Monday, September 24, 2018

Fall TV is Here!

Happy Monday, friends!  Today starts one of my favorite weeks of the fall - fall premieres!  I am definitely a tv > movies kind of girl.  Ask me if I've seen a movie, and if it isn't 13 Going On 30 or made by Disney, the answer is probably no.  However, I DVR all the shows out there.  Our DVR will be filled will series recordings in a month, I'll decide what's worth watching, and usually the rest get deleted after the pilot.  So, here's what I am really excited for:

Manifest (September 24 on NBC) - This show looks crazy; their plane took off in 2013, experienced turbulence, and lands in 2018.  No one has aged, and they've all been presumed dead for 4 and a half years. 
Big Bang (September 24 on CBS) - I have to admit, I haven't usually watched "new" Big Bang as we catch a lot of it on TBS with reruns.  So, I'm not exactly sure where they are with the plot, but hearing this may be the last season, it's been set to record all new episodes on the DVR.

New Amsterdam (September 25 on NBC) - I haven't watched a medical show since House, but this one looks good.  A new doctor comes in to take over the hospital, fires an entire unit for over-billing, and sets off to make medical care about patients again. 

Modern Family (September 26 on ABC) - Another one that may be on its last season.  But seriously, what happened to Lily at the end of the last season?  I have always loved the show, and I hope they wrap it up right.

BoJack Horseman (September 26 on Comedy Central) - This show has actually been on Netflix for a few years, but Comedy Central now has the exclusive television rights and will be broadcasting all episodes in order each week.  Seriously, this show is hysterical!
Law & Order: SVU (September 27 on NBC) - SVU has always been my favorite Law & Order.  Seriously, how can you not love Olivia?!  Even with all the cast changes over the years, I think the writing has always been great, and I can't wait to see how many episodes do not "depict any actual person, entity, or event."

Saturday Night Live (September 29 on NBC) - This is always one of my favorites! 

House of Cards (November 2 on Netflix) - This will be the final season of HoC, and I can't wait to see how they've killed off Kevin Spacey's character and how Robin Wright will be as the soul lead.  I will definitely be binging the last season next month before this is released!
Last but not least, if you're looking for things to watch on demand or on streaming services, these have been a few of my favorites this summer: The Sinner, Alone Together, and Better Call Saul.

What will you be watching this fall?

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Anniversary Reflections: Year Four

Today marks four years since Mike and I said "I do."
Seriously, this one's been a good one.  I don't know how to describe it besides to say that everything seems to have just perfectly fallen into place.  We have our home-life balance (where I do the laundry and you do all the dishes - haha), weeknights of kickball, dinners cooked together, weekend adventures, and cuddles with our cats.  We don't have a ton of traditions, but we have made sure to keep our photo one going again this year!
As with our first 3 years, we had plenty of amazing trips together.  It started with Mike surprising me with a trip to DC for my birthday, and it continued when I returned the favor for his birthday in Dallas.  Besides that, we have traveled to five of the seven weddings we're attending this year and drank a lot of beer along the way.
But to be honest, the trip I will remember the most was our rainy weekend in the Smoky Mountains.  We climbed 6,500 feet up Mount LeConte in the pouring rain, and I can remember after climbing the 8.8 miles up the mountain, Mike telling me how proud he was of me.  It was quite an adventure, and I can't wait to go hiking again soon.
Happy four years, Mike.  Thank you for always pushing me to be better, encouraging me in everything I do, and always being there to sing a song with my name in the lyrics!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Going with the Flo(rence)

I am thrilled to say that we have weathered Hurricane Florence.   This time last week, we really thought that there would be a Cat 3 or 4 direct hit to the Carolinas, with a storm 1000 miles wide.  Schools cancelled, starting on Tuesday, mandatory evacuation orders were made, and the state reversed the highway to get as many people out as possible.  Since the storm wasn't expected to hit until Thursday, we decided to wait it out a bit but still prepare.  This was the slowest moving hurricane ever, and with every 3-hour update, it was tracking more and more north, away from us.  There are a lot of people in and around Charleston saying that the governor took too many precautions too early, but really, they gave us 48 hours from its expected arrival, and I appreciate them really taking it seriously. 

Well, it took an extra full day, until Friday, to hit in North Carolina, and all of my prayers go out to our neighbors to the north.  At landfall, the storm was moving at 2 mph, so it has been raining and raining near Myrtle Beach and north.
By Wednesday afternoon, we were going pretty stir crazy, so a few of us took a walk downtown to see what everything looked like and get some fresh air.  Honestly, you could tell that people already knew it was most likely going to slide north because there wasn't nearly as much prep as there was before Matthew or Irma.  
Before the storm got here on Friday, we even set up a little impromptu kickball game because all scheduled sports were cancelled due to the evacuation. 
Over the long weekend, we ate a lot of food, played a lot of cards and Mario Kart, and even braved the storm for some rain tennis when we couldn't sit inside anymore.  We got truly lucky with this storm.  We were fully prepared for the worst, had our hurricane shutters up, and were prepared to leave if need be.  Again, prayers to North Carolina as they begin to recover, and if you would like to make a donation to relief efforts, here is the link to Michael Jordan's NBA Cares website, where you can choose a variety of charities from which to donate.

 
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