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Yes, Downton Abbey Makes the List

Yes, Downton Abbey Makes the List

What a week! It's been one of those stretches where work seems neverending, but as a freelancer that's something I can only be grateful for. And as much as I love books, when you read and write all day for your job, that's not always the best way to relax. That, my friends, is when I turn to TV. I feel that I'm not a voracious TV watcher but I like what I like and I am going to share with you the shows I gobble up, week after week. Spoiler: Downton Abbey makes the list. Please note that I rarely watch these shows when they're on. I'm a Millennial, for crying out loud! Oh no, most of these shows are streamed through our cute little Roku box at various times (frequently lunch breaks. Working from home rocks).

Here they come! (Reserve judgment, please.)

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revenge_624x351

RevengeABC | Sundays 9/8c

The story of one Emily Thorne (nÊe Amanda Clarke) who returns to her childhood Hamptons home to avenge her father's sabotage and untimely death. Beautiful people, fashion, cars, homes abound amid ugly, ugly secrets. #guiltypleasure

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upfronts_2012_newgirl

New GirlFox | Tuesdays 9/8c

Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves in with three dudes, all super weird. Now in the second season, the show follows their shenanigans and makes me want to invent drinking games and never have bangs. Everything is awkward, all the time.

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mindy_project_coming_this_fall_640x360_20653047

The Mindy Project| Fox | Tuesdays 9:30/8:30 c

As a brown kid who didn't become a doctor, The Mindy Project really allows me to live vicariously. Just kidding! Truth is, I have a crush on Mindy Kaling and I love her stupid antics on this show, despite its inexplicably awful title song.

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chopped-tv-show

Chopped| Food Network | On pretty much constantly

This is my go-to cooking show. A ticking clock, crazy ingredients, unbranded food products! There's not much more I can say about this show than that it's addicting and so easy to watch. I shared a great piece I found on it a while back; check it out.

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Downton Abbey S03 720p 1080i

Downton Abbey | PBS | Sundays 8 c

When Shiraaz and I finished Friday Night Lights (we had watched separately forever, then tore through the final season after we got married), we were looking for a dramatic void to fill. Many of our friends recommended Downton and, despite our hesitation at its trendiness, we gave it a try on Netflix and never looked back. Set in rural England, the show examines a small cross-section of early 20th Century English society through life at Downtown Abbey. Amazingly (or perhaps not), this show keeps both of us on our toes.

Bonus: Downton Abbey Valentines

So that's my usual TV routine. Things fluctuate week to week, but I always enjoy a brief, passive escape into another life. I'd love to know: What shows do you watch? Any suggestions for when we catch up on Downton?

MY WEEK IN READING

- For Valentine's Day, Shiraaz took me out for sushi and a showing of Silver Linings Playbook. I highly recommend the movie if you haven't seen it yet. It's quirky and romantic and awkward. Pretty much all the things I love. Here's an interview with the man who wrote the book. I like his approach to how it was adapted for the big screen.

- I'm a slave to my iPhone. How about you? I'm not surprised to read that we are willing to contort ourselves to better serve our devices.

- This Paris Reviewinterview with noted biographer David McCullough is nothing short of fantastic.

The Millions said it, so I believe it: A Book A Day Keeps Depression Away.

MY WEEK IN COOKING

Karahi Chicken with Green Bell Pepper
Karahi Chicken with Green Bell Pepper

I made this karahi-style chicken with green bell peppers the other night. It's pretty much my favorite food dish because the onions break down into stringy goodness, the chicken is spicy and the green bell peppers and a little sweetness. I'm thinking of turning the leftovers into tacos today. Please be better than me and eat this with naan (AKA the right way).

[yumprint-recipe id='53']Downton Abbey image via.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers & Khagina

Behind the Beautiful Forevers & Khagina

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!