7.25.2009

(500) Days of Summer

There is nothing like coming out of a movie theater with a smile on your face, completely satisfied. It's the same feeling I had coming out of The Princess Bride, or Little Miss Sunshine or Juno. It's how I felt tonight coming out of (500) Days of Summer. I absolutely adored this movie. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was fantastic--so charming and cute, and he had perfect chemistry with Zooey Deschanel. My sister couldn't go with me tonight, but when she's ready to see it, I'll definitely be tagging along.

7.24.2009

SYTYCD marks its 100th episode

The special anniversary show opens with a routine to One from A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Cast). I'm so happy to see this! I've been all about A Chorus Line this year. All the dancers are wearing white and the mirrors from the original show are represented, though they're cracked. They're dancing to the haunted version of the song that the performers do as they're rehearsing for try outs. Loved it!

The judges discuss how important the show is, to them, to the dancers, to the world. Then we see some highlights of the past five seasons. So good to see old favs like Benji, Twitch, Joshua, Hok. A lot of the former dancers are also in the audience.

Next we get a run down of what happened last night and find out whose safe and not. Melissa is safe. Kayla is in the bottom two. Uh-oh. Cat announces that Janette has never been in the bottom two--is she tonight? Of course she is. I have a hard time choosing between Kayla and Janette, but I like Kayla just *this* much more. We'll see what happens.

Next, Hok and Jamie are back to dance the 3rd season's Emmy-winning routine from Wade Robeson, the Hummingbird and the Flower routine, danced to The Chairman's Waltz from Memoirs of a Geisha (soundtrack), which is so beautiful. I'm so happy to see it again.

Now let's get to the bottom two guys. Ade is safe (my 10 calls for him obviously worked) and Jason is in danger. Brandon is in the bottom two and EVAN is safe! WOW...that's a surprise! I like Evan a lot, but his technical skills don't match up to Jason or Brandon. His personality, which is wonderful, is winning him votes, methinks.

And now...the Park Bench routine with Travis and Heidi. I linked to this last week, but just discovered it's been removed from YouTube due to a copyright claim from Dick Clark Productions. We'll just have to remember it in our minds (which I think I always will). Heidi and Travis were just as good tonight as they were the first time. I love that I can see it in HD this go around.

I wish Cat would talk to the former dancers to see what they're up to now.

Now we see Kayla's solo again (the solos are the same as last night). She's so beautiful. Jason's next. He's great. Now's Janette. And now Brandon. Tough choice between Jason and Brandon, but I think Brandon's just a little bit stronger. (Literally and figuratively!)

And now Ramalama (Bang Bang) with a bunch of former dancers (including Benji, Travis, Dmitry, Heidi, etc.) AND Wade Robson, the choreographer. I will ALWAYS love this! FANTASTIC! Here's the same version I posted last night:



I'll look for tonight's version tomorrow.

Katie Holmes is going to dance next. First an interview. She's a part of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which they mentioned a couple weeks ago, and gives scholarships to kids so they can dance. She'll be doing a routine that's choreographed by Tyce Diorio and is an homage to Judy Garland. She'll be singing AND dancing. She's dancing to Get Happy by....herself! She's not dancing live on stage--it's more like a music video. She's lip synching, and it's distracting....I liked her performance on Eli Stone better. Anyway, she's supporting a great cause, so good for her! She donated her fee to the Foundation.

Now it's time for the bad news. The girl leaving us tonight is....Janette. I'm sure she'll be just fine. Cat says it's the shock of the season. I wouldn't say that...someone has to go. It would've been a shock if she went before Randi or Nigel said she was his favorite and he thinks America got it wrong. I'm sure that makes Kayla, Jeanine and Melissa feel really good.

As for the guys: Jason's going home. I'm going to miss his cutie-pie smile. He'll be fine too. Aww...he's crying, and thanks everyone.

Cat ends the show with, "Here's to the next 100!" Amen to that!

UPDATE: Here's Wade Robson dancing in his Ramalama routine:

7.23.2009

The performance of the night

Here is that moving performance from Melissa and Ade on last night's SYTYCD. I'm still moved to tears and goosebumps. Enjoy.

7.22.2009

Top 8 perform SYTYCD

Hey folks. I'm not feeling so hot, so I'm just going to give the basic info from tonight's show. I've noticed that most people arrive at my site because they're looking for the names of the songs used on the show so that's what I shall provide. I love that Ellen DeGeneres is a guest host. Mia Michaels is the other guest. Mary and Nigel are still there, of course. This week the guys draw the partners out of the hat.

1. Group dance choreographed by Travis Wall; Let it Rock, Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne.

2. Evan/Janette, Jazz routine by Sonya; Move (Metronomony Remix) by CSS.

3. Kalyla solo; The Moment I Said It by Imogen Heap

4. Brandon/Jeanine, Waltz by Hunter Johnson; May It Be by Hayley Westenra

5. Jason, solo; ...Slowdance on the Inside by Taking Back Sunday

6. Ade/Melissa (Reunited! Yay!), Cha-cha by Tony Meredith and Melanie Lapatin; Yeah (Como Goza Mi Morena) by Chino Espinoza y Los Dueños Del Son

7. Janette, solo; Seduces Me by Céline Dion

8. Jason/Kayla, Broadway by Tyce Diorio; Mr. Monotony (from Jerome Robbins Broadway) by Kim Criswell

9. Ade, solo; Hater by Various Productions Artist (Great solo!)

11. Evan/Janette, Rumba by Tony & Melanie; Heartless by Kris Allen! (That was a great performance from the American Idol winner.)

12. Melissa, solo; Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

13. Brandon/Jeanine, Pop Jazz by Laurieann Gibson (new choreographer); Battlefield by Jordin Sparks [I'll have to agree with Nigel that most of the show has been rather flat tonight, until now. AND...it was great to see that Mia has done a complete 180 on Brandon.]

14. Evan, solo; Old Devil Moon by Jamie Cullum

15. Jeanine, solo; let the Drummer Kick by Citizen Cope (another good solo!)

16. Ade/Melissa, Contemporary by Tyce Diorio; This Woman's Work by Maxwell. Tears and goosebumps here. Wow. Simply stunning. Everyone was moved to tears--Melissa, Nigel, Mary, Mia, Tyce...so powerful. (It was a routine about a woman with breast cancer. I'll post the video when I can find it.)

17. Brandon, solo; Ain't Nothing Wrong with That by Robert Randolph & The Family Band

18. Jason/Kayla, Hip-hop by Shane Sparks; They're Everywhere by Izza Kizza. Great way to end the show.

I've put in calls for Ade and Melissa. As well as Jeanine after her solo. I don't want to see Ade in the bottom again.

OK, back to snuggling under the covers for me. See you tomorrow.

Ooh! Tomorrow is the 100th episode of SYTYCD. They'll be revisiting favorite momemnts including Ramalama Bang Bang, which was one of my favorite Wade Robson routines. It's like Thriller's little cousin. I even downloaded that song from iTunes. Looking forward to tomorrow.

7.18.2009

Wade's Walden

At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life At Least in the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream: Misadventures in Search of the Simple Life by Wade Rouse


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this. Wade Rouse and his boyfriend leave the St. Louis city life and move to a small house in the woods near Lake Michigan. Rouse was influenced by Thoreau's Walden and wanted to learn to live in the country, find peace, and write. He learns many lessons along the way. Many of Rouse's stories are laugh-out-loud hilarious and some are quite poignant. This is my first introduction to Mr. Rouse's writing, and I will certainly seek out his other works in the future.

7.17.2009

SYTYCD's Emmy nods

You can see all four nominated performances here. (I couldn't find Tyce Diorio's or Dmitry's routines last night.)

Enjoy!

7.16.2009

Cutting down to the Top 8

Tonight's show opens with cool-looking Japanese-themed performance by the group to So Much Betta by Janet Jackson. I'm guessing Wade Robson did this. Yep! I was right. (His wife helped too.)

Cat announces that SYTYCD has received 4 Emmy nominiations for choreography. Mia Michaels for "Mercy" performed by Twitch & Katie. Hell yeah. Tabitha & Napoleon for "Bleeding Love" performed by Chelsea and Mark. Yes. Tyce Diorio for "Silence" performed by Jessica and Will, and Dmitry Chaplin for "A Los Amigos" performed by Chelsea and Joshua. WOW--all great dances. I'll find and post them in a bit. "Mercy's" my favorite of the group. The makeup department got nominated too. Yay!

Just Debbie and Mary are on board tonight. Nigel is not there because he is receiving an honorary degree in England. Good for him.

