I’ve decided this year to do a list of my current favourite things each month. Whether it be books, tv shows, movies, or apps, I’ll list them each month and write about why they’re my favourite.
- I haven’t read any of the 13 Snicket’s books (the television series covers off books 1-4), and I’ve only seen the 2004 film once, shortly after its DVD release. Despite this, I was very excited for this series for one main reason: Neil Patrick Harris. I’ve always been a fan of NPH, from his stellar performances in How I Met Your Mother, to his tongue-in-cheek anti-hero in Dr Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog (which, if you haven’t seen, its well worth a look. Its on youtube in its entirety, look it up). NPH was, as always, brilliant in this. I was concerned that his portrayal of Count Olaf would be too similar to Jim Carrey’s performance in the ’04 film, however Harris made the character his own and I soon found myself thinking ‘Jim who?’. For those that haven’t read the books or seen the film, I won’t spoil it for you, suffice to say that there’s a twist in the final episode that you won’t see coming. Packed with amazing performances throughout, and enjoyable musical numbers to boot, the whole family will love this macabre tale of woe.
- Parks and Recreation is one of the smartest, funniest television shows that has graced our televisions in the last decade or so. One of the shining stars of that show is a character called Ron Swanson, a grumpy, no-nonsense department head with a fondness for breakfast foods and a disdain for people. Nick Offerman plays Ron with a deadpan brilliance, the likes of which I’ve not seen before. After getting myself a 3 month free subscription to Scribd (a great app for book lovers, check it out) I decided to download the audiobook of Paddle Your Own Canoe. Nicks personal anecdotes, from his early days growing up in small-town Illinois, to leaving for college and setting his sights on acting (including a very funny comment about meeting a jewish person for the first time), offer a funny and unique view on life. Hilariously funny, honest and inspiring, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to better their own life.
Favourite App of January: iHeartRadio – iOS & android
- When I’m not listening to Paddle Your Own Canoe, I’m usually listening to iHeartRadio. This app is great, as it gives you hundreds of curated stations and podcasts, right in the one app. From weekend relaxing, to comedy, and everything in between; you’re bound to find something to love. My personal favourites are the iHeart80s and iHeart90s streams, as they always pick some A+ tracks. The other thing to love about this service, is that with the mobile phone carrier I’m on (Optus), all data used by this app isn’t counted towards my monthly limit. So I can use this app out and about on 4G and not worry about a hefty bill at the end of the month.
Favourite buy of January: Pioneer Digital Media Player MVH-285BT
- The stereo in my car has been on its way out for a while now. The CD player never worked, and towards the end, the FM tuner was unreliable at best. The only way we have been able to play music and podcasts from our phone through the car stereo was by way or an aftermarket FM transmitter, but in the end the signal just got quieter and quieter, to the point where we had the volume as loud as it would go. I saw this unit on special at my local car-parts store, and immediately put it on order. It has AM/FM, AUX, USB, and BlueTooth. It is fantastic! Now, whenever I get in the car, the stereo immediately connects to my phone via bluetooth, and immediately begins playing the last thing I listened to. Its been so handy, especially taking archer to and from daycare (a 1 hour round trip), to be able to listen to what I want in perfect quality. Now the main issue I have when it comes to listening to things in car is deciding what to put on!
- Popsockets are amazing! I’d heard about the for quite a while, and had been a little dubious about their usefulness. So I found some for cheap on eBay, and purchased just plain black, not sure if I’d like them. They are far and away the best thing I’ve bought for my phone (besides the Dog&Bone Splash44 case). Not only does it make the phone so much easier to hold on to (remember I have the iPhone 7+, which is HUUUUGE!), but it also acts as a little stand to lean the phone back on to watch videos. I honestly didn’t think how much of a difference a simple little device could make! I can’t imagine holding my phone without slotting the pop socket between my fingers. I’ve already ordered some more, fun, designs.
So there you have it. 5 things I’m loving this January. What are some of yours? Have you watched Lemony Snicket’s yet? What did you think of it, let me know in the comments below.
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