What I’m Into {May 2018 Edition}

What I am watching

I have been a Chicago Fire (NBC) fan from the very beginning and the show never disappoints. I am not sure what exactly I find compelling, but it does remind me of the old 1970s shows like Emergency or even CHiPs, which I grew up on. What drew me in initially was the fact that Jesse Spencer from “House” was going to be starring in it, but after watching the very first few episodes I realized that Taylor Kinney was an even bigger eye candy for me. “Mamma needs her eye candy” is what I tell my boys all the time, ha ha. This is one of the very few shows that I watch immediately as it airs, which I rarely do nowadays for any show. I normally tape everything and watch it “whenever”. I must also say that the crew of Chicago Fire invited an EB family to watch as an episode was being taped because the boy was such a fan of their show. How amazingly sweet is that?

I have to be honest. When I heard of the “One Day at a Time” (Netflix) reboot I was, shall I say, doubtful. I grew up watching Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips and I just could not see the appeal of watching other actresses play those characters. But, I was wrong. I was very wrong. This “reboot” is not a recasting, it’s a whole different cast with completely different characters while keeping the same premise with the struggling divorced mom. I was curious, so I figure I’d watch one episode, I liked it, so I watched the second, then the third, and while watching the third episode my son Nicky came in the room and liked it as well and asked if we could watch the rest of the season together. It’s become one of our favorite shows. Rita Moreno kills it and I can even relate to her character a little bit, with her Espresso Machine and immigrant stories. It’s really well done!!!

What I am Reading

After having finished reading “The Four Swans” (Poldark book #6) and before I started reading the next book of the series, I picked up this, I must say, BEAUTIFUL book called “the World of Poldark” which encompasses the first 2 seasons of the show.

Full of beautiful, breathtaking photos, the book explains the ins and outs of the show with stories of Cornwall, 18th Century England, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes, props and locations. Included are interviews and close up of the actors and their characters and so on. I can’t praise this book enough.

I am now eagerly awaiting season 4 of Poldark which will air on PBS this fall. Season 4 will encompass the second half of book #6 and also book #7. I heard that BBC/PBS green-lighted season 5. Yes!!!! For those that haven’t heard of this amazing show, you can watch the first 3 seasons on Amazon Prime for free.

I have a love-hate relationship with Dr. Laura.

Let me explain. I first discovered her radio show in 1994 when I was pregnant with Alex. I don’t think she was particularly harsh back then… maybe a little, but nothing too drastic. I used to listen to her show every day on my drive home from work. Back then I had a 45 minute drive home so I had plenty of time to digest her advice.

How to describe her advice? In general it’s advice that I share in the sense that she always puts family first. She encourages communication, common sense stuff, how to deal with people etc. I didn’t agree with “some” of her advice on certain topics, such as abortion, but overall I enjoyed it. I stopped listening to it years ago when she started getting too mean with her callers. I found her show again on Sirius XM last year and it infuriated me. She was just… disturbingly rude. Why would anyone call her show, knowing full well she does not agree with “shaking up” or having kids out of wedlock just to be yelled at, I will never know. I was in the car with Nicky when I found her show and he asked me to change the channel! I agreed and I never again tuned in.

Her books though…  that is a completely different story. I *LOVE* her books. I think I’ve read them all and they have helped me greatly over the years, even confirming, at times, that I was doing the right thing. Her book “The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands” was absolutely amazing for my relationship with my husband. I credit her book to make my marriage 1000% solid. This particular book I bought long ago and never read it’s also very insightful. I do wish she was nicer, but I don’t have to “listen” to her, right? Just read her very edited thoughts to make her seem nice.

Love & Light,

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