Time seems to have lost all meaning, but the calendar says another month is coming to an end. Here's what's awesome in April.
I'm on my sixth week of working from home, and I'm still loving it. Yeah, there are places I'd like to go. I'd really love for someone else to cook me a meal that's actually really good. I want to go to a different park. I want to get on a train and see something I've never seen before. But I have no desire whatsoever to go back to the office.
How are you, friends? Are you healthy? Are you happy? Oh, and are you bored? If you're bored, I have some suggestions for you. As a compulsive list-maker, I'm rarely bored.
What to watch
I've streamed a few new to me shows this month that I thought were worth mentioning.
Star Trek: Picard
If you're a Trekkie, or like me, someone who has seen every Star Trek series and movie but still doesn't consider themselves a trekkie, or even if you just watched Star Trek: The Next Generation after school sometimes when you were in middle school, you should check out Star Trek: Picard on Amazon Prime. Who doesn't love Sir Patrick Stewart? Have you been watching him read sonnets on Instagram? It's delightful.
This series is beautiful to look at and has plenty of adventure and action. I also appreciated that there was a bit of ambiguity, not enough to cause serious congnitive dissonance, but more than your average Star Trek story. The writing is solid, as well. Several of the first, and in my opinion best, episodes are written by Michael Chabon. He's the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Telegraph Avenue, two books I love. Anyway, the first season is now complete, so you can binge the whole thing.
My next two recommendations are both about horrible men, one of whom I consider to be one of the great geniuses of the 20th century, and the other one of the most horrible monsters of the modern age. I guess it's all a matter of perspective.
If you love Broadway at all, you really need to watch Fosse/Verdon. In the UK, it's available on BBC iPlayer. Michelle Williams plays Gwen Verdon, and she's one of my favorite actresses. Bob Fosse is played by Sam Rockwell, and he's unexpectedly brilliant. This series is creative and engrossing, and has lots of great song and dance moments. I had a hard time sitting still watching some of my favorite pieces being rehearsed in the studio. It's not a glorification of Bob Fosse by any means. And I definitely came away with a deeper appreciation for Gwen Verdon. Check it out.
The Loudest Voice
The last series to recommend is The Loudest Voice starring Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, the now deceased head of Fox News. If you're pro-Fox News, well I wonder what you're doing here, but also this might not be for you. It's definitely a scathing portrayal. If you're looking for someone to blame for the current political situation, this will help you direct some of your anger. In the UK, it's available to stream on Now TV.
What to cook
I know we're all cooking more than ever, so let me share some awesome recipes I've saved. Internet food is really having its moment.
Start your day off right with a Chaffle, aka cheese waffle, from Hummingbird High. You're not gonna need a beach body this year, anyway. Not that you ever did.
In case you can't run to the store for pop tarts, Domestic Rebel is teaching us how to make our own Homemade Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts. I'm down.
Okay fine, we'll actually eat dinner. I'm going for this Creamy Lemon Chicken from A Cookie Named Desire.
Are you doing Zoom happy hour? Yeah, me neither. But I am doing cocktails in my pajamas. I'd love to try this Orange Hibiscus Mai Tai from Half Baked Harvest.
Your favorite recipes
Your favorite Awesome on 20 recipes this month were Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, and Strawberry Soju Slushies. I like the way your minds work. Can't wait 'til we can get together to feast again.
Who knows what May will bring, but we'll take each day as it comes. I hope you stay safe and well. Don't forget to be awesome.