A Solo Trip to North Carolina

Late last night I arrived back home after six wonderful days in North Carolina. I was apprehensive about this trip from the beginning – was it too self indulgent to go on a second major solo vacation this year, after my trip to Book Bonanza in Dallas in August, plus also having already been on two major family/couple vacations earlier in the year to Florida and Colorado? Was it selfish to insist on doing another thing that only benefited me and made life a lot trickier for everyone else in my family? And in the most recent months, was it worth risking my wavering mental health to go to a conference that could very well just end up making me feel worse about myself by not spending more time on this thing I supposedly love so much? Between just LIFE stuff, being so behind on Heartstring Annie, and now all the uncertainty with my liver and needing to completely upheave my entire lifestyle…the CONFERENCE aspect of this trip felt overwhelming. But I couldn’t exactly back out of it at that point, so I decided to trust that I made the right decision way back last spring when I told Greg that I needed to make this investment in myself. And honestly? I think this might have been one of the best things I have ever done for myself and I don’t regret a minute of it.

I’d like to write more about what I learned at the conference after I’ve had a few more days to collect my thoughts and process all of the encouragement and new ideas I was given. Tonight I’ll just tell you a little bit about the trip itself!

I had a pretty early flight on Thursday morning – but out of Madison! I never fly out of Madison! So the boys slept over at Grandma’s and Greg dropped me off at the airport bright and early. Well, technically it was still dark, so not bright. And the roads to Madison were sheer ice after yet another snowstorm the day before. WHY is it snowing so much and already so cold in early November?! Anyway, I made my way to Charlotte without any issues until I picked my rental “car” that was supposed to be in the same class/size as the cars I own and am used to driving. I was instead given a Jeep Compass. Which I guess compared to other vehicles, is really not THAT big. But it was a whole lot bigger than what I’m used to driving. Plus, MY car is 17 years old. I am so not used to driving newer vehicles with all their bells and whistles. It was a pretty stressful start, especially because I could not for the life of me figure out how to connect the GPS from my phone to the vehicle, or find any kind of navigation system on the vehicle alone. Trying to drive a huge vehicle in heavy traffic while also holding my oversized phone in one hand in a city I’ve never been to before – it was rough. My phone wasn’t even verbally giving me any of the directions and at one point when getting on a highway it fell under the seat! Fun times, you guys.

Alas, I made it to my first destination! Superica – the restaurant owned by the author of Tex Mex, my all time favorite cookbook that came out earlier this year. I realized after eating there that I should have asked how they pronounce the name of the place. All this time I’ve been calling it in my head “super-ICA,” and realized later it’s probably supposed to be more like “soup-erica”, like “America.” It just seems like I should maybe know how to properly pronounce the name of the restaurant I was most excited about eating at! Anyway, the place was huge and really fun! They gave me a ton of chips with two salsas – the smoky verde was delicious. (I believe the recipe is in the cookbook!) I ordered a combo from the lunch menu of chicken tortilla soup and chicken suiza enchilada. Oh, and the seasonal aqua fresca – pineapple/banana/mango/ginger. It was a ton of food! But very delicious.

I had a long list of unique shops and areas that I wanted to hit up on the trip. But after the stress of just getting from the airport to the first restaurant, I knew very quickly I didn’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself. So I looked up the one place that sounded most intriguing – a gift store called Paper Skyscraper – and realized it was only a few blocks away, so I put more money in the meter and booked it over there. The store was so amazing! One of the best gift shops I’ve ever been to. I purchased a rainbow heart mug (based off of a graffiti mural of the same thing that I didn’t find out about until days later and was SO ANNOYED to learn was actually just on the other side of the block from Superica!), a really cute Christmas mug, and a Christmas in Carolina candle. All of which were added to the very large box of things I bought on the trip and shipped back home to myself and will hopefully arrive in one piece!! I probably could have stayed for hours in that store, but I didn’t give myself a ton of time (ran out of change! forgot how slow I walk!) and needed to get back.

My next stop was my hotel where I was thankfully able to check in an hour early and take a short nap. I had planned on getting a quick dinner or coffee before the conference started at six, but chose the extra time to rest instead. Then I headed out to register and find my seat at the conference! The whole thing took place at a large church and there were 450 attendees, though it honestly didn’t feel like that many. We jumped right in with a short performance by Arielle Estoria and then our first session on the six writing stages Hope*Writers has come up with. It was a great start to my learning!

Afterward I was pretty keyed up – and hungry – so I found a Cava. I love Cava so much. I get it every time I go to DC. I wish they’d come to the midwest! I just get a pita with harissa, chicken, diced cucumber, and lemon dill tahini, but it’s just so dang good. I haven’t been able to replicate it at home with the same quality. It was a great treat after the long day. I also stopped at a grocery store before driving back to the hotel in the pitch black pouring rain (that was fun). I LOVE hitting up grocery stores when I visit new areas of the country. Normally I’m on the lookout for unique flavors of chips and cool snacks, though now I’m mostly interested in local products and coffee.

Friday was a full conference day. It was a bit overwhelming, but so awesome.

At the lunch break I went to a place called Emmet’s Social Table, one of the founder’s favorite restaurants. It was cute, but I was hit with my new constant predicament of what can I eat? All this liver stuff I have going on right now is very confusing. I have a general idea of what I should be avoiding, but I’m not so clear on what exact substitutions I should be making. Normally eating out is my favorite part of every vacation, but was really just a huge source of stress this time around. My meals were sporadic and not the most enjoyable. I figured at this lunch I could have a “splurge meal” and immediately regretted the decision. It was my first time (okay, so I did have a pita the night before) in weeks eating white bread and potatoes and fried items. It was all good, but also just made me feel like crap. And made me really, really wish I liked salads. I was trying to make BETTER choices at every place I went, but choosing the BEST options was never really on the table for me (yet). It’s too depressing.

The afternoon portion of the conference was really great as well, but I was so tired and just overloaded with information by the end. There was an optional/encouraged night out at The Nester’s barn with food trucks and a bonfire and fellowship with other hope writers. But it was also a 45 minute drive each way, in the country, in the dark. I wasn’t comfortable yet with my Jeep, was not super interested in having more awkward conversations with strangers no matter how nice they might be, and just needed to rest my brain for a bit. So I didn’t go to that part and really don’t have any regrets. Before going back to the hotel, though, I stopped at a place called Viva Chicken and had a Peruvian Tacu Bowl. The photo is before I loaded it up with an amazing spicy sauce. It was very tasty. (But I shouldn’t have been eating the rice.)

Three food photos in a row! That’s really all I took pictures of on the trip… Saturday morning I was back at the conference for the final day. I went to a place called Sabor Latin Street Grill for lunch and had two chicken authentic tacos with chips and a bunch of salsas from their salsa bar. It was my cheapest and simplest meal, but it was really delicious.

I forgot to mention that on Friday night I made the leap and JOINED Hope*Writers. The conference was open to anyone, but the majority of attendees were actually already hope writers. I am proud to say I am now one too! I’ll have opportunities to learn every week with fresh teachings, plus access to all the archives. I can also connect in smaller hope circles with other members to spur each other on and achieve our goals together. I haven’t had a chance to do much besides just sign up yet, but it’s one of my top priorities in the next few weeks. Another investment in myself that I hope will also be the right decision.

The conference ended around three and then I booked it out of there because I had to get to my next hotel in Wrightsville Beach, almost four hours away. I was really hoping to get there by sunset – just to drive in the light and also see the beach before it got dark. Unfortunately, the sun sets really early! I didn’t make it. And then I was very confused by my hotel and couldn’t figure out how to get to the beach. And I was irritated by all the bored valet drivers that kept watching me whenever I went in and out of the building. The parking lot was also quite confusing and I didn’t want to leave again worried I wouldn’t have a spot when I got back, even though I also really wanted some dinner after only having that one meal the entire day. (Breakfasts – too much work!) I spent a ridiculously long amount of time trying to figure out how and where I could order food, but nothing was really sounding good. Well, real problem – everything was loaded with carbs and/or fried. So I decided to just go out and walk, despite how dark and terrifying it was, until I finally came across a tiny ice cream shop and decided to just have a chocolate peanut butter malt for dinner and call it a day. I was kind of a wreck by that point. Despite being on this trip by myself and technically having a lot of time in the evenings, I only got about five hours of sleep each night I was there, no naps other than the first day, and so much stressful time driving. Plus the mental exertion of learning so many new things! I was just at my breaking point by Saturday night.

