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1  Gilmore Girls / Appreciation Threads / Re: Lorelai Gilmore / Lauren Graham Appreciation on: July 18, 2008, 10:50:29 pm
I went to see Mama Mia in the movies today and EEEEEEEEE!!!  Shocked  There was Lauren on the big screen, ginormous and fabulous in the Flash OF Genius trailer! Breathe! OMG! I had to see the movie after Lorelai sings a snippet of the song Mama Mia on GG. The movie was AWESOME! Of course, seeing Lauren in the previews made it even more awesome! Okay, I so have to see that movie again! Lol!

Have a great day everyone!  Lori   Grin
2  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: July 07, 2008, 07:14:34 pm
Hey Caryn! Thanks for the well wishes!

Things are still challenging but I have hope that it's only going to get better...at least till my mother, Emily Gilmore, comes to visit for two weeks next week! Gah! Lol! Years ago I moved 3000 miles away to have my own life, and I haven't even finished unpacking from my recent move, and here she comes! Oh well, she means well. She wants to celebrate my birthday on the 27th with me and see my sister whom she hasn't seen in a few years. She's the Emily of my life but we're getting along better. She has dementia even though she's only 67, so I have to have patience with her memory problems. I will make this a positive experience and enjoy her visit. My dad couldn't travel because of his health but he's glad, I'm sure, to get a break from caregiving duties with Mom.

Cheri, it is great to have my daughter home again. I'm going to be a better mom this time and support her. Oh, and Fibromyalgia is unexplained all over body pain that is very real and debilitating. I fatigue very easily and sometimes it's hard to do the things I used to be able to. I spent one evening unpacking boxes and moving things around in my bedroom, nothing heavy, and wound up in so much pain I spent the 4th of July in bed. It felt like I had been beaten up from head to toe by a gang with baseball bats! I'm better now. I just have to recognize my limits and not exceed them. I've gotten used to living in constant pain.

I just posted chapter 6 of "A Mother's Love" and I'll be writing the next chapter starting tonight. I won't take so long to post now that I'm settled and my computer is up. Now I can revel in my fantasy Gilmore world of fan fictions and writing. It's one of the things I do to distract me from the pain I live with. I like this distraction! Lol! Grin Now I have to learn to juggle my time between being a full time mom and writing. I'll figure it out.

Have a great day everyone! I'm going to have some dinner and start writing tonight. I am so going through Lauren Graham withdrawal! I can't wait to see her in SOMETHING soon. Lol! Ta ta for now... Lori  Grin
3  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: July 05, 2008, 02:44:29 pm
Hi everyone! I'm baaack! I figured I'd give you all an update. I finally found place to live, less than a week before Ariel was to come home! Her father refused to allow her to live with him, so I put it in God's hands, and low and behold, the next day I found an apartment I could afford that took pets and was available immediately! The owner didn't even do a credit check on my sister and I cause my sister had a theft of identity and it ruined her credit. So now my sister is no longer living in her car and we had a surprise welcome home party for Ariel and she was shocked! I had to stay with the lady I took care of for another two weeks so they could arrange to get another caregiver for me to train. My sister and her friend moved all of our stuff from storage by the car load for two weeks, so I had no computer cause they took everything of mine too. I am happy to say that I am finally in my new home and hooked up to the internet! Yay! Cause I was going through serious GG withdrawals without my fanfics to read. I can now finally finish writing chapter 6 of "A Mother's Love" and post it. It will be up in a few days. What a month it has been! Although I am still in a serious financial bind (my sister still hasn't found work yet and my money covers rent and not much else), at least we have a roof over our head and I'm reunited with my daughter. Everything will work out. Ariel is very happy to be home. In fact, before I even moved in, she unpacked my GG DVDs and watched the entire season 7 without me! So much for watching it together! Lol! Of course now I have to share the computer with her so she can watch music videos on YouTube! Teenagers! Lol!

