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NETFLIX DOCS | THE FULL LIST

Posted on September 9, 2016

We love our documentaries in the Blosser household. Below is a running list of all the documentaries we’ve watched, check out the Netflix Documentaries tab to see a little more in-depth about each. Generally, if it isn’t worth blogging about, it wasn’t one we liked much. Some of our favorites are in bold.


 

Food Documentaries*

I love food, but most of these documentaries are talking about the food system and it’s political situation as opposed to cooking, etc. 
  • The Kids Menu
  • Hungry for Change
  • Sugar Coated
  • Crafting a Nation
  • Bite Size
  • Food Chains
  • Cowspiracy
  • GMO OMG
  • Pure Plant Nation
  • Fed Up
  • Cowspiracy
  • Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
  • Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat
  • Farmageddon
  • Vegucated
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Health Documentaries

  • Remote Area Medical
  • Code Black
  • The Human Experiment
  • Truly Strange: The Secret Life of Breasts
  • Breastmilk
  • How to Die in Oregon
  • The Business of Being Born
  • How to Survive a Plague

Environmental Documentaries

  • Tar Creek
  • Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • The Forest for the Trees
  • After the Spill

Social & Cultural Documentaries

  • The Mask You Live In
  • Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory
  • The Beginning of Life
  • Welcome to Leith
  • 1971
  • First Comes Love
  • Invisible War
  • Divorce Corp
  • Hot Coffee
  • Freakonomics
  • The True Cost
  • Advanced Style
  • Exit Through The Gift Shop
  • Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro
  • Closure
  • Magic Camp
  • The Wolfpack
  • The Dark Matter of Love
  • Burt’s Buzz
  • Tiny: A Story about Living Small
  • Blackfish
  • The Whale
  • The Interrupters
  • Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia
  • Hot Girls Wanted
  • Holy Hell
  • Trapped
  • Pervert Park

Sports Documentaries

  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Pumping Iron
  • CT Fletcher: My Magnificent Obsession

Energy Documentaries

  • Catching the Sun
  • Pump
  • Journey to the Safest Place on Earth
  • Pandora’s Promise

Gaming Documentaries

  • All Work All Play
  • Atari: Game Over

Crime Documentaries

  • Fight for Justice: David & Me
  • Little Hope Was Arson.
  • Happy Valley
  • Playground
  • Crime After Crime
  • The Imposter
  • Who Took Johnny
  • Disappeared
  • Lost Paradise: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Aileen
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Cropsey
  • Talhotblond
  • Girlhood
  • Into the Abyss
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Making a Murderer
  • Kids for Cash
  • Shenandoah
  • Central Park Five
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We Went to Europe!

Posted on September 8, 2016

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This ones long overdue. We went to Europe and it was amazing. We spent 10 days, starting in Copenhagen, Denmark and ending in Stockholm, Sweden with a stop to Paris in-between. We bought our tickets back in November on a whim from Norwegian Airlines. It’s worth signing up for their emails, we bought round-trip tickets for under $600. The low-fare seats were comfy, even though it was a ten hour flight. The cities we visited were beautiful and filled with kind people. We were warned that Scandinavian countries are crazy expensive, but we were able to travel and explore pretty affordably.

I’ve written some basic thoughts and shared our itineraries for each country already, so this is a little more advice for first-time international travelers, anxious type A planners & egregious overpackers (aka – me).

  1. Make sure your accommodations get better as you go. 
    Our trip had a lot of happy accidents – like staying in an incredible Paris neighborhood by chance. More importantly, our sleeping situations improved vastly from place to place. In Copenhagen, we stayed at Sleep in Heaven hostel, which was a killer price and pretty nice for a hostel. But, the beds squeaked and our bunkmates snored so we didn’t sleep much. When we moved onto Paris, we stayed at this Airbnb which was a vast improvement from the hostel. Even better, when we moved onto Stockholm we stayed at Motel L which was insanely luxurious after our experience in the hostel. Had we started at Motel L and ended up in the hostel, we would have been really cranky.
  2. Remember you’re human.
    We hit the ground running as soon as we landed and didn’t really stop until we got to Stockholm six days later. By the time we checked into Motel L, Kent and I found food and then spent the rest of the day lounging in bed. We were exhausted, our feet were sore and we desperately  needed the recoup. Had we paced ourselves a little more, we probably could have avoided this.
  3. Download TripAdvisor’s app! 
    We didn’t pay to have cell service/data in Europe, so we were at the mercy of WiFi most of the time. TripAdvisor’s app lets you download cities to access offline, which was a game changer. I got lost in Paris and had to hunt for a cafe with WiFi to access Google Maps to get me home, because I didn’t have Paris saved in TripAdvisor. *special thanks to Kent, Dan and Alexis for dealing with me calling WiFi “weee-feeeee” for ten days :*
  4. Europe isn’t cold in May.
    This one is kinda embarrassing on my part, I saw it was high of 65 and my Floridian self kinda panicked. I thought I’d be cold so I packed a whole bunch of shit I didn’t need and ended up lugging it around for ten days. Our Airbnb had a washing machine so I could have cut down on what I packed and been totally fine. You can afford to skimp on everything but socks and underwear ;)