Sunday was my one totally free and open day. I took my time getting ready in the morning and then finally found the beach! I got my workout in, squatting in the sand for an hour picking up the prettiest shell fragments. It was really fun! The weather was about as perfect as it could be too. Fallish temperatures (45-65) and lots of sunlight. All the natives kept apologizing for the cold weather when they found out I wasn’t from around there. I just laughed every time.

I wanted to spend my day finding cool shopping areas – it felt more feasible than in the busier Charlotte areas. I ended up parking in Wilmington and walking all around the downtown area. There were a couple of buildings that had multiple shops inside of them, which was fun. I finally found my first local coffee shop – after four days! I didn’t really like it, but felt obligated to drink it. I believe the only thing I bought in that area of town was another North Carolina scented candle. I smelled every single one of the shop’s about one hundred scents and liked the very last one the most. Again – hope it gets back to me in one piece tomorrow!

My boring lunch at Front Street Grill before rushing back to my car right when my time ran out. I mostly just ate the chicken salad plain and the bowl of fruit. That was a depressing meal when the rest of the menu items that I would have picked out at any other occasion before my liver stuff came up, sounded SO much more delicious.

I spent the next portion of my day hitting up my favorites – TJMaxx, Marshall’s, and HomeGoods. You better believe I find those branches of stores in every single city I visit on every vacation I ever take! You never know what you’re going to find! It’s such a treasure hunt! I don’t even feel dumb about it (I did last year in Minnesota when I probably visited at least 20 versions of the same store because literally every single city has all three of the branches). They’re my favorite place to dig around and I’m not going to apologize for it anymore. I also went to a bookstore and another grocery store. I finished my night having dinner at a place called Flamin’ Amy’s Burritos. It was a rush menu decision at the counter so I picked a Jerk Chicken burrito and didn’t take a picture because how boring is a picture of a burrito? I don’t even like burritos. I don’t like flour tortillas. So it was another disappointment. I just ate the filling with some chips. I was pretty fed up with eating in general at this point. I did have some snacks with me, but no matter how good those snacks seem when packing for a trip, they fall VERY flat when it’s the only thing you’re filling yourself up with.

I stayed up really late back at the hotel on Sunday night. I shouldn’t have, but I was still having a hard time shutting my brain down and needed to force myself to just chill out. I also set my alarm so I wouldn’t miss the sunrise on the beach – since I had missed both sunsets. I actually got to the beach about an hour before it officially rose and took about a million photos, but cell phones just don’t really do it justice. I was the only one on the entire span of beach that I could see, and it was a really beneficial time for me. I wish I had an outdoor space like that around home where I could watch a sunrise or sunset. I’m generally not a beach person because I hate being hot and in the sun. But at this time of year, it was incredible.

After making one more stop at Marshall’s and a local fresh/healthy foods only grocery store, I began my long trip back to Charlotte. I wasn’t in the mood to keep hunting around for new things to do, so I chose a large antique mall near the airport and spent about two hours just wandering around. During that time I was getting texts about every five minutes saying my flight was delayed another half hour. My flight was already later than I would have liked, so this wasn’t helping! By the time I left the antique mall, however, it was suddenly back on time! I didn’t know airlines could go back and forth like that. But it was a relief!

I wanted to get some food before I got to the airport – it was already 3:30 at that point and I hadn’t eaten at all. So I picked something close by – a Caribbean restaurant with a ton of great google reviews. I ordered the jerk chicken. Let me just ask – does that look like chicken to you?? The third piece in the background was definitely a leg. But the two pieces in front? The shape of them – those were bones. What kind of CHICKEN has bones like that?! There was also a goat curry on the menu, and I think they maybe gave me that. Which kind of makes me want to cry. Sorry, I do NOT want to eat a sweet cute goat. There was hardly any meat on any of the pieces – it was just skin and bones. The SAUCE was delicious. But it was a pretty disappointing meal.

The rest of my night was very uneventful! I got to the airport about four hours before my flight because I was so tired and needed to just be done. I spent most of that time walking around every terminal because I was so tired and didn’t know how else to stay awake. I got a Starbucks coffee and it gave me a stomachache. I read a whole (short) book. And then we finally took off, flew across country with no issues, and landed to fresh snow and ice and 7 degree temperatures. Oh, Wisconsin.

And that was my trip! I feel like I should go back and re-title this post to “All the food I couldn’t eat in North Carolina.” Sorry about that. I know nobody likes to hear about food restrictions and limitations. It’s just so high on my mind right now, with my liver biopsy happening TOMORROW. For that reason alone, it was not a good time to go on a trip. But I’m so glad I went and I really had the most fantastic time. I will write more about the depth of things I learned (and not just what I ate and where I shopped!) at another time!

What I Watched September and October 2019

I was going to write up my November goals tonight, but I’m pretty sure the whole post would just be a bunch of doom and gloom. This has been a HARD week. I’ve basically been a nonstop emotional wreck. So maybe taking a little time to finally go over some of the tv shows and movies I’ve been watching lately will prove to be a good distraction!

TV – Alone

Bachelor in Paradise

I believe this season had way too much annoying drama. I know that while those people are living secluded away on a hot Mexican beach, everything feels so much more intense than if it were happening in regular life. But watching some contestants “fall in love” with a different person in every episode – it feels so ridiculous! I couldn’t stand all the Blake drama, all the Caelynn drama, all the Clay and Nicole. I thought there was also way too much Demi and Kristian. Basically the only happy thing that came from this season is that I now know all about Derek’s podcast, The Betchelor, (thanks, John Paul Jones) which is actually a really fun listen if you watch any Bachelor Nation shows. I can’t believe Derek hasn’t been snatched up – he seems like the greatest guy to ever come from that show.

Queer Eye

I’ve been watching this in spurts. It’s such a good show! But I also have so much emotional wreckage going on in my own life right now, I just can’t turn on another show that’s guaranteed to make me cry – even if they’re only happy tears. I just love it so much, though. I have just two more episodes go to before hitting up the newest season in Japan.

Younger

I’m struggling to remember how this season ended – it must have been early September which currently feels like a lifetime ago. I do remember thinking this was the last season, but then it didn’t actually end. Do we think Liza and Josh will end up together after all?? I was always Team Charles, mostly for logistical and sensible reasons, but he’s gotten so weird and awkward since they became a couple. My loyalties have switched back to Josh now that he has his own baby, eliminating the only obstacle that was keeping him and Liza apart.

In the Dark

I picked this random netflix show for a good watch while working binge. And I actually really liked it! My favorite part was Felix and how immeshed he became in Murphy and Jess’ tiny friend circle. I was NOT happy with the Dean twist. Not AT ALL.

The Good Doctor

Hooray! My favorite shows are back! I still love this one. I like how the show is exploring more side stories around the other characters instead of focusing entirely on Shaun. Claire has certainly been a surprise. I was a bit shocked at how she handled her mom’s death. But when she spread the ashes while singing? Wowzers, cue the tears.

The Resident

MY FAVORITE. Oh my goodness, you guys. The Halloween episode mostly about AJ and Mina?! I want those two to be together probably more than almost any other tv characters in any show I’ve ever watched. Why do they have some amazing chemistry?! I was so excited that the writers brought them closer, but it felt like just enough of a tease and now that they both agreed to wait a few years, nothing more is really going to happen for a couple more seasons. That was going to be all we’d get. I really, really hope not. But it feels likely.

Modern Family

I never really have anything to say about this. I still don’t. Why do I still watch it?? It’s the last season. I have to see it through. It’s okay.

