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Books Read, Movies Watched - 2018

Lists from: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Books
01 - The Kitchen Garden by Kathleen Grissom
02 - The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
03 - The Happy Hypocrite by Max Beerbohm (audiobook)


Movies
Jan
01 - Travelers (season 2)
02 - Their Finest
03 - Empire of the Tsars
04 - I, Tonya
05 - Made in Degenham
06 - The Librarians marathon
07 - Goodbye Christopher Robin
08 - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Feb
09 - Little Women pt 1
10 - Little Women pt 2
11 - Little Women pt 3
12 - Agents of SHIELD marathon
13 - Mozart in the Jungle (season 4)
St Berry Hello

1,255 - Book Reveiw

I read The Selection books in 2014 and I enjoyed them. An interesting premise that I had really seen before, even I knew how the books would end. So I was excited when I found out that there were two follow up books dealing with the next generation.

The Heir fit well into the world that Kiera Cass created. We were introduced to Princess Eadlyn and quickly dived into the set up leading into her selection. This book ended with Eadlyn down to half a dozen prospects and developments in her family forcing her to take a hard look at herself.

The Crown however sped along, with Eadlyn picking the guy I figured she would but an ending for the political events that came out of left field - along with a revelation about a character's background that was totally unexpected (maybe the tie-in books brought up hints of this?).

While I liked The Heir, the ending that was slapped together in The Crown was nearly farcical and left the whole series with a bad taste.
St Berry Hello

Books Read, Movies Watched - 2017

Lists from: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Books
01 - Little House on the Prairie
02 - On the Banks of Plum Creek
03 - By the Shores of Silver Lake
04 - The Long Winter
05 - Little Town of the Prairie
06 - These Happy Golden Years
07 - The Heir
08 - The Crown
09 - Reckless
10 - Soucery by Terry Pratchett
11 - Fearless
12 - The Golden Yarn
13 - The Last Contanat by Terry Pratchett
14 - VIII by HM Cranston
15 - All the Feels by Danika Stone
16 - The Sleep Lady book

Movies

Jan
001 - No Men Beyond This Point
002 - Parks and Recreation (season 1)
003 - Parks and Recreation (season 2)
004 - The Nanny Diaries
005 - Parks and Recreation (season 3)
006 - Parks and Recreation (season 4)
007 - Parks and Recreation (season 5)
008 - Parks and Recreation (season 6)
009 - Parks and Recreation (season 7)
010 - A Series of Unfortunate Events

Feb
011 - Inferno
012 - Lillies (mini series)
013 - First Date (broadway show)
014 - 30 Rock (season 1)
015 - 30 Rock (season 2)
016 - 30 Rock (season 3)
017 - 30 Rock (season 4)
018 - 30 Rock (season 5)
019 - 30 Rock (season 6)
020 - 30 Rock (season 7)
021 - The Collection (season 1)

March
022 - 3%
023 - Travelers (first half of the series)
024 - (Enterprise mini-marathon)
025 - Wolf Hall
026 - I Capture the Castle
027 - Frasier (season 1)
028 - Nikita (season 1)

April
029 - Community (season1)
030 - Community (season 2)
031 - Travelers (second half of series)
032 - Community (season 3)
033 - Rogue One
034 - Sing
035 - Community (season 4)
036 - Community (season 5)
037 - Community (season 6)
038 - The Princess Bride
039 - Frasier (season 2)

May
040 - Frasier (season 3)
041 - Hidden Figures
042 - The Resurrection of Gaven Stone
043 - Frasier (season 4)
044 - Beauty and the Beast
045 - Logan
046 - Frasier (season 5)
047 - Frasier (season 6)
048 - Frasier (season 7)

June
049 - Le Belle et le Bete
050 - North & South
051 - The Dressmaker
052 - Frasier (season 8)
053 - The Great British Bake Off (series 1)
054 - The Great British Bake Off (series 2)
055 - The Great British Bake Off (series 3)
056 - Kong: Skull Island

July
057 - Yankee Doddle Dandy
058 - 1776
059 - A Most British Murder
060 - A Most British Romance
060 - Mozart's London Odyssey