Hi Cheri! Welcome to the thread! Thank you for your well wishes and prayers...they seemed to have worked! Lol! If you want to know my and Ariel's back story, you can PM me and I'll tell you. It is so hard to get HUD housing or Gov't assistance. The waiting lists are really long! I needed something like right now! Well it worked out. So you read "A Mother's Hope" TWICE! Wow! You know you can leave  reviews for the chapters. Even if you print them to read later, just come back to the page and scroll down to the bottom and leave a review when you're done. I love reviews! They are like coffee to Lorelai! Lol! I will be posting chapter 6 of the sequel "A Mother's Love" in a few days. If you click on my pen name when you're on fanfiction, you will go to my profile page if you want to read any of my other GG stories. I have a bunch of oneshots about Lorelai and Emily that people seem to really like. I'm so glad you like my writing. GG has definitely been, not only very therapeutic, but an inspiration to me. And yes, I do have some medical experience. I was a Holistic Health Practitioner before Fibromyalgia forced me to stop doing massages. A also watch a lot of medical shows on TV and read a lot of medical stuff. I'm such a Rory! Lol!

Okay! I'm done with the world's longest post! Lol! Now I can get back to life and being a mom again. Have a great day everyone! Remember... Live passionately Celebrate, love unconditionally  Love, Laugh often  Cheesy and never give up hope!  Cloud Things will work out in the end!        Grin Lori  Smitten
4  Gilmore Girls / Appreciation Threads / Re: Lorelai Gilmore / Lauren Graham Appreciation on: June 10, 2008, 12:49:31 am
According to one of the gals on fan forum, whose name I can't remember at the moment, who actually attended the "What A Pair" Benefit, Lauren was not there. She was scheduled to perform but for some reason didn't make it. So no new Lauren pictures! Rats! I was so looking forward to seeing some.

Have a great day everyone!  Lori Grin
5  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: June 06, 2008, 05:33:54 pm
Hey all! With the economy being what it is, the gas, food and housing prices sky rocketing, I haven't been able to find a place to live yet. My sister (with whom I'm supposed to get an apartment) has not been able to get work after applying for like 40 jobs! She's still living in her car after 6 months with me trying to support her Without adequate employment, we can't get an apartment. I can't work a normal job due to disabling Fibromyalgia, so I'm not much help. In a weeks time Ariel will have no choice but to live temporarily with her father. His personality is a combo of Mrs. Kim and Emily Gilmore! I just don't have any other options right now. I'm trying so hard to get on my feet. I won't give up though. At least I have my fan fictions that I'm writing and my internet forums to keep me sane. Thank God for Gilmore Girls! So that's the update.

Have a great day everyone!  Lori  P.S. Thanks for the positive vibes all the way from down under Caryn! Here's a big cyber hug for you!  Hearts
6  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: May 18, 2008, 11:38:46 pm
Thanks Caryn! I'm definitely going to need all the luck I can get! I've been a live in caregiver for a 93 year old lady for the past two years (which really wasn't much work, more companionship) and now I need to find a place to live cause I can't bring Ariel to live here with me. That sounds so easy, but when you can't work because of a disabiling condition, and you don't have a lot of disability income, it makes it real hard to afford housing and pay the bills. I'm really praying that I don't end up living in my car next month, that's how serious the situation is. I can't send Ariel to live temporarily with her father because they have serious relationship issues, and I'm afraid she'll self injure again or worse, attempt suicide. Needless to say, I've got a full plate! Not only do I want to have a better relationship with my daughter, but I'm trying to avoid homelessness. I'm trying to stay positive in the face of so much stress but sometimes it gets hard. I'm so glad I have my fan fiction writing and my internet friends to cheer me up. Have a great day! I'm going to continue writing chapter 4 of my most recent Gilmore Girls fan fiction, "A Mother's Love", sequel to "A Mother's Hope".  Lori
7  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: May 17, 2008, 02:56:04 am
My prodigal daughter is returning! Grin My only child, who has been living in a residential facility for two years, is coming home on June 15th! I get a do over as a mom. I'm excited and so nervous at the same time. My daughter and I know how to push each other's buttons big time and I don't want to go all "Emily" all over her. I'm really trying to be patient and loving, even if I'm not perfect. I want things to be different, so it's up to me to change how I treat my daughter. I'm so psyched! My baby is coming home! Grin Smitten Celebrate Dance She's coming home for good. Time to use the lessons I've learned from Gilmore Girls and be the mom I know I can be.