Single Parents

I couldn’t care less about Douglas and Poppy and Miggy. Please show me ALL the Will and Angie. Despite the appearance of Adam Brody and knowing they’re married in real life and maybe they’re destined to also be back together on the show, Will and Angie just have the BEST friendship but could really be something more chemistry. I love them together.

The Politician

Another surprise netflix binge that I watched in two days. It was such a whirlwind of crazy plotlines that I wasn’t even sure what to make of the whole thing. I liked it! I really like Ben Platt now. But I thought Zoey Deutch and her baby voice and childish personality was SOOOO annoying. Gwyneth Paltrow’s performance was really fantastic. I liked the random times Ben Platt started singing. But really, there was just so much going on and then the three year time jump with whole new storylines in the final episodes? It was crazy. Maybe a little too ambitious. But I’m excited to see where it will go.

The Chef Show

Yay, another season! Though I don’t think this one was as interesting. Jon Favreau seemed more stilted, maybe. Or most of the chefs he cooked with weren’t that interesting or dynamic. But Roy’s food always looked AMAZING. If I ever get back to LA I definitely need to figure out where I can eat things he’s created. I love the show for all its inspiration, but I really do wish they’d publish their recipes at some point. A cookbook would be perfect!

A Million Little Things

I really like that the show is finally moving past all the John stuff. I’m not sure he’s even made a single flashback appearance yet this season. I’m happy that Eddie and Catherine appear like they just might make it work, despite the secret baby. I think it’s SO STUPID that Delilah is denying Eddie the public opportunity to claim his child, even though literally everyone except the other kids know it belongs to him. This will surely blow up in her face at some point. I do think Maggie is a bit annoying. For being a therapist, she sure is a mess herself. Or maybe it’s just that awful pink wig with her dark eyebrows that distract me so much I can’t stand watching her. I really like all the men, though. Rome is the best.

God Friended Me

This season feels sillier to me. Cara’s acting suddenly seems kind of awful. Or maybe she really doesn’t get along with Miles in real life? I don’t know what’s going on, but it just feels very inauthentic. I genuinely loved the episode where Joy found her daughter, though. It was played out so perfectly. More tears.

Bless This Mess

This is okay. I liked it more before I realized how Rio talks to Mike in the exact same way every single time she says anything. There are some funny parts. But some of it is just so dumb.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

I liked this! I admit the first few episodes felt like a really corny netflix Christmas movie. I wasn’t sure how the season would play out. But I ended up feeling such affection for all of the characters and everything they were going through. I was so delighted with the happy ending for all that I thought for sure the show was over after a single season. I’m not sure where they’re going to go from here! But I’m here for it.

TV – Together

Barry

Season two, not as great as season one. It was so violent. Not as funny. Less likeable characters. That’s really all I remember about it.

Fleabag

Can we sit in silence for a minute to appreciate HOW FLIPPIN GOOD this tv show was?? Everyone keeps saying to just skip season one, but I can’t imagine going into season two without the emotional backstory of all the characters. I absolutely adored the entire thing. But obviously the addition of Hot Priest in season two – it was INCREDIBLE. I never, ever would have said Moriarty was hot/appealing/swoon-worthy in Sherlock, but give him some amazing hands off sexual chemistry with Fleabag and now I will never go back. Wow. It was so, so, so good.

The Affair

Ugh, this show is so depressing! Everyone is so depressed all the time. Yes, it’s a good show with great acting, but still. Bring in some joy! Why in the world do we keep going back to future Joanie? Who cares?! Why are we spending so much time with Whitney, the most annoying person ever? I guess there is definitely some well timed comic relief around all the Noah/Sasha drama, but still. I can’t really handle watching this too often.

The Boys

I’m not sure how many episodes we watched of this. Maybe two, possibly three. I didn’t like it. I had heard such good things, but I guess I just want to see super heroes being GOOD, not being awful and terrible people. I assume maybe there’s some redemption down the line, but I had zero interest in sticking with it.

Strange Angel

What a bizarre show. I think I liked it? I wanted to watch it because I was OBSESSED with Rupert Friend on Homeland. I thought he was rather delightful at the beginning of Strange Angel when he came off as being really eccentric. But then he got boring. It’s weird to me how this show is about figuring out how to launch a rocket yet also about the occult? It’s weird, but also fascinatingly entertaining. We’ve only watched the first season so far. Greg needed a break from watching such long episodes every night.

Superstore

The longer this show airs the more the characters annoy me. It’s definitely really funny at times, but it’s no longer one of my favorites.

Movies

Falling Inn Love

I actually really enjoyed this sweet little netflix movie. It was warm and happy. And who doesn’t want to watch a rundown inn turn into a beautiful little excursion in the New Zealand countryside?

Longshot

I’m never quite sure how a Seth Rogen film is going to go. I’m not a fan of crude and stupid humor. But I actually really liked this one. It was genuinely laugh out loud funny.

The Ted Bundy Netflix Movie (I don’t know what it’s called)

I love Zac Efron. And this was disturbingly creepy. He really comes across as such a great guy. I can understand why they didn’t show any graphic scenes of what he actually did, so we get the same impression that most of the people had of him. But also….it was weird not to.

The Sun is Also a Star

I finally got around to watching this. I read the book and liked it awhile ago. I didn’t want to watch the movie because I was bothered by the casting. The actors looked SO much older than high school students. It really, really bothered me. Overall it was a good adaptation, but didn’t thrill me.

Booksmart

I’m not sure what I was expecting this movie to be, but it wasn’t the movie I saw (lol). I liked it. It was funny. It wasn’t as amazing as I had heard.

Tall Girl

Ugh, what a dumb movie. How can netflix make such good things and also such horrible things?

Rocketman

I saw this in the theater, but watched it again with Greg. I still love it! Or rather, I still love Taron Egerton singing. 🙂

Downton Abbey

This was a sweet and nostalgic revisiting of a favorite.

El Camino

Fantastic acting! I’m so glad Jesse got a happy ending. He deserved it.

Vice

I love me some Christian Bale, no matter what he ends up looking like in his extreme roles. This movie made me feel really stupid, though. I pay almost no attention to politics and didn’t realize any of this was really going on.

I’m always on the lookout for new bingey shows, so let me know if you have any suggestions!!

What I Watched August 2019

It hasn’t felt like the most interesting month for tv. My list is relatively short this month because I haven’t been working/watching as much as usual.

TV – Alone

Sex Education

I actually rather enjoyed this somewhat odd show. Though I think I mentioned it in last month’s post too – it’s a little alarming to me how normalized sex is in high school on tv. I hope that’s not how it really is.

Queer Eye

WHY did it take me so long to start this?? It is maybe one of the best tv shows of all time. So many happy cuddly feelings. I love it so much. The first season almost killed me, though. I binged most of it in one day and cried during every episode. The fab five just seem so genuinely kind and happy and are just having the best time of their lives helping other people find the joy in their own best lives. I had to start slowing down on watching, however, because the emotional hangover from each episode was REAL. I love it, but one or two a day is about my limit now.

The Bachelorette

Did this really end in August?? I wrote it down, so it must have. I’m pretty unimpressed with how everything ended after such a ridiculous drama filled season. All that angst and Hannah ends up alone. Also, WHY did she pick Jed over Tyler or Peter? It makes zero sense.

Jane the Virgin

Finally finished. I like how it concluded. I still wish they had never brought Michael back, but I guess they resolved that little thread too with his newfound life with Charlie.

Bachelor in Paradise

I keep thinking I don’t care about this show and then I get sucked back in. A few thoughts. Demi has such a totally different personality than what she showed on Colton’s season. I don’t understand why so much of the season had to be devoted to her gender fluidity and support, when she essentially acted exactly like Jed – but so much worse because she was still in a relationship when she went to paradise! But he gets attacked for it and she gets applauded. I just felt so bad for Derek who seems like a genuinely really great guy. Also, what terrible editing on Blake. I was cheering for him HARD on Becca’s season last year. He seemed like such a great guy and now he’s such a player?? It’s a little disturbing. John Paul Jones. Ugh. I mean, I get that he’s maybe entertaining. But he’s also just so gross! He’s always burping and throwing up and laughing hysterically over nothing. I don’t like him. I’m also very sick of Caeylynn. And we are not getting nearly enough Wells, who is seriously the cutest of all bachelor related people ever. But I started following him on instagram and am getting my fill over there. Such a cutie. And engaged to Sarah Hyland?!

