Book List – Gilmore Girls Season 1

Book List for Gilmore Girls: Season 1 | rainerlife.com

One of my favorite shows is Gilmore Girls. Since they announced they were doing a reunion show on Netflix, I thought it would be fun to read the books shown and/or mentioned on the show. There are a lot of different book lists for this show. Rory always had a book with her and they referenced a lot of books and authors during the series. I read through different book lists online and watched some of the series over the summer. I’m posting the list I came up with to help me keep track of the books. I added the books to my Goodreads “to read” or “read” lists, but didn’t elaborate on the details. On the list below, I list the book and which episode it was in. Gilmore Girls was on for seven seasons, so I’ll do a list for each season instead of one really long list. My lists leave off reference books, travel guides, and cookbooks. I’ve read most of the books on my Season 1 book list, and have included my ratings for each of the books I read. As a way to keep track of which books I’ve read, I’ll update this list with my ratings as I finish reading the books.

Gilmore Girls: Season 1

Book Episode My Rating
☆☆☆☆☆
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
Episode 1
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★½
Chikara
Robert Skimin
Episode 1
In Rory’s locker at school.
Not Read
Mistress of Mellyn
Victoria Holt
Episode 1
In Rory’s locker at school.
★★★
The Second Sex
Simone de Beauvoir
Episode 1
In Rory’s locker at school.
★★★
Moby Dick
Herman Melville
Episode 1
Rory read it.
★★★
Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
Episode 1
Rory read it.
★★★
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
Episode 1
Rory referenced it.
★★★★
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★★
David Copperfield
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★½
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★★
A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★★
Little Dorrit
Charles Dickens
Episode 2
Mentioned in Rory’s class at school.
★★★
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling
Episode 2
Miss Patty referenced it.
★★★★
Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy
Episode 2
Rory and Dean read it.
★★★★
Peyton Place
Grace Metalious
Episode 3
Richard referenced it.
★★★
A Mencken Chrestomathy
H.L. Mencken
Episode 3
Richard read it.
★★
Mencken’s Autobiography – Happy Days, Heathen Days, and Newspaper Days
H.L. Mencken
Episode 3
Richard referenced it.
★★★
The Complete Works
William Shakespeare
Episode 4
Rory read it.
★★★★★
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Anthony Bourdain
Episode 4
Lorelai studied it.
★★★
A Room of One’s Own
Virginia Woolf
Episode 5
Rory read it.
★★★★
Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Episode 7
Lorelai referenced it.
★★★
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Episode 8
Rory and Dean read it.
★★★★★
The Group
Mary McCarthy
Episode 9
Rory read it.
★★★
The Portable Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker
Episode 9
Rory read it.
★★★
The Outsiders
S.E. Hinton
Episode 9
Rory referenced it.
★★★★
The Metamorphosis
Franz Kafka
Episode 10
Rory bought it to give to Dean.
★★★★
Swann’s Way
Marcel Proust
Episode 11
Mr. Medina loaned it to Lorelai.
Not Read
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Episode 11
Rory read it.
Not Read
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath
Episode 12
Rory read it.
★★★★
A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams
Episode 14
Rory referenced it.
★★★★
Horton Hears a Who!
Dr. Seuss
Episode 15
Christopher referenced it.
★★★★
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath
Episode 17
Lorelai referenced it.
★★
The Art of Eating
Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher
Episode 18
Rory read it.
Not Read
Hamlet
William Shakespeare
Episode 18
Trix referenced it.
★★★★
The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck
Episode 19
Emily referenced it.
★★★
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Episode 19
Lorelai referenced it.
★★★½
James Joyce’s Ulysses
Stuart Gilbert
Episode 20
Rory read it.
Not Read
Out of Africa
Isak Dinesen
Episode 20
Lorelai bought it for Luke to give Rachel.
★★★
The Art of Fiction
Henry James
Episode 20
Mr. Medina referenced it.
★★★
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette
Judith Thurman
Episode 21
Rory read it.
★★★

 

Baked Club Loaf

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} | rainerlife.com

Football Season! I love watching college football and, of course, I enjoy eating game day foods. I make a variation on the club sandwich that is really easy to prepare and tastes good. This recipe could be made for other occasions, but I seem to only make it during football season.

Ingredients:
1 can Pillsbury® Crusty French Loaf
12 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
12 cup shredded Swiss cheese
5 slices deli turkey
5 slices deli ham
4 slices bacon, cooked

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

2. Unroll the dough. Sprinkle the cheeses over the dough.

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} Step 2 - cheese | rainerlife.com

3. Place the turkey, ham, and bacon on the dough.

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} Step 3 - meats | rainerlife.com

4. Roll the dough and press the edges to seal. Make 4 slits in top of loaf. Place on cookie sheet.

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} Step 4 - roll | rainerlife.com

3. Bake the club loaf at 350°F for 25-30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes, then cut into 1-inch slices.

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} Step 5 - baked | rainerlife.com

Baked Club Loaf {recipe} Step 5 - sliced | rainerlife.com

Enjoy! And Geaux Tigers!!

