Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Moral of the Story: Lessons I learned from "The West Wing"

So I've been busy lately, I know, and I'm sorry. To make up for it, here are some of the things I've learned from one of my favorite shows, The West Wing, about which I could talk for hours on end. Enjoy the little clips, as well.

Josh Lyman, I love you.

1. Never use sarcasm with a room full of reporters, or intimate that there is any sort of secret plan to fight inflation or any other government policy issue.

2. (I hope) there are some politicians who will take responsibility for their actions, the bad as well as the good.

3. You should know whether or not a fireplace actually works before you light a fire in it.

4. Evidently "Mars is next."

5. Never walk into your boss's office angry. (I couldn't find that clip, but it's the one where Sam is about to storm into the Oval Office and Toby stops him.)

Also this: "Yeah Ainsley, I wanted to say hello and to you know…mention ‘a lot of people assumed you were hired because you’re a blonde, republican sex kitten’ and well, they’re obviously wrong. Keep up the good work."-President Bartlet

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bronzed Earth Awards

There's something about the Golden Globes that is different than other award show. It's not quite as high brow as the Oscars, but it's still formal, black tie and tux, long dresses and fancy. It's one of my favorite award shows because everyone looks beautiful and dressy (well, most people. I'm looking at you, Halle Berry), but it's still pretty relaxed.

I loved Sunday night's show. The fashion was beautiful, but we all know which dresses were loved and not so loved, so I won't rehash.

Hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are two smart, hilarious women who are great role models for young girls. And they were amazing. Although I love TSwift, their comment about her keeping her hands off of Michael J. Fox Jr. was so spot on. I noticed they didn't show Taylor's face after that joke...

Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig were the best presenters, hands down. I love them too much for words.

Jodie Foster's speech was...odd. I didn't really understand what was going on, but everyone was crying. I'm clearly not in the know.

Everyone I wanted to win won: Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman. And then Ann Hathaway won and it was terrible, and I chugged wine because of it.

Well anyway, that's my take on the 70th Golden Globes. What did you think?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Great Expectations


I'm always iffy about new year's resolutions. I make them, but with a pretty confident mind that I will break them. Nevertheless, here are some things I'm trying to work on this year:

1. Be nicer to people. This is going to be difficult because I really don't like talking to strangers, and in Texas they always want to talk to you in the grocery store, work bathroom, elevator, gym, and gas station... Maybe I should not have started with this one...

2. Be nicer to myself, and consequently work out at least 3 times a week. Ughhh...

3. Write more. I've been a wildly inconsistent blogger, which I intend to fix. (Although it's sometimes difficult to think of what to write! What topics would you like to hear about? If you say politics there will be throat-punching. Work and play should be separate, people.)

4. Drink less during the week. I really only have maybe a glass of wine or so a night, but that could easily be stopped, and it will make wine on the weekends that much more special. Plus it will hopefully help out with my next one:

5. Go to bed before 11:30pm on week days. It's difficult because, Conan, you are so funny and I need to make sure there's nothing I'm missing in the entertainment business. Well, excluding Honey Boo Boo Child. Girlfriend has mental issues. I'd like to address that in another post (hey! something to write about!).

I'm sure I'll be adding to this list throughout the year, but I think that's a good start.

Do you have any resolutions that are great ideas that I can steal??

6. Don't steal.

P.S... Way to go Downton Abbey, the premiere Sunday night was so amazing! I still love you just as much as when I first started watching. And 7.9 million viewers? I'd say you're off to a nice start this year.