#5onFriday: 5 Shows I’m Watching On Netflix

I’ve been having a hard time lately focusing on reading & writing lately (thanks anxiety!), so I’ve spent most of my time watching TV & playing video games. I’ve been watching a bunch of different shows on Netflix… some by myself, some with the kiddo & others with Evil Husband. I thought I’d share the shows I’ve been watching.

Five Netflix shows I’ve been binging lately:
  • Schitt’s Creek ~ One of the funniest shows I have watched since Parks & Rec. The premise is the standard rags to riches trope, but it is pulled off well because the writing & acting. The Rose Family, Johnny (Eugene Levy), Moira (Catherine O’Hara), David (Dan Levy), & Alexis (Annie Murphy), loses all their money & are forced to live in the town of Schitt’s Creek, their only remaining asset. The show is witty, sarcastic, cynical & funny as hell. I find myself quoting Moira in her “accent” all the time. Moira is like a reincarnation of Delia from Beetlejuice. Everyone is just so over the top & funny.
  • Hannibal ~ I was skeptical about this show. I’ve seen all the Hannibal Lecter movies & Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter. I was unsure Mads Mikkelsen could pull of the character as well as Hopkins does. I was quite impressed with his portrayal of Hannibal. The show is very dark, and very, very gory. I was quite surprised that this was once on NBC & I would not recommend eating anything while watching. The acting is great, the musical score is excellent & the cooking scenes are just phenomenal in a morbid sense of the word. Prepare to be disappointed as its only 3 seasons. Maybe Netflix will pick it up….fingers crossed.
  • Community ~ This show has been on my to-watch list forever. I just finished up the final season a few days ago. The show is about a lawyer (Joel McHale) that gets caught faking his degree & forced to go back to community college. He starts a Spanish “study group” to get to know the girl he’s crushing on, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and ends of with an eclectic bunch of people in the group. It is goofy & ridiculous & well worth binge watching. The final seasons are as good in my opinion as half the group leaves, but still worth watching.
  • Unsolved Mysteries ~ I just started this and holy cow, it brings me back to my childhood. The music however, it about the only thing that is the same. No narration or graphics & the reenactments aren’t like the original. That being said, it is a decent true crime show & the cases so far are quite interesting. I still recommend the original by far.
  • The Walking Dead ~ I am on a re-watch of this with the kiddo. I quit watching around season 8, I think? We just started season 2 & kiddo is enjoying it so far. I forgot how different the early seasons are and the direction the show ended up going. So far, kiddo hates Shane & totally ships Glen & Maggie. I’m still surprisingly still entertained re watching, although I’m not sure how long that will last.

What are you watching?

Book Review: He’s Making You Crazy by Kristen Doute

He’s Making You Crazy by Kristen Doute

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Disclaimer: This review was posted prior to the revelations of the author’s racist actions towards a fellow cast member on Vanderpump Rules. I have removed all promotions of this book on social media & will no longer be featuring this review. Please check out the below list of highly recommended non-fiction books regarding racism on GoodReads.

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He’s Making You Crazy by Vanderpump Rules star Kristen Doute is one part memoir, one part Stalking 101. It’s as if Kristen & her alter ego “Crazy Kristen” were dueling with each other for page space. It reminded me a little bit like a non-fiction version of The Dark Half.

If you aren’t familiar with Vanderpump Rules, it was a reality show about struggling waitstaff/models/ actors working at SUR, a restaurant in West Hollywood owned by Lisa Vanderpump, from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It is now a reality show about those same people, who pretend to work at SUR sometimes, while owning million dollar homes.

As a fan of Vanderpump Rules & an unapologetic Kristen Doute fan, I was thoroughly entertained reading her book. It is funny & witty, with dashes of humility, self-awareness & not at all basic. You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of the show or know much about it to enjoy her book. It is written with a much wider audience in mind then just fans of the show. Fellow cast members names aren’t dropped during parts about things that happened or are currently happening while filming. However, fans will know exactly who she is talking about.

While reading about the early parts of Doute’s romantic relationships, I felt like I was reading stories of my own life. I’m about the same age as Doute & grew up in the same area, so I immediately connected with stories of high school parties with Dave Matthews playing, concerts at Pine Knob & trips to Cedar Point. I enjoyed getting to know a side of Kristen Doute that has rarely been given much time on the show.

However, a bit of advice… If you want to avoid a restraining order, I suggest not following some of the “tips” given & maybe take them as anecdotal evidence of what not to do.

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Review: The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

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The Only Good Indians By Stephen Graham Jones

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Only Good Indians is a Native American folklore tale about the cost of defying tradition & a supernatural being seeking revenge.

