Thursday, April 30, 2009

LOST S5ep14

The reveal that Widmore was Daniel's father was a little bit of a shock. But that's because we didn't know Eloise was an Other/Hostile. Once Daniel mentioned that little fact, it wasn't long before I posed the question to DBF regarding Daniel's true paternity. So Widmore had a wife/girlfriend/sex buddy on the Island and some fun off the Island. Wonder if Widmore and Eloise were together before or after he was the Other's leader. And what that whole drama was. Did Eloise have Daniel on the Island? Or did she leave when she found out she was pregnant?

Why didn't Sawyer just say that he realized Phil wasn't really Dharma and that's why he's tied up in the closet? Of course, I'm not sure they would have believed him anyway since Sawyer and gang suddenly appeared in their camp 3 years ago without much of an explanation. Kinda raises the suspicion once again. No matter how long he's lived as one of them.

Juliet looked pissed that Sawyer called Kate Freckles. When she announced that they were done there (there being Dharma-ville), it almost seemed as if she really meant her and Sawyer. And Kate looked as if she understood what Juliet was saying, even though Sawyer probably didn't. At least not fully.

I love the Desmond-Penny story. Something about how their love has gone beyond time and distance is very romantic.

What I don't understand is why Jack even looks like he thinks Daniel's plan to keep the Incident from happening is a good idea. Does he not realize that they were all heading for miserable (or more miserable) lives before they crashed on the Island?

Eloise seemed genuinely afraid that she doesn't know what's going to happen next. She's probably relied on her gift so much throughout her life that she feels a little bit lost (no pun intended) when it stops working properly. What I'd like to know is if she knew Daniel going to the Island meant she was going to end up shooting him, why did she push him to go anyway? Was he supposed to do something? Or the effects of his actions are supposed to have great ramifications?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hump Day Humor: Mow the Lawn

I knew this had to be from the UK. Totally that British sense of humor. From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

In baseball scorekeeeping, why is the letter K used to indicate a strikeout? Why not an S?

The S was needed to represent a sacrifice under the scorekeeping system devised in the mid 1800s by sportswriter Henry Chadwick. So he used the K, the last and most prominent letter in the word struck, as the symbol for a strikeout.

Congratulations to Mr. Don for being the first, and only, to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Baseball

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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In baseball scorekeeeping, why is the letter K used to indicate a strikeout? Why not an S?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Another Step Forward

Quick house update: we submitted the repairs we'd like the sellers to make. Hopefully, we'll hear today on what they'll do, and we can move another step forward.

Ok, as promised, here are some more pics of what will hopefully become our house. Not pictured are the other two bedrooms and second bathroom.

Living room


Kitchen (We will be making some updates.)


Game/computer room/study


Dining room


Master bedroom (That color will NOT be staying. Guaranteed.)


Master bath (We'll be updating here too eventually.)


Master bath again (More updating.)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Grey's Anatomy S5ep18

George actually had a bit of a storyline in this episode. Shocker. With the whole George-does-well-under-pressure and thinking-10-steps-ahead things, I'm thinking he's going to pick a specialty that is high pressure where you have to think fast on your feet. Maybe Army doctor? Which probably means George is leaving Seattle Grace, which has been the rumor for a while. You know, I don't think I'll miss him.

Owen's getting help with his PTSD. Maybe that means there's hope for him and Cristina. My fingers are crossed for those two.

I kinda like Meredith in this episode. She's not afraid to stand up for herself. She's not afraid of being the dark and twisty person who gets married in scrubs and doesn't wear her engagement ring. (Seriously?! I'm not sure I would take it off.) She's also not afraid to be happy.

Lexie eating to deal with Mark and Derek still fighting was hilarious. And the man love between McSteamy and McDreamy when they made up was adorable.

Loved, LOVED, that scene at the end with Meredith and Lexie. But when did Meredith switch from not wanting to acknowledge her sister at all to having her as a bridesmaid? I'm sure it happened gradually, but when did it start? Also, are they ever going to bring back the other sister? The one that had the baby? Best line... "You can stop eating now." "Oh thank god."

Bailey switching to peds is going to continually break my heart with all the children storylines they're going to put into the show now. I just don't know if I can handle it.

Wow. I didn't expect them to show the guy jumping out the window. Okay, it was special effects but still. Not what I expected.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dumbasses

For many reasons, I am not going to miss living in an apartment when DBF and I finally move into our house. Don't get me wrong. It's been a good apartment. I've enjoyed the three years I've spent here living by myself.

