10 Shows I’m Binge Watching Right Now

I remember a time long before Netflix, Amazon Red, Zulu, YouTube Channels and Android Boxes when Summer was the worst time of the year for TV – months of repeats until the Fall schedule started … Then again, I also remember a time that your cable box was connected to your TV by a cable cord ūüė≥

All that to say that in this day in age we have a HUGE selection of choices on what to watch … have have MORE CHOICES than ever and it just keeps expanding.

I’m big into binge watching as most of you are I’m sure … one of things I most look forward to on a Friday night is curling up on the couch with a glass of vino and binge watching my fave shows. I’m a fan of most mainstream popular shows but BELIEVE IT OR NOT I have not watched Game of Thrones (I know, I know I could possibly be the only person in the world who does not watch or like this show). ¬†I also have not watched The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy or American Idol. I’m more into true crime, suspense or fact based shows … so it’s not surprising that they top my list of binge worthy shows.

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And here they are in nor particular order:


1.  The Last Kingdom

The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.

This IS my favourite show right now, season 3 was completely insane!  Filled with action, amazing story lines and twists and turns that I was not expecting.  

The Last Kingdom (BBC), in my opinion, far surpasses Vikings (The History Channel).  I do watch both, but I much prefer TLK.  The battle scenes are way better in TLK, the costumes are also superior.  Vikings offers tremendous characters like Ragnar, Floki, Rollo, Lagertha, Björn and Ivar the Boneless. The reason TLK is better in my opinion, is because Uhtred has far more stacked against him and is fighting for a much bigger prize, the survival and future of England.

Here’s a pretty good summary on this guy’s point of view as to why he prefers TLK over Vikings.¬† And for the record I don’t look to an entertainment network for my history…just enjoy the show.


2. Wild Wild Country 

6 episodes on when the world’s most controversial guru (Osho/Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. This was definitely binge worthy and doable in 1or 2 sitings. ¬†The group settled on the 65,000 acre Big Muddy Ranch” near Antelope, Oregon. The ranch was renamed Rajneeshpuram (“City of Rajneesh”). This “small, desolate valley twelve miles from Antelope was transformed into a thriving town of 3,000 residents, with a 4,500 foot paved airstrip, a 44 acre reservoir and an 88,000 square foot meeting hall.

At first I was … what’s wrong with this? ¬†Why are they being picked on for wanting to start a new city and support themselves? And then … it all becomes quite clear what’s wrong with the whole situation … Def a weekend binge watch.


3. Murdoch Mysteries

The series takes place in Toronto starting in 1895 and follows Det. William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary, who solves many of his cases using methods of detection that were unusual at the time. Det. Murdoch is assisted by Inspector Brackenreid, Doctor Julia Ogden, and the Constable George Crabtree.

This show doesn’t fit into my usual type of show to watch, but I definitely get a kick of watching Det. Murdoch solve his mysteries¬†sometimes using the existing technology of his time to improvise a crude prototype¬†of a technology that would be more readily recognizable to the show’s 21st-century audience. ¬†

Plus, I think it’s important to support Canadian content. ¬†

Click here to read my blog on when Murdoch Mysteries was shooting my my hometown.  


4. Our Curious Georgia 

Our Curious Georgia – This is the YouTube Channel of Sean and Jazz, who headed to South East Asia with their baby Georgia just in time for her first birthday! They postponed traditional daycare and the standard 9-5 back home in Canada to maximize their family time, travel and explore the world. ¬†I love following them as they live and travel throughout SEAsia (Vietnam, Thailand, Bali etc) with their little Georgie – who I have to say is one of the smartest little girls I’ve seen and a super non-picky eater [she eats rambutan, jack fruit and mayanmars (tomatoes lol)]. ¬†

They are constantly providing us with insight about living overseas, eating vegan and raising their growing family. I usually can’t wait for the weekly new episode and they have been pivotal in inspiring me to live my dream of moving to SEAsia in a couple of years (go May 2020!)


5. Mind Hunter

This program is right up my alley – it’s set in 1977 ‚Äď in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation ‚Äď it¬†revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who originate the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit within the Training Division. They interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think, with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.

Yep, total amazeballs in my books!


