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Thursday, May 26, 2011

One of the Girls

A lot of the shows in my current line-up are ending/or have already ended this season -- as in, no more, dunzo, but possibly in syndication.  Among these casualties is United States of Tara which is on Showtime.  I pay extra to get Showtime (granted I have some deal by which it only costs an extra $5 or so a month) and I truly only ever watch one or two shows on that network (the movie selection sucks).  My two Showtime shows are United State of Tara and Weeds.  Now, that one is ending and the other is just getting too damn weird, should I break-up with Showtime?  I'll ponder it, but it may be too much of a hassle, and who knows, I may get into Laura Linney's show, The Big C.  Maybe. 

So, anyway United State of Tara is an amazing show with an amazing lead actress - Toni Collette.  Oh, and my beautiful and talented cousin Joanna was just on the last episode (she was one of the moms at the playground with Charmaine).  This show is about Tara, a wife and mother with DID (multiple personality disorder) and it follows her crazy life living with the "alters," who range from a Vietnam vet, a 50s housewife, a nymphomaniac teenager, a 5 year old girl, a New York psychotherapist and some other strange characters.  The story is a little nuts and the family drama doesn't quit, but Toni's acting chops dominate and are a sight to behold.  She won a well-deserved Golden Globe for the role.  I will miss this show and its great cast -- John Corbett plays her husband, need I say more?  It makes me sad that the smartest shows don't always gain the audience numbers...this one was pretty damn good.

In other news, I am really looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend!  I hope that the weather stays nice and that it doesn't rain the entire time.  Last weekend I was in New York and it was nice one day (short sleeves) and in the 50s the next (I actually bought a coat to wear).  Fickle spring weather.

While I was in New York I saw the movie Bridesmaids.  So. Worth. It.  I laughed out loud more than I have in a long time.  These ladies (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy) are hilarious and should be on the big screen a LOT more.  My girlfriend and I were dying and the theater was packed -- so hopefully this movie continues to make a ton of money.  It is a little raunchy (not too bad) and very clever.  To make my New York / Bridesmaids experience all that much better at one point my friend nudged me and pointed across the aisle of the theater.  There was literally a guy putting a wee wee pad down on the floor of the theater and putting his tiny purse dog down on the wee wee pad to do its business.  Seriously.  I made my friend take a picture of the who ridiculous scene and she did -- see below.  The fact that this was going on and the look on the guy's face when my friend was taking the picutre only made us laugh harder.  Classic.

So, go see Bridesmaids, enjoy the final moments of United State of Tara and don't a) bring your dog to the movies, or b) put a wee wee pad down on the floor of a theater and not expect to have your picture taken.

Have an awesome long weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Disgrace

I typically try to stay away from blogging about news that is depressing, but I cannot help but put my two cents in on the Arnold Schwarzenegger infidelity.  All I keep thinking in my head is, "what a scumbag."  Then I think of his children with Maria and Maria herself.  Then I think of the child he fathered with the housekeeper.  All of these parties are on the losing end.  He destroyed his family with Maria and he left his "love child" without a father.  That poor kid -- stuck in the middle of this sh*t storm.  Again, what a scumbag. 

My husband and I have gone over this news story multiple times in the last few days and just don't get it.  We have agreed that Arnold must have some sort of problem -- like, he can't control himself sexually (uh, hello Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods) -- otherwise, you just DON'T act like this.  I'm not making excuses for him or saying that his problem is something that should be treated or that he gets some kind of pass because of this issue, but seriously, if womanizing is a problem -- get help before you go and father a child with a household employee and then hide it for over a decade.  Next, I'm sure the press will release a story that he is going to "treatment" for his issues and wants privacy.  Ha!


Allegations of his womanizing have gone public in the past, so are we surprised?  Frankly, I was a little surprised.  I wanted them to be the couple that lasted -- that was solid -- despite their strange pairing. 
This man was the Governor of California for heaven's sake!  Why do we keep putting MEN in office.  Maybe that is the question we should be asking.  The more powerful they get, the more they screw (no pun intended) everything up!  How many stories like this do we hear a year?  10? 15?  Makes me ill.

That is my rant for today.  I just had to get it out.  I'm going to take a few days to relax and will return with happier, more pop-ish fodder -- I promise!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bossy and Unashamed.

I feel a little out of the loop.  Life has been moving fast and I have been struggling to keep up.  This past weekend, instead of doing housework while Cameron was napping, I cuddled up with Tina Fey's book Bossypants.  The weather in my neck of the woods has been dreary and I just didn't have the energy to do all of the mundane tasks like laundry, bottle washing and vacuuming.  The dirt would have to wait as I ate jelly doughnuts and laughed out loud at Tina's witty, spot-on writing. 

I endorse this book.  Bossypants is hilarious, full of relatable (at least for me) personal anecdotes and observations, and gives the reader a window into Tina Fey's true life.  While I was reading the book I didn't really think of her as the actress from Baby Mama (one of my all-time favorite movies to watch when pregnant or with little ones) and I didn't really think of her as the actress who made us rub our eyes thinking we were seeing Sarah Palin on SNL.  Her depiction of her life, her work and her family makes her seem so approachable.  Like she and I could have met in college theater and had many nights filled with gossiping, eating ice cream (and nachos) and trying to wittily out-do the other -- while remaining the best of friends, of course. 

