Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Five: New Shows

September is pretty much over so we are even closer to a deep freeze, snow days, and it getting dark by 5:00 p.m. than we were even 2 weeks ago. The good thing is, all of the new shows have premiered and besides work, school, invitations, and any other hobbies I pick up from now until Christmas, I will have a full schedule of new shows to watch. There are a lot of new shows, but I think I’m going to stick with these five and drop the rest of the dead weight.

Ringer, The CW – Buffy’s back! Full disclosure, I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The Prom was probably the best episode of television ever to air in 1999. Angel and Buffy 4EVA. Anyway. This show is pretty fun too – it’s a bit soapy and campy, but overall, I’m sticking around for the season. It has identical twins, stolen identities, hidden pregnancies, a Native American mob boss out to kill someone, a white collar investment crime that I haven’t figured out yet (probably because I still pay some bills in person, at the bank, and have my “emergency fund” in rolls of quarters and loonies stashed in some closet in my house), and did I mention, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in it? If that wasn’t enough, rumor has it that Jason Dohring will be part of a love triangle in that show. Eeek! I loved Logan Echolls and his crazy yellow Nissan X-Terra on Veronica Mars, and I loved him so much that I watched every episode of the trainwreck Moonlight that he was on after VM was unceremoniously cancelled. Ironically, he played a vampire on that show. And Sarah Michelle Gellar was the vampire slayer. And now they’re on the same show. And hopefully going to fall in love. Oh TV Fates, you have a wicked sense of humor!

New Girl, Fox – I thought I would hate this show, because I have a bit of an irrational hate on for Zooey Deschanel and her hipster ways, but I actually ended up really liking the show, and her. She plays a super dork that breaks up with her boyfriend, and then moves in with 3 random guys. Hilarity ensues. And in fact, hilarity does ensue. It is funny, and cute and she isn’t nearly as annoying as I thought she would be. When trying to explain their unorthodox living arrangements and relationship, one of her new roommates calls them “reverse mormons.” See? Hilarity ensues.

Up All Night, NBC – I can’t necessarily relate as, I don’t have kids or a new baby, but it is still pretty funny. The premise is a married couple that is juggling a new baby and returning to work (mom) and staying home (dad). I laugh because they seem like real people – swearing in front of the baby, and they look like a real couple - I’m sort of over all these hapless husbands having smoking hot wives - that doesn’t really happen, and they say stuff that I imagine you would really say when dealing with a new baby. After trying to relive their pre-baby days and getting drunk, the next morning, hungover and in bed, Arnett’s character offers his wife one million dollars if she goes and gets the crying baby. That is something I can relate to. I’ve offered my husband one million dollars to pass me the phone when it’s out of reach and I’ve already sat down.

Prime Suspect, NBC – I’ve never seen the original that this is based on, but going in totally blind, I kind of liked this. Maria Bello is believable as a detective and there was a good balance between cop stuff, and personal back story stuff, which can always be a challenge. Plus Kenny Johnson from The Shield is on it, and although he seems to play the same character over and over again, I still love him. I almost had to dump him as one of my TV boyfriends after Saving Grace though – I hated that show. Anyway. Prime Suspect gets a pass for now. Also, is this an old person's show?

Revenge, ABC – This is a pretty harmless fun show. A bunch of good looking rich people living in the Hamptons, and one of them is plotting revenge against the rest of them. It’s not rocket science, but it does give me something to do at 11 o’clock on Wednesday nights. The one character “Queen” Victoria is your classic evil stepmother/mastermind and I sort of love her. I’m curious to see what happens, and how everything resolves itself over the season, though I could do without the flashbacks. Either way, it sucked me in, so now I’ll stick around and see what happens to all the beautiful people.

So those are my winners for this year – duds include, but are not limited to, Terra Nova (this is lame), 2 Broke Gals (I like the blond, hate the mean brunette, plus it’s not funny) and Suburgatory (main character is miserable, and Jeremy Sisto gives me the creeps).

