With any luck, this New Year’s Day will find me snug on the couch binge watching the fantastic new Netflix series Making a Murderer. We’re four episodes in and completely hooked. As one of the terrible news reporters circa 1997 says on the show, ‘Murder is so hot right now.’
Gritty Television Drama
Continuing the theme of what we’ve been watching this holiday season, we just finished up the newest season of The Bridge (available on BBC here in the UK). Earlier seasons are streaming elsewhere.
Our Irish friends introduced us to the Irish show Love/Hate (said to be the Irish version of The Wire). We are nearly done with Seasons 1-5 (Season 6 is on live now in Ireland), and let’s just say we’ve had an entire education of Irish gang culture this month. We spent our visit in Dublin keeping an eye out for Nidge, Fran, Siobhan and the rest of the crew.
The Softer Side of Video
When we’ve had enough killing for one day, I like to recharge by watching short films of incredible scenery, animals and adventurers. Outside Magazine has a special spot dedicated for just this. My recent favorite video: one of Acadia National Park, in Maine. It was put together by the team at More Than Just Parks. Feels like home to me.
I’m a reader. I used to always say ‘voracious’ when I would tell people, but this year’s reading was dismal. I keep track of these things in Excel, and in 2015 I read a whopping 40 books. That is pitiful. Back in 2013, I read nearly 80. I blame the explosion of new podcasts for my slowdown, which compete for my attention during my long commute.
My goal for 2016 is to get back to a normal rate of one book per week, or 52 over the year. To help inspire me, I keep a running ‘To Read’ list that keeps my bedside table full of interesting material. Fortunately, this time of year, lots of Best Books Of… lists are being published which I scour for inspiration.
The start of the year is already looking strong with four good books by my bed.
My reflections on the year have inspired some new goals for 2016. While some are completely unfit for the online world, I do hope to take a class at City Lit here in London, go to 10 new countries, complete a monthly scrapbooking project, and do physical activity every day (may involve a FitBit…still trying to decide!).
Here are a few fun things we’ve been up to around the internet, if you’re in the need for some new material. We are featured on a few videos on the Trusted Housesitters website (just click the Play button on the homepage for one). We also rounded up our highlights of the year: our best world travels, UK visits and best meals. It’s been epic.