Lauren totally rocks as an actress. She was definitely under appreciated by the industry. She should have gotten numerous emmys. I can't wait to see her movies when they come out.

I've written three Emily/Lorelai centered one shot stories on fan fiction if anyone wants to check them out. Just look for my profile under Loridhhp and you'll see them. I've gotten great reviews on them, saying that I did a good job of keep them in character, while giving them their moment with each other. If you do check them out, please review and let me know what you think. I love reviews. They are like coffee to Lorelai. Coffee Have a great day everyone!   Lori Grin Smitten

8  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: May 01, 2008, 10:04:32 pm
Well Tully, I agree with you about Lorelai's childish behavior at times. After all, she WAS raised an only child, and Lorelai tends to revert to a childish state when really stressed. It just shows her inner turmoil with being raised in the Gilmore house. Lorelai was determined to be more loving to Rory because she didn't receive that from her parents. And maybe the silent treatment to Rory when Rory disobeyed was Lorelai's way of not going all "Emily" on her daughter by yelling and making things worse. She wanted to cool down. I think when Rory left Yale, and they weren't speaking, it was a wake up call for both mother and daughter. Rory had to learn how to deal with life without her mother and Lorelai had to learn to let her go, despite her tendencies to "help". I think it was extremely hard on Lorelai to not speak to Rory and let Rory deal with her own mess. I believe it helped Lorelai grow up a bit. Lorelai has always had a codependent relationship with her daughter. Rory was her world and Lorelai was so wrapped up in Rory's life that she had trouble letting Rory live her own life. The separation in season 6 was devastating to Lorelai because it was like losing a piece of herself. While Lorelai and Emily have many similar qualities including stubbornness and spoiled qualities, Rory on the other hand, was more introverted. She had more of an anxious quality to her. She was shy and a people pleaser so of course she let people, including her own mother, influence her. Rory needed to step out of her mother's shadow and become her own person. I would have loved to see the evolution of that, had there been an 8th season. I also see myself in all three Gilmore women. I found the dynamics of their personalities and relationship with each other to be so well written. Every time I watch each episode I find something new, a different perspective that I hadn't noticed before. Long live Gilmore Girls and the lessons it teaches and the joy it gives!  Grin Have a great day!  Lori  Grin
9  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: April 28, 2008, 12:06:06 am
I think what also makes it hard for Emily to reconcile with Lorelai is that (in the fictional Gilmore world) Emily was raised in the wealthy elite to be proper and respectful to your parents. Social standing was extremely important and close, demonstrative family bonds were frowned upon. Emily was raised to be in control of herself at all times. Lorelai was always a free spirit, very impulsive and emotional, a rebel. This was just not acceptable in the world that her parents grew up in. Lorelai reveled in being a free thinker and living from her heart, not societal dictates. That's why they clashed. Her parents, especially her mother, have their pride first and foremost, and admitting a wrong doing and apologizing is humiliating. It would take a lot for Emily to admit that her behavior towards her daughter was not loving, because Emily truly believed that how she raised Lorelai WAS her way of showing her daughter love. She couldn't understand why Lorelai would ever turn against all that she had given her.

