Saturday, July 18, 2015

This Week on My TV: July 18, 2015

Disclaimer: Consider the fact that there could be spoilers ahead. You read at your own risk!

**(Murder in the First, S2E6 Oh, Mexico) For the life of me, I cannot figure out how these cases are all connected yet. The gang activity. The bus shooting. The two dead cops. The missing undercover cop. Navarro and his brother. I see a few lines drawn between cases, but I'm convinced they all end up being related, because that's how season one was presented. Maybe I'm just assuming too much. -- I did not fully expect that box to contain Sugar's sister, what with Jalil Thompson's body went missing from the morgue.

**(The Astronaut Wives Club, S1E5 Flashpoint) Of course, Max notices Louise's new hair when Alan doesn't. -- I just want to hug Annie and be her friend every time someone shrinks back from her when she stutters. -- I so feel Betty's and Jo's agony over the Houston heat and humidity. I cannot even imagine the misery of enduring it without central air. -- Max [to Louise about his invitation for her to come to his hotel room]: I had to ask. No one gets what they want if they don't ever ask. -- Oh, Trudy, you know you want to take Gordo back already. -- Amazing how quickly, even now, the announcement of JFK's shooting can immediately have an effect. I was just thinking that I didn't expect Louise to spill her heart out to Alan about wanting him all to herself and being unable to be The Rock any longer, and that I was kind of impressed with how Rene handled that newspaper editor, and how I hope we haven't seen the last of Max yet, and then Kennedy is shot and the whole bunch of superficial nonsense screeches to a halt.

**(Madam Secretary, 2x04 Solace) The British ship in the opening scene and the hospital ship the Nathan James was seeking were apparently two different ships manned by two different groups of people. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure this out. -- So...did they stock up on things like mini boxes of Frosted Flakes when they were in port or did the Nathan James have a ridiculous amount of provisions on board when they were first sent out on their secret mission to find the primordial strain of the virus? -- Hold up just one minute. The British guys trying to take over the hospital the ship are somehow connected to that crazy immune commune? -- Holy intensity on board that hospital ship. I nearly suffered multiple heart attacks. -- Thus far, I have decided that I like the two new soldiers who've joined Captain Chandler's crew. -- Captain Chandler: They don't ambush us. We ambush them. -- Bavis [spotting a bomb]: Uh oh. Tex: I hope that's Hebrew for a-ok. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

Oh Hey Friday!: July 17, 2015

It's Oh Hey Friday! time, hosted by September FARM. The idea is that you talk about five things -- any five things, themed or random -- and away we go!

The "Nope" Edition!

Earlier this week, I was washing my face before bed. Suffice to say, I cannot see clearly without my glasses and I thought I saw something on the wall behind me, reflected in the mirror. Tried to convince myself there was no way, because my glasses weren't on. Turns out, yes, I did see something. A nickel-sized, rust-colored spider. I wanted to ignore it, because I swear creep-crawlies only come out when T's not home or is asleep, and I didn't want to wake him. Then I thought of all the places that thing could crawl during the night. Like into the bedroom and perched between my eyes. I went to grab a shoe from the closet was gone. ACK. I looked all over the bathroom...nothing. I don't know what possessed me to look behind the towels -- we have a double towel bar on the back wall of the shower, with my towel hanging closest to the wall -- and yep, there he was. On. My. Towel. Clearly, waiting for me to dry off in the morning. GAH. End of story: spider's time expired and I have still checked and vigorously snapped my towel every single day since, before toweling off.

All you people who work out and claim you love the post-workout jelly legs? All this nonsense about how you know it was a good workout? Nuh-uh. Do not like. For the same reason that I don't like the feeling of being drunk. I feel like I'm out of control over my body and it unnerves me. My muscles can ache for days, fine, but I like to feel them when I move, even if that means they're screaming at me.

When people string hashtags together in one long run of lower case letters, I struggle to figure them out. This is why I capitalize the first letter of each word when I hashtag my tweets. I'm hashtag literacy challenged.

Fail: When my husband asks the color of my car's interior so he can replace my broken visor.

Turns interior is not grey.

And one great big YES: Our local NBC affiliate is doing this thing during the local morning news broadcast where they give a word during the 6am hour, Monday through Friday in the month of July. Then you have til noon to go to their Facebook page, enter the word, and get your name in the hat. On Monday, I will be driving over to Tampa to collect my hundred dollars. I still can't believe I won.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Oh Hey Friday: June 12, 2015

It's Oh Hey Friday! time, hosted by September FARM. The idea is that you talk about five things -- any five things, themed or random -- and away we go!

