What to Watch This Fall TV Season

Fall TV

On Monday, I talked about “What Makes Me Smile,” and I forgot one huge thing: TV!! Yes, the return of fall tv is back people, and I am psyched! I love checking out new shows and my returning faves. Before I give you my list of 5 new shows to check out and 5 shows to binge-watch before their premiere, just know this: GAME OF THRONES SEASON 5 IS IN PRODUCTION. Ok. I feel better now.


1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” surprised everyone when they won the Golden Globe for best comedy series. The award show actually got this one right! (I have had my issues in the past) Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, and Andre Braugher combine to make comedy gold. Samberg’s character, Jake Peralta, is a hot-shot young detective who conflicts with the new Captain, played by Braugher. It has a similar feeling to “The Office” and “Parks and Rec” since the creators worked on the previous shows. You can catch up on the first season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Hulu, and don’t miss the second season starting September 28th on Fox.

2. THE WALKING DEAD!!!! I don’t need to sell “The Walking Dead.” Most people have seen it. If you are on the fence: WATCH IT!! It has some slow spots, but just power through!! It gets sooo good!! You can watch the first three seasons of “The Walking Dead” on Netflix. Season 4 will be available on streaming September 28th. AMC airs new episodes of “The Walking Dead” October 12th.

3. Bob’s Burgers I love this show. A quirky family owns a burger joint. Bob’s a curmudgeon, and Linda’s the wackadoo mom (in a good way). Tina is the preadolescent daughter obsessed with butts, Gene is, well, Gene, and Louise is the wiseass troublemaker. Fofo channels her well.


This is animated series not for kids (although my kids love it) and seasons 1-3 can be seen on Netflix and season 4 is on Hulu or Amazon Instant. All new episodes of “Bob’s Burgers” start on October 5th on Fox.

4. The Newsroom Jeff Daniels shocked everyone when he won the Emmy for best actor at last year’s Emmy awards, and from watching the first 10 minutes of the pilot, you will know why. This HBO series follows real-life news stories from the POV of a fictional NYC news station. The third and final season of “The Newsroom” premieres on November 9th.

5. The Blacklist I was hooked on this show from episode 1! James Spader plays Raymond Reddington, an elusive fugitive, who surrenders himself to the FBI and offers the deal of his freedom in exchange for his help in helping catch some of the world’s most dangerous criminals. He wishes to work with a new FBI again, Elizabeth Keen, whose own relationship is on the rocks. And the million dollar question? What is Reddington’s relationship to her? The Blacklist is available for streaming on Netflix and premieres September 22 on NBC.


1. Gotham Yes this is Gotham City without Batman, but I am in love with Donal Logue (ER, Grounded for Life, Sons of Anarchy, Terriers) and will watch him in anything! Gotham is gonna show us the rise of Commissioner James Gordon, before the arrival of Batman. Some people aren’t interested in Gotham without Batman, but I am. And it starts on Fox September 22th.

2. Gracepoint This mini-series starring Anna Gunn of “Breaking Bad” is based on the British series “Broadchurch.” A young boy is found dead in a small California town, and “Gracepoint” follows the lives of the parents, detectives, and entire town as the media swarms the community. “Gracepoint” airs on Fox starting on October 2nd.

3. Black-ish Much like Donal Logue, I love Anthony Anderson. Anthony is black father raising his kids in a white, upper-class neighboorhood. How does he maintain his cultural identity living with all these white folks?! Also starring Laurence Fishburne, this show is sure to get some laughs. It premieres September 24th on ABC following “Modern Family.”

4. The Affair I can’t wait for this Showtime series starting October 12th. It stars Dominic West (McNulty from the freaking Wire), Ruth Wilson (Luther), Maura Tierney!!!!! (ER), and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). The name says it all. The Affair. Two couples. No drama there I am sure ;)

5. How to Get Away with Murder Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) is at it again with this legal thriller staring September 25th on ABC. Viola Davis is a law professor, who I assume, is gonna tell her students how to get away with murder. The previews of this look killer. Hopefully, no one sleeps with the President. But that is not the point.

What are you looking forward to this fall tv season? What is your favorite returning show?

For more fall tv premiere dates and show info check out tv.com :)

What Makes Me Smile #3


I tend to be a Negative Nelly at times, so I was thrilled to come across another blogger, Alison from Under the Big Oak Tree, who started a series called “What Makes Me Smile.” She “journals some things that make me smile each week. Hoping that when I look back, I’ll see just how many things I have to be grateful for and smile about in my life.” I adore this idea. So I have decided to share 5 things that make me smile. Enjoy!

We designated this weekend a family weekend since it was Fofo’s birthday party weekend! My parents and sister and her family came to Madison on Saturday to have lunch and go to the children’s museum. Bear was so excited to see her cousins, and she anxiously looked out the window for their arrival.


Saturday was children’s museum day, and Sunday was family hike day! But first we needed fuel. Nothing makes me happier than a greasy slider from Wedl’s. And we checked another thing off our summer family fun list!


It’s no secret I love my iPhone, but mostly because I get to capture all those faces Fofo makes. I mean, c’mon, I would have to be quick with a camera to get a shot of this face!!


Fall is my favorite time of year so I have been super happy about the cooling temperatures. Triple F’s baby! Fall, fleece, and flannel. Ahem. I’ll be quiet now.


The last thing on my list is our car Stella :) My husband and I both love driving our new-to-us Mini Cooper, but I think the girls love it more. Especially when Papa goes “super fast” on curvy roads with the windows down and the sun roof open.


How was your weekend? What in your life has made you smile

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment …

{this moment}

“A Friday (or Monday) ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.”


September 11, 2001

September 11th. I hate this day. This is our JFK. Our moon landing. King. RFK. Watergate. Our “where were you moment?”

Some day in the future I will have to teach my kids about September 11, 2001. I can handle the sex talk. I can handle the gay talk. Abortion. Welfare. Money. What I can’t begin to figure out is how the hell to explain to my kids September 11th? How do I relay the fear we all felt? How do I describe the uncertainy? How do I make them understand that my heart still drops whenever I see those towers fall? How do I describe the anger I feel about this day? How do I explain to them 2977 people died because terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into buildings? All in the name of religion. The day 343 NYC firefighters died. How do I explain the day so many people unknowingly said their last good byes. As I stood in my apartment, watching tv and looking at the firey hole in the north tower I thought to myself “Oh my god. All those people. Their families.” I thought about how many members of my own family would be devestated by the lost of just one of us. Then I multiplied that but all those people. The grief was overwhelming. All those people.

Most of all I can’t explain this without getting angry. Angry at all the lives lost. Angry at the subsiquent wars. Angry at Islam. Angry my friends had to fight in those wars. Angry at the cleanup. The truthers. The lack of memorial for so many years. Lack of care for the workers who cleaned up Ground Zero. Lack of care for our soldiers coming home.

In September of 2002, my husband and I were at a concert. We had general admission tickets so we were in line in the early afternoon to ensure good seats. Talk in line naturally went to the events of the previous year. Some clueless douche tried to share his story of where he was that day. In his dorm, hundreds of miles away. No where near the destruction. A New Yorker was in line. He kindly told the ass to stfu. He was still angry. Often times I think about him and wonder if he is still as angry as me.

I, too, was in Iowa, college. Hundreds of miles away. “Safe” from any danger. But as they grounded all the planes and more planes got hijacked. It was hard not to feel a little scared. Our world had changed. Snap. Just like that.

“A plane flew into the World Trade Center.”
“On purpose?” It sounds so silly now. But as my husband and I watched the tv, we had no clue what was going on. I had to get to class so I continued to get ready.
“Holy shit!! Another plane.” From the bathroom I had no idea what this meant. I have sadly seen that plane fly into the south tower replay over and over. I find myself unable to look away. And at the point of impact. My chest aches.

