Friday, February 7, 2014

Recent Binges (Five on Friday)

If you're anything like me you've been in deep hibernation mode ever since that ball dropped over a month ago in an effort to both recover from holiday craziness and to avoid the wet, cold weather most of the country seems to have been experiencing.
It's unfortunate such a hibernation period comes at the same time many shows are on hiatus due to the abundance of awards shows and sporting events this time of year also brings.
Fortunately, there's a Roku for that.

While waiting for my regular shows to return I've been binge watching some pretty awesome shows you should check out if you haven't already.

{One} The Newsroom
The Newsroom follows a popular news anchor who after what can only be described as the best and most honest rant to ever grace television is teamed up with his ex-girlfriend executive producer and embarks on what he calls a "mission to civilize".  Together they work to return to a time when journalists were revered and change the way we interview political candidates to better inform voters by cutting out candidates opportunity to deceive the public.  This is without a doubt my new favorite show and I just can't get enough.  Check out the amazing rant from the opening scene to get a taste of the honesty found in this show.

{Two} Game of Thrones
I was a little late to the party on this one, partly because sci-fi type stuff generally isn't my cup of tea and partly because I tried to read the first book in the series and there were so many names I couldn't keep track of everyone.  Over the summer my sister's boyfriend had us watch a few of the first episodes while pausing it often to remind us who was part of what family and I guess that was the push I needed to finally get all the names straight.  Once you know the families and the history it gets so much more interesting.  Most of it seems more like a medieval society than a fantasy world, but as my brother says there's about 10-15% of it that you just have to accept and move past if you tend to struggle with fantasy.  I will say though, the dragon babies creeped me out at first but they're pretty cute after awhile. Obviously the best part of the show is the direwolves, though (and Jon Snow).

{Three} Modern Family
I could watch the same episodes of Modern Family over and over and still find them hilarious.  I'm so happy to see that the show hasn't fizzled out as some of the kids have gotten older and the comedy has remained on point.  We have some of the previous seasons on DVD and we'll just pop them in to have playing in the background as we do chores and periodically call out quotes to each other as we walk through the room.  If someone finds a copy of Phil's-osophy, send it my way.

{Four} The Mindy Project
I just caught up with this season and now it's on hiatus until APRIL.  The horror, I know.  I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? over the summer and fell in love with Mindy Kaling so it's no surprise I adore this show.  I love how adorably clueless she is about some things while simultaneously being so sure about herself (the Mindy in the show).  She's so incredibly lovable that she's able to say things that coming from anyone else would sound offensive and it makes for amazing comedy.
{Five} Ally McBeal
You've just got to love a good throwback.  While I was hanging on the edge of death a few weeks ago I came across Ally McBeal on Netflix and had to relive my childhood sick days.  Looking back this show must have been way over my head when I used to watch it on days home from school but I loved it then and I still love it now.  If you don't remember the show, Ally starts a new job at a law firm where it turns out her ex-boyfriend (who she's still in love with) and his wife also work.  She's awkward, lovable and completely neurotic and surprisingly still one of the more sane employees at the firm.  This isn't your typical courtroom drama-this firm seems to only get hired for bizarre cases by even more bizarre clients and never takes itself too seriously.  Every episode also makes me really miss the soundtrack I used to blast on my boombox while re-organizing my Trapper Keeper.  Oh, those were the days...

What shows are on your binge list?  Punxsutawney Phil says we have six weeks of winter left so I could always use a good recommendation...


Monday, February 3, 2014

January Lazies

For how confident and hopeful we feel going into January it has to be without a doubt the laziest month of the year.
I'd really love to see any data Netlix collects on peak usage times as I'm quite sure I've watched more Netflix in the past month than in all the other months of the past year combined.  

Dan and I spent a solid week really sick, kicking off the season of laziness.
Then two weeks in a row we had snow that in North Carolina amounts to being quarantined. 
By the time this weekend rolled around we felt our brains would finally just give up on us if we didn't get out of the house and pull ourselves away from the TV.

Although we've been researching for a few months now and Dan's been talking about it for years I feel like our need to finally do something worthwhile played a major role in finally pulling the trigger and getting Dan a new car. 

While I'd love to say that little outing propelled us into a new and productive version of our winter selves car buying, as it turns out is exhausting.
After four hours at the dealership we both had major headaches and really the only thing to do at that point is resume a marathon of The Newsroom.

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