Welcome to New York (Recap)

August 19, 2016

Even though we’ve been back for almost a week, I’m still getting used to life back in small town South Carolina after spending five days in New York City! To say things are different is an understatement.

The trip, spurred by an extremely lucky chance at two decently-priced “Hamilton” tickets, was meant to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary and my 27th birthday, both of which had passed the two weeks prior to our trip. (In case you missed it, I recapped my thoughts on seeing Hamilton live yesterday on the blog.) If you can believe it, Nick and I haven’t flown together since 2014 when we visited DC, so going on a “proper” trip was long overdue.

The Hotel

NYLO NYC Hotel - New York City - Upper West Side

Nick and I spent a lot of time looking (and stressing) over where we were going to stay. I knew that NYC was pricey and the rooms were notoriously tiny. Not so great for a girl who’s claustrophobic an d on a limited budget. After lots of searching we eventually settled on the NYLO NYC hotel. We stayed at a NYLO location in Plano, TX a few years ago and really enjoyed the experience, so we knew the caliber of the hotel. The lobby of the hotel was absolutely gorgeous and our room was too. (It was very small, but we made it work. Plus the bed was insanely comfortable.) If you’re looking for a moderately priced hotel in NYC, we definitely recommend NYLO. It’s located in the Upper West Side on Broadway and 77th, so it was easy to walk to the subway and had lots of great food options within just a few blocks.

Tip: No matter what you’re planning to see in NYC, this hotel is a great location. It was just two blocks away from Central Park and the Museum of Natural History, both of which are great things to see!

The Food

Nice Matin - New York City - Brunch - Upper West Side

Speaking of food, it’s a pretty important thing to us when we are traveling! But because we did SO MUCH WALKING during the day that we stuck close to our hotel for dinner each night. Many of my recommendations came from blog friends (especially Betsy) and they did not disappoint. We didn’t really hit the ~hot spots~ (in Hell’s Kitchen or anywhere in lower Manhattan really) because we didn’t want to spend tons of money on food this trip. Favorites included Nice Matin for brunch, Luke’s Lobster for a quick dinner, and Celeste Pizza* for some yummy Italian. We also hit up Gray’s Papaya (Nick liked it more than I did) and Shake Shake (I liked it more than Nick did.) The star of the trip was absolutely Levain Bakery. If you go, you HAVE to get the chocolate cookies. They are divine and unlike anything I’ve had before.

Tip: Many places we went to only accepted cash. It’s probably a good idea to carry cash with you when visiting NYC. There are ATMs all over the place and since we bank with Bank of America there was always one nearby. (Not sponsored, just the truth)

The Sights

While we had a general idea of the kinds of things we wanted to see while in NYC, we tried not to schedule too much so that we could enjoy being on vacation! Two things we purchased prior to our trip was tickets for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and The Tour at NBC Studios. Both of these attractions fill up early so you want to make sure to purchase them prior to your trip.

Since we waited to buy tickets until the week before our trip, we were only able to visit the grounds of the Statue of Liberty and weren’t able to go into the podium or crown, but it was the perfect amount of “playing tourist” for me. An audio tour is included in your ticket price so we took these and walked the perimeter of the island, which took about an hour. We knew it would be busy and very hot since we visited in August so we took the ferry that departed from Battery Park at 8:30 a.m. It was the perfect time to go, even if it did rain a little. Ellis Island was definitely worth checking out as well. Seeing the huge registry room took my breath away. You could feel the history on this entire island.

Manhattan - New York City - Statue of Liberty

Tip: Take travel sized umbrellas with you if there’s even a slight chance of rain in the forecast. We were saved by these twice on our trip.

After departing on the ferry from Ellis Island, we made the 10 minute walk to Trinity Church. Prior to my “Hamilton” obsession, I knew this church from a movie I watch more often than I might admit: National Treasure. (No lie, I watched it last night on HBO.) In addition to the historical nature of the church, I really wanted to see the graves of Alexander Hamilton, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler Church.

Alexander Hamilton grave - Trinity Church - New York City

Tip: In the last song in Hamilton, Eliza sings that Angelica is buried at Trinity Church near Hamilton. Well in this case, “near” is a relative term. In fact, she’s buried on the other side of the church towards the back of the graveyard. There’s an American flag and historical marker that indicates her plot.

