Thursday, February 25, 2010

Top 12 American Idol Boys Perform--Power Rankings

How disappointing! After hearing the guys sing I think only three could possibly win. And, I'm not sure any of them are very good. Sigh.

Here are this week's power rankings:
1. Casey James
2. Aaron Kelly
3. Andrew Garcia (tie)
3. Joe Munoz (tie)
3. Lee Dewyze (tie)
4. Todrick Hall (tie)
4. Jermaine Sellars (tie)
4. Michael Lynche (tie)
5. Tyler Grady
6. John Park
7. Tim Urban (tie)
7. Alex Lambert (tie)

Since they're tied for last place, expect Tim and Alex to go home tonight.

Tim Urban

Alex Lambert

Lucky me

One of the fun things about my job is meeting people. Here I am with Jennifer Coolidge. She was in Best of Show and A Mighty Wind, American Pie, Legally Blonde, A Cinderella Story and a bunch of other movies and television shows.
She had great hair extensions...among other things.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Oh, my. Things are bad.

Is it true that Barack-star's policies are such a disaster that even Mr. Malaise Jimmy Carter is distancing himself from the President?

This is worse than I thought.

Top 12 American Idol Girls Perform--Power Rankings

I'm already tired of the singer/songwriter vibe of so many of the girls. Several of my early favorites seemed a little `off' tonight {Jannell Wheeler, Lacey Brown, Siobhan Magnus). I know, I know, you just LOVE Didi Benami. Sorry, not me. She reminds me too much of Season 7's barefoot babe Brooke White. I didn't like her either, so at least I'm consistent.

1. Lilly Scott
2. Katelyn Epperley
3. Michelle Delamor
4. Janell Wheeler (tie)
4. Crystal Bowersox (tie)
5. Paige Miles
6. Lacey Brown
7. Didi Benami (tie)
7. Siobhan Magnus (tie)
8. Katie Stevens
9. Ashley Rodriguez
10.Haley Vaughn

Should go home:

Haley Vaughn

Ashley Rodriguez

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pain in the neck

My upper back/neck is killing me. I think I've narrowed down the possible cause to:

Excessive strain from knitting
Bad mattress
Obsessive reading in bed

I don't think I can eliminate any of the possible causes, so I'm taking Aleve.


Book Report: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Means of Ascent

You may remember I read the first volume of this four(!) biography set last year. Back then I wrote, "Johnson is alternatingly fascinating, complicated, endearing, and completely disgusting." Well, he's even more so in this volume--minus the endearing part.

The book covers 1941-1948, but focuses primarily on Johnson's quest for his first Senate seat in 1948. In that race Johnson battled Coke Stevenson a beloved, former governor of Texas. In an election where Stevenson was favored to win by double digit percentage points and millions of votes were cast, it all came down to 87 votes in LBJ's favor from an obscure Texas county to put him over the top. Hmmm. Sound fishy? With good reason, Johnson was dogged by allegations of stealing the election for the rest of his life.

Volume 3, Master of the Senate follows LBJ's rise to Senate Majority Leader. The fourth and final volume is set to be published in 2012.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some place just froze over

The old grey lady, The New York Times, reports that the Pulitzer Prize committee has deemed The National Enquirer eligible for a Pulitzer prize for its continuing coverage of the John-Boy Edwards scandal. The main stream media completely missed the boat on this story, ignored it all together. Just think without the National Enquirer, this loser could have been in the White House.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming." Distance Runner Frank Shorter

Several of you have asked if my friend Joey and I are doing the Academy Awards Movie Marathon Best Picture Showcase at AMC Theaters this year. Why, yes, we are.

Because 10 movies instead of the usual 5 have been nominated, we're devoting two full Saturdays (2/27 and 3/6) to movie watching. We start at 10:30am and wrap up about midnight each day.

Between my Knitting Olympics and training for the movie marathon I barely have enough time to work.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Going for the gold

I don't think I've told you. I'm participating in the Olympics! The Knitting Olympics!

