Thursday, July 31, 2008

Big Brother 10 - Episode 8

You know, I keep recapping this damn show because I hate not finishing something I have started. I really hate this season. I could care less about anyone in the damn house. Hopefully my opinion will change or this 3X a week gig is going to totally suck!


Angie and Jesse is pissed that she is on the box. Memphis is pissed and thinks it was a bonehead move.

Michelle is worried that her key was in last.

Keesha is patting herself on the back for drawing some lines that were uh already there.

Jerry and Dan talk about Memphis. Jerry thinks he is a womanizer and should be moving on with his life. He thinks Memphis he is the strongest player in the house.

Jessie is in the HOH telling Keesha that Libra is orchestrating everything. He tells her that Libra is the reason Steven went up. He tells her that Libra is just using her. Why does Keesha always look like she is about to cry or like she smells something bad?

April and Libra head in after he leaves and try to get Keesha to talk about what was said but she just tells them that he is being cool about being nominated.

Jessie who is telling everyone that Libra is orchestrating everything turns to the camera and gives a tribal cry because he has Michelle doing his bidding.

The Veto competition begins and Keesha draws Libra. Angie draws Ollie and Jessie picks Memphis. Keesha chooses Dan to host the competition.

Good Lord the house guests head outside dressed as flowers. Geez. I am just glad that Renny and Jerry are not in the competition. The guests have to plant themselves in their flower box. Then BB will water them until the house guests feel that they have been watered enough. They will have water dropped on their forehead and they must get out when they feel they have been in for 1 hour.

The house guests have to decide if they want to put compost or worms on the flowers and they chose worms. Keesha does a whole lot of screaming and Ollie was freaking.

Keesha is the first one out because of the worms. She is freaked and grossed out.

Jessie while in the flower box has Libra say that she was the reason he put Steven up.

Compost is put on the participants and they complain about it smelling like vomit. I am actually grossed out. Libra and Ollie talk and she gets up. Jessie says, "Jessie will be out" and he gets out.

Angie goes, Ollie is next and Memphis is last. The power was won by Keesha who left closest to an hour without going over with 21 minutes.

Angie heads up to Keesha and tries to talk her into putting Libra up. She tells her that she should take Jessie off and put Libra up. She cries and tells her that she respects whatever she decides to do.

April is in Keesha's room and they discuss Libra. April says that with Libra having a target on her back it could affect everyone on the alliance. Ollie doesn't want to be affiliated with someone like her.

Keesha says that Libra's mouth is way, way out of control but she had given Libra her word in the first few days and her word is all she's got.

She decides not to use the pwer of veto on anyone and the nominations stay the same.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Do You know a High School Musical Fan?

Build A Bear has a High School Musical Bear hitting the stores on Thursday, July 31st.

How cute is he????

Great gift idea.

Fore more pictures of this adorable bear and available accessories like hello a letter jacket come over here.

Want to be voted "Mom of the Year?" How about a visit from Corbin Bleu? Find out how here.

Amateur Book Review - The Kite Runner

I don't know that there is anything I can say about this book that will do it any justice.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, (this is his first novel) about a boy named Amir who lives with his father in Afghanistan before they flee for America after the Taliban take over their homeland.

The book sites state this - An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.

It is this, and so much more. The story, eloquently written, starts with Amir the child of Baba a very wealthy well to do man in Afghanistan and what happens to change the course of their life and the life of people they love. While the book deals with culture which is also very interesting, this book mainly to me, deals with how the choices we make throughout our life shape who we are and who we eventually become.

I had no desire to read this book. Having heard about it and knowing that everyone was reading, that it was on the best seller list for over 2 years it didn't make me want to pick it up. What made me want to pick it up was hearing my girlfriend Sheress beg me to do so. She called me every morning when she started reading begging, asking, pleading, telling me she would buy it for me and that I just HAD to read it. Now, I am doing the same, I have told 5 people to read this in the past 2 weeks and now I am telling you.

The book is unforgettable. I don't believe there will be a time where I won't be able to recall this story.

This beautifully written book is about family, sacrifice, jealousy, love, friendship, suffering, sin, devastation, redemption and at times was emotionally gripping.

The title comes a traditional tournament where Afghan children or kite-flyers compete by cutting through the strings of their opponents with the strings of their own kites made of sharp, glass strings. The winner is the last one standing after all other kites have been cut and the runner runs after the last falling kite gets the greatest honor.

The Kite Runner like Veil of Roses made me happy to have been born on American soil.

As stated by Amazon:
The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories of mystical places and powerful warriors until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever, and eventually cements their bond in ways neither boy could have ever predicted. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule. ("...I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.")

Chotskies gives this book a A+

Big Brother 10 - Episode 7

Dan says that his plan as a weak player is working.

Keesha winning HOH tells us that she held back her screams when she won.

Michelle and Libra were very happy that Keesha won.

Dan tells us that he threw the HOH.

April thinks Keesha is a sweetheart. Wait don't those girls hate each other

This should be an interesting episode. All the girls are kissing her ass.

Keesha tells the girls that she doesn't know who to put up. Libra is worried that Keesha is sleeping with the enemy. Libra approaches Keesha to tell her how happy she is that she got HOH. Keesha tells us that she is changing the game.

We get to see Keesha's HOH room. She shows off her dog Gizmo. Everyone except Renny leaves the room so that Keesha can read her letter from home. Keesha tells us that she asked Renny to stay because she is the only person in the house that she trusts.

Keesha cries over her letter. Renny hugs her while she sobs. Keesha thanks Renny and tells her that she trusts her most in the house. Renny tells Keesha that she can't trust Libra. Keesha says she has been all over her since she won and they both talk about how Libra will stab you in the back. They are interrupted by April who comes in smiling. Renny leaves. Keesha tells April she is not going to do what the house wants. The hug and say that this is between the 2 of them. Libra rings in then Ollie rings in.

Keesha tells the 3 of them that she wants to put Angie out. She feels that she didn't have Steven's back. Libra, Ollie and April tell Keesha that they have her back. Keesha tells us that Libra is one of her targets and she doesn't even know it.

Keesha tells Memphis that he wants to put Angie up. Memphis tells her that Angie is not coming after her and that she would have stuck with the plan if she won HOH.

Renny and Angie ring into the room and Keesha asks if they can have 5 minutes. Renny and Angie leave and head downstairs. Michelle and Jessie are in the gym. Why the hell is Michelle always in that sauna? Has it ever been used as much as it is this season by Michelle?

Angie tells them that she they are grilling Memphis in HOH. Angie knows that she is a target.

Keesha tells Memphis that she feels Angie was the reason Steven left the house and asks that this conversation stay between them. He heads downstairs and Jessie asks what the verdict is. Memphis says he doesn't know. He tells them that she thinks Angie is gunning for them. Memphis tells Jessie that he isn't sure that she is putting Angie up but if he talks to her to not mention that Memphis spoke to him.

Dan goes to HOH, Keesha tells him that she wants to talk to him because she hasn't had the chance. She asks if he has an alliance and he says no. Keesha tells him that it was supposed to be him going up and she isn't going to put him up but she wants him to cover her ass if he gets HOH. He talks again about how he gave Brian his word and she tells him she knows and that she respects him for that.

Keesha tells Libra that she felt that Libra always doubted her. She also tells her that she was open with Libra and that she felt hurt when she targeted her. Libra tells her that she was targeting her relationship with Steven. She tells Keesha that she respects whatever she has to do but she is shaking in her boots.

The girls are discussing slop and April wonders if the next competition will be an eating disgusting things competition like pigs feet or pig ears. Michelle says she loves that food and that is how they do it Porteugese style.

Keesha asks if she is serious. She talks about pigs that when she was in portugal some guy danced with a slaughtered pig who was dressed as a bride. Ahhhh interesting.

The house guests walk outside to a BB Valley High Sock Hop. April tells us that she "loves the 60's, you know the poodle skirts."

