Warm Woolen Mittens: Return of The Favorites

A tradition I’ve had since back in the before times is a yearly roundup of my (current) favorite things. As a refresher, here are the past installments:

Raindrops on Roses: Some of My Favorite Things (2018)
Whiskers on Kittens: More Favorites (2019)
‘Rona Recs (2020, apparently the emergence of the pandemic sucked the joy out of the song lyric theme)
Bright Copper Kettles: More Favorites (2021, sweet, the theme came back)

Here are the latest additions:

TCL 4K Roku TV: I forget which exact model/size, but this is all-in-one screen is my jam these days

Bombas Men’s Sunday Slipper: These have already changed my life

‘This is Fine’ Dog Vinyl Figure: For quick reference during these troubled times

Apple Leather Wallet with MagSafe: Love this thing, and love the minimizing that it forces

Echo Buttons: I slam one of these at night to turn off all of our bedroom lights, clearly impressing my wife each and every time (sadly I think they’ve been discontinued)

Analogue Pocket: A dream device

Some Random Cheap Ring Light: Works better than I expected, and keeps me from looking like I’m Zooming in from the underworld

Melatonin: Seems to help with the pandemic of it all

Logitech C920x HD Pro Webcam: My lifeline to the world

Knockoff ‘Purple’ Seat Cushion: Works decently for these old bones

Birkenstock Arizona EVA Sandals: These have generally replaced my beloved Crocs, which makes me…cooler?

Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: If the humidifier won’t bring in the ladies…

Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil: …then the beard oil will!

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Media Diary (December 2021)

Some stuff I’ve experienced lately (and not necessarily only new releases):

Licorice Pizza (Movie): Really enjoyed this

Yellowjackets (TV): Unexpectedly gripping

Please Scream Inside Your Heart (Book): A year in review for what was quite a year

The Power of The Dog (Movie): Great sinister vibe

Landscapers (TV): Excellent lead performances from both

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Movie): Nailed it

The Line (TV): Compelling and disturbing

Don’t Look Up (Movie): Way too close to home, but definitely enjoyed it

Station Eleven (TV): Who doesn’t want to watch a show about a pandemic right now?

The United States of Insanity (Movie): Don’t mess with the Juggalos

Beanie Mania (Movie): These people weren’t messing around

The Book of Boba Fett (TV): Up in that Sarlacc!

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV): “Dee in a bog” alone justified the season

tick, tick…BOOM! (Movie): Andrew Garfield was fantastic in this

My Beautiful Broken Brain (Movie): David Lynch alert!

Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story (TV): I can’t believe they pumped out another series, but I was of course there for it

Listening To Kenny G (Movie): Watching the jazz critics try to be polite was solid gold

Voir (TV): Cool little visual essays

The Real Charlie Chaplin (Movie): A complicated guy, to say the least

Candyman (Movie): Enjoyed it, though now I need to re-watch the original

Power On: The Story of Xbox (TV): Had just enough corporate shenanigans to keep me interested

The Matrix Resurrections (Movie): Felt like a swing and a miss

Slugfest (TV): Love how weird they went with Dr. Strange in the ’70s

Being The Ricardos (Movie): Generally entertaining, though not mindblowing

Reno 911!: The Hunt For QAnon (Movie): Definitely had its moments

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Best of 2021

As usual, I haven’t been able to see/listen to everything I’d like (👀 Licorice Pizza), but here are my top picks this year across movies, TV and podcasts (TV getting double the amount due to the pandemic of it all)…

Movies:

TV:

Podcasts:

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