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Thursday, March 31, 2005
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Are You More??
01) Thinking that the way people typically write email/IM is fine or thinking that the way people typically write email/IM is atrocious and they should learn to write properly?
i tend to think it's pretty bad, but it's email and as long as it's not for business, and the other person can read it, who cares?

02) American Idol judge Simon Cowell or American Idol judge Randy Jackson?
definitely more like Simon Cowell. i tend to be snarky and very critical. just wish i had the British accent...

03) "Life ain't nuthin' but peaches 'n honey" or "Life ain't nuthin' but bitches 'n money"?
peaches and honey....for the most part.

04) Proud of your morals or proud of your accomplishments?
proud of my accomplisments

05) Spicy Indian food or spicy Thai food?
since Indian food makes me want to lose my lunch, i'll go with the Thai.

06) A vicious fighter or a sissy fighter?
vicious with my words, not with my body. but, i'm NO sissy. if you're fighting with me, be afraid.

07) Easy going with yourself because hey, man, who needs the stress or hard on yourself because you know you can do better?
hard on myself. i'm my worst critic. but i come by in naturally. i get it from my mother.

08) Lazy or a compulsive worker bee?
ooh...neither. more of a compulsive worker bee than lazy, though.

09) Likely to be kind to a complete stranger or likely to be indifferent to a complete stranger?
likely to be kind.

10) Gifted or blessed?
i'm blessed. very blessed.

lifted from Scratching the Itch.
Lordy Have Mercy...
okay, i have to let y'all in on a little secret.

Lynn, from the Amazing Race, works at my office.
and he's a SHE!!

don't tell anyone. but i saw her/him with my own two eyes!!
News from Ali Land...
~~my son stayed dry for yet another day. can i get a woot?! AND this morning he woke up with a dry pull-up and peed for about 1/2 an hour when he woke up. yay!

~~i love the new school policy that parents are only allowed to bring their children as far as the gate in the morning. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING. thank the lord. before, i had to bring Emily inside, take off her boots, her hat, her jacket, put on her was a nightmare. now, i just drop her off at the gate, wave good-bye and then i'm on my way. i was almost at work on time this morning! 9:03!!

~~i wasn't sorry to see miss piggy...oops...i mean Jessica Sierra go last night on American Idol.

~~I finally got the girl off of her Ella Enchanted fixation...but now she's moved on to New York Minute.

~~I am seriously considering getting me one of these. i'll try just about anything to go comfortable at night.
News from Britney Feder-land....
Dear False Tabloids,

As you read this letter, I bet you are asking yourself: Who? Who, me? Am I a false tabloid? Well, I don't know. But after this posting, I hope you are asking yourself a lot of questions. Your employees are a reflection of your magazine. Do you, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star and other desperate magazines want employees who are honest, or those who are liars? It seems to me that you'd prefer the latter. I'm really concerned about the people you hire to work at your companies. I'd like them to ask themselves the question, "What am I lying to myself about?" Is it that you are 50 pounds overweight? Is it that your children aren't making wise decisions? Or is it maybe that your husband or boyfriend is cheating on you? Until you face what is going on in your life, I guess you'll remain a false tabloid.


P.S. People magazine is great in my book!"

okay, so does anyone really know what she's saying here? that she's not pregnant? she didn't actually DENY it. is she saying that she's just fat?
she's such an eloquent writer, isn't she?

and for someone who hates tabloids so much, she certainly seems to be caught buying them an awful lot....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Holy Unleavened Baby!
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Toilet Training Watch - day 3
another completely dry day. we are so thrilled.

and a huge public apology to my nanny, who i thought wouldn't be on board with this whole process, but she's been awesome!
What drugs is Paula taking? any guesses?
The goods:
Carrie Underwood – she’s always amazing, especially when she sings country. If she works a little on her stage personality, she just might win this thing.
Vonzell Solomon – fantastic. She rocked it tonight.
Nikko Smith – I love his style. He’s great.
Nadia Turner – she was really good this week.

The mehs:
Anwar Robinson – he’s going to lose. He needs to step it up a little bit. Yes, he’s an awesome singer, but he’s not really showing up on game night.
Constantine – I just don’t see it with this guy. He’s not a good singer, and he bugs a little. The husband and I actually watched his performance twice to see what the big deal was. Yes, it was better than his partridge rendition last week, but it just wasn’t THAT good.
Bo Bice – he picked a really hard song to sing. Did better justice to the Black Crows than Constantine did, but it was just okay. Not great.

The bads:
Anthony Federov – no, no, no. you were bad, honey. Go home.
Scott Savol – I think that Scott does have a good voice. But, he was pretty bad last night – and the creep factor alone should send him home. Soon. Please.
Jessica Sierra – when you want to win, don’t sing LeAnn Rimes. It’s just a tip.
Awesome Show – and I’m not Lion. Ha!
~First of all, I’m in love with the brothers. “Stay in school. Don’t do drugs.” How can you NOT love that??! And calling the bushmaster “Yoda” and this week, it was the brothers, who had me at “Spelunking,” because I totally just like sayin’ it, too!

~I can’t believe that Meredith and Gretchen were stripped of all their belongings. Phil didn’t even let them keep their fanny packs. This certainly was NOT their week.

~I’m lovin’ how everyone keeps messing up the fact that Meredith is the GUY.

~Brian: "I'm acting like Lynn, Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!" then camera cuts to

~Do any of y’all think that Ray is beating Deana a little bit? Her face was all mangled for the entire episode. And what was up with her Quasimoto eye at the pitstop?

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~An actual real footrace to the mat. Awesome. I’m so happy to see Ray and Deana go.

~the husband and I watched and rewound a scene at the orphanage where a ball comes flying out of nowhere and hits one of the kids on the head. Did anyone else catch this? We were dying of laughter.

~Lynn needs to learn to keep his mouth shut. He’s been pulling some serious Kendra lately…with his “chickens and camels and whatever” and Compton comments.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Oy Vey!
i have a friend at work who i love dearly. she's super sweet and the only person in my entire department that i actually really like. and she's pregnant and also due in august - one week before i am.

But, this pregnancy has turned her into a loon.

i swear. every day she comes to me with her questions, that fall somewhere on the scale of "okay, that's something a normal person would ask" (example: eating tuna is okay, as long as it's only once a week, right?) to the "questions only someone who is INSANE would ask" (example: is it okay that i did yoga outside in the grass, near some dog poo, about 3 months before i got pregnant?)

this is not a joke people.

yesterday, it was about the microwave.
"Alicia, is it okay to use the microwave?"
"Yes, Haley. It's fine."
"Even though it's an old one?"
"Is it okay to stick your hand in to get your food while it's still hot inside?"
"Yes! That's what most people do."

Today, it was about the microwave, yet again.
"Ali, is it okay to stand in front of it?"
"Are you sure?"
"so, like, you take your food out and you are standing in front of the microwave, and that's okay, right?"
"Yes. by the way, what worries you about the microwave? the steam?"
"You take a shower, you know."
"No, but the micro waves."
"Don't worry - go ahead and use the microwave."

poor thing. she's really actually freaked out about these things!
Greg Tolan IS Johnny Lawrence.
The greatest movie revelation EVER.
my goodness! Could anything be more true??

