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.

Hump Day Humor: Disney Desperate Housewives



Update: Here's a bonus for today.

ANSWER - Tueday Trivia: Presidents

How much is the president of the United States paid in salary? How about his expense allowance?

Annual salary, $400,000 (it was raised from $200,000 in 2001); annual expense allowance, $50,000.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

LOST Bloopers

Well, fall TV has started. But if you're like me and are anxiously waiting for February, which will finally bring new episodes of LOST, maybe this video of Season 3 bloopers will help you last until Season 4 starts.

Tuesday Trivia: Presidents

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How much is the president of the United States paid in salary? How about his expense allowance?