Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
A while back I started blogging about the Lifetime show Russian Dolls. My daughter and I started a blog about it in order to eventually bring traffic over to her website. The blog has been fairly successful and in 7 weeks of episodes we have had over 16,500 hits. There are 5 more episodes to air, however the ratings aren't there. The numbers kept dropping every week and in mid August they changed the time from 10:30 PM to 11:30 PM due to lack of viewership.
Well, even that wasn't good enough. I just found out that they are airing the last 5 episodes on Friday, October 7th at 8AM as a marathon. The blog was a success, but the show is a dismal failure. I have to admit that at first I was trying to be positive, but honest, in my blogging. Over time it just wasn't possible to be very positive. The cast members leave a lot to be desired. Most were self centered, materialistic and obnoxious. Thank God it was just a 30 minute show. Soon I began writing about all the faults of the cast members and was actually enjoying taking pot shots at their character flaws. Now we have run out of gas, so to speak. What can I do with that blog? And should I watch the five episode marathon which will undoubtedly be a fiasco? Any suggestions?
All is not lost though. I learned that if I can make a successful blog out of a show like this, I can do it with just about anything. My daughter and I will have to regroup and think what to do from here. Meanwhile I have this blog to write about anything and everything under the sun. If you have never seen Russian Dolls you can congratulate yourself for a wise decision!
P.S. To Lifetime: You made many common sense errors, in my opinion, and shot yourselves in the foot, practically guaranteeing the show would tank and it did. I am going to address these issues in a blog over at Russian Dolls.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I am loving Fall...so far. Ok so the leaves haven't had a chance to change colors yet, but it won't be long now. We got a couple of nice cool days and it got me into the baking mood. I made two batches of brownies for the girls this week. The first batch was practically inhaled because it had been so long since I made them because of the heat. Today I got up. It's cloudy. I decide to make some pumpkin bread for my husband. He loves his cake and coffee in the afternoon, on the weekends. He deserves a treat for all he does for us.
I love baking in the fall and winter. It's not so much the baking part, but it watching my family enjoy the end result. One year, when we went apple and pumpkin picking, this particluar farm also sold ready made pies. We picked up a couple of pies to take home. One was an apple-raspberry pie and it was delicious. So, I decided to try and make my own apple pie and got the brainstorm to cut back on the sugar and add some seedless raspberry jam instead. The result was my own apple-raspberry pie that became in instant hit with everyone who tried it.
I am already looking forward to the holidays and thinking ahead. I remember my blogs from last year about trying to figure out what to get the girls for Christmas. I always start trying to come up with ideas on October 1st because it's so hard and risky to wait till the last minute. Somehow I always manage to come through in the end and make sure they have great presents. This year we have another dilemma, not only can't they think of anything, they are too tired to try. I may be left to my own devices altogether.
I will take my annual trip to Toys R Us and check out this year's toy selections. I'll pretend I am shopping for my girls and tell my husband (who humors me) what I would be buying and why. I'll pick up a couple of things to donate to children who need it. Maybe that will satisfy my needs!
Friday, September 23, 2011
On Wednesday I finally went for my bone density test. It was kind of overdue, because even though I am a little young for it, my mother had osteoporosis. I knew in the back of my mind I would have it too one day. The procedure is harmless and pretty quick and you get the results right away.
I got to the office early and the technician took me immediately. I lay on the table and she starts the scan. As she watches the monitor she asks me, "Are you Sicilian?" I answer, "Yes, can you tell that from looking at my bones?" She says yes. Apparently, in her experience, Sicilians in general have bad bones. So much so that it made her curious as to why so she did a little research and found out that a one time, in Sicily, there was a dairy shortage. I can't seem to find anything on it, but it makes sense.
As the scan continues, she tell me I have osteoporosis I already looked up what the results mean so I would know ahead of time when they told me the numbers. The T scores go from 0 to -4. Anything above -1 is considered normal and anything below -2.5 you have osteoporosis My score? -3. So now I have to be treated for it, but the drugs all have some risky side effects and I'm not thrilled. The ones given orally are harsh on the digestive tract and since I have a haital hernia, those are out. The doctor wants to give me an injection every six months. This is to prevent any further bone loss and the good news is, that there are ways to replace the bone that has been lost with calcium supplements and vitamin D, exercise, diet, etc. It may take three or four years, but it can be improved.
