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Did You Ever Notice?

Time has really gotten away from me today and I won’t be near a computer tonight, so here’s a real quick entry so I don’t miss my NaBloPoMo post for the day.

Monday night Hubby and I were watching How I Met Your Mother, one of our favorite shows.   Basically, during the show Ted was dating a girl he really liked, but the rest of the gang didn’t like her.  When he finally convinced them to tell him what it was about her they didn’t like, it ruined the image of perfection she had about her and he suddenly didn’t like her anymore.  In her case it was that she talked all the time.  He hadn’t noticed it before someone pointed it out.  As the show went on, they continued pointing out little annoying habits about each other.  The thing is, once that one annoying little thing is pointed out, you can’t get past it.

This morning as I was driving Zach to school, I noticed a tree that had the branches cut out of the middle so that it formed a “V” shape to allow some power lines to go through.  Once I noticed that one, I couldn’t stop looking at trees the rest of the way to work to see if any others were cut that way.  As it turns out, there are several along the same street.  Now I’m going to spend the rest of my life looking at trees as I drive.  It is something so simple, yet I never noticed it before.

So, I’m curious to know if anyone else does this.  When you notice something for the first time, does it stick with you to the point where you can’t think of anything else?  Does it ever go away and just become the way things are?

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Sometimes when I’m watching TV, the emotions just come flying at me.  Last night I was thrilled to see a new episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  The whole situation with Izzie and the daughter that she gave up had me bawling.  Then, seeing the little girl with Leukemia in the hospital bed really turned the faucets on.  It got me thinking about what I would do if Zach were ever in that situation.  I hate it when he so much as scrapes his knee.  The thought of him being terminally ill is just not one I want to have in my mind.

When I finished my TiVo’d episode of Grey’s I got all caught up in the middle of October Road.  I’ve really been wanting to watch that one but missed the first couple of episodes so I figured I’ll catch up on dvd later.  For some reason  I started watching this show mid-episode.  Again, there was a little boy in a hospital bed.  There was a scene where the mom was talking to him while he slept, telling him how much she loved him and all the things that they liked to do together.  It choked me up.  I don’t know if it was the mother/son thing or what, but it was all I could do to contain myself watching that scene.  Hubby was laughing at me for actually having to grab a tissue, but I just couldn’t stop the waterworks.

It didn’t end there though.  My thoughts wandered to all of the kids out there suffering from diseases, injured in car accidents, and on and on.  I imagined the pain that the parents must feel seeing their child who is so much a part of themselves lying there helpless.  I thought about how lucky I am, that I have never had to experience it.  My heart aches for those who have.  I thought about how no matter how old your child is, you will always ache when they are hurt, whether it be physical pain or emotional.

Then my thoughts turned to the tragedy at VA Tech.  The whole thing seemed very surreal to me at first.  I don’t know anyone personally who was affected by it, although some of my online acquaintances were.  I suppose I just wanted to block it out because I have a hard time knowing that there are people out there who have no respect for human life.  But last night I started thinking about the families and about all of the mothers and fathers who lost a son or daughter due to the actions of one disturbed man.  I hurt for them.  I cried for them.  I cried for myself because I don’t know how I would ever move on if that happened to my family.  The reality of the situation finally hit me.

Before I went to bed, I stopped in Zach’s room to tuck his blanket back around him.  I looked at my precious boy lying there sleeping and thanked God that he was safe, at least for one night.  I know that he will see much pain and sorrow in his lifetime, as every generation before him has.  I can only hope that he will be able to reach past the pain and enjoy all of the good stuff life has to offer as well.

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TV Talk

I do enough talking about kids’ TV on my other site so I thought it was time to actually talk about the shows I like to watch once the kid is in bed.  Over the last year or so I’ve really cut down on my TV viewing.  There are some shows that are absolute necessities, others that I catch when I have a chance, some I just don’t have time for, and still others that I continue to mourn long after they are gone (O.C. anyone?).

