13 Random Thoughts While Binge Watching Fuller House

It should come as no surprise to you given my many #90s references in earlier posts, I was a Full House fan.


And as fan, I am one of the many across the country responsible for the 326k tweets (last checked at 4:24am) about the Fuller House premiere.

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The creators had nostalgic-me at its inception. While I knew it would be corny and not likely to blend with today’s culture (and I was proven right), I devoured every article, cast photo tweet, teaser, and trailer that led to the debut. And it’s that same nostalgia and desire to take a stroll down memory lane to revisit very-much-missed old friends that had me binge watch the full season (13 episodes).


And, of course, I had thoughts while watching. Here are a few.

*Obligatory warning: spoilers included.*

  • It’s been 29 years! How’s that possible? 2016-1987=29. Hmm okay it’s possible.
  • 11 pm is a ridiculous time to start watching what you know is 1 of 13 episodes. As with potato chips, you never eat just one. No matter how much you convince yourself you will. Sooo tired.
  • Nostalgia is real.
  • I felt all the feelings. DJ confessing to baby Tommy that she’s overwhelmed and scared to parent 3 children on her own. Steff sharing with DJ that she can’t have kids. Danny unable to let go of his beloved couch.
  • Love the career choices for the ladies. A vet. A DJ (ironically, not DJ’s profession but her sister Stephanie’s). A party planner.
  • Thank you for not hiring Abercrombie models to play the kids. Though good looking, these actors can easily be found at any K-12 school or neighborhood mall in America. They’re not perfect, which makes them relatable.
  • The baby playing Tommy has great comedic timing. And those chubby cheeks are too adorable.
  • Fernando genuinely makes me laugh. And as dramatic as he is, it makes me happy that someone loves Kimmy to the core where most everyone else just tolerate her. Let them get married again.
  • I understand that the 25th anniversary vow renewal of Jesse and Becky was meant as a plot advancement for Kimmy and Fernando, but it made zero sense for the twins (Alex and Nicky) and Danny to be absent. It made even less sense that no one mentioned why.
  • Are Lori Loughlin and John Stamos drinking the blood of virgin unicorns? How can they look so amazing after all these years?
  • Some (most?) first loves should stay in the past. Just because there was chemistry once, doesn’t mean there will be again. I cried with DJ when she and Steve broke up as teenagers and loved that they reconnected in the final episode of the original show. However, the past, in this case, needs to remain in the past. The DJ and Steve of today have zero chemistry. It was awkward and uncomfortable watching the actors force it. Some doors are meant to stay close. And memories are meant to remain protected and taken out only every couple few years to reminisce. Then they should be returned where they belong.
  • Maybe Steve would have had a chance (that’s a very low probability) in my eyes if Matt was not in the picture. But he is. And the connection he and DJ share is electrifying. Wow. He just lights a fire in her that comes across from her very core. He makes her sparkle.
  • Just because you can go home again doesn’t mean you should. While I absolutely loved reconnecting with all these characters from my childhood, if this show is to survive it needs to find its own legs to stand own. Playing the nostalgia card has a short lifespan. Girl Meets World managed to transition nicely and I have hope that Fuller House can too. While I haven’t watched GMW beyond a couple of very early episodes, it’s thriving because it’s found a new audience who will love it as much as the Boy Meets World audience (like me) did. For FH to start bonding and building a relationship with a new generation it needs to keep the memories in the past. While they can be revisited every once in a rare while, they can’t keep being dragged into the present.

Would I watch again if the show is picked up for a second season? Probably. But I can only forgive so much more before I lose interest and delete my brother’s Netflix login. Side note: cable and streaming subscriptions are not part of the rain-on-sallie-mae plan. Yay for family members with no student debt.

Did you watch? What are your thoughts?

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Struggling to pay your student loans? Find the “extra”.

Let’s be honest. At times we complain about wanting things to change, but secretly want the change without the effort. Whether it’s weight loss, saving money, or paying off debt, sometimes we just want the issue to resolve itself without any sacrifice on our end.

Sometimes we’re simply too tired to keep trying. Too tired to keep giving up what we want now for what’s better for us in the long run.

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I understand. I’ve had those moments. And had one recently that I had to push through.

While I celebrated that we were able to find the “extra” last month to make it rain $203 on Navient,

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it was frustrating that we did so in part by reducing our personal ‘fun money’ (discretionary fund).

And with less money, comes less fun. At least in NYC.

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I admit to stomping my feet and crying about life not being fair. But then came to my adult senses and snapped out of it.

Not having enough to do everything, I had to be strategic about how to use what I had left when it came time to hanging out with friends.

First, I couldn’t accept every invitation, unfortunately. Second, I had to schedule meetups after the start of a new budget. And third, I had to be straightforward about needing to work around limited funds.

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Thankfully, my friends are Waldo-Geraldo-Faldo laid-back and just said “cool” and kept it moving.

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It’s good to be surrounded by people who support instead of derail your goals.*

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Student debt repayment is a commitment. Unless a rich eccentric aunt comes out of the woodwork to offer us a windfall, most of us won’t be rid of it overnight.

It’s okay if we get tired. To say it’s not worth doing more than the minimum. It’s okay to be frustrated in the moment. To walk away to clear our heads. Go for a run. Have a good cry. Play music. Read a book. Watch a silly movie.

And when we’ve done so, we can come back renewed and refocused on why this goal matters to us. And then we can keep going.

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I’d love to hear your updates. What changes have you made recently to make it rain on your goals? Where are you finding the “extra”? How are you handling the too-tired days?

* 😦 Brittany Murphy. And I miss pre-Fox News Stacey Dash.