Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Welcome inside my brain

Maggie this summer on a plane. I bet Breaking Bad would have kept her awake. For years. With nightmares.

Okay you wanna know what's really funny, or maybe you won't think it's funny, but I saw in my blog drafts that I had started a post called "welcome inside my brain" and I thought, huh what's that, and then when I clicked on the post it was empty. BAHAHAHA! Yes, as my friend Scott used to say, I can amuse myself endlessly.

I have a sinus headache coming on TOO BUSY TO GET SICK so instead of gracing the world with a little of my insightful prose (ha) I am calling it a night. Just one Breaking Bad and then we're done.

On that note, I asked on my facebook page - have you joined that? I wish you would, because I use it half the time to ask y'all questions like what hair product will de-frizz my hair and I could use your brains on there - anyway I asked what DVDs I should buy to watch on the plane to Ethiopia. I need something as good as Breaking Bad as far as cliffhanger-ness goes. One of those that makes you say "Gasp! just one more!" even when it's past your bedtime. Something that makes me happy to be on a plane for 23 hours with two children because it means I am forced to watch good TV. Like when I had the flu, and had to watch every season of Mad Men over the course of five days. That was fun.

Kinda. Aside from the feeling like dog part.

Here were the suggestions y'all gave me:

  • 24 - seen it. 24 to me will always be all-nighters with a new baby Sheppy. 
  • BBC Sherlock - seen it. It's brilliant.
  • Walking Dead - Walker has been watching this but I am too squeamish. She said, after watching the bathtub scene in Breaking Bad. I know, I know. But oddly, once you get past that, Breaking Bad is not very violent. Or it is PG-13 violence. I've had to cover my eyes when Tuco goes crazy, but that's about it. And I've learned so much about cooking meth, if Walker ever loses his job... ;)
  • Downton Abbey - oh, how I wish I hadn't seen it, because it truly would make me enjoy a plane ride. Ahhhh, Downton Abbey, I miss you so much. When does it start back up again?
  • Sons of Anarchy - this was too expensive, but it is in our Netflix queu to watch when we get back. I can never spell queue. Except there, I just did. Gooooooo Missy.
  • Boss - what is this?
  • Alias - saw it a long time ago, after 24 was over. I thought it was just okay.
  • Dexter - I can't watch Dexter. I tried. I love the premise (a psychopath with a heart of gold) but it was too graphic for me. 
  • Prison Break - That looks fun.
  • Homeland - what's this one?
  • Justified - this looks good too
  • Boardwalk Empire - what's that?
  • Damages - what's this?

And the winner is - The Wire.  Both my friends Pam and Jana swore that The Wire is excellent - "profound" Jana said. Big word there. I just ordered both seasons 1 and 2 on DVD so we can watch them on our laptop. I could have downloaded them to the Kindle, but that was more expensive and I don't want them forever. I should be able to sell these back.

I also got season 1 of Lost. Walker watched several seasons of Lost but I never did. The DVDs were super cheap, like $5. I've seen the plane crash scene so hopefully I can skip that since I'll be, like, flying on a plane.

Okay. Nyquil and Mr. White and Jesse are calling. Night y'all.







36 comments:

  1. Try Upstairs Downstairs! Its sorta like a Downton Abbey.

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  2. I was just thinking you should try Lost. When we moved to Colorado and didn't know a soul, we spent many a night cuddled up watching Lost :) It is very addicting!

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  3. Downton Abbey starts up again in January..:)

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  4. How much do you hate when a great movie has a HORRIBLE ending? Does it ruin the whole thing or are you ok with it since you were entertained for the majority of it? If you hate it A LOT, don't bother with LOST. Biggest disappointment in my 30 years of life thus far.
    I'm going to go join your FB page now so I can chip in my two worthless cents more often.

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  5. Two of us recommended MI-5. So good, just what you need for a just one more kinda show. It will make you paranoid though. Muslims really aren't all trying to kill us every minute of the day nor are the Russians coming out of the wood work. I think.

