Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Our top 5 TV shows on Netflix

We are self confessed TV series junkies. We will happily shut the world off each evening and sit for hours catching up on our favourite shows. And since discovering Netflix we have found some amazing treats we would never have thought of watching! Here are our top 5 (in no particular order!) 

Arrested Development
There is something spectacular about a show that has continuous one liners, pop culture references that are still being mentioned today and a young Michael Cera.
We got told to watch Arrested Development by some uni friends and let's just say it doesn't disappoint. I love the fact that Netflix commissioned a series about our favourite Bluth family to help the withdrawal symptoms.
If you love comedy then this is great, the episodes are short so you manage to fly through them pretty easily and you won't help but shout "No Touching!!!" at anyone in the street.

Breaking Bad
If you haven't heard of this show then you are living under a rock. One of the best written series in a ridiculously long time. Even Scott was left gob smacked at the end and he's a scripty! This tells the story of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and a hell of a lot of drugs. I don't want to spoil it if you are one of the strange people that haven't watched it but OH MY GOD get on it! This is great if you love anything gritty, don't mind a bit of blood and love to see the dad from Malcolm In The Middle do something other than prance around.  

If I had to pinpoint a series that I was in love with long after I finished watching it then this would probably be it. Chuck tells the tale of a nice, normal guy who ends up with all the government secrets in his head. Sound fun? Well it's also a spy series with some romance, geek talk and Captain Awesome. This series wrapped up at the end of season 5 like all good series do and there are talks of making a movie. I mean who wouldn't want to see Zachary Levi in a suit again!

The League
The League is a hilarious series based around middle age men and women and a fantasy football league. Don't like American Football? Give it a go! Imagine The Office but about fighting each other to win the Shiva Cup. Its got a cast full of stand up comedians that will have you laughing at parental mishaps, relationship problems and Taco (you need to watch it to understand the hilarity of Taco). It runs for the length of the season of NFL and contains loads of references and guest spots from players themselves which is awesome.  

Orange Is The New Black
I loved Weeds so knew that I would love this instantly. It tells the story of Piper, a woman who is engaged, has a great job and great friends who suddenly ends up in prison for something that happened years ago. Obviously being somewhere you are unsure of isn't the best but being in prison is something else. The colourful cast of personalities in the show is amazing. Crazy eyes is definitely my favourite, closely followed by Nicky. But this is one of those shows where the back stories of each character are almost more meaningful than the current time. Learning about how these women ended up in the same place is so insightful and the cast only enhance that. 

So those are my top 5, what are yours? 

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Facebook Vortex

For some reason I ended up in a Facebook vortex the other day. One of those where you come across all those people you went to school with. The ones that you were friends with, the ones that made your life hell. One of those. Where you think to yourself, shit things have changed.

I came across the ones with kids, similar ages to mine and I admired their strength as young parents. How they managed to hold it together when there are so many judgemental people out there. The single parents, the married ones, the ones that are probably struggling but doing their thing for the sake of their children.

I came across the jet setters that seemed to see the world on their parent's credit cards. The ones that were always the most popular and wore the best clothes. How their photos looked so indulgent, with houses in London and those jobs most of us can only dream of.

I came across the ones that didn't do well at school, the ones that were in trouble and struggled with issues. I saw them with smiles and doing something productive. Stronger than most would have expected them to be.

I came across the ones that we all knew would succeed, the ones that will probably be running for prime minister in ten years time. And I thought proud in the knowledge that despite our school being shit that something good can come out of it.

And then I ended up back at me. And through the whirlwind of emotions it made me realise. My situation wasn't what I planned, nor was it what I expected it to be. But I'm okay with that. Things will change. Some days it will get better and some days it will be worse off. But I have more than I could have ever wished for in Max and Scott.

“Nothing's wrong. Everything's right. Things couldn't be righter. Things could be less tired. They could be less busy. They could be less caffeinated. But they couldn't be righter. ” 
- John Green, Will Grayson Will Grayson

And I just have to remind myself of that quote, remind myself that nothing is wrong. The situation I am in is not affected or influenced by any of those people, nor do they have the right to judge my situation. And just like that I close the Facebook vortex and appear back in the real world, my real world.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Birthday Wishlist

In just over 10 days it's my birthday. To say the time has flown by is an understatement. But I thought I would put together a bit of a wish list of things I would want. In an ideal world there would be a lottery win on there but alas I should probably start doing that to be in with a chance!

Belle Charm - I have an addiction to Beauty and the Beast. This would be perfect on my charm bracelet that I've been adding to.
Lush Gift Card - I love so much in Lush that I couldn't pick just one thing, this is great so I can buy what I want, when I want it!
Exercise Bike - To think that one year I would be asking for something exercise related is crazy. But this year I want to get fit. Not for anyone else but for myself. I've lost just over a stone in the past month so let's get this ball rolling.
Breville Blend Active - Keeping on the health kick is the Breville Blend Active. I adore smoothies but our current blender can barely chop fruit let alone ice! This would be perfect for smoothies on the go each morning to kick start my day.
Ikea PS 2014 Quilt Cover - I love some new bedding. Seeing as I'm becoming an old woman, this is the type of thing that I LOVE for a gift.
Digby and Iona Boy Necklace - As you all know I am OBSESSED with Oliver Jeffers work. This collaboration he did with the amazing jewellers includes this gorgeous boy necklace. To tie in with my little boy.
Crosley Cruiser Record Player - Alas we have records but no players. This would be so adorable and amazing to listen to the great things we have bought on vinyl.

My list is varied and the things in all honesty unnecessary but I never normaly buy myself nice things, I always end up feeling guilty and returning to get something for Max. So as everyone has been pestering me about what I want I thought I may as well push the boat out!