The house guests have to match socks. 1 guy, 1 doll sit on spinning records and find socks, then they run to a wall and place them there.

Libra was worried that she is stuck with Jerry as a partner but then realizes that this might be good for her alliance. I am wondering why all the girls are confused over the colors of the socks. April and Keesha never got their color right.

You have to love Renny's voice. She is like a hawk screaming. Uggghhhh...crazy!

The house is back on food minus the wine thanks to Renny and Dan who didn't match socks correctly. Oh well, poor Renny, she will have to slum with a cold brew.

April and Ollie lie around talking about the books they like to read. While they talk he plays with her hair. She asks him to open up to her and they discuss relationships. He says that he sees road constructions signs everywhere and that he can't proceed until the sign is correct. She talks his language and they talk about how he has to sometimes stop seeing everything as a detour and maybe see it as a proceed with caution.

Keesha and April talk in HOH and April tells her that she is not doing this alone. Keesha is happy that April is there. April proceeds to tell her why Memphis would be a good candidate to go on the block. She tells her that America would love her for it. I love that she thinks she can speak for me.

Keesha asks Jessie to vote for Angie to go. Jessie tells her she should put Libra up because Libra creates drama. He tells her to put up Dan with Libra and that Libra will get herself kicked out because "she will show her true colors."

Angie knows she is a target and expects to be put up. Libra is worried about Keesha holding her birth sign against her. Ummm ok. Jessie feels pretty safe.

Keesha calls the nomination ceremony and Dan is the first person who is safe. Good for him. It is about time he was let off the damn block. Renny is safe, April, Memphis, Ollie, Libra, Jerry, Michelle is safe. Which means Jessie and Angie is up for eviction.

Keesha tells Angie that she nominated her because it wasn't fair that Dan and Steven took the fall. She tells Jessie that it is a little personal. She feels he sent one of her dear friends home.

Keesha tells us that Jessie's arrogance got him nominated because doesn't he NOT know that SHE is the HOH? Michelle is pissed! Jessie hopes she loses.

Can't wait to see what my favorite recappers are saying.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Product Review and My Very First Blog Giveaway-PRIMA PRINCESSA

I was very fortunate to have been able to review, a wonderfully crafted DVD by two amazing moms from my old home state, New Jersey.

Introducing: Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake This DVD is just what this mom ordered. I took ballet as a child and have been recently trying to plant the dance bug in my 3 year old daughter’s ear. You can only give her so many tutu’s and princess things while asking “do you want to take ballet this year?”
Prima Princessa Presents Swan Lake features a cartoon ballerina who narrates Swan Lake for us. Swan Lake, being performed by the Paris Opera Ballet is beautifully done.

In between acts, we are treated to various ballet steps all set to a montage of toys, animals, children and young dancers for the viewer to learn. My daughter particularly loved the segments of little girls running around and laughing in their tutus.

This 40 minute DVD has enough to keep the preschool age child all the way up to Grandma’s age interested.

I organized a play date with my girlfriend so that my 3 year old could watch it with a friend (a 9 year old dancer student). The plan was to have the girls watch the movie while we continued our own play date over at the dining room table with coffee and our laptops. We started the tape and were completely sucked in. So much so that we took our respective places next to our daughters and watched the whole movie with them.While the movie was playing I heard my girlfriend’s daughter tell her mom that she wants to stay in ballet (she had been thinking of dropping it because she doesn’t love her teacher). BTW…I really wish someone had been able to take a picture of the 4 of us lying on the floor, taking up the whole little room, mesmerized by the movie.

We love how the girls watched the movie, laying down listening to every part of it. I had originally thought that they would be dancing the whole time. Afterwards, they put on tutu’s and danced around the room, hallway, kitchen and dining room.

This is a great way to introduce dance to your little one or to reinforce someone’s love for dance.

To read more information on the Prima Princessa DVD or to see clips head over to Prima Princessa.

For more information about the amazing moms who created this DVD, stop by their site Tutuzone.

Want a copy of this amazing DVD? It is available at Amazon.

Now, for information about my very first blog giveaway.

Drum roll please……To get a brand new copy (sponsored by Prima Princessa) and a brand new ballerina Barbie Doll

Leave a comment on my other blog Maria's Space.
A random winner will be selected and notified by email on August 2nd.
The winner will have 3 days to claim their prize.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fan of Lost? Join the Lostpedia Book Club

Hey, fans of LOST, want to join the Lostpedia Book Club and read along with a bunch of other people in love with your favorite show? Join now.

The first book the group is reading is...

CARRIE, by Stephan King.

Beginning on August 2nd and running until August 23rd, and on the latter date there will be a live discussion in Lostpedia IRC Chat (exact times I'll let you know but most likely 2pm EST so 6pm GMT, similar to how debate league is run on Sundays).

Another Reason I'll Sleep When I am Dead - SIMS 3

Sims 3 drops in 2009.

Exclusive Sneek Peek of Sims 3 Trailer

Are you kidding me? Where am I going to fit this in my life. I have had SIMS 2 and probably played a total of 10 times since getting it, using my kids as an excuse every time. They call it the "boy, girl game" and I was happy to sit for a few minutes to play for them.

Sims 3 looks awesome.

What does this game have that Sims 2 didn't?

New Seamless, Open Neighborhood - Explore the neighborhood freely.
Your Sims can roam throughout their neighborhood, visit neighbors' homes, and explore the surroundings. They can stroll downtown to hang out with friends, meet someone new at the park, or run into colleagues on the street. If your Sims are in the right place at the right time, who knows what might happen?!

New Create A Sim - Create any Sim you can imagine.
New easy-to-use design tools allow for unlimited customization to make truly individual Sims. Determine your Sims' shape and size, from thin to full-figured to muscular - and everything in between! Choose your Sims' facial features, their exact skin tone, hair, eye shape and color and select their clothing and accessories.

New Realistic Personalities - Every Sim is a unique person, with a distinct personality.
Create realistic Sims with distinctive personalities. Select from dozens of personality traits and combine them in fun ways. The combination of traits you choose - brave, artistic, loner, perfectionist, klepto, romantic, clumsy, paranoid, and much, much more - help shape the behavior of your Sims and how they interact with other Sims. Your Sims can now rise above their basic set of every day needs. They are complex individuals with unique personalities.

New Unlimited Customization - Everyone can customize everything!
Build your dream house or design the ultimate home. Customize everything from floors to flowers, shirts to sofas, wallpaper to window shades. It’s fun and easy to change colors and patterns giving you endless personalization options. Or you can populate your Sims’ neighborhood with pre-designed buildings and furnishings. Which of your Sims will live in high-end mansions, cool bachelor pads, ultimate dream homes or low-cost cottage?

Check out some more screen shots

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Meaning of Send in The Clowns - A Song by Stephen Sondeim

As a child, I heard this song by Judy Collins and it was so haunting and the words so strange to an 11 year old child.

The album had been a gift to my mother from her friend Ross. To me, it was a song about clowns but it made no sense to me. Just surfing and found this little tidbit in Wikipedia.

Meaning of title

The "clowns" in the title do not refer to circus clowns (i.e. performers in the circus who wear white face with red noses). Instead, the "clowns" in the title are theatrical imagery, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview: "I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song's about".

