Best Three TV Shows You Might Not Have Heard About Before

If you are like me, you like to discover new things.  In this case, it’s TV shows that may not be in the mainstream but are great (and overlooked because not many people know about them).  There are so many of these types of shows.  It’s kind of frustrated because this usually means that the TV shows I really like don’t end up staying on that long.  They are  usually canceled because they don’t have the type of viewership that make network executives happy.

Hence the reason for this post.  I thought it would be nice to highlight the ‘underdogs’ of TV and let them shine in the spotlight for once.  There are lots of these shows that could be mentioned – so for this post I will probably add some honorable mentions at the end of the post.

Now on to the big reveal – here are my best three:

1.  Grand Hotel (or Gran Hotel – the Spanish title)

2. Legend of the Seeker

3. The Musketeers (BBC  version)

I came across Grand Hotel on Netflix.  I was at home sick and had watched a lot of the TV shows so I wanted something new.  I read the synopsis and decided to give it a try…and like that I was hooked.  For me, it was a Spanish-type version of Downton Abbey but with more intrigue, romance, and fiery latin tempers! (and kind-of like a soap opera – which I missed).  I’m telling you – I became obsessed and binged watched all of the episodes that same day.  Julio and Alicia – oh my god!  The two main characters from different ‘sides of the track’ let’s say and their story and the story of everyone involved with the Grand Hotel.  Its based at a hotel with owners, employees and guests contributing to the story.  I should note – its in Spanish – a language I can’t speak but there is subtitles – which helped.  There is a total of 3 seasons – only 2 are on Netflix right now – waiting for the last season to be added – hopefully that will be soon.

My second choice was easy.  Legend of the Seeker would have gotten the top spot before I had seen Grand Hotel.  It still remains one of my favorites.  It was only on 2 seasons but I just loved it (thanks to my sister for introducing it to me!).  For me, I loved this how (and still do) because of the main characters – Richard and Kahlan.   You need to watch this show…I’ve included the season 1 trailer but Season 2 is equally as good!

The third choice was The Musketeers (another one my sister suggested!).  Its a great show, full of action, mystery, romance and really good looking men!  It was another one that I binged watched and loved it.  So far it has one season but was renewed for a second one…and I can’t wait what adventures The Musketeers will be involved with.

Honorable Mentions:

My So-Called Life (still a classic and one that was gone too soon); Misfits; Undeclared; and Wonderfalls

 

 

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Best Three Ways to Fight Boredom

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Yes, this seems like a pretty funny topic but it’s something that I’ve come across hundreds, even thousands of times in my life.  I get bored.  I get bored with things I’m doing (namely work); bored with people (yes, I’m talking about the lady in the grocery store that needed to rant today at this teenage cashier – she made me bored – so bored, I tuned out and started to daydream in the line); bored of the routine of life – get up, shower, get dressed, have breakfast…I could go on but everyone has experienced this before.

So my time spent daydreaming also helped me with the idea for this post.

Boredom is a real and supposedly there are 5 types of boredom – check out the attached http://www.fastcoexist.com/3022134/there-are-5-types-of-boredom-which-are-you-feeling

So to combat my boredom I wanted to share some of the best ways you can.

1.  The minute you feel boredom creeping up, go to something – anything –  play a game, go for a walk, do the dishes, laundry.

2.  Do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you

3.  Read

Yes the first thing I put on the list is a surefire way to alleviate boredom.  It takes my mind off the boardroom and gets me thinking and focusing on something else.  Games I find are great for this.  I’ve become obsessed with FarmStory 2.  It keeps me totally involved and I don’t feel bored anymore.  Walking my dogs also helps – just being outside – I’m forced to interact with nature and people.  Yes, even doing dishes – I get the music going and I get the dished done – plus I dance around.  Bye bye boredom.

My second best way is to do something ‘out of the ordinary’ for you as an individual.  For me, that is going to a mall.  I don’t like malls.  I go because there is lots to see.  It keeps me busy and not bored.

