Fashion,  Pregnancy

Downton Abbey, Hunger Games, Doctor Who, and Fall


This post will come to you in the manner of a list, because I have lots of thoughts today and I have to organize them somehow. As a forewarning, if you haven’t yet watched season three of Downton Abbey, or you don’t know how the Hunger Games trilogy ends, you should probably skip points two and three. Spoilers!

1. To say I felt saucy in these sunglasses would be an understatement. So, you know, forgive me for some of the poses. I was having lots of fun. Mr. Owl and I went shopping yesterday, since it was Labor Day and he had the day off, and I had the hardest time deciding between these and another pair of sunnies, but eventually these ones won out (thanks to voting on Instagram.) They’re just so retro and dramatic and fun! I felt like Catwoman (I don’t know) mixed with a vintage vixen. 7

2. Mr. Owl and I just finished watching season three of Downton Abbey. Oh. My. Goodness. If you haven’t seen it all and don’t know all of the things that happen in season three, skip this point! Really. I give away all of the spoilers because I just can’t keep it in.

So many things happen in season three! Mary and Matthew get married, Edith gets engaged and jilted at the altar, Sybil has a baby, Sybil dies, and then the big, dramatic conclusion(which I guessed about five minutes before it happened): Matthew goes and crashes his car. Honestly, I was much, much sadder at Sybil’s death than I was at Matthew’s. Sybil was so sweet and good to everyone, and her death was much more shocking than Matthew’s… and then there’s the fact that I really cannot watch men cry without breaking down myself. So I cried. A lot.

But when Matthew’s accident happened, it was kind of expected. He’s not paying attention, he’s got a new car, he’s thinking about his new baby, and speeding. They set it up pretty much to where you know he’s not going to make it. Plus, I was never very interested in Matthew until he connected with Branson, and started to meddle in the estate’s affairs and make sparks with Lord Grantham. Then, he had more character and started to catch my attention.

Still, I didn’t cry when he died. I sort of knew it was going to happen, and I think it’ll make season four very, very dramatic! Despite the tragedy, I think it’ll be great for the show.

What did you all think?

Also, does anyone love Edith as much as I do? I think she’s the most interesting and likeable of the three sisters (Mary is too cold, and Sybil was so sweet and loveable, but she didn’t have much else to her character.). I can’t wait to see what season four has for her!6

3. I also just finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy. My thoughts? It ended the way I had hoped it would. I’m glad she didn’t chose Gale; his character was never delved into enough and I really had no connection with him as a person. Peeta, though; you sort of know she loves Peeta all the way through. She might not really know it until the end, but that’s one thing the author was excellent at portraying: the confusion emotions that came up with him, and how she might not recognize them as love. But the reader totally knows she loves him more.

Also, much to my surprise from hearing others talk about it, I actually think I liked the third book the best. It split away from the “games” aspect of the first two books, and I think the third book is when we finally start to know, care about, and understand all of the characters much more.

Overall, though, they’re still not quite memorable (which means I won’t mind reading them again because I won’t remember anything!), and there were still many moments in the second book (not the third, thankfully) where I just didn’t think Katniss’s reactions and thoughts made sense with the rest of her character. 1

4. This is really overdue, but is anyone else really, really sad that Matt Smith is done being Doctor Who? And, despite that, incredibly intregued by their choice of the new Doctor? I cannot WAIT for the new season to start! Just from looking at him, I think Peter Capaldi might make a really great Doctor. And really, have they ever chosen a bad one? Not yet, anyway!

55. Fall is coming! I can’t believe it’s September already. I’m excited for pumpkin everything, and rain, and fall fashion, and fall colors… but let me tell you one thing I absolutely hate about fall: fall spiders.

Our house, apparently, is becoming a refuge for all manner of eight-legged critters, and I have been killing them left and right. With the usual amount of squeals. So far there has only been one large enough to send my heart racing  (thank you, mom, for rescuing me!), but UGH. I find them in the bathroom, on the stairs, in the laundry, behind the TV… everywhere. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl.


6. I have finally started to gain weight for this pregnancy. I feel like it’s long overdue; I am five months pregnant, and it was only in the last two weeks that I finally noticed I’d gained three pounds (and only then because I hopped on the scale!). I have been determined, though, to think positively when I notice pounds coming on. It’s hard for the majority of women to be positive about weight, and I have noticed many pregnant bloggers and friends bemoan the fact that the scale has gone up and they no longer fit their size whatever jeans. 15

Obviously, it’s hard to deal with body changes. I will admit that at first, I felt dread. The last time I tipped the scale over 165 pounds, I was young, extremely self-conscious, and definitely chubby. Though I’ve been expecting weight gain and know in my head it’s a good thing, I had a flash of “what if I gain 20 pounds and never lose it?” and that brought on an avalanche of memories– not good ones– from being 18 and 5 sizes larger than the majority of my friends.


But then I gave myself a mental slap and an eyeroll. I may still love Pringles and chocolate, but I’m not the same girl who would sit and eat an entire can of chips and a king-sized candy bar on a weekly basis (or sometimes, twice-weekly). I no longer buy myself a candy bar every time I go to the store. Last week, I ate a Reeses Peanut Butter cup for the first time in… who knows, six months?

And, while I may have eaten about five homemade Peanut Butter M&M cookies this weekend because my husband had a three day weekend and has a huge sweet tooth, most importantly: I’m pregnant. Half the weight I’ve gained is the baby, womb fluids, the placenta, and whatever other internal things there are during pregnancy.