In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified the meaning:"As I think of it now, the song could have been called "Send In the Fools". I knew I was writing a song in which Desirée is saying, "aren't we foolish", or "aren't we fools"? Well, a synonym for fools is clowns.[2] But Sondheim agreed that "Send In the Fools" lacked the same ring.[2]

Around 20 years before the play begins, Desirée was a young, attractive woman, whose passions were the theater and men.[4] She was a stage actress, and she lived her life dramatically, flitting from man to man. Fredrik was one of her many casual lovers, but he fell deeply in love with Desirée and asked her to marry him. Desirée refused his proposal, because she lived "in the air". When she refused, Fredrik abandoned the quest and left her. He did not know it when they parted, but Desirée was pregnant with his child.[4]

A few months before the play begins, Fredrik fell in love and married a beautiful woman who is 18 years old – much younger than he.[4] In Act One, Desirée and Fredrik meet after 20 years apart. Fredrik meets his and Desirée's love child, who is now a handsome young man, around 20 years old. Fredrik explains to Desirée that he is now married to the young woman, whom he loves, but she is still a virgin and refuses to have sex with him. Desirée seduces Fredrik, and they enjoy a passionate night together.[4]

Act Two begins the next morning, and Desirée realizes that she truly loves Fredrik and that she should have married him so long ago. She tells Fredrik that he needs to be rescued from his marriage, and she proposes to him. She tells him that she needs to be rescued and asks if she too can rescue him. Fredrik explains to Desirée that he has been swept off the ground and is "in the air" in love with his beautiful, young wife. So Fredrik refuses Desirée's proposal, and he apologizes for having misled her. Fredrik walks across the room, while Desirée remains sitting on the bed. As she feels both intense sadness and anger, at herself, her life and her choices, she sings, "Send in the Clowns".[4]

The lyrics of the song are written in four verses and a bridge and sung by Desirée. As Sondheim explains, Desirée experiences both deep regret and furious anger:

[“Send in the Clowns”] was never meant to be a soaring ballad. It’s a song of regret. And it’s a song of a lady who is too upset and too angry to speak – meaning to sing for a very long time. She is furious, but she doesn’t want to make a scene in front of Fredrik because she recognizes that his obsession with his 18-year-old wife is unbreakable. So she gives up. So it’s a song of regret and anger. And therefore fits in with short-breathed phrases.” [1]

[edit] First Verse
The lyrics of the first verse introduce Desirée’s deep anger and regret.[1]

Isn't it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it rich? This is a common theatrical expression, which in context means “our relationship has become so ironic”. The line and the entire song are sung with intense anger and hurt. Throughout the song, all questions are rhetorical: Desirée is not asking questions but is making rhetorical statements based on theatrical imagery. The word “rich” is emphasized in the dramatic song to highlight the bitter irony she feels.

Are we a pair? This is not question. Instead, it’s a rhetorical statement of anger and regret, which means, approximately, “Look at the two of us: how stupidly we have led our lives.” Recall that, just before this song in the drama, Desirée was rejected by Fredrik, and now she has abandoned her quest to be “a pair” with him. This song expresses that she is angry, sarcastic, bitter and sad at the situation in which she and he now find themselves.

Me here at last on the ground, Desirée has spent her life “in the air”, flitting from affair to affair. Now, however, she finally has her feet “at last on the ground” and wants to settle down with only one man: her long-ago lover, Fredrik.

You in mid-air. On the other hand, her previously grounded lover himself is now himself “in mid-air”: now madly in love with his new wife. So she sings these lines with anger and regret about the irony of their reversed roles.

Send in the clowns. The title is introduced. It means, “This is a theatrical performance so extremely bad that it can be saved only by bringing in comedy.”

[edit] Second Verse
Isn't it bliss?
Don't you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can't move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Isn't it bliss? Just like the word “rich” in the first verse, the word “bliss” here means irony and means the opposite of happiness. The word “bliss” is sung with an elongated “hiss” -- it drips with anger.

Don't you approve? Another rhetorical question, which in this case means “Surely you’re as unhappy with our relationship as I.”

One who keeps tearing around, This refers to Desirée herself.[5] She is the one who has been running around with different lovers.

One who can't move. This is Fredrik,[5] who has just recently been married to his young trophy wife.

Where are the clowns? Desirée means, “This play that is my life can be saved only by changing the performers”. The word “where” is smooth and elongated.

Send in the clowns. This is the theatrical expression. The closest lay expression may be “I don’t want to think about it anymore. Let’s change the subject”. As she sings the word “clowns”, she emphasizes the hard ‘k’ and makes the word almost two vowels (KUH – lowns).

[edit] Bridge
Just when I'd stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Just when I'd stopped opening doors, Desirée remembers that, after years of flitting from affair to affair (“opening doors”), she is now ready to “stop opening doors”.

Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours, The important word is “that”, which does not mean “that person”. Instead, the word “that” refers to “that door”. The phrase, “knowing the one that I wanted was yours”, refers to the “door” to Fredrik’s heart and can be paraphrased: “finally I discovered that, after spending my life searching for true love, I know that you are my true love.”

Making my entrance again with my usual flair Desirée’s theatrical background as an actress is apparent in her expression about “making [her] entrance”, which she often does “with [her] usual flair”. Sondheim wrote the word “flair” itself to be sung with flair: "She is an actress, and she is used to sweeping in and out, so there is a certain amount of self-irony . . . ."[5]

Sure of my lines Desirée uses another theatrical expression about being “sure of [her] lines”. she was sure that her proposal to Fredrik, which she made just before this song, would be successful, but . . .

No one is there. That is, after opening so many doors looking for true love, she finally came to her senses and opened “Fredrik’s door”, but he was not there – he rejected her, after so many previous times when Fredrik proposed to her, but she rejected him. Desirée is surprised, hurt, angry and full of regret – at herself and her situation. She is not angry at Fredrik but at herself. Desirée almost whispers the line, demonstrating that “no one is there”.

To paraphrase the bridge, “Just when I’d stopped looking for lovers, Finally realizing that I love only you, I came to you again, Sure that you would accept me as your lover, But you refused.”

[edit] Third Verse
Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.

Don't you love farce? Like the first sentences of the previous verses, this is a rhetorical question that means, “My performance in my relationship with Fredrik is not a love story but a farce – a bitter tragedy.” Of course, “farce” is yet another of the many theatrical references that permeate the song. A farce is a type of comedy with improbable situations and often sexual innuendo, like her life.

My fault I fear. Of course, Desirée blames only herself.

I thought that you'd want what I want. Desirée believed that Fredrik would accept her as his true love, just as she is ready (finally) to accept him.

Sorry, my dear. Desirée is sorry for her mistaken belief. She is sorry for the situation she has created. As she sings, her self-loathing increases.

But where are the clowns? Desirée is asking rhetorically, “My performance is horrible.”

Quick, send in the clowns. This repeats the phrase. Sondheim instructs that the word “quick” should be sung quickly and with a clipped phrasing, because the "quick has an angry separation".[6] This line is sung in complete contrast with the line in the fourth verse, “Well, maybe next year.” As she begins to sing the line at this point in the drama, Fredrik begins to walk toward Desirée, who until that point had been singing (thinking) to herself. As Fredrik approaches, she turns toward him and sings, in an angry, bitter manner . . .

Don't bother, they're here. Desirée almost spits out the word “bother” (often pronounced with a ‘b’ that sounds like ‘p’). She has turned the title (the theatrical expression) upside down. As she sees Fredrik walking toward her, she suddenly realizes that “her horrible life’s performance” results from its actors: herself and Fredrik.

The meaning of this last line requires an understanding of context. Sondheim explains that, in the drama, this is the last line, the climax and the entire point of the song. (Note that it is indeed the last line of the scene in the drama, as explained below.) In the previous scene, Desirée was rejected by Fredrik. In this scene, as she sings the song, she sings of her anger and regret. The scene ends as Fredrik walks toward her, and she sings the last line, which may be paraphrased as “Don’t bother to change the subject, because we ourselves are the subject: we are the horrible actors in this tragic, farcical performance – we are clowns”.

As she sings the last line of the fourth verse, she looks up and sees Fredrik. Therefore, the line, "Don't bother, they're here" makes sense.

Fredrik's Lines
After Desirée sings the angry line of regret, "Don't bother, they're here", Fredrik says the following to her:[7] "I never should have come. I’m sorry. To flirt with rescue when one has no intention of being saved. Do try to forgive me." Judy Dench commented that this reference to "being saved" echoes Desirée's proposal to save Fredrik. Fredrik walks away from Desirée, who reprises the song.

