Monday, June 20, 2016

Top Three "Watch-It-Again" Netflix Shows

To say I've been slacking off on my blog would be a bit of an understatement because let's face it - I've been completely LAZY. You'd think that I would have more time on my hands seeing as it's summer vacation as opposed to when I started this thing in the middle of the school year. While that may be true, it's also a fact that absolutely nothing extraordinary has happened to me that's worth blogging. So, to make it up to you (and by that I mean desperately throw together a crappy blog post in the hopes of maintaining SOME motivation) I'm sharing with you my three favorite Netflix series.

Now, just because these three shows are GIF-worthy series, it doesn't mean I ONLY like these three shows. These are simply the three shows on Netflix that I could watch (and do watch) multiple times over and over and over again and couldn't possibly grow tired of watching. So, here we go.

**I'll include a list of shows at the end of the blog that I have watched and thoroughly enjoyed and may have seen a couple of times over as well.**

1) The Office

Now I know I lot of people are probably booing me right now, because Parks and Recreation is CLEARLY better than The Office. I'm sorry to disappoint, but I've only seen Parks and Rec once all the way through. Don't get me wrong, it's HILARIOUS. The Office, however, is close to my heart. I've been watching it for years, I've seen it multiple times through, and my brother and sister and I quote The Office at each other constantly. Watching it is like catching up with old friends. Every time I watch it it just gets funnier and funnier. I LOVE THE OFFICE.

2) Reign 

Reign is loosely - LOOSELY - based off of the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Other than the characters' names, most of the show is historically inaccurate. BUT that doesn't mean it's not good! Because it is. Good. It's great. Other than my massive girl crush on Adelaide Kane (Queen Mary) I love this show because it has elements of romance, adventure, and mystery. I also must admit that the costumes are PHENOMENAL. Sorry, that was a bit misleading. The costumes are not historically accurate either (I'm probably turning a lot of people off right now) but they are stunning. I just love this show. Love it.

3) Friends

A Classic! I'LL BE THERE FOR YOUUUU...Friends is a show that will make me laugh whether it has my full attention or if it's just on as background noise. Each episode has something worth referencing and is guaranteed to make me wish I had a nice apartment in New York. And for the record, I fully and wholeheartedly identify as a Chandler Bing, though Phoebe is my favorite character.

And those are my "Watch-It-Again" (and again, and again) television series that are on Netflix. As promised, here is a list of other shows I have watched, enjoyed, and will probably get around to watching again on Netflix:

-30 Rock
-New Girl
-Once Upon a Time
-The 100
-The Vampire Diaries
-American Horror Story
-Bates Motel
-Parks and Recreation
-Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
-Gilmore Girls
-Robin Hood
-Arrested Development

What are your favorite shows on Netflix? Share in the comments down below!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Favorite: Throne of Glass

Yes I just posted a book favorite. Yes I'm posting another one. Deal with it. It's not my fault - blame Sarah J. Maas and her series Throne of Glass. I know, I know, I'm a little late to the game with this series, but seeing as I read the four books in two weeks and am now, with all the other Throne of Glass fans, waiting for the fifth one to come out, I think it's safe to say I'm caught up.

Similar to how A Court of Thorns and Roses has a slight Beauty and the Beast undertone, Throne of Glass has a slight Cinderella undertone in the first book. Other than that, the series is about an infamous and deadly assassin, Celaena Sardothien. Captured and imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena is released at the behest of the Prince of Adarlan, but only if she promises to compete and ensure her victory to be the King of Adarlan's personal assassin for a few years before earning her true freedom. 

Throughout the four books of the series that are out right now - Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, and Queen of Shadows - there were a lot of twists and turns, shocking reveals, frustrating situations, and yes, OH yes, romantic moments. I didn't realize how attached to and invested in the characters I really was until the final book, Queen of Shadows. Oh boy. Just thinking about the events of that book take my breath away. 

If you're looking for a YA fantasy story to read, this is the story for you. Whereas A Court of Thorns and Roses is a bit more, shall we say, new adult, this one is a bit more tame. Still, it was a great read, and I can't wait for book 5, Empire of Storms to be released in September. 

