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.

Whew, what a week!

kat deeleyHooray – it’s Friday! I can’t tell you people (person :)) just how excited I am. First of all, I finally finished all my work for the week. Of course, I got two new projects today, but I don’t have the start them today. Well, I’m not going to start them today. Next, tomorrow is my sewing group. That’s exciting – we’re putting together our apron quilt, I think it’s going to look phenomenal. Finally, I don’t have any work (except those two new projects – but they’re small) next week because we’re going to VEGAS! Woo hoo!!!

Now for a TV update:

What’s up with the IV Real shirts on SYTYCD? I scoured the web today and the best I could come up with is a site called 4real.com…looks like celebrities and real people working for change all over the world. But here’s my question – and cut me some slack because I’m not cool, and I’m a marketeer by trade – if you’re promoting something, why not just promote it? Let’s not make it cryptic – the shirts should just say 4real.com, right? Then people would rush to the site and sign up and start changing the world because Will, Twitch and Comfort think it’s cool, 4 real.

Next, Burn Notice started yesterday. My husband and I are about to eat nestle toll house cookies and watch it. I can’t wait. Also looking forward to Flashpoint, which starts tonight I think. Then Monday is The Closer and Saving Grace!!! Woo hoo! Awesome start to my vacation.

Book update:

I read Lady Killer by Lisa Scottoline and I LOVED it. How is it that I’ve never read her books before. I was missing out! Also finished Blue Skies and Runaway Mistress by Robyn Carr – loved them both. She’s excellent. Both of those ladies write the best characters – they never have the characters saying dumb stuff or stuff that doesn’t fit. You’re never wrenched out of the story by bad writing.  I sent Robyn an email, and she sent the nicest reply. She’s definitely a new fav.

I’m almost done with The Appeal by John Grisham. It’s pretty good. His writing now doesn’t even seem like the same guy that wrote The Firm, Pelican Brief and Time to Kill. But I still read them as they come out. They’re mind candy. This one seems particularly disturbing because it’s kind of inside the world of PACs and fixed judicial elections – things that already scare me.

That’s it – more tomorrow. Time for Burn Notice and cookies!

excited

Here are some things I’m excited about:

  • On TV: Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D List, Flipping Out, So You Think You Can Dance and all the shows starting in July.
  • My new Nikon S550 camera!!!
  • My newly organized desk drawer and my new gel roller bic pens.
  • My increase in hours for my job.
  • The new authors I’ve been enjoying: Sherryl Woods and Robyn Carr. And speaking of books, Jennifer Weiner’s newest book “Certain Girls” – which was AWESOME.
  • Finding SuperBuzzy.com, an awesome Japanese fabric shop online.

I think that’s it for now :)

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.

where do I begin…

So much has been happening. Obama clinches the nomination, So You Think You Can Dance started, I made lots of crafts and food, my son started saying things like “that’s enough, Mommy!” and “just leave it!” Whew. I’ve been avoiding the blog…too much to say.

Hope stickers

Well, let’s start at the beginning. First, I’ve been a little wary to claim victory for Barack – Hillary has 17 million reasons to hold out until the convention, and I wouldn’t put it past her. Obama '08 magnetBut I did receive my cool Obama magnet (my gift for donating), so that’s exciting. I also got my super awesome Shepard Fairey stickers from Sticker Robot, but because of they’re VERY permanent sticking capabilities, I’ve been a little gun shy about sticking them on anything. Not to be too much of a bandwagon fan, but as soon as Barack’s nomination is a little more set in stone, I plan to put the first on on my sewing machine. It’s decidedly naked in it’s unadorned state.

william watches history unfold

Next on the blogging list? Reality TV. Step it Up and Dance’s finale was a little anti-climatic. I won’t reveal the winner in case it’s still stewing in your Tivo, but I’ll just say it wasn’t much of a surprise. I have been thoroughly enjoying the auditions for this year’s So You Think You Can Dance – I can’t wait for the top 20 to begin their competition. Some of the audition stuff seems to be setting the dancers up for failure. Like that last girl Katie, that got picked over her best friend. They already portrayed her as a quitter to the American public, and made her look like she didn’t care if her friend got in, even though her friend was SOOO supportive of her. So that’s not good. I’m excited about the finale of Top Chef. If Lisa wins I’ll be very sad. I can’t stand the way she stands in front of the judges table – that awful “who gives a shit” face she makes is getting on my nerves. Stephanie and Blaise seem to be more deserving of the title based on their performance throughout the season. I like them both the same.

I think I’ll make my crafty achievements a new post – so that’s it for now.

step it up and dance

I’m predictably addicted to this dance reality show on Bravo, Step it Up and Dance. But the best part is that on Bravotv.com, they have something called dancealongs – where the choreographers break down the dance for ME! In my living room! Check it out:

Dancealong on bravotv.com

Oh yeah, and counting down to So You Think You Can Dance…May 22!!! Woo hoo!

Idol gives back

Did you see that ad where all the people go get their water in the jugs? And the mom gives her kids the dirty water? Gut-wrenching. How about Chase from House playing the violin? Awesome! I loved that whole number, with Teri singing and Mike (his TV name) playing the guitar. And I was super excited to see all my favs from So You Think You Can Dance!

So far, so good! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I don’t want to miss Billy Crystal. Um, Milly Cirrus? Hilarious.