Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ode to Neil

Ok so this isn't necessarily a true Ode, due to no rhyming verse. It's more of a reminiscing of Neil, but anywho....My friend Jordan has recently posted in various places her love for Neil Diamond, and this got me thinking about the great memories I have of the man, and the reasons why this man is awesome.

1. The Jazz Singer (movie). Although this is a remake of the 1927 first "talkie" film, I love this version the most (I also love the Pure Country version too, well I consider it a version of the original film). Not only does it have an amazing soundtrack (see item 2), it helped me to understand the Jewish faith a little better. I don't know if that was really the intention, but I now know the dances, the songs, and some of the other rituals. My mom claims this movie is the reason I love Neil, as she was pregnant with me when she saw it in the theatre. I can't say whether this is true or not, but it makes for a good reason.

2. The Jazz Singer (soundtrack). This is one of the best soundtracks around. I love all of the songs, and have very fond memories as a child listening to the record (yes record, I'm that old) over and over (especially "America") and singing at the top of my lungs. I'm pretty sure my mom was so tired of hearing it, but she never let on.

This trailer is classic 80's dramatic cheese

3. Seeing Neil perform live. This has to be one of the best concerts I've been to. It's been almost 10 years since I saw him, but I still remember 50 year old women vying for him, throwing underwear at him and screaming like they were 12. It was the damnedest thing. Putting all that aside, he is an amazing performer, and with his sequin shirts you just can't lose.

4. Neil's new tour. The potential attendance of another Neil concert next summer excites me very much, and I really hope that I will be going, and that Jordan will too. She will enjoy it very much.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bookcase As Promised

I now present the bookcase I bought.

Nothing super fancy, but my books have come home to me and that makes me happy.

(And if you thought I was going to be posting a picture of me lugging it into my house, you are sadly mistaken).

Monday, November 28, 2011

Winter Dressing

Outfits the skinny me inside wants to wear this winter:

Maybe not the pants, but the sweater is cute

I feel the sunglasses are necessary to complete this outfit

I just really like this necklace. 

Thank you pinterest. I'm not sure I would be able to dress myself everyday without you.

My Weekend in Review

So I've been MIA for a few days. Reason?

1. Thanksgiving (I tried to stay away from a computer as much as possible due to my day job, the Holiday IS my Holiday (british way of saying vacation).
2. I got sick :(  Boo for colds
3. I decided my time was better spent watching TV (whilst being sick). I caught up on the week's shows, watched some Season 5 Doctor Who, had a Friends marathon with Amber, and then watched all of Season 2 (thus far) of The Walking Dead. It was a busy weekend.
4. I ventured out on Saturday bought me a bookcase and some new artwork for the wall in the family room. So all was not lost, you should have seen me lugging that bookcase into my house (picture to come, once I've filled it). Thank God for elevators.

Rachel kindly noted that it's not spaced evenly. That has been fixed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today's Thought

I already know my choice.

Confession Time

Ok so it may be time to admit to myself that I have a problem. And that problem is me getting too invested in certain tv shows. I do this a lot and it's not good for me!  I fall deep in love with a show and then it ends and I fall into a temporary depression until I find a new show to love. And the most recent show I've been watching is no exception.

I started watching Being Human last weekend. This is a British tv show and it's amazing! That is if you like the supernatural. Well anyway each season has about 6-8 episodes, and so far there have been three seasons. Well I finished what has been aired thus far a couple nights ago, and am now in withdrawals and a bit depressed. Reasons being; one - I have no more to watch and two - the ending of the third season made me cry.

I have done this before several times with other shows, and I know better, but yet I continue to do it to myself. A few other shows I have recently done this with are:

Doctor Who - Thankfully there still continue to be new episodes, I just have to wait forever! The bright side though is this is a show I can watch over and over.

Smallville - I watched this show from beginning to end when it first aired up until the final episode. After that aired, I decided to watch all 10 seasons again (I own them, except for 10). My problem is that I have a tendency to watch shows in excess and quickly. I don't know how to pace myself. So that being said I was able to watch all 10 seasons in a month. I'm sick.

