Tuesday, March 31, 2009
On with the show:
*Young Sayid was so tragically bad-ass. I don't think it makes him "a killer by nature" that he was raised in a place where the realities of the food chain were tangibly enforced. We kill animals all the time for food, but as individuals we have almost no connection to the death of the animal, except for fishing and hunting. Anyone who was raised on a farm knows that killing animals is part of the flow of life.
*Then hott (yes, two t's on purpose) Sayid offed that guy in Russia. Hmm. When he leaves the building, we barely see a sign that translates to say "32 Oldham Pharmaceuticals"...wha?!? Hmm... I assumed that Ben was lying; that these were not "Widmore's people", or at least that they were not dangerous. But now I have to see the obvious connection between that and Senor Creepy in the tent. I will get to him.
*Poor Sayid. When will you learn to stop trusting hot women? I am amazed at the beautiful way you bare your vulnerability to ladies you've known a short time, but as a trained killer and spy, shouldn't you be expecting women to turn on you? Hello, Elsa? You full out loved her, and she still shot you. It is part of your appeal as a character, but it kind makes me want to shake you a bit, too.
*So let me tell you why Houston sucks. As soon as the scene started with Kate, Hurley and Jack in the cafeteria, our local weatherman came on and started going on about bad weather in Conroe - NOWHERE near me - so I couldn't hear any of the dialogue. Again, thank you for the internet! Apparently Hurley stuck is foot way in his mouth talking about Sawyer and Juliet. Thanks, Hugo. I'm glad someone accidentally rubbed it in Kate's face. And I'm kind of glad Jack picked up on it enough to think it funny, but not enough to move into Mopey-Town. We know you love her, Jack. We just don't know why...
*I kind of loved Sayid's reaction to seeing everyone in the airport. And another random fact: Illana teases Sayid that she would buy him a lucky rabbit's foot. That is at least the fourth reference to a rabbit's foot in this show, and I am not counting the numerous (punny?) rabbit's we see in various Dharma/New Otherton experiments. Hurley finds one in "Tricia Tanaka is Dead", and when he comes home and his dad has fixed the Camaro, the keychain has one too. Plus the co-pilot that rescues the Oceanic Six in their cargo plane makes a comment about needing his.
*I love the way Juliet totally stuck a flag in Sawyer without being tacky. It was firm, had an aftertaste of bitch, but really just enough. And I love Grags' term "LaFluliet" or "LaFleuriet", whatever. Fun. Way better than Skate. Blech. If/when Kate snogs Sawyer, I hope he pushes her off... but I'm not holding my breath... sorry, Jules.
*So, Oldham. That guy had the creepiest vrsion of the nice-quiet-old-guy-on-your-street-that-always-waves vibe. He wasn't a creep, he just gave off that vibe - oh, you know what? It was the same vibe as young Sayid killing that chicken. You do what you do, "Just doin' my job". When Sayid tortured, at least on the Island, it was always passionate in some way. This guy was just having another day on the job.
*So, to be fair, I have known since the "Next week on LOST" a week previous that Sayid was going to shoot Ben. Did anyone else think it was obvious? And as for who will heal him, I'm thinking Richard will find him and explain about the Island's healing powers, and/or teach him about Jacob. I don't think this will happen, because it would get old, but I would like it if Ben woke up in the hospital wing (with the 316ers) and "remembered" it, like Desmond did with Faraday's message.
*Speaking of the 316ers, what is up with them? What is Locke doing? How do they find Ben, or does he stumble back wounded? And what will ever happen to the Walt storyline? And where are Rose and Bernanrd? And what the whoolihay happened to Aaron?!? Always more questions than answers, LOST...always...
This week's episode is called "Whatever Happened, Happened", which is a Faraday quote from earlier this season. I really hope it means we are seeing him again.
