Mad Men House Party!

Mad Men Premiere House Party

I’ll be hosting a Mad Men Premiere House Party right here on Snippets and Blabbery. Join us March 25 at 7 pm CT for drinks and socializing, and season five kicks of at 8 pm CT.

To get the fun started, head over to Netflix. Seasons 1-4 are streaming now on Watch Instantly. I plan on boning up to refresh my memory and help me get all the lies and secrets straight in my head.

Then head over to AMCTV.com for some fun drink recipes in the cocktail guide – I’m getting the party started with a Pink Squirrel!

Test your knowledge with a Mad Men trivia quiz, or print out your favorite character’s head for a fun Mad Men character masks. (Those pdfs are also in the sidebar).

Can’t wait to “see” you! Please join the party by adding your link below. We’ll all party it up on our blogs. Or, just leave a comment – I’d love to see some pictures or your favorite cocktail recipe!

Update: I had to close the link party – too full of spammers. But I’d still love it if you’d leave a comment to your own blog for your Mad Men Party.

tv update (sytycd spoiler alert)

Of course I’m glued to the Olympics, but I’ve started Tivo-ing them because NBC is going CRAZY with commercial breaks. I think I’m just so used to the Tivo that I have no patience for commercials. Especially after each and every 5 minutes of Olympic coverage. I’m sure I’m missing really good Hallmark-esque

I heart swimmers!
I heart swimmers!

Olympic moments. I did catch the Johnson & Johnson commercial where Cullen Jones thanks his mom. I love that one. Of course, it made me cry.

I have to point out my favorite Olympic moments. I loved the giant printing press and the tai chi masters in the opening ceremony. The whole thing really appealed to my band-geek side – awesome formations, keeping those circles while doing all those crazy tai chi moves?! Awesome!

And of course, the men’s swimming relays have been so exciting. And the womens! Really, it’s all exciting. Although, I don’t seem to love gymnastics as much as I used to. I think I get a little caught up in the toll it’s taking on these girls – especially the Chinese ones (who are absolutely NOT 16). I do love that 33 year-old German lady though. I hope she wins a gold.

How about our President and family being the US’ biggest fan? On one hand, the “most spirited” in me is happy to see such high level support. I’m sure it means a great deal to the athletes, who definitely deserve the support. But the concerned citizen in me can’t help but think, “he sure has a lot of time on his hands!” I mean, telling Putin that Russia is using excessive force on the sovereign nation of Georgia and that he is against the bombing outside of South Ossetia is all well and good. Even asking for an Olympic cease-fire seems reasonable. Coming from anyone but George W. Bush. Who has been bombing the sovereign nation of Iraq for years now, who has called no such Olympic cease fire, who has no boundaries when it comes to acting on the offensive – even when there’s no defense.

Okay, enough with the soapbox.

Now, back to my normal viewing habits. I don’t want to post a spoiler, but can you believe last week’s Mad Men??? So THAT’s what happened to Peggy’s baby! That show is so good.

And Joshua winning SYTYCD – very cool. If it couldn’t be Katie, then I’m glad it was Joshua. He sure earned his money on that show – power lifting every girl a hundred times in every routine. I just loved him the whole season.

I’m totally enjoying the High School Musical reality show – get in the picture? get in the game? Whatever, it’s great. I can hardly stand how the kids say “like” every other word, but they sure can sing.

tv roundup

shayna goldsteinNew season of The Closer: awesome.

New season of Saving Grace: awesome.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Good, but the acting is a little lame sometimes. Otherwise, I think the story is great, I love all the soap opera connections between the characters, and I think more kids and parents need to talk to eachother about sex and birth control.

So You Think You Can Dance: I feel like America pulled one over on the producers, who clearly wanted Kherington and Will to be the top two. I can’t help feeling like the whole thing is scripted and contrived, but I love to watch those people dance, so I really don’t care. I think Katie and Joshua are my favorites. And Chelsea. Katie and Chelsea are tied.

Army Wives, I forgot to Tivo an episode a couple weeks ago, so now I’m a few epidsodes behind. I hope they have the one I missed on iTunes. So far, though, that season is great.

I’ve also been enjoying the Get in the Show High School Musical auditions…some of those kids are really Elizabeth Moss as Elizabeth Olsontalented. Like that girl Shayna.

I think that’s it for TV. I also caught up on all the Harry Potter movies. I can’t wait for #6. It made me want to reread the books. Again. I heart Harry.

Oh, and Mad Men started!!! Woo hoo! What is going to happen to Peggy. Those characters are SO complicated – I really love the writing on that show. Seriously. If you’re not watching it, you’re missing out.

tv

I was so disappointed when I got home last night. All day, I thought it was Wednesday, and I was super excited for the Top Chef finale. Turns out it was only Tuesday and I had nothing to watch. But today IS Wednesday – so tonight I have both Top Chef and So You Think You Can Dance.

Did you hear that Steven Tyler is in drug rehab after like 20 years of sobriety? Sad. I hope he comes through it okay and with renewed determination.

We’ve been watching In Plain Sight on USA. Pretty good, so far. I like Mary McCormick. I’m looking forward the the summer season: Mad Men, Burn Notice, The Closer, Psych, Monk, Saving Grace…good stuff. I’m not looking forward to NBC’s “American Summer” programming: Celebrity Circus, Nashville Star, America’s Got Talent. Yuck.

Mad about Mad Men and other shows

I’ve been watching Mad Men on iTunes…let me just say, AWESOME! I love the characterization, I love the drama…I REALLY love the glimpse at how far the womens’ liberation movement has really brought us! This show is perfect for Hillary’s campaign. The last episode I saw is the one where the account guys are at a loss with how to sell lipstick, so they say, “I’m not a moron, let’s get a moron’s point of view. Let’s give it to the chickens.” Where they proceed to shuffle all the women into a focus group room and let them try on all the shades while they gawk and make rude comments. It was a little disgusting to watch, but I couldn’t turn away. And the women were just as sad as the men. When they used the word brainstorm, one girl says, “Oh no, that sounds hard. Is it like a test?” But of course, Peggy doesn’t play their game. I can’t wait to see what happens with Peggy.

We’ve also been watching – and loving – New Amsterdam on Fox. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like the storyline, but I actually love it. I love when he flashes back to another year and especially when he talks about the past in the present.

I was excited about The Return of Jezebel James, because I loved Gilmore Girls, and I love Parker Posey, but I’m not that crazy about it. The dialogue is kind of lame, and the whole thing is a little exhausting, but not in the same funny way that Gilmore Girls was. The jury is still out, really.

I’m also quickly losing interest in American IdolTop Chef started back up, and it’s pretty good so far, and I’m looking forward to Step It Up and Dance, although, I’m not a huge fan of Elizabeth Berekley.

Any shows we should be watching?