I wish I had gone sooner to be tested. After menopause, with the loss of estrogen, bone loss increases. I sort of knew that, but I was dealing with other things at the time. So now I will try to get back on my 17 Day Diet, add in the exercise and drink water! I hate having to pay so much attention to myself, but those are the three things that are the cure all for everything, no matter what is wrong with you. And, as I see myself going down hill from here, my only choice is damage control.
Now I know a lot of you are younger than I am so take my advice. It's better and easier to take care of yourself before you start falling apart than after. You can wait until you have a health issue or actually prevent a lot of things before you even get them. I wish I had talked less about having a healthier lifestyle and done more about it. It's never too late though, so here I go again!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Don't fix it!!! How many times do we have to wake up to facebook changes that we didn't need in the first place? We were all happy with it the way it was damn it! Now we have to get used to these new features which interfere with our enjoyment and ability to communicate with our friends. I don't even know what I am doing. I haven't figured it all out to complain properly. All I know is I don't like it and I am not alone. The chaos created has made the news. I heard about it this morning. On top of that, and I hate to break it to you, but more changes are coming. Are they trying to drive us away or what?
My little "recent" news link is gone. I used that to catch up on what I missed during the night. Now we have a drop arrow that allows you to decide if you want all a person's updates, most of them or only the important ones! Like my friend Sandy asked, WHO decides which of their posts are important? Is someone at Facebook reading every post and filtering out the frivilous ones and allowing the life and death ones to get through? What the hell were they thinking?
Well we all need to vent so feel free to voice your facebook frustrations right here along with me. Maybe together we will figure it all out because I seriously doubt that facebook cares enough to change it back for us!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I do not for the life of me understand how or why the newspaper would print this, even at the family’s request. If I lived in that town, I would organize a boycott of the paper. They had full knowledge of the facts and still decided to go along with printing this for a few measly dollars? No wonder people are sick over this. And what is wrong with his family? They all need to get into some serious counseling if that think shooting a baby, point blank, is a sign of how much he loved her!
To those of you still watching The Talk and waiting and wondering where Leah and Holly are, they are NOT on vacation, they have been fired by CBS. The ladies who worked hard to get the show established and were two of the most popular hosts, have been let go. Why? No answers from CBS or “journalist Julie Chen, who is taking a successful show and destroying it single handedly.
I have written a rather long blog on this subject which you can read here: The Talk Blog
However, I need to address this topic once again and hope that face book fans of the show will help spread the word. Numbers Talk! There are several face book pages, created by fans, to put a spotlight on this issue and to try to get another network to pick up Leah and Holly (and maybe Mrs. O.). It is more about the way the whole thing was handled than about their letting Leah and Holly go. However, you can imagine how hurt and betrayed they must feel about this since they were not given any explanation either and consider the other hosts friends.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
That’s what my daughter said to me after seeing my facebook status always asking for prayers for friends or sending them. Until facebook, I never realized how much of a struggle life is for just about everyone. The updates I read make me very much aware of the daily challenges so many of my friends are facing, and I don’t even have that many friends. I have tried to keep my list to a minimum so that I can pay attention to the ones I have and offer prayers and advice if I can. They do the same for me.
They call facebook a social medium. People who have never met or even spoken on the phone, connect with one another, It’s more than a social medium to chat about what’s happening in your life. It’s a support group when you need to talk, but only have a few minutes here or there to use the computer. You know, when you get back, there will be responses of support, encouragement, advice, prayers. Not everyone has that in real life. People today are too busy to cultivate and nurture real friendships. That takes a lot of time and who has time? Life is a juggling act. We can’t squeeze everything in as it is, much less an hour or two phone call. But today we have facebook. As fast as you can type, you can talk about your problem and soon many people will be there offering to help in any way they can, without any expectations just genuine concern. It’s amazing when you think about it.
Facebook is also like having a virtual family. You really grow to care for many people and they reciprocate. They take time out of their day for you and follow up with private messages to see how you are doing. How many real people that you know do that? We talk to these people on a daily basis. If we are missing, they worry something is wrong. The closest people in my family don’t know as many details about what is going on with me as my facebook friends do. I find my friends to be accepting and nonjudgmental. Maybe that’s why facebook is one of the first places I turn to when something goes wrong?
When I joined facebook it was because some friends had joined and they wanted me to be part of their circle of friends. I did so reluctantly, not knowing anything about this “social media.” It was like a playgroup for adults. It took me a while to get used to it. Now I spend a lot of time checking my facebook page and looking in on friends. We play games via facebook, we share pictures, we share stories and memories, progress reports on diets and exercise, favorite music, tips, bargains we come across, recipes, interests, the list never ends. I love it.
