Friday Five

Quick note: I’m going on a weeklong vacation soon so I will most likely skip my Friday Five next week.

1. Wormwood: a fascinating, disturbing six-part documentary from famed director Errol Morris about the search for answers after the suspicious death of an Army scientist in the 1950s. The episodes interweave recreations of what may or may not have actually happened, featuring talent such as Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Bob Balaban, Jimmi Simpson, and more. I won’t give too much away here, but the story involves the CIA, MK Ultra, and a government conspiracy. Curiosity piqued yet?

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Friday Five

1. Manhattan Skyline: my husband I went to Brooklyn earlier this week to attend a belated holiday party and we stayed at a hotel in Williamsburg. Because we were so close to the East River, I strolled over to Bushwick Inlet Park to take in the skyline across the river—a view that just never gets old.

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First Friday Five of 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! This is a big year for me: I turn 40 in June, and my fifth wedding anniversary is in July. Plus, I’ll be attending my tenth consecutive San Diego Comic-Con. I’m sending out good vibes for a more positive year—not just for me, but for everyone on the planet!

1. Pitch Perfect 3: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend—the first time I’ve seen a Pitch Perfect in the theater! Not surprisingly, it wasn’t as good as the first two, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it and bought the soundtrack from iTunes the next day. I can’t get enough of these a cappella ladies!

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Friday Five

Well, we’ve arrived at my final Friday Five of 2017! This has been a big year for me personally (see my Instagram Best Nine slide show)…but globally it’s been a raging dumpster fire of a disaster. Here’s hoping 2018 is full of real progress.

Because this is most likely my last post of 2017, before I jump into today’s five things I want to wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe New Year’s. Cheers to great things in 2018!

1. The Last Jedi: my husband and I went to see the new Star Wars movie last Saturday night (in a theater with new reclining seats!) and we both really enjoyed it. I won’t spoil anything here, but I will say that Adam Driver is so super intense in the best way. Daisy Ridley also did phenomenal work—and on top of that, she has the most flawless skin in any galaxy. It’s so heartening to see heroic people of color in the main cast of a gigantic movie.  And this gif of Chewie and a Porg is my new favorite moment ever.

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Friday Five

1. MORE NEW POKÉMON! Can you tell I’m excited?! 50 new monsters were released in Pokémon Go just two weeks ago, and yesterday they dropped 20 more. I didn’t know an additional release was coming, so when I opened my app and saw the announcement screen I immediately put my shoes and coat on and went out to hunt some new Pokémon down. I managed to catch four new ones on my first outing with the new batch. I also encountered a fifth new release, but he ran away from me. I’ll get you yet, Delibird!

Clockwise from top left: Snorunt, Roselia, Seedot, Delibird, Spheal

2. Super Mario Odyssey: we bought this game to play on our new Nintendo Switch and it’s a lot of fun! I have a soft spot for Mario games because those are the ones I was the most into when I was a kid, though I’ve never been much of a gamer. I’m still adjusting to playing videos games where you can control the camera and your perspective (which shows you how long it’s been since I played), but Mario brings out alllll the nostalgia in me. In an early level, you can become a T-rex and run around smashing shit. Who doesn’t love that? And there are even sections of the game that are throwbacks to the original Super Mario Bros!

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Friday Five

1. Pokémon Go Gen 3: it’s finally here!!! The new generations of monsters was released last Friday afternoon and as soon as I noticed the release, I went out to try and catch ’em all! This pic shows the first six Gen 3 Pokémon that I caught on that stroll, and I’ve added nine additional new ones to my Pokédex. I believe they released 50, so I still have a ways to go!

Clockwise from top left: Treecko, Skitty, Makuhita, Slakoth, Plusle, Gulpin

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Friday Five

1. Nintendo Switch: let me preface this by saying that I am not a gamer in any way (I don’t say that to disparage gamers). I get frustrated and give up really easily and the last console I legitimately tried to play video games on was the Nintendo 64, which came out when I was in college 20 years ago. My brother-in-law brought his Switch to DC over Thanksgiving so I tried playing Zelda on it…and I was surprised to find myself enjoying it. My husband and I just got a Switch of our very own, with two games to start: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. We’ll see how long it takes for me to get bored with the Switch…hopefully MUCH longer than usual.

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Friday Five

Happy December! I can’t believe this year is almost over already…in the meantime, here is this week’s Friday Five.

1. View from the Newseum: this past Monday, my mom and I visited this museum dedicated to all things news. The museum is huge! To be honest, I wasn’t super into the exhibits, but the museum has a sixth floor patio with an amazing view of the National Mall and the Capitol Building. That was definitely my favorite part of the place!

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Friday Five

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family! I know I did. 🙂

1. Brooklyn Orchids 2018 Calendar: shameless plug alert! Each year I create a calendar using my own photographs of orchids (if you’re new here, I have a blog about orchids called…Brooklyn Orchids). This 12-month calendar is available for $24.90 in my Brooklyn Orchids Zazzle store, so if you know anyone who’s really into orchids or loves pretty pictures of flowers, my calendar would make a nice holiday gift. Hot tip: Zazzle very frequently offers discounts, especially during the holidays, so you most likely won’t have to pay full price as long as you enter their current promo code at checkout. I’m pretty sure there will be Black Friday and Cyber Monday promo codes, so the next few days will be a great time to order your calendar!

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Friday Five

1. Brooklyn Bridge: last weekend my husband and I returned to NYC for a few nights—it was my first time back there since we moved to DC in February! We stayed at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, which is so close to the pedestrian entrance to the bridge that I couldn’t NOT walk over it. Amazingly, I only walked the Brooklyn Bridge once in the fifteen years I lived in NYC, so I made it a point to do so again as a visitor. I went to the bridge this past Monday afternoon, and though it was a little chilly and overcast it was still a wonderful, quintessentially New York thing to do, and I enjoyed my stroll very much.
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