Lorelai raised Rory far away from the world she grew up in and gave Rory choices she herself didn't have. She was openly demonstrative with Rory, because that's what she herself needed. She treated Rory with respect and had the support of lots of wonderful friends. There was so much pain and anger between Lorelai and Emily, from the pilot episode, that it was a main dynamic of the show: the Gilmore girls were not only Lorelai and Rory but Lorelai and Emily. It would have taken a major even to shake up the world of the elder Gilmore women to make them see their relationship in a different light and learn to support each other. That's why I would have loved to see an eighth season, to see Lorelai explore how it really feels to let your child go out into the world. It could have given her a bond with her mother to explore; the bond of letting go of your child and allowing them to make their own way in life.

These are lessons I learned watching Gilmore girls and I'm using them to better my relationship with my own daughter. It's really making a huge difference! I took a look at my life and decided to change what I didn't like about myself and start over with my daughter. It's amazing what you can learn from a TV show! I'm so glad to have had that experience and I own all 7 seasons on DVD. Luckily, I love to write fan fictions so I can heal wounds that were left opened on the show. Anyone interested in checking out my Gilmore Girls  stories can go to fanfiction.net and look me up. My user name is the same as here. If you read them, please review and let me know how you like them. Or better yet, go here: www.fanfiction.net/s/3764695/1 for my story "A Mother's Hope" and here: www.fanfiction.net/s/4194041/1 for the sequel "A Mother's Love". There's also a short oneshot called "In The Navy" which is fun. You can find it here: www.fanfiction.net/s/4003383/1 I hope you'll read and enjoy my Gilmore Girls fan fictions. Have a great day!  Grin   Lori
10  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: April 24, 2008, 03:02:27 am
I totally agree with you Tully and Kristin, about Emily finally opening up to Lorelai in "I'm A Kayak, Hear Me Roar", and how Lorelai seemed to feel like there was a breakthrough, only to be greatly disappointed the next morning when Emily was back to her cold self. I also believe that Emily was afraid that, in bonding that way with her daughter, she might lose her mom status. I also believe though that Emily really wanted a relationship with Lorelai, so maybe fear played a part in the rejection as well.

I can completely understand that aspect. My only child is 17 but has severe emotional problems and mental illness. She functions like a child because of it. I didn't help during her formative years by treating her worse than Emily treated Lorelai. I was afraid and stressed out and took it out on her. Since then, I've apologized to my daughter for the way that I treated her in the past, but the fear is still in me, the fear of hurting her and losing her. It is so difficult as a parent to let go of our own internal guilt and shame in regards to our children. I would have loved to see Emily and Lorelai explore their own insecurities and develop a real bond with each other. I am determined to be a better parent to my daughter, and I work hard at giving her the respect she deserves, a respect that she is finally giving me, as we learn to trust and love one another.

Have a great day everyone!  Grin  Lori
11  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: April 13, 2008, 01:47:16 am
Hey Lessa! *waves* Nah, I still have the same hair. It's just grayer! Lol! Grin  Yeah, Paul Anka was a good diversion for Lorelai in season 6 but moving out of state is a whole other ball of wax. I think that would've had a more profound effect on Lorelai. She definitely would've missed Rory to no end.

Have a great day everyone!  Lori Grin
12  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Mourning for The Loss of Our Gilmores on: March 29, 2008, 12:19:44 am
Wow! How come I've never posted here before?  Shocked  OMG! The scene when Lorelai is tucking Rory in one last time, while silently weeping, is absolutely heartbreaking! Cause you just know that, in the unseen Gilmore world, Lorelai was going to creep off to her own bed, cover her face with a pillow and just bawl her eyes out! She tried so hard not to show her pain in front of Rory by being so busy cause she didn't want to fall apart. Seeing the town giving Rory so much adoration at her farewell party was also touching. I hated to see it end!  Cry I hope that AS-P does a movie to wrap up the story lines better. Logan loved Rory, and had been there through so much. He wouldn't have just broken up with her because she turned down his marriage proposal! He would have been hurt but would've come back and worked thing out with Rory. I was hoping that Lorelai would heal her relationship with Emily and of course, get to see her and Luke renewing their trust and getting closer to that "whole package". Oh well, now I can write fan fictions to fulfill my Gilmore dreams. Grin I completed my first on fanfiction.net with he same user name... Loridhhp.

