Monthly Archives: March 2006
Now that I’ve ‘fessed up with my Blue’s Clues devotion, I should ‘fess up to a few more guilty pleasures. I grew up with the TV as background noise and I’ve grown attached to quite a few TV shows. You wouldn’t believe the amount of useless TV knowledge stuck in my head that I don’t know what to do with. Here’s a list of some of my favorite shows.
Captain Kangaroo – Yes, I was a little kid and probably didn’t know any better, but I loved that show. Too bad that today’s kids can’t learn about Mr. Moose, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Green Jeans, and Grandfather Clock.
Match Game – Used to be on in the morning after Captain Kangaroo. We only got to see it during school holidays and summer vacation. Most of the jokes were over my head as a kid, but I can watch Match Game now on the Game Show Network and am amazed that my mom let us watch that show.
This Old House – I’ve watched this show practically since it began. Found it by accident once on PBS and have been hooked ever since. I love Norm Abrams – what a talent! I didn’t care much for Bob Vila – too condescending. Liked Steve Thomas – at least he had a little more talent when it came to actually doing work. Love Kevin O’Conner – he’s just an ordinary guy that got to host a TV show. What’s really sad is that I can name all three hosts and most of the contractors that work on the show.
Eastenders – Another show that I found on PBS by accident and got instantly hooked on. Discovered it when Hubby was an over the road truck driver in 1987. Watched it faithfully until the local PBS station stopped carrying it a couple of years later. Discovered it again a couple of years ago on BBC America and was in heaven. Then BBC America stopped carrying it and I went into withdrawals. Luckily, I can follow the story on the BBC Eastenders website.
Seventh Heaven – My biggest guilty pleasure. Watch it every week. Hubby and Jr. tease me mercilessly about my love of this show. I’m going to be sad when it goes off the air at the end of May.
Mad About You – watched every episode and tried my darndest to get my hair to look like Helen Hunt’s. I still follow the re-runs on whatever channel happens to have them. Currently it’s being shown on the Oxygen channel.
Seinfield – watched it from the beginning and watch re-runs every day. Yes, I’ve seen them all. No, I never get tired of them. Yada, yada, yada.
Ciao, Italia – a cooking show on PBS. The lady reminds me of my older sister’s mother-in-law and she makes it look like it’s possible for normal people to make that kind of food. A show I found while flipping through the channels on a Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Phil – fell in love with him when he as on Oprah. Taped the first season of his show and watched it every day. Then I discovered his website and can follow from there. When I have a day off, I make sure I watch. My favorite saying is "What were you thinkin’?" with a fake Texas drawl.
You know, I believe that I might have a TV addiction problem.
Yesterday when I was doing my blog visits, I admitted to something that I’ve never admitted to before outside of my family. Yes, I have a problem and I’m going to share it with all of blogland. I watch Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues. Not because I have toddlers in my house and I have to. I watch them because I want to. It started out innocently enough, but now I think I have a problem. I was introduced to Blue’s Clues through my two middle nieces. I was babysitting them one day and they wanted to watch Blue’s Clues. Okay, I thought, how bad can this be? Ohmygawrsh, Blue’s Clues was the cutest show I had ever seen. I loved the cute little dog, Steve the dorky guy, and all Blue’s cute little friends – Periwinkle, Magenta, Paprika, Side Table Drawer. At the time, I was in my late 30’s and watched the show every chance I got. No, I didn’t tape the show, but I made sure that I watched the prime time specials whenever they were on. I even collected some of the smaller Blue’s Clues and a friend bought a Blue’s Clues Color-Form set for me. I didn’t even mind when Steve left and Joe took his place.
I was introduced to Dora by my youngest niece. She just loves all things Dora and even had a Dora themed birthday party this year. I watched the show to see what the attraction was and also fell in love with this show. I have to admit that I’m not as rabidly devoted to Dora as I am to Blue.
These days most of my exposure to Blue and Dora through Nick Jr. on CBS on the weekend. Luci is up for the day when the birds start singing – about 7 a.m. – and that means that I’m up for the day at that time, too. I have the TV on for background noise while I’m doing my morning stuff – fixing breakfast for Smokie, Luci & Blacky, fixing my tea, making coffee for Hubby – and Dora and Blue are on just before the local news on this particular channel. While technically I could say that I’m waiting for the news, the truth is I’m watching Blue and Dora.
I feel much better now that I’ve divulged my secret. Is this where I stand up and say, "Hi, my name is Pam and I’m a Blue’s Clues addict."?
Have a bunch of different things running through my head today in no particular order.
Finally got the doggy mobile back on Wednesday night. Since it was warranty work, they needed to use Ford parts on the car. The Ford dealership didn’t have the particular parts in stock, so they had to order them. No big deal, but the shipment got hung up in the snowstorm earlier this week and they were delayed a day. Drat! That meant that I had to drive Hubby’s F150 truck for three days. I’m now driving my little Focus wagon again and I’m very happy.
The parking garage guys were a little sad to see that I was driving the doggy mobile again. They always park the F150 for me when I have to drive it to work. There’s just no way I could put that thing in a parking space without hurting the truck or having a complete mental breakdown. Must be a guy thing – they never complain about driving the truck and they always tell me what a nice truck it is. Hubby loves hearing those stories.
Hubby and I are trying to figure out a way to get Luci to stop digging in the yard. She has three specific spots that she likes to dig in. We don’t know what she’s looking for, but she’ll dig in the same three spots and only those three spots. We’ve tried putting cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder on the ground to make it stink and less appealing to her. But how do you make something less appealing to a dog that is a known poo eater? Anybody got any suggestions?
Hubby and I are going to see Marty Stuart tomorrow night. He’s coming to my hometown to perform at the local community college’s performing arts center. They have a country artist series every year and this year Marty is coming!! They announced the concert back last June and I renewed our subscription to the series the minute those tickets went on sale. We’ve had tickets for the last couple of years and it’s a nice series of concerts, but I’ve never gotten totally excited about a concert until now. I’ve loved Marty’s music for a very long time and I have all of his albums. Tomorrow I will be driving around downtown looking for Marty!!
Work is keeping me busy. The accountant is working on the tax returns for the business and "just when you think you’re out, they drag you back in" and now I have an accounting problem that I have to find and fix. As much as I hate having to deal with this, I can’t imagine how awful it is for the accountant that’s doing the return. I’m glad that I’m not an accountant.
I may have stumbled onto a new unusual diet. Let’s call it the Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg diet. At lunch the other day, I stopped at CVS and bought a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs – next to marshmallow Peeps, they are my favorite Easter candy. Because of the accounting problem at work, I ate the entire bag in two days. This morning I got on the scale to see how much weight they caused me to gain so that I could go walking during my lunch hour to work off the new pounds. I discovered that I had LOST a pound. How cool is that!! I lost a pound eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. I ate regular meals over the last couple of days so I’m wondering if it’s a fluke or if I’m onto something. Since I’m trying to lose weight before the big 25 year high school reunion, I’m not sure I want to continue with the experiment. But wouldn’t it be cool if you could lose weight by eating Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. Imagine the possibilities!!
Okay, I need to get back to my accounting problem . . .