Vampire Diaries is Baaack!

Damon is on the left. Stefan is on the right. See what I'm sayin'?

Vampire Diaries is back and better than ever.  Katherine is shaking things up with the Salvatore brothers who are always on the verge of some immortal crisis.  This is a town that has more hotties than possibly any other show in TV and in rolls another one, Taylor’s uncle who has the same mysterious “curse”  that he does.  Can’t wait to find out what it is!  I was on the edge of my seat when Damon “killed” Jeremy and did not see the magic ring twist coming.   (I should have, my bad.  Jeremy is of course not dead and not a vampire).   A couple of things that make no sense to me.  (1)  I have no idea why anyone would pick Stefan over Damon.  Damon is not only super sexy but also hilarious.  He appears to be an ass, but deep down, we know he is a good guy.  Women love that. But those crazy women, who happen to look exactly alike, both rejected him one after another.   Poor Damon. Come to NYC!!!  We can hang! (2) On True Blood, vampires love their makers and would do anything for them and makers would do anything for the ones they make.  On Vampire Dairies, this bond does not seem to exist.  Crazy vampires.  Who knows what to believe?  What I do know, is that Vampire Diaries is staying on my “must see” list and that Ian Somerhalder (aka Damon) definitely deserved to win Entertainment Weekly’s Sexy Beast contest. (and yes, he was on Lost)

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A Night in The White Room

I attended a very NYC event the other night that had a television theme!  Showtime (the television network) hired designers to transform penthouse apartments at a NYC hotel/residence in to rooms inspired by shows on the Showtime network.  My high school friend Stephen K Chung was chosen to design one of the rooms.  Stephen is an architect by trade but also, apparently, a fabulous interior designer!  His design was for the show “The Big C” which I have not seen but is about a woman who is diagnosed with cancer and stars Laura Linney (who was there earlier in the night, but I missed her!).  His gorgeous white room is here on the right (the best room of them all by far!)

Stephen put a lot of thought behind every design element in the room.  For example, not sure if you can tell but the lamps have the illusion of floating in the air.  That represents that state between dream and awake where things are a little fuzzy which happens a lot when you are sick (I am sure I did not explain that right)

The room had some cool technical features designed by MIT students Stephen recruited. On the right you can see an interactive dress that has sensors you can touch to hear recorded messages from people you love or sounds like birds chirping.   I am not sure why you would want that feature as part of a dress, but art sometimes eludes me.  On the left was my favorite cool thing.  The blocks are magnets that can be moved around the wall and they change colors when you touch them (kind of like playing with souped up refrigerator magnets).  The absolute coolest part is that you can touch one block and hold your finger there and then touch another block which will turn the same color as the one you touched first by sending an electronic current THROUGH YOUR BODY.  I am sure I learned about this in 6th grade and never thought about again until last night.  It blew my mind.  I did also confirm that you can send a current from your finger through the tip of your nose.  Science is very cool.

Nothing really excited me about the other rooms.   I spent some time in the Dexter room of course.  We chatted with the designer’s assistant for a bit.  He was a nice guy and really tried to sell the room.  The designer works for lots of celebrities (including Michael C Hall – Dexter himself who was not there sadly).  I think we finally established that I would not want to live in the same room Dexter would which is a good thing since he is a serial killer (but a really nice one).  This photo gives you a feeling of the Dexter room.

I was out way too late and dragged the next day but it was great to catch up with old friends and take advantage of the unique and cool stuff that happens in NYC!  If you live in NYC you can pay to go visit the Showtime House at Cassa in midtown or if you just want to learn more:  http://www.sho.com/site/showtimehouse/home.do

Sniffles and Small Accomplishments

This week’s adventures included Puffs Plus by day, NyQuil by night, and way too much television.  A nice summer cold kept me cooped up in my apartment all week. I practically cleaned out my TiVo.  Least seasons episodes of Medium, The Mentalist,  Haven ( which does not normally keep my attention but perfect for a stuffy head) and  Real Housewives of New Jersey ( After part two of the RHNJ reunion, no more Real Housewives.  I swear!)  Completely blew my 10 hours out of the water, but  I did pull off some minor accomplishments this week while fighting the mucus.

Scariest moment of the season!!!!

