I get obsessed sometimes. To be more accurate, I get obsessed a lot. When the older boys were in high school, it was high school football. Then I found semi-pro hockey. A year and a half ago, I found blogging. Facebook? Forgetaboutit. Definitely obsession material. Now that Netflix is around, most summers it's a tv series that I can get online.
So, what have my obsessions been this summer? Books. I've read quite a few this summer. I started out with a few mysteries, then switched over to a Beverly Lewis series: Abram's Daughters. I went through the first 3 books, thinking that was all in the series, only to find out there were 2 more books. I finished them a couple of days ago. After I read the first 3 in the series, I switched over to Karen Kingsbury's "Redemption" series. The problem: there are 5 books in that series, and the last 2 books have been checked out of the library for a long time. So, I haven't finished that series.
My oldest sister sent Paula Deen's book "It Ain't all about the Cookin'" to me at the beginning of the summer. I had a nice little surprise in it: Paula's autograph! Let me tell y'all: It's an excellent read! I read the whole thing in 1 day; I couldn't put it down. I knew she had agoraphobia, but had no idea how long it had crippled her. She seems so outgoing and personable; it's hard to imagine the pure hell she went through.
But, wait. The book series wasn't my only obsession. I've watched the following movies/series: Anna & the King (long, but worth it), The Buccaneers (4 episodes), Tortilla Soup, and Doc Martin. There's nothing worse than obsessing about a series only to find that the company that supplies movies to Netflix has pulled half of it off of the watch instantly. This did not make me happy at all. I watched the first 2 seasons of Doc Martin, got ready to watch the 3rd only to find it had disappeared from Netflix. Yeah, I called to find out what was going on. The customer service guy told me what happened, and commented on what a popular series it was. I asked him if he had seen it, and he said that he was watching Dexter. Yep, that was my obsession last summer. He also said that they have gotten a lot of calls about Doc Martin not being available. Usually if a movie is only available to watch instantly for a certain amount of time, Netflix will put a date to let you know. There was no date on Doc Martin, 'cause if there had been, I would've stayed up all night to finish it.
Have I got your curiosity up about Doc Martin? Here's the premise: Doc Martin is a well-known London-based surgeon who realizes, in the middle of a surgery, that he's actually operating on people, and suddenly the smell & sight of blood gives him full-blown panic attacks. So, he takes a job as a general practitioner in Port Wenn, North Cornwall, England. Port Wenn is, in reality, Port Isaac. Beautiful scenery. I want to go there and just walk around the town. This show is quirky (think British humor), but has a bit of a "House" air to it in that Doc Martin will just say whatever is on his mind, but he knows his stuff.
So, how am I going to squelch this obsession? As I was writing this, I checked Hulu. When I checked it before, they wanted $7.99/month, but I just found the 3rd season for free! Oh, joy of joys! If anyone knows how to watch English television on the laptop, please let me know!