If you haven't seen the Karate Kid or Just One of The truly haven't lived. Check this out, courtesy of My Blog Is Poop.

"Johnny! You're a cream puff." check out what Johnny's doing these days....
Toilet Training Watch - Day 2
I am so proud of my little muffin. he went the entire day yesterday in underwear with NO accidents. He's now excited about using the potty - mostly for the chocolate chips. and he's excited to be wearing his new spiderman and batman underwear. my goodness, he's adorable.

and also, he has no bum. i couldn't keep pants up on the child when he was wearing big padded diapers. how the heck am i going to keep them up now??? That's it! he needs suspenders! ha.
What Not to Name Your Baby....
Anitra, Siomara, Geitan, Krsily, Kindle, Danuska...WTF?

I said i wasn't going to (mostly because the show is SOO bad, but also a little bit because the last bachelor finale made me puke - literally, not figuratively) but i still watched the season premiere of the Bachelor. It wasn't my fault, though. the husband was in meetings all night and i needed something light while ellipticizing.

I actually found it mildly entertaining. While Charlie isn't exactly what one would call hot, he was funny. "A lot of these women are easy on the eyes, but not so easy on the ears." and he's a dog. I smirked while i watched him ogling the women during the "speed dating"
Monday, March 28, 2005
Oh My Goodness!!
this truly is the BEST news ever.

If you haven't been following this story, check out Allie's website.
I'm Incredible...and don't you forget it!
lifted from Jon:

Mr. Incredible
Which Incredibles Character Are You?

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my a nutshell.
How does Easter weekend work in the states? i am slightly embarrassed that i don't even remember. Well, in Canada, NOTHING is open on Good Friday and NOTHING is open on Easter Sunday. That, for me, is a lethal combination. Sundays for me are all about running erands and getting things done. no errands were run on sunday.

well, okay, fine. there was one. i sent the husband to the superstore (the only thing open) to do our food shopping for the week. i gave him the list i had been working on for several days and sent him and the boy out. five minutes into the trip he calls in a panic. of course, i assume the the boy had an accident. no such luck. the men LOST my list. jesus. they lost it. after getting all of 2 things that were on it. computer paper and tylenol. so, i told him to wing it as best as he could. well, he winged it all right. and brought home about 1/3 of what was on my list. oh well....that's what you get for sending a man to do a woman's work...

so, we did a lot of hanging out. since i'm sick (yes, i have a nasty cold, and can't breathe when i lie down...and of course, since i'm preggo, i can't take anything. argh) and the boy is still sick (he's got insane wax build-up - - stop laughing, it's serious - - and is in a lot of pain) we stayed close to home. i swear, though, i if i have to watch Ella Enchanted one more time, i might have to shoot myself. i guess i should be thankful that they are over their Spy Kids 3 fascination.

i took the girl and her friend to see "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" (at least i think that's what it was called) - the girls were adorable and had the time of their lives. they managed to finish a huge gigantic popcorn and large pop. i couldn't believe it! and it was all good except for 15 minutes into the movie when Adina say that she had to go to the bathroom. and since i couldn't leave Emily by herself, dragged both girls into the bathroom. sheesh. that was a little crazy. other than that slight mishap, it was good times.

i watched a movie on saturday night that i really liked - The United States of Leland. I'm sure none of you have heard of it, but i watched it because Ryan Gosling and Jena Malone are in it - and they are awesome. it made up for the fact that two of the worst actors in Hollywood were also in it - Chris Klein and Michelle Williams. I can't decide who is worse...any thoughts?

oh, and i got sucked into a new show. great. i'm thrilled. just what i need. Grey's Anatomy. did anyone else watch it? i have a problem that i can't turn away from anything with Patrick Dempsey in it. i mean, really, he was Ronald Miller in Can't Buy Me Love. anyone who can do the African Anteater Ritual is aces in my book. and Sandra Oh? I mean, my god, she's great.
Let the Games Begin...
we have officially begun toilet training in our house.
heaven help us. please.

with the girl we had it so easy. she pretty much trained herself in a day. in. one. day. people. no joke. she was so good about it. the boy, on the other hand, is not going to be that easy to train. and i'm nervous leaving it in the hands of my nanny. it's not going to be good....i can't already tell (that's the pessimist in me, though). i knew we were in trouble when i said, "he's not to wear diapers again. ever. but at nap time and bed he can wear pull ups." and then she said, "and when we go out, he wears pull ups." um. no. that's not what i said. she probably won't listen to me anyway....

Emily's being a really big help to us with this whole process. most likely because Josh gets 2 mini chocolate chips for a pee and 4 for a poo (yes, we believe in bribery) and she thinks that if she helps out, she can get the chocolate chips too. heck, if she's willing to clean out the potty for us...i think that's worth 2 measly mini chips...

wish us luck. we are seriuosly going to need it.
oh, how i've missed you!
~~I'm so happy to have my Bree back. it's been way too long.

~~Susan - dare i say it - looked good this episode. except she's such a dumbass. who puts a tape into someone's else's vcr? take it home with you and watch it there....idiot. and she blabbed EVERYTHING to Edie. What was she thinking?

~~ew. Edie and Paul. gross. but i loved her this week: "Of course I believe in evil. I work in real estate"

~~loved the laundry in the jacuzzi. classy. but please...never show Carlos shirtless again.

~~i didn't despise Lynette in this episode. i actually felt bad for her for a minute...and then i remembered that she pretended that her kid had cancer to get into a class at the gym. i don't feel bad for her anymore. she plays dirty, too.

~~Where's gay Andrew???
Friday, March 25, 2005
Kirsten Cohen Crushes Carter...
~~boring. boring. and more boring. but i did get the warm fuzzies at the end. aw. Cohen family dinner.

~~ooh.loved Ryan saying that ugly hats were Marissa's thing. damn straight.

~~"You're back! But no one EVER comes back..." - loved that. think: Alex, Linsday, Theresa, Jimmy, Hailey, Luke, Anna, Caitlyn...they never come back...

~~Sandy also makes me smile when he mentioned his "porn star mother-in-law"

~~How come Sandy can't spring for some money for Ryan to buy a new sweatshirt? i swear, he's wearing the same grey hooded sweatshirt in EVERY episode.

~~and what was with the hair in this episode? Seth's is too short. Ryan's is too long. and Kirsten's had this weird bumpity-bump thing at the sides the whole time. totally distracting.

~~Marissa - put on a bra for the sake of those around us.

ding dong! the witch is gone!
~i couldn't be happier. i was super surprised at the Donald's boot this week since he seems to have had a thing for Erin. blech. gross. ew. she's soo narsty, and when she winked at Trump - not one, but twice - i knew her arse was toast.

~poor Craig. i love him. i thought his idea was great. his team did NOT deserve a reward. they treated him like crap. i thought her rocked. i hope he wins this thing.

~"One minute to save your life, Chris. One minute." every time Trump talks to Chris i start laughing out loud. Chris always looks like he's going to pop a vein or something. ticking time bomb, i tell you. ticking time bomb.

