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Megan

So Many Books, So Little Time...Except in Quarantine! 

Since the stay-at-home order started in March, my husband and I moved from a house to an apartment literally the day before the order came out, so we got unpacked and decorated our new place in the first few weeks of the quarantine - definitely the fastest I’ve ever gotten that done! Overall though, my husband and I are more home bodies than we would probably like to admit, so finding stuff to do at home wasn’t too difficult! We regularly dive into TV shows, movies, and video games so our lives didn’t differ too much in that aspect haha :) What I enjoyed the most was getting even more time to get into good books! I’ve really been into books called “Twisted Tales” that are basically classic Disney stories, but with a twist. It takes the basics of the story, like the characters and then changes the plot completely! I highly recommend if you are a Disney fan!

Some examples:
Twist on Beauty and the Beast...What if Belle’s mother is the one that cursed the Prince?
Twist on Aladdin...What if Aladdin never found the lamp?
Twist on Mulan...What if Mulan had to travel to the underworld?




Michelle

Horror Stories to Calm the Mind

I've been in a video game rut lately (for like the past 3 years...), so I haven't spent a whole lot of time watching TV, reading, or listening to podcasts. I would love to tell a fun story about a scary story podcast channel though!


My husband had to have emergency surgery a few months back to have his gallbladder removed, and the nurses were having a tough time getting his heart rate down to a stable rate. This was more of a case of "hey, I'm stressed because I want to leave" but the nurses needed to be safe before releasing him. He has a tough time falling asleep and getting into relaxed states in general, and he's found that listening to horror stories usually does the trick and knocks him right out! After hours and hours, I finally remembered this and asked the nurse if it was ok if I did a super weird thing and put horror stories on my phone for him to relax to. She looked terrified, laughed, said ok, and looked terrified again all within 2 seconds. In less than one minute, he was sleeping and his heart rate eased down to a normal rate! :)

....And this is why we don't have children - "Oh no, he's fussy, can you put on his horror stories, babe?" 

Rick

Sci-Fi, Hip Hop and Wrestling

Here are a few things that I stumbled upon during the lock-down and  a few old favorites that I go back to from time to time.

Podcasts:

  1. American Jihadi: If any of you are fans of Serial, this podcast reminded me a lot of season two. The entire series is made up of eight episodes that average about 20 minutes each describing the life and path of an American from Alabama who moved to Somalia and joined a militant Islamist group.
  2. The City (Season 2: Reno): This podcast caught my attention because of my own relationship with Reno. Throughout my twenties a couple of my good friends lived there so I spent a lot of time there. It is a place I know well and it holds a soft spot in my heart. This podcast dives into the struggle currently going on there between the old guard and the “seedy” reputation that the city was built on and the incoming tech industry's desire to clean it up. 
  3. People’s Party with Talib Kweli: This is probably my favorite podcast right now and I recommend it to any fan of hip hop. Talib Kweli is the host and he has conversations with some of my favorite emcees of all time and it is really cool to hear those firsthand conversations about hip hop history.

TV Shows:

  1. Into the Badlands: The entire series is on Netflix now and it is amazing. It is basically Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon meets Game of Thrones set in a post-apocalyptic western. If that does not sound awesome to you, I guess we have different definitions of awesome(haha).
  2. Another Life: This one is on Netflix as well. It is a basically Sci-Fi horror. It mostly takes place on a spaceship where the team is traveling to a distant planet to make contact with an alien species.
  3. Dark Side of the Ring: Dark Side of the Ring is a documentary series on Viceland. Each episode covers a different person or event in the history of wrestling. The characters involved in and around wrestling are absolutely insane. From psychosis to murder, the stories are all interesting. You do not have to be a fan of wrestling or even know who the people are to enjoy it, but if you did watch wrestling as a kid, I guarantee you will like it. They are currently airing season 2.