Thursday, April 30, 2009

funny pics

Mostly LOLs, maybe some PostSecrets. Just things I have slowly collected. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Henson's 11

Dollar Store

After going back and reading this blog again, I am really in the mood for a dollar store run. I wonder if Brad would find that fun, laughing at the wacky/tacky/nasty things we could find there... only one way to find out!

"My Life"

Who hasn't had this conversation? I live in this conversation...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Joy of Talking to Strangers

So I have mentioned Dylan Love before; the goofy doof in the Northeast who has an interesting sense of humor. He posted a rather hilarious blog that I want to share.... and then I want to go try this myself. Sans sheep joke.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

LOST According to Allison: Some Like it Hoth

I want to put this up before Dan's recap this afternoon, because I love noticing things I have missed in his review. Let's see what i can remember:

*I am so glad we got a Miles centric episode! Im hoping we get a Daniel one next. Ickle Boy Miles was adorable, and he managed to be more sad than creepy. I felt so bad for him!

*So THERE everyone who thought the baby was Sun and THAT was why she couldn't come back to 1977! I knew it was Miles since the beginning of the season. Of course, this does make me even more curious as to why Sun couldn't go back...

*Maybe the creepiest death so far in this show - and there have been many, many creepy deaths - has to be the metal-capped tooth flying through someone's brain and out of their skull. :shudder:

*I am debating whether Miles' mom chose to leave and just blamed Chang, or if Chang sent them away out of love, because Miles thinking he is a jerk pretty much proves that we will see him "redeemed". I'm thinking that something happens to baby Miles with the magnets, and maybe it causes his 'gift', which makes Chang send them away.

*So Bram - what the hey hey? Pre-Island knowledge? Why am I surprised? The question, technically, is whose side is he on. He "obviously" (and I say it in quotes because nothing is concrete on LOST) isn't working for Widmore, and I dont think he is working with Ben. Soooo... Christian? Jacob? RICHARD?!?

*If anyone asks me what lies in the shadow of the statue, Im saying, "Darkness". Just throwing that out there.

*So here is a note on the literary connections made in LOST. This is a poem by Horace Smith entitled "On A Stupendous Leg of Granite":
"In Egypt's sandy silence, all alone
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desert knows.
"I am great
Ozymandias," saith the stone,
"The King of kings: this mighty city shows
The wonders of my hand." The city's gone!
Naught but the leg remaining to disclose
The sight of that forgotten Babylon.
We wonder, and some hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when through the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the wolf in chase,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What wonderful, but unrecorded, race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place."

And YES, if you follow the link for Ozymandias, you find Ramesses II... just something to think about...

*I KNEW something was going to happen with that tape. And yes, it was obvious when Miles left it there, but I mean before that, as in as soon as Sawyer mentioned a tape. Oh Phil... your creepy face may not be long for this world.

*Best line of the episode" "Polar bear poop. Got it." But I have to give some snaps to the line, "Long time no see", from Daniel to Miles. Clever cat, that one. Yea Daniel is back!!!

So, no new LOST this week - :sad: - but they will ahve some sort of recap episode on Wednesday night, in case you want to catch up. Enjoy, and the next new one is called, "The Variable"... hmm...

Friday, April 17, 2009


Thank God it's Friday!!

It has been one of those weeks, friends! Slow going, with a few excellent moments to get you through. And two paychecks this week - woohoo! Brad and I had a lovely evening out last night, which means we must now live like monks for a while. Oh well, it was worth it. Especially the entree!

We tried Amici in Sugar Land. The service was atrocious, the ambience was nice, but it felt more like a seafood restaurant than an Italian restaurant. We got two appetizers: Brad thought they were both "just OK". I thought one (the zucchini fritti) was excellent, and the other (eggplant rollatini) was disgusting. We contemplated leaving before ordering an entree, because the service really was bad. But we stuck through it, and hallelujah for it, because our entree was so fantabulous that I would drive back out to Sugar Land to have it again! We split the Grilled Snapper Agrume. It is actually considered a heart-healthy meal, because it is low in sodium, calories and fat. If all healthy food tasted this good, I could possibly give up fried happy. It was a delicately grilled snapper filet with citrus and mint, on a bed of garlic spinach, with a citurs sauce and orange slices on the plate. Oh. Em. Gee. It was amazing.

