Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I just read about Tummy Tuck Jeans. Hmmm, I was thinking about hunting down a pair to try on. They range from $89 - $120 dollars, which I would have no problem paying for jeans that look good. Any sort of bottom is hell to fit on my oddly shaped 6" tall frame and as cheap as I am I can sacrifice if it is an investment.
What I didn't like was the fact that every model on the website was a stick thin, no hip, NATURALLY flat stomach waif. That is crap! What the hell do they need tucked? These jeans have a built in girdle systems for Pete's Sake. The unnatural models don't even have enough body fat to keep them warm in the winter. Marketing like this and the hypocritical images body message pushed on American woman is exactly why I left the fashion industry. This is as dumb the people on E! calling Scarlett Johansen a full and curvy woman.
I sadly wasted about an hour of my life flipping back and forth to the most embarrassing show ever-Celebrity Duets. You have to watch this to believe it, it's truly painful. I kid you not, I covered my eyes when Chris Jericho sang because I felt so horrible for him and Lea Thompson is even worse. Jai Rodriguez from Queer Eye for the Strait Guy is actually pretty good and Hal Sparks is so stinking cute, but seriously-Cheech Marin?
To top it all off the duets with the most elevator music sort of artists, Michael Bolton, Cyndie Lauper, Randy Travis! Come on!!
If you really want to watch a singing competition that blows Celebrity Duets, American Idol or anything else out of the water try Rock Star:Supernova. It is amazing the talent of these people bring to the table and they sing all rock songs. None of the Dion Warwick crap.
My top picks are Magni and Toby, but the competition is pretty solid. The cool thing about this show is that it is international and most of the contestants have either had multi record deals or years and years of experience. It is less of a contest and more about a really competitive audition for a rock band. This show is worth the time. There is an elimination show tonight.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I have found that when you have a righteous hangover you learn a lot about yourself as well as the intricacies of your television watching behavior. Due to the delicious drinks at Mi Hacienda, my lack of self control and the great company of Sarah and Amy I caught myself a case of Malaria. I spent today dying in bed and came to a few conclusions...
For instance, my new favorite show is Design Star on HGTV. I watched the first six episode marathon and I am freaking in love with it! The two final contestants are amazing and I am really pulling for David, the finale is next Sunday at 9.
Next, Project Runway...loved the last two seasons but I fell behind with what was up this time around. A four episode catch up has convinced me that I want Uli or Michael to win. It reminds me of people I used to work with in New York.
Ironically enough I am now officially addicted to Intervention. Tonight's episode was a Meth addict who was 24 and had no eyebrows. Heart breaking stuff.
Finally, I came to the conclusion that for the last few years I have claimed that I'm not really into reality TV. After some deep soul searching I can openly say that I have a sick obsession with reality TV. I mean I watch a show where families take their loved ones by storm and check them into rehab. What is wrong with me? Maybe it is the summer line up and lack of new unreality shows, but I would say that today proved my level of watch is directed at about 86% reality shows. I mean, Big Brother makes me laugh, Laguna Beach makes me roll my eyes and Driving Force makes me cringe-all causing enjoyment. Is there some sort of rehab for televisions junkies?Now, that would be a show I would watch.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Well, I am pretty boring and as of today I have had zero visitors for two weeks! I guess this post is pretty dumb since no one will read it but, man do I feel like the smelly kid getting picked last in gym class.
It is not a lie that I have not been diligent with my daily posts but I figure "who is going to notice?"... that is probably my first problem. I also didn't really start to blog for a avid fan base, but now I feel un loved-what a complex.
Soooo, what I ask of you poor stranger or dear friend that has stumbled by my humble blog by accident (or guilt) is a suggestion or too on how to become a "popular" blog runner- person- thingy. What are the tricks of the trade? How can I spice it up a bit? This is a cry for help.
Sumner Redstone, the 83-year-old chairman of Viacom, is old and cranky and enough of a loose cannon to have blurted out what ordinary people have been thinking for months, that Tom Cruise is out of control.
Check out the other brilliant acts of Cruise...
South Park controversies
Thursday, August 10, 2006
"Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble."
-- Peter S. Jennison
I am proud to teach in a district that allows "dangerous" books in our curriculum. I just finished a unit for a book written by Chris Crutcher. This man has had more of his teen books deemed as dangerous or banned. Yet, my students love them. He is speaking at my school this year and we just had two more of his books added to the curriculum. Yeah! Kids are being encouraged to read!!
Is your favorite book censored?
Check out these sites on censorship.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Numerous friends have shown me the power of PostSecret.com. I like to check it regularly and if you have not tried it out I suggest it, it is well worth your time and interest. Here. The images and words are simple, complex, profound and silly.
This new post sparked something in me that made me shiver. I realized that, though it probably seemed grotesque to most, I found the sickly body beautiful. As someone who has waged a war with anorexia, bulimia and food in general for well over 10 years I felt about 5 seconds of jealousy; why couldn't I be that thin? I freaked because I thought I was healed and that thought was sick.
