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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Things I've Learned to Embrace (Again)

With Christmas over, the TV series DVDs I've gotten had filled my TV-void days.

Things I've realized:

1. How sad Gilmore Girls ended. I can admit that the last 2 seasons of the show was rather so-so. I have seen better efforts. We knew for a fact that AS-P wanted out (or more money for the show) of GG. When WB called her bluff and handed the show to David Rosenthal, he had to keep the viewers' attention without the kooky Exec Producer's silver tongue (and pen). It was hard watching the show without the quick banter, see the struggle of the Rory/Logan and Lorelai/Luke relationship. I hated the fact that the Lorelai/Chris relationship had been RUINED by bad writing and viewer pressure.

But that's beside the point. Watching the season finale/series finale made me feel like I just lost a best friend. Truly, the show had captivated me 7 years ago. I didn't want to let it go. Watching the last ep yesterday finally made me realize that there might never be another show like it. During the first few weeks of the writers' strike, Mike Ausiello spoke with AS-P, and he scooped that there may be a movie or a prolonged special episode that may be produced in the future. We all know that Alexis Bledel wasn't really all that keen to reviving Rory (made obvious by dragging her feet to sign her contract). Lauren Graham wanted to say the special words AS-P wrote years ago when she dreamed to end the show.

Really, until it happens, I would weep the way GG ended.

2. Oh how I forgot how much I love Degrassi. Years ago, my brothers and I crowded in front of the TV to watch the drama unfold in the lives of Joey Jeremiah, Spike, Snake, and the rest of Degrassi Junior High. Now my brothers and I are older. I'd like to say wiser, and yet, Degrassi lives. This time around, Snake married Spike. Sean is now in a nursing home. Joey has lost his hair but he still plays uncle to the new batch of Degrassi children: Emma, Jake, Paige, Marco, et al.

If we only knew how much high school drama had changed! From coming out parties, to pharming, to school shootings and STDs, only Degrassi makes a viewer yearn to see how these children cope with the themes that would bring an adult to their knees.

I should just get this on DVD. It's an addiction I love getting to know all over after I've abandoned my Daria fix.

3. Daria. Now there's a girl with non-issue issues. What a coincidence that her classmate Britney was dating Kevin? MTV hadn't made anything this great in eons.

4. Veronica Mars. My Mallowy love. My LoVe love. My Weevil/Ronnie angst. From a rape/murder season one, to a bus crash/revenge, to college (huh?) transitions. 3 years wasn't enough. As much as I love the mother/daughter banter between the Gilmore Girls, Papa Mars and Ronnie relations take the cake. Not only is their relationship tight, it's realistic. When V was upset with Keith, she let him know and vice versa. GG really didn't know how to make the girls fight nice. Taking 2 seasons to air dirty laundry was an option I wish I could erase in GG TV.

5. Futurama. Should I say more?

I plan on rewatching Freaks and Geeks and Six Feet Under. *Sigh* Nostalgia.

What are you planning on reintroducing as your TV pleasure?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Shopkeep's 101 List

Kylie1403 did it and now I am doing it.

Day Zero started a site a la Bucket List. You list what you want to do, give yourself a deadline to complete the list and hopefully check them off as you complete each task. It doesn't have to be grand or selfless. Actually, it can be quite selfish, but you have to give in as to better yourself and hopefully the world around you. Try it out. You just might find out something about yourself you haven't thought of in a while.

