Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Month 2 Day #31

DBF and I kept our New Years celebration low key. We went to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (a FANTASTIC movie btw. seriously. go see it. what are you waiting for? go now!). Now we're drinking champagne, playing Guitar Hero and watching some New Years coverage on TV. At least I don't have to worry about being on the roads. Good times. Woohoo! It's 2009!!

Abyssinia 2008

Reflecting on the year past, I'm torn. I've had as many blessings, if not more, as I have challenges. DBF was unemployed. Then he found a job. I was unemployed. Then I found a job. Family crises of varying types and urgency. A family celebration of my little sister getting engaged (which also was a little of a challenge for me at first). It's been tough for many of us.

Without a doubt, I am not the same person I was a year ago. Everything I have experienced in this year has changed me, shaped me. I made some mistakes. Some minor. And one major. The lessons from these mistakes have already proven invaluable, which is why I cannot regret a single one. For without those lessons, I would not be who I am.

The one constant that I am thankful to have had blessing my life this year is my family and friends. Specifically, DBF, who lent me his strength when I needed it most and never once complained. I do not even want to imagine how this year would have gone if I had not had him to lean on during my darkest time. I know I would have made it; it just would have been a much bigger, much harder struggle.

I cannot even begin to form the words in my mind, let alone aloud or on the screen, to express how grateful I am to him or how lucky I feel to have met him a year ago.

So am I happy or sad to see 2008 come to an end? I can't really say. But I will say that I am not going to dwell on the past. But rather file the experiences and lessons away to be reviewed and serve as reminders as needed. And instead, face 2009 and its blessings and challenges straight on.

Happy New Year! Celebrate and be safe.

P.S. Here's JibJab's 2008 in review video. Hilarious as always.

Hump Day Humor: Babies Eating Lemons



Cute and funny.

(Thanks to Cary for the video.)

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Sports

Who was the only member of a losing Super Bowl team to be named Most Valuable Player?

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Chuck Howley, at Super Bowl V in 1971. Dallas lost 16-13 to the Baltimore Colts in a sloppily played game that was dubbed the Blunder Bowl by some and the Blooper Bowl by others because of its 11 turnovers.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Month 2 Day #30


This is Tigger. He was given to me one Christmas by Omi and Papa Joe, my mom's parents. I have pretty much slept with him exclusively since then. Yes. I still sleep with a stuffed animal. I'm not ashamed to admit that. Childish might be said by people looking down their noses. Childlike is my reply. He's my security blanket. Or security stuffed animal, if you will. I feel safer and sleep easier if I am clutching him. He fits perfectly with the contours of my body. And it is important to me to hold onto a few reminders of my childhood. Life is just more fun that way.

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Who was the only member of a losing Super Bowl team to be named Most Valuable Player?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Month 2 Day #29


I love Hallmark ornaments. My mom started my collection back when I was in middle school. Only thing is that they are not cheap. So I buy a few when Christmas is over and they're 40% off. This year I picked up a Norman Rockwell-like "Waiting for Santa" ornament, the Gargoyle Guard (that guards Dumbledore's office) Harry Potter ornament and a Santa with a "Honey Do" list ornament. I already am looking forward to next year when I can hang them on a tree for the first time.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Month 2 Day #28


At my grandparents' this weekend, we played a lot of games. Five Crowns, Trivial Pursuit, Blokus, Honeymoon Spades. And as always, we had a blast.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Friday, December 26, 2008

Month 2 Day #26


Zoe really liked the new bed Santa brought her. I hope she doesn't start humping this one like she did the last one.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Month 2 Day #25 - Merry Christmas!




This is my brother unwrapping yet another box DBF had hidden his present in. I believe there were 4 boxes in total. Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all had good days where you are. I'm going down to visit my grandparents tomorrow for a few days. Not sure I'll have a chance to post a picture every day. But when I get back, I will post the missing days as soon as I can. Until then... Abyssinia!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Month 2 Day #23

I wrapped my last gift tonight. w00t!! I'm done! A week ago I wasn't sure I'd be finished in time. But I did. Awesome! This year I decided rather than ribbons and bows (which I'm never good at using) I'd using photos of me with the person for whom the gift is intended. I kinda like it.

Tuesday Trivia: Merry Christmas

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How many gifts are there if you add all the presents from the song "12 Days of Christmas" together?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Month 2 Day #22


The last cookie I had to make are called haystacks. Basically, you melt together butterscotch chips and peanut butter. Then coat chow mein noodles and peanuts with the melted mixture. Sane people probably mix it with spoons. I find my hands to be better tools for coating the noodles without breaking all of them. But it's always a mess.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Month 2 Day #21


For some reason, I decided to make 6 different kind of cookies this year for my Christmas baking. Four of which I made today (molasses, snickerdoodle, pistachio linzertorte and chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies). The sugar cookies were made yesterday. Only the haystacks are left and I'm too tired to make any more today. So I'll make them tomorrow.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Month 2 Day #20


It's been a cold lately. Okay well it's been cold off and on. Either way, I've been craving comfort food. So I made this tonight. It was so, so good. I did use about half the sauerkraut. And I'm glad I did. I think a full pound would have been too over-powering.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Month 2 Day #19


Me and DBF on our carriage ride at my office Christmas party tonight.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lost S5 Sneak Peak

Haven't seen this on TV yet, but here's a video of Jack and Ben talking about Locke and those left on the Island.

Month 2 Day #18


DBF's Christmas present. Shhh. Don't tell him. ;-)

Pushing Daisies S2ep10

This show is getting so intense. And so GOOD! It pains me to know that there are only 3 more episodes and then Pushing Daisies is gone forever. Hopefully, ABC will air those last 3 episodes.

Olive, who has been a little bit of a push-over when it comes to the rest of them, finally stands up and demands to know the facts. And the facts are these... she still doesn't know everything. But you can't blame Ned and Chuck for keeping some secrets. Those secrets are HUGE. Olive's got to take baby aspirin before she can take the huge horse pill.

