Things I Loved in January!

Movies:

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Rocketman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – Elton John is just one of those celebrities I can’t get enough of. I grew up on his music, I’ve been to several concerts, and after reading this book, I’m more enamored by him than ever!

Which also reminds me of Bohemian Rhapsody, a movie I LOVED last year. While I know Queen’s music, I didn’t know much about Freddy Mercury. This movie was so well done and I still rewatch it from time to time.

TV:

Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 12.59.56 PMThe Circle – Netflix – An interesting look into social media…how do we judge people when all we know about them is their internet presence? Do we judge them by the profile picture they’ve posted? By the way they’ve chosen to portray themselves? By their gender? By the color of their skin? By their weight? What I loved about this one is the way they came together at the end. Sure, some of it was annoying, but I’m glad I followed to the end. Social media is always a trigger for me – I deleted all my personal accounts six months ago and only have my #bookstagram and Twitter accounts now. I’m concerned by the way it’s changing our society – and maybe I’m being pessimistic – but it seems to be more for the worse than the good. This show flipped some of my thoughts upside down though.

Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 1.00.53 PMVirgin River – Amazon – The acting was a little B-list for me, but I was still sucked into the story and binge watched the whole season in a weekend. Eagerly anticipating the new episode out sometime this spring.

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 1.01.50 PMThe Game Changers – Netflix – Well, if this documentary didn’t flip upside down all my thoughts about nutrition! I love anything that speaks about elite atheltes and competitors, so that’s what initially made me watch this. I didn’t know it was slanted to nutrition and veganism, and while I love my meat, I was enthralled with the information presented and immediately started googling vegan recipes. I’m going to sit with this one a little bit longer and see where I can incorporate some of these ideas into my current diet.

Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 1.02.59 PMCheer – Netflix – Omg…stop everything and go watch this. I know, I know…cheerleading?? No, thank you! But how wrong I was (and you will be too if you don’t watch it)! This series is incredible! By the end, I felt like I was missing out on life because I’m not personally part of the Navarro Cheer Family (err, Team). Monica Aldama (the coach) is incredible – the opitome of what a coach should be. Jerry and his laugh and endless encouragement is what I strive to be in life. And Gabby’s parents suck. Seiously, GO WATCH NOW!

Screen Shot 2020-02-08 at 1.03.53 PMKiller Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez – Netflix – About a year ago, I listened to the podcast, Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. Of course there’s overlap in the stories, but I really liked this inside look at an NFL football player that had so much potential.

Music:

All things Elton John – Duh. See above.

Take What You Want – Post Malone/Ozzy Osborne – LOVE!

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa – Love the beat; catchy tune.

Books:

ME by: Elton John – again, duh. See above.

The Sun Down Motel – Just the right amount of spooky and mystery! I couldn’t put it down!

Podcasts:

  • Oprah + Lady Gaga – The two queens together on the same podcast. This was an amazing interview and I’m so grateful that Lady Gaga is using her influential platform to spread good into the world – especially as it relates to mental health.
  • This is terrible, but I can’t find the correct podcast to reference. However, one of the bookish podcasts I listen to (I want to say it’s one related to Kirkus Reviews) talked about the list the New York Puplic Library put out ranking the most popular books checked out in 2019 in New York and in Washington, DC. For comparison, I also googled LA and Denver:
  • 10 Things I Want To Tell You: Should We Post Our Kids on Social Media? (Laura Tremaine) – I’m of the mind that children should be able to write their own narrative. But I didn’t actually think this way until my kids were old enough to verbalize that to me for themselves. I’m thankful I never posted humiliating stories or photos of them (yes, I’ve seen them. i.e.: potty training)…I would have been mortified had my mom written about all the foes of growing up – from potty training to temper tantrums to friend issues. Our entire lives do not have to be broadcasted…and we shouldn’t be broadcasting our children’s lives before they’re old enough to understand the implications of things living on in infamy in the Cloud. I know this is a divisive topic, but I’d love to hear where you fall on the issue!

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3 thoughts on “Things I Loved in January!

  1. If you liked “Ten Things I want to Tell You,” I would definitely recommend the book, Sharenthood by Leah Plunkett. So good. I alos really loved the Aaron Hernandez documentary and have The Circle on my list! Glad you liked them.

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