Not only have I lost track of the days, I didn't notice the time. Suddenly it was 7 o'clock and I hadn't even thought about making dinner. Through the miracle of frozen leftovers (turkey meatballs for some of us, lasagna for others, slices of fresh bread for all) dinner was compiled, served and eaten by 8. Just in time for us to watch an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
We discovered the series this last summer. Initially I was apprehensive about watching it, because I'm a complete wimp when it comes to scary shows. I have a love/fear relationship with Doctor Who. It isn't so much scary as it is unnerving and (more importantly) British! For every nice, sweet, un-unnerving British show like Heartbeat, All Creatures Great and Small, or Fawlty Towers, there are dozens that freak me out. As validation of this theory I offer up the British expression "behind the sofa," which is used thusly:
As soon as I hear the intro song to Doctor Who I hide behind the sofa and don't come out till the end credits roll.
I store a packet of hob-nobs behind the sofa, so I have something to occupy myself while my husband watches Sherlock or Spooks or Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson is the devil.
Know what show never forces me to quake behind the sofa and sob? Time Team -- it is the anti-Wallander. Also the anti-Primeval. Remind me not to be such a bitch next time I rant on about mindless, formulaic American television shows like Three and a Half Men.
The crazy thing is that as much as the shows I just listed scare me, I still love them. Well, not Three and a Half Men -- that's a piece of irredeemable, corn-filled crap. Also Jeremy Clarkson isn't REALLY the devil. However, I bet he'd be all handsy if I ever found him behind my sofa.
The Sarah Jane Adventures is a Doctor Who spin-off series and is aimed at children. Despite this I often have to leave the room when it gets too intense. "Tell me when it's not scary!" I will call out to my sons who have NOT inherited my wimpy ways. Perhaps they've been a good influence on me, because I've started watching Torchwood on Netflix. But only during the daytime, and only when I'm on the elliptical trainer. Torchwood is conducive to exercising because the creepier the scene, the more furiously I move my arms and legs. It's the healthier alternative to hiding out behind the sofa with a box of hob-nobs. And Jeremy Clarkson.
So what did you do today?
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