Back to where it all started…

Before I started blogging at this incarnation of my blog in 2004, I set up a geocities page where I talked about TV. Mainly a show called Temptation Island. No one knew about it and I lost interest in it pretty quickly, but it was my attempt to join the Television Without Pity circle (If you were obsessed with TV in the late 90s/ early 2000s you knew MightyBigTV and TWoP) and it didn’t last long.

You see, I didn’t grow up with regular TV watching habits. We had pretty strict TV rules that I broke whenever my Dad was gone, but that wasn’t often. I also didn’t have cable often in college so I have these weird blanks of pop culture knowledge. I didn’t watch anything by Josh Whedon until 2008 when I binge-watched it ALL on maternity leave with Wesley. I still haven’t seen an episode of Dawson’s Creek or Freaks and Geeks and I didn’t start watching Veronica Mars until the last season.

When I got cable regularly sometime in 2000 or 2001, I was obsessed with reality TV. I watch Amazing Race, Big Brother, Survivor and of course American Idol. I started slowly but surely losing interest in those shows and becoming more of a scripted television fan and now the only reality TV I watch is So You Think You Can Dance and I didn’t watch that last season.

I still have never gotten into grown-up shows. I watched a little bit of Weeds but hated the lead female too much to stick with it. Same thing with Orange is the New Black. Piper makes me crazy so I just gave up. I’ve watched season 1 of Daredevil and Jessica Jones because my love of superhero stories over powers my distaste of rated-R television. I don’t watch any of the other popular grown-up shows like Game of Thrones or Walking Dead or the political one every jokes about that I can’t recall.

Mainly, I like shows I can watch with my kids. Specifically Nyoka because Wes prefers using “TV time” to watch YouTube videos about minecraft. I watch a lot of sitcoms, they’re the ones I stay caught up on. Brooklyn 99, New Girl and Modern Family. I watch a lot of superhero television. I haven’t kept up with Arrow the last few weeks because it pissed me off and I’m waiting for it to move past a certain storyline but Supergirl, Flash and of course iZombie (comic book origins so it counts as a superhero show) are my faves.

I tell you all of this because I’m probably going to be in bed most of today. I’ve either got the worse case of allergies I’ve ever had or I caught a terrible cold/respiratory infection in the shortest time possible last night. I basically woke up at midnight and have not stopped coughing and sneezing since. Fastest onset of any disease ever. I plan on staying in bed most of the day and I want suggestions on TV shows I should watch. I thought about going Daredevil 2 since I can’t watch that one around the kids but I haven’t had anyone I trust confirm I’ll like it. Donnie said I will but sometimes he just WANTS me to like something so bad he turns me towards it and I’m worried. Season 1 was almost too gory for me, and I’m terrified something bad is going to happen to Foggie.

So…I’m in bed wishing I was dead. What should I be watching?

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Things Keeping Me From Getting My House On The Market

Okay – full disclosure. I spend about an hour a day doing nothing but vegging out on something. At least an hour. So if you hear me bitch about not having enough time to get my house ready? Then blame any of the things I’m enjoying during that hour. THEY ARE ALL LISTED BELOW.

(But don’t bother because I’m not giving them up. I run to counter balance the natural couch potato tendencies, NOT TO ERASE THEM ALL TOGETHER.)

PODCASTS

  • TANIS – Fictional investigative drama surrounding the mystery of TANIS, is it a place? A mental state? An alternate dimension? I DO NOT KNOW.
  • Limetown – Fictional investigative drama surrounding the events years past at a research town called Limetown. Everyone disappeared without a trace. OR DID THEY?
  • Black Tapes Podcast – Fictional investigative drama surrounding a series of stories related to the supernatural. ARE THEY ALL CONNECTED?
  • Nerdist – Chris Hardwick is an amazing interviewer and him dropping his show to once a week broke my heart. I would say just look up people you find interesting because he’s done SO MANY INTERVIEWS but some of my favorite interviews were people I had never heard of.
  • Pete Holmes: You Made It Weird – He’s a good interviewer too and often discusses spirituality BUT – he also likes to talk about sex so it can get a little weird at times (hence the podcast) but still, he’s a great interviewer and gets people to open up in interesting ways.