As for my last way, this is an old-fashioned way to cure boredom – reading.  Reading lets me escape into the story and consumes me – and I don’t feel bored anymore.  The only thing I caution is that you need to be reading something good otherwise boredom can creep back in.

Hope this helps! Continue reading

Best Three Reasons Why Celebrities Make Me Mad

imagesGYAQZI94There (see title of my newest post)…I’ve admitted my problem to the world (and the first step of any good program is to admit you have a problem).  Yes, celebrities make me angry.  Not all of them but a lot of them. 

The 21st century celebrity differs from celebrities of the past – nowadays we have the ability (thanks to social media sites like Twitter and Facebook) to know everything about them.  Do a quick search of celebs on Twitter – its amazing how many are on and are providing us with views into their world.  Celebrities of the past held a little more mystery and were a lot more private.  As Bob Dylan put it so eloquently – “the times, they are a changing” or have already changed.

The more and more I go through my ‘average’ existence, the more and more celebrities make me mad.  Maybe its because of what they are showing me of their life and realizing that my life will never be like that and unlike them – I will struggle day in and day out with the everyday ritual of life.  Trust me, this is not envy or jealousy (those are deadly sins – I wouldn’t go there) – its more of a growing anger – because celebrities have an immense influence in the world (and on people) and I sometimes which that was used for more good.

These are some of the best three reasons why celebrities make me mad

1.  The amount of money they are paid

2.  The amount of influence they have in society (and with the younger generations)

3.  How they use their money

Firstly, no person is worth a million dollars – that is ludicrous.  Yet some TV actors and actresses (Two and a Half Men, Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc.) are and have been paid that some – per episode for their hit TV shows.   Someone please explain to me how they are worth that…because they are good actors – NO; because they draw in viewers – NO.  There is no actual logical reason for it.  Think of how many people will never see a million dollars in their lifetime – millions and millions of people.  This makes me mad.

They are paid to make appearances; to promote a brand; get expensive gift bags at award shows (for presenting) – LIKE THEY NEED ALL THAT SWAG – why not donate it? or refuse it?  I would like to know if anyone has ever done that before.  Here let’s give rich people stuff they can easily buy themselves!  Great logic…see it makes me mad.

My second reason is around the amount of influence celebrities have in this world.  I’ve blogged before about celebrities but lately this influence has just made me mad.  When I see the attention that Kim Kardashian gets – what has she ever done that is worthwhile.  NOTHING.  Sorry Kim, I’m sure you are lovely as a person but use that for something better.  Give away some of your millions (sorry a lot of your millions); try being a role model for young girls – female empowerment – use the business woman side to influence – not the crop top, bikini selfie pictures to get attention .   I hate to see when young kids can barely name the founding fathers or relevant people in history but they can name you every person’s name on Pretty Little Liars.

Finally, how celebs use their money.  All the pictures I ever see are celebs out spending their money – doing what you ask?  well that is easy – SHOPPING.  No wonder we are a society obsessed with what one another is wearing.  Sure, I know that celebs do provide to charity – but they could be doing so much more.  A $5,000 bag is not a necessity – that $5K could help a lot of people.

Sorry for the rant – but this ‘mad’ needed to be vented.

Best Three Super Bowl Commercials (this year)

Every year I look forward to what companies will dream up for the Super Bowl commercials.  They are always inventive, and usually funny (and of course over the top – remember Cindy Crawford drinking a Pepsi!).  To be honest, I’m not really a football fan, so its really about the commercials for me – that is the nice thing with technology (nowadays) – you can get access to these commercials even if you don’t watch the game – THANK YOU YouTube.

So here are the ones that I thoroughly deserved to be on this list:

1Budweiser “Puppy Love” #best buds commercial

2.  Jaguar ‘s British villains ‘Rendezvous’ 

3.  KIA Soul Hamsters

First – I think as probably do so many other millions of people – the Budweiser commercial was the cutest thing!  I love puppies and that one was just adorable.   Well done Budweiser – pull those heart strings a little more and the funny thing is – this commercial is for a beer company.  It won’t make me want to drink their beer (sorry!) but it was just so cute.