The Other Two

I had two episodes to finish up and really liked it. This turned out to be an unexpectedly warm hearted show. I liked it a lot.

TV – Together

Veronica Mars

I wasn’t that impressed with this reboot season. I just don’t really like Veronica. Did she always have such a rigid and sarcastic personality? She seemed to think she was so much better than everyone and I kind of hated her for it. But still, did she deserve that ending??? Maybe that means if another season comes along someday she can get hot and heavy with Leo like she did in that dream. 🙂 Max Greenfield for the win!

Barry

We’ve watched about one and a half seasons now. I really liked it at first because it was so funny watching Barry try to fit in with normal people. I’m not that into it anymore. I just don’t particularly like any of the supporting characters and Barry’s personality is now also pretty rigid. I guess I prefer softness in my favorite tv characters?

Fleabag

I loved this! Well, again, I really liked the first few episodes the most. What a bizarre show! It’s definitely funniest when she’s looking into the camera and making telling faces. I’m not sure how much I like the serious undercurrent of grief. We’ve only watched the first season so far, but definitely one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in awhile.

Movies

Searching

Okay, so I appreciated the unique way this movie was filmed. But that doesn’t mean I actually wanted to watch the entire length of the movie in that format through their laptop. It was kind of weird. But an interesting movie. I’m glad it had a happy ending.

Five Feet Apart

I’ve been putting this movie off forever because I knew how it ends. Except, I can’t exactly remember, but I think it ended a little bit differently in the book. At any rate, I also had to wait to watch it when I was prepared for something that was obviously going to be sad. I wasn’t a fan of the Cole Sprouse casting choice, but he surprised me. I can really only see him as Jughead and he did come off with those same vibes at the start of the movie. But he impressed me as it went on. I liked it.

What I Watched July 2019

We’re in the dregs of summer when nothing good is on tv anymore. And considering I really need good tv to keep myself motivated to keep sewing every day, it’s been a struggle! There have been a few good things shows here and there, but nothing that exciting. I can’t even say that I’m super excited for fall tv to start because the majority of my favorite shows just ended or are ending soon! Hopefully there will be some great fresh new options.

TV – Alone

Big Little Lies

The second season was so good! Meryl Streep was fantastic in her role of Mary Louise. I never expect to be wowed by an older actress, but she really played this character so perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed the second season as much as the first.

The Bachelorette

Ugh. LUKE. Get off my screen! Seriously, this season has been so messed up. The finale is tomorrow and Tuesday, so I guess I should really wait to recap this when it’s over. I’m not sure who I want her to end up with. They haven’t previewed any of the guys getting on one knee, so maybe she ends up with nobody. I think I’m rooting for Tyler, but Peter also seems like a very sweet and genuinely good guy. If she picked one and the other ended up as the next bachelor I think I’d want her to be with Peter because I’d love to see a lot more of Tyler!! I don’t think Peter could pull off being a bachelor. Jed either.

Carpool Karaoke

I thought this show was going to be so great because I love the segments James Corden occasionally does on his show. But the actual Apple TV series feels so scripted and fake, that it’s not that fun to watch. I’ve enjoyed the episodes with celebrities I love, but had zero interest in the people I didn’t know.

Dead to Me

I binged this in two days while working. I liked it! There was nothing shockingly incredible about it, but I liked the characters and the story and that very little of the show was devoted to the grieving children! No offense to my own kids, but I really prefer to watch shows that don’t give too much attention to the kids.

iZombie

I cannot wait for this to end. I really don’t even know what’s going on half the time. Though it seems like just maybe they’re going to end with a cure for the zombies and everyone goes back to being human?! I really, really hope that’s the case!

Jane the Virgin

Okay, so this season is growing on me. It’s always been a nice show, just kind of ridiculous being based off of the craziness of telenovelas. I’m sure they will give everyone a happily ever after they deserve.

Younger

I am SO not feeling this show anymore. Liza and Charles are so awkward! Why is Josh still always around? Is he really her true love?? I mean, I like Josh a lot, and they solved his wanting kids problem by giving him a kid and a baby mama who doesn’t want to be with him as anything other than a co-parent. So maybe they’re setting them up to find their true love after all? I don’t even know what I want anymore.

Sugar Rush

After what felt like a three year gap, they just released a second season! I only watched one episode of it so far, but it was fun as always! I love baking shows. Especially ones like that where people try to do their best. Not absolutely stupid ones like Nailed It where people are rewarded for doing horrible.

Sex Education

I just started this yesterday, but got three episodes in. I’m not sure my take on it yet. It’s okay. I’m a little alarmed at how sexual teenagers are always portrayed in high school on tv. Is that what real life is like?! Has real life become like that because tv always makes it seem like that’s the norm? I really hope not.

TV – Together

You’re the Worst

This is literally the only show Greg and I watched together this entire month. We just finished the final two episodes last night. It’s a show I really liked as a whole, with characters I despised. Honestly, I hated Gretchen. I’m not sure there was any point in any season where I liked her. She was truly the worst character to watch in the final season. I loved seeing how much Jimmy changed by the end. Edgar was such a great supportive character. Lindsay…I hated her, but also like watching her. I LOVED Paul and Vernon. And I could have definitely done without Becca. I’m very happy with how it ended.

Movies

Eddie the Eagle

I’m still riding the wave of my Taron Egerton obsession after seeing Rocketman last month. I wanted to see this film he did a few years ago with Hugh Jackman. It was good. Inspirational. No singing, to my dismay (lol).

Spiderman: Far From Home

This was great! I really enjoyed it. Well, I liked it all except for how low energy and blah Zendaya was. Everything else about it was awesome. It was fun to have another movie we could go see as a family.

Murder Mystery

I started getting desperate for things to watch and had to start resorting to lame Netflix options. This was not great. I really hate movies where long married couples spend the entire time arguing with each other. Real life is enough about that, I don’t need to see it on the screen.

Secret Obsession

I watched this last week and had to just look it up to remind myself what in the world it even was. To be fair, this was probably the best Netflix movie I’ve seen in awhile, just because it had some suspense. I watched it because I really liked that main actor from Under the Dome. It felt like it should have been a book instead of a movie, but it wasn’t awful.

Swiped

THIS movie is awful. Definitely do not waste your time. It was so, so bad. As much as I like all this new Noah Centineo on Netflix, I do not like seeing him as the skeevy bad boy. He’s so much sweeter in the other movies they made with him!

Please tell me of any new or old tv shows you can recommend! I’m getting desperate!

What I Watched June 2019

It’s the last day of June and I have four blog posts to write today! Yikes! So much for spreading everything out this week. Busy, busy days. It didn’t feel like I watched as much as usual this month, but I guess the list is still pretty lengthy.

TV – Alone

iZombie

I’m so over this show. I think it’s the last season? I hope so anyway. I really miss the days when nobody knew Liv was a zombie and every week was just a procedural episode with her taking on the personality of whatever brain she needed to eat to solve the case. Now that it’s so political with zombies vs humans in the closed off Seattle, I really couldn’t care less.

A.P. Bio

I was devastated to hear this was cancelled! It may have never gotten much buzz, but I thought it was such an entertaining sitcom. I loved that classroom of nerdy misfits. I’m glad it at least was given a pretty great ending!

Dirty John

Ick. So I watched this because I listened to the podcast. Both based off of the true story. I do have to say that the tv show was really fantastically done. I thought Connie Britton did such a great job portraying Deborah. But John? SO CREEPY. Just thinking about the few days I binged this makes my skin crawl. They did a good job with it. I’m just so glad it was a single season and over.