TV SHOWS

  • Flash
  • Arrow
  • Legends of Tomorrow – So far, so good.
  • The 100: I am only 3/4 way through season 2 and OH MY GOD THIS SHOW IS SO GOOD. I see why everyone told me to stick with it. I guess 4 episodes into season 2 it started shifting and it’s AMAZING. It’s also a good testament to women being great leads/badasses and also ADULTS ARE OFTEN TERRIBLE LEADERS.
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Modern Family

Books

  • God is not Good – This book is abrasive and I would not recommend it to any of my believer friends. But, I get really sick of the constant notion that non-believers don’t have an ability to be spiritual or the motivation to be good so the book is enlightening by showing that believers aren’t always the best at being spiritual or good either.
  • All The Light We Cannot See – As good as everyone said it was, THANK GOD. It’s been recommended so many times I was worried. It was a little slower of a read for me than some because the Point of View changes chapter to chapter so I found it easier to put down, but it was still riveting and beautiful.
  • The Danish Girl – The book was such an easy read. I read it in like 2 days. I’m worried about seeing the movie now because I loved the book so much, when originally that was why I read the book – the movie looked so good!
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Fall Television Is Here!

This is our second FALL TV Season starting without cable. We turned it off some time last summer so the Fall Season wasn’t too blind for us as we had been seeing premier commercials for a bit. But this Fall? I have NO idea what new shows are starting. Unless it’s featured on a Netflix or Hulu ad, the only way I hear about it is if it shows up on my Twitter or Facebook feeds. So…am I trying any new shows this season? Only one: Flash.

I’ve been following Grant Gustin’s career since he played a small-but-important role on Glee, giving us a gay male character who was confident and masculine. It was nice to see. He did a few small things after that but when they cast him as Barry Allen for a two-episode arc on Arrow to introduce him for a new show, I was SO EXCITED. And from the moment we saw him rushing to the scene, obviously late, I thought this guy really is Barry Allen! He played the character PERFECTLY and I was so excited to see him take the stage this year.

It is NO SECRET that I’m a superhero fan. I love all superhero movies and television. I will give it a chance every time and most times I stick with it. Superman has always been my least favorite because I grew up with Christopher Reeves and no TV show or movie since has compared to how much I adored him. I didn’t even try to stick with Smallville or Louis & Clark. I like the more recent attempt – Man of Steel – better than anything I’ve seen since I was a kid but probably because it felt SO DIFFERENT that I didn’t long for my childhood Superman.

But – for the most part? I love it all. So I am very biased.

BUT FLASH WAS SO GOOD. EEK. I loved Iris, I loved the team at S.T.A.R. Labs, I love Grant Gustin who feels so much like comic book Barry Allen that it’s just weird. I love it all. It’s the one and only new show I’ve committed to watching and I’m so glad because it was SO GOOD!

I also watched Arrow which never disappoints, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which almost lost me a bit last year before it gained it’s momentum. This new season seems to already have some interested character shifts and I’m pulled back in immediately.

Like I said, I love my superhero shows.

I also have a couple of sitcoms that made me laugh this week. Modern Family which always seems like a hit or miss for me. I never hate an entire episode but there’s often storylines that make me irritable. But, on the flip side, there’s always storylines that I love too and the Pilot was GREAT because I loved the “Summer of Fun Without Alex!” storyline and the “Jay doesn’t put any effort into his appearance” storyline. The “Lily’s smile is crazy” storyline wasn’t great…but like I said, there’s always one that irks me. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also cracked me up and I’m really glad Hulu reminded me of it or else I wouldn’t have even thought to pull it up.

I think that’s all I’m watching so for. I’m weeks behind on Doctor Who if that tells you how little I’ve been watching TV lately. The only show I pull up anymore just because is Drunk History because A) It cracks me up and B) It requires no commitment. The episodes stand alone. I used to keep the TV on while I worked on my laptop in my bedroom but my laptop has been crapping out on me so I don’t even have it playing in the background anymore. That means I’m not even watching a lot of my favorite late night TV (in the morning) anymore. TV is a weird thing for me lately. I have to make a conscious decision to set aside time to watch it, so it needs to either be something I just love, and something I can watch with the kids so it can be our snuggle time. I don’t watch any “adult” TV for that reason, even though I really want to check out Transparent that everyone is talking about. But it’s hard to find time without the kids to sit and watch TV, so that show will be put on the back burner for now.

Are you watching anything new this season? What about old? Since I don’t have cable can you tell me what I might need to watch that I haven’t heard about yet?

