Crazy Random Happenstance

Billy: So good... Hey, this is weird. I ordered one frozen yogurt and they gave me two. You don't happen to like frozen yogurt, do you?
Penny: I love it!
Billy: You're kidding? What a crazy random happenstance!
-Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thoughts & Things & Such.

Just some stuff that has been floating around my head the last few weeks:

- One of my favorite TV shows of all time is Scrubs (2001-2010). It was a half hour medical comedy with a little bit of drama thrown in, created by Bill Lawrence and starred Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes and Neil Flynn and it originally aired on NBC (it moved over to ABC in it's 8th season). The show focused on all the employees of Sacred Heart Hospital and was usually seen through the eyes and silly daydreams of J.D. (John Dorian) played by Braff.  I loved that show the second it aired. It was silly, it always made me laugh and it was heartwarming. I was constantly trying to get my family and friends hooked on it as well (I wanted everyone to love the show as much as I did) and I am proud to say that I was pretty successful in my campaigning. With as great a show as it was, they still needed the network behind them to help promote it... to get it out there, so people would be aware of it. Instead, NBC tended to move the show all over the schedule and frustrated fans because they never really knew what night the episodes were airing. Sometimes it was taken off the air for a few months at a time and people thought that it had been canceled all together. Thankfully, once it moved to ABC, they were able to end their run in a very, very satisfactory way. I still watch reruns of it and reminisce about it.

Why am I going on and on about a show that has been off the air for a long time now? Because Bill Lawrence created it. He also created Cougar Town (ABC Tuesdays at 8:30pm). It's a show starring Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt and Josh Hopkins. It's about friendship, family and drinking wine. It's not a show about Cougars, the animal or Cougars, the mascot or Cougars, the slang term for older women going after young dudes. It's a funny show with good storylines and good actors. I'll admit that I haven't watched the show as obsessively as I watched Scrubs. I would try to catch an episode here or there if I remembered and that was that. Until I saw the determination of Bill Lawrence to keep the show on the air. If you aren't following him on Twitter (@VDOOZER), you should be. He connects with his fans, keeps them updated and is always, always taking what his followers say into consideration. He's a talented dude with real passion for his show(s) and his fans and I love that. I respect him so much for it that I started a series recording for Cougartown on my DVR because of it. I am asking you, my friends to check it out as well. Especially if you are a Scrubs fan. Sarah Chalke and an array of other guest stars have made and will be making appearances. What else do you have to do on Tuesday nights at 8:30? Help keep a quality show alive!

- A couple weeks ago, Natalie and I went to see One For The Money. It's based on the book by the same name, written by Janet Evanovich and it stars Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum. I was really, really hesitant about KHeigl playing Stephanie. She's not at all who I pictured in my head as the first time bail bonds agent but I am happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised with her performance. They followed the book almost exactly (with a few exceptions, as always) and I was very happy with the film. Jason O' Mara who played Joe Morelli was great but my only complaint is with Ranger (played by Daniel Sunjata). In the book, he's supposed to be quiet, reserved and super mysterious. The Ranger in the movie, was real chatty. Overall though, I enjoyed it and will totally see it again.

- I really love New Girl (FOX Tuesdays, 9pm). I know people are kind of sick of Zooey Deschanel right now but that show is so funny. Those boys; Max Greenfield (Schmidt), Jake Johnson (Nick) and Lamorne Morris (Winston) are incredibly funny and play off of each other so well. I love when they bicker and I love discovering new quirks about each of their characters. That show makes me so happy.

- I feel like Jessica Simpson has been pregnant for 47 years.

- As much as Jeff being unemployed sucks (money-wise, uncertain future etc.) it has been absolutely wonderful having him home every night and especially on the weekends. If anything good has come from him losing his job, it's that... and that the laundry is always, always done.

- Why don't people say goodbye when they end a phone conversation on TV? They just hang up. Does anyone in real life actually do that?

- FYI: Vampire Diaries returns next week, March 15th. I love that show so much. Never have I wanted the bad guys in a show to stick around so much. Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) are so wonderful. It's pretty impressive when two guys, other than Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley can keep me so entertained week after week.

-I am in love with the Gotye album, Making Mirrors. I could listen to "Somebody That I Used To Know" on repeat, all the live long day. I. Love. It.

- I tried to make Snickerdoodles the other night and didn't realize until I had everything mixed together that I didn't have enough flour. I baked them anyway (I really, really wanted some Snickerdoodles). They turned out real bad. Sad.

- I watched GCB (ABC Sundays at 10pm) starring Leslie Bibb and Kristen Chenoweth and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I will continue watching.

- I'm looking forward to the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Mostly because of Gavin Degraw but I'm real sad that Lacey Schwimmer won't be on as a regular. I heart her.

- I'm very, very much looking forward to the Hunger Games movie (March 23rd, the day otherwise known as my niece, Emily's 13th Birthday. 13!) and I am absolutely thrilled with the fact that almost my entire family has read or are currently reading the books (and loving them).

-I've been obsessed with watching the 2004 movie version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Gerard (eat-my-own-face) Butler and Emmy Rossum. I've seen it before and I have also seen the play a couple of times but HBO has been showing this version quite a bit lately and it sucks me in every time I notice that it's on. It completely captivates me. I made C watch the sword fight between The Phantom and Raoul in the cemetery with me and he said: "I like sword fighting! It's cool! Why are these people only singing? Why is nobody talking?" and then he was bored with it and went about his business.