~Did anyone else want to punch her in the face when she said she knows what a crown is but not crown moulding? what kind of beauty contest was she winning, anyway?

~gotta love Tana for getting the dorky Home Depot dude to shimmy it up.

~i'm not the biggest Angie fan (i also think she needs some serious styling help), but i lurved when she said, "Paris Hilton would've been much better than Erin on this task."

good episode!!!
Thursday, March 24, 2005
See....I actually DO use my brain at the office...
Even though i wasn't one of her three people to pass this on to, i'm stealing this from Stacy.

You’re stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

that's easy. What to Expect When You Are Expecting. I loathe this book.

Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

Laurie from Little of my very first fictional crushes. there have been at least 100 since then.

The last book you bought is:

Can You Keep a Secret?

The last book you read:

Can You Keep a Secret?

What are you currently reading?

I'm about 3/4 of the way through Midwives.

Five books you would take to a deserted island.

1. Franny and Zooey
2. Complete Works of William Shakespeare
3. How to Survive on a Desert Island for Dummies
4. Gone With the Wind
5. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why?

1. i'd love to have Rosie fill this out, just to see what she'd have to say.
2. Julie - because i know her answers will make me laugh.
3. Sean - because he's always so good about commenting and taking my silly little memes.
"I'm not your f#$%$ing Mommy!"
watch this.

I've got VERY mixed feelings about this movie.
I liked it - well, at least a little bit.
I wasn't scared, though. i mean, there were a few jumpy bits, but i wasn't scared the way i was completely creeped out by The Ring.

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I even laughed my way through a scene at the end (where Samara looks and acts way too much like Gollum...) that, i think, was supposed to be scary.
and I came out with too many questions.

and the deer....what the hell was with the deer???

I did like Sissy Spacek's Evelyn (except for the uncanny Michael Jackson resemblance), and wish there was more than just a five minute scene with her.

Seeing Samara so often in human form kind of ruined it for me. it was supposed to be scary, but had the complete opposite effect for me. it was better when you only caught a glimpse of her here and there.

and how can you have a movie that was based on a videotape NOT even show the video in the sequel. what the hell?

all this being said, i wasn't expecting all that much. i mean, come on, it's a sequel to a horror movie!!
~~my HATE for James grew by leaps and bounds this week (especially when he started talking about Allah vs. HIS god. what an ass) so i was more than thrilled to see his arse get the boot. seems that he knows as much about making "secret knots that no one can open" as he does about "builing outhouses". i'm still not sure why all three didn't just vote for James in the first place...why did they need the tie?

~~oh, how i love Jeff Probst...bringing up the fact that James was trying to cover up his "bits" instead of trying to win immunity.

~~I heart Stephenie (especially after she kicked all the guys' butts in the reward challenge), but lying to Bobby Jon will only come back to hurt her at some point. mark my words on this one, folks

~~the puppet show made me snicker only slightly. i don't think BJ looks a thing like Jesus!

~~Caryn and Katie are useless. i hope they are the next to go from Koror.

~~a merge must be near. Koror will have to sit out 5 people for both challenges, and since they "can't sit out the same people twice" (as Jeff has reminded us for 10 seasons now), it's an impossibility, unless Jeff changes the rules on us.

~~I'm kind of liking Coby.

~~nice choice on the reward, Jeff. salt and alcohol. Diuretics are always good for the tired and hungry.
oh, what a day, what a day..
so, as good of a day as yesterday was (remember the size 2 jeans?), today is gearing up to be a bad, bad day. not as bad as this poor guy's, but bad.

we thought the boy had an ear infection because he kept grabbing his right ear and screaming, "my ear hurts." so, the husband took him to the doctor and turns out that he does NOT have an ear infection, he just has an abundance of wax build-up (ew) so he took some sort of contraption and extracted the wax (ew ew) - just like Shrek, who then made a candle with his :)

so, we thought we were in the clear. he was fine all evening yesterday. We went with our friends Matt and Michele to see "The Ring Two" (more about that to come...) and then the husband left to play hockey. just as Survivor (more about that to come too!) was finishing i hear the boy screaming in agony. this was at about 10:50. i brought him into my bed where he continued to scream until 1:30, when the husband came home from hockey and took over Josh-duty.

argh. he didn't fall asleep again until 8:00 this morning! so, needless to say, we are tired this morning. very, very tired.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Today is a VERY good day
This morning I put on a pair of abercrombie size 2 jeans. and they fit!

granted they are fitting underneath my tummy, but it means that my ass is still a size 2. I couldn't be happier....and I couldn't be more bewildered as to how I'm having a completely different pregnancy than my last two (where i had the full body pregnancy).
Wait...what...Ron is in the Military??? I NEVER knew!
~~My love for Rob grows this week when he gives his Red Sox hat to the guy on the boat. aw. pure gold. and the Hemingway reference too. oh, yeah, and when he got on the airplane. fantastic.

~~"Mom, be quiet before we have an embarrassing moment." Can't say i'm sorry to see you go...Patrick was such a silly little whiner. Although Ray and Deana would have been okay to go too. They annoy me. and Ray's an ass.

~~i didn't really like Gretchen and Meredith until they followed Ray (what were they thinking? they are obviously not the brightest...) and didn't get upset. they just chocked it up to being part of the game. finally.

~~Not sure if i like Lynn and Alex. Their hate for Rob and Amber is beginning to annoy. but i love love loved, "I'll run you off the road, beeyotch." They need to learn to harp less and race more. maybe then they'll come in first.

~~I was kind of expecting to see Uchenna and Joyce get a penalty for going to the island instead of the shipwreck...but i guess not. which is good, because i like them.

~~I'm hoping for a Rob/Amber, Brian/Greg and Uchenna/Joyce final 3. that would be good.

~~can't wait for next week! Bleeding Gretchen! Crazy car accidents! 2 hours!
Paula was totally drunk last night...
the goods:
Carrie - she sounded awesome. she looked like some scary drag queen.
Vonzell - she was good. really good. i was surprised.
Nikko - i love him. what else can i say?

the mehs:
Anthony - eh. feh. meh. he was okay. not great.
Scott - he's sounding better to me. he would be in the good category this week if he didn't creep the crap out of me.
Bo - i love that song, but i don't think he did a great job with it.
Anwar - was slightly dull (what? chakah chan dull?), but he's still awesome in my books.
Jessica - she looked less piggish tonight, but it was just a'ight for me, man.

the bads:
Nadia - the vocals vs. the hair? which was more distracting...i might have to go with the vocals...
Mikalah - why doesn't don't know...actually take their advice and act a little more her age???? she's going to lose this week. that's my call. you heard it here first.
Constantine - no, no, no. although i did get a little snicker out of him singing the partridge family.
I Got Me a Facelift...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Which John Hughes Character Are You?
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You are Ferris Bueller (from Ferris Bueller's Day
Off)! You're a smooth talker and a
resourceful, quick thinker, and you play by
your own rules. Fortunately, you use such
things for fun and not to hurt anyone else.
God only knows what would happen if you crossed
paths with Lisa from Weird Science.

