Yes, I taught myself to knit earlier this year, and have been a knitting fiend since then. I have taken a few weeks off, but need to get back on the grind so I can get Christmas presents completed on time! It’s a lot of fun trying out new patterns and making scarves and coffee koozies (the only things I know how to knit right now) in colors that I want them in.
I’ve been blogging more regularly because I haven’t been glued to the TV. I am also participating in things that give me something to blog about. I’m going out and trying new restaurants and bars, exploring the city, hanging out with friends, and travelling to new places. I am inspired by my change of scenery and I hope it lasts.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more books of literary merit, and after this month I will be one book away from reaching my goal of 10 books! Joining a book club with friends has been instrumental in reaching this goal as I am reading books that I wouldn’t normally read otherwise. Books read in book club have ranges from fiction to non-fiction to biographies. I’m also reading non-trashy-romnace novels outside of book club, such as the Chicagoland Vampires series. I’m not huge into vampire fiction (I unintentionally laugh at Twilight) but these are incredibly well written and definitely more adult. I’m reading Book 8 now and flying through it. I downloaded the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, as it’s been getting some press due to the upcoming movie. It seems along the same lines as Hunger Games, which I really enjoyed. I also like to multi-task and read by the pool while getting my tan on.
Huh? What?? Just because I don’t have cable, and haven’t invested in an antenna/Aereo yet, doesn’t mean I’m not still watching TV. I am just doing it differently. I have a Hulu + subscription (Netflix is on pause for the time being), the internet, and a bluray player. I am downloading The Newsroom and So You Think You Can Dance, catching Top Chef Masters (Go B. Voltaggio!) and Project Runway on Hulu + and network websites, and playing catch up on series (sometimes 15 years later) I should have watched a long time ago. One might say I’ve been binge watching.
A majority of my TV watching has been binge watching TV shows I missed the first time around. I started with Sons of Anarchy (late last year, when I was dying of whatever the 2012 version of the bubonic plague* is) and I’ve just finished the first season of the Sopranos. Sons of Anarchy was a show that I never watched because I just didn’t think I’d like it. BOY WAS I WRONG ABOUT THAT. I gave the first few episodes a chance after hearing people talk about it non stop and now I am obsessed and starting to get fidgety waiting for Season 6 to premiere next month. Then in April I started watching the West Wing and finished that up towards the end of June. At 7 seasons long, I think I watched that one a bit too quickly, because by then I just wanted to be done. I really enjoyed the show as a whole though, and could certainly identify with it as a Federal Employee. Also, I’d totes vote for Jed Bartlett:
Once I finished up The West Wing, I moved onto Scandal because, again, it’s The Show everyone is talking about. And it is daaaaaaaamn good guilty pleasure TV. Kerry Washington is a force to be reckoned with and I want to be Olivia Pope when I grow up. Moving on, but still staying within the DC Drama category, I watched House of Cards in a weekend. Netflix really made a splash with that show and showed that it knows what it’s doing with original programming. I can’t wait for Season 2. I then went back to Aaron Sorkin with Sports Night, which I flew through in about a week due to its 20minute episodes. It’s a shame that it only lasted 2 1/2 seasons, but I’m also glad that it wrapped it up nicely with the last episode, however rushed it was. And currently, I am watching the Sopranos. When it aired on HBO originally, I was too young to watch it. I do remember the ending of the show, and how controversial it was, and with the recent passing of James Gandolfini, it seemed like the right time to take this journey into the mafia world. I am pacing myself a little better than I did with The West Wing. I finished Season 1 on Monday night, and took a few days off before resuming with Season 2 on Thursday.
I mentioned that I had been more productive since canceling cable, and that’s true, even with my binge watching. Have I said no to going out so I could hang out in bed with Josh Lyman, or Jax Teller? Sure. But more often than not I chose to go out over watching tv now. And even when I am in the middle of a Sopranos marathon, I am usually doing other little tasks, like entering transactions into my expenses tracker, clipping coupons, ironing, or doing my nails. Or even knitting! I no longer plan my life around what’s on tv, but what’s on my tv is planned around my life.
What TV shows have you binge-watched recently?