Pop.Bop.Shop. is all about discovering new adventures and exploring your own city or a new one. Use the search boxes below to uncover the best vacation spots, hotels, day trips, museums, movies, music, books and more.
During the lead up to the 2017 awards season I frantically raced to see as many nominated movies as possible.
Back in July 2016 my friend Stephanie (who is an author and screenwriter) recommended I read Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies. I devoured it (read that book review here) and couldn't wait for the HBO limited series to debut. At the time I was reading the book, the series had already been cast, but I tried not to read anything about production until I was finished with the book.
In my twenties I was a total gym rat. I worked out five or six days a week, first at Bally's in Porter Square, then at Beacon Hill Athletic Club in Oak Square and finally at GymIt in Watertown. When I adopted Scout I traded the treadmill for the great outdoors, opting for long walks in the fresh air over sweat sessions at the gym.
Though I don't do hard core workouts anymore, I still love workout clothes. I was recently introduced to La Forma, a line of athletic wear inspired by artists.
In January I read Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and was thrilled to discover Amazon was producing a series based on the book. Season one of Z: The Beginning of Everything is now available via Amazon Prime. The first season is 10 episodes and each episode is 30 minutes long.
While in Las Vegas in early March I tore through Ann Patchett's Commonwealth. I had a feeling I would finish it on the trip, so I packed a second book called The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry. No, this is not some kind of serial killer story, but rather a memoir about one woman's experience as a student at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. The title refers to a technique for chopping onions.
After finishing Goliath on Amazon, I was perusing all of the streaming sites for a new show. Netflix recommended something called Love. I watched three episodes and hated it. Apparently my taste in movies and TV often maps to the word “love” because the next show they suggested I try was called Lovesick.
Every night I stream something on my laptop for about an hour before turning in for the night. I've read all the articles that say watching TV (or any screen) before bed is bad for your sleep cycle and overall health, but you know what, I need to do it in order to relax. Take that, internet.
On Friday night, as part of a friend's birthday celebration, I went to see the live-action remake of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. I was nervous to see the film because my sister and I were obsessed with it when we were young. I think we've seen it at least 1,000 times. That might be a conservative estimate.
I spent this past weekend in Las Vegas and the beautiful weather allowed for two glorious pool days. During those hours of lounging I immersed myself in Ann Patchett's Commonwealth. Patchett has written 10 books, but this was the first one I had read.
Other than my birthday, the Oscars is my favorite event of the year. I love the glitz, the glamour and the prestige. This year was particularly exciting because I had seen so many of the nominated movies.
I have had a fantastic start to Valentine's Week. On Sunday night I saw Fifty Shades Darker, on Monday evening I went to Chocolate Lover's Night Out at the Museum of Science and last night I got to attend a live recording of The New York Times Modern Love podcast at the Wilbur Theater. Cupid and I are on a roll!