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>My Day in a Nutshell

26 Feb

>Today, while holding a feverish, overly grumpy toddler, I watched the True Hollywood Story of Punky Brewster. It was terrible beyond words. This is what I found notable:

–That anyone at a major network actually banked on adults watching Punky Brewster. Further, that those same people were shocked when the show was cancelled.

–The idea that Punky was a transgenerational feminist icon. Back in the day, I was the target demographic for Punky Brewster’s audience and I remember 4 things: 1) being afraid my parents, like Punky’s mother, would leave me at the grocery store, 2) the episode about the Challenger explosion, 3) some scary, supernatural episode involving a cave and Punky’s black friend’s eyes going all crazy, and 4) when playing hide and seek, never hide in the refrigerator. Hardly ground-breaking territory.

–THS must be really desperate, especially since the most notable thing Soleil Moon-Frye has done since then was a guest spot on Friends a couple years before Friends went off the air. And Friends has been off the air for almost 5 years now.

–I’m pretty sure her half-brother Meenos was high and/or drunk during his portions of the interviews.

And that pretty much sums up my day.

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>Amazing Race Spoiler!

9 Dec

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I mean, it’s been a good day since The Amazing Race finale aired, so hopefully I’m not spoiling it for too many people…but…

When Nick and Starr crossed the finish line in first place and started hugging, did anyone else half expect them to start making out? Don’t get me wrong, I was rooting for them to win and they COMPLETELY deserved it, but…they were awfully affectionate for being brother and sister. Sorry, Dan, if we were to ever run The Amazing Race together, I’m not snuggling with you in the cab and I probably wouldn’t hold your hand, either. Not that that would make a whole lot of sense, seeing as how you’re a good foot taller than I am.

>A Plea on Behalf of My Friend Chuck…

21 Oct

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So I know I’ve mentioned my love for the TV show Chuck before, but now I’m actually dedicating a whole post to it. My life is fairly mundane and sad and I would be pretty much devastated if Chuck and friends went away because no one watched them.

What is Chuck about?

Chuck is about a nerdy-but-cute former Stanford student with a photographic memory who was kicked out of school for supposedly cheating on an exam. Currently not living up to his potential, he’s working at the Buy More (think Best Buy) as a Nerd Herder (like Geek Squad) and living with his sister and her fiance, “Captain Awesome.” Due to an email his former roommate and best friend (the one who got him kicked out of Stanford) sent him, his photographic brain has become the intersect for all the secrets of the NSA and CIA. Along with Sarah, the CIA agent love interest, and Casey, the hilariously serious NSA agent going undercover at the Buy More, he’s saving the world one secret at a time.

Why should I watch it?

Because it’s hilarious. And sweet. And action-packed. I would say in terms of wittiness and cultural references, it’s comparable to Gilmore Girls. It’s already been renewed for its entire second season, which is a huge vote of confidence from NBC, but if no one watches it this season, chances are it won’t be around for another. Matt Roush, TV Guide’s senior critic, says Chuck is “nothing short of fantastic” and “the best show you’re not watching.” Quite honestly, I’ve been a little disappointed with The Office so far this season and I think Chuck is currently…gasp…my favorite show. Blasphemy, I know.

Should I watch episodes in order?

It’s not a bad idea. At least enough so you can get a grasp for the characters and the basic plotline. Season 1 is available on DVD and itunes; I think one season 1 episode is available on hulu.com and nbc.com; all of season 2 can be found here.
When is it on?
Monday nights right before Heroes.
Any other Chuck fans out there?

>What We Watch

16 Oct

>I was just thinking today about how Clark hasn’t said anything really funny for awhile. Well, I’m pleased to announce the dry spell is over!

Generally speaking, he often talks to us like he’s another grown up. Like when we were staying at Shane and Adriann’s house after the hurricane, he went up to Adriann one day and said, “So…how’s it goin’?” Or one time I had him in the tub and he said, “So, how’s your beautiful day?”

Well, tonight, we were putting him into bed and we had the following conversation:

Clark: So, what are you guys going to do now?

Mom: I don’t know, what do you think we’re going to do?

Clark: Well, I think you’re going to go watch.

Mom: Watch what?

Clark: Well…probably Colbert…and then Arthur…then maybe Bob the Builder.

He nailed it. Every night after he goes to bed, we watch Colbert and follow it up with animated aardvarks and a claymation general contractor who pines for his assistant Wendy whose sexuality, I have to say, is something of a mystery.

>I’m in Love

30 May

>With Desmond. If you’ve been watching Lost for the last 3 seasons and watched tonight’s season finale, how can you NOT love him?! I don’t want to ruin anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, so I’ll shut up now. But I just had to get that out into the open.

>Two More Days! Two More Days!!