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Here it is...
i know you've been waiting for this.

it's Ali's big ole' 20 week preggo belly:

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Funny Names...
this is thanks to Aimee :)

YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (Name of first pet / Street you live on):
Smoothy Tansley

YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (Name of your favorite snack food / Grandfather's first name):
Cookies Aaron

YOUR FASHION DESIGNER NAME: (First word you see on your left / Favorite restaurant):
Unity Kens

EXOTIC FOREIGNER ALIAS: (Favorite Spice / Last Foreign Vacation Spot):
Pepper Barbados

SOCIALITE ALIAS: (Silliest Childhood Nickname / Town Where You First Partied):
Leeshee Chicago

ICON ALIAS: (Something Sweet Within Sight / Any Liquid in Your Kitchen):
chocolate milk

DETECTIVE ALIAS: (Favorite Baby Animal / Where You Went to High School):
Koala Ida Crown

SOAP OPERA ALIAS: (Middle Name / Street Where You First Lived):
Anne Clovernook

YOUR STAR WARS NAME: ( First 2 letters of your first name and the first 3 Letters from your last name makes your first name. Take the first 2 letters of your mother's maiden name and the first 3 letters of the city you were born in):
Almar Kumil

now it's your turn :)
Because Sometimes...
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Monday, March 21, 2005
Since i can't go to the U2 show (all 4 shows are sold out....but mainly i can't go because the shows are only a month after i have a baby....damnit), who wants to take me to see The Shins on April 17th??
Celebrity Lookalikes
Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman:
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Skeet Ulrich and Johnny Depp:
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Nelly Furtado and Courteney Cox:
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Jewel and Renee Zellweger:
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Leelee Sobieski and Helen Hunt:
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Russell Crowe and Benjamin McKenzie:
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Tobey Maguire and KD Lang:
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James Franco and James Dean:
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Portia de Rossi and Drea de Matteo:
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Josh Duhamel and Timothy Olyphant:
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One Week and Counting...****
Somebody has kidnapped my daughter.
thank the lord.
they've replaced her with an amazing child (one we haven't seen in about two years). she's happy (she's smiling!), she listens, she's barely whining, she is NICE to her brother.
and the best part? the bedtime!! oh, the bedtime! she's been going to bed so well the past week. she gets her story (from me) and her songs (from her Daddy) and SHE GOES TO SLEEP! no whining, no crying, no carrying on. she just goes to sleep. i can't believe it.

After i told her for the one millionth time that i'm so proud of her, she told me, in the car this morning, "i told you that when i turned 4, i was going to start listening. and Mommy, a promise is a promise."

oh happy, happy day.

***knock on wood, poo poo poo and all that jazz...or as my friend Michelle would say, "Don't give yourself aynehurah"
Friday, March 18, 2005
Four For Friday
Q1: Which do you use the most... microwave oven, toaster oven, or conventional oven? Which do you prefer to use?

um, definitely use the toaster the least. probably use the oven more than the microwave.

Q2: If the NCAA Men's or Women's Final Four basketball tournament was played in your hometown arena or within easy driving distance from where you live, would you try to attend one of these games?

yes, yes, yes. although, i'd definitely prefer to watch the men.

Q3: Of all the clothes you own, what do you feel most comfortable wearing, and why?

black. i always feel like i look the thinnest when i wear black. and i think my tristan black turtleneck is the most flattering thing i own.

Q4: On what television show—either past or present—would you like to make to make a guest appearance, and what role would you play?

oh my goodness...the sky's the limit on this one. just one? i'd love to be on Beverly Hills, 90210. or the wonder years.
I'm in Love with Johnny Knoxville and other ditties...
~~Lindsay Lohan and good friend Johnny Knoxville were out one night with some of his buddies. That friendship came to a halt when the group arrived at a local nightclub that wouldn't admit the underage Lohan. So what did Knoxville do? He left Lohan outside and went on clubbing with his chums.

~~Britney Spears has reportedly abandoned plans to have a baby right now because she's terrified the weight gain will ruin her sexy image. I guess nobody has told her that being a fat cow, looking like a hobo, and being seen with acne cream all over your face aren't exactly the sexiest things in the world either. (from superficial)

~~this is Nicole Kidman...from 1991. could you just die??
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~~ah...the Lawrence brothers...
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"I Haven't Been Vaccinated."
~~"Only Summer calls me Coop" and "Only Caleb calls me Sanford" it's too much, especially because Sandy's answer was "and only because he won't...not" which is what Kirsten said about Caleb calling her Kiki. are they that desperate??

~~I love Summer. The "Asshat" remark. fab.

~~writers? we get it. last year was great. better than this year. get over it. cue the music...."the way we were..."

~~hated Seth tonight. too much meddling, buddy....but i LOVE LOVE LOVEd the captain oats getting "touched" by Ryan comment. friggin' adorable.

~~anyone catch what drunk Billy Campbell's shirt said?? anyone?

~~ good line: "If you have to work this hard, then it isn't working." I'm so happy the broody/sexy/angry Ryan is back. i've missed him. he got all soft with Lindsay around.

~~ and julie: "sorry to interrupt you while you're...brooding, is it?"
ryan: "yeah, and i'm kind of in the middle of a major session here..." *snicker*

~~ Get your hose out, Cohen
Thursday, March 17, 2005
where have all my blogger comments gone??

have i lost them forever???
Blogger sucks...
just thought i'd mention that.
Whose Body is This??
because it certainly isn't mine.

i visited my OB yesterday for my 20 week appointment. yes, we are halfway there folks! halfway! yay! Sometimes i think that these appointments are a real waste of my time. But, mostly, i thank my lucky stars that this is my third rather routine pregnancy and that i've had no concerns or problems.

i waited 45 minutes for him to come back from a c-section. weight, urine, blood pressure, heartbeat. that's it. and for the record, i've gained 9 pounds total, my urine is fine, blood pressure was low, and the heartbeat was high. goodbye, Dr. R, see you in a month.

last night i spent a lengthy amount of time in front of my mirror, trying on clothes that are way too tight to wear. the giant basoomas are turning my shirts into belly shirts (a big no-no in my books), so most of these are now unwearable.

i kept inspecting body parts. the boobs. not mine - they are on loan from a strip club somewhere. the face. someone told me last week that it's starting to fill out. could there be any worse of a thing to say? she's now on my hit list. my thighs, arms, back, etc. these are not mine. i don't know whose they are....but i hope they come back for them soon, cuz i no longer want them. the ass. still looks okay to me. thank the lord i still have something...

i think i'm going to have a problem for the next 4 1/2 months. help.
Best. Survivor. Ever.
~~just when i thought Survivor couldn't get any better...there was nothing more awesome than ulong having to watch in agony as koror ate - no devoured - their stew and biscuits. oh, wait, yes, there was something better - Ibrehem getting immunity and the entire tribe panicking because they hadn't discussed any other options....ha! that was fantastic!

~~feelin' a little love for Coby for saying that they shouldn't gloat and rub it in, but then Ian has to go and do a happy song and dance...

