June 24, 2019

Summer Weekend #1

Last week, Scott called from work and said he was bringing a calendar home so we could plan out the rest of the weekends of this summer.

This made me feel a nice low level of anxiety because I knew it meant he had something planned or something that needed to be done every weekend. This also is proving to be an opportunity to document each weekend, though, because I know in advance what we're going to be doing.

We'll see how that goes. I have no loyalty to weekend recaps just because my weekends are usually pretty boring.

So this past weekend, Scott was in Milwaukee. He's in a wedding in July (spoiler: that's a weekend we put on the calendar and we'll be away), so this was the bachelor party. I should've made more Bachelor jokes about this, now that I think about it.

We started Friday with swim lessons and no morning nap which was the opposite of delightful, but swim lessons went well. My goal is to go once a week until Labor Day and then we'll see. It's not something I want to do year-round or indefinitely, but it's nice exposure for him right now.

My parents came to visit on Saturday and Sunday, and thank goodness. Wells has been fighting naps but also fighting bedtime in an unprecedented way. It's exhausting. I think he's been going to bed at 9:30-ish each night. It's really unfortunate because he's still getting up at 6am if I let him and usually still gets up for a 2am bottle, but not every night.

Anyway. I was able to go to the grocery store, instead of ordering and picking up (I'm sure those pick-up people are getting sick of seeing me like clockwork each week), and the dogs enjoyed having others around.

Sunday started with the dogs trying to kill a rabbit. It's a long story of unfortunate circumstances but whatever. I feel terrible that they can't hunt every day.

I was able to go to a Turbokick class since Wells had someone else to take care of him (even if he was registered for childcare at the gym, it's not open on Sundays).

Then I cut the grass. Cutting grass something I'd practically made a career of each summer in Colorado but it's next to impossible to do alone when you have a baby/toddler/kid who needs to be watched.

After some birthday party shopping, we went out to eat....

And then the dogs got a walk sans stroller, which is what they always prefer. It was almost too hot though, so they didn't want to run for long.

I've also been trading emails with a bakery all weekend and trying to deal with a birthday cake situation...I don't mind paying $$$ for a cake IF it's what I want. But if people can't straighten out their communication issues, I'll go to Costco and call it a day. Everybody likes Costco cake. I just don't want to give up on the fondant Larry the Cucumber just yet.

June 21, 2019

Mid-Season Bachelorette Thoughts: Hannah

Confession: I get so much second-hand embarrassment from this show that it's hard for me to watch half the time.

So I half-watch while I fold laundry or something.

But I do listen to several Bachelor podcasts because it's just a weird sick hobby of mine, I suppose. So I do have to watch so I know what happened.

I generally start with Bachelor Party because it's up first on Tuesdays and Juliet is knowledgable and has an in with the creators so it's legit. Then I listen to Here to Make Friends but sometimes it takes a day or two to pop up. Another Bachelor Podcast generally rounds out the week and it really is funny. If I really need something to listen to, I'll listen to I Hate Green Beans over the weekend but I really don't like how Lincee tries to be so politically correct and not mention things that might be controversial. I really enjoy Some Guy in Austin though.

Anyway, if you understood that, then you're my people.

If you're new to Bacheolor podcasts, you might ask when I listen. Generally while I fold laundry or do dishes. While I drive. Sometimes while I walk the dogs.

And, a note: I'm completely unspoiled here. It's much harder to go unspoiled than you would think. I had to delete the Reality Steve podcast for the season. I did see a comment that said RS changed his "winner" so maybe there's some drama there.

Thoughts on this season...

1. I do NOT get the Tyler C. love. He is uncomfortable to look at, even. I do. not. understand. I don't care what his sob story is about his dad wanting him to go on the show. He's in it for the clicks. I mean, I appreciate the fact that he hasn't brought up his professional football career (#JordanRodgers) but he's a model. His motives are not pure.

