Amanda Gates

Friday I'm in Love: Scrubs, Alias & Interesting Articles

Hello! Happy new year! It’s been a busy few months with sickness, holidays and crazy work schedules, but 2013 is here and I’m much overdue for a blog post. So, here are some things I’m loving this week (or loving lately).

Scrubs: My husband started streaming Scrubs and I’ve been watching intermittently along with him. We both watched this show when it originally aired, but it’s been just as hilarious now (if not more) as it was then. It still feels relevant, it’s just really silly (a type of humor we can appreciate), and a lot of fun to watch again. I remember how weird it was when it first started as one of the only comedies on television without a laugh track, and now that’s the way I prefer it. I love a little something about every character and it’s going to be sad to watch them go, once again. "I miss you so much it hurts sometimes."

Alias: Felicity was my rediscovery of 2012 and after I was done with that, I wondered if I should watch Alias. It came up on Netflix last fall and I started watching it and got hooked. I’m only in about a season and a half, and now will probably have to wait until maternity leave to finish up, but I enjoy the ass-kicking nature of Sydney Bristow. I also am appreciating Bradley Cooper in a way I never have; he’s not playing a d-bag, who knew?! The only thing that’s a bit annoying is the recap-like dialogue that happens sometimes, but I understand shows with complex storylines usually have to use this device.

The NFL and the Concussion Crisis: This is a two-year old article, but it came up in a Twitter conversation last week when the news of Junior Seau’s brain tests came out. This article was fascinating (and noted several articles of a similar nature). It really puts in question the ethics of the sport. Do we know the extent of injuries endured? Does it matter, if the men playing are fully aware of the consequences? Is it barbaric? How does class fit in? And how do you feel about your children joining high-impact sports? Many of the women on Twitter were saying a flat-out NO to these sports, and said their husbands were in complete agreement. Is it worth the risk? (Why do we even have to think about these things? Parenthood is already hard enough.)

Robert Langdon: A Love Story: Following the news of Inferno and its spring release, Maureen Johnson tweeted this essay she wrote about Dan Brown’s famous character back when The Lost Symbol came out. I thought it was hilarious, and even a sweet overture to the antihero, the geek in loafers, the scaredy-cat who wields nothing but a pen and a brain. Johnson writes how not only does Langdon give the impression that any nerd could save the world, but that the true bad guys are bad through puzzles that just need to be solved. And wouldn’t that be a nice change from the way the world is today? I’ve read all the Langdon books, and while they’re not great literature by any means, they’re gripping, read-it-in-three-days stories that are a ton of fun. Looking forward to Inferno.

Threshold: This essay by a New Yorker cover artist was one of the better things I read after the Newtown tragedy. After chaperoning a field trip for his daughter’s school, he writes, “Teaching was not, I concluded at one point, a profession in which I could survive for even one day.” Teachers are to be appreciated, for sure. His wife is a teacher and reading her thoughts on the Newtown situation were interesting, too. He ends on an excellent point, having to do with the drastic underfunding and under appreciation of the places (and people who) we send our kids to every single day.

Mommy Shorts Resolution Review: Ilana follows up on her daughter Mazzy’s 2012 "resolutions." It’s a hilarious look back at many of things she hoped her daughter would do in 2012, and many of the things she didn’t do at all. My child is about Mazzy’s age, so I so appreciate Ilana’s honesty when it comes to her toddler’s complete resistance or indifference to things (like, “I haven’t touched dinner since 2010.” I hear you, Ilana.)

A few other awesome pieces on the web: Jason Good's Sequester Her!, Lady Edith and the advantage of untraditional beauty, and Take Better Pictures with your Phone (something I strive to do, but it's hard to learn how).

What do you love this week?



Esquire has a great article in the most recent issue (Megan Fox cover, ew) about the pain and suffering football players go through, including concussions (players interviewed for the arrive did not seem to consider that an injury). Worth a read!

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