Have a great day everyone!  Grin Lori
13  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: March 28, 2008, 11:49:02 pm
First off... Hey Kristin! (*waves hi!*) Grin Okay, now on to the question of the day... Had season 8 been a reality, I think Lorelai would've had a hard time dealing with Rory being on the Obama campaign trail, but she would have Luke to help her through it. Season 8 could have shown the two of them getting closer and building up trust in each other again. I definitely didn't like the way that Logan just broke up with Rory when she turned his proposal down. I read somewhere that Matt Czuchry was supposed to come back if there was an eighth season, so I don't feel that that story line was finished. I think that Logan and Rory would have resolved their differences. He was definitely the most suitable for Rory, in my opinion, and he did grow up a lot. I think he was just hurt and left but Logan would come back. He loves Rory too much to just let her go because she wasn't ready to marry him.

The end of the show brought the tiniest glimmer of hope for Emily and Lorelai, when Lorelai agreed to continue Friday Night Dinners with her parents and Emily seemed  pleasantly surprised. I was hoping they would explore their relationship, now that Rory has left the nest and Lorelai and Emily could have something to relate too... the feelings of loss of their only daughters. I so wanted to see some healing in their relationship. I really hope Amy decides to do a movie to tie up all the loose ends and give us a more cohesive ending.

What do you think people? Do you think they can wrap things up with a 2 hour movie? It seems that it may be our only possibility, since the actors have moved on to other projects. Have a great day everyone!   Grin Lori
14  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: March 25, 2008, 02:05:52 am
Hey Tully! Luke may have become a shell of himself during season 7, but if there had been a season 8 we would have seen him become a better man than he ever was. I think the whole thing with April and the break up with Lorelai gave him cause to reevaluate his life and, toward the end, finally grow a pair and go after Lorelai. I just wish they wouldn't have left the relationship between Lorelai and Emily so unresolved. I mean Richard (post heart attack) became more appreciative of his daughter and softened toward her, but Emily STILL couldn't tell Lorelai how proud she was of her. That was a relationship dynamic, set up during the pilot, that I would have loved to see healed. After all, it was called  "Gilmore Girls" and I think Lorelai's relationship with her mother was just as important to the show as her relationship with her daughter.

I actually like Emily and saw myself in her. Because of that, I decided to heal the relationship I have with my own daughter by becoming less of an Emily and more of a Lorelai. Gilmore Girls has taught me many life lessons and will always be an important part of my life. Besides, we didn't get to see Lorelai go through another rite of passage... Empty Nest Syndrome! I so wanted to see how she dealt with Rory going out on her own, being their relationship was freakishly close and a bit codependent if you ask me! Lol! I will have to deal with that one day as my only child moves on with her life and I know it will be difficult. Has anyone dealt with the dreaded Empty Nest Syndrome with their own kids? I think Lorelai would have lost it on the show, but luckily Luke would help her through it.

Have a great day everyone!  Grin Lori
15  Gilmore Girls / General Discussion / Re: Fans over 30 on: March 21, 2008, 01:47:36 am
Yep, there are other middle aged GG fans here. I'm Lori and I'm 43 going on 44 and a divorced, single mom of a 17 year old daughter. We're like the Gilmore Girls and we love the show. Oh and I think Jess was immature as well. He had a lot of baggage but did start to grow up when they wrote him out for good. The kids are all crushing on Milo, so of course Jess is the ultimate hottie! Lol! I like Logan cause, while he was a playboy, he also grew up on the show and took more responsibility for his life. Plus, he was more of a match for Rory as far as interests etc. Nice to see this thread picking up again.

Have a great day! Grin Lori  P.S. We should all wish Lauren Graham a belated happy birthday. It was this past Sunday, the 16th. She totally rocks! Her character has been a HUGE inspiration for me in my relationship with my daughter.  Grin
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