What with one thing and another, I pretty much stopped watching TV ages ago. Too busy with work and raising the kids; nothing I much wanted to see; and besides, nobody would give me the remote control. And then the final blow -- when the kids moved along, our former family room became the Dog Room and Electronic/Bike Workshop. I am not really a dog person, and this is a dog-intensive room. My eyes are itching just thinking about it.
Then last year, I accidentally became addicted to two shows: Grey's Anatomy, and even more dangerously, Downton Abbey. Grey's began as an occasional Netflix indulgence, but soon enough I ran out of episodes, and bought the last season. The network runs recent episodes for free, so I mostly get my fix that way, at a convenient moment. But then -- Downton, my real downfall. Furtive internet purchases in the night; savoring each chapter twice.
And now, I have startled the dogs, my husband, myself (and deeply worried the cats) by taking over the Dog Room on Downton Sundays, because that is where the TV is. The season is short; the need is urgent. Last night, one of the dogs took advantage, snuck away, and ate all the cat kibble in the kitchen; and I was so absorbed that I did not even notice.
Recently, I've also started cooking more -- trying new things. It's fun -- delicious and nutritious! Problems:  we're at the point of being overrun by the bounty, so I need to start remembering to freeze some of it; and more seriously,  omg, the dirty dishes. We all hate doing dishes. On the up side, I got this sweet cut-resistant glove so my thumb does not get shredded any more on the mandoline, a merciless instrument that is basically the best thing evah for slicing potatoes, onions, and etc.
Anti-whine of delicious anticipation: teh Wednesday Book Club begins this week! Liz is hosting, and the first book is Venetia, by Georgette Heyer. I expect there will be spoilers in the thread!
Music anti-whine: Over the weekend, we went to a lovely concert. It was a youth orchestra that my daughter was involved with in high school; we have kept in touch with her long-time saxophone coach, a wonderful musician and great guy, who will be conducting the orchestra going forward. These kids are great! The current group only has 3 members older than 9th grade; and they are still playing this fabulous, challenging music. The concert was basically a tribute to the founding conductor, retiring after 20 years. There just aren't sufficient words to describe the awesomeness of enthusiastic music educators who infect their charges with both understanding and love of music.
So, what's happening?