Roswell - I had several people tell me this is a must see. And they were right. But I was left with an emptiness afterwards. An all too familiar feeling.

Torchwood - This was my most recent obsession before Being Human. Although I was disappointed with the fourth season, I still loved the first three and this could easily be one I could watch over and over. I have a few of these types of shows that I can do this with. That can be saved for a later post.

Although I do this to myself on a regular basis, I love my shows and will continue on this path. I have only admitted to my problem, I have no plans to fix it.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I should have been British

I'm pretty sure in a past life I was British. I think this would help explain why I love so many things British. I mean I am half English....

Some of my favorite TV Shows are from across the pond:

Doctor Who
Being Human
Top Gear
Is It Legal?

Some of my favorite movies are British:

Love Actually
Bridget Jones' Diary
The Holiday
About A Boy
James Bond movies
Monty Python movies/show

And my all-time favorite band happens to be from over there as well:

The Beatles

Coincidence?  I think not. Maybe that's where I should move to.... Just a thought.

I really have no other reasons for this, but I think this is a good start.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Apartment Blues

I am so over apartment life. I want to buy me a house pretty bad, but just don't know where I want to make this commitment. I like Utah well enough, but I'm just really unsure if I want to continue living here. All of my immediate family lives here, and that plus a steady job is what has kept me here so far. But I'm so ready for a change! I think I'm at a cross-roads in my life where I'm questioning every little thing. It basically started when I hit the big 3-0.

If I do choose to stay in Utah, I want to be able to live somewhere that I enjoy. I love Davis County for the most part, but it's so expensive. There are some seriously adorable houses in Farmington, but there's no way I could afford them. I would need a raise for that, which isn't going to happen in the near future..... So, where does that leave me?

My lease is up in I believe April and by then I will need to know what exactly I am going to do. Should I stay in Utah? If so where is a good place to live? Should I leave Utah, find a new job, and get me a change of scenery?

Opinions are welcome.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Life Lessons a la New Girl

*Spoilers* - I feel I should preface this by saying if you haven't seen this week's episode, you should read no further. This means you Amber.

In watching this week's episode I have learned the following:

- Justin Long is adorable
- I'm not the only horrible liar
- Never defrost a turkey in a dryer. Bad things happen
- Body warmth doesn't defrost a turkey
- Never exchange keys with a neighbor. Bad things happen
- You should always name your turkey Hank
- A DB jar should be available at all times
- Thanksgiving is the least sexy holiday (I think I already knew this one)
- Apartment building hallways are not sound proof (my neighbors need to take notes)

Thank you Jess.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Not So Real Bands

Last night as I was driving home I drove past a bulletin board advertising Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and it got me thinking about how many bands are out there touring sans original members, and I don't like it. CCR - originally known as Creedence Clearwater Revival with John Fogherty as lead singer - had several hits, and were very big in the 70's. John then left the group, the band went away for a bit and then reformed changing their name slightly and going back out on tour. Is it the same? No. Is it as good? I don't think so.  Seeing this board advertising CCR made me think of two other bands that have replaced an integral member of the band, and continue to tour. I equate this to telling me Mr. Pibb is the same thing as Dr. Pepper, or replacing an actor who's been playing a certain character on tv forever and then bam! there's someone else playing that same character, and you're not supposed to notice. I'm not an idiot. So don't try to fool me with your trickery.

Wait. You mean they're not the same guy?
Poor Tabitha must have been so confused.

Styx - As I have mentioned in a previous post, Styx is one of my favorite bands and I have seen them live three times. The first two times were awesome, and I have so many great memories. The last time I saw them, was a horrible experience, and I haven't seen them since. The reason for this is because they got rid of one of their singers and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, who happened to be my favorite. The guy they replaced him with was supposed to sound "exactly" like him, and of course he didn't, and the concert was nowhere as good. I actually saw a recent picture of the band and saw that their original bassist Chuck Ponozzo left the band, and has since been replaced. Their original drummer John Ponozzo died in the 90's and was replaced back then, which is understandable. But when you get down to it, the only original members left are Tommy Shaw (whom of which joined the band a few years after they started, so not exactly original) and James Young. I'm really not sure how they can still call themselves Styx, but they are.