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  6. I should have said this on fb, but Once Upon a Time! Of course there's only the one season on DVD, but still. Just try to stop. Plus if you need more you can read SortaCrunchy's analysis.

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  7. Call the Midwife was quite interesting, a 50s era BBC drama.

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  8. Ohh, you can get lost in Lost for a long time (see what I did there?)

    Ironically, I find The Walking Dead easier to watch than Breaking Bad. I made it up to the episode when the dude's wife was going into labor and he was running of to make the million dollar deal. There's something about the realism in the pain and suffering on that show that makes it too hard for me to watch. Like, this is real. It could really happen. It does really happen.

    But The Walking Dead? Well, somehow the fact that it's a science fiction premise makes it easier to bear. More fictional, hypothetical pain. Or something.

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  9. Downtown Abbey Season 3 is airing now across the pond. You can stream them here- http://www.simplyjune.org/2012/09/downton-abbey-first-full-episode-of.html. Sorry and you're welcome!

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  10. Agree with the poster above. Downton Season Three is already out. Eight amazing episodes. And yes you will want to watch them back-to-back.

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  11. Chuck. I highly recomend Chuck. It's funny and a cliff hanger.

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  12. I recommend Parenthood. We have watched the first two seasons back to back to back. It was hard to stop! Seasons 1-3 are on Netflix Instant. I also think you should give Walking Dead a try. I am a major wimp, so I was very was resistant to watching it, but once I caught the reruns with my husband (watching the yucky parts with my hands over my eyes), I was hooked! Once you make it through a few episodes, you'll be fine.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your family. I'm so happy for y'all as you await your newest addition.

    Cheryl

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  13. Psych! Hilarious comedy on USA. You should be able to find the seasons on DVD fairly cheaply.

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  14. I am so ignorant. I didn't know they had BBC in the US. I am also ignorant because I don't watch TV much so I've never seen Downton. My husband and I have been watching Big Bang Theory DVDs lately. Laughter is such good medicine (but why does the woman from Blossom always have to talk about female body parts? Not funny). When I was last ill, I watched every single series of Red Dwarf, plus the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and Murder One. If I hadn't been feeling quite so rough it would have been great!

    P.S. Praying for all of you - what an incredible journey you are all on! God bless you and keep you and make His countenance shine upon you x

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  15. In Plain Sight - witty, funny, entertaining and in my opinion, a good plot line about the Witness Protection Program.

    Feel better!

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  16. If you fly Ethiopian Air, let me make a suggestion. There are TVs on the backs of the chairs in front of you. with games and movies and tv episodes to watch. We took our 3 girls with us to court in 2011 and we figured something out the hard way. If you constantly flip through the movies, games, etc and don't just choose one and watch it, your tv locks up and you spend the last 6 hours staring at a blank screen while all the people around you who chose a movie and stuck with it, are happily watching their working TVs. Nothing the staff could do to fix it. Just a heads up...

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    1. That is such a sad story! It looks like we will be flying KLM (have to pull the trigger today). I loved spending the night in DC on the way over on Ethiopian Air, but on the way back we would have a 10 hour layover in Dulles. With two kids. Eek.

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  17. We don't usually enjoy network shows, but Person of Interest is so good, it looks like cable. Also, Justified, Burn Notice, Psych, and although only one season The Chicago Code was excellent.

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    1. I forgot to add, you wont' be disappointed with The Wire, one of our all time favorites. Be warned, you'll probably want to fast forward through a few really graphic scenes. Oh, and season 4, hands down the best. It's all about the kids and their struggles that season. Loved it :) Also, best theme song ever.

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  18. I second Parenthood. It is really good and will make you want to watch another episode. Also, I think you already have seen Big Love, but if not, it's really good too.

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    1. Jennifer, we almost cried when Big Love ended.

      I think I would love Parenthood but not so sure about Walker.