The only thing I am doing now is keeping my friend list to a minimum. I don’t want to have so much going on, on my page that I cannot keep up with those who matter most to me. Maybe today I will scroll down my list and see if I can trim it down a bit. If you are on my friend list, then I hope you know you matter to me. We were all brought together for a reason and it seems to be working out just fine.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Will wonders ever cease?
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Kate Gosslin On My Last Nerve!
What is it about Kate Gosslin that she will not fade into the sunset and off the television screen? Her show has been cancelled after the last episode aired recently. Kate managed to insult all her fans when she said Jon had a regular job and is content with “mediocre” for his children, while she insists she needs a television job in order to give them the best. All the viewers with regular jobs and mediocre lifestyles just have to suck it up. Meanwhile, Kate, who wanted one more child and got six more instead, is hardly being a mother to them. The children have been affected by growing up on television and many have some serious behavior issues. What would be “best” for her children is to have a full time mother who isn’t screaming at everyone 24/7! Oh did I forget to mention that Kate is driving around in a two door sports car? I’m sure that is best for her eight children. Maybe if she is kept off television she will go back to parenting before it’s too late for all her children?
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
I went to see the doctor today. She sees patients at the hospital and the floor she is on has a very large reception area for patients to wait. They also have a large coffee machine that makes flavored coffee. It's very nice of them to supply coffee to patients while they wait. So what's my peeve? Well, I was a little anxious today...ok maybe more than a little...I was there for test results and my older daughter is flying home from Europe and my younger daughter has some kind of painful ear situation she mentioned this morning, and yesterday I burned a huge pot of meat sauce that was supposed to be tonight's dinner, and had to get rid of it this morning because I didn't want to make anyone sick and then I had to go to the butcher to buy the meat to make it over today and then found out the butcher was out of meat and was waiting for a delivery and shall I go on?
So back to the coffee maker. You all know that if you give away anything for free, people will come and get it, whether they want it or not, just because it's free. Coffee is popular, so when it's free everyone stands in line for a cup; and when it's flavored or a latte, they also bring everyone they know with them to get a cup or two. So as I bit my nails, waited to be called in for my appointment, I had plenty of time to watch the coffee line. I could have turned away, and I di, but every time someone pressed the putton for coffee, the sound was getting on my nerves. It was like the sound of a hair dryer going on, going off, going on, going off...and in my state of mind I am sure it sounded louder than it really was. I just sat their complaining to my husband, the saint, who just smiles and agrees with me (he has come a long way since the day we married) and even adds a dig or two. The closest analogy to the coffee maker and the patients is to compare it to a big crumb of cake and an army of ants. If you are wondering if my husband and I got ourselves a cup...we didn't. But many made a couple of trips in the 30 minutes we were there watching.
Anyway I needed to get that off my chest. As for my test results, there was no change and the doctor doesn't want me to be concerned, however she is sending me for an x-ray in two months just to take another look at it. I came back and bought the meat I needed and made a new pot of sauce. I'm Italian, I want to feed my baby when she gets here, with a home cooked meal.
I think I lost my positive edge and I am back in negativity mode judging from my recent blogs. Stay tuned.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A while ago I wrote a blog about the changes on The Talk. They were eliminating Leah Remini and Holly Pete Robinson from the show. I was shocked, but just reported what I read and reacted to it. However, since then, I did another search to get the “facts” and what I found out made me peeved. Now let me say I was not a huge fan of The Talk, I did watch it and got a few laughs. This is not about an obsessive fan who wants her hosts back. This is about my sense of right and wrong and how this was all so mishandled and unprofessional. I woke up pissed and here is why.
Here is what I learned. Leah and Holly worked with the other co-hosts to create the Talk. They put their hearts into developing it along with the other women. When the season ended, they did not have a clue they would not be coming back or replaced. Suddenly, they find out, along with everyone else, that they were not going to be “asked back” which is a nice way of saying they were fired. They were given no explanation and neither were viewers. When season two started, there was absolutely no mention of either of them not being there or why they were gone. The audience was just supposed to accept it and move on. And many fans have NOT moved on! They have started Facebook pages in protest and trying to get Leah and Holly a new show. To be honest, Leah, Holly and Sharon Osborn is what made the show good and funny. Now they have Sarah Gilbert, who without Leah is as dry as toast. They have Julie Chen, who if she was disliked before, is now detested. They have Sharon who just announced she was taking a 3 week vacation till October (and I hope she doesn’t come back at all). Two new people were added and I think they are no match for Leah and Holly.