Journey - Steve Perry as lead singer was solid gold. The songs were fantastic and his power-house voice was intoxicating. Then he went away made my favorite song ever Oh Sherrie (I really can't explain it). The band was reformed with an Asian dude who allegedly sounds "exactly" like Steve, and some say even better. I completely disagree. He sounds like he's trying too hard. Very reminiscent of Styx's replacement of Dennis.

Without going into a lot of depth, here are a few others that are out there touring without all of their original members:

The Beach Boys - No Wilsons at all. What?
Yardbirds - No Page, Beck, Clapton or Relf.  Not sure why they even bother.
Marshall Tucker - Only 1 original bandmember left
Metallica - Can't stand them, but still missing a couple people
Oasis - Those darn brothers just can't get along
Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan is still there, but nobody else is.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to Deal with the Work Blues....

So this week at work has been one I would call rough. Apparently you can get punished for being honest. Who knew? Well because it's been so rough I've been trying to fix my mood when I get home. Most of the time I have just been sleeping as soon as I get home because it's been so physically and emotionally draining, but there have been a few other "remedies" that I have found to alleviate my down in the dumps.

1. 80's music. Give me just about any 80's song and I will feel so much happier. I have my playlist going on my computer, my Zune (yes get over it, I love it) and my phone. A little Hall & Oates, MJ, Wang Chung, Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo and a few others have a tendency to lift your spirits almost instantly.

2. Moonlight. I love this show. It has Alex O'loughlin (Hawaii 5-0) as a vampire. It's really sexy and this show is a cult classic that was cut tragically short by CBS. Anyway the 16 episodes that made up the series always bring a smile to my face.

3. Harry Potter. This is magic in real life. I get wisked away to a wonderful wizard world and I can just forget about all the crap I've been dealing with. It's like casting my own spell on myself.

Right now I'm listening to Paul Simon's Slip Slidin' Away (might actually be from the 70's not entirely sure). How do you not feel good?

Just changed to Toto's Africa. Another feel good song. Jordan you'll appreciate.

P.S. Raisin Bran with fresh Blackberries is surprisingly delicious.

My Christmas List (Take notes!)

So I'm thinking now is the time to make my Christmas List for Santa. I want to make sure he has plenty of advanced notice. This is also for those who love me and maybe want to get me a gift.

Honestly it's more of a wish list, but if you feel so inclined to purchase something on my list for me, I won't object.

In no particular order:

- Harry Potter Movie Collection
- Boots (or a gift card for boots. DSW, Famous or somewhere similar)
- Kohl's gift card (I'm addicted)
- A Tardis to put on my desk at work
- Smallville Season 10 if it ever comes out on dvd
- Doctor Who season 6 on dvd
- Super cute belts and scarves
- A new door handle for my car
- Amazon gift card so I can buy books for my kindle
- And I suppose world peace should be on the list too

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Today's Thoughts

It's funny how hopping on YouTube to check out a video of Pete Burns (Lead singer of Dead or Alive) and how he looks today can lead you to start on a binge of weird/sad/creepy/moving/inspirational videos. All because I had heard on the radio that Pete Burns looks freaky. And yes, yes he does (A bad version of Cher is my take). You should go check it out if you want to see. It's just crazy how you can go to the website to check out a video and get sucked in for hours watching related topics. I seriously had no idea how much time I had spent until I noticed that the sun had left me for the day.

I hate high school drama, I'm pretty sure I left that behind me a long time ago. It's funny how it creeps back into your life all because some people think their loyalties are placed with the right person. For me I'm sitting back to see how well that plays out for them.

I love how excited I get when I think of how I will be taking time off in December to go to Vegas (MJ Cirque du Soleil baby!), and then I remember it's only November, and it's too far away to get very excited yet. And then I remember I'm taking the week of Christmas off too, and I get all excited again only to remind myself that too is too far away. It's a vicious cycle. I really need to spread out my time off through the year better.