2. Jed is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT in it for the fame/recognition and he even said so. We've reached a level of self-awareness that could never have been predicted 5 years ago. So while I admire Jed for at least owning up to it and not trying to pull a Luke Pell, he has no business calling anyone else out for supposedly being there for the wrong reasons.

3. Speaking of Lukes...I don't get the Luke P. hate. I mean, I don't like him necessarily and maybe he's made a few bad decisions, like during the rugby game, but I don't think he's evil incarnate. I mean, he's no Lee (though Lee was 100% sussed out by producers two years ago just to make waves) and he's no Corinne. There's no evidence that Luke is actually a bad person. I think he just had no idea what he was getting into and said some dumb and/or uncertain things and the show ran with it. It almost seemed like this crop of guys was just looking to make an enemy of someone and he was an easy target? To be honest, Luke P. reminds me of every 4th grade boy who's ever tried to lie to his teacher. He just comes off as uncertain and like he doesn't even believe what he's trying to say. I mean, if Hannah likes him, she likes him. I don't think he's a bad person. Like the Scott guy on the first night: HE was a bad person. There's a huge difference between that and the way Luke has been acting.

4. Mike. I really like him. He seems to have an air of common sense and maturity about him. However, I didn't really consider it at the time the episode aired but, on Another Bachelor Podcast, they talked about how he basically appropriated the joint pain he and his ex-fiancee felt over losing a baby by telling the story on national television the second he was first alone with Hannah. Like that would be the kind of thing you save for a one-on-one closer to the end of the season OR maybe for the fantasy suites when there's no cameras around. It just seemed like too much, too soon and a way to get a pity rose.

5. Garrett ruined every chance he ever had by completely ruining the cocktail party. He'll probably go home next week. Also, as was said on a podcast, his title is "golf pro" which is MUCH different than "pro-golfer". He could be a waiter at the clubhouse and read golf magazines on his breaks for all we know.

6. I do like Hannah. I think her age is starting to show in that she's probably the youngest Bachelorette and that may be where her uncertainty comes from right now.

7. I don't care for the beginning few episodes because weeding out guys like Cam and JPJ is just annoying work that needs to be done. So I don't have much to say about all of those characters.

8. Speaking of guys that need to be weeded out...can anyone even tell me the names of these three? They act like they're superior to Luke P., but I literally don't even know their names and I bet Hannah doesn't either.

Thoughts on the season???

June 20, 2019

Random Catch Up S&T

Last week seemed incredibly busy. I find that if I have more than 3 or 4 places to be in any given 5 day week, I can get off track. We were coming off a weekend at my parents' house, we had a trip to Kennywood planned for Friday, and then we had a weekend with Scott's family to end the week. To give you some context: my parents live 3ish hours from us and Scott's family lives 3.5ish hours from us. It makes for a lot of planning ahead and a lot of driving. Wells isn't up for long trips the way he used to be. 

At Kennywood, the only rides we were allowed on with an "infant" were the train and a boat ride, which we didn't make it to because Wells was starting to get upset and it was nap time and we'd already been there for like 6 hours. 

We did play in the arcade a bit.

And crawled around in the pavilion. 

Wells met some family when we went to visit my parents, but he was pretty overwhelmed by the other kids.

He certainly prefers being the only kid around.

We also went to visit Scott's family. I feel like I don't have a lot of pictures because everyone else is always taking pictures of Wells when they see him. 

Scott grew up in a town with a massive Revolutionary/Civil War history and I'm kind of jealous. 

It was humid AF (I haaaaate that phrase) though. Oh well. It describes the weather. 

Just like this week. It's disgusting outside. 

I don't *miss* Colorado at all, but I might miss Wyoming's weather. 

Jett wins the award for 'most photogenic'. ^^^

And, lastly, I have to go find a swimsuit today because the one I ordered won't be here until tomorrow and swim lessons start tomorrow.

Any recommendations? I'll probably go to Target just because it's 2 miles away and Old Navy (where I ordered that suit ^) is like 45 minutes away. Maybe Walmart. But Walmart is further than Target so I suppose we'll see how the day goes. 

