Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Giving up on TV shows and a Green Smoothie Recipe

Giving up TV shows
I have a very full DVR waiting for me when I get back to New York. Sourabh and I watch quite a few shows, but rarely when they air because we hate commercials. Instead, we typically wait until later in the evening or the next day to watch our shows.

But this year, since I want to disconnect more, I'm going to try to purge some of those shows from our viewing list. Being here in Washington and not being automatically able to pick up shows again has made me realize how much I don't need to watch TV. It might mean that Sourabh watches without me, since we have different tastes and he still likes some shows that I don't.

Bea is so bored by TV. Also, she does not like Kanye's leather skirt (pic taken during the 12-12-12 concert) 
For example, I used to like Big Bang Theory, The Office, The Good Wife, and How I Met Your Mother, but at this point I'm bored with all of those series. I'll probably stick with The Office since it's ending this year, but otherwise I just don't want to waste my time anymore on a show that leaves me cold. Besides, I have Revenge, Parks and Recreation, New GirlCommunity (finally returning), and Modern Family to keep me warm (if we're keeping the hot/cold metaphor going...). I just don't want to waste any more time on shows that I feel frustrated by!

Mini Vacation!
In other news, we're off to Seattle today! Sourabh and I are spending two days in Seattle. We're leaving Mason with his doting grandparents (aka my parents since he's their grandpuppy).

see? doting on the grandpuppy
I am super excited to spend two days exploring Seattle since I haven't spent that much time there. While I grew up two hours away from the city and have been there plenty of times, I've never really done more than a few touristy things there. Besides the obvious Pike Place Market and Space Needle, Sourabh and I want to explore a few of the cool neighborhoods like Ballard and Queen Anne's Hill. It's sort of a belated anniversary trip since we didn't go anywhere for our four year anniversary in October so it should be really fun.

Mean Green Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

Mmmmm this smoothie is SO good. I've made it while I've been home when I'm craving some greens. And since I've been home for the holidays, I've craved greens several times. I love to indulge, but at a certain point, my body basically yells at me until I eat a green.

The best part about this smoothie, though, is that it tricks your brain. You can't actually taste the spinach at all! Just the pear, banana, almond milk, and the sweetness of the maple syrup. I would love to say that I was a spinach junkie who did whatever it took for my next spinach hit, but sadly, I don't really like spinach.

1 pear, chopped
1 banana
1 c. almond milk (more for more liquid smoothie)
1 c. spinach
1 tsp. maple syrup (optional)
1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)

Add all ingredients to blender and mix!

Do you give up on TV shows or do you see them through to the end? 


  1. I love green smoothies! Everyone always turns their nose up at them but you cannot taste it. although I do love spinach.

    I find that in winter I don't have them as much but looking forward to getting the blender buzzing. I've been freezing bananas in anticipation.

    Enjoy your trip!

    1. I like spinach in lots of things... where I can't taste the spinach :)

      Hopefully in Miami you can eat lots of smoothies!!

  2. It's not uncommon for me to start a tv show marathon, and then a couple seasons in just drop it. Right now we're in the middle of The Biggest Loser (we don't own a tv so we watch whole seasons at a time)

    1. I've totally done that! I think some shows start out great but just stay the same so you lose interest because it's the same basic jokes over and over again. I'd kind of like to watch The Biggest Loser, I've heard it's so inspirational!

  3. I used to watch The Good Wife all the time, but I stopped about midway through season two. I should really get back into it, though. (LOVE Chris Noth! ;))

    1. This new season has been better, it's just still not up to the magic of the first two seasons. And I'm so glad to hear you like Chris Noth's character! I actually like him much more than the partner, Will. I just think he's more interesting!

  4. I'm working on a as little tv as possible effort right now. I haven't watched an episode of anything since mid Nov and have been getting all of my news from the web (Twitter and Google Reader). I did watch all of the Chicago Bears games however, and the NFL playoff games as well. I also watched the entire Lance Armstrong interview yesterday and found it to be very boring considering all the anticipation. I don't know if I'll watch the second part tonite.

    The smoothie looks delicious. Will give it a shot sometime this weekend if I can manage to get all the ingredients.

    1. Hey Augusto! Hah, I forgot to mention sports, but yes, I also watch most Knicks games and all the playoff games (sadly, Seahawks games aren't broadcast in NYC and now they're out).

      The smoothie is great! I've made a variation with berries instead of pears. It's not *quite* as good, but still tasty :)

    2. The only reason I get to watch the Bears is because I have the NFL package from DirecTV. One game I really didn't enjoy watching was when the Bears played the Seahawks.

      I need to get some chia seeds and almond milk, everything else we normally have in the house.