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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep2

How fitting that for an episode in which Ned is fighting change that the murderer committed his crimes because he didn't want change either. The only people to welcome change were Chuck and Vivian.

But by the end they all did. Whether it was a big or small change. How cute were Ned and Chuck introducing themselves at the end? I loved when Ned asked if they could play that game everyday!

I noticed during this episode that while everything and everyone else is brightly colored, Ned remains dressed in blacks and greys. I don't think it's because he's moody, even though he can be especially considering how he can't touch his girlfriend.

I also noticed that he keeps his hands in his pockets or behind his back even if Chuck is not around. Understandably he does this when she's nearby to avoid touching her and making her permanently dead. But why when she's not?

With the muted toned clothes, he's trying not to draw attention to himself. It is clear that Ned tries to keep his gift hidden from the rest of the population. Probably because he's afraid of becoming a test object and being exploited. With his hands shoved in his pockets, he's avoiding intimacy with everyone. Trying to keep others at arm's length so they don't find out about his ability to turn the dead alive again.

Hump Day Humor: All Dogs Go to Heaven, right?

Two churches have an argument on whether dogs go to heaven via their signs. Pure awesome and not at all passive aggressive. My favorite one is "Free dog souls with conversion."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Movies

What was the original family name of the Corleones in the Godfather films?

Andolini. Vito Andolini took the name Corleone from his hometown in Sicily. When he returns there in
The Godfather: Part II (1974), he tells the man who killed his family, "My father's name was Antonio Andolini ... and this is for you," as he stabs him to death.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Movies

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What was the original family name of the Corleones in the Godfather films?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Life is incredibly different when you're unemployed. Your daily schedule changes dramatically. Hell, even your daily uniform is not the same.

I sleep in a little bit, but not too late so I don't waste the morning away.
I check my email and then go workout, so I don't let this difficult situation affect what I worked so hard to achieve last year, a healthy weight.
When I get back, I check my email and then check several web sites for any relevant job postings. If I see something I like, I apply.
Then it's breakfast and a shower followed by checking my email and distracting myself with the Internet.
By then it's usually lunch which I follow up with a little Wii time (DBF left his over here and it's been a great source of entertainment and distraction during all this "off" time.)
Afterwards it's an afternoon of checking my email and the Internet to see if anything new has been posted since the last time. Sometimes I also try to email people I know and search for other ways I can be making a connection somewhere.
By early evening I give up on the Internet and distract myself with TV. I read a little and then head to bed, later than before but not by much.

Not only is this time an endless parade of emotion, perspective changes too. You question every purchase and buy the cheapest things possible, and only those that are really needed. Every time you get in your car you think about the shortest route you can drive to use as little gas as possible. You eat the same thing every day because you can't afford variety. You forget what you look like with your hair fixed and make up on. Every time the phone rings, your hope rises just a little bit only to be dashed when it's just a telemarketer.

But it's the despair pushing its weight down on me that is the hardest. It comes expected at times, like when I lie in bed staring at my ceiling fan. Or, as I watch the light chase the shadows as a car drives by. But it also comes unexpectedly. And it is at these times that the breathe gets knocked out of me and I have no choice but to fall to my knees with no other way for the emotion to be released but out my eyes.

It is at these times that it doesn't matter that I'm not the first to be in this situation. Or that I won't be the last. It doesn't matter that I know I'm not alone. That I have a large army of soldiers waiting and willing to help me stand. To walk. To maybe even fly again. It is the sheer uncertainty. The unknown. The fact that I can't see even the slightest of what the future holds for me that consumes me. It is at these times that I can no longer repress the emotion under my determination and confidence and it comes spilling out of me.

I recover quickly once this leakage has stopped. I wipe off my face and blow my nose. Then with my head held high, I continue down a path on which I can't see past a few days, solid in my faith that I will find a job again. Someday.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pushing Daisies S2ep1

I am so glad that this show is back. It is so different from everything else I watch that it is a very welcome addition to my television repertoire.

It is hard to remember where this show left off as it's been so long since it has been on, thanks to the writers' strike. But the recap did a great job of reminding me and I didn't mind the repetition of what I already knew since it is Jim Dale that narrates the show.

Ned is just a bit needy I think. His yearning for Chuck is just a little over the top and way creepy. I understand that she is the love of his life and that he's spent a lifetime pining for her. But now that she's back in his life, he's still pining. Of course it's because he can't touch her but still. You can't expect the writers to tone it down either because this show is all about over the top.

The outrageous murder plots. The bright colors of the show. The sets where an office is a bee hive. The characters that are unlike anything I've seen in a television show.

Even the nunnery that Lily takes Olive to is over the top. Their habits are not black. But a nice shade of turquoise, or something similar.

All of these things, come together to add some brightness and humor to a show that would otherwise be very, very dark. So really it's only dark.

Hump Day Humor: Fannie Green

A man enters a confessional and says to the Irish Priest, "Father, it has been one month since my last confession. I've had sex with Fannie Green every week for the last month."

The priest tells the sinner, "You are forgiven. Go out and say three 'Hail Mary's."

Soon, another man enters the confessional.

"Father, it has been two months since my last confession. I have had sex with Fannie Green twice a week for the last two months."

This time the priest asks, "Who is this Fannie Green?"

"A new woman in the neighbourhood, " the sinner replies.

"Very well," says the priest. "Go and say ten ' Hail Mary 's "

The next morning in church, the priest is preparing to deliver his sermon when a gorgeous, tall woman enters the church. All the men's eyes fall upon her as she slowly sashays up the aisle and sits down in front of the Altar. Her dress is green and very short, with matching shiny emerald green shoes. The priest and altar boy gasp as the woman sits down with her legs slightly spread apart, Sharon Stone-style.

The priest turns to the altar boy and whisperingly asks, "Is that Fannie Green?"

The altar boy replies,"No Father, I think it's just the reflection off her shoes."

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

What two food products did modern waterbed creator Charles P. Hall experiment with before finally filling his invention with water?

He tried liquid cornstarch first, and then Jell-O. Hall created the waterbed in 1968 as part of a master's degree program in design at San Francisco State University.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend @JamiMiami for being the first to get the correct answer.