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Any Given Sunday

5 Sep

And so it begins… NFL Football kicks off tonight!   I know my friends, family and readers run the gamut from hard-core fans to couldn’t care less/what ELSE is on TV types.  But I fall into the former category.  Case in point: we decided to get Direct TV in our new place solely because we wanted the subscribe to NFL Ticket, guaranteeing we would never miss a game that we wanted to see this season.   As a family (all 2 of us!), we are big Baltimore Ravens fans.  Why?   1) They’re my favorite team to watch, given their high level of play both offensively and especially defensively.   When you score as many points on defense as you do on offense, it makes games less boring to watch.   2) Baltimore is a cool town that we love to visit.   We have gone to a game each season, and last year had a priceless encounter with Ray Lewis in the hotel elevator.   3) Redskins are awful.   Period.

But now that we are out of DC and back in Texas I can once again publicly indulge in my hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys!  Hopefully I can turn Kevin into a Cowboys fan eventually.  I’ll wear him down.  They kick off the season tonight versus the Giants in what is sure to be a great match-up.   I’m sure the Nodding Donkey next door will be off the hook.  Maybe we’ll swing by for a beer.  Though, we did pay for NFL Ticket and all…

Anyways, this post wasn’t supposed to be about football.  It was supposed to be about what’s dominating our TV.  And soon, that will be football.   All day Sunday.   But here’s the thing… Football isn’t the only good thing on Sunday.   In fact, each of our 4 favorite TV dramas air on Sunday evenings.  So unless the Ravens or Cowboys are playing in Sunday Night Football, here’s what else you can catch us watching Any Given Sunday, no matter the season:

1) Breaking Bad.   (Best.  Show.  On.  Television.)

(Airs on AMC) The premise is strange.  High school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal cancer and fears leaving his pregnant wife and son with Cerebral Palsy with nothing.   He discovers he can produce the most pure form of Crystal Meth on the market, gets into the drug market, turns evil, kills people, deceives everyone.   Literally, he “breaks bad.”   The show just wrapped its mid-season finale of its final season (which wraps up next summer).   If you haven’t seen this show, shame on you.  The writing, directing, acting and production quality is phenomenal.   It is a show that has gotten BETTER every season.   Watch it!

2) Homeland

(Airs on Showtime)  One of the best first seasons of any show I’ve seen.   You never know who to trust in this show.  Just when you think you know who the real “heroes” are, you start to question everything you thought you knew.  Claire Danes is amazing.  Damian Lewis is enigmatic.  Mandy Patinkin is Mandy Patinkin.   The DC-set drama (though mostly shot in Charlotte) is great fun to watch considering the life that Kevin and I just left and the industry in which I work.  Love this show.  It come back Sept. 30… you have 3 weeks to buy the Season 1 DVD or watch on Netflix.  Do it now!

3) Mad Men

(Airs on AMC)  Probably the most well known among these so far, Mad Men has such style, such wonderful attention to detail and some truly amazing characters.  I love the strong women on the show.  Love the fashion.   Love Roger Sterling and his political incorrectness.  Mostly I love Don Draper’s advertising pitches.  And Jon Hamm.   I love me some Jon Hamm.

4) Revenge

(Airs on ABC)  Revenge now moves to the Sunday night slot on ABC.   My DVR is freaking out.   Revenge is campy, soapy, and a bit over-dramatic.  And I LOVE IT.  Smartly acted.  Gorgeous shots in the Hamptons.   Amazing fashion, again.   Definitely a good contender for a drinking game.   This show could have been awful.   Or even “so bad, it’s good.”  But I think it’s downright great.

My favorite aspect of these shows is that BOTH of us love watching them.  It’s like Date Night every Sunday.   There are others that get honorable mention that Kevin doesn’t miss (like The Walking Dead… too many zombie squirt noises for me though…), but we never have to fight over watching any of these 4 shows.

Next up on my list to add to the Netflix queue: The Good Wife.  Also airing on what night?  Oh right… Sunday.  And maybe True Blood.   Sunday again.   And I have the whole season of Newsroom stored on the DVR, for when I get around to it.

And need I mention that most of our favorite shows of the past aired on Sunday as well:  Sex and the City, The Wire, The Sopranos, etc.

