Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Current Obsessions - the Highs and Lows

1. Breaking Bad
Jacob introduced me to the show about a chemistry teacher turned meth cook about a week ago. Of course, I'd heard about it, but I hadn't ever watched it and I didn't want to jump into a random season.

Luckily, AMC has been showing a "catch-up marathon" of every show from episode one leading up to the fifth season that begins July 15. Jacob told me to  record them and start watching. I've been watching two or three episodes a day. Last night, we watched four.

I am hooked. Jacob said, "I'm so glad. I was afraid you wouldn't love it as much as I love it!"

No chance of that. In the pilot episode, as soon as Walter White said to his boss at his part-time job at the car wash, "Fuck you and your eyebrows!" I was all in.

Watching Walter become a badass, watching him struggle against the emasculation that happens in his "regular" life is fascinating. Jacob said, "You see what it is, right? He wants credit for what he's doing. He wants everyone to know he is the man."

Yes, my 16-year-old son is more perceptive than your average grown man.

Now, Jacob and I cannot seem to stop shouting out at random moments: "I am not in danger. I am THEDANGER."

We laugh every time Jesse Pinkman adds "yo" or "bitch" to the end of his sentences. We have laughed at dead bodies sliding down stairs, at Jesse climbing in a plastic bucket to see if a dead body would fit in it, and at many other inappropriate things. That's what we do around here.

If you're not already watching Breaking Bad, you should be. You can watch the first three seasons on Netflix. And set your DVR to record the rest on AMC, yo.

2. The Hook of this Song
You probably recognize this from the TV ads for the new Oliver Stone movie Savages. I could care less about Eminem's part. I just want a recording of the hook of this song on repeat. Skip to the 1:41 mark for the hook.
3. Jillian Michaels Body Revolution
My friend Laurey loaned me the DVDs for the first month of the program. I'm moving into week three now. Jillian Michaels is a "love her or hate her" sort of personality and I love her. I would like her to come to my house and yell at me in person. I like workouts that make me want to fall on the floor clutching my chest. I'm following the diet plan, too, and every morning I wake up craving my new favorite breakfast: eggs with tomatoes, avocado and a slice of Canadian bacon. In 10 weeks, I'll let you know if I've followed the entire program and if my abs look like this:
Spoiler: They probably won't. I like vodka cranberries too much.

4. The Bachelorette
I'm not ashamed. I started watching it for research. I'm not kidding! I have an amazing book idea and it involves a reality dating show. But once I started watching, I got hooked. So if you wonder what I'm doing on Monday nights, I'm sitting here watching The Bachelorette and often hiding my face in secondhand embarrassment.

The show is an amazing example of how some seemingly attractive men become WAY less attractive when they reveal their personalities.

It's also a good look at what certain types of men truly value. All any of these guys ever mentions is how beautiful Emily is. Is there anything else about her that matters? Apparently not.

I've picked out my favorites (Arie, who has superior make-out skills, and Sean). Yes, I know this is all bull shit, but who cares? It's a good summertime distraction.

Here's a picture of Sean:
5. Apparently...Abs
Eight days until Magic Mike opens in a theater near you.
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  1. What about Jef with one F? This woman writes hilarious Bachelor/ette recaps:

    1. Jef with one F just seems like her younger brother. I don't even know why he's still there. They have no chemistry.

      Also, I hate Doug. I know he's supposed to be the appealing single dad but UGH, no thanks.

      Thanks for the link!

    2. I love her recaps! Hilarious. She's reading my mind. And the revelation in the comments that Ryan's ridiculous tank top was a male slimming device? Beautiful.

      Also, I love what she said about Arie. That was pretty much my reaction, too. Making out against this wall here? Yes, please!

      OK, I really need to get out more.

    3. no you don' scary out there. (example: Ryan)

  2. You totally reminded me that I wanted to order Jillian Michaels' Body Revolution. 30 minutes a day? I'm sure I can do that.

    1. So far I think it's a great program. The diet isn't too extreme. The main thing is cutting out diet soda, alcohol, and white flour. I'm on week 3 and the workouts are hard, but I love 'em. And when I don't feel like working out, I say to myself, "Come on, it's only 30 minutes!" and that works. I end up working out and feeling so much better afterward. I don't really weigh myself but I can tell a difference.

    2. It's good to hear that from a real person that I know. I ordered it and hopefully it should be here in a week. I've been trying to eat a lot fewer processed foods and just need to consistently work out. Can't wait to get them!!


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