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Long weekend! Thank you, Memorial Day. Err…and the soldiers. You know, the reason we have Memorial Day. Thank you, soldiers!

Activities I’m doing:

  • Watching movies and TV – I’ve fully embraced this as my relaxation hobby, and now that fellow-movie-aficionado boyfriend has moved home, we’ve been watching movies and shows pretty frequently. It’s been quite enjoyable – not to mention, I’m finally starting to get through some of the shows on my must-watch list.
  • Biking – Now that my bike, Shelby, is home and I have a biking partner, we can finally get out. We haven’t done much yet, but hopefully we’ll start picking it up soon. We did bike eight miles (round trip) down to a park a couple of weeks ago. It was great, but there should be a law that parks have to be built on hills so that when you leave, you’re going downhill all the way.

This is me. Only with less hills and more panting.

  • Going to the gym – Along with biking, boyfriend and I have been going to the gym more frequently. I used to have a decent gym routine set up, but it completely fell apart once I got crazy busy over the winter and I haven’t been able to get back into it yet. Now that boyfriend is coming with, I have incentive to get my butt over there and lift some weights.
  • Decluttering – We’re preparing to host a garage sale at my house, and since boyfriend and I are preparing to move in together soon, we’re looking at our stuff and seeing what we can get rid of. It’s a bit of a process to dig through all of our stuff, but we should get through it over the weekend.

What I’m watching:

  • Arrested Development – Boyfriend and I saw Bridesmaids last weekend (which was decent and worth a theater viewing), where we saw previews for two upcoming movies starring Jason Bateman. That led us to a brief discussion about Jason Bateman’s humorous qualities, which led us to decide that we should watch AD next since I’ve never seen it and boyfriend liked it. Long story short, we’re about to start streaming AD on Netflix.
  • Criminal Minds – Yep. I’m still watching it. Last available season, though.
  • Tron: Legacy – I was kind of curious about this movie when it came out, and boyfriend wanted to see it, so he got Tron in last week so that I could see it. We got Tron: Legacy  in on Wednesday.

Onto this one.

  • Leverage – Turns out season 3 is on Netflix, so I can finally finish watching the later episodes that I missed (and thus, start watching season 4).

What I’m reading:

  • Influence: How women’s soaring economic power will transform our world for the better – This is an interesting topic to me, especially with the ever-prevalent wage gap between genders. Dychtwald talks a bit about how women have been able to prosper in developing countries with just a little sustenance, but she also talks about how women in first-world countries have learned to become highly successful from little as well. I haven’t been able to get into it yet because I suck at reading nonfiction, but it’s the one I’ve started.

On page 4.

  • Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere – This is the one book from the library that I may not get around to before they’re due, but it’s probably the one I should get around to. It’s written by bloggers, which is fantastic, and discusses dieting, body image, and acceptance. Definitely apropos for me.
  • New Day Revolution – I actually wanted to read another book of this author’s, but this was the one my library had on hand. It looks like a fairly interesting book – it discusses how to make small changes in your daily routine that make a big difference. I’m looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.
  • The Succulent Book of Succulence – I’m pseudo reading this. To be fair, I’ve been pseudo reading this book for years. It’s not that it’s a bad book, I just always find myself doing something else. Like most nonfiction, I’m having difficulty staying caught up in the book. Hopefully I’ll pick it up again soon.

Things I’m looking forward to:

  • My new job! – I cannot express how excited I am about my upcoming new job! I really admire this organization and their mission. I’m a little nervous about my role as Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator because it’ll be quite a bit challenging, but I’m very excited to see what I can do. I need to be challenged. It’s how I thrive.
  • Garage sale – As I mentioned above, my house is participating in our city’s community-wide garage sale next weekend. We had to drop $20 to participate, but considering that a regular garage sale ad in the local paper is $45 and we get TONS of traffic, it’s definitely worth it. We just have to work our booties off to get it prepared.
  • Getting my new computer – I’ve been hoping to get a new laptop for a while – I’ve had mine for a few years, so it’s got a slow processor and the fan was dying. We’ve solved the fan issue, but it was time, so I finally dropped $700 on a new computer. It’s a Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 and it sounds fabulous. That’s definitely the most money that I’ve spent on any purchase lately, but I think it’ll be worth it.

Hello, new lovely!

  • Shopping with my friend – One of my dear friends is moving to Washington, D.C. in the next few months for a job, so I’m trying to steal as much time with her as I can. She hasn’t been fully introduced to the Mall of America (she’s a native Texan), so we’re going to browse around there and nom on Noodles and Co.’s Wisconsin Mac ‘n Cheese. Yum.

What are your current happenings?

My wonderful friend, Kate, posted last week about the top shows she wants to watch, but haven’t been able to as of yet – interestingly, that was my plan for this TV Tuesday as well! I don’t have my usual video clip at the end as I don’t have to spoil any surprises (I don’t need another Dexter, season 4 spoiler fiasco!), but I did add a few images instead. I found that we have a bit of overlap, which makes me wonder who else has yet to see the shows that I want to see. Let’s find out!

10. Breaking Bad – This actually wasn’t on my list until I read Kate’s post on Tuesday, mostly because it had been off my radar. I do think it looks pretty interesting, though, so it’s now in my Netflix queue. A high school chemistry teacher gets lung cancer and the financial repercussions of that lead to a life of producing and distributing meth. It’s on its fourth season and has received many prestigious awards, so clearly it’s worth a view.

9. United States of Tara – I don’t remember how I even came across this show – perhaps it was a Netflix recommendation since I enjoy shows with a strong female lead. Toni Collette plays the lead, and while I don’t adore her, I tend to enjoy her roles/characters well enough. I’m not sure if the fact that Diablo Cody created it makes me more or less interested in it – I have mixed feelings about Juno. The plot is certainly interesting, however – a housewife has dissociative identity disorder. It, too, has won awards and had high acclaim – plus it has John Corbett in it. Enough said.

8. Arrested Development – I have heard many great things about this show, but have never actually seen an episode. It’s further down on my list simply because I don’t know much about it. What I do know is that it deals with family, business, and expectations. I do like Jason Bateman, so I have hope that I will enjoy this one.

7. Entourage – Everyone I know has seen this show and almost everyone enjoys it. From what I’ve heard, once they start watching, it becomes a bit of an addiction until they get through the seasons. I haven’t really watched shows surrounding men before, so it should be an interesting change.

6. The Mentalist – I have seen a bit of this show and it’s great. Patrick Jane, played by Simon Baker, is a great character who reads people to solve cases. It’s almost a mix between Castle and Criminal Minds for me, which of course explains why I like it (in case you forgot, those shows were both on my top 10 TV shows). I never got to really sit down and watch it, though, so it’s on the list.

5. True Blood – I’m not ashamed to admit I like Twilight – the books, not the movies. I will say, I’m intrigued by this show. I have no predispositions about it one way or another, so I’ll either like it or I won’t, but I won’t be disappointed if I don’t. But I am curious what the fuss is all about.

4. The L Word – I’ve been wanting to see this show for a long time. It’s one of the few shows on TV that truly embraces LGBTQ identities, which I think is great (and still lacking in mainstream TV). I’ve also heard that it’s a good show beyond that. Plus, we all know that Showtime knows drama.

3. How I Met Your Mother – I’ll be honest, there’s a lot of comedy shows out there that I have no interest in. The Big Bang Theory is an example of that, which is probably unfair because I might enjoy it. I do want to watch this show, though. I love Alyson Hannigan and NPH, so that’s one reason right there. But I’ve also seen part of an episode of this and I actually laughed, which you have to admit is a bit of a feat in modern comedic television.

2. Mad Men – I’ve worked in the marketing industry and I have friends who work specifically in advertising. I want to see this show. I also really want to see how they work the 60s angle in terms of gender and equality – I’ve heard the women on this show are powerful in a quiet way.

1. Six Feet Under – My boyfriend raves about this show and from what I’ve heard, I have no reason to think he’s wrong to rave. I’ve heard only good things about this show. It’s next on my Netflix queue (after I finish Criminal Minds). Come on – Michael C. Hall (Dexter) as a gay mortician?? It has to be good.

Honorable mentions: In Plain Sight, Lie to Me, Weeds. I’ve also started but need to finish Criminal Minds, Bones, and Degrassi.

What shows are on your list to see? What shows aren’t on here that should be?

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