It’s the first month of the year. We’re barely 15 days into the new year. I’ve been not sick for 4 of those days. I’ve been sick roughly 73% of the year so far. So, 2018 is shaping up to be a fucktastic year thus far. A persistent cough and an inability for my body to figure out if I’m hot or cold has led me to believe that the flu has turned into some aggressive form of cancer. Don’t bother messaging me or commenting—I’m aware that my main diagnosis is “doom and gloom”—or hypochondriasis.
Since I’m aware of my predisposition to negativity, I’ve decided to try to counteract it. Of course, if getting the flu on New Year’s Day and fighting it for a week-and-a-half is not an indication of what 2018 is going to be like, I don’t know what it is. Regardless, I’m going to try and focus on the positive with this blog post. Or, at least, do the very best I can considering the fact that I probably have multiple myeloma or Onchocerciasis. That’s “river blindness”, or the second leading infectious cause of blindness—and it’s transmitted by parasitic worms. Yeah. That’s the level of crazy I can reach on a good day.
So, today I’m going to focus on some of my favorite things so far this year. None of these things came out this year—but give me a break, we’re not that far into the year. However, this is an exercise in positivity and focusing on good things as opposed to the obvious fatal illness I am developing. Here we go:
- Last year, I discovered the app Litsy. It’s like Good Reads in that it focuses on building a social media platform around users’ love of books. The Litsy community is comprised of a bunch of awesome folks that just want to talk about their love of books—you won’t find any Facebook drama here. And, imagine how great the grammar is when you’re dealing with a bunch of book lovers! It’s like Heaven. The only drawback is that it is only an app—no desktop site. Once you get used to all of the features and start interacting with the community (something you have to do to truly enjoy the app), you won’t mind, though. It’s available in both the Apple and Google stores. My username is AllenTStClair if you join up and want to be buddies!
- Future Man on Hulu
- Future Man is a time-traveling sci-fi comedy from Hulu. And it. is. hilarious. Josh Hutcherson plays Josh Futturman, a video game playing loser who beats an unbeatable game, and then finds out that it was a training simulation sent from a dystopian future to find “the savior”. Josh Hutcherson is capable, like always, but Eliza Coupe and Derek Wilson, who play time traveling warriors, steal the show. Additionally, supporting cast members, Glenne Headly (who died during the filming of season one), Ed Begley, Jr., Awkwafina, Kevin David, Paul Scheer, and Haley Joel Osment all lend some great laughs in their scenes. The show loses some of its charm towards the end of season one—but it’s definitely “marathonable”.
- Wolves by Selena Gomez
- Say what you want about Selena Gomez, but a song with the lyrics “I’ve been running through the jungle, I’ve been running with the wolves, to get to you, to get to you” sung over pounding drums is worth listening to on repeat.
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
- This book came out in 2012, but like a lot of readers, I’m just now discovering it. I recently reviewed this on Litsy (sign up folks!) and cannot say enough nice things about it. It’s like The Da Vinci Code for the internet age—but with enough old world charm as to not scare off luddites. Robin Sloan is an intelligent and highly charming storyteller, and I tore through this book like it was nothing. Also, one of my Litsy buddies informed me that there is a prequel, Ajax Penumbra 1969, so the story doesn’t have to end after just one book!
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- This is something that I have loved for as long as I can remember, but recently I’ve come to realize that this is a dish I could eat with every meal, every day out of the year. Roasted Brussel Sprouts are delicious—and they are also sooooo good for you. Expect a more detailed post about this tasty little treat because I plan to convert Brussel Sprout haters!
That’s enough positivity for this post. Until next time…