Seven Quick Takes

09 August 2013

Joining Jen because it's Friday and that's the way things go around here. I'm a creature of habit and I can't quit her.


1. My new phone came in the mail but I can't get it to activate and it keeps telling to call this 1-800 number and I'm like ....... you are the dumbest device alive because you ARE my call making device. Whatev. The world will live another day without 88 instagrams of my kids doing something probably not very cute.

2. Here's something much cheerier for you to sip on ...



Kayla pulled together an awesome roundup of bloggers dressing like their favorite book character in honor of National Book Lovers Day. Everyone did such a great job minus me. Go check which character I rolled wit ...

3. Let's talk about music. Or I'll type about music. I strongly dislike/hate/loathe the Blurred Lines song. I don't know about the lyrics but I've gleaned that they are not the greatest from a few blog posts around the internitty but the beat kills me in the worst way. All I want is a little top 40 to bump in the minivan but when every station is playing Blurred Awful it breaks my heart. I will admit that I didn't love the cups/when I'm gone song initially but now I love it. Love. Also - I love that movie. So hilarious.

4. I feel like I'm always quick to report when strangers say not the nicest things when they see me and the kids out and about so I'll tell you about a little exchange that happened this morning lest I'm accused of being all things doomy and gloomy. 

I was pushing the kids up a hill in the chariot ...


(this is from Wednesday but they're probably wearing similar articles if not the exact same articles of clothing today) 

... when a cop approached in his squad car (correct terminology?). Even though I wasn't in the van I was still nervous he was going to pull me over for not having one of the kids strapped in as snugly as they could be or being over capacity in the faux fur blankie department. Something. And he DID slow his car down and rolled down the window and my heart sped up and slowed down all at the same time -- you know what I'm talking about. He asked the requisite, "are they all yours?!" and when I told him the truth he just responded with a whistle and, "you're a hell of a woman" ... which is the FURTHEST thing from the truth but still ... such a pleasant departure from the usual comments. Thanks Mr. Policeman!

5. Pass. I have a strong and kicky headache that is casting a boring shadow over this post as it is. Sorry.

6. Have you watched anything great or even mediocre on Netflix or Hulu recently? I'd greatly appreciate your suggestions. I'm sure it makes me the most dull human ever but I can't get into Dr. Who or The Walking Dead (Walking Dead?) but other than that ... I'm GAME.

7. I can't believe we have to wait until January for The Bachelor. Cruel. 

8. I get to meet two bloggers this weekend! Her and her. Lucky them.

Hasta.


76 comments:

  1. Ever watched The IT Crowd? Hilarious.

    Clean House is a fun quasi-reality show about cleaning really dirty houses and giving them a makeover. (And it makes you feel A LOT better about the cleanliness of your own house.)

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  2. We've been all up in Mad Men...and finished Orange is the New Black.

    Officer of the law just doing his civic duty by speaking the truth.

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  3. Orange is the New Black on netflix is SO GOOD! I'm sure you'll have several people recommend it. I've also jumped on the Parenthood bandwagon lately (only on season 2) but it's another good one. I pretty much love anything with Lauren Graham. And for an oldie but goodie - rewatch Felicity!

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    1. I forgot about that. Yes, I second parenthood! :-)

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    2. Also LOVE Parenthood. Perfect comedy-drama combo.

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    3. Do the episodes of Orange is the New Black get less... pornish... as they go along? I'm no prude, but I watched the first one and felt it was entirely too gratuitous. I was sad because the actual story line was very interesting!

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    4. Stacy! I could not agree more. After seeing this recommendation here I watched the first episode and am sickened by the fact it was recommended here. Not something to watch!!! Total porn and I am still having difficulty with the disgusting images.

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  4. I believe in TV: what not to wear, drop dead diva, biggest loser, pregnant in heels, bunheads, Seinfeld, Early Edition ... All available online if you look in the right places (ie; not hulu or Netflix)

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  6. Hart of Dixie. Your doctor husband would roll his eyes. :)

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  7. Definitely Orange is the New Black, its a mix of Weeds and Oz - even my husband liked it!

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  8. OK...you make the cutest Nancy drew evah! Loved that post. so cute. I am so jealous you get to meet Erika in person...hope you have a fabo time!

    As far as TV goes, we are huge Castle fans, Covert Affairs, White Collar, Hawaii Five-O, Revenge...OK love mysteries. I am totally with you on the Walking Dead thing...zombies are totally gross...just sayin.

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  9. We binged our way through New Girl (only season 1 is on the Flix, 2 we had to find elsewhere) and are now addicted to The West Wing. Although, on second thought, maybe it would bring back bad memories of your time on the Hill?

