Wednesday Blogging Challenge: Best Couple

Today’s Weekly Blogging Challenge at Long and Short Reviews is a goodie: the best couple from a book, TV or movie!

Movies

The best movie couple of all time is Morticia and Gomez Addams, hands down. Some of my other all-time favorites are Hellboy and Liz Sherman (from the films; their ‘ship is totally non-canonical in the comics/toons and I dig HB either way), LOTR’s Sam and Rosie (as well as Aragorn and Arwyn), Stardust’s Tristan and Yvaine, Beetlejuice’s Adam and Barbara and Howl’s Movie Castle’s Sophie and Howl. None of these are perfect relationships by any means (and I would even argue that some aren’t relationship goals, either), but I’ve just admired each one for different reasons… or, let’s be honest, just found them to be cute. I’ve also always loved Max and Bella in Notting Hill, and more recently, Lee and Evelyn Abbott in A Quiet Place. And when it comes to Star Wars, while I’ve always loved Han and Leia, I have to say Poe/Finn is the most adorable ‘ship ever.

TV

There are so many TV shows and books on my TBR lists that I’m sure I’ve yet to meet many favorites, many of whom you probably ‘ship already. So far, my favorite TV pairing is probably Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt, but I also pretty much love every couple on Parks and Recreation. It’s my favorite show of all time. I also love Jon Snow with Ygritte on Game of Thrones (and had a really hard love/hate relationship with not only them, but with Dany and Drogo, especially since I read the books which made them both more wholesome and more troubling… sigh!).

Although I’ve never been a Henry Cavill fan, I find myself surprisingly attracted to him as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher, my current media obsession. And no, I don’t usually go for the long, white-haired types, either. I’m loving the dynamic between him and Yennefer of Vengerberg, whom I’ve adopted as my 2020 Patronus. I’m so in love with this character–her defiance, her complexity, and her unapologetic pursuit of power are all as necessary in 2020 for us as they were for her in the 1200s for her. When she screams, “Fuck off,” I scream with her.

Books

Scarlet and Wolf from The Lunar Chronicles just make my heart sing. I’m also smitten with Marko and Alana from Saga. A comic reader since childhood, I’ve loved X-Men’s Jean Grey with both Scott Summers and Wolverine, in different capacities, since the 90s, but I also hate them together; it’s a love-hate thing, really, which I suspect stems from how I relate to Jean and the warring desires I’ve felt in my own life. Most recently I read The Bromance Book Club and really loved the couple, Thea and Gavin, together.

A lifelong Harry Potter fan, I’ve always enjoyed Molly and Arthur Weasley, fell head over feet for Remus and Tonks together, and as wildly as fans tend to disagree on it, I loved how Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny turned out, between book-Ron’s growth and Ginny’s calling Harry out on his bullshit when everyone else walked on eggshells around him. And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’ve gone back through The Hunger Games after reading them to re-read the Katniss and Peeta scenes again a few times. As far as my own books, forest god Theo and paranormal investigator Autumn from Falling for Fall have to be my favorite couple.

How about you? Who are your favorite couples?

Wednesday Blogging Challenge: New Hobby

Today’s Weekly Blogging Challenge is to share a new hobby that you’re trying or that you wish to try. Over the years I’ve had so many new hobbies, from raising chickens to creating my own room and toilet sprays (I just tried that last week!) that I could write about this topic for days on end. Since I work from home, I can engage in just about any cheap hobby I like, and they usually come in handy while homeschooling, too.

My favorite hobby has to be making stickers for my journal and planner. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even like stickers from the store as much anymore (although I do still find ones I like on Etsy!). This week I made some Witcher stickers, for example.

Creating costumes and drawing with my teenager (we like to issue weird challenges, like “incorporate stitching into a fandom,” which resulted in a creepy Care Bear and a stuffed plush of Winston from Ghostbusters last night) are some of my other favorite hobbies. I also like making things in my new air fryer that my parents bought us for Christmas, playing board games with my family, going to concerts, trying out new indie perfume oils (my favorites are Sugar & Spite, Fortune Cookie Soap, Solstice Scents, Hexxenacht and Has of Gloi) and, of course, reading.

Some new hobbies I hope to try in 2020 are wine and cheese tasting with my husband, camping and traveling (which, to be fair, we’ve done off and on), and doing more projects around our house. This year we have some big goals in that department that are both intimidating and exciting.

How about you? What are your current hobbies or new ones you hope to try in 2020?