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Why I Want to Live in a Small Town, Thanks to My Latest Binge Watches

I know what you’re thinking.

You live in Bentonville, Arkansas. You already live in a small town.

Um, no. Population 40,000 is not a small town. It’s nothing like Dillon, Texas; Bluebell, Alabama; or Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Which leads me into my three latest binge watches (which got me thinking about small town, usa and why I want to live there):

Gilmore Girls [Stars Hollow, CT] – I re-watched the full series after my Gilmore Girls Day and just finished it about a month ago. Just as good as the first ten times I’ve seen it. Still my all-time favorite show.

Hart of Dixie [Bluebell, AL] – This was my Mille-only binge, until husband started watching and also loved it. Charming, funny and Zoe Hart’s fashion is TDF.

Friday Night Lights [Dillon, TX] – This is my current binge. So much drama, so much Tim Riggins and a new role model – Tami Taylor. I’m LOVING it.

All three of these shows are set in really small towns. [Fun Fact: Gilmore Girls and Hart of Dixie are filmed on the same set] So here are my 8 reasons why I want to live in a SMALL, small town:

1. There’s always THE place everyone goes. See Luke’s Diner and the Rammer Jammer.

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2. Everyone knows everyone … and their business. Don’t worry about telling everyone about your breakup. They already know.

3. Everyone goes to all of the town events, because that’s literally all there is to do.

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4. And everyone celebrates the events together – the football state championship, the anticipated wedding, etc.

5. There is at least 1 love triangle everywhere you look. There’s so much drama it’s just hilarious.

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6. The parties are the best (or the most dramatic, see #5) because the whole town is there.

7. If you don’t go to either church or football games, you’re an outsider. [this one’s just as southern thing]

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8. Though sometimes it doesn’t seem like it, when it comes down to it everyone would do anything for each other. Because really, they’re all family.

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xo xo

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My New Legal Vocabulary, Thanks To “The Good Wife”

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My latest show binge has been The Good Wife. It’s been on my list for a while for three reasons:
(1) I love shows with a strong, female lead
(2) Julianna Margulies has won or been nominated for the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama 4 times in the last 5 years
(3) Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) from Gilmore Girls is a main character ❤

I’m currently on Season 3 of 5 and I feel like I could pass the bar exam purely due to my binge-watching. Here are a few new words in my vocabulary …

Recuse: to reject or challenge (a judge or juror) as disqualified to act, especially because of interest or bias.

Voir Dire: a preliminary examination of a witness or a juror by a judge or counsel.

Jury Nullification: a jury returns a verdict that is the opposite of what the jury believes or the verdict it was instructed to return by the court.

Held in Contempt: When a court decides that an action constitutes contempt of court, it can issue a court order that in the context of a court trial or hearing declares a person or organization to have disobeyed or been disrespectful of the court’s authority.

Continuance: a postponement or adjournment

Sustained vs Overruled:

Sustained:  When an objection is sustained, the judge has determined that is a valid objection.  That means the question was improper under the rules of evidence.  The witness may not answer the question.

Overruled:  When an objection is overruled, the judge has determined the objection is invalid.  The question may stand.  The witness must then answer the question.

Punitive Damages: damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant.

ASA: Assistant State’s Attorney is hired or appointed to the position by the elected state’s attorney and derives the power to act on behalf of the state in criminal prosecutions through the state’s attorney. The duties of an ASA include those of the state’s attorney—representing the state (prosecution) in criminal proceedings.

The trick is weaving my new vocabulary into everyday conversation in my non-legal workplace. Think anyone would object if I tried to ask someone leading a meeting to recuse himself?

xo xo

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I Think I Could Survive in Prison — and Other Things I’ve Learned From “Orange Is The New Black”

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We’ve officially caught up with the rest of the population and become OITNB fans. I actually think we did it the right way. We binged on the first season right when the second one came out, so we didn’t have to wait a year to see the fallout from the finale. We are SO CLOSE to finishing the second season I can hardly stand it.

I was skeptical at first, why would I want to watch a show about women in prison? Well if you’re still one of the ones asking, let me tell you why – it puts a whole new perspective on the prison system and the people in prison. Not just numbers in an orange jumpsuit, but faces and names and backstories. It shows you they’re real people who make mistakes, just like you and me.

Yes, just like you and me, who could go to prison, and if you do, remember these tips …

1. Never insult the cooking. Ever. Lesson learned day 1.

2. Make friends with everyone – the guards, the fast-talking hispanics, the born-again/crazy-again Christian, the one with crazy eyes, the ex-girlfriend  – wait, don’t do that one. And if you do befriend the crazy eyes, just be prepared, dandelion.

3. If you have your choice in jobs, choose the library.

4. Take showers 30 seconds or less … you never know what might come out of the drain.

5. Speaking of the bathroom – get up EARLY to do your business. The bathrooms with the doors are the first to go.

6. Don’t assume anything of anyone, good or bad. You don’t know their story and what they’ve been through to get where they are.

7. Find out what everyone’s vices are. You will have to bribe, and if you have someone’s favorite candy, makeup or *cough*contraband*cough* it will come in handy.

8. Don’t say anything on the phone that can get you in trouble.

9. Inappropriate things happen in the chapel. Just stay out if not for a service.

10. One person can change the course of everything. Remember #2.

11. If you’re engaged when you go in, tell your fiance you will most likely {at least} kiss a girl in prison, so don’t get too riled up over it. When in Rome.

12. And lastly, very importantl, send in a check for commissary items WEEKS in advance. Otherwise you’ll be making shower shoes out of maxipads.

xo xo
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