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Seven Binge-Worthy Netflix Series

7qt_lyceum_v2I’ve only ever blogged about when to stop watching a series, so I thought I’d bring the positivity today and suggest some series to start watching. Just in case anyone is bored, can’t sleep, or is on bed-rest (which is HORRIFIC for those of you who haven’t experienced it.)

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Black Mirror – depressing future world, blah, blah. But I didn’t have a book handy and I wasn’t sleepy, so I started it. Each episode is a completely different future. If it were a book it would be a page-turner! (BTW, don’t bother to correct my grammar. “If it were” is the past imperfect tense. Only 9% of English speakers use it. It’s much more commonly used in Spanish.)

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Stranger Things – I paused this about thirty seconds in to see if Stephen King had suddenly decided to do script-writing. The font of the title is even Stephen King’s. And yes, I do realize how weird it is that I can recognize his font. I’m okay with that. The whole series could have come straight out of one of his novels. And I don’t mean one of his many books that have been turned into pale, poorly cast imitations of variations upon his movies, either. When I saw him (yes, saw him in person in the middle of a raging thunderstorm *insert smug smile and hair flip*) he made it clear he doesn’t have any interest in the movies made from his books. In his own words, “There’s one movie I will always think of when I hear the name Tim Curry, and it’s not ‘It’!” Yes, I stood and cheered at that comment. But the brothers who did this series are clearly huge fans. Just watch it.

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Santa Clarita Diet – I’m not a Drew Barrymore fan. Honestly, I haven’t been impressed with anything she’s done since E.T. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed her acting in this series. I know, the premise sounds stupid, but how would your family react if you suddenly started craving human flesh? She and her husband are realtors, which I think is brilliant. I truly can’t watch some of the shows on HGTV anymore because I imagine them munching on feet between takes. (Flip or Flop? Seriously? There’s no other possible reason they’re still on TV other than that their producers are afraid of being eaten.)

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Lost Girl – This one had a long time between seasons, so when the fifth season came out I watched the first four seasons again first to catch up. I’m glad I did, since I’d forgotten a lot. It’s got true BFFs, a love triangle, the supernatural, and just enough action/adventure. It’s more about the mystery and the magical creatures, but there are some political maneuverings thrown in. The costume department is heavy on black leather and high heels, and their eyeliner person probably has to be replaced each year due to carpal tunnel, but it’s fun!

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Grace and Frankie –  With this all-star cast you’d expect something serious and meaningful. We’re talking Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, and Sam Waterston. And the supporting actors are no slouches, either! Instead, we get comedy and unexpected friendships. A new season was just released, and I will totally binge-watch the whole thing in a couple of days. It’s that good.

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Glitch – Do you love hearing an Australian accent? Think zombies are a cool concept? You’ll love this – watch ASAP!

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No Filter – Oopsie – this isn’t a series, it’s a movie. But it resounded with me so completely that I added it to my list of recommendations. Here’s how Wikipedia describes it: “When a woman visits a Chinese doctor, she discovers her pain is due to pent-up rage, and the only cure is to fully express herself, whatever may come.” Yeah, sound like anyone you know? If only my behavior in recent months had decreased my pain 🙁

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Losing the Weight and Changing My Life

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Yes, I’m posting late! But I spent my morning binge-watching some DVRd Real Housewives of Orange County episodes, which was awesome! I went to another Bariatric Support Group meeting last night, and I’m SO glad I did! First of all, I got to spent time with a friend of mine who had a gastric band a couple of years ago, and has gained a lot of her weight back. We’re going to hold each other accountable for emotional eating!!

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 We covered so much ground in one short hour, but one of the topics we discussed was blocking out “you time”. Not for exercising or catching up on your food journal, but just to do things you enjoy. Like binge-watch reality TV 🙂 One of the other patients mentioned how frustrated she was when her family and friends constantly asked how much weight she’d lost or called having bariatric surgery “cheating” – as if it wasn’t as hard as losing weight through diet and exercise alone. She’s a couple of years out, and looks fantastic, but her comments really hit me hard. I’ve been doing that to myself. When people notice that I’m smaller I usually respond by telling them exactly how much I’ve lost in what amount of time, and that I “cheated” and had a gastric sleeve. I’ve been totally minimizing my work.

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It’s not all about the weight. It’s about bringing my blood pressure down from its usual “holy crap!” level, and hopefully lessening my lower back pain. It’s about delaying the progression of my spinal disease, because medical science has nothing left to offer me. It’s about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and modeling that for my family. And it’s about feeling better about myself. The scale, the pedometer, the food diary – they are just tools, not entities to be loved or hated or be made a slave to.

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Before surgery I used to be a total pasta and bread addict. I could eat both every meal. But now that I’m watching my portions and am more aware of my protein needs I’m not even tempted. I’d rather have more veggies. And I realized that my diet recently has been pretty much gluten-free, just by accident. That may be part of why I’ve felt so good since very early post-op. Just a thought.

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I read a new Charlaine Harris book the other day called Day Shift. If you’ll remember, she wrote the Sookie Stackhouse books HBO turned into a hot mess after the first few seasons. Her writing is fabulous, and these new characters already make me want to move in next door. Keep ’em coming, Charlaine!

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The new season of Call the Midwife is up on Netflix, but I’ve only had time to watch the first episode. It reminds me of my love for the Catholic Church and its ministries as well as my love of Nursing. And #ShareYourStethoscope, the group that took over Social Media for a while there, reminded me that I’ll always be a nurse, even though I can’t practice my profession any longer.

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Tomorrow will be my first opportunity to see John march, and I can hardly wait! I have a Nerium event in the late morning, then I’ll have time to come home and rest before our ten-minute drive to see the finals competition. Hopefully all will go well. One of the drum line members is out with mono and two color guard members had to be admitted to the hospital during a practice that lasted from after-school until nine o’clock. Fast food restaurants aren’t allowed to work teens that hard, so why is it allowed for extra-curricular activities? John and many of his friends are frustrated and exhausted. They are tired of staying up half the night to do homework and study after long hours of band practice, and I don’t blame him. He doesn’t even seem to be enjoying band this year, and unless something changes drastically he won’t be marching next year. In fact, there would be no point in him even continuing in Concert Band after the marching season is over. We’ll see.

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