Baby is Coming.

We’re all aware that winter is coming… but did you know that BABY is coming?!

In honor of the upcoming season premiere of Game of Thrones… I present you… our GoT-inspired pregnancy announcement.

We are SO excited to announce the upcoming arrival of our first baby together–a baby boy!

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Game of Thrones 5-Week Challenge: The Results

For those of you who have been following my blog for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that there is a certain 5-week challenge on which I have failed to provide an update.  I’m referring to my Game of Thrones 5-Week Challenge, in which I committed to watching one episode of Game of Thrones (GoT) per week for five weeks with RM.  If you’re new to my blog, you can read up on it in more detail here.

I must say, I was feeling slightly regretful at my idea to do this after the response I received to my post introducing the challenge.  I tried my best to go into the challenge with an open mind, but it was difficult knowing that people disapproved of my willingness to even try to watch the show.

One friend told me that although she heard it “got better” after the third episode, she didn’t make it that far.  In fact, she was convinced that it didn’t become less graphic but that the viewer just became numb to it.  Was she right?  Perhaps, I thought to myself.  We would find out.

A few weeks into the challenge, I wasn’t even close to becoming hooked to the show, but there was one critical data point I collected.  RM and I had a deal that we would fast forward through any scenes that were too graphic—either sexual or violent—and what I quickly learned was that RM was right.  Queue the silent cheer for men everywhere.  The graphic scenes were completely unnecessary to the storyline.  I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything by fast forwarding.  In my eyes, it appeared as though HBO just arbitrarily added sexual scenes just to increase viewership.  Classy, HBO.  Real classy.

I made my second revelation after attending my monthly book club.  We had just finished reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.  I was surprised at one woman’s comment when she said, “Yeah, I ended up liking it for the most part, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone because of all of the sex.”  Was there that much sex?  Hmm, I remembered it seeming a little inappropriate in the beginning, but then—hmm, no—I think she’s right.  Was I experiencing what my friend had suggested happens to GoT viewers?  Had I become numb?  Perhaps I had.  But perhaps what also happened was that I became so invested in the characters and engulfed in the storyline that I began to scan over those parts quickly—so quickly in fact that I had forgotten much of them altogether.  So it IS possible.  Touché, RM.  Turns out, he had been telling me all along that the storyline of GoT was just SO good that it was possible to ignore the accompanying graphic scenes.  Now, I don’t think I’ll ever think that the GoT storyline is that good because medieval kingdoms just aren’t my thing; however, I can understand how RM could get into the storylines, especially having read the books.

So what does this mean?  I’m happy to say that my narrow view was widened a bit through this experience, but I’m not jumping on the GoT bandwagon anytime soon.  That said, I have agreed to watch all episodes with RM, with the stipulation that we only watch them together, on DVD, while fast-forwarding through the “unnecessary” scenes.  Sounds like a good compromise to me 🙂

Game of Thrones 5-Week Challenge

RM and I have a weekend sans kiddies coming up, to which both of us are looking forward.  That’s not to say that we don’t l-o-v-e our precious time with the little ones—we absolutely do.  That said, once a month, RM and I get one very special weekend for the two of us.  Since we’re not watching a family friendly flick with the wee ones on these weekends, we often find ourselves scrolling through the latest Netflix releases, looking for a movie or TV show that appeals to both of our interests.  RM enjoys the sci-fi and action genres and the occasional rom-com.  I’m very much a rom-com girl (surprise!), with the occasional drama or light action mixed in there.

While we have slightly different taste when it comes to movies and shows, the great part is that I end up watching things that I wouldn’t have chosen for myself and perhaps wouldn’t have seen otherwise.  For example, we recently watched Star Trek and Olympus Has Fallen, both of which I really enjoyed.  Sometimes though, I find that RM’s choices are a little too out there for me.  Case in point:  Game of Thrones, or, as I prefer to call it , Game of Thongs (GoT).

RM is a huge fan of the GoT books as well as the HBO TV series.  Naturally, he was excitedly gearing up for the start of Season Three earlier this year.  He was hoping that by introducing me to the show, I would become a die-hard fan alongside him, and we would enjoy the upcoming season together.  Let’s just say, it didn’t go quite as RM had planned.  My reaction to the first episode was one I can hardly put into words.  I felt offended.  Not just for me, but for women everywhere.  For those of you unfamiliar with the series, the storyline is peppered with an unnecessary amount of boobage (yes, I made up that word).  Not necessarily a surprise—it is HBO.

Okay, I thought to myself.  I can handle a little boobsRM did warn me that HBO had put its magical boob touch to it.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  You’re okay, Christina.  Push through.  Look beyond the boobs.  They’re like elbows.

But it wasn’t just the boobs.  At the end of the pilot episode, one woman was manhandled by the man with whom she had entered an arranged marriage.  It left me feeling grimy.  On top of all that, the show was pretty violent.  I was so fired up after that episode that I told RM I couldn’t watch it again.  GoT would have to be his thing.

After giving it some more thought, I decided that I didn’t really feel comfortable with him watching the show either.  Now you may be thinking, Wow, that’s really unreasonable, prudish, and controlling of you, Christina.  Hear me out first.  I’m a firm believer of garbage in, garbage out.  I’ve tried to be more intentional about that when it comes to what I read, watch, or listen to the older I’ve become.  So that means, no Fifty Shades of Grey or Bared To You (That’s a different soap box that I’ll save for another post)I’ve even begun to prefer the edited versions of Sex and the City on TV to the actual DVDs that I own.    From the first episode of GoT, it appeared to me that the show objectified women, and it also looked too violent and graphic to me.  Of course, the final decision of whether to watch rested with RM, but I thought it was important that I share with him that it made me uncomfortable and would prefer he not watch it.  For obvious reasons—and because he is an incredible, loving, and considerate BF—he decided to give it up.  As you can imagine, RM, who is currently on book four, was pretty sad when Season Three started since he wouldn’t be watching it.  He grieved over the loss, asking several times why HBO had to ruin such a great book series with smutty scenes that were completely unnecessary to the story line.

Since then, GoT has come up frequently, and RM has tried several times to get me to re-consider my decision.  He even once stopped to tap a complete stranger sitting at a table in the mall reading a GoT novel to tell him, “Awesome book, man!”  Then looked to me and said, “See!  People love it!”  He proceeded to tell me that the female characters were actually some of the strongest characters he had ever seen.  He was convinced that if I just gave it five episodes, I would be hooked.  I would change my tune.

Well, RM, now is your chance.  I’ve decided, of my own accord, to start what I’m calling the Game of Thrones 5-Week Challenge.  I am committing to watch one episode of GoT per week, for the next five weeks.  I’ll provide updates as I progress into Season One.

I’d love to hear from you, dear readers—both women and men.  Do you watch GoT?  Do you believe it objectifies women?  Is it possible to see past the boobs and blood?  I’m not so sure… so my finger will be close to the “fast forward” button 😉

P.S. Here’s an interesting article I found that addresses some of these issues, including how women allegedly really feel about GoT:

http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/06/women-game-of-thrones/