Things I Like Right Now

I love snow. I love watching big flakes drift from the sky. It always makes me incredibly happy (as long as I’m not driving in it. . . ). There’s something about the beauty of it all that makes me believe anything is possible. I love it even more now that I live south of the Mason-Dixon line after spending my childhood walking to school in feet of it up North. So, I understand that my brother shares this giddiness of a rare snow but it’s not nice to rub it in my face that he got 7 inches when the “snow” here just made my yard muddy.

IMG_0968 copy 2And it’s really not nice to do so at 6 am on a day I’m not working. But I still love snow and my still-a-kid-at-heart brother.

Speaking of not working today, I’m really enjoying working only three days of the week. I mean my schedule is downright chaotic at the moment being I’m at the mercy of the system and limited preceptors, but I think I’m really going to like it.

I also am really enjoying the Olympics. I like team sporting events well enough. I like watching people watch football. MLB’s Opening Day always feels like the start of summer. I’d like basketball more if their sneakers weren’t constantly squeaking as they ran up and down the court. And while I like like team sports, I love the Olympics. I like the variety. I like how it’s edited for TV so there’s not a lot of downtime between plays, runs, or participants. I like all the crazy tricks and spins and flips and freakishly fast speeds. I like learning about random sports and countries. I like how I can never figure out the scoring system. I like the patriotism of it all and proudly wear my team USA t-shirt. There’s something great getting so caught up in it all that you’ve stayed up until 2 am and are watching an event you’re not that into like curling. There’s always a story behind every athlete and I love hearing them.

I’ve always been a girl who loves stories. Library days were my favorite and I often spent recess reading. (Yes, I was and still am a bit of a nerd like that.) I also love going to the movies. I love everything about it minus the ticket price. I believe if you’re not there in time to see all the trailers, you’re missing out. Sometimes I get so caught up in watching the previews that I forget what movie I’m about to watch. I’ll even go to the theater all by myself when I need to escape the day-to-day and I can’t get near the water. Going to the movies alone is not sad; it’s wonderful. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it.

So, because I love books and I love movies, I love when books I love are being turned into movies. Here’s two I am a bit giddy about seeing in the nearish future:

One will have me on the edge of my seat and the other will have me reaching for Kleenex. I’ll let you guess which one is which.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m just telling you about things I like right now. That’s about the only thing connecting these scattered dots in my brain, so I’m just going to continue. Continue reading

You’re [Not] a Three

Trent: Duncan, on a scale of one to ten what do you think you are?
Duncan: I don’t know, a six.
Trent: I think you’re a three.
~ The Way Way Back

Last night, my family went to see The Way, Way Back upon the recommendation of my brother. He said it was the best movie he’s seen this year. We kinda laughed because back in the day he told us we had to go see I Am Legend  because it was “the best movie ever.” Now, it was a good movie but best movie ever . . . ? I guess it was to a seventeen-year-old male. But his taste in movies is usually close to my own and I’d seen the trailer so I figured it’d be a good flick. I was wrong. It was way, way good. It had an authenticity to it, yet remained funny and hopeful. That’s a rare combo these days. I’d highly recommend it.

In the opening scene Trent, Duncan’s mom’s boyfriend, asks Duncan what he thinks he is on a scale of one to ten. That’s a weird thing to ask. It’s an even weirder thing to ask a fourteen-year-old boy. When the poor guy is finally forced to give an answer, he settles on a six. Six is a safe answer. It’s not trashing yourself. It’s not cocky. And Trent just nails him with his reply, “I think you’re a three.”  To quote Duncan later on, “Who says that to somebody?

Seriously, who would say that to somebody? It’s awful. It’s mean. It’s demeaning. It’s outrageous.

But how often do we think something similar when we look in a mirror?
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Fall 2013 TV Lineup

Fall 2013 Shows

Time Slot

Network

Premieres

Betrayal

Sunday 9:00

ABC

September 29

We Are Men

Monday 7:30

CBS

September 30

Sleepy Hollow

Monday 8:00

FOX

September 16

Mom

Monday 8:30

CBS

September 23

Hostages

Monday 9:00

CBS

September 23

Blacklist

Monday 9:00

NBC

September 23

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesday 7:00

ABC

September 24

The Originals

Tuesday 7:00

CW

October 3

Dads

Tuesday 7:00

FOX

September 17

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Tuesday 7:30

FOX

September 17

The Goldbergs

Tuesday 8:00

ABC

September 24

Trophy Wife

Tuesday 8:30

ABC

September 24

Lucky 7

Tuesday 9:00

ABC

September 24

Back in the Game

Wednesday 7:30

ABC

September 25

The Tomorrow People

Wednesday 8:00

CW

October 9

Super Fun Night

Wednesday 8:30

ABC

October 2

Ironside

Wednesday 9:00

NBC

October 2

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Thursday 7:00

ABC

October 10

The Millers

Thursday 7:30

CBS

September 26

Welcome to the Family

Thursday 7:30

NBC

October 3

The Crazy Ones

Thursday 8:00

CBS

September 26

Reign

Thursday 8:00

CW

October 17

Sean Saves the World

Thursday 8:00

NBC

October 3

The Michael J. Fox Show

Thursday 8:30

NBC

September 26

Dracula

Friday 9:00

NBC

October 25

Two summers ago I found myself lamenting that there was nothing on TV. You know when you get to that place where there’s not a game you want to watch, everything’s in reruns or a “reality” show/competition? So, I looked up all the new shows that would be on that fall.

My dad and I have always liked guessing whether or not we think a show will make it. I decided we should make it official and take bets. I gathered all the trailers for the Fall 2011 shows. We watched each preview and then tried to decide whether or not the show would get picked up for a second season. We weren’t allowed to research what critics were saying, this round was all about gut reaction. Then, we’d watch the pilot and get a second chance to decide if it’d be renewed- again, no researching. It’s like March Madness for TV (only I’m much better at picking shows than I am a basketball teams).

Surprisingly we were fairly accurate. Naturally we don’t include reality shows, that’s too complicated. And there are always curve balls. Who’d have thought a show like Two Broke Girls or The Neighbors would get picked up for a second season? Certainly not us.

The CW is also incredibly hard to gauge. I’m still not over the fact that they cancelled Emily Owens, M.D. I think the writers hacked into my brain at times because her thoughts were so very much my own. Like this one:

“The thing about being an adult that no one tells you growing up is that you don’t feel like an adult. All your stupid insecurities and anxieties are still there, only you feel more stupid and insecure about being stupid and insecure because you’re not supposed be stupid and insecure anymore. You’re supposed to have the answers. You’re supposed to know. But we don’t always know. And those answers? They’re not always easy to come by. Well you know what? I’m done feeling stupid and insecure about feeling stupid and insecure. The truth is, I think part of being an adult is that you stop waiting for yourself to change and you start to accept who you are.”

No matter the outcome, be it it gratitude for a renewal or outrage at a cancellation, we’ve always had fun. So, this year, I’m sharing the fun. I’ve organized everything you need to start a competition with your family, friends, or coworkers. If you’re friends with me, feel free to send me your picks. I’ve already made mine!

Here is a PDF of the document* I use to determine what’s on when and keep track of who bets what: Fall 2013 TV

This is a youtube playlist including all trailers for the new shows coming to a television set near you:

And finally, if you, like my dad need to see what a particular show is up against to determine your pick here is a great link from TV Guide: http://www.tvguide.com/special/fall-preview/fall-schedule.aspx?wcid=14

To the winner goes the bragging rights!

*Note this does not include reality or cable shows and is also for the start of the fall season -not the mid-season mix up.