Four teenagers of the Blackfeet Nation decide to hunt on reservation land reserved for tribal elders, breaking a sacred tradition in more ways then they realize & awaken an entity that will stop at nothing to get her revenge.

While they desperately try to fix their mistake, it is of no use. She will wait & bide her time until the moment is right. As the teenagers grow up & move away from the reservation, they all begin to slowly see and hear things. At first, they think they are crazy, until they each remember what they did & realize that what was told to them as legend, is in fact real.

The story is dark, gritty & violent & a totally different kind of horror novel.

Thank you to BookishFirst for the advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Only Good Indians will be released on July 14, 2020.

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#5onFriday: 5 Video Games To Play

This whole pandemic stay at home thing has really impacted my ability to do my some of my favorite creative things like blogging & reading a book just isn’t happening. I have found it difficult to concentrate and focus right now & find that the things that work for me are mindless activities. TV & movies are one method of escape for me right now. I’ve watched more Netflix & Hulu than I have in months. The other one is video games. I even downloaded Candy Crush onto my phone for the first time in years. I haven’t had a game on my phone for a few years now.

So, these are the 5 video games I’ve been immersing myself in:

  1. WOW Classic. I have not played World of Warcraft in over 10 years. Evil Husband & I have been talking about playing again recently & a few nights ago we made the plunge. We reactivated our old shared account & we have access to both WOW Classic & the regular game, however, several expansions have been released since we last played. We decided on WOW Classic, despite having level 80 characters in the regular game, because we have no idea how to play anymore.

    WOW Classic does require a monthly subscription, however, there is a free trial up until level 20. Monthly subscription runs $14.99/month & they have 3 month or 6 months “deals” that average out to be less then the $15/month. I created my own account so that Evil Husband and I can play together.

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    Available: PC & macOS

  2. Fallout 3. I’ve played Fallout 4 on PS4 & New Vegas as well. It’s been years since I played Fallout 3, so I decided to go back to my introduction to the Fallout franchise.

    Fallout 3 is a post-apocalyptic role playing game where your character grows up in a vault underground & escapes into the wasteland of the D.C. area filled with raiders & all kinds

    Available: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 
  3. The Sims 4. There is no greater time sink than the Sims games. Hours to be spent in building & character creation mode alone. An even bigger time sink is searching & downloading all the custom content that is out there.

    Available: PC, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

  4. Skyrim. This game is always my go to game to play when I don’t know what I want to play. And one I have never finished in the almost 10 years its been out. But it is by far one of the most entertaining & fun games ever.

    Available: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 & Nintendo Switch
  5. Red Dead Redemption 2. Fishing, hunting, poker, blackjack, stealing coaches are just a few of the things to do in RDR2. And, then there is the actual game itself.

    Available: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia

 

What are you playing right now?

 

 

 

#5onFriday: 5 blogs to follow on WordPress

I have been in a weird kind of head space since the stay at home orders hit here in the U.S. & haven’t felt much like writing. I think the fog has finally lifted as I have been jotting down all kinds of ideas the past few days for blog posts & I hope I’m back on track. One of my random thoughts was a sort of “top 5” type post, but I didn’t want to really to be specifically a “top 5, ” so #5onFriday”was born.

What is #5onFriday?

Basically, post 5 random things at 5:00PM (your time) on Friday that you did, read, watched, played, etc. Since Friday night is the beginning of the weekend, and pre-quarantine, people would go out to dinner, bars, or just hang out with friends, I thought this might be a good way for others to find ideas for things to do, games to play, shows or movies to watch. You can post 5 outdoor things you did this week. Or 5 movies you watched with your kids. Or the last 5 books you read. Or 5 new recipes you want to cook this week. Or your 5 favorite video games to play. Pretty much whatever you want.

My #5onFriday

This week for my #5onFriday, I decided to highlight some of my fellow WP bloggers that have been following me for quite a while now & providing great content. So, for some Friday night blog reading, check out these blogs….

  1. The Restless Wild: Liz is an outdoor photography & adventure blogger. She runs, she bikes, she rock climbs. All kinds of outdoor adventures.
  2. Diary of The Mad Katter: Katrina’s blog focuses on her life journey through anxiety & depression.
  3. The Curious Atheist: Rebekah is a former Lutheran turned atheist blogging about life, religion & human origin.
  4. Gamers United GG Blog: Luna has gaming blog full of reviews & all sorts of wonderfully geeky things to enjoy!
  5. Roof Beam Reader: A.W. Burgess’ blog is about “a writer & his reading.” Right now, his “Nevada Covid Diaries” posts are worth a read.

 

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