Sunday, June 22, 2008

Is there anything ON tonight??

I confess that I grew up a couch potato and avid tv watcher. Back in the “old days”, or “in the day” as my kids put it, we had three tv stations, and then a couple more before I turned 18 or so. Our family watched a lot of shows together, and I watched way too many on my own. Sad, but true.

When my children were little, we were very strict about their tv viewing except for a few Disney movies and selected cartoons. We had a few sitcoms that we could watch together that weren’t animated, but very few that we could call “family” – worthy. Our favorite was “Even Stephens” on the Disney channel. If you have never watched the beginnings of Shia LaBeouf (AKA Indiana Jones, Junior) you MUST find these episodes and watch them. HILarious!!

So what about NOW? It is definitely not much easier (unless you live by some of the Disney Shows) even with 400 channels or more available to us. Ok, well, unless you are into Discovery Channel, or maybe History and National Geographic and the sort.

I don’t mess with network shows very much at all, and I really don’t like Reality TV except for “American Idol”, and occasionally “So you Think You Can Dance”. In my quest for TV entertainment, I have found that the USA channel is pretty much the best in my opinion (WARNING - they have very INAPPROPRIATE commercials on this channel - keep the remote handy).

Here I will share my favorites. and I would say that they are mostly “family – worthy”. You will have to judge for yourself. At least, we do not blush in front or our teenagers while watching them.

My most favorite show for the last few years is "Monk". Ingenious in my opinion - Hysterical, quirky, and often engaging. I love police dramas – and this is a great one, without the gory violence. There is a little bit of Monk in all of us.

We have also become attached to watching “Pscyh”. Same channel, same night. Two crazy single guys who mostly keep it clean, but not always – that is where you would have to judge for yourself.

I confess that I have become a fan of “What NOT to Wear” on TLC. I also confess that Hubby actually watches it sometimes with me!! He gets a kick out of some of the weird people who get to spend $5,000 in New York and who complain about
it the whole time. Maybe someday my wardrobe will make Stacy and Clinton proud (my shoes are definitely headed in that direction!!). So shallow and unimportant, I know.

Ok, now for the not-so-family-friendly ones. I LOVE LAPD Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in "The Closer" on TNT. Kira Sedgwick does a great job, although a few of my friends find her accent annoying. I love her big purse, her ways of interrogating, and her LOVE of sweets.

Also on USA is “Burn Notice”. I hated the character that Jeffrey Donovan played in the movie “Hitch”, and the astronaut he played in a “Monk” episode. But I love this show. I know, another police/type drama…. I sense a trend.

Now to throw you all off, my latest obsession is….

Robin Hood on BBC America. Watch it – it will pull you in. This one may actually BE Family Friendly! I even rented the Season One DVD’s from Netflix. I would watch it with teenagers for sure. I guess since Princess Bride, Hook, and Peter Pan are some of my favorite movies, this one fits right in.

Share your favorites! I would love to know!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Real Life Tag!

Katie tagged me to take pics of the following with no cleaning, clearing, wiping, changing etc. allowed... Here goes:

1. THE LAUNDRY ROOM - the room I hate the most. It is in the dungeon, or unfinished part of the basement. Ok, so see the pliers on the dryer? Yep - only way to turn it on, until Saturday. It died. Thus the wet blanket laying over the washer. I need a new dryer - the starter has already been replaced several times. So do I buy a new washer and dryer set = the new cool front loaders, or do I just get a new dryer to make due? Decisions decisions. (that is NOT a wine bottle - it is a Sparkling Cider bottle left from my 24th Anniversary posted below).

2. FAVORITE ROOM: I like my living room a lot. It is the most "updated" room and it is almost always clean! Great memories of FHEs, scripture reading and family prayers.

This is the wall behind my long sofa. My "hippie" friend Susan from California shown here is an artist and she helped me put this wall treatment together. It's made up of frames and.... scrapbook papers! Yep - that's it! A colorful and somewhat inexpensive way to decorate a wall (this is for you, Kate S.!!).


L is trying to survive being a teenager, with a few challenges more difficult than most kids.

B is a missionary enjoying a sweltering P day in NC!!

4. FAVORITE SHOES - I love these - they are worn out as you can see, and I would guess that "Stacy and Clinton" would not approve of them as they are not in style any more. I wear them when it doesn't really matter!! SOOOO comfy! (IF you do not know who Stacy and Clinton are, well, it is time to get with the program on TLC).

5. TOILET - ew. Ok, this little dinky bathroom was pretty clean!

6. SINK - I hate to have a messy sink, and I hate it even more when people see it! However, a deal is a deal. I clean on Monday mornings and I read Katie's Tag on Sunday night, so Sunday night was like this:

7. FRIDGE - Hmm... Inside or out? I choose outside - you can see my "communication center" is mostly.... photos of some of you!!

8. SELF PORTRAIT - EW, notice sweat on my forehead - it is a STINKIN' 99 degrees with about 900 percent humidity here today!!! Ah, Maryland....

9. CLOSET - here is a perfect example of my small closets I have complained about: It is mostly organized, just a few Sunday shoes and outfits not put away yet...

10. DREAM VACATION: I want to take a cruise to the Caribbean - back to the old Missionary Stomping Grounds, the Dominican Republic. Maybe for my 25th Anniversary next year (fortunately for me, I don't think they have cruises to South Korea, Richard's old missionary world)??

Let's see.... I'll tag Selena K., Laura Hen. and the sweet Carolina SISTERS!