I'm in three events:
Junior Olympics (baby sweater)
Charity Curling (baby beanies for THRIVE, Pregnancy Resource Center)
WIPs--Works in progress-- Dancing (finishing the second sock of a pair I started last year)

There are nearly 9500 knitters across the world registered in the Knitting Olympics. Probably thousands more who aren't registered, but are participating. I belong to the St. Louis group--The Toasted Ravs.

The rules are simple, pick a project that stretches your abilities, cast on during the opening ceremonies, knit, knit, knit, for the next two weeks. If you finish your event by closing ceremonies you win a medal. Yee haw. I'm all about the bling.

So, for the next two weeks, don't call--I'm knitting.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Too good for words

Sleaze-bag John-Boy Edwards and New Age Baby Mamma Rielle Hunter are allegedly engaged. [At least that's what the National Enquirer is reporting, and they've been right on the whole sordid affair for the last two years.]

In the meantime, deposed Saint Elizabeth Edwards is threatening to sue John-Boy's former assistant Andrew Young. Young spilled the beans to the world about baby Quinn, Rielle, John-Boy, and Elizabeth's nasty mouth in a tell-all book and on network TV. And what's Elizabeth suing Andrew for? Hahahahaha. LOSS OF AFFECTION!! Elizabeth, honey, wake up! Andrew didn't have the affair with John-Boy it was Rielle.

Oh, BTW, John Boy and deposed Saint Elizabeth aren't divorced yet.

I am so proud that I recognized John-Boy as a phony the first time I ever saw him way back in 2000.

Book Report: Memoirs of a Geisha

I'd heard so many rave reviews of Memoirs of a Geisha (pronounced gay-shuh) that I was really looking forward to reading it. It's listed on Waterstones' top 25 books of the last 25 years, was the BBC's #62 of best loved novels in 2003, was a New York Times bestseller in 1997, and hyped as one of the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 Edition).

So did it live up to my expectations? Sort of. I liked it. But, I didn't feel any love.

The book follows the life of a 20th century woman [Sayuri] from young girlhood through her later years. Born extremely poor, her parents both die, but not before they sell her to an okiya [geisha house] with the intent of grooming her to become a geisha.

Maybe I'm too ingrained in my own wesern culture to fully appreciate the Japanese culture. Granted, I knew nothing about geishas before reading this book [I probably even called them gee-shuz].

Even though the main role of a geisha is to be an `entertainer', it's really the role of sex partner I don't understand. Apparently, married Japanese men (at least in this era) were practically expected to take lovers--the geisha provided this service. Much of the book focuses on the selling of Sayuri's virginity to the highest bidder.

I liked the first 3/4 of the book better than the last quarter. Still, it doesn't make it into my top 20. Or 50 for that matter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Overused phrase of the day


Valentine's Day Reminder

In the interest of maintaining harmonious relationships, here is my annual reminder about Valentine's Day:

Do not send anything from
Do not send anything from Vermont Teddy Bears to anyone over 5.
Do not send flowers in a box from some place.
Do not text a Valentine's Day greeting.

Personally, I just like a card and dinner out at a nice place. The card can be funny.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

American Idol spawn

Does it seem to you that an inordinate number of American Idol contestants are toting babies around with them this year?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"The best view of a train wreck is from the high road"

I've been wondering what to say about the latest twists in this never-ending, sleazy, tawdry, John-Boy Edwards affair.

Well, I'm just going to reprint what Karol from Alarming News has to say, because I can't do any better:

Why now?
The story that Elizabeth Edwards has left John Edwards is pretty astounding.

She didn’t leave him when she found out he cheated, even helped conceal the affair so that he could still pursue the presidency.

She didn’t leave him when pictures surfaced of him holding a child any monkey knew was his.

She didn’t leave him when he went on TV and admitted to the affair, clarifying the timing but denying his child.

Elizabeth Edwards only left her husband when he finally, finally did the right thing and accepted responsibility for his child.

Her timing lends a lot of weight to the story that she’s the wicked witch of the south. What kind of woman stays through all of that and then leaves when her husband finally steps up and behaves like a man? It’s as if she was ready to live out her days with him as long as they could pretend the child didn’t exist. The fact that the child would be hurt in the process seemed not to matter at all. Cold.