Thursday, September 24, 2015

We're Talking About Swim Lessons

My daughter is two years old and will reach the "oh my goodness I can't believe she's going to be three!" very soon. My son is 15 months old and we recently signed them both up for swim lessons.

They've had a limited amount of time in pools before the swim lessons, and they were all positive experiences for them. Marshall seems to love the water from start to finish without any hesitation. Adelaide seems a little more cautious at first, but as soon as she gets warmed up, she will start to jump off the sides by herself.

Let me repeat that. She can jump off the side into the water, BY HERSELF!! Even Marshall steps off the side while holding hands and loves every second of it.

Swim lessons have made me quickly realize, if I hadn't fully grasped it before, that my wife and I have two kids and not two babies. We've known for a while that Adelaide is a "big girl," but we recently talked to her about how Marshall is now a toddler.

I know where the time went, because Meghan and I do as much as we can to be involved with every second, but where did the time go?!? Swim lessons just happen to be one of those things that make me stop to think and hope I've done everything to this point to make sure they know that their dad loves them as much as possible, and hope that I haven't missed anything.

They've had a couple of swim lessons so far. Marshall seems to enjoy going off the side and being submerged. Adelaide likes swimming by herself and even floating on her back; all with a floaty strapped around both of them of course.

It's been almost three years since Meghan gave birth to Adelaide, and now, we have two wonderfully enthusiastic, fun, and loving kids that go to and enjoy swim lessons. They're not super heroes in the making. They're already there.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Two of a Kind

The past four years have included a marriage and two children. I am lucky to consider my life-long partner to be my perfect match, and I am still amazed at how lucky we are with our children.

One is two years old and the other is one year old; more specifically, our daughter will be three next month, and our son is 15 months old.

It's pretty amazing to think of how much has changed in such a relatively short amount of time. Tonight for instance, Meghan and I watched as our two kids played together around a play-kitchen AND they both shared "food" with us as we had our very own tea party.

Adelaide made us "the best Golden Grahams," while Marshall continued to feed us a wide variety of plastic vegetables from a pink grocery cart. This fun interaction reminded us how much they mimic each other, and how much they truly appreciate each other's company even if they can't express it an absolute verbal way.

Marshall says momma and dada and nana and I'm so excited! Okay, so the last one isn't true, but his expression when he hears that his big sister is coming down the stairs is nothing short of pure joy, as he stands near the ottoman (our blockade for the living room), grunts enthusiastically, and bobs up and down with a gigantic smile on his face. It's amazing to see each morning, and it is almost every morning because he usually wakes up before her.

Now whether Adelaide wakes up before mommy or Marshall, she always asks where they are and why they are where they are. If they're still in bed, she'll ask why and then ask if she can snuggle with her mommy. If they're downstairs, we'll go downstairs, listen as Marshall waits for her to come down, and then ask to snuggle with mommy on the couch.

They both have favorite blankies; Adelaide's is homemade, pink, and covered with owls, while Marshall's is gifted, blue, and covered with tags. They love bringing it downstairs with them, most of the time, and sometimes wish they can bring it with us on our trips to the grocery store or anywhere else. It's okay, we have backup blankets in the car for them.

During any car ride, Adelaide will tell us what Marshall is saying; "Marshall saying, 'ma ma ma.'" Marshall will always look around his rear-facing car seat to look at Adelaide and laugh as she talks or makes sounds to mimic Marshall. They are their own "dynamic duo." They are Superman and Wonder Woman. They are Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. They are Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. Granted, they're not old enough to understand or even say some of the things these people say, but the fondness for which they have for each other translates so well to such duos.

As Kirk and Spock were at the playground this past weekend, it was great to watch them both watch each other. She would go one direction and he would follow. He would go to another slide and she would want to follow too. They have created this fantastic bond and Meghan and I are so proud of it. They absolutely adore each other and we hope this connection will be a foundation for them to depend on each other as they get older.

Perhaps one day in the next year or so, Marshall will do something he shouldn't, and maybe, just maybe, Adelaide encourages this something. The hope will be that they have built such a solid friendship and bond that something like this (or something similar many years down the road) won't damage what has been such an amazing thing to watch; pure joy with each other's company.