2 Days in Paris

Posted on June 16, 2016

13323785_10154363483264180_148915484066881722_oI’ll admit – I planned the Paris leg of our trip pretty poorly. We got in late on Friday night, in time to grab a hot dog and sleep. We had Saturday and Sunday to explore before we headed out to Stockholm on Monday morning. Paris was beautiful and we could have easily spent longer there! A couple of things we explored while we were there & our favorites are below!


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Le Marais | The best happy accident of our trip was booking an airbnb in this neighborhood. I could have spent days in Le Marais alone, wandering up and down the streets. We didn’t use the metro to go anywhere because we were able to walk just about everywhere – The Lourve, the Notre Dame, Berthillion and world famous Las du Falafel were all within walking distance. Bonus, on Sunday morning there was a huge street fair going on that was a thrifter’s dream.


The Lourve | I’m not that into this style of art, but we decided to go anyway because it was a rainy Saturday. Kent and I poked through to see the Mona Lisa (which wasn’t as packed as all the forums say) and then sat and ate chambert sandwiches for the afternoon (oops). It was a good rainy day activity, but it wasn’t monumental in my opinion.


Eiffel Tower | Touristy but worth it. We were floored when we got there and realized how huge the Tower actually is. The surrounding area and the lawn behind it aren’t that nice, full of people selling wine/roses. We went on a Saturday night and it was very, very busy.

We bought tickets to go up to the top at 8 PM and it took us about 5 minutes to get up there. Buying ahead of time saves the lines, which gave me a headache just looking at. Some folks waited hours just to get up there. We went to the second level and decided to explore the surrounding area, while Dan and Alexis went to the top. The view was pretty much the same, we just didn’t have the patience to wait for the elevator to go up. Going to the second level took maybe 15 minutes from arrival, going to the top added an additional 1.5-2 hours.

On a side note, we stopped and ate at Chez Ribe which is right around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. It was decently priced and the food was good. Plus, they had wifi ;)


The Catacombs | I sat this one out, but Kent, Dan and Alexis went on Sunday morning. They got there when it opened and still waited in line for TWO HOURS. After that, it was a pretty decent walk through the catacombs themselves. I was tired and opted to wander around Le Marais instead and I’m kinda glad I did.


Berthillion | Hands down the greatest ice cream I’ve ever had. Kent always goes for the richer flavors like chocolate, while I went with pamplemousse (grapefruit). The chocoalte was crazy rich but the grapefruit was incredible. If you eat in, you can only get a waffle bowl, if you order at the window you can only have a cone. We thought that was a little strange, but it worked out just fine.


Las du Falafel | When I walked down Rue des Rosiers, it took me a minute to realize the first falafel shop is not Las du Falafel. It’s a bit farther down and had a significantly longer line than the first place I passed. That said  – it was worth the wait. The falafel was SO good and line moved pretty quick.


Notre Dame | This was maybe ten minutes from our apartment and we walked down on Saturday morning to find a really busy scene. We were a little daunted by the long line, but it moved really quickly and we only waited for 5-7 minutes. The inside was beautiful, Kent and I have never seen anything like it.

4 Days in Copenhagen

Posted on May 25, 2016

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Visit Carlsberg | Carlsberg is the beer of Copenhagen and their old production buildings have been turned into a beer garden/museum.

We went to Carlsberg right when they opened at 10 AM & in hindsight, we probably should have eaten a bit more before drinking a bunch of beer ;) Admission ticket gives you two beers and we opted for the beer tasting, which was another three beers. If you like beer, I’d recommend it!


