Let me count the ways…..you are unoriginal!

code black

TV is my obsession. I love everything about it. I love the distraction it provides, the ability a show has to make me cry, to make me bite my nails with nerves, to laugh, even to feel butterflies in my tummy. The first shows that ever got me hooked on TV were Friends and Dawson’s Creek. When Joey finally kissed Pacey….I was short of breath. The time when Ross kisses Rachel for the first time….amazing! Even when I moved to boarding school in France when I was 16 I had my best friend record the new episodes of Dawson’s Creek and Friends and when I would return to Mexico on vacation we would sit in her house and watch episode after episode. I loved those times. Not just because I was spending quality time with my best friend but because of the laughs and tears that resulted from all the episodes. TV shows don’t just have the ability to mess with my emotions they have also on more than one occasion taught me valuable lessons or helped me empathize with someones circumstances.

Greys

The longest running show that I have been watching since the pilot episode is ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. I am a hard core fan. I have actually watched the complete series over five times. Every time I watch the episodes, characters and story lines have the same mesmerizing effect on me – I’m hooked. Now, when you are watching season 1 of Grey’s Anatomy for the fifth time and your husband comes home and asks what you are watching….. well, lets just say he doesn’t share the same passion for McDreamy as I do and he tries his best to get me to stop. BUT I CANT!! It’s not just the very good looking cast that keeps me coming back for more, its the amazing story line they develop and the medical cases that come up in each episode. So you can imagine my excitement when CBS starting advertising its new medical drama Code Black. I set the series to record on our TV and waited for the pilot.

Code Black is “a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all—creating a condition known as Code Black“. As I sat down to watch the pilot I was intrigued. I have to admit that it wasn’t as gripping as the pilot of Grey’s Anatomy but it took off to an interesting start. IT was around episode 5 that I started noticing all the similarities in the major story lines of the show with Grey’s Anatomy. We have the attending (Neal/Derek) that starts to develop feelings for the intern (Christa/Meredith) even when they know it is against hospital policy. Then we have the Dr (Carla/Izzy) that has cancer and is admitted to the hospital where she once used to work. Then we have the patient who is in need of surgery but cant have it because it would be contrary to her religious beliefs (CD S.01. Ep 13/ GA S01.Ep.08). How about the episode where a patient who was on a first date gets admitted to the ER and the date sticks around through the medical procedures. Lastly, the episode where the doctors have to try and save the patient while they have a gun pointed at their head. So far Code Black is on its 14th episode and I have to say I am disappointed with the lack of originality. I think I will give it a few more episodes before I decide to pull the plug.

As far as I am concerned there is still only one medical drama on the air worth watching and that’s Shonda Rhimes Grey’s Anatomy on ABC’s #TGIT .

 

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You used to call me on my House phone…..

House phone

Remember when you used to sit at home all day waiting for one of your friends to call so you could find out what you were doing that Friday night? Or when you were on the phone having a very intense conversation with the guy you like only to have your mom pick up the other phone and demand that you hang up because she is expecting a call? Seems like centuries ago to me. Nowadays most people don’t even have a landline. They are perfectly content with their cell phones where they can be reached at anytime, anywhere.  It’s crazy to think that by the time my kids are teenagers they might have never made a call from a landline. I guess nowadays the most landlines are found in offices.

What got me thinking about this is all the time I used to spend waiting around for the phone to ring or for my friend to be back home to take my call. What do we do with all that spare time now? Oh I know, Facebook, Instagram, tweet or most likely do something else on the web. As a mom I can tell you that my phone has saved my butt on more than once occasion. Screaming toddler having a meltdown in a very public place, easy just hand them your phone and it’s like an automatic mute button. What did moms do before?

I was talking to my cousin about this the other day. He was saying how before cell phones people were more dependable. If you made plans to meet a friend at 6pm at the mall, you made sure you were there at 6pm. If you arrived and your friend wasn’t there….well, you waited, sometimes for half an hour. Nowadays, people run late or just don’t show up because they know all they have to do is text or call to make it right. How about using your phone for navigation? Did you ever take a road trip and you were the navigator? Holding that big paper map, making sure you paid attention to every turn off and town you went through. How easy do we have it now where all you do is enter the destination and then a “lovely” computerized voice tells you what to do.

