Monday, August 27, 2007

Friday Night Lights

It's plug time. Season 1 of Friday Night Lights comes out on DVD Tuesday and I encourage you all to buy it. Why not rent it? Well, it's five discs, so at $4 a disc, it's $20 to rent the season. You can buy it at Best Buy, Target and Circuit City for $19.99. NBC is so sure you'll love it, they are offering a money-back guarantee. So if you buy it, and don't like it, take it back and get your $20 back. And the camera work is less shaky and chaotic after the pilot, so don't let that discourage you.

Friday Night Lights is one of the most realistic shows on television and the acting is incredible. Any time Connie Britton is on screen, I'm blown away. It's ridiculous that she wasn't nominated for an Emmy. NBC made the decision to bring this quality show back for a second season even though the ratings argued against that decision. So support NBC's decision to support quality TV programming by supporting Friday Night Lights. :-) I watched the entire first season online on my laptop in one weekend, that's how good it was. Once I started watching it, I couldn't stop. And the show is about the people that play football and their community, not about football. It's relationship drama and probably the best depiction on television right now.

So go out and buy Friday Night Lights on Tuesday!

In case you aren't aware, the US Open tennis tournament started today on USA. Both Williams sisters play this evening after a tribute to Althea Gibson, the first African American to win a Gland Slam title. Both Serena and Venus were the first African American women to win the US Open and Wimbledon since Althea, respectively. Go Williams sisters! I'm hoping Venus wins it all. If that happened, it would be the third time she won Wimbledon and the US Open in the same year. The draw is stacked against her though. I know most of you don't care about tennis, but I'm excited. My TiVo will be working overtime the next two weeks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Random Thoughts

Sorry I haven't been blogging lately. Even my Friday Five recurring post has ceased to exist. It's not like I haven't tried to write a blog entry, I just haven't had anything interesting to say. I'm forcing myself to blog now, mainly because I'm bored at work. Also to give the few of you that still check my blog something to read.

I found out by reading the Sunday paper my age group (25-34) is the largest age group in the city. We make up 30 percent of the population. Where are all these people? I've decided they all work in banks. We have 22 or 23 different banks in town. It's insane. Other than that, I don't run into people my age very often. Why isn't the college population the largest percentage? The age brackets split freshmen and sophomores from juniors and seniors.

School starts Monday. The freshmen from half the colleges in town moved into the dorm over the weekend and there was a noticeable rise in traffic.

I'm growing jalapenos and green bell peppers and they have suddenly started sprouting. Unfortunately, the peppers are rotting before they are fully grown. I'm trying to feed them more water. This is my first time to grow produce and I don't know how big or small to expect the veggies, so I am probably letting them grow too long, thus rotting. I made jalapeno soup with my last batch of jalapenos, but I don't know what I'll make this time.

54,000 adults in my community of 200,000 people are illiterate.

Has anyone read the His Dark Materials trilogy. The first book, The Golden Compass is a movie staring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig (aka James Bond.) The book is anti-religion, but I read an interview with Nicole saying that aspect has been played down in the movie. II actually wondered how they would handle that aspect in the movie because the religious right is so vocal about representation like that. I'm reading the second book right now. It's a enjoyable read. I bought the second book by the author of the Kite Runner. That book is also being made into a movie. If you haven't read it, I recommend you do so. It was one of the best books I read a few years ago. Can't wait to start A Thousand Splendid Suns. Not a fan of the title. Can't ever remember it. (I just had to look it up on to include it here.)

That's all I got folks. Not much going on.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

100 Things

I am going to do this 100 Things tag that is going around. If you read it, I hope it's interesting.
  1. I was born and raised in Grand Prairie, Texas.

  2. I've lived in L for almost five years now. (I'm stuck here.)

  3. I lived and worked in London for six months.

  4. I lived and worked in Cork, Ireland, for four months.

  5. I spent five weeks backpacking in Europe alone.

  6. I've been to 14 countries in Europe, most during those five weeks.

  7. I love going to the movies.

  8. I love reading books.

  9. I love theatre.

  10. I love watching TV.

  11. Thursday night is my favorite night of TV. I watch My Name is Earl, The Office, Scrubs and 30 Rock on NBC and Ugly Betty and Grey's Anatomy on ABC.

