TV Tuesday

15 Apr

It is no secret that sitting and feeling my butt expand while watching TV is my favorite past time.  If I could only watch TV while doing some sort of physical activity, then I would probably die from exertion.  It was one of the tools that helped me get over the hump to the bigger mile runs early on in training.

However, when I needed to start taking it to the streets, I was really bummed and bored.  Why can’t I watch TV while running outside?  I mean yeah I guess I need to see where I am going and not get hit by cars, but other than that, why not?

My half marathon is this weekend, and to say I am dreading it is an understatement.  I would be content just hanging up my runners pride at 10 miles, and be done with it.  Beyond the physical exertion and just not ever getting a love of running, I get bored with the long distances.  Music can only distract me for so long.

So, in an effort for me to keep living in denial for a few more days about what I have to do on Saturday, I just want to talk about TV…My first true love.

We are approaching our one year anniversary of cutting the cable cord.  I know how could a self proclaimed TV-phile such as myself ever abandon the cable company.  Well, the world is an oyster and streaming services are my pearls.  The only hiccup to my otherwise flawless plan, have been the few quality shows on premium cable channels.  You know Breaking Bad, Mad Men, anything on HBO and Showtime, etc.  We can buy season passes for a lot of these shows, but if you do this with every premium show you might like, it ends up being as much as cable.  We decided that we would only buy season passes for shows that we both love dearly.  So far, we have only bought passes for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The League…I likes my comedies.

By cutting the cord, I have been able to enjoy shows that I have had in my “instant queue” to watch “when I have time.”  Let’s face it.  When you have a DVR filling up with trashy reality shows, you are never going to have time.  I can promise you that I would have probably never seen an episode of Mad Men had it not been for our downsizing.  Now I get to be amped about Mad Men being back, and actually being caught up to watch live (online the next day).  It does suck when there are shows that I can’t stream and everyone is just gushing about it.  That would be the only real negative that I see.

In addition to Mad Men, here are some shows I am watching or have watched over the past year, that I love!

  • 30 Rock- yes my comedy nerd membership card should be revoked for the sheer fact that I did not watch this at all until this last year.  Please forgive me Tina Fey!
  • Scandal
  • House of Cards
  • The IT Crowd
  • Peep Show – seriously stop reading my blog and just go watch this…
  • The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
  • The Killing
  • Breaking Bad
  • Portlandia
  • The Kroll Show
  • Workaholics
  • Broad City
  • Derek
  • Hemlock Grove
  • The Mindy Project (which has replaced New Girl in my heart.  New Girl has been lame this season, and that is coming from a fan of Nick and Jess being together.)

Speaking of lame, my beloved Vampire Diaries and I are on a break.  They have just pissed me off to the point I can’t stomach watching.  I also think the story line this season has been majorly weak.  Get your crap together TVD!

Next up on my “to do list” is:

  • Bates Motel
  • Veronica Mars
  • Derek Season 2 (May 30th)
  • Hemlock Grove Season 2 (July 11th)
  • Sherlock
  • Orphan Black
  • House of Lies
  • Girls (I am covertly working on an HBO GO logon)
  • Veep
  • True Detective

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What are your favorite shows that you are watching/streaming right now?  What are you look forward to tackling one day?

 

 

You Say It’s Your Birthday…

9 Apr

I find it awkward to mention or point out my birthday.  Yes, I blog about myself on the regular and have been known to take a selfie or twelve.  I teeter between ignoring my birthday and just blasting it to the masses.  I don’t know which is more weird.

So, I am 33 years old today.  That number bothers me a little more than any of the other ages have.  I have never been someone who is obsessed with clinging to my youth or worried about getting older…until I started getting older.  The age 33 seems so much older to me than 32 did.  With 32 it still felt like I am in my early thirties.  I was just a twenty something not that long ago.  Where as 33 feels like, oh I am in my thirties and I have been here a while. 

Tim did nothing to try to put my old lady feelings at ease when he smugly announced to me this morning, “you are almost closer to 40 now than you are 35.”  …   …   …

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Speaking of the one with whom I sleep, please direct your gaze below for how he gave me my birthday gift:

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In case you missed the proposal story, basically I told him not to spend a fortune on a ring for me and he responded with, “I didn’t.  I already have that one ring set in layaway.”  …   …   …

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I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth.  He remembered my birthday, and made an effort.  He is a great husband to me and an awesome father to Harper every single day.  His inability to present a gift in normal way can be overlooked..but not before having a good laugh at it.

I love my gift.  I have been wanting this t-shirt for forever!

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What are some of your funny significant other gift giving stories?  Don’t call Tim a d-bag…he was really worried about that when I asked his permission to share his gift giving skills on the blog today.

Blogging Conference Weekend Recap

7 Apr

This weekend I made that familiar trek to St. Louis for what is becoming a monthly visit with The Stanfields and dinner with my vastly growing circle of MO friends.  Oh, yeah and to attend a blog conference.

Let’s start with Friday night.  My two biggest loves in all of St. Louie, Holly and Mel had planned for a bunch of us girls who connected last month to go out to dinner Friday night.  I was really excited to get some girls night out action on and to hang out with Suze, Laura (blogless…I think this is her actual new legal last name), Mary Beth (also blogless…I wonder if they are related?), Tori, Royal, and of course my boos Holly and Mel.  The lovelies surprised me with an early birthday party with some balloons and gifts!  I kind of had an inkling that something was up when Holly grabbed a wrapped gift on our way out the door to dinner.

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 Laura, Suze, Mary Beth, Tori, Royal, Holly, and Mel

Royal was newbie to the group, as she had flown in for the blog conference.  She and I both crashed at Casa de Stanfield, and she was just the best!  She is super sweet and made me feel right at ease with her southern drawl outdoing my own.

Saturday, Holly, Royal, and I met up with Suze at the blogging conference.  Holly was a speaker and was ready to bolt, or crap her pants with anxiety.  I kept reassuring her that she was going to nail it, and I was not just saying that because she is my best friend.  I really knew that once she got up there and let her Holly-ness shine, she would be a crowd favorite.  She absolutely proved me right by giving an informative and extremely hilarious presentation.  I was like a proud momma in the audience watching her.

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She shared her presentation on her blog today.  You can check it out here.  Those graphics are swoon-worthy!

It was a great weekend with some of my favorite people!  I met some great bloggers, which was my favorite part of the conference.

You should definitely check out Becky at The Rookie Cookie, her and her mom were just the best and they are now my new focus group when naming things.  I also met Brittany with Va-Voom Vintage at lunch, and she was just delightful and gorgeous in all her pin-up inspired glory!

Oh, and I have to share that Holly, Mel, and Kimmy bought me scrabble tile wall art from the talented Ashley at Eights Squared for my bday!  I love it and love them!  When my spidey senses started tingling about the dinner, I was secretly hoping that Kimmy would be there to surprise me, but apparently her kids are more important than me…ha!

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Now I just have to get Tim to paint the living room something more neutral than Big Bird yellow w we can hang the scrabble tiles.  After years of apartment living, I kind of went ape crap crazy painting our house the wildest colors imaginable when we first bought our house.  I am over it now, and the living room is the only remaining evidence of my poor paint choices.

Have any of you ever been to a blogging conference before?  If so, what were your favorite/least favorite parts?  Any regrettable paint color choices that you are still living with?

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