I have become a little peeved at the TV industry over the last couple of seasons because it seems that they just don’t give new shows much of a chance before canceling them.  I watch a few episodes and get pulled in just to find out it has been canceled a couple of weeks later due to low ratings.  They keep moving shows around to different nights and times as well, so I’m not sure how they can expect to keep ratings up.  I happen to be extremely upset about the cancellation of The Wedding Bells.  I was really getting into that show.  Moving it to Friday night was the death of it, just like it was to Boston Public.

Then there’s the ever popular mid-season hiatus.  I just don’t get that at all.  I miss the old days where a season started in the Fall and ended in Spring.  There might be a few re-runs in the middle, but those were easy to take as long as you knew you were getting a new episode the next week.  I am thankful that they have started the whole summer series thing though.  It is nice to have few shows to keep up with.

Since I’m sure you are all dying to know exactly what I watch, here’s a little peek into my favorites (using the almighty bullets):

  • Notes From The Underbelly – I know it is brand new, but after watching the premiere last night it is a new favorite.  This show had me laughing one minute and crying the next.  I almost felt like I was pregnant all over again.  The season pass is set!  If they cancel this one, somebody’s head is going to roll.
  • LOST – Anybody who does not love this show is dead to me.  I just don’t know how you can not like it.  I get angry when it ends every week because I just want more.  I really want Juliet to just be nice and fall in love with Jack (who is played by the dreamy Matthew Fox who I still want to call Charlie because I’m still stuck in the 90’s watching Party of Five in my head), but I don’t see that happening.  They paint her as being all nice and sweet and then she turns evil again.  I totally feel like I’m getting the run-around and I love it.
  • How I Met Your Mother – I have to admit that this one took me a few episodes to get into but now I can’t imagine Monday nights without it.  I love Alyson Hannigan and the rest of the crew. Mondays are always rough and coming home and laughing through my Monday night sitcoms is just awesome.
  • Two and a Half Men – It may be a little raunchy at times but this show is pure comedy gold.  I love the sibling relationship because it is so true to real life.  Who doesn’t pick on their brother or sister constantly?  The best part of this show though is the intro song.  Why is it so great?  Because Zach sings along and bobs his head through the whole thing.  We usually rewind the song a couple of times and then promptly put him to bed so we can watch the rest.
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine – Again, this is just a funny, no-brainer type of show.  I love the family dynamics and watching Christine make a fool of herself again and again is just hilarious.
  • American Idol – I actually debated whether to include this one or not because I’m really not enjoying this season.  The whole Sanjaya thing is just old.  I do still like a couple of the contestants that are left, but am really disappointed that Gina is gone.  She may not have been the best singer on the show, but I liked her.
  • Survivor – Eh.  Losing interest in this one this season as well.  I’m not sure if it is just because the cast is boring or if I’m just getting tired of the whole reality TV thing.
  • Grey’s Anatomy – I have no idea why I didn’t start watching this when it started.  After watching the first two seasons on dvd and then catching up to this season via iTunes, I am really hooked.  I love, love, love this show.  The medical part may be a little off at times, but the love triangles and drama always keep me coming back for more.
  • The Wedding Bells – As I said, this one has already been canceled but I still love it and will be watching until the very end.

Then there are the off-season shows that I’m anxiously waiting for:

  • The 4400 – This is possibly the only sci-fi show that I’ve ever really gotten into.  I dug X-files for a while but it wasn’t something that I had to watch every time it was on.  The 4400 is so addicting.  I can’t wait for it to start the new season.
  • Big Love – A show about the ins and outs of polygamy?  Awesome.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this show at all when I first heard about it, but we decided to give it a chance and I love it.  It almost has me convinced to move to Utah and let Hubby take on a couple of extra wives – as long as I get to stay home and the other two have to work.
  • Dexter – Blood + guts + suspense + romance = awesome.  The season finale didn’t seem to leave a great lead-in for the second season so I’m a little worried about what might happen to this show in the long-run but I’ll still be watching.  It just might surprise me.

I showed you mine, now you show me yours.  What shows are you watching?  Am I missing out on any awesomeness that I need to catch up on?

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