The One Where I Binge-Watched Friends

Unfortunately, Friends won’t be there for you on Netflix anymore. On January 1, 2020, the rights to the TV show were transferred to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, which will stream the show when it launches in May.

As a Friends fan who hadn’t seen all the episodes, I embraced the challenge of watching the entire series, in a very short amount of time. I started on October 13th. 10 seasons, 236 episodes and about 88.5 hours of Friends. Challenge accepted. I finished the series on December 31st. Mission accomplished.

This was all inspired by my visit to the Friends NYC Pop-Up. It was the ultimate Friends museum featuring real props from the original sets, perfectly staged photo-ops, and rooms dedicated to each character. The limited time, multi-city, experience was created by Superfly to celebrate the sitcom’s 25th anniversary.

My sister Stephanie and I had a great time peeking through Monica’s iconic purple door, analyzing Phoebe’s candy dollhouse, pivoting Ross’s couch, reclining in Joey & Chandler’s leather chairs, and taking a sip of coffee at Rachel’s former employer, Central Perk. See more photos here.

Friends is one of the funniest, laugh-out-loud, TV shows I’ve ever seen. It’s so good that it’s too hard for me to pick a favorite character or even favorite episode. Honestly, I don’t know if there’s been a show since that even compares.

So thank you Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey for being ridiculous and putting joy into so many people’s lives.

Here’s to hoping we’ll be seeing “The One With the Reunion” soon.


Harry & Hermione

Your Last-Minute, DIY Guide to a Magical Halloween Costume

One more day until Halloween, which means time is running out to plan and execute an extravagant costume. My costume ideas usually stem from clothing items and accessories I already have, before I resort to shopping. I’ve found it to be a useful technique for when I fail to plan ahead and/or don’t want to overspend on a costume. Couple costumes can be a little more difficult to coordinate, but you’d be surprised how creative you can be!

Last year, Chris and I managed to pull off Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, in only a couple of days. AND, we won “Best Couple Costume” at our friend’s Halloween party. The stress of trying to find the perfect costume was relieved when we decided on something simple, while still conveying the characters we wanted to be. Sometimes less is more.

Here’s a guide on how we put together our casual Harry Potter and Hermione Granger costumes. Aside from Chris’s gray sweater, we already owned all of the clothing, so we just had to purchase the accessories.

Harry Potter

  • Lightning Bolt Scar *
  • Circular Glasses*
  • White Collared Shirt
  • Gryffindor Tie*
  • Gray Sweater
  • Gryffindor Patch*
  • Black Dress Pants
  • Black Shoes
  • Wand*

Hermione Granger

  • Wavy Hair
  • White Collared Shirt
  • Gryffindor Tie*
  • Gray Sweater
  • Gryffindor Patch*
  • Black Skirt
  • Black Socks
  • Black Shoes
  • Wand*

*Lightning Bolt Scar (black or brown eyeliner); Circular Glasses (Party City – $6.99); Gryffindor Tie (Party City – $9.99); Gryffindor Patch (DIY – print and cut logo, laminate with tape, use pin to attach to shirt); Wand (Party City – $2.99)

Of course the sky is the limit on what can be done to enhance these costumes. If you have the time and budget, you could add cloaks, Gryffindor scarves, Hedwig for Harry, a textbook for Hermione, the list goes on…

Happy Halloween!

Marvel Mania

I did it! I’ve officially watched every Marvel movie (related to the Avengers, superhero saga).

*Don’t worry, there are no spoilers ahead!*

Over the course of just 43 days, my goal of watching every Marvel movie turned into an adventure and then into an obsession (in a good way). Not only was I sucked into the action-packed storylines and captivating characters, the buildup of Avengers: Endgame fueled my excitement.

22 stories … 2,867 minutes of film … 1 Marvel Cinematic Universe

Last year, my boyfriend suggested I watch all the Marvel movies. As a big fan of the series, he wanted me to experience the universe he loves. I was reluctant at first. I had already seen some movies, but not nearly as many as existed. I enjoyed most of them like The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok, and Doctor Strange, but there were others that didn’t interest me. I thought I knew enough to get by.

It wasn’t until I saw Avengers: Infinity War, when I realized I was missing out on some crucial storylines (Who’s Vision? Guardians of the Galaxy is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?).

On Sunday, April 28, two days after Avengers: Endgame premiered in theaters, I started the ultimate Marvel binge. Don’t ask me how I managed to avoid spoilers.

It was a group effort. Shoutout to my cousin for giving me access to almost every movie, my family for watching with me, and my boyfriend for everything, including this crazy, fun idea.

The order I watched the movies was based on a boyfriend-approved graphic I found online last year. It lists the movies in order of story, not release date.

Watching all 22 movies gave me a greater appreciation for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I thought every movie was great, regardless of what my first impression was. I’m so glad I’m finally caught up on all the complex storylines.

You can officially call me a “True Believer” or “Marvelite” (whatever Marvel fans are called).

While it’s way too hard to choose my favorite movie, my favorite character is a no-brainer, it’s Baby Groot! I mean, just look at him.

Below is my timeline starting on April 28th and ending on June 9th.

  1. April 28: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
  2. April 28: Iron Man (2008)
  3. May 2: The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  4. May 4: Iron Man 2 (2010)
  5. May 5: Thor (2011)
  6. May 5: The Avengers (2012)
  7. May 8: Iron Man 3 (2013)
  8. May 10: Thor: The Dark World (2013)
  9. May 11: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
  10. May 15: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  11. May 15: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
  12. May 16: Ant-Man (2015)
  13. May 17: Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  14. May 18: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  15. May 19: Black Panther (2018)
  16. May 19: Doctor Strange (2016)
  17. May 24: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  18. May 28: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  19. June 2: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  20. June 3: Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  21. June 7: Captain Marvel (2019)
  22. June 9: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Next up: Spider-Man: Far from Home (in theaters July 2)