OK, so my show opens this Friday night. If you live in or around Houston (or rock like Grags and will make the drive), you should see it. You can reserve tickets by emailing email@example.com , and you can ask for "Cabaret Seating" ($20 each), or "Stadium Seating" ($15 each). It is a small theatre, so I say go ahead and get the cheaper seats...
Rachel is coming home! She arrives tomorrow (cuz she an April Fool) and will be here throughout the month. She is going to be in my show as well, because one of our cast members (the lovely and talented Heather D) will be absent the closing weekend. And I think she is squeezing out some form of "one woman show" as well.
Brad's mom (Amy) called yesterday to ask if I watched American Idol, because Alexis Grace was in her restaurant. So I think I have an autograph coming in the mail from Tennessee. Fun!
I had an excellent Monday, which is a rare feat indeed. I am not holding my breath for an equally excellent Tuesday, but so far, so good. I'm off to get coffee! (and hopefully write a LOST According to Allison, as well)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
8. Mean Girls
7. While You Were Sleeping
6. When Harry Met Sally
5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
4. Moulin Rouge
3. Pretty Woman
2. Bridget Jones' Diary
1. Love Actually
Ladies, raise your hand if you have ever watched one or more of these with a man, and he has admitted he loves it. Yep... I thought so.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A pill like this has one appropriate use only: rape victims. This pill should not be used if you forgot a condom, or more importantly, if you don't want to use a condom. There are people in this world - adults, educated, mature adults - who "just don't like to wear condoms". OK, fine, that is your right to decide. If you are in a relationship, and you don't want to use condoms, whatev Kev. But you need to be using some kind of contraceptive, unless you are emotionally and financially prepared to raise a child.
There are people - again, educated adults - who use Plan B as a lazy contraceptive. I'm going to make a bold statement here, so brace yourself. If you use Plan B because you did not want to (or forgot to) use birth control, that decision is comparable to abortion. If you decide to "fix it later", that same thought process can lead to abortion. And if you cannot make those decisions ahead of time, then you probably aren't mature enough to handle the mental and emotional aspects of a sexual relationship.
Aside from the aspect of whether or not it is moral, using this pill, especially with any consistancy, can destroy your uterus. It has very similar ingredients as most contraceptives, but in much higher doses. Over time, if you continue to use this pill, your uterus will get the message: No Babies. So if you have no intention of ever, EVER having your own children, ignore that message. But many women change their minds in life. Surely you've noticed this quality.
This rant will probably piss some people off. No doubt it will offend some. I assure you, my goal was not to offend. I just feel very strongly about the messages that are not reaching the ears they need to reach. Lots of young women will see this as an easy solution: why get a prescription, especially if you need your parents' insurance to do so, when you can buy it over the counter? I just want them to be informed of the risk they put themselves in for the long run.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
EKO: Hello. I have something I think you should see. If you don't mind, I will begin at the beginning. Long before Christ the king of Judah was a man named Josiah.
LOCKE: Boy when you say beginning, you mean beginning.
EKO: At that time the temple where the people worshipped was in ruin. And so the people worshipped idols, false gods. And so the kingdom was in disarray. Josiah, since he was a good king, sent his secretary to the treasury and said: "We must rebuild the temple. Give all of the gold to the workers so that this will be done." But when the secretary returned, he had no gold. And when Josiah asked why this was the secretary replied, "We found a book." Do you know this story?
LOCKE: No, I'm afraid I don't.
EKO: What the secretary had found was an ancient book -- the Book of Law. You may know it as the Old Testament. And it was with that ancient book, not with the gold, that Josiah rebuilt the temple.
OK, so in "Cabin Fever", the 11th episode of Season 4, we see Richard Alpert visit Locke as a child. Richard shows him several objects, including a 'Book of Laws'.
First of all, I am getting the impression that a lot of the Island's history will be related to ancient Egypt and surrounding areas. I think it is also a fairly solid concensus that Alpert is frick-old. So.............. that will be an interesting reveal whenever it may occur...
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tomorrow night we are going to the rodeo, to see Clint Black, with James and Kelly.