Anyway, my point is that IT'S FRIDAY, so everybody clap yo' hands! I have another show tonight, so wish me broken limbs.

And on a fun note, here are random pics I found when I searched "TGIF":

I think this one is amazing, but if that is supposed to look like beer... why is there ice in it?

The caption for this one was, "Today God Is First". I like that, and I think ti is a great way to end this entry. Have a blesses weekend, all!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Funny, and potentially offensive

My FAVORITE combination! But seriously, if laughing at inappropriate items makes you feel bad, don't click on this link. If you loooove to see advertising gone wrong (or foreign adverts), PLEASE click away:

Working Review

Here is the review of Working from the Houston Press. It is fairly brief, and we really aren't mentioned as individuals, but it oh well. And frankly, as I am on the stage, I hadn't noticed the projection lighting ON US, but oh well...

Four more nights to see it, folks!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

In Every Woman

OK, so I have been SO bad about updating my other blog, In Every Woman, concerning women's issues in the world today. I have just added three entries on that site, so please go have a visit (and click on the links, please!)

Half Blood Prince date Moved AGAIN!

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince will now open on Wednesday, July 15th at midnight.

I would complain that they keep changing things, but a)that is two days sooner, and b)this works better for my schedule. Now it will less likely interfere with Morgan's wedding plans. I was going to have to maneuver a midnight showing after a shower, but NOW I have all the time in the world!

So, who (that will be in Houston) wants to go with me? I know Andy wants to see the midnight showing, although he may regret inviting me along when he sees me outfit... whatevs. Hey grags, when are we getting shirts made?!?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Organ Donor

Besides being an odd way to tease me about my maiden name, this is a topic that has been on my mind lately. Being an organ donor is the kind of thing that makes a huge impact with no effect on your life. Think about it: by the time you are called to this duty, you will have been "called elsewhere".

Now, to be fair, it should be discussed with family and loved ones, but this decision rests with you alone, and frankly, it seems to be an easy one.

I just signed up online, and if anyone here is not a legally recognized donor, I suggest you sign up as well!

God Bless!


Just for fun:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

LOST According to Allison: Dead is Dead

As I predicted, part of the lesson here is that Dead is not always Dead on this wacky Island.

*I really love that, even in an episode meant to somewhat redeem Ben, he is still creepy badass and a heinous liar. It is as if they want you to see that he has layers, but that most of them have gone bad... like a stinky onion...

*I kind of love that Brad William Henke will get to play another badass with no regard for the rules, or so it would appear. He was in a fairly pivotal episode of Sports Night in the first season. He roughed up a woman, an' he should'na messed with her.

*I wonder why Ethan was so willing to kill Rousseau. Was it as a favor to Ben, or because his insides got all evil in his Other transformation? And what did Ben do/say to convince the Dharma children to let their parents all die? Horace seemed like a good enough guy... not like Roger.

*In Season way long ago (I think Season 1), Rousseau said that when her baby was kidnapped, it was preceded by a column of black smoke, which we did not see last night. Now, here are the options: a) she said that as an setup for doing it to Claire (in order to steal Aaron), or b) she crazy! We DO see the column of black smoke when she shoots her pallies.

*So, everyone is trying to decide who they think is the "bad guy" in the Widmore vs Ben debacle. Most seem to be settling on "both", but in this episode they played up Widmore's staunch rules and unflinching indifference to life. Sheesh! Not that Ben came off looking good, what with SHOOTING CAESAR!

*I'm just not sure about Caesar, guys. He has... an eerie vibe. And what is up with it taking two days (ish) for everyone to go all "old western" and start using violence as rule? I guess I never gave Jack enough credit for creating a relatively peaceful community who worked together. Props, Jack, mad props.

