Friday, September 12, 2014

Current Favorites


1) Parks and Rec. 

Per the suggestions of a few friends, I started watching this on Netflix. Although I'd seen a bit of the first season in the past, I admit that I wasn't terribly impressed. I'm not a huge fan of single-camera, mockumentary-style sitcoms. However, now that I'm further into the series, I'm hooked. (But only on Season 3, so no spoilers!) The writing is hilarious, the characters are delightful, and I just can't get enough of Leslie Knope. I love her ambitious attitude and passion for her community. I could use a bit of the Knope spirit in my life. 

2) Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. 
This book series has literally been on my "To Read" list since high school, but for some reason I never got around to it. Over the summer, my friend Joe raved about it which gave me the final push I needed to dive in. I'm currently in the middle of the third book, absolutely loving it, and forcing myself to read slowly so that I can savor them. This series is a perfect blend of science fiction and satire, and Thursday Next is the perfect literary heroine. It's unlike anything I've ever read. 

3) "People Help the People," covered Birdy.
Although this album is a few years old, I've just recently started listening to it consistently. This song has been on repeat recently. I'm not sure what it is about it, but I can't get enough. Her covers of "Skinny Love" and "Fire and Rain" are also worth a listen. 

4) This awesome infographic about library usage. 
Despite what some might think, libraries are alive and well! Millennials continue to utilize libraries and are even out-reading older generations. My favorite statistic? In the U.S., there are more public libraries than there are McDonald's. Long live the libraries! 

5) The John Muir Trail. 
I love me a good documentary. I really love me a good documentary about mountains. So, when I saw Mile, Mile and a Half on Netflix, I knew that I would be in for a treat. This is a documentary about a group of artists who thru-hiked the John Muir Trail in California and documented their journey. Lately, I've been obsessed with the idea of long-distance hiking, thanks to books like Wild (PCT)A Walk in the Woods (AT), and Almost Somewhere (JMT). It's not something I have any experience with, but has this Midwesterner longing for mountains to climb. Perhaps one day...


  1. I seriously LOVED that documentary, omg. It made me want to go hike that immediately. I also really hate mockumentary sitcoms but have heard so many good things about Parks and Rec that I might give it a try. One day. If I'm feeling lazy and maybe kinda drunk.

    So glad to hear your grad program is going well! It's SO rewarding to be studying something you love and it's SO worth it. Hang in there, you're so close to the end!

    1. I want to hike mountains SO. BAD. I was actually trying to figure out the logistics of hiking the JMT but like, how do you train for hiking mountains when you live in the Midwest? I'm sure I could hit the stair-stepper at the gym, but that doesn't account for elevation and such. Why do I live in such a flat state!?!

      You should definitely give Parks and Rec a shot. The first season sucks, but Amy Poehler's character is a delight. (And alcohol certainly couldn't hurt!) :)

  2. I loved Mile, Mile and a half. We ditched cable and got on a documentary kick with Netflix