(1) Wrapped up Season 4 of Dexter – definitely the best season yet  (spoilers to follow.)  So happy Laguerta and Batista ended up together (I called it!).  Nice plot twist with the reporter being Trinity’s daughter.  Did not see that coming!  Frustrating to watch Trinity continue to get away because Dexter HAD to kill him, but true to character and the ending was perfect.  Sad, but perfect.  So perfect, I signed up for Showtime so I can see Season 5 real time.  I am already stressed out about how I am going to stick to 10 hours with the new fall season so this was a BIG decision, but when they told me it was CHEAPER to change to an HBO/Showtime package for 1 year than keep just HBO, I knew the universe was telling me to go for it.

(2) Finished “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Loved it.  Does take a while to get in to, but once you are in, it is a great page turner.  Been a while since I have read a great page turner .  I was not a fan of what I call the “outer mystery” (The financial scandal the book starts and ends with.)   I guess it was used to get Blomkvist to the “inner mystery” which was much more interesting and unfortunately ended with almost 100 pages left and then we were taken back to the financial scandal I had little interest in.   I skimmed those last chapters.  I was worried that I had lost my ability read for more than 10 minutes at a time since I am convinced my constant connection to my phone has changed my brain chemistry.  I now know that I CAN do it.  Not sure when I will do it again.  I did buy “The Girl Who Played With Fire”  the next day, but the fall TV season is coming AND I am planning to get OUT of the house more this fall.  Calendar is already filling up!

We watched Ana Ivanovic practicing yesterday. Notice her cute outfit!

(3) Attended my first US Open – I am not a big fan of watching any sports.  I wanted to check out this event people are always talking about and am quite glad I did.  It was a beautiful day.  I was finally feeling better and was very happy to be outside soaking up the Vitamin D.  The fans are much more pleasant to be around than baseball fans, which is to be expected from a sport played and watched by the upper and middle class.  Maybe I should start playing tennis so I can get those awesome arms I have always wanted.  (And wear those cute outfits).   I of course had to find out what was up with the love, 15, 30, 40 thing.  Fascinating that no one who has ever explained it to me ever has any idea why the scoring works the way it does.  Wikipedia satisfied my curiosity by giving some good potential origins for something that seemed completely random.  (If interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_score)

Still figuring out what this content should be…how much do I write?  What do I share?  Do I wait to have entertaining, amusing thoughts?  Do I write about TV or other things?  Who is reading?  Who cares?  What distinguishes blog entry vs diary entry?  Since the intent is really to be an outlet of personal expression, I guess I can do whatever I want!  That is liberating.

The Emmy’s Rocked

I love TV, but I don’t love awards shows. They rarely keep my interest. I typically record them and fast forward until I see someone/something interesting or go back the next day when I read about the highlights. But last night was different.

I was almost glued to the TV.  (almost) It was hilarious.  I loved all of Jimmy Fallon’s jokes. (like when he said Tom Selleck was his real dad!!!!)  Loved the random singing with celebrities in the audience.  Medley for shows that ended this year was cute (what was up with pouring out the 40 though?)  The jokes they made about people as they approached the stage cracked me up.  They worked hard to keep it on time, which I really respect. (Being on time requires effort and I always appreciate it!) Ricky Gervais is a very funny man.  Loved it when they showed on the screen “George Clooney in 15 minutes”.  They might have been doing that all night, but that coincidentally is the only one I saw and I assure you, I did not move.

Temple Grandin and Claire Danes

AND and on top of my personal amusement, many of my favs took home awards. Temple Grandin was a great movie and seeing Temple there was awesome. Find it on HBO and watch it.  You will not want to, but trust me, it is good for your heart and more entertaining that you think it will be. Claire Danes is so classy. Loved her since My So Called Life (of course.)

Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife

Modern Family, Dexter, Jane Lynch, NPH, Mad Men. Archie is an unexpected name for a character named Kalinda, but any woman who wears all boots all the time, is cool with me.  Not a huge fan of The Closer but respect Kyra. Hmmm. Is it possible that all of the female winners over 40 might have been Botox/Plastic surgery free, and beautiful? (talking about Kyra and the Closer reminds me of how much I miss Saving Grace, sigh).  You Don’t Know Jack is on my TiVo.  I have tried Breaking Bad but did not love it. Maybe that will be one I try again in the retirement home…along with Nurse Jackie I guess.

So why do I watch the Bachelor Pad and not all of the Emmy winning shows? One of life’s mysteries I guess.

For the record, I started getting a cold last night which might be why I found the Emmy’s so riveting and may also explain why I created this random, stream of conscious, blog entry. And will definitely be my excuse when I go over my 10 hours this week….