And the other half has doubtless gone to my boobs, because my hips haven’t changed at all. So with all of that in mind, the fears have been assuaged. For now. I know I’ll go through more significant changes in the next four months. I’ll be gaining at least seven more pounds solely of baby, likely twice that, maybe three times that, and it’s okay. It’s good and healthy to gain between fifteen and thirty pounds during pregnancy. I hope you other pregnant mommies know that.

If ever there was a woman above all others who definitely should not be worrying about weight, it’s a pregnant one.


3Thrifted Motherhood Dress | Modcloth Beets Me Wedge | Target Earrings | Cute Little Fox Anima Ring c/o Oasap

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Tomorrow, I will finally have a new laptop, and I cannot WAIT! Mine is so overdue for replacement. No more waiting 30 minutes for pictures to upload, switching between the laptop and the desktop to blog, working with an overheated computer… it’s going to be lovely.

Do you have any exciting plans this week?


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  • Mom

    Love you, Sweetie! If you are like me, and I know you are, you will lose at least 25 pounds of water, placenta and baby in the hospital before you go home. I am glad you’re not sweating the weight gain. I would worry if you didn’t gain weight!

  • Elana

    Thanks for the warning, I closed my eyes while scrolling over the Downton Abbey bit! Still need to finish watching that…
    You’re not alone, I also thought Mockingjay was the best of the trilogy. I never felt that Katniss reacted without reason or out of character though. But that’s just an opinion! 🙂

    • Eccentric Owl

      Haha, good! I hope you like the rest of Downton! I can’t wait to see the next season!
      I think that there were just moments when perhaps the way she reacted could have been explained better. Maybe not exactly acting out of character, but… not enough reason given for why she acted that way? But I didn’t feel like she got out of character in Mockingjay, and maybe that’s why I liked it best!

  • Amia

    1. Those sunnies are amazing!
    2. I loved Matthew the whole way through and I was so sad that he died! I agree that Sybil’s death hit me a lot harder, but I was devastated. I guess that’s what Mary gets for being such a cold lady. Edith is cool too, I just feel so bad for her, she is so unlucky in love.
    3. Honestly, my brain has lost that last book in the trilogy, it was mainly a war right? Oops!
    4. I’m excited for Peter Capaldi, I think he’s going to do great! I also started watching his show “The Thick of It” which is on Hulu for free, and he’s a pretty funny guy. I’ll miss Matt Smith but he’s leaving didn’t hit me as hard as Eccelston and Tennant.
    5. I love fall. I’ve officially drank too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes already!
    6. You are a beautiful pregnant woman and no matter what weight you gain, it’s all to help baby Owl grow 🙂

    • Eccentric Owl

      I liked Matthew, but not enough that his death really affected me other than feeling sorry for Mary and their new baby. I am a little sad, but I’m also really excited to see how it affects the next season!
      Haha, yeah, the third book was mainly war. I think I liked it best because finally the characters were really well explained and delved into!
      I cannot WAIT to see Peter Capaldi! I haven’t seen him in anything, but he just looks like he’ll be good. I’ll have to check out “The Thick of It”! And I only got hit hard when Eccleston left; he was my favorite. I didn’t actually watch Tennant’s last few episodes because I knew I’d be sad. Hehe.

  • Marla Rogers

    I feel so creepy commenting on all your posts, but I seriously LOVE your style! Your maternity fashion sense is so freaking cute, I hope I’m this fabulous when I start having kids! That dress, those sunnies…UGH! And you’re just gorgeous yourself :]

  • lanette pieterse

    Oh Downton Abbey… I wasn’t the biggest Matthew fan either but he started to grow on me from season two. I was just so annoyed when he died and yelled at my television screen and declared that I was done with DA forever. Which is a lie of course, I can’t wait for season 4 to start. I’m a Mary fan, I don’t know why.

    • Eccentric Owl

      Haha, yeah, I think I felt more annoyance than sadness at his death; like… they finally just had gotten happy, and now he’s dead. But I think it’ll be great for season four.

  • Salazar

    I am so done with Downton. The later half of season 3, after Sybil died, was a complete snoozefest for me, and I was angry about Matthew’s death not because he’s my favorite character, but because of the ridiculous soap opera-ness of it all. I saw the trailer for season 4 and rolled my eyes so hard. I’ll probably read the recap on Tom & Lorenzo if they’re still doing it, but I’m done watching the show.

    • Eccentric Owl

      Aww, yeah. I guess it was kind of slow after Sybil’s death, but I’m really interested to see how Edith’s character progresses. And I think Matthew’s death will spice things up. Then again, I’m too much of a sucker for period drama, so I don’t mind the soap-opera-ness as much! And I LOVE the Dowager Countess, so… y’know. She just cracks me up.

  • Julie C

    Totally agree with you on Downton Abbey – I felt a little sad but not as sad as I was about Cybil. I heard the actor that played Matthew wanted out so he was killed off.

    The sunglasses rock!

    You look great – don’t worry too much about the weight. Eat healthy and you’ll be fine. Normal weight gain is between 25-30 pounds. If you decide to breast feed the weight will fly off.

    Enjoy your pregnancy and your time with Mr Owl. 🙂

  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    Oh, yay, another person satisfied with Mockingjay! I also thought it was a good wrap-up. Most of the people I know who read it, though, were disappointed! I guess they wanted a teen romance happily ever after. But I don’t think a happily ever after could have worked for this story at all.

    Speaking of books, how’s you’re writing coming along lately? Worked on anything I’ve read?