I was lucky. I had to get to class. I didn’t see any of the people jumping from the towers. My husband wasn’t so lucky.

“WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?” I call my husband from the car as I am driving to class. I am listening to Peter Jennings on the radio as he and his reporter near Ground Zero try to describe the South tower collapsing.
“It’s gone. It fell. Just gone.”

My first class was clueless. The professor had no clue and those of us who did, had no god damn idea what was going on so we didn’t say anything. My next class had a professor from New York. She knew her family was safe but was having trouble imagining the chaos going on in her city. Some students found out then what had happened. After class, all the students were on their phones. A rare sight at the time. Hungry for information. WTF is going on? For the next few weeks, the tvs on campus stayed tuned in the 24 hour news channels and NYC began their search and rescue. Every glimpse of the tv you got, you hoped for good news. We needed it. We needed to see some hope. Needed one of those missing posters with moms, dads, sisters, boyfriends, to make it home. The initial estimates of number dead was close to 10,000. It felt like a strange relief that the number was only 2977. All those people.

9-11 marked a turning point in my life. I wasn’t the same person after that. The world felt different. Life felt shorter. America seemed sadder. 9-11 is the reason I always kiss and hug my husband good-bye everytime we part. EVERY.TIME. My kids too of course, but they don’t know the reason why. It could be the last time we see each other. Morbid, I know. But I think 9-11 had that affect on a lot of people.

On this day, we remember all those who lost their lives, lost loved ones, all the emergency workers who worked to save lives and gave their lives. Most of all we remember the 2977. May they be at peace.

10 Random Things about Me


This week I am linking up with the lovely Jennifer from “The Deliberate Mom” blog. She is celebrating her four-year blogiversary and is throwing a party!! This is perfect timing because my one year blogiversary was in August. This party is all about getting to know other bloggers and sharing a little bit about yourself. Since I love lists, I figured the best way for people to fall in love with my little corner of the bloggy blog world was to make a list to showcase my blog, snark, and my life!

1. Hi, my name is Katie, and I am The Surly Housewife. The name comes from the fact I am a housewife with resting bitch face.  

2. I am a homeschooler. I didn’t start this blog with the main focus being on homeschooling. BUT, you blog about your life. My life is homeschooling. I don’t mean that in a all-consuming-I-Love-it-way! It literally takes up almost all my time. If I’m not teaching, I’m planning. If I’m not planning, I’m working. If I’m not working, I am, well, probably sleeping. If you are interested in our reasons for homeschooling, check out this post!

3. The most interesting thing about me is my husband Jason. My saint of a husband, in fact If you don’t want to hear about my wonderful husband, than you can just leave now. NO DON’T!! Ahem. Sorry. Needy moment there. When some many girls in college saw a picture of Jason they were like “That’s your husband!” Yes he is. Apparently they thought I was married to some troll or something.

4. I believe there are 3 ways to get pregnant: get drunk, buy a motorcycle, and plan a vacation. Needless to say these three things happened before I got pregnant. My husband and I are going on a cruise in about a month. But never fear!! My husband got the snip-snip after my youngest was born. Best.Money.Spent.

5. My two children, Fofo 6 and The Bear 4, are slowing sucking the life out of me. I believe it started when my oldest threw up all over me while breastfeeding. She was an infant, just to clarify. Don’t let the smiles fool you. They are soul suckers. I share a lot about homeschooling on the blog, but let me say, it’s tough! I try to keep it real and honest when it comes to my hardships.

6. I take antidepressants everyday. Again, just keeping it real. Depression is a real thing. It’s hard. It’s frustrating. But it’s manageable. And you aren’t alone.

