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Journal of gratitude, entry #14: TV shows
TV love
I'm having a little bit of a dark time right now, so it's really hard to write about what I'm grateful for, but I'm tenacious and must persist. Today is Day #14, and I'm grateful for TV shows.

The very first TV shows I was exposed to were Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. I learned so much from these awesome shows, and one of my simple pleasures of life is learning. I loved learning about the letters and numbers, but I also like the fact that Snuffy was a secret from the grown-ups, and I loved it when Mr. Rogers fed his goldfish. Sometimes, you would get to learn how things were made on Mr. Rogers, and I loved that. I also loved the land of imagination (or whatever it was called) when we would get to see the puppet show. When I was a small child, I also really loved Bugs Bunny.

My childhood was filled with a lot of awesome TV shows (Capt. Planet, Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Inspector Gadget, Smurfs, Thundercats, She-Ra, G.I. Joe, Jem and the Holograms, Pink Panther, Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Duck Tales, Dark Wing Duck, Tale Spin, Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers, Alvin and the Chipmunks, to name a few). In kindergarten, I was She-Ra for Halloween, and in second grade, I was Smurfette. In addition to informing my Halloween costume choices, these TV shows also gave me an education. Probably 90% of the reason I love recycling and using reusable bags is because of Capt. Planet. At the end of every She-Ra episode, they always reiterate or teach you some valuable life lesson, and I really took these to heart.

With my late childhood and early adolescence came classic TV shows such as Saved by the Bell, California Dreams, My Secret Identity, Lois and Clark: the New Adventures of Superman, and all of the good 90s TGIF shows: Boy Meets World, Family Matters, Full House, Step-By-Step, Perfect Strangers and (to a much lesser extent) Dinosaurs and Baby Talk. It was during this stage where watching TV became more about with whom I was watching, and less about what was actually being watched. I mean, California Dreams? Have you seen that show? It's completely mindless, but wonderful to watch with other people who like to mock it as much as you do.

In 1996, my family started watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer together. We did it for family home evening, because it showed on a Monday. What I thought was funny was how we watched that show together as a family, but we weren't allowed to watch Seventh Heaven. During my high school years, it was the only show (apart from The Tick) that I actually watched. I was too busy to watch anything else during the school year, and summer usually consisted of watching Saved by the Bell reruns during the day.

Around the fourth season of Buffy, I started to get worried that it would get canceled at any time. I wanted to watch something else that would essentially replace Buffy, so I started to watch Roswell, which ironically, was canceled before Buffy's final season. However, because of Roswell, I met a bunch of really awesome people on the Internet, (and some of them in real life), which led me to other awesome people, and it's been a great force for good in my life.

I watch a lot of TV now, but some of my favorites are The Vampire Diaries (don't knock it till you try it), The Lying Game, The Big Bang Theory, and Psych. All of these awesome shows are ones I watch with people I love, and I love being able to discuss them with people I know, and basically bond through our mutual interest in TV shows. Writing this gratitude entry has definitely helped me to feel better. Yay for TV!

Here I am at my first birthday party with my favorite stuffed animal of all, Bugs Bunny.

Here I am with my little sister Kristine, my friend Justin & Alexis Denisof (Wesley from Buffy/Angel) and Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible). This picture was posted in Buffy magazine and was taken at a party in February of 2003.

Here I am with BFF Cecilia, and Kristen Bell, of Veronica Mars. Taken at Paley Festival panel in February of 2005.