Friday, May 28, 2010

It's Friday!!

It is Friday. It is Friday.  It is Friday.  I am not saying this over and over because I am over joyed...well okay maybe I am a little.  I am saying it over and over again, because I did my regular Friday grocery shopping yesterday.  I wanted to beat the holiday rush.  People are crazy at any holiday.  Also my kids have an extra day because the teachers had to take a furlo day.  So I am really messed up.  Then I remembered it was Friday, which means it is time to confess. 

I am not a patient person.  People think I am so easy going and relaxed.
I am not.  They don't live with me.
If they did they might not say that.
I am very easy going and patient.
As long as every thing is going exactly how I imagine it should.
When it doesn't, which is 99.999999% of the time, I get very a little cranky  irritated.
Actually, all of the above is completely fabricated.  I am actually perfect in every way.  I just act flawed so people will not feel bad about themselves.

What are your deep dark secrets?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

If I Could Do It Over...



If I could do my wedding over, I would.  Don't get me wrong, I like the guy  I married.  I wouldn't change that.  I liked the colors.  I liked my dress.  The food was fabulous.  My mom worked with a chef so we got a pretty stellar spread.  No, those things I would not change.  I wouldn't change the location of our wedding.  So what would I change?

Well for starters, I would change the fact that one of our groomsmen had a broken leg. Yep, you read that right.  A broken leg.  Ironically he broke his leg the day we had originally chosen.  Bless his heart for coming and standing in the wedding.  Next to the bride, he got the most attention. 

Next, I would change the wedding party ever so slightly.  See, my sister was a bridesmaid.  I wouldn't change that for the world.  She is my sister.  No, I would change the groomsmen.  Biggest mistake I made there.  At the time, it just made sense to have her then husband turd-man be the groomsmen on her arm.  Looking back, if hind sight were in fact 20/20 I would have had my brother stand with her.  He's my brother.  He took good care of me, when he wasn't torturing me I mean.  But seriously, why didn't I?  Wish I had.

Another change I would make is the guest list.  I hate being politically correct.  It's for the whiny cry baby type.  If you don't like it, boo-hoo.  Now, I am all for tact and good manners, but if you want political correctness, you won't find it here.  At least not anymore.  So here it is.  My matron of honor was my a very special friend of mine.  We were two peas in a pod.  I was her maid of honor so it made sense for her to be mine.  I would not change that.  Not at all.  The change would be not inviting our mutual friend who so graciously gave her a place to stay.  I felt obliged to invite her to the wedding.  I did.  She signed the guest book, but did not bring even a card.  Wouldn't you at least bring a card?  She didn't.  And to make it worse, her dress of choice was, well it was tacky in poor taste.  It was a short spaghetti strap formal-ish dress.  The dress had to have been five two sizes too small for her. It was just tacky.  And many people said exactly that.

So what would I change?  A broken leg, a groomsmen, and a guest.  Not too shabby.  Okay I might change the bridesmaids dresses getting lost, and me turning into BRIDEZILLA but we won't go there.

This story was inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop...click her button to play along.
Mama's Losin' It

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Redemption

I can't believe it is here!  And this season, the trophy can go to any one of the finalists.  It is one of the closets seasons I think I have ever personally seen.  In fact, each year, they have gotten progressively more intense.  I think all the celebrities out there are secretly taking lessons in case they get an invitation.

In the finals, the couples get special coaching from the judges.  Erin and Maks get Bruno.  Oh, the fun they must have had!  Their dance is the Samba, and Bruno wants Erin to be more loose and move her hips.  This is her "redemption" dance.  Erin masters the move in practice, and Bruno rejoices with, "Look at your a--!"  They dance it brilliantly and at the end both stand on either side of Len and kiss his cheeks.   Len first quipped that his dream of being kissed by a bearded man had been fulfilled. He finished with telling Erin her improvement was fantastic. 
"Your hotter than noon in the tropic!! My head is still shaking!"  Bruno expressed.  Carrie Ann told her that her redemption of the dance went up three notches.


