Friday, June 26, 2009

3 Icons Gone

The death of Ed McMahon, while sad, was not too terribly unexpected. He was 86 and struggling with cancer.

No doubt, I was saddened to hear that he passed. He has been a presence my entire life from watching the Tonight Show as a kid to Star Search to seeing him knock on doors presenting sweepstakes checks to lucky winners.

He had a long, fulfilling life for which we will all remember him. It's unfortunate that he had to spend his last years dealing with his very public financial issues. He will be missed.

Farrah Fawcett's death was also not too terribly unexpected. However, I feel very sad about her passing. Her battle with cancer has been long and very public; I don't think there was a person out there that wasn't pulling for her to beat it.

I was born in the 70's, so I grew up with her image and her name all round me. Her image as one of Charlie's Angels and the hairstyle named after her feathery hair will live on forever. Most recently her image has been of a courageous woman truly fighting cancer and a woman preparing to marry her longtime love, Ryan O'Neal.

I'm sorry she lost her battle and I am sorry for those who loved her. I think I am particularly touched by her death because she was only a year older than my mother. May her family find peace.

Michael Jackson's death is such a shock. I first saw it online and I did not believe it. Then my mom told me she heard it on the radio.

I know his life has been strange the last decade or so, but he is an icon, a true American Idol, the King of Pop. I do not remember a time in my life when Michael Jackson wasn't influencing something. The first record I bought was his. I have his doll. I had a glove like his.

He was a musical genius. Like Prince, he was eccentric, but beyond talented in everything he touched. A true performer.

I will not speak to the allegations and charges he faced nor his plastic surgeries. I will not disparage the dead. However, I will say that he will be remembered for his musical contributions and the way he changed the face of pop music and videos.

His death is shocking me almost as much as Heath Ledger's. I just cannot believe it.

I hope all three icons can rest in peace and their families can also find peace. The world will not forget them.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bliss & Promises

I was preparing to report to you my new favorite thing. Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate candy.

I am a chocoholic. I have said many times that I don't have a sweet tooth, all my teeth are sweet.

I have a really healthy diet all day long, but at night, I get the craving for sweets like ice cream or cookies. I have kept it at bay with cereal, but sometimes, I just need some real chocolate.

The Bliss candy has really helped. I can eat one and am satisfied.

I've lost about 10 pounds in 6 months by cutting out the ice cream and cookies, so, I was going to report my excitement about how the Bliss has helped.

Yesterday, my mom bought me a bag of Dove Promises Peanut Butter candy.

I cannot eat just one. The serving size is 5 pieces, same as with the Bliss, but I don't eat more than one Bliss. The Promises, I have a hard time stopping at the 5! In the 24 hours since I have had this bag of candy, I'd say I have eaten about 15 or so pieces.

I told my mom not to buy any more of those! They are evil! Delicious, but evil. They should not be called Promises, but rather Gluttony.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Migraine & A Free Day in the City

I have been MIA again and I apologize.

Partly due to physical issues. Last week I had so much pain my right neck, shoulder and hand that I stayed away from the computer as much as possible. Then Friday night, just before bed, I got a terrible headache which turned into a migraine and is still here.

Thankfully, I felt just fine Friday because I had plans to go into the city with an old friend and her 4 and almost 2 year old daughters.

The forecast threatened of severe weather, but we were going regardless. It was a free day at the Shedd Aquarium.

She called me to tell me she'd be late because it was already storming by her and she was having a hard time getting the girls in the car because the storm was scaring them. It hadn't started by me, though I could see lightening to the West, which is the direction from which she was coming.

An hour later she arrived and it was just starting to drizzle. By the time we got to the Eisenhower (I-290), it was raining pretty hard. By the time we got off and were making our way to Lake Shore Drive, it was a torrential downpour. I was so glad she drove her minivan rather than me try to drive my Grand Am! I would have been stalled on LSD with as much water as was on the street.

We made it into the parking area of the Shedd when we saw the sign that it was a 2 hour wait to get in. With the line to get into the parking garage wrapped around the corner, a 2 hour wait, the storm coming down like it was and a 4 and 2 year old, we decided to go to plan B.

Plan B was the Museum of Science & Industry, which is about 4 miles further south. It was also free that day, but it hadn't been advertised on the news and such like the Shedd had.

