This post is part of my ongoing relationship with Netflix as a Stream Team partner.
Hey, guys. It’s the last week of March and then 2017 is 25% complete. Yes, life is flashing before our eyes. What are you doing even reading this? Live, damnit, LIVE! Go!
We’ve been so busy that I don’t know how I keep up with everything. You know those crazy weeks that are packed with random appointments, meetings, and events, that seem to happen on top of each other and then something breaks and you have to navigate all of it on top of your already busy job/home/family. That’s every single week for us.
Chris went to Tampa for a few days for work and Violet and I had some quality alone time. We played, snuggled, had a pizza date, and went to bed early. She loves her crib and happily burrows under her covers at night, grateful for the sleep after a long day. Same as me.
I had a SXSW Interactive badge and dabbled in the learning, networking, and random cool shit, burning out before Music this year. I had a fender bender with some construction debris lying in the middle of the road in the dark, stranding me without my car for about a week. And our refrigerator exhaled its final breath that week, too, leaving us desperately trying to salvage what we could in coolers for a couple days. But Violet and Chris bought a new fridge and celebrated with Pinkberry. All’s well that ends well.
I’ve been working nonstop for what feels like months. In addition to working a full time contract job, I have almost as many hours of much freelance work to do. Essentially I am working two full time jobs with none of the perks or vacation time. Working for yourself is a tough gig because you never know when you might run out of work. I’ve certainly known lean times, so I almost always say yes to new projects, even if my docket is full. I work all day and come home and work more. I love what I do but just wish I had more hours in the day.
Anyway, I still manage to find time to decompress with some Netflix. I was so happy that Love returned for a second season! I met Paul Rust around this time last year and told him how much I love the show. The second season differed from the first in that it felt like a series of relationship moments and the season didn’t push forward toward a big conclusion. For 12 episodes it meandered and where we ended felt less important that how Gus and Mickey were evolving together. Both characters came more into who they are and Gus especially became more multifaceted. But I think my favorite character might be Berdie. More Berdie in Season 3!
I had some friends feel differently, but I really enjoyed Santa Clarita Diet. It has a campy and theatrical quality reminiscent of Desperate Housewives and some recognizable desperate faces, too. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are great together and I especially love him doing comedy. Creator Victor Fresco did another show I really liked, Better Off Ted.
It’s been years since I’ve seen Superbad, so revisiting it last month was fun. I’d forgotten so much of it, so it was like new to me. I’m a fan of the one-crazy-night genre and this one totally holds up.
The low point of my streaming month had to be Amy Schumer: The Leather Special. I like Amy Schumer, but this was sloppy and lazy, relying on raunch with very little cleverness. She’s too smart for that. And so am I.
Next month Netflix will transition from the 5-star rating system to thumbs-up/thumbs-down. Not sure what I think about that, but I trust they know what they’re doing.
What have you been watching? What should I add to my list?