Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.
Something about summer always makes me feel nostalgic. I’m not sure if it’s because my birthday is in the summer, or if it just evokes memories of summer vacation and those long, carefree days (why don’t adults get summers off? 😉 ).
I always get the urge to revisit some of my favorite movies during the summer, so I thought I’d run through a list of some of my favorite ’90s movies. I love ’80s movies, but there’s just something a ’90s teen drama. They’re the best!
I tried to keep horror/Halloween movies out of the list (otherwise Hocus Pocus would be at the top!). That’s a whole other blog post.
Grab a flannel, a Squeezit, and a VCR, and let’s get to it!
Tell me: What are your favorite ’90s movies? Or, what decade makes you feel the most nostalgic?
Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday. I always find that I hit my groove on Tuesdays. On Mondays, my primary goal is just to make it through the day, but on Tuesday, I’m ready to tackle other things.
How was your weekend? I hope you haven’t forgotten it already. Mine was a pretty good one, with lots of time spent outside! I’ve been feeling in desperate need of a vacation lately. Now that the weather is nice, I can’t wait to go camping. We couldn’t get away this weekend, but spending time outdoors helped me recharge.
Now, onto–err, back to?–the weekend!
On Saturday, we woke up and went to breakfast before driving out to Indian Springs Metropark for a hike. We actually got married there, and we haven’t been back since the wedding.
I was immediately flooded with happy memories when we saw the ceremony and reception sites. We had such a fun wedding. Our anniversary is this month–maybe I’ll do a wedding post?
My husband has been wanting to go hike some of the trails ever since the wedding, so we finally made it back. The weather was perfect for hiking–the sun came out later in the day, but it started out cloudy and cool.
Indian Springs is a nature preserve, and they work to maintain the natural habitats of the area. Even the venue is eco-friendly, with natural heating and cooling systems (read: no air conditioning). The park is actually known to be home to the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake–the only poisonous snake in Michigan–but luckily, we did not encounter any.
We hiked out to this little lake at back, which was around 3.5 miles. We walked around a bit more and came across this maze.
Sure, why not? We split up to see who was the better of the two. We kept ending up on the same path, so it sort of defeated the purpose. It was fun though.
By then the sun was beating down, so we got ready to leave. On the way home, we made a detour for a mythical creature I’d only heard rumors about: vegan soft serve.
I’d heard about Dairy Twist Cafe and its vegan offerings, but it’s a bit of a drive from where we live. Since we were in the area, I had to stop.
I worked at a local ice cream shop for several (probably too many) summers. We could eat while on shift, and I never, ever got sick of it. Ice cream is my kryptonite, and I didn’t think I’d get to enjoy soft serve once I went vegan! Their soft serve is soy-based, and it was SO good! They also offer several flavors of hard ice cream, and some of the flurry (aka blizzard) mix ins are vegan, as well.
(Side note: they were promoting a cone rolled in Cheeto dust and Cheeto flurries. No joke. Why!?)
After a few more stops, we finally made it home to revisit the couch.
We watched the Discovery series Manhunt: Unabomber on Netflix over the weekend, and it was so good. I’ll include it in another Couch Life series soon.
We weren’t ready to be done outside, though. To keep cultivating a camping feel, we had a fire in the backyard.
A couple more hours, and then we were ready to head inside. We had plans in the morning!
My unofficial start to summer each year is the Greenmead Flea Market, a local flea market that hosts two annual events (summer and fall). We always find at least a few good items, and it’s fun to walk around and look at everything.
We usually try to get there early so we’re one of the first ones in, but the forecast looked like rain. Sure enough, it started pouring about an hour before the start. It looked like it was going to let up after noon, so we opted for an early showing of Solo.
I’ll plan to discuss this more too, but overall I enjoyed it.
After the movie, the rain had mostly cleared, so we made our way to the flea.
It looked like a lot of vendors didn’t set up due to the weather, but we still had some decent finds: Rock the House vinyl, some 90s Red Wings tees, vintage tarot cards, pins, and a vintage bar sign. We have a few other similar signs that we’ve found at flea markets–maybe now I’ll finally hang them up ;).
Whew. We spent the rest of the day watching TV and relaxing. All in all, it was a great weekend!
Tell me: How was your weekend? Do you like going to flea markets? Have you seen Solo?
We’re back for another edition of Couch Life! I actually started this post well over a month ago, but then we hit the month of season finales and weren’t binge watching as many shows. Most of these are old news by now, but I still wanted to post a round up. Enjoy!
Santa Clarita Diet, Season 2. We watched the second season in its entirety on a lazy Saturday. I love this show, and I thought the second season was funnier than the first. If you haven’t seen it, the premise is that suburban real-a-tors Shelia and Joel Hammond (played by Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, respectively) have their worlds rocked when Shelia becomes a zombie. Her previously submissive demeanor is now replaced by unstoppable confidence and energy–and a taste for human flesh. Joel tries his best to help support his wife’s new lifestyle, quickly becoming an accomplice while searching for a cure. It took me a while to warm up to Drew Barrymore’s character–nothing against Drew, but I wasn’t a fan of the sort of nonchalant flightiness epitomized by her character. I eventually warmed up to Shelia as events started to escalate. Plus I’ll watch anything with Timothy Olyphant, especially in a comedic role. Joel often tries to hold on to his simplistic worldview while rationalizing his wife’s actions, and his naive outlook is both charming and hilarious. The scene stealer though is the Hammond’s neighbor and daughter’s best friend, Eric Bemis, a nerdy kid who tries to do anything to impress their daughter Abby. Season two picks up right where the first one left off and continues to follow the Hammonds as they stumble through their new normal. Without giving too much away, we’re introduced to the existence of other undead and a Serbian conspiracy centered on a ball with legs. Notable guest stars include Thomas Lennon, Nathan Fillion, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, and Joel McHale. If you go watch it now, I promise to stop talking about it. If you are starting from the beginning, be warned–the first season features an epic puke scene, so probably don’t start it while you’re watching dinner.
