Top Ten Obsessions
August 20, 2013
By Liz Everly
Madeline Iva wrote about the ten things she was obsessed about yesterday. So I decided to take a stab at it. Here’s what I’ve been obsessed with lately:
- Call the Midwife. I became hooked on this PBS series about midwives and nuns in impoverished neighborhoods in London in the late 1950s. When I found out it was based on a true story, I became even more obsessed. I’ve gotten the first book and want to read more. As a storyteller, few opportunities to hone in on the human experience can top being a midwife, let alone in a community like this one. Fair warning: you will probably cry whether you read the book or see the series. I’ll write a bit more about this in my post next week.
- Art journals. I love to scrapbook and have done it for several years. But art journals have recently taken hold of me—this sort of cross between images and words. I’ve bought my own sketch book and can’t wait to get started. My obsession so far has been mainly in looking at them. Now it’s time to try it!
- Pesto. On pasta. On tomato sandwiches. On pizza. And yes even toast. (Now, c’mon, wouldn’t you know food would make it into my list of obsessions?)
- And blackberries. I have been tending a little patch for years and this year it’s gone wild. I’ve made pies, smoothies, and had berries in my oatmeal. Now, I’m thinking about making jam.
- Stevie Nicks. I’ve been to see her in concert several times. I LOVE her. I’ve been seeing her around a lot lately and she rocks my world. The High Priestess of rock and Roll. Yes, indeed.
- That 70s Show. Okay, I used to watch it on a regular basis. Now my kids are watching it. It’s a funny show—but a bit nostalgic for me. I used to relate to the character Donna. Now, you know who I relate to the most? Kitty! The mother character in the show. She takes care of her motherly and wifely business—but is no pushover. And she enjoys her wine. She is awesome. But I love the opening song and the way they treat it. Click here to see it.
- House of Cards, the Netflix version. I saw the British House of Cards several years ago and enjoyed it. Now there is an American version and of course, it’s quite different because the political mechanisms are so different. But it’s so amazingly good—the writing, the acting, well everything. Then there’s Kevin Spacey, an intriguing and sexy guy, though not overly sexy. Do you know what I mean? The woman who play his wife Robin Wright Penn is much more sexy—and definitely a fine actress.
- Yoga. I’ve had a major love affair with yoga off and on for years. At one point, I taught class once a week. Then I started running, which took over. But these days, I’m finding my way back to my Yoga practice and it’s taking over.
- Bram Stoker and Dracula. I picked up a book at the local library that looked fascinating “Who was Dracula? Bram Stoker’s Trail of Blood” by Jim Steinmeyer. It’s gotten me to think about these characters who are so imbedded into our culture that they just keep resurfacing in many forms and venues. Sherlock Holmes is another one. The book has really delved into Bram Stoker’s influences.
- Arrested Development. Once again Netflix-produced. (I’m noticing a trend here in my TV-watching.) If you’ve not seen the TV show, you should probably start at the beginning, then watch the newest version. But my editor was right when he said it was brilliantly done, especially the way all of the threads come together at the end. And what can I say about Jason Batemen?
Tags: Arrested Development, Bram Stoker, Call the Midwife, Dracula, Jason Batemen, Kevin Spacey, Robin Penn Warren, Stevie Nicks