Yesterday Grags and I had our Nerd Field Day, which was fun, even though it didnt really go according to plan. We still had an absolute blasty blast!
And for the first time in ages, my brain is on super-focus this morning, so I am accomplishing loads at work. A rare feat indeed! Away I go to continue that pattern of usefullness.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
So good! Check out CakeWrecks for more 80's-tastic cakes!
Friday, March 6, 2009
Here are the two memes, if you would like to repeat them:
Create the Soundtrack of your life:
1. Open your iTunes library and set it to Shuffle.
2. Press play
3. Write the title of the song playing next to the first question (that song is your "Opening Credits")
4. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool. Feel embarrassed like us all.
The second meme is: First 25 songs random on your iTunes, which is the only instruction.
"LDN" by Lily Allen
"Magic's in the Makeup" by No Doubt... did Gwen Stefani just call me ugly?
First Day at School
"Had to Do Something" by Adele Givens (Queens of Comedy"
Falling In Love
"Clocks" by Coldplay
"The Weasleys" by The Remus Lupins - HAHAHAHAHAHA, wow, reading HP will never be the same...
"Sway" as performed by Michael Buble... fail, iTunes...
"Suga Momma" by Beyonce... I guess I was dating some cheap jerk?
"Eat Like An American" by Jim Gaffigan..... epic fail...
"Kitty Kat" by beyonce - HAHA, apparently when I break down mentally, I will think I am a cat. I hope I think Im Minerva! Hmm, maybe Im already breaking down...
"Privilege" by Incubus. Finally, iTunes, you get one so right!
"Just A Housewife" from the musical 'Working'... maybe a flash forward?
Getting Back Together
"Slob" by Weezer. Huh. Maybe that was why i dumped him in the first place? My life soundtrack is bee-zare.
"All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" by Sufjan Stevens... apparently I am having a green wedding in this movie...
Birth of Child
"One Two Step" by Ciara...sigh... iTunes has faith that my future child will be a good dancer...
"Won't be Long" from the musical 'In The heights' - you suck, iTunes
"Deny" by Default - sure, I can see it. great song, too.
"Sixteen" by No Doubt... how inappropriate for a funeral, even though I hardcore love this song. You know what, if there exists an awesome video fo me singing this, then it can be played at my funeral. Let it be said.
"Trucker" from the musical 'Working'... wow... just wow...
What Do 25 Random Songs Say About You?1. "Left Behind" from the musical 'Spring Awakening'
2. "Take Off the Blues" by The Foreign Exchange (I've never heard it, it was free on iTunes)
3. "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance by Black Kids...
4. "Fathers and Sons" from the musical 'Working'
5. "Hope This Christmas" by Ginny and the Heartbreakers
6. "Go Ahead With All That" by Chante Moore (Queens of Comedy soundtrack)
7. "Different People" by No Doubt
8. "Teardrop" by Massive Attack - aka The House theme song - HOTT
9. "Agent Orange" by Tori Amos
10. "12:05 am" by the Ministry of Magic (their harmonies are beautiful)
11. "I Believe" from the musical 'Spring Awakening'
12. "A Ministry Approved Christmas" by Peeved
13. "A Summer in Ohio" from the musical 'The Last Five Years'
14. "I Can Do Better Than That" from the musical 'The Last Five Years'
15. "Change Your Mind" by The Killers
16. "Out Of My league" by Stephen Speaks - cutest, sweetest song ever
17. "The Candy Shop" by 50 Cent
18. "Holla Back Girl" by Gwen Stefani
19. "Swearing" by Dane Cook
20. "Bootyliscious" by Destiny's Child... I'm ashamed to own this garbage...
21. "If U Leave" by Mary J Blige
22. "Safe and Sound" by Rebelution (again, free on iTunes)
23. "Out From Under" by Incubus
24. "The name of the Game" by ABBA... I couldnt escape it...
