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I remember this happening with Charlie – the last trimester was the busiest where all clients/projects needed to be wrapped up before I took a step back. You could sense the fear in people’s eyes like ‘we’ve got to get her now or else maybe she’ll retire!!!’. It’s kinda awesome because its making this pregnancy go so much faster and makes any break feel extra deserved. I only have 12 weeks left (and ’12’ sounds like ’10’, ’10’ sounds like ‘2 months’, ‘2 months’ sounds like ‘6 weeks’ and ‘6 weeks’ sounds right around the corner so BASICALLY I’m due tomorrow). Brian and I forced a vacation – one where we bought international tickets, where if we bailed we would be letting a lot of people down (including us), which is kinda what you have to do in order to not cancel and decide to ‘staycation’ instead which is NEVER as satisfying. So we leave on Monday for two weeks – holed up in Spain with our best friends. I’ll tell you more about it, but for now due to the last few weeks of busyness, todays scheduled post was looking/feeling rushed and it’s going to be a good one, so I decided to wait to post. (There are approximately 15 people at my house right now shooting a 6-8 page feature for Good Housekeeping:))

I want you to have an excellent weekend. I’ll be packing, giving this little man attention and stopping myself from watching Unreal (I’m saving it for the plane). You know how I love to marathon bad TV shows so if you guys have any new ones that I don’t know about please let me know. I’m finishing Empire tonight and I might start The Fosters. Can people over the age of 30 watch The Fosters???? The new season of Flipping Out is wonderful, by the way. Anything else that might be addictive? I feel like it’s too late for Scandal for me, and I’ve already rewatched every 90’s or 2000’s teen show possible (WHY ARE THERE NOT ANY NEW GOOD ONES????). Help, please. I have two weeks of sobriety in Spain where I need something to look forward to at night while everybody is downing wine. Don’t make me re-watch Veronica Mars for the 4th time, because I will. UGH, meanwhile I’ll be on the plane during The Bachelorette finale, not sure how they’ll air that without my emotional support as a viewer, and I’m terrified that somehow the internet won’t let me download it in Spain. It might be worth canceling the trip…

Happy Friday. See you Monday with a proper post, and yes! We have actually really great content scheduled while I’m out of town, so don’t worry, its business as usual over here thanks to my incredible crew who is holding down the fort while I’m eating paella.

*Photo by Stephanie Todaro, dress by Liz Lange for Target, Chambray shirt from Madewell (similar).

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Deb

Happy trails, Emily ! Hope you and your family have a wonderful trip abroad. Enjoy each and every moment!

Elyse

Have fun on your trip! You deserve it! As for TV shows I recently have been bingeing on Gilmore Girls on Netflix and was surprised to find I love it. Might be worth a try! Also if you haven’t watched How to Get Away with Murder, DO IT!

Caitlin

I second this! HTGAWM is SO GOOD! And you have to watch Scandal, its so worth it!

I agree! Scandal is a necessity.

Haley

Yes! How to Get Away With Murder is so good! I just binge-watched all 4 seasons of Scandal and it was worth it… just dive in

Erika

It’s never too late for Scandal…

Sara D

since you love the Bachelor you have to watch Unreal. I’m obsessed. Haven’t loved a show this much in years.

anniebsby26

I nominate The Almighty Johnsons, a funny Australian three-season show about Norse gods, their human representatives and the quest to restore their power to earth. It’s partly so funny because it shows how childlike yet lusty the ancient gods were. I gobbled it up!

Megan

Its never too late for Scandal. Just watched all of the seasons a month ago. Cannot wait for Fall now! I also loved Justified and Rescue Me. Bit heavy but very engaging. Enjoy the trip!

Kendahl

If you haven’t watched Pretty Little Liars yet, you haven’t lived.

I also liked The Killing (based in Seattle and obviously filmed in Vancouver- a little taste of the PNW!) and Daredevil on Netflix if you’re in a darker mood whilst in Spain!

