Monday, December 31, 2007

Reviewing 2007

Another great video from JibJab. Not nearly as hilarious as last year's Nuckin' Futs but still pretty funny. Happy New Year!



Thursday, December 27, 2007

LOST Mobisode #8

Click here for the eighth mobisode. This one's with Sun and Michael and ends with a very interesting moment between the two of them that is somewhat surprising as I didn't expect the writers to take them there. Also makes me wonder if they're planning something for the new season since Michael is supposed to come back to the island. Just over a month to Season 4!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hump Day Humor: Frisky Elephant

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

What famous American writer was issued a patent for adjustable elastic suspenders?


Mark Twain, under his real name, Samuel Clemens, in 1871. In his patent application he referred to his invention as an "improvement in adjustable and detachable garment straps," with buttons and buckles, for use in holding "vests, pantaloons, or other garments" in place.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

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What famous American writer was issued a patent for adjustable elastic suspenders?

Friday, December 21, 2007

A Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,

"I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas Gram always remembers.

"My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile."

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
"I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.


"I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.


"Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.
So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

(Thanks Stephanie for passing this on! It gives me chills.)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

HP 6 Casting News

Casting for supporting Hogwarts student roles:

Cormac McLaggen - Freddie Stroma
Blaise Zabini - Louis Cordice
Romilda Vane - Anna Shaffer
Katie Bell - Georgina Leonidas
Leanne (Katie Bell's friend) - Isabella Laughland
Marcus Belby - Robert Knox

This would be more exciting if I knew who these people are. But they're all relative unknowns/newcomers. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing more about the movie as it becomes available.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Hump Day Humor: Facebook Evidence

An intern at a bank used a fake "family emergency" excuse to get out of work the day after Halloween. He was busted when his manager saw his photos on Facebook. Click here to check out the email string and photos. BTW - To the best of my knowledge, he's not friends with this guy.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

In how many films directed by Woody Allen did Diane Keaton appear?
Seven. They were Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), Annie Hall (1977), Interiors (1978), Manhattan (1979), Radio Days (1987), and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Keaton also appeared with Allen in Play It Again, Sam, in 1972, directed by Herbert Ross.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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In how many films directed by Woody Allen did Diane Keaton appear?

Monday, December 17, 2007

LOST Mobisode #7 and News

Big news! LOST is moving to Thursday nights at 9/8 central and Season 4 is scheduled to premiere January 31 taking over the Thursday night slot after the remaining new Grey's Anatomy episode airs. Not too much longer to wait! Woohoo!!

Click here to see the seventh mobisode. This one features Sun, Jin, Hurley, Michael and our favorite high school teacher/blow up buddy Arzt as they debate the benefits of the cave vs. the beach.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep9

Can't blame Chuck for being mad at Ned and then forgiving him. He hardly knew what he was doing.

It's amazing that Olive managed to not tell Ned where Chuck was. How do you continue lying to someone when he knows you're lying and has called you out on it? But she remained loyal to Chuck.

Emerson has a daughter. Glad to see we're learning more about his character. Wonder what happened there. Is she young, a teenage, a young adult? I'm going to guess that she's around 10 and the problem is more with the mother and Emerson than the daughter.

Sewer guy is creepy, but I suppose that's intentional.

What a bomb! Lily is really Chuck's mother. So were they posing as the sister's of her mother? Because the alternative is a disgusting thought. And why pretend to be her aunt rather than tell her the truth? Did she want to continue touring as a mermaid and thought it would be easier on Chuck if she thought her mother was dead? That's probably a pretty strong possibility.

Hump Day Humor: A Birthday Letter

Little Carol came into the kitchen where her mother was making dinner. Her birthday was coming up and she thought this was a good time to tell her mother what she wanted.

"Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."

Now, Little Carol was a bit of a troublemaker. She had gotten into trouble at school and at home. Carol's mother asked her if she thought she deserved to get a bike for her birthday. Little Carol, of course, thought she did.

Carol's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted her to reflect on her behavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him why she deserved a bike for her birthday. Little Carol stomped up the steps to her room and sat down to write God a letter.

LETTER 1:
Dear God:
I have been a very good girl this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.
Your friend,
Carol

Carol knew this wasn't true. She had not been a very good girl this year, so she tore up the letter and started over.

LETTER 2:
Dear God:
This is your friend Carol. I have been a pretty good girl this year, and I would like a red bike for my birthday.
Thank you,
Carol

Carol knew this wasn't true either. She tore up the letter and started again.

LETTER 3:
Dear God:
I know I haven't been a good girl this year. I am very sorry. I will be a good girl if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.
Thank you,
Carol

Carol knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get her a bike. By now, she was very upset. She went downstairs and told her mother she wanted to go to church. Carol's mother thought her plan had worked because Carol looked very sad. "Just be home in time for dinner," her mother said.

Carol walked down the street to the church and up to the altar. She looked around to see if anyone was there. She picked up a statue of the Virgin Mary, slipped it under her jacket and ran out of the church, down the street, into her house, and up to her room. She shut the door and sat down and wrote her letter to God.

LETTER 4:
I GOT YOUR MAMA. IF YOU WANT TO SEE HER AGAIN, SEND THE BIKE.
Signed,
YOU KNOW WHO

(Thanks to Aaron for sending me this one)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: U.S. Cities

What U.S. city was once nicknamed Porkopolis?

Cincinnati. It was given the name in the 1830s, when it was a major pork-packing center

Congratulations to Lindsey for getting it right!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

LOST Mobisode #6

Click here to see the newest LOST mobisode entitled "Room 23" featuring Ben and Juliet talking about a mysterious child who's identity is actually pretty clear. What we still don't know is what exactly makes him special and what he's meant to do with it. Like always, it's poor quality as on Verizon customers have access to this newest one until ABC posts it online next week.

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What U.S. city was once nicknamed Porkopolis?

Monday, December 10, 2007

The First SATC Trailer!!

It's here everyone! The first Sex and the City movie trailer! Eek!! Apparently the movie will be in theaters this coming May. I had thought it wasn't going to be released until Fall 2008, but I'm not going to complain. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep10

The end of Gizzie and possibly the end of Mer-Der? Oh happy day!! That is of course if Derek manages to tell Meredith about Rose. I am glad that she finally figured out that just because she's scared, doesn't mean she shouldn't try. It's about time!

