2nd day

Every year the networks move shows around to other nights. There will be a night where I only have one show to watch something and then the next year shows are moved so that I have to pick between old favorites. For some reason next year is the “it” night. I used to watch two shows and as it is there are already five shows I watch put there. Tomorrow is CBS’s turn and I have my fingers crossed for a favorite of mine to make it back even though they killed my favorite character.

Today was ABC’s turn to roll out their schedule.

Yeahs! Renewals for Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, Lost, Boston Legal and Dancing with the Stars.
Shows most likely to be added to my “must watch” list –
This one is really liked by all who have seen it so far. Pushing Daisies: From Bryan Fuller (Heroes) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black) comes an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Once upon a time, a mild-mannered boy named Ned realized he could touch dead things and bring them back to life. Grown-up Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but also working with an investigator to crack murder cases by asking the deceased to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead and keeps her alive. Chuck encourages him to use his power to help others, instead of merely solving mysteries and collecting the rewards. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good. Starring: Lee Pace (The Good Shepherd), Anna Friel (Rogue Trader), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters), Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing), Jim Dale (reader of the Harry Potter series of audio books).
Women’s Murder Club: Based on James Patterson’s best-selling novels, The Women’s Murder Club, four working women in San Francisco — a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a reporter — use their expertise and unique talents to solve murder cases. Each woman is successful in her own field, but because of their unique friendship, they realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in their work and their personal lives. Starring: Paula Newsome (Little Miss Sunshine), Aubrey Dollar (Point Pleasant), Tyrees Allen (Alias), Angie Harmon (Law & Order), Laura Harris (24), Elizabeth L. Ho, Rob Benedict (Threshold).

Show to replace Sex and the City void –
Cashmere Mafia: Four ambitious and sexy women, who’ve been best friends since business school, try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in the city that never sleeps. They’ve created their own boys club to protect each other and discuss their ups and downs as they try to have it all. What good is it to break the glass ceiling without girlfriends to share in your success?

My pick for the first ABC show to be pulled for reruns of Grey’s – Dirty Sexy Money: Some people say money is the root of all evil. They may be right. Although Nick George has always lived in the shadow of the Darling family, as an adult he’s leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer — until his father’s suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father’s job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the deal. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail.

My week

First of all – what is it about weddings and funerals that turns families into bumbling masses of angst, frustration and insanity? I was on the phone until about midnight with my cousin, the bride, while we talked out the current mysterious drama surrounding my sister. The drama itself has stressed me out but I am spending my efforts on the only thing I can do which is make things easier for my cousin because the last thing you need the week of your wedding is more stress. My trip has been planned down to the millisecond including potty breaks and I’m going to need a week to recover by the time I get home. Five straight days of nonstop movement. Luckily I get to spend the last 24 hours on the farm with my mom’s sisters relaxing. I told them to have a stiff drink ready for me by the time I arrived at noon.

What? Some 12-year old and her grandparents are suing an elementary school for a substitute teacher showing the movie Brokeback Mountain. They say it was traumatizing and required psychological counseling. Here is my issue.
1. I worked for a school and we had to have approval for any movie and it could only be a “g” rating.
2. What sort of educational value are kids to learn from this movie? It is not like it is a historical drama or something. And before I am slammed for being homophobic I would say the same thing if it was Fast and Furious, Clueless or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Entertainment – yes. Education – no. I know this is radical thinking but children are at school to be taught and not babysat/entertained.

I finished painting “my craft room” this weekend. I will finish organizing the room when I return and post pictures.

This is also the week that the networks roll out their fall plans. I love this week. It is fun to guess which shows are going to tank immediately (I totally thought Lost was a goner when it was introduced but am so glad I was wrong.) and which shows are going to be great. From the leaks beforehand I don’t have any shows I am dying to hear about and this might be a good year that I am able to cut back even further on my obsession.

