Thursday Things: Netflix Shows

With baseball now in the postseason, and sadly coming to an end soon, Netflix is coming back into my life. All spring and summer, I’ve been watching the Royals play, nearly every night. And my poor Netflix account has been collecting dust, as it were. Over the last few weeks, though, I’ve been getting back into Netflix. Today, I have a couple shows to share with you for Thursday’s Things (today isn’t Thursday’s Three, because I only have two!)

I like to watch one or two shows at a time, it’s hard for me to simultaneously watch more than that. I recently finished Bloodline, which was strangely addicting. I have two shows, now, that I’ve recently began watching on Netflix, that I just can’t get enough of. Now, both of these shows have been around for a bit, so don’t judge me for jumping on the series’ late.   First, Scandal. I have finally started watching Scandal, and can’t get enough. As of last night, I am 4 episodes into season 2. I don’t know how I didn’t find this show sooner. I love the politics, the drama, and Kerry Washington. I am in love with this show, and can’t look away when it’s on. It’s smart and elegantly crafted, and I love learning a little more about each character every episode. Second, Parenthood. Thanks so much to my sister, who is watching this show, and wanted to watch it while I was visiting last weekend… I have watched parts of season 4 and 5, and now, must start at the beginning and catch up, because I’m fully invested now. I have heard people talking about watching Parenthood, and just by the name, kind of assumed it was some sort of reality TV show following parents, or something. I didn’t realize it was a series.    Just about the only show I watch week-to-week is The Big Bang Theory, which I really enjoy, but the drama and intelligence in Scandal, and the heart-string-pulling relationships in Parenthood give me something that The Big Bang Theory, as a 30 minute comedy, just can’t.

Some of my other recent favorites are House of Cards, The Fall, Sherlock, Orange is the New Black. I’d LOVE for you to share your favorite shows with me, because once I binge watch my way through Scandal and Parenthood, I’ll need new shows!! 


I like my routine. I don’t like when my routine is disturbed. That being said, and somehow not conflicting with this statement as well: I love doing new things. I flew to Milwaukee this past weekend by myself. I flew. By myself. Something I’ve never done before. And I enjoyed it. I people watched, with abandon, at the airport before my flight. I carried all my stuff with me, and found my own seat. I navigated my layover airport with no problems, and was completely self-sufficient. I arrived in Milwaukee, spent a wonderful long weekend with my sister, my brother-in-law, and didn’t think a thought about anyone else but my immediate company. I lived in the moment, and I enjoyed every moment.

There’s something to be said about that, living in the moment. I didn’t think about my ended marriage, or the bills unpaid at home, or the work that was piling up while I took a couple days off. I did think of my kitty, and missed him something fierce, but I let something go this weekend, and lived my life. Now that I’m back home, and back to the grind, I find myself subdued and grudgingly back in my routine. I love my routine, but am feeling that I need a change. Over the past couple months, I have been informally looking for a new job, a new career, a new focus. I like what I do, but I am needing to do something different. Living on my own, which I have truly come to love over these last several months, costs a lot… and more money would obviously be nice. But it’s more than that. I feel I’m not challenged as I should be, and sometimes my days drag on endlessly, while I dream of being at home or of running, or of nearly anything else. Being 29 years old, with over 30 years in the workforce remaining, I feel I need to find something I am passionate about, that can support me, and I it, a career that can fulfill me. 

I’m not quite sure what this post was supposed to be about, or where it was going. Mostly, I just wanted to throw some words on the internet and get some of these thoughts out of my head. I feel energized after my weekend in Milwaukee, invigorated by the fall weather, and eager for what my future will hold, because I’m breathing deep and I’m ready to renovate  my routine. I’m excited to see what it’ll entail. 

More Milwaukee Mentionings

After I posted yesterday’s Monday Mentionings, we did a lot more in Milwaukee, so I wanted to share the rest of my photos and recap my trip before the rest of the week!

Kristen and I ran 5 miles yesterday, which went WAY better than Sunday’s attempted 10 miler.  It may have gone better because it was a couple hours later, or a bit warmer and lighter out, or because I knew in my mind that we were only running 5 miles instead of 10, or because I was better hydrated… who knows. But it felt better than Sunday’s run.

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We ran out to McKinley Marina and then ran on the breakwater out to “the pole.”  We ran to this pole last year with Mom, and Dad biked alongside us.  It’s really neat to run on the breakwater, a much different experience than running in KC.

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You can kind of see in this picture, there is a crane fixing up the breakwater after a week of heavy winds and waves.

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Had to get a picture touching the pole… it doesn’t count unless you touch the pole.

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After a short break to take some pictures, we ran the 2.5 miles back to Kristen’s apartment.

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We ate a quick breakfast of oreos and tea (so nutritious) and then headed to The WAC.  Kristen had to train a client, then she had a Cycle class to teach.  I talked to Mom for a while, then decided to run another mile on the Woodway Treadmill.  If you have never had the chance to run on a Woodway, it’s not an opportunity to pass up… it’s a wonderful experience.

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After my mile, I took Kristen’s Cycle class!  This was the second Cycle class I’ve taken, the first was three years ago, also at the WAC, alongside Kristen.  Cycle is hard, but I felt much better this time compared to last time.  It was a really good workout!

I was pretty tired after everything! All together, on Monday, I ran 6 miles, rowed 1000 meters, and cycled for 45 minutes.

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After our workouts, we showered up and drove up to Glendale and watched The Intern while eating popcorn and nachos.  Delish.  Later Monday evening, Kristen and Thayne took me to their favorite pizza place, Transfer Pizzaria. Again, delish!  Apparently, I was the very last family member to be taken to Transfer, so I’m glad I finally got to taste it! The garlic pizza was heaven, and we also had margarita pizza and a meat lovers pizza.

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This morning, I made sure to grab a Colectivo Chai Tea in the airport before flying back to KC.

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Once I got home, I went on a run, because this evening, all I’m doing is hanging out on the couch, cuddling with Jasper.  He was pretty happy I came home.  He hasn’t let me out of his sight, and I’ve gotten lots of cuddles and head boops.

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Now, back to the grind! Glad to only have 3 days of work this week!