Christiana Free World | Gonna give this one a “ehh” rating. I read up on Chrisitana before we came and some said it was a huge part of Copenhagen that had to be seen, others didn’t care much for it. I’m gonna side with the latter, we walked through around 2 in the afternoon & were in and out in 15 minutes. It wasn’t somewhere I’d spend a bunch of time in, there were some interesting things but overall not a place I’d go out of my way for.


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Tivoli Gardens | Had we been here alone, I’m not sure I would have gone to Tivoli. Since it was in the center of the city, I kinda assumed it’d be dinky. Dan recommended we go down one evening & it was incredible. A more whimsical, charming Disney contained in an urban setting with cooler rides. We paid 100dkk/$15 to get in and rides were extra. We could have spent the entire day there.


Nørrebro | Our hostel, Sleep in Heaven, was in the neighborhood of Nørrebro & it was kinda neat. Lots of little brunch spots, bars & cheap eats.


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Nyhavn | Not the cheapest place to eat, but a beautiful place to walk through. We especially loved the little trampolines along the canal.


Helsingør | Our last day, we bought an all zones ticket and took the train up to Helsingør, home of Kronborg Castle (Hamlets ghost is said to live here). The castle was impressive, but we had an even better time taking in a different side of Denmark. The library there was incredible and we spent awhile meandering up and down the city streets. Photo is from Helsingør. Easily the most beautiful place we saw during our stay in Denmark.


Fredericksburg | This area was probably my favorite, it had the classic Copenhagen look & colorful buildings.

Sunday Five

Posted on April 10, 2016

Ok now that I’m up for air & feeling human again – a life update! It’s been a really relaxing, low-key weekend full of beer, food and naps. My most favorite things ;)

  1. Europe is 42 days away.  Which means that the end of the semester is way closer than that. I was pokin’ around today & decided I kinda wanna go to the Ice Bar while we’re in Stockholm. Is that terribly touristy? Do I really care?!
  2.  Family is 39 days away (!!) We’re going home before we fly out of Orlando and I’m SO looking forward to being back in Palm City. It’s been since Christmas and even though all of our families have come and visited – being home is just different.Two weekends ago Kent’s Dad & Nanny came up with Granddaddy and Sweetheart on their way up to Biloxi to see Dylan. It was a quick, rainy trip but really nice to see everyone. Kent ended up meeting us late from work and it was so darn cute to see Sweetheart get all excited about Kent in his work clothes. It’s the little things ;)

    Kent’s Momma & Reagan came up the next morning and stayed until Sunday and it just rained, rained, rained the whole time! But we saw parts of Tallahassee we wouldn’t have explored otherwise and honestly, family is family no matter where you are. We could have been sittin’ around doing nothing for three days and it would have been just as great.

  3.  Freedom is 18 days away. Graduation is 18 days away, which means my life is going to take a huge breath of relief after that. Summers at Florida State are absolutely blissful – I don’t have to worry about parking, there’s never a line at Dunkin, life is generally a little slower. But more importantly, school will be over. I’m thinkin’ about taking an online class & maybe an in-person Summer C, but honestly I keep telling myself I can take the summer off and hide under a blanket to keep me going.
  4. National Siblings Day! My seesters are my best friends. Always have been and always will be. I’m so lucky to have them and truly can’t imagine my life without them. SB is plugging away with her education classes at UCF & Lib is in that junior-year “omg I have the SATs deep breathing” stage. She has prom in a week and I’m gonna miss it for a work conference but I really wish I could be there. Two years ago I went to he r& Sarah’s group pictures and brought Kent along because he’d never been to prom before ;)
  5. The China Study. I’m actually struggling to come up with five things to write about that aren’t boring – what has my life become. I ordered The China Study because I’m trying to commit myself to veganism and better eating choices, but dammit if it isn’t really hard. The China Study has turned out to be one of the most fascinating, perspective shifting books I’ve ever read. It talks about casein, the protein in milk, and how it essentially feeds cancer cells. No sarcasm, it’s really neat stuff.

Ok that’s it, I promise to be more interesting in the future :*

Humbled

Posted on April 7, 2016

 


 I got home today and wrote thing long, pity-filled blog about life. About class being hard and exams stressing me out. About work getting busy. About feeling small and scared in situations I’m fortunate to be in. 