So much blood. I realize that this is a hospital drama where blood is inevitable, but I could do without that much blood.

Is Meredith finally starting to open up and let Lexie in a little? I loved the looks between Cristina and Meredith as they were silently communicating.

Poor Bailey. She's had a rough rough day. Had to save the life of a white supremacist and deal with a husband who's feeling ignored and looked over by his career-loving wife. It's a struggle that I have difficulty understanding (not being a doctor). But I do know that it is a difficult position to be in, not just as the doctor spouse but for the spouse married to the doctor as well. It takes extreme patience and understanding for those relationships to work.

The look on Mark's face when Erica asks if they want to get a drink with her was hilarious. He can scarcely believe his ears. Of course, Erica can hardly believe she's asking them.

I loved the scene with Cristina and Lexie at the end. Cristina who can be such a bad ass showed that she can also be wise, empathetic and comforting.

Glad to see Alex get what was coming to him with the suspension for letting Ava/Rebecca in the gallery. Of course, I also really enjoyed that last scene between the two of them when he tells her off.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Book Review: Mayflower

Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick is basically a history book. It's an account of the Pilgrims beginning with their decision to migrate to America and going through King Philip's War 50 years after they landed in Plymouth.

It was interesting to read because it was more than I ever knew about the people who inspired our yearly Thanksgiving celebration. However, it is a very dry read. Practically arid. There's just no human emotion, but then how could there be without speculation.

If you're a history buff or are particularly interested in the Pilgrims and early settlers of the New England area, then you'd probably like it. Otherwise, I just can't recommend it.

Next month: Garden Spells

Sox & Santana Rumors

There's been a lot of talk and speculation regarding Johan Santana and which deal the Twins are supposedly taking for him. The Sox are in the hunt for him likely with a four-man deal. But admist all the rumors and hand wringing is the best. quote. ever. from an ESPN story:

"If the Red Sox get Santana," said an executive of one NL team that's grateful to be in the other league, "they might be the best team in the history of the frigging universe."

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hump Day Humor: The Love Toilet

Here's an SNL skit from I don't know when featuring the Love Toilet.






What's makes this especially funny is that you can buy your own for $1,400! Not only will it save your rocky marriage, it will save the planet! An upgraded version includes a seven-inch LCD television and iPod docking station.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

What does an arctophile collect?

Teddy bears

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Defnitions

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What does an arctophile collect?

Monday, December 3, 2007

LOST Mobisode #5

Click here to see the fifth mobisode. This week's features Juliet and Jack in the scene where she tells him about Ben's plans. Ditto on quality from previous ones. You want to watch the nice one, you'll have to wait until next week.

Friday, November 30, 2007

10 Ways Not to Anger Aggies

Those of you who follow college football may know that A&M announced a new head coach on Monday - Mike Sherman, who's currently coaching at the Houston Texans. You don't have to have attended A&M to appreciate that the student paper The Battalion is not an example of excellent journalism. But they do get it right every once in a while. Check out this list of the top 10 ways not to anger Aggie fans. My favorite is #1:

"For the love of God, beat Texas Tech"

Vegas

I went to Vegas last week over Thanksgiving with my family to celebrate my baby brother turning 21. But this post isn't about my trip. It's about a post from one of my favorite bloggers, Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, and his recent trip to Vegas. Check it out, it's hilarious.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

It's been a month...

...but I never get tired of reliving that fantastic World Series. And thanks to Texas Gal at Centerfield, I don't have to. She's celebrating the month anniversary of the championship with videos highlighting some of the best parts of the games and photos from the games she attended (Lucky her!). Click here to browse through recent, but still so exciting, history. Is it February 14 yet? (Pitchers and catchers report on February 14, btw)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep8

Molly Shannon was excellent as the uber-competitive candy shop owner. Devious and underhanded, she played the character so well. I wonder if we'll see her again...especially considering how she killed the health inspector at the end.

How does Ned bake the pies with dead fruit? He'd have to touch it more than once in the process of cutting it up and putting it in the pie crust, wouldn't he?

I didn't realize that Chuck knew about Olive's crush on Ned. I knew that they had become friends but I didn't know that they had shared that information. Understandably, Olive's angry about Chuck and Ned officially becoming an item. But, the amount of passion that she showed in her reaction was surprising since Ned had never shown any romantic intention towards her.

You know, I would not be surprised if somewhere there were someone who thought a blow up doll was really his girlfriend.

Hump Day Humor: I'm the Internet, You're the Internet

UPDATE: Okay, so I had found this video a couple weeks ago and lined it up to be this week's Hump Day Humor feature. Then a couple days ago, I was forwarded this link: http://pixyland.org/peterpan/. Imagine my surprise when I hit publish on today's post, and there's Peter Pan! What an amazing coincidence! Check out his web site for more hilarity.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

What dog was originally cast to play Dorothy's pet in the 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz, before the part went to Toto?

Otto, a miniature long-haired dachshund that belonged to actress Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the film. Otto lost the part to Toto, a Norwich terrier, because of concerns at the time that the public might react negatively to a dog with German ties.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lost Mobisode #4

Again, it's poor quality but unless you're a Verizon customer, you have to wait until next week to see a better version on ABC.com. This week's mobisode features Juliet and Michael, who we hadn't seen in scene together before - or at least I can't remember if we knew they had met or not. Anyway, it takes place before Michael makes his way back to the Losties and shoots Ana Lucia and Libby. They discuss Michael's and Juliet's individual deals with Ben.

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What dog was originally cast to play Dorothy's pet in the 1939 movie classic The Wizard of Oz, before the part went to Toto?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep9

Again, so sorry for the delay everyone. But I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time in Vegas! And no, I didn't win anything :(

Is Izzie seriously trying to specialize in cardio-thoracic? It's not a specialty I see her doing well in.

Meredith chickened out...again. And Derek is making a new friend. Yay for maybe they're actually breaking up this time!

I LOVED seeing Bailey at home but am so sad she's having trouble juggling work and home. I was so hoping we wouldn't see her do that and only hope she manages to avoid the storm that's clearly brewing, although I suspect she won't.