*Sooooooooo thanks for the tour of the Dharma Septic System, but what did that nasty pool have to do with Smokey? I'm sure it was designed to pique our curiosity, but I don't really want to know what happens down there...

*So, the Whispers are definitely some sort of security system, but how is it triggered? Where does it come from? Very interesting stuff...

*OK, so we now know that Penny's mom is not an Other, which basically rules out Ellie.

*It was an interesting reversal to see Ben have mercy for baby Charlie after what happened with Alex. It was more interesting to watch Desmond BEAT THE EVER LOVING CRAP out of him!!! Man, Desmond! Completely justified, of course, but whew, that was intense. And I really could have done without the bloody swim visual... but now the question remains: what happened to Penny? And what exactly did she mean by this line, "PENNY: My father and I have absolutely no relationship whatsoever, so whatever-- ". She isn't talking about their blood relation, is she?

*"What lies in the shadow of the statue?" Well, either we actually have gone back in time - as in WAY back - and the statue is still standing, OR it is some riddle password situation to get into the Gun Club. Either way, it was effective at making me wonder.

*Oh Alex. I literally shed a tear as Ben watched his life with her on fast-forward (although, it was mildly obnoxious, seeing as how we had JUST seen all of these scenes...) and saw her die, again. And when she showed up behind him, my mother whispered, "Oh, that is not good." I agreed, and we watched wide-eyed as "Alex" laid the smack down. Oh Smoke Monster, you manipulative genius.

*A piece of my heart broke when Ben said, "It let me live." He sounded disappointed, almost, and it crushed me.

Next week's episode is called"Some Like it Hoth"... apparently Hoth is a planet in the Star Wars universe, but I feel like I have heard of it elsewhere. Although, they DO love their Star Wars references... and next week is obviously Miles centric (SQUEE), so maybe the creatures that live on Hoth can read minds, and/or speak to the dead? Help me out Grags...

AND I predict that we will learn who Pierre Chang's child is; Sun or Miles.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Blogs I Love

Here are some cool blogs/sites I am watching right now, and what makes them rock:
Ikea Hacker is an interesting version of a DIY site, because the instructions aren't usually specific. It's more like, "Look at the cool, creative thing I made out of a and b. What can you do?" There are lots of things on this site that I wish I could make, and even a few I probably could (maybe even would) make, and if nothing else, it is a great source of creative inspiration. For example, the latest idea that I am actually considering for myself is the Money bank. You take a deep frame, put in a picture of what you are saving for (ie a trip to DisneyWorld), and you make a slot for money. So whenever you put money into the bank, you see your goal shine up at you! This would make a great gift for kids, I think.
Few things are as therapeutic as looking at yummy and funny pics of cupcakes. Don't believe me? Give it a try. Tell me these don't make your mouth water.
Seriously, these are hilarious. Laughter (and catharsis) is one of the things more therapeutic than cupcakes. You get to read the notes people leave behind, from subtle to brick-heavy, from polite to hateful, from gentle to ALL CAPS AND PUNCUATION!!!!! If they don't brighten your day from laughing, at least you can say, "Well, at least I don't have THAT problem..."


I am not generally one to frequent Buddhist book clubs, but I know a good quote when I hear one:
"Whatever joy there is in this world,
All comes from desiring others to be happy;
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy." (Buddhist Indian saint Shantideva )

Oddly enough, I found this quote on a message board where a battle has been raging on for over a week now. It concerns "The Role of Religion in the Potterverse", and some are taking the side that JKR's faith influenced the telling of this story and the quality of the characters. Others believe that there is no religious influence, only moral. And some (well, one long-winded man) want to fight for the right to claim those religious beliefs are from other or all religions, not Christianity.

It is actually a very interesting conversation to follow, even if I find my eyebrows raised frequently.

Friday, April 3, 2009

LOST According to Allison: Whatever Happened, Happened

Oh man, that was a good episode. I'm sure there were issues that I will discover as I dig through it, but the feeling that kept coming to the surface was satisfaction. I feel like I got lots of answers and confirmations this week.