8 Apr

>Until what? Until The Office returns! Woo-hoo!!!! It’s been a long, looooooooong television dry spell.

So who else is excited??

>Rainy Days and Mondays

2 Apr

> Pop quiz: Which one of my favorite movies has the song “Rainy Days and Mondays” in it? Hint: it really is one of my favorite movies, maybe THE favorite. Hint #2: It also features “Killing Me Softly.” In a very sad and funny way.

Anyway, it’s 9:15 and I can already tell what kind of day it’s going to be. Fog and rain outside. Grumpy three-year-old riding a toy intended for a child much smaller than him. Plastic Easter eggs strewn across the living room floor. Massive pile of laundry waiting to be folded. Hey, at least I have America’s Next Top Model tonight. I’m not in denial anymore, baby.

Oh, I did read this morning that there’s supposed to be a spectacular kiss on this year’s season finale of Lost. All I have to say is that it had better be Desmond and Penelope or Jim and Pam in some kind of freaky crossover because those are the only TV couples I want to see kissing. In particular, I have no desire to see Kate and Sawyer or Kate and Jack or Kate and Hurley (notice a common thread here? I’m so over Kate.) engaged in any lip-locking. Oh, my, I just realized how pathetic my life sounds.

>Merry Christmas 2007!

20 Dec

>So I’ve been postponing sending out our Christmas cards and letter because we still don’t know for absolute certain where we’re going to be in another month and I kind of thought we would by now. Let’s just say that we’re tentatively planning on celebrating Christmas in February, so for those of you whose names we’ve drawn for Christmas presents, you’ll get something SUPER in another few months.

ANYWAY, I’ve been thinking about doing a best/worst list for a few months now. Until we’re settled wherever we’ll be, this is our makeshift Christmas letter! 🙂 Suffice it to say that in our lives, 2007 definitely made up for any boredom that we experienced in 2006! So here it is, the good and bad, the highs and lows!

Worst Movie

I’m too embarassed to say. Suffice it to say that it was one of those movies that looked really funny in the previews and ended up being disgustingly vulgar and made me feel bad about myself as a mother, a Mormon, AND a human being afterwards.

Best Movie

Maybe this is a cop-out because it technically came out in 2006, but I’m going to say Casino Royale. But, in all fairness, I didn’t actually SEE it until 2007. As far as the smart action thriller genre goes, it was a tight race between Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum, but the jolty camera work in Bourne and Daniel Craig in a pair of swim trunks gives Bond the edge. No, being serious, they were both really, really good, but (and this is coming from someone who isn’t really a James Bond fan) I really liked seeing the origins of Bond and I liked seeing a buffer, tougher, had-my-nose-broken-a-few-times Bond. There’s a certain cultural “mythology” associated with James Bond and it was fun kind of exploring that.

If you’re going to get technical on me and say it had to be made and released in 2007, I’ll say Enchanted.

Worst Moment

Having to move and find new jobs 5 weeks after I had a c-section and 4 months before Sam graduated from college. That was awesome.

Best Moment

It was the last night I was in the hospital after Meredith was born and I had Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on in the background. My recovery had gone so smoothly (with the exception of my bizarre, torturous rash) and I was feeling so good (and I’m sure the Percocet and Prednisone had nothing to do with THAT!). The room was about half-lit, the hospital was quiet, and I was waiting for my doctor to come see me for the day. Meredith was lying in her Boppy, so content (like she still is) and alert, just staring at me, and I felt like we knew each other.

Runner up? Sam graduating!

Worst New TV Show

Now…I didn’t watch all the new TV shows, so I’ll have to do the worst TV show of what I did watch. And the winner is…Journeyman! Now granted, I didn’t think it was ALL bad, but I haaaaaaated his wife with a passion and stopped watching solely because of her. And now it’s been cancelled.

Best New TV Show

Either Pushing Daisies or Chuck (which, coincidentally, I started watching because we accidentally recorded it instead of Journeyman.) They’re funny, smart, endearing, and sweet.

Biggest Question Mark

Where we’ll be living a month from now! Louisiana? Salt Lake? Washington? You tell me! No, really, tell me! I’m going crazy here!

Worst Book

Okay…this may get me murdered in my sleep. By a vampire. But I hated the Twilight series. I actually liked Twilight okay–I mean, it was definitely young adult fiction and it was pretty amateurish, but it captured my attention. New Moon was tedious, but there were moments in Eclipse where I literally felt my throat close up and also felt pity for the author and the cheesiness of it all. Apparently, no one in Forks does anything but murmur, mumble, grimace, groan, or grin. Toothily. Oh, and Bella. Bella, Bella, Bella. Quite possibly THE most annoying heroine ever. My disclaimer is that I don’t read romance, let alone teen romance, so this definitely wasn’t my genre and I should’ve known that going in. But, alas, I got sucked in (muahaha…oh, Kate, you’re so funny).

