This dreary weather means we haven’t gone out much in the evenings on weekends. I mean, there’s also the four year old that requires baby sitting so that we can have a night out, but mostly it’s this freezing cold weather and rain that’s keeping us indoors. Luckily there’s been a bunch of good stuff on TV and Netflix to keep me entertained. Here’s what I’ve been watching lately!
I started out really liking this show. A musical comedy about a woman who up-ends her life to move to a small Californian town just because that’s where her summer camp ex-boyfriend lives? Sounds crazy but also kind of entertaining. Yale educated lawyer Rebecca moves to West Covina from New York out of the blue, hell bent on getting her old boyfriend Josh to fall for her again, but wouldn’t you know it, he’s already in a committed relationship! As she secretly tries to worm her way into Josh’s life again, she becomes good friends with co-worker Paula, who helps her on her quest to date Josh again, and falls in and out of favour with Greg, a snarky bartender who, despite his best efforts, can’t seem to help being drawn to Rebecca, even if she’s not quite what she seems. Interspersed with very clever musical numbers about everything from big boobed ladies to getting ready for a date night, the episodes are snappy and funny with a good cast of supporting characters. However, things started to fall apart a little bit for me around episode ten. I felt from there onwards the plots were reaching a little too hard to get Rebecca’s over-arching goal achieved no matter the cost. I felt like there were inconsistencies with her character (a Yale-educated lawyer who cannot manage her money and does not understand a car lease? Please) and Paula’s utter obsession with Rebecca getting Josh was never fully addressed as the crazy town it evolved into by the season wrap-up. It’s a fun show to watch, if you can really suspend your disbelief in the latter part of the season, and the musical numbers alone are incredibly astute from a female point of view.
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Yay, Christmas baking! Boo, extra calories! Eh, what are you going to do, eh? I can’t resist baking a lot in December, and I’ve already started trying a few new recipes. I saw this brown sugar and cinnamon shortbread recipe pop up on Taste last week and was intrigued. I like shortbread, though I usually… Continue reading ->
– These sunny days have made me start picking up my camera and really try to make a concerted effort to practice my photography a lot more. It probably helps that we have a garden now, and the afternoon sunlight in our much larger house is just lovely to shoot in and outside of. I’ve… Continue reading ->
At the start of this year I decided to make a concerted effort to read more. Last year I read a total of about five or six books, I think – barely one book every two months. I used to read voraciously, but as I’ve become busier, juggling work and motherhood and house stuff, reading… Continue reading ->
Kid’s fashion these days is pretty awesome. It’s not like when we were growing up in the eighties and we all had pretty much the same stuff. Some of us, like my sisters and I, were lucky enough to have a mother who sewed, so we got some cute, unique clothes thrown into the mix,… Continue reading ->
It’s Wednesday. Have some tulips.
Episode three of The Pop Culture Hour with Julia & Kimberley is up! This month we talk about everything we’ve been watching and reading recently. There’s Orange is the New Black and Outlander/Crosstitch talk, I wonder whether Broad City is funny or not, and Kimberley enlightens me about new dating show The Singles Project. Kimberley… Continue reading ->
Friday before last I went to a Melbourne Writers Festival session with Emily Nussbaum, the New York Times TV critic. It was a small session at ACMI, only about sixty or so people, and the topic was Desert Island Films, which is part of a series that ACMI does with well-known people where they come… Continue reading ->
Well, today’s Oscar’s red carpet was particularly beige, wasn’t it? Barely any colour, which was really disappointing! But first: Has anyone seen Pharrell’s skateboard? He *thinks* he left it wherever he left his giant ass hat, most likely over at Liza Minelli’s place last night at her pre-Oscars party, but really, who knows. Just text… Continue reading ->
We got a new oven last week and after not having a working oven for three weeks, I’m feeling compelled to bake ALL THE THINGS! So far, I’ve done banana cake, banana muffins (I had an excess of mushy bananas, obviously), and yesterday I wanted to give some cookies a shot. I decided on Anzac… Continue reading ->