Oh, is anyone interested in Bachelorette talk for tomorrow? I feel like there's SO much to say about this season but I haven't said any of it. 

June 19, 2019

All About Books

What book has been on your shelf the longest?
I generally don't keep books on my shelves. I have one shelf that I dedicate to my favorite books, and I also put meaningful books on it, like Scott's Bible that he's had forever, the Milepost, and a book about my family history. The books I own that I've had the longest are probably Little House on the Prairie books but they're likely in a box in the basement because they're packed up with my teaching supplies/books. I have 3 or 4 sets of the Little House Series.

What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?

Currently I'm reading I Am Watching You:

The last book I read was the latest Rose Gardner:

And the next book I've been wanting to read The Right Side of History but I'm not in the mood for non-fiction these days. I read the first chapter but it's been on my nightstand for awhile.

What books did everyone like, but you hated?
All the Light We Cannot See. This is the easiest answer because everyone talked about how wonderful it was but I was bored to tears. I remember listening as we drove to Denver on New Year's Day in 2015 and I almost fell asleep.
Also, I'm generally realllllly picky about my romantic fiction or chick lit-ish type books.
I also was never able to get into the Louise Penny series the way everyone and their sister, aunt, and mother were.

What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't?
I bought a Love and Logic parenting book because the pediatrician recommended its strategies. I like what it says so far, but considering that I've only ever read one pregnancy/baby/kid book (a 60 page ebook on self-soothing), I don't see myself reading a lot of them now, when I have less time to read than ever before!

What book are you saving for retirement?
I don't know why you'd save a book for that amount of time when time isn't guaranteed.

Last page: read it first, or wait for the end?
I definitely don't read it first, but if I really am not enjoying a book and don't want to finish it, I'll go to the last page and read it or the last chapter and read it to see what happened. I did this with How To Walk Away. I went to the epilogue just to see what happened.

Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink or an interesting aside?
An absolute waste.

Which book character would you switch places with?
I always thought it'd be interesting to be Becky Bloomwood for a few days. Maybe Rose Gardner.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
Going back to The Shopaholic books...I remember the first time I read them: In 2009, I was spending the summer living in a hotel with Scott at Ft. Leonard-Wood. He was going to his officer basic courses and we'd just gotten married so I was doing all of the in-processing (for lack of a better word) that I needed to do in order to be on the paperwork to go "overseas" to our Alaska duty station in the fall. I had NOTHING to do with all of my days and it was so hot there that summer in Missouri. So I watched a lot of Jon and Kate Plus 8 and I walked across the street to the library often to check out books with my new military ID. I read everything I could find by Sophie Kinsella that summer. Two years later, I bought all of her books at the used bookstore in Anchorage and I have generally re-read a few every summer since.

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I bought these really pretty hardcover editions at the book fair last year while I was pregnant. I was thinking if I had a girl, they'd be perfect for a bookshelf in her room. But seriously now, Wells will be steeped in Little House knowledge before he enters elementary school.

Which book has been with you to the most places?
I'd say most of my children's book collection to be honest. Most of my books in general are currently packed up in the basement or in storage. But they've traveled with me from Alaska to Missouri to Colorado to Wyoming to Pennsylvania. They've been read/enjoyed by students in Alaska, Missouri, and Colorado. Even if I don't teach again, I'll always keep my school library collection.

Any 'required' reading that you hated in high school that wasn't so bad two years later?
I think books like Animal Farm are important and we should all read them right now, but I don't find them enjoyable. I liked Catcher in the Rye in high school, though. My only memories of "reading" in high school involve my English teachers reading the books to us and it was so boring. Gatsby, Mockingbird, etc...all read aloud to teenagers because I'm convinced (still) that there were kids I went to school with who never did figure out how to read.  English class was repetitive and ridiculous.

Used or brand new?
I liked used bookstores because they're cheap. Buying brand-new is a rip-off unless it's a favorite author or series you're trying to add to your collection.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code (the movie was awful). I liked Angels and Demons but not enough to keep going with Robert Langdon's adventures.