What do I think was behind this debacle? Julie Chen. Why would she sabotage a successful show and get rid of two of the people attracting viewers? Jealousy. Leah and Holly were getting attention, attention that she wanted for herself. Julie is not likable. She puts people off. She has control issues. She is full of herself. Also, Leah and Holly are much prettier than Julie Chen. Julie Chen is insecure. They hired two women who are clearly not as beautiful as Leah and Holly to replace them. Coincidence?
Maybe if her husband wasn’t Leslie Moonves, president of CBS, it would be her ass out of the show. But no, it’s two of the popular hosts that were not asked back. One has to ask, what kind of business decision is that? Maybe Les needs to consider retirement? Who shoots themselves in the foot by ruining a popular show? CBS does.
Why am I upset? I am upset at the way they handled the whole situation. Leah and Holly deserved to be treated better than that for all their hard work. They are the ones who launched the show and got the viewers to tune in. They helped make it was it was and for their trouble, they were stabbed in the back? Not even the courtesy to discuss the decision ahead of time and give them a heads up before it hit the media. Blindsided by the people they considered to be friends? I have been also following some of Leah’s tweets. Leah has said that she has NOT heard from anyone except Holly. She must be hurt. She and Sarah Gilbert appeared to be good friends. And what about Sharon Osborn? She is miss independent, I don’t care what anyone thinks, this is my opinion Sharon. You would think she would have picked up the phone and offered some comfort to her costars. That is what bothers me. The backstabbing of the network and Julie Chen, and the lack of communication on the part of Sarah and Sharon with their “friends.” Can you imagine how much that must have hurt? And yet both Holly and Leah are handling the situation with grace and class. And how can they not? If they defend themselves and speak up against CBS they could be hurting their own careers. They just have to accept what was done and move on. However, I am not accepting it. I chimed in with some of these Facebook pages to help spread the word. I called CBS and voiced my discontent. I do not appreciate how these women were treated and I have nothing invested in them or the show. It’s just about my sense of fair play, ethics, decency; none of which was shown by CBS and Julie Chen. There is no way they can right this wrong. They are just waiting for people to forget about Leah and Holly and hope they can save the show. Julie Chen is not enough to save the show. People will not forget.
CBS and Julie Chen owe everyone an explanation for this situation. They were not acting in the best interest of the show or CBS with this change. Maybe stockholders should be calling old Les and asking WTH was he thinking? It’s their money he is playing with. He strokes his wife’s super ego at their expense, at our expense at Leah and Holly’s expense?
Shame on you Sarah Gilbert for not even calling your “friends.” Shame on you Sharon Osborn, you are outspoken on all things except this, which you know was wrong. Julie Chen, maybe it’s time you packed your bags and got evicted from the Big CBS House? If we took a vote today, America would send you packing and bring back Leah and Holly. And Les, big shame on you for allowing your personal life to interfere with your professional life and your responsibility to your network. I hope CBS has it’s EYE on you!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I'm am still not sure I will watch these episodes. I am boycotting Dr. Phil. But, many are interested and some people actually count on reading what happened here. I am thinking about it. I caught a few minutes of him promtoing the show on The View. He promises to ask hard, no holds barred questions. I'm not so sure we are going to get truthful answers. I'm not sure Dr. Phil cares if he gets truthful answers...as long as he gets ratings. The interviews were supposed to air yesterday, but were postponed because of tennis. That bothers me because he gave no such consideration to the finale of the Dr. Phil Housewives, which many missed because of tennis. I guess there weren't enough of us viewers who were fans of the series so the hell with us.
I'll see how I feel when the shows airs. I am not happy about having to watch Phil or the Anthony's today. Not sure I can stomach either. As far as I am concerned, their lying caused the jury to have doubts that ended up freeing that lying, baby killer. Little Caylee looked just like Cindy.
As for the Dr. Phil Family...another of my peeves...here's a little news. Katherine turned 21. Apparently it looks like she is pregnant. Who knew? Anyway, from the way Erin tweets, they are all very happy about the newest addition to the family. I think the baby, Paul, is expected in October!