Did I miss anything? What are your favorite new/returning shows? Set your Tivos/DVRs people!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shopping Spree

This past weekend I went on a bit of a spending spree. I go through these phases where I buy nothing, and then all of a sudden in one fell swoop I buy everything. For example, I had a Williams Sonoma gift card burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas, so I went in and bought a cast iron skillet (that for some reason has an incredibly small handle - is that how they all are?), a pie/turnover mold, and two enormous cook books. In case you’re wondering, the gift card was for $50.00. My bill was $140.00. Then I took those bags to the car, because who wants to walk around the mall lugging a 20 pound frying pan and pie mold, and headed back for round two.

There I hit up The Bay. I love The Bay – they literally have everything you could ever need. I bought a sweater, two pairs of Levi’s jeans (as a side note, I love Levi’s jeans. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I have gone to Mark’s Work Warehouse on more than one occasion to buy a pair), a pair of shoes, one skirt, and a pair of pants for work. The woman at the til was trying to sell me on getting a Bay card, because then I would save 10% on my purchase. I looked her right in the eye, and said, “I’m going to go home, try all of this on, and return half of it. The Bay card won’t be necessary today.” So she asks me the next logical question of, why don’ you try it on right now, to which I don’t even reply, but just look towards the fitting rooms, where at 60 year old sales associate is trying to wrangle a line of about 7 women, each with no less than 275 items in their arms to try on.

True to form, I did go home, try everything on, and only ended up keeping one pair of jeans and a sweater. I can’t be the only one who does this. When you shop, do you only buy what you went for, or do you get lulled into a fugue state and when you get home have no recollection of buying half the stuff you did? Then I go back to the mall, return everything, and then buy some more, and the vicious cycle continues.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Five: Favorite Music Right Now

This is definitely not an exhaustive list – if it was Britney Spears and boy bands would be featured heavily. That being said, this is what I’m listening to right now.

1. Kelly Rowland feat. Big Sean– Lay it on Me

So much fun! Peppy, catchy, and danceable (while I'm in the car). Plus I love Big Sean. Anyone who can't possibly have more than a 28 inch waist and refers to himself as "Big" is good people in my books. Kelly Rowland is bringing it. Beyonce who? I kid! Love you Bey! Honorable mention to the Motivation remix as well.

2. Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

This is my favorite song from her album 21. I love that she can also really sing, and doesn't rely on being so gimmicky like Lady Gaga, who is also a great singer, but she always gets lost behind her "art" and makes people who would otherwise like her, want to punch her.

3. Rascal Flatts feat. Natasha Bedingfield – Easy

I know. I like country music. Please don't hold it against me. I'm a lover of almost all types of music, and my curse is that I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. This song though - it's so good. Rascal Flatts always has good, depressing love/break up songs. I can see why Taylor Swift was drawn to country music - the drama! PS - sorry about the commercial before the video. On the plus side - yay Team Jacob!

4. The Killers - When We Were Young

So I know this is an old song, but I love The Killers. Brandon Flowers has a reputation for being kind of a douche, but I think they are awesome. We saw them in concert once and for such a tiny man - seriously, he can't be more than 5'5, he was so charismatic. Loved him. Love the song.

5. Anything by Eminem.
It’s true. I love him. I always have and always will. I think if he died, I’d actually be sad. Come on, you feel it too, don’t you? Let me remind you.

So, do you think I have horrible taste in music? What are you listening to right now?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Snarky Sundays: Mixing Up My Order

Just a quick note to say, how annoying is it when you order take out or go through a drive thru and you open your bag of food, and they messed up your order? I understand that this a white person problem to the nth degree, but it is still very annoying. It happened to us when we ordered Chinese food one night and I thought I was going to cry. I wanted nothing more than to dig into my dumplings and when we opened the bag there was soup in it. Who the hell orders soup to be delivered to their house? Gross.