Tonight the dancers with the least amount of votes will say goodbye. The bottom two girls are: Randi and MELISSA?! Well, I guess someone had to wind up there, and Melissa, Janette, Jeanene and Kayla are strong dancers. The girls will "dance for their lives" even though they can't change the vote.

The bottom two guys are: Okay, wait. Evan was SAFE before Ade AND Brandon?! I thought for sure Evan would be in the bottom two with Kupono. OK, back to the results: Kupono is in danger tonight, as is ADE. WTF?! Are you kidding me?! Just last night I was saying how "America" usually makes better decisions on this show than American Idol and they go and do this?!?!?!?! ARRRRGGGH!!!

Here come the solos again--the dancers repeat what they did last night. Randi's first. Mary advised Randi that if she makes it through, she needs to take more chances. Debbie said that Randi might've been a casualty of the Paso Doble.

Kupono dances and said he just wasn't strong in the Paso Doble or his solo. They didn't ask Debbie's thoughts. (Or maybe they did and I just wasn't paying attention???)

Melissa's turn. Debbie says that if Melissa gets past tonight, she has to do more in her solo.

Ade's up. I loved his Righteous Bros solo just as much as I did last night. Why is he here????? Mary said that Ade is a STAR and she doesn't know what they could tell him to do differently.

Before we get the results, we get to see The Black Eyed Peas singing I Gotta Feeling. Wow--they really threw a party on the stage--confetti and everything. Ive been meaning to write about their new CD forever. Except for a week of Michael Jackson music, The E.N.D. is all I've listened to for the past month or so. LOVE IT! One thing I'm confused about is why it doesn't have a Parental Control sticker on it. Have they relaxed the rules? On this CD you hear "Bitch," the "N" word, "ding-a-ling" as in "the girls want ding-a-ling" in a song about booty calls; and in one song Will.i.am says something about a semen bank. Now, I'm not a prude--these things don't bother me at all. I was just surprised that I had no warning. The words don't matter though...the music on all the songs just makes you want to get up and move. I absolutely love it.

OK, back to business. The girl going home tonight is: Randi. No surprise there. I'm going to miss her though. Next week is going to be REALLY difficult among the rest of the girls.

The guy going home is....Kupono. Again, no surprise. What a character this guy is with his crazy outfits. I wish him well.

What? Ellen DeGeneres will be on the judges panel next week. Interesting.

As promised, here are the Emmy-nominated performances:

Mercy


Bleeding Love


Unfortunately, I couldn't find a good version of "Silence" and "A Los Amigos"on YouTube. Instead I find people's horrible recordings from the show's tour.

And finally, here are my three favorite performances from last night:

Ade & Janette


Jeanine and Jason (embedding was disabled on this one)

Dang. I couldn't find Ade's solo. I'll try again tomorrow.

'Night!

7.15.2009

Time for the SYTYCD top 10

It's 9:30pm (EDT) and I'm just starting the show on Tivo. A friend posted on Facebook, "you can't tell me Janette isn't great" so I look forward to seeing Jeanette perform. (Last week I was wondering how Jeanette would do without Brandon.)

Debbie Allen's on this week. Yay! This week the dancers get new partners, and the judges are no longer involved in who stays and goes. It's all up to America. I must say, "America" makes better decisions on this show than they do with American Idol, so I feel okay about that. Also, America is voting for individuals this week, not couples.

Before we get to the couples, we get to see the girls doing a Bollywood routine. This should be fun. They're dancing to Dholna from Pyar Ke Geet (soundtrack). WOW. The dance was fantastic! What an aerobic routine! Each of the girls did a great job...they were completely in sync. Nigel said he can't pick out one dancer that stood out more than the others because each of the five had everything. Mary said they were stunning and that she could see any of the five girls in the final. Debbie agreed and said this is the top 5 group of ladies that show has ever had.

This week Kayla drew Evan's name for her partner. Evan points out that Kayla's the tallest girl and that he's the shortest guy which could make ballroom a little challenging. And guess what--they get to do the Viennese Waltz! They're dancing to Kiss from a Rose by Seal. Because of their height difference, Kayla's dancing barefoot and Evan's shoes have heels. She looks amazing and I find that my eyes are constantly drawn to her. Nigel didn't see this as a Viennese Waltz and more as a fast waltz (he bascially reprimanded Tony Meredith, the choreographer). BUT, Nigel gave Kayla and Evan props for dancing it well. Mary dinged Evan for plodding along and not gliding, but she liked the way he did the lifts. For Kayla, she said "Wow!" and that her movement & quality was much better. Debbie Allen told Evan, "you handled your big woman." Haha!!