Have you ever seen a movie that you liked better than the book?
Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley is delightful. I've never made it far in the book and I've tried multiple times. I like the story, I hate the writing.

Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Julie and Julia made me want to cook. Ruth Reichl's Delicious! was the same way.

Is there a book out of your comfort zone that you ended up loving?
Eh, I had to look through my "Read" list on Goodreads and I can't find anything that really jumps out. A book I have on my shelf is The Snow Child, which I bought at a local bookstore and read in Alaska, while we lived in Alaska. I generally stayed away from as much "Alaska" as I could while we lived there. But I really did like the story.

I borrowed this survey from Rebecca and saw it a few other places too...I think it's fun to read everyone's answers, so feel free to grab it and write your own!

June 18, 2019

Podcast recommendations (for just about anyone)

Since I discovered the podcast in 2014, and listened to Serial, I've listened to thousandsssss of podcast episodes. And I've subscribed to, I'm sure, a hundred podcasts in the last five years. Right now I follow a smattering of different topics: some religious, some political, some pop culture, some book-related, etc.

Here are five recommendations and I'm recommending each of them for different reasons.

I listen to all of my podcasts in the Apple Podcast app, but I'm just going to link to the sites.

Mean Book Club.
I found this when I was looking for book podcasts. I was sick of my usual ones.

Pros: I love a good hate read. I can tell more about you by which books you don't like than by the books you do like, so let's skip the "what's your favorite book?" question and go straight to "what don't you like?". These ladies aren't necessarily going into it looking for a hate read, but they're reading a popular book and then ripping it apart, explaining the pros and cons in a true deep dive. I like that each podcast is over an hour. It gives a lot of time for real discussion.
They did a Girl, Wash Your Face episode that was particularly enjoyable.

Cons: They don't release new episodes that often. Also, I don't care what format they used to read the book and what kind of wine they're drinking while they discuss it. But I like that they add those details without going too far off track.

I found this through a Twitter post.

Pros: I've been following Allie Beth Stuckey on Twitter since last summer. I like her. I like that I come away feeling knowledgeable and convicted. She's easy to listen to and she's organized about it and stays on topic. She gives sound Biblically-based reasoning for the dilemmas that we're facing in our culture.

Cons: I, personally, don't have a con. If you're not a Christian, you might not prefer it, but I would challenge everyone to listen to at least an episode or two. If you scroll through the titles, you can find at least one to interest you, I'm sure. And, sometimes, if you listen to things you don't agree with, at least you'll gain an understanding of the other side, right?

Here to Make Friends.
I can't remember how I found this. Probably on a blog??? But I've been listening since 2016.

Pros: I love that Claire and Emma are well-versed and knowledgable about the franchise and about what happens in each episode. I don't know that I've ever noticed a detail that they've gotten wrong? I know I'm going to get a reliable summary of the episode with reliable commentary without them going off on a turkey trail talking about what food they're cooking for dinner (Rose Pricks), bleeping out funny anecdotes/swear words and interspersing random music (I Hate Green Beans), or getting major details like names, places, etc wrong (also Rose Pricks).

(I don't listen Rose Pricks these days because I couldn't listen to them do impressions and laugh-gasp hysterically at nothing anymore. I also don't listen to AfterBuzz because the voices of some of the hosts had started to push me over the edge.)

Cons: There's a heavy political leaning. I like that they have an angle and that approach is looking at The Bachelor through a feminist lens. It's purposeful and that's cool. But the world's problems are not caused by conservatives and/or religious people. I think it's IMPORTANT to listen to people you disagree with on certain topics, but I have this sneaking suspicion that Claire and Emma wouldn't agree with that. I feel like I should be to talk to people about the Bachelor (something so dumb and meaningless) without it having to always be about the political side of things.

The Balanced Life.
Since I follow TBL Pilates website, this was forwarded my way in emails.

