watch // Stranger Things // Babies of the 80s, rejoice!
As a child of the 80s, this Netflix-original series was not only incredible in storytelling and acting, but nostalgic for me. It’s as if The Goonies, E.T. and Goosebumps all made out and Stranger Things would be their supernatural thriller baby. It’s about a little boy who goes missing in a small Indiana town in 1983. And as the town looks for answers, they unravel extraordinary secrets and confront mystical forces. It always kept me huddled, on edge with my fuzzy reindeer socks and left me begging my husband to binge watch the series.
What I love most is the bond between four young boys and a special girl, and their adventurous shenanigans. Do yourself a favor. Watch the first episode and before you know it, you’ll be hooked and your science-fiction world will be enhanced for the better.
On a side note: Well done, Netflix! Netflix is definitely changing the landscape and proving to be a power player on a platform that was once dominated by cable and broadcast TV. Love this show. What do you think is going to happen in season 2?
thing // National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Forever Stamps // Explore my inner wild
Happy 100th Birthday, NPS! The US Postal Service is celebrating the NPS Centennial by issuing 16 new stamps featuring national parks. These picturesque images will get you to find your hiking shoes, book a camping trip and get back into nature! I miss those vibrant, unreal colors of the Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park and the serene ceremonial sunrise on Haleakala National Park.
NP bucket list: Acadia, Arches, Glacier Bay, Yellowstone (w/ Wayne this time), Zion. My favorite moment is ascending on top Half Dome in Yosemite (recap post, here). The best yet? These are forever stamps and you can share the love of national parks forever, just like all the memories you’ll create when you get out there and explore your inner wild. #letsgosomewhere
learn // Lynda.com Online Learning // Learn a new skill online, on your time
Want to be a Graphic Designer, an EDM Producer or just got promoted and want to learn the fundamentals of what makes a good manager? As a self-help book enthusiast and advocate of continual education, I geeked out when I learned about online learning sites like lynda.com. Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
Some awesome courses I want to tackle: Photojournalism and Photo Essay Fundamentals, Getting Started with Final Cut Pro, Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses, Time Management Tips, Improving Your Memory and Sketching for Product Design. There are loads of courses of all varying levels and interests and definitely something for you.
Want free access? I went bananas when I learned my County of Los Angeles Public Library card gives me free access to Lynda.com. If you don’t have a library card, sign-up for a free card here. Find your local County of Los Angeles Public Library, here.