Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tube Obsessions

For some reason I always seem to be a little behind the eight ball when it comes to discovering fantastic television. Everybody around me, and usually my husband as well, will be on the train while I am out in the station parking lot. Eventually I start to see posts about (fill in the blank with said brilliant TV show) on Facebook and Twitter, then I ask Jürg if he watches the show, in which he usually replies "yes", then I ask if I will like it, in which he usually replies "possibly." Helpful.

I like to compartmentalize as many things in my life as possible. Order and routine, it's what makes my world go round. So when it comes to TV I choose to be very focused about what I will watch at any given time. When I love a show, I really love a show, and I get very invested in the story and characters. I can't spread myself too thin, these people need my full attention.

Since I always appreciate a good recommendation, I am here to share with you some of my recent and current TV obsessions.

I am not sure how I missed the Friday Night Lights train completely, but I didn't even hear about it until after the series finale when everyone and their mother was posting Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can't Lose. on their Facebook profiles. After a few more months I finally decided to watch it (perhaps on a Friday, I can't remember) with Jürg to see what it was all about. One episode and I was hooked. Within days I was doing anything I could to fit in an episode or two. I would scream at the television as if I was watching a live football game (and as if I actually cared about football for that matter) and I would find myself saying things like "Man, I wonder how they are gonna do next Friday against (fill in the blank with whatever team they were set to play)." I would become enraged when Coach Taylor was served any sort of injustice, prompting Jürg to remind me on several occasions "Blair, it's a TV show, there needs to be some drama."

This is going to sound incredibly far fetched and cheesy, but I stand behind it: Watching Friday Night Lights actually made me a better person. I'm not joking, this is how deeply the show touched me. I remember before I started the finale episode, I had tears streaming down my face and crying "I'm just not ready to day goodbye." I always knew it was fiction, but the people of Dillion, TX were real to me. That speaks volumes of the acting which took place on the show. If you have ever felt passionately about something, if you have ever been a parent, if you have ever been a teacher or coach, basically if you have ever lived FNL will touch you in some way.

I scoured YouTube for this speech, and this is the only video I could find. Please forgive the quality and the subtitles, but it's just a tiny example of how powerful the show can be.

Over Christmas break I tried to get my parents into the show and I am sad to say they haven't jumped on the bandwagon. According to them they just can't understand why people care so much about football.  I am confused how they can get behind shows where high school science teachers cook crystal meth, where Chicago mayors incriminate their own daughters and abuse their wives, and totally formulaic crime dramas where you can call the ending at the start of every program, and not behind a football team, but c'est la vie.

So basically over Christmas I learned that my parents have no soul. They are soul-less. I feel sad for them.

Speaking of Crystal Meth, despite my snarky comment above, Breaking Bad is actually an incredible show. I finally finished it this past weekend, and while I am eager to see where the show goes after this season, I am glad to have a break. See, Breaking Bad is no feel go program by any means, on the contrary it's very stressful. There were a few times when I had to grab a pillow and scream into it to calm myself down. It's also pretty violent, and I am just not one for fighting, can't we all just get along?  However, despite the high blood pressure inducing storyline, this is again a tremendous display of acting. The work of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul is, dare I say it, genius. Their complex relationship makes the show worth it.

This show affected me to the point where it would invade my dreams. The most memorable dream being the one where I was cooking Crystal Meth with the Duggar Family. What?!?!

I came across this video on, and it made me laugh. If you haven't seen the show it probably won't resonate with you, but I appreciated the levity.

Well we are 34 days away from the much anticipated fifth season of Mad Men (another brilliant AMC program).  I began watching during the third season and found myself so enthralled at the going's on at Sterling-Cooper that I started watching the first three seasons simultaneously, which admittedly was a bit confusing at times but totally worth it.

I love so many things about Mad Men: The fabulous late 1960's early 1970's costumes and decor. Don Draper's charisma in the conference room. Everything Christina Hendricks says and does...the list goes on.  It's a flawless ensemble and I am so intrigued to see where Season 5 picks up.  I wouldn't classify Mad Men as stressful, but it is addictive. Plus it gives you an excuse to make an Old Fashioned and other mid-century era cocktails on a Sunday night, because that's just how they did things back then.