Here's the countdown

Health, Fitness & Personal Growth

1. Workout a minimum of 3 times a week
2. Have 1 drink a week to relax and enjoy myself
3. Go to church more often
4. Have only 1 cup of caffeinated coffee a day
5. Eat three servings of fruit and vegetables each day
6. Lose a minimum of 40 lb
7. Streamline my friends list
8. Get in contact with long-lost friends
9. Have a long, sincere talk with someone who has offended me
10. Ask forgiveness from someone I have offended
11. Update my will
12. Take a photo of myself every day for a month
13. Donate Blood at least 4 times this year
14. Donate my clothes that I haven’t worn in ages
15. Travel outside the country
16. Bring food to work rather than eat cafeteria food for 6 months
17. Minimize clutter
18. Try to swim the length of the pool without stopping
19. Cure my fear of diving
20. Run a 10K by July 2008

Education & Certificates

21. Recertify in CPR
22. Attend at least one class next semester
23. Recertify for my ASCP
24. Learn to speak a new language (Japanese or Spanish)
25. Take a class about Financial growth and improvement

Reading, Writing & Being Creative

26. Read at least 1 book a month
27. Write in my journal everyday for at least 6 months
28. Finish writing 2 of my stories on FF
29. Post, critique and suggest a book or movie once a month on my blog
30. Finish at least 1 scrapbook by the end of the year
31. Apply and use Grammar Girl’s word of the week in my writing
32. Read a book to my child before going to bed
33. Read a short book and try and illustrate it
34. Pick a work in the dictionary once a week and use the word in conversation
35. Teach a class at work
36. Learn 3 Ben Folds songs on the piano
37. Learn to play 3 John Mayer songs on the guitar
38. Edit my iPod playlist and have a list of positive music
39. Relearn my love of coloring with crayons
40. Learn stamping and using brats on a scrapbook page
41. Take at least 12 photos of my child on his first birthday
42. Read the whole Harry Potter series
43. Develop a story that has nothing to do with my FanFics
44. Write at least 5 handwritten notes in a year
45. Learn how to use a photo editing software
46. Document my feelings about each successful tick from this list


47. Write my hubby a love note once a week
43. Call my parents once a week
44. Comment more on my brother’s blog
45. Declutter!
46. Buy one thing for each member of my family for them to wear all year round
47. Organize one sit down meal at home (and not on a holiday!)
48. Have one pool party reserved for family only
49. Make home made family ornaments for next Christmas

50. Write a blog or email about one friend and thank them publicly
51. Have a movie night without the kids
52. Organize a playdate for all the kids on a non-birthday date
53. Send a thank you card with flowers to my girlfriends
54. Find an old photo of my girlfriends and have it drawn or painted and send them off as presents for one of their birthdays
55. Have my friends sign a slam book and compare their answers then and now if there was a previous slam book filled out in their teens
56. Sponsor a family day out with 2 other families and have a picnic
57. Do a “10 Things You Don’t Know About Me” and let other friends fill out the survey

58. Go to confession
59. Give up cussing for Lent
60. Read and reflect on a Bible passage once a week for a year
61. Light a candle and offer a prayer bi-monthly for a year
62. Reflect on my day and annotate what I did well and what I can improve on for a year

Places, Travel & Sites
63. Visit NY and watch a Broadway Play
64. Get my new passport and travel outside the country
65. Visit Williamsburg, VA
66. Do Gettysburg
67. Hike one of the Susquehanna trails
68. Travel to the beach
69. Do Podunk Town’s Historical trail
70. Take the train to Philly instead of driving

71. Watch a musical I haven’t seen on TV or on stage before
72. The Longwood Gardens at Christmastime
73. A rollercoaster ride after 10 years
74. An expensive sit-down meal that has been Zagat rated
75. Have a grown-up night out with my hubby and friends
76. Go to a county fair
77. A full vegetarian meal and enjoy it
78. A quiet night by myself
79. See a concert and not worry how much it costs
80. My child knowing Santa is coming to drop off Christmas
81. The Baltimore Aquarium like a kid again
82. Treat the family out to the Cheesecake Factory at the Inner Harbor
83. Watch a Phillies home game with the boys
84. A year of 3 kids turning one in the next 365 day

85. Eat approximately 1500 calories for 6 months
86. Run 4 times a week, a minimum of 2 miles each run
87. Reject cake and other sweets for 3 months
88. Watch TV no more than 2 hours a day
89. Learn to make pie crust
90. Save at least $100 a week for myself for a year
91. Enter a writing contest

