Winter is Coming

I’ve officially unpacked the winter clothes. Not that I have very many of them, as I’ve spent the last decade or so in warm climates with year-round sunshine. When I arrived in Iowa late last January, I scrambled to find a winter coat and snow boots…all of which had been picked over much earlier in the season. My parents tried to prepare me, but I’d never lived anywhere with negative temperatures, wind chill that can give you frostbite in less than 30 minutes, or snow that still falls heavily into February and even March. Coming from Austin, the only “winter” clothes I owned were a light jacket, fingerless mittens, 3 long-sleeve shirts, and 2 cardigans. Needless to say, I’ve had to buy an entirely new wardrobe. And it is now unpacked because we’re expecting our first snow this coming weekend. I’m thrilled by the anticipation of cozy fireplaces and warm drinks, but the early start also means it might be a very long winter. Basically, I’ll be in hibernation mode with Netflix for the next 4 to 5 months.

The weather isn’t the only thing that I’ve had to adjust to. It’s a little Over the Hedge/Open Season in these parts. Before moving here I’d seen deer a total of two times in my life, from afar, but now I see them up close daily. Last night I interrupted a doe and a baby deer having dinner on a neighbor’s front porch and they barely acknowledged me; today there’s a buck slowly walking down the middle of the street like he owns the place. Sometimes the whole mob of them (9 or 10 last time I counted) just slowly jog through all the backyards and over the golf course. There’s also a gang of rabbits, wild turkeys, Canadian geese who live in the pond nearby and do honking flybys daily (sometimes I do the “I want some butts!” speech from Top Gun while they do this), and raccoons who cross the street in broad daylight. I’ve only known wild animals to be skittish around people, but this motley crew just doesn’t give a f***. I could never live here long-term because I’m a city girl, but I’m enjoying the entertainment for now. I used to live for celebrity sightings and now I feel like I’m living an open-call for the cast of the next Dr. Doolittle.

Thankfully, I don’t have to stare out the window at the animals, as there are plenty of new shows to binge and watch this week.  If it does snow on Friday, I’ll be all set with The Man In the High Castle or Marvel’s Jessica Jones, both available to stream that day.  Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Tuesday

Chicago Med 9/10c NBC – The latest installment in the Chicago franchise from Dick Wolfe, the creator of that other procedural franchise, Law & Order.  It’s got a great cast (Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Colin Donnell) and if you live for case-of-the-week TV, you should definitely check it out.

Thursday

Lip Sync Battle Holiday Special 10/9c Spike – This delightful show doesn’t return until January, but the holiday special features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anthony Mackie, and Seth Rogen from the upcoming film The Night Before.  The show is always fun no matter who’s paired up, but with a hilarious cast like this, it should be ratings gold.  To see clips and videos of past pairings look here.

Friday

The Man In the High Castle – Amazon – Based on the Philip K. Dick novel, this sci-fi mystery looks visually stunning, and the concept is intriguing enough for me to consider streaming it without having Amazon Prime.  Take a look at the trailer…

Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Netflix – This is the second Marvel series for Netflix and there are more to come.  I really enjoyed the tone of last year’s Daredevil, so I’m eager to see what they do with this series as well.  As someone who’s never read a comic book, I’m always surprised by how much I like shows based on comics, especially ones that go for darker tones rather than campy ones. (Thank you very much for starting that trend, Mr. Nolan!)

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