Weekly Roundup

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Something's different, right? Although you may have seen it in various phases of it's new look over the past few days, I have officially finished the redesign of my blog! I feel like it reflects me rather well and I'm really pleased with how it has tuned out. To celebrate, I've decided to officially start doing a weekly round-up of sorts with things I've been doing, reading, and learning about. Some people don't like this sort of post, but I always find that I can learn a lot about a person by seeing the things that they're interested in. Also, not everything going on in our lives is always worthy of an entire post, but you still want to share it in a way; this sort of post allows for that sort of thing.

We've been taking lots of walks around our neighborhood lately and all of the flowers and trees are in bloom. California seems to have forgotten about that "April Showers" thing, but it still brought enough gloomy weather and high winds over the weekend to ruin a bonfire on the beach that we'd been planning for a while. A day later it was 90˚ and perfectly sunny. The weather here can't decide; this reminds me of the East Coast's climate.


  • The Martian by Andy Weir. It took me a while to get into this book, but soon I was hooked and couldn't put it down! I just had to know what was going to happen to Mark Watney. Partially through the first few chapters I Googled "The Martian movie" and sure enough, it's already been filmed. I am constantly checking things out on IMDB and was surprised to see Matt Damon listed as Watney. I, for one, could not get his character from Interstellar out of my head and struggled for a few chapters to separate Watney from said character. I believe everyone will be cheering for this version of Matt Damon as an astronaut and I'm really excited to see what Ridley Scott will do with this one. You have until November; get to reading! (Also, follow me on Goodreads! I'm constantly reading something fun.)


  • Manhattan by WGN Dan and I probably finished the first (and sadly, only) season of this show on Hulu and were so sad they haven't finished season two yet. Season two comes out in the fall and I can't wait! This show is about the scientists and families who were moved to New Mexico during WWII to create the first atomic bomb, aka, The Manhattan Project. You don't have to be a huge science buff to enjoy this one, but that definitely drew in Dan's interest. I enjoyed seeing the family dynamics and the 1940's lifestyle and fashion as well.
  • Belle I finally took a moment to sit and watch this on HBO Go and I'm so glad I did. Dido is the mixed-race daughter of an admiral during a time when slavery was still legal and prevalent in 1800's England. She is raised by her grandparents and struggles with "being too high a rank to dine with servants but to low of rank to dine with [her] family." It's a love story entwined with a society struggling with morality, and it doesn't hurt that the costumes are fabulous.


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