Snow, rain and ice all made for a lot of indoor time in February which means a lot of pop culture was consumed. I’m continuing my quest to increase my Goodreads goal this year by listening to audiobooks, and I’m still tracking what TV I’m watching. Here’s a few things I’ve enjoyed this month…
You can keep track of what I’m reading if you’re on Goodreads. I listened to You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin (who I LOVE) and her sister Lacey Lamar. When the Black Lives Movement was beginning to better be amplified in the summer, Amber Ruffin each night on Late Night with Seth Meyers told a crazy story about an interaction she (a black woman) had with the cops. Every story was CRAZY and easily could have ended worse than it did. Evidently in her family, her sister has the craziest (and most horrific) stories. And this is that book. I loved listening to it because Amber makes me laugh and her sister’s commentary was excellent. The stories make you sad and angry and cringe and pissed and laugh and mad at what a racist country we are.
I am ALMOST finished with The Three Body Problem which is a book I may not have read if I really knew it was the first in a trilogy (insert face palm emoji here). It’s about an alien invasion and a group of scientists in China (it’s translated from Chinese) and there’s a lot of science that once I realized I could skim over the details, made it a bit easier. I picked it up based on a recommendation on a podcast and after learning that it’s the next HBO Series that the Game of Thrones creators are going to tackle. So, I think in the long run it’ll be worth it to have at least read the first one, but I am curious how they are going to handle ALLLL the world building and Chinese history.
I am currently listening to Ali Wong’s Dear Girls which is hilarious. I’ve decided that comedian memoirs is my audiobook genre of choice, so heads up! The next book I’ll read is the Hillsboro Reads book for 2021 – In the Country We Love. I’ve heard great things and all programs and events are online if you’d like to read & join in the festivities!
If you’re a movie fan, my friends just started a new podcast called Dodge Movie Podcast where Christi & Mike Dodge (see, the name makes sense now!) film nerds and film makers jump on and gush about some of their favorite films. They also give you a heads up so you can watch the movie if you haven’t before, or rewatch it if it’s been a while. I hadn’t realized how long it’s been since I watched Sleepless in Seattle!
The usual podcasts are still in heavy rotation, with more audiobooks taking up air time. The new Foo Fighters album Medicine at Midnight continues to be as perfect as they are – and since watching the Britney Spears doc, she’s been making the rotation again when I need a pick me up (it’s great kitchen cleanup music!)
I had needed a good mindless (that’s the wrong word) show, something that was sweet and funny and I didn’t have to think too hard while watching it. I mean, I shouldn’t have Parks & Rec and Schitt’s Creek on a CONSTANT loop. When someone recommended Younger I checked it out and it was ADORABLE. I binged all 6 seasons in just a couple of weeks, and am excited to learn there’s a final 7th season that’s been filmed…can’t wait to see how things end up. It checked a lot of boxes for me.
SNL has been on a streak lately and I am here for it! Obviously the Dan Levy episode was THE BEST, but the cold open this past week – Oops, You Did it Again with host Britney Spears, was EXCELLENT. I forced my husband to watch Framing Britney Spears and it was fascinating. To realize all the things going on (the rise of paparazzi, boy bands, sexualization of young women, the list goes on) that she happened to hit at that time. You don’t have to be a fan of her or her music, this is a cautionary tale more people need to hear.
I remember when the Heavens Gate cult jumped on that spaceship behind Hale Bopp in the 90’s. I happened to be at the Oregon coast that weekend and remember seeing the comet and making smart ass comments about it with friends. So of COURSE I’ve finally watched the Heaven’s Gate documentary series on HBOMax. Actually I watched all 4 episodes in a day, because of course I did. Too many documentary series go on too long, but this one was perfect. (side note – I need a whole long ass season for Britney Spears!) If you like a good cult story, and/or remember the Heaven’s Gate cult, you should check it out. There was a lot more about Oregon in it than I remembered!
You can keep tabs on what I’m watching as I attempt to document it this year right here. As always, if you have recommendations I’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments!