Shannon Stacey

Random mid-week TV thoughts

I decided for some bizarre reason to clean my office and write at the same time using my recorder. Bad move. “Had he walked? Nobody could have—There’s that freakin number—made it up the side of—dammitdammitdammit I was supposed to mail that—mountain during a blizz—Awww, they look so cute in this picture…”

Lunch. Break.

So what have I watched? Hmmm…

Big Brother 6— While I liked Ivette and would have been happy for her if she’d won, Maggie out-James’d James, so she deserved to win. The diabolical brilliance of keeping one’s mouth shut personified.

CSI Miami— Glad to see them all back, especially the blonde. But enough with Horatio’s freakin’ angst, already! What, now that his SIL got on that plane, they have to come up with a killing he feels horrible about from years ago? Let somebody else angst for a while. Oh, and what the hell was that thing that made me roll my eyes so hard I dropped a stitch of my knitting….(I’m still thinking. I’ll have to edit it in when I’ve replayed the show in my head while I’m supposed to be writing and I’ve figured out what it was.)

Survivor— I adored Stephanie (I don’t think she spells it like that, but if I go check it’ll take time from my lunch break.) But I am NOT happy about her and Bobby John being back on. It skews the dynamics of the strangers on the island thing. And you wanna little cheese with that whine, Blake, or whatever the hell your yuppy name is? This one should be really good, despite my not insubstantial discomfort with the setting of a reality TV show amidst ancient religious ruins.

What am I looking forward to…

Amazing Race— I’m not sure that I’m going to like this one. Dragging little kids around the world, no doubt screaming at them along the way, seems cruel. That part of the commercial where the girl is so exhausted she falls over on her father makes me yell at my husband. A Pavlovian thing, maybe. Plus…you’ve got several teams with very young children, and then one guy is teaming with his 3 son-in-laws for a team of 4 adults. That just seems wrong. It wasn’t broken. Why did we :censor: with it?

Lost— ’nuff said

Umm….The show I most wish I’d seen from the beginning because now I’m too far behind and I won’t watch a series out of order any more than I’d read a series out of order: Desperate Housewives. Oh well.

Show I wish I hadn’t quit watching due to their being up against our reality shows: NCIS (they killed her?) and The West Wing.

*chew chew swallow*

Back to work!

12 comments to “Random mid-week TV thoughts”

  1. Mel
      · September 21st, 2005 at 3:07 pm · Link

    tv, whassat?

    You’ve personified the very reason I don’t walk around with microphone to my face. I don’t wanna replay me screaming at cats, cursing at my own ignorance and c’mon, I can’t say *those* words out loud anyway…what am I gonna do, spell em to the recorder?

  2. Anna Lucia
      · September 21st, 2005 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Oh, I remember the days when I wrote while driving, by talking into the recorder. Maybe I should try that again. *sigh*

    And how do you fit watching TV into your schedule????? What is your secret?

    *shakes Shan* WHAT IS YOUR SECRET????

    Anna, who vaguely remembers watching something other than DVDs with dinner. Once, she used to watch… what was that word?…. series….

  3. AngieW
      · September 21st, 2005 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Once again, I must emphasis how I share your neurosis of not reading out of order- and watching tv series out of order. And I also didn’t watch Desperate Housewives last year. And now I’m wondering why I didn’t catch up on re-runs this summer. I even looked at the DVD of the first season on Amazon today. How pathetic is my life? :rofl:

  4. Sasha
      · September 21st, 2005 at 7:23 pm · Link

    I can’t believe you gave up NCIS for reality t.v.!!! :wtf:

    And, I agree about The Amazing Race. I don’t think I’ll watch it this year.

  5. Anna Lucia
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 4:44 am · Link

    Hey! Shan!

    I dreamt about you last night. :cheesy: I came to visit, and it was lovely. Unfortunately then the dream turned into a zombie movie.


  6. Shannon
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 9:44 am · Link

    Was I zombie or dinner?

    So you came to visit and it turned into a zombie movie? New Englanders aren’t THAT unwelcoming! Close….but not that bad. :rofl:

    I don’t think I’m going to get the Desperate Housewives DVD set or Tivo the new ones. I’d have to watch it at other than the 8pm-11pm TV time, which would start me on a path which would no doubt end with me sitting on the couch at 10am with a bag of Doritos catching up on chick shows. I’ll have to accept that I missed that boat. I missed the Sex & the City boat, too. Good news, I wasn’t bummed when S&tC ended. :nod:

    We’ll end up watching Amazing Race, despite my intense dislike of putting children through what 7 previous seasons have shown to not be a real good time. But AR’s always been our favorite of the bunch, so we’ll get sucked in again.

