Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday 13: Volume 2 Issue 7

This marks my 300th post!  I should have planned better and done something really special.  Instead, I give you this week's Thursday 13

Thirteen of my all time favorite characters

  1. Steve Carella
  2. Vincent Mancini
  3. Lucas Davenport
  4. Temperance Brennan
  5. Johnny Nogerelli
  6. Vince Romano
  7. Iceman
  8. Maverick
  9. Damon Salvatore
  10. The Driver
  11. Ed Lane
  12. Jack Sparrow
  13. Mick St. John
Here's to 300 more!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WiP Wednesday: Volume 1 Issue 7

Instead of showing what is in progress (because it hasn't changed since the last real post), I thought I would give you a glimpse of two upcoming Finished Project posts.

Stay tuned for the deets!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

T.V. Tuesday: Volume 1 Issue 5

Being that I spent last week furiously working on a knitting project, means that I spent the majority of it in front of the television. That being said, I only have a few programs to write about.

The first program I watched during the week that was not a rerun was the NHL Awards show on Versus on Wednesday evening. I had a couple of reasons for watching, one, with the Stanley Cup being awarded one week prior, it was the only hockey related programming that was not a repeat of the SC finals and two, Dan Bylsma, head coach for my beloved Penguins was nominated for the Jack Adams. I cannot tell you how happy I was to watch this awards show. The opening sequence, a parody of the 24/7 Penguins/Capitals Road to the Winter Classic that HBO aired in December with Jay Mohr (this year’s host) was the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. Then Mohr’s opening, had me rolling in parts and eye rolling in other parts. The show progressed very nicely, with two musical performances (neither of which I liked) and to the point presentations and acceptance speeches. Dan Byslma did win the Jack Adams, which was totally awesome. There were not many surprises when it came to the winners. Overall it was a delightful two hours.

After that, I tuned into So You Think You Can Dance and somewhere towards the last half hour or so, I sort of tuned out. I tend to watch the dances half-heartedly and then tune out the comments. There seems to be an awful lot of stroking these dancers. I, never in a million years thought I would miss Mia, but she was at least blatantly and harshly honest. But at least she wasn’t praising crap. This was the week that two couples were being sent home and I honestly could see more than two that should have been ousted. I remember when the show first started (barely). I remember that they just danced, there didn’t have to be a heart-string-tugging-story behind every dance. It didn’t have to mean anything. The viewer could decide the story based on the song and the movement. The host wasn’t annoying trying to be cute all the time. And this year, they are trying out this celebrity judge thing, this week was Debbie Reynolds. Really? Debbie Reynolds. I would have loved to see her critique a crump routine, since I am fairly certain she has not clue what crumping is. It was a train wreck, she loved everyone, even the super sucky ones. Ugh! I didn’t even tune in on Thursday. Well I did for a minute to see the opening routine. I got my results information from twitter and I was happy. That and my cable was all sorts of wonky. So, four people went home and I was a little disappointed that Ryan didn’t go home. Her performance the first week, she was all smiles during a “sad” song and this week, she was supposed to be sexy and she looked like she was trying to catch bugs in that trap of hers. There’s always next time. Fingers crossed.

On Friday, I tuned into the NHL Draft. That is three hours that cannot be recovered. I think of all the things I could have watched. I had no idea that it would honestly take just over three hours to draft 30 players. My team had the 23rd pick. That was a long time coming. Thankfully for round 2-7 they made it a much more streamlined process and there was no, “the so and so would like to thank Minnesota for their hospitality and congratulate the Boston Bruins on winning the Stanley Cup.” My team was all business, “Pittsburgh selects Joe Morrow”. It was like, “let’s get this show on the road, we have been sitting here playing Farmville for two hours now.” I don’t recommend watching the Draft, unless you don’t have paint to watch dry.

The weekend was time to settle in and watch some DVR programs. I started by finishing up the Law & Order: Criminal Intent season and I am really going to miss that show. I won’t lie, I did not see every episode of the series. I did see all the Goren/Eames episodes, but tuned out the Logan eps because I just couldn’t get behind Mr. Big in that role again. I was super pleased with the series finale. It was just a regular episode with an ending that was not over the top and just left things status-quo. Also, it didn’t hurt that The Beek was in it…James Van der Beek. Oh, how I love The Beek.

I watched Covert Affairs on Sunday. I have yet to find an episode that really stands out and makes me think. I think I mainly watch for Christopher Gorham (Auggie) and Kari Matchett (Joan). They are my two favorite characters on that show. I did enjoy last week’s episode with Oded Fehr. He is so handsome and I just love his work.

