The Dean’s List

As we sink into our new norm, I’ve decided to share with you all some of my current obsessions on a monthly basis. These are items and activities keeping me company as I navigate this new WFH lifestyle. The Dean’s List is a quick rundown featuring something new from one of four categories including: watching, listening, playing and drinking. Enjoy!

December List

Watching the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit"

Jumping on the bandwagon here and watching “The Queen’s Gambit” which is currently one of Netflix’s most talked about shows.

I wasn’t immediately sold on this limited series but there is a dark-quirky charm that grows on your throughout each episode. Without giving any spoilers, the series written (and directed) by Scott Frank does a great job of mixing in the highs and lows as you follow the story of an orphaned chess prodigy from Kentucky. Would definitely recommend this watch as we go into the holiday season for a good binge.

Listening to Miley Cyrus's "Plastic Hearts"

Another 2020 surprise for me is the amount of love I have for Miley Cyrus’s new album. Besides the fact that she is Dolly’s goddaughter, I haven’t been a huge fan of Miley or her music but “Plastic Hearts” just hits different.

The album dropped on November 27 and has played on loop in the car, at the gym and in my house. If the album had dropped sooner, there is no doubt “Plastic Heart’s” would have made my top spins list joining T-swift’s “Folklore” at the top. Miley’s latest LP sits in the Pop/Rock genre and highlights both original music and covers. “Angels Like You” and “Gimme What I Want” are two of my favorites.

You can listen with me on Pandora by following this link.

Playing "Civilization IV"

I have been a longtime fan of the “Civilization” franchise. I’ve played the game since the second installment was released and have enjoyed each version since.

Currently, I’m playing the 6th version in the franchise and absolutely love it. There are definitely some issues with the AI but I enjoy the overall gameplay the most of any past version. I also love that the developers continue expanding on the gameplay by adding new packs like the Babylon pack which was released back in November. This turn-based strategy game is also the perfect gift. I am playing on my Mac but it’s available across platforms.

Drinking Costco's Wine Advent Calendar

Tis that time of year when we indulge in our favorite treats for a month straight and then regret everything in the new year. Lucky for me, I’m not big on sweets or dessert. Instead, I like to pour myself a hearty glass and cozy up by the fireplace each night.

For the past couple of years, my partner and I have tried to get our hands on Costco’s wine advent calendar before they sell out. We are beat to the punch every year but not this year! We planned really early. Even called Costco a couple of months out to get an idea of when they were coming.

The wine advent calendar is definitely perfect for the season and great for the wine lover. You get to try all sorts of reds and whites and the bottles have enough for 2 glasses each night. So, it’s great for sharing! We are only on day 4 but you can check out more on the advent calendar here.

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