Pros: It's a great premise: I like listening to other people explain how they do it. Accomplishing work, childcare, home life, etc is a feat when you're trying to "do it all". So it's a really nice idea that Robin is interviewing women who listeners would have an interest in learning from. Robin is good at asking questions/conversing with her guests. It doesn't come off as unnatural.

Cons: I hatehatehate throwing around the word "privilege" because "privilege" means different things to different people. But, in the women she's interviewed so far and in Robin herself, there's an enormous amount of "privilege".
Everyone lives in Southern California. And everyone has some degree of money that is on a scale different than most of the listeners, I'm betting. I say this because they all own their own businesses and are able to live in Southern California. It's hard to explain. But after following Robin for five years now, sometimes there's moments when she loses me. This could very well be one of those moments. (i.e. She seems to only make cauliflower rice when meal-prepping, she only drinks decaf but talks about "coffee" a lot, and she recommended Rachel Hollis' new book :/ )

I found this on a Twitter post.

Pros: These two women talk about a variety of topics from a religious viewpoint and some of it is very convicting and some is very informative and some just makes me feel better and comforted (like this episode on the enneagram).

Cons: If you're not willing to listen to someone talk about religious topics and how they relate to modern culture, it's not for you. However, just know that they are very unorganized in how they go about their recording and Lord-help-you if you don't fast forward through the first 15 minutes of each episode: you'll have to listen to them laugh about inside jokes or talk about grilled cheese sandwiches or something. It's borderline ridiculous actually. Maybe it's the teacher in me that is just driven crazy by this but it's a huge turnoff. Once they get to the meat of the topic, it's usually pretty good.

What podcast should I dive into next? Obviously I'm always looking for a new one. 

June 13, 2019

11 months of Wells

He loves his lamb lovey so much. He also has an elephant, a bear, and a giraffe but it's the lamb that he prefers.

He hates having his diaper changed. It's a battle.

He's almost standing on his own without holding on. He does it occasionally but is usually holding onto something. I'm not pushing the walking though. He's mobile enough for now.

He does love rolling around in his walker. If you have a safe, flat space for your baby to make use of one of these, I recommend it.

He'll eat just about anything I give him, but if he's not in the mood to eat, he won't eat at all.

He's really smart. I'm sure everyone says that about their baby. I found him with his puppy walker flipped upside down (I'm not sure how he did that) and he was examining the screws to see how it was put together.

Clearly I had a lot more time to ruminate on these types of posts when he was younger.  I don't spend a lot of time thinking about what to say about Wells because I'm constantly chasing after Wells.

He still naps twice a day and I'm pleased that he does stick to a nap schedule.  He usually gets up once a night for a bottle but puts himself back to sleep when he's done. He slept through the night twice this week but he's been fighting bedtime like some sort of wild animal, so I'm playing with the timeframe a lot. I can sense that he wants to settle into a routine but he's trying to figure out how. He's been going to bed as late as 9pm, but it gives him solid sleep overnight so I'll take it. Also, I have this feeling that he just doesn't need as much sleep as some babies. He might be a lot like Scott and just thrive on naps, with less than the usual number of hours at night.

Over the next month I'm working on cutting/changing up his bottles. I want to start mixing in regular milk at the beginning of July. Something interesting is that he's never been on a bottle schedule but he seems to be putting himself on a bottle schedule, starting with that overnight one a few weeks ago. I'm just going to let him figure it out because he knows what he needs here and I've never been able to put him on a bottle schedule anyway.

Other than trying to figure out his first birthday party and trying to decide when to start cutting bottles, we have a busy few weeks ahead.
We're going to an amusement park tomorrow for the first time and I'm *planning* on getting him into swimming lessons (as soon as I stop procrastinating and call).

From Tuesday at his playgroup

June 12, 2019

Recipes lately and a meal-planning rut

I am 110% in a meal-planning rut. I jokingly say that this has gone on since I got pregnant.* Pre-pregnancy, I really enjoyed planning meals, cooking, baking...even the grocery shopping! As is documented on many years of this blog, food is a thing I like to make.

