Fate: The Winx Saga Thoughts

Image result for fated the winx sagaWhen I first heard Netflix was doing a live action adaptation of Winx Club, a couple of thoughts crossed my mind.

  1. Why can’t they just put the OG show up for streaming?
  3. They’re going to fuck this up.

Then I saw the trailer and had more thoughts.

  1. Wtf is this?
  2. They look like witches, not fairies.
  3. This isn’t Winx Club.
  4. Why do adaptations always have to be dark, moody and broody?

I knew I was going to be watching the show either way – I was too into the nostalgia of Winx Club to not even give it a chance. I figured I was going to cringe and ridicule my way through the episodes and would be justified in my premature thoughts that the show would undoubtedly be horrible. Continue reading “Fate: The Winx Saga Thoughts”

Show Rec – Ted Lasso

undefinedI haven’t really been in the mood to watch anything. The last full show I watched was Julie and The Phantoms, which is fantastic. Unless it’s currently airing on TV, or a Hallmark Christmas movie, nothing is holding my interest.

Well, nothing I willingly pick out.

Sometimes the best shows are the ones that other people pick for you – namely my dad. He keeps finding and watching these shows and then I get sucked in and end up looking forward to the next episode, or the next time we can sit down and watch it. It’s like there’s no pressure, I’m not in control so I can just sit back and relax and enjoy.

Can anyone else relate?

But anyways, he started watching Ted Lasso on AppleTV+ (he’s a soccer fan and is always looking for new soccer related shows – that aren’t just live matches) and he started this one. Now, he started it while I was taking a nap on the family room floor with Codigo, so I missed the first episode and a half, but was immediately hooked. The comedy is stellar, it has emotion and deals with some heavier topics, and my favorite part – it highlights like every facet and kind of a British person. I mean, every personality is accounted for and it’s just wonderful. Wholly enjoyable. Continue reading “Show Rec – Ted Lasso”

Currently Reading & Watching #21

Well, it’s the end of another month…well just about the end.

The fact that 2020 is almost over and NYE still feels like it was last week, or something is crazy.

Where the hell has the year gone?

I’m still not really watching that much, outside of the few shows I watch on live TV. I can’t wait to have the time and energy to catch up on everything. But here we go! Continue reading “Currently Reading & Watching #21”

Currently Reading & Watching #19

I don’t know what it is, but I haven’t really been in a show kind of mood. I’m not really watching anything consistently and even then, I will probably only watch 1, maybe 2 episodes before I’m bored.

But that changed with Julie and The Phantoms – I highly recommend watching that show. It’s amazing. I bought the soundtrack and now I can’t stop listening to it.

Since shows aren’t fully holding my attention, I’m rewatching a few just for background noise basically.

As for reading – since I’m at work all day, I’m inhaling audiobooks. I usually finish one every day and a half, unless it’s super long. This means I’m blowing through my credits so quickly, but it can’t be helped.

Continue reading “Currently Reading & Watching #19”

Show Rec – Julie and the Phantoms!

I’m bringing you a quickie post today! It’s Sunday, we’re potentially going to look at puppies and I just binged an amazing show.

I’m spiraling down an obsession hole, and I want to spend all my money on merch.

I haven’t been in any kind of mood to binge a show, or even watch more than 2 consecutive episodes for months. So, imagine my surprise when I inhaled all nine episodes of Julie and the Phantom. Continue reading “Show Rec – Julie and the Phantoms!”

Currently Reading & Watching #16

I didn’t finish the book I wanted to review for today, so I’m shifting my schedule. I’ve watched quite a few things recently, and I just started a new book.

I’m actually surprised I’ve watched a few things, since right now, shows and movies aren’t really holding my attention. On the upside, this means I’m reading a lot, but I’m kind of feeling a tad uninspired from shows and movies? It’s weird and I don’t really know what’s causing it.


The Hollow Gods (The Chaos Cycle Duology #1) – A.J. Varna

I’m only about 20% into this book, and honestly, I’m not loving it. It’s kind of confusing and I’m not the biggest fan of the way it’s written. It feels very Purple Prose-y. Like the writing doesn’t feel strong enough for the sheer amount of elaborate descriptions. Also, the characters feel very surface, flat and basic. I don’t think I’m going to DNF, since it’s proving to be a really easy and quick read. But if something doesn’t change, I don’t think I’m going to end up really liking this book.


The 100 (Live TV)

Waiting each week for new episodes sucks. Also, the show has basically gone full Stargate, and I just have to laugh. I’m enjoying it and I’m legit already planning a whole series rewatch once this final season hits Netflix.