The "Not My Favorite" Edition! (Volume One)

Humidity hair.

Any type of shoe that tries to put a strap between my toes. (Yes, this includes flip flops.) (I may be the only resident of Florida who does not wear flip flops.)

Spiders. Especially the kind that run quickly. Or jump. Or have eight legs.

Insistent, self-inflicted drama. (Please, stop. Just stop. It's exhausting to listen to. How is it not exhausting to live?) And people who are non-stop opinion-y opinion sorts. (We all have them. I'm super tired of all of yours, all the time, please just shhh. One a day is more than enough.) (And yep, that's my opinion.)

Being so super crazy busy at work that I don't have time to do fun things at all. Like compose anything more than gibbership, Dawn-shorthand drafts that have been languishing away, pining for a little attention. (They'll get back-posted, as soon as they are actual coherent strings of real words. Because I still want them in my archives.)


Saturday, June 6, 2015

This Week on My TV: June 6, 2105

Disclaimer: Consider the fact that there could be spoilers ahead. You read at your own risk!

**(Once Upon a Time, S4E21 Mother) Emma: What am I looking at? Hook: The horizon. Emma: Is it doing something? Hook: Oh, I just thought you'd find it calming. Emma: It is...So is rum. -- I cannot believe Regina gave herself a potion that would render her infertile forever. -- Cora [to Regina]: I hope you learn what it's taken me a lifetime to realize about myself. The only one standing in the way of your happiness is you. 

**(Mad Men, S7E10 The Forecast)  Betty: Well, I did the trip when it was six states. Sally: Weren't they still colonies? -- Betty totally creeped me out when she was flirting with Glen. -- Sally really lost her mind over finding out Glen was enlisting to go to Viet Nam. -- I keep saying this but Sally is *really* pretty. Even when she's giving Don Side Eye for the way he responds to one of her friends flirting with him. --  DonYou're a very beautiful girl. It's up to you to be more than that. -- I cannot identify what Don was feeling in that final scene. Remorse? Epiphany? Relief? Regret? Loneliness? -- I am way confused about Joan saying she was married twice. I can only recall one. I'm going to need to go back and watch this series in its entirety again at some point.

**(TURN,S2E5 Sealed Fate) I'm very torn about the way Anna is treating her relationship with Hewlett. I hope she isn't toying with him, because I believe he genuinely cares for her. -- Sackett: What if they're both lying? Caleb: Jesus, Sackett, do you even trust yourself? Sackett: Not for years. -- It cracks me up how much I stress over this show, because I know history! I know how this works out!! -- Washington: This is not the first time a man has appeared out of the night to offer his services to me, and I learned then that knowing one's reasons is as necessary as knowing the lies he's willing to sell. -- OMG OMG OMG SACKETT IS DEAD???

**(Grey's Anatomy,S11E24 You're My Home) Richard and Catherine should be well beyond the years of having a huge public fight. -- Bailey absolutely should be the new chief of surgery. They've been building toward this since the beginning of this show! -- I truly love who Mer is as a doctor now: strong but soft, confident but compassionate. -- The intensity of rushing the car patient from outside to OR with the clock running was spot on and exactly what this show has been missing for ages. My favorite part: Owen gliding into the elevator. -- What is going on with Maggie already?? -- Oof. Mer giving Amelia her old cell phone with Der's last voicemail on it. Playing *all* my heart strings! -- I'm rather impressed with Edwards being in charge. She's like a combo of Bailey and Cristina. -- Bailey telling Edwards to "raise her ducklings." That's some classic Grey's right there. -- YES. Mer playing the dead husband card on Catherine and Richard. *Someone* needed to set those two straight. -- Nooooo...Jackson and April are splitting up -- Richard: I will provide a safe harbor. You need a place to not be Catherine Avery, to not be decisive and set agendas and rise to the level of accomplishments that the world has come to expect of you. You need a place to fall apart. I will be that place, should you require it, in perpetuity. -- As Catherine and Richard had their hospital chapel wedding, all I could think was "how has this never happened before??" I mean, every wedding gets interrupted on this show. They work IN A HOSPITAL. It seemed so obvious. -- Was the MerDer marriage ever made legal? Sure, they had the PostIt, but I wonder about things like the MerDer house and was she his legal spouse and was there a will? -- What *is* it with characters on this show waning to make homes out of broken down dumps? Cristina. Callie and Mark. Now Jo? -- The version of "How to Save a Life" that they played while Amelia listened to Der's last voicemail was positively  haunting -- Mer: Well, you should *always* come talk to me. Because whatever it is, chances are, I've seen worse, and I am qualified to tell you how you'll survive. You should *always* come and talk to me. -- Mer and her sisters. That made my heart smile. -- Meredith [closing monologue]: You can build a house out of anything, make it as strong as you want. But a home...a home is more fragile than that. Home is made of the people you fill it with. And people can be broken, sure, but any surgeon knows what's broken can be mended, what's hurt can be healed. That no matter how dark it gets, the sun's gonna rise again.

