Vacation Week Blues

I wish I were here!

 

The kids were on vacation last week. Vacation week is supposed to be fun, right? Well, this past week was just blah. To begin with we were stuck at home while my oldest played basketball all week.

I felt a bit trapped. This would have been a really nice time to get away. It hasn’t been a particularly bad winter, just long. My desire for a vacation week getaway was reinforced whenever I scrolled through Facebook. Seriously, why do I torture myself? About every third post featured a friend’s warm weather respite or some terrific tourist destination or a cool college tour. God, they all looked great!

Of course, the posts in between the vacation pics were even more troubling. Continued reactions of the horrific Florida school shooting filled my feed and it was gut-wrenching. Yet another tragic event that left me numb.

I had to step away. With nothing more exciting to do, I should have used the time to do some writing, get some pitches out the door or even get started on book two, but I was simply not motivated.

Not even the Olympics could hold my interest. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I have never followed the Olympic games. Maybe some figure skating here and there, but not even that this year.

Flaked

So, this vacation week was a bust. I did manage to find a new show on Netflix worth binge-watching. Flaked with Will Arnett was really good. It brought me to Venice Beach, CA and while it wasn’t all sunshine and smiles, I thought it was a well-developed show with good characters and an irreverent comedic slant that was enjoyable to watch.

Onward and upward

It’s a new week and almost a new month. Spring, I’m ready for you.

How was your vacation week?

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New Year, New Shows, Netflix… Lovesick

lovesick on Netflix

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping 2018 brings all good things. Or at least less bad things than 2017.

This winter break was good. Despite losing my voice on Christmas eve and finishing out vacation week with a nagging cough, I ended up doing a lot of what I love…watching TV. Oh, and of course spending time with my wonderful family.

With most shows on mid-season hiatus, I was left with few options. At first, I found myself watching the early seasons of Will & Grace. I was pretty content until I completely overdosed and couldn’t bear to watch one more quippy, banter-filled episode. I’ll look forward to some fresh material from the reboot returning this week.

So, what’s an old-school girl to do when there’s nothing on TV? Duh, Netflix. Weirdly, Netflix is still an afterthought for me, but once I’m there it’s such a fabulous fiesta of options. Most of which I have no interest in, but when I do find something I like, I’m totally sucked in.

Lovesick

In my last post about shows worth watching I found myself captivated by Episodes with Matt LeBlanc. He and his talented British co-stars were a treat. Well, I must have a thing for the Brits, because this time I discovered Lovesick on Netflix. I fell in love with this British sitcom that somehow turned the main character’s quest to inform all of his past lovers of his recently diagnosed STD into a romantic exploration of his past and the one constant throughout…his true love.

With a first season of only six episodes and a second season of eight, I had binge watched Lovesick in two days. The good news for me is that the third season was just released yesterday. I can’t wait.

Other Netflix Originals I’ve Enjoyed

Master of None (starring Aziz Ansari – surprisingly sweet)

Glow (1980s throwback – kooky/funny)

Atypical (starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, wow she looks different – interesting)

Friends from College (riveting)

Bloodline (chilling, but man I love Kyle Chandler)

What shows are you watching in 2018?

Coming up this month on the blog, I’m excited to post about Oxygen Mind + Body Pilates and the fashion stylings of my good friend, Lysa Pelletier Gibbs. Stay tuned.

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Showtime’s Episodes Starring Matt LeBlanc

My happy place! See all of those books I didn’t read?

 

Did you know about this show? It’s in its fifth season and I only just discovered it two weeks ago. I love when I find a show that speaks to my silly television sensibilities, but also has enough depth to keep me interested.

Episodes Starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc!

I stumbled upon Episodes when I was in desperate need for some TV time and realized that my usual go-to channels had nothing, I mean NOTHING, worth watching. My problem is I haven’t evolved past my young years when I only had the major networks from which to choose.

Today, I have equipped myself with a plethora of channels, yet I have no idea what my options are. I consistently click on the same old stations – 4, 5 and 7 plus a dash of Bravo. I’m so conditioned to my old-school clicker habits, I don’t even bother to find the HD stations.

This summer, however, I branched out. You may recall that I failed miserably at summer reading, so I was in search of something good to watch. And no, I cannot stomach Game of Thrones!

Enter Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc. Since my discovery, I’ve been happily binge watching right through to this Sunday when I caught up with the show in its current season airing Sunday nights at 10pm.

The Premise

The show is light-hearted, mildly inappropriate and clever. It focuses on two British writers, a married couple, who are brought to Los Angeles by an obnoxious Hollywood television producer. They’re hired to recreate their hit British show for an American audience. Their British accents endeared me as did their dry wit and very believable marital connection. Kudos to Stephen Mangan (Sean) and Tamsin Greig (Beverly) for playing their parts so well. The contrast of these talented and proper British types against the fake and foul L.A. divas and darlings is pure comedy. When the couple learns they must cast Matt LeBlanc as their lead, a contentious yet charming relationship between the three takes center stage for each 30 minute episode.

