Despite my better judgement, I finally took the advice of some friends and started watching the PBS Masterpiece Theater series Downton Abbey and, as loathe as I am to admit it, I think I’ve become a fan. Because I’m not a fan of period pieces (generally), I totally dismissed all the hype about the show as silly nonsense. When I learned that my friend Rob liked the show … I was really surprised. He hates everything (but in a clever way) and if Downton Abbey was a show that he actually liked, then there had to be something good about it. My recent acquisition of Apple TV has put the first 2 seasons of the show at the ready and … on a lark I decided to watch the first episode. I didn’t love it immediately. By the third ep, I had to keep watching just to see what would happen next and, well, today I’m starting season 2.
I rationalized that my watching Downton Abbey was a good way to support PBS and all the important programming they offer so … I didn’t feel so bad. For me, by far, the stand out performer is Dame Maggie Smith. She is amazing in everything .. and she is superb in Downton Abbey. The whole show is very well written and it looks gorgeous. I felt that my little condo was ill-prepared for me to watch such an oppulent show … I had to light some candles to set the mood. I suspect I’ll be thru season 2 by the time season 3 premieres this week-end (What is a week-end?) so … yep, I think I’m hooked.
After my Downton marathon, I made my way down to hang out with Emma and Josh in their neck of the woods for dinner and drankin’:
It’s been cold here so I dug out my Viktor & Rolf peacoat and my authentic French sailor cap for the occasion. I picked up the cap in Paris on a visit to the City of Lights a few years ago when we stayed with Steph and Alek before they moved officially to the US. The coat is from H&M when they first started pairing with big name designers. Yes, I look like I fell out of a French crackerjack box but I think it was a good look.
Today, I’m planning to hang out with Ollie and Karen and I guess I should go for a run … we shall see. Happy Thursday.