~~how come the black people on survivor can't swim? (remember Osten?)

~~VERY classy exit on Willard's part. i was impressed.

~~By the way, Tom, what's the square root of Willard?

~~poor Angie - i would have rather seen James (and his awful underpants) sent packin', and what were they thinking voting for Bobby Jon? do they WANT to lose?

~~Janu is scary.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Wednesday news...
~~So, Bijou Phillips pulls a Tara Reid-like wardrobe malfunction....
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...but unlike Tara, Bijou noticed the malfunction, and pulled up the offending garment, and gamely trooped on, laughing.

~~ The Idol truth comes out. Mario Vasquez left Idol because he has already been offered a very enticing record contract by none other than P. DIDDY.

~~ Lindsay Lohan is rushed to the hospital - again. Seems she took a nasty spill in her gigantic heels.
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** note as Ali makes the "drinky drinky" motion...

~~ who the heck knows if Ashton and Demi are pregnant??? there are rumors and denials flying all over the place. let's be honest, though,who the heck even cares??
Do You Like Scary Movies?
i don't know if it's because i've gotten older or what, but i'm not finding scary movies to be...well...scary.

I remember as a kid being terrified of movies like Poltergeist, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman, Pet Sematary, Child's Play, and Friday the 13th.
As i got older and rewatched several of these movies, they actually made me laugh. The storylines were ridiculous and there was no suspense...there were just people dying all over the place.

As a teenager, the movies that scared me were the older movies - Psycho, the Exorcist, the Shining, It. These movies are scary in more of a psychological way - not as much in the bloodshed, axe-murdering kind of way.

But, now, when i watch Psycho or the Exorcist or It, i'm not really all that scared. Yes, The Shining still scares the absolute crap out of me. "Come play with us Danny. Forever. and ever. and ever." gives me the chills just typing that! A few nights ago i watched the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and laughed my way through most of the scenes. maybe it was because i was watching Jessica Biel attempt to "act" or maybe it was because "Leatherface" didn't look the least bit scary. i don't know what it was, but i wasn't scared. (sure, i didn't want to go to sleep until the husband came home...but that's beside the point)

What about you? What is the scariest movie you've seen?
In a competition full of hamburgers, you are a steak.
the goods:
Constantine - he picked a good song for him - and he was actually one of the best last night! i can't believe i'm saying it.
Bo - i'm not a huge Bo fan, and think he will run into trouble in the weeks where he can't pick whatever he wants, but he was really good last night.
Carrie - she's always good. and now she's got Simon on her side.
Nikko - all except for the last note, he was great. and he picked a song that the crowd likes - and that's huge!
Nadia - She was good. i like her a lot.
Anwar - Good, as always. i do agree that he needs to start taking risks and having more fun.

the mehs:

Jessica - just okay. not bad. not great.
Vonzell - she was pretty good.

the bads:

Scott - creepy. bad song choice. don't like him.
Lindsay - way to butcher a really really good song
Mikalah - i love her, but she sounded like ass last night.
Anthony - not good. he's always way too safe. he needs to step away from the RPB's (really pretty ballads) but he's a fan favorite and a sob story so i don't see him going anywhere so soon
"I think you need some mouth to mouth resuscitation"
~~okay, I'm sorry, but Bahstan Rahb is brilliant. He is the KING manipulator. He didn't have to eat the four pounds of meat, and he convinced other teams to not eat the meat as well, assuring that he wouldn't be eliminated. Clever. He deserves to win. And Phil loves him too.

~~can't say I was the biggest Debbie and Bianca fan, but I give her HUGE credit for eating all that meat. Holy cow. Literally. and Patrick? i NEVER thought he'd make it.

~~I like Uchenna and Joyce, but Joyce reminds me of Gizmo from Gremlins. Or maybe slightly like Gollum.

~~And is anyone else tired of hearing about being a POW in Iraq? It's getting old.

~~Did Lynn and Alex not win anything for coming in first?
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Anyone Want to Take a Stab???
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If there are two things i like in this world...
they are celebrities and blogs.

This week i was reading about "Sahara" star Matthew McConaughey, who is keeping an online journal while cruising across the US in a trailer.

But, he's not the only celeb who has jumped on the bloggin bandwagon:

~My personal favorite is: Zach Braff's Garden State Blog. This man can do no wrong in my eyes. I love him.

~Rosie O'Donnell's blog has recently caused quite a stir, mostly because she had an entry about Howard Stern...formerlyrosie

~There's also Wil Wheaton's blog....for those of you who have no idea who he is...he was Gordie in Stand By Me, and therefore, even though he's kind of a sub-C-list celebrity now, i'll always have a special place in my heart for him (and others like him, like Fred Savage and Neil Patrick Harris).

~Jeff Bridges' blog definitely scores points for originality - it's handwritten. no joke. it really is!

~Al Roker has a blog too. i haven't actually ever read it, i've just heard about it...
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****just a little disclaimer. we DID NOT find out the sex. i chickened out...
Monday, March 14, 2005
Mondays Musings...
~~ it seems that Nikko Smith will get his just desserts. Top 12 contestant, Mario Vasquez, has quit the competition because of "personal problems" and will be replaced by....Nikko Smith. i could NOT be happier.

~~ i might know who the winners of The Amazing Race 7 are... you'll have to email me if you want to know...

~~ he he. found porn. this stuff is real.
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Our Little Bunny is a Mover and a Shaker....
first of all, why on earth do they make you drink all that water???
my requistion form said to drink 2 liters of water. 2 liters??? WTF? that's 4 bottle of water! so, i figured i'm half the size of most people, i can drink half that. so i forced myself to drink 2 bottles of water.

but, when i got up on the table, the first thing out of the technician's nouth was "Go to the bathroom and pee out three cups." um, yeah, so why exactly did i have to drink the water in the first place??

i guess i wasn't all that upset, since i was only too relieved to visit the bathroom...

Everything's perfect with our little bunny. it has a small head and my nose (at least that's what the technician said...) and is just perfect. ten fingers. ten toes. to me, the pictures look exactly like my other two kids' ultrasounds...and pretty much just about every ultrasound picture of anyone's baby...they all pretty much look the same. but, i still cried a little bit.

i'll post my picture tomororow.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Four For Friday
1. If you listen to the radio on your way to and from work, do you tune in to the same station each day? How about on your way home... do you listen to a different station than the one you tune in for the morning commute? If you don't listen to the radio, do you listen to tapes or CDs instead? If you listen to tapes or CDs, are there certain genres that you prefer to listen to in the morning verses on the drive home at the end of the day?

every morning i listen to 102.5. it's a Buffalo station and they play this game "star of the day" and i love to listen to it. i like to listen to "garden state" on my way home from work each day. it gives me the warm fuzzies, which is exactly what i need after work.

2. Do you drink coffee or tea on a daily basis? If so, what brand/flavor is your favorite, and, do you find that you drink it because you like it or because you just can’t operate without it?

i love the taste of coffee. you know that you drink it for the taste and not because you can't operate without it when you drink decaf.... I love the flavored coffees - irish cream and french vanilla are my favorites. and i prefer Starbucks to Second Cup, but i'll drink from both places.

