8 Things For Which I Am Thankful…

These are the (mostly television related) things that I am most thankful for this year. It has been another year of ups and downs and this is what helps get me through it all.

1. Family and Friends
I love my Austin family, but I am so excited to be home this year for Thanksgiving. The weekend will be comprised of dinner at my aunt’s house (including my Aunt Gilda’s sweet potato casserole, made with *lots* of butter and bourbon!), watching the Eagles game IN PHILLY (even though they have been playing horribly, #InChipWeTrust #FlyEaglesFly), building a gingerbread house from scratch with my niece for the first time, at least one trip to Wawa and one lunch from Lee’s Hoagie House, and drinking wine/catching up with old friends!

2. Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Jane the Virgin continues to be my favorite show on television. It is so funny and heart-warming and it just makes me happy. Jane, in particular, is such a fantastic, well-rounded, up-lifting character, and it is my life goal to be friends with her. I know she is not a real person, but a girl can dream. Seriously though, if you are still not watching this show, I am not sure we can be friends anymore.


3. Greg Berlanti
I pretty much live inside his brain Monday through Wednesday while watching Supergirl, Blindspot, The Flash and Arrow. I am also very much looking forward to the start of Legends of Tomorrow. I never thought I would be watching this many superhero shows, but they are all SO GOOD! I don’t know how Berlanti does it all, but this TV nerd is glad he works so hard to bring us great shows.

4. Netflix
I have been using Netflix since sophomore year of college and no one listened to me back then when I told them they absolutely had to be using this awesome new service. Netflix should have been paying me for how much I talked about it. Now, there are so many fantastic new shows, I do not even know where to begin. If you are not watching a least one of their original programs, I just don’t know what you are doing with your life. Also, sometimes you just need to watch your favorite episode of Friends or The West Wing at that exact moment.

5. Viggle
I do not use a ton of apps on my phone, but this is one that I use almost every single day. Basically, you use the app to check into TV shows, and you get points for every minute you are checked into that particular show. You can then use those points to get all kinds of cool things. I have already redeemed some of my points to get myself a Roku, the first three seasons of Smallville on M-Go, and the audiobook for Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please.” For someone, like me, who watches a lot of television but does not have very much disposable income, this is a great way to get movies/TV shows/etc. for free.

6. Casual
Not nearly enough people are watching this FABulous new show on Hulu. It is produced by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You for Smoking), and stars Michaela Watkins as a newly divorced woman who is living with her bachelor brother and her teenage daughter. It is relatable and hilarious, and I get excited every Wednesday when I wake up to that email from Hulu notifying me of a new episode. I highly recommend that everyone check it out.

7. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
I am an old lady, so I do not stay up to watch The Tonight Show when it airs, but it is always the first thing I watch in the morning. Not only does Jimmy make me laugh so hard that I cry, but The Roots (from Philadelphia) are truly the best late-night TV band, and they get amazing things like this to happen:

8. My Person
You know who you are. I hate you. You keep me sane. We should be running the world.

Please share with me some of the things that you are thankful for this year!


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