‘Gilmore Girls’ Money Diary: A Day In The Life
Turkey leftovers AND Gilmore Girls? On the same day? Finally, 2016, you’ve pulled yourself together. You freakin’ owe us for the past 11 months of nonsense.
This Friday 25 November balance will be restored. Order will return to the world, as Gilmore Girls ‘A Year in the Life’ premieres on Netflix at 12:01am PT (or 7:01am UK time). Millions of hearts will stop and be jolted back to life the second Carole King’s eight, little words are sung: ‘Where you lead, I will fol-low you any-whe-re…’
In an exclusive interview with Lorelai and Rory (go with it), we sat down with the mother-daughter combo of everyone’s dreams to discuss what fans have always wanted to know: what the Gilmore girls spend their money on. Never mind the Team Jess-Dean-Logan and Rory debate, or the Lorelai pregnancy rumours, we only care about their expenditure.
Here’s what a day in the life of the Gilmore girls looks like:
Stylight: Talk us through your daily routine. What’s a typical day’s spending for you both?
Lorelai: Well, today is like every other day: we’re at Luke’s Diner, we’ve had our first out of three breakfast coffees, Miss Patty and Babette are in their morning meeting – Babette’s eating oatmeal – and we’re waiting for our Breakfast Special, which, if you haven’t had it before, is blueberry pancakes with a side of waffles.
Rory: Don’t forget the bacon!
L: Oh my gahd, how could I forget the bacon? Forgive me, I’ve not Breakfast Coffee No. 2. Yes, so, this would normally cost around $40, but I know the owner *wink*, so we get it for free.
R: And then $7 for the road pies.
S: Road pies?
R: Yeah, you know; slices of pie for the road.
L: Yeah, so after this I’ve got to go to Weston’s before I go to the Dragonfly – my inn, Dragonfly Inn – to pick up Michel some red velvet cake. It’s a long story but basically, I hurt his feelings yesterday when I said Whitney was a better singer than Céline (Dion this is, by the way), and he stopped answering the phone in protest. Sooo, this will probably cost me $4.50.
R: I’m going to head over to the bookstore, Black-White-Read, where I used to work. They’ve got the 2017 edition of The Compact Oxford English Dictionary that I pre-ordered…
L: Dry cleaning!
L: Dry cleaning! I’ve got to pick up my dry cleaning, ugh! That’s another $28.50 added to today’s tab.
R: Oh. Add $304 to mine for the dictionary.
L: $304?! That’s daylight robbery. This dictionary better be the one with ‘amazeballs’ in it. If it’s not, I’d ask for your money back.
R: It’s fine, Dad said he’d reimburse me so I can have it as an early Christmas present.
L: [Mumbling] I’ll tell them another word they can add, dumb dictionary word guys…
R: And it would actually cost $380 but Jess is working there and he’s using his 20% staff members’ discount.
L: Wait, what? Jess it working there now?
R: Yes, it’s not a big deal.
L: Um, it’s a very big deal. I thought he was this big hot-shot writer with a huge publishing contract.
R: He is. He’s just helping out while his new manuscript’s being revised. Can I continue?
L: You may.
R: Then, after the bookstore, I’m heading over to my friend Lane’s house – well, it’s her mom’s house, Kim’s Antiques. Did you see it? You must’ve seen it as you drove in. Anyway, we’re making kimchi with Lane’s seven aunts. She’s Korean.
L: Where are the twins? (Lane had twins back in 2007.)
R: In school! I think Zac’s – their dad – is dropping them off.
L: We’re meeting back here at lunch, right?
R: Ooh, I can’t, sorry. I’m catching up with Paris (she’s my friend from college) at her apartment.
L: Don’t be modest, say ‘Yale,’ sweetie, say ‘Yale.’ Lord knows you pay enough for that place so you should show it off!
R: [Laughs awkwardly]
L: Okay then, guess it’s just me having lunch here with the ol’ ball ’n’ chain.
L: Love you, muffin! And don’t forget my burger and fries at lunch! [Whispering] I’ll pay you for them later. *wink*
R: Ew, gross.
L: You love it. Umm, so, that’s another $15 I’ve saved.
R: And another $3 for the coffee-to-go.
L: Right. So, saving $18.
R: After Paris’s I’ve got to get gas, so that’ll probably be around $50.
L: Hey, big spender!
R: It’ll last me all week. Plus I’m driving to Friday night dinner, remember?
L: [Groans] Oh, I remember. I’m going to need hard, hard liquor to get through this post-Thanksgiving dinner now that Dad’s not here. [Speaking softly] My father passed away almost two years ago.
S: We heard. We’re so sorry!
L: Thank you, and it’s okay, it’s just been tough now that Emily, my mom, is by herself.
R: Yes, and that’s whyyy we can’t forget the chocolate turkeys from Doose’s.
L: Oh, I love those little guys! Add Pop Tarts and Tater Tots to the list. And some Granny Smiths.
L: What? I just feel like them.
R: Does this mean…?
L: I’m not sure. Don’t panic, I’ll get someone from the Dragonfly to go to the pharmacy next week if the craving’s still not gone away.
R: Okayyy, but you know what happened with me.
L: I know, I know. So $19.50 for groceries; put this down on your list.
S: Noted. Rory, what are you up to this afternoon?
R: I’m seeing Logan at Weston’s for coffee – he’ll probably pay.
L: Whoa, two ex boyfriends in one day?
R: He said he needed to talk.
L: Dunno what about…
R: We’ll see, then, won’t we? After Weston’s I’ll head over to Miss Patty’s (she runs a dance studio) to give Kirk $20 for our tickets to tonight’s midnight showing of Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.
L: God, I love that movie. What’s Kirk doing at Miss Patty’s?
R: He’s working on a new play with Miss Patty.
L: I hope it’s as a good as Kirk in a Box. Ooh! Snacks.
L: We’ll need snacks for the movie. Umm, it’ll probably be about $12 or $14 for ice cream, popcorn, Red Vines, and my secret ingredients for dessert sushi.
S: Dessert sushi?
L: It’s this thing I invented. Basically it’s a bunch of different candy rolled together to make different kinds of sushi.
S: Brilliant idea.
L: It is rather inspired… So before the movie we’ll get the usual spread from Al’s Pancake World and meet Sookie and Jackson at the Black-White-Read bookstore theatre.
S: How much does your ‘usual spread’ cost?
R: Well, normally we get Al to give us a blend of Chinese, Greek and Italian food, which he does for $35 because we’re his favourite customers. Did you hear? Al’s thinking of branching out into brunch.
L: Scandalous! Al’s not made pancakes since he first opened! How’d you hear this?
R: Dean told me.
L: Dean? When did you see Dean?
R: I ran into him yesterday at the gazebo.
L: Did you tell him about your political tour with Christiane Amanpour?
R: Mom, he knows all about it. You already told him.
L: Well, one has to be informed of these sorts of things…
R: Should we get pizza?
L: When, now? Good plan.
R: No, tonight, so we can have it for breakfast tomorrow.
L: Sign me up! Okay, so the pizza will be $20.
S: Sounds ambitious.
R: For some, yes. But for us, pizza… It’s a lifestyle.
L: It’s a religion.