Sunday Evenings are for Mad Men

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Bliss
April 14, 2014

When I first heard about Mad Men and all the rave reviews, my reaction was “a show about a bunch of smoking, boozing, sexing, chauvinistic, high-powered ad executives from the sixties? No, thanks.”

Then I Netflixed the pilot, and it was all over.

Turns out I get a perverse pleasure out of watching expecting mothers smoke cigarettes and toss back glasses of wine. I mean, pregnant women don’t get to do anything anymore. No cocktails, no pain killers, no cold medicine. Is this some sort of punishment for post-sixties liberation?

Screwdriver, inspired by AMC’s Mad Men Cocktail Guide. I even used fresh-squeezed orange juice. Yum!

Screwdriver, inspired by AMC’s Mad Men Cocktail Guide. I even used fresh-squeezed orange juice. Yum!

Haven’t we all had those moments where liquor at the workplace seemed like a really good idea? I can’t tell you how many times my frazzled boss has emerged from yet another hour-long teleconference, wishing I had a flask hidden somewhere in my desk drawer.

As for the sexism, well, some of that really hasn’t changed much. When my girl Joan has to stoically mask her face after her intelligence is insulted or swallow yet another instance of her authority being undermined at the whim of a male superior, I empathize one hundred percent. Because something similar usually happened to me just last week.

Then there are moments like these, from the Season 7 Mad Men premiere:

Week Twenty-Two: Summer Reading, Backstory Music, Mad Men, and ACE!

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

June 3rd, 2012

Read
I’m still enjoying Alyson Noël’s Fly Me to the Moon, a contemporary adult novel about a flight attendant who sets a new course in her life after walking in on her boyfriend in the act of a betrayal.

I’m gearing up to tweet on June 7th for NYT’s #summerreading campaign. My list includes Alyson Noël’s young adult paranormal romance Fated (set here in New Mexico!), On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves, Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell, and Home by Toni Morrison.

Write
I totally geeked out doing backstory research on my heroine. Because music is everything to me, I had to know, what were the popular songs in 1975, the year she was born? Tunecaster.com was my source for the top 40 1975 songs of the year. Of all the songs Elton John ever wrote, how was “Island Girl” one of the number ones? On the plus side, “Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles hit number one the month of my heroine’s birth, November 1975. And Bruce Springsteen released the album I can’t live without, Born to Run, in 1975. Score!

Bliss

Mad Men

Mad Men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I caught up on the last 5 weeks of DVR episodes of Mad Men, just in time for tonight’s jaw-dropping episode. I’m drinking and crying as I type this.  Matthew Weiner is a freaking master at story telling. What did you think of Mad Men episode 512, “Commissions and Fees”?

I’m also excited for Albuquerque Comic Expo—ACE!—next weekend. Last year I got my picture taken with LeVar Burton. This year, Billy Dee Williams will be there! What? And Katee Sackhoff from the new Battlestar Galactica. I watched the original as a kid (Richard Hatch who played Apollo was my first TV crush) but didn’t get SyFy on my cable package at the time the remake aired so I never got to see it. Apparently I need to Netflix the new series, because all the reviews are rave.

Week Twelve: Crashing and Caffing Up

March 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

March 25, 2012

Read

The Hunger Games (film)

The Hunger Games (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Afraid to say I’ve slacked off a bit with the reading. I had a week-long training at work, with working lunches and late evenings, so that did not leave a whole lot of extra time for reading. Although I did crack the spine of On Writing by Stephen King. Plus I think I am still recovering from The Hunger Games. I wonder if I am ready to delve into Catching Fire.

Write
I spent the week typing up my notes from the last two weeks, which turned out to be quite a lot. Yes, I write longhand and then transcribe into the computer, and after all these years, I’m still not a good typist. High error rate. And I only have a week to make my deadline. I’m going to just laugh now.

Bliss

Mad Men

Mad Men (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a blast going with my friend on opening night to see The Hunger Games movie (which was great but I’m still madly comparing it to the book so I need to sort that all out before I can give a fair assessment. What did you think?) On Saturday I crashed. The long week of training caught up with me. On Sunday I woke up fully refreshed and after I lifted weights while watching Nikita (Nikita and Michael forever!), I went to the Chocolate and Coffee Fest at the Albuquerque Convention Center. I’m going to need all the coffee I can get this week, what with trying to make my insane deadline and all. Capped the weekend with the two-hour season 5 premiere of Mad Men. I am so happy it’s back, except, of course, it is just one more show I have to keep up with. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not seen it yet, but I will say that if I could just harness a little bit of Joan Harris’ attitude, I could handle my day job just fine.

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