I hope that Adele recovers soon because she's got an amazing voice and I'd hate for her to not be able to sing again.

I need to go watch House and take a nap before my karate lesson tonight. Hi-ya!!!

Pictures I found funny.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Music To My Ears

When I was a teenager I was usually the odd one out when it came to listening to music. I preferred to listen to artists of the 60's, 70's and 80's. I didn't even know much of the current music of the time, which happened to be the 90's. And I still maintain that I made the right choice. The 90's produced a lot of crap music with a few decent bands in between. I usually found myself agreeing with the music the adult was playing while driving me and my friends around over what my friends were begging to listen to. I was so glad when the 90's were finally over and the music gradually started to improve. There is still a lot of horrible stuff out there (country, rap, R&B, anything auto-tuned), but a lot of good stuff has come around too (indie rock, indie pop).

It took me until about the early 2000's to start listening to current bands, and even then it wasn't necessarily mainstream. I'm not one, and never have been one, to follow the crowd when it comes to music. Yes I like bands that are popular now, but I feel I discovered their music a lot of the time on my own. Case in point: I first discovered Maroon 5 when they were unknown. They had one song that had just shown up on the radio and virtually no one knew who they were. I had the opportunity to see them open for Sugar Ray (90's crap) who opened for Matchbox Twenty (90's gold).  Ever since, Maroon 5 has been dear to my heart because I discovered them on my own and listened to them before they went huge.

Anyway getting back on task, I'm a product of the 80's and find myself reverting to this particular era of music the most as it was always playing while growing up. I tend to lean more towards the new wave genre of the 80's, but I also love the hair band rock, the sappy love songs, the pop stars, and of course punk. Some of the best one-hit wonders came out of this decade, and they were awesome.

The 70's provided some of the best rock bands to have ever graced us with their presence. And they can be pretentious enough in my mind because they earned it. When I was in high school I was able to see a lot of these great bands live. If there's anything I will give credit to the 90's for, is that it was the decade of 70's band revivals. To name a few of the bands I saw; Styx, Boston, Kansas, America, Jethro Tull, Pat Benatar, and The Moody Blues (not by choice). And about half I was able to see for free (I was really good at winning radio contests at the time).

Styx: My favorite 70's band. Hate if you must, but Adam Sandler
knows what I'm talking about.

The 60's gave us some of the most genius artists of all time, and I'm not just saying this because my favorite band derives from this era (*cough cough* The Beatles *cough*). To name a few others; The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, ELO, God a.ka. Eric Clapton, and so on helped shape music to what it is today. They each took a risk forming their own sound to which even today is repeated in new music.


Anyway the point of this post was to explain my love for music and I will from time to time focus a post on a particular band, decade or genre because it's good fun, and I hope I can educate and motivate a few to branch out from their comfort zone, and hear some damn good music.

Feature Post: Being an Introvert

I have decided that this post deserves re-posting due to the truth of the content as it applies to myself. I know a lot of people, though they have never directly said it to my face, have wondered if I'm rude, shy or just generally a quiet person. Honestly no, I'm not.

I can be loud, raucous and an overall nice person. I just have to be in my ideal situation for this to be the case. The post below is by a girl I don't know personally, but was able to put into words exactly what I have struggled to do for so long. In other words she nailed it right on the head.

My good friend Jordan posted this on her blog where I was able to read it and "borrow" it (thank you). I hope you take the time to read this, as it will help explain why I am the way I am, and I hope you will better understand me as a person and others like me:

I am twenty-three years old. When most people think of twenty-three year olds, they think of social butterflies - people who are happy to go out on the weekends and meet tons of new people; who thrive on going to parties and expanding their social circle.

That is not me.

I've never really had an easy time making friends - I was never able to explain why, but I hated being surrounded by people I didn't know, I hated making "small talk" and forced niceties, and I hated the feeling I got when I didn't know what to expect going into a situation. What was worst about this whole situation is that I started to hate myself for not being like everyone else - for lacking that charm that most girls seemed to have naturally. I managed to get by in school because I kept similar friends through my years there, but as you can imagine, this was a NIGHTMARE when I started college. The first year of college is basically a frenzy to meet and make friends with as many people as you can, and I just knew that it was going to be difficult for me.