Last night, my last straw of mental peace broke and I yelled at Kent for trying to make his own dinner. Can’t make this stuff up, folks. Minor meltdown and a good night’s sleep later, today was a new day. 

But sometimes a sour attitude and a pity party can really go a long way, and I let it happen. Slumped through class and bitched & moaned about silly, inconsequential things all day. 

And then, tonight, I remembered how important and small I am. 

I watched Code Black, a documentary about ER doctors in a public hospital. Public hospitals make up 2% of medical institutions in America and serve more than 20% of our population. Their jobs are hard and important. My job can be hard and, at times, what I do is important. Not in an urgent way, but I have the chance on a daily basis to touch people and be kind. I sat and watched doctors work for endless shifts in impossible situations and I was humbled. 
Dad always talks about how God is important for kids because He teaches us that we are important and intentional. You can be important and do “small” work. You can impact the life of a single person – and it is important. Whatever you do in life, you are important, loved, intentional. 

So I bucked up and got over myself. I’m not solving global issues, but I’m doing it with intention and patience. Everything lately is a lesson in patience. Kent takes the gold for quietly backing out of the kitchen last night and giving me seven minutes of silence. Anyway, that’s all. Code Black is on Netflix & gave me beautiful perspective on a really grumpy, sassy day. 

101 in 1,001 | March ’16

Posted on March 18, 2016

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This little bucket list is coming to a close really soon, might as well give an update on what I’ve been up to! More than anything, it’s funny to look at where I was when I wrote this list and how life has unfolded since then. Some of my tasks are of zero interest to me anymore and I honestly wonder where my head was when I wrote some of them.

So, here we go! A 101 in 1,001 update:

5. Give up sweets for two weeks. This happened organically, actually. I’ve been thinking about cutting out added sugar from my diet for awhile. It’s harder than you think, but I’ve been avoiding it pretty well for the last couple weeks. No more kombucha and cookies from Earthfare, but my addiction to La Croix makes it a little easier.

14. Maintain a weight under 125. Don’t wanna jinx it here, but this one has been pretty constant over the last few years. Partially due to Kent’s healthy eating habits that I’ve picked up, but I’ve been really finding my vibe in the gym lately. I started the BBG program from Kayla Itsines recently and I’m wiped out after each workout.

20. Send 50 handwritten notes. This kinda happened on it’s own, we held a conference at work that had a bunch of panelists from the community. A few weeks ago, I wrote and mailed out around 30 thank-you notes. Plus, we’ve been sending snail mail to Kent’s grandpa in Kansas lately. He always sends back a note thanking us for the card and telling us he is always thinking of us.

27. Make a budget and stick to it. When I bought a new car, I had this panic to get all my finances in OCD order. I started using the envelope system in January, pulling out for different envelopes with different paychecks. It’s been really helpful and it’s easier when we grocery shop and I can give Kent cash rather than asking the cashier to run two cards. I’ve been really plugging away at my students loans and today my total went under $17,000. I started plugging away in Fall 2014 when my loans were just over $25,000. It’s SO gratifying to see that number drop every month.

35. Harvest my own vegetables. I may have blogged about this before and not crossed it off, but I’m a seasoned cucumber farmer now! Last spring I planted a few different seeds and the cucumbers TOOK OFF. Wrapped up around the porch railing and down the stairs. It even climbed up the utility line to my upstair neighbor’s apartment. THEN she stole one of my huge, beautiful cucumbers. But – can’t say I blame her.

42. Visit a factory. I literally did this TWO YEARS AGO and I haven’t marked it off. C’mon, Kate. We’re planning our Europe trip bit by bit and we’re signed up to tour the Carlsberg beer factory in Copenhagen, Denmark! Really excited for that.

53. Have perfect attendance for an entire semester. Considerably easier when you’re only taking two graduate courses as opposed to five undergrad classes. Last semester & this semester I’ve made it to eeeeevery lecture. Go me.

61. Take a picnic somewhere pretty. Yet another one I did 2.5 years ago and haven’t marked off. We had a picnic in Baldwin Park on our one-year dating anniversary.

73. Stop Cursing. Lol, what came over me when I wrote this one? Not happening.

85. Go back to New York City. I did this in October with my sisters! I blogged about it here.

98. Learn Calligraphy. Can we amend this to say “sorta learn calligraphy”? I’m definitely comfortable with the pens, but I’ve found I’m more into freehand lettering than using a traditional calligraphy pen.