We felt bad for the kids, especially the little one. They were excited to see the fish.

We got to the museum and turned into the parking garage just as they were closing it because it was full. We were having really terrible luck up to this point. We were giving up and getting ready to turn back onto Lake Shore Drive to head home when my friend decided to go to the right to see what was over there. We turned into an open parking lot near some benches and a pond.

We actually found a spot too and by that time, it had stopped raining. We had to walk a little bit to get to the entrance, but it was so worth it because the parking was FREE!

I can't say I have found free parking in Chicago for anything before. We had expected to split the parking making it either $8 or $10 each depending on where we parked, but Free?!

The museum was crowded, but not like I would have thought, though it was a sauna in there. We had so much fun and it was completely free!!!!

Now, if we had known about that parking lot and intended to park there for free, we would not have found a spot, I just know it. The parking gods felt sorry for us and let us have a spot because just after we parked, a stream of cars came in asking us if we were leaving as we were unloading the kids!

It's rare to get a free treat like that and it was even better to have it with a friend I hadn't seen in a year and two incredibly sweet little girls.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

No Sleep & JackHammers

I couldn't sleep last night.

One reason is because I had Starbucks and did not take a sleeping pill.

I did not take it because the last few times I did, I ended up waking up a dozen times, so I thought I'd just go without.

Last night, I dozed, but never went into a full sleep until about 6:30 a.m. Up until then, I was either wide awake or dozing for a few minutes.

Then, at precisely 8:00 a.m., the jackhammer began.  I knew it was coming, but still....

We are having our porch replaced because it is crumbling. The very snowy, cold winters we've had and all the salt have not helped the cement porch.

This morning the crew came to demolish the porch and started with the jackhammer at 8:00 and did not stop until about 10:00. I tried to sleep through the noise, but that was impossible.

I feel like I'm hungover, though no alcohol was consumed. Now that I think of it, I bet that would have helped me sleep! Oh well. I'll keep it in mind for next time.

(I thought the jackhammering was done....they just started up again! BAH!)

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Surrogate Wife Wanted

What would you think if you saw that ad title?

I was on craigslist looking for jobs in the etcetera section. Sometimes they post legit jobs, not just research panels, egg donors and other interesting ways of making money.

While perusing, I saw that ad title and had to click on it to see exactly what a surrogate wife is. I know what a surrogate mother is, so, I had to look. This is the ad:

"Sophisticated distinguished gentleman seeking surrogate wife.
Full time live in position for the right candidate.
Perform ALL of the duties of a wife without the paperwork
Live in luxury, very upscale suburb! Take luxury vacations! Negotiable monthly allowance.
Retirement Plan.
You:
Attractive in shape female age 18 to 37 looking to be taken care of by an attractive gentleman age 56 in exchange for performing ALL wifely duties at a high level.
You must be adventurous and willing to experiment in the wifely arts.

Email back with a letter describing yourself and why you are the one for this position. include a physical description of yourself and include a recent accurate photo.
Applications without a photo will NOT be considered."

Interesting and creative way to look for sex, no? I wonder if when he says ALL the wifely duties if that includes picking up his dirty underwear, laying out his clothes and nagging.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

True Blood Addiction

I have been a bit neglectful of my blog this week. I just haven't really had anything to say.

Well, that's not entirely true. I have things to say, I just haven't felt like typing them.

I attribute the problem to a few things.

One being "medical" issues. Everyone seems to have something going wrong with them physically, but I will touch on that another day.

Another being my new addiction to True Blood.

An old friend recommended it to me. I had honestly never heard of it until a few weeks ago when the ads for the first season on DVD started airing everywhere. (I may have heard of it prior, but I didn't pay any attention.)

It makes me laugh that I like this type of thing now. When I was a kid, I absolutely hated anything even remotely scary. There was no way I would have watched or read a story about vampires, even friendly ones like Bill Compton or Edward Cullen.

After reading Twilight, I have developed a vampire addiction. So when my friend suggested I watch this series and read the books by Charlaine Harris, I started to look into it.

I found I could watch True Blood On Demand from beginning to end and I bought the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I started watching True Blood Tuesday and watched 3 episodes in one night, only stopping because it was 1:30 in the morning and I had to get up in a few hours. I have watched all but 2 episodes as of the time I write this. I haven't read the book yet, but that's more because I am too busy watching the show than anything.