    We watch TV from 8-11 and that’s pretty much it. (Actually we watch TV from 8:30-11 now because we can do the Tivo-esque thing and put the kids to bed, then fast forward through commercials.) Right now, while the fall season is so shiny and new and interesting, I knit while we watch. But by next week I’ll be back in the habit of editing hard copy while watching TV with the husband.

    Of course, I’m supposed to be breaking myself of the habit of editing on hard copy, so last week I experimented with writing real stuff on the iPAQ while watching TV. (Alphie’s keys just clack too much.) But it’s a small iPAQ which will only take a really-overpriced thumb keyboard that’s not worth the money, so I write with the transcriber/stylus feature. Sloooooooooow going, riddled with typos. And splitting editing attention and TV attention is different than splitting actual writing attention with TV attention.

    I’m not sure what my routine will be for watching TV and getting writing done this year as what I’m used to doing conflicts with what I need to be doing, but that three hours of TV is quite literally the only time that the husband and I just sit without children or work in our faces. So, while I can try to maximize what I can do along with that TV time, I won’t give up that time.

    I’ve been told if I want to be a successful writer, I have to have my priorities in order. Do I want to watch TV or be an author? I don’t see them as mutually exclusive, quite frankly. But while that time might seem…wasted—two adults watching TV together—it’s a priority for me. (Yes, I do get to work my “day” job from home, so that does make a difference, I’m sure.)

    Hmmm…I bet that’s why we like reality shows so much. When we watch CSI or something, we just watch. But reality shows encourage all kinds of non-child/non-work related conversation. Interesting.

    And wow, can I babble or what? :crazy:

  7. Dee
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 11:48 am · Link

    Hey Shan, I’m with you on that. ESP since we work from home AND write, it’s harder to find an exact time to shut it down and enjoy family time. I know it’s deemed bad to watch tv or movies (mine and hubby’s personal fixation is japanese serials, lol), but when you have two people with pressure jobs (that includes being a mommy), some relax time you can slump over and enjoy without guilt is NECESSARY.

    Which is why I’ll be watching CSI premire tonight and then The Longest Yard. LOL!

  8. Anna Lucia
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I hope you knew I wasn’t suggesting you were watching TV when you should be writing, Shan! I wasn’t. :dance: I know Husband wishes he and Ispent more time watching TV together – he sees it as a joint activity, whereas I see it as unproductive… *sigh* We compromise. :wink:

    You weren’t zombie or dinner – you’d gone out and not come back and we were rushing around trying to get the kids to safety… ggg

  9. Shannon
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 2:02 pm · Link

    I knew that, of course. I was babbling. :crazy:

    And I HEART Thursday nights! Survivor AND CSI! :woot:

  10. THIS! Christine
      · September 22nd, 2005 at 4:01 pm · Link

    grrrrrrrr… I’m so with you on the whole Horatio/angst/moral intensity hamfest. And what was up with that whole spiel at the end about NYC???

    I loved Stephanie last yr on survivor and thought it quite unfair that she went through so much only to get booted by a bunch of annoying people as soon as she ‘joined’ their team. She earned better.

    AR…hmm I’ve loved to watch the relationships implode… don’t have much enthusiasm for this season… Adults being bratty are quite mock worthy, kids being bratty are just. too. annoying.


  11. Jack Bauer
      · September 23rd, 2005 at 1:08 pm · Link

    Not only did they (NCIS and the stupendous Bellasario) kill her (Kate), they killed her good. I mean, it was like shooting Bambi. Fabulous dahling.

    Which sets up Season 3 for one of the best TV hunts ever as Jethro goes the fully monty on his arse (the Brit speak hitman being an Israeli/Arab with a London accent)

  12. Shannon
      · September 24th, 2005 at 11:39 am · Link

    X, I worry more about the pressure the adults are going to put on the kids than anything else. It’s hard enough for me to watch parents at ball games. I can’t even imagine watching them on AR. But we will. :shrug:

    I saw in the previews for NCIS the neat little single-tap in the center of Kate’s forehead. I was a little surprised. But I did catch a few minutes of the premiere. Just long enough to see Jethro looking ragged, and to notice that they had their own dead agent in their very own autopsy room with their very own doctor. :eyebrow: I can’t help but think regulations would have called for a separate investigative team.

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