[edit] Fourth verse
Isn't it rich?
Isn't it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.

Isn't it rich? This repeats the opening line of the first verse. As there, Desirée means “This situation is so ironic”.

Isn't it queer, This echoes the first line and means “This situation is so absurd.”

Losing my timing this late This is another theatrical reference, which describes the irony of her realization, too late, of her love for Fredrik.

In my career? Another reference to her career as an actress: her entire life has been a theatrical performance.

And where are the clowns? Desirée wants to change the subject, to think of something other than her anger and regret.

There ought to be clowns. She repeats her desire for theatrical effect.

Well, maybe next year. The final line of this reprise adds a touch of hope that Desirée will find happiness. After the horrible performance that her life has been, she longs for, but she cannot find, something to save her life’s performance from this tragic farce. But Desirée does not abandon all hope -- she hopes that her life’s performance will be a success and that she will find true her love with Fredrik “maybe next year”. Sondheim teaches that the word "quick" in verse four has an angry separation, but the word "well" in this verse has a kind of resigned separation and should be sung almost as an interjection, not really part of the phrase

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Big Brother 10 - Episode 6

It eviction night at the BB house. Steven and Dan are up and one will be sent home. Who will it be?

Julie in her orange suit recaps BB so far. Love the live audience.

Libra wants Steven and the floaters to go one after the other.
Oh is Keesha not Keisha. Sorry!

Steven goes to Dan and tells him that he has to do what he can to keep himself in the house. You have to respect him. I believe he is the first person in BB to let the other nominee what he is going to do.
Steven goes to Ollie, Libra, Keesha and April to talk about how he is under the "Brian cloud." He tells them that he might be a bigger threat but that makes him a better ally.
The group talks about how the house is divided. Jessie, Angie, Memphis, Michelle on one side and Ollie, Keesha, April and Libra on the other. They decide to grab one of the floaters on their side.
Dan goes to Jessie and Michelle and tells them that he is on their side and will do whatever they want. They discuss trust. They tell him he has their vote.

Angie and Memphis are sitting on the couch and Libra and April are playing pool. Angie tells him she can't stand them. Memphis tells her to be careful.

Keesha and Libra talk about the bonds in the house. Memphis and Angie and Michelle and Jessie.

Keesha wants to get everyone to keep Steven. She is sure that it would be crazy in the house if he was to stay
The live audience has a question for Jerry. They want to know if he thinks his house guests respect him as a competitor. He feels they owe it to him because he has proved himself.

Libra is asked if age makes a difference in the game. She says, that it would be great if things were even.

Julie asks if love is in the air. She asks April about Ollie. April says, that Ollie is a great guy and that he is easy to talk to.

Ollie is asked what he thinks his father would say about his "showmance." He says his father would be happy if he was happy. He thinks his dad is giving him "a round of applause."

Then we see a clip of Renny's family telling us how she is the life of the party, complete with clips of Renny acting crazy in the house. You can tell from her pictures she was a gorgeous women by
Her son thinks Jessie is a punk and wasn't raised to expect his elders.

Jessie's family talks about how Jessie was a "runt."

His mother says that it takes a while to get to know him. She feels that Renny exploited him as the bad guy.

Then we see a bunch of video of Jessie flexing while the girls drool all over him. They call him a piece of meat and make yummy sounds, all while his mother tells us that he can be a body builder, and be the next Governor.

Julie talks with Jessie and asks him if he thinks his housemates think of him as a body and not a brain. He thinks because of his age that they see him as a muscle brain.

He feels his biggest weakness is people seeing him as in a group with Michelle.

Michelle is the first to vote and she votes for Steven along with Memphis, Angie, Jerry, Libra which means Steven is evicted. The remaining house guests also vote for Steven.

Steven is told he is evicted and quietly everyone walks him out. Steven walks out to a huge crowd screaming for him. Julie asks what is harder riding a bull or playing this game. Steven says, playing the game is harder because a bull ride is only 8 seconds. He cries as he listens to everyone's goodbye messages.

BB sent aliens to scare the house guests. April is blow drying her hair when she sees one and screams. Jessie is the next one to be freaked, followed by Renny who screamed through the house. Then things started disappearing around the house, food, water, props, and accent pieces. Which of course preludes into a competition for HOH. They house guests have to try to remember which room the items are disappearing from. It is a face-off and the last person standing, will be the new HOH.
April and Dan face off, Dan wins.
Renny and Libra face off, Renny answers incorrectly, Libra wins.
Memphis and Angie face off, Memphis wins.
Ollie and Jerry face off, Jerry answers incorrectly, Ollie Wins.
Michelle and Keesha face off, Michelle answers incorrectly, Keesha wins.
Libra and Dan face off, Libra wins.
Memphis and Keesha face off, Keesha wins.
Ollie and Libra face off, Libra wins.
Keesha and Libra face off, Libra answers incorrectly making Keesha the new HOH.

Keesha, the first female so far this season is happy to have won.

Libra has lost 12 pounds so far this season from being on slop. I think I have found my new diet.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Big Brother Episode 5

What is Libra doing? Why is she so damn bossy? If she wanted to mother people she could have stayed home with her 5 month old twins. She has become crazy, psycho chick.

Steven is upset that he is on the block.

Jessie is praising himself with winning competitions and not having a target on his back.

Dan and Jessie have been talking and Jessie is hoping to use and trust Dan.

Steven tries to tell Angie to realign herself. He tells her that she needs to distance herself so that she isn't the next one picked off.

Michelle gives Jessie a pedicure. Michelle tells us that Jessie is her best friend in the house and that outside the house her friends are mostly guys.

Memphis and Jessie approach Angie to try to form an alliance with themselves and Michelle.

Steven, Renny, Angie, Dan and Keisha discuss Hurricane Katrina. Steven and Renny both went through Katrina. Steven finds himself bonding with Renny because of this.

Steven and Keisha talk about her winning the POV and taking him off the block.

POV competition involves Dan, Steve, Jessie, Michelle, Libra, and Keisha. It will be hosted by Jerry.

Keisha tells the girls she doesn't want Steven out of the house. Michelle is wondering what she is thinking and feels she is an idiot.

Michelle runs to Jessie and Memphis to tell them she doesn't trust Keisha.

POV begins and the players are playing a scramble game. Dan is the first one out. Jessie is out next. Keisha takes the lead. Steven is eliminated. Michelle and Keisha are tied. Libra is eliminated. Keisha blows it and Michelle wins VETO. Michelle asks us if she looks good in gold. Yuck!

Jessie, tells Angie and Steven why Keisha was trying to stay in the game.

Keisha apologizes to Steven in front of Libra and when she leaves the room. Steven asks why she said that in front of her and that she needs to watch her back. He tells her that they were all sitting on the bench talking about her.

Keisha and Renny talk and Keisha tells her that everyone is talking about her.
Keisha talks the Jessie, Keisha and Michelle about how she wasn't going to use the POV. She was staying in the game to prove herself.

Keisha goes to Jessie and Memphis and tells him that Libra is stirring lies and causing drama. She believe that she is the one that she be sent packing this week. The guys agree and decide to talk to Michelle and get Libra out. They want to back door her.

Keisha tells Renny and Jerry about Libra causing trouble. Renny tells Jerry that Libra was talking about him and her "you two are the oldest people on the team." Jerry says he is going to go after her and calls her a bitch and Keisha says she is two faced.

Jerry heads to Libra's room and says, "I understand you said that slow, old guys were on your team and that is why you lost." She screams and says, "I did not say that. I did not say there was some slow, old person on my team." She screams and follows him out after he tells her not to scream at him. She says, I just told them to even out the teams.

Jerry and Libra walk around yelling and screaming and Libra points to April and says, "she was the one who said that."

Jerry leaves while Libra runs around the house hoping to confront the person who told Jerry that she said she had old people on her team. Jerry tells her that the other old person told him.

