What’s Your Mountain High Moment?

I’m a pretty simple, low maintenance chick. It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. Hanging out with my friends, drinking the occasional microbrew, watching my kids play – these things all bring me tremendous joy. Lately, though, I’ve got a new guilty pleasure. Old school TV shows!

Perhaps you’ve heard me whine about my husband canceling our cable about six months ago. Times are tough, and we were having a hard time justifying that extra seventy bucks a month when the only thing we were watching with any regularity were iCarly and Spongebob. Several months passed, and the kids got used to watching DVDs and PBS. Then, about a month ago, I impulsively signed us up for a free trial of Netflix, completely for the benefit of the children. And they have LOVED it. Once again, the kids are glued to the TV after they finish their homework, watching their shows. Bliss. We don’t watch TONS of television, but we do enjoy it.

About a week into our Netflix trial, my husband and I were browsing through the guide and we stumbled upon the entire Mission Impossible series from the 60s/70s – only his favorite show EVER. Upon further digging, we found Star Trek and all its various spinoffs. And thus began our new routine. After dinner, we snuggle up on the couch and watch old shows. I am not exaggerating even a little bit when I say I look forward to it all day long, and I actually get a little sad when the night starts to slip away, and I realize the kids are keeping us so busy that we won’t have time to watch our shows. How dorky am I? I get SO excited when dinner goes smoothly and the kids all pad off to bed, and I realize we actually have time to catch an episode. I’m not sure why I like these old shows so much, when there are plenty of newer shows I could start watching. I suspect it has something to do with my massive 70s nostalgia, which stems from my idyllic childhood.

So there you have it. My Mountain High Moment!

What brings YOU joy every day? When was the last time you experienced a Mountain High Moment?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mountain High Yoghurt. I received a gift card to purchase yogurt, a product kit, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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  1. Jo says:

    My Mountain High moment is every morning, as I hike with my dog in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The air is so clean and crisp (admittedly, sometimes pretty darned cold), but you warm up quickly when you’re walking on the trail. I think if we ever moved away from Colorado, that’s the thing I’d miss the very most.
    Jo´s last [type] ..A beautiful passing

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    That sounds so nice – I’m not near any decent hiking, but I do like to get out with my pup in the quiet morning, too! She’s a lazy little mutt, though. Like me.

  2. We just downgraded our cable because we love Netflix so much – and I LOVE the old mission impossible series! And I’m not going to admit that we’ve watched all the episodes of all the Star Treks – Oh, wait, I just did! :)
    Mary-Frances Main´s last [type] ..My Mountain High Moment – what’s yours?

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Paul has seen every episode of the OG Star Trek, but he hasn’t seen all the Mission Impossible episodes, so he’s enjoying this with me!

  3. Marie says:

    We also ditched cable and have Netflix. LOVE sharing the Cosby Show with my kids.

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Ha – I hadn’t thought about revisiting some of those 80s classics. Just the other day, Kayley was wearing her “Yo Homes, Smell You Later!” t-shirt and Mallory asked what the story was behind it. We showed her the intro to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air intro on YouTube, but I didn’t even think about trying to dig up some actual episodes.

  4. Lori says:

    My son pays for Netflix every month so he can watch on his Tab at college, so we use his account to watch at home. I have to totally and completely agree with you that watching a TV series can be fun. We watched the entire Lost series and several others too.

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    That’s a good idea! I know someone who uses his mom’s cable account login to watch OnDemand stuff online at his house – almost the same thing, I guess!

  5. Catherine says:

    Aww, I love snuggling up on the couch with my husband too. My Mountain High moments usually take place in the kitchen, eating with or preparing food for my family.
    Catherine´s last [type] ..My Mountain High Moment

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Oh, me too – well, the eating part anyway. Ha!

  6. We are thinking about it – but haven’t yet canceled. It is soooo expensive!

    It sounds like you find bliss in the everyday moments, good for you!
    Melissa Taylor´s last [type] ..Dystopia-palooza – New YA Books Winter 2012

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    It IS expensive! We have saved a bundle over the past six months!

  7. That sounds like a wonderful ritual to have, just the two of you!

    I have Mountain High Moments during yoga class. And then I come home and actually eat yogurt or drink kefir :-)
    Lori Lavender Luz´s last [type] ..Balance: Heaven on earth

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    I don’t even know what kefir is!

