Where I live on the East coast, the only colors outside from January to about mid-April are shades of gray and brown. The grass has died, there are no flowers, the trees are completely bare and fresh snow only makes the landscape beautiful for about ten minutes before it also turns gray from car pollution. I like gray as much as the next person, but it gets a little tiring to see it for nearly four months straight, especially when it’s accompanied by the freezing cold temperatures.
There’s this disorder called SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically it’s the diagnosis for people who get depressed after staring at a gray landscape for what feels like an eternity. I don’t know what they did back before television was invented, but I am super grateful that my boyfriend is a techie who owns every piece of electronic equipment known to man, including a very large flat screen TV. So when the gray gets to me, I try to find exciting television shows to watch. And it just so happens that the most exciting shows have the hottest people.
My newest favorite is History Channel’s Vikings.
Literally everyone on this show is good looking. So I get to gaze into the dreamy blue eyes of Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar Lodbrok, a vicious Norseman who loves blood and guts, and my boyfriend gets the flame-haired actress who plays Ragnar’s wife, Katheryn Winnick. The second season just started and it hasn’t disappointed us yet.
Usually I hate to follow what society deems popular, but I’ve been a deathly loyal fan to The Walking Dead on AMC. Awesome isn’t as loyal as I am but generally if I’m watching it, he will watch too. His favorite character is Beth, the cute blonde farmer’s daughter. Of course. My favorite is Andrew Lincoln, who plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, but I am biased because I’ve loved him since he moved me (and every other breathing woman) to tears in Love Actually.
One of my private indulgences when boyfriend is at work is kind of a surprising one. We are Netflix subscribers and there are like a million old television shows you can watch on demand.
Pretty much anything featuring Gordon Ramsay gets me going.
Kitchen Nightmares: UK Edition is the best choice in my opinion, but Hell’s Kitchen also fulfills my cravings. I don’t know, I guess there’s something about a British chef running around calling people “pigs” and screaming at them to stop burning the damn risotto for expletive’s sake!
By the way, side question, what is so hard about cooking risotto in the first place? Seriously, I’m asking. Isn’t it just like cooking rice? I’ve never done it before. Guess I should call Gordon Ramsey, wink wink.
Emily Campbell is a perpetually single, 20-something girl-around-town who loves Shakespeare, old movies, Natty Boh, and of course, long walks on the beach. A sales manager by day and freelance writer by night, she was recently forced into a life of involuntary celibacy when her last relationship fizzled out over a text message. She’s tired of settling for second – or tenth – best, and she’s ready to find Mr. Right. Or, Mr. Nearly Right. No one’s perfect…which she has learned the hard (but hilarious) way.