Orphan Black, Season 6. It took us a while to get around to watching the final season of Orphan Black–I think I didn’t want to accept that the show was going to be finished. I don’t want to give any spoilers in case you’ve never seen it, but I’ll say that I was satisfied with how things ended up. It was a good season and a good finale–although I felt like they minimized Felix’s character over the last couple of seasons. If you’ve never seen Orphan Black, I highly recommend that you give it a watch. All of the seasons are available on Amazon Prime. The series starts off with Sarah Manning, played by Tatiana Maslany, witnessing a woman who looks exactly like her stepping in front of a train. Sarah later discovers she’s actually a clone. Maslany plays all of the clones, and she is phenomenal. Even six seasons in, I still had to stop sometimes and remind myself that all of the “seestras” were played by the same person. I think of them all as distinct and separate characters. We even named one of our cat’s after one of them! (Helena.)
Mom and Dad. I went into this movie with low expectations and they were wildly exceeded. From one of the minds that brought you Crank and Gamer, this horror flick probably isn’t for everyone. The basic premise is that a phenomena with an unknown cause suddenly causes parents to flip and develop an overwhelming urge to murder their children. They only target their own children, leaving everyone else alone. There’s a particularly dark scene, so if the concept doesn’t sound of interest to you, I’d skip it. It wasn’t super gory, which I always appreciate. I thought it was well paced and good at building suspense. I’d also classify it as a dark comedy. Nic Cage delivers with his trademark overacting. All in all, it was a fun, creepy watch.
BONUS: Ready Player One.
I started this post so long ago, right after we saw Ready Player One. Still, it’s worth mentioning. If for some reason you missed this in theaters, be sure to check it out once it’s released for rental in July. My husband and I had both read the book and weren’t sure if the movie would live up to our expectations. I quickly realized I needed to just separate the two and enjoy the movie for what it was. Quite a bit was changed, but that’s OK. It was extremely entertaining (I mean, it’s Spielberg–what do you expect?). If you’re a child of the 80s, you’ll love the references strewn throughout. If you haven’t read the book, I recommend it. If you have, let go of your expectations and let yourself be entertained. I read an interesting article about how the author, Ernest Cline, actually started on the screenplay before the book was even released, so many of the changes were intentional–he recognized that it’d be difficult to capture everything in the book on film, and there weren’t yet fans of the book to have any accountability to the original story. That made me feel better about the changes, too–I was hoping he was on board with everything and that it wasn’t altered against his will or vision. Check it out!
Hi friends! Happy Tuesday. I am feeling much better this morning. I don’t know what my deal was yesterday … I just felt really sick and nauseous. I tried to get up a few times but had to go back to bed to lie down. I ended up sleeping until noon, which never happens! Even then, I still laid in bed until around 4 pm.
Let’s rewind back to the weekend! Most of it was spent like this:
I wonder if I was fighting something off on Saturday, because I was feeling a bit rundown. We had some plans for that day, but we ended up staying in. I wanted to go to a soccer game, but it was cold out, so we watched it on TV. We also rewatched Spiderman: Homecoming, which I forgot how much I enjoyed.
On Sunday, we woke up crazy early to try and make a 9 a.m. showing of Avengers: Infinity War.
We got to the theatre by 8:30, and the place was packed! I knew it’d be crowded on opening weekend, but usually the early morning shows aren’t as full. There was already a long line for tickets. Luckily, we happened to see Mat’s sister and brother-in-law in line ahead, and they let us join them!
We purchased MoviePass a little while back, so we used that for our tickets. I saw the terms changed, though–now subscribers can only see a movie once, and new subscribers can only see four movies each month. I guess it’s still a good deal if you are seeing that many movies, but I wonder about the future of the service. We’ve been enjoying using it, but we need to start getting out to the movies more to make the most of it.
Anyway–the movie was insanely good. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just tell you to go see it. It’s over 2 1/2 hours long, but it didn’t feel like it.
After the movie, we headed over to VegFest! We weaved our way through the crowds, trying samples and spending too much money. I think we ended up with granola, popcorn, salsa, marinades, tahini sauce, vegan ranch, this really good black bean vegan queso mix, and pie. We split a vegan coney dog, and I also had a Jamaican Jerk BBQ burger and an insane vegan cookie dough cupcake.
I also picked up this t-shirt, which I’m pretty stoked on.
We were pretty full and tired by that point, so we crashed onto the couch for the rest of the day.
It was a good weekend. I had wanted to do more, but I needed that time on Saturday at home. I’m hoping to break the cycle as the weather starts to warm up. We got used to hibernating all winter!
Hope you’re having a good week!
Tell me: What did you do this weekend? Have you seen Infinity War yet? Have you ever been to a food fest?