What I learned later is that I am, by nature, an introvert. And that's OK. A lot of people assume that introverts are terribly shy and lacking social skills, but that's not the case. Most people are extroverts and thrive on the energy from others- they are happiest when surrounded by people. Introverts are exactly the opposite - we get most of our energy and motivation from ourselves.

This makes life really hard sometimes, but the older I get, here are the things I've learned:

Being an introvert does not mean that I'm shy - I am more than happy to meet new people and carry on conversations. The difference is that I MUCH prefer to meet people one on one, or in small groups. Large groups or crowded places really, really overwhelm me and cause me a lot of anxiety. I feel so great after a night out with a small group, but I feel literally sick to my stomach entering a room with a lot of people.

I need time by myself to recharge - while going out and being around people energizes most people, it physically drains me. While I can go out and have fun at a bar or club, I usually spend next day by myself, taking time to relax and work on projects for myself. 

Say yes to things outside your comfort zone, but don't feel bad about saying no if you know you will be miserable - I have had such good times going to parties and events that I felt really nervous about. Things that I expected to be nerve-racking turned out to be great experiences. However, there have been some times when, for example a party I was invited to was full of people I knew I would feel awkward running in to. I felt bad about not going, but I know that it wouldn't have turned out well.

Explaining these thing to people help - since most people haven't been through it, it helps to explain things. Most of my friends have been super understanding when I tell them about these things. I definitely have run into a few instances where people have been a little bit rude or condescending about it, but in general, it's been fine. 

If you have friend who are introverts:
-Don't take it personally if they decline social invitation. It doesn't mean they don't want to hang out with you. It just means they aren't comfortable hanging out in that situation.
-Make time to spend with them one on one. It's the best way of getting to know an introvert.
-Introduce them to people you think they might click with - sometimes meeting people is really difficult, and having that bridge makes things a little easier. DON'T make it obvious, or force it though, because that makes things 100x worse.

If you are an introvert yourself:
-Try saying yes to new things. You might end up having a better time than you thought!
-Make more of an effort to meet new people. Try talking to that nice girl at the coffee shop or that guy that says hi at the concert. They might end up being a new friend!
-Get involved in groups that make it easier to meet people.

After all of my nervousness about my first year of college, I ended up meeting some of my very best friend there. I went out, I had fun, and I got involved in lots of different things that allowed me to meet lots of different people and I had the best time. It can be done. :)

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Thank you Chelsea for posting this in the first place. From Love, Chelsea Lauren: Honesty Time - On Being An Introvert

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Blog Title Remorse?

**Update: So after the few votes I have received, it seems that Kicking The Thought is the favorite. So I now bestow upon my ever morphing blog a new name. Kind of exhilarating.

I imagine this to be similar to having a child, and naming it and then wondering if you've made a horrible mistake. Then again I don't have children, but I do have a cat and I named her Lily which I'm very happy with. So maybe it's not like that at all.

Isn't she adorable??
I'm starting to second guess my Blog's Title. I've thought of a few different titles I could change it to, but I'm just not sure if I should. In no particular order:

1. Organized Chaos
2. Free Thoughts
3. My Mind is Your Confusion
4. Whispering Strawberry Oceans
5. Kicking The Thought

Post a comment with your vote. I've also made it so everyone should be able to comment now, if that helps.


Is it completely wrong that sometimes I want my woobie? I'm 30 years old and I feel this is completely wrong and creepy, yet I still want it. Even my subconscious tells me this. I've been having this recurring dream which is a little unnerving, but also scarily comforting.

We need to talk about your woobie...

The dream I keep having is the same running theme (my woobie), but in different situations:

1. I'm in school and it's in my backpack and I'm embarrassed and try to hide it
2. I'm at work and it's in my purse and I'm embarrassed and try to hide it
3. I'm at home and it's in my bed and I'm embarrassed and try to hide it.