The Bachelorette

Oh my goodness, Luke, GET OUT OF HERE. How can they devote so many episodes in a row to him?! This past week wasn’t quite as bad, but I still don’t understand why Hannah keeps him around when he’s so clearly the rotten egg of the bunch. I’m assuming it’s a producer decision because (Bachelor Nation experts) Knox and Jamie say the bachelor or bachelorette is only allowed to choose four to keep every week and producers get to make the rest of the choices. I’d say that Tyler is my top choice right now. He’s so cute and sweet and stays out of the drama. I really like Peter too because he’s just plain adorable. And I like Jed because he seems like a genuinely good guy. I really liked Garrett after the naked bungee jumping date and how he didn’t make any lewd comments or anything about the naked stuff. Which, by the way, I LOVE how Tyler defended Hannah’s honor to Luke by saying that he was happy she was able to have an experience that was important to her. All the heart eyes for Tyler. I liked how Garrett handled it, but I did not like how obnoxious he continues to be with Luke. Just get up and walk away and stay out of it.

Life in Pieces

This is turning into a Modern Family role in my life. I still enjoy it, but it lost some of its endearment to me. Though I think this was also unexpectedly cancelled and I only have two episodes left to watch.

Bless This Mess

This is an appropriate to show to watch while doing something else. I know it’ll never be a favorite, but I have enjoyed it!

The Chef Show

Shepard and I found this on netflix the other day and have watched a handful of episodes. It’s not exactly kid friendly in terms of language content, but he loves to watch the cooking aspects. I’ve always really enjoyed Jon Favreau, so I like seeing him in this totally random cooking show he put together.

Jane the Virgin

Not much to say about this. It’s okay. It’s almost over for good.

Younger

Is it just me, or did Liza and Charles suddenly become super awkward now that they’re together?? And is it also just me, or does it feel like they’re shooting the show with less camera filters or something and all the actresses seem so old and tired and wrinkled? I’m really hoping this season gets better than the first few episodes. I feel like Josh is still being dangled as an option, which is annoying. I was always Team Charles (though I love Josh! I just think he deserves better than Liza), but I don’t like them now that they’re an official couple. It feels so weird.

TV – Together

Umbrella Academy

I went from pretty meh to totally loving this show. The characters were all so unlikeable at the beginning. But I adore how they banded together at the end. I’m also so very happy that Klaus got his act together and became a much more interesting character once he stopped being doped up all the time. I’m excited there will be a second season.

You’re the Worst

This is pretty much what we watch every single day. I really love it. And they really are THE WORST. But the show is so good at throwing in punches of vulnerability and goodness, so you’ll never actually give up on the characters. I really like how they portrayed Gretchen’s depression in the second season. And I’m enjoying Edgar’s PTSD issues in season three. Jimmy is always highly entertaining. And I really like Paul. It’s a good show. I still can’t believe it was on for so long and I never once heard of it.

Good Omens

I was so excited about this show. I adore David Tennant and Michael Sheen. Together, it felt like such a fabulous pairing. And then we started watching and it was just SO not my thing. We made it through three episodes. I couldn’t stand watching the three others. So disappointed. I mean, I think it’s a very nicely put together show. But it’s not for me.

Derry Girls

We finally watched season two. So good! Everyone is so hilarious, I just love it. I really loved the finale when James was finally shown some love!

MOVIES

Always Be My Maybe

I’m not sure I can count this when I didn’t finish it. I think I got to the final 25 minutes and I just could not watch any more. To be fair, I watched this on my own when I felt like I SHOULD take advantage of having the tv to myself, but I also had a really amazing book waiting for me, so I was very distracted wanting to keep reading when I thought I should be watching. The movie was okay. So many people raved about it online, but it fell pretty flat for me.

Rocketman

Oh man. I am in love with Taron Egerton after seeing this. I didn’t even know who he was beforehand. He just did such an awesome, amazing, beautiful job portraying Elton John in his younger years. Those eyes! That jaw! His voice! Just to compare it to Bohemian Rhapsody since the movies are similar, I liked this one SO much more. Though it might mostly be because Taron Egerton is a lot hotter than Rami Malek (lol). I highly recommend it!

Yesterday

We just watched this a few days ago and both really enjoyed it. How can a movie filled with Beatles songs not be good?! I liked the main actor and his singing was nice. It was also a breath of fresh air to watch/see a music story that does not center around them doing drugs, having endless roadie sex, and basically ruining their lives. This had none of that, which made it so much more fun to watch. It was really good!

What I Watched May 2019

I’ll try to keep this short and sweet this month! Spoilers included because that’s pretty much the only reason I write these quick recaps. 🙂

TV – ALONE

The Resident

I’m kind of disappointed in how this season ended. It was a cliffhanger for sure – did Nic’s dad or sister die after surgery? But it was so not the type of cliffhanger I was expecting that I didn’t even realize until later that it was the finale. I desperately wanted something more to happen between AJ and Mina – my favorite not quite a couple, but still a couple. They can continue to slow burn their way together, but I wish we were getting a tiny bit more.

Modern Family

I hate writing about this show every month. I have nothing to say about it. Everyone is so annoying.

Jane the Virgin

WHY did they have to bring back Michael from the dead, only to have Jane divorce him and send him away?! I have no real attachment to Raphael, and it bums me out that now Jane is just back to being alone. I think this is the final season, right?? I think it’s come to a natural end that I am more than ready for.

Good Girls

I like this show more and more! I loved the forbidden chemistry between Beth and Christopher, though it definitely is over now. I also love Annie’s FBI boyfriend. Such a cutie!

Single Parents

I wasn’t aware I was watching the finale of this show either. Maybe I’m just clueless? I was so excited about the small hint of romantic feelings between Angie and Will that was then smashed to pieces. Though I have to admit I’m very excited about the possibility of Adam Brody joining the cast, especially as he’s Leighton Meester’s real life husband. I’m anxious to see where it goes.

A.P. Bio

Why is this show on so sporadically?! I feel like it only appears in my feed about once a month. I’m much happier watching shows I can binge. Or, you know, watch at their regular once a week intervals. I stop caring when there’s so much space between each episode.

Life in Pieces

Same with this. It just came back on, but I don’t think it’s been on two weeks in a row. I loved it so much when I first started watching it and I find myself just not really caring anymore.

The Good Fight

Ah, this show is so great. So smart. I really loved this third season. Mostly because of the Michael Sheen addition.

Whiskey Cavelier

So long, Whiskey. It was somewhat enjoyable while it lasted. I stopped liking it when they brought on Scott Foley’s real life wife as the romantic interest of another character. It felt very weird to me.

iZombie

I’m so over this show. It was one of my favorites for awhile. Now with all the zombies vs humans and the closed off Seattle where they all live together…I just don’t like it. It was so much more fun when Liv was portraying different people each episode and Clive was none the wiser.

Sneaky Pete

It came back! I binged the third season in like two days. I love it. So much. So, so much. I hope it comes back, even though it seems to be a full year in between seasons. I am basically in love with Giovanni Ribisi in this. So much nuance to his character. LOVE.

The Bachelorette

Okay, I was seriously dreading watching this. I only watch it so I can get more out of the (paid for) Popcast Patreon recap episodes each week. I could not stand Hannah on Colton’s Bachelor season. I thought she was the worst pick ABC could have possibly made to star in her own Bachelorette season. BUT – she has surprised me, greatly. I kind of think she’s pretty dang awesome now. And I love the cast of guys. So many standouts! I think I’m going to get way too emotionally invested by the time some of my favorites are sent home. Right now I’m rooting for Jed or Peter. Is Peter not the most adorably sweet faced man ever?! I also think Tyler and Mike are fun.

Dirty John

I ran out of shows to watch this week and decided to start this one up. I loved the podcast and was curious to see how they televised the same true story. I have to say that the voices of all the characters are even more annoying than they were in real life. But I’m intrigued. I’m surprised by how much ground has been covered only three episodes in. I think Connie Britton is fantastic in it.