7. I love a good cocktail. I feel like Peggy Olson when trying to blog without one.


8. I have the mouth of a well-educated sailor. I try to keep it to a minimum on the blog. Just because I don’t like unnecessary swearing. Like a kid going out for the first time with out his parents, and they just curse up a storm. Yeah. I do my best to NOT do that. I do, however, sometimes swear in front of my children, which they never repeat. However, they will shout vulva at random moments.

9. I love food. I love to cook it, read about it, eat it, learn about it, watch others cook it. Mmmmm. Food. My kids have picked up on my foodiness, but that doesn’t translate into them eating everything I cook. Unless I tell them it’s a Pioneer Woman recipe. Then they are all about it. Smh. Did I mention they are trying to kill me ;)

10. My life in a nutshell. Housewife, homeschooling mother of 2, trying not to get fat or become an alcoholic.

I hope I have intrigued you enough to visit my humble blog another time. Don’t want to miss a post? Don’t forget to subscribe! It would totally make my day :)

Thanks for reading!!

Dating your Spouse: Indulge and Celebrate


Mondays here on the blog are all about Taking Care of Me, which gets much harder now that we have started our school year. It’s hard enough to keep up on blogging and schoolwork let alone myself. Podcasts are the main way I take a little break during the day. Reading is much harder as at the end the day, I usually fall asleep as I am reading.

Every homeschooling family will tell you, you need a support system in order to stay sane during the whole homeschooling craziness. For me, my biggest support is my husband. I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without his financial and emotional support and encouragement. This is why continuing to date your spouse is Taking Care of Me! Two previous ideas for dating your spouse included pizza and comedy night and at home date nights.

My next suggestion for dating your spouse isn’t quite so frugal. It’s about indulgence and celebration. My husband and I bought a $100 bottle of wine to share on our 10th anniversary. We bought it about two and a half years before our anniversary. It sat in our wine fridge, and we anxiously awaited the day we could taste it. But first more about the wine.

My husband and I are huge Tool fans. We have seen them in concert three times, own all the albums (yes the actual cds), and my tattoo is from Tool lyrics. We also love wine. When we found out the lead singer of the band, Maynard, had opened up a vineyard in Arizona, we knew we had to get some. Any wine connoisseur will tell you, that good wine isn’t cheap. However, Caduceus Cellars’ wine is reasonably priced, about 25-125 bucks. As any family will tell you, $100 for a single bottle of wine isn’t an easy thing to swing.


I first heard about the vineyard from the documentary “Blood into Wine,” which highlights Maynard’s journey of building a vineyard in Northern Arizona. There is this amazing moment in the film, when a wine critic tastes the wine Judith, which is named for Maynard’s mother, and he is wowed. You can see the moment in his eyes as the wine hits the back of his throat that this wine is amazing.


In total we bought 6 bottles of wine ranging from $30-100. The first five we enjoyed throughout the year, but we waited to open the bottle of Judith on our tenth wedding anniversary. We made a nice steak dinner and shared the bottle of wine. I’m horrible at describing wine, but this stuff was so smooth, but spicy. It was worth the wait and the expense.


Once you become a parent, the goal is to get through the day. You plan in days or weeks instead of months. It’s so important to have something to look forward to. Whether it is a bottle of wine, a trip to a special restaurant, an anniversary, or a bottle of booze. These small moments provide the spark you need during those tough days or hours. Knowing you will have a special evening in your future can brighten your day. The initial cost may worry you, but as long as it is in your budget (we bought the wine with some of our tax refund) don’t feel guilty about your decision. Your relationship is the foundation of your family and you should haven something that is just for the two of you. Relationships need to be nurtured and celebrated. And what better way to celebrate than with a Cheers!

What is your favorite way to indulge? How do you choose to celebrate important milestones?

This Moment

I have been inspired by SouleMama to take a moment …

{this moment}

“A Friday (or Monday) ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.”