Angelica Schuyler Church - Trinity Church - New York City

A short jaunt over a few blocks from Trinity Church is the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This was such a surreal experience, even though we didn’t enter the museum itself. The footprints of each tower is now a memorial fountain. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go (I’m not great at handling emotional things like that) but I’m glad we visited. I think the most heart-wrenching thing was seeing a construction worker just walking around and visiting the memorial on his lunch break. Even with him living in the city, he took time out of his day to visit and pay respect. It was really touching!

That afternoon we took The Tour at NBC Studios, which was a real treat! I’m a huge fan of the NBC network and its shows so it was so cool to be able to see the studios where things are done. Since the Olympics were going on, basically the entire NBC team is in Rio so we didn’t have any sightings. But because of that, Jimmy Fallon’s show was on a break and we were able to tour his studio. It’s much smaller than you might think! We also got to see the studio where they film SNL and it’s also much smaller than it looks. TV magic, I suppose.

NBC Studios - Rainbow Room - New York City

Friday we spent the morning out of the sun (it was BRUTAL, y’all) and inside at the Museum of Natural History. Yes, this is the one from Night at the Museum! Having visited many museums in DC and Houston, I was very impressed with the quality of the exhibits.

Tip: You should be wearing comfortable shoes through the whole trip but especially here at the Museum. It took us about three and a half hours to do the whole thing. I accidentally wore flats instead of my comfy sneakers and my feet were killing me! 

We continued our day of museums and visited the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that afternoon. On Fridays beginning at 4 p.m. the museum is free admission so we took advantage of that! Unfortunately so did EVERYONE ELSE IN NEW YORK CITY. It was extremely packed. But the chance to see Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and and Monet’s “Water Lillies” up close was totally worth the crowd. This was one of my favorite things we did in NYC.

The Shows

Hamilton Musical - Richard Rogers Theatre - New York City

If you read my Hamilton post from earlier this week, you’ll know that it was one of the best experiences of my life. Being able to see a show on Broadway was such a cool experience. And for it to have been the reigning Tony Award winner for Best Musical? Even better. I won’t go into how much I loved it again, but I highly highly recommend it for anyone at all.

We ended our trip to NYC on Friday night with another Broadway show, The Color Purple. It also won a Tony this year for Best Revival of a Musical and its lead actress, Cynthia Erivo, won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical. Plus my girl Danielle Brooks (she’s from South Carolina!) from “Orange is the New Black” was also in the play. Having known nothing about the play before we saw it was a little challenging (sometimes it was hard to follow) but the music and performances by the cast were flawless. Cynthia brings tears to my eyes anytime she opened her mouth, and Danielle was the perfect comic relief. It was a great show!

The Color Purple - Jacobs Theatre - New York City

The Transportation

Getting from LaGuardia to the Upper West Side was fairly simple. We opted for a private taxi since there were two of us and the trip only took about 20-25 minutes. I believe we paid $35 plus tip for the ride. For me it was so much less of a hassle than the subway might have been.

However, we did take the subway for everything else on our trip. It’s easily the cheapest option and while it might not be the easiest or most glamorous, it is fairly quick and helps you save a few bucks. For our purposes we only ever took the “1” train (it’s the red line) that runs north to south. When we went to the Statue of Liberty we took it from the 79th street station to Battery Park which was right beside the ferry. Mostly we took in to the 50th street station which is just north of Times Square.

When leaving the hotel to get back to the airport the hotel offered a private car which was very nice. We encountered a little bit of traffic but nothing too bad. We had time to eat lunch before our flight (The Delta/American Airlines terminal in LaGuardia has some pretty good food!) and I even took a short nap while waiting to board our flight back to Charlotte.

Overall we really enjoyed our trip to New York and even though we didn’t do everything that we had hoped to do, it was both a relaxing trip and also full of excitement!

Have you ever been to NYC? Were you able to take a trip this summer?

7 Things to Know Before Seeing Hamilton on Broadway

August 17, 2016

Well folks. It happened. I saw Hamilton on Broadway last week.

Nick and I decided to take the plunge and purchase some (relatively) inexpensive tickets to the show back in May. After some convincing (and begging… lots of begging) we purchased the tickets as a joint 5th wedding anniversary gift to each other. I plan to cover our entire trip in a blog post tomorrow, but I wanted to focus solely on Hamilton first because I’ve had so many people ask me about our experience seeing the show!

