Friday, May 29, 2009
- Pushing Daisies: This fave returns on Saturday, May 30, with the final three episodes. Sniff. (Note: The also-canceled Eli Stone returns with the four final episodes on June 20, and the four remaining episodes of Dirty Sexy Money will air starting July 18.)
- Burn Notice: I've heard great things about this show, so I'm giving it try, starting with Season 1 on DVD. (Season 3 starts on June 4.)
- Weeds: This show is a can't-miss for me. Note to self: Restart Showtime subscription before June 8 premiere.
- Nurse Jackie: I'll be paying for Showtime, so I might as well give this show a try. I suspect that Edie Falco + Showtime = high-quality programming. (Premieres June 8.)
- The Closer: Kyra Sedgwick is consistently entertaining. I like to have episodes of this show on my DVR for rainy days. (Returns June 8.)
- True Blood: More, please. (Welcome back Sookie and the vamps on June 14.)
- Hung: If this new HBO show is as funny as the premise, I'm in. NOTE: The show is on HBO, and it's called "Hung." Consider yourself warned before pressing "play." (Begins June 28.)
- Big Brother: The guiltiest of my guilty pleasures. You don't have to tell me it's crap. I'm aware, and I love it anyway. (Coming back July 9.)
- Entourage: I'll be counting down the days until Vince and the boys return. Current count: 45 days. (Returns July 12.)
There you have it. What will you be watching this summer?
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Perhaps it's all of the rain or the fact that my DVR has gone idle for the summer, but I've been a reading machine! Here's the next book for the pass-along: Admission by Jean Hanf Korelitz. Korelitz has written three other novels (Sabbathday River, A Jury of Her Peers, and The White Rose), none of which I've read.
For years, 38-year-old Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy (and sometimes punishing) career as a Princeton University admissions officer and her dependable domestic life. Her reluctance to confront the truth is suddenly overwhelmed by the resurfacing of a life-altering decision, and Portia is faced with an extraordinary test. Just as thousands of the nation's brightest students await her decision regarding their academic admission, so too must Portia decide whether to make her own ultimate admission. Admission is at once a fascinating look at the complex college admissions process and an emotional examination of what happens when the secrets of the past return and shake a woman's life to its core.
See, "Admission," my sister would tell you, is a "multiple meaning word." Here it refers to the process of letting students in to an elite university (the behind-the-scenes look at this process is interesting and frightening), and it also refers to process of Portia coming to terms with her own secrets (ooh, intriguing!).
Each chapter begins with a snippet of a college application essay, and these became my favorite part of the book. It is a work of fiction, but Korelitz, herself, worked as an admissions officer for Princeton, so I think there is definitely a lot of truth here. The book is compelling and well-written. I think you'll like it.
Want to read Admission? Just write a comment on this post before Friday night. I'll pick a winner on Saturday morning, and send the book on its way. All I ask is that when you're finished you pass the book along to another reader of your choosing.
Friday, May 22, 2009
My friend Libby is having a little girl in a few weeks, and her nursery is decorated in a bird theme, so I made two for too.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Entertainment Weekly gives it an A, so my hopes are high.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I haven't read this book, but here's the description according to Barnes & Noble.
The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Something Borrowed," "Something Blue," and "Baby Proof" delivers another captivating novel about women and the choices that define them. This is the story for anyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I'm with when I can't forget the one who got away? Ellen and Andy's first year of marriage doesn't just "seem" perfect, it "is" perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to live. "Love the One You're With" is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.
Leave a comment on this post--any comment--by Thursday night, and I'll pick a winner on Friday. All we ask is that when you're finished with the book, you pass it along to another book lover of your choosing.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I've had a special affection for JFD since his days as little Sam Weir on Freaks and Geeks.
Who's you're favorite TV character?
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I got the Flip Video Ultra F230. It holds 30 minutes of video. It sells for about $80 at Walmart. I think that's a bargain. Flip makes fancier HD models that hold more video too.
And...here's a sample video.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
If they come up with anything half as funny as this, it will be worth tuning in. Enjoy.
Oh, and next Saturday (5/16), don't miss the season finale with none other than Will Ferrell.. All right, SNL. Way to bring it!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
These stamps are customizable, and most cost just $10 (plus $3.50 shipping). I think you could pair one with a nice ink pad for a fun wedding or housewarming gift.
She has dozens of styles. Here are a few:
One caveat: This Etsy seller lives in Costa Rica, so it took about 2 or 3 weeks for her to make it and get it to me. I was a little nervous about buying something from overseas, but I had an absolutely smooth transaction.
Check out her Etsy shop here.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
You really need to watch the video to get the full effect.
Germy Wormys can be yours for $9.99 (for a pack of 25). I'm sure the Germy Wormy folks are going to make a fortune off of all of the paranoid parents who have been whipped into a swine-flu frenzy by the media.
I guess I interpreted "never greasy" to mean "better for you." But when I checked out the nutritional info, it's actually worse for you than a McDonald's quarter pounder--more calories, saturated fat, everything. I think calling it a burger is misleading too! Really, it's just an Arby's roast beef sandwich with burger-like toppings. Suffice it to say I won't be eating this again soon.