My greatest hope is for them to depend on each other, learn from each other, and continue to build on their relationship and know that regardless of the circumstances, they will be there to help one another, and hopefully find a way to smile and laugh and realize what they have is exactly what they want with other friends.

As Picard and Guinan move forward, I cannot wait to see them smile and laugh more and more, and hope their bond continues to grow out of this world.

Monday, June 15, 2015

It Will Never Change

To my wife, Meghan, the love of my life:

You mean everything to me. Despite when I was younger, and often feeling like I would never find you, it happened. Maybe it was excellent timing, or we were just fortunate to have great friends that allowed us to get together on a fun, Wilmington Beach trip; granted, the first hotel and my sun burn did not forecast our inevitable pairing, but perhaps it explains the years in-between; it just took my skin that long to heal.

Our life together is amazing. I love you and I love that you love me. I believe our relationship is what has made two amazing kids (so far ;-D). They love each of us so much and they adore each other. It's what makes our lives exciting and new every day; we get to watch them grow and become who they will be with our guidance to make sure they understand right and wrong, to treat each other (and everyone else) well, and to let them know it's okay to be silly when they're happy or retreat when they're angry.

Being a parent isn't easy, and I'm glad that it isn't. I need to know that we're doing it right and I can't imagine doing anything less than taking the time to teach them how to be truly wonderful people. And maybe along the way, they'll pick up your wonderful smile, maybe a mix of our height, and my glorious eyebrows that need to be trimmed because boy! can they go in every direction, much like my hair when I wake up in the morning.

I guess the point of this is to tell you that everything was, is, and will be worth being with you. You are the moon to my night, the shade to the sun, and everything else that can possibly express how much you mean to me and will always mean to me. It will never change.

And maybe things will seem like they're tough all of the time, because the kids get sick, or the house needs repairing, or sometimes it's just a bad day; but I know, with everything in me, every single day will be easy in some way. It will be looking at you. It will be us looking at our kids. That's the easiest part. Loving each other will never waver and loving each other will be what gives us relief every day, because how can we not look at our kids at some point and just hold our breath while thinking, "They are amazing, and I didn't think it was possible to love anything more." And it's the same comfort I find when I look at you.

Our relationship grows each and every day as they grow, and we will adapt to what comes our way. We will smile, cry (because I am that funny), and we will enjoy each other's company and laughter. I know it will be worthwhile, because the years with you and the years with our kids have made it all so exciting and I'm so looking forward to more of it in the years to come.

I love you so much! I love Adelaide and Marshall so much! That's what matters.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Start of Something Fun

As some of you may know, my wife Meghan is a teacher. She loves seeing her school kids' progress throughout the year, and it's great to listen to her talk about it because she gets so happy. Now that summer is approaching, she wanted to do something different to try and earn more money over that time. Seeing as she loves to teach, and she love love loves our two kiddos, she thought about becoming an Independent Consultant for Usborne Books.

I LOVE this idea! We wanted to get new books for the kids anyway, and this was the perfect opportunity to do that. We already had a couple of Usborne books, and the opportunity to do this seemed like perfect timing.

Meghan is very excited about doing this, because not only does it allow us to get some amazing books for our kids, we get to offer these books to our friends, family, and everyone else connected down the line. This seems like a really fun way to try and earn extra income for our family.

We have a site for people to search through our catalogue and order, but we also get to host parties. So you're saying we get to have fun hosting book parties with friends, family members, and anyone else that wants to attend, and this is part of the business?

And that's part of the reason why Meghan is so excited; we're starting our own business venture together. It didn't even occur to me until she mentioned it, and that's really cool. This adventure seems like a fun opportunity to share books with other people and offer some pretty cool discounts while we're at it. Plus, others can host book parties too.

Again, planning a party isn't necessarily easy, but I find it very entertaining. I like the idea of getting all of the little details together and seeing friends and family have fun together. Maybe we'll have a potluck dinner and door prize book party. Maybe we'll have a dessert and wine book party with episodes of "Friends" playing in the background. Maybe, just maybe, we'll have a book party wrapped around a game night.

Yes! Meghan has come up with a great idea for us to try and earn some extra cash, because overall we're really excited about getting to interact more with our friends all while sharing our favorite books. It sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Granted, this will take a lot of work, but that's not something we've really second-guessed. We'll try to put as much time and effort into this like any other thing we want to do well at; so here we are at the start of our very own business.

