On Sitcom Binges

Tonight went a little like this: You know, I could write that long and sappy post about how much I’m going to miss everyone in my small learning community, or I could throw mice for the cats and watch Parks and Recreation. Guess which one I chose.

To be fair, this is not a choice I often make. I’m more of a read-news-magazines-and-the-paper-while-sitting-upside-down-on-the-couch kind of person than a lounge in front of the TV or laptop type. But I figure changing things up once in a while is good. A very large dose of TV once or twice a year is not going to kill me. Besides, Pippa does this all the time, and she’s turned out okay. In fact, I certainly could benefit from being more like Pippa (though I still refuse to say “epic” and “fail” in the same sentence). She’s the cool and confident one to my nerdy and anxious.

I only started watching this show because it was on after last night’s The Office. (Man, do I love that show.) The cats were on my lap, and I was in the middle of a self-made feast, so turning the TV off and heading back to homework seemed entirely illogical. Ten minutes in, I was hooked. It’s funny, the characters are all kind and well-meaning, and it’s got Amy Poheler, who is not quite as awesome as Tina Fey, but awesome enough for me to totally idealize her. So when I got home from seeing Machinal, going on Netflix and Hulu seemed like the perfect way to spend the evening. Yesterday had left me wanting to know more about the characters and the plot line, and nothing better to do.

So far, I like the show. It’s no The Office, but it’s fun.┬áThe dichotomy between the pilot and the last episode is astounding, and I really enjoy the relationships between the characters. I don’t know if this will turn into any sort of a lasting pattern, but it sure was a nice way to spend an evening.

On another note, googling “can my cat eat ____” gets you really funny results.