Merry Christmas!

I'll be getting off work in a little while, and have a few errands to run, and a house to finish cleaning. Decided to post this greeting now in case I don't make it back to the computer tonight. I wish you and yours the very best this holiday season. I'm heading to NYC and will be back next week. Enjoy!


It's my world...you're just a squirrel trying to get a nut!

The other day, Crazy Aunt Purl wrote about Oran "Juice" Jones' "The Rain," and the song's been in my head ever since. Of course I went right over to download it from iTunes--I hadn't heard this song in ages.

I wanted to post the video here, but everything on YouTube says embedding was disabled by request. But, you can at least hear the song:

There are some classic lines in here:
* "Now close your mouth 'cause you cold busted!"

* "Now my first impulse was to run up on you and do a Rambo."

* "You without me like cornflake without the MILK!"

* "You gotta get on outta here with that alley-cat coat wearin', hush puppy shoe wearin', crumb cake I saw you with 'cause you dismissed!"

Check out the video at YouTube. Look for Juice's smooth moves at 0:36 and those of the backup singers at 1:51. And that lip-synching...oh my!

This is classic 80's cheese!


It's right around the corner....

No. I'm not talking about Christmas. I'm talking about the new season of American Idol. My sister and I know it's coming because Paula Abdul is suddenly doing interviews about the young lady who committed suicide outside Paula's home, what? A month or two ago? Paula is so sorry for what happened, and is also claiming that the producers knew this young lady was stalking Paula, yet allowed her into an audition--the whole thing freaked Paula out. Call us cynical, but Deb and I are wondering why Paula didn't express her sorrow at this young lady's troubles, um, WHEN IT HAPPENED?! Interesting that she's doing all the interviews now, a few weeks before the show's to start again. Yes. We are indeed cynical.

Now, last year I claimed that I wouldn't be watching this show again. It got on my nerves, and even though I was happy with the result (yay David Cook!), I was still annoyed by the show. Well, now they've added a fourth judge, and, of course I'm curious to see how that whole dynamic works. My friend Valerie, who knows me so well, wrote the following in an email:
I just KNEW you weren't going to abandon AI! It's in your blood, Val!! Even if there was no 4th judge this year, you wouldn't be able to hold out! And the sad thing is...you know it!

Argh! She's SO right. Dammit.

I guess AI is making some changes this year--only three weeks of auditions, instead of four. And there will be some wildcard selections left up to the judges for the top 12, outside of the America's votes. Well, that oughta spice things up.

We'll see how things go. The first time I get annoyed this year, that's it. It's over. I swear. (Shut up, Valerie.) :o)


The Flirt

The Flirt The Flirt by Kathleen Tessaro

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
The story was entertaining enough, but I think there were just too many characters. Every once in a while a character would be mentioned, and I'd have to flip back to see who we were talking about. Took me a while to read this one because there was never the sense that I couldn't wait to see what happened next.

Next up: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz


Gimmicky, yet kinda cool

I got an ad in the mail for a new show starting on Sunday called Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton. At first I thought it was going to be a DVD, but it was really bulky. I opened it up, and it's a thumb drive with the season premiere of the show. Wow. I haven't watched it yet, but I've liked TNT's other offerings such as The Closer and Saving Grace, so I'll give this a try. Cool.


Getting into the spirit

I have certain movies that I like to watch around the holidays, and that's what I've been doing for the past week.

First I watched my Thanksgiving movies: Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr., and Pieces of April with Katie Holmes and Patricia Clarkson. Both are about getting through the holidays with and despite dysfunctional families. Pieces of April is a little darker because it may be Patricia Clarkson's last Thanksgiving, since her character has breast cancer. Still, the movies has an uplifting ending. Home for the Holidays features a possible romance between Holly Hunter and Dylan McDermott, whom I love in this movie. I just love the ending--you don't know how things will end for the pair, but they get to share a great moment.

Then, to start getting into the Christmas mood (which is okay to do now that Santa arrived at the end of the Macy's Day Parade), I put on Love Actually. I can watch that movie over and over again and never tire of it. My favorite stories are those of the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) and his assistant 'Natalie,' and of Colin Firth and the Portuguese girl. Oh, and of the little boy learning to play the drums to impress 'Joanna.' Love it!

I also watched The Breakfast Club over the weekend--not to get into any kind of holiday spirit, but because I scored 100% on a Facebook quiz. I've seen this movie a hundred times, yet this weekend, I saw something I'd never noticed before. Emilio Estevez flips off the principal after the whole ordeal with trying to keep the door open ("The door's way to heavy, sir."). I couldn't believe I'd never noticed that before. Funny how that happens.