Culture

I’m groovin’ on these things

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

I first heard about this Netflix show from Pop Culture Happy Hour, or maybe it was another entertainment themed podcast. Here’s what it’s about (in case you don’t know.)

Rachel Bloom plays Rebecca Bunch. She’s a high-powered lawyer in New York City who one day runs into Josh Chan, a guy she had a fling with at summer camp ten years ago.

Seeing Josh makes her realize how unhappy her life is, so she decides to move to West Covina, California (a real place) to be with Josh. She tries to convince herself and her new friend Paula that she didn’t move just for Josh. So begins a madcap and sometimes heartbreaking adventure.

Netflix screenshot

Screenshot from Netflix

It has singing and dancing

I had some trouble getting into the show for the first few episodes. I have not been a fan of shows in which people break into song. The weird thing here is that I am always singing. I sing songs that I know; I make up songs to go with the situation I’m in. I sing a lot of the time for no reason at all. Why does it bother me when it happens in a tv show or movie?

So I watched the first couple of episodes, but I ended up getting caught up in Stranger Things. When Stranger Things ended, I decided to check back in and see what Rebecca Bunch was up to. The show got better and better. I’m in the middle of season 2, and I can’t get enough.

Teachers

I was looking for a new sitcom to watch with my husband. We have a custom where we each pick a show and watch the entire series. I kept seeing the promos for Teachers on TV Land. It looked like something we would enjoy. I was right.

Teachers was created by an all-female comedy troupe called the Katydids. The troupe name comes from the fact that all members have a name that is some derivation of Kate. The show is set at Fillmore Elementary School in Chicago. On the website. the show is described as “An irreverent comedy about six elementary school teachers whose personal lives bleed into their professional lives.”

I love that this show is powered by women and hilarious. I wish I could be one of the Katydids.

I’m reading a book

House of the Seven Gables

House of the Seven Gables circa 1915

A colleague of mine posted a photo on Instagram of The House of the Seven Gables. I had heard of the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne but didn’t realize it was an actual place. Intrigued by the photo, I decided to find out what the book was about. When I learned it had a supernatural element I knew I had to read it.

Hawthorne’s long sentences at times make it a challenging read, but it’s not too bad. Some of the text is just beautiful. It makes me wonder why I don’t read more of the classics.

That’s just some of what’s keeping me entertained these days. I need more time for all of it.

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