December came and went.. where was I?

Probably on the couch watching the series finale of Gossip Girl (Dan? What the..)

Noo.. well.. yes, but no. Our month was so crazy – I am afraid I haven’t gotten all my Christmas cards out! I def didn’t write on my blog, I’m pretty sure that I forgot to get someone something annnnd then it was Christmas! I mean holy cow! We had birthday parties, and dinners out with friends, we had a family funeral for a wonderful lady who lived 101 years and who was loved by literally hundreds if not thousands of people in Kansas City, St. Joseph and Plattsburg and then Christmas and New Years. WHOA. I am wiped!

I have had some time to reflect on my year. I feel like I got into a habit of making declarations; I WILL LOSE WEIGHT, I WILL EAT HEALTHIER, I WILL BE ORGANIZED… and then, although not always realizing it, followed that up with… tomorrow. How lazy is that??  It’s all about fear. I fear I will fail or disappoint, and so instead I drink soda (yum), and sit around, and watch TV. I don’t want to be sad and frustrated with my self, my weight or my laziness anymore! I want to be happy and thankful and moving.

So, TODAY needs to be my word for 2013! I need to stop dwelling on the rough patches from the past, and look forward. We all need to do that. Everyone I know has something in there past that they are caught up on – something that keeps them from fully moving forward. Do you know what yours is?

This year, I would like to start a food blog. A blog about restaurants, near and far.. and food I love or don’t, cooking, cookbooks – anything food. And do you know why I haven’t started it.. Because I can’t come up with a name.. how ridiculous is that?

Fear again!
Are you seeing a pattern, I sure am!

I would also like to get back into photography. I miss taking my camera EVERYWHERE! I miss the process of shooting and processing. Although I would love to get a new camera, I have a nice Nikon 35mm that I think I will make an effort to play with more. Ideally I could find a photographer in the area that needs some help at shoots or in the studio – just so I can be around it. I would absolutely love that.

As I type this I realize that my hope is that 2013 will be a transformation year. I’d really like to take that budget bull by the proverbial horns and get it under control, I have to lose weight and clearly my creative side is screaming at me to do something.

I hope you come along for the ride, I can’t promise that I will complete everything on my want list – but I will do my best – and promise, if nothing else, as an outsider – you will be amused!

Happy New Years! Love you all for reading.

xoxo

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Bunheads and other thoughts…

Has anyone been watching Bunheads on ABC Family? I really loved this show. The part of me that’s been missing Gilmore Girls really loved this show. There is a lovely airy feeling – Amy Sherman-Palladino (who created both) created a lovely cast of characters — many are her Gilmore Girls alums. There is a sadness that only Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore/Fannie Flowers) can play and still have such a wonderful tone. Alan Ruck plays Fannie’s son and Michelle’s (the wonderfully quirky Sutton Foster) new husband.. But as swiftly as they marry – he passes. The first and second episodes are sad but important for the story. We watch as these 2 women realize they are more alike then they thought, and need each other more then they ever would have imagined. It’s cute, not terribly thought provoking (which lets face it… sometimes that exactly what we need), and a good watch.

If you are watching then you will understand my review of the season finale: if you are not, you should check it out.

Alan Ruck’s appearance in the summer finale made me wish he’d show up more often — a la the dead-but-still-kicking Lynda on Providence? (anyone remember that great show??) And how tempted are you to put together your own “zombie apocalypse Vegas slut bag” — minus the pretty mace? Oh yeah.. And the ballet.. It’s awesome too!

 

 

For those of you that want to poke your eyes out because you had to just read the above.. I thought I would share this as well. I have decided that most people would think I have terrible taste in music, movies and TV shows, and if not terrible – then kind of nerdy taste…. and I am totally ok with that. I enjoy sitcoms, bad rom-com movies, chick-lit books that don’t make me think. General Hospital and Gossip Girl. No, I am not a 25 year old girl (although from that description you might wonder).. My taste just hasn’t gotten older even though I have. There are some aspects in my life that have improved with age – my selection of wine has matured (no more 2 Buck Chuck for me), my idea of a great night has matured (although playing some cards with Kim and Rob still sounds like a good time), my love of cooking (very little Mac and Cheese gets made anymore) as well as my ideas on life and loves.

But the important stuff, music, tv, movies.. still a 25 year old at heart! Chew on that for awhile.

xoxo, Gossip.. .er..

…And….I’m Back!

SUPERSTAR!

I will admit, it’s been awhile. For the two of you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting and wondering what happened to me..I am truly sorry! My life has been complete madness for months – and then, for mothers day, I was given a NOOK – and I have been reading my buns off! So, I truly apologize. Doesn’t it suck when life gets in the way of all the things you’d rather be doing!

Since it’s the end of the TV watching season – I thought I would update you on the shows that I loved, hated, came and went and everything in between this season. You might remember the list I gave you of all my favorites from this post. Here is the list again, with some comments and additions. Again – comments and ridicule and everything in between are welcomed. Bring it!

Monday:
7pm – HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – It makes me SO sad every year when this show ends.. Thoughts on the finale you ask?? Ted won’t end up with Victoria (love her BTW), Barney and Robin – Yay! And really Wait for it for a middle name.. that’s dumb.
7pm – Gossip Girl – I am still very much not ashamed by this – I love this show! My favorite is when Blair is being Blair – and not weak and whiney and calls Chuck, Bass.. Love it!
7:30pm – 2 Broke Girls – I like it – Hubs hates it..
8pm – Two and a Half Men – Didn’t love it. The more pathetic Alan gets – the more I kind of hate this show. I loved Ashton Kutchers Waldon ..
9pm- Castle – Love. Love so hard! Love!