Rookie Blue premiered this week. On Thursday, to be exact. That was the day that my cable seemed a bit wonky, perhaps there were storms, I don’t much remember. Anyways, it was a really good episode and I think it set up some stuff for this season. First, how about that out-of-nowhere gun shot that took down the girl and another than took down Andy?!? Thankfully Andy’s shot was straight to the vest and she was fine. Oh how much I loved that Swarek ran to her and showed the concern (how can they not get together?). The introduction of the new detective Jo (thank you that is Luke’s ex in more than the partner way. That sets up quite the triangle or possibly rectangle/square with Andy/Luke/Swarek/Jo. Who here thinks that Luke and Jo will smooch and she will also hook up with Swarek? I do! Also, with the drop about Dov’s brother committing suicide, maybe they will delve into that a bit and we will find out why. It would be nice to get a little more background on Dov and Diaz. We know that Gail is privileged and that Andy’s dad is a drunk. We know that Traci has a son and is trying to make it work with the baby daddy (poor Jerry) and we know that Noelle is trying to get pregnant. We don’t know much about Swarek’s past or Luke’s so that would be nice too. I didn’t know originally that I would like this show or that it would last, but it proved to be something good. Second to hockey and some players, and Flashpoint, it is one of the better things to come out of Canada (no offense Canada, I love you, but you did drop that bomb The Bridge last year and someone there produces Don Cherry’s suits).

On the next episode of T.V. Tuesday:

This week looks like much of the same, minus L&O: Criminal Intent. I am about half way through the pilot episode of Suits. I am not sure that it will make my summer viewing yet, but I will keep you posted. I may check out Necessary Roughness. Originally I said no, but USA is relentless with their promos and so I am thinking that I might check it out. TNT’s premiere of Rizzoli & Isles is just shy of three weeks away…seems like forever!

Thanks for tuning in, we’ll see you next week.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekend Update: 6-27-11

I took a little frustration craft deadline induced blogcation.  But I survived (barely) and only have 24 rows left to finish on a project and then a new month starts.

I wish that I could say that during my blogcation I got a lot of stuff done, but really all I have to show for it is a finished ensemble and three criminal justice chapters.  Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to have this much done.  It seems like it was just one failure after another beginning on June 14th!  At one point, I think I might have slipped into a failure coma and refused to acknowledge the world for a few days.  Things started to take a turn for the better on the 18th and by the 23rd, I felt like the world was okay again.

I wish I had photos to share with you today, but by the time I finished last night and was thinking about taking photos, I realized that the "studio" was a total disaster.  I don't take professional quality photos, hell I don't even edit *gasp* my photos, but I was quite sure that a rack of drying work clothes would not make for a very appealing backdrop.  That and I wanted to be off the computer as fast as I could last night so that I could try to finish my book and watch the series finale of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (show watched, book not finished (until this morning)).   I do hope to have some photos to share in the next couple of days.

So that really sums up my week & weekend.  I feel like my head is above water and that by Free Agency Friday (July 1) I will be back on top and ready to conquer July!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Fill Ins: Volume 1 Issue 6

1. One of my favorite birthday presents was my first Cabbage Patch doll (actually I can't really remember birthday presents that well).

2. Who knew, it was as simple as that.

3. The moon really does have a man in it.

4. My weekend plan includes balancing my checkbook.

5. I was tempted by Knit Picks new Dishie line.

6. Staying in hotels and reading are some of the things I like to do on vacation.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to starting a project I hope doesn't fail, tomorrow my plans include finishing a project and Sunday, I want to finish my book!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday 13: Volume 2 Issue 6

Thirteen Teams I Would Rather Have Liked to Seen Win the Stanley Cup

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

2. New York Rangers

3. Tampa Bay Lightening

4. San Jose Sharks

5. Los Angeles Kings

6. Colorado Avalanche

7. Nashville Predators

8.  Montreal Canadiens

9.  Phoenix Coyotes

10. New Jersey Devils

11. Dallas Stars

12. St. Louis Blues

13. Vancouver Canucks

Join the Thursday-13 fun and share who you would have rather seen win the Cup!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WiP Wednesday: Volume 1 Issue 6

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

T.V. Tuesday: Volume 1 Issue 4

Welcome all couch potatoes.  There is a reason that they have series finales in May.  They figure that during the summer people spend their down time outdoors in the sun, having fun.  Thankfully there are a few t.v. people who know that there are those people, like myself, who spend their down time in the summer, the same way they do in fall and winter, in front of the t.v.  I spend my time creating (or failing at creating) and am thankful that there are some new shows.  And this week, I was treated to two shows.