What is it about Vivian that makes her so clingy, romantic and slightly naive. Likewise, what is it about Lily that makes her so cynical and a hard ass. Lily by far is my favorite of the two. Even if she did have sex with her sister's fiance, bear his child and lied about it to Vivian, and her own daughter, for 30 odd years. The eyepatch is a bonus.

Ned's dad was the one who pulled Dwight out of the ground and staged the hotel room?!?! How the hell?! I mean, how does he know about Ned's gift? Has he been secretly following him all this time and somehow managed to learn Ned's secret? Why would he do it so secretly and never talk to Ned about it?

Like I said... so GOOD!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Month 2 Day #17


The lone glove. Driving home tonight I was wearing my gloves. Both of them. Then DBF called me to talk about what we were doing for dinner. So I had taken off one of my gloves to answer the phone, and I just never put it back on afterward. I got to DBF's place and my glove had disappeared. Into. Thin. Air. I cannot find it. I've searched throughout my car. I've searched my bags and the pockets of my jacket. I've even searched the ground around where my car is parked. But that's not very relevant as I couldn't find it before I even opened the door to get out of my car. I have no idea where it is. And this is what I'm stressing over. Forget about the bills. Forget about Christmas next week and the gazillion things I have to get done before then. I'm stressed about how I lost a glove before I even got out of the car.

Hump Day Humor: Wienerschnitzel

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

What was the name of the Tin Woodman in the Wizard of Oz books written by L. Frank Baum?

Nick Chopper.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Month 2 Day #16


This is all the news can talk about this morning. The tiny bit of ice on the ground. It doesn't even cover all of the ground. Naturally, it's news because of how dangerous the roads are and the wrecks that result because we have trouble driving on ice. It still just amazes me how little ice needs to accumulate for the media to focus solely on it for the story of the day.

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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What was the name of the Tin Woodman in the Wizard of Oz books written by L. Frank Baum?

Monday, December 15, 2008

Month 2 Day #15


I know it's not the same thing as an actual Harry Potter book, but I'm as excited to read it as I was the other 7 books.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Month 2 Day #14


My lunch at Genghis Grill today. If you've never been to Genghis, it's a create your own stir-fry. I have never had a bad bowl there. Yum!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Month 2 Day #13


DBF and I were doing some Christmas shopping when I noticed these statues in my mall that aren't normally there. I looked closer and noticed that they represent each day of the "12 Days of Christmas." Kinda neat idea.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Month 2 Day #12


DBF got this tiny little ecosystem from his company as a Christmas gift yesterday. There are three tiny (and I mean wee) shrimp in there that feed on the algae. It's supposed to do something like grow more algae but so far it's the same amount of algae as yesterday. I think it's broken.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Month 2 Day #11


Tonight was DBF's office holiday party was tonight. First it was dinner at Fogo de Chao (absolutely delicious btw) then it was games and more drinks at Fox and the Hound. Someone apparently brought Guitar Hero.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Month 2 Day #10


I don't have a fireplace. So our stocking are on the end of the counter that you can see as soon as you walk in the door. I didn't decorate mine, though I did do DBF's. Unfortunately, I'm not that crafty so I don't think his is as cute.

Pushing Daisies S2ep9

Loved that Nora was literally fried like an egg on the lighthouse lamp.

Cute raincoats with olives, pies and fish. But what was up with Olive's hair? She looked like Farrah Fawcett.

Wonder if Charles would have approved of Ned if he and Chuck had never died and Ned had never brought them to life. Something tells me no. Love that fight between Ned and Charles, how they couldn't use their fists so they were using just about everything else.

Olive is fantastic as a budding junior private investigator in training. She seems to have good instincts and is very knowledgeable about their community, which helps when trying to figure out suspects.

And I absolutely love how she helped Emerson heal a little and not be so ornery. It looks like they could be great friends. I hope he is able to help her move on from Ned. Since Ned is highly unlikely to move on from Chuck.

Hump Day Humor: Hands Free

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

What is an onychophagist?

A nail-biter.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Month 2 Day #9


She ate that whole thing in less than 5 minutes. I swear.

Grey's Anatomy news

Apparently, George will be leaving Seattle Grace. T.R. Knight is trying to get out of his contract. You know now that I think about it, this is not all that surprising news. George hasn't had much of a storyline this season. I just hope he has a better swan song than Erica did.

Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

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What is an onychophagist?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Month 2 Day #8


I'm making Christmas gifts this year. Here's a Christmas snow globe I just finished tonight. Sorry for the fuzziness. I've never claimed to be a professional photographer. In case you can't tell, that's Santa Claus and he's holding a toy. Not a bad job for the first snow globe I've ever made, if I do say so myself.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Month 2 Day #7


She's always on her best behavior when she wants a treat. But then again, so am I. ;-)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Month 2 Day #6


It's just like that famous painting (picture? Pretty sure it's a painting) of the dogs playing poker. Only she laid down and fell asleep rather than actually playing.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Month 2 Day #5


This is my fish Tek, or Varitek. He's named for the captain of the Boston Red Sox. Well he's been the captain for many years now. There is a chance he may not be playing again in Boston. Which would make me very sad as he's a great catcher. And he's cute, of course. I think Tek needs a bigger bowl. But he's living frugally right now due to the economy.

Grey's Anatomy S5ep9

Suddenly losing one’s voice is a very rare disease. But I know of one person who has lost his voice. Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, recently underwent surgery for spasmodic dysphonia and has successfully started regaining his voice. I know Grey’s Anatomy takes great care to be sure all their medical cases are rooted in reality. But it is thrilling to have heard of an example in real life.

I’m actually glad Cristina chose Alex for the solo surgery. He was the most prepared. And he has struggled to get where he is. He has fallen down and gotten up over and over and over again. Not just as a doctor but with Izzie as well. Winning the solo surgery has given him some confidence in himself that he didn’t have before. He has finally realized that not only is he worthy but he can do it. And now he has discovered confidence in himself with Izzie. Finally he has admitted he loves her.

