I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.
Do you try to avoid spending money on tons of extra things your kids don't really need? Don't call yourself frugal, call yourself on-trend: you're part of the minimalist parenting way of being. Sure, saving cash by not filling every room in your house with the latest battery-powered Fisher-Price Blat-N-Learn may sound like a fairly basic concept, but you guys, it's totally cutting edge. It's a Pinterest-friendly lifestyle movement. (And if you're a thrifty dad, you can officially call yourself a manimalist.)
I feel like every week I hear about some brand-new method of raising kids, but when I actually learn what the term means, it's not particularly groundbreaking at all. What's with our annoying tendency to lump diverse parenting choices into one specific buzzword, I wonder? (Aside from the fact that it drives advice book sales, of course.)
If you're not sure what I mean, here are 5 more examples of "parenting trends" that sound WAY more complicated than they really are.
(Spoilers ahead!) Was there any way for last night's True Detective finale not to be disappointing on some level? For those of us who have been caught up in this series, obsessively poring over every episode and endlessly theorizing about what every single nanosecond of screen time meant, I'm not sure creator Nic Pizzolatto could have delivered anything that wouldn't have been a tiny bit of a letdown.
Plus, unlike other season finales, we knew this was the end of this particular story. This show has resonated with viewers in such a big way, it was going to be hard to bid farewell however it resolved itself. Personally, I enjoyed this last episode -- but it definitely wasn't quite what I expected.
Here were the 5 final True Detective moments that surprised me the most:
(Spoilers ahead!) I have to say, I was greatly underwhelmed by last week's Walking Dead that revolved around Beth's quest for her first drink and Daryl's manly struggle to deal with all his feeeeeeeelings. As for whether you guys agreed with me, opinions were … um, varied. ("Another wasted hour of my life." "It was a sweet episode. You guys suck" "Worst episode ever!" "I love this show and I wish all the ppl who bitch non stop would STOP WATCHING IF THEY HATE IT SO MUCH!!!")
And that's why you can't trust Amazon reviews. Anyway, I was more than ready to put the peach schnapps behind us and move on with tonight's show. Here's what went down in episode 13 of this season's Walking Dead, titled "Alone":
Wondering what we've got to look forward to in the next Walking Dead episode? Search no further for answers, my zombie-loving friend, because I've got the inside scoop! And by "inside scoop" I mean I've collected the official promo footage AMC has released. I guess that's not really inside-y at all, but whatever, the point is, if you're curious about the upcoming "Alone" episode that's airing on Sunday, March 9th, I've totally done all the half-assed Googling necessary to make some vague speculations about what's going to happen!
All caught up with the latest Walking Dead? Then let's get to the sneak peeks.
I'm always vaguely surprised to hear that Grey's Anatomy is still on the air. There was a time when I was mildly obsessed with the show (even though I lived in Seattle at the time and eternally raged against the characters' habit of referring to ferries as ferry boats), but that was like eight seasons ago. Back when Isaiah Washington played Dr. Burke, before he triggered a media poopstorm over accusations that he'd insulted his co-star T.R. Knight with an ugly anti-gay slur.
Do you remember all that craziness in 2007? It was a total circus, with Washington first issuing a statement that apologized for the slur, then announcing backstage at the Golden Globes that "I never called T.R. a faggot." ABC reportedly subjected him to "executive counseling" before ultimately dropping him like a hot potato.