Covert Affairs premiered season two on Tuesday with an episode that picked up in a military or at the very least government hospital in Guam where Annie's former beau, Ben, was being treated for gunshot wounds from the season one finale.  I thought it was a bit odd that they were playing some hanky panky with a camo clad nurse at the foot of the bed.  They must have too because they dismissed her quickly.  Then suddenly things went weird and Annie & Ben found themselves in, what appeared to be, an empty hospital with two crazed gunmen, gunning for them.  They were able to make it to the stairwell, because that is what happens in an action series and use some subterfuge to escape to the main floor, where the was one lone elderly man with a walker, on their way to the guard station.  Now this is where I stopped to pause...if they are in a hospital with an armed guard station, why was an entire floor of the hospital empty with two crazed gunmen on the loose?  Let me tell you why, they had to create some drama to make you keep watching.  And watch, I did.  Annie made it back home to her unsuspecting sister, freshened up and hit the office in a pair of Louboutin's.  This was my second pause and it continued to bother me all episode long.  Annie's cover is that she works for the Smithsonian, in acquisitions, or whatever and drives a little sub compact car.  So, where is she getting the money for Louboutin's?  You would think, given last season's revelation that her brother-in-law is searching for work, that she would be kicking some scratch to her sister for rent on her guest house.  Because if I were her sister and I saw her sporting $900 dollar shoes while I clipped coupons, I would be pissed (and depending on the size she wore, would be asking to borrow them).  It wasn't just the cost that had me perplexed, but also how sensible a shoe is that for a spy?  Later in, what I am assuming was, the same day, she took off running out of a surveillance van, across a street and up some stairs.  Really?  I can barely run in normal shoes, let alone stilettos.  And that is pretty much was I thought about the rest of the show.  Well that and how beautiful Kari Matchett is and how she needs to dump that zero and get with a hero.  No, not really, I love Peter Gallagher and in some weird way their relationship works.  I just wanted to use the zero/hero line.

Wednesday was Vegas week on So You Think You Can Dance and I only watched maybe an hour.  I missed most of the you-choreograph-it-yourselves, Broadway and hip-hop. I was able to watch the diabetes hour though and contemporary.  I was able to watch a whole bunch of people cry and I knew by the end, that going into Thursday's Top 20 show, we would see a we-can-only-take-one-of-you moments between the sisters.  So, when that happened on Thursday, I was totally prepared to roll my eyes and go with it.  This season, they have changed it up yet again.  There will be a Top 20 and All-Stars at the Top 10 point.  And I am okay with that.  Another thing I was okay with was they way they announced and introduced the Top 20.  They selected between 4-5 (okay so there was a 1 and a 2 too) and then had them perform a routine.  I don't think I much care for Stacey Tookey's work.  I just could not get into that routine at all.  I did enjoy Dave Scott's hip hop, but I always enjoy the hip hop routines.  I did not enjoy the tap and I really disliked Travis' roll-on-the-floor-and-throw-fake-leaves routine.  I don't know how I was supposed to watch Yvetta while she was dancing with Pasha.  I guess that is why they make DVRs though, because I was able to rewind it and watch it a couple of times. I did love the LXD Top 10 Guys routine.  It was cool like FBI agents in the Matrix.  And Sonya's Top 10 Girls was odd but enjoyable.  And Tyce's Top 20?  Awesome.  So happy it was not some hokey Broadway number.  I am so happy that this week marks the beginning of the actual performances.  Finally the part I can really sink my teeth into.  I haven't picked a favorite, but there are a few people that are totally off my radar.

Until next week...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Weekend Update: 6-13-11

One week ago, I was certain that I would have a load of stuff to show you and write about.  Now, in the cold hard light of day, I have only this...

Nothing!  I did not finish one thing this weekend.  I didn't really do much of anything.  It seems like I was hardly at home and when I was at home I was so full of good food that I could barely lift the remote to change channels.  So, in all reality, I probably have about 10 pounds of fat put on my already rotund body.n  Ugh!  I hate that feeling of failure.  Maybe failure is too strong a word, but definitely a feeling of unproductiveness.

I started yet another knitting project and it is about 75% finished.  Hope to have it done by the end of the week, along with some sewing projects that I cut, but didn't get stitched.

Currently, I am watching the Vancouver/Boston game 6 and hopefully this goal by Vancouver will spark something and then can come back and get this series over with tonight.  3 more goals in the third period is not unheard of, it is not insurmountable.  We'll see.  I will let you know tomorrow.

So there you have my lackluster weekend.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

WTJ: Volume 2 Issue 5

I have to admit, I completely forgot about this week's post until it popped up in Outlook.  So, I didn't really prepare anything.  With that in mind, and knowing that I forgot a few weeks ago, you get this...

my feet picking up the journal...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Fill Ins: Volume 1 Issue 5

1. I remember when I first heard Lady Gaga and I was hooked.

2. Snow is showering down in June.

3. Most humans err.

4. And this series is going to a game seven...sound familiar?

5. I was inspired by my sister then and now.

6. My missing slipper is who knows where!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner with my aunt and hockey, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping and ironing and Sunday, I want to sew!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Thursday 13: Volume 2 Issue 5

Thirteen Men I Still Crush On
(in no particular order)

1. Brent Johnson - goalie Pittsburgh Penguins

2. John Tortorella - head coach New York Rangers

3. Mark Harmon - actor

4. Alex O'Loughlin - actor

5. Max Talbot - forward Pittsburgh Penguins

6. Donnie Wahlberg - actor/musician

7. Tony Granato - assistant coach Pittsburgh Penguins

8. Hugh Dillon - actor

9. Clive Owen - actor

10. Ian Somerhalder - actor

11. Adrian Zmed - former actor

12. Johnny Depp - actor

13. Matthew Davis - actor

And there you have my slutty fantasy man list.  It is not that easy to come up with 13 hotties.  Try it and let me know how it goes and who is on your list. 

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