Alex got called out once again on being a jerk - well maybe not to his face, but who's surprised? Not me. He's got his own trunks of issues that we haven't even begun to learn about. Just wish Lexie didn't have to get hurt in the process as I'm liking her more with every episode. But she was right when she was talking to Ava/Rebecca - Sloane is insanely hot!

Seth Green's character is cute. Trying so hard to impress Lexie and make her laugh.

It's hard to believe there are still people in this country who can be so racist, but unfortunately it's a reality that the rest of us need to realize. I loved how Bailey was determined to rise above the situation...and of course how she declared she's never again to be called the 'Nazi' - and I think Cristina and George wholeheartedly agreed with her.

The whole situation with the EMTs (paramedics?) was heartbreaking. I can't even imagine being in a situation where you know death is inevitable but you're trying to be brave for the rest of the people there. It'd be so terrifying. Kinda like the girl that was impaled on the pole in season 2 or was that season 1??

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Grey's Anatomy

I'm going to be in Las Vegas starting tomorrow morning through Sunday. Which means I'm not going to be able to watch tomorrow's Grey's Anatomy episode and then post on it. Sorry to those of you who look forward to this particular regular post. I will get a post up eventually on the show but am not sure exactly when I will be able to. So stay tuned.

In the meantime, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pushing Daisies S1ep7

What did happen to Chuck's mom?

The quirks on this show just don't stop. Death by scratch and sniff. Almost sounds like a dessert. Cuppies just sound weird though. Why can't it be mini-pies? Single pies?

The whole rolling pin under the apron, then the rolling pin actually being under the apron was quite funny. And interesting to see Ned and Olive slightly freak out over being in close proximity. I never realized how tall Ned is...or how short Olive is.

Ned having sex on a bear skin rug, then the bear waking up again, is just a funny image.

Why is Ned freaking out over Olive and Chuck becoming friends?

Emerson's and Ned's faces when they realized Napoleon was going to kill them were spot on. Then Chuck, Olive and Oscar come in and after Chuck greets Ned and Oscar greets Napoleon, Olive greets Emerson so he doesn't feel left out.

Oscar's obsessed with Chuck. Wonder if only has to do with the weird smell he got from her.

It's Official!

Mikey's staying in Boston for 3 more years!!! Click here for full story.

Hump Day Humor: A Cat on a Horse

Okay so the funniest part of this video is the song. I have no idea what he's saying (I can't even identify the language), but I break out in giggles every time I watch it.


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

What is the largest gland in the human body?

The liver, which is also the largest organ in the human body. It is about 8 inches wide, 6 1/2 inches long, and 4 1/2 inches thick.

No winner this week, but thanks to everyone who played/commented.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Lost Mobisode #3

Click here for the third LOST mobisode - King of the Castle. Again, poor quality but the nicer version won't be available online until next week. This week it's Jack and Ben playing chess as they discuss Jack getting off the island, and Ben proves to be prophetic by predicting that Jack will want to come back to the island.

Tuesday Trivia: Anatomy

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What is the largest gland in the human body?

Monday, November 19, 2007

My iPod Saga Continues...

Some of you may remember from last year that I was having trouble with my first iPod when the hard drive started to fail and then completely crashed (To catch up, click here, here, here and here). I eventually got a new one and moved on with my life - or so I thought.


Last week I tried to sync my iPod only when I tried to play it the next day, I realized all of my music and podcasts had been wiped off. It was completely blank. I tried restoring it a couple times and iTunes acted as if it was downloading it all back, but still....nothing.

So I go to the Genius Bar at the Apple store and sure enough, they tell me my hard drive is failing. I've had that iPod 13 months!!! Is it any wonder that I can't stand Steven Jobs?


I realize that they have a shelf life and won't last forever. But if I'm to drop $300 on an iPod, I want it to last longer than 13 months! - which incidentally, is just long enough for Apple's warranty to expire!!


At least I bought the extended warranty from Best Buy last year. I only wonder how much longer they're going to offer those on iPods if every year people redeem them.

More possible good news...

The writers and network executives will start talks November 26. Keep your fingers crossed that they can come to an agreement soon so we don't have to worry about abbreviated seasons for our favorite shows!!!

Has Christmas Come Early??

Rumors are abound that Mikey Lowell, our beloved third baseman, and the front office of the Sox have agreed in principle on the 3-year, approximately $36 million deal offered last week. An official announcement isn't expected until tomorrow at the earliest. Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes *crosses fingers*

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep8

McDreamy went out with Dr. McPerky. How funny.

This show is doing everything it can to gross me out. The guy that tried to cut off his own foot with a chain saw and tonight, a guy with a pencil stuck in his eye. Makes me gag and shudder.

With high schoolers running throughout the hospital it seems all the doctors reverted back to teenagers...

Cristina...the suck up
Callie...petty jealousy
McSteamy...the hot, arrogant jock
Gizzie...center of gossip
Bailey...the slightly geeky, very smart girl in love with the athletic star
Meredith and Lexie...sibling rivalry
Chief...the self-described principal
Erica...the snobby bitch

Of course, that's nothing new to these doctors.

Well they're back in the bar. No sign of Joe though.

Meredith was beginning to see a little sunshine and feel a little hope for her relationship with her dad and by extension Derek. Only to have it crushed by Lexie. But good for Lexie, standing up to Meredith like that.

Loved loved LOVED Bailey's speech at the end. She couldn't say it to his face - And how could she? He was the guy she was in love with likely for the majority of high school. How can you make a long speech to that guy? - so she gave her speech to Derek, thinking he was also an athletic star. Only Derek was transparent as well back then. Girls didn't notice him. He had to grow into his hair - oh, how that makes me laugh!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep6

This show is not afraid of controversial subjects...cloning and polgamy were tonight's. But per the usual Daisies' style, they were done in a light, humorous way.

The sexual tension between Chuck and Ned continues. Eventually, one of them will move on to someon else. Which one will it be? I'm going to guess Chuck, especially if she finds out about what happened to her dad and how it's connected to Ned.

Olive's part of the gang! Helping solve murders, becoming friends with Chuck. So glad she's not pining quite so much.