92. Make a meal out of scratch once a year
93. Cross stitch something for the child in the next year
94. Finish painting the basement this year
95. Reorganize and remodel the kitchen this year
96. Plant an herb garden and keep it alive for a year
97. Keep my walk-in closet clutter free for 365 days
98. Eat organic food for 3 months
99. Cook an exotic dish once a month for 12 months
100. Buy 3 chick-flicks/chick lit in 12 months and not feel ashamed buying them, then loan them out to 3 people afterwards
101. Give at least 1 hug to someone outside of the family circle every week for 3 months

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hellboy II Preview

I am so there, babysitter or eitherwise.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Effects of The Writers' Strike to a TV Addict

It's Wednesday and I am not watching Pushing Daisies. I am not watching Private Practice. Oh no, it's too easy to fall into the routine. With the strike and the absence of the new episodes could leave me zombified, drooling at the tv, waiting for my shows to roll in. However, this was what I encountered.

If I tuned in on ABC, I would be entertained by the show "Duel", a show that is bad-bad-bad. Mike Greenberg, the half of Mike and Mike In the Morning on ESPN is the host of the show and he has no charisma. He has no drama and he annoys the bejeesus out of me. I can stand him talking sports. However, as a show host? Not as much.

If I tuned to NBC, I'd be faced with the show "Clash of the Choirs". I am sorry. I can't watch Michael Bolton and Nick Lachey be the critique of what should be considered "lyrical greatness".

So, what does a confessed TV addict do during writers' strike?

Channel Surf.

I'm currently on VH1 watching the Greatest 100 Songs of the 90s. I caught the list starting at 80.

Let me say, I am intrigued. I am still watching it, right?

Here are some worth mentioning:

73 song: Sex and Candy by Marcy Playground-- I remember this song because it was played on AFRTS when I was in Bosnia. It woke me up at 0600, almost every morning and the song was seared in my brain until another song (usually Cake or some German band song) cleared the earworm. Currently, I have it as my ringtone on my mobile.

69.Freak on A Leash by Korn. Love the song. Love the video. It's number 17 on my Run Playlist. It is one for the few songs that haven't been replaced as a run song since 2000. It's probably going to be a mainstay on the run list-- especially the Freaky B mix. LOVRE IT!!!

During one of the breaks, VH1 mentions songs that didn't make the 100 list. Foo Fighters' "Everlong" got cut. WHAT???

Anyway, 40 to 60 roll in.

Worth mentioning? Shine by Collective Soul. Great sound. This song reminded me lot of Seattle.

3 AM. Matchbox 20 was up and coming then. A decade later, and almost 20 top 10 songs, they still rock. They're one of the few bands I would pay to see over and over because they have a great light show. Rob Thomas gives 110% on stage and he is one of the few people that can make an 80s songs like "Time After Time" sound timeless. It was an extra to just see him perform with Carlos Santana on stage for free.

(Damn) I Wish I Was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins-- a great song. Won a bunch of admirers especially when Mz Hawkins, sexy as hell, came out and admitted she was a lesbian. Now, puts a new spin to the song, huh?

Weezer's Buddy Holly. You CANNOT hate this song. The album rocks (Hello, The Sweater Song!) and the video, made by Spike Jonze, pulled the Happy Days look real. Fonzie wasn't the coolest man in the room.

Alright, that's the list for me. Need sleep now. Will catch the other half later.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Who Texts the Most?

Answer: The Philippines.

No wonder the country doesn't know what's happening around the world. (j/k)

If it's any consolation, Saudi Arabia is the youtube capital of the world.

The Dark Knight Preview

I am so there it's not even funny.

Christian Bale did a splendid job with the first installment. From the looks of the preview, Heath (Ledger) and Bale will actually give us one hell of a ride.

Can't wait.

If that's not enough, how about Bale playing John Connor in the new Terminator movie?

I'd say it's an interesting choice to say the least.