We're excited. We hope to earn some free books along the way; plus, we're thrilled that others have already offered to host, because hosting a party can get you free books and other special offers too.

Oh yeah, we had our first online book party tonight!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Follow the Laughter

Our son has taken a few steps here and there on his own over the past week (holy cow!), but cruises like he's got roller skates on. Recently, while he was cruising the couch, I made a noise so he would know I was behind him. He turned his head and instantly smiled, before turning back around to make a mad dash for it. Now imagine me slowly crawling on my knees as I watch my 10 month old son get a kick out of just being there. Each little section he would stop to turn, and rush forward again, all while laughing, giggling, and snorting as his daddy followed him on his trip.

If you don't think this is one of the most amazing moments of my life, that just means you haven't met me yet.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Parenting Time

In the past few months, there's been less and less time during the week to see my kids. Baby moby goes to bed between 5:30pm and 6pm each night, so most nights he's hit the sack by the time I get home. Usually, I can see big girl, but the past few weeks even she's been avoiding naps which means she's exhausted before I get home.

Even though I get sad when I don't see them, days like today make up for the lost time. I left work early, stopped by my local comic book store, picked up dinner, and met the wife and kids at home around the same time. During the few hours I got to spend with them, I watched little guy laugh up a storm as Meghan hopped up and down in front of him. Little girl ran back and forth in the living room, talked to me about her day, and read some books with us. All of this was mixed around both kids eating a TON of food for dinner.

I understand that there are times when I don't get home from work soon enough to see the little ones, but days like today put a wide smile on my face. It definitely helps that my wife is an excellent mother and talks about dadda when I'm not home in time. On a side note, when Meghan was on the way to drop off the kids at daycare yesterday, baby moby was saying "dadda dadda dadda." Apparently, little girl's response was, "Marshall said 'da da da.' No Marsh, say 'ma ma ma.' Do it Marsh. Do it, do it, do it."

It's these moments that I get to share with my wife, even when I'm not there, which makes me feel like I am there. It's not easy being away from the kiddos, but taking advantage of every other second is what I try to do.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Go-to for Comic Books and Enthusiasm for Me: Amy Dallen

My nephew recently asked for help with finding comic books for him. This was HUGE for me. I grew up with comic books in my early-to-mid teen years. My knowledge of comic books used to be decent, but after many, many years, my time and desire to keep up dwindled. Recently (the past five years or so), I've decided what I want to be when I grow up; that's a writer. In loving to write and read and watch many things on the creative side, this obviously led me back to the wonderful world of comic books. And this world is ENORMOUS! I love the artistry, amazing colors, and storylines.

So, after collecting comic books again for the past few years (and a few Comic-Cons under my belt), this ask for help from my nephew should be a breeze, right? I am absolutely thrilled that he asked for my help, and I'm absolutely excited to have done some research and purchased a few (dozen) comic books for him. However, I must admit that my enthusiasm for comic books has been reinforced by an individual that I really enjoy following through social media. Her online presence with her love of comic books and everything tangled in-between makes me feel like I'm watching a best friend tell me about herself.

Amy Dallen is FANTASTIC! Her love and enthusiasm for comic books is so evident on her Geek & Sundry vlog, "Talkin' Comics." Let me get something straight, my knowledge of comic books is probably less than 1% of the overall scope of everything that is available. She seems to be on top of everything and perhaps that's why she's employed at House of Secrets. Anyone that comes into this shop and has a question, she can probably answer it without any hesitation whatsoever.

One of her most recent vlogs discusses comic books suitable for all ages. Wait, that's what I'm looking for with my nephew! Exactly. Amy knows the world of comic books and shares that knowledge so everyone can enjoy them; she might even sing a song here and there to express her excitement even more so.

Amy Dallen is a member of the Geek & Sundry Vlog family, and has been featured on the main channel too. She has produced over 50 of her wonderfully fun and informative episodes and it has become a must-see show for my online viewing.

Here is one of my favorite episodes when she interviewed stars at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier World Premiere. I had fun watching this, because you could see how much fun she was having at this event.