*I KNEW IT!! Grags called it WEEKS ago, and I knew she was right: I knew we would see a return of Cassidy Phillips. I did kind of think she would be the one to care for Aaron, but still.

*Roger Linus... first of all, I kind of thought it was strange that he wasn't suspicious of Kate's job placement, when she couldn't even identify/operate a winch (come on, even I can do that!). I realize he felt gypped by his job placement, but most of us actually do have the "skill set" to clean up, where as I could not fix your car without extensive training... unless, you just need to pulled out of a ditch with a winch! Then I'm your gal!

*Several people theorized that Jack would reveal his surgeon colors, and that it would cause suspicion among the Dharma folks, even though no one seems to have been even slightly suspicious about Juliet; she plays doctor all the time now, even though she still works in the motorpool. So I think many people found it... odd that he didn't. For the sake of his cover, it is best that he didn't, buuuuuuuuut, that wasn't his reason. He was kind of a douche about it. Yeah, "Ben as an adult ruins our lives"; sure, "when he grows up he will kill many people"; blah blah blah. I almost understand Sayid thinking his purpose is to kill young Ben. But Jack refusing to be helpful? WTH?

***Side note: If the Others are going to help Ben, and then mentor him through his creepy-teen years, then I have to assume Sayid won't be in that group... Soooo... where does he go from here?

*Kate, for once , I am with you: I don't much like the new Jack either, at least not in that moment. But I love this transformation he has made/is making into being a Man of Faith. If only undead Locke could see him now.

*Thank God for Hurley. He and Miles made my heart sing in this episode! They play so well off each other. I know Miles is a douche, but I still heart him. When Hurley was waiting to disappear, I cracked up. So presh. And the whole convo between the boys (which had a dose of deus ex machina) was funny and informative. And Hugo's reaction to a stumped Miles was beyond perfect!

*According to Lostpedia, "Sawyer catches up with [Kate] and helps her [with Ben] rather than stopping her. He says that he's doing it for Juliet--because Juliet feels it's wrong to let a child die." However, I remember when he said, "I'm doing it for her", and I thought he could have meant Juliet, Clementine, or Cassidy. We can only assume he meant Juliet, so I thought that was a bit presumptious of the interwebs.

*I had about an ounce of worry that the "angry shower scene" with Jack and Juliet would dissolve into a sexual tension thing. THANK YOU, LOST, for being better than that.

*I feel kind of bad for this actor playing young Ben - Sterling Beaumon - because he is carried by at least 4 different people, and half naked. Awkward! Here is an interesting note, though. According to LOSTpedia, his IMDb profile contains spoiler information... I hate spoilers, but oh, the curiosity...

*THANK YOU for finally answering the "what happened to Aaron" question!! And thank you for the answer not being creepy: when Kate told Jack about it ("316"), she was so creepy and final about it that I was nervous she had done something awful.

*Part of me really wanted Sawyer to make a quip about Richard finding a dry cleaner out in those woods. Dude looked spiffed; what is that about?

*So, it felt a little bit convenient that, after this special Island/Jacob healing, Ben would remember nothing. Deus ex machina, anyone? I was, however, intrigued and terrified that whatever this was, it would effectively remove his innocence.

*Loved the sidebar about Ellie and Charles. It is very telling that they are still 'in command' during this time, which really, only makes sense. How else would Ben know him so well? So you have to wonder when did Widmore leave the Island? And was Penny born there? Plus, who is Penny's mother? Is it Ellie? Is she Daniel's half-sister? Hell, is she his whole sister?!

*Oh the Temple. Next week's ep ("Dead is Dead", which of course, it is not...) is about Ben and the Smoke Monster!!!! Maybe part of it will pick up where this one ended for young Ben.

*Locke rocks hard. 'Nuff said.

So, overall, a great episode. I felt like, after answering so many questions, they felt the need to through in some more riddles there at the end. But what else is new. And I am still waiting to see Rose and bernard again!

