Netflix | Little Gems

Netflix | Little Gems (shows you might have missed)

The number of options on Netflix can be extremely daunting. Jordan and I go through phases where we are watching a lot of movies, but lately we’ve been using Netflix to watch television shows. We really enjoy marathoning a show or even re-watching an entire series like we’ve done with Gilmore Girls a few times. 🙂 If you’ve already finished such great television shows as Friends, Gilmore Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, House Of Cards, and Friday Night Lights, here are a few shows you might have missed!

Call The Midwife | Currently in its fourth season, this BBC/PBS show follows several young midwives and nuns in the 1950s from the East End of London navigating their way through baby deliveries, love, loss and friendship. You’ll laugh and cry. It’s a beautiful show.

Freaks and Geeks | If you haven’t watched Freaks and Geeks yet, you’re almost certainly aware of most (if not all) of the main cast (James Franco, Busy Philipps, Jason Segal, Seth Rogan). Judd Apatow, and maybe more accurately his casting agent, scored with this ensemble. This coming-of-age dramedy centers around a sister/brother duo and their friend groups while they deal with the travails of high school. Shenanigans!

Top of The Lake | In high school, I went through a horror/scary movie phase: The Ring, The Others etc. I don’t really like watching anything scary now (Age has made me jumpy? Haha!), but I do enjoy suspense stories. Top of The Lake is a New Zealand/BBC television miniseries that aired on the Sundance channel in the US in 2013. It was recently announced that it would return for another season, which I think is directly related to its success. Elizabeth Moss (of Mad Men fame) plays Det. Robin Griffin, a Sydney police inspector, who returns home to New Zealand to visit her mother who has cancer and gets sucked into a mysterious case of the disappearance of a pregnant teenager.

Rectify | I am so thankful Netflix picked up current running television shows for those of us who don’t have cable. I began watching Rectify last summer. It is the story of Daniel Holden who at 16 years-old was convicted of the murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend. “After spending 19 years on death row, new DNA evidence vacates his original trial, and he returns to his hometown: Paulie, Georgia (source).” It is a slow burn show and even after two seasons, you still don’t exactly know what really happened the night of the murder. It’s gripping.

Land Girls | I’m only a few episodes into Land Girls, but so far I really enjoy it. I love BBC shows and their short seasons. If you like Call the Midwife or Downton Abbey, you’ll like Land Girls, which was actually the BBCs first period drama. During WWI and WWII in Britain, American, and Australia there was a call for women to join the Land Army to work in agriculture, replacing all of the men who were fighting. The show follows a group of women who went to work on the land of a manor.

What shows are you watching on Netflix? I am interested in checking out Bloodline, Penny Dreadful, and watching a bit more of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Weekend Links / / Crowns, Dunhams, and Gilmore Girls

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Nashville has been wet and rainy for the last week and a half. And while the clouds have given me a nice excuse to curl up and read a good book (finally finished Julie & Julia, now on to Lena), we’ve been craving exploration. Any time I’m cooped up in a space for too long, I start to feel a little claustrophobic. Finally it looks like the weather is going to clear up in the next few days!

In our apartment, pictures are slowly being hung and drawers organized. Our place has begun to feel more like home.

Cooking has become more regular, thanks to Blue Apron. Also baking, thanks to Pinterest. I made apple bread the other day, but I sort of wish I had just made apple pie.

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Onto the links!

/ / Kate reviews Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

/ / Niamh’s tutorial for paper honeycomb crowns. These would be great for kids (or adult!) birthday parties or perhaps a Christmas party.

/ / We had been warned about the lack of a pizza scene in Nashville. Coming from Chicago, where good pizza is literally at every corner, I knew that would be hard to get used too. Ashley recently visited a pizza place in town that promises to be in the style of Chicago deep dish. I’ll ditch being dairy-free for a night and let you all know if it lives up.

/ / Tj always has the best braided hair tutorials. My hair is growing out and I can’t wait till my layers are a bit easier to work with to try this style.

/ / Netflix revealing Gilmore Girls would be available for streaming didn’t really phase me as I already owned all seven seasons on DVD. Prior to Twitter and the social media storm, it was hard knowing if your beloved show was in fact beloved. I was that 14 year old girl on fan forum websites discussing favorite “shippings”, looking up Nielsen ratings, and hitting record on the VCR each week. I knew a couple people (besides my family who became hooked) who watched Gilmore Girls since the beginning, but over the years I’ve also loaned my copies to new fans.

My heart, while a little shocked, has been so happy to see the outpouring of love thrown on Gilmore Girls.

A few Gilmore articles to note: the New York Times op-ed discusses GG obsession. Hep Alien had a reunion. Wired breaks down how to watch all seven season. How GG deals with money and love.

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Weekend Links / / Lately

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Looking around, I can’t quite comprehend what I did this week. How did we reach the weekend? We don’t have too much planned for the weekend besides a little work, football, and hopefully a night out to see Gone Girl! Did you read the book? It was a thrilling read.

And here are my weekend links!

Make / / Earlier this week my friend, Teresa, and I swapped recipes on each other’s blog. I plan on gathering the ingredients to make her frittata soon! Also, Lindt dark chocolate with coconut is the perfect sweet treat.

Read / / I’m reading Julie & Julia after discovering it while unpacking, this blog that I’m rediscovering, and this magazine.

Listen / / Jordan and I have been listening to this playlist while working. He made it for our road trip to Nashville, so it’s full of fun, energetic pop tunes.

Watch / / Jordan and I don’t have cable here, so we decided to renew our Netflix subscription. The other night while browsing we landed on this sweet French film, Last Love, about a man reconnecting with life after his wife passes. It stars Michael Caine and Clémence Poésy. I love finding unexpected gems.

Also, I started Scandal and I’m not sure why I waited so long!

/ / What are your weekend plans?

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