Tuesday
:
7pm – Glee! A Gleek, I AM!
7pm – New Girl – Love!
9:00pm – Gilmore…errr… Parenthood – What happened to this show? Did it get cancelled?? I’m confused!!

Wednesday:
7pm: Modern Family – I love the Wednesday time slot here. It was a great season!
7:30pm – Cougar Town or Happy Endings – depending on the time of year, I guess..
8:30 – Don’t Trust the B

Thursday:
7pm – Big Bang Theory
These shows all change their times so much..
Office, 30Rock, Parks and Recreation
9pm- SCANDAL! If you are not watching this show – you need to RUN to your DVR and set it to record. It’s great!

Friday: 9pm – Fairly Legal
Saturday
: The day of rest for the DVR

Sunday:
Mad Men
I was watching GCB – but apparently it’s been canceled – which is upsetting – I thought it was a really cute show!

So that’s all I’ve got for now.. however, I promise to be back soon.. SOON. I promise!

xoxo (just like Gossip Girl does it!)

What I forgot to tell you, what I am listening to, and a few reviews..

Get a coffee, soda or herbal – this might take a minute!

So as one of my friends pointed out – I have listed 39 shows on my current dvr list.. that is A LOT of TV… but what is almost unbelievable is that, I have missed a couple. I am almost ashamed!! But not completely bc I am posting it out on the interweb for all to see. Glee and General Hospital are forever recorded.. and I love both of them – and can’t believe I didn’t tell you about them.

So I love Glee. Glee makes me happy – even when it makes me cry. Yep it has been known to make me cry – like when Kurt’s dad got sick.. sad. It also makes me roll my eyes sometimes too (Lea Michelle doing Babs again??)! But this season Rachel’s mom comes back, some of the kids graduate, there’s surly another prom – right.. it’s funny show – and I enjoy the music..

Since college I have watched General Hospital. This is also on my DVR list – I don’t watch it everyday – but I do tape it everyday. And since I have Friday’s off, I generally watch an episode from during the week and then watch Friday’s. It’s my time to breath – and I enjoy getting caught up in make believe drama on occasion.  (hubs – stop rolling your eyes!)

Also, any awards show is also on my list. I loved the Emmy’s. I thought Jane Lynch did a great job – not better than Jimmy Fallon did last year – but still a stand up job. STL Today (http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/television/article_521f9013-a5ed-5f78-b733-9bef59e4093f.html) reported that the reviews of this years Emmy’s were not good at all.. but did mention the “cutest” moment of the night – being when the funniest women on TV stood together on stage, like they were in a pageant, held hands and waited for Melissa McCarthy (GO SOOKIE – Man, I loved Gilmore Girls!) to be crowed as the newest lead actress in a comedy series. It was funny and perfect – it was by far my favorite moment. My other favorite moment was when Jane Lynch said, “ Some people wonder why I am a lesbian, ladies and gentlemen – the cast of “Entourage.” That made me laugh out loud. I also LOVE the Oscars and Tonys, I don’t get into the Golden Globes as much – but I think it’s because they have been so uncomfortable (albeit HILARIOUS) with Ricky Gervais hosting.. I am assuming he won’t be asked back this year. The Golden Globes is always entertaining because everyone is always a little drunk.

On Sunday’s Emmy awards the Canadian Tenors performed their version of Hallelujah. It was beautiful, and it make me have goose bumps..  I immediately looked them up on itunes, and bought their version – and actually am pondering the whole album. They truly are wonderful singers – if you haven’t checked them out –you should do so.

So it’s Thursday – man I have some reviews to do – woo!

How I Met Your Mother: He’s going to end up with Robin, right? No, not Ted… Barney – we see a little part of his wedding but the bride (of course) is not revealed. But if it wasn’t Robin, then why did the bride want to talk to Ted???  It wouldn’t make sense if it was anyone else. The dance that Barney and Robin did at Punchies wedding was adorable.  I do like Nora, but it’s got to be Robin. The second epy was fine – Marshall and his drunkenness was funny and I do like the introduction to the diner, I hope that stays – I reminded me a bit of Seinfeld.. anyway – I thought the season started out strong.

Two and a Half Men: liked liked liked. I love that Rose killed him. And I could have only loved Ashton’s character more if he would have cut his hair.. The character is adorable –  I wanted to hug him. I think it’s going to work!

2 Broke Girls – wow, I think it’s a winner.. So far it’s my second favorite new comedy of the year.

Castle –  Loved it. Win.

Glee – Glee was good. But not great. Sue Sylvester kind of irritates me – and I didn’t love any of the numbers – except the one Blaine did… it was all fine – I am still excited for the season.

New Girl – My FAVORITE of the season so far! Could this show be any cuter?  I DO NOT THINK SO. I am sad they have to recast Daman Wayans Jr – he’s awesome in the roll of, “Coach (but equally so on Happy Endings).”  I am excited for this show – and think that the character Jess should date – or hook up – with the roommate that also was heartbroken. There is something about him that I loved. I’m Jess!

I haven’t fully gotten to Wednesday nights shows.. so I will watch those and give an update on Wednesday and Thursday shows.

This weekend is the Plaza Art Fair! It’s my favorite weekend of fall. I love it sooo much. My goal this year is to not walk around, feeling like a giant loser bc I should be painting or taking pictures of something and selling it – I can do that. I could do that.. why don’t I do that… every year it’s the same thing – but somehow I still LOVE it. There is something about the food (and drink.. yay!) vendors  – the art, and ALL the freaking people – I just love this time of year, and this year it’s going to be beautiful out. The last picture is of the first Plaza Art Fair in 1932. You can click on any of the photos to see a larger version of them!

 

It didn’t take as long as I thought it was going to..

mindy.