Somewhere in that first trimester a year and a half ago, even though I wasn't sick and wasn't tired and had generally no excuse, I just stopped with all of that. I just stopped caring about it. Something about it stopped appealing to me.

Fast forward to life with a newborn, I didn't care either. We ordered pizza at least once a week last summer/fall and now, living in a new house and a new state and having an almost-toddler crawling around, I still don't care.

I can count on one hand the number of times I've baked something in this house and we've lived here since the middle of January.

I do the Walmart pick-up for groceries. I hate taking two hours out of any given day to shop if I don't have to do it.

We like to eat generally healthy meals for dinner (my day-long habit of snacking is another story), so I just rotate through the same 5 to 10 meals. I'm being generous by estimating that as high as "10", by the way.

When I don't feel like cooking, I make a salad kit, roast some potatoes in olive oil, and make a piece of fish or salmon for Scott.

Either that or a salad kit and a frozen pizza (we like CPK pizzas), and this has become my Friday go-to.

When I do feel like cooking, I'll use that precious afternoon nap time to chop ingredients.

Sometimes I'll put something in the crockpot, but I always make sure I double the recipe so I can get two meals out of it (one to freeze), and that takes pre-planning.

It's not that I don't have time. I just don't prefer to use whatever time I DO have doing meal prep/planning/cooking.

So here's what I normally make these days...

+Some sort of healthified pasta. Like this Gnocchi Vegetable Skillet. Or I just make the veggie mixture and toss it with linguine or penne.

+A sheet pan meal. Chicken sausage, potatoes, broccoli, chickpeas, etc.

+Crockpot salsa chicken. I put it into quesadillas or over rice or quinoa.

+Chicken taco bowls. I make taco meat with ground chicken and add black beans and corn and chiles and eat it over rice or quinoa.

+Easy curries. Like this chicken one.

+In the winter, I did a lot of soups. I make enough to freeze so we can get 3 or 4 dinners out of it. Chicken tortilla is my favorite but I also make beef vegetable.

I think that might be about it, to be honest.

I started realizing I had a problem with this (and that it wasn't getting better post-baby) when Scott came home from work and said This is a nice surprise when he realized I'd actually made dinner because he'd be expecting a piece of salmon and a salad.

A change I've made from the past is that I do buy a lot of pre-made sides like wontons or veggies or sweet potato fries, just because I don't have time to make side dishes or extras, necessarily. Another change is that I really try to incorporate more than one vegetable in each dinner.


Can you help? 

Seriously. I have no idea how to get this "I want to cook dinner" feeling back, but being able to add to my arsenal would be MORE than helpful right now.

What's your absolute favorite go-to dinner? 

*While we're talking about weird pre/post-pregnancy changes, I don't even care about chocolate anymore. Nothing about it seems to appeal to me. It's been that way for like a year and a half now.

June 11, 2019

Books in 2019 (#4)

An Anonymous Girl
I devoured this. And by "devoured", I mean I read it over 3 days during nap times. That's how I devour books these days. It wasn't as good as The Wife Between Us, but it was good.

Verity by Colleen Hoover
This was really messed up in a lot of ways. I get what Hoover was trying to do (This is the first book I've read by her!) but ughhhhhhhhh. If you want to know what was triggering about it, just ask and I'll reply to your comment without spoiling it here.

One Day in December by Josie Silver
This was...fine? I wanted to like it more than I did. A story in England that's a bit of a rom-com seems like I'd really enjoy it. I just never felt anything for the characters. Like, I just didn't care.

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is a short story but I'm counting it. It says the typical time to read is an hour and I read it in 25 minutes. It's just a series of letters documenting an affair. It wasn't life-changing but I cared more about these characters in that 25 minutes than I cared about the characters in One Day in December in the week I spent reading that book. I think this is *evidence* of how well TJR can craft a story in a very short amount of time. If only every fiction, chick-lit-ish author could do the same.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
This wasn't my favorite. It was non-believable. To be honest, I really liked the first few pages. This isn't really a spoiler...I had assumed that her husband had up and disappeared and she had no idea where he was or what he was doing and all of a sudden he was back. But no. She knew where he was and what he was doing and I don't remember if I paid enough attention to details, but I can't remember if she shared that with her kids. The whole thing just left a bad taste in my mouth.
Also, Talia was a bad friend. Did we ever find out why Amy had shown up at the wrong apartment building? Did she have the wrong address, after all?
This was just one of the narrative issues, I felt. It was like two Hallmark movies (but not because this was rated R, I think) jammed into one.

