Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday Five

I often see Friday Five on blogs, so today I'm jumping on the bandwagon, if for no other reason, than to give some organization to my all-over-the-place thoughts for the day.

{1} Movies

I can't recall the last time I went to see a movie.  There have been several over the past couple of months that I've wanted to go see, but with summer school, and then my fall semester starting (complete with weekend express class), I just never got there.  

Today, I got up, got a bit of work done, and headed out to the Angelika in Plano to see "Enough Said".  I went to the 10 a.m. showing.  It seemed best to go before too much came up to get in the way, or I decided I was just too tired to go.  I really enjoyed it, but I couldn't shake the sadness over it being some of the last work of James Gandolfini that we will see.

I also really want to see "Austenland".  I've read the book, and I'm all about all-things-Austen.

There were also several good previews that I think showed good movies.  I say "I think" because two old ladies came in and sat right behind me and wouldn't shut up.  They talked non-stop, and very loud too.  So I couldn't hear anything, but I think that "Parkland" and "CBGB" could be good.

{2} TV News

I have mostly enjoyed the new television shows I tested out this week.  I liked "Trophy Wife" 

and also "The Michael J. Fox Show"

 I enjoyed "Mom", but I really find shows that are taped before a live audience to be annoying.  I do not like the laughing.  I'd prefer to laugh on my own without prompting.  But I think it has good potential.  

I haven't had a chance to watch "Hostages" yet, but it's in my DVR.  

I'm trying to figure out if I should watch "Blacklist" On Demand.  I've heard good things, and I don't want to miss out, but I'm trying to figure out if I have time to add another show.  

So many first world problems!

{3} Royal News

Today, the conjugal coat of arms for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka: Wills & Kate) were released.  It's the combination of both of their coat of arms.

Also, they announced that Prince George is going to be Christened on October 23rd.  Which led me to think, what the heck do you buy for Prince George for a Christening present if he is your godson?  I mean, I bought my adorable godson a Pottery Barn anywhere chair, but I'm guessing that may not be appropriate for a future king. (and yes, I get that Christening presents are suppose to be religious in nature, but how many bibles can a baby get?  I mean, my thought was, he can sit in his anywhere chair and read bible stories!)

{4} State Fair of Texas

Today is the opening day.  The first day of the new Big Tex.  I think he looks kinda creepy, but I guess I'll have to get there to check him out in person.  But more importantly, I need to get there to eat a corn dog, Jack's Frys, and roasted corn.

{5} I've lost my marbles

I got a call yesterday.  The college desperately needed me to teach another weekend express class beginning next weekend. {BIG SIGH}  I actually lost one of my day time classes right before the semester began (my class was full, but a full time prof's class wasn't, so it went to full timer).  So, I was short some of the money I had planned on.  Plus, I hate to not do a favor for someone who holds power over future classes I can be offered.  I agreed, so I'm living this weekend like it's my last weekend on earth.  Because it kind of least for a month.  At this point, my goal is to get decorated for Halloween, watch tv, and sleep.  Oh yeah, I probably need to do some school work too since I have less than a week to prep for that class! {BIG SIGH}

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lubbock Weekend

I went to Lubbock this past weekend to see some friends and attend the Texas Tech vs. Texas State football game.  Here's my weekend in iphone photos (because I never got my real camera out of the case!):

Driving West

Cotton fields for as far as the eye could see

Tailgating from the best spot in Lubbock
(that the west side of Jones Stadium)

The field before the game.  Taken from our great seats.

Before the game festivities...

The Goin' Band from Raiderland

The Masked Rider

The new jumbo-tron is awesome!

The players coming onto the field

Me, Ann, & Robin pre-game

 After a touchdown

 Coach Kliff
It wasn't a pretty win, but at least it was a win!

Monday, September 23, 2013

TV Time

It's TV Time!  That's right, last night was the Emmy Awards and tonight new TV starts back up.

First a little about the Emmy's:  I thought they were terrible!  I'm a huge award show fan, and I can deal with just about anything, but I was not into it last night.  I thought they were all over the place,  and really just seemed like the Neil Patrick Harris show.

I was so happy about a few of the winners though.  First, Merrit Wever won for best supporting actress in a comedy.  She plays Nurse Zoey Barkow, in Nurse Jackie.  She's always been wonderful, but I especially loved her this past season.  A much deserved Emmy for her!

