August 30th, 2009
Hello there! I promised myself I would go to bed early(ish) tonight but I had already edited a bunch of photos earlier in the day, so…I’m already behind on blogging about North Carolina and Virginia Beach. I hate it when I get behind because then photos go unseen and cool stuff goes unblogged. Like last February when I visited Maryland, I never really blogged about Rebekah’s fantastic all-day drop-in-when-you-can craft-o-rama birthday party that she planned for herself. It was such a cool idea I really wanted to blog it, and I just never did. And Sea World! I still have not blogged our visit to Sea World! I know there are a couple of pottery and crochet posts that I need to write, too.
So before I get even MORE behind, I’m going to slap some photos up here real quick to tell you what we’ve been doing to keep ourselves busy. And I’ll be in bed by
12:30 12:45 1:39.
We’ve been swimming.
We’ve painted some pottery at the newly-remodeled, under-new-ownership pottery studio. The new owner is someone who worked there for years, though, so only a few things are different. It’s still the same really cool, laid-back place to paint. Notable changes are the new fish tank and the new curtains on the window between the kiln room and the studio that look strangely familiar to me. Hmmm.
We’ve been riding bikes and playing on the swings and shucking some corn.
Annalie found a little worm on one of the ears of farm-stand corn and was a little grossed out. I told her to just flick it off, and she said, “Uh, I’m not really a worm kind of person.” Christa flicked it off for her.
We’ve been watching a little bit of Chuck. Yes, yes we have.
I know I should be getting sick of this show by now. Over the past four months I’ve watched both seasons, all 35 episodes, at least twice by myself while crocheting. I’ve watched many of the episodes again at different times with Troy, Sonja, Brenda, and my mom (all of whom are confirmed Chuck fans now, as is my brother who watched the Season 1 DVDs with my mom), as well as for Chuck Me Mondays. That right there is a LOT of Chuck.
Here’s an odd thing about me, though: I like watching and listening to the same things over and over and over. I’m like a toddler who wants to watch the same episode of Dora a hundred times in a row or listen to the same freaking WeeSing CD on every single car trip. I will leave the same CD in my player for weeks at a time if I like it and the songs are singable. I watch the movies I love repeatedly.
Considering that, I guess it’s not terribly surprising that I have been okay with these repeated Chuckathons. I think it helps that I’m usually crocheting while I’m watching, so I’m not giving my whole attention to the screen and will pick up on something each time that I missed on the previous viewing while I was looking at my yarn. Also, the writers and producers of Chuck delight in creating stories with many layers, sprinkled liberally with pop culture references. I never catch them all the first time.
The main reason I keep trying to convince people to watch Chuck is that I truly think they’ll enjoy it, that it will make them happy for at least an hour each week. There aren’t many shows out there like this one, shows that are a blend of humor and emotion, action and heroism, geekery and gorgeous people. On a technical level, the writing, acting, music, editing, and action scenes are all excellent, and isn’t it always nice to give attention to the shows that are doing a good job?
Even more than all that, though, it’s just plain fun. The other day I stumbled across a great post on the blog of TV critic Alan Sepiwall, recapping the Season 2 finale before we knew if there would be a Season 3. Parts of his recap were so spot-on that I found myself actually laughing and saying “Yes!” out loud to my laptop as I read, particularly this:
There are deeper shows on TV, more complex shows, shows with tighter plot logic, possibly even better comedies—though I find that last statement hard to believe after an episode that featured a line like “Why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian wreck your wedding?”—but none features as much pure, concentrated fun as “Chuck.” It’s overflowing with joy, as if Schwartz, Fedak and company (in this case, Allison Adler, who co-wrote the finale with Fedak) repeatedly ask themselves, “What else can we put into this scene that’s awesome?” [emphasis mine]
But here’s the thing: if “Chuck” was just a collection of in-jokes and ’80s references, then…well, then it’d be “Family Guy.” And while “Family Guy” has its place, what makes “Chuck” so special—what suddenly has this storm of bloggers and Tweeters and sandwich aficionados doing all they can to help it get a third season—is that there’s a fundamental warmth and humanity underneath the jokes about “Back to the Future” and “Tron,” and then cool action and high stakes piled on top. It’s a cast of appealing characters played by very good actors, and so the laughs feel more satisfying, the action cooler, then if it were all just a big joke. [emphasis mine]
All of this to say that when Bekah mentioned she might be interested in watching a few episodes of this show I couldn’t seem to stop blogging about, I said, wanna watch the pilot tonight? And we did, and when it was over, Bekah said, “Quick, let’s watch another one before I need to go to bed!” The next day when we got home from church, she said, “Maybe we could watch an episode of ‘Chuck’ while the kids are outside playing and lunch is cooking.” And another Chuck fan is born.
And THAT is why I have fallen behind in blogging again. We’ve been using my laptop to watch Chuck in the evenings when I’d normally be editing photos and writing. But hey, at least I’m getting caught up on my crocheting again!