6. How to Get Away with Murder

I’m actually re-wataching this one right now – I know that there are so many new shows that I’d like to watch and are binge worthy – but this is an insane thriller is one that every one should watch – Viola Davis plays Annalise Keating a brilliant criminal defense professor who along with her Keating 4 become involved in twisted murder plots that promises to change the course of their lives. ¬†

It’s non-stop excitement, with with twists, turns and mindfuckery! ¬†5*


7. Dark

Dark is a German science fiction thriller series. ¬†Children start disappearing from the fictional German town of Winden, bringing to light the fractured relationships, double lives, and dark past of four families living there, and revealing a mystery that spans three generations. The series follows Jonas Kahnwald, a teenager struggling to cope with his father’s suicide; police officer Ulrich Nielsen, whose brother disappeared 33 years earlier; and police chief Charlotte Doppler. The story begins in 2019 but spreads to include storylines in 1986 and 1953 via time travel, as certain characters of the show’s core families grow aware of the existence of a wormhole in the cave system beneath the local nuclear power plant, which is under the management of the influential Tiedemann family. During the first season, secrets begin to be revealed concerning the Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann families, and their lives start to crumble as the ties become evident between the missing children and the history of the town and its citizens.

I was more intrigued in the beginning of the series, now it’s getting into some weird time travel, wormhole stuff and that’s not really my jam – although I didn’t mind Stranger Things.


8. This is Us

Ok, who isn’t watching this show?

The series follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate, and Randall (the “Big Three”), and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. It takes place in the present and uses flashbacks to show the family during various moments in the past. Kevin and Kate are the two surviving members of a triplet pregnancy, born six weeks premature on Jack’s 36th birthday in 1980; their brother is stillborn. Believing they were meant to have three children, Jack and Rebecca, who are white, decide to adopt Randall, an African American child born the same day and brought to the same hospital after his biological father abandoned him at a fire station. Jack dies when his children are 17.

I’m in love with this family and I wanna marry Jack, the end!


9. Fuller House

Ok, I mean who doesn’t remember and love DJ, Kimmy, Stephanie and Uncle Jesse? ¬†

This was a fave of mine in my younger years and I am not gonna lie – I was totally stoked that this show was rebooting. ¬† In a continuation of Full House,¬†D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.’s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller.

Easy watching, cheesy, but morally filled – I still love it!


10. Marcella

I just binged 2 straight seasons of Marcella – amazing show – it’s a British based TV drama based on¬†Marcella Backland who left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband (Jason) leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating cases that seems disturbingly familiar to her and experiences episodic amnesia – leaving her dazed and confused. ¬†There are only 2 seasons so far. ¬†

Total thriller — I binged watched ALL of Season 2 last night. INSANE! I can’t wait to see what comes next for Marcella.


Which show should I binge next? ¬†Comment below, I’m open to suggestions and in need of a new show to start ….¬†

Namaste

T xo

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Dad, It’s Been 4 Years and I Still Miss You Soooo MuchūüíĒ

Dad,

Every November 18th since 2014 is a painful reminder of your absence in my life. I wish I could turn back time and live out every single day of my life as if it were a grand celebration of you. Had we only known you‚Äôd be taken from us so soon and so unexpectedly ūüė≠.

I miss you more than you’ll ever know ol’ man and I think of you on the daily. But, I know you’re still here with us (see Messages from Beyond: How My Dad Connects with Me).  I get signs regularly that let me know you’re around.

Til we meet again dad, on Heaven‚Äôs Highest Hill ūüôŹūüŹľ¬†

Love and Miss YOU!

T xoxo

#DTKLove ūüíõ

I was taking a walk with the dog today around my neighbourhood – I moved back to KW just over a year ago.¬† I was born and raised here. ¬†Did a 5 year stint in Toronto (Toronto proper, not the GTA – at Dufferin and St. Clair) and then spent 2 years in Manitoba – 4 hours north of Winnipeg (brrrr ‚ėÉÔłŹ). ¬†When I moved back home, ¬†I chose to buy a condo in the core – I used to live downtown years ago and I really liked it – I lived in Victoria Park. ¬† The downtown core has been undergoing a huge revitalization the past few years and it keeps getting better. ¬†It really did need it, for years Downtown Kitchener (#DTK) was considered the less attractive twin to her sister, Uptown Waterloo.

I live in an area which is a combination of new technology and century buildings.  A mix between the high tech and the history.  Between one called the Heritage District and the other called the Innovation District.

KW (Kitchener-Waterloo, aka as the Twin Cities) has long been considered Canada’s technology triangle – the equivalent of Silicone Valley in the States. ¬†The¬†area has earned itself a reputation for growing the minds, talent, and ideas of some of the brightest technology and IT minds in the country. Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies regularly turn to this region of Ontario to source new graduates and snap-up talent. ¬†Bill Gates is known to hire plenty a student from the University of Waterloo – where some of the world’s most brilliant minds come to go to school.

