And we’re back.

It’s Monday, and I’m looking down the barrel (so to speak) of the last week of classes of my semester. Good gracious, where did the time go? I have had one of the best classes EVER this semester, such good folks, and I’m sad to see them go. But such is the way of the college system, I guess.

Anyway. I spent a lot of my holiday eating, reading, watching DVDs and catching up on my shows. I bought the first Seinfeld DVD at Wal-Mart yesterday, and last night we watched the original Pilot episode. It was called “The Seinfeld Chronicles” then, and even with all the outdated clothes, and no Elaine, and the standup they later got rid of, I have to say it was STILL more innovative than most of the shows on today. Just better written, and clever. I mean, with so much reality stuff on, it’s not that hard to be more clever, I guess, but it says something when a show this old still seems revolutionary. Impressive.

From Seinfeld I continued my now nightly ritual of watching an episode from my O.C. DVD. Last night, it was the one where Ryan and Marissa end up kissing on the Ferris Wheel. I am just loving this DVD set so much, it’s sick. It’s bringing me entirely too much enjoyment. Love it!

Then, I switched over to watch Desperate Housewives. Now, this show is everywhere, right? Cover of Newsweek, constantly on Good Morning America (same network, so promotional), everyone’s talking about it, the women on it are huge now. The thing is, I feel like I can’t look at the cast without thinking about where ELSE I’ve seen them. Marcia Cross was Crazy Kimberly on Melrose Place. Felicity Huffman was on Sportsnight. (Right?) Teri Hatcher was Lois Lane, Nicolette Sheridan was married to Harry Hamlin. Eva Longoria wasn’t on anything else, that I know of, but she dates J.C. from NSYNC, so that’s distracting. Anyway, despite this, I tried to watch it a couple of times before, didn’t really get what the big deal was. Last night’s episode was better than the one’s I’ve seen, so maybe that bodes well. I mean, it took me awhile to get into the O.C., too. Maybe this time next year, I’ll be obsessed with my DH DVD. Could happen, right?

Also this weekend, I did the Reading with Robin show, which went really well. I always love talking with interviewers who’ve actually read the book, not to mention liked it, and Robin was great. Plus she had her daughter pick music that was “inspired” by my books: I think I heard some Simple Plan in there, as well as some other cool stuff. So thanks for Robin and to the folks who called in. I really appreciate it.

So I’ve told you what I’ve been watching. And listening to. So here, finally, is what I’m planning to be reading sometime soon: Augusten Burroughs’ new book, Magical Thinking, The Best New American Short Stories 2004 (my friend and mentor Jill McCorkle’s story, Intervention, part of this collection, was on The Connection on Thanksgiving Day, so fabulous!) and my friend Ryan’s second collection of essays from his website, always entertaining. Because while I really like TV, I love to read. That’s my hope for the next holiday, actually. Less malls, less stress, less everything. More books and time to read them. Who’s with me?

have a good day everyone!