Top Three to Five

Happy Thursday morning to you all!

Now that I’m a celebrity for having met a celebrity, it feels even more rewarding to have read this blog.

“I’ve read the post that was written by the woman who stepped aboard the Time Bandit and shook hands with commercial fishermen who are featured on a Discovery Channel reality show.”

Truth.  But since I’m still in a delusional, elevated state of stature, and this is MY blog, I thought I would give you a glimpse behind the 4th wall into the real Fancy Oatmeal.  Give the people what they want!

Top Five Favorite Fruits:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Bananas
  5. Pineapple

Top Five Favorite Childhood Memories:

  1. Going to the coffee shop with my grandpa – he ordered us double root beers
  2. Friday breakfasts with my mom at McDonalds – more so the experience than the food
  3. Playing music with my dad – guitar and piano duo on Camp Town Racers that would bring a tear to your eye
  4. WWF and pizza parties with my Uncle Mike
  5. Playing Dress Up with cousins – thanks for the wardrobe loan, Mom

Top Three Strings of “Curses” I Give:

  1. Ugh!  Blast it all to holla!
  2. What the flip are you talkin’ ’bout?
  3. Oh you dirty birdy!

Top Five Books I’ve Read this Year:

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Shatter Me
  3. Divergent
  4. Rereading my favorite play, “Othello”
  5. The first three chapters of The Game of Thrones

Top Five Favorite TV Shows I DVR:

  1. Grey’s Anatomy
  2. New Girl
  3. Survivor
  4. Dexter
  5. Modern Family

Top Three Questions that Cause Me to  Bang My Head on the Table:

  1. “That was homework?!?!”
  2. “Can I go to the bathroom? Why not? Please? Please? Please?”
  3. “So you want me to put the clothes in the dryer BEFORE I go to bed?”

Top Three Excuses I Give for Not Working Out:

  1. I’m tired
  2. I’m already running behind; I won’t be able to get in my real workout
  3. My stomach is too full from the last night to be bouncing around on a treadmill

Top Five Most Repeated Meals I Make on St. Paul Island:

  1. Steamed Stir Fry vegetables w/Soy Sauce + Chicken Breast
  2. Turkey Sandwich
  3. Hummus, Baby Carrots rolled up in a Whole Wheat Tortilla Shell
  4. Cereal
  5. Sandwich Thin Pizzas under the broiler

Top Three Vacation Destinations I Haven’t Gone to:

  1. Hawaii
  2. England
  3. Vancouver

Top Five Exercise Moves:

1.  Reaching for the bowl of popcorn

  1. Squat
  2. Backward Lunge
  3. Bicep Curl
  4. Crunches on a Balance Ball
  5. Wall Sit

Top Three Running Distances:

  1. Five Miles
  2. 5k
  3. 10 Miles

Top Three Jobs I Would Kick Ass at if I Didn’t Become a Teacher:

  1. Magazine / Book Reader – sort of like a food taster that worked for the king or queen.  Quality control really
  2. Closet Organizer
  3. Efficiency Control for Travel Packing

Top Five Reasons I Will Never Be a Millionaire: 

  1. My parents aren’t millionaires
  2. I don’t play the lottery
  3. I’m bad with money
  4. I’m too lazy to earn it myself
  5. Who needs the pressure?!?!

Top Three Reasons Why I Love Blogging:

  1. As Madonna would say, “Express Yourself”
  2. It’s cheaper than therapy
  3. It keeps me from bugging Dear Hubby when he’s trying to watch sports or play XBOX

Top Three Things I’m Happy About Today:

1.  Killed a 4 mile run

2. Blasted out a Lower Body workout – 3xs through

3. Bering Sea Days – Day Three!

What’s On My DVR

Since yesterday was Saturday School, I decided to celebrate my One-Day Weekend and 8 mile run by diving into and devouring my DVR’d shows.  75% of the shows that are routinely recorded on our DVR system were setup by me.  Dear Hubby and I have a handful of shows that we both enjoy; this has been a chronic issue throughout our relationship.  We have a horrible time deciding on movies and TV shows, but are pretty good at compromising.

There are basically two categories of television shows on my must-watch DVR list: TV shows I actually like and TV shows I fall asleep/grade papers/do homework/browse through Pinterest to.

Top 10 7 DVR Regulars

(in no particular order)

1.  Modern Family

This is quite possibly the smartest TV show of the new millennium.  Exhibit A:

2.  Survivor

It took me awhile to become a Survivor fan; about six years.  Initailly I thought the premise was rather stupid, but once Dear Hubby explain the finer points of the game, I was on board.  The social game is what makes this TV show a classic.

3.  Glee

What’s not to love?  Modern and classic tunes. Flashy dance moves.  A sassy gym teacher.  And these beautiful, straight men to drool over.

Oh sure, the story lines tend to receive backlash from the more conservative faction, but how appropriate for a show about teenagers to push the envelope…via show tune.

4. Grey’s Anatomy

BREAK. MY. HEART.  Grey’s Anatomy used to be my OBSESSION during the first five seasons.  Will Meredith and Derrick make it?  Can Burke melt Christina’s cold, surgical heart? Will the Chief step down and be a real husband to Adele?  Can the interns ever please Dr. Bailey?  The surgical interns of Seattle Grace Hospital would battle medical anomalies left and right, and still have enough stamina to boink the attendees.  Now, it’s just a merry-go-round of stating facts tenaciously.

“I am a surgeon, and single-mother.  I am a divorcee and a woman; a woman who needs to feel like a woman.”

“I am a doctor.  A medical doctor.  I save lives.  My mother was neurotic.  My absentee father is a drunk.  I have needs.”

5. American Horror Story

One word for this show: CREEPER!  If you’re not familiar with this show, or aren’t sure if you want to devote to a new, basic-cable TV show, check out the AMAZING recaps written by Paula at Eat, Watch, Run.

6. Dexter

There are few characters that are able to pull off being absolutely detestable and empathetic at the same time.  Tony Soprano is one, Dexter Morgan is the other.  How can you not want to see a serial-killer killer succeed?  Maybe when you realize that he’s starting to lose control of his “dark passenger.”

7.Desperate Housewives

Yet again, I began watching this series late, and thanks to Netflix Streaming, I was able to catch up while logging miles on the treadmill.  I will sorely miss the ladies of Wisteria Lane when they are no longer on the air next fall.  However, I am loving the cartoon version of itself that the series has turned into.  Jumping the Shark moment: the Brooklyn-Italian neighbor getting kidnapped and held hostage in order to build a bomb for her overly zealous tree hugging ex-boyfriend.

Question:  What do you regularly watch, either because you love the show, or it’s a great background noise?