Toddlers and Tiaras

I Know What You Watched Last Summer

School’s back in session and the students have returned to my city in full force.  The trains are packed in the morning, as everyone returns from vacation.  I mourn the loss of beach days, but I welcome the onslaught of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin Munchkins, and pumpkin everything else I’ve already begun to consume.  Fall TV is looming, and I am ready!

I may have watched the entirety of Toddlers and Tiaras no less than three times this summer, but I also caught up on shows people have been recommending to me!  Here’s what I watched this summer:



Shameless – At the recommendation of my cousin Amanda, I started this Showtime show at the very beginning of summer.  I had tried out the UK version of this show previously and didn’t connect with it at all, so I was resistant.  The US version was easier for me to connect with– familiar faces like Emmy Rossum and Joan Cusack drew me in.  Showtime Anytime is a wonderful thing, friends.  This series was engaging and hilarious, and I’m really looking forward to seeing this next season!

The Following – My friend and coworker Julia was actually my recommendation queen this summer.  I watched Scandal thanks to her, too!  She told me about this show on a Beacon Hill roof deck saying, I think you’d like it.  When I started this show about cults and serial killers, I thought: this is what you think of me?!  However, she was totally right.  I absolutely LOVED this show.  I only watched the first season, since it’s available on Netflix, and it definitely stands alone as an interesting story.  I will actively seek out season 2.

Nurse Jackie – Apparently it was the summer of Showtime for me.  My friend Chelsea recommended this to me years ago.  I’m a huge fan of House, which is why she thought I would like Nurse Jackie.  I was against the idea because it initially sounded too similar to House– a drug-addicted medical professional– but without the medical mysteries that make the show interesting!  Nurse Jackie is a dark comedy with an engaging cast of characters.  Once I got into it, I devoured the 6 seasons quickly!  I can’t believe I have to wait for 2015 to see what happens!


As you can see, I take my recommendations seriously.  Your turn: what should this girl watch next?


Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday Favorites: Bad TV

It’s no secret that I watch a lot of really bad TV.  When you live alone, TV provides a pretty essential background of dialogue to remind you that there are other people on this planet.  I always have something playing; reality TV that you can completely tune out is perfect for background noise.  I keep it on while I play 3DS, while I write, while I browse online, and while I cook.  (But never while I’m reading; books deserve my full attention.)

I thought I’d take inventory of some of these horrible, guilty pleasure shows, and share them with you here.

Four Weddings


I make every effort in life not to be a super girly girl, (simply because I’m not one!) but I do have a small fraction of my being that is a girl stereotype.  That part of me is the part that loves Four Weddings.  I’m such a sucker for weddings.  While the dress is probably my favorite part, I prefer Four Weddings to Say Yes to the Dress.  This show lets you see the full picture of four weddings in each episode, and thus gives you insight into all the other fun details of the day.  A friend of my friends was in an episode and I was dying to see that… so I purchased the season on Amazing Instant Video.  This is a great show to leave on as you go about your evening and you might find yourself planning your wedding while you do.


Toddlers and Tiaras

IMG_0469This is a car crash of a show: you simply can’t look away.  Complete with absolutely insane parents and ridiculously spoiled children, this show has a plethora of cringe-worthy moments.  Yet, there’s something about Toddlers and Tiaras I love.  I think it’s the poise of these well-polished girls, dressed eerily to look four times their age.  I’m not a parent, and I’d never make my kids do pageants if I were, but if for some reason my kids wanted to, I would go glitz.  Fake hair, fake teeth, tons of make-up: all par for the course.  The tanning I have a problem with, not because little kids shouldn’t be tanned (well, maybe.  But they also shouldn’t look 25.) but because I’m pale.  What’s wrong with being pale?  I’m not defending pageants at all.  I am not a fan.  However, I think a good contestant has a certain control over their movement that any dancer would envy.  I’m impressed and entertained by that full package.


Super Nanny

IMG_0475One summer, my brother was interning in the city so he took up residence in my living room.  This wasn’t so bad for me; I simply had to move my no-pants-TV-time from the couch to my bedroom.  I fall asleep to TV, and reality TV you don’t care about is the perfect thing to keep on as you drift away.  Unfortunately for Joey, this was the summer that I was obsessed with Nanny 911 on Netflix.  Sounds of screaming kids wafted through the walls while I snoozed and he begged for silence to sleep.  I don’t know why I started watching Nanny 911.  Maybe I had eaten through everything interesting on Netflix.  After finishing that series, I moved on to Super Nanny, which is sadly the reason I started my Hulu Plus subscription.  Revisiting both, I think I like Super Nanny better.  It’s less gimmicky than Nanny 911, but either will do.  Just keep the volume down low if you’re planning on sleeping through the screams!


I guess I’m not feeling too guilty about watching these shows… one of these or a similar show plus the TV’s sleep timer is essential to my nightly routine!

What are you guilty pleasure shows?