Hey peeps! Wow I really fell off the blog wagon last month. Thanks Christmas. I was seriously just so busy with work (it was our peak season), my boyfriend's family being in town for Christmas (we had so much fun!), and then going to Arizona for New Year's. Whew! So I'm finally catching up on LIFE! One of my goals this year was to be better at planning, so hopefully that will help me stay on top of my blogging too!
I want to connect with you more this year, so follow me on Instagram @taylorashleyblog or hit me up on Twitter @tayashleyblog !! Come say hi! And without further ado...Friday Favorites!
1. Meryl Streep
I personally did not watch the Golden Globes. I'm not that into award shows. But I definitely saw the highlights and Meryl Streep was at the top of that list. Ms. Streep received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and did not use her acceptance speech to talk about herself. Instead, she used the time to call out President-elect Donald Trump for making fun of a disabled journalist and for setting this as a precedent for the rest of the United States.
In her moving speech she says:
But there was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there’s nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out my head because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. OK, go on with that thing. OK, this brings me to the press. We need the principled press to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.
Wanna know how Donald...er, I mean...President-elect Donald Trump responded? On Twitter of course!
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn't know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2017
2. Obama Farewell Video
Speaking of celebrities and the White House, a video of many A-list celebrities and athletes was shared, where they honored President Barack Obama by sharing their most memorable 'Bama moments. The video included celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Tom Hanks, and Ellen DeGeneres to name a few. #YesWeCan
This video was shared a day before Mr. President threw a major goodbye party, and by the looks of it, all of Hollywood showed up. Meanwhile, last I heard, Donald Trump still can't get any A-Lister to perform at his inauguration on January 20.
3. Ed Sheeran
Last Friday, after a year hiatus, Ed Sheeran dropped not one, but two new songs for us! The first time I heard "Shape of You" I was like, wait a minute...I've heard this before! You know where? Snapchat! That sneakster put the song on Snap as a filter for a couple of days before the song was even released! Ed Sheeran, you sly devil, you!
4. Clemson v. Alabama
I don't really know too much or care about football. But...my little sister played soccer for Clemson, so we were pretty invested in this game. We even went to Arizona to watch the Tigers in the playoff game. But this national championship game was something else! Last year, these same two schools battled for the title, and Alabama came out with the W. So this year was super important for Clemson to get redemption. And they did. With 1 second left in the game. Check out the winning moments set to the Titanic theme song "My Heart Will Go On." Most perfect thing I have seen all week.
5. Snow Day at the Zoo
Portland, Oregon is known for getting lots and lots of rain, but this week they got quite a bit of snow! Power lines fell, schools were closed, cars were abandoned on the highways...but the animals at the zoo were in actual heaven playing in all the snow!