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Friday, July 30, 2010

Where have I been?

There's a leak behind the dishwasher.

 See the water and mold? Yeah...

Apparently, it's been leaking for quite some time. It finally got bad enough for us to realize that there was a leak. Of course, this happens not only on a weekend, but on July 4th weekend...when plumbers charge extra to simply answer their phone. Then there's a charge to get in their truck. Oh, and the charge to come to your house on the weekend...

I am a firm believer that services such as plumbing, phone, medical care, electric, food - you know, those things you need on a daily basis? - be available 24/7 to the masses for the same amount of money 24/7.  I don't think it's fair that certain industries are able to charge more just because it's a Saturday, Sunday or holiday. Even if it's 2 a.m. on a Tuesday, charging more should not be allowed.

But that's the way it is. Unfair? Yes. Can I change it? Nope.

Being the Sherlock that you are, I am sure you have deduced at this point that my lack of mouthwatering posts must have to do with our lack of kitchen amenities. No sink + no dishwasher = no cooking because we have no way to wash the pots and pans. So much fun. It's almost been a month now without a kitchen. I never was a huge fan a fast food before, but now, I really despise the fast food industry.

There was a week in July that we were saved from the grease pits of hell as far as eating goes - we took a week long cruise (courtesy of my uber-generous Mom...) aboard the newly christened Norwegian Epic. I will be making several posts all about that adventure with lots of pictures (food and otherwise) over the next few days.

I have also been having a love affair. Yes, it's true. I can't hide it any longer and I am so in love that I want to shout it from the rooftops...Netflix's Instant Streaming and I are hot-n-heavy. I hope Blockbuster doesn't find out about us....

Being unemployed, unable to find a J.O.B. and having no kitchen leaves me with quite a bit of time available, you know? So I am catching up on all those television series that I meant to watch but never had the time to or couldn't afford to purchase. It's really cool, but I wish Netflix would offer a tad more variety to the stuff you can watch instantly online.

I ended up watching the whole two seasons of Dead Like Me.

A quirky and sharp witted dark comedy. I absolutely loved it. I am also a huge fan of Mandy Patinkin, so I was sure going in that I would probably like it . It's a story about a girl named George who is killed by a toilet seat (you have to see it...) and she becomes a Reaper. These Reapers must collect the souls of people about to die right before it happens. Unfortunately, this only lasted two seasons on Showtime. They did do a follow up movie to wrap the series up, but the movie was completely lacking the humor and edge that was prevailed in the series. And Mandy Patinkin wasn't in it.

Then I sailed into Pushing Daisies, which was just okay. 

If anyone were to ask my opinion. I would have to say that the series might have lasted longer had they featured Kristin Chenoweth more. I liked watching her and the two Aunts, Lily and Vivian, played by Swoosie Kurtz and Ellen Greene. I really didn't care much for the two lead characters. The plot revolves around Ned, a pie maker who has the power to touch a dead person and bring them back to life.  But there's always a catch, right? Right! This catch means that touching the person a second time sends them right back to deadsville; if he neglects to touch them within the first 60 seconds of being reanimated, someone else will drop dead to take their place. So Ned brings back his childhood crush, can't touch her ever again, and has to kiss her through plastic wrap...yeah. Chenoweth, Kurtz and Green make it worth watching...trust me.

Party Down was a half hour comedy series on Starz that lasted two seasons.  

Very funny. I had heard really good things about it, so I gave it a shot and loved it. Hollywood wannabes bide their time working at a  catering company and each episode is one of the gigs. The team leader Ron, played by Ken Marino, embodies at minimum half of the bosses I have ever had. (I loved him in the CW series, Reaper, too! Alas, that's another great show that got the axe.) Jane Lynch is fantastic (first season only) in this!! Definitely worth watching, just not around the kiddies...

I just finished up all three seasons of Veronica Mars

I watched this because it was done by the same writer/director of Party Down. I was hesitant watching at first because it was described as a kind of rehash 90210 - high school hi-jinks, drunken beach bunnies and lots of required teen angst moments. So I was prepared to muddle through an episode, maybe two, before giving up. Not so, young Jedi. This series was well written and sarcastically brilliant. Yeah, I could have done without the high school stuff, but what could I do? I enjoyed the stories and mysteries, and really liked some of the characters. Francis Capra was exceptional as Eli 'Weevil' Navarro, Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars, Veronica's Dad) was the dad everyone wishes they could have. Kristen Bell was pretty good, too. Of course they ended season 3 on a cliffhanger note, assuming they would be picked up for another season. Now there's talk of a wrap-up movie.

So that's my July, folks. Hopefully, the kitchen will be back to its regularly scheduled cooking within the next week so that I may bring you some food porn. Cross your fingers!

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