Jess

I second Pretty Little Liars!! It is the best/worst thing that’s ever happened to me. And by starting from the beginning, you have a zillion episodes to binge on. Apparently it only takes about 90 minutes to film/produce an episode of that show.

Lesley

I started watching it on Hulu “day after”, then it got yanked and you had to subscribe to ABC Family (cable), which I wasn’t going to do. Apparently I wasn’t alone, it’s back on Hulu (love those guys!) and I’ve now caught up on Season 5 and current on Season 6. My teenagers love the fashion and the pounds of makeup those girls wear. I wonder how it takes so long to finish high school. There’s a distinct style to each of the girls and the homes they live in, so there’s enough to keep someone of legal age entertained. Recommend.

If you really want to go retro, pick up Alias with Jennifer Garner, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer and get your power back! It’s humbling.

caligulala

I have binge watched all 6 seasons of Pretty Little Liars in the last 9 days. No shame.

Jessica Perrin

I binged watched all 8 episodes of Togetherness on my long haul last month (thank you HBO!). My heart broke a little bit when I’d polished off all 8 and was only half way through the flight. Excellent light-hearted funniness! Safe travels!

YES! Togetherness is so so so incredibly good. It’s like Married, but the HBO version. I love both shows and I’m so happy Married is back for Season 2. Equally as good is Transparent, also by one of the Duplass brothers (who obviously can do NO WRONG). Happy watching!

oh and SINGLE LADIES – you will die laughing. Sweet, funny, charming, super insanely awkward, awesome 🙂

Rachel

Togetherness is sad. I would do Transparent from Amazon Prime instead!

Kathy K

Have fun Emily. Scandal is awesome. But if you think you’ve missed too many seasons, you can also try “How to Get Away with Murder”. 🙂

Jen

Its never ever ever too late for Scandal!! Do it, you won’t be disappointed!

Nicole

Hart of Dixie was adorable if you need something. The ending was a little on the cheesy side, but getting there was so good!

Angela

I couldn’t agree more! Hart of Dixie is a sweet, fun show that I looked forward to each week before it was recently cancelled. Rachel Bilson is adorable, and it’s almost worth watching just to see what she and Jamie King will be wearing!

Kim

Have you seen Outlander?

Dharma

I second this suggestion….but beware, you’ll want the Mr. to start gadding about the house in a kilt.

Outlander the book is even better!

Victoria

Have a grand time in Spain…..I’ve heard raves about everything from the sights & scenery, to food to the people. Relax and enjoy!

Lynne

Why aren’t you watching Vampire Diaries and The Originals? If you like teen shows just about anything on CW is fun, but The Originals is really fantastic. I’m over 30 and I still enjoy these shows too. I love Veronica Mars too (I got it from your rec).

Ha ha! You crack me up!

I still haven’t seen Veronica Mars but been told by many that I would enjoy it.

Have an amazing time in Spain and think of us while you’re feasting on all the incredible food and wine there.

xo

kelly

definitely watch the fosters! i am 45 and love every single episode… although some can get pretty hairy. another fun silly family show is called packed to the rafters. its australian and about a family named the rafters (obviously ;)). enjoy your trip!

Leslie

Pretty Little Liars!!!! But beware, you’ll be addicted.

It is never too late for Scandal. Just do it. Please. You will thank me. (Really, you’ll just thank Olivia Pope.)

Kristen

Scandal is really awesome, currently watching on Netflix now. Totally addicting but heavy and dark at times. I binge-watched gossip girl on maternity leave last year. Felt like a teen soap opera, but I loved it anyway!

Lindsey

Scandal! You’re not too late. You’ll never be too late. Plus there’s a whole 4 seasons which will keep you entertained your entire round trip flight!

Also LOVED The Killing!

