Good morning, lovely readers! Normally, I’d have an end-of-week book review for you today, but honestly, what’s normal these days? Unless you live in one of the states that is not following stay-at-home guidelines, you’ve likely been cooped up with family or on your own for weeks. Either way, it’s draining. Also, in my case, it’s leading to a repeat of the kinds of behavior (above) that got me into trouble as a very little girl. Of course, it was also the beginning of my relationship with my one true love—chocolate.
All this uncertainty about what lies ahead, coupled with a lack of real leadership, isn’t helping so I’ve decided to do something different today. Aside from posting a silly picture of myself. I got email earlier this week from a reader asking about a book. It was such a delight to hear from someone I have never met and will probably never meet, but who shares the same love. So, I thought I’d write a bit about what I’ve been doing to keep my anxiety in check and then turn the comments over to you.
Puzzles are awesome (even when they’re frustrating) because they engage your mind in a different way. Plus, they’re great whether you’re alone or have a group (unless you’re with people who have VERY specific ideas as to how a puzzle should be assembled). You can also stop and start whenever you want. I feel as if a puzzle exchange is a great idea because what do you do with a puzzle once you’ve finished it?
This option is a bit more fraught with peril. I re-taught myself how to knit during the Democratic primaries because my head was going to explode (so you can imagine where I am now). I knew I wouldn’t invest in expensive yarn until I mastered the basics and had a real project so these are acrylic. The pink is a free-form ‘baby blanket’ and was fun, but then 1) I ran out of yarn and 2) Michigan went into lockdown. So, I bought the top yarn online. BIG mistake. I hate the texture and the colors are, well, kind of hideous, but I can’t buy any more yarn! I’m going to work on my skills and use this up until the stores re-open. Then I’ll treat myself to something lovely.
For all you knitters out there, feel free to laugh. I’m using Google to try and find answers about my mistakes (because, hello, I can’t go to the library for books or join a knitting group!). I don’t understand why the sides or bottoms (beginning) of the pieces curl. I’ve tried looser tension, but with no luck. Is it just because it’s acrylic?
Finally, the one subject on which I could teach a Master’s class: the fine art of watching television to avoid the real world (unless you’re watching the Real World, which is awesome). Here’s a list of some of my favorite shows and where to find them.
- The Good Place (previous seasons on Netflix, NBC)
- The Office (literally everywhere), Parks & Recreation (Netflix)
- Grace and Frankie (Netflix)
- Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (Netflix- later seasons got weak)
- Insecure (HBO)
- The Politician (Netflix)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)
- Ballers (HBO)
- Top Chef (new season just started on Bravo)
- Formula 1 The Drive to Survive (Netflix- fascinating series about the race car circuit with good looking drivers)
- The Great British Baking Show (Netflix, PBS)
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Really Bad Reality, but Addictive:
- The Tiger King (Netflix)
- anything on Bravo- The Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing, Shahs of Sunset, Southern Charm
- Married at First Sight (TLC)
- Before the 90 Days (TLC)
Dark but Great:
- The Mindhunter (Netflix)
- Ozark (Netflix)
- When They See Us (Netflix)
- Bloodline (Netflix)
- The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime)
- The Wire (HBO)
- Six Feet Under (HBO- all around outstanding)
- Big Little Lies (HBO)
- Chernobyl (HBO)
- Breaking Bad (Netflix)
- Better Call Saul (AMC, Netflix)
- Versailles (Netflix)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- The Tudors (Netflix)
- Cheer (Netflix)
- Making of a Murderer (Netflix)
- Inside Bill’s Brain (Netflix)
- Miss Americana (Netflix)
- Abducted in Plain Sight (Netflix)
- 7 Days Out (Netflix)
- The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (Netflix)
- This is Football (Amazon Prime)
I know there are lots of you out there. You may not feel comfortable commenting on books, but I would love to hear about who you are. Or where you are. What are you doing these days? Anything you want to share.
We’re all isolated now and need community more than ever so please comment!