Bring it, March 25th, I am so ready for you.

My current (as of Sunday evening) TV obsession is the deliciously British Downton Abbey.  I am only three episodes in (ssshhh! no spoilers please!) so I suppose I cannot claim fanatic status yet, but anything with Maggie... I'm sorry Dame Maggie... Smith in it will grab my attention for at least one episode.

If you have ever seen the film Gosford Park (if you haven't add it to your Netflix queue right quick!) it's basically the same premise on the small screen. I love the exploration of the waitstaff vs the nobility. I love the costumes, the English countryside and the torrid love affairs that happen behind closed doors. With only seven episodes in a season I imagine I will be caught up in no time.

In honor of the Dame, I present you this video:


Do you have any recent or current TV obsessions?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Thoughtful Thursdays

It's a quiet night on the homefront. Just me, a glass of wine and two kitties. Here are some thoughts I would like to share.

1) I am a tad confused as to why this was the panel chosen to testify on women's health considering the somewhat obvious fact that NONE OF THEM ARE WOMEN?!? If we want less abortions in this country should we really be questioning women's ability to receive contraceptives? The stupidity confounds me.

2) On a happier and less oppressive note, Chicago is such a pretty city. I snapped this photo really quickly but it just made my heart swell. Even after ten and half years I still find myself thinking "I live here?"

3) I was excited to receive two pairs of these delightfully colored jeans from Old Navy today, only to try them on and not even be able to button them. It was....humbling?....to say the least.

4) You should read this article right away. It's so lovely.

5)  Is there a picture more wonderful than this? I think not.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Please Don't Tell


Don't tell Jürg where I hid his Valentines Day present this morning (it's in the Lazy Susan)

We'll see how long it takes him to find it.

It's this book.

In the meantime, have a love filled day everyone!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Eating ones words

Stupidly mild winter...

Happy Friday!

It's Friday and I thought it wise to share some adorableness with all of you.

This is my sweet friend Jess Godwin. She is super talented and I am in awe of her on a regular basis. You will be too.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Spring(ish) Cleaning

Hi Friends!

I recently had an itch to freshen things up around here. Not sure where it came from but I have the urge to scratch. I have been playing around with Blogger's settings and realizing that I am pretty illiterate when it comes to computers, but I shall continue to futz with some settings and layouts. Things have been starting to feel a bit stale and I could use some spice in my life. The blog seems like a nice place to start.

Today I am in a bad mood. Some will roll their eyes when I admit why, but I must stand behind my feelings. I am pissed off that Edward Lee was eliminated from Top Chef last night. Sure, roll your eyes, but no one rolled their eyes at the Patriots fans when their team didn't win the Super Bowl. Some cheer on players, I cheer on Chef's. It's just how I like to do things.

As a Louisvillain I couldn't help but root for Mr. Lee, and I just don't think he was treated fairly. I won't rant and rave too much because if you aren't a fan of Top Chef it won't mean much to you, but it's not often that the Louisville food scene is recognized on a national level. We were robbed!

However, I have had the pleasure of eating at Edward Lee's restaurant and I have a picture to prove it.  Please ignore how terrible I look.

Ed, I tip my hat to you! You wore fabulous T's, had some of the best one liners of the season and, most of all, made incredible food.  I will be back to 610 Magnolia, you can count on that.

In other news, despite reports to the contrary, Chicago has had a stupidly mild winter thus far. Certainly the mere typing of that sentence will reverse weather patterns and I will regret ever having thought it. But seriously it's been so easy.

My sister-in-law texted me today asking how things were going and I replied "Things are fine...pretty boring to be honest." To which she responded "Haha you always say boring."

It's true though. I am pretty bored. I shouldn't complain because I am healthy and all, but I am sort of wondering "what's next?"  I spend lots of time sitting in front of a computer at work, and while I am starting to go on more auditions I just sort of wonder what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I feel a tad directionless and it's unnerving.  I still want to perform but I am not filled with the verve and vigor I once was. I find myself spending hours thinking about what kind of window treatments I would like for my living room and I  think "what is happening to me?!?!"  I am hoping to regain some focus in the weeks and months to come.

Well, this isn't the most exciting blog post I have ever written, but I just wanted to give ya'll a quick check in. Have a wonderful weekend!