Renny chases Libra down when she sees her running back to tell the girls and they argue and scream over who said what and who put the words in whose mouth. Too funny. I swear she reminds me of Edith Bunker. Bwaaahhh...ok...sorry...I cracked myself up.

Steven goes to Jessie and tells him they should put Libra up. Jessie tells him to go talk to Michelle because she is the one who can do it.

He tries talking to Michelle and she says that she is the one who has to stick her neck out. Steven tells her to leave him on the block, take Dan off and put Libra up. She tells him that she has to think about it and put it into perspective.

Michelle chooses not to use the POV, leaving the nominations the same. Dan and Steven stay up.

It looks to me as if Steven will be going home but not before he "pushes people's faces in the toilet.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

BB 10 Episode 4

In episode 4 we learn:
That Jessie is HOH. Jessie is in love with himself.
That April and Libra can be bitches.
That Renny dresses like a man in drag.
When April hugs someone she jumps up on them.
Keisha and Steven are animal lovers.
"Being from New Orleans", Renny likes to drink her wine.
Dan needs privacy to go to the bathroom.
Steven is head over heels in love.

The house is divided into 2 groups; the few that liked Brian and the others who didn't.

Memphis and Jesse decide to work together.

Angie finds that the girls are against her. Dan knows that he is going up on the bench.

April and Libra talk about who Jessie should put up. They think he should not waste a vote on Renny. They want Angie out. Why, I am not sure. Probably because she isn't trying to get into their girl click.

Everyone but Steven head to Jessie's room. Jessie the body builder discussing all his rips and poses. He is happy to show off. The guests look bored and disgusted with his body muscle talk. I would be too. They notice Steven on the monitor and Jessie is upset that Steven didn't come up to them room. He finds it disrespectful.

Jessie says he wants to put Renny up and Libra says, "no".

Keisha and Angie discuss the cattiness of the girls. They try to distance themselves and Keisha talks about how much she hates April.

The house guests want Dan and Steven up and Jessie still burnt from his moment with Renny wants her up. He isn't thinking about the game he is just thinking about how much he feels that she disrespected him. He is a putz.

Angie and Libra sit and talk with Jerry. He makes them both cry when he talks about his wife and how she told him to put her in a home so that his life doesn't get ruined. Is he sincere? I wonder if the biggest Big Brother fan is playing those girls, securing their vote in case they are not in the top 3. I shudder to think it but you never know.

Steven and Keisha talk about their dogs and how much they are worried that their dogs might forget them.

The food competition takes the house guests out to the yard for a vino from hell game. April and Libra are upset that Libra and Renny are on their team and Keisha thinks that they need to look at themselves.

They have to break the teams into 3 groups. 2 catches, 2 throwers and 2 pluggers. It totally sounds like a gay porn theme.

Throwers will toss corks to the pluggers who are popping the corks into holes in big jugs situated above the ground. The catches have to catch wine in their glasses, run over and pour it into wine bottles. The team with the most wine in the bottles wins.

April had a problem throwing corks. Memphis tries to get her to shout out something when she throws because she is hitting them in the head.

The green team: Dan, Jessie, Angie, Ollie, Steven, and Michelle won the game.

Libra and April who had been on the red team are upset. April insists that they got their corks done first. I guess she doesn't understand that if they are bouncing off the catchers heads, they aren't able to plug the holes. She is certain that the people who were plugging and the people who are pouring didn't do their jobs.

Libra gets confrontational and tells April that if she wants to blame her go ahead. April says she isn't blaming her. Libra says everyone did they best they could. Jerry says, "we played, we lost, we pay the price." Keisha tells everyone that Renny did a good job. She is happy to see April and Libra upset.

Dan asks to use Jessie's restroom. He asks to use it and Jessie tells him it's ok. He wants to get Jessie alone to feel him out. Ollie goes up to the room with Jessie and they both are surprised to see him. Jessie is very surprised. I am not sure why Jessie forgot that he had given permission.

Libra and April ask Memphis why he is so unemotional. He says losing his dad was the beginning of his problem and getting his heart broken by a girl.

Dan goes to Jessie to plead his case and try to keep himself off the block. He tells him that he true to his word and open to anything, whatever that means. Jessie tells him that he respects him and the way he is playing the game.

Jessie wants Renny out. Dan feels better after his conversation with Jessie. Steven doesn't think Jessie sees anyone as a threat because he is cocky.

Jessie calls the nomination ceremony. Keisha is safe, Ollie, safe, Michelle safe, Jerry safe, April safe, Libra safe, Memphis safe, Angie safe, Renny safe. This leaves Dan and Steve. The reason is that Jessie feels they showed their cards too soon. Jessie tells Steven he was disrespected when Steven didn't come to the HOH room. Steven says he was asleep when everyone went up and Jessie tells him it took him almost 24 hours to come up after.

Now for my favorite recappers:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

BB10 Recap - Beyond Reality

Big Brother 10 - Episode 3

So, Brian gets back doored, is anyone surprised?

I am happy to see a live crowd during the live show just like the first season. I like it.

Dan is shocked that his alliance went down in flames.

Brian goes to Jerry to find out who wanted him put up. Out of their alliance, Ollie is the traitor and they sit and discuss. Jerry tells him that if he didn't put Brian up than he would have gone home next week.

Julie tells the house guests that there is a live audience then asks Jessie if she and Renny have buried the hatchet. Jessie says "you have to give respect to get respect and she hasn't shown me any yet."

Renny says, that Jessie has a lot to learn and hopefully this experience has given him

Brian and Dan talk as if they wouldn't have done the same thing in Ollie or Jerry's position.

The guys confront Ollie and tell him to never show his cards. They are upset that he gave his word and went back on it. They laugh about how he crumbled for April.

Ollie and April share a kiss while lying in bed. She asks and he does.

Brian wants to turn the girls against each other. He also turns to Steven who is standing alone and not in an alliance. Steven tells him that he will do what he can to help him.

Brian is taking a different approach; now he wants to be everyone's friend and not form a solid alliance with one or two people. Now, he wants to make everyone happy and have them enjoy themselves. How else to do this but to take our socks and entertain them with a puppet show of course.

Brian, Dan, Steve Memphis and Angie head outside and make sock puppets. They laugh about a Renny sock.

Angie plays Julie Chen as she talks to the Renny puppet and the Jessie puppet. It was actually quite funny. Then they do a April and Ollie puppet show with April being reminded to put her top on while in the diary room and Ollie saying, "where you at, guuurrrlll!"

Steven wants to keep Brian and talks about trying to change the vote of the house.

Angie talks to Keesha to see if she can get her to swing her vote for Brian to stay because he is "like the funnest person in the house."

April and Libra discuss how Angie is digging herself in a whole and is she trying to piss them off.

Keehsa and April go at it in the backyard in front of everyone. Keesha asks that they trust her and not talk "shit" about her. April yells at her to come over to her side of the yard. Meeeoooowwww..

Ollie removes April and Michelle approaches Keesha asking her to stick to the plan. Keesha says she can't stand April. Ollie tries to talk to Keesha while we see Memphis walking behind a frantic, crying April. Bwaahhh, I love all these tears. They were worried about the drama between Jessie and Renny? It was only a matter of time before these bitches went at it.

Renny goes looking for a crying April who is with Keesha in her room. Renny, asks her if she is alright and April sobs on her shoulder.

Julie tells the houseguests they have a live audience.

Jerry as HOH talks to Julie. He says he had a hard to betraying Brian and how he didn't bring the military into it when he dealt with this situation.

Renny feels that she has gained the respect of her housemates with how she acted while on the chopping black.

Brian wants to remind everyone that this is just a game.

1st ive Voting and Eviction of the season are underway...

April, Libra, Michelle, Ollie, Keesha, Jessie, Memphis, Steven and Angie all vote to evict - Brian
Dan votes to evict Renny.