Only Izzie is still seeing Denny. And Denny’s still dead. But she has said screw it, I’m going to enjoy whatever the frak this is while I can. Except she has Alex saying he loves her. Now what does she do?

I don’t understand how Meredith after telling Cristina to do what she needs to do about the solo surgery could be so upset when she wasn’t picked. Or how she could be so na├»ve to think that things were okay again between them after the huge fight they had. No one, not even best friends, are okay again so soon after a falling out like that.

LOVED that scene with Cristina and Owen with the vent. Absolutely LOVED it! He understood exactly what she needed. And what she needs is him. More scenes like that please!

Don’t think that just because I love Owen that I have forsaken my first love. Mark Sloane. How cute was he? He was trying so hard to convince himself not to go there. When he was lecturing Callie on avoiding the hot intern, he was also clearly trying to convince himself. Lexie is his hot intern. And naturally he did go there. But he was frakkin adorable trying to keep himself from doing what he knew he mustn't. What I find more interesting is that Lexie is so willing to drop her feelings for George for easy sex with Mark. Of course, if I were her, I would do the same thing.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Month 2 Day #4


DBF brought me flowers tonight as a congratulations on your new job. Don't feel bad. I only get flowers twice a year. At least that's as often as he remembers. But I'm not complaining. Just gushing. ;-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Month 2 Day #3


Remember when I said the holidays are here? One of the things I love about the holidays are peppermint mochas, peppermint brownies and Christmas blend coffee from Starbucks. The fact that I get my drink in a bright red cup doesn't hurt either. ;-)

Pushing Daisies S2ep8

Chuck's dad looked really good for being dead so long. I thought he would have decayed much more by now. But then again I don't know anything about the decaying rate of people. Or really the decaying rate of anything. I's no good at science.

So Dwight was after an insurance policy. Not surprising. Though I didn't expect the twist of Chuck wanting to keep her father alive and Dwight end up taking his place. I liked the twist.

Unrequited love is difficult. And Olive yearning for Ned while Ned yearns for Chuck is more interesting to me than most love triangles. Probably because of the detail that Ned can't touch Chuck ever even though he loves her deeply.

I am going to miss this show if for nothing else than Kristin Chenoweth's occasional singing. Her rendition of "Eternal Flame" was absolutely beautiful. I hope if they every make Wicked into a movie that she reprises her role as Glinda.

Hump Day Humor: Ninja Lessons

Best advice from the lesson "Don't go nin-jun nobody don't need nin-jun. Alrighty?"

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Foreign Cities

What European city's motto is Fluctuat nec mergitur, Latin for "though rocked by the waves, she does not sink?"

Paris

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Julia Goolia for being the first to get the correct answer!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Month 2 Day #2


A year ago, my apartment complex was sold to a different management company. Shortly afterward they started making upgrades and improvements around the complex including the club house/office.

One such upgrade were the TVs in the gym. They put in 52" LCD flat-screens. Very nice TVs. But not at all necessary. When they were installed, we were only allowed to use the gym during office hours (usually we can use it any time of day) as they worked out the security system.

Well a couple weeks ago, I went in for my workout and both TVs were gone. So all that is left are the wall mounts and cables hanging down. It feels a little like the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Rumor has it they're getting new TVs, just don't know how much longer I have to entertain myself while I workout.

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What European city's motto is Fluctuat nec mergitur, Latin for "though rocked by the waves, she does not sink?"

Monday, December 1, 2008

Month 2 Day #1 - The holidays are here!

They're here! The holidays! I'm one of those that most people hate as I start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, even though Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.

I prefer Thanksgiving for many reasons. One because it's all about the 3 F's: family, food and football. There's no stress to get the perfect gift. Just to make the perfect pie.

But I also love Thanksgiving because it is the beginning of the holiday season. While Christmas is great and I love everything that comes with Christmas, the actual day is always sort of a downer as it means the season is over. But with Thanksgiving, there are 4, or sometimes 5, weeks to enjoy the lights, ornaments, tinsel, Christmas carols and movies, the baking, Christmas cards.

Due to my recent situation, this Christmas is decidely low key compared to Christmases past. But that doesn't mean I'm not celebrating to the best of my ability. I have decided not to get a tree this year. But in order to display my favorite ornaments, I decided to decorate this baker's stand I have as if it were a tree.



I know it's hard to see but there are lights wrapped around it too. Well if you look at the bottom you can kinda see them. I even wrapped a Christmas tree blanket around the bottom. And you can see the ornaments hanging from the shelves.

So this my friends means Daily Photo is back! Every day for the month of December, I'm going to post a photo I've taken that day. Would love to hear what you think.

And I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep7

I missed about half of this episode as my cable kept cutting out. So all I have to say about this show is that I am going to miss it. The quirkiness. The deep characters and dark plots. It is a brilliant show. With brilliant set designs. You know if Nielsen did a better job, ABC would know that people actually watch it. Oh well. I do have LOST starting in January to console myself.

Hump Day Humor: I Will Survive



Happy Thanksgiving!

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Happy Thanksgiving

What part of a turkey is the furcula?

The wishbone - the V-shaped bone between the turkey's breasts, formed by its two fused collarbones.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Stales for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Shoes

I went shoe shopping today to celebrate my good news. And here are some pics. I cannot wait to wear the strappy black ones.





Ralph Lauren brown pumps. I love the stitching on these. Makes the pump a little less boring.

Nine West black strappy heels. CANNOT wait to wear them as they are so cute!

Tuesday Trivia: Happy Thanksgiving

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What part of a turkey is the furcula?

Monday, November 24, 2008

And finally, the good news...

I have been offered, and I've accepted, a job!!! I know I haven't given a lot of details surrounding my situation. That is because this blog never was, and never will be, about my job. But because a job is part of my life I felt you deserved to hear the great news.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed or sent out good thoughts for me. It is much appreciated.