Aug
061 - Medici
062 - The Great British Bake Off (series 4)
063 - Still Star-Crossed
064 - Guardians of the Galaxy - vol 2
065 - Across the Universe
066 - Road to Avonlea marathon

Sep
067 - The Secret of Moonacre
068 - The Last Tycoon
069 - Glow
070 - Frasier (season 9)

Oct
071 - The Beguiled
072 - Little Hours
073 - She Loves Me
074 - Frasier (season 10)
075 - The Dark Tower
076 - The Shannara Chronicles

Nov
077 - Scorpion mini-marathon
078 - Vintage Tomorrows
079 - Thor: Ragnorok

Dec
080 - The Crown (season 2)
081 - Star Wars Episode IIX
082 - Opening Night
083 - Addam's Family
084 - The Greatest Showman
085 - Pitch Perfect 3
Sabrina

1,242 - Gilmore Girls Season 2

Well that was an interesting season full of ups, downs, new characters, and more ups and downs.

Let's see if any of my wishes came true:
- Chad Micheal Murry did show up again, but he was shipped of to military school at the end of the episode so I'm okay with that.

- Paris got her own card in the opening credits and the relationship between her and Rory is wonderful!

- I got a ton more of Sookie and Jackson, with a wedding! Yey!

- Emily has been just beautiful this season and I love it! I've also grown a lot more interested in Richard as well.

- Luke... this is a hard one since he did keep on with the "kicked puppy" look for the start of the season, but he then moved on to "slightly constipated".

Let's call that 5 and a half. Now on to what didn't happen:
- Rune came back, boo. But he hasn't been seen in a while - not even at his cousin's wedding - so maybe he's gone?

- No Miss Patty episode.

- Max ::whimper::

So that's one, two... 1,000 exactly.

::sob::

Okay, moving on to new characters:

- While Christopher wasn't new this season, his role was much larger and the way things ended between him and Lorelai was so sad.

- We met Michel's mother and I love her so much!

- Jess, aka sad puppy jr. (on a side note: boy am I glad that Milo has gotten rid of that crocked jaw thing - or is it just the 80's style facial hair he has in "This Is Us" is covering it up?). A much better second option for Rory's affections then CMM was, but the whole "nothing pleases me" aspect is kind of off putting.

Wishes!!!
- Miss Patty!!!

- The Rory triangle works out somehow. While I'm rooting for Dean I have a feeling that it will be Jess who's the winner (Didn't SPN start some time around this point of the show?). Honestly I don't care, just so long as we end all the "oh no! I like two boys!" drama.
Sabrina

1,241 - Gilmore Girls, Season 1

Since almost every other post I've seen in the last week has been the trailer for the Gilmore Girls reunion I decided to jump on the band wagon 16 years late. I just finished season 1 and I have thoughts.

- The theme song makes me think someone really wanted "You've Got a Friend" but they couldn't get the rights.

- I know of no dance studio in the world that is open all day long. They all - including the one I owned for five years - have their first class around 3:00pm.

- You've heard of Manic Pixie Dream Girl now meet Manic Pixie Dream Town, where each resident is even more zany than the last and everyone lives to help our main characters.

Honestly, this show is cute and I can see why all my girl friends are going nuts over the reunion. It walks a fine line of being a teen drama without hitting over the head with a moral lesson while mixing in enough grown ups to keep the parents who are watching interested.

Also, the pop references give me a thrill of flashback: Justin and Brittney being the standard of romance, the pagers, having dial up internet. Mine is the generation that bridged the technological leap and it still freaks me out some times.

Here's my run down of the characters and where I think things might be headed.

Chilton crowd: Can Chad Michael Murray's character just go away? I would really love that. That would also free up time for more of Rory and Paris being frenemies.

The Inn: Michel hates everyone and everything and doesn't want to be here and I love him so much. I want to see more of the relationship between Sookie and Jackson in season two, but if the potting shed burnt down with Rune inside I would be totally fine.

The Gilmore's: Confession, at first I thought Richard was played by the same actor that played Wilson on "Home Improvements" and it made me a little sad when I finally went on to IMDb and discovered he wasn't... but then I saw he did play Richard Rich in "Richie Rich" starring Macaulay Culkin and I was happy again. We saw a few cracks in Emily's armor in season one, I want to see them grow so she can start to interact with her girls on an honest level and not by blackmailing them to dinner.