**(TURN ,S2E6 Houses Divided) The Judge is just an awful human being for someone who acts so self righteous. -- Anna: Pray for your husband, Mary, not your good name. -- Simcoe was just a little too happy about Hewlett being seized. -- I keep telling myself I shouldn't like Andre this much, but I don't listen. -- It was probably done with soap, but the snow scene was incredible. -- Simcoe claiming to have feelings and not be a monster when Anna comes to apologize made me shudder. -- Mary's head looks too big for her body. -- Blech. That kiss Simcoe took from Anna before setting off to "rescue" Hewlett.


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Snapshot from Along the Broken Road: 2015 - Week 21

Checking in for the week of May 24 through May 30.

Murder on Embassy Row (Margaret Truman) - I really enjoyed this book. The action was fast-paced, but not so much so that it became difficult to keep up. The characters were likable, the story was well-layered, and I was left guessing until the truth was revealed. An easy but fun read.
The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (Diane Chamberlain) - I cannot remember the last time a book had me this sucked in

Brats and potato salad. A spaghetti dinner for a fundraiser. BLTs. And a new recipe for lemon and herb brined chicken (which I really need to get up on my recipe blog so we can find it again) that we had with rice and roasted radishes.

I accomplished a paid holiday from work. Does that count?

Meadow Showers (YC)
Vanilla Cupcake (YC) - So delicious!
Buttercream (YC) - Cupcakes need frosting, right?
Tulips (YC) - Another one of the floral scents I can tolerate.
Good Morning (YC) - This one made me what a streusel covered coffee cake for breakfast.
Clean Cotton (YC) - Clean and fresh. This is an old favorite, classic standby. I get a handful of these every year. Sometimes the house just needs freshening up when we're shuttered up tight for the six months of stifling heat and humidity.
Lavender Vanilla (YC) - Two of my favorite soft relaxing scents in one tidy little votive candle.

I arrived at the house after work and this guy was none to pleased that I was disturbing his hunting. I got the stare-down when I made a move to get out of my car. Rude.

We call this one Lizzie. She hangs out on the window ledge.

Such a strange sky. Heavy steel grey clouds held back by a glowing coral shelf.

Pretty difficult to argue with a day that starts out looking like this.

One cloud, glowing from within.

Currently in my husband's workshop.

So gross. But so funny. (T tossed them into our stockpot to flavor the batch of chicken broth he was making to restock our deep freeze,)

Bubble, bubble.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

This Week on My TV: May 30, 2015

Disclaimer: Consider the fact that there could be spoilers ahead. You read at your own risk!

**(TURN, S2E3 False Flag) I can never remember Abe's father's name, so I always just refer to him as The Judge. And The Judge is a creeper, slinking around, poking his eyeballs where they don't belong. -- I know I'm probably supposed to, being a Red Coat ans all, but I just can't dislike Andre. -- I'm trying to decide who is more deranged: Rogers or Simcoe? -- I struggle to recognize the British soldiers when they're without their wigs! -- Simcoe: The bayonet is the finest weapon for close quarter killing. Would anyone like me to demonstrate? -- I laughed right out loud when The Judge got busted snooping in Hewlett's room. -- So...where *is* the bust of the king?? -- When Washington gets pissed, he is quite formidable. -- Washington: It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. -- I wonder...does The Judge believe Hewlett about Abe being a British spy or is he still suspicious?

