It isn’t often lately that I jump on a bandwagon when it’s fresh and just starting to roll, but I somehow managed to have time AND remember that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered on Netflix this month.
Y’all, this show is EXCELLENT.
Ellie Kemper, who plays (the unbreakable) Kimmy Schmidt, was hands-down my favorite part of The Office’s final few seasons. Seeing her in a new, bigger, better role is so much fun.
The show is a Netflix original that comes from the brain of the amazing Tina Fey. That’s right, Tina Fey just dropped a bundle of wonderful in our laps that we can binge on thanks to Netflix and the magic of not being at the mercy of commercials and year-long seasons.
Kimmy was kidnapped as a teen and kept underground in a bunker by a “reverend” who told Kimmy and her three bunk(er?)mates that the world had ended. They’re rescued, and Kimmy decides to stay in New York City after appearing on the Today Show (during which she calls Matt Lauer “Bryant,” which is just one of the hilarious 90s references the writers slip into Kimmy’s daily mistakes because 1. Kimmy is stuck in the 90s, and 2. Kimmy is stuck in her middle-school world).
The show follows Kimmy’s adorably hilarious assimilation into the 2010s and the lives of the people she picks up along the way.
Oh, and did I mention that Jane Krakowski plays the role of Jacqueline, Kimmy’s boss/friend? It’s like they took some of the best parts of 30 Rock and The Office and smushed them into one amazing show!
p.s. You can listen to Kimmy’s 90s playlist on Spotify, but be warned: Young Kimmy had the same taste in music as Young Jenny, which was pretty terrible. It is occasionally painful to listen to. I’m looking at YOU, Real McCoy.
I was snuggled up in bed with Callista last night when, out of the blue, she said, “Mama, you should have had twins.”
I was sure I hadn’t heard her right, so I asked for clarification. “Twins? What?”
Callista: “Yeah, twins. You should’ve had twins, not triplets.”
Me: “I like having triplets! I would be so sad if I didn’t have one of you.”
Callista: “But if there were only two of us, it wouldn’t take us so long to get ready in the morning. You should’ve had twins. Only two.”
Me: *tries not to laugh* “You’re right – it wouldn’t take so long, but I like having triplets. Don’t you like being a triplet?”
Callista: “Yes, I like being triplets, but I’m only going to have twins when I’m a mama. What do you call it when there’s only one baby?”
Me: “A singleton.”
Callista: “That’s a funny word. Just one baby would be REALLY easy.”
This conversation was significant for a few reasons.
1. It’s like a punch in the gut for Ninja Baby of all people to ponder the difference between me having twins or triplets. I’ve mentioned to Callista in the past that she hid from us when she was in my tummy and we thought she was gone, but she obviously has no idea what that really meant. I still can’t wrap my head around that part of last night’s conversation.
2. How does a 4-year-old have the concept of triplets/twins/singletons and how having multiples changes things? Sure, I’ve flippantly said, “Because there are three of you!” in response to questions about why we aren’t in the car yet or why I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off or God only knows how many other situations they ask why we aren’t ________ yet. On the flipside, I make it a point to let them know how much I love having triplets and how special I think it is for each of them to be a triplet along with talking about how much they like being triplets. Andplusalso, I am forever disagreeing with strangers in public about how difficult or busy or any other negative must come from having triplets.
I don’t ever want one of my kids to think life would be better if they weren’t triplets (in fact, one of my biggest parenting goals is to do as much with them as I would if they weren’t triplets – camping, beach, Disney, road trips, regular errands/excursions, etc.). I’m still not sure that’s what Callista was saying, but the conversation is really sticking with me.
I’m sure ETC are going to mourn the loss of My Little Pony, but I don’t care. All I care about is that Friends is streaming on my TV, iPad and computer. And God bless that automatic next-episode thingie, right? God. BLESS. My bedtime feels neglected because of that auto feature, but my funny bone is feeling the love.
What’s your favorite Friends episode? Is that even possible to answer? I’m not sure it is.
(Also, have you seen this from Buzzfeed, on why the Friends were always able to sit at the favorite couch/chairs in Central Perk? I was skeptical and spent about a week trying to see the tiny “reserved” sign, and it finally happened last night. I love the Internet!)
* How I rank my favorite Friends characters – I’ve put great thought into this.
Finally, someone has come up with the perfect solution for including kids in the New Year’s Eve festivities without keeping them up waaaaaay past their bed times.
Netflix is streaming a 2015 countdown starring King Julien from the Madagascar movies. Stream it any time, get up and move it, move it with the 4-minute dance party, and lie to your kids (the lie expires at midnight, you know), as you ring in the “new year” together.
Happy New Year, y’all!
(p.s. Have you found the King Julien series on Netflix yet? If not, you need to check it out. Super cute!)
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Because we live in a hyperbole-loving society (of which I’m definitely guilty of overusing), people tend to lean heavily on the scales for whether friends or family are better.
Meh. I don’t think either one is better than the other, if you step waaaay back and look at the whole, big picture. Each certainly has its perks, but there are strong arguments for both camps.
We are knee-deep in the holiday season, and many of us are probably already chin-deep in family time. Depending on which way you lean, that could be good or bad. Again, that’s another debate for another day. This is a season built with family at its heart, and maybe family takes up a good bit of your holiday schedule, but this season is also important for friendships.
I’m lucky to have a strong group of local friends – that’s something that, when I moved from Ohio to North Carolina almost 11 years ago, I didn’t see for myself in this new, foreign land. We’re spread around the area with up to 45 minutes in between houses, but we stay close throughout the day with our never-ending text messages.
Some of us have lots of local family, some do not; some of us have kids with their own set of scheduled activities and get-togethers, some do not; some of us work outside the home, some do not. All of us are busy, and all of us need time together to reset, reconnect and shake off all the stress that comes from spending time with the people you’re born/married with.
Let’s face it. No matter what, people you choose to spend time with – whether they’re your favorite blood relatives or they’re your favorite people who were once strangers – are people you love.
My friends and I just celebrated our own Friendsgiving the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and today, we marked our calendars for a very merry Friendsmas.
Netflix loves friends, too. Like, REALLY love friends. In mere days, we’re going to have Chandler, Joey, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe and Ross streaming into our homes 24/7. No more hoping to catch a rerun on TV. No more searching through discs trying to find The One With _________. I. Cannot. Wait. (Hyperbole, see?)
While I do, in fact, wait, my other favorite friends on Netflix this past month come from Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Wayne’s World, My Girl, (the original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Sesame Street (Netflix has recently added A BUNCH of SS episodes), and ETC’s old standby, Daniel Tiger.
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