Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King

I love stand-up specials. This is the only one that got me to laugh (’till my stomach hurt) and tear up at the same time.

Going into this, I thought, “Homecoming King. Hm…that’s kind of a cocky title. Usually stand-ups are more self deprecating and ironic. I wonder if I’m going to love this or really really hate it.” Ha!

Well, after watching it, I can definitively say that I loved it. I realize why he named his show “Homecoming King”, and it’s not cocky at all. It’s actually ironic, sweet, and well-earned.

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Don’t Think Twice on Netflix

Don’t think twice about watching… Don’t Think Twice. Ba-dum-ching! Don’t worry, the movie is not as nearly corny as that joke. Ha!

I saw this film when it was in theaters. It’s an indie so I wasn’t expecting to be blown away (I watch a LOT of indies), and based on the trailer, I could tell it was going to be charming and fun, but nothing life changing.

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A List of Note: What I Won’t & Will Miss

I love lists. Maybe because the format makes it easier on my brain to digest. Or maybe it’s the organization I like. Or the aesthetic.

No matter the reason, I love lists and this is why I was reading Nora Ephron’s list of what she will and what she won’t miss. It inspired me to make a list of my very own “What I Won’t Miss” and “What I Will Miss”.

What initially started out as a fun idea, quickly turned into something somber, then serious, then joyful. Make your own and you’ll see why. It’s an exercise on life-reflection, self-reflection, and gratitude. I really enjoyed making this list…

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A Must-Watch: The White Helmets

You may have heard of this documentary already because it won this little award called an Oscar (Osss-qure?). I had heard about it, but it took me months to finally sit down and watch it. Don’t make my mistake. If you have 30 minutes sometime this week, have a watch. It is not only well-directed and well-edited, it is also incredibly relevant and moving.

The White Helmets is about a group of civilian volunteers called the Syria Defense Forces aka The White Helmets. The group comprises of civilians from all walks of life (former blacksmiths, teachers, accountants, etc.), who have come together because of the need for first responders in the midst of the Syrian civil war. They risk their lives daily to save other people because to them “your brother is our brother”. To them, they are in this together.

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The Great British Baking Show

Squeeee! The Great British Baking Show (or Bake Off) is now back on Netflix with 2 extra (new-ish) seasons, and I am so very excited. Can you tell (re: Squeee!)?

Becca’s Christmas Wreath Sultana Bread (Season 2)

If you remember from my Thanksgiving post, I was trying to feature The Great British Baking Show as a family-friendly show to binge instead of football, but it was no longer on Netflix so I had to modify. Post worked out well, but alas, my love letter to GBBS had to go unwritten…

…until now. The Great British Baking Show is a reality baking competition with the nicest, and sweetest competitors ever. Seriously, every time I watch it, I wonder how the American version would be a bit more ruthless with a “you vs. me” attitude. Thankfully, GBBS is refreshing in this way. Though a competition, competitors genuinely focus on their own faults and achievements, and help each other out when needed. And lemme tell you, when one of those competitors works their butt off cooking but doesn’t make the cut….tears. Genuine tears.

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Have you seen Hidden Figures?

Katherine G. Johnson

If you haven’t gone to the movies to watch Hidden Figures, go asap. I loved this movie. It was fun, entertaining, educational, and a different perspective.

The film is based on the book, Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly. Margot, herself, grew up near NASA’s Langley Research Center, and her father and extended family worked for NASA. As an African-American woman, growing up around NASA physicists and engineers, I can imagine, for Margot, this story was not only important to tell on a historical level, but also on a personal level.

Hidden Figures is the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan. Three African-American female mathematicians who contributed to the success of NASA’s Project Mercury and Apollo 11 while also facing discrimination and sexism.

Taraji P. Henson (Cookie?! YES COOKIE, but not really..) plays Katherine G. Johnson, the NASA mathematician who was pivotal in the success of John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission. In the film, we follow her trying to juggle work as one of NASA’s human computers and raising three girls by herself. She not only faces the trials of being a working single mother, but also the racism and sexism of her co-workers and the institution she works for.

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Rihanna’s Higher

Hey everyone,

I’m loving that new Rihanna single, Love on the Brain. Have you heard it?

I’m already a sucker for doo-wop, and this song has doo-wop, soulfulness (to the likeness of Amy Winehouse), and Rihanna’s haunting vocals.  Beautiful song and very catchy.

I loved it so much, it made me listen to Rihanna’s entire ANTI album, and that’s when I got hooked on the track, Higher.

Click here for a listen: Higher (That violin in the background = killer).

If you liked Love on the Brain, you’ll love Higher.



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Easy-to-Watch TV for Thanksgiving Day

Hi all,

Is everyone looking forward to the baking, cooking, and family/friend time this week? I love it and cannot wait!

Originally, this post was about the BBC television show, The Great British Bake Off. I thought, if you are like me and don’t enjoy watching football, watching back-to-back episodes of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix would be a great alternative. It’s charming, family-friendly, and easy to watch while doing other things, like cooking. It is also one of my favorite cooking shows. However, I just found out that it is no longer streaming on Netflix, SO here are some of my suggestions in lieu of The Great British Bake Off:

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