How about when you visited a new city and you wanted to find a nice restaurant to eat in, or a museum or a shop. You stopped someone local, made some small talk and they would give you tips on where to go and how to get there. Nowadays we have become somewhat antisocial. We don’t dare speak to a stranger or make eye contact with them unless it is absolutely necessary, i.e. your phone battery is dead or for some strange reason Google isn’t working!! I can’t get over how much things have changed in such a short space of time or how dependent we all are on our cell phones these days.

Here are a few little Telephone Throwbacks and fun facts:

  1. Mark Twain was one of the first people to have a phone in his home.
  2. Only 5% of people have used a phone booth or pay phone in the last year.
  3. Be careful while using your mobile phone, it has 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
  4. Do you know that the present mobile phones have more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 to land on the moon. Crazy!!
  5. Around 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone and more than 90% of adults have their mobile phone within arm’s reach all the time (I tell you, we are totally dependent on them).
  6. More than 4 billion people own mobile phones but surprisingly only 3.5 billion use a toothbrush. Yikes….

 

Be the Chef when you can’t have a Chef!

Growing up I was blessed & privileged enough to have a live in cook. This tends to be the norm in Mexico. Basically, my mother was never in the kitchen. In fact my mother HATES cooking and will tell you that with a smile on her face. The only downside to having a cook was that I never got to learn how to cook. Imagine what it was like for me when I got to University and couldn’t even cook pasta. I did what any normal student does and bought takeout but eventually my bank account was taking too much of a beating so I had to learn how to whip something up in the kitchen myself. I’m no Julia Child but at least I try. Now with two kids I have no choice but to cook healthy. Below is a recipe that I love to make that is quick and easy. When you have kids spending hours in the kitchen is simply not an option. I have to get in and get out in 30min or chaos ensues. Hope you enjoy the meal!

Bon Apettit

Honey orange glazed salmon

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 14 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 18 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, dried ground
  • Rice
  • Asparagus

 

DIRECTIONS

Salmon

  1. In a small bowl mix together honey, orange juice, soy sauce, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and ginger. Make sure you thoroughly combine the honey.
  2. Place salmon filets into the bowl and let it marinate for almost 1 hour. Turn occasionally to ensure even marination.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place the salmon into a dish and pour the remaining marinade over it.
  4. Place the salmon in the oven and roast in a 375 F oven for 12-15 minutes. Fish will be done when it flakes easily with fork.

 

Asparagus & Rice

  1. Cook the rice according to packet instructions.
  2. Trim the dry ends off of the asparagus. If the spears are thick, peel them lightly with a vegetable peeler.

Place them in the top half of the steamer pan set. Steam for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the asparagus, or until asparagus is tender.

First trip with a Bump

Cairo Egypt

You know that moment when you start to wonder, why am I doing this? What could have ever made me think THIS was a good idea? For me the THIS was sleeping on the floor, on some kind of Jordanian rug in a tent owned by a Bedouin man in the middle of Wadi Rum while 6 months pregnant. Maybe I just love traveling? Maybe I love the great outdoors? or maybe my boyfriend and I just found out we were having a baby and this trip had been planned and paid for a year ago….. in your early twenties, if you’ve paid for it…. you are going on that trip…

We flew into Cairo from London, arrived at our “posh” hotel and settled in after a tiring journey (well, at least for me- I’m the pregnant one!). We spent the night planning out the next few days. The Pyramids of Giza are an absolute must, as was the Egyptian Museum. Then we would set off to Dahab (little beach town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt).