So, it's official and Brian the self proclaimed "Mastermind" is the first evicted this season.

Quietly everyone says good-bye to Brian who walks out to the cheering crowd.

Brian says he was building an army and didn't realize there was anyone on the other side. He says he got a little bit ahead of himself.

Brian tells Julie that everyone needs to watch out for Memphis. We shall see.

HOH competition begins...and everyone except Jerry has to answer questions based on how the majority answers.

Memphis is the first one eliminated. Renny and Keesha are out next, Michelle, Dan and April out! Angie likes Jerry in Honey she is out next. Down to a tie breaker question and Jessie wins.

Jessie is the new HOH.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Big Brother 10 - Episode 2

We start out with Jerry's nominations of Renny and Jessie.

Brian tells us that he is exploiting Jerry's trust.

Renny is confrontational and Jessie walks away. He heads up to Jerry's room while Renny talks about how immature he is to the rest of the group.

Jerry tells about Solomon's story, something about cutting a baby in half because he isn't going to decide who is right or who is wrong.

He confronts her and she has nothing to say. He tells her to say what is on his mind. She has nothing to say but calling him a baby, a weasel, and a punk.

Brian thinks he has Jerry eating out of his hand.

The house guests are in Jerry's room and now that Renny has an audience she tries to talk to Jessie. She tells him that she is sorry, then calls him a liar because he says "thank you for apologizing and it only took you a day and a half.

Brian tells Ollie and Michelle that Renny is causing drama and that she is going to self destruct.

Brian already feels that he has the game wrapped up as he walks around telling everyone, I have Jerry doing what I want and I can keep you safe for another week. Brian is missing that likability factor that Dr. Will sported. I am not quite sure why he thinks he is holding all the cards.

Brian tells Dan and Ollie that Jerry was going to put him up. He tells them that no one has band together on the other side to oppose his number. "I've got you two, I've got Jerry, I have enough votes to where I can do whatever the fuck I want and no one is going to have the balls to try to take me down."

Ollie has the hots for April. They flirt! She tells us that he is someone she would date. He tells her that if he won HOH, the only way he would only put her up is if they put a gun to his head.

BB10's first Veto Competition - Jerry pulls Memphis name, Renny gets Michelle and Jessie pulls April. Angie will be hosting the competition.

The house guests walk outside to the biggest bed I have ever seen. The guests need to dive through a stream of honey, jump on the bed, pull open the pillows with the colors that match their bed clothes, get the veto bear inside and run back through the honey too the veto jars where they are to shove their bears in. was too funny...everyone looked feathered. Jessie wins with 5 bears.

Jerry is concerned with his decision. He has to put someone else up for eviction.

Dan and Brian discuss how Memphis should be the next one put up.

Brian goes to Jerry and tells him that Memphis should go because he is a strong player.

Ollie is sitting with the girls and tells them that they have nothing to be worried about, they are not a target. Brian walks in and Ollie tells him that the girls are nervous. The girls ask who Brian thinks is going up and he says, "Memphis is going home this week."

After Ollie and Brian leave, Libra asks the girls, "did you see that? He is trying to be Dr. Will. Trying to tell us what to do. Trying to do that whole mind thing."

Libra is with April in the bathroom and tells her that Ollie, Dan and Brian are working together. April become upset and says that she really likes Ollie and is pissed that he is treating her this way.

They ask Ollie to come in and ask point blank if he is with Dan and Brian.

Ollie takes April and Libra to the food pantry to tell them the truth. April feels betrayed by Ollie and he is upset that she feels that he would betray her like that. Together the 3 of them decide to talk to Memphis and take Brian out.

Ollie goes to Memphis and tells him that Jerry is going to put him up.

Memphis goes to Jessie and tells him that Brian thinks he has the votes.

The house guests talk about going to Jerry and telling him to put Brian up.

April goes to Jerry who is sitting with Dan and Brian. She asks if she can use his restroom and brings him upstairs. The rest of the house guests are waiting to ambush Jerry.

Jerry goes to open his HOH door for April and Ollie calls him over to where they are all sitting, "right here buddy." Jerry is floored. Poor ole guy never knew what what coming.

Ollie heads up the meeting, he informs Jerry that there is a player who has been in contact with multiple players. The he tells him that he has to put Brian up. Jerry holds up his hands and Ollie says, "we know this is tough. It's tough for everybody."

The rest of the house proceed to tell Jerry how Brian has an alliance with each of them.

Jerry tells them that they have all formed an alliance right here. Jessie tells him that he doesn't have the votes and Jerry tells him that he just threatened him.

They all tell Jerry that they promise him he will not be put up next week. He says, he doesn't trust anyone enough to believe that.

Because everyone seems quiet and stressed, Brian assumes it is because Memphis will be put up, because "that is what I asked Jerry to do, so that is what he should be doing."

Jessie holds the veto ceremony and takes himself off the block.

Jerry stands up and talks about how he made an alliance that he had hoped with be honest and faithful till the end. He says that it got back to him that someone in his alliance had gone around the house and created alliances all through the house. He also mentions that 8 people went to his room and asked that this person be put up for nomination and that he is going to honor that. He says, "I nominate you Brian."

Brian takes the nomination seat and Dan squirmes in his chair.

Brian tells us, "the player got played."


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

What The Hell?

I just have to ask????

Does Joey Lawrence's wife look more butch than he does?

Tight jeans, big belt buckle, scarf around his wrist and white mandales? What???

Monday, July 14, 2008

Big Brother - Season 10 Begins

Can you believe there have been 10 years of BB? That is simply crazy. I am pathetic, and have watched but 1 season but it never lets me down.

The characters this season aren't nearly as annoying as last season with one exception. Renny!

The house - Nice, really nice

The guests - Jerry who is a kick ass grandpa, April who "knows how to handle men", Libra who is a mom and will be leaving 5 month old twins, Steven the gay, rodeo champion, Renny, who we "can't start the party without" and more.

No one knows each other prior to tonight, something that hasn't happened since season 3.

Different this season; the house guests will be choosing an HOH right now! Before they even enter the house. Based on looks alone and gut instinct!

Renny, Dan, Angie, Jesse and April are told to enter the house.

Libra, Brian, Keesha and Memphis enter next.

Steven, Jerry, Michelle and Ollie are the last to enter.

The house guests are with me and already annoyed by Renny, 15 minutes into the house.

The house guests open the champagne and start introducing themselves to each other. For some reason when we get to April, she decides to fess up with "my boobs are real." Everyone screams, hoots and hollers while she walks around thrusting her tits in everyone's face. As if this isn't disturbing enough, I was sent over the edge when she begs Jerry (75 year old) to grab them, "come on Jerry, come on Jerry." Then Jerry grabs them....huh? What? Gross! Disturbing!

Libra, asks him how his heart is as he high fives others. I am just grossed out and so is Renny.

Jerry is already in love with the "kids" and everyone toasts.

Back from break...

Next up, a food challenge. I am is Jerry going to do competitions?

The guests walk outside after changing into their team colors to a backyard complete with 2 classic cars (1 will be won by the winner).

The groups have to work together to move cars that are hanging upside down by pulling a rope and moving back and forth to pick up gas.

The house guests decide together who will be the last person in the car based on whether they want to win the car.

Red team is the first one across and they make Renny drop out first because she wasn't pulling and just complaining about people being on her leg.

White team hasn't learned how to drop out to get their gas so they are a little big behind in the competition.

Red team is a full length ahead of the white team.

Jerry takes a fall as he drops out of the car.

Too funny, as the red car is on its last trip the team jumps down to push the car along. Renny, deciding she must be a team player a little too late jumps down after they are already running and as she catches up, takes a fall. Red wins...and the white team is on slop. Which means, 75 year old Jerry will be eating nothing but slop for a week. Hope there is a doctor on staff.

Now, it's time for the elected HOH to be announced: Renny has 3 votes and Jerry wins with 4 votes.