Especially thank you to DBF who has put up with me randomly bursting into tears and freaking out at him for no apparent reason. And thank you to my family and friends who have been so supportive during this difficult time.

So the job...

I'm to be the marketing coordinator for a CPA firm. The firm is small but has plans for growth and is nearby which means my commute will be very short. I am very excited about this position and opportunity.

And now I can finally open that bottle of wine. And it tastes as sweet as I remember.

Stay tuned...

Have some great news in the works. Stay tuned...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bad news

The sad truth was announced today. ABC decided not to order any more episodes of Pushing Daisies. They also decided not to continue with Dirty Sexy Money and Eli Stone. I watch all of these shows but the loss of Pushing Daisies is the hardest to accept.

Grey's Anatomy S5ep8

Mutilation. Performing surgery on someone who does not need it is mutilation. I cannot believe Lexie and the other interns thought it would be a good idea. They're not supposed to be doing surgeries yet. Sure their residents should be teaching them sutures and starting an IV line and other similar stuff. But doing a surgery when their residents haven't even done a solo surgery yet is complete stupidity.

Izzie had sex with Dead Denny who is likely a ghost in corporeal form. Still don't understand why Denny's back. And I still don't care. I just love that he's back.

I do love how Alex said I can deal with crazy. But you're going to have to be the one to do the breaking up because I'm not going anywhere. Alex is growing. It's so nice to see him be a good guy rather than the ass he usually is.

George has finally had his eyes opened and knows that Lexie is in love with him. Question is will he return the feelings. Right now, it doesn't look that way. But maybe he'll start to see her differently.

Miranda is having a bit of a crisis of faith it would seem. She loves her job. But she has realized she's not feeling the passion she used to. The passion that she is seeing in her residents and their interns. I wonder what this means for her.

There seems to be a lot of tension between Cristina and Meredith this season. Perhaps Cristina was used to being Meredith's personal therapist if you will. And now that she is on her way to be whole and happy thanks to Derek and Dr. Wyatt, Cristina is not feeling as needed. And probably a little jealous. And on top of all this comes in Sadie. Who knows a part of Meredith Cristina doesn't. And who is the Pre-Cristina Cristina. So their all-out yellfest is understandable. As far as who was right, it's not a clear cut situation. I think they both had valid points.

Loved how Owen who couldn't find the words through the whole episode ends up on Cristina's stoop and tells her she's beautiful. You could see her soften just a little.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep6

What's interesting about Ned and his brothers is that they went through almost exact same situations (wait, did the twins' mom die too and I missed that fact somehow? If so, then it really is almost exactly the same). Yet the twins are clearly looking for a father figure. First in the Great Hermann and now in Ned. But Ned has no father figure. And while the twins have embraced the very hobby their dad introduced them to, Ned gets heartburn at the thought of it. So why the difference? Perhaps it's just the difference in their personalities. Or maybe it's more rooted in Ned's gift. After all, even with parents, Ned would be isolated by his gift. So naturally when he basically became orphaned he didn't feel the need to seek out a father figure.

Emerson hates magic. That makes sense. He's a private detective. His job is to look for clues and figure out the puzzle. Naturally he'd scoff at anything that appears to be something it isn't.

I'm still not sure I understand why Olive seems to have accepted that Chuck is pretending to be dead and has gone along with the whole charade. Maybe it's just because they're such close friends. It takes a close friend to have your conversation with your mother who you didn't know was your mother since you can't see her as she thinks you're dead.

So we know what Dwight Dickson is after... a pocketwatch. And Ned's father has one as well. What we don't know is why he wants these watches. Clearly he's willing to go to great lengths to get them. Together do they make up a key that unlocks great treasure? Or perhaps each watch holds one third of a map or code to great treasure. Whatever it is, I'm betting that it's wealth Dickson is really after.

No news yet from ABC on whether they plan to order more than 13 episodes of Pushing Daisies. I'm pretty sure production has completed on the already ordered episodes for the season. But ABC has until January to make a decision.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Creme d'Or

Found this video thanks to Cary at List of the Day.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Awards

Who is the only person to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize of Peace?

Bono, lead singer of U2. Of the four honors, to date he's won only the Grammy. The Nobel Prize nomination, in 2003, was for his efforts to relieve Third World debt and promote AIDS awareness in Africa.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep7

I know I am so late in posting. Went to my grandparents' house over the weekend and have been so behind playing catch up since I got back. I will try to keep it short though.

So sweet that Meredith is concerned about Lexie. Maybe she'll actually start having more of a relationship with her.

LOVE that Cristina was feeling displaced by Sadie. Now she understands how Derek feels when she kicks him out of bed with Meredith.

It is so understandable that Callie was suppressing every thing she was feeling about being left behind by Erica. And if anyone could understand it would be Cristina. When she freaked out in the OR and Mark and Cristina kicked everyone out so she could have a private moment, you know that girl is going to be okay. That she's not alone.

DENNY'S BACK!! OMG I LOVE that Denny is back!!!!! I don't care that it doesn't make sense. I don't care that it's probably not for long. But every second he is on the screen, I am LOVING it!

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Who is the only person to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize of Peace?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

LOST S5 Premiere

It's official. Season 5 of LOST starts January 21 at 8 p.m. eastern. This of course means LOST is returning to its original Wednesday time slot. Just over two months to go! Woohoo!!

Hump Day Humor: Catch Phrase

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Business

What American company's New York Stock Exchange ticker designation is LUV?

Southwest Airlines, which is based at Love Field in Dallas.


Congratulations to Mochaface friend Jeremy for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Business

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What American company's New York Stock Exchange ticker designation is LUV?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Six Things

I have been tagged. So you know that means. A random post with random things about me. Thanks to @JeremyHerbel for tagging me with the 6 things meme.