Sadie by Courtney Summers
This was a page-turner. I really enjoyed the Serial-esque format. It kept things moving and didn't give me time to want to put the book down. I finished it in a couple days of bedtime reading.
I did feel like the end was a little rushed. For the first time, maybe ever, I would say the author could've given a bit more at the end. But I'd rather have a book that ends too soon than have it be a slog.

Overall, this month was much better than the last one. I have a few books on my kindle ready to go and I have a few hard copies taking up space (I hate that!), but I think I might be ready to jump back into some library requests. I've found that, over the last few months, I 100% prefer an ebook (to the point where I'll just peruse Amazon for cheap ones) instead of going to the library. This library does most of their books in hard copy, I've found. 

Linking up with Jana and Steph!

June 10, 2019

What we've been watching.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile + The Ted Bundy Tapes. I admit I didn't know much about Ted Bundy before watching this movie and this docu-series. I recommend it if you're in the mood for non-fiction.

The Perfect Date. A cute high school rom-com. We spent the whole movie trying to figure out what role the main actress played in Superbad.

Someone Great. This had everything in it that I'm grateful I never went through. Breaking up with someone after 9 years of dating? Ugh. I kept saying to Scott WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM? and You probably shouldn't be surprised if someone dumps you after 9 years of dating...if they're not willing to marry you by then, something isn't right. I know not everyone wants to get married, but then what are you even doing? Grow up. And I kept thinking that if they'd just gotten married after two years of dating, this plot point wouldn't even be an issue; they'd be committed to each other instead of the insane childish wishy-washy-ness. The more minor parts of the storyline contributed to the bigger problems in society (drinking to solve problems, drugs, passing out randomly in parks, random hookups, etc), but the whole crux of the main relationship was an annoyance to me. It was 30 year olds acting like 18 year olds.

The Last Summer. This was actually closer to American Pie than I wanted it to be. I don't know why we watched it, to be honest. It was pretty dumb. What realllllllly jumped out at me was how the 18 year old was like You have a job, you pay your bills, you're on your own to the 22 year old guy. I would think that most 22 year olds fall into that category. Or they used to. This is going to be the demise of our society, I'm certain: childhood extending to the age of 30.

[Do you really need a picture for this one?]

Game of Thrones. We finished the last episode in the hotel room in Chicago. Scott kept falling asleep though so I may or may not have half-watched it three times. I have no thoughts, really. Scott was really disappointed in the ending, but I went through my I'm-over-this phase years ago when I stopped following it.

Chernobyl. One of the most depressing things you'll watch, but very informative and true-to-historical events. In fact, we were really enjoying it until they started killing all the pets (spoiler alert), and then that was it. No more Chernobyl. There were only 6ish(?) episodes anyway.

Dead to Me. Like everyone else in the world, I've also watched it. It's okay. It wasn't mind-blowing but it was fine. I really like Linda Cardellini in just about everything.

The Resident. If you haven't watched this show, it's a great summertime binge-watch. It's the only show I've kept up with week to week. That's saying something. A third season starts in the fall, so that gives you a whole summer to watch the current 46 episodes.

Always Be My Maybe. I think Randall Park is hilarious so I had this on my radar and then I took cold medicine last week and could. not. sleep. (I refuse to take the drowsy/nighttime kind because of the baby). So I asked Scott if I could turn on the TV and he's like fine and right away I was like Yes! A movie I wanted to watch anyway! and he was very surprised that I found something so quickly and then even more surprised when I finished the whole thing at 3am.

What have you been watching lately???