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ION LRT Central Station with Google building in the background

BlackBerry was invented and developed here in my hometown – despite contrary belief it is still alive and kicking. ¬†It wasn’t that long ago that the BlackBerry brand seemed stagnant, but devices like the KEYone and the more recent Motion seem to have gotten some people feeling the faith once more. Communitech, McAfee, Igloo also call downtown Kitchener home and right across the street from me – in the heart of Waterloo Region‚Äôs tech sector in downtown Kitchener, is Google‚Äôs biggest R&D office in Canada. ¬†Add to that the Region of Waterloo’s new rapid transit system, the ION light rail transit, which is set to launch in December (it has now been postponed AGAIN til Spring due to Bombardier), Kitchener is booming and it just keeps on a coming. ¬†Across the street is also the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and McMaster School of Medicine and U of W School of Optometry and down the road at the old St. Jerome’s all boys high school – is a Wilfred Laurier University campus.

The core is in a boom phase with building permits for 20 new developments expected by the end of February 2019. That would add 1,000 apartments and 1,800 condominium units.

To juxtapose all of this new build, across the other street is one of Kitchener’s oldest buildings. The Tannery is a reclaimed factory building in downtown Kitchener, originally built in the 1850s as the Lang Leather Tannery. ¬†Currently the building markets itself to information and technology companies as well as local shops and restaurants, cafes and a microbrewery.

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Lang Tannery Building (BEFORE)

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The Tannery (AFTER)

And on the other side are The Kaufman Lofts Рconverted into condominiums after Kaufman Footwear closed its doors.  Interesting fact you may not know РThe popular Sorel winter boots were created and made right here in #DTK (side note: in September 2000 the Sorel name became a division of Columbia Sportswear Company which still markets the boot).

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Kitchener has an interesting past (tap, tap — are you still here? ¬†I haven’t bored you yet have I?) ¬†… one that starts with land¬†given to the Six Nations by the British as a gift for their allegiance during the American Revolution. ¬†Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Dutch (German)¬†wanted to live in an area that would allow them to practice their beliefs without persecution, so they immigrated North carting their belongings in Conestoga Wagons. ¬†By 1800, the first buildings had been built. ¬†Other German-speaking immigrants from Europe arrived during the 1830s to 1850s, bringing with them their language, religion and cultural traditions. ¬†Kitchener was named “Berlin” – yep Berlin! Bet you didn’t know that! ¬†The 1911 Census indicates that of the 15,196 residents in Berlin, Ontario.

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This hangs in one of my fave #DTK coffee shops – A Matter of Taste (located beside the CBC Radio Bldg)

By the beginning of the First World War in 1914, Berlin and Waterloo County were still considered to be predominantly German by people across Canada. During World War I, there was some anti-German sentiment in Canada and some cultural sanctions on the community, particularly in Berlin. The anti-German sentiment was the primary reason for the Berlin to Kitchener name change in 1916 Рnamed after Lord Kitchener.

The Kitchener‚ÄďWaterloo Oktoberfest is a remembrance of the region’s German heritage. The event includes 9 days of fest halling and German entertainment – we dance to oompapah music and drink tons of beer while dawning lederhosen and dirndls – we do the chicken dance and shout out ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy oi oi oi, Ein Prosit and Gem√ľtlichkeit. ¬†It’s the second largest Bavarian Festival in the world, behind Munich, Germany. ¬†Ok, so there’s your 2 second history lesson on Kitchener lol.

(Photo above: Joseph Schneider, his wife Barbara and their four children arrived in what is now Waterloo Region in June 1807. They were among a small group of rugged settlers who trekked to the new frontier from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in search of good farmland).

I feel this blog may have diverted off course a wee bit … I was initially just trying to talk about the interesting diversity of living in the core these days … and it seems to have evolved in a history lesson on Kitchener lol – sorry about that!

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It’s a great time to be living in the downtown core – for years it was an armpit. ¬†There was no housing, barely any restaurants, no parking and to be honest really no reason to come down here. ¬†Most shops were closed and businesses were leaving. ¬†People without homes and drug users filled the streets, but they are working on building affordable housing and safe injection sites. ¬†With the City taking an interest in re-developing the core, it’s bringing people back to the core to live, work and play – it’s definitely booming and is on the upswing. Can’t wait to see what the next 2 years looks like in #DTK.

What’s your hometown best known for? ¬†Kitchener is definitely best know for OKTOBERFEST! ¬†Hands down. ¬†

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