The Town: Can we have one Miss Patty episode? Where it's her telling a group of young children her life story? I would also love it if we could get Luke some new acting direction because this whole "just look like a kicked puppy whenever you're in a scene with Lorelai" thing is getting old.

Now off I go to watch season 2, because Max and Lorelai are amazing and I want them together so badly.
X-Men Wolverine/Rogue

1,228 - Day 23 of Love

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?

Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - Best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - The least believable relationship?
Day 11 - Your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - Your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you’ve rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The 'can't stand the sexual tension anymore' pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?

Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Yeah, I've got nothing for this one.

Previous Answer: Dr. Jakemen/Clare/Mr. Hyde “Jekyll”
(oh, I forgot about that mini. I should totally rewatch that)


Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever!

All of the answers from last time
Sabrina

Books Read, Movies Watched - 2016

Lists from: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Books:
01 - Rising Steam by Terry Pratchett
02 - The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
03 - Ross Poldark (Novel of Cornwall 1) by Winston Graham
04 - Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian
05 - Fearless (King Quartet 1) by Tawdra Kandle
06 - Demelza (Novel of Cornwall 2) by Winston Graham
07 - The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
08 - Jeremy Poldark (Novel of Cornwall 3) by Winston Graham
09 - Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch by Gregory Maguire
10 - Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
11 - A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
12 - Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
13 - Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingells Wilder

Movies:
Jan
001 - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
002 - The Breakfast Club
003 - William & Kate
004 - John Mulaney: Comeback Kid
005 - Treasure Island (part 1)
006 - The Royals: Weddings
007 - The Royals: Funerals
008 - The Royals: Teens
009 - The Royals: Pets
010 - unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
011 - Down With Love
012 - Treasure Island (part 2)
013 - Dial M for Murder
014 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 1)
015 - Minions
016 - Mozart in the Jungle
017 - Ragamuffin
018 - Top Secret
019 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 2)
020 - Monkey Business
021 - Serenity
022 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 3)
023 - The Games Maker
024 - War & Peace (part 1)
025 - View From the Top

Feb
026 - Little Voice
027 - War & Peace (part 2)
028 - Blow Dry
029 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 4)
030 - The Hunters
031 - One Night With the King
032 - The Saint
033 - War & Peace (part 3)
034 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 5)
035 - Under the Greenwood Tree
036 - The Girl
037 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 6)
038 - Bridge of Spies
039 - Love The Coopers
040 - Star Trek: Voyager (season 7)
041 - Specter
042 - The Newsroom (season 1)
043 - Dark Matter (season 1)
044 - Tiny

March
045 - The Almighty Johnsons(series 1)
046 - The Almighty Johnsons(series 2)
047 - The Almighty Johnsons(series 3)
048 - The Vicar of Dibly(series 1)
049 - The Vicar of Dibly(series 2)
050 - The Vicar of Dibly(series 3)
051 - The Vicar of Dibly(series 4)
052 - The Monarch of the Glen (series 1)
053 - The Monarch of the Glen (series 2)
054 - The Monarch of the Glen (series 3)
055 - Charlie St.Cloud
056 - The Monarch of the Glen (series 4)
057 - The Monarch of the Glen (series 5)
058 - The Night Manager (part 1)
059 - The Night Manager (part 2)
060 - The Night Manager (part 3)
061 - Princess
062 - The Night Manager (part 4)

April
067 - Dancing on the Edge
068 - The 100 (season 1)
069 - The Night Manager (part 5)
070 - The Night Manager (part 6)
071 - The 100 (season 2)
072 - The Butler
073 - Daddy Long Legs
074 - Carolina
075 - Down to You

May
076 - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (season 1)
077 - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (season 2)
078 - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (season 3)
079 - Miss Pettagrew Lives for a Day
080 - The IT Crowd (series 1)
081 - The IT Crowd (series 2)
082 - The IT Crowd (series 3)
082 - Sliders (season 1)

June
084 - On the Town
085 - A Renascence Education
086 - Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
087 - Poldark mini marathon
088 - Pride & Prejudice and Zombies (again)
089 - Sliders (season 2)
090 - Henry VI (part 1)
091 - The Phantom
092 - The Da Vinci Code