I wonder if Digby will make it through the season. I can see him and Ned accidentally touching at one point, causing Digby to be completely dead. Though since they lasted this long, maybe it's not that likely. But it does bring up an interesting point...Ned brought Digby back to life when he was 10. He's roughly 28 now so that's an additional 18 years on top of however old Digby was at the time of his death. Which is really really old for a dog. So does that mean Ned's gift not only restores life but provides immortality? Or, is it just a mistake on the part of the writers?

Lost Mobisode #2

Click here to view the second episode in LOST's "Missing Pieces" mobisodes. It's poor quality since it was recorded from a cell phone, but ABC won't post it on the web site until next week. This installment takes place during the second season, when Hurley and Libby are about to go on their picnic. Hurley gets caught coming out of Bernard and Rose's tent by Neil/Frogurt (have we seen this guy before?) who harrasses him for his crush on Libby.

More HBP Casting News

It has finally been announced who will be playing the part of Lavendar Brown in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, due out November 2008...Jessie Cave. The 20-year-old actress will appear in upcoming CBBC drama Summerhill. Don't know about you, but I think she looks perfect for the part. As far as her acting, she's essentially an unknown with Summerhill being her only gig aside from HBP. But since she'll spend most of the movie making out with Rupert, don't think she'll have much of a problem.

Hump Day Humor: Cheerios


Two boys, a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, are upstairs in their bedroom.

"You know what?" says the 6-year-old. "I think it's about time we startedcussing."

The 4-year-old nods his head in approval. The 6-year-old continues, "When we go downstairs for breakfast, I'm gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass."

The 4-year-old agrees with enthusiasm. When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6-year-old what he wants for breakfast, he replies, "Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios."

WHACK! He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear with every step.

His mom locks him in his room and shouts, "You can stay there until I let you out!"

She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4-year-old and asks with a stern voice, "And what do YOU want forbreakfast, young man?"

"I don't know," he blubbers, "but you can bet your ass it won't be Cheerios."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Bodies of Water

Where in the world is the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, tarpon, and other oceanic life?


Lake Nicaragua, in Nicaragua. It's believed that the lake was once part of a large ocean bay that was cut off from the Pacific by volcanic eruptions, trapping sea creatures that adapted as the waters changed from salt to fresh.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Bodies of Water

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Where in the world is the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, tarpon, and other oceanic life?

Monday, November 12, 2007

Lost Mobisode #1

To help with the long hiatus, LOST producers have created several mobisodes. I can't remember how many they said they were doing. Click here to view the first one featuring Jack and Christian before his wedding to Sarah. Kind of a touching moment between the two of them. (Sorry for the link. The ones on YouTube are very inferior in quality.)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Narcissa Malfoy Cast in HBP

It's official...the part of Narcissa Malfoy in the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has been cast. Helen McCrory will be playing Bella's little sister. Interestinly, McCrory was originally cast to play Bella but was unable to commit due to her pregnancy. Personally, she doesn't look anything like how I imagine Narcissa - which is a disappointment for me. I am not familiar with her acting skills so she could be brilliant. What do you think?

Also, JK Rowling is up for TIME's person of the year. She's up against Al Gore, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Hilary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, General David Petraeus, Hu Jintao, Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. You can click here to vote for her.

Open Letter to Starbucks

One Starbucks customer is not satisfied with the slipping standards at the 'Bucks and he's written an open letter urging the company's leaders to dial down the noise and get back to what makes them great...coffee. I completely agree: standards have been slipping and I no longer feel engaged by the baristas when I visit a store. He's not the first to make this argument but hopefully by repeating the message maybe we'll eventually get through the thick skulls of Starbucks management that they should stop trying to be everything and just be Starbucks!

3 Year Deal for Lowell

The Red Sox front office has reportedly made a formal offer to Mikey Lowell for a 3 year contract worth approximately $35-45 million. I know he was hoping for a four year contract so we'll see if he accepts this or not. After midnight on Monday, other teams will be allowed to join in the bidding for our favorite third baseman should he decide not to accept the offer. Fingers crossed everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep7

George and Izzie have bad sex...foreshadowing for the relationship perhaps?

McSteamy has a crush on Hahn. How cute. He's found a female version of himself and he can't help but think he's attracted to her.

Derek and the Chief are dating. Makes sense. The Chief is lonely, has no idea how to take care of himself and will attach himself to anyone that is even partly willing. Derek likes to give of himself to people who will continually take without thinking about his needs. A perfect match.

Bailey does a better job as chief resident than Callie. Not at all surprising. Everyone knows she's the better choice. And it's about time that he finally realized that. So Callie's fired and Bailey's hired.

Best part was when Bailey told George that she's right so many times it'd make your head spin. Funny thing is...she's right, again!

Cristina's trying to figure out what to do about Hahn. She wants to be in cardio but Hahn is making it extremely difficult "putting her through the paces." So Bailey has Cristina trying other specialties so she'll fight harder for the cardio.

Sorry so short. It's late and I'm exhausted. Bleh.

Book Review: Water for Elephants

Set during the Depression, Water for Elephants is a love story about a na├»ve vet school dropout and a married circus performer. Our hero Jacob drops out of school after the untimely death of his parents and joins The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth – a circus that strives to be as great as the Ringling Brothers –, where he meets Marlena, the star performer, who’s married to the animal trainer with violent mood swings, August. The story is told through the memories of Jacob as a 90 (or is it 93?) year old man living in a nursing home.

We follow the circus as it goes from town to town and get a glimpse of the behind the scenes workers and the life of the circus. From what I hear, the terms and descriptions of circus life are very accurate.

Sara Gruen’s descriptions were positively graphic. You can smell the rotting meat through the pages and picture Barbara’s breasts swinging every which way as she performed in a special side show. The cruelty shown to the animal by August, especially the elephant Rosie, was a little difficult to stomach.

The most endearing parts of this book are the chapters of Jacob as the old man. The insight into life in a nursing home is both humorous and sad. Jacob wants to enjoy what life he has left and is kept from doing so by the limits of the nursing home. Determined though, he manages to find a way to live as he once did.

As a whole, I enjoyed the book, though I’m not likely to read it again. It was an easy read, and the circus behind the scenes was interesting. However, the plot moved a little too slowly for me, and the naivety of Jacob was frustrating at times.

