Monday, December 31, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
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 is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.
<><><>What famous American writer was issued a patent for adjustable elastic suspenders?
Friday, December 21, 2007
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
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
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In how many films directed by Woody Allen did Diane Keaton appear?
Monday, December 17, 2007
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
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.
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.
I have been a very good girl this year and I would like a bike for my birthday. I want a red one.
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.
This is your friend Carol. I have been a pretty good girl this year, and I would like a red bike for my birthday.
Carol knew this wasn't true either. She tore up the letter and started again.
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.
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.
I GOT YOUR MAMA. IF YOU WANT TO SEE HER AGAIN, SEND THE BIKE.
YOU KNOW WHO
(Thanks to Aaron for sending me this one)
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
What U.S. city was once nicknamed Porkopolis?
Monday, December 10, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
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
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
"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
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.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
What does an arctophile collect?
Monday, December 3, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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.
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
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
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
In the meantime, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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
What is the largest gland in the human body?
Monday, November 19, 2007
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.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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
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
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?
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."
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
Where in the world is the only freshwater lake that is home to sharks, swordfish, tarpon, and other oceanic life?
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
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.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
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.
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
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...
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
What is the name of TV news-wit Jon Stewart's production company
Monday, November 5, 2007
(Found it on Tom's blog.)
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
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!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
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.
Also, a little bonus for ya...a Rockies video. I know what you're saying. Rockies? But trust me, it's awesome.
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
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 is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.
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
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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
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.
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
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
What was the first soda sold in the U.S.?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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
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.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Bonus...I've added my Facebook badge to the right column. Thanks to Aaron for helping me figure out how to do that!
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.
What famous American entrepreneur's dying words reportedly were "Leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub"?
Friday, October 12, 2007
My prediction for the series....Sox in 6.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
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
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.
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
Why did members of Bruce Springsteen's backup group name themselves the E Street Band?
Thursday, October 4, 2007
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
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?
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.