News so far from NBC –
Trump’s Apprentice in MIA for now.
Looks good and I might have to try – New drama Journeyman (Mondays, 10 pm/ET), a romantic-mystery from the Emmy Award-winning producers of The West Wing, concerning a San Francisco newspaper reporter (Kevin McKidd, Rome) who inexplicably begins to travel through time and alter people’s lives. Just because I love a good time travel story line. Secretly I always wanted to be able to travel through time.
Attempt to fill the void left in women’s lives everywhere after the end of Sex in the City – The new dramedy Lipstick Jungle, from best-selling author Candace Bushnell (Sex and the City), is set to debut in January 2008 on Sundays (10 pm/ET). Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline, (How I Met Your Mother), the series follows the lives of three high-powered friends (Brooke Shields, Suddenly Susan, Kim Raver, 24, and Lindsay Price, Beverly Hills, 90210) who are determined to achieve their dreams and to do it on their own terms.
This could be interesting – NBC “bulks up” with 30 combined episodes of Heroes and Heroes: Origins, an innovative new spin-off that will introduce a new character each week, one of whom will be chosen by viewers through NBC.com to become a cast regular the following season.
Yeah!!!! – Renewals of The Office (moved to 9), My Name Is Earl, Scrubs and Medium (moved to Sundays).
Bad news – Studio 60 has been axed. Sorry Kytt!
My vote for the first show to tank –
It is a tie because one is going to show up late. Bionic Woman because I tend to hate rehashing. I find that originals can rarely be recaptured or improved upon. Jessica Simpson is NOT Daisy Duke. I know that was movie but it is still a bee in my bonnet. Speaking of bees – What the heck were they thinking with this mid-season offering? THE SINGING BEE — The Singing Bee is a variety-competition show that challenges contestants to accurately sing the lyrics to popular songs — even when the band stops playing. In this karaoke showdown, there’s no middle ground for partially correct answers — contestants must be perfect or they’re out. Family-friendly, broad in appeal and conducive to playing (and singing) along at home, The Singing Bee features popular, recognizable music that inspires hilarious wrong answers and amazing performances by those rare contestants who somehow manage to get every word right.


Today was our first trial of keeping the dogs in the basement while we were out. Our hope is to keep them there while we are out of town and have a pet sitter come over twice a day so they don’t have to be stuck in a kennel. The basement has a long room which is 50 percent cement walls and then drywall along one wall except two open spaces for doors. “Mr. I’m an engineer and can do anything” decided to build two half doors for the openings that had a latch to keep them closed. Well Othello is very determined. This is the same dog that locked me out one day when I went to get the mail. He hit the deadbolt just right to lock me out and I had to stand there ringing the bell until Kevin came and let me in. Plus, we have to lock the ice/water dispensers on the fridge because he figured out how to get his own ice cubes. Knowing all this – Mr. engineer put the latches on the inside of the room with the dogs. I walked up to the house today and the dogs met me at the front door. Othello had spent time scratching the drywall by the makeshift door. Then he somehow managed to push the latch up, over and down again to open the door. Evidence shows (drywall remnants and toys) that they played in the rest of the basement before spending the rest of the day sleeping on the couch up in the great room. Remarkable no one had an accident or made any other type of mess while they enjoyed their “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. This dog’s level of determination is astounding!

Good Morning!

Last night I dreamed that I was one of three contestants left in the running for the next top model. Only Tyra didn’t really think I was a model she just kept me around for the entertainment value. When I pointed this out it didn’t make her very happy and she started to go off on me but at that moment the neighbor’s water sprinklers went off and I woke up. I just couldn’t wait to share that I was in the top three!

Got my eyebrows waxed and my hair trimmed and colored yesterday. I was at the salon for two and 1/2 hours. One customer had two glasses of wine (they serve us beverages) and was very chatty. While she still had her foil in for her highlights she left and went over to Ann Taylor’s. My hairdresser and I snickered and said neither of us would ever leave the store in foils. They had told her they were out of wine after her second glass to cut her off. I love it there because when you get your hair washed they take you in the wash room which is candle lit with music playing and you get a blanket over you while they massage your head. So relaxing. This time I got my regular color of a red chestnut brown but I added some soft cream highlights. I love it!