Check out my other Book Favorite post on A Court of Thorns and Roses where you'll find a link to Sarah J. Maas's website! If you've read this series, leave me a comment telling me what you think about it, and if you haven't, what are some of your favorite fantasy novels or series? I always love hearing from you!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: An Oregon Adventure

This time last year I had just graduated high school. WHAT. I was feeling good - my high school days were behind me, the staples that were keeping my scalp together for the past two weeks were out (a story for another time) and I had the whole summer to have fun and relax. My aunt who is also my godmother wanted to take me on a trip to celebrate my graduation, and she told me I could pick any U.S. destination I wanted. So naturally I panicked like the horrible decision maker that I am because there are far too many places in the country that I live in that I haven't visited and IT WAS TOO MUCH PRESSURE OKAY?

Anyways, logic and the desire to relax on this vacation kicked in, and I told her I'd like to come out to Portland, Oregon to visit her. I had never been out west AND I had never visited her before, so I thought why not? So I told her with BEAMING confidence, "Portland, Oregon, if you please."

And thus began my Oregon Adventure.

First, let me just say that this was my very first time flying and navigating an airport BY MYSELF and I am very proud I did it WITH NO PROBLEM. Okay okay, I'll stop bragging now. Anyways, after about 5 hours on a giant plane from Minneapolis to Seattle, and then another 30 minutes on a tiny aircraft from Seattle to Portland, I embraced my godparents/aunt and uncle at the Portland International Airport.

A view of Mount Rainier from the big airplane.

A view of Mount St. Helen from the little airplane.

When I arrived, I lucked out BIG TIME. The weather was impeccable. It was sunny each and every day, and the temperature averaged at AT LEAST 80 degrees fahrenheit each day. My first full day in Portland consisted of a visit to the Pittock Mansion and the International Rose Test Garden. The skies were crystal clear so we were able to see Mount Hood from Pittock Mansion, and the roses in the garden were absolutely gorgeous. I could've spent the whole day in that rose garden.

House goals. 

A pretty nice view of the city, if I do say so. Also, look - Mount Hood! See it? SEE IT? ISN'T THAT SPECTACULAR?

Garden goals.

I think we only spent one full day in Portland, as it acted more of a home-base than anything. After walking around the city, enjoying street performers, fondling beautiful handbags in Younkers, and seeing a Canadian pirate ship, we traveled five hours south to Ashland, Portland, right on the border of Oregon and California, to experience the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. Being a theater nerd and even bigger Shakespeare nerd, this was SUPER exciting for me. Thinking about it now makes me shake with excitement. What. Is. Wrong. With. Me. NOTHING I JUST LOVE SHAKESPEARE OKAY THAT DUDE WAS COOL. Anyways, it was SUPER hot in Ashland, mid 90's the entire time we were there.

A Canadian pirate ship. See? I'm not a liar, I actually saw one. 

We saw two plays when we were in Ashland. The first was called Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land and it was hilarious. It's essentially a story of two plays within a play: two different groups of actors are trying to rehearse their very different plays in the same theater at the same time, and chaos and hilarity ensues. The next play we saw was - EEP - The Count of Monte Cristo. I'm a huge fan of the story of the Count of Monte Cristo, and BONUS, we saw it in the Allen Elizabethan Theater which is the outdoor Globe-like theater. My aunt and I even got a backstage tour during the day which was pretty incredible.

Watching stage prep for that night's show on our backstage tour. Embracing my inner theater nerd.

The final leg of my Oregon adventure consisted of a trip to the coast. This was pretty exciting for me because I'd never been an ocean before - Mediterranean Sea? Sure. Gulf of Mexico? Yep. But oceans? None. Not Atlantic. Not Pacific. Nada. That is, until we drove to Cannon Beach, Oregon to enjoy the beach, the Pacific, Haystack Rock, and some delicious Salt Water Taffy!

Hey look! It's me! Oh, and Haystack Rock. 

My first Pacific ocean experience was, shall we say, chilly. 

'Twas a busy day at the beach. 'Twas also a windy day at the beach. I saw people suntanning with winter coats on. 

After my day at the beach I had to return home to boring old Wisconsin. Still, it was nice to come home, as it seems it always is when you go somewhere. Still, I really loved being in Oregon and need to get back out there. I was told that the next time I visit we'd be climbing mountains, spending a weekend at the lake cabin, and visiting Crater Lake.

Have you been to Oregon? If so, where? If you live there, I'm very jealous of you. If you haven't been, where is your favorite U.S. destination? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!