Tuesday, April 26, 2011

I Want a New Drug*

As I reach the end of pregnancy (TODAY is TWO MONTHS until due date, but I’m hoping I’ll deliver early, as I did with Charles), I find myself less and less inclined to do any activities.  Especially ones that require physical output.  Read books to Charles on the couch?  Sure.  Do a puzzle?  Of course.  Make dinner?  Hmm, that would require standing, and chopping, and mixing, and serving, and setting the table… is there any way I can get out of it?  No.  Fine.  But don’t expect me to do laundry.  Oh, crap.  I’m out of maternity shirts/pants (you know, because there are only a few that even fit anymore, and Oh, God, what am I going to wear for the rest of this pregnancy!).  Well, fine, I’ll do laundry, but that’s it.  I am mush for the rest of the night.  Oh.  Oh.  You want to ride your bike around the block/draw with chalk on the sidewalk/go to the park.  Sure, let me get my coat.


What I’m saying is that I am pooped, so that when Charles is finally in bed and asleep, I would like to spend 30-90 minutes vegging out in front of the TV with my husband every other night (because the other nights, I need to sleep early, or I’m reading an interesting book, or I really do have to get more laundry done).  But therein lies the two-fold problem: one, we don’t have cable or satellite television; two, Tony doesn’t like to turn movies off in the middle to save the second half for the next night (I have no problem with this).  We’ve never had TV, and I can only imagine the thousands of dollars we have saved over our 6-year marriage (no doubt Tony has it calculated somewhere).  Our substitute has always been TV-on-DVD.  We have watched all 9 seasons of Scrubs, all 4 seasons of 30 Rock, all 6 seasons of The Office, the first season of Glee, the first 2 seasons of House, all 3 seasons of Arrested Development, and probably a few others I am forgetting over the past six years.  When I’m not pregnant, we really don’t watch too much at all, which is why the one-DVD-by-mail-with-in-store-trade-ins via Blockbuster works for us. 


Except, lately, we have been trading in A LOT.  Like, every time we get a new DVD in the mail.  So.  We have seen a lot of movies.  And we have exhausted what I know about good TV shows out there.  This is where you come in.  We need a new show, something we can watch over the next couple months of evenings to rot my brain and keep me from thinking about how everything I eat or don’t eat gives me such horrible heartburn that I think my esophagus is going to shrivel and die.  This is also a good chance for those of you who read this blog but NEVER comment to weigh in.  I know there are a few of you, I’ve been told.  You’re being watched.


So, Tony and I like comedies for the most part, especially clever ones, or dramas that have some degree of suspense-and-resolution to them (CSI, House, but NOT Law & Order) and we’re not big fans of prime-time soap operas or HBO dramas.  What should we watch next?


Hey, I just thought of something awesome.  Wouldn’t it be great if Jeopardy! were on DVD?  So one could fast-forward through that awkward and annoying Alex Trebek-gets-to-know-the-contestants part (because they’re all goobers, aren’t they).  That would be cool.  I’ll have to check that out.


Please, help us!


*One that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with yooooooouuuu!


K Schimmy said...

Nice Huey Lewis and the News reference.

I know you said you don't like HBO dramas, BUT... this one is Showtime. We love, love, LOVE "Dexter". It's dark, and sometimes a little violent, but man, that story is amazing.

And our new favorite sitcom is "Parks and Recreation"... it's like "The Office", but even quirkier.

Mom and Dad said...

What about turning on the movies Tony knows by heart and then if it comes time to stop he isn't missing anything because he knows them by heart???? You might not enjoy them, but, oh drat both of you must feel like it is worthwhile.....Probably don't like NCIS? too much like Law and Order or Law and Odor as Joe puts it....sure was good talking to you

Lo said...

I have not seen any of this one, but just saw the star on Ellen today. It is 'In Plain Sight'. I am going to check it out in the next couple of days and see if it is any good.

I echo Kel on Dexter. It is Awesome!

Stephanie said...

We've watched and mostly enjoyed the first season or two of Dexter here as well. Jeff likes it more than I do. We don't have cable either, although I did buy two nifty little antennas for $10 a piece and we get 20-30 channels in perfect clarity.

We also have netflix on demand. I don't watch much TV, but if I do it's usually history or science channel stuff. I like shows like extreme engineering, modern marvels, build it bigger, all of that geeky stuff. :-)

I think I watched the most TV ever right after I had each kid, I'd burn through shows like crazy when I was up in the middle of the night nursing... lol

Margarita Primavera said...

We really really like Dexter (if you're okay with some - a lot - of gore).

Matt makes fun of me for liking Grey's Anatomy (but then he gets mad if I watch an episode without him.. :))

And we recently starting watching Weeds... It's okay... not great though.

We don't have cable either, and for the longest time we just did the TV-on-DVD thing. We still do that; but since getting internet at home (a pretty recent acquisition) we've been doing a lot of instant TV through the Wii. If you don't have a Wii (or similar device) you could get a cable (for like $10) to connect your computer to your TV and there's a ridiculous amount of stuff that you can stream to your TV that way.

Amelia said...

I know we CAN stream stuff to our TV - we have a bluray player that is wifi enabled and all hooked up and lots of stuff is on demand... but WHAT???

We actually went through almost two seasons of Dexter and couldn't get into it... maybe it was because I knew he would always get away with it.

Sinead said...

Modern family! That show is hilarious! Curb your enthusiasm is good too!

Sarah said...

We enjoyed "Pushing Daisies" quite a bit. Good, quirky, and clever. We are watching "Burn Notice" right now. It's from USA network, kind of spy, banter, mystery, Robin Hood-type show. I'm sure you can read about it somewhere. We also like "Psych", snarky with 80's references aplenty, but a little cheesy. We used to like "Chuck", but it's gotten really cheesy this season. We watched "Bones" for a little while. We way prefer watching TV shows over movies, but we always watch them online or on DVD. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Look, I'm making a comment!!!

Pushing Daises was awesome, I was so sad when they canceled it! What about Criminal Minds? It's really good. I'm trying to go through my mental list of shows. Another one we really liked was Numbers. It's been canceled too.

Cougar town is actually really funny...so is Modern Family.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, not sure that worked properly. This is Liz by the way. :)

CMD said...

I would suggest Psych or Castle! Both are amusing. Psych is a 'psychic detective' working for the Santa Barbara Police with his best friend Burton Guster, and many shenanigans ensue. Castle has Nathan Fillion as a famous detective mystery writer who follows around a cop to get new material, but there are always amazing one-liners in the show. :) Hope that helps some.
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