The Rules:
  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on the blog.
  3. Write six random things about yourself.
  4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
  5. Let each person know they have been tagged.
  6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

My 6 Things:

  1. When I empty the dishwasher, I put the just cleaned dishes in the bottom or back of the cabinet pushing the ones that are already in there towards the front so they're the first used. I guess my philosophy for this is that every dish is being equally used. Same thing when I put away laundry.
  2. I'm born and raised a Texan and have lived here most of my life. Except for the two fantastic years I spent in Boston going to graduate school. Those two years taught me so much about myself and life. Though I love Texas and can't imagine living anywhere else (well actually I can but I don't because this is family, this is home), part of me misses Boston so much that at times it takes my breath away thinking about it.
  3. The pinkie finger on my right hand doesn't lay flat. When I place my hand on a table or other flat surface, my pinkie finger makes a sort of peak. I can push it down to lay flat, but as soon as I release it, it pops back up.
  4. I've changed more tires than just about everyone I know. Seriously, at least 12. And 4 of those in the past year. Of course the upside of this is that I can change my own tire in under 15 minutes.
  5. I still have all my Belle dolls, porcelain figures and other stuffed characters from the movie Beauty and the Beast. I can't seem to make myself give them away as Beauty and the Beast is still one of my all-time favorite movies.
  6. I knew how to line dance by the age of 10. When I was little, I danced. Ballet, tap, jazz, clogging. And we'd often be asked to perform at various festivals, fairs, nursing homes, etc around the city. Our studio had a standing engagement every Thursday night at a country western bar. And groups were assigned a certain Thursday a month. With my mom, sister, brother and I all dancing, we often spent at least 2 Thursdays a month - often 3 - at this bar. After we'd perform, there would be line dancing and we often stayed for a song or two. So now whenever Boot Scootin' Boogie plays at a wedding or whatnot, you will find my sister, brother and me on the dance floor doing what we learned way back when.

Who I'm Tagging:

Okay, I believe that makes 6 things about me. Now I get to tag people. I'll think I'll tag Michele, Lindsey, Jennifer, Jen, Jess and you. Have fun!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep6

In case you haven't heard the news, tonight was Erica's (Brooke Smith) last episode. The company line - according to a response from executive producer Shonda Rhimes - is "we did not find that the magic and chemistry with Brooke's character would sustain in the long run." I know she is not the most beloved of all Grey's characters. But I for one will miss her and the way she challenged Cristina. (Of course now Major Hunk will be challenging Cristina.) After last week's "I can see the leaves" speech, Erica was finally showing some signs of life, of passion, outside of medicine. Oh well.

Freaking hilarious how the Chief was voicing Stan. I was laughing so hard because he was laughing so hard.

Bouquet of corpses. Awesome. I may stop complaining how DBF hardly ever brings me flowers because I could get something worse. Like a bouquet of corpses. (Well not really because DBF doesn't have that kind of access but still. He could find some dead hobos for a bouquet of corpses.)

Meredith's mother's journals are of surgery. And not her life. Interesting. Well surgery was her life so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised. I was thinking Meredith would end up with more scars from her mother by reading those journals. Maybe not. Especially if they're all medical and she's actually learning stuff from them. Then again, it only takes one page of personal to cause scars.

I'm not surprised Derek played the "you slept with my wife so you owe me this favor" card. Poor Mark. He's not used to rejection. But did he honestly think Cristina would be interested in him? If that happened that would be the moment this show jumps the shark. Cristina is a single malt scotch, for the right kind of man. Mark Sloan is definitely not the right kind of man. But it's looking like Major Hunk may fulfill that role.

The old married couple. Wow. Incredible to have that kind of love that is still so powerful after so many years together. And so so so sad when he walked out of the hospital by himself.

Owen's right. The residents don't have respect. They're so concerned with winning and getting ahead that they bicker and fight for patients and procedures. This is of course not news to us as they've been this way from the very first episode. But to a man that was taught respect in the army - and probably at home - it's a shock. Cristina may have become a doctor because of the car accident that killed her dad. But I think she loses her compassion more often than she has it.

And go Lexie for standing up to Cristina and saying you're not teaching us! You're not doing your job! Cristina did show some signs of leadership at the end of last season. But apparently she's lost that as well.

Izzie's story arc with the stolen heart has come full circle. She thought she had come to grips with what happened but as soon as she realized who the patient was, her guilt came crashing and flooding in. I was glad to see her struggle (and glad to see Erica punish her by making her stay on the case). And I was glad to see her step up and help the patient breathe through the procedure.

Denny came back! Thank you Shonda! I LOVE Denny! And I love how they manage to bring him back sporadically for an episode here and there in a way that completely makes sense. And I hope they continue to find ways to bring him back. As I do love seeing him.

New LOST Promo

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Book Review: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Oscar Wao is a Dominican-American. Sweet and romantic, he's also overweight and a nerd. And by nerd I mean the kind that is majorly into sci-fi, fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons, and the like - not just a casual fan. This of course does not help him with the ladies.

By the title of this book you would think the story would be told with Oscar as the narrator or at the very least, be all about him. I guess in a way it is. The narrator is actually a friend of Oscar's sister who becomes a friend of Oscar's as well. And the story gives the background for the curse that haunts Oscar and his family by switching between the stories of the people in his family... his sister Lola, his mother Beli, his grandfather Abelard. We even get a little of the narrator's own story as it relates to Oscar.

What was a bit shocking to me when I first started reading this book was the use of racial slurs and language that seemed a bit crass. Of course after a while, I became absorbed in the book and it no longer bothered me as it became a natural part of the story. Another thing to note is that the narrator (or author if you will) often throws in a sentence in Spanish throughout his story. Most of the time I could figure out what was being said (or at the very least the tone) given the context but it would have been helpful if I knew Spanish or had a Spanish-English dictionary.

The story itself was very good. Oscar is the boy in school who didn't have many friends and would develop intense crushes on one girl after another, never to actually "get the girl." He wanted to be better liked, to have more friends and also a girlfriend. But he could never figure out how to do it. But you don't stop cheering for him. That one of these girls will see the heart of gold that resides within the nerd. And you hope that he'll be able to break the family's curse and get his happy ending.