If you’re looking for a quick read, this story will take you on a journey of friends, moral dilemmas and love.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

WGA Strike Could Affect LOST

I originally found this whole strike thing mildly entertaining. But now that I hear it could delay the start of Season 4 til Fall 2008 or, even worse, February 2009! I'm am no longer amused. They only have 8 of the 16 episodes ready. Apparently, there's a mini-cliff hanger at the end of episode 8 that they wouldn't want to keep us hanging with. I agree considering how well the mini-season of 6 episodes went last year. Keep your fingers crossed and pray that the strike ends quickly!

Hump Day Humor: Dogs v. Cats

A Dog's Diary:

8:00 a.m. - Dog Food! My favorite thing!
9:30 a.m. - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 a.m. - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 a.m. - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 p.m. - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 p.m. - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 p.m. - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 p.m. -
Beggin Strips! My favorite thing!
7:00 p.m. - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 p.m. - Wow! Watched TV with my people! My favorite thing!
11:00 p.m. - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!



A Cat's Diary:

Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.


Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts since it clearly demonstrates what I'm capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and the smell of food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means and use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must remember to try this again tomorrow-- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released-and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously mentally defective.

The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...


ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Television

What is the name of TV news-wit Jon Stewart's production company?

Busboy Productions

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Television

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What is the name of TV news-wit Jon Stewart's production company

Monday, November 5, 2007

Web Fun

Here's a web site for car mats, of all things, with some cool interactivitiy that allows you to dump an ice cream sundae or coffee on the girl and the mat and watch her hilarious reaction as she stomps off stage, then the cleaning guys come in and clean the mat with just paper towels and water. Enjoy!

(Found it on Tom's blog.)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Some Friday Fun

If like me, you're counting down the seconds until the end of the work day, check out this video from People.com. In honor of their soon to be on newstands Sexiest Man Alive issue, it's 100 Sexy Men in 1 minute. Can you name them all? I might just have to watch it multiple times until I can ;-)

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep6

The Chief and Derek living side by side in their own trailers. How hilarious.

The one bride was almost pathetically competitive. Who cares that you had to have surgery and another girl almost died...as long as you win dammit! I didn't look closely, but I have a strong suspicion that George did not let go first.

McSteamy torturing George was kinda funny. And he had to have known it was coming. His face when he took the dress and realized what Sloane was doing. No surprise, that Callie took some pleasure out of it.

Cristina would have been all hard core over the awake open heart surgery, but only Izzie thinks about the patient and what it's going to be like for him. How freaked out he's going to be seeing and hearing what patients shouldn't see and hear. Only she would adjust the OR to make him a little less freaked out. And only Izzie would talk to him about his birds to calm his heart down to finish the surgery. I think Cristina realized that Izzie belonged in that OR when Derek remarked about the picture being a smart move.

Callie is letting go. Hallelujah! It's about freakin' time.

A skydiver drops 12,000 feet without a parachute and survives without a single bone broken. Can someone with a better knowledge of physics explain to me how that's even possible?

Meredith was surprisingly insightful this episode. The skydiver reminded her of her death experience (you could hardly call it near) and the clarity she experienced. She's trying to find her way out of the dark and twisty way of life. She just has no idea how to go about it so she's struggling.

Lexie and Alex. I guess it was a matter of time. Though he once again was determined to do away with any nice guy images immediately. Why is he so afraid to be a good guy? What happened in his past? Will we ever find out? Shonda - please give us more!

George and Izzie. Their scenes are more brother/sister than romantic. I loved how Izzie broke down in hysterics because she wanted the perfect night but was too exhausted. But the best part was when George asked her if she shaved only one leg, and she breaks down again. The stress of everything...being a resident, George, Callie, the awake open heart surgery...it's getting to her...clearly.

Erica Hahn will not go quietly into the night. She refuses to be passed over for a gentlemen's night just because she happens to have the wrong anatomy. She probably has more in common with men anyway. In more ways than one...if my sources are proven to be accurate ;-)

Has anyone else noticed the lack of Joe the bartender this season? Now that they're residents are they not going to the bar any more? Bring Joe back!

Crazy Antics of Agency Life

Agencies have long been known to be an environment of lots of drinking, hazing and sexual antics...kind of similar to what one expects from a fraternity. In a lot of ways I guess it is like a fraternity. A former creative director for an international agency is suing his former employer claiming that he was fired for complaining about sexual situations. I guess fraternities aren't for everyone. (Thanks Michele, for the link!)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep5

This show even gives the characters quirky pasts and secrets. But that is part of what gives it its charm. Olive was a horse jockey. Who would ever have imagined that?

The ghostly horseman was a nice touch for the Halloween episode. Very Sleepy Hollow-esque.

Doctors transplanted bones from a horse's legs to a man's. Again, quirky. Can doctors even do that with human bones? My first reaction is no, but with the advancements in science nowadays, who knows anymore.

Best line of the episode (that I just might have to use): "You wouldn't need all that bait if your belly were full of fish"

What dad gets remarried without even telling his son? A jackass. The aunts were right. Do we know what happened to his dad? He could still be living somewhere else with his other wife. In which case, does Ned not see him at all? Where did he go on holidays from the boarding school? Or, I guess he could be dead.

Chuck was able to see her aunts again at least. She misses them and though she couldn't really talk to them, at least she was able to see them.

Loved Chuck and Olive's simultaneous "Yay!" for the jockey not being dead (and their bonding over bourbon and chamomile tea). Maybe they'll become friends after all. Though if Olive is as competitive as she seems to be, she won't be satisfied with second place for the pie-maker.

Yesterday's Rolling Rally and a bonus

If, like me, you don't live in Boston but are a member of Red Sox Nation, you probably were a little depressed yesterday that you were stuck at work, school or wherever. That we couldn't, as much as we wanted to, be in Boston yesterday for the rolling rally celebrating and featuring the guys on duck boats. Luckily, there are no lack of photos, videos and accounts of it. But here is a link to one of my favorites.

Also, a little bonus for ya...a Rockies video. I know what you're saying. Rockies? But trust me, it's awesome.

Hump Day Humor: Happy Halloween!