Lets just say that when traveling to Egypt one needs to be prepared for the unexpected. On our morning walk to the Egyptian Museum we were approached by a shop owner. Very politely he asks us where we are headed. To our surprise he informs us that on Tuesdays the Museums are all closed. So, that changes things. We kinda forgot to confirm with the Hotel that the Museum was in fact open, so when he tells us this we believe him (why would he lie, right?). He then invites us into his little shop where he sells essential oils and perfumes. Now, I’m pregnant and strong odors tend to send me over the edge but this man will not take no for an answer. So into the shop we go. As we sit down the man locks the door behind us (strange but we go with it). Then he offers us some tea to which i refuse (I am not drinking anything from someone I don’t know when I’m drinking for two). He insists so much that the boyfriend ends up having to drink my tea as well. At this point I’m just praying that there is nothing in the tea otherwise I’m gonna have to carry my 180lbs boyfriend out of the shop. Luckily the tea was harmless but thats when the REAL fun began. The shop owner wants to show me all his essential oils and perfumes. He starts by trying to rub some on my hands, I am trying so hard to be polite but at this point I’m either gonna vomit on someone or scream. I start getting up saying that its time for us to go and that’s when another man shows up from behind a curtain and blocks the door. Now I’m definitely freakin out. They start speaking to each other in Arabic (which by the way is not one of the languages I speak) and I’m starting to cry at this point. The owner tells us that if we buy something then we can leave. That’s when the boyfriend loses it. Finally, that took him long enough to react. No one is gonna separate him from his hard earned cash against his will. So with a show of strength and a few tears from the pregnant girl we are finally allowed to leave. I for one was very shaken up by the whole experience but was still determined to enjoy our day. After all, it was only 10am!

To be continued….

 

 

 

Pregnant in a bathroom

So there I am, my pencil skirt wrapped around my tummy, my stocking down by my ankles and the worlds smallest employee bathroom in the basement of my office- oh and a positive pregnancy test in my hand. They say the whole world stops when you find out you are pregnant. All I know is that the already tiny bathroom started to close in on me while a thousand thoughts flushed my mind. What was happening? How did this happen? My parents are going to freak. What about George, oh George, we are too young.

Lets just say that when I contemplated my life and my ten year plan, pregnant in a bathroom at work fresh out of college was not part of the deal. I was only twenty three, hadn’t even started my career in law, hadn’t even done all the traveling I had planned (Cambodia, Thailand, Fiji, Australia).

Flash forward to present day. I am a mom of two incredible children, Bella who is currently seven years old and baby Charlie my little fifteen month old. I am blessed enough to be a stay at home mom now while my husband goes out to work everyday and leaves me behind to what he thinks is basically a permanent vacation.

George seems to think that when he goes off to work my life is a fairy tale. The kids behave, everyone does what they are supposed to do. The house cleans itself, the groceries just magically arrive in our fridge and the children never have meltdowns. My job is the easy one-  said no mom EVER!!!

Of course parenting is totally rewarding and I wouldn’t have it any other way (I think we are paid to say that) but when my sister or husband or someone else who hasn’t had the pleasure of 24/7 with an infant and no breaks decides to brush off what I do everyday as “easy” or “oh I would love to do this everyday” it takes all of my strength to smile and nod.

In my family I am known as the addict, the TV addict. Yes, I am that girl who watches EVERY show out there. Sci-fi, Romcom, Drama, Crime, Teen-angst, you name it I watch it. What no one seems to get is that when the show starts rolling, I am no longer someone’s mommy, I am no longer Mrs Complaints department, the finder of all lost things. I am a girl, on a sofa, with a remote control watching someone else’s problems and struggles. Do I use TV as a form of coping, yes, yes I do (you got a problem with that?). Do I use TV as a form of escapism? Why of course I do, doesn’t everybody else? I promise Netflix was created for people like me, an endless list of shows to binge watch and discover- yes please!

Should I be doing something else with all of that time? Probably, then again the cleaning can wait, the kids are in bed, my husband is on his computer and I have a date with #TVD #Thegoodwife #chicagopd #HTGAWM #scandal #greysanatomy #elementary #reign #arrow #codeblack #gameofthrones #blacklist #bones #suits #whitecollar #castle #pll #teenwolf #fliporflop #homeland #sherlock