25. "Still Hurting" from the musical 'The Last Five Years'
*On one hand, I am ecstatic that the directors decided to show us a hint of the statue!! I squealed out loud. If nothing else, it is a nod from them that acknowledges that they haven't forgotten about that mystery. The problem is, it IS nothing else. We saw the back of it for a few seconds. Not really a significant reveal, in my opinion. I will say this; the thoguht I could not avoid when looking at it from the back was "Anubis", and later Melissa Anelli theorized (via Facebook status) that Richard Alpert is King Tut. Hmm... an Egyptian connection?
*I wanted to hold poor Daniel and let him have his crazy babble as long as necessary. Poor, potentially creepy Daniel. It made me think of one of the first times we see his character (actually, probably the first), when he sees the news report on finding 815 and he is crying, but he doesnt know why.
*I love the rev-- well, not reversal, but the introduction of Sawyer as a Man of Faith. He kept saying "as long as it takes", which seemed to last at least three years. Other people (ie Miles) wanted to give up after a day.
*I loved that Juliette went all B-A on Amy about the fence, but then she fell for a trick she really should have foreseen. I realize that we, the audience, saw more than the Losties, but come on, Jules!
*Horace seems like such an interesting character. I hope we get to know him a bit better before the Purge. And speaking of which, does anyone else get the feeling that we are really close to that time? I dont know how old Baby Goodspeed is in comparison to Ben, but whoa!
*Where IS creepy boy Ben? Does anyone else have a weird vibe that he is Baby Goodspeed? It would be a cheap trick, seeing as how we have seen Ben's introduction to the world, but I have a solid feeling this baby will be very relevant.
*I still think Miles is going to turn out to be the son of Pierre Chang (Dr Marvin Candle), although where is Chang (timewise) in reference to Horace?
*Im so glad Sawyer and Juliette finally figured it out with their chemistry, but it was so bittersweet since we all knew Kate was coming back. Which brings me to my next point...
*Kate ruins everything. And Juliette should shank her. Seriously, I realize that Kate is hot and complicated - wah - but how can both Jack and Sawyer stay hot for her when a) she crazy, b) she has a worse track record of honesty than either of them, and c) Juliette is also hot, slightly less complicated and speaks Latin! No competition here, boys! Jack, you can keep stinky Kate, but Sawyer wins it with Jules.
TWO WEEKS UNTIL A NEW EPISODE?!?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Because of recent abductions In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things to do in an emergency situation... This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do : The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2.. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you... Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their chequebook, or making a list, etc. DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR , LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your Air Bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it . As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor , and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C..) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!)
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN, Preferably in a zig -zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird.. The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middleof the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is aburst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack.
Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors! Please pass this on This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby Theory was mentioned on America 's Most Wanted when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana
Saturday night we helped Mom prepare for a tapas party; I have never seen so much food (we cooked 10 different tapas, plus chips and guac, plus cake, plus other food people brought), and I am pretty sure we used every dish/pot/pan we own in the process. Brad was really in his element, though: he was peeling shrimp, cooking (amazing!) steak, frying potatoes, etc. Great fun (and much wine) was had by all! It was a success, although I am glad that the next gathering will be at someone else's house (even though she said she would hire Brad to cook)!
Sunday morning we got up early to go to first service. Why, you ask? because GRAGS WAS THERE! We hosted Soul Link this weekend (we being Bammel) and her church was one that visited. Yea, Grags! I didnt get much time to talk to her, since she was kind of at work, but I should get to see her again in a few weeks. Woot!
Sunday night we met with our wonderful Connection Group (that apparently poisoned Kelly - oops) and we prayed and read our favorite verses. It really is the most satisfying part of our week. We get yummy food, prayer, laughter, fellowship; we are just so spiritually filled! I am excited for us to work towards making every day feel as good as Sunday. Please pray that we make some progress there...
In general, a pretty good weekend. Please pray for our finances (and everyone's, for that matter). Please pray for Mom, who is feeling icky again. And please come see my show in April! More details to follow.