Brandon comes out for his solo to In Your Eyes by Jeffrey Gaines. Talk about a powerful dancer. I love watching him.

Next up, Janette and Ade. Another big height difference. She's the shortest girl, he's the tallest guy. Ade is wearing a gem-studded pick in his 'fro during the interviews--love it! They're doing a Napoleon/Tabitha hip-hop routine. The theme of the dance is that Ade needs to give Jeanette some funk...which seems to be the case in real life. They're dancing to Love Sex Magic by Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake. That was a fun routine. Ade was great as always--he moves so easily, and as Nigel said, "he's got funk." Janette definitely held her own...she found the funk! Mary said, "That was funky!" Debbie said, "whoo honey, these children wore me out!" I love Debbie Allen! She said they were mesmerizing together. Indeed.

Randi's solo to Dream by Priscilla Ahn is next. I like Randi but she looked like she almost got away from herself.

Kupono dances solo to Marina Gasolina by Bonde De Role. He's got interesting moves.

Travis Wall from season 2 is choreographing the next lyrical routine for Jeanine and Jason. It's Travis' first time choreographing. Aw...I'm just having flashbacks to the park bench routine. Travis has dark hair now and somehow he looks younger than before. They're dancing to If It Kills Me (The Casa Nova Sessions) by Jason Mraz. That routine was AMAZING. I've watched it three times. One of the most passionate on the show. There's a part where it looks like they're tearing each other's clothes off and I felt like I shouldn't be watching--then, it ended with a kiss. A LONG kiss!!! Whoo! HOT! When it was over, Jeanine leapt into Jason's arms. The judges gave a standing "O." Nigel said Travis' routine was "fabulous work that was only bettered by the two people that danced it." Nigel pointed out that it's the first time Jeanine was able to dance with a partner who matched her skills. Mary called them "stars!" and was moved to tears when acknowledging Travis' progression through the show. Debbie said this is a magical pairing.

Melissa's solo is next. She's dancing to Gabriel by Lamb. I love watching Melissa dance en pointe.

Evan's solo is to Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart by Rufus Wainwright. Evan looks dapper dancing to the big band sound. He's so fun to watch and ended the routine with a nice aerial.

Kayla's dancing to Rock Your Soul by Elisa. Gorgeous.

And what's this? Tivo stopped recording at 1 hour and 8 minutes! WTF?!?! I hope my backup recording upstairs worked....

It did. Phew!

OK, time for Randi and Kupono. They're doing a Paso Doble routine to Dies Irae by Karl Jenkins. The scenes from rehearsal didn't leave me very confident in what we're about to see. Hey! Randi's hair grew 10 inches over night! Amazing. I think Randi's doing great, but Kupono is not powerful enough. It seemed like she was in control of him and not the other way around. He's the matador and needs to stand strong! Kupono needs to watch Strictly Ballroom. Nigel said the dancing wasn't as good as the choreography and that Kupono didn't carry the strength. This is the strongest the male dancer has to be in any routine and Kupono didn't manage. Nigel also didn't like Randi's wig. Mary said they didn't rise to the challenge. Debbie said there may not have been trust between the two since they're new partners, so some of the moves were awkward.

Ade dances his solo to the Righteous Brothers' Unchained Melody. His OUTSTANDING solo. Best of the night. He did a back layout that was six feet off the ground! WOW. He's my favorite. Love that smile, too!

Jeanine's solo is to Violento (Up Mix) by Bailongo! Good routine that showed off her technical ability nicely.

Jason is up next. Dancing to Train Fare Home by Muddy Waters He also had a great solo. He wore suspenders and a newsboy cap that went great with the Muddy Waters song.

Melissa and Brandon. They're both so strong--this should be good. Another height challenge. Melissa's a little bit taller. They're doing a Tyce Diorio routine to a song from Hair. The song is Aquarius from the new Broadway cast's soundtrack. Melissa looks gorgeous as a flower child. They did a great job--the routine was so dreamy. Nigel points out that in the original Hair, choreographed by Twyla Tharp, may have been the first time white girls danced with black girls. Nigel said it brought back lots of memories. Mary said it was unbelievable, and "groooovy baby." Debbie said they evoked real harmony, and that it was a joy to watch.