If I have to recommend comic books to anyone, I will tell them about Amy Dallen and her hit vlog series. Her knowledge and enthusiasm makes me want to be equally informed about the comic world, and it also keeps me excited with what I do. I love to write and create new characters and storylines, and a person like Amy keeps that love of writing alive, because when I see her excitement, it makes me realize I have the same excitement for writing books, blogs, and everything else associated with putting pen to paper (eh, or fingers to keyboard). @Enthusiamy's personality radiates and I only hope I can express the same enthusiasm with everything I do.

If you're looking for other avenues to follow Amy Dallen online, check out the following sites:

Talkin' Comics Weekly (via Geek & Sundry)
Talkin' Comics (via Geek & Sundry Vlogs)

For some clarification, Geek & Sundry has a main channel that includes shows like TableTop, Space Janitors, Caper, and many other programs, while Geek & Sundry Vlogs presents a ton of people that produce their own video blogs on a variety of topics. Amy Dallen's Talkin' Comics was popular enough to land her spots on both channels. Yeah, that's pretty cool.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TableTop by Geek & Sundry: Best Online Program

You might believe my love of Star Trek: The Next Generation skews my opinion of the show TableTop, hosted by Wil Wheaton. Yes, TNG is my favorite show. No, Wil Wheaton, cast member of the former hit show, does not dictate my opinion on what I believe is the best online program today. It just happens to be an added bonus that he co-created this genius show.

Actually, I've felt this way since the show originally aired.  Now, TableTop has started Season 3 and they started with a very fun game (that I had never heard of) called Tokaido.

I won't go into the details of the game, because I've never played the game or know the rules well enough after watching it be played on the hit show. I will say that TableTop brings a great experience to everyone that loves to hang out with friends, play board games, and learn something new along the way.

For me, I learn something almost every episode because my gaming experience is limited. I grew up on Nintendo and Super Nintendo, with games like Super Mario, Zelda, and Kid Icarus, and board games like Trivial Pursuit and Life. As I've gotten older, I realize how much I enjoy playing board and card games with my friends, because there are a combination of things that happen usually. First, we spend the afternoon or evening catching up on past events since last seeing each other. Next, we figure out what game(s) we're going to play, which then turns the evening into a different event each time because each game has its own makeup. Is it strategy-based and pits each player against each other? Is it collaborative as the group tries to defeat the evil board game monster? Is it a fun guessing game involving playing cards with fun images?

Lastly, playing board games is something I relish in a very selfish way. It allows me to have a sense of camaraderie with my wife and friends that like the same things. Granted, my wife will usually watch us play unless it's a card game, but card games are kind of how we met on a beach trip with friends a long time ago, and then those same card games allowed us to catch up when those said friends got married. Then we started dating and the remaining glorious history of our relationship sprung from there. Okay, I threw some personal history in there; now back to TableTop.

TableTop is a show on Geek & Sundry, created by Felicia Day, which allows its viewers to watch Wil and a few guests play a game. At the beginning and throughout the show, the rules are explained so every person watching can better understand the mechanics of each game.

What do I love most about TableTop? The interaction between all of the players is so fun to watch, and it reminds me of when I play with my friends. Everyone is there to have fun and play a game, possibly for the first time, and they'll probably settle down to play again further down the road. I enjoy watching the enthusiasm when they play; it's contagious and it makes me want to find out what game they'll be playing next or what games other viewers play in their spare time.

This is just one writer's opinion. I'm not employed by Geek & Sundry. I'm not paid to feel this way or write this piece. I just really love TableTop and look forward to the next episode, and the next season after one concludes. Season 3 was made possible by fans of TableTop who donated money to fund its production. How amazing is that? It's pretty amazing! So many people have spent time and money to support this entertaining show that also happens to springboard a positive message. It is absolutely okay to enjoy spending time with friends and play games. It allows everyone to be themselves, or pretend to be someone else; depends on the game. TableTop encourages inclusion among its guests and viewers, and I believe Wil really understands the role that board games can play in our lives.

