The Sunday Salon: A binge-watching week

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Sunday 
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Good morning Saloners! I have been very under the weather all of last week. It didn't help that work was busier than usual and happened to be the one week when I couldn't afford to take time off. I did work just a half day on Friday so that helped quite a bit and I'm hoping for a better week this time.

This week, the husband and I have been watching Game of Thrones on HBO Go. We have caught up with Seasons 1 and 2 and just started watching Season 3. All I can say is, What's wrong with you George Martin? Why do you kill off the good people and leave the world in bad hands. I'm nursing the hope that when the series finally ends, the trends will revert, but with George Martin, who knows. There are some characters like Joffrey Baratheon that drive me insane, so much so that I would love to obliterate him from the books completely. And then there are characters like Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow who make watching this show worth every dime. I really cannot wait to start reading these books - maybe next year is what I keep telling myself.

On the other hand, the return of The Walking Dead hasn't given me much thrill yet. The first two episodes have been very slow, and much as I always credit this show with its amazing character development, there's only so much of teen Carl's angst or creepy Lizzie's actions you can stretch out. I guess I feel the slow pacing acutely because I watched all the episodes until Season 4's mid-season finale, back-to-back, and suddenly, now I'm having to wait for the next episode. I think I prefer binge-watching shows. They keep the excitement running and get rid of the between-episode lulls. But then you are done with the show in a month and then what?

Next weekend, we are heading to DC to meet some relatives. It's also the husband's birthday the same weekend, plus my best friends are expecting their first. So much goodness to look forward to. The winter is also mostly over here - sure some days are still cold, but the other day, there was a beautiful whiff of spring air that had me skipping all the way to work. I've been thinking about our first vegetable garden and need to start planting something soon. On the knitting side, I've been wrapping up a cowl that I'll probably not use until next winter but I'm excited to start making shawls and stoles now. As for reading, I picked up Willy Vlautin's The Free couple of days ago, and this book is seriously amazing. I've heard a few of you rave about it already and I'm glad that I have it to read. What's happening in your corner?

11 comments:

bermudaonion(Kathy) said...

I hope you're back to your old self soon! Have a great time next weekend!

readingtheend said...

Ugh, Joffrey Baratheon! I hope he dies -- since everybody else seems to, it doesn't seem insane to hope that Joffrey will as well. Then maybe we can get a proper ruler in. I need to catch up on Season 3 so that I can watch Season 4 as it comes out!

Ti Reed said...

I hope you are feeling better now. TWD has been a little slow but I feel that they are leading up to something big. The return of Carol was good and even though Lil Kick Ass is not much help, I am glad she's back.

Galaxia @ Hopeful Kiss said...

I'm so happy to stumble across some bloggers who love to read! I need to check out Game of Thrones because I hear the show is great. And I'll check out The Free :) I'm following your blog ♥

Vasilly said...

Now I'm wondering if I should continue reading the books or start watching the series!! I hope you feel much better soon.

Sam_TinyLibrary said...

Sorry to hear you've need been feeling great, but binge watching Game of Thrones is a great cure! Hope you're feeling better now.

Helen Murdoch said...

We've just started watching The Amazing Race and just finished Downton Abbey (season 4). I also finished reading Bernadette yesterday! Such fun!

Athira / Aths said...

I finally finished GoT and now am going crazy waiting for the next episode. The husband and I decided to listen to the audiobooks finally. Except each of them are about 30-odd discs long!

Athira / Aths said...

I am feeling much better now, thank you!

Athira / Aths said...

I just finished catching up on Season 3 and now cannot wait for the next season. This show is driving me nuts!

Athira / Aths said...

I wonder what the big thing this season would be. I agree - all the slow pacing seems to be heading somewhere big.