See the running theme?

Basically I feel that my subconscious is trying to tell me that all I want is to hold onto a bit of my childhood. Doesn't everyone at some point in their life?

I keep finding myself reminiscing about my childhood, thinking of all the things I did, the fun I had, and the innocence of being a child. I guess that usually happens when you go through rough patches, thus the yearning for my woobie.

Creeped out yet? Yeah me too and a bit embarrassed.

As Seen on TV

As I'm sure you've noticed by now I like my stories. I thought I might provide a list of the shows that I watch currently airing, shows that I will forever watch, and shows that I think are very underrated. I will try to span this out over a few blog entries, and at times I will go into depth on particular shows on the lists. Thank God for DVR's. If I keep this up I may have to get a third.

Today I'm going to focus on the shows that I watch that are currently airing day by day. Take notes, because I know good TV and you should be watching a good majority of these.

Sunday -
Dexter (I never knew I could empathize with a serial killer)
Desperate Housewives (guilty pleasure)
Pan Am (It started out strong, but now I feel eh)
Once Upon A Time (So far so good, I'm keeping an open mind)
True Blood (mmmm Eric)
Sister Wives (polygamy is intriguing)
The Secret Life of the American Teenager (horrible acting, but decent writing)

Monday -
How I Met Your Mother (One day we will know who the mother is)
Mike & Molly (It's cute and endearing, and I can relate)
Hawaii Five-O (Um super hot guy who was on one of my all-time favorite shows, no contest)
House (Sometimes I hate him and sometimes I love him)
Cake Boss (One of the very very few reality shows I watch. One day I will go to the shop and taste the food)

Tuesday -
Parenthood (If I were to be a parent, this would be my resource)
Last Man Standing (Tim Allen. Love him.)
Man Up! (Not sure on this one, we'll see)
90210 (I'm still trying to figure out why I watch this...mystery to me too)
New Girl (who doesn't love Zooey?)

Wednesday -
The Middle (It's quirky funny)
Suburgatory (I haven't laughed out loud yet, but it's still entertaining)
Modern Family (The first season was by far the best, but I still chuckle even now)
Psych (This show is so crazy I love it)
White Collar (I'm learning how to con people and it's awesome)
Cougar Town (I belong on this cul-de-sac. Penny can!)
Melissa and Joey (I watched every show Melissa has been in, and I love the Lawrence brothers, 'nuff said)
Hot in Cleveland (Betty White anyone?)
State of Georgia (It has a Roswellian in it, and the cute girl from the Cosby Show)

Thursday -
The Vampire Diaries (I love me my Vampires)
The Mentalist (Another show that's teaching me how to con people, I will be a pro someday)
Royal Pains (Concierge doctor in the Hamptons, hmmm I'm working on relocating, donations?)
The Big Bang Theory (Who doesn't love Sheldon?)
Project Runway (I love clothes)

Friday -
Chuck (you saw the blog post right?)
Grimm (I'm very curious to see where this is going)

Saturday -
Doctor Who (need I say more?)

Expect me to devote a post or two or multiple on some of these shows at any given moment. I'm very invested in a lot of these. Yep no life.

P.S. This was all done from memory, so I may need to check the DVR to see if I missed one. And not all of these are currently airing at the moment, some run during the summer, and some will return in the new year. But all are in current production.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Go Team Bartowski!!

Chuck. sigh.....

I'm so glad it's back! I absolutely love this show and have from the pilot episode. It will always have a soft spot in my heart forever, and that makes me happy. If you've never seen Chuck, I'd suggest you start. It's geeky, kick-ass, and funny (plus the lead guy is so hot).

If you don't know what Chuck is about, here's a brief synopsis:

Chuck works for the Buy More in the Nerd Herd division (sound familiar?) as their department lead. On his birthday he gets an email from a former friend now rival, and has a government intel computer downloaded into his brain (sounds dumb, but it very much isn't). After some running, hiding, crying, etc., he is taken into custody by the CIA & NSA where he is now an asset. From there all chaos and fun ensues. He has a best friend who is both irritating and endearing, a cute sister, and her boyfriend who they call Capt. Awesome.

