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The Netflix Chronicles

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I feel like there aren’t already enough posts about the media hub Netflix (just kidding), so I thought I’d make one more! Today’s post is going to be kind of rushed because I’m getting started so late in the day. For this reason, I’m going to make it simply; a list of the Netflix content that I have seen along with a short synopsis (from my viewpoint) and whether I recommend you watch it or don’t waste your time. To my normal readers, I apologize because this is nowhere near one of my usual posts. They should return sometime this week!

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. The Five
  3. Zumbo’s Just Desserts– I basically watched this one because my cable provider took away the Food Network. Sometimes, especially after a long day at work or a long school year, I just like to have some down time and watch someone cooking tasty treats. Definitely not as good as some of the actual FN shows, but it got the job done!
  4. Evil Genius– I watched this with my mom one day. It felt weird to watch a show about a real-life event that happened during your lifetime, but it was really interesting. I’m not sure whether to recommend this one or not, simply because not everyone has the local connection that I have (or a mom watching with them who remembers the incident). I suggest reading the synopsis provided by Netflix and deciding for yourself.
  5. Crossing Lines
  6. 13 Reasons Why– This shows seems more targeted at teens, but should definitely be watched by everyone! I only started watching it because I had read the book and love seeing the comparison between books and their movies. Then I realized that this is a true issue in life (which has been made a tad overboard in the show) that everyone needs to educate themselves on. What makes this show even better? The “After 13 Reasons” show (which I have yet to watch).
  7. Anne with an “E”
  8. Fuller House
  9. Mindhunter
  10. Orange is the New Black
  11. Ozark
  12. The Ranch– While this show contains some crude language and may not be as interesting after the end of Part 5, it’s a pretty good sitcom that reminds me somewhat of Home Improvement or Friends. It’s a dramatic comedy that is fun to watch with my husband. I’d recommend if you have a sarcastic side or don’t have any young kids who will be influenced by the poor language.
  13. A Series of Unfortunate Events– Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket, though I’d rather read the books. I’ve watched at least the first season of this one, but by the time you watch the first dozen episodes, you have a good idea of how every single episode’s plot is going to lay out. I’m having trouble keeping with this one, but I bet it’s good for younger teens. (Note: I’m not recalling bad language, but I could be wrong– check the ratings!)
  14. When Calls the Heart– This is one of my favorite shows on Netflix, though it’s originally from the Hallmark Channel. If you like the intricacies and slight drama that can be found in older family shows, this one is for you! Compare to The Waltons, Andy Griffith, or Little House on the Prairie. With an old-time setting and an intelligent female lead, I am hooked!
  15. Imposters– I am currently waiting for Netflix to release the next set of episodes! I’m not sure at this point where the show will lead, but the first season was hilarious and interesting all in one bundle! This is one of those shows that I started watching and my husband quickly joined in. Again, not a Netflix original, but well worth it to watch whether you view it on Bravo or Netflix.
  16. The Rain
  17. Nailed It!– Another Food Network type show where horrible bakers are challenged to make two pieces as well as they can. I’d almost venture to say this is less of a cooking show and more of a comedy show. The host can be a bit annoying at times, but watching the bakers make the simplest mistakes and not realize it is hilarious. One of my current favorites to watch with my sister; sister bonding time always makes even funnier jokes out of this show!
  18. NCIS– My current favorite, though I’ve watched most of the seasons on CBS. I love that I was able to restart watching all of the episodes on Netflix starting with S01E01. Being able to see how the crew changes and follow their personal story-lines a bit better with the second watch is one of  my favorite parts. Highly recommended if you enjoy any other crime shows!
  19. The Magicians– I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch this one or not, but I have a student who is addicted and they continued to tell me that if I did nothing else this summer, I had to at least watch the Magicians episodes that are on Netflix. While this is a typical SyFy show, it is pretty interesting. I find parts hard to follow at times, but I think that’s mostly because I was not as intrigued from the get-go. Note: I wouldn’t let any kids watch unless you first check the ratings and maybe watch a few episodes yourself. High-school aged students should be okay, but topics of sexual assault, drinking, and drugs come up often!

I’m out of time for now, so I’ll come back and keep updating this list as I continue to watch shows. If you are curious to see how many shows you’ve watched recently or want to keep track of which episodes you’ve seen, try the TV Time app, available for Iphone or Android at TV Time. I’ve been using this app for months now and love being alerted when shows are new and have upcoming episodes. Just remember that the shows are updated based on their TV channels and not Netflix postings (unless it’s a Netflix original).

 

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The Simplistic One

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I have been having a pretty good weekend after a very long and tiring week. Along with the nice weekend, I am looking forward to Spring Break (no work!) this week. This is also the last week of my college career, or so I am hoping! Instead of writing about my woes and all the negative things that I need guidance with, I am going to do things a bit differently.  Instead, I think it is important that everyone remember the simple things in life. The random things. As I make my next list (below), I hope I can remember that life can be simple, random, and hilarious all at the same time. Sometimes it isn’t the big things in life that make or break a person; sometimes it’s the tiny, little things that really change the way we look at life. So here goes. Possibly my best list ever. The simple, random bucket list that can be done with little travel and not nearly as much money as other people’s lists require. Feel free to steal any of these ideas for yourself, your family, or your friends!

  1. Go Karts
  2. Arcade
  3. Shooting Range
  4. Indoor Trampoline Park
  5. Room Escape (Live, not on the Internet)
  6. Take a trip to the Inner Harbor (Baltimore, MD)
  7. Day (or night) trip to NYC
  8. Niagara Falls
  9. Pennsylvania Grand Canyon
  10. Tour the Smithsonian buildings in DC
  11. Orioles baseball game
  12. Green Dragon/Lancaster area day trip
  13. Trip to the beach
  14. Weekend camping (yes, in an actual tent)
  15. Play baseball/Batting cages
  16. Geo-caching
  17. Ride 4-wheelers
  18. Visit the swimming pool
  19. Take a hike (Cunningham Falls)
  20. Take a trip to the Cryptologic Museum near Fort Meade
  21. Go to a casino (Charlestown— for a horse race!)
  22. Drive-In Movies
  23. Fishing
  24. Take a cruise (This is a maybe?)
  25. Ride on a train (Reading, PA)
  26. Tour Philadelphia museums