Farscape (Prime)

This is my favorite show, and whenever I watch it, it overtakes my life. Except this time and I don’t know why. I still absolutely love this show and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out. It’s got a phenomenal plot line, fantastic character arcs and so much personality.

Alexa & Katie (Netflix)

I watched the final season for this show and I’m so upset it’s ended. Netflix struck gold with the show and the cast is perfect. The storyline is wonderful, and while it deals with some heavy topics – cancer, anxiety – it also perfectly captures what it’s like to be a teenager. It’s funny, there’s a light enemies to lover’s plot line, and it’s so wholesome. Do yourself the favor and watch this show.

Clueless (Netflix)

I love this movie, but it’s been half watched for about a week now. I don’t know why I haven’t finished it.

Avatar (Disney +)

This has been sitting half watched for about two weeks. Again, I don’t know why I didn’t finish it, but I didn’t. I did forget how much I love that movie, which makes me even more confused as to why I haven’t finished it yet.

Roswell (Netflix)

Season 2 just hit Netflix, and I got about 75% through episode 1 before I got bored.

I don’t know. I think I’m in this kind of weird funk, where I’m using reading as an escape and shows, and movies just aren’t doing it. Or maybe I just want a new fantastic show that I’ve never seen before. I don’t want to remember or even vaguely remember what’s going to happen next. So, if you have a good Science Fiction rec, or fantasy, or even comedic, let me know.

I really want to rewatch Falling Skies (it’s been about 5 years) but I don’t think it’s streaming anywhere. Maybe I’ll just have to buy it.

Let me know what you’re currently reading & watching! I’m always looking for new recs!

Currently Reading & Watching #11

Image result for reading gifHonestly, I can barely keep my eyes open while writing this, and I still have a few other things to do before I legit drop into my bed. So, sorry in advance if this post is on the shorter side.

Not that these posts are ever very long.


I’m currently reading two books and I’m still deep in my Grey’s rewatch, but I’ve been watching a few other things as well. Despite being busy as hell and tired all of the time, I’m still managing to read at least 2 books a week, and to unwind, watching some sort of show.

With that being said, and with the fact that I’ve yawned a million times since I sat down to write this post 5 minutes ago, we should probably jump in before I fall asleep on the couch.


Havenfall (Havenfall #1) – Sara Holland

I read an excerpt for this last year and loved it. Netgalley gave me a copy and I’m so excited to finally be able to sit down and read the rest of this book! I’m not very far in – only thirty or so pages, but I can’t wait until after work so I can sit and read it.

Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) – Erin Watt

I mainly picked this one up because I need to work on finally finishing the series, and I know once I really sit down to read it, I’ll breeze through it. This series is like junk food – you can’t put it down once you start.


Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix & Live TV)

Still deep into this, and I’m bitter that Riggs and Mer don’t get to really be anything. I loved them together. It’s also come back to live TV, so I’m watching the new episodes as they air. I’m bitter as hell about the whole Karev thing. He’s my favorite character, so I’m a bit heartbroken. I am excited to see what Mer does about DeLuca and this new Peds Doctor.

Alexa & Katie (Netflix)

Okay, technically I finished it a day or so ago, but I love this show. So much. The new seasons are never long enough. I need more. I do wish the timeline wasn’t progressing so quickly, but oh well. It’s so feel good and funny and I think it handles heavier topics very well.

LOST (Hulu)

I think I included this in the last CR&W post, but we’re making slow progress, but I think I’ve hooked my mom. My dad on the other hand, I think is feigning disinterest, but is actually interested. I’m hoping to get another few episodes in this week. I’m determined to get my parents – or at least my mom seriously invested. This has been years in the making.

Vikings (Live TV)

This. Show.

It’s had its bumps, but overall, it’s been consistently good all around. Last week’s episode was rough…actually the last few have been rough and emotional. I’m kind of in awe of the storytelling in this show and how it all comes together. The visuals are stunning, and the characters are compelling and unabashedly flawed and badass. There was one characters death, and you think that she’s invincible, and it hit me so hard. Honestly, I teared up.

And with that, it’s time to do the last few things I need to. I’m basically headed off to bed, but feel free to tell me what you’re currently reading and/or watching!

Favorite Shows

We all have TV shows that we get lost in, return to all the time – basically shows we just really love. I have quite a few and I had to seriously think about what they were. Just because I thoroughly enjoyed a show, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a favorite. The process of narrowing down this list involved going through Netflix, Prime, Hulu – basically every streaming service.

I love the escape shows provide and whenever I’m in a bad mood, feeling burnt out, or just want to mindlessly relax I open Netflix and dive in. This list isn’t very long, but these are the shows that I would recommend to everyone to watch.

