The More Things Change . . .

October 10, 2010

This afternoon I sat on my couch, writing a paper and watching the Braves playoff game. It gave me pause to reflect on constants. I think throughout life, one always has constants–people, places, things that one keeps coming back to no matter how life might otherwise change.

Though I consider myself a White Sox fan first and foremost, the fact is that I did not grow up a Sox fan. I grew up a Braves fan. It is my dad’s favorite team so thus it was mine as well. Though I know I went to a Sox game as a child, I have no memory of that, but I do have many memories of going to Braves games. Sitting on the couch this afternoon, watching the Braves play had a sort of timelessness to me. Bobby Cox’s retirement once the Braves’ season ends marks the end of an era, but I think Braves games will always conjure up memories of my childhood. In that sense, they will always be a constant in my life.

The afternoon also gave me a sense of deja vu. Though the team is different this time, I couldn’t help but flash back to my freshman year of college, when I spent October writing papers and watching the Sox on their way to becoming World Champions.

In other news, the past week was crazy busy. I worked extra hours on Friday. After nine hours of reading student papers, I was dreading working on my own this weekend. I felt a bit panicked because one of the papers I have due next week is a comparative book review and I hadn’t even finished reading the second book yet.

I came home Friday night from work and felt too exhausted to do homework. I went to bed super early for me–10 pm. That actually worked out really well because I woke up at 6 the next morning. I finished reading the rest of the book (about 100 pages), made pizza crust, went to the gym, had a phone date with Alyssa, and wrote all of my paper that’s due Monday night. All I can say about that is thank goodness for NCIS marathons on USA. I wish there was some way I could wake up at 6 everyday, but my schedule just wouldn’t allow it.

Today has been fairly productive as well, though I didn’t get started until much later. I went to church and the grocery store, made bean & rice burgers and sandwich rolls, went to the gym, and wrote 2/3 of my paper due Wednesday. I likely could have finished it all tonight, but I was starting to get really sick of looking at it so I’ll finish it up in the morning before work, then wait until Tuesday to revise so I can come at it with fresh eyes. I’d like to thank my Mentalist dvds for getting me through another marathon writing session.

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from last weekend.

Lincoln’s Home

This house is down the road from Lincoln’s. I really want it!

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The Mentalist

January 25, 2010

The season one DVDs of The Mentalist, out of all of the DVDs I received this past Christmas, are the ones I am most glad I own. And that is saying something because I also received DVD sets for Bones and Psych.

I started watching The Mentalist fairly early in its debut season. I had heard of two new CBS shows: Eleventh Hour and The Mentalist. I wanted something new to watch and I liked Rufus Sewell in everything I’d ever seen him in so I chose Eleventh Hour. After suffering through three episodes, however, the stories just didn’t hold me. The characters were uninteresting. Still wanting something new to watch, I decided to try that other new CBS show I’d heard about, the one airing after NCIS.

I was hooked from the first episode and within about a month The Mentalist became a higher priority for me than was NCIS. Unfortunately, the fact that Warner Bros. didn’t (and still doesn’t) allow CBS to put The Mentalist online meant that I saw each of the season 1 episodes only once. This, I think, prevented me from becoming totally captivated by the show. Still, I had enjoyed it enough that I knew I wanted the DVDs.

Which brings us to a couple of days after Christmas. Having gotten the DVDs from my mom, she and I decided to start watching them and we invited my sister to join us. She had never seen any of the episodes before, while my mom had been a fan since the beginning.

From the first episode we were all hooked. I think watching the episodes a second time gave me a much greater appreciation of them than I’d ever had before. The three of us watched 2, 3, 4 episodes a night every night until we finished the season. Now, I am totally enthralled by The Mentalist and it is my number one show, knocking Bones out of first for the first time since I began watching it a year and a half ago. (It should be noted that I realized I still love Bones just as much. It’s just that my enjoyment of The Mentalist has really skyrocketed.)

If you decide to watch The Mentalist, do me a favor and give it at least two or three episodes before you make up your mind. Though I said I was hooked from the pilot, there were some things about the characters that I didn’t really get or truly appreciate until several episodes in. This is definitely a show where your appreciation and understanding of it grows as you get to know the characters a little better.

Like NCIS, The Mentalist is a character-centric show in that it focuses on the interactions between the characters, not their personal lives. Like NCIS, you get little glimpses into their personal lives, but that is rarely the focus. At the same time, however, the interactions between the main cast are very much the bigger story than the case of the week. Anyone who enjoys the camaraderie and humor between the NCIS team can probably come to find the same thing between the cast of The Mentalist. And if it’s drama you’re looking for, each of the Red John episodes have provided one of the best hours (ok, 43 minutes) of television I’ve ever watched.

The Mentalist airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.


TV Round-Up

November 20, 2009

Just a quick update today on some anticipated release and return dates. Over the past month or so, I’ve mentioned that I was looking forward to the return of four of my favorite shows and I speculated on whether or not Scarecrow & Mrs. King would finally be released on DVD.

Well, I am excited to announce that earlier this week, the first season of Scarecrow & Mrs. King did become available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be released in March and I will definitely be splurging on that!

Other good news this week is the report that Burn Notice will return on January 28 and Psych will return on January 29. As a side note, White Collar will move to Thursdays after Burn Notice for the second half of its season. [Oh my gosh, that means I will have six (6) shows on Thursday nights.] It should be noted that USA has yet to make an official announcement about these return dates, but they do seem likely.

Finally, two exciting return dates were announced yesterday. First, Lost will return on Tuesday, February 2. I am very pleased that it will be on Tuesdays. I had heard rumors that it might go to Thursday, which, if you just read the above paragraph, you realize would have been disastrous for me. However, Tuesday is terrific because it will come on right after NCIS.

The second announcement from yesterday is probably the one I am most excited about: Chuck will be returning January 10 with a two hour season premiere. So glad I don’t have to wait until March!

I leave you with a sneak peek at Season 3 of Chuck: