Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
If that means nothing to you, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends anymore. I kid, I kid;) Seriously though. I cannot believe it hasn’t come up in the year and a half I’ve been blogging, so I think it’s finally time to disclose my over-the-top obsession with the sitcom “The Office.” And I mean OB-SESSED!!
It all started innocently enough. Michael and I had just embarked on an adventure less than a week after our wedding in the form of a move across the country from Charleston to Denver. It was November when we moved, and we were literally wearing shorts when we packed up our moving truck in Charleston, and then arrived in Denver about a day and a half later (in the middle of the night) to a blanket of snow on the ground. It was exciting, but it was a shock to all of our systems, including our three cats, and Gidgie, my beloved angel dog’s system who now had to do her business in this frosty white stuff. If Gidgie could talk, she would’ve said “not cool” among a few other choice words.
As for me, I can remember crying as I was unpacking a box of beach towels when I was suddenly struck with the reality of what our summers would now look like. Or at least what they definitely would not look like, meaning we would no longer spend our Saturdays meeting up with our friends at one of Charleston’s beautiful beaches, cracking jokes, and playing bocci ball holding a refreshing adult beverage in our free hands with the sand between our toes. Nope. Those days were officially over.
Michael and I only knew one other couple in Denver. We would have had zero social life if it weren’t for them, but they had two young children and tons of extended family members in the area, so they were extremely busy with their own lives. When we weren’t skiing, or trying to explore the city, we turned to Netflix to get us through our first real winter (like back when you actually got DVDs in the mail haha). This is also when we were first introduced to the brilliant series that is “The Office.”
At that point I had never seen a single episode, but it had already been out for several years. Thankfully, we were able to binge watch it on Netflix, and I oddly found so much comfort in the show. The first year of practically any marriage is hard enough, but being away from all of my friends, and even further away from my family, definitely took its toll. It was sort of great being on our own through that first year, but it was also very isolating and lonely at times, and I almost felt like The Office cast were our friends. I know that sounds crazy, and super pathetic, but the show seriously brought me so much joy during a strange time in our lives. I always joked with Michael that I wanted to be BFFs with Jim and Pam, and that still holds true.;)
Nowadays, my obsession with The Office and the amazing cast is as strong as ever thanks to the wonders of social media. I especially adore following Jenna Fisher and Angela Kinsey on instagram. If you don’t follow them, you should. They’re BFFs in real life and so refreshingly down to earth. The other day Angela was adorably giddy bc Target responded to her tweet. Like, she was totally star struck by it bc it’s her favorite place to shop. The entire cast remain close friends, actually, and they’re all seemingly great people, which is always nice;)
I’m someone who does not appreciate a quiet house, so I always have something playing on TV in the background, and 99.9999% of the time you can find The Office playing in my living room. I know all the lines, so it’s not a distraction for me while I’m working or cleaning. Our dogs all seem to like it too.;)
Nowadays when I watch The Office, I’m reminded of that first year of marriage in chilly Colorado. Looking back, I’m thankful for those isolating moments when all Michael and I had to focus on was each other.
Alright, now who else can relate to this?? Someone please tell me I’m not crazy;)