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The Weirdest Hodgepodge Of Content Ever

The weird thing about blogging daily is that there are many days where I have 12 things I really want to talk about, but I can’t figure out how to make them good blog entries (or if I even should) so I just don’t write anything.

That has been my last week.

And it’s funny, it’s not even like I could do a bulleted list because it’s such a wide range. Like, after our local Pride Parade some stuff came up on Facebook where I really wanted to unload and write about why it is so offensive to compare alcoholism to homosexuality in a “hate the sin/love the sinner” or “born with the desire to sin” type of argument. But I still can’t quite it into words more than, “That’s offensive!” And then I often start to cry because – DAMMIT – how awful would it be to come of age in a world surrounded by people who are telling you that to become intimate with a person you find attractive (because loving them is not the sin, you see) is A) equatable to an addiction that ruins lives and families and B) sending them straight to hell. I look at the young gay people in my life and think they are so much stronger than I am.

4802018_origBut on the not-so-serious side of the spectrum I want to write about how my son has gotten me hooked on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 6) and now I’m actually buying episodes on iTunes that were not free on LOGO. Why would he do that to me days before he moves? I can’t stop watching the show. I want to buy a few more episodes this morning but I’m trying to restrain myself. I’ve followed all of the top queens (that I love) from the show on instagram like I’m some sort of Drag Queen stalker now. Do you all know how much I know about being a glam girl? NOTHING. I don’t wear making, I don’t own high heels, and none of my clothes or jewelry sparkle. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions about these contestants. Last night I was sitting in my running clothes and brown fuzzy houseslippers and complaining about how Courtney Act makes a beautiful woman but I think she’s kind of a boring Drag Queen. WHO AM I?

And then there’s the ever present Zoot’s Addiction To Food topic which I’m always ready to write about. This week’s variation is, “How Kim can binge even on plant-based whole foods!” Actually – most of my binging has been in the form of sandwiches so I think I’m going to give up bread for awhile too. A large part of the experiment is to take away a lot of my “comfort” food options to force me to cope with my anxiety/stress in places other than my kitchen. And it has helped to a degree, there is a lot of binge-moves I haven’t made because of this experiment. However, I’m also eating the shit out of cereal with almond milk and also peanut butter sandwiches. Those are my new binge foods. SO! I’m going to give up breads and cereals for a bit too. Let’s see what weird thing I start to binge on now!

And no “What’s on Zoot’s Mind” entry would be complete without the Parenting Fail topic that’s ever present. I really want to tell you all how far I’ve fallen from that first successful week of summer working from home. Two days straight this week and I’ve basically begged my kids to stay in front of the TV all day so I could work. I am not going to win any parenting awards this summer. It started off SO GOOD! But then it went SO BAD! But! It’s not over yet! I’m going to try to do better today. At least make them play outside a little bit. I tried that yesterday and it worked for about 10 minutes. Maybe today we can go for 15 minutes! WOOT WOOT!

So, yeah. That’s why I haven’t written. I have a million things I want to expound on, but none of them in any way that would seem to make a good blog entry. So – now you have them mixed together into ONE entry so that you can have a variety of things to comment on today! The most important being: Which season of RuPaul do I watch after I finish season 6?

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Sailor Moon, Boob Sweat, Foot Cramps…OH MY!

It is 2:42am.

There was a time where I used to stay up that late. But now? Now I’m getting up for the day. While I like this life of mine much better than life back then, I do sometimes look at the clock and say: Cool people are still up from the night before.

It’s sad no longer being a cool person.

(HA! I like the implication that I used to be a cool person at some point in time.)

Being a morning person has a HUGE downside. And that is, it’s hard to convince yourself to “go back to sleep” if you wake up any time after 2:30am because that is too close to your normal wakeup time to make it worth it. I actually woke up before 2am, as Wes had a foot cramp. (Sidenote: First draft of this post said “food cramp” and that made me giggle for some reason.) I told myself if I could get back to sleep by 2:30 then I’d be fine, but the quick remedies of a heating pad and a massage did not work and he wanted to take a hot bath. So, it was 2:15am before I was finally getting him back to sleep.

Go back to sleep in the next 15 minutes and you’re golden!

