Monday, August 08, 2011

In Which I Am Shallow And Also Negligent Mother

I just finished season four of Mad Men Saturday night, and yesterday I experienced a full-on depression when I realized I had nothing to look forward to watching that night. I suppose this SHOULD be the time to ponder my tv addiction and find some more constructive nightly routine, like exfoliating my face or learning to knit or organizing my mysteriously overcrowded-yet-filled-with-nothing-useful-for-dinner cupboards, but all I really want is another show in which to submerge myself. I settled for watching Gordan Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares last night, and while it was certainly entertaining, I'm afraid that the horrors of undercooked mussels don't have quite the same dramatic pull as Don Draper's skinny ties, endless Old Fashioneds and dubious taste in women.

So. Tell me what to watch next, por favor. And DON'T say Tudors, because I am TRYING to watch the last season, and Netflix is having some kind of problem with that show and the screen freezes every couple of frames while the soundtrack continues unabated. I have been checking it daily for over a week to see if it's fixed, and am getting so annoyed I have to restrain myself from hurling the remote through the screen. I was halfway through this last season when the problem started, so until it resolves, I am just STUCK with all these mysterious loose ends (though, having read many a Phillipa Gregory novel in my time, I am PRETTY SURE I know how things are going to turn out.)

Oh, and as long as you're dispensing advise, maybe you could tell me how to keep my son from jumping into every body of water he passes. Saturday our town had its annual downtown fair, and Eli took the opportunity to hop waist deep into the center fountain as breezily as though he was splashing in a puddle. Then yesterday our family was at the pool for all of fifteen minutes when a storm suddenly rolled into the horizon. At the first thunder crack the pool was evacuated, and a few minutes later when the rain became imminent, they sent everyone home. So we were scurrying around trying to get everyone toweled off and pack things back up, and when we turned around to get Eli, he had flung himself back into the water and was paddling around gaily as a lifeguard approached to fish him out. He was literally the only person in the water, so that was a... proud moment.

Oh and also Jameson is crawling around everywhere and it's a lot of fun except that, now that he can sit up at will and pull himself to standing and all that, he views his crib as a the equivalent of a KGB cell. He instantly starts wailing and crying whenever I put him down, even if he was so tired that his eyes were literally falling shut just seconds earlier. This is very distracting when I'm trying to watch Mad Men, as you can imagine. Maybe a ciggy and an Old Fashioned would help.

12 comments:

Chelle said...

Did you watch Friday Night Lights? If not, get thee to the DVDs, ASAP. I promise it ain't all about football.

Of course, if you DID watch, you already know this. Also, that Tim Riggins is HOT.

Nik-Nak said...

This may not be your thing but I am OBSESSED with Supernatural. Two hot guys hunting down the paranormal? My idea of heaven. Seriously, they are SUPER hot. Oh and the quirky commentary makes it all worth while to (lest you think I am only in it for the hotness)

Scottish Twins said...

I second Friday Night Lights. I loved the first season of the show when it was actually on TV. That reminds me that I should probably watch the other seasons.

I totally get that feeling of letdown when I finish a TV series. I was actually depressed for a few days after the LOST finale (another show you should watch) and more recently when I finished my old lady shows (I have the entire Waltons and Little House series' on DVD if you want them).

Mrs. Irritation said...

Have you ever had an old fashioned? I haven't but I want to try, esp if Don Draper is serving. Can't wait for the new season to start!!

Lisa said...

True Blood? I liked the books better (Anna Paquin is NOT my idea of Sookie), but its a pretty good ensemble show.

Jana said...

I third Friday Night Lights; the whole series was wonderful and it's on Netflix streaming now. The hubs and I have been watching Thirtysomething (soap opera-y) and Sports Night (fabulous writing) on Netflix, too. I got frustrated with the stop-and-go Tudors, too, so I switched to Camelot. Joseph Fiennes as Merlin = yummy.

Sarah said...

Jana- We were watching Camelot too, but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. Usually that type of thing would be right up my alley.

d e v a n said...

Another one who recommends Friday Night Lights!

Marie Green said...

I also suggest Friday Night Lights. I just started it myself (it's streaming on Netflix right now), and only a few episodes in I am HOOKED. We also loved LOST (but you've probably already seen it), and Parenthood is a show I really like too.

Swistle said...

I was going to suggest you try watching a great old show "Friends," but then I thought, "What if it's not clear that I know she has the whole thing memorized? And then I realized, it wasn't even a very funny thing to say.

Michelle said...

True Blood, Glee and Walking Dead. The first and third are a bit much at times but still good. Glee. I just heart the music.

And, believe me, I am right there with you on the crib. I used to have a baby who would wake up happy. Talking to herself for a half hour. Now? She wakes up screaming. She isn't standing up in the crib yet but it is only a matter of time.

CAQuincy said...

Do you have HBO? Game of Thrones! I've read the books, and the series is just completely awesome. And it's on HBO online right now. (We got HBO just for this series, then canceled the second the first season ended. So yes, we will have to re-up when the 2nd season starts next spring.)

My husband has a slight man-crush on Gordon Ramsey, so we practically record/watch ALL of his shows. Right now I'm partial to his newer one where he's traveling the world learning new cooking flavors/techniques.

Modern Family--KILLS me!