Farscape (Prime)

Image result for farscapeAmerican astronaut John Crichton finds himself thrown across the universe when an experimental mission goes bad. Crichton teams up with a group of rebels involved in an intergalactic battle and begins a journey unlike anything he dreamed was possible while trying to find a way back to Earth.

Image result for farscape gifThis might be the only show that tops this list – everything else is in no particular order. I first watched Farscape years ago and I fell in love. It’s kind of the perfect show. 1) It’s set in space, on a spaceship. 2) The cast and the chemistry between them is so good and so amazing. 3) The plot from the first episode to the last (including the movie which is included on Prime) is stellar and rarely falters. 4) The humor is on point. Finally, the relationship between Chricton and Aeryn (the main characters) is everything you could want in a show…it’s also enemies to lovers.

It’s a product of its time, and it’s a little weird and you might find it hard to get into, but I promise that it doesn’t take very long to get hooked.

Stargate Atlantis (Prime)

Image result for stargate atlantisWithin the ruins of the legendary city of Atlantis is buried a secret base left by the Ancients, originators of the Stargate. A new team of explorers travels to the distant galaxy where Atlantis is located, where a primitive human civilization is threatened by a sinister enemy.

It was years ago when I first found Stargate and I was thrilled. I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi and beyond Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica (could not get into at all) and Star Wars, I felt like there was no real SF show I could get into. (I should also mention that I found the Stargate Franchise before Farscape). Technically by starting with SG Atlantis, I started in the middle of the franchise [Stargate Movie, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, (I don’t acknowledge the new SG stuff)] but I was hooked. At the time it was everything I wanted in a show and I binged it.

Image result for stargate atlantis gifI loved the cast of characters and the dynamic and chemistry between them was perfect.  The plot was pretty consistently good, and it all made sense. I found the idea of a Stargate so incredible and wished it was a real thing and I liked the fact that the show is rooted in Egyptian Mythology. Basically, meaning that the Egyptian God’s were aliens and that the pyramids were docks for their ships. I also really liked how you don’t have to watch the shows in order, but I would definitely recommend starting with the original movie. Especially if you’re going in order.

Hart of Dixie (Netflix)

Image result for hart of dixieNew York doctor Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson) has reached a crossroads in her life when she decides to accept an offer from a stranger to work with him at his practice in Alabama. When she arrives in town, she discovers that the man has died and left her his half of the practice in his will, something that doesn’t exactly make her new partner happy. Despite the shock of Southern life and some less-than-hospitable town folk, Zoe decides to give her new life a chance and discovers a new side of herself in the process.

Image result for hart of dixie wade and zoe gifI didn’t expect to fall in love with this show. At all. I was shocked. I tend to not like contemporary shows that aren’t comedies, but Hart of Dixie is kind of like a fluffy contemporary rom com with a few drama bits sprinkled in. It’s kind of the perfect mix and I loved that it was set in the south. Also, don’t even get me started on Zoe and Wade’s relationship because I love them so much.

If you’re looking for a pretty lighthearted, medical “drama” with unrequited love, tons of chemistry, hijinks and fun, you’ll definitely want to check this out. I was so sad when I hit the last episodes and I wouldn’t be able to watch these characters every day anymore.

Haven (Netflix)

Image result for havenFBI Agent Audrey Parker arrives in Haven, Maine, on what she believes is a routine assignment. But the longer she stays, the more curious she becomes — about the townspeople, who seem to be beset by a range of supernatural afflictions; about the town itself, which contains many secrets; and about her own surprising connection to this strange place. 

 This one surprised me. The premise sounded amazing and I’d started it years ago but stopped when I found out that the show had been cancelled. Well, as it turned out, it hadn’t been cancelled, and Netflix finally got the final season. Since it had been so long, I started the show over, and I feel like it’s so rare that I’m completely satisfied with how a show ends. While I will always wish that there was more show to watch, I thought the ending was pretty perfect and wholly justified.

Image result for haven  audrey and nathan gifAudrey and Nathan are probably one of my favorite on screen couples ever and their dynamic is * chef’s kiss *. Haven is this little town that is occasionally plagued by “troubles” – basically weird things people can do – and Audrey is the only one who can help solve the troubles and get people back to normal. Nathan is troubled – he can’t feel anything…. but he can feel Audrey. Basically, they spend most of the show denying the attraction, and then acting on it and then denying it and it’s annoying as well, not going to lie, but it’s also so good.

