Currently… (8/2/18)

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Photo by Alexander Andrews on Unsplash

Is anyone else feeling the effects of Mercury retrograde? We’re dealing with water issues in our basement, and I’ve got some other stressful things going on–but aside from that,  I just feel off. Looks like we’re here until August 19, so hopefully we can all find some ways to deal.

I still need to work on my Kentucky/Tennessee travel posts, but I wanted to check in and share what’s been going on with me–as well as hear from you! I feel like my thoughts are so jumbled lately (see above! Mercury affects communication), so doing a more stream-of-consciousness type post sounded appealing.

Watching: We’ve been watching a lot of movies lately. We did recently watch season one of The Sinner, and the Cloak & Dagger finale is this week. Is anyone else watching that one? I wasn’t sure if I’d be into it–it’s on Freeform, and the trailer had looked a little too teen drama-y–but it’s actually really good. Sure, it has it’s teen angst moments, but all in all, we’ve really been enjoying it. That said, I also love a lot of the CW shows, so take my opinions for what you will. The show makes great use of music, too!

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Cloak & Dagger

In the past week, we’ve also watched Stargate, I Kill Giants, The Babysitter, Extinction, Dukes of Hazzard, and Psychokinesis.

Reading: I’ve been really bad about reading! It’s mostly been blogs and podcasts lately. I think a beach trip is needed. What are you reading?

Listening to: Speaking of The Sinner, I had to look up who sang “the song,” (answer: Big Black Delta), and I’ve been listening to the album nonstop ever since. It’s like how I felt discovering Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” after seeing Drive. I’ve very into anything that uses a synthesizer (so, anything made in the ’80s).

Craving: Chili Mustard Onions. The plant-based coney island opened in Detroit yesterday after a long wait. We tried some of their coneys at an event last summer, and they were delicious–even my husband was impressed. I can’t wait to go!

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Vegan chili cheese dog from Chili Mustard Onions at a vegan food festival last summer

Daydreaming about: We’ve got a long vacation coming up this month, and I cannot wait. It’s going to be nice to detach for a while. We do a lot of little trips in the summer, and while they are fun, they can be draining in themselves. I’m hoping this trip helps me decompress and come back feeling recharged.

Planning: My Halloween decorations! It’s August, and I’m deeming that an appropriate time to start putting things out. We have a lot of indoor decor, but I want to get some more things to decorate the outside this year. I usually hate those giant inflatable lawn decorations, but I’ve actually found one that I kind of want….

Wanting: Aside from all of the Halloween decorations, I keep wanting to buy this shirt. I feel like I can make random Amazon purchases all day, but when it’s something I really want, then I hesitate. Should I pick it up?

Tell me: What have you been up to lately? Feel free to answer these prompts in the comments! I also found this post really helpful: “102 Verbs to Use for Currently Blog Posts.”

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Saturday Six: Summer Movies

Each weekend, I’ll share six cool finds. Some links may be referral/curator links.

I loved doing my ’90s movies post the other week, so I thought it’d be fun to come back and do a roundup of my top summer movies. They either take place during the summer or for some reason I associate them with summer. I’m sure I’m missing some good ones, but these are the ones that came to mind! Let me know what I’m missing in the comments below ;).

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A summer classic. The second the weather starts to warm up, I get the urge to revisit the gang at Camp Firewood. I enjoyed the Netflix “prequel” but “Ten Years Later” hasn’t really done it for me. I’ll stick with the OG!

 

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Largely considered a horror film, Lost Boys feels like a summer flick to me. I credit it largely to saxophone dude playing on the boardwalk.

 

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What would the ’80s have been without the Coreys? I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t seen The Goonies until last year. I was definitely missing out!

 

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Sure, Real Genius is set during a school year, but his SoCal vibe makes it feel like a summer flick. Being introduced to this movie was the best thing I took away from my HS chem class.

 

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I’m definitely due for a rewatch of Now and Then. I can’t tell you how many times I watched this when I was younger, on a VHS copy that was definitely bootlegged from a rental. It set the bar high for female friendships.

 

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Maybe a weird choice, but Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a cult classic, and it’s the perfect movie for late summer when you’re ready to get into the Halloween spirit (never too early!).

 

Tell me: What are your summer picks?

Saturday Six: My Favorite ’90s Movies

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!

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The OG. Clueless is not only one of my favorite ’90s movies, but it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. Young Paul Rudd… what’s not to like? I saw this one in theaters and have watched it countless times since. Don’t like it? Whatever.

 

Hackers movie
I had the idea for this post because I felt like watching Hackers. I’d watch this movie every month if I could, but I’m pretty sure my husband is sick of it. (How could he be?) HACK THE PLANET!

 

Empire Records movie
Well Sinead O’Rebellion… shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior. Empire Records is another one that I could honestly watch every month. Great cast, fantastic soundtrack, and plenty of teen angst. Damn the man – save the empire!

 

Trainspotting movie
Trainspotting was the first Ewan McGregor movie I ever saw. Since it started a lifelong obsession with the man, it had to have a place in this list. Also, it’s fantastic (not to mention another great soundtrack). I still get excited whenever Spud shows up in another movie. Another one of my all-time faves.

 

Dazed and Confused movie
No ode to ’90s teen movies is complete without Dazed and Confused on the list. Perfect for summer. Another stellar cast and soundtrack (the ’90s were crushing it in this department). It’s been a minute, so I think this one is due for a rewatch soon. (I don’t need to quote the line here; you all know it.)

 

Jawbreaker movie
Let’s visit the dark side of teen drama with Jawbreaker. The original Mean Girls, Jawbreaker warns against obsessing over popularity and losing yourself to make others like you. That’s probably a little too moralistic for the tone of this movie, but for some reason, it’s remained one of my favorites. I’ll also never eat a jawbreaker.

 

Honorable mentions:

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I remember my mom taking me to see this one. I’m sorry I repaid you by throwing a party a few years later :(.
Spice World movie
Is Spice World actually a good movie? No. Do I still love it? Hell yes. With cameos by Alan Cumming, Elton John, Stephen Fry, Meat Loaf, and aliens, it’s definitely worth a mention.

Tell me: What are your favorite ’90s movies? Or, what decade makes you feel the most nostalgic?

Weekend Recap: Hiking, Vegan Soft Serve, and Flea Market Finds

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!

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Had to kick off Friday with a beverage. This is delicious! You can really taste the raspberry. This might be a new go-to for summer.

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.

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Wedding venue at Indian Springs

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.

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Woodland Trail
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The only problem was that I forgot to bring bug spray. The mosquitos were out in full force!
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Greenery

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.

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Timberland Lake

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.

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Adventure 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.

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Vegan twist!

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.

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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.

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Don’t mind all those sticks in the background… yard work is a work in progress.

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.

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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.

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Flea market haul

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?

Couch Life, vol. 4

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!

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Image via What’s on Netflix

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.

 

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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.)

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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Tell me: What have you been watching lately?