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  10. I'm always looking for Netflix suggestions too. Not a Dr. Who fan (nothing against the guy or the show. Watched one episode and it kind of creeped me out and hubby fell asleep half way through and he's a major nerd so neither of us have tried since) or a Walking Dead fan too. I watched the worst romantic comedy ever - Beauty and the Briefcase and it was terrible. But I watched The Mechanical Man the other night and loved it. Not the best character development but it was cute :). And My Girlfriends Boyfriend is one of my Netflix faves that I recommend to everyone.

    Love the Clothes for Booklovers! :)

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  11. You are bordering on saintly in the phone department. I don't think I'd make it a day without my phone! ;-) As for shows, the hubs and I started Big Bang Theory. We are on season 2 now and are in LOVE. It helps that we're both a little nerdy. The Mindy Project is another funny show I love. If you want soapy but addictive try Revenge. If you like gritty and a little morbid, the mystery/cop drama The Killing or The Bridge is good. A lightheartedly goofy/ funny show with lots of pop culture references is Psych. I'm curious to see what the others recommend. I am always adding new shows to my queue. ;-)

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  12. The Killing and Suits and Graceland

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  13. If you take the recommendation about for Orange is the New Black - my BIL is the script supervisor for that show! We loved the show "Chuck" - hilarious! So there's my recommendation. Also can never get enough Big Bang Theory. And #8 - THEY are lucky...! :)

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  14. Against every fiber of my being, I'm slowly being turned on Blurred Lines even though I don't want to be. Robin Thicke is a bit creepy to me in a hit on your teenage daughter sort of way, but then I saw the version with he and Jimmy Fallon on YouTube and I was pretty entertained, dammit. Hope the phone comes to life soon!

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  15. You ARE a hell of a woman. I can vouch.

    Also, this is going to sound like crazy town, but some college friends recently introduced me to Korean dramas (aka k drama). I'm watching "Lie to Me" (not the FX show) and...I love it. You have to read subtitles buuut it's kind of awesome. Each one is like a 20 episode romantic comedy.

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  16. Orange is the new black! That is all.

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  17. You ARE a hell of a woman!

    Netflix: House of Cards
    Hulu and probably also Netflix: Prison Break

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  18. Oh! Someone else said Suits and yes definitely Suits although sometimes USA Network is dumb about digital viewing ie. locking episodes like they can stop the future and make us pay for cable.

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  19. The West Wing (I'll probably cry as I finish season 7 sometime in the next month... or hours). Parenthood is fantastic and I eagerly await the new season this fall. New Girl is funny and my husband even likes to watch it with me (perhaps 40% of that is Zooey Deschanel). Bones is on Netflix if you haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet. That's all I can think of now, but I'll be back to stalk the comments on this one.

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  20. You'll probably hate this because your husband IS a surgical resident, but I am just addicted to Grey's Anatomy. The
    main character has my same name and it's weird but it's just enough drama and sometimes too much drama to make me watch all nine seasons (and cry through maybe a third) within the past year.

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  21. Lucy and I have been watching Frasier and TEDtalks during our marathon nursing sessions. I like the TEDtalks the most but now I'm 4 seasons in to Frasier and have to see it to the end.

    Ryan and I tried Dr Who and just Could. Not. Get in to it. We will never understand the obsession.

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  22. On the 'Flix, I love How I Met Your Mother, Vampire Diaries, Bones, Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar, and The Glades. If you're a tv series marathoner like me, that'll be enough to last you 4-5 days.

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  23. I second How I Met your Mother. I don't know if its on Netflix but The New Girl is hilarious.

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  24. White collar...drop dead diva...IT crowd...Monarch of the glen...

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  25. White collar...drop dead diva...IT crowd...Monarch of the glen...

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  26. White collar...drop dead diva...IT crowd...Monarch of the glen...

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  27. Have you watched White Collar? Because if not you totally need to watch it with me. I only started it yesterday (on Netflix) and I've already watched six episodes because I can't get enough.

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  28. I second House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Although the former I have to watch with subtitles b/c they talk so fast.

    As for pop music, have you tried Lordes single "Royals" ? I love it tooo much. Also Selena Gomez "Come an Get It" (I know....).

    Anytime I see a family with multiple little kids now, I smile and tell them what a beautiful family they have. Hopefully I can do my part to help counteract those Uglies you always seem to run into!

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  29. If you like the cup song, check out this version (four part harmony, totally great). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1aOg_UO_A

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    1. Oh, and for netflix, try Luther, or Bomb Girls. Idris Elba is awesome.