TV – TOGETHER

Killing Eve

We watched all of the second season this month. I liked it! It was a bit bizarre. I mean, it’s been bizarre from the get go. Villanelle is just such a fascinating psychopath to watch. Eve’s infatuation with her is harder to understand, though I guess I’m infatuated by her too. I also didn’t care much for Nico in the first season, but found him quite attractive in this one! I’m curious to see if (spoiler) Eve is really dead. She can’t be, right?

The Umbrella Academy

I just don’t know what to make of this show. I thought it was so corny and dumb when we started it. We watched it every night on our Colorado vacation and then took a break until this week when we picked it up again. I’m kind of highly invested, but also don’t really have a clue what’s going on. I love the characters and also don’t really care about them? And the unexplained monkey and robot mom? It’s just so bizarre. Maybe the expectation is that you should read the comic books before you ever even think about watching the show. Which I of course did not do.

You’re the Worst

These people really are the worst. And yet I love them. I’m not sure how it took me five full seasons before I knew this show existed, but it’s proved to be a fun and hilarious addition to our tv nights in between the more serious shows. I LOVE Jimmy. I have mixed feelings on everyone else.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Meh. Same old, same old.

Superstore

Ditto.

MOVIES

The New Romantic

This was a really weird and off-putting movie. I was grossed out by it. I think Netflix is trying way too hard to just churn out movies with no real interest in great content anymore.

The Hustle

I thought this was okay. I wanted it to be hilarious, but found myself just so sad watching Rebel Wilson cast once again as the fat and clumsy girl next to someone tall, beautiful, elegant, poised. I wish she could just be A PERSON. The movie itself was fun, but not particularly funny. It made for a nice night out by myself, though.

What I Watched AND Listened To April 2019

I guess this is no longer worth reiterating, but I watched A LOT of tv this month. I wonder how much I would actually watch if I weren’t watching while I sewed. Probably none, other than the one show a night I watch with Greg. It’s kind of awesome being able to binge watch so many things while I work, but I realize it’s also probably slowly rotting my brain. This past week I’ve mostly been listening to podcasts AND music. It’s been a nice change of pace!

TV – Alone

Shameless

I finished out the current season, though I’m not entirely convinced I actually watched the last episode. I thought I maybe just saw the preview for the last episode and thought I watched it?? It’s a mystery that will probably never be solved. Shameless continues to draw me into its crazy mess, but frustrates me to no end how every character just continues to destroy their lives. I think there’s just one more season planned and I really, really, really hope most of the kids can find some redemption.

Jane the Virgin

Oh, Michael. Sweet Michael. So much more interesting and exciting than Raphael. Did they always plan to bring him back?! I can’t believe how long they went trying to get Jane and Raph back together only to have Michael appear back in their lives. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t introduce him back if he wasn’t meant to end up with Jane. It’s just such a sad and depressing love triangle to watch week after week. I want everyone to be happy.

God Friended Me

This came to a nice close. I’m not sure if it’s been renewed for next season, but I certainly enjoyed this dose of positive tv every week.

The Resident

WHY are they messing with Conrad and Nic?! Are AJ and Mina going to have some sort of bonding moment in the season finale tomorrow?! I love this show with all my heart. I think I cry during every episode. So, so good.

Whiskey Cavalier

This has been an interesting thing to pick up. The only thing I’ve ever seen Scott Foley in was Scandal and I loved him in it. So sexy! It’s definitely been hard to wrap my head around seeing him in a similar agent type role, but as a super sensitive/happy/friendly guy. I basically watch this show for him. The rest of the cast is pretty meh to me right now.

Modern Family

Same as always. It’s okay. It’s there.

Good Girls

I’m enjoying the twists and turns of the second season. It’s definitely not one of my favorite shows, but I enjoy it.

The Good Cop

Basically I’ll watch every show with the word “good” in the title. I just picked this randomly on netflix to watch one day and ended up binging it this week. I liked it! I’m fascinated by Josh Groban as his nerdy perfectionist character. I couldn’t care less about Tony Danza and all that drama, though.

The Good Fight

I’m glad this is back! I am LOVING Michael Sheen as part of the ongoing cast for awhile. He’s just so insane! It makes me really happy. I’m not too sure about the rest of the show and it’s extremely politically focused agenda. I always watch it and feel like I might be hunted down for watching it. I’m kind of amazed it’s on regular cable like that.

Life in Pieces

This was off the air so long (or at least it felt like it) that I wasn’t even sure it was still on. But it’s back!

A.P. Bio

I love this one too. So ridiculous, but also surprisingly funny!

TV- Together

Santa Clarita Diet

So I admit this show’s premise is pretty outlandish, but I’ve always really enjoyed it. I feel like it has a lot of physical comedy, which is kind of rare. You just really need to be watching everyone’s facial expressions (especially Joel’s) to really get the most out of it. Unfortunately, I just heard it was cancelled, so we’ll never get any kind of closure. I’m really happy with how the third season ended between Abby and Eric, though.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

It’s finally over! WHEW. I really hated it by the end. I guess I can understand how the whole point was for Rebecca to grow and find contentment from her own inner strength and health. But…I just totally stopped caring.

Superstore

I feel like this is really falling flat lately. There are definitely funny moments, but as a whole I’m just not that interested anymore. Maybe because so much of the show is about Amy and I just don’t like her very much. I don’t like Jonah that much either. That makes it hard to enjoy as a whole.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Same as Superstore. It’s okay. All the characters are pretty annoying.

Killing Eve

It’s back! So excited! I’m so glad Villanelle is still alive. What a total psychopath! She is so incredibly entertaining, though. I really like this one.

You’re the Worst

So we’re only two episodes into this five season series that I’ve literally never heard of it before. But it’s kind of hysterical. Again, mostly because of the hilarious facial expressions. It’s pretty crass, but I think we’ll probably stick with it because it was surprisingly funny.

Movies

Blockers

We picked this movie at random one weekend when we were out of current tv shows to watch. I thought it would be really stupid, the way most comedies are these days. But I might have laughed harder than I’ve ever laughed before. Don’t get me wrong, it WAS stupid. But it was also SO DANG FUNNY. I was on the floor choking because I was laughing so hard.

Shazam

I liked this! I wanted to see it just because I’ve loved Zachary Levi since Chuck. I really liked the band of foster kids and how they fought together to be a family. I was not so impressed by all the genuinely scary monsters and long scenes in a stone dungeon type place. But it was sweet and funny and I really enjoyed it.

The Perfect Date

Netflix is really milking Noah Centineo for all he’s worth! Of the three movies I’ve seen him in now, I liked this one the least. I don’t regret watching it (while multitasking), but it wasn’t that great.

Avengers: End Game

We saw this yesterday and I thought it was great! No spoilers, I just wish that some of the characters had a lot more screen time than they did. But it was a very worthy conclusion to all of the Marvel movies thus far.

Someone Great

I watched this today and honestly thought it was pretty dumb. I didn’t understand the point of it. It was just SAD. If you have such an amazing relationship, why would you give it up so easily? I thought the female friendship aspect was so exaggerated with a ridiculous amount of swearing. I definitely do not recommend wasting your time on this movie.

Podcasts

It’s been awhile since I’ve recommended any new podcasts because I just keep listening to the same handful again and again. But I’ve finally been in the mood to venture out a little bit and have a couple to suggest if you’re looking for something new!

David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

This podcast is a delight! I’ve always liked David Tennant, at least since Broadchurch, which is one of the first things I remember seeing him in. This podcast makes me realize what an amazing person he actually is. Each episode is an interview with a fellow actor or actress that he’s worked with. They just sit and have a conversation. So far I’ve only listened to episodes with people I actually know – Olivia Colman, Krysten Ritter, Jennifer Garner, James Corden, and Michael Sheen. But because David has a working relationship with them, their conversations are full of ease and excitement. He mostly sticks to career related topics to respect their personal privacies, but it’s still very interesting.

