Archives for October 2010

Quiet Sorrow

Forgive my silence.

PhilBillPaul’s younger brother passed away very early this morning after being at home in hospice for just over two weeks. He fought a very courageous battle with liver cancer.

Phil is on his way to Texas tomorrow.

Please keep him and the whole family in your prayers.

If you feel compelled to do so, I know he and Granny will read every comment left here…


Teen Drivers

Best 30 second commercial I’ve seen in a long time.

Whether you have teens who will be driving soon…

Or you’ve lived through teaching your teen(s) to drive…

Did you catch your breath like I did?


Side note: I hope it wins awards and they play it in some primetime slots! When I went to look for the commercial online to show PhilBillPaul, I discovered “The Dad” is the real-life father of both the 6 year-old and the 16 year-old girls in the car. Very sweet.

DWTS ~ TV Theme Week

I keep thinking I’ll blog and tell you funny things about the stress of this thing called L-I-F-E.

Then life gets in the way and nothing is very funny right now. I know that it often takes awhile for the stressful to become funny. I’m working on getting to the place where I can look back and tell the stories and laugh.

When I get there, you’ll be the first to know.

Back to the program

Sad but true…I watch and type because it’s the only routine I have right now that makes me feel semi-normal for an hour or two.

Yeah – The “Sitch” is gone!!

Enough said.

[photo: ABC]

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy – High energy. Cute. Still not my favorite.

Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas – Was it just me or did Mrs. Brady and Greg look like they are the same age? The song was perfect and she looked very elegant.

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya – Loved the song, loved the dance. They really looked so cute together. He’s an underdog but that’s why I love watching him improve.

Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani – I didn’t know “The Hills” had a theme song. She’s pretty but she looked so disconnected from the dance.

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – No one can fault them for having fun. Carrie Ann was the only one who could get the humor in the choreography of Charlie’s Angels.

Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke – Did Cheryl look cross-eyed looking up at Kobe Bryant? I do prefer watching him with his shirt buttoned but don’t think this was their best dance.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – Most flattering costume for her ever. (Not the monkey suit.) She should remember to wear that style dress! She’s too much in her head and she was off so much it was hard to watch. Pretty sure she’s going home.

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – She’s 50? Dang. Surgery or not, she looks good. LOVED their costumes, her dress was gorgeous. Len loved the monkey suits and then called this one too theatrical?

My personal favs are still:

  • Jennifer & Derek
  • Kurt & Anna
  • Rick & Cheryl

Who were your favorites this week?


Facebook Moms

Side note: This week has a few too many distractions and personal family things going on for me to blog the way I’d like to. Thanks for enduring DWTS posts and short little ditties. I promise I have a list of material to fill a book and hope to get back to a better routine soon.

Did you catch this on Saturday Night Live?

Yet another reason my kids don’t need me to be on Facebook.

Because I have sent them coupons. Just not from Kohl’s.

But they do know I still check their pages from time to time.

They call me a Facebook Creeper.

I embrace the title.

Side note: Video can be a little slow to upload but it’s worth the wait!

Thanks to Karen who sent the video link to me. I still talk to her even though she is active on Facebook and is probably out buying her boys new dungarees right now.

See, just because you use it and I don’t does not cause me to pass judgment.



DWTS ~ Latin Night

Don’t leave me hanging this week and make me think I’m the ONLY ONE watching this show.

Because I know that isn’t true.

Highest ratings accolades continue. I’m not sure if it’s highest ratings for a dance show? Monday night? Best on ABC? Best dance show with very few stars?

I also know that I have several readers who have actually confessed they don’t even watch the show but come to read my re-cap just to see who got voted off.

So I’ll re-cap again this week but if you leave me hanging with nary a comment, I’ll have to start reviewing one of the Bravo Housewives show and I know that could get ugly and exceed my PG-13 rating.

Side note: Nary is a funny word. I read it in a report I was proofing last week. So glad I found a way to use it here.