Except that I couldn’t. I was awake. I had started thinking about what I was going to blog about, and what work I could cram in before the 8am award’s ceremony in Nikki’s class. I was thinking about what I would wear to the Award’s ceremony as Nikki’s second grade class has the most beautiful and fashionable set of Mothers I’ve ever seen in my LIFE. I always feel like a sloth when I’m at events at her school. I started to think about the wet clothes in the dryer (my dryer only dries in 15 minute increments) and the birthday presents that needed wrapping by Wednesday. Fifteen minutes ticked by and BAM! I’m still not asleep. And since I often wake up before 4am, then I was getting close to that hour mark and, well, who can go back to sleep for just an hour?

Not me.

I find myself staring at a blank blogging screen at 2:42am. I’ve not been writing as much lately as I used to, and I think that’s because more real world people know about my blog and I’m second guessing a lot of my blogging topics in case they’re reading it. Do I want to blabber about the sudden revisit of the sadness over not having any more kids and the anger over having a body that refused to give me the family I wanted? No. My real world friends will think that’s too personal. Do I talk about the 8lbs I gained and how I am so angry at myself and how I watch my husband so disciplined and feel like he is ashamed of me? No. My real world friends will think that’s too insane. Do I talk about the stress I feel that I’m not spending enough time on academics with my kids outside of school?

NO WAY. That’s just boring as shit.

I need to learn how to turn that off so I can write again because I think the cathartic ritual of daily blogging is therapeutic and a lot of my emotional instability lately is due to not having that crutch to depend on. I mean, let’s be honest, just because my real world friends know about the blog doesn’t mean they’re reading it. And let’s be honest again, they’re all my friends because they’re a little bit insane anyway, why would I hide that just because they might pop over while they drink their morning coffee?

I’m going to go back to my NaBloPoMo habits and just write. If I have a topic on hand I want to discuss? I’ll do it. But if I don’t? I’ll write anyway. Not processing my days on this blog is having hugely negative side effects on my life, so I need to just get back into the habit. Even if I’m just writing about boob sweat, it’s something, right?

OH MY GOD. BOOB SWEAT SEASON IS HERE. HATE.

And really, aren’t these random stream-of-consciousness blog entries the BEST?

No. No they are not. I know that. You know that. But at least it’s something, right?

I do want to end this on a few, fun, notes of pop culture.

Sailor Moon

10350444_10152424082947188_6479818951402335112_nE stumbled upon Sailor Moon as a kid and I loved it dearly. We only watched the Americanized version we found at Blockbuster, and only the few VHS tapes they had, but we watched those a million times over. We watched them with some of my college friends and E would assign us all characters. I have VERY fond memories of this weird show and I’m so excited that Hulu is bringing the original episodes in all of their weirdo glory back to my accessible reach.

Late Night TV

latenight It is weird how addicted I am to late night television now that it’s hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers. I watched the old Jimmy Fallon show periodically but I do NOT miss his shows now. Of course, I’m watching them at 5:30am when they show up on Hulu – BUT STILL. I adore them! If it’s a guest I don’t care about I might not watch the interview, but I always watch his solo stuff in the beginning. And Seth Meyers – I watch his interviews even if it’s someone I don’t care about because he’s a GREAT interviewer! He interviewed SJP and that Vogue lady about the MET Ball thingy and I was ENGROSSED. It seemed so interesting! What the hell? And he seems so well-prepared, like when he interviewed Eddie Izzard he asked about a lot of the cool things I knew about but didn’t think would be “top” billing on interview questions. Like his 40+ marathons in a row! He did a really good job with that interview. But yeah! Me! A Late Night person now, who knew? (A late night/early morning person?)

A Book For The Favorites Shelf

download (3)Are we friends on Goodreads? If so, you maybe have seen my “FAVORITES” shelf that I created. I’m weird about rating books because I feel like 3 means I did not like it so if I even remotely liked it – it’s at least a 4 star book. Therefore, it’s hard to know how MUCH I liked it because I give so many books 4 and 5 stars. BUT! If I put it on my FAVORITES shelf? Then it’s top-notch and I just added The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry to my FAVORITES shelf a few weeks ago. It is SO GOOD. A book for book lovers, for sure! It was an easy read and several things didn’t happen that I expected to happen which I found WONDERFULLY surprising. It’s lovely to expect something formulaic and then BAM! It doesn’t happen! If you’re looking for a nice easy read that is not too saccharine but just saccharine enough? This is it! Check it out!

ALRIGHT THEN. This seems like a wonderful assortment of nonsense for a blog post…MY WORK HERE IS DONE.