Home Office {Before & After}

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Home Office | rainerlife.com

Previous owners of our home had enclosed the garage and created two bedrooms. We are using one of those bedrooms as a home office. I finished this room last summer, but never wrote anything about it. Now I’m thinking about redoing this room a little bit, so figured I’d write about the original changes before changing it up again.

The room was originally painted off-white with off-white trim and doors. I painted the walls gray using Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Sparrow (Behr – 780F-4). I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Full Moon (Behr – 780E-2) on the ceiling. The trim and doors were painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra satin Ultra Pure White. The interior of the closet was painted with Behr Premium Plus Ultra matte/flat Ultra Pure White.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

This room has a concrete floor. The floor originally had two coats of paint on it, the bottom coat was red and the top coat was black. The floor was scuffed up pretty bad, so I wanted to repaint it. This was a big job because I had to first strip off the paint that was on the floor. It took a lot longer than I had hoped it would, but the bottom layer of red paint was hard to remove. After finally removing the paint, I used Behr Cleaner & Etcher to prep the floor. I used Behr Decorative Concrete Dye on the floor, hoping it would adhere to the concrete better than regular paint. I put two light coats of Industrial Gray and then two light coats of Arctic Black. I used a paint roller for the gray, and I used a large sponge to apply the black dye. I applied two coats of Behr Low-Lustre Sealer to help protect the concrete floor. The floor looks okay, but the dye doesn’t stick to the floor well. Moving stuff back into the room and rearranging, I dinged up the floor in a couple of places and realized it peels up like latex paint. Not at all what I was hoping for, so I’m disappointed with the floor in this room. It was a lot of work, so I’m not in a hurry to remove this paint and try something else. I’ll be living with it for a while, and hopefully, it doesn’t get too messed up.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Other improvements were:
– Hired someone to remove the popcorn ceiling.
– Replaced the ceiling vent register.
– Placed LED light bulbs in the ceiling fan and the closet light fixture. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the ceiling fan pulls.
– Replaced the bronze door knob on the office door with a Baldwin satin nickel knob. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door knobs on the closet doors with Baldwin satin nickel dummy knobs. (affiliate link)
– Replaced the bronze door hinges on all three doors with satin nickel hinges.
– Replaced the ball catches on the closet doors.
– Installed a new doorstop for the office door.
– Replaced the windows.
– Removed the blinds.

We hired an electrician to update the electrical work in our house. For this room, that was:
– Replaced the outlets with white decorator outlets and wall plates.
– Replaced the toggle light switch with a white decorator rocker switch and wall plate.
– Replaced the cable outlet with a white decorator coax and wall plate.
– Replaced the phone jack with a white decorator jack and wall plate.
– Had hardwired smoke/carbon monoxide alarms installed in the house – one alarm was placed in this room. (affiliate link)
– Replaced and moved the breaker box. An old breaker box that was a bit of a fire hazard (it was a recalled model) was in the closet of this room. Since we needed to replace the breaker box, we had them move it to a safer location too. This was a big part of the electrical work we had done before we moved in the house.

Home Office {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Home Office Closet {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

I’m happy with the room, though I wish the concrete dye had worked on the floor. At first, I thought the room would be too cluttered with the bookshelves, desk, and chair, but it seems kind of cozy. This room gives me a great area to work on the computer and take care of household management items and small projects in a nice, organized space. We already had the bookshelves and oversized chair, but we bought the desk. I wanted a simple desk, and this one matches the bookshelves.

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Home Office | rainerlife.com

Puppy Love

I’m back! I took a long break over the summer since we had so much going on… something had to give, so the blog got neglected. We got a couple of big projects done over the summer, and I’ll have posts soon on the blog about what we did. For this post, I’m writing about our puppies. We adopted two puppies in March, but it seems I never wrote about them on the blog – so here goes…

Our new puppies | rainerlife.com

In March, Michael saw a Facebook post by our local animal shelter that listed four puppies that were picked up and available for adoption. It was a weekend when he saw the post, so Gavin and I went to the shelter on the following Monday morning to see the puppies. They were cuties! We decided on two pups – a male and a female. We completed the paperwork, paid the fees, and were able to pick up the pups later in the week after they had been neutered and spayed.

Gavin and the puppies | rainerlife.com

The puppies playing | rainerlife.com

The first day was great! They were cute, playful puppies. Then the second day happened. The boy puppy was sick, so I took him to the emergency animal clinic (it was a Sunday). They ran their tests, and he came back positive for parvo. I had the female puppy at the clinic too, but she did not test positive parvo. Taking care of a parvo puppy is really hard! The first couple of nights, I gave the boy pup fluids (Pedialyte or Gatorade) by syringe every 30 minutes. I didn’t get much sleep, but I was hoping to keep the puppy alive, so it seemed worth it. After the first couple of nights, I didn’t have to give him fluids as often, but I liked to check on him every hour or two. Giving constant fluids and the medicines prescribed by the veterinarian worked for our puppy. He survived and we named him Rocky… because he overcame defeat!