Blackout

I’ve only listened to two episodes of this fictional suspense podcast, but I think it’s going to be amazing. The dramatic quality to the entire thing is fantastic. I love Rami Malek as the main character and all the mysterious plot twists. It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to a fictional podcast, so I’m excited to continue on with it.

And the usuals, in case this is the first podcast post you’re reading of mine and want my tried and true!

  • The Popcast (DO IT!)
  • Popcast Friend of the Show (Patreon – I pay for this and it is SO worth your money)
  • Penpals (I love it so much!)
  • Spilled Milk
  • Front Porch with the Fitzes
  • Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  • 10 Things to Tell You
  • The Lazy Genius
  • Lazy Sisters (Patreon – I pay for this)

Music

Music?! What?! So I’m not hugely into music. I like it, I listen to things on occasion. But I’ve never been super into any bands or been that deeply committed to finding new bands. But I’ve recently found myself OBSESSED with The Jonas Brothers. I never, ever listened to them when they were a band before. I only listen to Christian radio, and most of the time that’s the only music I’m really exposed to. But I follow Priyanka Chopra on instagram, which led me to some interest in Nick Jonas, which led to their new releases of “Sucker” and “Cool.” I have listened to both songs probably a thousand times by now. I’m kind of obsessed. I can’t wait for the full album to release in June! I’ve also been listening to a little Josh Groban, due to his influence on me in The Good Cop. I really like this newest song “River.”

Well, that’s about it! Normally I’d go back and add photos for all of these, but because we have a guest staying in Caden’s room tonight, Caden is on the chair next to me trying to fall asleep so I need to finish up and get off my computer. I’d love to hear your recommendations for any of these things!

What I Watched March 2019

This has been a HUGE tv month for me. I had to make up for not watching much in February. Plus, I’ve been working a lot – my prime tv watching time. As usual, spoilers will definitely be included in my little recaps!

TV – Alone

Modern Family

I really wish they’d end this show. Maybe this is the last season?? Nope, I just looked it up and they have one more season before it ends. I’ll definitely stick with it to see how they close it out, but this has been nothing but filler tv for me for a very long time.

Million Little Things

I’ve really loved everything about this close knit band of friends. It’s been one of my favorite new shows of the year. The drama, the humor, the emotional storylines. I love it.

The Bachelor

UGH. Could this have come to a worse ending?! I had so many feelings about this whole ridiculous season. Well, technically the first Bachelor season I’ve ever watched, though I did watch The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise last year. And Colton. Poor Colton. I felt so bad for him this entire season and then he just didn’t end up having a clue at the end. WHY Cassie? WHY?? She was so totally and clearly unready to be in a relationship. I’m pretty sure she only ended up with him from all the pressure around the whole crazy ending. I chalk it up to Colton just not being as emotionally mature as he should have been to be on that tv show. I was pretty disappointed with how it all went down in the end.

Single Parents

This has been an unexpectedly fun little sitcom! I was a bit turned off by the cast of characters in the first episode or two and then they really grew on me. I always have a soft spot for tv shows that center around a really close group of friends that depend on each other like family. The way I often wish my life could be! I also really love the subtle sexual tension between Poppy and Douglas and Will and Angie. I also really enjoy Miggy’s unconventional addition to the group.

The Good Doctor

When I watched the finale of this season I didn’t realize it was actually the finale. Then I almost had a panic attack (okay, exaggeration) when I thought it was a series finale. There weren’t any real cliffhangers so it made sense they were closing it out for good, but WHEW – not the case. I adored this show and all of its characters.

The Resident

Ah, my heart is with this tv show. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Everybody on it is just amazing. I’m so very happy that Julian is alive and came back for Devon, even though she went and left again. Now I’m just biting my nails waiting for something – anything! – to happen between Mina and AJ. I need them to at least get a little bit closer.

A.P. Bio

It’s back! This show just cracks me up. It’s so ridiculous, but never fails to make me laugh.

Good Girls

I ran out of my regular shows and needed to pick something fast on netflix. I wasn’t too sure about this, but it’s grown on me. It’s kind of like a milder version of Breaking Bad. The three women just keep digging themselves deeper and deeper into the hole. I LOVE the very subtle tension between Beth and Rio. I also enjoy Gregg (aka Matt Seracen). 🙂

The Good Fight

Also back! I’m not sure how I feel about this third season that is so clearly going to be entirely about politics. I usually avoid politics at all costs. But I love the characters. I was especially excited about the addition of Michael Sheen. I’m guessing it was only a guest appearance, but I found his insane character to be very attractive and fun to watch.

Shrill

I have very mixed feelings about this one. I know that as a bigger woman this show was supposed to draw me in and make me feel as passionate as Annie about how the world treats us. But she kept making so many stupid decisions! Even though he was obviously meant to have some redeeming qualities, Ryan was just such an awful person. Why did she keep going back to him in every single episode?! I’m also just not a fan of shows that treat abortion with so little concern. I guess I’m glad to have watched it since it’s been getting so much buzz, but I definitely didn’t love it.

God Friended Me

Not much to say other than I still like it! It’s nice to watch a show that centers around helping people and making the world a better place.

Splitting Up Together

Okay, since the addition of baby Annie being born to Lisa Apple and Martin, this show has become ridiculously unbelievable. I could buy their divorce while still living on the same property and still having many lingering feelings for each other. But to suddenly just have a baby born to Martin and have Lena over there taking care of it like it’s no big deal? It’s a BIG DEAL. I mean, I really like this show. But…it’s ridiculous.

TV – Together

Timeless – The Finale

We watched the finale movie that came seven months after the show was cancelled. And…it was weird. Like such a weird “episode” to end with. And then it became so cheesy and silly, but of course made me happy. I’m going to miss Wyatt. SO MUCH.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Every time we watch this I just think about how annoying almost every single character is. I’m in it for Captain Holt and that’s about it. I’m to the point where I literally cannot stand Amy and everyone else gets on my nerves. Just do a spinoff of Captain Holt’s life and I’d be pleased as punch.

PEN15

Oh so many emotions about this show. At first I was insanely bothered by how unbelievable the 30 something year old actresses were as 13 year old characters. But I eventually got over it and genuinely loved the show. Some of the episodes were better than others, but the best ones were so completely hilarious I was crying. And then the final two episodes were almost emotionally destructive to me. It brought up so many feelings of nostalgia for that period of my life. I wouldn’t relive those years for a million dollars, but I SO wish I could go back to a time when friendships meant everything – to me AND to them. I was sobbing after the finale, it touched me so deeply. As a whole, this was such a fantastic piece.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Just end already! Seriously! I hate this season so much. Everyone is awful. All the ups and downs between Josh, Nathaniel, and Greg. I’m pretty certain she will pick none of them in the end, so why spend so much time on this? I hate it.

Superstore

This was once one of my favorites, but it’s really fallen flat for me too lately. The characters are all just so blah.

Miracle Workers

We watched all of this in the last few days and really loved it! It felt super unconventional and bizzare. It also seemed very cheaply made and didn’t seem to be the kind of show I would like. But it turned out to be so funny and had such a sweet ending. I definitely recommend it!

Movies

The Favourite

This movie was…odd. I had no idea what it was going into it. I guess the acting was good? I really like Olivia Coleman from Broadchurch. It was just such a strange movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody

I’ve wanted to see this since I very first heard about it, wanted to see it in the theater so badly. We finally watched it and it was a bit of a letdown. I mean, the music was fun. But the movie as a whole was pretty boring. It was interesting seeing Rami Malek as such a charismatic character, though, having only seen him in Mr. Robot.

Captain Marvel

I know as a woman I should be all about this female superhero movie. But honestly, I didn’t really like it. I wish it had a more structured beginning and I might have liked the movie as a whole a lot more. I’m very turned off by outer space/different planets/different species of creatures. If a superhero has an origin story that begins on earth, I’m much more invested. Overall, not a terrible movie by any means, it just wasn’t that interesting to me.