Next month: Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Hump Day Humor: Bush Presidential Library

There's a show on C-SPAN about presidential libraries. Here're what the draft plans for the George W. Bush Library now call for:

The Alberto Gonzales Room - Where you can't remember any of the exhibits.

The Hurricane Katrina Room - It's still under construction.

The Texas Air National Guard Room - Where you don't have to even show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room - Where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room - Where they don't let you out.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room - Nobody has been able to find it.

The War in Iraq Room - After you complete your first tour, they can force you to go back for your second and third and fourth and fifth tours.

The K-Street Project Gift Shop - Where you can buy an election, or, if no one cares, steal one.

The Men's Room - Where you could meet a Republican Senator (or two).

To be fair, the President has done some good things, and so the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate them.

When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father's.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Politics

What U.S. presidential race featured the first public opinion poll of voter preferences?

The 1824 contest between Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams. The survey of voters - taken in Wilmington, Delaware, for the
Harrisburg Pennsylvanian - showed Jackson ahead, 335 to 169. Although Jackson won the popular vote, Adams was declared the winner after the election was thrown into the House of Representatives because no candidate had a majority of the electoral vote.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Politics

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What U.S. presidential race featured the first public opinion poll of voter preferences?


P.S. Don't forget to vote if you haven't already!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It was more than just a coincidence

There are lots of things to learn on the Internets. Just last week I was reading a post over at Jenny, The Bloggess' site in which I learned several new vocab words like spermophile and the difference between pederast and pedant and that pretty much any word starting with "ped-" sounds like a synonym for pedophile.

Then just a couple hours later, I pick up my book to continue reading. And there on the very page where I left the story is pederast. Gah! How did Jenny know that I would need to know what a pederast is just in time for reading this book? It is creepy I tell you. But helpful. Now I'm just waiting for the Internets to tell me about investing a million bucks - or something along those lines - so that the next day a check arrives.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep5

Major Hunk is intense. I LOVE it! And what was even better were the faces of Mark and Derek when he didn't give them the ego and attitude they expected. But rather showed why he is a great doctor. Not just his abilities. But his humbleness and knowledge that he doesn't know everything. Just awesome!

Wow. That initial scene with Erica and Callie was incredible. And you could just see Callie getting more and more scared the more leaves Erica saw. Then in true Erica fashion, she shut down her emotion at the rejection and become a cold-hearted bitch to everyone else, especially Bailey.

It was kinda weird to see an episode of Grey's when Meredith is actually happy and laughing rather than miserable and whining. If she keeps this up, I might actually grow to like her a little more. Of course, with the amount of her mom's diaries they found at the end, that's not likely to happen.

Mark does have a lot to offer. More than just sex - though I wouldn't turn it down ;-) I'm glad to see someone besides Derek become his friend.

I would have walked out if I had been told under no circumstances was I to let those pigs die only at the end of the day be told to then kill them. I see what Hunk was saying as far as the pain they would endure if they were kept alive. But I don't know if I would have been able to put them out of their misery the way Cristina did.

Cristina may have been insisting at the beginning of this episode that she's not getting involved with another attending but she sure took it personally when Hunk pretended not to remember her. Can't wait to see what's going to happen with them.

Finally. Alex has a doctor he can related to. Hunk is tough. He knows trauma. And he's good at it. But since he recognizes that he's not perfect and that he needs to learn, Alex has finally learned that it's okay to ask to be taught. And so he asks Izzie to teach him how to be in a couple. LOVED IT!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep5

Before I get to this week's episode, our favorite little show is in danger of not being picked up for the rest of the season. So make sure you do your part. Tell everyone they have to watch this show or their hair will fall out and teeth will turn black (or some other equally disturbing/encouraging reason to watch). And sign this petition. And get your friends to sign the petition.

I love me some dim sum. You know, I have a hard enough time playing poker as it is, that adding in remembering which foods are which suits would just cause so much trouble for me. But definitely an interesting way to hide gambling. And I'm SO using the phrase "I've got an uncomfortable fullness of the bladder" from now on. Hilarious!

Simone was interesting. Bitchy. But interesting. I don't really see what - aside from her looks - is attractive about her to Emerson. But am interested in Emerson getting a romantic story line. And with her there is a lot of potential for future plot stories and twists.

Absolutely loved Ned's brothers! They were adorable and so cute with their magic stuff. Reminds me of that movie The Prestige. Have you seen it? If not totally check it out. Ned's maturing a little bit. He's embraced - literally and figuratively - his brothers as family and has decided not to hold them responsible for his father's actions. I'm glad to see that.

And his father's "friend" who clearly is out to get some kind of revenge is an intriguing plot twist. I wonder what he's after Ned's father for. Gambling debts? Did Ned's father steal his woman? Or money? Is his father responsible for the death of someone close to him? Lots of possibilities. But I'm willing to bet that whatever the reason, it's not going to be something typical. But rather something completely off the wall and surprising giving the history of this show. Can't wait to find out!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Halloween

A couple of Halloween videos for ya. Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!



ANSWER - Tuesday Triva: Art

What is unique about Vincent van Gogh's painting Red Vineyard at Arles?

It was the only one of his paintings that he sold during his lifetime. It's now owned by the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Catizhere for being the only one to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Art

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What is unique about Vincent van Gogh's painting Red Vineyard at Arles?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Jump

Friday night DBF wanted to go to a bar called O'Riley's to hear two of his coworkers in a band. I was thrilled with the idea of getting out of the house for a bit. This bar was full of lots of interesting characters. An old man who hit on just about every female in our group. The Jay and Silent Bob look alikes. But there was one man in particular that kept me in constant giggles.

I spotted him in line behind us at the door but didn't get a really good look until later.