July
093 - You've Got Mail
094 - Alice in Wonderland
095 - The Preacher's Wife
096 - Doctor Thorne
097 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
098 - Henry VI (part 1)
099 - Man in the High Castle
100 - Henry VI (part 2)
101 - Sliders (season 3)
102 - Richard III
103 - I Saw the Light

Aug
104 - The West Wing (season 1)
105 - The West Wing (season 2)
106 - The West Wing (season 3)
107 - The West Wing (season 4)
108 - Pitch Black
109 - The West Wing (season 5)
110 - Race
111 - The West Wing (season 6)
112 - The West Wing (season 7)

Sep
113 - Gentlemen Prefer Blonds
114 - The Shenara Chronicles
115 - The Chronicales of Riddick
116 - The Island
117 - Shrek: the musical
118 - Chuck (season 1)
119 - Money Monster
120 - Chuck (Season 2)
121 - What We Do in Shadows
122 - Captain America: Civil War
123 - Chuck (season 3)
124 - Robin Hood (Russell Crow)
125 - Chuck (season 4)
126 - Big Fish
127 - Chuck (season 5)
128 - Galavant

Oct
129 - Don't Trust the B-- in Apt 23 (season 1)
130 - Love & Friendship
131 - X-Men: Apocalypse
132 - Don't Trust the B-- in Apt 23 (season 2)
133 - Grace of Monaco
134 - Quiz Show
135 - Hail, Caesar!
136 - Zootopia
137 - She Loves Me
138 - Jason Bourne
139 - Kiki's Delivery Service
140 - Warcraft

Nov
141 - Gilmore Girls (season 1)
142 - Gilmore Girls (season 2)
143 - Gilmore Girls (season 3)
144 - Gilmore Girls (season 4)
145 - Gilmore Girls (season 5)
146 - Gilmore Girls (season 6)
147 - Gilmore Girls (season 7)
148 - Gilmore Girls (season 8)
149 - The Crown (season 1)
150 - Pleasantville

Dec
151 - Sense8 (season 1)
152 - The Guild
153 - Hairspray Live
154 - Mozart in the Jungle (season 3)
155 - Hairspray
156 - Ice Age 2
157 - The Curse of the Midas Box
158 - Zoom: academy for superheroes
159 - The Women He Undressed
160 - Hitler of the Andes
161 - Man vs Snake
162 - The Slipper and the Rose
163 - The Man in the High Castle
164 - A Christmas Story 2
165 - Christmas with the Kranks
166 - White Christmas
167 - Invincible
green bottle and pearls

1,168 - Lyrics for Life pt2

In May of 2015 I found myself at a bardic competition at a SCA event. A gentleman that I've know for a few years stood up and sung a song he had written. While the verse was pleasant enough the chorus brought tears to my eyes.

One for the courage that's buried inside you.
Two for the truth you conceal in the fold.
Three for the love that you've always denied you.
Now go seek, be bold, never rest 'til you find your hidden gold.


It's taken me all the time to puzzle out but I finally have realized why the words struck me so.

One for the courage that's buried inside you.
I lived the first 30 years of my life in the same county. I didn't go to collage (I started a business instead) and had never lived away from my family for more then two weeks. When the chance came to go first to New Hampshire and then Texas, followed by the other place in Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Kansas, I was scared yet I knew that whatever I faced would be worth it because I would be a midwife at the end. I had never in my wildest dreamed that I would spend a year just traveling the country.

Two for the truth you conceal in the fold.
My time in Utah was... like going out of the frying pan and into the fire.

I don't know if the preceptor had some kind of chemical imbalance or if she was just a bitch but during my time with her I learned exactly the kind of midwife I wanted to be - which was the total opposite of everything she was.

Three for the love that you've always denied you.
And this was the line that really caused me to cry.

All my life I've had trouble drawing close to people - I have acquaintances and people that I know but true friends I could count on one hand and still have fingers left over.

Now go seek, be bold, never rest 'til you find your hidden gold.
Now despite everything I've gone through and the qualities I may need to work on I know that I have worth. That inside of me is a brilliant light that's wanting to shine.