Ida

They have so many Korean series on Netflix. If you’re into teenage dramas you’ll love Coffee prince or Cunning single lady

Colin

I second the vote Korean dramas! Not only are they on netflix, there is a ton on hulu. They are all one season and done, so if you have a long plane ride you can watch the whole run of a show in one go. In addition to “Coffee prince” (it’s about an androgynous looking young woman who gets a job at a all male cafe and falls in love with her boss who thinks she’s a boy) I’d recomend “Lie to me” (about a government official whose lie about being married spins out of control) “You’re beautiful” (about a young nun in training who must impersonate her twin brother who happens to be a member of korea’s most popular boy band) “Boy’s over flowers” (korea’s gossip girl) and “My lovely Sam Soon” (this hit show is about a sarcastic and unlucky in love pastry chef who falls for her boss). Please try some of these, you won’t regret it!

Nina

Bloodline on Netflix! Soooo good 🙂

Nina

Oh….and “Odd Mom Out” on Bravo is awesome. Having lived in NYC you’ll definitely appreciate it!!

Lesley

Second Bloodline. Love Kyle Chandler. It’ll go fast, it’s only been one season.

Since you’re in Spain, if you can get Netflix, try “Gran Hotel” about a turn of the century hotel in the north of Spain (it was built for the King as a retreat from the city, now it’s a public building) run by a ruthless woman with a good for nothing playboy son, beautiful innocent daughter and the scheming manager. When a murder happens among the kitchen staff, the victim’s super cute brother appears and slips into a waiter role to investigate. He and beautiful daughter have a “meet cute” and 3 seasons later there’s a sweet finish to the whole series. Nicely done and the subtitles are surprisingly helpful.

Sarah

Gilmore Girls and The Good Wife!

Jane

Emily – I moved into a new apartment last week and I have been binge watching the ABC Family show Chasing Life while I unpack. It’s not necessarily something I would sit down and commit to watching if I weren’t doing something else, but it may be just what you’re looking for. Have a wonderful trip!

Alicia

Have fun!

I have heard mixed reviews on The Fosters, so I haven’t taken the plunge. My recommendations:

1. Pretty Little Liars
2 Awkward. (TOTALLY teeny bopper, but I loved it. Plus, episodes are only 22 minutes, so it’s an easy one to put on before bed)
3. Orphan Black

And it’s never too late for Scandal!!!!

2. Awkard. It’s available on

Carla

I think I commented these shows on another post? Maybe? Mommy brain!

Damages
The Killing
Happy Valley
The Fall with Gillian Anderson
Suits
House of Cards
Call the Midwife
Arrested Development

They are all available on Netflix Canada so I assume they are on Netflix US too?

Happy travels!

jody

if you have netflix…the witches of east end and bitten are great/terrible fantasy tv series right now. I can’t take anything seriously on them. But I need the next episode STAT always.

have fun with the family on vacation–!

Oh Yay!!!! I’m so glad you will take a break together! Have fun!
I LOVED Hart of Dixie – A little cheesy sometimes but super charming, beautiful and funny. I really miss it!

Lilli

You can totally watch Fosters. I do, and I’m over 30! I also have enjoyed these similar feeling shows: Gilmore Girls, Chasing Life (=20-something finds out she has cancer, it’s more funny than sad), Life Unexpected, Jane by Design… and of course, you have to watch Jane the Virgin if you haven’t already!

Katherine

Seconding Jane the Virgin! All the out-of-control drama of a telenovella and funny too.

Megan C.

Have you seen ‘Awkward’ on MTV yet? I once stumbled across a marathon and it is surprisingly good! It’s about a sarcastic teenage girl trying to navigate high school. It’s funny and reasonably smart (for MTV).
http://www.mtv.com/shows/awkward/

I should note that I am a 39 year old mother of two young kids. Not exactly the show’s demographic.

Lesley

I am a 55 y/o mom of two teens, I am your future. I am watching “Younger” with the brilliant Sutton Foster. After finding out her husband has gambled away all their savings, and her daughter has just enrolled in a year abroad somewhere in India (!), our girl needs a job, but as a 40 y/o housewife from NJ, she’s competing with the likes of Hilary Duff, who also stars, at a publishing house, she finds she’s way out of touch. Her BFF, played by the delightful Debi Mazar, takes her thrift shopping for a younger look, highlights her hair and she passes as a 26 year old, in a job as assistant to the editor, who happens to be her same age. 30 minute episodes, helps me stay on top of things….:)

Jennifer

I like to binge watch Masterpiece Mystery personally…because I’m sophisticated like that (not really). I just finished the first season of Silk whose main character looks uncannily like an older British version of you. Happy travels!