Scores:
Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 10
Bruno: 9 Dude, what happened to "hotter at noon in the tropic!?"
Total:  29

Evan's redemption dance is the Viennese Waltz.  He has been told time and time again to make that connection with Anna.  So who better to coach them for redemption than Len.  His biggest instruction was to look at Anna, and to complete each move with her.  It was a beautiful waltz indeed.   He was making the connection and following through each move.  I could so judge this show because Bruno said there was fluidity, very good holds and a good connection.  Len was harsh telling Evan that his legs "collapsed" a little--he got some flack for that.  He redeemed his own self telling them it was overall beautiful.  Carrie called the dance a beautiful enchanting dream.


Scores:
Carrie Ann: 10
Len:  9
Bruno: 9
28

Derek and Nicole:  Redemption dance: The Rumba.  Nicole was very unsteady the first time she danced it.  And now, Carrie Ann wants her to let go.  She told her to not think about the steps(in practice) but to feel the movement of the dance.  And holy cow, did it ever work.  That dance was super steamy hot.  It was absolutely perfect...until....the end.  Where they performed a lift.  *sigh*  The Lift Nazi Carrie Ann said it was the most memorizing dance...and then there was the lift!  Len felt she still lacked confidence in the dance and Bruno with all his Bruno-osity proclaimed, "Sensuality, romance, sinlessly moving into something of supreme beauty!"


Scores:
Carrie Ann: 9
Len : 9
Bruno: 9
27

Now comes the fun part.  The free style dance.  This dance will make or break you. And all bets are off.  Lifts are acceptable.  Anything goes.  First up, Erin and Maks perform a risky and risque dance.  A bedroom scene complete with a bed which they dance on, over, and around.  It was quite steamy.  I saw the bed and immediately decided that Len would hate it.  Well he didn't hate it, but he didn't love it either.  Bruno said they put their heart and soul into it and that some of the steps they pulled off were incredible.  Carrie Ann also thought it was incredible but pointed out a small stumble on the bed.  To which Maks replied, "I didn't practice on that bed."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len:8  Ouch!
Bruno:  8 Seriously??
55

Evan and Anna are butting heads about how the free style should go.  I don't think Anna has ever come this close.  She is super stressed.  In the end, they dance to "Footloose" and replicate some of the dance from the end of the movie.  It was fun and bouncy.  I liked it....but.... "Evan, was that 'footloose' or 'screwloose'?  You looked like you were bitten by a tarantula." Who else but Bruno would say that??  Carrie Ann said they did great, but in the side by side they have to match the moves.  Len said it certainly wasn't what he wanted to see.  

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
52 total

Nicole and Derek's make or break dance is more hip hop, which Nicole has been receiving much criticism for throughout the season, not by our judges, but by the viewing public.  She does know how to hip hop, but ballroom dancing is another world.  Anydance, it was energetic, fun and they were on fire.  They did many complicated lifts, and the one at the end went kind of rough.  Oops.  Carrie Ann said that was the dance they had been waiting for, but the lift at the end killed her. (due to the slip) Len was ecstatic...well as ecstatic as proper English gent can be. "I saw jive, I saw lindy hop, it was entertaining and fun!"  Bruno said it was dazzling and that they pushed the bar very high.  

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
55
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Now it is the season finale.  All the stars are back to dance....even...Kate.  Yep...
She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!  And she still can't dance.  Chad didn't dance due to an injury so he was sitting on the sidelines. 

This time the finalists have to dance two more dances, that only the judges will score.  The first is the couples choice.  Interestingly enough each couple chose the same dance.  The Argentine Tango.  And if you ask me, this was each of their best dances.  I would hate to be the judges, because they all were fabulous.  Only one couple could get 30.  And the couple that placed 3rd, was officially out of the competition at that point.

The results are in...and it went as follows...

3rd:  26 Erin adn Maks
2nd:  28 Evan and Anna
1st:  30 Derek and Nicole

Erin and Maks are now eliminated, but they still get to dance their second dance.  The Cha-Cha-Cha.  I was sad, but in that moment I knew who the winners would be.   However, both couples still had to dance to receive their final scores.  Their final scores plus the votes from the previous night would ultimately determine the winners.   Derek and Nicole dance a perfect jive and receive a perfect 30 for a total of 115 to prove my point.  Evan and Anna danced The Fox Trot.  It was good, but not as good as Derek and Nicole.  They got 28 for a total of 108.  It was an exhausting 10 weeks (14 really since they begin rehearsing a month before the show begins).   But the time has come....and as predicted....Derek and Nicole took the prize!  I hope you all had as much fun reading these as I had writing them.  And just because I love him so much....