I called it on American Idol this week. LaKisha went home. I’m still trying to catch up on most of my shows. Kevin and I watched a movie last night called “The Proposition”. It was an English made western set in Australia and everyone died except Emily Watson. I didn’t care for it – a real downer. I have had “Ladder 49” laying down there since Jan. I really need to watch it maybe I will get to it this afternoon.

Our computer has been really really slow this week. Kevin is supposed to run a diagnostic soon to find the problem.

Viewer’s Choice

Three days, 20 hours, 11 stores + 1 mall, 4 complete mental breakdowns and too much money later we have narrowed the wedding outfit field down to three mediocre choices. Your opinion may or may not count but is being elicited anyway.
Choice 1 – Brown top with wide leg beige pants with a brown pin stripe
Choice 2 – White top with black slacks
Choice 3 – Brown shirtdress
I have a pair of adorable brown heels that will work with either brown outfit.

Odds & Ends

I have narrowed down my outfits for the wedding and will be taking pictures so that you all can vote on your favorite. Hopefully later today.

We spent Sunday at the Renaissance Festival and had a ball. I’m a little red in places but I laughed so hard at some of the great shows.

I am behind in my TV shows. Not sure how caught up I will get before my vacation because I am about to go from reorganization mode to straight out cleaning mode.

My best friend has taken some pictures of my hometown, which is quickly becoming a giant pond. My old stomping grounds of Salina, Solomon and New Cambria are being hit hard with flooding with more rain on the way. I might have to rent a boat instead of a car next week. Let’s all pray real hard that the rain lets up enough to recede some water. Right now we will have some problems getting from the wedding in Abilene back to Salina because of road closures but I am sure all will be well before next weekend. The groom’s hometown area of Bennington got its own tornado on Sunday and I am happy to report his family is fine. The area lost about 30 homes.

I have to say that even after getting sentenced to jail Paris’s parents are still trying to get her out of it. That is the example of good parenting right there. When I went to college my aunt told me that if I get arrested not to bother calling home because I would be staying there. The few times I was detained for questioning had me sweating bullets because I knew I would have to suffer the consequences of my own actions. IF they succeed they are only going to help perpetuate this horrible trend in society that people don’t have to answer for their own actions. This point blank scares me. I do have hope because they are appealing to Gov. Arnold to intervene. They must not know that Arnold and Marie are extremely strict disciplinarians at home especially Arnold. Anyone who has watched Oprah would know that bit of trivia.

Another Tribute

I had been working on my next installment to my vacation chronicles. Oddly enough that vacation mentioned our brief stop in Greensburg. It always held a special place in my heart because Kevin and I had such a great time in the museum. I still have my souveniors. I was worried about the meteor but am happy to know that it has been found. I only wish I could say the same for every one of the residents. My thoughts and prayers go out to their community.


Well, tonight I went to a play. The script was awful but the actors did as good of a job as they good with what they had to work with. The best line of the play was “My momma said if you can’t get a man to do what you want then he’s not worth doing.” Friday Kevin has decided we are taking the dogs up Kennesaw Mtn. in the morning and then working around the house for the rest of the day. I mostly want to work on the house this weekend. I have group therapy Sat. morning and then we need to go to Mass because Sunday we may be going to the Renaissance Festival with our friends. Busy weekend planned. I only have two weekends left before we leave and I really need to get things cleaned and in order. I spent over six more hours shopping today and still don’t have a dress. I went to five stores. Someone might be trying to tell me something because while I was in Belk’s this woman walked up to me and said, “What is with these clothes? I am not ninety.” I laughed and said, “I know. I was just thinking the same thing.” She went on to say someone needs to come out with some clothes marketed towards women in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s that are our size. I will say if I look at one more floral, no sleeve, one straight lined slip with matching floral jacket I will vomit. Needless to say I might not have much to write this weekend with Kevin home.