Her chapter on breastfeeding alone would have any mother in hysterics.  I can relate to her choice of TV (Entourage) while pumping and the comedic juxtaposition of a brand new innocent baby sleeping soundly in his/her room while a half naked woman sits on the couch with a high powered machine hooked up to her chest watching a raunchy bromance HBO series full of expletives and sexual references.  Not what you imagine while in the glow of pregnancy, but it can quickly become the reality.  Love it.

The book is not all humor though.  Her message of empowering women to take the lead in careers and business is intertwined throughout all of her anecdotes.  She is amazing.  She has created a hit television show, rocked a Sarah Palin impression, written numerous screen plays, become a mom and all the while was a working actress.  She makes the point several times that comedy doesn't have to be a man's world -- although I believe that perception is changing.  Hello, Bridesmaids.  Some of the funniest people I know are my aunts, mom and girlfriends.  Sure, I meet funny men, but some of the most spot-on observers of life, motherhood, professional settings and families are women.  We have a gift that most men don't have -- DETAILS.  We can look at a detail that is askew and see the humor in it immediately.  Sure, we may not always share our observation, but we get it.  And yes, there are unfunny women.  I am not making a gross generalization that all women are inherently funny, but I do believe that women can have a sharper wit than men -- I just don't think they are always encouraged to share it.  I could keep going, but I would bore the most loyal of you and I want you to come back to my blog at some point...

That is what Tina is saying through out the book.  People may not have wanted to hear from her or may not have liked her brand of comedy from the get-go, but she didn't care.  She kept going and look where she is today.

I recommend this book.  It is a quick read and anyone, with or without children, would find the humor in it.  Tina Fey is my hero.  She makes me wonder if I should have gone into writing (comedic writing) rather than law.  Who knows what the future will hold (and hopefully my boss isn't reading this...I'm not leaving my job, I promise).

Read Bossypants.  You won't regret it.

  

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother, Mother...

Wow.  Since I last posted a fairy tale wedding occurred, my son turned 1 and I celebrated my second Mother's Day! 
I'll start with the Royal Wedding rundown:
Kate looked gorgeous, sophisticated, appropriate and regal.  I loved her dress and I thought she looked natural and not overdone.  Good choice.  I also loved her sister Pippa's dress.  It is funny to me that after the hoopla of the wedding was over, the press turned the attention on Pippa.  I have heard more about this girl in the last week and 1/2 --- we now know she is dating a former cricket player and that she is a "party girl."  I have also heard her called, "Her Royal Hotness."  Well, as much as I love a good pop culture moniker, I hate to point out that she is NOT a royal.  She is only related to one.  Anyway, I loved watching the wedding coverage and it made me think of my mother watching Diana's wedding to Charles.  Cameron got to witness a piece of history as he was drinking his morning bottle and playing with his farm set.  I'm sure he will treasure the moment...

After all of the wedding festivities my son turned 1!!!!  Yes, I made it a year.  I have to say it was an amazing, challenging, crazy, tiring, joyful and wonderful year.  I learned so much -- not only about child rearing (and I'm only beginning), but also about myself and my husband.  We became teammates in an entirely new way.  We worked together, worried together, bounced ideas off of each other, helped each other and supported each other.  There weren't many melt downs (well, Cam had a few) and I am proud of us.  To celebrate Cam's big year we had a small gathering of family and close friends.  It was low-key and appropriate for a one year old's party --we only spent $21,000 on the china, catering, bounce house, gift bags, band and pony (that was his gift).  Ha!  Did I mention that there is a new TLC reality show featuring disgustingly over the top children's birthday parties?   

Cameron didn't want anything to do with his cake, which is suprising since I have a sweet tooth.  He had a blast with all of the guests and got some awesome gifts -- a trike, a push toy and a cool swim suit.  Now he is one and is into everything, trying to walk and testing me every second.  The whole thing with switching over to cow's milk and more foods is difficult to navigate and I am taking it slow.  He doesn't seem in a hurry either...

So, Mother's Day was yesterday.  Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there!!!  I had a nice day with my two favorite guys and also celebrated with my own mother.  To cap off the night I watched the Ellen Mother's Day Show on my DVR.  Has anyone ever seen this one?  Ellen (much like Oprah's favorite things) gives away TONS of baby products to an audience packed with only pregnant women.  Jealous?  I am.  I wouldn't have clued into this since I am at work on Fridays, but my fabulous LA friend, Amy, won life's lottery and got to be an audience member for this year's show.  Amy is expecting later this month and was among the many pregnant women jumping up and down, clapping and crying (okay, she probably didn't cry, but some women did) as Ellen brought out awesome give-away after awesome give-away.  Among the haul -- a washer and dryer, crib, pack & play, stroller, car seat, highchair...who needs a baby shower? 
Of course, my ever practical husband was sitting next to me pondering what the prize tax liability would be for the gifts.  I love Ellen!  Oh, and today she has Bethenny Frankel on the show...

I have been watching Bravo's Pregnant in Heels and find it fascinating.  Who are these women who hire a maternity concierge?  Obviously none of them live in my neighborhood.  Worth a watch if you are pregnant or have a small child...

Later skaters.