(Other high-ranking Simple Pleasures are 1) finding dollar bills in unwashed jeans pockets, 2) when the teller at my Bank of America puts out her basket of miniature Hersheys bars, 3) successfully squeezing a blackhead out of my nose, and 4) eating freely from my boyfriend's plate at dinner.)
The guys I work with are so into "The Wire". They like "The Wire" so much, I would say they like it more than they like really beautiful women, like Jessica Biel.
They talk about it forever and when it got snubbed this year at the Emmys, Michael Schur (who was nominated for his excellent episode "The Negotiation") was more upset about that than he was excited about his own nomination. I know this because Mike's office is next to mine and the walls are paper thin and I eavesdrop like cah-raaaazy.
So I watch "The Wire", and I enjoy it, but I swear to God, it's like a soporific. The writing and acting are fantastic. But something about the mumbling and languid shots of Baltimore streets make me drop like after twenty minutes. But the sleep I sleep when I fall asleep watching "The Wire" is some of the best fucking sleep ever. (Other good sleep, I remember, was when I was in junior high, and would fall asleep during Saturday Night Live and wake up during American Gladiators.)
But you need a good TV blanket. Here are a few.
1. Rib-knit cashmere throw.
Garnet Hill is completely expensive and kind of too hippie-ish, and I don't usually need my sheets to be like, made of cruelty free hemp or whatever.
But the colors are rad, and they do have adorable patterened sheets for kids, and this throw is cashmere (whaaaaat!) and on sale. I just bought one.
Price: $168 (marked down from $268!)
2. 525 America cable knit throw.
If you are squeamish about having a cashmere (ie. dry-clean only) TV blanket, get this cozy and totally machine-washable throw.
Maybe get two, cuz you will want to cocoon in this and not share it with anyone else who might be sharing your couch with you.
Price: $99 (on sale)
Listen, you can watch television comfortably without a blanket. God knows I can; I can fall asleep on a roller-coaster, my heartrate is like 3 beats a minute. But why use your sweatshirt as a TV blanket when you can have the real deal? You will be so excited to have these. You will want to know my address to write me a thank you letter. And I will want yours to write you a congratulations letter.
Also, get "The Wire".
Are you seriously not watching this show yet? Haven't your most insufferable male friends told you this is the best thing since "The Shield"? (but girls, unlike the very good but bafflingly hot-guy-free "The Shield", this show features dreamboat and Mona Lisa Smile alum Dominic "Black Irish, Super Babe" West).
Price: $47.99 for the complete first season