I’ve got quite a bit of medical stuff going on, but rather than posting something boring and depressing every single day, I’ve decided to procrastinate and smash it all into one post when the timing is right, whenever that will be.
Until then, I’ll stick with stuff that isn’t quite as boring and depressing – like what I’m doing to entertain myself when I’m not having my soul sucked out by disease and doctors.
I love to read, but I have a little bit of ADD so I can’t just sit down with a book and stay there for 3 hours. I’m good for about 30 minutes, and then I get squirrely. I’m a notorious multi-tasker. I MUST be doing at least two things simultaneously. I can’t do dishes without listening to music. You’d think associating the two would either make me love doing dishes, or make me hate music. Nope to both. I’ve tried audio books, but I truly am a visual learner. I have to see the words in order to draw a picture in my head of what the author is trying to describe. If I could read and knit at the same time, I would. I watch a lot of Netflix, and have Amazon Prime video through my husband. I CAN knit and look up periodically as a show plays, so that’s my thang. At the moment, anyhow.
Vikings, on Amazon (free with prime subscription)
This show was on Netflix for a time, then removed. I watched the first season with manchild before he ran away to Korea. It originally aired on the History channel, and seems to be historically accurate, at least in terms of the order in which the Norsemen/Vikings invaded Europe. The storyline is engaging, and there’s plenty of bloody violence (duh, they ARE Vikings). Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok is a delicious protagonist/antagonist (he also plays Anduin Lothar in the new Warcraft movie). It’s very interesting to see a story from their perspective. Yes, they invade, attack, rape, pillage, and plunder, yet I can’t help but sympathize with them. Plus, shield maidens are totally badass. As portrayed, Norse women were certainly not equals in that era, but they were more revered in that culture than others. Katheryn Winnick is fantastically fierce in her role as shield maiden Lagherta, Ragnar’s wife.
True Blood, on Amazon (seasons 1-6 free with prime)
This is a show about the supernatural. Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witchcraft, and fae. Anna Pacquin’s acting is awful, and for this reason I almost stopped watching it, until I realized it’s meant to be satire. There’s plenty of dark humor (my favorite), and lots of Alexander Skarsgard, speaking of Norsemen. Hubba hubba! Let’s call it a dramedy with a bit of bloody soft-core porno thrown in. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure.
Penny Dreadful, on Netflix and Showtime
Penny Dreadful is horrifying. It’s macabre, disgusting, scary, but GOOD. I usually don’t like the horror genre because I’m a wimp with an overactive imagination, but the mystery and acting makes it worth watching. During the day time. Definitely not when it’s dark.
And last, but not least, Orphan Black, on Amazon, and BBC
This is probably one of the best shows I’ve watched in a long time (I say this even after blasting through the wonder that is Battlestar Galactica). It’s a sci-fi thriller, but a believable one. There aren’t aliens, or giant robots trying to kill all humans. It’s about genetics, cloning, and some crazy fucker’s quest to design the “perfect” human being. Tatiana Maslany plays Sarah, the first and main character we’re introduced to. She puts on a stellar performance, and I can’t believe she hasn’t won any awards for this yet, though she has been nominated. I’m not going to say much more about this because it’ll spoil the fun.