Dan already wants to get to Jerry to tell him who he thinks should be nominated. What????

I love these people who come in "playing the game" from the first few hours. He will be out very soon I am sure. Dan already has zeroed in on Brian to be his token buddy.

Dan and Brian talk in the bathroom and talk about possibly bringing in Ollie because "he's cool."

Next we get to see Jerry's HOH room. As he opens the door, everyone chants "Jerry, Jerry."

The girls talk about how hot Jerry was. Jerry tells us he is married for 54 years and got married when he was 20. He wants to win this game for his wife, his children and several of his grandchildren. I guess not all of them.

Renny is just too much. I am not even sure that this is her real personality. I mean who talks like this. The lights are out. Everyone is in bed and Renny tries to leave the room "to take off her face" but starts ranting, screaming and shouting that the door is locked. She sounds like a bird in a cage with that shriek cackle "It's locked". It wasn't locked! I think she was trying to push when she should have pulled. Then her laugh was like a squeaky bed spring. Yikes! God bless her husband.

Jessie can't sleep and is pretty pissed about the Renny noise. He tells her why he is up and she apologizes then tells him to lighten up and give her a break.

We see Renny put on a nighttime wig with a scarf around the front and then she walks by a bunch of house guests in the living room. (BB plays the craziest Renny music. I can't wait to see if this becomes "the Renny" theme when she is doing something crazy like walking). The guys discuss how she is weird and "not on the reservation" or something when she sits down. Doesn't say anything, just sits. They all look around and she leaves. BB editing? Probably. There was probably a whole weird 10 minutes of boring dialogue but it would be stranger if we saw her sit and walk away.

Brian meets with Jerry in the HOH room and they discuss forming an alliance because they were both in the service. Brian tells us that he will keep Jerry around until his ship starts to sink.

When Brian asks what Jerry is thinking for nominations, Jerry mentions Memphis and Dan because Dan is a lose cannon. Brian asks that he think about waiting on Dan because he is in my alliance...uh ummm until I can find out more about him.

Brian wants Jessie against Renny. Jerry is worried that Renny will scream at him and Brian tells him that then she seals her own fate. Jerry mentions that he likes Jessie and that Renny picked on Jessie last night.

Jessie worries that his physique makes him a pretty big target. Jerry thinks he is safe.

Jerry calls a nomination ceremony and tells everyone that it is hard to look at everyone and try to judge who should stay and who should go.

Michelle safe, Angie safe, Memphis, Libra, April, Brian, Steven, Keisha, Ollie, Dan safe...

Renny and Jessie are up for eviction because Jerry says, there was some conflict between them and he has decided that the house guests should choose who stays and who goes.

Jessie is pissed because he feels like Renny put him there. Renny says it's on because of Weasal Jessie. Jerry feels that these two will self destruct.

Brian feels that he is the puppet master and that Jerry is following the plan nicely. "These nominations are a large victory for Brian" What the fuck Brian???? I hate people who talk about themselves in the 3rd person.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Book Review - Seven Easy Tips - Encouraging Your Daughter to Say "NO"

I am honored to have read Seven Easy Tips: Encouraging Your Daughter to Say “No” by Alyssa Dees Avant.

My daughter is 3 years old but I am a firm believer that the student learns better if the teacher starts early, so this book really spoke to me. Last week I had a mommy/child play date with 3 other moms who all have daughters we discussed purity and teaching our children (boys and girls) to say “no” to outside sources such as peer pressure from friends, or the media.

When our children are younger we are the only influence they have. We set the tone, we tell them what’s right, what’s wrong, what they can do, what is acceptable but eventually they enter the world of school and get input from so many sources. It is during this time that parents tend to take more of a backseat to their child’s world.

WRONG - This is exactly the time that we NEED to be a co-pilot. Our job as parents is to make sure that our children know what is acceptable and what is expected of them.

Alyssa’s book is filled with excellent points for any parent of a boy or girl.

I especially appreciate Alyssa’s Better Alternative section in Seven Easy Tips: Encouraging Your Daughter to Say “No” - “Having an open door policy at your home for your daughter and her friends will help to encourage her to participate in fun, adult supervised activities that will not endanger her.”

On a bigger note: This book is also for parents whose daughter’s may have already disappointed them. Alyssa writes, “Don’t give up on her!”
Some people can be put off by religious overtures or something being too preachy but that is not THIS book people. Alyssa is a mother, a writer, a blogger, a pod caster, a business owner who had a calling to make a difference in the lives of young girls.

Seven Easy Tips: Encouraging Your Daughter to Say “No” is chock full of easy tools to instill a sense of self worth, importance and respect for themselves that I have not read anywhere else.

You can get this book and others at her website.

Also, like me, sign up for her Mom/Daughter Connection EZine and check out her suggestions on theme events for a great time and more, I am sure you will not be disappointed.

If you leave her a message, be sure to congratulate her on her brand new baby which hopefully will be here any moment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Bachelorette's Jason Mesnick

So DeAnna let a great catch go...

Hey Jason, if you want a slightly older women who just happens to already be married and has 2 beautiful kids I am available.

What I loved about Jason's appearance on After The Final Rose is how he carried himself.

He is a classy guy and there was never a time that I felt he bashed DeAnna or any of the other guys in any way.

I think we have already found our New Bachelor! If he wants to leave his son again for a long period of time.

Here is an interview with Jason Mesnick {SOURCE}

A moment with: Jason Mesnick, 'The Bachelorette's jilted suitor
Kirkland resident says: 'I don't have any regrets'

After the heartbreak of divorce, Kirkland's Jason Mesnick went on ABC's "The Bachelorette" looking for love, only to be heartbroken again. In Monday's finale of the reality/romance show, he got down on one knee to propose to bachelorette DeAnna Pappas, but Pappas brought him back to his feet and told Mesnick she was in love with someone else -- the show's other finalist, Jesse Csincsak. Now Mesnick says he's ready to love again.

Jason Mesnick of Kirkland proposes to DeAnna Pappas on ABC's "The Bachelorette" on Monday, but she told him she was in love with the show's other finalist.
On whether he would consider appearing on "The Bachelor":

It's just something I haven't even thought about. It's something, if offered, I would definitely consider. I have not been approached by anyone, though.

(Pappas was a jilted suitor on "The Bachelor" before she was asked to be the selector on "The Bachelorette.")

On where he is right now:

I've been back home for almost two months. When I got home, I got one day off, and I had to go straight back to work (he's an account exec). Everyone at home, all my friends and family, have been so kind, so generous.

On whether he has any regrets about appearing on "The Bachelorette":

I don't have any regrets. I can stand here today saying I wish she would have picked me because we got along so well. Seeing her with Jesse added closure for me. She didn't look at me like that. I deserve that look, and everybody deserves that.

On whether the contestants get any compensation:

Not a penny. We get to do some of the most amazing things in the world, though. It's not easy. I got picked up in a helicopter. I sat in Einstein's chair in the observatory, (went) diving with sharks. All these things you can't put a monetary price on.

On the number of crew members present during shoots:

I got to know some of the crew who I will be friends with my entire life. There are tons of people working on this show. People work so hard. Producers got there at 7 in the morning and didn't leave until 6 the next morning.

On what TV viewers may have missed:

The whole (marriage) proposal. The show made it look like I got down on my knee and she brought me right back up. I talked to her for a while down there. It was a lot longer of a process. I felt disrespected (by DeAnna). That is something I would never do to anybody. I wish they showed more of that moment.

On whether he and Pappas have had any contact since the show ended:

We've talked since the finale, and we plan on staying friends.

On his son's feelings about all this:

He met DeAnna only that one time. All he knew was she was Daddy's friend. Daddy has lots of friends, guys and girls, so he didn't know more than that.

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Kirkland resident says: 'I don't have any regrets'

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Big Brother 10 Revealed

Ohhhhhh I am so excited about Big Brother starting on July 13th.

