I'll be the first to admit that I'm a serious TV junkie. I generally don't feel complete, on a week to week basis, unless I've caught up on all my shows. Don't I sound like some old lady, whining about the fact that she's missing her soaps?
Well, I'm not old, I'm definitely not a lady, and I haven't watched a soap since Passions went off the air.
As a kid, I always saw excessive TV watching to be nothing but positive. By the time I was ten I could recite entire episodes of The Simpsons. Now-a-days, I drive my family up the wall, reciting every written line from Friends.
The problem is, that I can relate pretty much everything in my life to an episode of Friends.
It generally goes like this:
Someone: "That guy is so weird."
Me: "You wanna know weird? Remember that episode of Friends when Phoebe was like 'I just pulled out three eye lashes. That can't be good.'"
Lately, I've been overly obsessed with Grey's Anatomy and I've realized that, as a symptom of watching it too much, I've developed this weird idea by which I seem to think it's realistic that I could make it through medical school and a be an awesome surgeon just because I've watched the show so much. In the past, stuff like this has happened with other TV shows.
I use to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer a lot and truly believed that I could one day fight vampires with my superhuman abilities.
As a way to help other people who watch Grey's Anatomy, I've devised a list of five ways to tell that you're may be watching more than clinically acceptable. Hm, maybe attaching the word clinically to something should be number 1?
1. When you wash your hands, you take about five minutes, scrubbing every little crevice, even getting under your fingernails because you know your hands must be free of bacteria. You turn around, holding your hands up, half expecting someone to be standing there with a surgical mask, ready to dry your hands.
2. When people say they're feeling sick, you ask them to name a few of their symptoms and then relate it back to an episode of Grey's Anatomy. "Your nose is running a lot? Well, there was this episode where this guy had what he thought was a cold for a good month, but it turned out he was leaking spinal fluid. You should get that checked out, maybe ask for a head CT."
3. You start to think that just because you now know what a salpingectomy is, that you should be able to go to medical school no problem, finish it in a few months, and be doing solo surgeries within a few days of work.
4. You start to think that all doctors are going to look like Katherine Heigl and Patrick Dempsey, but you're sadly mistaken when you go to visit your family physician and he reminds you of Golem from The Lord of the Rings.
5. You become a bit of a hypochondriac because every time you feel a twinge in your stomach, you think that you have an ectopic pregnancy. Thankfully, in my case, I'm reminded that just having a pregnancy as a male would be a medical marvel. Maybe I'd get to go on Oprah?
And yes, I've based these five things off of personal experience. Sad, I know. But, I'm kind of sad when it comes to my obsession with shows I like.
On a completely unrelated note, because I just can't find a way to tie it to the discussion above, I present to you a Brownie Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting! I felt like adapting an age-old recipe and making it in to something new. I love brownies, I love cake. Why not make brownies in to a cake?
Brownie Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter
1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
approx. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1. Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
2. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat. Stir in cocoa. Blend in sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
3. Blend in dry ingredients. Pour batter into two 9x9-inch pans. Bake in preheated 350'F oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
4. For frosting, begin by beating the butter on medium speed until pale and creamy, about 2 minutes.
5. Reduce the speed and add the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl as needed. Once all additions have been added, beat for a few minutes until pale and fluffy.
6. Add vanilla, and beat until frosting is smooth.
7. Melt white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl. Once melted, let cool for a few minutes. Add chocolate to the frosting and, using a spatula, slowly fold in, being sure to incorporate all the chocolate with the frosting.
8. Wait until the brownies are completely cooled. Ice a generous amount of frosting on the top of one brownie layer and top that with the second brownie square. Generously ice the top layer.
Optional: Cover the top layer with shaved dark chocolate.
Until next time, happy baking!