If you don't like vampires, foul language, nudity (I admit, seeing Anna Paquin naked is a bit disturbing) or sex scenes, you wouldn't want to watch this, but if those things are okay on your list, dig in, it's so fun!

Part of the appeal of this show is beyond the vampire fun and the incredible bodies of some of these men, it's the setting. Bon Temp, Louisiana. You may be aware that New Orleans is my favorite place and I have been yearning for a visit. It's been a couple years already and every couple of years I have a need to go there.

The show is making that need worse while also helping ease it. The voodoo and accents and swamp setting makes me feel like I am there. Now, I never knowingly encountered a vampire on any of my trips, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out I had. If you have ever been to New Orleans, I imagine you know what I mean.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Thanks For the Prayers!

Thanks to all of you who sent warm thoughts and prayers for my little cousin.

Her surgery was yesterday and lasted about 8 hours.

The doctors are very pleased with the way the surgery went and are 95% positive that the outcome will be as they hoped.

She will have a couple of stents in for about a month and they will keep a close eye on her during that time. They are very confident that this surgery will allow her to live a happy and healthy life going forward. Fingers crossed they are right.

I have never seen this child smile. She does not smile in person or in photos. My cousin had a photo of her 4 granddaughters, including this one, and I said it was too bad that she wasn't smiling because they all looked so happy.

She said she never smiles, but who can blame her. Poor baby, this should be the time in her life when she is carefree and smiling all the time. I hope that can happen for her soon.

Thanks again!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Prayer Please

Tomorrow, my 4 year old cousin is having major surgery.

Poor little thing has had about a dozen surgeries since she was born.

She came into this world fighting for her life because of a kidney disorder.

The doctor who cared for her at birth did what he thought was best, but it has complicated things.

If he had done a different procedure, they could have just removed her bad kidney, but he went through the good kidney, so both are now affected.

She had a surgery a couple of months ago and they had hoped that it had solved the problem, but after an ultrasound last week, they determined that it did not.

Thursday she is undergoing a surgery that can last anywhere from 5 to 19 hours. Please pray for this little one and her family. I know they are all terrified for her.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Medium NOT Canceled!

Last week I saw a piece reporting on the shows that have been canceled.

Some are really popular, long standing shows like Without A Trace and My Name Is Earl.

Other not so much. There are a lot of new shows and shows that were barely hanging on which have been axed.

I was sad to read that Lipstick Jungle is one of them, which I know Alicia over at Fashiona's Musings will be sad about that too.

One that wasn't listed was Medium.

Last week when I was watching Medium, they showed previews for the June 1st episode saying the Medium Finale. Not the Medium Season Finale. I was so upset that they had canceled this show!

If you don't know, I have always been a TV Junkie. A lot of it just background noise, but there are some things I'd rather watch as background noise than others.

There are shows I have to watch each week, otherwise I'd be lost, like Heroes. If you miss one episode, it is very confusing to watch the next one.

Other shows, I can miss, but would rather not, like Ugly Betty, NCIS, Ghost Whisperer and Medium. (That's what On Demand is for)


Last night, I made sure to tune in for what I thought was the last episode of Medium.

It ended with "to be continued...."

Huh?

There were no previews though.

I got online and began to search and found Medium has been canceled by NBC and picked up by CBS!

No wonder NBC is in last place. They keep canceling and moving around good shows and keeping mostly crap.

I have turned into a CBS person, which I would never have expected. When I was young, there was very little that interested me on CBS. Everything cool was on NBC or ABC.

Now, I watch very little on networks other than CBS. I watch Ugly Betty and Brothers & Sisters on ABC. Heroes, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: SVU and Southland on NBC.

On CBS, I watch all the CSI's, NCIS, Ghost Whisperer, Numbers, Criminal Minds (with the very yummy Shemar Moore), Cold Case....

Granted, I do not watch all the CBS shows religiously. Other than NCIS and Ghost Whisperer, the others are fillers. Shows I can watch or not watch, it doesn't make a difference. I often watch them in reruns in the summer or On Demand if nothing is on.

Now I can add Medium to that list of CBS shows, which will air Fridays between Ghost Whisperer and Numbers. I am so glad CBS has the brains to pick up good shows that other networks drop.

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