Here are some videos full of Halloween fun. This first one contains adult language.




The first 15 seconds are the funniest:



Lots of clips of people jumping out scaring someone:

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Halloween

A mask of what well-known TV and movie character was worn by the demented killer in the 1978 horror flick Halloween?


Star Trek's Captain Kirk (actor William Shatner), with some changes. The mask was painted white, the eye sockets were widened, the eyebrows and sideburns were removed, and the hair was rumpled

Congratulations to reader and commenter Manny Being Manny for getting the correct answer!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Re-Sign Mike Lowell!


Mike Lowell scoring in Game 4 of the 2007 World Series - courtesy of AP

If you're a Boston Red Sox fan, you know that Mike Lowell is a free agent. There's a petition going around urging Larry, John, Tom and Theo to make re-signing Lowell, our beloved third baseman and World Series MVP, a top priority. Make your voice heard and sign!

Tuesday Trivia: Halloween

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A mask of what well-known TV and movie character was worn by the demented killer in the 1978 horror flick Halloween?

Monday, October 29, 2007

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!!

We did it again! How sweet it is! Love this picture of Papelbon and the height he got after he through that last strike. Can barely keep my eyes open this morning but it's worth it!






Thursday, October 25, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep5

Omigod, omigod, omigod, omigod. He tried to cut his own foot off with a chainsaw! I guess that's one way to get the things you want done.

Do internships start roughly the same time every year? I'm curious because the timeline seems a bit off. There were supposed to be 17 days from last year's finale to this year's premiere. And since the premiere I'm guessing a week, maybe two, have passed to bring us to this episode. I don't know for sure what time of year the finale was supposed to take place, but I was under the impression that it was May maybe June or July. Which doesn't compute to Halloween now. But I'll go along with it.

Ava/Rebecca came back and Alex jumps her. Not really surprising. But what kinda is surprising is that last week he was upset with Izzie for sleeping with George so soon after Denny when she had spurned him because she wasn't ready. And now he's jumping into bed with Ava/Rebecca. But, like Meredith, he has a lot of growing up to do and can't give her what she wants. So she goes back but leaves behind her shirt. Very sweet.

I love how Callie didn't miss a beat when Bailey asked her why Izzie had to deal with her and Callie said because she's been sleeping with my husband. Absolutely no qualms about airing that dirty laundry in front of everyone.

Bailey sounded like Cristina when she professed love for a city that has a chainsaw carving pumpkin contest.

Chief's getting divorced which is not surprising. You couldn't expect him to change that much in such a short time.

Meredith's carrying her mom around in a plastic bag. Weird but I guess I can understand it...sorta. When her mom died, she pushed her grief and issues to the back of her mind and ignored them. Now that Derek has basically told her she has to grow up, they started breaking their way through her subconscious and forcing her to deal with them. So she takes her mom to work with her while she tries to figure out what to do. Makes sense...in a dark and twisty way. And with the help of the little boy and her sister, she figures out what to do with her ashes. What a touching scene with Meredith and the Chief.

N.U.A.M.S. I would be the only nurse not united against Mark Sloane. I have no idea how they're able to resist him.

The boy trick or treating for ears was funny and tragic at the same time. Though the really funny part was when he called McSteamy 'Daddy'. Also great how Mark got Derek back by spreading a rumor that he was available. Then Sidney starts hitting on him...hilarious.

Callie and Cristina bonded over their individual pain. Perhaps that's why Cristina was so angry about Gizzie...she understood Callie's position. So she's renting Burke's apartment to Callie. Kinda interesting how the apartment is a mess now that Burke's gone.

Anyone surprised that Dr. Hahn (sp?) is the new head of cardio-thoracic surgery? I'm not.

By the way - in case you haven't heard...Joshua Jackson (Pacey from Dawson's Creek) will have a multiple episode arc likely to happen in February, I believe. Another yummy doctor....hhmmm, I hope they decide to keep him.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep4

Yay! Another song from Kristin. I'd tune in just to hear that. Though this show is so great it doesn't need to rely on the voice of Kristin Chenoweth.

The plot of the hijacker and windmill girl was a bit odd. I mean I know this show is a bit odd, but the story line was even odder. He had one arm. She had one leg. Her mom and his cellmate had a long distance love affair. And then one arm man and one leg girl picked up where they had left off? Very strange.

I did like to see that little jealous streak in Ned. I wonder if they plan to introduce a love interest for Chuck, aside from Ned of course, to help complicate things. Seems to be a pretty obvious story line choice.

Game 1 - Sox v. Rockies - TONIGHT!

In honor of Game 1 of the 2007 World Series: Boston Red Sox v. Colorado Rockies, here's a poem courtesy of Boston Dirt Dogs and Dr. Seuss. (Thanks to Michele for passing it on!) Go Red Sox!!!! P.S. - I'm calling Sox in 7.

Rox
Sox
Rox on Fox
Sox on Fox
Rox vs. Sox on Fox
Sox vs. Rox on Fox

Sox vs. Rox in Coors Bandbox
Sox have Jocks
Rox have Jocks
Jocks in Field or Batter's Box
Jocks with Money Box of Stocks
Papi strong as Wild Ox

Fox ex-Jocks sit in Press Box
Listen to Tim McCarver's Vox!
The insanity he Talks and Squawks
Joe Buck oughtta clean his Clocks

Rox beat Sox
Sox beat Rox

No one claims the games are Locks
And on some wood a Nation Knocks
But if the Rox Outfox the Sox
Or Gagne Walks or Beckett Balks
It surely would cause Mocks and Shocks
Requiring Whiskey on the Rocks

Hump Day Humor: Swear Jar

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Soda

What was the first soda sold in the U.S.?

Ginger ale. Created and first sold by druggist James Vernor in his Detroit drugstore in 1866, it was called Vernor's ginger ale.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Soda

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What was the first soda sold in the U.S.?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Series time baby!!

We're going to the World Series!!! Watch out Rockies!

2007 AL Champions!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep4

McDreamy is now a verb! As in, "You got McDreamied in the elevator." I'm liking it.