Sunday is home to many wonderful activities:   Church.  Brunch.  Sunday Funday at the pool.  FOOTBALL (goes without saying).   My new BODYPUMP class (6:30 p.m. at Gold’s Gym Uptown!!!!).   But I know where you’ll find me Sunday evening.   Glued to the TV.

Anyone else watch all 4 of these shows?  What am I missing?   And HOW do I de-conflict my DVR this fall?

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

29 May

This blog was supposed to be about life in Dallas.   Well, finally!   The crazy travels of May are over and I’ve spent my first weekend in Dallas, TX.   Didn’t I move here over 3 weeks ago?   Anyways, a beautiful 3-day Memorial Day Weekend was a great first full weekend in the area.   After returning from St. Louis on Friday, Kevin and I checked out a local spot in the Knox-Henderson area called The Porch (www.theporchrestaurant.com).   This was right up our alley… totally our scene.   Great food and drinks, and a casual but still lively atmosphere.  Up until now, we’ve been in lots of fun corner bars (what we’ll refer to as “watering holes”) and fancy/uber trendy restaurants.   So we were glad to find a spot like this.

Speaking of watering holes, Kevin is planning to guest blog here on Danielle Does Dallas on one of his favorite topics: we’ll call it Watering Hole Wednesdays.   As we check out the local spots, the hubs will post his expert review for your reading pleasure.  Stay tuned!

So Saturday I dragged Kevin to the yoga studio I blogged about in What’s On the Agenda for Tonight?   After his successful completion of P90X and its required yoga workouts, I thought he might actually enjoy a live class.   I was so stoked that he agreed to come with me and I’d say it was a success!   Kevin has often taken my classes at Gold’s, but it was super fun just being on the mat next to each other.   Hopefully he’ll give it another whirl in the future.    I bought an unlimited monthly pass and am planning to take full advantage this month.   That evening we got together with several members of his family to celebrate his uncle’s retirement and had some awesome barbecue with all the fixins.   Note: BBQ-ing does not mean burgers and dogs in these parts.   We’re talking brisket, ribs, beans and Texas Toast.   Okay, now that we’re on the same page…

Sunday was quite the adventure.   I grew up in Fort Worth, TX and have always enjoyed the long-standing PGA Tournament at Colonial Country Club (otherwise known as the Crowne Plaza Invitational).  This is where Fort Worth’s Finest get together on a sweltering Memorial Day weekend to enjoy some spectacular golf, drink lots of beer and margaritas, and generally get their “see-and-be-seen” on.   Kevin scored us some tickets and we took my stepdad and brother Chris.   Zach Johnson donned the red plaid jacket and we didn’t get sunburned.  A win-win!

Adding to the win, I spotted one of my favorite chef celebrities at the tournament, Tim Love (check him at http://www.cheftimlove.com).   Tim is a well-known and respected chef in Fort Worth who owns several restaurants, including Lonesome Dove and his newest spot, The Woodshed.  You may also recognize Tim from stints on Top Chef (guest judge plus contestant on Top Chef Masters).   I’m dying to check out the Woodshed next time we make it over to Fort Worth.   I’m super shy around anyone I deem a celebrity, but my stepdad forced me to say hi and I’m glad I did.   I was in foodie heaven!

Since the tournament was held about an hour from Dallas, and we stuck around for my favorite Tex-Mex (and MORE margaritas) at Mi Cocina, we decided to stay the night at my parents.   Plus, we got to hang around with this little guy:

Sophie 8 weeks

Sophie 9 weeks

Everyone, meet Clooney!   (Yes, that’s Clooney, as in George).   He is a Goldendoodle puppy, about 9 weeks in pictures.   They already have one adorable Goldendoodle named Sophie, and it was time to add to the pack.   So freakin cute I can hardly stand it.   What a little furry ball of joy!

Monday was another family day, this time with my dad’s family at our place.   We hosted them for dinner (turned out fabulously, thank you very much) and yet another Texas Rangers WIN!  I’m quite enjoying entertaining at our new place; something I rarely, if ever, did in our old apartments.

And all the sudden the weekend ended and it’s back to work for all.   Luckily it’s a short week and we’re looking forward to next weekend already.

What did you do for your Memorial Day Weekend?  I saw lots of pics of folks at the beach… jealous!   Surprisingly I missed the familiar noise from Rolling Thunder rolling into DC.

Who’s ready for Watering Hole Wednesdays?   I’ll be happy to just go along for the ride.  :)


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