I also enjoy seeing the show’s interpretation of what goes on behind the scenes with writers, actors and executives. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

A Nod to Friends

If you are looking for something light, comedic and entertaining, with just the right touch of Joey from “Friends,” give Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc a look. Friends references are plentiful and, so far, there’s been one guest appearance by David Schwimmer.

What are you watching?

 

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Showtime’s Episodes Starring Matt LeBlanc

My happy place! See all of those books I didn’t read?

 

Did you know about this show? It’s in its fifth season and I only just discovered it two weeks ago. I love when I find a show that speaks to my silly television sensibilities, but also has enough depth to keep me interested.

Episodes Starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc!

I stumbled upon Episodes when I was in desperate need for some TV time and realized that my usual go-to channels had nothing, I mean NOTHING, worth watching. My problem is I haven’t evolved past my young years when I only had the major networks from which to choose.

Today, I have equipped myself with a plethora of channels, yet I have no idea what my options are. I consistently click on the same old stations – 4, 5 and 7 plus a dash of Bravo. I’m so conditioned to my old-school clicker habits, I don’t even bother to find the HD stations.

This summer, however, I branched out. You may recall that I failed miserably at summer reading, so I was in search of something good to watch. And no, I cannot stomach Game of Thrones!

Enter Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc. Since my discovery, I’ve been happily binge watching right through to this Sunday when I caught up with the show in its current season airing Sunday nights at 10pm.

The Premise

The show is light-hearted, mildly inappropriate and clever. It focuses on two British writers, a married couple, who are brought to Los Angeles by an obnoxious Hollywood television producer. They’re hired to recreate their hit British show for an American audience. Their British accents endeared me as did their dry wit and very believable marital connection. Kudos to Stephen Mangan (Sean) and Tamsin Greig (Beverly) for playing their parts so well. The contrast of these talented and proper British types against the fake and foul L.A. divas and darlings is pure comedy. When the couple learns they must cast Matt LeBlanc as their lead, a contentious yet charming relationship between the three takes center stage for each 30 minute episode.

I also enjoy seeing the show’s interpretation of what goes on behind the scenes with writers, actors and executives. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

A Nod to Friends

If you are looking for something light, comedic and entertaining, with just the right touch of Joey from “Friends,” give Episodes starring Matt LeBlanc a look. Friends references are plentiful and, so far, there’s been one guest appearance by David Schwimmer.

What are you watching?

 

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What I Learned from My Fitbit

My Fitbit

 

Let me begin by saying, this really isn’t my Fitbit. It’s my fourteen-year old daughter’s. She requested it for Christmas. Against my better judgement, I got it for her. I should’ve known it would sit in a pile on her bureau. My Ally likes to collect things more than put them to good use. Regardless, the investment has not been wasted and I am now the happy owner of my very own Fitbit.

My Fitbit

Ally was kind enough to set me up with my own account and connected my Fitbit to my phone. Right away I was impressed that my “watch” was magically communicating with my iPhone. Oh how technology baffles me!

Like most fitness crazes I go through, this latest obsession was driven by pure necessity. I had, yet again, slipped into a bad pattern of too much eating and too little exercise. With Fitbit came knowledge and what I learned is – I’m not nearly as active as I thought. While it feels like I’m never standing still, my Fitbit tells me I don’t go very far. Well, not far enough to burn the calories necessary to offset my happy eating and drinking lifestyle.

10,000 Steps

According to my Fitbit, I should be taking 10,000 steps a day – that’s easier said than done. However, with the motivating messages that pop up on my Fitbit screen every hour or so, I’m reminded to get up and get moving. My Fitbit asks me to take it for a walk, it reminds me that it’s “step o’clock” and just now it told me it’s time to get rolling. Cute, clever, annoying – whatever you want to call it, the Fitbit is getting me going.

The psychology behind the Fitbit and why so many people use them is certainly not lost on me. When I see these encouraging messages, I can’t help but experience a wave of guilt. Not only do the messages make me painfully aware that I haven’t gotten off my butt in far too long, but I weirdly don’t want to disappoint my Fitbit. If, by the end of the day, I’m way off my goal, I drag myself out the door and go for a walk. This is unprecedented – I’m really not a night person.

The ultimate motivator comes when I’ve reached my goal and my wrist starts buzzing like a beehive. I look down to flashes of little fireworks and a message announcing that I’ve “crushed it.” Ten thousand steps and a total sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Thank you very much Fitbit!

Honestly, I’m not much for gadgets or tracking things, but having a better sense of my activity level throughout the day has been valuable. I’ve grown to like my Fitbit so much I might upgrade to another version with more features and a fun color.

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