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  30. Are you aware of North and South (the BBC one with Richard Armitage)? I cannot totally vouch for it as of yet because I haven't finished it, but according to several blogs it has the best ending ever ever ever, which I am super looking forward it. It's British/literary/romantical/historical which encompasses all my very very very favorite things, so I may be biased but I'm enjoying it. Also, Call the Midwife? Seen it? Midwives in (guess it!) England in the 50's? SO good. Both on Netflix.

    I loved your Nancy Drew! That is the cutest thing! I want to dress like my favorite literary character (Elizabeth Bennet or Anne Shirley, the later years) all the time. Allowed?

    Also, I love Pitch Perfect, the end.

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    1. Yes, Call the Midwife!!!!

      Orange is the New Black was too much for me in the opening credits, guess I'm a prude? I felt like I needed to go to confession afterward...

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    3. I accidentally logged in in my husband's name and it was weird. Whoops! Anyway, what I said was: I have been wanting to watch Orange is the New Black but now I'm nervous. I do watch several HBO shows that maybe should require a confession run afterward, though, so maybe I'm desensitized. I must say, I do dislike the upping the ante thing HBO has started. I like Game of Thrones but there's just too much... of everything...

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  31. Watch Doc Martin on Netflix ... Very British Funny ...

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    1. I agree! Another brilliant UK show is Broadchurch. I'm not sure if it's on Netflix but here in Australia I watch it on iTunes so I'm sure it's available somehow.

      Oh, and yay for the nice policeman. You are one hell of a woman!

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    2. Oh, and another one that you must, must check out (apologies for being so strident, but you must!) is Outnumbered. It's another UK show about a family with three kids (hence the outnumbered title) and it is hilarious. The little girl may remind you of a certain little lady in your house...

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  32. I'm so so so glad I'm not the only one who hates that song!

    Parenthood! My absolute fav. Call The Midwife is a great one if you're a Downton fan. And Friday Night Lights. :-)

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  33. haha, yaaa policeman! i don't know if its up your alley, but have you seen sons of anarchy? whenever my husband would watch it I always thought of it as a trashy biker show, but he finally convinced me to watch it and I couldn't go back once I started. so try it out!
    xo
    jenna
    www.mamadazeblog.com

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  34. I'm gonna hit up "comedians in cars getting coffee" tonight as my screen time of choice. And yes to what mr policeman said- although I was getting palpitations just thinking about him slowing down to share that little gem. Creepy?

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  35. Oh no you hate blurred lines? I'm unfollowing you right now.

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    1. I'm with Colleen. #3 was like a knife through my heart. The cup song over Robin? I feel sorry for you.

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  36. I'll be honest, I didn't read all the recommendations, so if these are repeats I apologize!

    Chuck -uber hilarious + sweet + action-y

    Veronica Mars -if you liked Nancy Drew-you will LOVE this show. I am a big fangirl.

    Endeavor -new one for me & the hubs. It's on PBS.com. Murder mystery.

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  37. How do you not like Doctor Who?! You should watch Casanova on Netflix. The British mini-series one. Then, after watching David Tennant, you will like Doctor Who. Really, though, Casanova is very entertaining. Also, Orange is the New Black is so good. It's filthy at times, but totally enjoyable. I had to take a break after the first episode bc it left me unsettled...but after that it's funny and less intense.

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  38. I REFUSE to watch Dr. Who and Walking Dead, either. I AM, however, looking forward to the new season of Duck Dynasty on A&E next week. Don't judge. We're just happy, happy, happy over here. (and, no, I'm no redneck)

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  39. Girl. Dance Academy. It's essentially the Australian PBS version of Degrassi. With ballet. I can't say it's high quality, but it goes down sooooo easy.

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    1. So glad someone else loves this show! Dance Academy is awesome and I found myself crying during the last season!

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    2. My oldest son and my husband make fun of me, but, yes, Dance Academy!

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  40. Grrr ... Blurred Lines. It has ruined pop radio for me. And my problem IS the lyrics. That beat is snappy, but the words make me blind with anger, and I only listen to radio in the car, so that's no good.

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  41. Just started Breaking Bad..really good. Orange/Black was great!

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  42. "Breaking Bad"'s meth maestro teaches chemistry (in the show) at THE high school from which Grace graduated (in real life). Now back to our reguarly-scheduled lurking. -Grace's Dad

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    1. This comment from your dad made my day. Haha. You're such a celeb grace.

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  43. This is WAAAAY out of the box for a Netflix idea, but we have been watching Alias. It's a spy show about a strong female character who is working towards good. It was on when our 2nd was a baby and I remember watching it while nursing her when the toddler was asleep (when it was on live). It's been great fun to re-visit it.

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  44. How many episodes of Doctor Who have you watched? I myself am a pretty hard core Whovian, and I truly believe that you have to get through the first 3or4 episodes with the 9th Doctor to even begin to enjoy it. It's very cheesy at first, and it is very British.

