no longer go out with my friends whenever I please, my body changed somewhat, and I had to post pone college. However, God somehow manages to redeem the broken, and at that point in my life I was truly broken. I didn’t know what would happen, but I had to trust that God would take care of me, and he did, and is still taking care of me to this day.    Later down the line of my pregnancy I experienced abnormal symptoms. I had my first seizure, when I was seven months pregnant. I woke up in a daze as four firemen brought me into an ambulance, before I blacked out again. When I woke up I had IVs in my arm, and people standing over me staring at me. I still did not have a clue as to what was going on. I looked at Stephen and asked him to explain the situation to me. With tears in his eyes and a look of fear and sadness told me what happened. I was so scared, and worried more about Ivan, but somehow God brought him through that, and another seizure that I had two months after that. At that point I felt like my son was meant to do great things for God, and I wanted to do whatever it took to be the mom that he needed to be the man of God that I knew he would be one day. I also had a really weird experience with a nose bleed, and I can’t believe I am telling ya’ll this, because it is kind of embarrassing, but it was the worst nose bleed I have ever experienced, and even my mom was terrified as she rushed over to bring me to the emergency room. Looking back now it is kind of hilarious. I really thought that was it. That on my tombstone would be written, “Here lies Lauren Smith,” tragically died of a nosebleed.” It really is hysterical.     However, there were also some positive attributes to my pregnancy. The first time I heard my baby’s heart beat, and watched him move on the monitor of my first ultrasound something inside of me changed. I was filled with so much joy, and looking over and seeing my boyfriend crying, because he was just as happy as I was, and I will never forget it. Another aspect that I enjoyed during my pregnancy, was when I began to feel him kicking and moving around in my stomach. I actually miss the movement and feeling him growing inside of me. However, all of those things were really nice the most amazing moment was the day the journey came to an end. After twelve hours of labor, and being induced I finally saw his sweet face. My heart melted. It was the most powerful experience I have ever had. I will always view Ivan as a gift. He has brought me so much happiness in my life, and has helped me to change in ways that I didn’t think that I was capable of. It was definitely a roller coaster full of ups and downs, but it was one of the best rides that I have ever been on, and I wouldn’t choose another one.