Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Don't you forget about me.

I may be setting a record for the longest lapse between NTB posts. I'm glad to be teaching again, even on a very part-time basis, but I have been tired and overwhelmed lately and not in the right frame of mind to do anything but whine about being tired and overwhelmed. I'm actually making things sound worse than they are because the teaching is going well. I just kind of forgot how much work it was. And yes, I'm going to keep making excuses until regular posting resumes. Right now, I'm hungry and eager to watch Top Chef so here's all I have to offer:

Chuckle at it. Bub goes in and out of an obsession with watching old Tom and Jerry cartoons. When I asked him what he liked about the show, he thought for a couple of seconds and then answered, "I like the music when Jerry be's bad." It is good music.

Read it. I'm only two chapters in, but I can already tell that Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You is going to be my favorite of his novels. And I've loved them all. I'm forever grateful to my friend MSH for introducing me to Tropper. Check him out.

Listen to it. I was nosing around on itunes and found a song called "Look at Miss Ohio" by Gillian Welch that I just kind of dig, especially since I am always a Ohio girl in my heart.*

Tell me about it. Have you read Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books? Do you watch True Blood? I am not really a vampire fanatic or anything, but I am curious if I should check out the books. Also, are you watching Drop Dead Diva? Is it as good as Entertainment Weekly keeps claiming?

Consider it. Which shows are you going to try to watch or DVR this fall? I'm thinking yes on The Biggest Loser, The Office, 30 Rock, Project Runway, and Top Chef. I'm also going to give Glee a try. I don't think I have the time to commit to Dancing with the Stars, especially since my heart was not in it last season. I'm considering dropping Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives since I still have episodes from the spring in my DVR that I haven't made time to watch. There is no freaking way that I'm watching the new Melrose Place.

Admit it. I absolutely love looking at back-to-school pictures on facebook. The fresh-scrubbed faces, the shiny backpacks, the uniforms and special first-day duds, the optimism, the hope. These photos just make me feel happy.

More. Better. Later. Sorry.

*a State of Ohio girl, but NOT an Ohio State girl, just to be clear!


CaraBee said...

Glad to hear that teaching is going so well, although I had no doubt that you would be a raging success.

The old cartoons are what got me interested in classical music as a kid, it's nice to know they still have impact.

I read the review of This Is Where I Leave You in EW and meant to add it to my to-read list. Reading The Motion of the Ocean By Janna Cawrse Esarey. Halfway through and loving it.

I have the entire Sookie Stackhouse series on my bedside table but I haven't read them yet. I've heard mixed reviews. HOWEVER, we just finished watching the first season of True Blood (through Netflix since we don't have HBO, sigh) and I am totally hooked.

E... said...

I don't have any good responses to your questions at the moment, (seems the blogging slump is not just at your house), but wanted to let you know how impressed I am about your foray back into teaching. It IS exhausting, especially when you're not used to it. I love the first day photos too. Can't wait to post my own next week!

Anonymous said...

Yippee!!! You're back! First of all, my kids love Tom and Jerry, too! It's not as strong as the Scooby obsession, but they're requesting to see it regularly. I'm going to try the new author and always am appreciative of the suggestions. Though it doesn't start for a while, 24 is awesome if you like action shows. We look forward to it every week and it is the only show we DVR. That's all I got except to say GOOD LUCK with the new schedule!!! Rita

East Coast Bro said...

i am sure tbaby appreciates the OSU clarification at bottom.

I can actually say that I don't watch a single tv show on regular basis anymore.......when they bring back MacGyver and Dawson's Creek I will be tuned in.

Happy Labor Day

Amy said...

Glad you clarified the Ohio girl/Ohio State thing-I was worried for a minute! : )

Actchy said...

Do you know that we DVR a whopping five shows (Barefoot Contessa, Charlie Rose, 30Rock, The Office, and Top Chef) and I haven't watched a single episode of any of them in well over a month. Seriously, we may as well just not have a TV.

Sue and Randy said...

Thanks for the book recommendations--I just reserved two of Tropper's books on my library's website. Going on vacation in 10 days and have really enjoyed your suggestions in the past. Enjoy the long weekend!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Busy time of year, right?

I like Tom & Jerry music too. First way most of us were exposed to classical, you know?

msh said...

i am so in love with jonathan tropper, i can hardly even handle it. if he lived closer, i might be tempted to stalk him. or ask him out to dinner. or take his class. something. instead, i'll just wait patiently for his next book.

love the song "look at miss ohio"--it is currently one of my favorite songs to belt out in my car when i'm actually in it by myself or when my kids will tolerate my singing. gillian welch rocks.

i am, of course, loving top chef and project runway these days. and i just caught my first episode of the rachel zoe project--LOVED IT! and i needed a little more bravo in my life. i am still attached to gray's anatomy, lost, and brothers and sisters, so i will be looking forward to those premieres!

i have nothing to say about vampires except that i tried the first teenage vampire books of the series people are crazy over--drawing a blank on the names--and i just don't seem inspired to go back for more.

last random thought for you: my own random SEE IT: 2 movies: away we go and 500 days of summer. these movies are like my jonathan tropper of movies right now. love them.

BeeARawFoodie said...

Delighted to have found your blogs. Just finished reading all your posts on JUIorLI. Keep up the good work! Did you actually do canning this summer? I too am a teacher smitten with the season (and the adrenaline). And thanks for the Tropper recommendation. Me, I am gaga over Danny Wallace books, and any book that enlightens me about food.
Cheers to your first weeks back in the school routine.
Sincerely, a new found blog reader

Steph said...

Hiya! You're totally entitled to a little whining!

Nap Warden said...

I am a total True Blood watcher...good, but twisted. Also a closet Drop Dead Diva watcher...LOVING it!

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