I’m not sure how to sum up the month of May. Mental health real talk: May was the white serial killer van creeping slowly down the street in front of your office window; you’re mesmerized by a combination of horror and morbid fascination as you wonder when it’s going to stop, and what you’ll see when it does. The van doesn’t stop, though. It keeps going, slowly, and when it disappears from view, you’re relieved, but you wish you’d seen more. Then June rolls around in the form of another serial killer van, and now you’re wondering whether you should ask for an adjustment to your depression medication cocktail.
In other words, ugh. This is what “Little Things” are for, right? Here are some of the Little Things that I enjoyed in May:
1). Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (Netflix)
Some hilarity was in order. We got it by watching this. BEWARE if you have delicate sensibilities. Ali does not hold back!
2). A Quiet Place (film)
We finally made it out to a movie, and we picked a good one. It’s immensely gratifying when a horror film turns out to be good and not cheesy at all, like this one, though I love cheesy horror flicks, too.
3). The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, S2)
I probably noted the first time around that the phenomenal The Handmaid’s Tale is visually stunning, and that you could hit “pause” anywhere and it’s like you’re looking at a Vermeer painting. Season 2 follows suit.
4). Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (Netflix)
Netflix’ real-life crime drama docuseries game is strong.
5). Cobra Kai (YouTube Red)
Cobra Kai is a current day “where are they now” blast that puts you back in the 80’s because the main character is stuck there.
6). The Americans (FX) Series Finale (S6)
The Americans series finale couldn’t have been better, in our opinion. We’re sad that it’s over, but it had to end at some point, I suppose.
7). Sumo/Natsu Basho (May 2018 Grand Sumo Tournament) and Tochinoshin’s promotion to Ozeki.
We’re big Tochinoshin fans, as you may recall if you’ve been here for a while, so we were thrilled to witness Tochinoshin’s historic promotion to Ozeki (Sumo’s 2nd-highest rank) at the end of his spectacular May tournament.
The wonderful tribute video above doesn’t include Tochinoshin’s most notable victory of the May Basho (for reasons of respect, I would guess), so I’m posting another video showing that match. This is his win over the formidable Yokozuna Hakuho. Yokozuna is Sumo’s highest rank. A Yokozuna is basically like a god in Japan.
8). Cherry season.
Cherry season is when Dad drives 1.5 hours to the cherry orchards in Brentwood (CA) and picks pounds and pounds of cherries and sends a big box of them to me, and then I know that we’re on the verge of summer, because I can taste it. Cherries are my favorite fruit. Callaghan doesn’t like them, so these were all for me.
9). Popcorn with nuts.
I started dumping roasted, salted mixed nuts on top of my popcorn, and it’s so very satisfying.
Alas, I could only come up with nine Things this time. They were outstanding. They were more than enough.