His blonde hair was longer than mine and had at least 2 inches of brown roots. He was wearing a gold vest with no shirt underneath and I'm pretty sure makeup or at the very least eye liner. But it was the pants that put me over the edge. White hip hugging pants with cut outs that laced up along the side so you knew he wasn't wearing any underwear. And the fringe. Oh lord all of that fringe!

Seriously. I couldn't stop sneaking picks and then giggling. The band we were there to hear finished and I asked Matt, one of the guys from the band, about my fringe-y friend.

ME: Okay seriously. Please tell me that guy in the gold vest and fringe is playing in the next band.
MATT: Yeah. It's a Van Halen tribute band.
ME: Oh thank god. *light bulb going on*

So wish I had my camera to show you guys. There is a lesson in this. Always bring your camera when going to sketchy bars. You just never know what kind of interesting people you're going to see.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep4

I'm not surprised that Meredith didn't get any credit for their clinical study. Nor am I surprised that she's upset about it. What I'm a little surprised at is that Derek just does not get it. That kind of situation at work is always messy. Add in to the equation that you're sleeping with the other person, and it's a mess of massive proportions. Bailey's right (naturally)... a thank you can go a long way.

A domino surgery. That's pretty awesome. And incredible of those people to give up a kidney for a complete stranger. Sure they have a bit of a selfish reason... their loved one will also get a kidney if they agree to it. And sure, we have two and can live with one. Would seem like it's a no brainer. Except we're talking about major surgery here with the chance you could die. It may not be a difficult surgery but it's still surgery. And surgery always carries the chance of possible death.

LOVED that Lexie finally said to George "Notice me!" because he doesn't. Notice her. He's been preoccupied. Understandably so. But he's still failed to notice who has been on his team from the beginning. Lexie.

Poor George. Now that he's a resident none of the interns are taking him seriously. I hope he can find his balls to make them listen to him. He's stood up for himself before. To the Chief. When he demanded the opportunity to retake the exam. Undoubtedly, he'll first go through hell thanks to the interns before he finds his balls again.

Gotta admire Izzie. For saying to Alex, You're a jerk. And you can be sweet. So pick one already. (So what I was thinking.) I think he copped out at the end when she was saying I care for you and demanding that he admit he cares for her. Rather than actually say the words, he kisses her. You might think that was as good as admitting he cares for her. And in a way it is. But I think he kissed her to shut her up. Because he wasn't going to be able to kick her out of his room, and that was the only way to silence her.

LOVE that Callie went to Sloan for help "down there". And LOVE that he was so quick to help. So Mark Sloan. When are we going to get more of a story line for him? He seems to be more of a supporting character right now than a regular cast member.

Cristina's lonely. I get it. Meredith's all happy and whole (or working on it) with Derek. Callie is spending ALL of her time with Erica. I don't blame her for checking out the interns. Only now Major Hunk - oops Hunt ;-) - is back! He is going to be so much trouble for her. And I cannot wait to watch it!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep4

Well now I understand why Emerson has kept his daughter a secret. He's ashamed that he's a private detective and yet was conned by his wife? girlfriend? That and that it's clearly very painful for him to remember.

David Arquette did a fantastic job playing a loner with a weird hobby. Not sure that it's much of a stretch for him. He's absolutely perfect for roles like that. Remember him as Ursula's stalker in Friends from the earlier seasons? He plays creepy quite well. And that's a perfect fit for this show. Wonder if he'll come back and as it would be nice to see Ned have a friend outside of Olive and Chuck. (Can you could Emerson as his friend? I'm not sure.)

It was nice to see Ned work on himself trying to be okay with being by himself. I get that he has abandonment issues - his dad leaving him at school, his mom dying, even Chuck leaving after her dad died - but he is just so damn needy.

I don't understand how Chuck and Olive assume everything between them is okay now that they've spoken aloud their frustrations and issues with each other. It takes more than just airing out the truth, though it is the first step.

I love this show for its dark and twisty nature. Someone would have to obviously have several screws missing to think keeping a corpse in his office is an okay thing. SOOOOOO creepy!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Head Over Heels

I've seen a couple of these kinds of videos but have no idea who is doing them. They take the video and tune and write lyrics that mimic exactly what's happening in the video, which usually has nothing to do with the actual song. Still it's hilarious. I love this particular one, especially this part: "Now I'm singing in the library and trying to flirt. Why did that janitor walk there?" and "Is that Dave Coulier?"

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Names

What were the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 1946 - the first year of the baby boom generation?

Boys, James; girls, Mary.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend RyanMHill for being the only one to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Book Review: The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

This story is a little difficult to do a quick summary. Basically the book centers on two sisters who grow up sort of secluded and sort of privileged. As a result their worlds revolve around pretty much each other and those that live and work within their household. That is until their father starts to go bankrupt. And that is the beginning of what will eventually rip the sisters apart.

But within this story is another story. That of The Blind Assassin. When I first started reading this book, I was thoroughly confused as one chapter is about the sisters and the story doesn't get back to them for a bit. I also found the characters a bit hard to feel for at first. But if you give the book a chance, it will bring you in.

As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place (fall rather than put there as the author is careful not to give you the answers outright but you have to figure it out on your own), you start to realize that it is a great story with many layers. All in all, a good read, especially if you're looking for something with more depth to it.

Next month: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Tuesday Trivia: Names

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What were the most popular baby names for boys and girls in 1946 - the first year of the baby boom generation?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep3

I know I'm late in posting this. I don't even have a good excuse.

Last week Alex was actually kinda sweet when he said hello to Izzie at the end of the episode. And of course he was back to being an ass this week.

LOVED Bailey's face when Callie just unloaded all her emotions onto her. You could tell it was the last thing she was expecting to hear from Callie and that she doesn't want to know that much about the personal lives of people she works with. Bailey is the best at keeping her professional and personal lives separate. So when Callie bursts through her barriers she's shocked. Of course she comes through in the end with the advice Callie needs to hear.