So young!

Ha ha an LRT!

I love this show and am quite upset with NBC for never giving it the credit and respect it deserves. Sadly the show is on it's fifth and final season with a measly order of only 13 episodes (NBC has deemed it a dud. I strongly disagree). I just hope that I'm not disappointed with this season, I love the show too much. And did I mention that Zachary Levi is hot?

Uh yum!!!

Oh Capt. Jack...

A day later and I realize that the title of this post may be misleading. Sorry, but nothing about pirates here.

I recently watched the series Torchwood (Doctor Who spinoff) over the span of a week. How this was accomplished was by:

1. I clearly have no life
2. I spent a weekend in bed (I really was sick)
3. I'm a tad obsessive when I like a show

So as I was watching the show I discovered the following:

1. Season 1 & 2 were amazing  (James Marsters guests!). I loved every episode and loved the cast. I found it fun and entertaining, and I loved the mystery they tried to embrace with the first season. If you were to have never seen Doctor Who, you wouldn't have the background of the main character Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrownman). This is what made it interesting, I was able to watch knowing the history of the character, but also see the writers try to keep the mystery of who he is, so that the audience could figure it out along with the other characters in the show.

Ianto you're so badass!

James makes great even better!!

2. Season 3 was good, but they changed the format of the show. We got shafted on the amount of episodes, and half the cast was gone. I for one am not sure how you can call it a season when there are only five episodes. The premise of the season was intriguing, creepy, straight-up sci-fi, and I loved it. I just wish they would've extended the season. Oh well still worth the watch.

I miss the other half!

3. Season 4 was eh. They stuck with the same format as Season 3 wherein the entire season was hinged on one arc story line, requiring you to watch every episode, or you would be lost. The first two seasons weren't like this at all. Each episode was a different story, and there was the typical small arc that carried throughout the season. I like this concept better for this show. The worst part about season 4 is that they Americanized the show. This was a bad idea! The charm of Torchwood was that it was based in Wales, and had the awesome British feel to it that I've grown to love. I felt it was cheapened by bringing it to America and trying to make it far more dramatic then it really was (typical American thing to do). I will say the bright part of this season was that "Q" was a guest star (I don't recall his real name, he will always be "Q" to me), and The Doctor references were pretty nice too.

Just not the same....

4. If you were to have met Capt. Jack in Doctor Who as I did, you would know that his character's sexual preference is all over the map. He's not gay, straight, bi or anything else. He just loves anyone that will give him the attention he enjoys (including aliens). In Torchwood the first season hinted that he liked men, and toward the end of the second season you see him carrying on a same sex relationship (albeit not monogamously). But by the fourth season, they made his character full blown gay. I have no problem with a gay character (or in reality), but I do have a problem with consistency. This to me was just another thing that took away from the grandness of what this series was. I understand that Starz fronted the money for this particular season, thus reviving the show (thank you), but I feel that they had a lot more say in the production and writing than they should have. 'nuff said.

Gwen is a serious ass kicker, which makes her awesome.
Plus I lover her hair in the first three seasons, then she
had to go and screw it up in the fourth season

Overall I would most definitely recommend this series, and I have. But I would say don't expect much out of the fourth season.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The 10th Doctor

It's no secret that the 10th Doctor is my favorite. David Tennant is an amazing actor with a face that you can read every emotion going through his character's mind with the slightest change in facial expression. I love the tortured aspect of the 10th Doctor, the heart(s) that David brought to the character, and it's no lie I had a hard time when the 10th Doctor's time ran out. Don't get me wrong I like the 11th Doctor quite a bit as well, Matt Smith does an amazing job too, but in a different way. I'm serious when I say David Tennant left some gigantic shoes to fill. Two seasons later, I'm still longing for the 10th Doctor (honestly he's so much easier on the eyes). I have a crush for sure.