Geez this is a long-ass show!

Here's Janette with the final solo to This is Miami by Sander Kleinenberg She was saucy! I hope she draws one of the Latin dances soon--I'd love to see it.

OK, that's it, but before I go, I wanted to post the Park Bench routine from season two. Still beautiful after all this time. I get goosebumps when Heidi leaps from the bench into Travis' arms.



Dang. I posted this blog without having seen the end of the show! There's still a guys' dance to be seen. I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance, but THIS SHOW IS TOO LONG.

Anyway, the guys will be doing an African dance. Just realizing that Evan's the only person without color there, and he seems SO uncomfortable. The guys are dancing to Balant Funk by Ayanda Clarke & Shawn Kelly. I think Ade and Kupono stood out on this one. The moves of the dance are very similar to what Kupono does. Wait? Do I hear a go-go beat in that song? All they need is a cowbell! Wow...that was really good. ALL the guys did a great job. I agree with Cat--I'm exhausted from watching the routine! Nigel said Evan looked like a dancing milkshake. BUT...no one stood out as a sore thumb. Mary adored the routine and gave credit to Evan for holding his own. Debbie Allen points out that African dance is the mother of all the other styles (hip-hop, jazz...). Debbie was proud of them all because "you cannot just get up and do this."

OK. Now it's really over.

7.09.2009

We get down to the SYTYCD Top 10

The show opens with a very cool Tabitha & Napoleon routine to Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes. Cat announces that today is Nigel's 60th birthday. Happy Birthday, Nigel!

Nigel then announced that he didn't know if the decision was made by Sony or the Jackson family estate, but the show could not clear Michael Jackson's music for use in a tribute show. That's a shame--that would've been a really exciting show.

OK, the bottom three couples were:

* Jason/Kaitlin
* Phillip/Jeanine (This was a surprise! it was between them and Randi/Evan, who I thought might be in trouble after their Samba.)
* And WTF?! Ade and Melissa?!?!?!?!?!?! It's their first time in the bottom three.

Nigel gave a long speech about how the judges pretty much already know who they want to remain in the competition. The dancers CAN change their minds in their solos, BUT, they have to really bring it. Based on that speech, and on the judges comments last night, I think Jason & Kaitlin are really in trouble.

Here come the solos:

* Kaitlin, Stand By Me by Playing for Change.
* Jason, Calm Touching by Evaline.
* Jeanine, Baby's Romance by Chris Garneau
* Phillip, The Diva Dance from The Fifth Element soundtrack
* Melissa, Kashira by Kodo (FANTASTIC! I love her.)
* Ade, Windowdipper by Jib Kidder (Woooo!!!!!)

OK, based on solos and the whole season, I'd say good by to Kaitlin and Jason--they've been in the bottom three times already. Phillip could be in trouble too, even though he has shown improvement. Let's see what the judges say.

DJ so-and-so (couldn't catch the name) and Kelly Rowland come out to perform "When Love Takes Over." Speaking of Kelly Rowland, I am enjoying her Project Runway knockoff, The Fashion Show on Bravo. Her song tonight was a'ight. It reminded me of another song, but I can't place it.

The results are in--the judges are unanimous.

The two girls they'd like to stay are: Jeanine and Melissa. I think she Kaitlin knew it was her before Nigel told her goodbye.

The judges are unamimous on the guys too.

Phillip is going tonight. BUT, Nigel announced that Phillip AND Kaitlin will be going on the SYTYCD tour. That's awesome! Nigel also mentioned that last night's Russian dance was NOT taken into account in the judges' decision. That's good to know because it would be completely unfair.

Here are my favs from last night:

Melissa and Ade (check out how great Ade is at this style!):


Kayla and Kupono:


Jeanette and Brandon (I LOVED THIS!):

7.08.2009

SYTYCD - top 12 perform

OK. Here's the run down of tonight's performances:

1. Melissa/Ade, Disco - Move On Up by Destination
2. Kayla/Kupono, Contemporary (Mia Michaels) - Gravity by Sara Bareilles
3. Kaitlin/Jason, Fox Trot - Minnie the Moocher by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
4. Jeanine/Phillip, Russian Folk Dance - Kalinka by BARYNYA
5. Randi/Evan, Hip-Hop - Halo by Beyonce
6. Jeanette/Brandon, Argentine Tango - Libertango from Forever Tango (original Broadway cast album)

On to the second half of the show. Oh no--starting next week the dancers will be paired with someone new. Here come the couples' last dances together.

