Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Great TV

I'm enjoying my TV lately. ROME began its 2nd season this month - and it is soooooo wonderful. James Purefoy as Marc Antony is fantastic - so indulgent, at time crass, a man of action, and funny. There is no weak link in this cast.

PRISON BREAK is also showing new episodes. The show consistently puts out high octane episodes that ratchet up the tension. Finally Sara and Michael will be reunited next week. I really love trying to figure out the twists and turns in this series. I never know what to expect.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - whoo-hoo! Baltar is now a prisoner on the ship, one of the Caprica models is also in the brig, Boomer and Helo have their baby back, Starbuck and Apollo are dealing with unrequited lust/love/dog in the manger - I'm not sure what. It's excellent.

STARGATE SG-1 - it's not back on yet, but I did hear that this will be the final season for the show. It's time. Since Jack left, the series just hasn't gelled. I hope we will see resolution between Jack and Sam. I'm also wondering if any of the cast will crossover to ATLANTIS.

THE DRESDEN FILES - I've not read any of Jim Butcher's books, but the first two episodes of this new X-Files-like series have me ordering online. I've heard there are some differences in the series and the books, but I love it. I've longed for a new X-FILES - a show that makes me think, fear, laugh, cry, angry...a show with a great cast, innovative writers and directors, and the nerve to push the limits. I have no idea if this show will be all of those things, but so far it has great potential. Another show that looks intriguing is BLOOD TIES on Lifetime based on Tanya Huff's Blood series about Vicky Nelson.

Angels Fall Movie

I watched the Lifetime Movie version of Nora Robert's novel, ANGELS FALL. It was good. I have not had a chance to read this book yet, so my review must be tempered by that. However, the movie did manage to escape the uncomfortable and awkward dialogue that plagues so many screenplays adopted from romance novels.

I won't say the movie was great, but it was definitely worth the time to watch. Next week, MONTANA SKY will premiere. Then, BLUE SMOKE and CAROLINA MOON. I hope they all meet or exceed ANGELS FALL.


Well, my mom is in the hospital. She had colon cancer surgery on 1/10/07, was in the hospital a week, and then came home. She was home for 5 days when we had to take her to the emergency room because she had severe nausea and indigestion. 2 days later, she was back in the emergency room and they finally admitted her to the hospital with a urinary tract infection and blocked bowels. She's had x-rays every day since Friday to see what's going on inside, and as of today, they still don't seem to know much. Tomorrow, the dr. will take more x-rays and if she's not better, they will perform surgery. The poor thing hasn't eaten since last Tuesday, and she's so hungry.

My niece started day care/pre-K yesterday. Today is her first full day, and so far she's loving it. She was so excited about getting to stay with the kids and going to school. I cried this morning thinking of how much she's growing. I'm selfish and want her all to myself. ;-)

That's pretty much it for me lately.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007

December's Winter Storm

I took this picture during our unseasonable blizzard last month. I think it is so pretty - the tree is still in its fall colors but the ground is thick with white snow.

The oak tree that dominates the picture was planted about 80 years ago. There is a picture of our house taken in 1927 and this tree is only a sapling. Now it towers over the house, reaching to the second story, and is so huge that grass will hardly grow on that side of the sidewalk.

If you click on the photo, a much larger version will load, and you can see the beautiful variations of leaves and colors.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

A New Look

Welcome to the new design! I call it "save the frogs." If you watch the show HEROES, you'll get the pairing of the save the frogs with "save the world." Why does saving frogs save the world? Well, frogs have very sensitive skin that absorbs things in the environment. This makes them susceptible to death by pollution. Scientists have been tracking the strange decrease in frog populations all over the world for many years now. Some theorize that the frogs are dying because of the dramatic increase in pollution. If true, then the demise of frogs is a foreshadowing of our own demise. If we can reverse this trend and save the frogs, then we save ourselves and the world.

At least from death by pollution.