no, not my recent entry into the foray, but rather the NBC tv show is what i’m talking about. the show is SO GOOD. and sure, the show does have its share of some attractive people, but what is really surprising is that the show does not lean on its attractive cast to carry the show.

the acting is good. what’s more important is that the writing is good. and it is this marriage of good writing and good acting that makes this show so good. the storyline of each of the families is compelling and i love that i really feel for each of the characters. there are no one-dimensional characters that are predictable. i’m constantly surprised by these characters and how they cope with the situations that they are thrust into.

the drama in the show feels believable. maybe there’s a lot more dysfunction in this family than usual. maybe there’s more drama in an episode than most people have in their lifetimes. and maybe, just maybe it feels a little too convenient at how quickly things move along, but there’s something about this show that is just so interesting. the show explores the trials of parenthood. sure, there are moments of comedy, but family life isn’t all fun and games. there’s plenty of that, too, but being a family is about living through the times of good and surviving through the times of bad. it’s seeing this voyage play out on this show that draws me to it.

who knows, maybe it’s just because i got the rest of the family sick and we’re muddling through our own little rough patch, but i do like the show and am glad that it got picked up for next season.

mi pueblo food center

i just discovered mi pueblo food center. it’s a mexican supermarket chain near my house. their storefront is far, far nicer than the safeway that is close by our house. i haven’t had the chance to do price comparisons yet (i went to visit the bakery and food court), but i am so impressed with the store.

the next grocery run that i have to do, i will probably go to mi pueblo and see how the prices compare. what surprises me about the store is that it is super clean, very well laid out, and huge. lots of open space, lots of very good looking and well presented produce, it made me want to buy vegetables because they all looked so good. that, coming from someone who doesn’t particularly care for vegetables, says a lot.

but it was because of the bakery that i came. i was told that the bakery here was good and indeed, it is very good and cheap. i just ate an empanada and i am positive that i will be back for more.

i also had lunch at the food court. the burrito i had was fantastic and i’m definitely going to go again. i hear other locations aren’t as spotlessly clean as this one, but the location on capitol ave is quickly becoming my favorite place to go for lunch near home.

and so it goes…

so it looks like i’ve managed to get the rest of the family sick. *sigh* i was even in quarantine after the doctor’s visit yesterday, but apparently the damage has already been done. christi reports that she has a sore throat and that kyden has a runny nose. all symptoms that i had earlier this week. ugh. hopefully they won’t have it as bad as i have and it’ll all blow over soon.