Thursday, April 2, 2009


My mother did not record LOST for me last night!

I know I can watch it online, but who knows how long it will be before I have enough free time to watch it. Certainly not tonight; we are probably staying a bit late at work, and I have to be at rehearsal by 6:50 or so. And definitely not tomorrow night, when I have the openign of my show (and my Grags in town). And maybe not until Saturday mid-afternoon, because I have the Women's Event at church that morning, and a show that night. SHEESH!!

I might not be able to stand the mystery. Watching it is always better, but I may resort to reading the detailed synopsis online... sigh; that will be like drinking warm, flat Dr Thunder instead of Dr Pepper over ice.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LOST: Continuity Errors?

So, on LOSTpedia, which I heart, they give excessive details of every character, every prop, every episode. At the bottom of each episode page, they give Trivia, Unanswered Questions and Bloopers and Continuity Errors. I have always said that nothing on LOST is a coincidence or accident, but to be fair, we are all human. Some of these errors are genuine and distracting; say, people standing in completely different places in two close cut scenes, etc.

Some of them, however, have the potential to be purposeful. LOST can be such a mind... trip. Here are a few recent "errors" that could maybe, possibly be on purpose (and we just do not yet know the purpose):

**When Sun, Frank and Ben are walking up to the outriggers, the sand around the outriggers and right down to waters edge shows footprints and unnatural horizontal lines. These would not be present in a real beach environment with no human interaction. The wind and tide would have erased both in little time. **
--- These might exist to suggest that someone is currently living on that Island. After all, the brush laying over didnt look as if it had been there for years. Couldn't it be (dare I say it) Rose and Bernard?

**On the orientation video in the Processing Center, the same video young Ben watched 4 years earlie, Chang can be seen wearing a lab coat with a Swan logo, a very long time before the station was built or named.**
--- I, for one, think that Chang is all over the place; not only in time, but possibly with clones. Why would each video host him with a different name? Maybe those are actually different bodies...

**When Frank and Sun arrive at the dock, the dock seems to be intact. However, the dock had been badly damaged after John Locke blew up the submarine in "The Man from Tallahassee".**
---It could have been repaired by whoever left the footprints.

**The little girl that Daniel presumes to be Charlotte exists in 1974, yet Ben previously mentioned that Charlotte was born in 1979. **
---Daniel doesn't know that girl is Charlotte; he is not in the best state of mind. In fact, if that was not her, and she is yet to come, it would prove me desperate theory that Faraday is still alive!........... oh wait, nevermind:
The March 19, 2009 podcast revealed that the original script for "Confirmed Dead" stated that Charlotte was born in 1970. Damon and Carlton initially said that Rebecca Mader was responsible for the change, though they later admitted that they had changed the birth date as a result of casting a younger actress for the role than they had originally intended. They admit now that it should have been 1970 all along.

New Harry Potter info!!

First of all, great info on the Sectumsempra scene, via The Leaky Cauldron:

Also of note in the magazine are comments from actor Tom Felton on the infamous Sectumsempra scene in Half-Blood Prince. Tom says of the emotional confrontation between his character of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter (Dan Radcliffe): "It was great. We spent a week in this misty bathroom set, rolling around in the water having all sorts of fights. Its a longer sequence than it is than in the book." The article continues: "There is blood-but also some fleshing out. This film develops the character further than before," he says. "We take the chance to explain why he's such a complete cretin, that he's not just doing it for the sake of doing it."

Another article on Leaky explained an extended trailer which was released at ShoWest. The details are incredible:
Cinemablend also has a longer article on the trailer. Most of what was described seems to be what we saw in the recently released trailer at the beginning of the month, with the footage of the attack on the Burrow, and the Inferi, however it does seem there was at least one new, and rather plot revealing, piece of dialogue, as they state "Dumbledore also has a line of dialogue that definitely isn't part of the book-- "Voldemort has chosen Draco Malfoy for a mission."

I am a whole new kind of excited!