I thought it would be best to just break it down into bullet points. Hopefully you can use these tips and tricks if you have the chance to see it on Broadway! (And it’s not as hard as you might think…)

7 Things to Know Before You See Hamilton

7. Be wary about where you purchase your tickets, but don’t worry about where you sit. Buying tickets at face value from Ticketmaster is almost impossible since the tickets disappear as soon as they are posted. Because of that, be sure to exercise caution if purchasing through StubHub. After having worked at an event venue for four years, I saw many folks scammed and disappointed after buying fake tickets online. That’s not to say that all tickets on StubHub are fake, but the only way to get certified tickets for the show is through Ticketmaster. They have a resale option built into the ticketing page, so be sure to look there. (A few years ago I wrote a blog post for my former employer talking about safely buying tickets online. Can you tell I’m passionate about this?)

When you get to deciding where you want to sit, I promise you that any seat is a good one. Our seats were on the last row of the lower mezzanine in the exact center and I loved seeing the stage from above. I have friends who sat very close to the absolute back row and they still thought they had the best seat in the house!

I should also mention that while tickets are expensive, they aren’t hard to find. I found 12 seats for today’s show starting at $435 each on Ticketmaster. You can also enter the digital lottery, but be sure to confirm your email address after entering!

6. There’s no need to arrive more than an hour early. The doors open 30 minutes prior to the event, and folks typically don’t start lining up earlier than an hour before the show. If you already have tickets, there’s no need to rush! You will have plenty of time to get your merch and drinks before the show starts. If you want to stay nearby the theater, Times Square is literally around the corner. Go be touristy and kill some time before the show!

I do want to mention: if you’re going to a Wednesday matinee like we did, you should absolutely go see Ham4Ham! Ham4Ham is an in-person lottery done at noon on Wednesdays, unlike the digital lottery that’s done for all of the other shows. Guests are treated to a live performance by Hamilton cast members, other Broadway actors or musical guests. The best part? It’s hosted by Rory O’Malley, the current King George. Even though we weren’t entering the lottery, we were able to see the “show.” We arrived at around 11:40 and joined the crowd inside the barricades.

5. The lines for the bathroom get super long. Well, I can’t speak for the men’s bathroom but I’ve heard rumors that folks have missed the beginning of the second act of the show because of bathroom lines. I drank about half a bottle of water while waiting for the show to start, but I kept it at that. I didn’t want to struggle with my notoriously small bladder! (#TMI, whatever.) So if you can avoid a trip to the bathroom, definitely do so.

4. Yes, merch and drinks are expensive. A soda costs about $7, but you do get a souvenir Hamilton “sippy cup” so I think it’s worth it. My friend and fellow Hamilfan Mia recommends the Hamiltini and the Founder’s Fizz if you’re looking for an adult beverage. T-shirts are roughly $40 each but the designs are gorgeous and it’s a (probably) once in a lifetime experience so I say go for it! Oh, and be generous to the staff selling snacks and merch. They have a lot to deal with, so flash them a smile, say thanks, and give them a tip. It goes a long way. Oh, and if you’re sitting in the mezzanine, they have additional booths up there, so skip the lines in the lobby!

3. Don’t be discouraged about not seeing the “original broadway cast.” We purchased our tickets in May for our August showing knowing that contracts for the show came up in July and Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) would be leaving. We also knew that Lin Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Schuyler/Hamilton) would also be leaving sometime in the summer, but we hoped it would be after our Aug. 10 show. Unfortunately all three of these cast members PLUS Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) departed before we could see them. I held on to the fact that we would still be able to see Chis Jackson (George Washington), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), and Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton).

Well, lo and behold, all of the above cast members were off for our particular show. (We did get to see Oak though!) But you guys. It honestly did. not. matter. one. bit. Every single person in this cast and company were absolutely fantastic. Javier Munoz (Alexander Hamilton or “Javilton” as we lovingly refer to him) brought something entirely different to the part and honestly blew me away. Lexi Lawson was the perfect choice for delicate but headstrong Eliza and our Angelica (Alysha Deslorieux) sounded so similar to Renee that I almost couldn’t tell a difference.

But the star of the show was Andrew Chappelle as Lafayette/Jefferson. I’ve followed Andrew on Snapchat and Twitter for a few months now and he is freaking hilarious. I was so nervous to see how someone could possibly fill Daveed’s shoes because the role felt so tailored to him. But y’all: Andrew KILLED IT. He brought the perfect combination of Lafayette’s insanely difficult raps to Jefferson’s sass and so, so much more. I don’t believe he has been cast officially in this role, but it’s just a matter of time, in my opinion. He had the entirely audience rolling on the floor in laughter every time he was on the stage.