Dermatology is so calm and hardly any stress for a medical profession. The differences between that floor and the rest of Seattle Grace were of course obvious. And it was freakin hilarious to watch first Cristina and then Meredith and Izzie become obsessed with how they could have hand massages and water with fruit in it if they switched to derm. Of course it would never happen as they love cutting people open and holding organs in their hands. The whole story arc reminded me of the first season when they would go to the maternity ward to watch the babies as a sorta way to relax.

George passed his intern exam. Yay George! But poor Lexie. Now that he's a resident and back on level footing with his other pals, he'll likely not need her as much and that's gotta hurt. I wonder if now that he's not so obsessed with his intern status and the whole situation if he'll finally realize that Lexie is in love with him.

Given Meredith's troubled history with her mother, I'm not sure it's a good idea for her to be reading her mother's diary. If I find a diary that my mom kept her most private thoughts and emotions in, I'm not sure I would want to read it. And I have a good relationship with my mother. Reading someone's diary only leads to trouble. But of course it will be interesting to see what kind of drama and Meredith insecurities that will stem from her reading the diary.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep3

I am not surprised that Olive is headed back. I didn't think she'd last long in the nunnery. I am surprised that she gave up Lily's secret so easily to Ned. Of course she is still in love with him and when you feel that way, things often have a way of coming out.

Speaking of, I LOVED how she gave him a piece of her mind. Interesting though how they had the whole conversation with all that space between them separated by a table. I think both of them had a part in that. Ned stayed away because that's what Ned does. He always keeps his hands in his pockets or behind his back to avoid getting too close to anyone. Olive because she didn't want to get near him since she still loves him.

Interesting how Chuck and Olive both think of each other as the sister she never had.

Also was a bit surprised to see that they revealed to Chuck who her real mother is so soon after they revealed it to the audience. Thought they would have played that up a little longer. Of course, there hasn't been new episodes since last fall so maybe they figured it had been long enough.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hump Day Humor: The Cuckoo Clock

One night Karen was invited out for a night with the 'girls.' She told her husband that she would be home by midnight, 'I promise!'

Well, the hours passed and the margaritas went down way too easily. Around 3 a.m., a bit loaded, Karen headed for home. Just as she got in the door, the cuckoo clock in the hallway started up and cuckooed 3 times. Quickly, realizing her husband would probably wake up, she cuckooed another 9 times.

Karen was really proud of herself for coming up with such a quick-witted solution, in order to escape a possible conflict with her husband. (Even when totally smashed... 3 cuckoos plus 9 cuckoos totals 12 cuckoos MIDNIGHT!)

The next morning her husband asked Karen what time she got in, she told him
'MIDNIGHT'.. . he didn't seem pissed off in the least. Whew, she got away with that one! Then he said 'We need a new cuckoo clock.' When Karen asked him why, he said, 'Well, last night our clock cuckooed three times, then said 'oh shit.' Cuckooed 4 more times, cleared its throat, cuckooed another three times, giggled, cuckooed twice more, and then tripped over the coffee table and farted.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Food

What makes the kernel of a pistachio nut green?

Chlorophyll, the same pigment that makes leaves on trees turn green.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Food

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What makes the kernel of a pistachio nut green?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep2

George waiting patiently to start his intern exam at the beginning of this episode was so full of hope and anticipation he reminded me of a little boy waiting patiently while his mother shopped because he had been promised a treat.

Anytime you follow up the phrase "I'm happy." with the phrase "I'm happy." you know you're only trying to convince yourself of this fact. That and that you don't need any more therapy, or that you don't think you do. I love how Cristina in her efforts to be more supportive of Meredith rather than telling the truth to Meredith herself, goes and appeals to Dr. Wyatt to get her to insist on Meredith going back to therapy. And of course, in true Grey's style, it is the elevator in which the final confrontation takes place and forces Meredith to see that though she is feeling, there's still a long road ahead of her to being whole and happy.

Typical Cristina doesn't know, or notice, anyone else below her. She's surprised by the news that Lexie has a photographic memory. And naturally, she's a bit resentful that Lexie is right about the patient's pain problem. But what shows her growth is that she didn't bitch and moan about Lexie going around Cristina to Sloane.

I love that Callie is friends with Sloane. Even after they've slept together. And he continues to be the pig he is (and what a hot pig!).

Are we surprised that Miranda was right about the leak? Not at all. And Richard needs to learn when to stop being stubborn and insisting that he's always right and listen to his staff. Though it does seem like he learned a bit of that lesson in that he stayed late to give George his exam at the end.

Alex can be so sweet one minute and such a jackass the next. He can be a great doctor in terms of dealing with patients and showing them that their luck has changed and giving them hope when they need it most. And he knows how lucky he would be to be with Izzie again. I don't know if he's scared he'd screw it up again or if he just thinks he's not worthy. It looks like jackass Alex will be back next week though.

A Fair Lady

It's State Fair time in Texas. And that means lots of fried food, crowds of people, ridiculously huge prizes and football. If you wait to go on a day over the weekend it'll be hot and crowded. The longer you're there the more money you'll spend too. So I had the brilliant idea to go on a weekday after DBF got off work. Not only was it cooler because the sun soon set after we got there, but because it was Wednesday and we brought 3 canned goods with us, we got in for $1. Seriously. It doesn't get better than that. We only had a few hours before the fair closed but we got to see and eat a lot.


Giant pumpkins with awesome faces carved in them.

Cars. Lots of cars.

Funny signs.


That one says "Parents are responsible for your children."

A giraffe.

Momma and baby camels.

This little zebra who was so adorable.

Kangaroos. This guy was so posing for the camera.

These weird four horned sheep.

And of course, don't forget the food. Above is the chicken fried bacon. It was okay. Could barely taste the bacon which was disappointing.

My friend Liz eating some chicken fried bacon.

A fried snickers bar. Don't scoff. It was frakkin' delicious.

DBF enjoying his turkey leg.

He was so excited about his turkey leg he couldn't even stop to take a picture.

Then the ferris wheel.

We of course took a ride high above the fairgrounds. I so love the fair.