But I'm not going to miss it for one reason in particular... the staff that is in the office now are (is?) not exactly the brightest bulbs.

I told them at least a month ago, possibly longer, that I'd be moving out when my lease is up. In fact, I even typed up a short letter so they'd have it in writing. (I know. I'm such an overachiever.)

Yesterday there was a notice on my door informing me that they haven't heard from me regarding renewing my lease.

Dumbasses.

I'll go back down there and tell them I'm moving out. And this time when they ask why say because you're incompetent dumbasses. That last part will just be in my head.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Hump Day Humor: We Didn't Start the Flame War



From Cary.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Harry Potter

In the popular Harry Potter book series, what magical property does the gillyweed plant have?

It enables the person who eats it to temporarily grow gills and breathe underwater. Its effect lasts about an hour.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Passing

Our backyard. On the far right edge you can kind of see the irises they planted. An on the left behind the tree is a little shed.

The inspection went beautifully. Much better than the last house as there's nothing majorly wrong with it. (That last one had a major leak in the master bath and electrical worries.)

Even the inspector remarked that this one is in much better shape compared to the last one. (Just further reinforcement that we made the right decision.) And now we're one step closer to being homeowners.

Oh holy shit. (I have a feeling that's a phrase I'm going to be repeating for a long time to come.)

Tuesday Trivia: Harry Potter

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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In the popular Harry Potter book series, what magical property does the gillyweed plant have?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Here We Go Again


We found another house, and the sellers agreed to our counteroffer! Which of course means another inspection. It's today. Fingers crossed it goes well as we really, REALLY like this house.

(Okay, I know this isn't a great picture. But it's all I have so deal.)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

LOST S5ep13

This show is all about the daddy issues. Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Hurley, Locke, Sun, and now Miles.

The speculation that Dr. Chang is Miles' father was spot on. I think everyone expected that so no surprise there. What I'd like to know is where does his ability to hear dead people come from. Is it something he was born with? Or was it a result of stuff happening on the Island?

Also, I think it is entirely possible that the reason his father kicked him and his mother out is because Miles told him to. Miles told his father about the Purge, or enough to scare him into kicking them off the Island, in order to save them. (Does anyone else think Miles' mom looks kinda like Sun? Like they could be sisters?)

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that what killed the dead Dharma guy was the electro-magnetic forces of the Island. The reason why at the hatch the numbers had to be entered to keep the world from imploding. How else would his tooth be ripped from his jaw and shoot out his head? (That's assuming it was a gold tooth.)

And Faraday came back. He must have gone to the mainland. But why? And why has he come back? Now? The way Sawyer was talking made it seem like he was dead. So what the hell happened?

I must say, I love not seeing Jack so frakkin much. He's retreated to the background, and I'm perfectly happy with him there.

What intrigued me the most about this episode were the people who kidnapped Miles in that van. Bram mentioned "what lies in the shadow of the statue?" Which is exactly what Illana asked Lapidus last week just before she knocked him out. And if you were paying attention, Bram was the guy she was with when she asked Lapidus. Gasp! What the hell are they all about? What did they mean about getting ready to go to the Island? And who the fuck are they? OMG, I don't know if I can handle another group of people. But man I can't wait to find out.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hump Day Humor: The WTF Blanket

You've heard of the Snuggie. Well, now there's the WTF Blanket. Go here to see the commercial for the WTF Blanket.

If you have no idea what Snuggie is, watch this video first.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

A group of lions is called a pride; a group of locusts, a plague - but what is a group of rattlesnakes called?

A rhumba.

Congratulations to friend Linds for being the first to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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A group of lions is called a pride; a group of locusts, a plague - but what is a group of rattlesnakes called?

Monday, April 13, 2009

7 Things I've Learned While House Hunting

Day Two of the Problogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge is to write a list post.

Since buying a house is probably the dominant topic in my head, here are 7 things I've learned while house hunting.

  • If you walk into a house and immediately know it's not it, don't waste time walking through it. Walk right back out.
  • Not everyone takes care of their houses as you would.
  • If you don't love it, don't make an offer.
  • Trust your gut.
  • If you love the layout of the house, don't get caught up on the floors, walls or other cosmetics. Those can be more easily changed. The layout and size of closets/bathrooms cannot.
  • As you drive up, check out the neighborhood. What kind of cars are parked on the street? What other activities are going on? Are the other yards well kept?
  • Look for signs of major issues.... the wall separating from the ceiling may mean foundation trouble. Wet carpet may mean a water leak.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Time to Get (Re)Started

We're getting back out there.

