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List of Must-Watch TV Shows

Breaking Bad (season 2)

Breaking Bad (season 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve literally been glued to my TV for weeks watching Breaking Bad on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix or haven’t watched it and would prefer a physical box for recording this other shows consider a one off payment tv box for your home. But anyway, I had heard good things about it but I have to be honest…I thought I would hate it. The subject matter is a little strange — high school chemistry teacher gets cancer and decides to cook crystal meth to leave behind lots of cash for his loved ones. Ummm — not my thing. Well let me tell you — I’m totally addicted. If for some reason, you cannot access Breaking Bad in your country, you can always try using a pre-configured router, which means you can protect all devices in the home, access the internet and enabling you to protect devices that don’t support native VPN apps.

Each night Jay and I would watch a few episodes and we are finally all caught up and excited for the series finale in August. The writing and the characters are superb. If you don’t watch it — you need to!

Summer can be a great time to indulge a little and catch up any TV episodes you missed last season or discover your new favorite show. Access to old TV shows has never been easier — with the amount of streaming videos available online, a marathon of your favorite series can be just a few clicks away. You just need to make sure you are aware of torrenting safety issues that you could face.
And the best part is, you don’t need to sit through commercials or wait through the end-of-the-season cliffhangers — its all right there for you to watch when you want. (That’s one of my favorite parts about watching an old show. All the episodes are already out!) So break out the popcorn and get cozy on your couch!
Set aside some time this summer to relax and unwind. Here’s my list of TV shows to give a try:
  1. Breaking Bad (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  2. Homeland (Amazon Instant Video, Showtime Online, iTunes)
  3. Downton Abby (Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  4. The Sopranos (HBO Go, HBO on Demand)
  5. Lost (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  6. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  7. Bones (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  8. Mad Men (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  9. Alias (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video)
  10. Dexter (Amazon Instant Video)
  11. Heroes (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus)
  12. Girls (Amazon Instant Video)
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Crafty Book Uses Lists to Learn about You

Declaration of You

I’m not a particularly crafty person, but enjoyed the creative, artistic aspects of The Declaration of You, written by creativity experts and fellow bloggers Jessica Swift and Michelle Ward.

As the title claims, this book is all about embracing every aspect of your personality and openly acknowledging all your positive attributes. The best part is, this book uses lists to help get you there!

The Declaration of You is divided into 8 different sections, each devoted to a differently-themed declaration. As the authors explain the importance of each declaration, they prompt their readers to develop lists about themselves, such as “Things I Might Want to Try.”

True to their creative ways, Jessica and Michelle include a craft project in each of the sections, but don’t get scared off! These projects are simple and fun. The first project is even a vision board — much like the one I make every New Year.

Through crafts and lists alike, The Declaration of You encourages its readers to begin some self-reflection and discover new aspects of themselves. If you want to hear more, check out their website and begin your declaration. Who knows what you might find?

Join Me to Talk Travel Lists

Deutsch: Paris: Eiffelturm

Deutsch: Paris: Eiffelturm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Everyone loves going on vacation.  It’s great to be able to reconnect, recharge and relax!  But all that fun takes some preparation and lots and lots of lists!

  • Pros & Cons lists for destinations
  • Research lists
  • Packing lists
  • Organizing your luggage
  • Sightseeing lists
  • Must-Eat Restaurant lists
  • Bucket lists of must-visit spots
  • etc.

I recently started a Meetup group called “Lists & Libations.”  We meet once a month to talk about lists and enjoy libations!  Our next meeting on October 24th will be all about travel lists.  I would love for you to join us if you can.  Click here for all the details.

If you don’t live in NYC or can’t make it — I’m also hosting Virtual Meetups.  The next one is on October 2nd and is all about productivity apps!

Hope to see you there!

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Lists Make Phone Calls More Productive

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A friend of mine told me that she felt bad because she never had anything to talk about with her mother when she calls.  I think we’ve all been there.  The time comes for you to “talk” and your mind goes blank.  This is where a list comes in handy.

I suggested that my friend write down important things that she wanted to tell her mother as they happened.  She started making a list.  And when the next phone call came up — she filled her mom in on everything that was going on in her life.  She felt good because she could connect better with her parents and her mom actually noted that this was one of the best phone calls they had had in a long time.

My friend let her in on the secret — she had made a list.  There’s no shame in having a cheat sheet!  Especially if it makes you more successful in whatever task you take on — even talking on the phone with your mom!  Try it!

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List Making Will Save Your Brain

Since starting this blog I’ve realized I’m not alone in my list-making compulsion!  Many people have reached out saying they are also list freaks.  But with that said — we are actually on to something here.  List making is actually good for your brain!

I want to thank my very first guest blogger — memory expert Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D — for this entry!

Why List Making Will Save Your Brain

By Cynthia R. Green, Ph.D

Cynthia R. Green Ph.D.

Cynthia R. Green Ph.D.

Memory tools, such as list making, force us to pay closer attention to the information we need to remember, and they give that information meaning by placing it an organizational scheme. In addition, they let us control what we need to remember by giving us the opportunity to review it.

Here are my top five reasons why list making is beneficial:

1. Lists get us to pay attention to things we need to remember. Using lists, just like using any technique to boost your brainpower, will focus your attention more actively on the information you need to remember. Why? When we work with information, we pay closer attention to it.

2. Lists help us remember the things we need to remember — but not memorize. Read more