Valiantly Varnished Week In Review -You Broke My Heart How I Met Your Mother!

Happy Friday gang! I hope everyone's work week went by like lightning. Mine surprisingly did for which I am very grateful. My week started off with a plunk however. Like millions of others I eagerly awaited the series finale of How I Met Your Mother. And also like millions of others I was disappointed (and even a bit devastated) with how the writers chose to end the nine season run of the show. I could write an entire post about my ire regarding this. My favorite couple on the show (after and Lily and Marshall) was Robin and Barney and the way they chose to deal with that relationship is what bugs me the most. You spend an entire season (and 3 seasons making us root for them) centered on their wedding and then you break them up?! WTH?! And don't even get me started on the glossing over of the Mother... my hulk-rage regarding this is starting to return and so let's move on to another show that I love and that hasn't broken my heart...

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If you are not watching Hannibal first, "shame on you!" and second,"get on that!". This is hands down one of the best shows on TV right now (and my personal favorite at the moment). Incredible writing, acting and the cinematography is movie-like in quality. I have a long-standing crush on Mads Mikkelsen so it can be hard for me to dislike him (and Hannibal is actually very likable besides the whole cannibal thing) and he is so good in the role. If you are easily frightened and grossed out you may take issue with the show. The show is gory - but not in a horror movie slice and dice way. I hate horror films and things that are overly gory and I have no issues watching it so I say still give it a shot if you haven't already! It airs on Fridays at 10/9c on NBC.
I took a mini hiatus from reading since I burned through so many books early in the new year. The series that I ended my break with is C. Gockel's I Bring The Fire Series. It is an awesome re-telling of Norse mythology set in modern times centered around my personal favorite mischief-maker, Loki. This is a really well-written series and the characters (especially Loki himself) are very engaging. I also really loved that the series takes place in Chicago. There are so many references to places and streets I see or walk down on a daily basis, which was a treat. The series is on Amazon and the first book is free if you have a Kindle or the Kindle app. I will warn you - this series is addictive. I started reading it in early March and have finished the entire thing already! 
In other news, I haven't been to the movies in forever - I mean forever (the last film I saw in a theaters was Thor: The Dark World last November!). I used to go practically every weekend and now whenever I think about it I'm a but *shoulder shrug*. I love movies but I don't know if it's just that I'm getting older and turning into a curmudgeon (I do hate crowds) or if it's simply that it's not as fun as it used to be. Thinking of going this weekend and seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Avengers films are apparently the only thing that gets me into theaters anymore!