The female puppy stayed healthy and never got parvo. Once we knew the male pup had parvo, we separated the puppies and cleaned everything in the house they had come in contact with. Obviously, we had to keep the male puppy in his crate at all times, but we also kept the female puppy in her crate. I’m surprised she didn’t have it already, but I think keeping them separated and keeping everything clean helped prevent her from contracting it. The female’s coat is different than the male’s – they are both black dogs, but her color looks brown in the right light. So, we named our energetic little female puppy, Java.

The puppies were only about two months old when we got them, so they have grown a lot the last seven months. They are both happy, healthy dogs and are getting lots of love with their new family. Gavin gets along well with them, but he gets jealous of them and they get jealous of him. And they all aggravate each other at times. Sometimes though, they all play together really well, and it’s just the cutest things you’ve ever seen!

Gavin and the puppies | rainerlife.com

Gavin and the puppies | rainerlife.com

Gavin and Rocky | rainerlife.com

The puppies stay inside the house most of the time. We leave them outside a lot during the day, but if I’m home, I like to keep them inside with us. They’re still puppies though, meaning they have the occasional “accident” in the house and they chew on things they shouldn’t – mainly Gavin’s toys. So, they stay in their crates at night.

Since we adopted the puppies from the local shelter, their ancestry was a mystery. They were listed as labs, but it was just a guessing game as to what other breeds they may be. We decided to get Java’s DNA tested because we were curious if we were guessing right. We weren’t. Her DNA test came back that she was half weimaraner and half other breeds. The other breeds went back too far for the test to fully confirm which breeds, but they listed the most likely breeds as Labrador, German Shepard, and Chihuahua. That’s right. Chihuahua. I don’t see it. After looking over Java’s results, we kind of wanted to get Rocky’s DNA tested too. You know, to see if it came back with the same results. They were litter mates, so they should have the same breeds on their DNA profile, right? So, we sent in Rocky’s DNA too. He came back as half weimaraner and half other breeds. As Java’s results showed, the other breeds went back too far for definite conclusions. However, Rocky’s other breeds only listed Labrador and Chow Chow – it said Asian breed, but listed Chow Chow. They look nothing like Chow Chows. So, we just say we have Weimaraner/Labrador mixes.

The puppies (Rocky and Java) | rainerlife.com

Rocky and Java are almost always together, and they both stick pretty close to me too. Rocky has always stayed with me – I figured that was because we bonded during his time with parvo. He was getting a lot of one-on-one attention from me then. Java has come around though, and now she stays right with me too. Yep, that means I usually have two dogs and a toddler with me at all times in the house.

The puppies (Rocky and Java) | rainerlife.com

It is hard having two puppies. Part of it may be because I don’t have as much time to devote to them as they probably need. However, one of the reasons we wanted two puppies was because that would give them a buddy to hang out with. Most of my time is devoted to Gavin, so it’s nice that I can let the puppies outside and they can play together while I’m inside handling other things.

The puppies (Rocky and Java) | rainerlife.com

We are so excited to have these puppies as part of our family! I can’t wait to watch Gavin grow up with them. So much fun is in their future!

Backyard Deck

Backyard Deck | rainerlife.com

We had a deck in our backyard, but we recently made some improvements to it. Previous owners had built the deck – not sure when but it’s not that old. It was in need of staining and we wanted to cover and screen in part of it.

It’s a large deck with two levels – a top part then a step down to a lower part. We wanted to cover the top part and leave the bottom area open. Our design was pretty simple – a metal roof with wood frame that was stained to match the rest of the deck. The guys did a good job and it looks great. We extended the roof a few feet past the screened area to have a little bit of covered space that wasn’t screened, so the entire top level is covered but not all of it is screened.

The deck has three sets of stairs down to the backyard. One set of stairs is with the screened in area and we had a screen door put there. Michael built gates for the other two stairs. This has been very helpful with keeping an active toddler and puppies on the deck. Before the gates it was just open, so Gavin and the dogs would take off down the steps as soon as given the opportunity. Now we have gates that slow them down.

When we bought the house the deck had an orangish colored stain. Neither Michael nor I liked the orange, so we went darker with the stain to get something we thought we’d like more. We picked Olympic Dark Mahogany Semi-Transparent Stain, and are happy with the way it turned out.

Under the roof in the screened area we had a ceiling fan installed. We also had a couple of outdoor plugs added to the deck (inside and outside of the screened area). The ceiling fan is great since it’s always hot in Texas. The extra plugs are useful too. For now, we’re using one plug to keep a mini-refrigerator on the deck to keep cold drinks handy.

Ceiling Fan on Backyard Deck | rainerlife.com

We’ve been enjoying the deck every day since it was finished. We spend a lot of time outside, especially with Gavin and the puppies. This turned out to be one of those projects that was definitely worth the time and money.

Backyard Deck {Before & After} | rainerlife.com

Backyard Deck {Before & After} | rainerlife.com