It should be interesting; we have a A 75-year-old Big Brother fan named Jerry, a 29 year old Hooter waitress, gay cowboy, son of a preacher man, etc.

Check out the BB10 Guests here.

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I wish Jerry luck.

The Bachlorette - Final Rose

So was anyone as surprised as I was last night?

I mean, up until Jason stepped out of the first limo I thought she was choosing him. Then I thought perhaps the producers were trying to trick us and perhaps he would be told he was picked and get to watch from a plane as they have done before.

Nope, I was wrong...

Poor Jason was sent packing. I don't understand why she let him get down on one knee. There was a big pause where she could have said something but she didn't and only stopped him after he was already down on his knee.

It was so cute to see Jesse and DeAnna when he proposed to her. Not saying that one was better than the other but honestly, I love Jason.

Jason, Mr. Romantic, sweet, honest, loving, safe, guy. But DeAnna want a safe guy? I doubt it. At least we know she isn't in it for the money! She let some pretty well off guys go Jason is an Account Executive and a Jeremy a Lawyer.

As for the After the Rose Ceremony, I was impressed with the way Jason carries himself. I love that he stands by his convictions. When he asked her when she knew he wasn't the one and she tried to say something about his son never being the reason, he said, "no...that wasn't my question." As if to say, if he was ever an issue there would have been no me and you anyway.

Ok...getting on to what happened leading up to the final rose.

We are in Georgia and DeAnna introduces her guys to her family.

Jason is the first one to met them and comes bearing beautiful flowers and a basket of wine or something. Cute. He asks her father for permission to marry her if she were to chose him. He tells her sister that he is in love with her and never felt this way before and DeAnna seems very content, proud and happy to be on his arm.

She worries about Jesse as Jason leaves because her family LOVED Jason. She is fear that they will not give Jesse the benefit considering just how different both guys are and she knows Jesse will be very nervous.

Jesse comes and IS very nervous. He isn't as forthcoming and the visit doesn't go as easy as Jason's.

After both guys leave, DeAnna tells her father that she feels "safe" with Jason and knows he shares the same family values that she does. Her dad thinks Jason's confession of love was more "heartfelt" than Jesse's was. DeAnna is disappointed to learn that Jesse did not ask for her father's blessing the way Jason did. Her father warns her that Jesse might not be as sure of what he wants as Jason is.

The next day the guys are going over to meet DeAnna's extended family but do not realize they will be doing it together. They both admit it is hard to see her holding the hand of the other guy. You think?

DeAnna's grandmother wants DeAnna to pick Jason. The sister and sister-in-law after chatting with Jesse find out how down to earth he is and that he should continue being himself. A "rad" free spirit.

Jesse asks DeAnna's father for permission to marry his daughter should he be chosen. Her dad says, he is honored to be asked and that Jesse has to keep his hair short if he is with his daughter.

Then they head to Bahamas for their final dates, where Jeremy is waiting to talk to DeAnna. He believes she's making a terrible mistake, but as kindly as she can, she assures him that as much as she cares about him, she doesn't love him and she couldn't bring herself to lead him on. She says it kills her that she doesn't love him back but she has to be honest with him.

She and Jesse head to a private island where they spend the day kissing. They head back to the room and he realizes it's his last chance to tell her how he feels, so he presents her with a "book of thoughts," in which he's written, "I truly believe you are my soulmate. I love you with all my heart." They kiss, but she doesn't tell him she loves him back, as she wants to be sure she's only saying that to one man.

The next day is her date with Jason. They go swimming with sharks! DeAnna talks about how exciting it is to see Jason live on the edge. At the hotel, he gives her a present to show how much she means to him. He made board game that has them reenacting all their dates, including their first kiss. One card instructs her to ask him something new and he says, "I love you D., I think you're perfect for me. I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

DeAnna is floored by how romantic he is and says, "He makes me feel like no one else does."

I think Jason has it in the bag and so does he.

He arrives the next day to a smiling DeAnna. They hug, smile, and he goes down on one knee to propose. She stops him and asks if she can talk to him. She tells him that "although I am falling in love with you, I love someone else."


DeAnna feels terrible about sending Jason away but believes she "can't live without" Jesse, and that in him, she has found her soulmate.

Jesse approaches, they kiss he goes down on his knee and says, yada, yada, ""DeAnna Marie Pappas, will you spend forever with me?"


She says, "I love you, I've waited so long to say that. I can't believe I'm going to marry the guy with the pink shoelaces!"

Monday, July 7, 2008

Josh Holloway News - MOVIE

According to the Hollywood reporter, Josh Holloway has joined the cast of "Stay Cool."

He will be playing "Wino" the ex-boyfriend of Winona Ryders Character.

Along with Winona, the movie also stars Mark Polish, Sean Astin, Chevy Chase and Hilary Duff have already joined the cast.

The movie starts shooting this month in Santa Clarita, Calif. Damn, my husband's frequent flier miles aren't nearly enough to get me there.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Outrageous - Horrifying Neglect? Or an Innocent Accident? You decide.

Mom Logic posted a question: Should a couples other 7 children be taken away?

It appears that a couple in Las Vegas who had 8 children failed to realize that their mentally disabled 4 year old son was missing for 17 hours. What?????

Oh wait, it gets better.

They had come home from a church outing and didn't realize they had never taken him out of the vehicle until the next morning. Must have been when dad was heading out to work or mom was taking the car for some chores. What?????

No one notice at lunch, dinner or bedtime. How does a family eat meals and do bedtime without noticing that one was "dying in the car." BTW...actual quote from dad was, "No one ever said anybody was missing or anything. We usually keep Sundays a quiet day, and one got away from us. It never crossed my mind we had one dying in the car."

I believe that they should be charged with murder, neglect, abuse and intent to injure but that is just me.

Actual story can be found here.

Update to this story can be found here: Justice for Jason Rimer.

Warrent article

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

The Bachlorette - The Men Tell All

I really love these shows.

Twilley discussing not really knowing what he wanted to do on the first night.

The guys discuss Jeremy and how much they hated him.

Jeremy takes the hot seat next to Chris.

Chris asks if Jeremy felt that he was two faced and if the guys statements are valid. He says no and that he listened to what DeAnna wanted and he come there to get to know her and that was what he was doing.

The guys discuss how Jeremy is a very genuine person but they felt he was harsh. They felt he was kicking them when they were down because he had a head up on them.

Ron states that he was not jealous. The crowd laughs and Ron tells him that he shouldn't be afraid to get out there and that they want him in the group.

They show Jeremy and DeAnna's relationship progression and then Chris asks about the end. Jeremy says he was shocked and "didn't want to go away."

He has a ton of questions and still gets that kicked in his stomach feeling when he thinks about her. He says, he was in love and that he created this space for her in his life and now there is a void there.

The next in the hot seat is Graham. We watch the progression of their relationship and he says they had some issues and that he was opening up more than we know. He felt that he and DeAnna were not doing what needed to happen in order for the relationship work. He tells Chris they had a special connection.

He is asked about the letter by and audience member and he says that he put what he felt about her in it.

DeAnna comes out and Chris asks Jeremy if he has anything to say. He dries sweaty palms and asks her when she knew when he wasn't the one for her because "you gave me the fantasy suite card and spent the night with me." Umm...what does go on in those private rooms?

She tells him that when she is on a date she only thinks about them. She didn't know he wasn't the one until she went on her dates with Jason and Jesse and she realized that she was falling in love with them. Stab!

When asked about Graham she says that he was always that guy that she couldn't have.

There was some light heartiness with the guys as they played some clips of bloopers. Cute and funny.

We hear from DeAnna that she is happy, that she is in love and that she is engaged.

For next week we hear both guys tell DeAnna how in love with her they are. If we are reading the way the edit the clip. We see Jason very happy as he kneels in front of D and Jesse not so much when they state the words "who will leave broken hearted?" Umm...only a few days until. I can't wait.