Cristina is the new Nazi. But who's really surprised by that? She does take it to a new, more cruel level and gets yelled at by Derek, rightfully. Meek Lexie did stand up to her and refused to be called a number. Though Cristina was equally - or more - stubborn and still calls her '3'. I don't know why she has to be such a pompous ass about it. Bailey used their names, and she was the original Nazi.

Eating disorders are bad for you! See the proof tonight in the girl who didn't have strong bones because she's starving and way over-training. The sad thing is she felt she had to be that skinny to be attractive, and she probably still felt overweight. It is a problem we need to fix. But we must focus inward and start with ourselves first.

The world's oldest intern. Man he was hilarious trying to fit in with the hospital gossip, the 'seriously's, and the McSteamy/McDreamy. I thought I was going to fall off the couch from laughing when he managed to fit something like 4 or 5 seriouslys in one sentence.

Callie's just trying to do what she believes to be the right thing...staying in her marriage. She doesn't believe in divorce and thinks the way to fix the problem is to declare all forgiven and try to forget about it. Unfortunately, she doesn't realize - or refuses to - that forgiveness is not an overnight phenomenon. It takes time. Of course it doesn't help that Izzie makes a fool of her in front of the entire hospital staff, even if they don't know the details.

Ultimately, Meredith's a good person. She takes full responsibility for telling a woman she was dying when if fact she wasn't, when most people might try to pawn some of that blame off on someone else. But she's still flawed. She doesn't believe that she deserves or can be happy. So she freaks out over Lexie and McDreamy bonding and keeps Derek at arm's length. Though she continues to try, telling Derek that someday she may be ready to give him what he wants. For that to happen, the girl needs some serious help.

The Chief did the right thing. It was a tough situation, to be sure. He's agreeing to let his niece, who's almost like a daughter to him, to die slowly and painfully. But he knows that ultimately it's not his decision. One of the few times he's able to let go of the controls.

Izzie confides in Alex about what happened with George. And he gets pissed. I can hardly blame him. Denny was the love of her life. So much so that it shook her core and she laid on the bathroom floor grieving and refusing to get up and face life without him. Now just a few months later - their time, a year in ours - she's got a new love of her life? That's been my main problem with Gizzie. Not that their best friends turned lovers. But that she went from one core-shaking love of her life, to another in such a short time. I wonder if this is why most people have issues with the two of them. What about you? Do you like Gizzie? Why or why not?

This was a great episode. It was humorous, sad, heartbreaking and serious all in one hour. That's good television.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep3

No song from Kristin this week. Too bad.

Why were they surprised that Louis was also stealing valuables from dead bodies? It's a logical connection and considering how angry the community was, also pretty obvious.

What amazes me about Chuck is how much she cares for her aunts. They're crotchety and really weird. She wanted to see them move on after her "death" and made a special pie of with natural antidepressants But I guess when that's all the family you have, you love them even more.

Why does Emerson not like Chuck? Is it that it's another person in on his business arrangement? Is it the unnatural factor that she should be dead? The principle of the thing? I'd be curious to see if that's something they explore.

In other shows, we know that couples with as much sexual tension as Ned and Chuck will eventually get together in the physical sense. What's interesting about this one, is that they can't logically do that without losing a cast member and I'm looking forward to watching as they explore ways to get around it, as I'm sure they will.

Hump Day Humor: Passive Aggressive Notes

This past Monday I came across one of my new favorite blogs: Passive Aggressive Notes. And the post that solidified my decision to subscribe is from a girl whose neighbors could hear very clearly when they had sex and there were several notes asking them to get a better bed. Best part of one of the notes..."If your boyfriend can't afford it to buy you a new bed, must get rid of him as well dear." (For the full post, click here.)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Famous Americans

What famous American entrepreneur's dying words reportedly were "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub"?

International hotel magnate Conrad Hilton, who died in 1979.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Movies in 2008 and a bonus!

I know we're only just starting to get into the holiday movie season that generally brings out some high quality movies, but I'm already looking forward to those movies coming out in 2008 thanks to this article on the top 55 movies to see in 2008. What do you want to see?

Bonus...I've added my Facebook badge to the right column. Thanks to Aaron for helping me figure out how to do that!

Crocs and the community that hates them

There are whole web sites and groups of people devoted to hating crocs (see www.ihatecrocs.com). It's getting so much fan support (the anti-movement, not the shoes) that a reporter in Baltimore actually wrote an article on this community of good taste.

My favorite quotes from the article..."While I find the fact that they resist bacteria somewhat interesting, when did that become a criteria for a good pair of shoes? And is it really that the material resists germs or that you just scare the [expletive] out of bugs when you clop around in their direction?" and "The Croc-wearers walk about as if they have discovered something special in the unsightly combination of plastic clogs and foot sweat."

BTW - if you can't tell, I ABHOR these hideous things that like to pretend they're shoes.

Tuesday Trivia: Famous Americans

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What famous American entrepreneur's dying words reportedly were "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub"?

Friday, October 12, 2007

ALCS Game 1

Tonight finally begins ALCS. I feel like it's been a month since the Red Sox swept the Angels. I'm so excited to watch this game! Did you notice the beagle in my new profile pic is also a Sox fan?

My prediction for the series....Sox in 6.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep3

So really old guy woke up. And he knew everything. Potentially disastrous. But luckily he didn't spill Izzie's secret. He was a guy that had accepted that he was at the end of his life. Too bad he never got his lobster.

Unlike the Chief and McSteamy who adamantly said "We're not old! We've still got it and to prove that not only are we phenomenal surgeons, we're men, we're going to attempt a surgery that has only been done 6 times ever!" Funny how egos get in the way and the price that has to be paid is not always worth it. It was great to see McDreamy tell them off for their adolescent mistake.

I loved seeing astute Cristina play the "I was left at the altar and I'm heartbroken" card to get surgeries. It was a pure Cristina move that only she (and maybe Alex) would have the gall to play. But the thought of talking through her pain - and crying - was enough to bring the truth out.

Alex is an ass. But we all knew that. It goes back to him sleeping with Olivia, George's skanky syph nurse, when he was dating Izzie. Alex is like the male Meredith. He's incredibly damaged and doesn't like to be the nice guy. So he'll do, or say, something that inevitably gets him labeled as an ass. This time, he outed George as a repeater intern. But he did get told off by Bailey for taking it easy on an intern (which was a great scene - Bailey was not going to let Norman's age deter her from putting him in his rightful place!)

