I’m currently watching Days of Our Lives and part of me really can’t believe I’m sitting on my bed and have been binging it the last few days while I’ve been trying to get over the latest illness my immune system has decided to let infect me.
I actually have a weird history with Days of Our Lives in that it was the soap opera my mom use to watch when I was child. I remember seeing stories about Hope and Bo and Gina, of Sami Brady and her brother Eric (at the time being portrayed by a very young Jensen Ackles), and basically just watching it at times when I would be home with my mom. I think I will always associate Jensen Ackles and Alison Sweeney with Days of Our Lives, not because they didn’t do other stuff, I mean hello, Jensen Ackles is Dean Freaking Winchester, but because those were the roles that I always identify them with first.
I honestly hadn’t thought about soap operas in years. My mom watched Days and Sunset Beach, my uncle had a thing for Passions, the hair salon I went to would always have General Hospital and All My Children on, and my grandmother had her telenovelas. Granted I was a kid so I really didn’t have time for day time television and even in college when I had classes at all times of the day, I did usually put a movie on and not paid attention to it. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve kind of starting to really pay attention due to my editing work at the Daytime Emmy awards.
Then last summer I was working from home for about 3 months while my mom recovered from back surgery and was on 24 hour watch. During the day I needed something mindless to watch while I was working and I ended up watching Days of Our Lives and I got sucked in. I wanted to know more about the drama between Sonny, Will and Paul. I wanted to know what was going to happen between Abby, Chad, and Stephan. The weird love not-triangle between Ciara, Tripp and Claire and not to mention all of the insane family issues and relationships that make up Salem. It took me going back to work and getting sucked into the normal chaos of my office to stop following the show.
And here I am almost a year later, sitting on my bed, suffering from some kind of viral infection, getting ready to look for a new job and watching Days of Our Lives. I’ve been sucked back into the drama of Salem and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing. Though I can admit that I’ve been yelling at my TV a lot which isn’t a good thing because then I start coughing. I keep texting a friend of mine about the insanity of it and he keeps laughing at me for it but I seriously can’t believe what has happened in a year since I last watched the show. Paul has left, Teresa and Tate seem to be gone, Brady and Eve aren’t together, Gaby is still trying to get back at Stephan, Abigail and Chad have left for Paris, Lucas is gone. Loni and EJ seem to be a couple, Tripp and Claire seem to be on and off, Ciara and Ben are working out to the surprise of everyone, Rafe and Hope are married, Marlena and John are married, Sonny and Will want to be together but Sonny is with Leo and OMG there is SO MUCH DRAMA.