Dexter Season 4. Better Late than Never.

I don’t have Showtime.   It’s kind of like an alcoholic not keeping alcohol in the house.  Yes, I have cable, and a TiVo, and HBO so I guess that is like an alcoholic having beer in the house and not hard alcohol, but it’s a start.  I digress.  Because I don’t have Showtime, I am just now catching up on Dexter: Season 4.  I know what happens at the end of the season.  (A spoiler like that can’t be kept this long from someone who reads EW and TV Squad blogs religiously.)  So I am finally digging in to what I have heard, is the best season yet.

My thoughts so far (through episode 5 where Trinity kills the “older man” who used to be a kid on Little House on the Prairie.)  Love the relationship between Laguerta and Batista.  Yea, there are a lot of office romances at Miami Metro but  I hope this one lasts and neither of them die.  I like them both.  I was totally thinking anyone who chose Lundy over Anton deserved to get shot, until Debra had that amazing scene where she completely lost in the parking lot and I was in tears.  I felt so bad for her.   That was the one time I was reminded that they are really married, not brother and sister, because I was thinking his character is socially inept and of course would not rush to hug her but as her husband, it must have been so hard not too..eventually he did, thank god.  That scene was amazing.  I am wondering if Deb will move in with the kill tools and blood samples or if  Dexter will give up  his apartment.  Trinity is super creepy.  I had a dream about him and it was creepy.  I hope that doesn’t happen again.  And I am glad Dexter seems to finally be getting more sleep.  That was exhausting to watch.

My plan is to finish the season next weekend.  I will let you know what I think.  Off to watch the Emmy’s…

The Dippy Bird Makes an Appearance

I had a busy week at work and no time to formulate a good blog post.   Reality shows were about all I could handle after my long work days, except the one night when I found myself choosing to watch an old episode of Medium after a few glasses of wine.  The episode from last season where she dreams about the pig was fascinating with a few drinks under my belt.  Anyway, last night, I was recovering from my hangover and a random event occurred that tied my real life to television (happens to me all the time, actually).

A while back, in a meeting,  I noticed the profile of a colleague that looked kind of like this:

I thought to myself, who does he remind me of?  Woody Woodpecker came to mind, but I knew that was not quite it.  Then I remembered this toy my dad used to have on his desk.  A bird with  hat that used to teeter over and dip its beak in to a glass of water.  That was it!  This guy reminded me of the Dippy Bird!!!  This realization was too weird to share with my newish work friends and no one outside of work knows the work guy (and most are too young to remember the dippy bird),  so I have been living with this in silence, until now.  Last night, I was catching up on Mad Men and THERE IS WAS!!!  THE DIPPY BIRD ON MAD MEN!!!  I was so excited.  Here it is?  See the resemblance?

I wish I could post a picture of the real guy…

Squeezed in Some “Secret Life” Today

Secret Life Cast

I tried to keep the TV off today (so I could get my bonus/huge sense of accomplishment), but my monkey brain wanted something to entertain itself in the background while I was paying bills & reading emails and I was curious to know what the kids on the “Secret Life of the American Teenager” were up to.   It’s such a strange little show on AMC Family.  The general themes are teenage pregnancy, teenage sex,  relationships of teenagers with each other and with their parents.  It is all wrapped up in a”Disney” type,  politically correct/liberal family show with some very corny comedy mixed in.  Everyone (teenagers and adults) are wiser and more open than anyone on planet earth.   They do stupid stuff , but they also seem to know why they are doing it and how to fix it and then they all analyze it and talk about it excessively.  I think the point is to show parents and kids talking about sex and their relationships like it is no big deal so real life people will start talking more and stop making stupid mistakes….but those girls do keep getting pregnant.  The characters really are more endearing than I have suggested, which is why they are in my TV family, but it has been relegated to a Tier 2 show.  So I don’t get my bonus this week but I did get to “half watch” Amy and her friends go to some bar in NYC called Pajamas (in their Pajamas and it looked more like a Disney set than a bar), Ricky sleep with some random teenager (we don’t see the sex, just a little bit of kissing in bed.  The rest is implied) and then text a picture of his baby to his baby mother who was at the bar called Pajamas, and Grace’s new guy try to get in to her pants by suggesting a “dance your pants off party”.  (Side note, Grace’s mom – not shown above – always looks quite stylish).