  8. Amber's Crazy Bloggin Canuck says:

    Love this! My mountain moments are just that–in the mountains. Just today I hiked White Ranch…it’s a glorious time of year to be mountain high. :)

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Uh oh, song implant. Rocky Mountain Highhhhh, Coloraaaaadoooo…like I haven’t been singing that every time I see the Mountain High container in my fridge!

  9. @ColoradoMom says:

    Watching my son learn something new, or actually making through his ABA therapy without a complete meltdown. ;) That would be my Mountain High feeling!
    @ColoradoMom´s last [type] ..Say Yes to Carrots (& Yes to a Great Deal!)

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Those moments are always special! ((hugs!))

  10. Susan says:

    My Mountain High Moment is when I run the stairs at Red Rocks. I’m so excited for spring to come so I can get back up there and breathe in some mountain air while I gasp for it. I’d love to dump the cable for Netflix but we have issues finding stuff on the downloads for Netflix. I feel like I’m using it wrong because so many are happy with it.
    Susan´s last [type] ..Tuesday Tunes – Matt Wertz

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Oh my goodness, you run the stairs? I get nervous just walking down those stairs – I keep imagining myself going ass-over-teakettle and knocking my front teeth out in front of all those people!

  11. Hmmm, I’m guessing my moments are when the kiddos are playing and laughing in the backyard, I have a glass of wine and am cooking a yummy meal. LOVE that. Even better when my hubs is hanging out with me too.
    jenny – Sugar Loco´s last [type] ..This One’s For the Girls…ALL the Girls at Arrowhead Grill {Phoenix}

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    THAT is perfect! Really, I’ve enjoyed those exact moments, too – where the kids are happy and it’s just beautiful outside and nobody is fighting, and the chicken is sizzlin’ on the grill, and you’ve got a glass of wine in hand – bliss.

  12. Daria says:

    My Mountain High Moment today may just be finding out the Cosby show is on Netflix from Marie’s comment above! LOVE that show…

    Other than that I was out of town this week and while the break from sibling squabbling was nice, I missed my family. Flying home today and arriving to 70degrees, bright blue skies, and my own house – definitely brought me joy.
    Daria´s last [type] ..5 Time Saving Cleaning Tips + A Chance at $5,000!

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Nice that you got a little break! Welcome back!

  13. I have to admit, I love old school television as well. One of my favorite is Little House on the Prairie. I would also love to see repeats of 21 Jump Street. I had the biggest crush on Johnny Depp back then. As for my Mountain High Moments, it is anytime I am experiencing something new.
    clueless mama´s last [type] ..Mountain High Moments…What are Yours?

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    I don’t think I ever watched 21 Jump Street, but I do remember old school Johnny Depp from A Nightmare on Elm Street!!

  14. Kia says:

    This is sweet. I love the old shows too and rarely like the new spin-offs. I think Hawaii Five-O is my only contest on the new vs. old (because of hot bodies). However you can’t go wrong with classic Kirk and Spock ever. Not even when it is for that Ke$ha Tik Tok mashup. Our daily routine that brings me joy is my husband’s very dramatic renditions of characters for storytime that he performs in our son’s room nightly. We even have friends who come over to sit on my son’s couch for his bedtime to hear Malfoy’s voice from HP or whatever he is reading that week.
    Kia´s last [type] ..Denver Zoo Tour de Tuk Tuk

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    Your husband sounds cool as shit, I have to say, but then he’d have to be since he’s married to you. I haven’t seen this Kirk/Spock/Ke$ha mashup; now I’ll have to seek it out.

  15. I’m in love with the quiet that descends once both kids are asleep and my husband has been sucked into his computer. It’s my ME time, and one of my favorite ways to spend it is to watch shows on Netflix, too. Shows with swear words! And sometimes even nudity! I mean, not that I’m watching porn or anything, it’s just nice not to have to limit my viewing to things appropriate for children. We just added Hulu Plus to the mix and oh. my. word. it’s going to be along time before I open a book again.
    Laural Out Loud´s last [type] ..Strep A, I Wish I Could Cut You

    LaLaLaura Reply:

    You know, I’ve been thinking I might order Hulu Plus on the sly next winter, when we’re stuck in the house!

  16. Donna says:

    I understand why watching these movies and series is so enjoyable to you. They make us remember our appreciation and fascination when we were young. I hope I find the time to watch them, learning about your experience made me very interested.
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