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Orange and Black are still just Halloween Colors

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My husband and I enjoy watching TV shows on Netflix on Amazon together. We recently finished catching up on Covert Affairs on Amazon Prime – couldn’t resist the DC theme! Last fall and winter we made our way through Doctor Who. We are totally hooked and cannot wait for the new season to come out this November! Hurry up BBC! And we devoured House of Cards (another DC theme) and Arrested Development. Making our way through a TV series is one of our “couple hobbies”. Our other couple hobbies are cooking…and eating…and drinking. But that’s another blog post!

This past weekend my husband suggested we watch the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black. He insisted it was a comedy. I knew it wasn’t really a comedy after seeing some chatter, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to prove him wrong. Well I am completely hooked, and he completely lost interest about the 4th episode. I made myself NOT watch it last night as I think I was becoming a little obsessed. I found myself contemplating over how sad and profound things like Crazy Eyes asking Piper why the inmates call her Crazy Eyes. SOB. Also, Piper is starting to remind me of Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail. I seriously want to slap her and say you are an idiot! She almost deserves to be in jail for other previous behavior besides the actual one that landed her there.

Anyways, I wouldn’t quite recommend the show mainly because it is pretty raunchy. This show falls into the category of “I will not sit on the couch next to my parents and watch this. No way.” That’s still a pretty good barometer no matter how old I get. But I can’t wait to see how the season ends!

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How to kill time efficiently 201

One of my earliest memories is sniffing a rose while wearing pig tails.  I also remember walking down a row of freshly cut grass behind my father pushing a mower, pretending I was walking down a trail in a secret garden. 

I decided to try and play grownup in my little city yard over the past week.  For starters I raked and pulled weeks in the small patch of bed beside the front walk.  I then sprinkled down two packs of wildflowers purchased from Target for $1 each.  I can’t wait to see what they look like!

Weeks ago I purchased a Groupon for $30 worth of whatever I wanted for $15 from Campbell and Ferrara Outdoor Living in Alexandria.   I finally visited the garden center this past Saturday and went home with 2 tomato plants, 2 bell pepper plants, 2 cilantro and parsley plants, rosemary, thyme, mint, oregano, basil, and a jalapeno plant.  I cannot wait to make salsa and mojitos!  (dont worry I will purchase the Rum.  i’m not making that in the basement). 

I planted some of the herbs in a drawer I got off Freecycle.  I just used a hammer and pounded out the bottom and viola: an urban redneck planter!  Now I just need to find a few pots off Freecycle for my tomato and pepper plants and I will officially have a potted garden in the city.

Having baby girl out there with me is so much fun.  She picks up so quickly on things.  When I was scooping dirt into my makeshift planter, she started carefully placing fistfuls of dirt on top of the plans.  So precious!  Maybe one of her first memories will be of being outside. 

Multitasking at its Finest

I had been waiting for Thursday night to roll around for along time.  It was the first episode of the new Real Housewives of New York.  Yes yes laugh at me – I’m obsessed with the Real Housewives shows.  That’s what happens when your first trimester of pregnancy has you sick as a dog. 

However I really needed to do some cardio and the night had already gotten away from me.  One of the things that has helped me begin this wonderful process of finally LOSING WEIGHT is Leslie Sansone’s walk DVD my Mom gave me for Christmas.  I ran into a logistics issue though – I couldnt play a DVD and watch Bravo channel at the same time…and my laptop refuses to play DVDs.  But my determined self came up with the brilliant idea of purchasing a different walk video via Amazon Instant Video

It was awesome!  I got my reality tv fix and burned calories at the same time.  Win!

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