I’m really excited for my weekend—my uncle and niece are coming up for the night! I just saw him a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t seen her in ages. It’ll be really good to see her, even if we won’t get a ton of time together.
I’ve started watching What We Do in the Shadows, which is really funny. It’s a documentary-style show (think The Office) but with vampires. It’s by the same people who did the movie (which I still haven’t seen) but with new characters. I’ve also started the second season of The Last OG (I like it even more than the first season!) and am also halfway through the second season of Friday Night Lights. The FNL watch is back in earnest and I’m hoping to start Game of Thrones next? We’ll see. I’m also super obsessed with the new season of Good Girls, which was just renewed for season three.
I’m also listening to some new podcasts. I think I talked about Redhanded last time, but it’s my second favorite true crime podcast. I also really love One Great Book (Anne Bogel talks about a book she loves), Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad (Billy Jensen and Paul Holes talk cold cases) and You’re Wrong About (the hosts pick a famous event or person—Terri Schiavo or the Challenger explosion—and discuss how everything we think we know is wrong or incomeplete).
I just started reading Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and it is AMAZING. It has some Little Fires Everywhere vibes going.
Movie-wise, I’m hoping to see The Curse of La Llarona sometime soon. Ideally this weekend but maybe while everyone else is seeing The Avengers?
I’m seeing the new Pet Sematary today and I’m so excited! This is a great year for horror and I want to see basically all of it. Pet Sematary is one of the releases I am most psyched for, though, and it’s finally here!
I also am taking a bit of a book vacation but, in possibly the most on brand choice ever, I decided to do some re-reading. I’m going back to review books soon but I’m enjoying this time.
I just started listening to Redhanded (a true crime podcast) and You’re Wrong About… (a podcast about things we all know about, which then explains why we don’t know anything about them). My other new favorite came from my friend Will’s recommendation. Unspooled has hosts watching the AFI 100 Best and discussing them.
So I’m 39 today.
1) Eat more fruits and vegetables.
2) Drink more water.
3) Start walking to and from the lightrail station and get off the lightrail early, weather permitting.
4) Be better about sticking to a schedule.
5) Stick to two sodas a day.
1) Use Duolingo for Spanish or French.
2) Definitely do the documentary and nonfiction ones (see below).
3) Learn to cook.
4) Send cards to people.
5) At least one personal blog post a week.
1) Read one nonfiction book a month.
2) Read one non-review, non-book club book a month.
3) Do a better job catching up on review books.
4) Start borrowing from the library more.
5) Read at least two diverse books a month.
1) Make the most of the Sinemia membership before the trial is up.
2) Finish the FNL watch.
3) Watch the other three Best of 2018 movies from the AFI.
4) Watch at least one Netflix offering a week or get rid of it.
5) Watch at least one documentary a month.
Welcome to the weekend before the Oscars! I’m going to spend most nights this week seeing Best Picture nominees; so far, I’ve only seen Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman.
I’m currently reading the new Jeff Zentner and it’s amazing! It may end up being my favorite of his and that’s the highest praise I can give.
AND I just started listening to a new true crime podcast, RedHanded. It’s similar to My Favorite Murder (crime! Banter!) but they research better and there’s some overlap but not much.
Meanwhile, I keep feeling like I’m coming down with something. I may see Happy Death Day 2U but I am going to focus on sleep.
WHAT I’M READING: I’m currently on a bit of a book vacation, so my next few books are The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali, Two Can Keep a Secret and The Kiss Quotient. I’ve just started Rukhsana Ali but I like it so far.
WHAT I’M WATCHING: I’m still not doing great at watching movies but I hope to get back to that soon. I have OscarPass soon, but I also am very excited to see Happy Death Day 2U; I loved the first one so much.
This time last week, I was so excited to see My Favorite Murder, and it was even better than I expected. If you have a chance to see them live, I recommend it. I am definitely going the next time they return to Baltimore. They posted the Baltimore show Thursday morning, so you can also enjoy it. Some of the loud screams at the beginning and the end were definitely mine.
So last night, I went to go see My Favorite Murder here in Baltimore. It was the best night of my life.
I went by myself, because my two best local friends are not only NOT Murderinos, they would probably take Karen up on it when she says that if you’re not into true crime and dark humor, “you should get the fuck out right now.” I have great friends and they would go if I asked them to, but I knew I would have more fun without worrying that they were hating it. (Because, you guys? THEY WOULD HATE IT.)