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  19. LOST is great for making you want to watch just one more episode. I felt the same way as you about Dexter but I pushed through and I'm so glad I did. Though sometimes I do have to cover my eyes until my husband tells me the bad part is over:)

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  20. If you liked Sherlock (and if you liked the Twilight Zone back in the day), you might like Doctor Who. At least, according to the rabid fan girls, you might. If I had to summarize it, I'd say it's got the Britishness and general cleverness (one of those shows where paying attention to little things will make it better in the long run) of Sherlock, with the sci-fi weirdness and creepiness of The Twilight Zone.

    Of the new series, I recommend that you start either with Season 5 (the Eleventh--and current--Doctor) or Season 1 (Ninth Doctor). However, if you start with Season 1, you should only watch the first episode (Rose), just to get an intro, before skipping episodes 2-5, coming back in with episode 6 (Dalek). The other episodes in between are about really cheesy-looking aliens that disguise themselves by wearing human bodies, which causes them to fart (yes, fart)--it might put you off. The show is really much better than those few lame episodes. You can watch them later on if you end up liking the show--you don't miss much in skipping them other than some occasional references to the Slitheen--that'd be those farting aliens.

    Another one to add to your Netflix queue. It was originally intended to be a kids' show, so you might decide to let your older kids watch it too (it IS a show about a time-travelling alien figthing the bad aliens of the universe, so some episodes are pretty scary/intense).

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  21. Liked your FB page-yeah me! (didn't realize you and one so thanks for posting !)

    I discovered Parenthood on Netflix and Friday Night Lights.

    Everyone keeps talking about Breaking Bad-is it REALLY that good??

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  22. Try White Collar on Netflix. It is currently our favorite crash-on-the-couch after the kids go to bed show. Funny with some FBI crime solving thrown in. Nothing too graphic since they are white collar crimes.

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  23. I second Dr. Who. My husband and I love love LOVE! Very creative, lots of cliff-hangers, and fabulous British humor and accents. :)

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  24. LOST would be great, though it does fade toward the end and that might be annoying.

    HOMELAND! Yes, HOMELAND!!!!! It's a show about a CIA operative who is the only one to realize that a returning POW has now turned terrorist. In its second season now. President Obama watches! But don't let that deter you! Highly recommend!

    Also, next season of Downton Abbey is already out there on the lovely interweb. I have a possible source pinned if you would like to go find it. Maybe you could figure out how to get it to the kindle? I am not personally good at these things... Good luck!!!!

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    1. Now, I feel really bad about calling something "raunchy". Oh dear. I promise I love Jesus.and God..... and the angels.

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  26. Jericho is great choice for a long trip if you like the idea of the Walking Dead but zombie guts aren't your thing. It's a good compromise for my hubby and me. He loves zombies; I love post-apocayptic stories, but I'm not keen on gore. Also, Haven is another GREAT one-more-episode show too! It's set in a town in Maine, strange happens, lots of mystery and intrigue but still funny and kind of snarky.

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  27. Another vote for Once Upon a Time. I am not a TV person, so this is my first big TV addiction (since I was maybe 12). It's Friday night and I'm actually kind of sad that it won't be on this Sunday. Skipping a week is not good for my new TV addiction.

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    1. I seriously considered OUAT, but I wasn't sure if Walker would like it.

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  28. oh my goodness Missy. I have not yet thanked (or yelled at you) for getting me hooked on Breaking Bad now that Tony is on nights. I have a love affair with meth labs every night. Although rarely can I stop at one like a good little girl. So I may need to find a dealer who deals some uppers. And the bathtub scene??? ugh. But strangely I can't wait to get Tony hooked so I can start over and show him that episode specifically. I was laughing between dry heaves.

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    1. Girl. Tonight, I was buying Sudafed at Target, and all I could think about was going home and making meth with it.

      And then I went to Central Market (kinda like Whole Foods), and I just kept thinking that everyone who worked there looked like Jesse.

      What season are you on?

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  29. don't watch homeland. very grafic s.e.x scenes. i had to fast forward i think 3 times in the first episode. which obviously was the first and the last episode i watched.

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