Just Five More Minutes...

Oh my goodness!  It's May sweeps, which in the world of TV can only mean one thing....season and series finales galore!  Dancing with the Stars had a three hour season finale event that started at 8 with an encore of the show from the night before. The next two hours were filled with the eliminated stars, the competing college teams, and two more scored dances for the remaining three.  Now normally, I would spend Tuesday night following LOST making the recap post.  Well here it is 11 at night, and the post is not ready yet.  So, I am asking for just "five more hours minutes for me to get it up.  Okay...maybe not 5 minutes...but less than 5 hours, k?  Cool.  See you all back here shortly.  I will break out the good snacks this time. 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

 
 
 
 
 

 

This award was given to me by The Drama Mama over at The Scoop on Poop. Go and check out her place.  Thank you Drama Mama! Muah!

Anyway, along with accepting the award, and following the rules (first was to thank the person who passed it to you) comes the revelation of 7 facts I'm not really sure you really should know about me, but here goes....

1.  I can pick things up with my toes.
2.  Drama Mama mentioned her first celebrity crush...Ralph Macchio...he was not my first, but he definitely adorned my walls!!  My first was Scott Baio.  *sigh*
3.  I don't like confrontation.
4.  Which is weird because growing up I would not be crossed.  I bit.  Oh yes I did.
5.  I brandished a knife at Rich when we were dating.
6.  It was just a joke.  
7.  I am actually pretty easy going...as long as I get my way.  ;)
Next is to pass this lovely award onto my fellow bloggers.  I hate this part.  It is sooo dang hard.  I want to cop out and say everyone gets one.  But I  know that is not how it is done...so here goes...in no particular order...


Christina Lee at Write-Brained
Rachel Sue at Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug
Holly at 504 Main

Then leave a comment with each person you passed the award to.  I think all of you lovelies are extremely funny and versatile.  Have a great day.

Monday, May 24, 2010



Last Thursday I watched the season finale to Grey's Anatomy.  If you also watched this show, then you know it was positively gut wrenching.  It had you on the edge of your seat for two solid hours.  It was almost as bad as 24.  I had knots in my stomach as I watched my favorite characters face peril and uncertainty.  It was awful.  It was fantastic and brilliant writing.  I loved it.  I hated it.  It drained me.  Fast forward to Sunday for one of the most anticipated series finales in probably the history of television.  I'm talking of course about LOST.  If any of you committed six years of your life to trying to figure it out, you know exactly what I am talking about.  And I didn't figure it out until the last possible second before it was finally revealed.  Yeah, I'm slow like that.  **Please be careful with comments as some readers may not have seen it yet**

Last night I went to bed still going over the 2 and a half hour event in my mind.  Trying to decide what questions were answered and which ones were not.  I tried to decide if everything had resolution that needed to.  I found myself dreaming about the ending and analyzing it in my fitful night of a sleep. ***please please keep your comments vague**  Now this morning as I sit in a bit of a fog, I wonder...is this a healthy obsession or not?  How is it we become so attached to people who are not real?  Last year when George selflessly threw himself under a bus on Grey's I nearly died myself.  And I have watched many other loved characters die heroically and tragically.  I cried and mourned along with their fictional friends and family.  I know, we let them in our lives...or perhaps it is them bringing that one to life for us.  Either way, we create a relationship with them as if they are real people.  My logical self knows and tells me, it is just a TV SHOW.  And George O'Malley was a fictional character. T.R. Knight was actually alive and well!  But I loved George!  And it is stuff like that which has me wondering, is it healthy or not? 

What is you (un)healthy obsession?  Have you latched on to characters on TV, in movies or books?  Are you sad when they die?  Tell me it's okay.  We won't judge.
***remember vague responses to the LOST finale***  Sorry to be such a nag, but nobody wants it spoiled for them.