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Saturday Morning Cartoons: It’s Okay

Pssst….how are you doing? Hanging out in your childhood bedroom? Hoping your uncle will stop talking about Cheeto Satan? Or are you home alone? It doesn’t matter if you are surrounded by family or not, the holidays can be hard. The family and I went to our local amusement park as is our tradition. We had a blast and had Del Taco for dinner. But that doesn’t mean I don’t long for a Parenthood style feast surrounded by family with lots of laughing. It’s hard not to focus on what you don’t have this time of year. But even if you are surrounded by family who just want to fight or just haven’t found your family yet, we all deserve to be loved and find happiness. The following got me through the week and I hope it brings you at minimum a smile.

John Williams’ new music and look at Star Wars Land

If 10 year old me knew that in my 40s there would be an amusement park all dedicated to Star Wars, I would be trying to figure out how to get Marty McFly’s Delorean. The music and aerial view of the upcoming park brought tears to my eyes.

Lego Movie the Second Part trailer

I am still mad at a mom aquaintance that told me the first Lego movie was stupid. She was stupid.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Cheering for Me Now”

Ray of sunshine Lin-Manuel Miranda brought us his second to last Hamildrop this week and it is a love letter to his home New York City in the style of a Broadway showtune.

Homecoming

This new Amazon series with Julia Roberts as a counselor to soldiers at a mental rehab center has been styled like an Alfred Hitchcock film. The creator of Mr. Robot directed all 10 episodes at Julia’s request. Bobby Cannavale is at his slimiest and up and comer Stephan James plays the soldier Julia’s Heidi is trying to help.

I hope you find passion and happiness this weekend!

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Friday Favorites

This week I have a longer list than normal of things that make me happy. Nothing to complain about here:

Alex Inc.: A dramedy starring Zach Braff as a man coming upon his 40s who decides to start his own podcast company, putting his family and their stability at risk. Braff is all charisma, the glimpses into his new office are laugh out loud funny, his kids are adorable, and Michael Imperioli as Braff’s boss is the extra credit we didn’t know we needed. Premieres on NBC at the end of March and I can’t wait.

Call Me By Your Name: I leaned back in my comfortable reclining chair in a dark theater on a rainy day. It was the kids’ first day back at school after almost three weeks of Christmas break. This beautiful and sensual film is about the relationship between 17 year old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and his dad’s research assistant for the summer Oliver (Armie Hammer) over the summer of 1983. They are in Northern Italy, making for beautiful fruit trees, stone houses, lots of outdoor dining, and swimming at the lake. It sweeps you up in the romance and will leave you wanting more of their love.

The Shape of Water score: The Shape of Water was one of my favorites of 2017. And when certain movies stay with me, I want to relive the moments. Golden Globe winner Alexandre Desplat has created a score that takes right you back to the blue green soaked scenes, the haunting eyes of Sally Hawkins, and even the terror that Michael Shannon inflicts whenever he is on screen. To my children’s horror I have to get up and dance whenever “Chica Chica Boom Chic” by Carmen Miranda plays. It brings me such joy that I ended up finding this gem:

The colors, the costumes, her lipstick, and the dancing, how can you not love it?

Will and Grace: It had been 11 years since Will & Graced ended before NBC brought it back for the fall 2017 season. And its like they never left. They haven’t missed a beat with the jokes, Jack and Karen are even funnier if that is possible, and nobody looks like they have aged. I feel that it is the new Three’s Company with its sexual innuendo and mishaps. There aren’t many shows that I will make sure I am sitting down when it is on but Will & Grace is definitely one of them.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child starts rehearsals on Broadway: My daughter and I are flying to New York at the end of March to catch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and I am beyond excited. This video was released last week to show that rehearsals have begun and I shook with anticipation watching it. Can I get a WOOHOO?!

Michael Stuhlbarg: You probably haven’t heard of Michael Stuhlbarg. He is what you would call a “character” actor. He is meant to blend into a story and support the leads. You maybe astounded by his performance in FX’s Fargo (as the bumbling Sy Feltz with the bushiest of mustaches) but don’t realize he is also the sympathetic Dr. Robert Hoffstetler in The Shape of Water. Then you see Call Me By Your Name and want to be adopted by the loving and supportive father to Timothee Chalamet’s Elio (and cry your heart out with his finale speech). And then you see his name pop up during the trailer for Hulu’s upcoming Mini-Series The Looming Tower. Sure, Jeff Daniels, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alec Baldwin are in the cast. But now you can’t wait to see what character Stuhlbarg will create next. And with that you have a new favorite actor.

And last but not least…..

85 Degrees Celsius Milk Tea: Coffee in my 40s is not happening. Whether it’s my stomach staging a ban or the headache that comes once I have some, my body has told me in no uncertain terms my ties with it have been severed. And then I found milk tea (minus boba). What a glorious combination of sweet milk to balance out the bitterness of tea. Add extra ice to 85 Degrees version, a chocolate chip cookie, and a book, and my afternoon is set.

I hope you find passion, something you can nerd out over, and happiness this weekend!