I came across a great little video, that is not only touching knowing the background behind it, but also hilarious because of the fact that the song ended up being a running theme behind the scenes for all three seasons and four specials that was the 10th Doctor's span. This video was made by all involved in making the show during David's time, and this was shown on his last day of filming as a farewell gift. Enjoy!

I understand that not everyone will understand what I speak of, but this is my attempt to add to the intrigue.

Macca's New Wife

Knowing that I'm a major Beatles fan, I have been asked by a few people if I think Paul's new wife will turn out like his last. Honestly I haven't paid much attention to his new wife, and I'm thinking that's a good thing.

New Wife

When he married "Gold-digging Bitch", I was upset because I could see right through her, and see that she was exactly that. And to make it worse, she got pregnant, which tied him to the bitch forever.

Gold-digging Bitch, and yes I tried to find the worst picture

Well this new wife from what I can tell is older, more mature, a brunette (!!), and already self-sufficient on the monetary front. So do I think this marriage will turn out like the last? No, if anything all signs point to it turning out like his first marriage to the Lovely Linda. I really hope I'm right. 

How cute are they?

Legs of Mush

Last week I embarked on an adventure with my bestie/roommate/co-worker Amber and her boyfriend Peyton (and yes Amber you will be referred to those three titles all together every time). This adventure took us into the world of Karate. A four week course to learn how to strengthen our bodies and minds to take on an attacker. Perfect right?

Well let me tell you, the first lesson was a private class, and it was awesome. The second lesson was a class with all different belt levels. And dear lord that was the most intense workout I've done probably ever. Insane! For three days after, my legs felt as if they were both going to turn into mush and also rip apart, my abs started to scream, and I moved like an 80 year old arthritic lady. So pathetic. The only consolation was that Amber felt the same way. Thank God I wasn't alone. But since then we haven't been back. One because the next lesson was two days later, and there was no way I was going to be doing kicks, when I couldn't even go down the stairs without tears welling in my eyes. And two, illness took over us all, which is no bueno in any situation.

Needless to say, we have a lesson tonight and I'm terrified! Not of the class itself, but of the pain I will endure afterward for three ungodly days.Someone please tell me it's worth it! I'm hoping by the end of our four week course I will be able to kick the shit out of someone. I won't be satisfied until that is a reality. Good luck to me!

This is the closest representation of me I could 
find doing kicks. I'm ok with that.

Too Soon for Christmas?

In my opinion? Yes! I have a strict policy to not listen to any Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. My reasoning for this is because Thanksgiving is my favorite  holiday and deserves respect. I'm not sure how you can downplay such a fantastic holiday. The most delicious food you'll get all year, filling your belly to the brink of exploding, and then topping it off with pumpkin pie (a godsend). The one day I don't feel bad about gorging, and people treat it as if it's a part of Christmas. It makes me sad.

I also don't decorate until December 1st, but then again I haven't decorated for the past 2 years. That's a whole other story.

btw every place I type "favorite", it says I've misspelled this word, but the UK version is correct. Did I miss something?

The World of Harry Potter

After several (and I mean it) people telling me I need to read the Harry Potter series, I have begun to do so. And I'm loving it.

I'm less than 100 pages into the fourth book (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire), and I'm super excited. The movie version of this particular book happens to be my favorite (and no it's not because Edward is in it), so I'm more than excited to read the book and get all of the little details you're denied whilst watching the movie.

I don't expect to be disappointed, I haven't been so far, but I did just buy a Kindle, and I won't get to use it for quite a while. I hate reading more than one book at a time, yet have no problem watching multiple tv shows that have serial story lines. Go figure.

I also took a test on fb to see what my potronus is, but I can't remember. Does that make me a bad fan? I think not, it just means my memory sucks.

To be continued.

Coffee? Yes Please!!

So I had this bright idea last night to start a blog. Was this so? Methinks at the moment, no. In the long run? Only time will tell.

I'm bloody tired, but so far I'm having a blast. It's been a long time coming, and now I can finally talk about the things I love and I want to thank anyone who takes the time to follow, or peruse.

Now where's the damn coffee!?