What I Watched February 2019

TV and movie time! I never got around to writing this end of the month post in January. Everything was so chaotic and I actually watched so many shows that I couldn’t stand the thought of recapping so many things. I’m not sure if anyone even cares about these particular posts – they’re certainly much less exciting to me than my book posts! But I always think it’s fun to get new recommendations, so I think I’ll continue on with them, just in case you’re hoping for some new suggestions in your own tv watching lives!

TV – Alone (spoilers)


The Resident

I still love this show so, so much. It’s the very rare show that absolutely none of the characters annoy me. They’re all so interesting and care about each other, yet are filled with flaws. Mina and Dr. Austin are probably my favorite slow burning storyline at the moment. I love Conrad too, of course. 🙂

The Good Doctor

I love this one too. I believe it also stands the test of not having any annoying characters, though I don’t find them all as endearing as I do on The Resident. I’m a bit frustrated with the introduction of the new Dr. Tan (though to me he will always be that awful Jin from Lost) and him forcing Shawn to give up his surgical residency in favor of pathology. I’m sure he’ll find his way back, but I feel so bad for Shawn now.

The Bachelor

Okay, so I watch this show because my favorite podcast’s Patreon does recaps of every episode and I want the full experience. When I started with The Bachelorette last season, I never expected to become so invested in the people. But…I am. I’ve never been a huge fan of Colton, mostly because he seems so sweet and innocent and everyone that watches just rips him apart! His dumping by Becca last year was so sad, then he had that uncomfortably depressing run on Bachelor in Paradise and presumably he was picked to be the bachelor entirely because of his virginity status. I hate that so much of the narrative has to revolve around that one point. Anyway, now that we’re down to the final three women, I really have no idea which way he’s leaning and which one I’m hoping he’ll pick. I suppose I probably like Taysha the best because she seems to have the best all around chemistry with him. But mostly I just watch every episode and feel terrible that Colton is in this situation.

God Friended Me

I’m still enjoying this. I have a feeling that maybe it won’t last past a single season, though. I’ve never heard of anyone else that watches it. I like the characters and how they live to find good in the world by helping all of God’s friend suggestions. It’s an uplifting thing to watch.

Splitting Up Together

Sigh. Leena and Martin have so much chemistry. I know this is such an idealized view of what divorce could look like, but a huge part of me also feels like this could actually be realistic. Once the pressure of being a married couple is taken away, you suddenly remember all the things you loved about your partner before you took your vows. I hate that dang Lisa Apple and her baby had to show up once again right when they were about to get back together – AGAIN. How many times can the show go to that storyline? I almost feel like this would have been a much better movie than an ongoing tv show. Unless they’re just gearing up to finish a single season with a happy ending. Which I would totally be okay with.

Modern Family

As usual, I don’t have much to say about this one. I’m not even sure why I still watch it because Phil is pretty much the only character I like. Everyone else is SO ANNOYING.

Single Parents

I just started this and I’m surprised by how much I like it. It’s definitely a bit silly and unbelievable, but I love tv shows about camaraderie between an unlikely group of friends. I love how they’ve all kind of banded together to form their own big happy family.

TV – Together 

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

I’m glad this show is ending. I don’t think I could put up with it for another season. Everyone annoys me so dang much. And I HATE the Skylar Astin “new Greg” replacement. Greg was my all time favorite character and I LOVE the storyline that she was meant to be with him all along, but it just doesn’t make sense when it’s not the same actor! I actually love Skylar Astin, but I just can’t see him as a replacement. I wish he would have come in as a new character and I could have accepted him so much more easily.

Timeless

We are almost done with this two season show. I went from thinking it was kind of dumb to being highly invested to getting annoyed with everyone. But I still kind of love it because Wyatt is so absolutely swoon-worthy. Matt Lanter is the perfect actor for portraying constant emotional distress. I really like Lucy too. And Rufus is good for some comic relief every once in awhile. I’m actually a pretty big fan of Flynn at this point in the second season too. I’m anxious to see how it all ends with the movie conclusion.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Captain Holt is basically the only reason I watch this show. I ADORE him. I think he’s one of the funniest tv characters of all time. Everyone else just kind of annoys me. Seeing a theme here?

Movies

A Simple Favor

This was an odd one, to be sure! Even though the plot was about finding the truth behind the Blake Lively character, I really couldn’t get past the fact that Anna Kendrick’s character had sex and was in love with her brother, who was possibly the father of her child. It was just such a bizarre thing to throw into the middle of the movie!

Life of the Party

This was the second time I’ve watched this movie and I loved it just as much. I know it’s not highly rated, but I think it’s totally hilarious. I laughed just as much the second viewing.

Isn’t It Romantic

Desperate for a night to myself, I went to see this movie in the theater without knowing much about it ahead of time. I found the first half to be a bit awkward. Some of the acting (like the gay best friend) was terrible. I didn’t really understand where they were going with attacking the cliched romantic comedy while also being a romantic comedy. But I really loved Adam DeVine’s character and how somehow the whole movie ended in all the characters singing and dancing in the street. It made me want to re-watch all the Pitch Perfect movies to see some more Adam-Rebel chemistry. Overall, it ended up being a pretty sweet movie!

Okay, that’s it for February! I’m pretty much caught up on all my current shows now after a few weeks off and am about to hit up netflix for my next binge. Any recommendations?!

What I Watched December 2018

It felt like a pretty light month for tv watching. I usually only watch tv by myself if I’m working and I only worked the first week of the month. But I fit in a lot of netflix movies!

TV – Alone

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

I started this because I wanted something light that I didn’t have to pay a ton of attention to. It was entertaining enough. I think I watched about half of the first season on netflix and I’ll eventually get back to the rest. It’s nice to see comedians when they’re not completely “on.”

Modern Family

I guess I don’t have a ton to say about this. Still on it!

Million Little Things

I’m still really liking this new show! I do have to say that it’s so selfish of Delilah to make Eddie pretend he’s not the baby’s father. I hope she eventually changes her mind.

Safe

I only watched the first episode of this on a very rare night I had the tv to myself. But I’m anxious to watch more of it! It seems like in my month of light tv watching there are suddenly SO many shows back that I can’t wait to start up again!

TV – Together

Daredevil

We finished up the final season and I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing so much more of Matt and Karen. And as much as I like Wilson Bethel in Hart of Dixie, I could have done without him as Dex in this show.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

We FINALLY got to the episode with Skylar Astin appearing as the new and unrecognizable Greg character. It still feels really ridiculous, but I do love Skylar Astin and it feels like maybe they finally have a GOOD singer on the show again. So I guess I kind of approve. But original Greg was still my favorite character and I’m bummed he wouldn’t come back.

Superstore

Still a great show!

Outlander

I’m really enjoying this season! I’m actually liking the season so much I’m very tempted to pick up the book series again. I only read the first four books, so I’m only knowledgeable up through this season. The Jamie and Claire actors just have so much on screen chemistry, it’s hard not to love them. Roger and Brianna, though? I’m not feeling it AT ALL.

Bodyguard

It took us a crazy long time to get through all six hour long episodes of this show. I don’t think it lived up to the hype that social media made me think it would be. But I’m still glad we watched it. That final episode was so stressful!

Movies

Christmas Inheritance

I really was not a fan of this holiday movie. Just something to pass the time while working.

The Shape of Water

Wow, this movie was bizarre. We did not like it.

Dumplin’ 

I enjoyed watching this after having read the book a year or two ago.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

I thought this movie was ridiculous. I really liked the first one last year, but this – ick.

The Little Mermaid (not the cartoon)

Again – not that great. I love William Moseley, but the movie was not worth watching.

Christmas Wedding Planner

This holiday movie was so unremarkable that I just had to look it up again to remind myself what it even was. Again – pretty lame!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

We just saw this today and I loved it! I didn’t have the highest of expectations because I’m not really a fan of animated movies in general. But I liked it so much! It was so well done and SO funny. I think the adults watching it probably enjoyed it more than the kids because of the humor. After a month of crappy movies at home, this was really, really great.