DBF and I decided to pull out of the house we had put an offer on. Basically, we were feeling uneasy about the quality of repairs as the seller jumped the gun and repaired the leaking shower before the addendum was finalized. And they had crossed out the part "by a licensed plumber."

It made us uncomfortable about the quality of repairs and work that had been done to the house before we saw it as well as the ones we requested. We felt that we didn't love it enough to take the risk.

So we're looking again and I'm trying to remain positive and confident that we'll find another house. A better house. Our house.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It's only the first week and I'm already behind. Shit.

So I signed up for this thing on ProBlogger called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. It started Monday and already I'm 3 assignments behind. Crappity crap crap crap.

Okay, so the first task was to write an elevator pitch so people would know what my blog is about.

Well. I'm not quite sure how to put this.

It's right there. In the title. Staring you in your face.

This blog is about ME!

I know. Not incredibly specific. Really very general. And quite narcissistic. But that's what it is. I didn't want to be limited in what I could write about and therefore I use it as I like to use writing. A cathartic release. A way to get opinions and thoughts (and other useless things) out of my head.

After 3 1/2 years (has it been that long?), I've established a bit of a content calendar, including some of my favorite things to share trivia, funny videos/links and my thoughts on my favorite TV shows.

And I think it's working out. Of course, I should probably say it matters what you think. And maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. Leave a comment anyway and tell me.

LOST S5ep12

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

I didn't realize Widmore was so long on the Island. I had assumed because of Penny that he left it at a fairly young age. Turns out he was secretly leaving it. Wonder what possessed him to do such a thing. Especially considering how much he seemed to enjoy being the Others' leader.

Now what does Ilana and the others from Flight 316 have to do with the story of this Island? Up until tonight they seemed a bit superfluous. Necessary for how our Losties got back to the Island but once back they didn't seem as needed. Though the way she was giving out orders and talking about taking Lapidus with them makes it seem like she actually has a mission. Perhaps she's another minion of Widmore?

Ben showed up bloody on the plane back to the Island because he went to kill Penny. So obvious that was. What was slightly surprising was that he didn't actually kill her.

Can anyone read what looks like Egyptian hieroglyphics? It appeared to obviously be about Mr. Smoky. But I couldn't understand what it was trying to say past that.

Has anyone watched BSG? Do you think Locke pulled a Starbuck and is more angel than human? Back with a specific purpose to lead the people to something? I think it's possible.

I wonder if Ben will actually, finally, stop trying to kill Locke. I had thought we were past all that, but the way Alex (aka Mr. Smoky) put the order for Ben to obey Locke made it seem like Locke is actually alive. So I guess I really don't know if Locke is angel or human.

It seems as if the Island didn't so much forgive Ben as it is using him. For what purpose, other than to help Locke, I'm not sure.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In Memoriam: Madeline Alice Spohr

As wide and vast as the Internet is, it seems to make the world only smaller. By becoming active reading and commenting on many blogs and writing my own, I feel like I've gotten to know so many people.

One such person is Heather Spohr, her husband Mike and their baby girl Maddie.

The very first time I heard of Maddie was Mike's post on her first days on earth and how difficult and trying they were. The story was both heartbreaking and hopeful. But it was the pictures that really captured my heart.

I believe my comment on the post was something to the effect that Maddie would grow up to be a Disney princess because she had the wide-eyed, beautiful face they love to use for their princesses. And her smile always caused one of my own.

On April 7, we lost an angel on earth as heaven gained one. Maddie passed away unexpectedly.

To Heather and Mike... my most heartfelt condolences and prayers. I shed my tears for you and in honor of Maddie, a most precious girl.

Heather and Mike have requested in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the March of Dimes in Maddie's memory.

A Mom Two Boys has more details and a comprehensive list of more people who were touched by Maddie.

Hump Day Humor: Students


I still have this dream every so often. This one and the naked dream.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Sports

In what sport are the referees known as gyoji?

Sumo wrestling.

Congratulations to Mochaface friend Catizhere who had the most accurate guess!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday Trivia: Sports

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post of interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment with your answer, or guess, and come back tomorrow to see if you were right. Happy guessing!