Second, Jeff Daniels won for the role of newscaster Will McAvoy in The Newsroom.  The Newsroom is one of my very favorite shows.  It just ended it's second season run on HBO (I may have already watched the finale 3 times and still have it on my DVR for future views).  It was a tough category with lots of deserving actors, but I couldn't be happier that Jeff won.

Finally, I was very happy for The Colbert Report and their success of winning two Emmys for the evening.  It's always hilarious and they provided a great public service during 2012 election educating their viewers about Super PACs.  They won an actual Peabody for that, but I'm happy they got a couple of Emmys too.

Now for TV watching.  I've been pretty well occupied watching my summer TV the last few months.  My favorites of these include:  The Newsroom (HBO), Hell on Wheels (AMC), Major Crimes (TNT), and Royal Pains (USA).  But most of those are over, or about to be wrapped up for the season, so I'm ready for some new shows.

Mostly, I'm just sticking with shows I've been watching already, but I plan to watch a couple of new ones.  I've made my table of shows so that I'm all set to not miss a thing!  Here's my day-by-day breakdown:

60 Minutes (CBS)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Mom (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
Hostages (CBS)

I'm giving Mom and Hostages a shot on Monday night.  Mom, mainly because I love Allison Janney.  Hostages looks to be a great thriller and has some great casting: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, etc.

Trophy Wife (ABC)
The Mindy Project (FOX)

On Tuesday, I'm giving Trophy Wife a try.  Again, because I love Bradley Whitford (notice I have a West Wing cast devotion).  

Modern Family (ABC)
Nashville (ABC)
Ironside (NBC)

I'm giving Ironside a shot on Wednesdays.  It stars Blair Underwood, and I'm always up for watching whatever Blair is in.

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Scandal (ABC)
Parenthood (NBC)

On Thursdays, I'm going to tune in to see Michael J. Fox.  I was of the Alex P. Keaton generation, plus I've loved his guest appearances on The Good Wife.  Who doesn't want to root for MJF?

The Carrie Diaries (CW)... No I'm not 15!
Blue Bloods (CBS)

So that's my TV plan.  Well, I didn't include Housewives, etc., so I guess this is mostly my plan.  Anything I'm missing?  Any good shows you are looking forward to?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We Need a Little Christmas...

Well, at least I need a little Christmas.  I know lots of people are griping about Christmas being out in the stores already, but I'm someone who loves it. 

I love it because:

(1) It's still hot as blazes outside, so seeing some Christmas stock in the stores gives me hope that cooler weather is on its way.

(2) I've been looking at Christmas card options for at least a month at this point, so it means, I'm a little less nuts to be doing it now.

(3) Christmas decorations make me happy.

I took advantage of Hobby Lobby's Christmas display to get a couple of adorable ornaments for my Kitchen Christmas tree...

I'm seriously in love with this mixer!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quick Door Decor

I went to Hobby Lobby last week, and as I walked down one of the aisles, some cute wooden letters with metal accents caught my eye.  I immediately thought that they would make cute non-seasonal door decor, but since they weren't on sale, I decided to wait until this when when they would be.

Today I went back and got a letter, plus some burlap ribbon to hang it on.  It took less than 10 minutes to put together and turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!
Each letter in the alphabet appear to come in these three colors...
They are lightweight and they hang easily.  I got the red for my mom.  It will work nicely on her door.  They have a glass storm door over their front door, so wreaths don't hang very well because they are too thick.
I'm thinking that for myself, I might make a burlap wreath, and hang this letter in the middle.  But that will be at some point in the future, when I have a little more time.  Right now, I'm liking just the letter.  It is a less cumbersome than a wreath on the door, but gives it a little personality all the same.
I bought the burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby too, and it was 40% off. 
I probably have enough to make about 30 of these!
I just cut two pieces of the ribbon, and then I used my small stapler to staple it to the back of the letter...
Then I just tied a bow...
I used some wire and made a little hanger on the back of the ribbon, so that it would hang a little better.
Best part:  They are 50% off this week.  So it's only $10!!!
Just FYI:  Most of the letters are similar to the "F", but they are all different.  Most have the flower on them, but I know for sure that the "A" and the "G" do not.  They have a larger metal piece on them instead...
If your name begins with the letter "M" you are in luck, because I remember thinking that it was especially cute!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

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