September 01, 2008

I'm Not Abigail Adams

I worked today helping my husband thatch our lawn (in order to plant a new one)... it was incredibly hard work and I have to admit I am not that big of a fan of hard yard work. I like the easy yard work, planting flowers, maybe trimming some bushes, pulling some weeds, but not raking and picking up all the leftover dead lawn. I have been watching the John Adams Miniseries though - and this made me realize that I am nowhere near as hardworking as Abigail Adams.

Abigail Adams works very hard on the family farm, I can't believe how hard she probably worked on that house! You see her scrubbing the floor, planting the fields, and presumably she did a lot more than that as well - like harvesting the fields and washing clothes and making dinner! Now, I am not sure how much of that is historically accurate (she probably planted her garden, but probably didn't plant fields), but it sure makes you think about how hard Americans worked to survive and eat.

In other news this weekend, I have to admit I am happy that the Governor of Alaska was chosen as a VP candidate! I really like her, but then I am biased since I am from Alaska and she's a touch chick (she hunts her own meat!).

I hope your own Labor day was exciting or relaxing...

Posted by 10lees at September 1, 2008 02:16 PM

Her husband is a professional snowmobile racer. That's worth my vote right there. Pro-environment but well within reason still.

Posted by: jeff at September 2, 2008 06:22 AM

laura linney did a FABULOUS job as abigail adams, and i'm so itching to finish the last 2 episodes! i've been into mad med instead b/c the last season will only be available on demand for another week or so!

Posted by: dr gonzo at September 2, 2008 07:57 AM

Mad Men is awesome, I am one episode behind right now in the new season, but we are watching them in HD OnDemand because we don't have an AMC in HD on our cable.

Yes, did you see he won the Iron Dog race three times? That's pretty awesome. I'm not sure how pro-environment she is... Alaskans are pretty pro drilling which most people would consider anti-environment (though the Alaskans themselves would not)...

Posted by: 10lees at September 2, 2008 08:27 AM

I consider myself pro-environment in the same way... especially after watching this season of Ice Road Truckers and how well a site (in the permafrost) is cleaned up. The energy companies even truck away dirty snow so that it appears that no one had ever been there. Tapping the resources but leaving no trace, I can get behind that.

Posted by: jeff at September 2, 2008 11:38 AM

Yeah - they were hard working in the olde days - was it a HOT day you were working in? I'm planting some of the flowers you gave me today! ;) I'm NOT hard working - but I used to be. . . Love, Mom Also that's tough - not touch! :) Unless you mean touche - which you'd need an 'e' then. :) LOL!

Posted by: Bevy at September 2, 2008 04:42 PM

MADMEN!!! I SO need to see that show. Is it good?

Rich told us last summer ("Rich" being "Rich Sommers," aka Harry Crane; "us" being "other Stillwater High School thespians from back-in-the-day") that we should watch it and help their ratings go up, because he thought it would be a good series and should go more than one season. I am sad to say that (sigh) I didn't follow him on this one. Anyway, it's fun to see people talking about "his" show, and it's good to see that it didn't flop and is actually becoming quite popular.

Always good to see a Minnesotan surviving in Hollywood!

Posted by: Laura at September 3, 2008 01:16 PM

I actually had to look him up Laura - and yes he is on the show though his is a smaller part. I hope that he is enjoying it - he did have almost a whole story arch to himself a few episodes ago. It is a pretty good series, but a lot of extramarital cheating goes on and it sort of makes you hate everybody on the show - then your senses get deadened and you start enjoying the show and accepting their cheating (not, of course, anybody elses in real life). It's a very complex series and many complain it's 'slow moving' but I enjoy it - it is more old hollywood or play-like than the modern shows that are 'zip-bam-boom'. I'd reccommend it (not for children though).

Mom - I did mean tough! Oh well, typo! :-)

Posted by: 10lees at September 3, 2008 03:09 PM

"then your senses get deadened and you start enjoying the show and accepting their cheating"

hehehehehe... i'm sorry, but i had to comment on this - how ironic is it that the shock factor is what keeps us going, even though we're desensitized to it's actual shock?? sopranos, anyone!?

Posted by: dr gonzo at September 4, 2008 08:06 AM

Yeah, I sort of watched half an episode, and caught that that was basically what it was about. Which is why I never really got into it. :)

I figured from the pictures on their website that Rich had a smaller roll (he's not really featured in many of the scene shots).

Perhaps I'll rent it when the boxed set comes out at blockbuster. (I have no T.V.)

Posted by: Laura at September 4, 2008 10:15 AM
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