  12. I couldn't live without TiVo.

  13. Or my iPod.

  14. I mow my own yard.

  15. I have a younger sister.

  16. I do not have any living grandparents.

  17. I've watched 38 movies and one TV series season on Netflix so far this year.

  18. I love the Dallas Cowboys.

  19. Emmitt Smith is my favorite Dallas Cowboy ever.

  20. I like Tony Romo right now.

  21. I played tennis in high school.

  22. I've been to Wimbledon.

  23. I saw the Williams sisters play doubles at Wimbledon.

  24. Pete Sampras is my all-time favorite tennis player.

  25. Rafael Nadal is my favorite male tennis player right now and Venus Williams is my favorite female player.

  26. My tennis injuries include a bloody nose and black eye.

  27. I was in drama in high school.

  28. I competed in two One Act plays.

  29. I took advanced art in middle school.

  30. I took roller skating lessons in elementary school.

  31. I sprained my left arm skating.

  32. I broke my right arm in second grade.

  33. I went to a private elementary school.

  34. I've never had surgery.

  35. I collect key chains.

  36. I've kept a happy list instead of a journal since my junior year in high school.

  37. I'm growing jalapenos and green bell peppers, the first things I've ever grown.

  38. I love the Dixie Chicks.

  39. I have no idea what I want to do with my life.

  40. I don't watch reality TV.

  41. I love to go camping.

  42. Beaver's Bend State Park is where my family always went camping.

  43. I remember very little from my childhood.

  44. I am an incredible Taboo player.

  45. I saw my first opera in Verona, Italy.

  46. The last book I read that I couldn't put down was No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy.

  47. I voted Democrat in the last presidential election.

  48. I've never had a traffic ticket.

  49. My favorite color is green.

  50. Then red.

  51. I hate to dust.

  52. Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream.

  53. I can't eat hamburgers at Wendy's because the patties are square.

  54. As a volunteer I raise money for the United Way and the Children's Miracle Network.

  55. I lived with a boy for two years (we were not dating.)

  56. I will look at a billboard and count the colors or say every color represented in my head.

  57. I will count the "sections" of things like entertainment centers in my head.

  58. I used to count steps.

  59. I must be getting less crazy because I do those things less often now.

  60. I dye my hair to cover up the gray, which there is a lot of.

  61. FRIENDS is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

  62. I threw a book away in Italy because I couldn't stand the thought of leaving it around for someone else to read, I thought it was so bad.

  63. If I think about it too long, I still feel bad about throwing away that book.

  64. I love cookie cake!

  65. I have one every year on my birthday.

  66. I refuse to wear clothes with the brand name or logo on them.

  67. I can't whistle.

  68. A co-worker made my cry.

  69. I love taking exercise classes at the gym.

  70. I don't like to talk on the phone.

  71. In high school, I had long hair that went down to my elbows.

  72. The first car I drove was a baby blue VW Beetle.

  73. I believe everyone should know how to drive a standard.

  74. I think President Bush is an idiot.

  75. I love cheesecake.

  76. I stopped wearing makeup in middle school and just wore it for special occasions until last Saturday when I became a full-time makeup wearer.

  77. Almost nobody noticed, which I take as a compliment.

  78. I haven't run since Thanksgiving 2006 due to a foot problem.

  79. My knees pop every time I bend them.

  80. I was a counselor for ACU Leadership Camps.

  81. My favorite season is Fall.

  82. I love the snow!

  83. I walk to work, or at least try to. I've had so many off-campus meetings lately I haven't been able to.

  84. If I had an opportunity to move back to Europe and work, I would do it in a heartbeat.

  85. I don't have a land line, just a cell phone.

  86. My birthday is during spring break, so I only remember going to school or working on my birthday once.

  87. I had a solo in a musical in elementary school.

  88. I'm addicted to Chapstick. I always buy Chapstick Medicated and take the wrapper off so it's a brand-less white tube. If the clothes I'm wearing have pockets, I keep my Chapstick there, otherwise I keep it in my purse. I have a to-go Chapstick attached to the outside of my purse. When I travel, I have those two Chapsticks, plus at least two backups. I also keep a Chapstick in a drawer at work.

  89. I love to sing along to music when I'm in the car or washing dishes.

  90. Diet Dr. Pepper is my soda of choice.

  91. I wish I could dance.

  92. A 31-year-old divorced bus driver asked me out. I said yes before I said no. I'm cruel, but not intentionally.

  93. I love scary movies, but rarely watch them.

  94. My bedroom is red, white and black with the walls painted red.

  95. I like High School Musical.

  96. The last movie I saw in theaters was Hairspray.

  97. The next movie I plan on seeing is Bourne Ultimatum.

  98. My dad always gives me candy for Valentine's Day, even if he has to mail it.

  99. I wish my drive to work was longer than one minute so I could list to Kidd Kraddick more.

  100. This was fun, but harder than I thought.
If you read this, I tag you to do it.