Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Check out my cookies

Here is a big surprise, Sugar is a big part of my holidays!

My family communicates with cakes and cookies. Check out my blog on our Christmas Cookie tradition, culled from the pages of a 1960's magazine called "Farm Wife".

I hope everybody has a happy, sugar-filled holiday.

Friday, December 19, 2008

RIP Pushing Daisies

The best show in the past two years just got canned, quietly and quickly. Pushing Daisies is now off the air. At least I'm assuming that I have just watched the last episode. The show has definitely been cancelled and there was no "Next time on Pushing Daisies" bumper at the end of this weeks show like there usually is. It's a harshing my Christmas buzz.

I was addicted to the show quickly after it debuted. The language was both clever and honest. It was modern and timeless and kinda like the Princess Bride meets the Thin Man. The writers were surely big fans of old Detective movies and radio shows. It is one show I always looked forward to watching. Our office organized a TV Thursday to watch Pushing Daisies eps and we'd swap off making pies to eat with our TV lunch. There is a buzz that the producers will wrap up the loose ends on PD with a comic book? Do they know their demographic? Maybe if they did, the show would have survived.

ABC also recently cancelled Boston Legal. Judging from the tenor of the last few episodes, Boston Legal did not go gently into that good night. BL was topical, funny and touching. It also had William Shatner, which was a cherry on the top-notch writing cupcake. While BL had it's share of naughty bits, it didn't focus on sex like a lot of other "lawyer"-y type shows and hospital dramas. It focused on story and character. Kinda like Pushing Daisies did. I'm going to miss that kind of intelligent writing.

I'm not one to campaign for TV shows (there are too many real problems in our crazy, mixed up world to take up my time.) I have the attitude of enjoy it while it's here and let it go when it gets axed. Plus, losing the good shows on TV is actually great for helping kick my addiction to TV. I would not have commented on either show, except that ABC decided to pour lemon juice into my wounds by showing a trailer for a new show, the same trailer followed the Series finales of Boston Legal and the Pushing Daisies ender.

The trailer was for a wretched, new reality steaming load about an "Inner Beauty" contest. To quote Emerson Cod, "A stupid idea just found a new friend." (For the record, I hate reality TV. The only reality show I've ever watched was "The Swan" which was wicked brilliant. Bunim-Murray's offices are directly across the street from our gym and I give it the bird every morning. They are responsible for starting reality TV, with The Real World, nearly 20 years ago. Ass Hats.)

So farewell PD and BL. You are in the excellent company of Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks and a handful of other shows that were too good to get ad buys. It's true what they say, Only the good die young. (see Two & a Half Men, that mess will not die.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

First 5 Commentors get a beer on me

Hey Friend,

Check out my charity case on It you are burned out on buying and/or getting presents that end up in the back of your closet, check out my latest blogumn. It'll blow your mind, help heal the world and keep landfills from overflowing.

Plus, Also too, there is a nifty picture of me with my mouth so wide open, you can see my tonsils (If you view it today - 12/15/08)

Feel free to share your favorite charity on FaN and help them get some monies for the holidays!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Good part of shopping

I've spent the last 2 Saturdays shopping for Christmas. After 2 Christmases of being able to shop on Weekdays, I had forgotten how sucky it is to be trapped in a Mall with consumers and cranky clerks. But the prices were right!

Here were the good things that happened while we were shopping:

1. The book "Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals" It is pricelessly precious and awful and funny. HIGHLY recommend as your Yankee Swap gift.

2. Helping an Old Lady. The place - Ghetto Target. The time - 9:13 a.m. on a Saturday. The subject - Carla the old lady who fell, face first onto the hard tile ground after her walker ran out too far in front of her. Seen and I helped her onto the walker seat and Seen went to get a wheelchair/helper while I sat and talked to Carla. No, she wasn't hurt in the fall. She has a cat named Grandma, an 8 month old mutt from the pound that her son brought her. Yes, she had a ride home as she lives in a nursing home and a bus dropped off a bunch of old shoppers and would be picking them up in a little while. We got Carla to the check-out ok. She was sitting in the lunch area with her cat food and wire hangers when we walked out later.

3. NPH sighting. To end our day of shopping, we went to JoAnne's on Riverside in the Valley to buy flannel and fleece. Mom is making us PJ Pants! While I was waiting in line, a blonde, skinny guy walked by me and I thought "was that NPH? naaahhh..." It was 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday. We're at a fabric store in the valley. naaahh. Then, as we walked our cozy fabric purchase to the car, Seen said "Did you see Neil Patrick Harris? He was right behind you." Whoa. Weird. Random. So Los Angeles.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Surf Diva

I'm home sick, in bed, today and surrounded by kittens.

It's nothing too dramatic, just a cold. I am trying to not check emails or harass the people I work with too much. To stave off the boredom, I figured I'd go through all the Internet pages I'd bookmarked over the last 10 years or so and this fella to the left popped up. How could I not share this with you?

You are welcome.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Amy's Awesome Gym

I have two tickets to the gun show. Buy one, get one.

Actually, I'm feeling a little flabby after eating so much sugar, wheat and fat over Thanksgiving, so I chose to blog about my gym going habits (or aspirations)

Check out my latest Blogumn about Amy's Awesome Gym on

If you leave a comment, I'll buy you a beer. (a very healthy beer)

(I can't believe I posted a picture of Hitler)