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  45. Friday Night Liiiiiiights! Oh my gosh it's so good- heartwarming and sweet and sad and dramatic and beautiful to look at and the music, oh the music! Just check out this Buzzfeed and you'll know all you need to know about this show: http://www.buzzfeed.com/magdalenakrajewski/friday-night-lights-a-love-story-dip4

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  46. Graceland, motive, twisted....blurred lines had the beat of a group dance # like electric slide

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  47. I recommend Burn Notice, The X Files, and Parenthood and if you're an old lady trapped in a 29 year old's body: Murder She Wrote. And my literary character dress a like would be The Artful Dodger. I've always wanted an excuse to dress like a pickpocket newsie :)

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  48. haha that bit about your cell phone. :) so hilarious but not, for you of course. ;)

    xo

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  49. With the recent tradgedy of Cory Monteith's death I decided to check out "Glee". The first three seasons are on the Flix de Net and oh my goodness am I hooked. I loved all things musical and theatric when I was in high scool but I was homeschooled and you can't really have a show choir of one, so I think I'm kind of living vicariously through the characters. If people randomly breaking out in song and previously practiced dance is not your thing, than that's cool. We can still be friends.

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  50. With the recent tradgedy of Cory Monteith's death I decided to check out "Glee". The first three seasons are on the Flix de Net and oh my goodness am I hooked. I loved all things musical and theatric when I was in high scool but I was homeschooled and you can't really have a show choir of one, so I think I'm kind of living vicariously through the characters. If people randomly breaking out in song and previously practiced dance is not your thing, than that's cool. We can still be friends.

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  51. If you have Amazon Prime and like Anne of Green Gables and/or Downton Abbey, then check out Lark Rise to Candleford. My husband traveled 40% of the first half of the year and that series is what got me through (I only allowed myself to watch it on the nights when he was gone--granted, that was a lot). I haven't finished it yet. I'm due in a few weeks, so I'm saving the rest for my early labor distraction. Weird, I know.

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  52. We are living in Munich, Germany for 18 months and I pretty much made my husband get us a VPN so we can watch hulu. We LOVE the British comedy "Spy" and quote it all. the. time. Apparently they are going to do a US version, but there's no way it will be as good as the original.

    Also, we've really gotten into watching "Project Runway." I had never seen an episode until a month ago and now we've watched 1.5 old seasons and are caught up on this season. It's completely addicting. I watch 20 minutes here and there while baby naps. I should be productive and do stuff like... learn German. Or tidy up. But that Project Runway just calls to me. Even my husband is into it. He says it's the best reality show because it's drama but these people actually have talent and produce tangible results.

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  53. no netflix, etc. recommendations, and i know at least one person mentioned this earlier in the comments, but i just wanted to second (or third, fourth, or fifth...) that the version of blurred lines that robin thicke recorded with jimmy fallon and the roots... well, i'm a big fan of it. of course, i'm a big fan of most things jimmy fallon, so take that with a big fat grain of salt - or ten. (:

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  54. I would recommend Call the Midwife on Netflix. It has kept waiting for the next Downton Abbey season a little more bearable. I'm with you on the Blurred Lines song. It gives me that uncomfortable feeling of being hit on by an overly confident sleaze every time I hear it. Nice call on the Nancy Drew...as a book lover, she has been one of my favorites since childhood.

    http://graciesnoseinabook.blogspot.com/

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  55. Agree with Parenthood and Orange is the New Black (if you can handle some very explicit scenes). I don't think anyone mentioned Freaks and Geeks yet. I never watched it when it was on TV (around 2000), but started watching it recently on Netflix, and I'm hooked! I think Judd Apatow created it or wrote/directed some of them. It has James Franco, Seth Rogan, and Jason Segal before they were famous and it is hilarious. There are so many cringe-worthy high school moments I could SO relate to. Highly recommend!

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  56. Good luck with the phone situation-haha, it will be over soon. As for TV thoughts, I would go with: NCIS (CBS), White Collar (USA), Downton Abbey (PBS), Doc Martin (PBS), Royal Pains (USA), and Rules of Engagement.

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  57. I can't believe how many people are shocked that you have three kids. Three kids always seems like a great number to me! As for Netflix, Psych is THE BEST show ever. Also How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory are good.

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  58. British miniseries: North and South. Loved it. Also Ugly Betty...it's cute. :)

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  59. Lol! I can't imagine what they'll say when (if) you have a 4th baby. What a nice policeman on the other hand! And yes, you're gorgeous! :)

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  60. Girrrrrl. Yes. Seriously, dr who? I...just don't understand the appeal. I made myself watch two seasons just waiting. And no. Can't watch it.

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