2. Bring tissues. Even though I’m a sensitive soul, movies, books or TV shows don’t typically make me cry. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve cried on my couch, bed or in a theater over something I’m reading or seeing. Well folks, “Hamilton” is easily one of those experiences that has brought me to tears. And guess what? Everyone on my row, women AND men, were crying too. Just do yourself a favor and slip some Kleenex in your pocket. Thank me later.

1. The show will blow you away. I didn’t think that I could possibly love Hamilton anymore than I already did. After Nick introduced it to me last Thanksgiving, I listened to the soundtrack at least twice a week since then. I know every line, every ad lib, every note. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement. To be honest, I wasn’t sure it would live up to the expectation I had created in my mind.

Well, I’m pleased to tell you that it absolutely did live up to it. In fact, it went above and beyond. Merely listening to these songs at the office or in the car offers only one dimension. Seeing the looks on the characters faces, the choreography, the costumes, the set… all of these combined amplified everything I already loved about the show. Some lyrics were delivered in a slightly different way that made me understand them more than I had before and many of the artistic decisions had my jaw on the floor. It was a stunning (STUNNING) piece of art that I cannot wait to see again. (Donations to Whitney’s Hamilton fund can be made via Paypal… *wink*)

So have I convinced you to buy tickets to the show yet? I promise you won’t be disappointed! If you somehow made it through this entire post without having listened to the soundtrack… just go to Spotify and listen to it right now.

Celebrating My Birthday at Codescape Charlotte (Review)

August 3, 2016

Codescape Charlotte

Yesterday I celebrated my 27th birthday! As many other Leos may agree, I love celebrating and telling everyone it’s my birthday. It’s a day all about me! (Typical Leo, right?)

When Nick was planning what to do, I told him that I wanted to do something fun. A simple dinner just wasn’t going to cut it this year. (I should note that we are going to NYC next week to see “Hamilton” as a 5th wedding anniversary/27th birthday combo gift, so we did already have plans!) In his search for fun things to do in Charlotte, Nick stumbled upon Codescape, an escape room located near Plaza Midwood in Uptown Charlotte. As soon as he told me what we were doing, I was super excited. I had in fact thought about doing an escape room for his birthday in April, so I was looking forward to finally being able to do it!

But y’all. I was SCARED. Sometimes when I’m put into a high-pressure situation, my anxiety kicks in and I just freeze. Especially if there’s a scary or supernatural aspect to the situation! Thankfully Nick told me that the reviews said the room wasn’t super scary, so my excitement outweighed my nerves.

When we arrived at Codescape, the staff was very friendly. They helped to calm my nerves when they discovered that it was our first time doing an escape room and explained everything perfectly. Since the rooms are for up to eight players, we were paired with three other people. Thankfully they were also super nice and we got really close, really fast.

We chose “The Residents,” which is about a house that dates back to 1881. “Despite its longstanding presence, the home has rarely been occupied. Families would move in, and quickly be driven away… Five past residents ended up in a nearby psychiatric institution, all curiously alluding to the old home’s attic as the sole source of their derangement… (Codescape description of “The Residents”)

Instead of it being one giant room like other escape rooms, the puzzle was divided into four smaller rooms. Although I did like this because it allowed us to move around, it did limit the number of people that I felt were comfortable in the room. The website recommends 2-8 but I felt like 5 was a little cramped. I can’t imagine what it would be like if there were eight people in that first small room! Not good for folks who are a bit claustrophobic like me.

You have 60 minutes to “escape” from the room, and while we did not make it in that time, we were mere minutes from being complete. There were two parts that held us up, but once we ran out of time, the “gamemaster” came in and helped us finish the rest of the puzzle. It was only two more steps that took maybe 4 minutes. We definitely could have finished it on our own given just a few more minutes!

During the 60 minutes you’re given three chances to ask for clues or hints. We spread those out over the time but were lucky that sometimes our gamemaster offered up “freebies.” Although this may frustrate some guests, we appreciated it because most of them were something like, “you’re on the right track, just try it another way.”