Bailey and Callie have reached a peace. At least that part of her life will hopefully be a little easier considering how what she's known for so long has finally been confirmed by George - that he slept with Izzie. I, for one, can't wait to see the fallout from that particular truth next week.

Meredith and Lexie have also reached a peace of sorts. Lexie mistook Meredith's efforts to teach as mean and directed at her because she doesn't like her. After Bailey puts Meredith in her place, Meredith walks Lexie through what happened with her mom telling her that she had cared for her mom and almost revealing that she was like a surrogate mom for her. I think they understand each other just a little bit better this week. Though I wonder why Lexie hasn't asked to see that file before tonight's episode.

On the whole, I thought this episode was pretty good. They got back to the root of the characters and showed more of the flaws and scars that still exist and make these doctors fascinating to watch every week.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep2

I am loving this show! Jim Dale as narrator is fantastic!!! The colors, the sets, the props are all quirky and make this show special. I love the cheese box!

It's cute how the cop likes to knit. Even the cop is quirky.

Are we going to get a song from Kristin every episode? Because I'd love that! I do kinda feel sorry for her being on the unrequited side of unrequited love.

But the moment that Chuck and Ned got to share a kiss, even through plastic body bags, was so touching. And even more so the end when he had fixed the car so she could ride in front and they could hold hands.

Hump Day Humor: HP and Moulin Rouge

Here's a mashup of Harry Potter and Moulin Rouge. Not all of you may find this funny - but it's very well done.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Music

Why did members of Bruce Springsteen's backup group name themselves the E Street Band?

It was the street in Belmar, New Jersey, where the band's original keyboard player, David Sancious, lived, and where the group rehearsed.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Tuesday Trivia: Music

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Why did members of Bruce Springsteen's backup group name themselves the E Street Band?

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Grey's Anatomy S4ep2

Mama Burke told Meredith off for using Cristina's situation to tell McDreamy it's over (think wedding from Season 3 finale)! Finally, someone puts her in her selfish place. I get that Meredith is a damaged person. But she can be so selfish sometimes that it drives me crazy.

George is trying to do the honorable thing and end his marriage to Callie because he's in "love" with Izzie. You have to admire him for that even if you're not a fan of Gizzie. (And if you're not a fan, I don't think you have much to fear as I think there's a definite expiration date on that ship.) Callie, smart woman that she is, suspects what's going on though she has no hard evidence and refuses to hear what George has to say. Denial? Most definitely. She's so deeply in love, or maybe she's scared of being alone again, that she doesn't want to face the truth. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't get pregnant because that would only make this bad situation worse.

The Chief is still trying to get his wife back. Perhaps when she learned he was in fact not retiring she returned to her previous position that it's over, while he's doing everything he can differently to show her that he's committed to her. He delegates tasks and then, like a true control freak, gets upset when it's not done his way and refuses to accept help while he cleans up the situation - something I know oh so well :-)

Poor Callie. She's doing her best at being the boss but Miranda - who arguably deserves the job more than she and would be better at it - undermines her authority by disobeying orders. The Chief is pissed at her. And on top of that, the wheels on her marriage are falling off. No wonder she looks so terrible.

Cristina continues to struggle in grieving over her ruined relationship with Burke. Over course the surprise visit from Mama Burke does nothing to help. And though Cristina avoids her and gives away her wedding presents for favors and surgeries, they eventually do have their talk. And Mama is sympathetic and says all kinds of nice things. Though when she said "And with him by your side you could have been great" I wanted to punch her. What do you mean "could have been"? I can't be great now? I can only be great if I was with your son? Bull shit! Watch me! - At least that's what I would have said to her. And at one point, it looked like Cristina was thinking it too. Though for some reason she didn't verbalize it.

Meredith and Derek. Are they broken up? Are they together? It's the break up sex that goes on and on. We're all familiar. Frankly I don't care if they stay together or break up. Just pick one and stick with it!

Miranda was awesome - as usual. I loved how she played the "I saved your life so you owe it to me to work in the clinic with the stupid interns" card with Meredith. And how invested she still is in our new resident's careers, how much she still cares about them that even though she's trying to keep out of it telling herself it's no longer her business, she still can't help but yell at Alex for his stupid decision about confronting the dad for exposing his baby to crystal meth.

Lexie. Oh Lexie. She just cannot understand how Meredith doesn't want to know her. You can hardly blame her though. She grew up in a very different environment and only wants to get to know her big sister. I can understand why Meredith wants to keep her distance. Lexie represents everything she could, should, have had but didn't.

Another good - but not great - episode. What did you think?

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Pushing Daisies S1ep1

Of all the new shows I've seen so far this season, Pushing Daisies has got to be my favorite. The visuals and quirky narration remind of a Tim Burton film. I know it's been said before but this show is so different from everything else on TV that it's refreshing. I only hope the audience agrees as I really want this show to last.

The "Pie-lette" was a little slow but my guess is this was due to all the back story that needed to be told to set the stage for the series.

Ned is a sweet character content with his life baking pies. I look forward to seeing him struggle with his feelings for Chuck but unable to touch her. Their banter is witty, humorous and well-written.

Kristin Chenoweth as Olive was incredible. She is a fabulous stage actress and I'm so glad to see that she transitions well onto the small screen.

What did you think?

Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns

Since I often get asked for book recommendations, I'm starting a new monthly feature called Book Review where I'll review a book I've recently read. Since this is just starting out it will probably be a bit rough at first til I find a style. Your comments and feedback are much appreciated.

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The second novel for Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner) A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of two women who grow up very differently but are brought together by the tragic circumstances of war and fate and form a rare bond of love and friendship. Set over the last thirty years during the volatile events of Afghanistan's history, Suns is a story that will take the reader on an emotional, heart-wrenching ride that is a window into a culture rarely understood. After reading this book, I am ever so much more grateful to be a woman living in the United States at this time. The degradation and abuse that is inflincted upon women now, in our time, is deeply disturbing. And yet they survive because they know no other way - and that is extremely inspiring. If you've read The Kite Runner, you'll love Suns. And if you haven't read it - read them both.