So. I was guessing that one of them would do Joe Metheny (and if you don’t know about it, don’t Google him; he is deeply disturbing) and I was wrong. Karen did the Baltimore plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln* and Georgia did the murder of Carolyn Wasilewski, which kind of inspired the movie Crybaby.
So even that would have been great enough. But then they said they had a surprise. They each read parts of their upcoming book (out in May and yes, of course I have already preordered it) and I am very, very excited to read it.
If you have a chance to see them live, absolutely do it. It was so fun and funny and I am so glad I went. I can’t wait to hear about Saturday’s show in DC.
* = The one time we didn’t kill someone.
This is going to be one of the best weekends in a while. Tonight I’m seeing My Favorite Murder (!!!!!!!!) and you’ll read my recap of it tomorrow morning. I have been waiting for months to see Karen and Georgia live and it is finally here and it is 12 hours away and I am full of joy.
CURRENTLY READING: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I’ve been in a reading slump lately (I’ve started and put down so many books!) so I decided to try this one to see if it it would stick. It’s actually out in May, so I completely skipped my usual “read in order of release” rule. I’m loving it, though; it’s sweet and funny and hot and a definite contender for “Favorite Book in 2019.”
CURRENTLY WATCHING: A lot of Good Place reruns. I need to get back to Friday Night Lights and I have two unwatched episodes of The Passage, but I’m just binging The Good Place over and over.
I also haven’t seen any movies since I watched Love, Gilda earlier this year. I’m doing OscarPass, so that’ll change soon.
I’ve decided that I’m going to do OscarPass again, and I’m trying to figure out the best way to do it.
Roma isn’t going to play near me, which sucks. But I have Netflix, so I’ll watch that during that week, too. (It’s Feb. 18-24.)
The shorts will have the documentary ones, too. I wasn’t a huge fan last year, but I’m trying again because a lot of them look really interesting. BUT I’m pretty sure I’ll also be in the theater for basically four or five hours just for those.
The unfortunate thing is that most movies are only showing twice, so it makes it a lot harder to see everything. (But not for me, because I took most of that week off work.)
I’m not sure if I will do a summary the morning after or if I’ll do a big recap (which is what I did last year). Either way, I’m starting to get really excited to see all of the best picture nominees. So far, I’ve only seen Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman but I loved both. I’m also hoping to see The Wife (I hope this is Glenn Close’s year!).
This is going to be one of the busiest weekends I’ve had in a while, and it’s all good things.
Tomorrow is book club (we’re discussing Circe) and Sunday, I’m having an early dinner with friends and then it’s the SAG awards! I’m excited to see if the award show trends continue with them; they’re one of the shows I take most seriously.
I’m hoping to see If Beale Street Could Talk and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse soon, but I’m not sure if that will happen this weekend (probably not). I’m also hoping to watch this week’s episode of The Passage (I was into the pilot, although it seems like that may be because I don’t remember the book that well and I didn’t read the other two).
I just started the new Kasie West (out Feb. 5) and it’s fun so far. I love her books, and I’m in the mood for something fun.
There isn’t much else going on.
I’m currently reading Circe, which I love. I’m reading it for my book club and I was a little hesitant (mythology and fantasy elements aren’t really my thing and the story seemed a little…much), but I’m absolutely loving it and I was so wrong. If you haven’t read Circe yet either, I strongly recommend it. I should finish it today sometime, so look for my review tomorrow.
I’d also been starting and stopping a lot of books over the weekend (basically every end of January book I had for review, because I read and loved For Alison and The Dreamers so much, and every book seemed less amazing than they were). I’m glad Circe snapped me out of that but God only knows what the February books will bring. (Well, the first one is On the Come Up by Angie C. Thomas, so I know I’ll love that.)
I also just started watching Good Trouble, and I really enjoy that. Freeform has aired two episodes so far and I’m liking it. I never watched The Fosters (it’s a spinoff from that) but that hasn’t been a problem so far.
I’m also almost done with the first season of Friday Night Lights and I’m mad I waited so long to watch. (YOU WERE RIGHT, TYLER.)
I need to start going to the movies again because I really miss it. Maybe I’ll see Glass soon.