The main question that I’ve gotten was, “is it scary?” If you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t do scary things. Haunted houses, horror movies, nothing like that. (Except my favorite holiday is Halloween… explain that one?) I was very nervous through most of the game and though there were two “jump scares,” I found most of it to be okay. (Just forget about that time that I got scared because of something that happened and I jumped two feet in the air and grabbed one of the girls that was in there with us by the waist. They all laughed because Nick was in another room and wasn’t there to save me! Tsk tsk husband…) The mood is definitely set by the music playing in the background and the props in the room. These rooms were all perfectly set. After reading the website, I learned that many of the crew worked on “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” sets, so they are definitely top notch.

So, would I do it again? Absolutely. It was a great way to spend a birthday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely want to go back and try some of the other rooms!

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own! Codescape doesn’t know who I am or that I did this review. I just wanted to share our experience!

How to Keep a Happy Cat in a Dog-Dominated Home

July 26, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LitterOdorRevolution #CollectiveBias

Are you a cat person or a dog person? They say you can’t be both, but I respectfully disagree. I love any and all cute and cuddly creatures. If it has four legs and fur, I will probably fall in love with it.

About six years ago I started bugging Nick to get our first pet. You see, my family has always had cats. Mostly strays that liked to hang out outside our home, but we always had some kind of fur creature around. Once I went off to college I missed having something snuggly in my life, so shortly after Nick and I got engaged, we adopted our first cat, Susie.

Susie Kitten

Susie is one of the most unique cats I’ve ever met (but don’t we all say this about our pets?) She is so playful, loves to jump on top of the refrigerator and observe the surroundings, and also is extremely stubborn. I’ve never met a cat who is so strong-willed. She’s vocal and loves to communicate with you through chirps and squeaks.

But, after a two years and a move across the country, I started itching to give Susie a sister. And this time, we wanted a puppy. Since I grew up in a cat family, this would be my first dog and we weren’t exactly sure how Susie, our only child for nearly two years, would handle it. Thankfully our dog Anabelle (a shepherd/collie mix) acts more like a cat than a dog, and she and Susie got along just fine when we introduced them in 2012.

Fast forward to 2015 and we added Jack (a border collie) to the household. My first male pet, he acts exactly what I would imagine a little boy to act like. He and Susie… well… they’ve learned to live with each other. He has more energy than Susie and Anabelle combined (multiplied times a million) so it’s been a learning process for all of us in the family.

As I imagine it is with human children, we’ve had to remember to give each of our fur kids the love and attention that they deserve individually. Remembering to fulfill all of the proper cat needs that Susie has is difficult when you have the other two (very high maintenance) pets to attend to! I wanted to share with you all a few ways that we keep a happy cat in our dog-dominated home:

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– We have a nightly ritual between just us and the cat. Each evening since we have gotten Susie, as we settle into bed, I give her a few cat treats to sort of call the day to an end. And Susie has her ritual too! As we walk into the bedroom, she pops up onto our nightstand and patiently waits for us to pull out the treat bag. After a few treats and chin rubs, she takes a quick bath and then snuggles into bed in between my feet.

– Learn your cats’ behavior. For example, I know that Susie will not eat out of her food bowl if she can see the bottom of the dish, so I make sure to always keep her dish full. She also refuses to drink out of the water dish meant for her. She will only drink out of the dog bowl! Because of that, I make sure that she is getting enough water throughout the day to keep her hydrated.

Litter Genie Susie 1

– Updated vaccinations and medications are essential. Many cat owners don’t keep their cats on flea/tick/heartworm medications if they are indoors because they don’t see the need if they aren’t going outside. Even though Susie likes to slip out every once in a while, she is a 100% indoor cat. Since the dogs go out often, we make sure that Susie is kept on these medications in case the dogs bring something in from outside.

– Scratching posts are necessary to keep your furniture safe. Susie loves, and I mean LOVES to pick at things. When we got Jack I purchased a large cat tree that allows Susie to get her scratching out and has kept her (somewhat) from using our upholstered headboard as a scratching post.

– Allow cats to have their own space. Susie doesn’t mind the dogs too much but when they get rowdy, she needs to room to herself. During the day we block off our master suite so that Susie can get in but the dogs can’t. This gives her a chance to take a nap in peace without dog noses being stuck all over.

– Keep the litter box clean! Other than simple sanitary reasons, it’s imperative for us to keep our litter box clean because the dogs see the litter box as… well… boxes with “treats” for them. We love this particular litter box because it’s harder for the dogs to go “litter-diving.” We don’t need the dogs getting into the box and eating “treats!” Thankfully the Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System allows us to clean out the litter box quickly and easily. If you’re curious what it is, imagine small trash can that seals away used litter so that you don’t have to take trips to the large trash can each time. We absolutely love it! I’m cleaning the little box once a day now, where as I was doing it maybe twice a week before. I love that you only have to “take out the trash” once every 2 weeks because everything is sealed away so it helps eliminate odors wherever you keep your litter box.

