Thursday Thoughts ~ 7/15/21

I started writing blogging ideas down when I woke and couldn’t go back to sleep. Now I pulled them out trying to spark a post but I’m flummoxed. What the heck? Ugh. Well, at least the notes served their purpose of getting me back to sleep but not much here to use. Guess I’m back to MSU = making stuff up.

Funny how life imitates art some times. At work, we have challenges to earn healthy points which can then be converted into % discount off our health insurance premium. I’m a carrot and stick kinda gal who always plays. If you get 2k points, that’s 5% off the annual premium. For 3k points, you get a bonus prize. For 2021, that prize is a hoodie. Well you have me at bonus points. The what I win is of little concern.

Back to life imitating art. I watched a resiliency video for 15 more points toward the prize. Our calm spokesperson talked about how two very well known people still got nervous before an engagement. To deal with that energy, one would go into a bathroom stall and scream. Then she’d go on to give the speech of her life. Another would run up and done a flight of stairs three or four times with the same result. Taylor Swift was on to something with her song Shake It Off.

A true tip for getting the butterflies under control. The resilience video went on to discuss fight or flight and how movement, even the small act of standing up, or moving positions, changed everything. Like a steam valve was released.

Right after I watched that healthy points video at work, I was clearing out our DVR which records PrimeTime Anytime. I watched the season finale of Rebel which is loosely based on Erin Brockovich. As one of the lawyers waited in the hallway before the big court case, she was pacing and shaking her arms. Flapping like she was about to take flight. Yep, even in fictional setting, ways to demo resilience are displayed.

So, if anyone in my real life sees me in the bathroom at work, taking longer than expected, I’m likely in the stall shaking or screaming. Maybe a little of both. Gearing up to go back to the “area”. And if people don’t like it, they can send me back home. Where my ❤ is …

As always, more to come.

Darn You WP & Entertainment Ramble ~ 11/26/20

WP won’t allow me to be mobile. iPhone or iPad. Looks like it doesn’t recognize me being logged in. I can only read posts. No liking or commenting. Ugh. I’ll move to my desktop eventually after I run through all my goodies on DVR. The addiction is real y’all. Roll call for …

  • This is Us
  • A Million Little Things
  • Filthy Rich 🤑
  • The Good Doctor 👩‍⚕️ 👨‍⚕️
  • Next 👾
  • Station 19
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Dancing with the Stars ✨
  • Amazing Race
  • The Voice
  • The Bachelorette
  • The Masked Singer
  • All the Datelines, 48 Hours, 20/20, 60 Minutes
  • All the sitcoms we watch live – Young Sheldon, Mom, B Positive, The Connors, American Housewife, Goldberg’s
  • Penn and Teller
  • Whose Line is it Anyway
  • All the game shows: I Can See Your Voice, Weakest Link, Millionaire, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Match Game, Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal 🤝

Whew 😅 thank goodness for Prime Time Anytime auto record from 7 pm to 10 pm week days. Without that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When I finally sit down to watch, I skip commercials and otherwise fast forward to see just what I want. Mask Singer for example, I just watch the unveiling. For Amazing Race, I watch with a pause or two to see some of the challenges but otherwise I fast forward to elimination. Anyway you slice or dice 🎲 I’ve got a problem. My way to deal with self imposed quarantine in a pandemic 😷 is to watch TV!!!!!!!!!

Blogging is also my constant companion. And work! All with a back drop of music 🎶 and reading 📖 though truth be told my attention span doesn’t allow for much reading just for pleasure these days. At least I’m back to reading some though even if not at the same velocity. Oh well. I’m not complaining. Instead I’m grateful and my heart ♥️ is full.

Happy Thanksgiving folks!

As always more to come.

Bull ~ 11/19/20

I’m back on the sauce which is code for watching TV. I truly thought the Rona was going to ruin my entertainment but Hollywood found a way. Not without casualties of course but that’s okay.

I haven’t done a review in a while so here’s my two cents. Bull is a show about the psychology of jury selection. Dr. Jason Bull and his crackpot team always select the perfect jury and win. Everything always wraps up in a nice neat package.

Tuesday night’s season premiere was unusual. Taking a page from current times, Bull had Covid, hallucinating a majority of the episode. One of those where he broke out into song in a TV/musical mash up. When his fever broke, we were back to reality. The new reality of today where we’re in the middle of a pandemic.

Theses actors are in a bubble, getting tested for COVID-19. Being “safe”. Another way they’re adapting is use of CGI. Bull’s daughter for example was a CGI baby. While tech has improved, Astrid was creepy. Semi-realistic but not quite right. Coupled with the random misplaced song, this was not an episode I’d watch again. Though I usually like singing, any time any place. Think Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist. But that show won’t be back until March 2021.