Forrest

It’s not too late for Scandal. Just do it! I’m about to re-watch it from the beginning for maybe the fourth time…

Cayce

Watch Hindsight on VH1…it’s 90’s nostalgia at it’s best!

Julianne

Ditto on Gilmore Girls, I’m almost done and it’s just so charming.
Also!! Parenthood = Love.

Julianne

Ditto on the Gilmore Girls’ suggestion, so good!
And Parenthood = LOVE.

Amanda U.

Parenthood! Such a fabulous show. I also endorse Gilmore Girls and Gossip Girl.

Have such a great time in Spain! I can’t wait to see all the fabulous pictures!

Paige
http://thehappyflammily.com

Joanne

Is thirty-something available? Best. show. ever. Have an AMAZING trip!!!

Amber

Watch ‘Catastrophe’ on Amazon and ‘Scrotal Recall’ on Netflix. I know, I KNOW, but you’ll just have to get past the title on that last one and trust me.

Heather

I agree…HTGAWM is excellent. So is House of Cards if you haven’t seen it yet. I’m binge watching it on Netflix right now…

I always get sucked in to Dawson’s Creek whenever it is on! And if you haven’t tried Daniel Tiger with Charlie, he’ll probably love it – might be good on the plane!

Laura

Beware, if you use netflix it doesn’t work internationally! I learned that in London and it was a super bummer. It’s linked to your account address, maybe someone knows a work-around?

CAT

Just finished season 3 of “Episodes”. SO fun. “You’re the Worst” is hilarious, as is “Married”. “House of Lies” is also excellent – kinda dirty, but fast paced.

I must sheepishly admit that I am currently watching Full House from the beginning! There are a LOT of episodes. However, I am also really big into Suits, and White Collar was a good no brainer for my husband and I!

Kim

You can totally watch The Fosters. My 35 year old self does. Also, Catastrophe on Amazon Prime. LOVE. And, I agree with the others, never too late for Scandal. Ohhhh….and since you are a Kyle Chandler fan (FNL forever!) Bloodline on Netflix is great.

It’s definitely not too late for Scandal! Have you watched Hindsight? VH1 where she goes back in time to her twenties in the mid-90’s NYC. You will totally get into it! Enjoy your vacation!!

Amber

YES! To the Fosters. I’m 29 and decided that marathoning it a few months ago was a good idea, in my defense, I was a young 28 year old at the time. Everything you mentioned I watch too! I don’t know how you feel about Teen Mom 1 and 2, but you’d love it based on the fact that we watch very similar guilty pleasure TV. So that’s my recommendation, Teen Mom (1 and 2, avoid 3, which got cancelled anyway).

barbara

Please, watch orange is the new black or modern family. I live in Spain, enjoy it!

wow, Spain! Did you figure out what do with Charlie on the long flight? Dose him with cough syrup? I kid…

I might be too old (30) but I’ve been rewatching Clarissa Explains It All on Hulu. They have all the seasons. I had no idea how relevant to the 90s the show really was! Sure, it’s incredibly slow but it’s not cornball like some childhood revisits can be. She references Madonna and Sean Penn, Salt n Peppa, her mom’s crush on John Denver, Echo and the Bunnymen, and just a whole bunch of topical stuff. I don’t think any show today, kid or adult, does that.

P.S. Under the Dome on Amazon Prime is one of those terrible bingeworthy shows. It’s really bad but you just can’t look away!

Deirdre

It is never too late for SCANDAL!! You will love it. As you said Flipping Out and Empire are great. How about Parenthood?
Have a wonderful time eating paella!

Kailee

You MUST try pretty little liars!!!! My fav and sooooo addicting.

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