I mean, back in my twenties I used to watch The Sopranos with a group of friends, but that was one hour once a week on Sunday, when I never do anything anyway. What I’m talking about now is a full 24 hours of watching TV with very little conversation apart from what the next snack should be.
The idea was born a few months ago, when my friend C’s genius husband came up with the idea of a Marsathon. At the time, both of us had been spending a lot of alone time watching Veronica Mars DVDs. I watched seasons 1 and 2 over the course of maybe three weeks. I didn’t really realize how dire my situation was until I found myself slipping in episodes on weekday afternoons. Clearly, I was out of control, but I was found that work went much faster with my favorite sassy girl detective in the background.
C’s husband found himself in a similar situation, so it only seemed natural when he asked suggested I join them for a Veronica Mars slumber party last weekend to knock out the whole of season 3.
I knew that great things were brewing when I asked C what I should bring, and she suggested I bring an array of lounge clothes. I showed up at their place in the early afternoon to find C’s husband in pajamas and slippers, eating a butter sandwich and a box of Girl Scout cookies.
It felt like home.
C walked over to the loveseat, picked up this weird blue thing that was draped across it, held it out to me, and said, “Since you’re the guest, you get to use this for the weekend.”
“Oh my god,” I said. “Is that a snuggie?” (The snuggie is one of my favorite infomercials.)
As it turns out, it was a slanket, which is pretty much the same thing: a huge blanket with arm holes that you put on like a hospital gown. Once it’s on, you look sort of like a cross between a prone walrus and Harry Potter with a terminal illness.
I donned the slanket after we ordered takeout, around episode 8, and immediately regretted that I hadn’t put it on sooner. As I sat there with a huge pile of Thin Mints perched somewhere in the vicinity of my lap, I thought damn, I’m living the dream.