Top Ten Tuesday – Winter To Read List

I did a few of these posts last summer, it’s a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and The Bookish every Tuesday. There’s a different theme each week, it’s a fun way to see what other people are reading and get recommendations for books you may not have chose to read otherwise. I already shared a few books I’m looking forward to reading on my Fall Reading List post, but here are eight books that I’d like to read this winter. Continue reading

Archie’s Return

I have a confession to make, when I was a kid, I was obsessed with Archie Comics. I’d like to think of myself as a voracious reader, talking true literature, but there was a time in my life when all I wanted to read was Archie Comics (I also went through a Sweet Valley High phase, don’t judge…). Every time we were at the grocery store I would beg my parents to buy me one. What a genius marketing ploy to put them at grocery store checkout counters, do they still do that?

So of course I was a little intrigued when I heard that they were making a show for Netflix. Then a little while later I read an article that the show was actually pretty good. Finally, the nail in the coffin, home by myself on a Friday night, wondering what to watch on Netflix. Lo and behold, Netflix thought it’d be something I’d be interested in, apparently since I’d watched Gilmore Girls.

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Big Little Lies

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night? Do people even watch the Oscars anymore? I usually tune in to watch part of the red carpet and the opening monologue. Apparently I missed all the drama!

I checked out of the Oscars to watch Episode 2 of Big Little Lies. I’ve been excited for this show to air. I liked the book, and they amped it up with a killer cast. I don’t have HBO so I missed last weeks episode and went to my mom’s house to watch the first two last night. I was definitely impressed.

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Countdown to Rio

I love the Olympics. I get so excited for it every time, researching obscure athletes in sports I would never watch otherwise. I even had the opportunity to attend the Sochi games in 2014. Usually the Olympic ads start months before (at least in Canada) and you begin to be introduced to the latest crop of athletes who we will cheer for. But this year, it all feels a little bit deflated. It seemed Sochi had lots of problems leading into the games, but Rio is playing a whole different ball game. It’s just been one controversy after another. It’s actually hard to choose which issue is the most alarming. Of course there’s the Zika Virus¬†which health officials are now saying is not a major concern to visiting athletes. A few high profile athletes have already dropped out of the games, notably golfers which is marring Golf’s Olympic return.¬† Continue reading

Amazing Race Canada S4 E2

Episode 2 of the Amazing Race Canada played last night on CTV and things are looking up for the series. After the mishap of one of the detours on the first episode they bounced back with some good challenges in Calgary and even a close sprint to the finish.

The episode began with them in Jasper receiving their first clue of the leg. Three buses were departing for Calgary and only three teams could get on each bus. No one managed to get lost so the bus order stayed the same as the previous finishes. Jill and Emmett, Steph and Kristen, and Stephane and Antoine were the first bus load. They arrived in Calgary to be greeted by the Mayor, the ever popular Naheed Nenshi. Continue reading

Amazing Race Canada Season 4

The biggest question for me heading into this season is whether they will finally go for a full international season. I get it, Canada is a great country, there are lots of amazing and varied places to see, but for me one of the most interesting parts is the travel around the world. I’m sure they’re trying to promote travel and tourism in Canada but to me by keeping it all within Canada they’re eliminating interesting aspects from the game. It’s one thing getting lost in your own country, it’s a whole other dynamic trying to navigate the streets of India, or China. Perhaps it’s a budgetary issue, the US is obviously a much larger country than Canada. However Amazing Race Canada is touted as one of the most successful Canadian television shows of all time, I think they can probably afford it. Not to mention there was an Australian version of the show that went for a few seasons and that series was international for every season. Fun fact: Australian actress Rebel Wilson’s brother and sister (Ryot and Liberty) were on the first season.

It becomes apparent within the first ten minutes that this season won’t be international *sigh* hopes dashed. It’s not like I won’t still watch it though…

It’s also apparent within a few minutes that the Amazing Race producers have once again attempted to make the contestants as diverse as possible. And they seem to want a girl-girl team to win. Of the ten teams there are five girl-girl teams, two guy-guy teams (now only one), and three mixed girl-guy teams. In three seasons so far only guy-guy teams have won, with Mickey and Pete somehow topping the very dominate Natalie and Meaghan. It took the US version of the Amazing Race seventeen seasons to have a girl duo win, I think the producers don’t want to wait that long. But maybe I’m reading too much into this… Continue reading

Book Release Updates

I get excited about new books coming out from my favourite authors so I like to follow potential release dates. Even though they aren’t necessarily followed it does give you a sense of excitement, thinking about what’s to come.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – July 31, 2016. Available for pre-order, obviously I’m not the only one excited for this, it’s been almost ten years since the last Harry Potter book came out. I’m going through withdrawal, and I have unsatisfied desires of going to Harry Potter world.

Oh She Glows Everyday – September 6, 2016. Available for pre-order now. This is the second cookbook from Angela Liddon at the Oh She Glows blog. I have the first cookbook and follow her blog, so I’m excited to see what comes out with this one.

The Fate of the Tearling – November 29, 2016. Book 3 of the Queen of the Tearling Series, excited to see what happens next with this one. Also there’s currently a movie in development potentially staring Emma Watson so can’t miss that. Continue reading

Mission Blue

I recently watched the documentary Mission Blue on Netflix, part biography of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, part call to action to save the oceans. Marine conservation seems to be a hot topic as of late, with ocean salinity and coral bleaching an oft referenced issue. It’s easy to see what we are losing through dramatic shots of dead coral and barren ocean compared with shots teeming with life. You can see the sorrow on the face of Sylvia Earle describing the dramatic decline she’s witnessed in her lifetime.

Overall, I enjoyed the film, it progressed as a history of Sylvia Earle’s life juxtaposed with the life and decline of the oceans. It told a nice story, had lots of beautiful underwater shots and gave you the sort of call to action that made you want to get up and do something. Only they never really gave you anything to do. They spoke of Sylvia Earle’s idea of hope spots, sort of an extended national park system for the oceans. There are some Marine parks that already exist amounting to about 1% of the Ocean, Dr. Earle has the lofty goal of 20% by 2020. Continue reading