- I tried sushi for the first time a couple weeks ago (thanks, Dawn and Adam!) and it was so delicious. So so good. I couldn't even tell you specifically what I had but it was awesome and they brought it out to us on a giant wooden boat. I want to go again. Soon.

- The last book I finished was Wildwood by Colin Meloy. I should have loved this book. It had magic and animals and fantasy, all things that would make up a book that I would love but it fell flat for me. The story is very clever but the pacing was off and a lot of things seemed very repetitive. I was disappointed with it. I hate when that happens.

- I am currently reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I am very much enjoying it.

- One complaint: If unemployment is so bad right now and all these companies are looking for employees, why don't they call back the people who submit resume's?! It's infuriating and frustrating and makes me want to yell. But I won't. I'll just quietly complain to you guys.

What has been on your mind lately, readers??


  1. Could you please find out exactly what kind of Sushi you had? I have a friend who LOVES LOVES LOVES it, and everytime we go out, I try it, and hate it, every bit I've tried...GRRRR

  2. I'm really not positive! It was an array of different things. I had them order for me because I didn't know what to get. I literally liked everything I tried! What kind have you tried that you hated??

  3. SAVE COUGAR TOWN! I'm glad you're getting into it. I'm also currently campaigning to save Community, too. Both shows are written by former Scrubs people and I really love how you can see pieces of Scrubs on both. They also do this thing where they crossover and reference the two shows a lot (characters from both shows have been known to pop in the background of the other show). On Community, one of the characters is also campaigning to save Cougar Town--it's hilarious!

    I love New Girl. It took me about 3 or 4 shows to get into it and as much as I love Zooey, she will rub me wrong if her quirkiness goes into relying on infantilization. I don't like grown women acting like 6 year olds. But, you're absolutely right about the chemistry of the characters. The bar stuff on this week's episode was so much fun.

    I also highly recommend Happy Endings. This show is fantastic and it keeps getting better. There have been episodes that we watched twice in a week because they are so funny or we'll rewind and watch parts again.

    Hunger Games is making its way around our house, too. I reread it last week, passed it onto Bob, and now Chase is reading it. Can't wait for the movie! I can't stop watching the trailers.

    Great blog. Sorry about the lack of calls for Jeff and your snickerdoodles, yay for Sushi, vampires, and finished laundry. :)

  4. I love that they are helping each other out and supporting each show!! That kind of dedication deserves to be rewarded. I think it's fantastic. I have done the "watch when I can" with Community and always enjoy it when I do watch it. I'll see if I can add that to my DVR list as well.

    Carrie has been campaigning big time to get me to start watching Happy Endings. I don't have anything against it, I just always forget about it. I will try to remember to add that to the DVR list, as long as it's not interfering with my 47 billion other shows I watch :-)

    I know! I love watching The Hunger Games trailers but I refuse to watch any of the clips that they are releasing. I hate when they do that. I want to be surprised when I watch the movie! I think Less is more with stuff like this but I totally get how people devour every new article, interview, tidbit, clip that comes out. Everyone knows I did that with Twilight!

  5. For me, Community, Cougar Town, and Happy Endings are the three sitcoms I look forward to the most. I love, love, love Big Bang, Modern Family, and Parks & Rec, but in terms of laughing out loud and overall giddiness, the former are my top three without a doubt. And I'm still loyal to The Office, 30 Rock, and HIMYM, but sadly, I'm in wrap up mode for all three of them. I could also complicate things by throwing in Curb Your Enthusiasm, but since that's so intermittent, we'll leave it off this list. :) Watch last night's Happy Endings! Perfection.

    The one thing I will add about Community is that it is a hard one to jump into. They cater to their hardcore fans with so many Easter eggs, inside jokes, & hidden references that I think it would be a turn off to casual viewers. Ultimately, the thing I love most about the show is thing that puts it into the most jeopardy of cancellation. #sixseasonsandamovie

    As for Hunger Games, I'm always torn with what I should know going into the movie. I don't want spoilers, but I also want to be prepared about major changes/deviations from the book. Otherwise, I spend the rest of the movie thinking stuff like this: "Wait. Wasn't it Dobby who gives Harry the gilly weed? I'm sure of it. Why'd they get rid of Dobby? I like Dobby. Awww, now I'm bummed. Damn. What just happened these last 5mins while I was thinking about Dobby." :)

  6. I completely give you credit for sticking with HIMYM and The Office. I watched the last 15 minutes of last week's Office and it just made me sad. I didn't laugh once. I still read the recaps for HIMYM and get angry every time I do.

    I totally understand about the changes/deviations from the book and the Dobby/Gillyweed reference is PERFECT! To this day, every single time I see that part, I think to myself "That's not how it happened" It makes no sense why they took Dobby out. Dobby makes complete sense for that part!

    Maybe in 10yrs, JK and David Yates will pull a George Lucas and CGI in Dobby at those parts. It could happen, you know...

  7. I honestly yell at the TV over HIMYM more than Bob yells during major sporting events. The Office has moments, but overall, it's not funny. Yet, I feel incredible loyalty to them because of the good years and now I must hold their hand as they die a slow, painful death.

    Do not let Lucas, Inc. and their fancy, but flawed toys near my HP movies. That's not even funny! lol

  8. LOL ok, ok, I take it back!