Merlin (Netflix)

Image result for merlinThis action-packed fantasy-drama revisits the saga of King Arthur and his wizard, Merlin, by focusing on the two characters when they were ambitious young men struggling to understand their destinies. In this telling, Prince Arthur is known to be the heir to the throne (no sword from the stone here). And he is acquainted with all those who will one day form the legend of Camelot, including Lancelot, Guinevere, and Morgana. Merlin is also forced to deal with King Uther’s Great Purge, which bans all use of magic.

Phew, it’s been a long time since I’ve watched this one, but I still basically have the first season memorized. In high school, I had a few friends who were also big fans of the show and we would get together just to watch and then re-watch the seasons.

Image result for merlin gifThe pairing of Merlin and Arthur in this take on Arthurian Legends is brilliant, funny and so enjoyable. Merlin is Arthur’s servant and constantly risks his life to save Arthur. Arthur never realizes that half of the time, he’s passed out and Merlin is the one saving the day. Merlin puts up with Arthur’s crap, but also dishes it out just the same.

The CGI is pretty bad and laughable, but it adds to the charm of the show. The final episode is a bit annoying (supposedly, once upon a time, there was supposed to be follow up movies, but those never happened) and it’s a pretty open-ended ending. But overall, this show is perfect.

Lost (Hulu)

Image result for lost tv showThe survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each person possesses a shocking secret, but they’ve got nothing on the island itself, which harbors a monstrous security system, a series of underground bunkers and a group of violent survivalists hidden in the shadows.

Yeah, this show has some weird freaking moments, but I love it. I think it was probably the first show I’d ever watched that actually made you think and try to piece together the story. I also love the fact that the more you watch it, the more you see and realize and then you realize just how dumb you were the first handful of time s you watched it.

Image result for lost tv show gifThere are definitely moments that I think are weird in this show, and the plot isn’t always consistent (i.e the time traveling) and while I know a lot of people hate the ending to this show, I actually like the cyclical nature of it. I mean, yes, it makes me mad, but it didn’t ruin the show for me.

I loved the diverse cast and the various viewpoints and timelines and how it’s all intricately woven together. Despite the few hiccups, I think Lost is an incredible feat of storytelling.

Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix)

Image result for grey's anatomyThe medical drama series focuses on a group of young doctors at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, who began their careers at the facility as interns. One of the young doctors and the show’s namesake, Meredith Grey, is the daughter of a famous surgeon. Grey struggles to maintain relationships with her colleagues, particularly the hospital’s one-time chief of surgery, Richard Webber, due to a pre-existing relationship between them – Webber and Meredith’s mother had a personal relationship when Meredith was young.

 I never expected to watch this show, let alone love it. I adamantly refused to watch it for years because it was “too mainstream”.  Then one day, I started it, finally convinced enough to at least give it a shot and now I’m on my third re-watch in 2 years? It’s definitely an addicting show.

Image result for grey's anatomy gifCharacters – I like them all, some more than others, but I’m not a Derek fan. He’s straight up an asshole from day one, but somehow that knowledge doesn’t stop me from rooting for him and Meredith and loving them together.

Alex Karev is my favorite character hands down, and even though Hunt makes stupid decision after stupid decision I can’t help but feel bad for him. I love Meredith and Alex’s relationship, and if Jo wasn’t in the picture, I’d want them raising Mer’s kids together.

ALSO, so many unfair character deaths.

Alex also has one of the best character arcs ever, and I’m so glad they didn’t do him dirty. Watch Greys and fall down this rabbit hole with me.

Doctor Who (Prime)

Image result for doctor whoAn eccentric yet compassionate extraterrestrial Time Lord zips through time and space to solve problems and battle injustice across the universe, traveling via the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space), which is his old and occasionally unreliable spaceship that resembles a blue police phone box (but changes its appearance depending on its surroundings) and is much, much larger inside than outside.

 Gosh, I can’t even remember when I first started Doctor Who – college maybe? Maybe senior year of high school? I don’t even remember why it took me so long to start it. Ten is my favorite Doctor, but I love Eleven. David Tennant and Matt Smith each brought something so amazing to the role.

Image result for doctor who gifI’m still bitter about Rose and Donna. I liked Amy to a point, and I loved Clara. I love the absurdity to the majority of the show. It makes the more serious episodes that much more impactful. I also can’t forget about Jack Harkness! (Watch Torchwood if you haven’t yet, it’s worth it0. I’m not caught up on the last two seasons – or however many there have been since Jodi took over. I tend to forget that it’s airing and then have to wait for it to hit Prime.

Well, there you have it – my favorite TV shows. I didn’t include the animated/anime shows that I also often re-watch. If you’re interested in what those are, I’m more than willing to do another one of these lists, just let me know in the comments. I hope you check out some of these shows, and if you do or if you have, let me know your thoughts!