Overall at least they’re trying to bring entertainment during the end of days. That’s what matters. And me? I’ll keep watching. I mean what else have I got to do?

As always more to come.

#KCHonors

Catching up on DVR’ed shows. The Kennedy Center Honors was on Sunday but Lulu’s birthday took precedence. I must say this Class of 2019 is spectacular!!

  1. Linda Ronstadt whose diversity and range are incredible.
  2. Sally Field – Giget and the Flying Nun does good.
  3. Sesame Street – in a word genius! Sing! Sing a Song!
  4. Michael Tilson Thomas or MTT – never knew his name but I’ve always known his music. We share a birthday which means I’m almost famous. Lol.
  5. Last but certainly not least, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Jamming out back in the day. Many a flashlight skate included their music fueling the movement. Always a favorite even to this day!

This event is an annual treat. To see other celebrities pay homage is icing on the cake. Sweet dreaming tonight.

J-Dub’s Review of “Echo in the Canyon”

Most enjoyable retrospective look back at mid-60s music. The echoing canyon refers to Hollywood’s Laurel Canyon which was a musical mecca for up and coming groups. Seeing Tom Petty brought the tears. The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas and more. I always say this, I was born late. I gravitate towards an earlier era. Oh to be a fly on those walls. The documentary gave me that look inside. Two thumbs up or 5 stars.

P.S. I forgot the most important part. Here’s a song from those featured.

J-Dub’s Review of the CMA’s 2019

Country music is my least favorite of the music genres but I decided to watch the CMAs since our Hopper automatically records this stuff and I am still convalescing but feeling well enough to do more than sleep.  I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the show.  So much so that I watched it twice.  B came into the room a few times asking “what are you watching?”  He commented “that’s not country” more than once.  Talk about your evolution.  A definite blending … cross over … call it what you want.  Country music is almost indiscernible to pop.

Rating two thumbs up 🙂

As always, more to come.

Catching Up on DVR

New Amsterdam is a keeper. The topics are real and gritty. I wish they were real anyway. Stick it to the man do-gooder doctors. They mostly win. If real life were only that simple.

Dr. Kapoor is enduring. My heart breaks for him. He wants to be a grandpa so bad. The psychiatrist Dr. Iggy Frome is my favorite character. Child psychopath age 11 was a subplot on the 10/22/19 episode. I will be sleeping with one eye open tonight. 

As always more to come.

Catching Up on Finales ~ AGT, Bring the Funny, and SYTYCD

AGT – Blown away by Kodi Lee. Here’s one time I wish there could’ve been a tie. The Detroit Children’s choir was equally good. The feels moment for sure to see these two at the end.

Bring the Funny – I preferred Jeff Foxworthy in “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader”. The human Ken Doll was ugh imo. The John Legend bit and Ellen bit were good though. Tacarra should’ve won. Super disappointing.

SYTYCD finale – I have watched, re-watched, and will be watching again. Bailey! Bailey! Bailey!

Ray Leeper You Are Amazing

I am loving So You Think You Can Dance this season.  I have watched and re-watched the routine Ray Leeper choreographed for Bailey and Mariah set to INXs – Need You Tonight.  Since the dance video is not up yet, posting the music video.  And you’re welcome.  LOL

They need to choreograph for us over 50 types who need the exercise.  Ha!  If only.

J-Dub’s Review of Stranger Things Season 3

*** No spoilers ***

I had already seen Stranger Things seasons one and two but B had not seen any of the episodes.  He lives under a rock more than I do. He was reluctant to join us at first but then Lulu convinced him otherwise.  We binged the first two seasons over the long 4th of July weekend.  I nice refresher for me.  Then we went right into binge season three. We finished up on Sunday July 14th.  That’s right 25 episodes (8, 9, 8) in 10 or so days.  We have no lives.  And it was hot as Hades outside or so is my excuse to be a slug lounging in front of the TV for days.  Now I am left waiting for something good to fill the void.

Three was the best season yet y’all.  I love everything about this show.  The characters are real to me.  My neighborhood had that same small town feel.  1980’s baby.  Such a fantastic job with set design, wardrobe, and all those film making terms I know nothing about.  I was dropped back in time to a point in my life that would be considered the tail end of my formative years.

Funny thing is that I usually don’t care for science fiction.  Dystopian yes … think Solent Green or Hunger Games but sci-fi not so much.    However the campy feel to this show made me ignore how unrealistic is the premise.  Yet for a moment, as we watched the action, my heart was pounding; I had goosebumps on the back of my neck and I thought …  holy hell … but what if?

If you’ve seen the show and would like to discuss, drop me a line in the comments.  I’ve read many of the articles.  I even called the Murray voice mail 618-625-8313.  lol.

As always, more to come.