I’m on Season 5 of “The Good Wife,” the CBS legal drama starring Julianna Margulies that became my binge of the moment during the long days at the end of my pregnancy.

Every time I drown in a TV show, little things about it get in my head. This series is no different.

Here are four things watching “The Good Wife” makes me want to do more.

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My (mother of two) morning

by moniguzman on November 10, 2014


It’s 8:12 a.m. on a Monday. My son is dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something.” My newborn daughter is asleep in our bed.

I’ve had my Keurig coffee. My Oatmeal Squares cereal. I’ve looked in the mirror on the wall by the dining room table and thought, as I do most mornings, that my bedhead hair looks fantastic.

A breast pump is on the table next to my laptop. We’ve looked everywhere — EVERYWHERE — for the second of two tubes and the second of two “breast shields” that I swear I stored in a smart place after my son moved on from human milk over a year ago.

Pumping my own milk is the weirdest thing I’ve ever done that’s become normal.

At 8:25 a.m., Jason appears at the top of the stairs in a button down shirt and blue pajama pants. He’s finished the three-hour web stream that broadcasts his Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games to a couple dozen viewers. Julian gives him a hug in the kitchen, then throws his white knit blanket over his head for several rounds of “Where’s Julian?”

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Our perfect date night

by moniguzman on August 30, 2014

My mom made fun of me when I told her what Jason and I wanted to do for date night last night: settle in somewhere cozy and read to each other from a hardcover of Dan Simmons’ “Abominable.”

Some context.

1) “Abominable” is a fantastic book. Rich with detail and lots of description. It’s about a fictional 1925 expedition to Mt. Everest and is written by one of our favorite authors ever. Dan Simmons wrote the “Hyperion” series, my favorite science fiction series of all time. Jason’s family has a vacation home in the Colorado town where Simmons lives, so we entertain this fantasy every now and then of meeting him in some way that’s so clever that we become fast friends and he teachers us all he knows.

2) Every Friday is date night. I know; it’s amazing. We have a two-year-old and another baby due in eight weeks and the fact that my parents a) moved here from Boston last year to be closer to their grandkids and b) offered to watch our son every single Friday so Jason and I could have regular “us” time has made a lot of difficult things easy. I love my parents to pieces. They have so much personality and we don’t bullshit each other, ever.

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