Back to the program…

Margaret Cho really tried hard but I wasn’t surprised she was let go. I would have preferred “The Situation” leaving but I guess we have to endure another week with him.

[photo: ABC]

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya – He just makes me smile when I watch him dance. Watching a guy his size dance and look graceful keeps me watching the show. And I’m glad it wasn’t raunchy. The judges’ scoring baffled me especially after their comments.

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy – I would have liked to have seen Kurt do the choregraphy by Maks. Loved it but still just don’t love Brandy.

Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke – How did they get higher scores than Kurt and Anna with much harsher criticism? Liked it but I didn’t love it.

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – Pretty non-descript. Can’t think of anything that stood out to even comment about.

The Situation & Karina Smirnoff – I just don’t want to watch “The Sich” anymore. Even if he does want to “do good” for Karina. I guess if it was the lift dance…oh wait those were bad too.

Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas – Mrs. Brady is a bit of wildcat. Very interesting and impressive especially for her age. The dance was awkward but their performance was funny and yet strange. Cannot believe her technical scores were higher than Kurt’s. Yes, I’m holding a grudge and think the first dance got the hardest judging.

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – Loved, loved, loved it!! Derek made her look like the professional dancer. Such great legs and they looked so good together! Well-deserved highest scores of the night!

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – Call me old-fashioned but I don’t want to see a 19 year old mom dance like that. Especially with her little sister in the audience. This dance exceeded the “ok for kids 10+” in my opinion. Broken record: HOW did she get higher technical scores than Kurt and Anna?????

Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani – She continues to do a nice job but her transition from receptionist 5 years ago (her own words) to being a top contender on DWTS is a little hard for me to embrace.

My personal favs are still the same but Rick & Cheryl are on shaky ground unless they really bring it next week:

  • Jennifer & Derek
  • Kurt & Anna
  • Rick & Cheryl

Who were your favorites this week?


Why Old People Should Not Text

Exact recreation of text conversation this weekend:

12:24 pm: We r at tellico p.ains halc wah point

12:32 pm: Have no clue where or what that means

12:35 pm: Sorry tellico plains have glasses now half way point

Old person in bold text:


Welcome to my world…


DWTS ~ Story Dances

I heard Michael Bolton got his feelings hurt from Bruno’s comments last week. I’m pretty sure that having thick skin should be a contract requirement when you sign up to do the show. I’m also pretty sure he doesn’t have thick skin.

Very glad he’s gone this week!

[photo: ABC]

My frivolous comments in dance order…

Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough – It did seem a little clunky but I still really like to watch them.

Florence Henderson & Corky Ballas – I don’t think I could hold up one leg and get spun around 3 times. Go Florence!

Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya – 6’2″ and 200 something and some kind of handsome. Hated the hands in pocket skipping moment but otherwise he’s just nice to look at.

Margaret Cho & Louis Van Amstel – Is there a reason they can’t get a flesh colored garment to match her skin? Her effort and concentration does show on her face. She really lost the beat midway and never got it back.

Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani – She’s “not used to getting her emotion out and showing it” with this story dance? Isn’t she the one who burst into tears about her boyfriend missing her? Whatever. But I am a sucker for a man in a uniform and they looked beautiful together minus the excessive smoke.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – A giggling teen activist gets on my last nerve. In spite of that, her face shows how hard she is trying but she’s so tense.

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy – Maks did appear to be a tough teacher and his ego must be hard to deal with. He’s still nice to watch. She’s not winning me over.

Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer – Did she really say, “Who are The Eagles?” How sad is it that they threw that song out? Wow, there is a generation gap here. Coffee shop waitress in a sequined bra and apron? Perhaps another generation gap. The kid dances to entertain and he is sweet to watch.

The Situation & Karina Smirnoff – Did she actually call him “Sitch” during rehearsal? I just can’t like him. That was a foxtrot? Too weird for me.

Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke – Super hot.

My personal favs are still:

  • Jennifer & Derek
  • Kurt & Anna
  • Rick & Cheryl

Who were your favorites this week?


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