What crap am I watching now?

July 23, 2013

Well it’s not actually crap this time – definitely way more legit than British reality programmes.

I just got done with Season 1 of Orange is the New Black available only on Netflix.


I first heard of this show listening to The Moth podcast where Piper Kerman was telling a charming story about her 15 month-ish stay in prison.  At the end there was the usual plug, “Piper Kerman is the author of Orange is the New Black.”  So when I logged into Netflix and saw a series was made out of it my first thought was,” How many seasons can they get out of this?” Otherwise known in my mind as the Lost Syndrome.

I was happy to see actors that I loved – Laura Prepon from That 70’s show, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Biggs, Taryn Manning. Oh and of course there’s creator credit belonging to Jenji Kohan of Weeds fame. 

The story is of Piper Chapman who is being sent to prison because she carried a suitcase full of drug money for an now ex-girlfriend. In the ensuing years she has met a nice boy and gotten engaged. The WASP goes to jail – misadventures ensue.  Most of the season I loved – the adventures of Piper are interwoven with the back stories of her fellow prisoners making for great characters that are not always what they seem.  As it got toward the end of the season Piper becomes a bit unsympathetic and, though I tend to love the anti-hero type shows, I was left wondering if I was even rooting for her anymore.  There was the obligatory cliff hanger so I guess I’ll be back because I’m a sucker for that set-up but I can’t help but wonder where the evolution of Piper is going from here.


What horrible reality show am I watching now?

July 2, 2013

A while ago I got rid of satellite and have hooked into the hulu, netflix, amazon prime trifecta. I’ve worked my way through what ever talked about and/or acclaimed show I could think of and now I’m just surfing around looking for something undiscovered that I can enlighten people on (I’m part aging hipster).

Enter The Only Way is Essex.

Don’t get me wrong I have a soft spot for horrible reality programs (Jersey Shore, Laguna Beach, The Hills) and this one is no different.  For my American friends think the fake tans and boobs of Jersey Shore meets the style/ fakeness of The Hills.

I’m currently at the beginning of Series 4 – it’s only been on since 2010 and I think they are on Series 9 overseas. I really liked the first 2 and now some of the originals have left.  I find that there are new people that I am not invested in (and I use that term lightly in the first place).  Also I think that it is a shock to my american sensibility that there are much less public drunkenness and catfights and more emphasis on the human dynamics and gossip –  I mean how dare they?

I also have come to realize that a British accent will romanticize just about anything.  If you really listen to what’s being said sometime it’s quite idiotic – i.e. doggy yoga or Joey Essex manufacturing his own adjective for awesomeness-“reem” (think “fetch” from  Mean Girls) but nevertheless you find it pretty damn charming.


I guess British people think of it much like I now think of “Cab’s are here!” – as in I love it!

Back Camera



June 30, 2013

It was brought to my attention yesterday that I still have a blog….


This is fucking depressing

August 16, 2010

I missed my daughter’s 5th birthday yesterday. Overall I’m OK because I just put my mind on auto-pilot and try to coast through the days. Every once in a while though you allow your brain to process emotions and it’s fucking depressing. Despite being on auto-pilot and trying to press on it’s only been slightly over a month…ugh!


Mainly it’s hot out therre

July 22, 2010

sandstormOriginally uploaded by thebigmonkey

Well I’m in Iraq – it doesn’t matter where – because it’s hot and dusty all over. The thing that is most striking is the boredom. It’s not like Jarhead where we only do things in between masturbating (though I’m not sure about the boys) but here’s my personnel schedule…
internet/ skype with the family

Many people ask me how I’m doing and it’s mainly bored…I miss my family and I’m bored. Even when I’m on the internet I’m bored because the Internet is so slow. The only reason I’m writing this is because I’m trying to download some songs and I’m killing time while that happens. I might get a whole album off itunes today. There is not much else I want to talk about – I work every night forecasting and observing weather. Looking for dust at night is a bitch, btw.

So on that note I have been rather successful hitting the gym…considering it’s my main entertainment of the day. I time it to watching Jeopardy, unfortunately the sound on the machines sucks and I have trouble finding one that works. You see it’s hard to watch Jeopardy and not hear the answers. I’ve been trying to do cardio and also work on my abs and arms since my main goal is to look like Michelle Obama and Gwen Stefani had a love child. It feels like I’ve been at it for months and it’s frustrating that I’m still looking at the mom-goo around my mid section – then I realize it’s only been 2 weeks…sigh. Also after an initial binge eating, I have sadly omitted cobbler from my diet. I have been relatively behaving myself in the diet department- I do have a French toast breakfast on the weekend – on my gym off day.

I found there is a P90X class at the local gym – I might start that next week. I’m going to need a band-aid because I will be CUT!

I will be running a 5K this weekend – I hear there are free t-shirts. This is my main motivation…even though I can’t wear them here I can wear them eventually 🙂


Weekly Observations at the Gym

July 18, 2010

What a Workout

Originally uploaded by The_Stein

#1 – saw Glenn Beck on the O’Reilly Factor – I’m pretty sure that’s the first sign of the apocalypse.

#2 – You know how the night you don’t really want to go out and drink but you go anyways and it’s the most wasted you ever get? I think the same principle applies to not wanting to go to workout- without the hangover.

#3 – I was watching the View on mute yesterday (it’s the best way to watch it) and Dr. Laura was on. I’m not sure what they were talking about but I’m pretty sure Joy Behar wanted stab her in the carotid with her pen.

#4 – I saw a 70 year old man on treadmill, incline jacked all the way up, holding on to the top ledge of machine for dear life.


Second Hand Movies

July 2, 2010

Cassie Asleep On The Couch

Originally uploaded by andrewsayer

I have noticed a disturbing trend in myself lately.
My husband and I frequently sit down to enjoy some rented movies. Almost always I fall asleep halfway through – what can I say the couch is comfy or we pick shitty movies. Then the next morning I have to have my husband to just tell me what happened because I’m too lazy to watch it again. Plus I want to send it back to get more movies…which I will ultimately fall sleep to.