Litter Genie Susie 2

Litter Genie Pail 1

And, since we’re in an apartment I’m thankful that the Litter Genie® Pail is small, discreet and doesn’t take up too much room. It’s so easy to use and took just a couple of minutes to set up. The best part? I didn’t have to go to a specialty pet store to find it. I buy all of my pet supplies at Target and this was no different! You can find the Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System right beside the litter boxes in the pet section. (Or you can grab it online. I also loved the price – just $14.99! Absolutely, 100% worth it.) So as I’m grabbing my cat treats, catnip and laser pointers at Target, I can grab a refill for my Litter Genie® Pail every two months.

Litter Genie Target

Now, I want to know, how do you keep a happy cat? I know many of you are “crazy cat ladies” so I want to know what makes your feline companion happy!

What’s an Appropriate Spoiler Policy in an Age of Live-Tweeting Everything?

July 25, 2016

We’ve all had it happen to us. We’re casually scrolling along Twitter and out of nowhere, someone posts a spoiler about a TV show we aren’t caught up on or a movie we have yet to see.

Sansa Game of Thrones

For many people this can be extremely frustrating. My husband Nick and I started watching Game of Thrones on Memorial Day weekend 2015, nearly five years after the show first premiered. Because of our busy schedules and other commitments, we didn’t finish watching the show until two weeks ago, nearly a year and a month after we initially started watching. In fact, another whole season had come and gone in the time it took us to catch up.

We did everything that we could to avoid spoilers. We didn’t go on Twitter on Sunday evenings. Monday mornings were infuriating as we carefully tried to avoid seeing anything revealing the previous night’s episode.

Many people think that spoilers aren’t a big deal. If you aren’t caught up on a show, you have no right to complain about being spoiled, right? I say, no, that’s wrong and completely misguided. In this day and age of DVRs and streaming services, most people don’t tune in for TV shows live anymore. To me, it comes down to respect. How would you feel if someone told you the big twist at the end of a season of your favorite TV show? As much as you may be excited to talk about the show, be respectful of those who may not have been able to watch. Message friends privately or use other means to communicate about the show. If you do feel like you need to post about the events you just saw, speak in general terms (“Did you guy see GoT tonight? OMG! I couldn’t believe that.”)

But what’s the grace period for spoilers? 24 hours? A week? An entire season? The Artifice tackles this exact question in a post from 2015 on “The Science of How Spoilers Can Ruin TV.” (They share a graphic from Vulture.com outlining a statute of limitations system which I 100% completely disagree with. Only 3 days for unmarked spoiled allowed in a headline?? Shame. Shame. Shame.)

I personally think that spoilers for shows that are currently on the air should never be shared without a warning on social media. That includes season one spoilers for shows currently on their 5th or 6th or 7th season. Memes or articles with spoiler images should not be shared and news outlets (here’s looking at you, HuffPo) should be more discrete about their headlines or images. I’ve had multiple things spoiled for me because of headlines like “Here’s what (insert actor name) has to say about last night’s tragic GoT ending.” Wow, could you be more obvious???

Here’s where things get dicey: what about shows that have been off the air for multiple years? Are they still covered under this spoiler policy?

The story that has inspired this blog post: a couple of years ago, Nick and I saw something on TV about the show “Lost” and I made a comment revealing the ending of the show. Keep in mind this was 2013 and the show ended in 2010. Nick. was. FURIOUS. I kept claiming “I thought everyone knew how it ended!!!” but that didn’t make the situation any better. I felt horrible, but also felt like 3 years was a little more than acceptable to discuss the show. I took to Twitter, and most people agreed that I was in the right to assume that it was ok and that 3 years was more than okay to discuss it. Unfortunately Nick didn’t agree and it has been a point of disagreement in our relationship ever since.

Another quick story: I have a podcast that I really enjoy listening to, but the duo discusses multiple TV shows each week at length with no spoiler warnings of any kind. I really dislike that and ended up stopping listening to the podcast because I hated being randomly spoiled with no warning.

So friends, I want to know: what is your “spoiler policy?” Do you believe in a certain time frame? Can we all just come up with an acceptable policy so we can stop ruining things for each other?