It’s Monday & My Birthday Is Friday

June 22, 2020

So I made a wishlist: 2020 Birthday Wish List.

Also, I am having a hard time remembering what I did this past week. Oh, I know why. It’s because I spent the first part of the week prepping my summer course and the rest of the week recuperating. I also participated in a virtual coffee date through the #RaiseThePercentage incentive and had a fun phone conversation and then a work date with a friend of mine. Oh and fun (unexpected) conversations with other friends! So that was nice.

People keep asking me what I want to do for my birthday, and I honestly don’t know. I am going to have a short, social distance outside visit with two friends the day before that I am very nervous about because of my deep rule-following anxiety of possibly breaking the rules, though I know I am not. I mean, I usually go to the movies and eat a cupcake, so I guess I’ll watch a movie at home and eat the cake I asked my daughter to make for me. I literally have no other ideas, but I’m open to suggestions.

I finished two shows this week: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power and Alexa & Katie. I already vented about my issues with the conclusion of She-Ra to my friend (too much romance, too little friendship, slightly rushed) so I won’t say much more here since it’s all spoilery. I will say, though, that A&K had the right friendship/romance balance, so it was a pretty good TV weekend all said.

I also watched Uncorked, which I liked in general. It’s a little (a lot???) sad because there’s some cancer (*shakes fist*). The main actor is a little mumbly, which is a pet peeve of mine, but all in all, I really liked the characters and the story. There was a lot of humor and heart, and it’s a very quiet story. I like that, but I know some people (like my daughter who was stealth watching) aren’t quite so into it.

The writer and director is Prentice Penny, who you probably know from Insecure, and the movie definitely hits some of the same notes in terms of style.

P.S. If you’re looking for a movie about ~the Black experience~, try this one. It’s not the kind of story people typically tout when they talk about Black stories, so you know, expand your empathy stores in this direction. For some reason, it’s not marked as part of Netflix’s Black Lives Matter collection, and I really do not understand why that is.

Oh wait, I guess nothing is. There’s no BLM collection anymore. So thanks for that, Netflix.

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1 Comment

  1. Elisabeth Ellington

    We’ll look for Uncorked. We like quiet stories! Happy early birthday!


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