Then I moved into admiration for the personal strength of the poster. This made me realize that one is never "cured" from their illness or battle. It is what you do with the remaining fragments. Do you let them lay dormant or do you use them to build positive beginnings.
Anyhow, always moved and always feeling life... I just wanted to share the power of one particular blog and thank those who share their secrets. Whether it is to a blog, to their friends or to themselves.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I was pissed to watch this tournament and realize that the people on it were idiots and the questions were extremely easy. So, being the proactive person that I am, I signed up for the second season casting call and will be going to Chicago when the date is set. You compete in teams of three, thus far my team consists of my husband and me. We are currently accepting applications for a third member so if you can name at least three characters from Thundercats, sing the theme song to Smokey and the Bandit, or name the actress that played Screech Powers girlfriend on Saved by the Bell you are right for us.
In the spirit of the game I thought I would post a few easy questions for fun. I might be interesting to see if I am the only person (besides my poor husband) that has no life.
Movie Tag Lines (name the film)
1. Collide with Destiny
2. 'For Harry and Lloyd everyday is a no-brainer.'
3. 'She walked off the street, into his life and stole his heart.'
4. 'An adventure 65 million years in the making.'
5. What is the name of the criminal that always robs the Kwik-E- Mart?
6. What was the name of the resturant the served Homer poisonous fish?
7. To whom did Bart sell his soul?
8.What is Patty and Selma's favorite TV show?
9. Kenny: You guys gotta get me out of here! There's this guy Nasty Nate who wants my cocktail fruit, and everyone here likes fresh fish! Then The Squirrel Master came out of left field and told me I'm his bitch!
10.Marge: Say Lou, didya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plate so he went and changed his name to J3L2404? Lou: Yah, that's a good one.
11.Joseph Donnelly: I tried to prove myself to you, But I know nothing of Books, or Alphabets, or Sun, or Moon, or... All I know is Joseph Loves Shannon.
12.Which John Cusack film was written and directed by Cameron Crow?
13. What Kevin Smith movie first starred Ben Affleck and Jason Lee as the Bluntman and Chronic comic book authors.
14. In Billy Madison a song is playing when Billy pulls up to his first day of high school. What is the song and who is the artist?
15. What was the name of the girl group Kelly, Jessie and Lisa formed on Saved by the Bell?
Friday, August 04, 2006
It is not that I don't like Britney Spears, I just don't want her to procreate, make music or speak in public anymore.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Any of you who know my husband, or my in-laws, you may already realize that I had to first fall in love with Michigan before I could ever fall in love with Ryan. It is not a requirement it is just who he is and Michigan is pretty easy to fall in love with. In fact college football in general is pretty much my favorite time of year. Though I love my NCAA basketball, football has a feel that can't be beat. The early fall weather, the grills, the 7 am tailgating before a 3:30 kick off; it is fantastic. What is still amusing to me- in a shrug my shoulders roll my eyes kind of way- is how my husband turns into a twelve- year old boy exactly one month before the season starts.
It is like freakin Christmas. He makes these weird little noises that I think are giggles and than slaps his hands together and says "Ohhhh, 29 days I CAN'T WAIT!". Then his good friend Mikey the Ohio State fan will come over and they will talk prospects, it's like their annual pre-season pissing match.
I have decided in the spirit of my husbands excitement and my own love of Michigan football, I am going to create a construction paper chain with maize and blue paper. Ryan can rip off a link each morning just like we did as kids for Christmas. I am pretty sure this will only exacerbate his pre-season giddiness, but I will surely get some entertainment out of it. I can only imagine that as the madness I have grown fond of called college football sneaks around the corner I will have plenty of delightful stories. When you marry into a family that rents a tent, gets a band and pulls out the big screen TV for the Michigan v. Ohio State game you have so much to look forward too!
Last night I sat down to finally watch V for Vendetta. When it first came out in theatres one of my students explained to me that it started in the early 80's as a graphic novel (comic book). He shared it with me and I thought it could possibly be a fantastic film.
It was actually amazing.
I tend to get very fired up when I watch a movie that moves me. I usually get made fun of for getting into films as much as I do, but when I watch something that was imagined by a human I assume that there is nothing keeping someone else from actually doing it. If you haven't seen the film or read the book there is an overall message of revolution and not letting fear control you. The film version was adapted to include biological warfare and religious terrorism making the modern day issues catalyst for even more paranoia.
Conspiracy theories tend to be traditionally for crazy people, but the older I get the less I trust any government. I trust the good in people, but I don't trust the euphoric high of power. My mother keeps telling me I watch to much TV and read too many books, but hell I have ADD.
Anyhow, I enjoyed the film tremendously and I will continue to ignore most of the news on TV assuming it is the result of money grubbing puppetry. As for the government, I will probably always think it is evil. If a movie, book or television show can be imagined by gifted writers then people with lots of power, money and insatiable greed can think of it too.
Geeze, I should have just watched The Benchwarmers.
Check it out http://vforvendetta.warnerbros.com/