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.
I’m pleased to report that I returned from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con feeling much happier than I did last year! The 2016 con was pretty rough for me, and by the end of it I felt like I didn’t know how many more of these I could take. Fortunately 2017 turned out to be way better, even though the exhibit hall mostly looked like this:
After my husband and I moved to DC earlier this year, we remembered that during a May 2014 visit here we saw people walking around in costumes for a local Comic-Con. So we searched online to see what sort of nerdy convention we could go to here and found out that Awesome Con would be running from June 16-18, 2017. So we bought passes for Saturday, June 17 and turned yesterday into a little pre-San Diego Comic-Con geekout for ourselves!
1. Wonder Woman: my husband and I went to see this movie last weekend and I totally loved it! I can’t say I knew much about the character going into the movie, but I’ve already ordered a couple comics and a book recommended by a friend who is a fan. Gal Gadot was absolute perfection in the role.* The movie was a lot funnier than I expected, which gave it more of a Marvel movie tone (I consider this to be a good thing). That scene—you know the one I’m talking about—the one where Wonder Woman appears on the battlefield in her full costume for the first time…was EPIC. Bad ass. Apparently that scene almost didn’t make it into the movie, and director Patty Jenkins had to fight for it to make the cut. WELL DONE!!
1. Nocking Point Wine Club: I signed up for this club months ago and received my first shipment in March, then completely forgot to post about it because I’ve had so many DC-related things to share each week! Nocking Point is Stephen Amell‘s winery (you might know him as Oliver Queen on Arrow*) and it offers a wine club shipment for $100 per quarter. So every three months, members receive a selection of the winery’s wines, plus NP coffee beans and gear. For my first shipment I received three wines (a sparkling, a Malbec, and a Sauvignon Blanc), a bag of coffee beans, and a wine bottle insulator. So far I’ve consumed the coffee (tasty), the Malbec (pretty good), and used the insulator a couple of times. The June box will have Nerd HQ-branded rosé…and I can’t wait!
1. The Handmaid’s Tale: Hulu’s TV adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel is simply stunning, disturbing…and terrifyingly relevant, given the current tenor of our world. The cinematography, direction, music, and above all, the acting, are top notch. The cast is jam-packed with incredible women: Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, to name just a few. I’m only three episodes in, but I’m hooked. Somehow I haven’t read the book yet, but it’s en route to my house and I’ll be diving in as soon as it arrives.
1. The Good Place: I saw a premiere of the pilot episode at the show’s SDCC panel last summer and really enjoyed it. What I said when I posted my Comic-Con recap was “I’m totally gonna watch the show when it premieres.” But a case of Too Much Good TV got in the way and my husband and I didn’t get around to this show until recently. We’re only about halfway through the first season, but it’s a whole lot of fun! I have some theories about what’s going on, so I’m curious to see if my ideas actually pan out. I’m aware that there’s some big twist in the season finale, but I’ve managed to avoid spoilers about it.
I’m doing something a little different for my Friday Five this week. Literally all the blogs are filled with “best of” and “top 10” lists of the year, and because I’m such a TV nerd, I’m going to add one more to the fray. There’s only so much TV a girl can watch in this era of Peak TV so I’ve definitely missed out on some great shows, but here’s a list of my five favorite TV shows in 2016. Spoilers ahead…. Continue reading
1. Westworld: I know I’ve included this show in a previous Friday Five, but I was so into it that now that season one has ended I have to mention it again. The show certainly isn’t perfect, but I felt utterly transported every time I watched it and I can’t wait to see what season two has in store for us…in 2018 (AGH! So far away!)
1. Easy Vegetarian Ramen: my husband and I were both a little under the weather last weekend so on Sunday I made us a hearty, soothing batch of vegetarian ramen using this recipe from A Couple Cooks. I used bok choy as the greens, and for a little extra flavor I threw in a packet of Kikkoman tofu-spinach miso dried soup mix that we’ve had in our cupboard forever. I omitted the radishes and sweet peppers, but we both really liked this soup and thought it was a very good first homemade ramen effort!