I've been busy on some projects but unfortunately don't have anything I can share right now. In any case I thought maybe I'd share instead my love of TV. Some people hate it. I love it. Especially since quality TV programming has come back into fashion in a big bad way - sometimes I'm totally caught up in a show, sometimes I just like to have an old favorite on in the background as a calming white noise while I craft away. Here are some of my all-time favorites.
I suppose it goes without saying that I am completely and utterly enamored with the modern Doctor Who series considering the amount of patchwork bags and other crafts I make that is a ode to its awesomeness. When I first started watching it, I wasn't sure if it was something I could get behind being a bit goofy, but I quickly got past that and now love all the little inside jokes and quips that make the show what it is. If you love sci-fi, humor, and clever plot lines this is definitely a show to check out.
I also love me some period British drama. This is a remarkable show that just started a few years back, chronicling the lives of a upper-class family and household in the pre-, mid-, and post-WWI Britain. There is nothing overly remarkable about any one character but each story and hope and dream becomes your own, and you quickly come to love the family. And Maggie Smith is absolutely the best!!
The Walking Dead
On a completely different tangent, I am obsessed with this show! I wouldn't even call myself a huge zombie fan, but this show is really all about the characters, and how they mentally, emotionally, and physically endure a post-apocalyptic world. Pretty much to survive you have to be a badass, kick ass, and have complete and total commitment to staying alive - I don't know if I could do it, but it's awesome to watch the people that can.
So do you think I'm a bit schizophrenic in my TV tastes yet? Glee is a good one just because I am a complete sucker for singing and dancing. I wish I could sing, and I pretend I can dance (when I'm alone!). The storyline is a bit overly dramatic but then again how can it not be for a bunch of high schoolers/newly minted college kids? They do a great job of covering a huge expanse of music catelog hitting on a bunch of favorites; classic rock, classic Broadway, top 40s, just everything that is great.
I didn't think I'd be so crazy about this series, but the writing is so fantastic and witty I can't help myself. The protagonist himself can be downright unkind and unfeeling at times, and yet it makes him more enduring for it because he is just so isolated from social awareness. Another brillant show from Mr. Steven Moffat (Doctor Who being the other!).
I am not a fashionista by any means, nor do I even know how to construct a simple garment. But I love this show because it shows others who are creative and crafty and innovative in their craft. I love to see other people's creative process, and especially when they have the "weird materials" challenge I am all over that! Make a dress out of pet store supplies! Make a pant out of party store materials! Love it!
Game of Thrones
I've always been a huge fan of fantasy books, so its kind of easy to see why I might gravitate to this type of programming. So much so that it caused me to go out and read the book (because the book is always a million times better)! And I have to say, I don't think they missed much of anything in the storytelling of this first season. The costuming, the characters, the locations are all so spot on, I say bravo! Bring me more! I am eagerly awaiting the release of the 2nd season so I can play catch up.
Ok I admit it, this is such trashy TV. It's a glorified soap opera with so many unbelievable twists and turns it's ridiculous. But yet I still watch it. It's amusing and has some good lines at least once or twice in an episode. And it takes place in Seattle, so I can reminisce and call their bluff on local shout outs that may are may not be completely accurate. I've never really been one for procedural hospital dramas but somehow this keeps me watching. What can I say?
A show about a serial killer. A bit odd yes? But somehow showtime does such an awesome job of making Dexter such a kind, likable character. The only thing that drives me a little nuts is the fact that he insists (in voice-over monologue) he is an unfeeling monster who has to pretend to fit into society to blend in, while everything he does for his family and friends screams the opposite. But it's that kind of gray area that makes this show as intriguing as it is. What is wrong? What is right? It all depends on perspective.
Ok enough blathering about TV then. I promise next post we'll be back into the crafty thick of it all!