New School Year Resolutions

School Resolutions

For most kids across the country, today marks the return to school. Others have been in school for the last couple of weeks. For us, it marks the return of not-back-to-school time. Last night, there was no hustle to get things ready: supplies, outfits, lunches, etc. It was just another normal evening. Our mornings will remain slow-paced as we all won’t be rushing out the door. I am (mostly) all ready for our first unit on Pirates on Wednesday. Today we have our annual get together with our homeschool group to plan our year and let the kids see their friends. It’s bittersweet that the summer has come to an end, but we are lucky that our school year doesn’t look like most families. We have our school work spread out throughout the week, but our days don’t look much different than the summer. I have been thinking about my goals for year, and after reading Learning with Boys blog post, I would follow suit and make 5 New School Year Resolutions.

1. Start the kids making their own lunches. One of the main reasons my husband and I wanted to homeschool, was so our kids could learn life skills. While making their own lunches is certainly a life skill, I also want them to learn to eat when they are hungry. Not at a designated time. Fofo is extremely independent, and I think this will help her feel some control during the day.

2. Utilize my husband’s strengths. My husband is extremely involved in our kids lives. He is up with them in the morning. He takes them out on the weekend. He excels at all things outdoors and artistically. I plan to make a conscious effort to include him as a teacher in the weekly curriculum. For example, our first unit is on Pirates, and they used the stars and compasses to navigate. This is the prefect thing for him to help teach the girls!


3. Be confident in my decisions. I often fret about insignificant, minute details of the day. “Should we go the park? It’s nice we better get outside!” I have good justifications for doing or not doing things. I need to know my limits and be confident and not worry about my final decisions.

4. Be constantly mindful of the mantra “The days are long, but the years are short.” We are very blessed to be able to homeschool, but it can be stressful at the same time. Add in blogging and life in general, it is super easy to get overwhelmed. My kids are only 4 and 6 once and I need to enjoy them as they are.

5. Do my homework. Right now, I have 3 parenting books I need to read. In order to be a better mother and teacher, I need to do my homework as well. My kids will thank me for it.

Do you have any school year resolutions? What does the first day of school look like in your house?

Surly’s Podcast Picks – The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE)


Podcasts are a great way to stay informed, educate yourself, and have a few laughs. They are great on the go, at work, and during your downtime at home. Just about anyone can start a podcast nowadays, but not all of them are worth your time. I am gonna share with you some of my recommendations for some great podcasts. I hope you check ‘em out!

I LOVE comedy podcasts. 2 of my previous podcasts picks (The Opie and Anthony Show podcast and Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast) are comedy based podcasts. The other was a little more on the informative side: Weird Medicine, which blends medical questions with a little humor. My next podcast pick also blends humor and knowledge: The Joe Rogan Experience (JRE).


Stand-up comedian, actor, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan does an audio AND visual podcast that you can listen to live or download later. The show is a “long form conversation” with any number of guests. Comedians, outdoorsmen, MMA fighters, authors, musicians, artists, and more. Anyone who has a great story to tell, a lot of knowledge in their head, or are just interesting, Joe has on. Even if they don’t agree.

Besides stand-up comedians, he has had Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, artist Alex Gray, former CIA officer Mike Baker, Shooter Jennings, Vice cofounder Shane Smith, and experts in the fields of nutritional health, behavioral sciences, and drug addiction. The list could go on forever. Joe finds cool-ass people to be on his podcast. He also does “fight companion” podcasts after UFC fights. The JRE has something for everyone. Unless you don’t like foul language, then this isn’t for you.

The JRE is a longer podcast, usually about 2.5 hours, which may seem long but it’s actually perfect. He does so many podcasts that you aren’t pressured to listen to all of them. Pick and choose the ones that interest you! They are great for long car rides, marathon cleaning or cooking sessions, or for listening in the office. Can people do that? I have no idea, but it would be perfect for that! JRE can keep you entertained for the entire podcast with it’s great guests, comedic timing, and, at times, civilized debate.

I hope I have sold you on the JRE and hope you check it out. Along with my previous picks! Thanks for stopping by!!