For my second choice (and because I have a weakness for British men and their accents) – the Jaguar ad was great.  It’s true – they are villains a lot in films but they make it sound so good to be bad!  I like that jaguar captivated that fact – and it is so different that other commercials.

Last but not least – is KIA’s Hamsters commercial.  This one was hilarious – I especially liked the one hamster shaking its ‘booty’ on the diving board.  This was creative and funny!

Best 3 TV Shows

With this blog, I promised the best three of everything out there in the world. However my last few posts have been all about TV.  That could be cause  lately, even though I try and avoid it, I have been watching a lot of television and Netflix.  It’s scary because there are three tv shows (and there are some honorable mentions in this post) that I truly enjoy and look forward to seeing everyweek.

1.  The Vampire Diaries

2.  Sons of Anarchy

3. The Walking Dead

There are some honorable mentions: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Amazing Race, The Voice,  and NCIS: LA.

Let’s talk about #1 best pick – The Vampire Diaries.  There is so much to say about this show.  It’s great – that is the first thing.  It’s filled with amazing characters (and great actors such as Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan and the rest of the cast).  The episodes are great.  This show has a great way of not leaving you guessing which just annoys me in shows that seem to drag you along.

For those that are going to hate me for saying this – I’m still rooting for Elena and Stefan.  They belong together.  I’ve loved them together since Day 1.    Damon is hot and fun but not right for Elena.  I’m also loving the Caroline/Klaus storyline.  I’ll say that again – I’M LOVING THE CAROLINE AND KLAUS relationship – I hope this is explored – maybe Caroline can love him like he needs to be loved – that is my hope.  Seriously I’m so a fan of Caroline and Klaus – they need to be together just once and I think then I will  be happy.   Julie Plec (show’s executive producer) please take notice of all the fans rooting for Caroline and Klaus.  There is so much more to say but I will leave it there for now.

 As for my second best, I love Sons of Anarchy.  What a great and original show.  Its nice to see a show that isn’t focused on lawyers, doctors or cops.  It has superb acting from Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman and the rest of the cast.  The episodes are full of everything from romance, to violence to drama to comedy.  It hooked me in from its very first episode.  I was so glad to hear that it is getting another season and another.  Yeah SAMCRO!!!
As for my last pick, The Walking Dead.  Like millions of other people out there – it’s an addictive show.  You just can’t stop watching to see what happens next.  It’s simply great, entertaining and that is just great for me.

If you are reading this and have never seen the shows I mention, I encourage you to check them out.

Best Three Ways to Relax after a long day

Everyone has had them.  The type of day that seems to drag on, that gets filled with things you didn’t plan and seems to dictate that everything that could go wrong has.  That was the type day that I had today and since I needed to start the ball rolling on my blog, I thought sharing the best three ways to relax after a long day just seemed fitting.

So here is my picks for the best three ways to relax after a hard day:

1.  Wine, Wine, Wine and more Wine

2.  Comfty clothes

3. A good book

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Now let me delve into my picks a little more.  As for my first choice (and no I’m not promoting alcohol as a means to erase the day) but if its in reasonable amounts – there is just something soothing about drinking a good red or white wine after a long day.  It goes down easier and takes the edge off all the frustrations that presented themselves during the day.  I don’t particularly have a favorite wine, they are all good.  However I do have a ritual.  I come home, get the wine, use my best glass and sit down (no tv, no distrations) and just sit in silence, finishing that first glass.  Its heaven.

My second pick is usually tied to the first – after that long day, there is nothing more comforting then my comfty clothes.  For me, that includes worn out yoga pants, my old college t-shirt, a hoody and soft comfty socks.  Its great to come home and change into these clothes.  It makes me happy and the long day slowly slips away.

Number three is probably on a lot of people’s best lists.  A good book has a way of taking me away and entertaining me for a good couple of hours.  I leave my surroundings and get caught up in another place, time, character, etc.  Its magical and a great way to relax.