Board games are meant to be fun. They can be extremely competitive, but it can be done in a way that isn't threatening or demeaning in any way. Game play can also be very laid back and allow friends to play a game without having too much strategy, which can allow for friends to banter back and forth about other topics. In my life, I love hearing about my friends' work and their trips to conventions in their spare time; it makes me feel like so much time hasn't passed since our last encounter. I believe this show represents a kindness that can be forgotten in today's electronic world. Guests of the show can be scientists, writers, actors, tattooed, dyed hair, and overall represent a diverse population, which expresses the true nature of the show. TableTop is meant to incorporate everyone and never exclude anyone. If you like to play board games, then watch this show or seek out local games. It's meant to promote friendship and friendly-spirited game play.

My wife's a teacher. I'm a writer. I have friends that are physicists, college students while working full-time, in law enforcement or military, teachers, counselors, work in higher education, recreation, sales, and some are in the art world. The point is that we've all played games together at some point and it remains a vivid memory to this day. That's the point, isn't it? The moments we share will be there to remember and to do all over again.

That's what TableTop represents to me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Super Hero Movies: A Look at Black Widow

I wonder at what point will we no longer have to say, "I wish they'd make an X super hero movie already." When will it be okay to say, "Did you see the new Black Widow movie?!" instead of "When are they making a female super hero movie?!"*

As well, what's wrong with Falcon becoming Captain America? Is it because you don't like his wings? Should Captain America not fly?

Was there this much outrage when Robin became Nightwing, another Robin showed up to become Red Hood, while another Robin showed up; did I miss anything? Oh yeah, there's also Red Robin.

For today's topic, let's focus on the lack of super hero movies. Yes, they have Wonder Woman scheduled, as well as Captain Marvel. I'm wondering what formula is being used to determine who gets a super hero movie and when they feel it will be the best time. Changing the question* we ask about today's super hero movies will only change when someone makes a decision to want to make it and then follow through with it.

Obviously, there are many challenges if many people say "no" to your ideas, but how many people that ask for these movies would eventually get a "yes" because so many actually want to make these said movies?

One "knock" on Scarlett Johannson's Black Widow getting her own movie, "Well, she doesn't have any super powers." I guess I missed the memo that said Batman and Iron Man have super powers. They're really smart, have money, and use a lot of gadgets and tech to get the job done. Yeah, I guess that doesn't sound like Black Widow...

Is it possible that some are waiting because they want to release a perfect super hero movie, such as Black Widow? Sure, it is possible. Is it possible they're waiting for the right time, as in popularity within the comic book world, to create a Black Widow film? No, I don't believe that one. Since when do fans somehow become the reason we're waiting on these things?

Do fans get to choose scripts and why characters get killed in movies? Do fans get to choose what actors play the roles in these films? Granted, my goal isn't to make this only about Black Widow. I'm also thinking about Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Storm, and other potentially awesome big screen hits, but it's easier for me to focus on one at a time.

Yes, fan consideration is a great reason to help determine if profits will be earned by a film, but doesn't a proven character help in earning that trust. Black Widow could have her own movie series independent of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe. There could be an origin story with her learning the ropes from Nick Fury. There could also be a Nick Fury movie showing the ropes for an eager Phil Coulson, but let's stay on track. She could have an entire spy series designated to predate the MCU. Wouldn't that be something worth doing? I really liked the Bourne series (only saw the Matt Damon trio), and think it would be pretty cool to see Marvel's take on such a series with Black Widow.

Here's a full list of other super hero movies (that may or may not be in production) I would like to see:
  • Captain Marvel
  • Black Panther
  • Doctor Strange
  • Wonder Woman
  • Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants
  • Spider-Woman
  • Rogue, via Ms. Marvel storyline
  • Gambit
  • X-Men: Apocalypse
  • WildC.A.T.S.
  • Storm
  • Iron Man 4
  • Inhumans (connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
As of right now, we'll be waiting for Wonder Woman (2017) and Captain Marvel (2018). Iron Man 2, with the introduction of Johannson's role as Black Widow, was released in 2010. Under this current model of success with the MCU, it will be seven years since her introduction until we see a solo film and it's not even Black Widow or a Marvel product.

What super hero movies would you like to see?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Boy Update: Seven Months

So my son started to eat Cheerios this past weekend. He's seven months old and he's eating Cheerios! I'll preface this by saying, I do have a daughter that is two years old. So why is this so shocking to me?

I have no idea.