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In what sport are the referees known as gyoji?

Monday, April 6, 2009

House Update

Our inspection last week went about as expected, which, in my opinion, made it a pretty good inspection.

There were several minor things. Which we knew there would be some things that would need to get fixed. No house is perfect. Things like the bathroom cabinets need to latch, the light in the kitchen is too low and a light socket that's not grounded.

And only a few major. These were the surprise. And the must-be-repaired. Luckily it's not the roof or foundation. If this house had those problems, we'd have to start looking again as we won't get approved for a mortgage on a house with a foundation or roof problem.

So now we've extended the option period at the request of the seller and will hopefully reach an agreement on what repairs the seller will make in the next few days. Fingers crossed!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Book Review: Mary

Mary by Janis Cooke Newman

A historical fiction novel about Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of Abraham Lincoln. I love historical fiction novels for all the things I learn that in truth I should probably already know. Before I read this book, the only thing I could have told you about Mary Todd Lincoln was that she was married to Abraham Lincoln.

Turns out she had a bit of a shopping addiction. She turned the White House into the majestic residence we have all come to expect. She also lost 3 of her 4 sons. And was committed to an insane asylum thanks to her remaining son.

But what I found most interesting about Mary is how smart she was. And how much passion she had. For politics and for her husband (who,let's face it, is not attractive). If she lived in modern times, she very well could have been president herself. Or at the least a senator or governor.

Also, I enjoyed seeing Abraham Lincoln through her eyes. He was not very prominent in this book because it is a book about Mary. But he's there on the periphery.

I liked this book though I did not love it. I think in part because I struggled with how I felt about Mary. At times I felt sympathetic for her and wanted her to prevail. And other times I wanted to shake some sense into her because no matter what buying new possessions will not keep your family safe from the Confederacy or illness.

Next month - The Whiskey Rebels by David Liss

Thursday, April 2, 2009

LOST S5ep11

Not really any surprises in this episode. Right before Sawyer jumped from the helicopter at the end of last season, he whispered and asked Kate to take care of his daughter. That was a well-adopted theory.

Kate gave Aaron to Claire's mother before joining the rest on the plane back to the Island. Again, another widely-held theory.

What was interesting to learn was that Kate was heartbroken by Sawyer jumping out of that helicopter. That she took it - maybe subconsciously but still inferred from it - that he was leaving her.

That is not AT ALL what I got from that action. I saw it as a sacrifice Sawyer was willing to make so the rest of them could go home. For the greater good.

I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong.

And I'm really really hoping that Sawyer doesn't really believe what he told Kate about the two of them not working. Because at the end of all of this. It has to be the two of them.

I love love LOVE how the writers often use Hurley as a stand-in for the audience. At least those of us that don't geek out at the topic of time travel. So for those of us that were confused about the implications of Sayid shooting Ben and what those consequences would be for our time traveling friends, Hurley asked all those questions for us. The best part, naturally, was when he stumped Miles. Because Miles is just regurgitating everything Daniel told him. So where is Daniel with all of his time travel answers?

It is interesting to see Jack make this transition from a Man of Science. To a Man of Faith. He finally believes in his destiny and its connection to the Island. Or at least the possibility. What is probably most intriguing is how if Jack had agreed to help Juliet save Ben, Sawyer and Kate never would have gone to Richard. And Ben would never have become an Other. But Miles would probably tell me, he couldn't. Because what happened, happened. And Ben is an Other. And that can't be changed. So Jack had to say no.

Sawyer and Kate trekking through the jungle felt like early LOST. It's been a while since we've seen anyone tromp around in the jungle.

I hope they tell us what it is Richard did to save Ben. What it is that takes away his innocence and makes him the conniving, sneaky, tricky, lying, genocide-making Ben we know. The Other Ben.

The best, BEST, part of this episode was the very end. When Ben wakes up and sees Locke sitting right next to him. And he has that look on his face that says, "I thought I killed you. Fuck! Why won't you just die already? And stay dead?" Then Locke gets that little smile on his face. The one that says, "Don't you know already, that you can't kill me. You had your chance. It is my turn on this Island, and It is not going to let me die." BRILLIANT!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hump Day Humor: 4 Awesome Chords

... and lots of amazing songs. Thanks Cary!

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

What is the only mammal with a true shell?

The armadillo.

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