3. Peppermint Patty... straight or gay?

Peppermint Patty... let's see... my call is NOT gay. She definitely has a thing for "Chuck." Although, now that i think about it - she's bold and brash, she's a huge tomboy, and she's a good football player. And Marcie does call her "sir". hmm...i may have to rethink my answer...

4. Are there any reoccurring or standalone fictional television or movie characters that you personally identify with? If not, are there any who you wish you could be more like in your own life?

I identify with Debra from Everybody Loves Raymond. She often says things that make both the husband and i say, "You SOOO would say that!"
Because it's Friday...
For those who haven’t seen the movie Cool Hand Luke , here’s the deal: Paul Newman attempts to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour and succeeds, winning riches, admiration from his fellow prisoners, and complete digestive shutdown. Yesterday, Maxim assistant editor Steve Mazzucchi attempted to eat 50 sickeningly sweet Cadbury Creme Eggs. To be nice (and to delay the inevitable seizures by a couple hours), they gave Steve-O a full day to accomplish this feat, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Once the office pot reached $700, Maxim intern Pat “working for college credit” Hourihan jumped in to play the part of the worthy opponent. The challenge: Eat 50 Cadbury Creme Eggs over eight hours — 4.3 pounds of candy, 500 grams of fat, and 9,500 calories of awesome.

Pat on his 26th egg. he says, “I’m sweating and shaking and can’t sit still. Earlier, I tried chasing the eggs with pretzels and a steak sandwich and I think that’s where I went wrong.”
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Steve on his 28th egg. “I didn’t eat anything yesterday and was drinking tons of water last night in an effort to expand my stomach, but this definitely takes more than one day of training. The first 20 went down pretty easily, but after that….” [breathing heavily] “I don’t even really like them, to tell you the truth!”
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unfortunately, to quote "Cool Hand Luke," Nobody can eat fifty eggs.
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Must See TV...
Survivor - or "He's got some ass behind him."
~What the heck was wrong with Jeff Probst's face? I mean, i understand how all the survivors are peeling (Bobby Jon's got something truly nasty happening on his chest) but Jeff? He's not roughing it on Palau.

~James needs to cover his bits a little bit better. the boxer briefs just aren't going to cut it anymore. he'll also never be able to live down getting his redneck ass beaten by Coby!!!

~I'm in love with Tom and Ian. really.

~Jenn speaks! Willard speaks!

~Glad to see lazy Kim go. She was so useless, and looked too much like Felicity Huffman for my tastes. "It sucks to be on the team where people work hard"??? WTF?

~Loved Jeff being all in your face at tribal council.

The Oc - or "The Porn Identity"
~NOOOOO!!! please, please, please, do not allow Ryan and Marissa to get back together.

~Julie Cooper Nichol rocks my world. her scene with Alex was awesome. "You're this week's yard guy." and "The only person Marissa has ever loved looks a little different in a wifebeater." and totally 100% true. and she's a pron star to boot???

~Caleb - go back to being an ass. it suited you better.

~This episode was just "eh" for me. not great.

Apprentice - or "John is Officially an Ass"

~I'm not a huge Erin fan, but when Trump told her to shut up and she listened, pure gold.

~And I was a big Tana fan until she said words like "Diggity" and "Crunky". ha! and when she said, a MILF is a mom i'd like to f-f--ool around with, i almost lost it! and it was awesome to see Carolyn laughing at her. who am i kidding? i still love the big ole' dork.

~Crazy Chris is a loony. His outburst in the boardroom was hilarious.

~Gene Simmons. ha. he's super creepy.

~Um, is it just me or did Erin have ZERO personality on camera. I think Trump just wants to bang her.

~Kendra's saying, "Just no cucumber." BWAH! I'm on the Kendra love train.

~oh, and John, in your own words: "Thanks for coming out. Have a nice day. We have some lovely parting gifts for you."
Thursday, March 10, 2005
The Girl Needs a Therapist....
and yes, i do mean my 4-year old daughter, Emily. (yes, she's 4! her birthday was on Tuesday).

i'm afraid we've lost her to the dark side. no joke. she's out of control.

If she can't have ice cream when she wants it, she has a full-blown hour-long temper tantrum on the floor. If I choose an outfit that she doesn't want to wear, she has a complete mental breakdown. If she's told she can't go to a friend's house to play, she'll say, "I hate you!" When it's time for bed, she pulls out the big guns, "my tummy hurts! I need a drink! I need to make! You promised me we'd do the calendar! Read me a story! sing me a song! Another song! I Need Amy! I Need my blanket!" In general, she refuses to accept what are totally appropriate limits for her age.

I have to tell her to relax about 45 times a day. She gets really worked up over everything. she knows exactly what buttons to push, and pushes them often.

Now, i'd like to think that i'm a good mother. I love their daughter, and I show it. I try hard to nurture her creativity and self-esteem. But everyday issues of discipline and control now worry me all the time. In short, I fear I've created a monster—an extremely spoiled child—and I don't know what to do to improve the situation.

My attempts at punishment and positive reinforcement have been completely shut down. we tried out the 1-2-3 magic method, but realized early on that this was not the punishment method for us. we would count to three, put her in her room, and two minutes later, when we went to get her, she'd still be screaming. so the punishment did nothing.

this furstration came to a blow last night when i put her to bed at 7:24 and she didn't stop screaming or whining until 9:48. insanity! i don't know what to do anymore.
and the thing that really irks me the most is that for everyone else but me, my husband and my nanny, she's AN ABSOLUTE ANGEL. no joke. her teachers have nothing but glorious things to say about her - - "she's such a good listener, she loves to help out, she smiles all day (Smile? i don't think i've seen her smile in 2 years!), we love to have her around. she's a pleasure."

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Praying this works...
...i need to get my blog off of blogger. it's become nothing but a pain in my arse. i've had just about enough of it losing my posts and always being on the fritz. grr...

anyone have any suggestions for me??? I've been looking into typepad and wordpress this morning...
It's LaToya London all over again...
i'm so disappointed in American Idol fans this season.
okay, Travis - yes, he deserved to go. and Amanda and Janay.

i don't even understand. he was one of the good ones.
Who is voting for creepy Scott Savol and terrible Constantine????????

Idol fans are idiots.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Kenneth, What's the Frequency?????
So, Dan Rather says his final goodbye this evening to CBS news.

I heard on the radio this morning (see, the radio IS, in fact, educational!) that Dan Rather was the inspiration behind REM's 1994 hit, "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"

I have never understood that song, even though i know each and every word.
now, i know.

It seems that One night in October 1986, CBS News anchor Dan Rather was walking down a Manhattan street when he was punched from behind and thrown to the ground. His assailant kicked and beat him while repeating, "Kenneth, what is the frequency?"

No one could explain the event, and the rumors flew fast and wide. Some speculated the assailant was a KGB agent, while others claimed the attack was the work of a jealous husband. Rather himself couldn't shed any light on the subject. His explanation at the time?

"I got mugged. Who understands these things? I didn't and I don't now. I didn't make a lot of it at the time and I don't now. I wish I knew who did it and why, but I have no idea."