His ability to sit up, pull himself up to stand, and eat solids has completely taken me by surprise even though I just witnessed the same things with my daughter in the past year and a half. I'm glad I'm still surprised. I'm glad it seems new, because I want to show the same excitement when he does these AMAZING things. And they are amazing, it's incredible to see him do these things and I just look to my wife and say, "How is he doing this already?"

It was a few weeks ago when he learned to pull himself up to sit on his own. The next day, the very next day, he pulled himself up to stand. Are you kidding me?

It's a fun roller coaster that continues to increase my worry level. Is he going to fall? I need to put a pillow behind him! I need to put a pillow in front of him! Thank goodness for cushy, kid floor mats. So back to the whole, I'm going to eat some solids. He's been on the soft fruits and veggies already; my wife is amazing and does all of the baby food preparation!

So far, he's eaten many different things from sweet potatoes to peas to carrots (there's a Forrest Gump quote in there somewhere) to pears and to many other things leading up to Cheerios.

Wow. I still can't believe it.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Agent Carter: Best of the Year

Is it too early to call Marvel's Agent Carter the best new show of the year? This show represents the early beginnings of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and if you like that show, you'll love Agent Carter.

Agent Carter is clever and willing to undermine what little credibility she has with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR before SHIELD) to protect her friends and ultimately find the truth. Peggy Carter, call her Agent, using the phone company as a cover identity to her true role in the SSR. Unfortunately, she was taken more seriously when there was a war and now that war is over.

In two weeks, and three hours of episodes, Agent Carter has already wrapped me around its finger. The show deals with a hero that's struggling to gain recognition among her peers, and those same peers question her heroism during the war once it's over. She trusts very few individuals and is willing to defy the organization she works for to protect those she believes are important to the good of humanity.

This show already resembles the making of a long-running series, even though it's only intended for seven parts. Will they find a way to extend this amazing television show?

What do you think so far? Do you want to see more Agent Carter?

Monday, January 12, 2015

To My Wife

Many of you don't know my wife. I was thinking about Meghan at work today and how I want to write about her; I guess sometimes I like to do that.

We celebrated her birthday this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. There were friends and family over with good food, wine, champagne, and sangria. The kids had a lot of fun interacting with everyone. The Ravens were playing and that was a good thing too.

I guess I was just thinking about how happy it made me to see how happy she was this weekend. She really deserves more weekends like that. She is a wonderful mother. She works very hard. She spends time after the kids go down to do chores or make lunches for tomorrow. If there was a super hero in our family, it's safe to say she could have the letter on her chest; A is for awesome by the way.

I guess I wanted to write about her, because I wanted to tell you about her and how crazy I am about her. It's not something I do every day, but the amazing thing about her, she understands that when I normally write it's about fictional characters I've created in some dystopian world, or I'm blogging about our recent events with the kids, or because I'm excited about a comic book video from Amy Dallen, or an article from Bonnie Burton, or how I still can't believe that James Rollins follows me in the social media world; come on, that's so cool!

And the fact that she hasn't ever rolled her eyes or been bored with my interests and encourages my writing, despite the limited amount of time each of us has, she doesn't flinch. When I talk to my friends, I say, "Man, I'm so lucky." There is not a "but" coming at the end of that sentence. I don't have any sarcastic tone. I truly believe it.

I guess that's why from time to time, I like to tell my friends about how great my wife is and how much I love her, which I guess explains why I'm writing this today.

Babe, Happy Birthday! I love you. I'm glad you had an incredible time this weekend. You deserve many more.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Three Movie Picks for 2015

There are quite a number of movies that could be blockbusters this year. Many of these potential hits are part of a series and one makes my pick of three movies I most want to see.



Avengers: Age of Ultron

Yes, I want to see Star Wars; however, I believe my interest is tempered by the last trilogy. Here are other movies I want to see, but will most likely have to wait until DVD.

Mr. Holmes
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Jurassic World
Ex Machina

As for my three picks, all of them have their own type of adventure. Chappie seems to explore not only creativity, but the notion of decency when approached by new or different things. Tomorrowland seems like a fairy tale and I want to follow the path to see what other magic is going to happen. Avengers was fantastic and the preview for Age of Ultron does the impossible; it seems like it could be better than the first.

What movies do you want to see most?

As for other things starting this year, Marvel's Agent Carter tops my TV list.