7. Melissa/Ade, Waltz - (You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman by Mary J. Blige
8. Kayla/Kupono, Broadway - The Dance At the Gym from West Side Story (The New Broadway cast - who I saw in DC several months ago before they headed to Broadway!)
9. Kaitlin/Jason, Lyrical Jazz - Show Me Heaven by Maria McKee
10. Jeanine/Phillip, Jive - Stuff Like That There by Bette Midler
11. Randi/Evan, Samba (Pasha & Anya. I love me some Pasha!) - Ritmo de Bom Bom by Jubaba
12. Jeanette/Brandon, Jazz (Wade Robson! Love him!) - Ruby Blue by Roisin Murphy

My thoughts:

Melissa/Ade's Disco - WOW. Best Disco I've seen despite their losing the final pose. Ade's look was perfect. The spins and lifts were amazing and I'm convinced these two can do anything. I was talking earlier with my friend Erika about how neither of us really having a favorite this season, but you know what? I think these two are it for me. They're amazing.

Kayla/Kupono's Contemporary - Again, wow. Mia's piece was about addiction. Very powerful. Kupono was the addiction, and he talked about how his family & friend's experience with addiction almost destroyed them. I think you could feel that through the whole dance. It even brought tears to Mia's eyes.

Randi/Evan's hip-hop - this hip-hop was very romantic; Randi's character just learns she's pregnant, then Evan proposed to her. It wasn't hard hitting or anything like that--it was very smooth, and I love these two. They have great chemistry. It's too bad she's married--they make a really cute couple.

Jeanette/Brandon's Argentine Tango. Another fantastic dance. The judges gave a standing "O." Nigel said it was the closest thing to perfection he's seen on this stage ever. They were powerful, their kicks were sharp, the footwork was complicated, and they got it all. I loved it!

I was only going to write about the dances I liked most, and here I've already written about four of the first six routines. I wasn't expecting that. These dancers seem to be giving it all tonight. Being in the Top 10 is on the line!

Wow--Melissa and Ade's waltz was gorgeous. Loved it. Ade was so attentive to Melissa. Melissa looked beautiful. I'm so sorry to see them split apart after this.

I'd like the say that Tyce Diorio is back in my good graces again. He was on the judges' panel tonight and throughout he gave such constructive criticism, as well as very gracious compliments--he seemed thoroughly happy to see this kids perform. His obnoxious side was no where to be seen tonight.

And finally, I loved Jeanette & Brandon's quirky jazz routine. It was playful and so fun to watch. I loved the song. Mary said they saved the best for last--just about!

WOW...I can't decide who should be sent home after tonight's show. My guess is that Kaitlin & Jason could be in trouble. They just weren't exciting tonight. They looked lovely in the fox trot and their lyrical dance was cute, but they don't stand out in comparison with everyone else. We'll find out tomorrow!

Summer doings

I've been reading.

Mercury in Retrograde: A Novel Mercury in Retrograde: A Novel by Paula Froelich

rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw Paula Froelich on Real Time with Bill Maher a while back and really liked her spunk and wit. Based on that, I looked forward to reading her first novel. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Though a bit of that spunk and wit does come through in Froelich's writing, much of the story is quite formulaic and predictable. The story is about three young women in NYC who find each other at tumultuous times in their lives. I've already seen much of Penelope's storyline in Bridget Jones' Diary. The character of Lena reminded me of one of the characters from "Lipstick Jungle," and Dana was reminiscent of Jennifer Weiner's characters. This is a light, easy--even fun--summer read, but I wouldn't run to the stores to buy it.


I've been watching TV.

I'm loving Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, True Blood and The Philanthropist. Mental and NYC Prep not so much.

I've been going to the movies.

Loved The Hangover and really liked The Proposal. The only problem with The Proposal is that it's so damn predictable. There's one scene that they seemed to lift straight out of While You Were Sleeping. Still, I love Sandra Bullock--she was great, and Ryan Reynolds is a doll, and damn, look at those abs!

I've been traveling.

Took a fun trip to Chicago with Debbie and our friend Traci over the Fourth of July weekend. I can now say that in addition to NYC, I also ♥ Chicago. We didn't want to come home. I'll get pictures posted soon.

Hope everyone's having a great summer!