This left many to believe that the event was a fabrication of Rather's colorful mind.

The strange event moved R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, who said of the incident:

"It remains the premier unsolved American surrealist act of the 20th century. It's a misunderstanding that was scarily random, media hyped and just plain bizarre."
The attack inspired the 1994 R.E.M. hit "What's the Frequency, Kenneth." Being a good sport, Dan Rather even accompanied the band when they performed the song on a Late Show with David Letterman appearance.

In 1997, based on a tip from a psychiatrist, Rather's attacker was identified as William Tager. According to the psychiatrist, Tager, who was currently serving time for killing an NBC stagehand, blamed news media for beaming signals into his head, and thought if he could just find out the correct frequency, he could block those signals that were constantly assailing him. Hence the enigmatic inquiry.

good times, folks, good times.
Bedtime voice...
Every time i answer the phone any time past 9pm, i get one of two reactions from the caller:

A) "OMG, did i wake you? I'm so sorry!" or
B) "You sound sick. Is everything okay?"

Every. single. time.
i don't know what it is. At night i tend to get a little "stuffy" and congested, so maybe i tend to sound more nasal and "sick" and maybe i just sound sleepy.

Last night, when the phone rang at 10:30ish, i was NOT asleep. i was curled up in my bed, with my all-time favorite movie "Almost Famous" playing in the background while i read my new book, "Can You Keep a Secret?" (which, even though i'm only 60 pages in, i'm really enjoying), and drinking hot chocolate.

But, it still didn't stop the caller from trying to convince me that i was sleeping.
"My Hair's Blowing in My Mouth!"
~Boys? it's Santiago, Chile, not SanDiego.

~People need to get over themselves about Rob and Amber. They are playing pretty dirty, but sometimes that's what you need to win this race. It's a RACE, people! I think they are playing really well - Rob rocked the book stacking, he was smart to talk to the locals about the buses, and he was smart to NOT do the market task because he realized it was going to take money that they didn't have.

~Another funicular! Where's Kris to say it's all vibratey?

~"Fix your hair! Pat it down!" as Gretchen and Meredith make their way to the mat.

~wonder what happened to Patrick's eye...he probably got beaten by a local...

~"Shhhhhhh! Use your library voice!"

~okay...and not to be the grammar police..but you guys aren't nauseous, you are nauseated. look it up - they mean two very different things.

~Best line of the night goes to Lynn or Alex - not sure who it was: "We're good at bringing up the rear." HEE!

~can't say i'm all that sorry to see Paris and Nicole get philiminated.

once again, TAR doesn't fail to deliver an awesome episode! loved it!
AI: He acts like its the first time his pants have been wet
the goods:
Carrie - not her best, but she's so good, that it doesn't matter. and Simon loves her.
Nadia - she rocks the stage. she's awesome.

the mehs:
Vonzell - the outfit? i mean, seriously.
Lindsey - at least she picked a good song. even if she didn't sing it all that well.
Mikalah - she needs to stay away from the Babs...even though honestly i had no idea that was Barbra Streisand...i was sure it was from West Side Story...
Jessica - she bugs the hell out of me. maybe it's her ginormous ta-tas hanging out of her shirt ("the boys are back in town" ha!), or that she still looks too much like Miss Piggy to me. Why do the judges love her??? (then again, these are the same judges who loved Corey Clark)

the bads:
Janay, Janay, Janay - yes, she was so bad, i said it thrice. how is she still around?
Amanda - she should go home tonight, but since she brings the pretty, she'll probably get voted into the top 12. Tina? please.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Remember this guy???
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Josh Saviano aka Paul Pfeiffer is alive and kicking.
and apparently, a bigshot lawyer.
it's always when the husband's away...
my car is leaking green fluid.

after doing some research this morning (thanks Orah!) i've decided that it's either antifreeze or coolant.
great. just fantastic.
and, of course, it couldn't have happened yesterday, when it was 50 degrees out. it has to happen on a day when the temperature drops to 8. yes, you read that correctly, 8 freakin' degrees.


****this just's coolant.*****
I Heart Anwar Robinson.
the goods:
Anwar - oh yeah, baby, he's just so good.
Nikko - he was amazing. i really enjoy him.

the mehs:
Anthony Federov - i actually enjoyed his performance, but he loses points because he picked a Marc Anthony song.
Bo - just a'ight with me. i love the song. but last year they talked about how over-sung it was.
Mario - nice. without the hat.

the bads:
Scott Savol - his "cool" moves scared me a little.
Travis - he's adorable. but that's about it. Bobby Brown? beatboxing? someone should tell him that it's 2005.
Constantine - Simon hit it right on the head. it was a bad Sting impersonation.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Is it bad...
that just the trailer for The Ring 2 is scaring the crap out of me?

as it is, i can't pass by a television with static without peeing in my pants a little bit.
Monday Musings
~~ never ever give your number to a Hilton sister. It seems that Nicky is just as dumb as her sister. Just a week after Paris Hilton had her T-Mobile Sidekick hacked into, Nicky Hilton lost her phone at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Mortons in Los Angeles.

~~ Katie Holmes is back on the market. she and her fiance, Chris Klein, have called it quits. They have decided to "remain friends" which in Hollywood seems to be another way of saying "still sleep together on occasion when the paparazzi isn't looking."

~~ "Fez" aka Wilmer Valderamma has got himself a new flame. and it's none other than Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives fame. i just don't get it. first Mandy Moore, then Lindsay Lohan, and now Eva Longoria??? does anyone else see the appeal in this guy?

~~ best Britney pic of the day:
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Hold on to your hats, folks...
i've got me a belly.
a big-ole-pregnant-looking-round-ass pot belly.
and i'm only 18 weeks. double yay.

i still look like a fool in maternity clothing.
but it's there. i can see it. i'm carrying completely differently than the other two kids. i don't have the full body pregnancy (well, i won't hold my breath quite yet...)

can i get a woot, please?
Meet the Fockers...
I guess my family isn't exactly the Focker family, but i find their visits incredibly stressful. especially my mother's visits. I've read countless articles about getting along with your mother and that you have to weed out the bad and find the good, and then focus on the good. i find that very very hard.

my mother and i usually don't see eye to eye on ANYTHING. so, we argue, and most of our arguments revolve around discipline. she doesn't believe in it. at all. my mother's way of disciplining is raising her voice as loud as she can, and then screaming. then she talks to herself. she doesn't like when we punish or discipline our children in any way.

for example, at bedtime, i get very frustrated with the girl. if you frequent my blog, this would not be news to you. so, instead of letting us deal with her, my mother chimes in, "oh, let me go and get her. it's not fair to make her go to sleep." um, yeah, that's going to help. and then, because she can't handle it, she goes into this mode where she doesn't want anyone to talk to her or look at her because she's in her "i can't handle this mode." it's incredibly childish, but you must understand that my mother was the only child of two holocaust survivors - she never was punished and always got what she wanted. and since she was an only child, it was always her way. and she can't handle that now.