What are your favorite shows?

Movies That Make Me Happy

I’ve been in a bit of an emotional funk the last two weeks. Long story short, my dog of almost 12 years had to be put down two weeks ago. He had Laryngeal Paralysis – basically the nerves in his neck were dying and causing breathing issues. About a week prior to us making the impossible decision, he had a really bad episode and just never fully recovered and quickly got worse. The day we had to give him up was the worst day of my life. If you want a little bit more backstory – I talk about it a bit more in these two posts – 1 / 2 – and maybe others, honestly, I’m not sure. My head’s been in a bit of a fog for a while now, understandably.

That’s why I thought I’d share a few movies that make me feel better. They rarely not work and always are able to lighten my mood. I’m able to just turn my mind off, get a few laughs and just enjoy myself. I’ve watched a few of these in the last two weeks (as well as a lot of TV) and they’ve at least taken my mind off the harsh reality. This is one of those rare times that they don’t cure my “bad” mood.

In the case that someone or something makes me angry, these movies usually do the trick to snap me out of it, and most of them I found by complete accident trolling through Netflix over the years. They’re all rom-coms and fantastic movies.

*These are in no particular order.

Alls Faire In Love.jpgAll’s Faire in Love

Set in the world of a Renaissance Faire, “All’s Faire in Love” is a light-hearted romp, a romantic camp comedy, falling somewhere between “Shakespeare In Love” and “Meatballs”. After years of performing together, a rag-tag theatre troupe is about to lose its prime gig at Ye Olde Times Renaissance Faire when the Faire’s owner threatens to hand over their stage to a rival troupe of conceited, classically-trained Shakespearean actors. The gonzo group must revive their act and find help from an unexpected source – their two new backstage hands, a young actor and actress who must overcome all manner of subterfuge and opposition to prove their worth, win the day, and – perhaps – fall in love.

This is probably my favorite rom-com of all time and I just love it to bits. It’s perfectly wonderful and equally ridiculous – I love it. I’ll admit that that acting could be better, but you’re not watching this to critique it. You’re watching this for pure enjoyment and fun.

The Decoy BrideThe Decoy Bride

Famous actress Lara Tyler can’t get married to author James Arber without intrusive paparazzi crashing the ceremony. Because of James’s best-seller, Lara’s agent, Steve, checks out the little known Hegg Island in Scotland as the site for their next attempted wedding. Unfortunately, James is a hack, and his book (supposedly based on Hegg) relays little of it accurately. Katie, an island native and the only unmarried woman on it, has been unlucky in love. She’s working on writing her own guide to Hegg Island when Steve and crew arrive, eventually hiring her as a reluctant decoy bride to distract the paparazzi. In a mix-up, she and James end up married to each other while Lara, having spotted the press, goes into hiding. Katie and James now have to get an island divorce while avoiding the press while other parties seek out Lara (who has disguised herself as one of the elderly islanders).

David Tennant. Need I say more? If you’re a fan of fake relationships and blossoming feelings, then you’ll want to check this out. It’s so good and so cute and I love it.

The DuffThe Duff

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

I never read the book, but I thoroughly enjoy this movie whenever I watch it. It’s just easy to turn your mind off and sit back and just have fun.


Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.

Honestly, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, you’re seriously missing out. It’s brilliant and hilarious and overall just a great movie. I pop it into the DVD player, make some popcorn and have fun with it. If you’re a Mr. Darcy fan, you’ll want to check this out.

Chalet GirlChalet Girl

Pretty tomboy Kim Matthews, 19, used to be a champion skateboarder – but now she’s stuck in a dead end job trying to support her Dad. Opportunity comes knocking in the form of a catering job in the one of the most exclusive chalets in the Alps. At first, Kim’s baffled by this bizarre new world of posh people, champagne and skiing – but then she discovers snowboarding, and the chance to win some much-needed prize money at the big end-of-season competition. But before she can become a champion again, Kim’s going to have to dig deep to overcome her fears. Hard enough, without the complicating factor of Jonny, her handsome – though spoken for – boss…

This movie is so much fun. (Do I sound like a broken record yet?) But it is. The cast of characters is great – Chuck Bass, anyone? It has everything you could want in a rom-com with a sing-along credit scene.

All these movies leave me in a better mood than I started. They make me feel happy and carefree. I usually end up watching these movies by myself, in bed, but they are great for movie nights with friends. If you’re like me and you watch them all the time, then they become great background noise while doing other things. They’re just fun rom-coms that allow you to turn off your brain and just forget for a bit…sometimes that’s all you want in a movie.

What movies/shows make you feel better when you’re in A Mood™?