Winter Ills and Gilmore Girls

I’m not gonna lie, this week has been one of the toughest weeks I’ve ever had, thanks to a virus. I’ll spare you the details except to say: multiple days of fever and some eye grossness. One of the hardest things as a parent is when your kid is sick. And if you’re sick too: the worst. But maybe worse still, my plucky little one and half year old was feeling fine. That sounds heartless, right? But you try keeping a little girl safe and entertained and fed and clean while you feel like keeling over. You have no idea how often I tried to tuck her into bed next to me to just chill.

So that was the bad of this week. Also, forget working. I didn’t have the brain power. Even reading was misery thanks to a pounding headache.

The good of the week. A slim silver lining: I finally finished Gilmore Girls.

And. Okay, every writer I know seems to love it. I didn’t really. (I know, blaspheme!) I just had constant bones to pick! Sometimes it was just how way over the top some of the townspeople were. Or how Rory was just so entitled, or how she had some of the most awkward on screen kisses I’ve ever seen…and how she had a lot of them. Or, Lorelei dating Digger. I mean, really, he just super annoyed me.

The big bone to pick: the obvious bias against breastfeeding and homebirth! I’m a practitioner of both, so I realize that I am biased. But it was treated like: *gasp* “is that woman breastfeeding IN MY DINER? while people are TRYING TO EAT?” and then Lorelei, a modern feminist mother, doesn’t say anything to defend it. And apparently at an awkward dinner with Sookie and Jackson, Lorelei defends her awkwardness because one time Sookie breastfed while they were having appetizers. And the homebirth thing! Sookie had a homebirth with her first, and the midwife was a complete nut. And everyone thought Sookie was being nuts. I mean, at least nothing went horribly wrong. The birth went fine. And then for her next baby, Sookie goes to the hospital to give birth. And they didn’t discuss the choice at all. Treating hospital birth like a given is destructive to women and their right to choose their caregivers for birth. Then Luke’s sister had a homebirth. WACKY! Again, it was treated like: she’s a nut OF COURSE she’s having a homebirth and hiring a doula.

So, really, nothing big against the show. It was highly entertaining, and fun to watch while ill. And I love witty banter and obscure cultural references. But it still hasn’t come close to my top ten TV shows of all time list.
Which is, in no particular order:
1. Six Feet Under

2. Freaks and Geeks

3. Firefly

4. Parenthood

5. Friday Night Lights

6. Father Ted

7. Battlestar Galactica

8. Fawlty Towers

9. Veronica Mars

10. Arrested Development (excluding the latest season)


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