but, of course, i can't let things like this go. i always say something like, "you have to let me deal with my children." and then she gets even angrier. true, i probably should just keep my mouth shut, and let her continue being the baby, but i just don't see how it's fair that she always gets to be the baby and everyone's okay with that. she's 55, for heaven's sake.

the only thing we do well together is shop. so, that's pretty much all we do when we are together.

my stepdad, on the other hand, suffers from "old man syndrome." he likes to sit on the couch (either reading or watching tv) and eat. and that's pretty much it. occasionally he'll step up and pay some attention to the kids, but mostly it's about relaxation on the couch. My only beef with him really is that his manners are disgusting. he talks with his mouth full, he doesn't use plates and leaves crumbs everywhere, he waltzes through my house with muddy boots - leaving mud tracks all over my get the idea.

but, i held my cool for the most part. and now it's over. until April, when it happens all over again.
Friday, March 04, 2005
thank goodness that Ulong won that reward challenge. i've personally had quite enough of seeing Angie's overexposed bootie.

um...tell me again why they didn't vote off lazy-ass Kim? Even with the gimpy leg, he far more of an asset than Kim.

my love for Ian and Tom grows this week. and even for Bobby Jon and Stephenie.

a good ole' fashioned cat-fight! and a shark chase!

Ibreham finally speaks! and um, yeah, dumb as nails...but mmm...he's hot.

The tribe dissing Probst was pretty cool. We've never seen that before.

James talking about Kim's "Sexsheeality"? Kim mispronouncing "con-JUR-ing"? Jeff tells everyone that his ankle hurts so much that with every step he's "wincing his teeth"?

note: Apprentice recap to come. my parents are in town, so blogging is slow-going today :)
Thursday, March 03, 2005
preggers? yes or no?

The Hollywood minute..
~~ in a very Billy Crudup-y move, Denise Richards, who is 6 months pregnant with husband Charlie Sheen's baby, has filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."

~~ and in a very Donald Trump-y move (aka "The Donald"), Bill Gates changes his name to "The Gates." ha!

Ah! I can't get enough of the not-so-flattering Britney pictures....makes me feel better about being pregnant...

Did anyone else notice that Johnny Depp dressed up as Jamie Foxx dressed up as Ray Charles for the Oscars? (thanks Goldenfiddle)

~~ in a somewhat upsetting American Idol vote off, we said goodbye to David Brown. ah. i'm so bummed. he was so awesome. and we also said farewell to 3 people i won't miss - celina rae, aloha, and joseph murena. but, i the hell is Janay still in this competition? she needs to be kicked to the curb. fast.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Movie Quote Quiz
1. "I enjoy being afraid of Russia. It's a harmless fear, but it makes America feel better, Russia gets an inflated sense of national worth from our paranoia. How's that?"

2. "He's an idiot. Comes from upbringing. His parents are probably idiots too. Lorraine, if you ever have a kid that acts that way I'll disown you."

3. "Snozzberry...who ever heard of a snozzberry?!"

4. "so this is what a harvard bar looks like? i thought there'd be like equations and shit on the walls."

5. "If I had a tumor, I'd name it Marla."

6. "Had my dream again where I'm making love, and the Olympic judges are watching. I'd nailed the compulsaries, so this is it, the finals. I got a 9.8 from the Canadians, a perfect 10 from the Americans, and my mother, disguised as an East German judge, gave me a 5.6. Must have been the dismount."

7. "So, you've never been curious about men? "
"Curious about men? Well, I always wondered why my father watched Hee Haw."

8. "Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning."

9. "What do you do, shower once a week?"
"Is that an invitation?"

10. "In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns."
two rather interesting stories....
i'm not sure which one i find more disturbing...

a) Indian woman Namatia Ghosh, 46, nurses her five-year-old pet monkey Babloo inside her residence in Chandrapur, 65 km (40 miles) south of Agartala, capital of the India's northeastern state of Tripura, February 28, 2005. Namatia has become an attraction in Chandrapur and receives many visitors curious to see her caring for her pet.

b) An Iranian woman is attempting to set a legal precedent by divorcing her husband because he has not showered for more than a year, a press report said.
The 36-year-old woman, only identified as Mina, reportedly told a Tehran court her husband Reza smells so bad that even his children will not go near him.
Now, for the girls...
the goods:
Mikalah - very very good. loved her. and she looked fantastic. more Minnie Driver and less Babs this week.
Nadia - um, it was just a'ight for me, man. but i like her a lot.
Amanda - bit improvement from last week. i actually almost liked her.
Carrie - she didn't go a GREAT job, but i've never heard anyone do Janis Joplin like Janis Joplin.

the mehs:
Lindsay - meh
Celena - meh
Vonzell - meh

the bads:
Aloha - not good.
Jessica - i can't look at her without thinking that she looks way too much like Miss Piggy. Best. Vocals. Ever.? Simon? you need to get yourself a hearing aid. she was not good, my friends. not good.
Janay - like a baby deer caught in headlights. it's time to put this one to rest, sweetie. you are not good.
“Whoa! This is what the kids call wedgies!”
Okay..after watching TAR last night, the husband and I have narrowed our boys names down to 2 - Meredith and Lynn. WTF? How did the producers manage to get, not one, but two men with women's names in their race? I mean, sure, last season, Hayden was a girl, but Meredith? I giggle every time I hear it.

I hope Ray and Deana aka team "Suck it up" don't become the next Jonathan and Victoria...we don't need any more of those.

I love Rob and Ambuh. I admit it. he had me at "Holy Cannoli."

Stupid. stupid people. check first to see if there's something earlier than 7:40. one of the first rules of this game. don't just go start digging.

Kelly is NO beauty queen. I'm just sayin'.

I like Brian and Greg.

I'm sad to see Ryan and Chuck get the first philimination. There's nothing like some rednecks mangling Portuguese. And not since Big Tom was there ever such a drastic need for subtitles on Reality TV.

Best line of the night:
Patrick: “Man, I’m glad I peed before I did that.” Heh.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
i've got the Zoop, baby...

oh, yeah.
it's so fantastic.
it's actually funny what things in life make me so happy. Strollers make me happy. and i'm not ashamed to admit it.

let's just hope Jhoanne manages not to break this one...
AI: and then there were ten...
the goods:
Anwar - i love him. he started a little week, but really pulled through.
Nikko Smith - i like this guy. he's unique. and has a great voice. and he does NOT look a thing like Bobby Brown.
Bo Bice - he was good. the long frizzy hair jumping around stage isn't quite my thing, but he kicks Constantine's rocker ass.

the mehs:
Mario Vasquez - he's too much of the same thing. i feel like we're going to be seeing the same exact performance each week out of him.
Scott Savol - meh. did nothing for me.
Travis Tucker - a far cry from last week. at least he was enjoyable to watch this week. still not fantastic, though.
Anthony Federov - eh.

the bads:
Joseph Murina - better than last week. still bad.
David Brown - I HATE to say this because i think he can be amazing. he was awful last night, and i fear that this is goodbye for David. He needs to remember that he's in a "competition" -not just singing for himself.
Constantine - my husband can sing "hard to handle" about 400 times better than double-chinned Constantine
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