Best Book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Granted, it’s been a rough year for me reading-wise–I’ve been too tired or too stressed (or both) to do a lot of heavy-duty reading, but this really, truly was a masterpiece. Nearly every loose thread, seemingly-insignificant detail was tied back in. I know some people thought the symbolism was heavy-handed, but it didn’t bother me (but then, I don’t have a problem with religious symbolism). I may have been 5 weeks postpartum when I read it, but I’m pretty sure that I’d bawl like a baby all over again when Harry turned the stone over in the forest and walked with those who had gone before him to his fate.

TV Show That’s Gone Most Downhill (For Me):

Law and Order: SVU. More like Law and Order: Olivia’s Story. I miss Munch and Finn.

Best TV Show We Watch on a Regular Basis:

Lost. Hands-down. I love The Office, but nothing compared to the second half of Lost Season 3. I mean, seriously. Every. Dang. Week. I about peed my pants (with, of course, the exception of Jack’s trysts in Thailand; I absolutely hated that episode.) Warning! Spoilers ahead! From Locke blowing up the communications hatch to Sawyer finding the real Mr. Sawyer (in that fateful twist with Locke…and gotta say that Sawyer Sr. got what was coming to him!) to Ben’s unbelievably creepy flashback to finding the underwater hatch to that amazing season finale (for which Matthew Fox’s lack of any kind of awards recognition is an absolute abomination!) It consistently hit its stride every week, building up to that finale. Of course, all that momentum was lost due to starting the season in late January rather in September AND with this stupid WGA strike. If we only get 8 episodes this year, well, I’m not going to be so happy.

So now that 2007 is almost out of the way, we have all sorts of new adventures in front of us: buying a house, buying a car, maybe buying a refrigerator (apparently houses in Louisiana don’t come with appliances), probably moving halfway across the country. All in all, we’ve been very blessed–we’re all happy and healthy, Sam is officially DONE with school, no more apartment managing, and we have all that we need and a lot of what we want. Or we will soon. 🙂 We have amazing family and friends who support us and love us (and we love you, too!) We have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives and the knowledge and peace that comes with it. We hope ALL of you have a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of things that make you as happy as Lost, Harry Potter, and babies make me.

Love,

Team Awesome

>A Gilmore Girls Tribute…

13 Nov

>Or Grilmore Grils, as Clark calls it.


Season 7 of one of my most favorite TV shows of all time comes out on DVD tomorrow. You may say that I’m not a true Gilmore Girls fan because, by and large, I didn’t get into the show until it was almost over. And I haven’t seen any of Season 7 because I wanted to watch it all in one sitting, not getting bits and pieces while I was still enjoying the first 6 seasons. But I love it. If I knew I was about to be stranded on a desert island, it’s the first show I’d grab, not because it’s perfect, but it’s like an old friend I never get tired of hanging out with. If it’s been awhile and I catch an episode or two, I get that cozy feeling like when you talk to a favorite friend from a long time ago and there’s no weirdness, you just pick up where you left off four years ago.

I think I didn’t start watching it earlier because I was put off by the title and the fact that it was the WB and then the CW–I thought it was another silly teenage drama. After Clark was born and I was home a lot more, I started catching it in the middle of the day on ABC Family when I had a chance. But I couldn’t watch it when there was a chance that Sam would be around because he would mock me endlessly. He thought TV didn’t get more stupid than Gilmore Girls.

Well, for Mother’s Day this year, he found Seasons 3 and 4 used for a great price. He begrudgingly gave them to me, but I couldn’t watch them out of order. Then Target and Amazon each had amazing sales (similar to what’s going on now–you can get several of the seasons at Target for $14.88). Being hugely pregnant and on the emotional rollercoaster that pregnancy is, I got the rest of the seasons super-cheap and planned on watching them after I had Meredith.

About a week before I had her, I started Season 1. I finished it up as well as part of Season 2 while I was in the hospital and I loved it. It’s sweet without being schmaltzy, smart without being condescending, poignant without being melodramatic, and hilariously funny without being obnoxious. The REALLY funny thing was Sam’s transformation–he went from mocking, to lingering, to staying until a scene was over, to offering to help me put the kids to bed early so he could go to a movie with his brother, then telling me to go to sleep, and when he came home, he’d wake me up and we could watch some more Gilmore Girls.

So here’s to Rory and Lorelai, Emily and Richard, Luke and the diner, Kirk and Cat Kirk…Miss Patty, Taylor, Sookie, Michel, Lane, Paris, and everyone else from the world of Stars Hollow. Thanks, friends. I’m loving you like a two-dollar whore.

>And Another One’s Down…

8 Nov

>The Office has stopped filming due to the strike, so we get two more episodes and then we’re out of luck. Boo.