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TV, TV, TV

Seems like there is either nothing to watch or too much to watch and I’m in the latter category these days.

Shows I’ve have on the go:

On Netflix, I’m watching House of CardsI was pretty excited when the third season came out, and so far, so good. I’ve also been giving Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt a chance. I adore Tina Fey and 30 Rock is one of my favourite television shows of all time, so there was high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, I’m not that into it, but I’m going to watch the whole season in the hope that it starts getting better.

For my dose of reality shows, I’m really into Masterchef. And even though the couples theme this season is unfortunate, I can’t give up The Amazing Raceespecially since former New Kids on the Block member JONATHAN KNIGHT is on it.

Then of course, there is my favourite, Broad City, plus Better Call Saul, and Gilmore Girls. 

Good thing the days are getting longer as I have a lot of watchin’ to do.

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To Watch: Broad City

Are you watching Broad City yet? It’s a newish Comedy Central show that follows friend Abbi and Ilana, two twentysomethings in New York City. It’s sort of like Girls, but sloppier and way way more crass, and unlike the characters in Dunham’s show who are pretty terrible friends to each other, Abbi and Ilana are truly soulmates who support each other and never sell each other out.

You watching anything good lately?

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What I’ve Been Watching

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My five days off are flying by despite the fact that all I’ve been doing is sleeping, eating, and watching TV. Here is what has been keeping me occupied:

Kevin and I are finally (FINALLY) on the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This season is really strong: it’s dark, the writing is excellent, and the jokes are bang on. I’m excited to see how the whole thing ends.

I also continue to watch Parenthood and am almost caught up to the current (last!) season. I love this show, but it is so manipulative and I find myself crying almost every episode.

On the reality TV front, K. and I are really into Top Chef: BostonThese reviews from the A.V. Club are almost as good as the episodes.

Hope you’ve been having a good holiday season! You watching anything good these days?

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To Watch: The Knick

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Anyone watching any good TV lately? Kevin and I watched the first two episodes of The Knick on our flight back from Morocco and now we’re hooked. It’s directed by Steven Soderburgh and centres around The Knickerbocker Hospital in the early 20th century. It’s so fascinating to learn what medicine and surgery were like a hundred years ago. Highly recommended.

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A Slow Week

I harvested this from my garden last week. As a first time gardener, I'm pretty proud of myself.

I harvested this from my garden last week. As a first time gardener, I’m pretty proud of myself.

 

Hello internet.

I’ve been having a low-key week. I’m starting a new job soon and decided to take a couple of weeks off in between my old job and new job so have been trying to relax and get some shit done.

Some bits:

  • I’m reading Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music which is pretty disappointing, particularly as it follows up the wonderful, award-winning Room.
  • I’m watching the second season of Parenthood and am getting more and more into it. (I also get very excited every time a character from Friday Night Lights shows up.)
  • I’m wondering if I should buy this blazer for my new job. Kendi pulled it off so well.
  • Making a Thai red curry with tofu for dinner tonight. This is one of those easy weekday meals I make way too often.
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TV: Slings and Arrows

K and I recently started watching Slings and Arrows on Netflix. I watched this show back when it was broadcast from 2003 to 2006 and it has held up well since then. Slings and Arrows revolves around a Stratford-ish theatre company with an assortment of problems. Dreamboat Paul Gross plays the passionate, disheveled and troubled actor/director who steps in to run the show after the death of the Artistic Director. The show also stars theatre great Martha Henry, Rachel McAdams in an early role, and former Kid in the Hall, Mark McKinney.

With three short seasons, this is definitely a worthwhile watch.

 

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Currently….

cataloging exercise

Reading: Northanger Abbey (among a whole bunch of mostly boring library-related articles). In moments stolen away from school work, I’ve been enjoying unwinding with some Jane Austen. It’s taking me a long time to read it due to school, but I’m just happy to have any time at all for pleasure reading.

Watching: Very much enjoying the current season of Mad Men, Girls (still), and Top Chef Canada (go Trevor!). So looking forward to the return of Breaking Bad and True Blood.

Eating: Berries, berries, and more berries. I cannot get over how good (and cheap!) the blackberries are in Southern Ontario.

Working on: Five assignments that are all due in two weeks. I’m working on: a paper on the differences between AACR2 and RDA cataloguing; the evaluation of an abstract and the writing of a new one for a article on copyright and Canadian academic libraries; a literature review concerning non-resident use of public libraries; figuring out a topic to write for a paper that needs to deal with the development of ‘information’ and/or the ‘information society’; and a subject guide dealing with the slow food movement. Phew!

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TV: Girls

Have you watched this show yet? I’ve only watched three episodes and I’m hooked. Girls centres around four young twentysomething friends living in New York. Protagonist Hannah Horvath (played by Lena Dunham who also writes and directs the show) reminds me of a younger, snarkier Liz Lemon who isn’t afraid of sex. The show follows Hannah’s misadventures after her parents cut her off and she’s forced to find a paying job and figure out her life.

What I really appreciate about the show is that the four characters represent the real spectrum of women’s bodies – Hannah is on the chubby side while another character who is lauded as beautiful, is also fairly curvy. The show, though hilarious, never feels far-fetched and it’s nice to watch something that’s both realistic and wonderful.

This show speaks to me and I’m sure countless other young women. A must-watch as far as I’m concerned.

 

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TV: Degrassi Junior High

When I saw that Degrassi Junior High was on Netflix, I was pretty excited. I was a bit too young when this show originally ran in the late 80’s, but I’m sure I must have seen some re-runs as I’m somehow familiar with the characters and major plots.

Though pretty dated, Degrassi is a refreshing change from contemporary portrayals of grade school kids where they’re good looking and impeccably dressed. The kids of Degrassi are what I remember being like in junior high: an awkward girl with crooked teeth and frizzy hair in regrettable clothes.

This realism translated to episodes in which difficult issues were routinely discussed. Teen pregnancy, abortion, alcoholic/abusive/negligent parents, divorce, masturbation, drug use, and homosexuality were discussed in frank terms.

The show has even aired in the US (with writer/director Kevin Smith a huge fan – watch for references in his movies), the UK, and Australia.

I can’t wait to start on Degrassi High.

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