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?
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.
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!
Well, I thought I was finished with blogging for the year…but then I realized that I did a lot of cool stuff in 2017 so I decided to put together a list of personal favorites from the year. We moved to Washington DC at the end of February and I started exploring my new city quite a bit—something I honestly didn’t really do a whole lot of in the 15 years I lived in New York City. I feel a lot less anxious in DC and tend to feel like getting out more…it’s like a huge weight has lifted. Suffice to say, I’m generally happier living in DC now, though I do miss my friends in NYC!
It ended up being pretty hard to distill this list into a manageable year-end roundup, because there was actually SO MUCH to choose from!*
Here goes…my own personal highlights of 2017.
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Getting drinks at the Rainbow Room’s bar before we moved to DC. You just can’t beat the view from the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center in the middle of Manhattan, and it was a fitting way to begin closing out our time in the city.
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.
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!
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
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.
1. Mindhunter: the only reason I didn’t immediately dive into this show as soon as Netflix released it is that I was focused on my one horror movie a day in October. Once I found some time for tv show watching, I started on this one, which literally could not be more up my alley (I have a master’s degree in forensic psychology and wrote my thesis on linking homicides…and of course I’ve read Mindhunter by John Douglas). I’m about halfway through the first season and am all in. It’s a little bit textbook for me at times, but it’s still fun to watch the origin of profiling serial killers at the FBI.
Jesus effing Christ, Pennywise.
My third annual 31 Days of Horror is now complete, so I compiled a list of all the films that I watched this October!