- Game of Thrones: This show was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to subscribe to Crave. I have been hearing about it for years, and I've been told so many times I would love it. So Sunday morning, I subscribed and dove into the show right away. I finished the first season last night (so yeah, I've watched a lot of GoT in the past few days), and I have to say... I'm underwhelmed so far. Disappointingly so. I'm not giving up on it, but I'm really not sure this show is my gig. I'm having a hard time keeping track of who is who, for one thing. I have to keep googling to remind myself how certain characters are related, or how they're connected, or just who the hell they are. Problem #2: Beheadings. Stabbings. Tongues being cut out. Hearts being eaten. I have realized in recent years that I don't handle blood well, and I don't handle TV blood well either apparently. I cannot eat while watching this show because there is SO much blood. I have to hide my eyes. Sometimes it happens so fast and without warning, I don't get a chance to hide my eyes. I haaaate that. I'm going to hang in there, though. Too many people have promised me I'll love this show for me to give up on it yet. I keep thinking if I stick with it, I'll get hooked yet. Maybe Season 2 will finally grab me. Can I hope for less gore? We'll see.
- Crave in general: I was so excited to get Crave because there are quite a few shows available through that streaming service that aren't on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I hate to say it, but again... I'm underwhelmed. I had read several reviews online and many complained of a poor set-up and it not being very user-friendly. I figured it was just people whining. It isn't I can't figure out how they haven't got a better set-up. I can't see a list of episodes for each show, there is no description to read, and it only plays one episode and then stops. I have to go back to the main frame and click on the show again to get the next episode to roll. SUCH a pain in the ass. It makes Netflix's occasional "Are you still there?" message seem like nothing to ever complain about. And don't even get me started on "fast-forwarding" or "rewinding". It takes FOR. EV. ERRRRRRRR. Surely to God, if Netflix and Prime Video and all these other streaming services can figure it out, Crave can too? Another disappointing aspect: When I signed up, I went with the basic package for $9.99/month instead of the special package with current HBO shows + movies for $19.99/month. I was well aware of what was available to me by making that choice. However, once I was subscribed and started adding to "My Cravings" list, all of these amazing recent movies appeared to be available. I was stoked. That first night, I excitedly settled in to watch "The Greatest Showman", only to discover when I clicked on it that it said "Upgrade to Watch". These newer movies weren't actually available to me at all. I don't think content that is NOT included in my package should pop up at all. I wasn't impressed. So overall? Yeah. Less than thrilled. I'll keep it to watch these shows I've been wanting to see, but then I'll probably cut Crave loose.
- Someone Knows Something: As you might recall, back in November I got all tangled up in the first season of the CBC podcast "Someone Knows Something". It was the first time I'd ever listened to a podcast, and I was doubly intrigued by the story of a boy who went missing in the '70's from a nearby town. I didn't continue to other seasons because A) it was Christmas, I had so many movies and shows to watch, and B) I didn't think I'd care about other stories that weren't as local as the first season was. Over the holidays and into the new year, I tried out a few other podcasts - Dirty John and a true crime podcast a friend recommended, but I didn't love them the way I loved Someone Knows Something. So last week, I decided to give Season 2 a try, and yet again, I'm hooked. This season revolves around a girl named Sheryl Sheppard from Hamilton, ON 19 years ago. Nothing I enjoy more than coming home from work and spending an hour crocheting and listening to SKS before supper time.
- Call the Midwife Blanket: I kind of lost my cro-jo over the Christmas holidays. You would think it would have been prime downtime to start working on the next project, but I just had no inspiration at all. I finally picked up the hook again last week and started on a pattern I'd been wanting to try out for the "Call the Midwife" blanket. I haven't actually watched the show, but viewers had spotted a sweet and dainty blanket in one scene and someone has created a pattern for it. It's coming along nicely, and I'm glad to have my cro-jo back!
- 11/22/63 by Stephen King: Guys, the end is in sight! I have a little over 100 pages to go, and for a book that has close to 900, that feels really close!! I actually think I will be done before book club on Feb. 1st now, which at one time I thought would be a miracle. As long as I get some quality reading time this weekend - and I should - I'll get it done. I can't wait to see how this behemoth of a story wraps up. It has been quite a journey!!
- Music: So far in 2019, I've been all about Dolly Parton, the Pistol Annies, and Lauren Daigle. Girl Power, eh? I didn't love the movie Dumplin', but I did love the Dolly music that came with it. The soundtrack from the film, and an album I downloaded of essential Dolly, have been played a lot in my home over the past month. I also have really been enjoying the Pistol Annies and Lauren Daigle albums I have downloaded recently. Great great tunes. Perfect to listen to while I putter in the kitchen!
So that's what I've got going on this January! What are you watching/reading/listening to/working on to keep yourself busy during these cold winter months??