How I Met Your Mother

It was a VCR

Because I watch a lot of old TV shows, I often see comedic scenarios play out which never would have happened in today’s world. Like, a lot of stuff could go wrong before cell phones! As I mentioned, I recently gave How I Met Your Mother a third (perhaps fourth) try, and I might actually be in love with it. I thought this joke was perfect!

Beware the ides of March, you guys, and have an awesome weekend!

Netflix Crawl

Boston is big on St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m sure there will be bar crawls a-plenty this weekend in celebration. Nicole is not big on St. Patrick’s Day.  A bar crawl would not be my thing either.  I guess the idea is that you have one beer and each bar, then move on to the next.  In honor of my weekend plans, I’ve made a fictional pub crawl, via Netflix!

Cheers

IMG_5021What better place to start your night than where everybody knows your name!  The crowd at this Boston bar can definitely be festive, but never seems rowdy.  Have your first beer here kicking back with Norm and the gang, and you can be on your way before Cliff gives you too many “little known facts.”

The Drunken Clam

IMG_5012We’re moving geographically now to Quahog, Rhode Island, which is fictional, but Rhode Island is so small that it really doesn’t matter where in state it’s located.  You can get things going a little more here, pounding beer number two back with Peter Griffin and friends.  I mean, that Family Guy can drink.  We’ve seen him drunk enough to assume so, anyway.

MacLaren’s

IMG_5019We’re in Manhattan now!  This bar from “How I Met Your Mother” has no shortage of attractive and gullible ladies, so make some friends now that you’re on your third.  If you’re not having much luck, maybe Barney can give you an assist.  Haaaave you met Ted?  There’s also food here if you’re feeling a bit peckish, which I always am.

Paddy’s Pub

IMG_5023I’m guessing you’re feeling it now, or at least have a good buzz going.  If you’re not drunk, someone here is bound to be.  Here we are in Philadelphia at an Irish bar, so there should be a lot of holiday spirit.  Drink down your fourth beer with “the gang” of Always Sunny.  This is really the kind of place you could spend your whole holiday binge-drinking, but remember that’s not the goal of the crawl.

Snakehole Lounge

IMG_5024It’s time to get wild in Pawnee, Indiana at the world’s sickest nightclub.  According to some rough google-ing, Pawnee is somewhere in Southern Indiana, between Columbus and Louisville, KY.  Avoid the snakejuice and have a fifth beer with the Parks & Rec department.  Things could get weird here, you guys.

The Bronze

IMG_5020Apparently the middle of this country doesn’t have much going for it, ‘cause we’re on the west coast now!  Here in Sunnydale, CA you can get your dance on at The Bronze.  If you’re not quite 21, no worries!  And if it happens to be 1999, you can catch Dingoes Ate My Baby playing some tunes.  Although this is south of our final location, I didn’t want to end the night here because of all the vampire attacks nearby.  If this isn’t place isn’t your thing, you could instead pick up your sixth beer at the bar at UC Sunnydale, but of course, you risk turning into a caveman.

P3

IMG_5022Wind down and enjoy the music and your final drink of the night at P3.  This San Francisco night spot may have its share of demonic activity as well, but I figure anything safer than Sunnydale.  I’m sure Piper and the power of three will be there if something bad does go down.  Some pretty sweet bands played here, so I think it’s a great way to end the night.

You have now covered 3,364 miles without leaving your couch!

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click through to see how weird I am for putting so much thought into this!

If you are going out this weekend in celebration, have fun and be safe!

If you’re more of a non-observant person like me, you can watch all of these shows on Netflix!

| Cheers | Family Guy | How I Met Your Mother | It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia | Parks and Rec | Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Charmed |

Third Time’s A Charm

IMG_0275With my Netflix supply of Lost Girl depleted, I was of course in search of a new binge show.  I’ve written before about nothing in my queue jumping out at me, and I seemed to be in that slump.  I turned to show I’d tried before— Once Upon A Time.

It took me exactly three viewings of the first episode to decide to watch this show.  I’d watched it once before and it just didn’t click.  For some reason, I let it sit in my queue thinking I could try again.  I did, to not avail.  For some reason, I tried one last time, and I finally decided I liked this show.

The premise is a bit contrived, but hey, I’m a girl who watches a lot of weird shit. The stories of present-day Storyville, ME and the enchanted world these characters live in are intertwined in each episode— at the start of the series, none of the Storyville residents know they are fairytale characters.

The good:

  • Jennifer Morrison was the reason I invested in this show.  I loved her in House as Cameron.  She gets even more of a chance to shine here as the main character Emma— tough, strong, and full of heart.
  • Lana Parrilla is absolutely amazing.  She plays the evil queen and the evil adoptive mother and is all-around pretty evil, but this girl is beautiful, compelling, and talented.  I’ve developed an enormous crush on her, and I find myself completely rooting for her.
  • This show is shockingly beautiful!  The scenes, even non-magical, are so aesthetically gorgeous; lovely scenery and well-executed camera placement makes it a treat to watch.
  • Boston is mentioned a bunch of times!  The show starts there before moving to Maine, where it mainly takes place.  I feel a lot of hometown pride.  Also, Maine really works to this show’s advantage— you’d never really need to drive through Maine to get anywhere in the US, so it makes sense that no one ever visits Storyville.

The bad:

  • I find it super awkward that Emma’s parents are like, the same age as she is.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin’s teacher look does not work for me.  She is so lovely as Snow White, and that pixie cut is great when styled correctly, but not with the schoolmarm attire.  That makes the haircut sad.
  • I think there’s so much opportunity to infuse more darkness into this show.  Sometimes it’s a little too… fairy dusty?  I like more Grimm’s less Disney’s.
  • There’s the overwhelming aura of Emma being The Chosen One (to use Buffy terminology) or the Savior.  Because the show isn’t really dark in tone like Buffy was, this bothers me to an extent.

The in-between:

  • OUAT uses fairytales and folklore to formulate characters and storylines.  This is sometimes a really great thing (I like what they did with Pinocchio) and sometimes a stretch (like with Belle’s Beast & Rumpelstiltskin being one in the same).

The best thing out of this show is beautiful scenery, beautiful costumes, and beautiful people… okay, Lana Parrilla.  I’m glad I gave it a third shot.

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I’m a sucker for wedding dresses…

The 44 episodes on Netflix kept me busy for a while, but not long enough!  Thankfully, my experience with OUAT inspired me to give another show a third try… How I Met Your Mother.  That’s right, I’ve watched this show over and over, and now finally, I’m LOVING it!  I’m already caught up before the big finale, and I have so many feelings.

While I eat through these seasons, I’m always taking new Netflix suggestions.  What have you got for me?!