**(Law and Order: SVU, S16E23 Surrendering Noah) Amaro is leaving?? That was abrupt. -- This will probably sound harsh, but I'm glad we're finally done with Noah's adoption. It was starting to become a bit of a stagnant, circular storyline for Olivia. -- Now I wonder, with Amaro's departure, if we're getting a new detective? It's probably too much to hope for it to be a return of Declan Murphy, huh?

**(Modern Family, S6E24 American Skyper) I have to say, this show really had some fun with technology this season and they have been some of my favorite episodes. Digital Phil following people around Jay and Goria's house was priceless. -- Huge win: This Haley-Andy-Andy's psycho girlfriend triangle was *hilarious*. I would love to see this continue a bit into the new season. I'm glad they're creating a little tension and suspense between Haley and Andy rather than just making them an instant couple.

**(TURN, S2E4 Men of Blood) Ben Talmadge not in uniform and scaring Abe at the drop location was both startling and then kind of funny. -- I feel bad for Hewlett. He actually seems like a nice guy and a decent person, just a bit hesitant and awkward. He deserves something good to happen to him. -- That exchange Abe had with Townsend over checkers was intense and top heavy with subtext. I am completely intrigued by Townsend. -- Townsend: You are a boy playing a man playing a spy. -- My heart about beat out of my chest during that scene with the ambush on Abe by The Judge's tail! -- Speaking of ambushes. That one Peggy Shippen's father pulled on Andre was whoa. Andre's "beg pardon?' reaction killed me though. That was such a perfect response to such an awkward situation. I love that Andre has the elegance to burn Papa Shippen by putting him in his place with such steely grace. -- Wowza. That was a *hot* scene between Andre and Peggy, when she seeks him out to apologize for her father's behavior. And that was with everyone's clothes staying *on*. I call that impressively scripted and acted, especially in a day and age where clothes on tv shows seem to fall off on the regular, yet this proved a far more sizzling scene. -- Ohhhhh...Hewlett, Anna, and the stars. That was sweet and *very* romantic. -- Eww!! Simcoe with the tongue and the message in blood! He is an absolute menace. -- Ben! Shhhh! You're telling Arnold *far* too much information. -- Sheesh, Arnold, bitter much? -- There was so much personal history revealed about Andre and Hewlett this episode! I *love* that. I didn't realize how little we really knew about them, personally, and it has truly rounded out their characters in the best possible way. -- I wanted to kick The Judge for spying on Abe, pretending it was concern for his well being, but really because he suspects the truth. I loved when he sat down with Abe and Hewlett to discuss the "intel" Abe gathered in New York, and the name Abe gave as the patriot spy was the tail The Judge had put on Ave. Well played. -- This was the best episode yet of this show. I am completely sucked in.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Snapshot from Along the Broken Road: 2015 - Week 20

Checking in for the week of May 17 through May 23.

Murder on Embassy Row (Margaret Truman)- Almost done and I cannot figure out who I think did it, much less why! (I secretly love when I can't figure it out. It provides extra fuel to keep reading.)

It's corn on the cob season in Florida! We had our first batch of the season with burgers on the grill. T also did up some pork chops (bone-in for him, boneless for me, as always) with green beans and garlic Parmesan orzo. One of of favorite dishes: linguine with clam sauce. Barbecue chicken with au gratin potatoes and some zucchini. Tortellini florentine soup. Meatball subs (with melty gooey Provolone cheese, please!). And bay scallops and spinach over angel hair with a Parmesan cream and cracked pepper sauce. What I'm saying is we ate like *kings* this week.

I bought some new vitamins because my current bottle is nearly empty. They're something new that Target is carrying called OLLY. We'll see how I feel about those after I finish the ones I already have open. And no, I'm still not doing an sponsored posts. This is not that kind of blog. There's no one compensating me for my opinion or anything like that. (Ha. As if.) I also managed to get G's bridal shower gift sent off to California in time for this weekend and made myself get all teary-eyes writing out the card, because I'm a sap.

Meadow Showers (YC) - I'm going to be sad when this one's gone.
Coastal Waters (YC) - I am just all about the fresh, relaxing scents this week. Clean and airy.
Spa Fresh (YC) - See what I mean?
Lavender (YC) - Ahhhhh...
Wild Sea Grass (YC) - I wanted to like this one. It smells too much like grass and perfume though Blah.


This was fun. Otherwise known as MY BACKYARD. Thanks, weather app.

Killer whale car?

I've been wanting one of these for two years!

Florida skies show off at sunset.

Sun shower!



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