Monday, September 12, 2011
It’s devastating to be diagnosed with cancer. Your whole world is turned upside down in an instant and you have no idea what the future holds for you or how much of a future remains. And, after the preliminary treatments of surgery, radiation and chemo, you have to be tested every three months for the first two or three years and then maybe every six months until you hit your fifth year. The fifth year is cause for celebration because they consider you “cured.” Yet, you still have to be tested annually. You have a history of cancer. You are never free from being under that cloud.
So in February, I was seven years cancer free and in June I went for my annual CT scan. Everything is fine except for this small spot on my rib. Now if I didn’t have a history, no one would think it’s suspicious, but I do have a history. My doctor asks if I injured my rib. I have to think about it. I injure myself every day. I can’t be sure. So she has to confer with other specialists about this to see how to proceed. Meanwhile, I come home and wrack my brain and try to remember something I may have done. I see an elastic support that I bought a few months ago, because I hurt my rib! I don’t have to rely on my lousy memory because I have proof. I write to the doctor and tell her. She replies, based on that information we will do a CT scan in 3 months instead of a bone biopsy. Ugh! Now I have this hanging over my head all summer. All the “what ifs” are swimming in my head again. I am good at distracting myself. Thank God for that. I still think it’s the injury, but who knows really.
I went for the CT scan this past Saturday and I will see the doctor this Friday for the results. They are looking for “evidence of healing” so they can eliminate any other concerns. I guess if there are any changes and no evidence of healing I’ll need the bone biopsy. I am hoping she gets the results and gives me a call if there is nothing to be concerned about. I hate the waiting. I practically sit in her office holding my breath, until she comes in and says everything is fine, as it is.
I guess I’ll make it through the next few days with a few more distractions and then see what their consensus of opinion is. I am glad my doctor is thorough and cautious, but I am just tired of worrying and anxiety. But, at least I am still here to do it!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
We are all still victims of 911, ten years later. Yesterday I could not help but notice everyone tweeting about being struck for hours in traffic in NYC because police were doing random searches of cars going over bridges. Traffic is very bad here on a good day, let alone under high security alert. I had an appointment for a test in the city. I pick Saturday mornings because the traffic is lighter and we can drive in and park. After hearing what was going on last night, I decided we should take the subway in and do a little extra walking as opposed to sitting in two hours of possible non moving traffic.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
So much controversy about Chaz Bono participating in Dancing With The Stars, is it really necessary? Sounds like we are back in the Dark Ages! When will people educate themselves and overcome their ignorance? What is all the concern about? People are worried that young children will see him on the show and start asking questions. The premise is totally ridiculous. Children today do not remember when he was Chastity. They can only know his as Chaz. This seems like another way for people to express their bigotry.
I read that there is a website called one million mothers trying to get everyone to boycott the show because Chaz is on it. You would think that one million mothers would have better things to concern themselves with other than bully Chaz, who may just be enjoying himself for the first time in his life. It takes courage to come out and discuss his being transgender and trying to "enlighten" a dense society such as ours. He put himself out there for all sorts of criticism. You would think a group of mothers, of all people, would show some compassion and understanding towards him.
Do you think they could shift their focus on to how to stop bullying in this country? This is a tremendous problem that needs a spotlight on it. Maybe they could track down internet pedophiles? I mean put their time and energy into accomplishing something good and really protecting children. Children do not need to be protected from Chaz Bono. He seems to be a very kind, sensitive, compassionate human being trying to live his own life the best way he can. For that he is being attacked?
I would if it ever occured to any of these one million mothers that one day a child of theirs may come to them and tell them they have transgender issues. What will they do then? Turn their backs on them? Would they want their child boycotted or discriminated against? If they don't want their shildren to watch the show there is a remedy for that...change the damn channel! They don't have to start a bigoted boycott against a man who is just trying to be himself and hasn't hurt anyone.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
What I do appreciate about the series is that I got to "meet" all six housewives on facebook. It was great getting to know them and chatting with them. Some of them have even become friends with me through this experience. I wish all of them the very best in their lives and I plan to stay in touch with those who care to interact on facebook. I've also made a lot of friends who were fans of the show on the facebook page that was set up for us to chat about the show and ended up being the place where we vented frustration at the lack of new episodes. A lot of new relationships were forged by many thansk to the series and facebook. Some may last a lifetime. So something good did comeout of it; something unintended and surprising; and many lives have been enriched since the first episode aired a year ago.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I don’t know where I have been lately, but this item just came to my attention. Michelle Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, is anti-gay and isn’t politically correct about it either. I just read the following quote of his regarding if your teen comes to you and says they are gay: